Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

Wow…it’s all been happening here.

Since he was made redundant The Husband has been busy with the job hunting resulting in plenty of interest in him, several really good offers, and, at the 11th hour yesterday, a really good offer than now sees him as a self employed contractor, which is exactly what we were hoping for.  Today is his first day and it’s been a while since I’ve seen him so happy going to work. That makes me happy too.

On the 6th of May it was 5 years since Dad passed.  It seems unbelievable but after a jolly little shopping spree, Ma came for dinner and we spent a happy evening reliving some of Dad’s more amusing escapades and toasting him with what might be considered a glass too many of wine.  It was wonderful.

I’m busy with my new part time job as an Invigilator at the local college.  It’s the perfect job for me because it fits around school hours (although I’m heavily reliant on the kindness of family and friends for some school runs, and will be eternally grateful to them). I also live 5 minutes from each of the campuses, so it’s ridiculously convenient. It is, without doubt, the most boring job in the world, but I’m OK with that as it’s not a career move for me, just a nice way to earn some extra money for shoes and fabric.


I’ve also been spending my time with my husband rather than crafting, although I’ve got 3 pairs of socks and Button’s Spring Showers jacket finished and awaiting photos.  I’m not entirely sure how, although the quantity of socks speak to too much time curled up on the sofa watching movies together. I’ll get the photos done soon…I promise.

Spring Showers Red 1

A lot of time has also been spent searching for a “new” car for me.  My battered little Skoda Fabia failed her MOT spectacularly a couple of weeks ago.  It wasn’t a problem with himself at home, and he and his chum Martin have been scouring the land for the last couple of weeks to no avail.  However, yesterday the stars aligned.  New job and a new car for me.  We pick her up tonight and I’m beyond excited.  Half leather seats.  Automatic.  Air-con.  Twiddly bits. A very, very grown up car, and the nicest thing I’ll have driven for many years.  He’s good to me!

So, I’m hoping normal service will resume very soon.  I have the Geranium pattern printed and ready to tape and several pieces of fabric lined up for Button.

I’ve also received a pile of fabric from my lovely friends Himmelbjerget and Liz, and am planning to sort through those and my own stash and decide what I’m realistically going to sew up then sell the rest to release some funds for new fabrics. I have my friends blessings to do so…I’m not that ungrateful.

And to cap it all, yesterday it was 5 years since Button came home.

Time flies!


22 Responses to Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

  1. K-Line says:

    Wow – y’all have been busy! I’m so happy that your husband has found work he loves! And that you have a bit of extra craft-cash. Great update.

  2. Andrea says:

    Lots of good things going on! Like you, it’s been all about knitting in these parts as of late, as I prepare for another massive change and I just don’t have the stamina to sew. I say thank goodness for knitting: warm socks all around. Oh, and a boring job is worth it if it leads to those fab Swedish Hasbeens!

    • Evie says:

      Change is good but it’s quite exhausting! I do hope things work out as well for you too.
      I’m quite happy to be bored in return for shoes…which are Lotta’s btw. My friend Himmelbjerget has bought 3 pairs on your recommendation and just loves them. As she’s only half a shoe size smaller than me I got to try hers on last week and now know exactly the size to order. Role on payday, I say!

  3. Gail says:

    Wow, a LOT going on, and much of it wonderful! So glad you posted this update. And I’m in awe of your topstitching and zipper guard – gorgeous!

    • Evie says:

      Yes…it’s been a busy time. But we are very lucky indeed, and I’ve loved having some time with the Husband. Thank you about the stitching. I’m really rather fond of topstitching. I just take it slow!

  4. helen says:

    I’ve got some of those shoes in red and I love them, hoping the weather is here to start wearing again for this summer. looking forward to seeing the socks, I’m half way through a pair using some fab self patterning yarn. I’m trying out the short row heel for the first time. First sock ok- ish, I need some improvement for the second heel.

    • Evie says:

      The heels kinda fall into place after a few pairs. And a well turned heel is a joy.
      Glad you like the shoes. I’m really looking forward to having them…and maybe some companions in different colours! 😉

  5. How cool it is when life conspires to do fabulous things! And with added fabric too:)
    Talking of which you top-stitching is brilliant. x

    • Evie says:

      Life is good, and I’m so thrilled for The Husband because he’s taken quite a bit on the chin over the last few years to get us to this point. I’m disgustingly proud of him.
      And I’m never going to turn my nose up at added fabric 😉

  6. I am so happy for you! This is great news. Exciting! I think the most boring job can be the best when it’s so conveniently located. I am sure you will still use your cool new car. Automatic is great… Would love one of those.

    • Evie says:

      Thank you, Silvia!
      I’ve been driving the car today with a big smile on my face. The 5 minutes is drive rather than walk so it will get used. And the automatic is wonderful…it’s been a while since I’ve had one and had forgotten just how easy they are to drive. Honestly…it’s like driving a sofa!

  7. Claudia says:

    Such good news about your husband!

    Now, this may be because I live in the States and am therefore ignorant about this, but what is an Invigalator?


    • Evie says:

      Thank you. I’m thrilled he gets to do what he loves doing.
      I’m sorry for not explaining…an invigilator is the person in an exam who ensures that all the regulations are adhered to and that nobody cheats. I also spend a fair amount of my time in corridors telling students to “sssssshh!“. Dull as dishwater, but I’m blessed to have a job that fits in with my life rather than the other way around.

  8. Vicki Kate says:

    That is such fantastic news for Your husband! I’m glad everything is settling down and that you’re all so happy!

  9. Shar says:

    Congratulations to your husband on his new job, to you on the new car, and to all of you on Button’s anniversary!! I’m so glad things are going so well for you all!! I’m envious of your topstitching skills! Oh and I’ve been eyeing Swedish Hasbeens online, but haven’t committed yet. You’ll have to let me know how you like them.

  10. Tialys says:

    I’ve often wondered – whilst sitting exams – what invigilators get up to. Sometimes they are obviously reading but, other times, something different. If it were me, I would read but the problem with that is I often nod off when I read so that wouldn’t be good. How do you pass the time without falling asleep and still keeping an eye on the examinees?

    • Evie says:

      It all depends on the exam! Sometimes we have 280 students in the sports hall and we spend our time handing out pens and paper and escorting them to the loo. Other days, like today, there is nothing to do but sit on a stool and read. I’ll admit today was so warm and dull that I could have happily dozed off! 😉

  11. I’m so happy for you that good things are happening and lots of lovely things falling into place for you!

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