It's been rather a topsy turvy month so far.
On the Tuesday before the long weekend I developed some pain in my upper abdomen and into my chest. The pain in my chest scared me a bit, so I went for a little ride in the ambulance. After several tests, it was determined that my heart was fine. The challenge then was to establish what was causing the pain. In the end they found that I have several gall stones. Great! Not! At least it is better than heart issues. I will meet a surgeon at the end of September to see what he wants to do.
We were supposed to go away in our van on the long weekend, but me not feeling well created some doubt about that. Then, the day after I was in hospital, it snowed all around the district. It didn't snow at our house, but the higher parts of town were white from Wednesday afternoon through until Friday morning. There was rain across a wide area of the state, including the destination for our proposed trip. We were going to have to travel on some dirt road, and all unsealed roads in that area were closed due to the wet weather. Therefore our trip was cancelled.
In a way it was a good thing, as my job share colleague couldn't get to work on Thursday and Friday due to the snow, so I ended up going into work and Mick ended up working as well.
The weather has continued to be cold and bleak. Winter has really arrived with a vengeance.
Despite all that, I have still managed to get some stitching done.
I have completed all my blocks for the Laundry Basket Mystery Quilt. There are 225 blocks here. Mind you, some are just a plain square of fabric.
I have completed my five blocks for the Jocelyn Proust quilt. (They are all the same.)
I'm making good progress on my bibs from the pre-printed panel. I have eight ready to just add a snap and they will be done.
I've made a good start on my crochet scarf. Joey is a great help, as you can see. I had originally chosen a different pattern, but it had a four row repeat, and I like my crochet to be rather mindless, and therefore relaxing. This pattern fitted the bill nicely and still gave a similar effect. I have now completed my ball of yarn and purchased a second to make it longer. I rather like how the pattern and colour flow is looking.
I've read two books as well.
The story is about the Warsaw Zoo during World War 2 and it's keeper. It's not often I say that I would prefer the movie to a book, but I think that would be the case with this one. The general story is good, but it goes into a lot of detail. Excellent if you are a student of WWII Europe, but it did slow down the story.
The second is a good old whodunit. Like most of the books I read, it was a random find at a op shop, or book exchange or something. It is set is Sydney and the lead character is a female homicide detective. Not a bad read.
On Thursday morning we had our first COVID-19 vaccination jab. We both had the Astra Zenica version. Funnily enough, on Thursday afternoon they announced that they now prefer to give the Pfeizer version to those under 60. Oh well, at least I have had something. We both felt rather doughy on Friday, so I was glad I didn't have to go into work and could just laze around the house. Our second shot is not until early September.
The rest of the month will still be a bit topsy turvy, as we have an unexpected little trip coming up. Fingers crossed that the latest COVID -19 outbreak in Sydney doesn't get much larger than it currently is and prevents travel.
Hopefully, I will be back at the end of the month with all my stitching goals ticked and other random bits and bobs to share.
Mick just called me out to see the kangaroos over the road from our house. There are sixteen roos in the mob. The photo doesn't do the scene justice. The sky is inky black and the roofs of the houses sparkle. However, I don't think there is more rain on the horizon just yet.