Three happy things

1. Housework done, a casserole simmering away that will provide quick and easy meals when I’m working late this week, the sun is still shining despite the threat of rain, and enough time to sit and eat lunch with a book.

2. The closest I’ll ever get to gardening. One of the supermarket chains was doing a promotion where they gave you a seed kit every time you spent a certain amount (a huge improvement over the previous version which involved plastic toys), and so far I haven’t managed to kill any of them (which is more impressive than it sounds, if you don’t know my long history of killing potplants). So I have lettuces and radishes and spring onions and a fennel growing on my windowsill (plus, just out of shot, a couple of very baby basil plants, who I don’t think it’s anywhere near warm or sunny enough for yet, but they’re struggling along nonetheless).

3. I finished the quilt for my supervisor’s baby, and (despite sewing machine problems in the middle of it, and running out of the cool variegated thread so I had to finish it off with a slightly different colour, and that my quilting is still pretty haphazard) I think it turned out pretty well. As long as you don’t look too closely…
Actually, there’s some bits I like even when I do look closely:

It’s a long way from perfect, but I can see I’m improving, and that’ll do for now 🙂

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    1. It was about a hundred kilometres north of here, so the shaking wasn’t *too* bad – it was strong enough to wake me up, and went on for a very long time, so pretty scary (it took me a couple of hours to get back to sleep), but I’ve had enough experience of earthquakes now that I knew it wasn’t Christchurch, but somewhere further away. So my main worry was that it might have been in Wellington, our capital (which the experts have been predicting a major earthquake to hit for decades now). Thankfully it was centred in a pretty sparsely populated area, although horrible to wake up this morning and learn there have been casualties even there 🙁

      1. I’m glad you are okay…. and I’m just so upset that your homeland is restless in its roots. People can only take so much of this kind of thing… 🙁 Love you.

        1. Yeah, it’s the price we pay for living on a plate boundary (much like California!). On the plus side, that plate boundary is also what gives us our spectacular scenery…

  1. I was thinking of you and worried that you were again going through such a traumatic experience. Glad to hear you are unscathed, except for your nerves! Take care.

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