Monday, 22 February 2010

Monday ramblings

I'm sick.  Again.  This time, it's laryngitis.  (Oh, great.  I have a concert in two weeks.  Fanshawe's African Sanctus.)  No cold symptoms, just a sore throat that started on Friday.  Thank heaven for sick leave - I've taken today off (croaked out a message on my boss' voice-mail this morning).  May or may not go in tomorrow.

I'm more worried about the approaching concert than missing work.  We've only got 4 rehearsals to go, so I really need to attend tonight. But I shouldn't go, since I don't want to pass this onto someone-else and I can't sing a note at present.  However, I feel a bit guilty missing another rehearsal (we are only allowed to miss two rehearsals per concert and this is my second).   At least I've sung the African Sanctus before.

In the meantime, I've almost finished the Baby Surprise Jacket.  Since I've never seen one in the flesh, it required a small leap of faith to follow instructions when I couldn't visualise the results.  It's such a puzzle figuring out which seam goes where. But now that I've only got a dozen rows to go, I can finally see how it fits together.  It's amazing.  I'll photograph it when it's off the needles (before assembly) and you'll see what I mean.

On the garden front, I've just  placed my orders for this year's vegetables:  seed potatoes, onion sets, shallot sets, garlic bulbs, tomato seeds, jalapeno seeds, runner beans, and butternut squash seeds.  I have some seeds leftover from last year, which I'm going to try before buying replacements:  broad beans, sweetcorn, courgettes/zucchini, pak choi, bell peppers and broccoli.  The broad beans are already in their starter pots - I planted them two weeks ago and six out of the 9 have emerged.  Maybe, this year, I can grow a "Victory Garden".

- Pam


Mother of Chaos said...

oh no! there's a cold running through our house right now; seems like everybody is hacking and wheezing. Blech.

Ooooooh, I'll have my fingers crossed for your garden!!

hmm, my word verification is 'limalie' - any lima beans in your future? :)

PipneyJane said...

hmm, my word verification is 'limalie' - any lima beans in your future? :)

Actually, yes. Although I don't plan to grow them. :o) Lima beans are called "butter beans" here and are usually sold canned. I use them when I make "Liver & Orange". (Damn! No liver in the freezer at present, so it can't be on the menu for a bit.)

I've just phoned in sick for the rest of the week. I still haven't got my voice back and my throat's killing me.

- Pam