Hello my friends. Wednesday already – I can’t quite get my head around that!! The days are rushing past this year.

My desk this week – which is the reason you are all here – has moved around the house, garden, and into the village! I have managed to complete another blanket for Uganda – knitted by friends I have simply crocheted it together.


I have also been making lots of soup. We have a special event at church all week and are serving lunches each day – so I volunteered…


One lot made for Wednesday – sweet potato and parsnip – and a saucepan ready to make carrot and ginger for Thursday!

Just occasionally I have had time to put the odd piece in a jigsaw –


And as you can see, I’ve hit the really difficult bit – so progress has slowed down considerably!

Part of my family visited over the weekend in order to help out with some jobs in the house – they managed, by working just about every hour available, to finish putting cupboards in the garage, fit a new garden shed roof, take all the rubbish to the council recycling centre, empty the greenhouse in preparation for it to come down, and plant hundreds of bulbs on John’s grave. Not bad for a weekend! I am really grateful to them. It seemed my only task was to keep feeding the troops!

I’ve made a few cards for the hotel, and have been asked by someone involved with a different mission we support at church, if I will make cards for them to sell. I’m going to be busy! If you are wondering why I m wittering on about my workdesks… well, pop over to Julia – http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/ and discover a whole new world. Best group of friends going!

So that’s me this week folks. I’ll be late getting round to visiting everyone this week because I am having a birthday and disappearing for a day!

Take care. God bless.


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25 Replies to “WOYWW486”

  1. Happy birthday Margaret! I am sure that your family didn’t mind helping out at all if they were being rewarded with your delicious food! I am sure the soup is going down well too. Have a great day and week. Sarah #2

  2. Yay, no. 1 spot today – well done you!! Great photos, but sadly I cannot read the faint text on the coloured background, even with enlarging it 🙁 I’m sure it’s well worth reading!
    Happy WOYWW 🙂
    Claire no. 3

  3. Morning,
    Happy Birthday
    glad you are finding something special to do today.
    Is that the same jiggie you are struggling with that we had a go at before the crop?
    See you Saturday

  4. Happy Birthday Maragret, hope you have a super week of celebrations..
    Your blanket made by many hands will be very well loved and cherished.
    It’s perfect weather for soup and parsnip is one of my favourites.
    If I had known you were good at jigsaws I would have posted my broken ink storage tray to you hee hee!!
    Happy WOYWW & Birthday Hugs Tracey #4

  5. I love how the blankets are a communal project…so much love going out to people that really need it. The finished result is special. The soups sound really yummy….well done you.
    Biggest hugs,
    Annie x #12

  6. Happy Birthday Margaret, hope you have a lovely day wherever it is you end up! Great colourful blanket, well done you for all the crochet and hooray for your lovely family for helping you this weekend!
    Hugs LLJ 6 xx

  7. Happy Birthday Margaret, I hope you have a lovely day. The soup sounds delicious, and just right for these autumn days that have crept up on us. I love the blanket, and what a good idea getting others to share the making of the squares. You are at the point that I get to when I decide I’ve had enough of the jigsaw and sweep it all back into the box, promising myself I’ll do the sky next time!! Good luck on getting it finished.
    Have a great week and enjoy your special day,
    Diana xx #13

  8. Hi Margaret, and Happy Birthday! Must feel good to have had so much achieved over the weekend. Soup sounds amazing, we all know how good your cooking is. 🙂 If you ever want any cards for any of your supported missions to sell, do ask me, please. I’d be more than happy to send a bundle to you. I always end up having far more than I will use. Sending love & hugs, Have a lovely week, Shaz #10 XxX

  9. I am ashamed that I didn’t know today was your birthday! Have a lovely day off and a treat or two please! Oh my gosh, your lovely family have done all the ‘get ready for winter’ jobs , it’s really coming. Mind you, the speed at which these Wednesdays roll around, it won’t last long! If you ever need to boost your card numbers for selling, let me know, I rarely use the cards I made as workshop samples and they are all ‘proper’ folded cards that you could enhance or pic apart or just plain use! That jigsaw looks marvellous, I can’t remember the last time I did a portrait style one, it took a lot of scrolling to get to the bottom! I have a jigsaw App on the iPad but it’s not the same. It will do though, till we have a room with a dining table in it again. It’s a beautiful Indian Summer’s day here, so I hope nothing less for your birthday. Xxxx

  10. I’m ashamed that I didn’t know today is your birthday. Huge happy returns to you , I hope you have a lovely day ‘off’ and allow yourself several lovely treats! This is my second attempt a t commenting and now I’ve read Shaz’s words above and they say pretty much what I was saying – I rarely use the cards I make as workshop samples and they sit in their little plastic bags doing nothing, so if I can boost your mission card box by sending some, please let me. You could pick them apart and use them as toppers or improve them or just use them! Lovely job with the blanket and as for the soups..oh yum. How like you to volunteer, my word those pans must hold a lot of soup! We are having your Mushroom soup for lunch on Saturday with friends prior to an afternoon out, and I’m already looking forward to it! Your lovely family have done the ‘get ready for winter’ jobs and that’s a sign that it’s definitely going to happen. But take heart, with the speed that these Wednesdays turn up, it’ll soon be over!

  11. Wow! Such a busy girl! The blanket is lovely, I’m sure it will be treasured. I love soup! Both sound delicious, but I would like to have some carrot and ginger soup please! Sounds like you are definitely going to busy for awhile yet! Good luck with the jigsaw! Happy fall, and Happy Birthday!!!! Have a great week, Lindart #21

  12. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day
    great jigsaw, but I am with you on the skies… we always used to make Dad do them, but that’s no good when it’s you (or me) on our own!!
    Helen (thanks to Jan who linked me 7)

  13. Have a wonderful Birthday!
    How you have managed to fit in a jigsaw along with all else beats me. How great that the family rallied round at the weekend – feeding the visiting workers is a very important job!
    The soups sound really tempting.
    Take care and enjoy the day!
    God Bless
    Christine #22

  14. That’s what I call a successful weekend! Have a wonderful birthday. Love Jigsaws… we always used to do one at Christmas – the worst one my Dad ever produced was a castle in the snow, lots of grey and white and not a lot else – it took forever! That blanket is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely day. God Bless. Caro x (#23)

  15. First of all – Happy Birthday! Folk are in for treat with your soups! T is determined to get across one Thursday!!! Well done with the jigsaw – we have one ready for darker nights! Great that your family turned up to help with all those tasks! Love that the blanket was made by friends! Hugs, Chris 24

  16. Hi Margaret, and Happy birthday! Love your new look … you can tell I haven’t been around for quite a while as this is the first time I’ve seen it! Kevin has done you proud. Looks as though you and Shaz had a great time while she was here – life will be so quiet without her, I’m sure. The blanket looks very colourful and cosy. I’m certain your soups will be delicious and very warming too. Lovely to have such a helpful family and I’m sure John’s grave will surely be a picture come springtime. Hugs, Elizabeth x #19

  17. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great celebration!!
    Great little blanket, so cheery! Just adorable!
    And that’s a LOT of soup! I have a couple recipes I like to make but during the winter.
    How beautiful John’s grave will be come spring.
    God bless!
    Carol N #18

  18. HI Margaret, ooh your church is lucky to have you lady 🙂 I think the puzzle on the board is a brilliant idea for being able to move it before its all the way done if needed. 🙂 ~Stacy #20

  19. Happy Belated WOYWW. That blanket looks lovely – so bright and cosy. It is early morning here (woken with pain, itchy skin and a hot flush – not the best combo!), but reading about your soup has made me hungry. I used to do jigsaws (and that one is gorgeous), but not for years. Can you send your family over to help out over here?! We have so many jobs to do around the house/garden, and I struggle to keep on top of it all. I continue to dream of when we live in a smaller home – and hopefully a bungalow too. Ali x #25

  20. Well, I for one, can recommend the soup it’s delicious! I hope you have a lovely birthday Margaret and get out and about to enjoy it. Your little blanket will be much loved I am sure. I have been knitting Christmas pud covers for choc oranges this week – all in a good cause of course! xx Jo

  21. Busy as always and no surprise you volunteered to make soup for your week of lunches. You really are a lovely lady.
    Love the blanket you did the crocheting on, someone over there will be so thankful for it when it arrives.
    Afraid my jigsaw making is via the computer and nowhere near as many pieces as you have here. Mind you my little ones kept me happy at night in the villa whilst on holiday.
    How nice to have the family over and what a lovely way to share the workload with them doing the jobs around the house and you keeping the tummies full.
    God Bless You
    Hugs, Neet 27 xx

  22. Hi Margaret, Fab blanket.

    Glad the family have been there to help out with the various jobs.

    You are kind to make the soup.

    That jigsaw looks very difficult.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #11

  23. My word, you’ve been busy this week, Margaret! Love the blanket for Uganda, and I envy you your TWO big stock pots! I’ve got one, and use it a lot. I love making soup. So healthy, and so much more delicious than the bought stuff. Thank you for your visit – yes, lots of layers to get my pieces how I wanted them. As they say, motto for the mixed media artist: “In mixed media, there are no mistakes, just more layers”!! I assembled the bottom part of the boxes last night and am awaiting the hardware from Ebay before I can complete the rest.

    Resting today – extremely tired after all my recent activities (overdoing things as usual…)

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #9

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