Hello my friends. Yes – awol again! Sorry folks There was nothing to show because my desk on the landing was totally unusable!


See what I mean? John’s computer, my old one… getting a bit crowded out there on the landing. The trouble is, I currently still need access to them both! – just occasionally. BUT…


… I have moved into the study – ie. John’s art space! A much better shaped desk, screen a little further away from my nose, and, yes, I am finally joining the 21st century – a webcam. Zoom-ability has arrived. So nothing to show on either desk except hardware – but I have been keeping myself out of mischief down in the lounge.


I assure you, Julia, I have hunted high and low for that missing piece – even tried hoovering the living room… but no sign – sorry.


And I have crocheted a baby blanket for a charity in the Midlands. Oh dear – I really should have taken the photo from a different angle, shouldn’t I? That settee cushion does look rather bad!

So, that’s it today, here on the North Wales coast. I took part in the big birdwatch this last weekend – and like most folks, discovered that you can see hundreds of birds at any time…. except the one hour you choose to do your counting! However, having a field behind me did mean I got to see 33 curlews feeding at the same time. Of course, Monday I looked up, having just recorded my results… and there were over 150 there! Oh well, there we go.

Do take care, my friends. Stay safe as the news gets ever more distressing each day. I don’t know how our medics are keeping going – seeing so much heartache, suffering and death day by day… their hearts must be breaking.

I pray that in the midst of all that is going on around us you would find the peace of God filling your hearts and minds. God bless each one of you.


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32 Replies to “WOYWW609”

  1. Missing puzzle pieces! BAH! I am thinking….scan the gap by placing the surrounding area on the scanner. Use Photoshop to define the gap rather than the surround. Convert it to a .SVG and cut a stack out of heavy cardstock on a cutting machine then hand paint the missing piece to match…

    get to it….


    Happy WOYWW to all!
    Mary Anne (1)

  2. Look forward to seeing you at our next Zoom get together then Margaret. Lovely blanket – I didn’t notice the cushion until you mentioned it lol. Hope the jigsaw piece does turn up eventually. Stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #10

  3. Good Morning to you, It is the middle of the night here, but I could not sleep. This is the 1st time in years we haven’t worked on jigsaw’s We have been playing a few board games to change things up a bit. TV is not good unless we watch the Oldies. Quit the news, can’t watch people getting shots in the arms all day. Our area has missed snowfalls, but lots close by, With no wind I enjoy going for walks for the fresh air. Feb has brought most school kids back into the schools . But here too the medics are overwhelmed. Hospitals full. I don’t envy what you are going thru with the computers. We need a new router but to pick up is a distance and road that direction are icy. They won’t mail even if I pay the shipping. A whole new world surrounds us. Enjoy each day, Stay Safe.

  4. Good morning Margaret
    It would seem we are in unison with the computer situation. I only occasionally go on our desktop but I darent get rid of it.
    How frustrating to be one piece short on your jigsaw but how great that you’ve completed that cheery blanket. Well done.
    Wishing you a good and busy week.
    Lynn xx 14

  5. Lots of lovely new technology at yours Margaret….I hope it serves you well. We are all warm and cosy here and staying safe….really hope you are too. Hopefully the outside world will reopen some time soon for us all.
    Annie x #9

  6. I love the soft colours on the blanket! I always get an itch to learn to crochet when I visit folks like you but I must resist another hobby! Well done on the jigsaw – it looks like a lot of blurred colours so I would have given up before I finished the edges on that one!

    My niece works on a covid ward as a HCA and we were both in tears on the phone the other day. She tells me it is very rewarding but, yes, heartbreaking right now. Stay safe and keep smiling, Lisa-Jane #2

  7. Morning Margaret! Had to chuckle about the birdwatch – we did it this year for the first time and yes, our normally crowded garden was pretty empty! Fortunately we had some starlings and parakeets arrive right at the end so we had a little something to contribute. Now I regularly hear shouts of ‘2 Robins’ or ’15 pigeons’ from the kids, so hey ho maybe we have got the next generation interested. Shame about the puzzle, it’s infuriating when that happens isn’t it? I didn’t notice your sofa either as I was distracted by that pretty blanket. I have to say mine looks much the same, it was earmarked for upgrading last Spring but well, lockdown. Not something I feel happy about ordering untested – these days I need to know I can get out of the sofa!! Happy WOYWW, stay well, stay safe, love n hugs Cindyxx #19

  8. I think someone tells the birds that the counting is going on and they all scarper! It’s happened to us when we’ve done the count in previous years too. Good to see your new tech up and running, hope you’ll be well sorted for a good few years to come. That missing piece is sooo annoying, I know the world will still turn but it’s infuriating. Lovely bright blanket, perfect for a child!
    Hugs LLJ 6 xxx

  9. The blanket is so pretty and I didn’t even notice the cushion until you mentioned it! Lovely that you can Zoom now, it will be nice to ‘meet’ you if we have another WOYWW zoom meeting.
    Hope you find the missing piece – how annoying!
    Have a good week and stay safe and well,
    Diana xx #23

  10. Its really annoying when one piece is missing maybe it was not there is the first place, The blanket is lovely and love the colours

    Take care and stay safe,

  11. I was so happy to get my vaccine but now I am not so with all the controversial talk about the AZ one (which I had). I am hoping it is just Europe and sour grapes. I can see me being a shut in for years at this rate!
    Nice that you have moved into John’s old room, I hope it works well for you in there. Will you move in there with crafting and everything? It must be great to have rooms to have for different purposes.
    Wondered if you could put a piece of card underneath the jigsaw where the piece is missing, draw around the shape (hole) and make a piece to fit in so that the next person has some idea of which bit is missing. Just a thought.
    Blessings, Neet (a non jig sawer) xx

  12. Oh tell me about the hardware. Hubby is currently sorting my PC as one of the drives died. So I’m confined to phone and tablet for comments at present! Shame about the jigsaw, lovely picture all the same. Oh and I could have mistaken your sofa for mine, same colour same wear, super blanket though. Thanks for you encouraging words about my situation much appreciated. God bless BJ #25

  13. Forgot to say I had similar problems for the big bird watch. Although birds have been quite scarce lately anyways. I kept a general watch over the 3 days noteing times and sightings and submitted the best hour in the end. It was too cold to sit for an actual hour especially when a big zilch, zero, nothing came along. Did see a nuthatch though. Chose that hour with the gold finches magpies blackbird and Robin

  14. Shame about the missing piece, bet it’s sitting somewhere just waiting for you to find it. My usual search for something like this starts down the sides of the sofa and chairs. Always good if you can remember where you were the last time you used it too. If that doesn’t work just forget about it for a while and it usually appears as if by by magic Lol! Take care and have a lovely woyww, Angela x16x

  15. How exciting, moving into a new space! I see the old one has been completely invaded by the dreaded tech! Love the baby blanket, and until you mentioned it, I never noticed the sofa cushion. It just shows it’s been loved and sat upon a lot! That jigsaw is a very pretty picture. I love the glow of light coming from the windows. Shame about the missing piece but it doesn’t really detract from the picture.

    Thank you for your visit, and I agree with you in prayer for Shaz and Doug. I am glad you are enjoying the progress of the kitty throw. There will be plenty of other kitty faces too, but appliquéd ones. Crocheting the face into the square as you make it is a lot more difficult and takes ages. All the appliquéd ones will require embroidery too.

    Happy WOYWW and God bless,
    Shoshi x #15

  16. Hi again Margaret,
    Thanks so much for your visit to mine and just to answer your question about why I don’t like Oxides – I find they look chalky as if I’ve used the chalk bag that you rub over before stamping and then not bothered to wipe the excess off. Silly I know, but it’s just enough to irritate me when I’m working with them! I hope you are having a nice day – we’ve had non stop rain so far, it’s definitely a jigsaw sort of day, which is what I’ll be doing when I have a few more visits under my belt!!
    Diana xx

  17. I did laugh at Mary Anne’s comment as I scrolled down! the jigsaw does look good though, even with a piece missing! I still have m old tower unit too, I mean to take the bits out of it to use in mixed media but have to find a screwdriver….. enjoy the new tech though! Helen ‘#3

  18. Hi Margaret, ooh that is interesting that you are counting birds. ( I live on the Pacific flyway here) and there is usually an “winter wings festival” that happens in Feb. with photographers and birders doing things, and field trips. I miss that, but try to make time to stop and just view what’s here at the moment when I am doing the ice run. Love the blanket. My MIL has just gotten an iPhone so, the idea of facetime has really helped a lot too. I love that you have a web cam that is smart. ~Stacy #30

  19. That’s an amazing jigsaw and I love the baby blanket. So good to see the camera – now your family will be able to enjoy your presence on zoom there will be no stopping you! Your schedule of devotions sounds fantastic – I recognise what a lot of work is involved. I have had to record service components this week, and have to write a testimony to say at a celebration of lay ministries service on Saturday. I really don’t know what I am going to say so am praying for inspiration!. Happy WOYWW. I hope that you have a good week. Take care and stay safe. With love & God Bless, Caro x (#10)

  20. Hi, Margaret!

    Lovely puzzle, even with a missing piece! I think that is how most of us go through life. Hoping that even with missing pieces, there will be people out there who will love and accept us! I think you have given me the title for my next short story! :D)

    Your blanket is pretty! I love yellow and white for babies.

    Chana Malkah, #32

  21. Lovely bright baby blanket and a lovely jigsaw. Shame about the missing piece, but it’s still good. Have a great week Angela #17

  22. One missing piece is always soooo hard to accept ~ Your blanket is wonderful 🙂 I want to do more bird watching someday ~ I’ve been to a few events and really enjoyed them ~ I love watching other people get excited about what they love!! ~ Enjoy your week ~ Karen#27

  23. Thanks for your visit. The car’s is going in thursday Tomorrow. It’s a fault many have had and the main dealer will pay for it! But of course the garage has never heard of that! I have found out what the die is, and its missing a bit, but that doesn’t matter! I was thinking maybe you’ve hoovered up your jig saw or it’s got stuck on the bottom of a shoe or tea cup. Not that I know very many puzzles, but they can be a bit sneaky! We had a Red Kite zoom into (crashed!) our bird table once, (not for the bird food) then took off like a jump jet, straight up with a blue tit. We haven’t seen many blue tits since!
    Keep Crafting! Stay Safe! Happy WOYWW ((Lyn)) #20

  24. So frustrating! We did a 2000 piece puzzle that took forever to finish and at the end there were three pieces missing. We left it “un”finished on the table and slowly we started finding the missing pieces one was actually in my upstairs closet! LOL. I have no idea how it got there. I love the yellow and white crocheted blanket. So pretty! Have a great week. Dorlene #31

  25. Well done on completing the puzzle even with the missing piece. Love the crocheted blanket and I am sure it will be appreciated. I think we have all had to take great leaps in IT knowledge to start to use webcams and zoom etc, etc. Forced my little brain to expand a tad. Have a lovely week.
    Sandra de

  26. Isn’t that always the way? It’s always just one puzzle piece missing, and the birds always do a runner.

    Same with a local cat, I’m trying to film my dogs when we get to this particular house – the boy creeps along the wall and peers round, looking to see if this cat is by their front door, and it’s never there. When I’m not filming, it is! Sheesh!

  27. Back to comment on your being a “Midland girl”because I got confused with “Glitter and Glue” and “Artycraftystuff”. I wondered where in the Midlands you came from? I lived in Studley till I was 9. My aunt lives in Alvechurch. Like most places I suppose Studley has changed a great deal. My Aunt has a strong Birmingham accent although my mother and grandmother and great Aunt didn’t. I always got told off if I came back from my Aunts with a “Brummy ” accent. We moved from there to Romford, Essex and from there to Basingstoke, Hampshire. When my husband and I moved to Wales both my parents and my sister moved here too. I consider Wales my adopted country!

  28. Hi Margaret! In my house missing pieces are usually related somehow to the cat…! Glad you can Zoom now, so many possibilities! The blanket looks beautiful and sunshiny! Stay safe and have a great week! Thanks for your visit, Lindart #33

  29. Margaret….I have to say, I am very impressed with your future computer setup! It’s better than mine for sure!!! I sure hope it all get’s sorted out soon. I know that can be aggravating to not be organized and have everything working! Love the baby blanket! So precious and a sure blessing for someone! I am always the late one in the crowd when it comes so anything like your bird-watching fiasco! That totally would have been my story! It happens like that for me with sales as well! Oh well, at least I have a knack for something, aye??? LOL Good luck finding that puzzle piece – it would be in never-never land at my house! LOL Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! The tent sounds bigger than it really is. It’s a ten-man tent if you are all squished on top of one another. Really 6 is all you would want to have in there for comfort! We will have just that! LOL Stay safe and healthy! Felicia #28

  30. Oh no Margaret that poor jigsaw, you know that piece will pop up in the most unusual of places i’m sure although I quiet like it with the missing piece, it’s a story in itself.
    It’s vital to have a proper computer set up in this house as Hubby & my youngest Son use it for work, they couldn’t do what they do without a solid piece of equipment, but a laptop does the job for me. The little blanket looks very cosy, will keep a wee one so snug and warm,
    Wishing you well this weekend, stay safe & creative Hugs Tracey xx

  31. Thanks for your visit Margaret – and yes I did complete my 365 ATCs in 2017 – have not challenged myself since but I still have a lot going on… I think I have a blog post every day!

    Lovely blanket – I understand the comment about the photo though. Usually you can see the specks of dust etc in my card photos…

    Happy WOYWW!
    Stay safe and keep well!
    I am hoping to visit everyone this week – unfortunately last week I just couldn’t make it…
    Susan #8
    Calling All Crafters! – My Blog!

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