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Wednesday 23 January 2019

Bad News and Good News

Hello There!

Well the bad news is that my Hero Next Door did indeed have to smash his way in through the tiles to fix the leak.  A washer on the water inlet into the toilet had perished and was causing the problem.  He cut from underneath in the craft room first but concluded that he couldn't reach the problem and the only course of action was to smash.
What a difference a day makes!  He fixed the leak, cut new tiles ~ luckily we had some spares ~ and he's added an (easily) removable piece of wood to the top "in case it happens again."  I just need to grout around the replacements now.

Downstairs in the craft room he's patched the ceiling with new plasterboard and will skim over with plaster later on.  For now things are drying out above.  
The other good news is that Master Clicky passed his driving test yesterday.  Apparently the examiner was extremely pleasant and they chatted away during the test!  When he got in from work we sorted out the insurance on 'his' (Mr Clicky's old) car.  He was however, a little reluctant to drive to work this morning, because we had snowfall during the night.  He left a bit later, I told him to take it steady and he went off ok.  Let's hope he gets home in one piece!
The snow has mostly gone now, and it's getting chilly.  I have lots of dust to sort out in the bathroom.

Bye for now...........Clicky Needles.

Monday 21 January 2019

Oh Dear!

Hello All.

Well it's all go around here.

Mr Clicky went back to Chicago only to stay for a week and then came back home to the UK Head Office to work on a project he is involved in.  He wasn't keen to come back but Chicago wanted representation and he drew the short straw.  He departed back this weekend and flew into O'Hare and into the snow and freezing conditions that North America is experiencing right now.  His plane took three attempts to land in between snow and ice clearing.  At least he wasn't on a United flight which slipped off the end of the runway the same afternoon.   The cold is predicted to stay with Saturday lows of -19 degrees C and highs of -12 degrees C. 

I am carrying on with my sorting and clearing and to this end I have got a lovely skip for the remains of the builders rubbish.  It's about 2/3 full now.  I have been rummaging through wardrobes and cupboards to rationalise 'things' and if there are clothes that haven't been worn lately they are going to charity.  
I went into the craft room a week or so before Christmas and found this on the floor,
and this above.
I tried ignoring it for a bit (!) but as we all know that never works, so there was nothing for it but to cut into the ceiling to find out where it was coming from.  Unfortunately all this hole told us was the water wasn't coming from there.
Another hole was needed and we found the source.  It appears that the leak is from the toilet in the en-suite above, which is unfortunately, a sealed system and fully tiled.
I tried to get hold of our plumber but couldn't, so I went in desperation to our lovely next door neighbour who is builder and he very kindly offered to have a look.  He's coming round tonight to try and fix it from underneath otherwise "we'll have to smash the tiles to get to it."  I am trying to remain positive.

Although all the Christmas decorations are long gone and packed away, I am still enjoying this little tree I bought in the supermarket.  I did actually buy it for Miss Clicky as a present but couldn't part with it!

Also in the supermarkets now my first bunches of daffodils.  These have a wonderful delicate scent and a slight variation in colour are making me smile.
I have been knitting too, and thought it was about time that I tried out some socks using magic loop instead of five needles.
Do I like it better?  The answer is I'm not sure but I shall carry on persevering for a while.
I have my Dark Pearl cardigan on the needles too.  The main body is knit in one piece and then the front lace panel is picked up and knitted across ways.  I am using Drops Alpaca so it will be lightweight but very warm, the lace panel is very easy and I am enjoying it hugely ~ nearly finished too!
Well that's me for now, as I type water drips into a bucket on the floor, fingers crossed we can it get sorted soon.

As always, have fun.................Clicky Needles.

Tuesday 1 January 2019

Happy New Year!

Hello Folks!

Firstly I hope you a Happy and Peaceful New Year.  My Christmas has been lovely, some family filled days and some days with just Mr Clicky and me.  He arrived back from Chicago on the 21st December and he will be returning on 5th January and it's been great to have him home. 

As I mentioned in my last post I have been making things.  I got a call from a lovely old friend to ask if I would make a crochet blanket for her granddaughter's new pram, made by granddad.  Of course I said yes and made a bright cheerful little 30cm square.  I so enjoyed making this and I added some tiny pom-poms to the edges.

The pom-pom bug bit and I then made more, to decorate one (!) of my Christmas Trees.
As I am no longer working and have more time I also made Christmas Cards.

A chunky scarf for my friend's birthday on Boxing Day; made with some chunky yarn and some more pom-poms for good measure.

My (big) christmas tree this year had an orange/bronze tone.  I used some wooden decorations from previous years and made some new ones, dried oranges, stuck star gift tags together and filled glass baubles with beads and foil paper I got from Amazon.
Can you see the little orange felt fox?  I made him too, I love the way he looks all snuggled up in his scarf.

The rest of this week Mr Clicky and me are doing a bit of work around the house, and sorting out some things for him to take back to Chicago.

As always, have fun.............Clicky Needles.