I didn’t mean to disappear for quite so many days, but I have had a difficult week.
I finally left the job I used to love that had turned into a nightmare. I shall miss the staff team terribly and I shall always believe in the work we did, but there was a change at the top and … for the sake of my family and my sanity, I had to walk away.
But I don’t want to dwell on the negative, I want think about other things …
A is for AUNTS with birthdays in April. I’m knitting a lovely neckwarmer in Posh Yarn for one and I have in mind a cowl from some lovely Fyberspates DK that has been in my stash for so long for the other.
C is for CLEARING THE DECKS. I have a final batch of books to introduce, a project page to update, and an update post to write.
D is for DEAD SMILE. The only novel by C C Vyvyan, whose writing I fell in love with last year. It’s a very rare book but the Morrab Library has a copy that I can read there. That’s just what I plan to do before I find a new job.
E is for ETTA. I’ve not knitted a hat for a while but this one is calling and I have a skein of the recommended yarn that I could use.
F is for FILLING THE GAPS. I need to read those books I’ve been meaning to read for ages as well as new books and books to be cleared out. And I’m sure there are some posts I need to add to the project blog.
G is for GROOMING. Border terriers have double coats and twice a year they must have the harsh top-coat stripped to reveal the new coat beneath. So very soon Briar will be off to the groomers and she should look very smart, and feel much cooler, when she emerges.
H is for HAYLE RUGBY CLUB. They have a weekly car boot sale. We’ve been a few times and now we’re decided to pay our £5 for a pitch and clear out some books and some other things that have been hanging around for far too long.
J is for JAMRACH’S MENAGERIE by Carol Birch. I loved the look of this book when I saw it on the longlist for the Orange Prize, but the Cornish Library Service doesn’t have a single copy. Jennifer from Canongate was kind enough to send me a copy, and reading it is high on my list of priorities.
K is for KNITTING. It’s lovely to have a little more knitting time. First I shall finish the aforementioned birthday knits. Then I shall look at the other projects in progress and decide whether to finish or frog. And when I am up to date and organised I shall look at reducing my stash and my Ravelry queue.
L is the next letter is my Crime Fiction Alphabet. The book is read and a post should be appearing tomorrow.
N is for NOTHING. I need to wind down and learn not to feel guilty about sometimes doing nothing at all.
O is for ORGANISATION. Needed on many fronts!
P is for PYM. On my last day at work I had to go to the bank to sort a few things out. Afterwards I popped into a nearby charity shop and spotted a collection of Barbara Pym’s writings that I didn’t know existed: Civil to Strangers and Other Writings. It was just 75p, so of course I snapped it up.
Q is for QUEUE. I am in the library queue for rather a lot of books at the moment. When I resigned I decided to line up a few books for when I wasn’t working, and then the longlist for the Orange Prize was published. I found more books that I wanted to read that weren’t in my library but could be ordered in from other libraries in the county …
R is for RIVER. I’m halfway through Invisible River by Helena McEwan and it’s lovely. I must thank Alice at Bloomsbury for letting me have a copy.
T is for TIME. There are so many things that I can do with just a little more time.
U is for UNMATCHED MITTEN. Last time I wrote an A to Z post, quite a few months ago, it featured a single mitten. I still haven’t knitted its partner but I really must.
W is for WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT by Sarah Winans. A lovely debut novel, recommended to me by Helena at Headline.
X is for … I’m not quite sure what. I have possibilities for all of the outstanding letters in my Crime Fiction Alphabet but X is going to be tricky. There are a couple of possibilities, but neither of them are really calling me.
Y is for YARN FORWARD. One of my favourite knitting magazines, but I must remember that it has been renamed so now I need to look for Knit!
Z is for ZZZZZ. Well, it is getting late!