Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Housekeeping: in the Home and on the Blog

Mid-July.
Winter.
School holidays.
Tour de France on TV.
(Is anyone participating in the 'Tour de Fleece' activity? Not me.)

I am sitting in a house full of boxes and being subjected to paint fumes while my home is being painted inside and out for the first time since it was built 21 years ago.
Happy 21st Birthday home!



Yes, another excuse for too long between blog posts but the job needed to be done. The winter school holiday break is the time to do it when I have extra hands at home and it is not too hot. 

I used to love the summer and one would expect summer to be the time for getting paint dry quickly but I cannot tolerate physical exertion in the hot summer months any more. The metabolism protests. (Annoying autoimmune problems!)

Housekeeping in the Home

We managed the painting job by packing up half the house and shifting as much as possible into the other half. When the first half was painted we reversed it so it has been an exhausting business of packing and unpacking. Like moving house without going anywhere.  The planning, organising and coordination of all the family members while maintaining a functioning household was mentally exhausting too.

Inevitably my health has suffered (and is still suffering) but the main thing is we survived without any ambulance calls or hospital trips despite having the boundaries of my physical capacity severely tested.  It has taken some weeks to be well enough to concentrate on anything and the family room is still a stack of boxes as I take my time to unpack.

It's the opportunity to do a proper cleaning and sorting job. Nothing goes back unless it is clean and worth keeping.  21 years: a long time for a family to accumulate 'stuff' and needs change in that time.  All of the packing has motivated the rest of the family (at last) to become enthusiastic all at once about having a super clean-up at long last.

Housekeeping on the Blog

Meanwhile at Lupey Loops, Blogger has made changes to its platform in the light of new data privacy laws in the European Union.  

It is my understanding that Lupey Loops readers in the European Union should be informed with a dialog box on screen that Blogger uses 'cookies'.  I think Blogger will do that automatically. I don't see a dialog box in Australia. If you are in the EU, please let me know whether you have come across such messages when accessing Lupey Loops. 

As for your data, I am all for privacy. I will never share or sell anyone else's information without consent.  Blogger only shares with me data that you have consented to share. So far the only data I have had access to are email and/or blog addresses linked to comments which enables me to reply to your comments and find your blogs or Blogger profiles.

Another result of Blogger's changes is that it reset its default settings and stopped sending me notifications of when people leave comments on Lupey Loops. If you have left a comment anywhere on Lupey Loops in the past month or two and I haven't responded, it could be that I am unaware of your comment being posted, especially if it was posted on an older blog entry. 

It has taken me a while to work out how to fix the notification problem but it should be fixed now.

I apologise if I have missed anyone's comments and do let me know if you are still waiting to receive a response.  

Remember you can always contact me in other ways too:

Email: jodiebodiecrochets@gmail.com
Ravelry: Jodiebodie
Instagram: jodiebodiecrochets
Twitter: Jodiebodie2

I have not been using Pinterest because it is too deep a rabbit hole right now so although I still maintain a Pinterest account, consider Pinterest an absolute last resort.

Winter Wheelspin

Meanwhile, the Tour de France is on television. A perfect excuse to join the 'couch peloton' with crochet hook in hand to appreciate elite cycling against the picturesque backdrop of the French countryside and Alps.

If you are a spinner, you may wish to participate in Ravelry's Tour de Fleece spin-along inspired by the Tour de France bicycle race. Details here: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/tour-de-fleece

Whether with hooks, needles, a spindle or wheel(s),
I bid you happy crafting!  

"Allez! Allez!"








P.S. More Blog Housekeeping 23 July 2018
A new question appeared on an older blog entry about my 'Baby Blue Cardigan with Lacy Edging' so I just want to make a note here that the question has been answered and can be found in the comments here: https://lupeyloops.blogspot.com/2014/11/oh-no.html  or on my Ravelry project page: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/Jodiebodie/cardigan-with-lacy-edging

4 comments:

  1. I started with tour de fleece but I am teachng this week and by the time I get home from school after a 12 hour day I am tooooo tired to spin.
    So happy to read your blog and hear about your comings and goings and doings.

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    1. It's nice to know that you are happy despite tiredness. I didn't realise you were still teaching. I know you won't be able to stay away from your spinning for too long so no drama! The Tour de France goes for 3 weeks so there's plenty of time. (I'm watching a replay of Stage 15 right now - talk about tiredness, I fell asleep before the end of the live broadcast because that doesn't finish until 1:00-2:00 a.m. here.)

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  2. Thank you for your visit to my blog and advice regarding the wooden handmade button. I must admit I hadn't given any thought to washing it. Glad you are able to potter and get some unpacking done, take your time.

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    1. I hope your wooden embellishments are hardier than mine. My shop-bought button was not that sturdy however one of the woodcraft artisans at my local gallery provides a supply of hand-crafted buttons and toggles. They are wonderfully tactile and attractive and I hope they will be more robust as well. Meanwhile, the unpacking continues...

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