Well March has flounced out of the year with an impressively chilly, windswept, grey and rainy exit so I guess it's time for me to summarise the last 31 days ... in numbers.
[If you're new here and you'd like to join in the number-crunching community then you can read all about it here].
It seems only fitting that we start off with something particularly noteworthy, something that hasn't happened for 16 years ...
9.34am = the time when the 90[ish]% partial eclipse reached peak coverage:
So I just sat in my workroom, camera on the tripod, clutching the UV film [folded over several times into a burned-retina-avoiding 10 layers lens] and watched the whole thing; alternating the lens between my eyes and the camera to both enjoy the experience there and then - in the moment - and to capture lots of photos for prosperity!
Now on to a more mundane experience - one which, unlike an eclipse - occurs more often than every 15 or so years.
But only slightly more often ...
41 = the number of items I ironed in my first ironing session since possibly around November 2014!
And, as I certainly didn't go naked through the winter, what this goes to show is:
- just how many leggings, stretchy jerseys, jeans and chunky jumpers I've been wearing - none of which I ever iron anyway and ...
- just how many clothes the pair of us have that we could keep returning to the wardrobe to find other crease free items to wear until either of us could face the ironing pile!
56p = the fine I had to pay on my overdue library books:
After paying for my crimes and taking out 4 more books we went for tea ...
A 9" square take-out cake box ...
... to carry 2 tiny cakes!
They were quite delicious though, and hey, size isn't everything I guess ... which reminds me ...
And because I'm constantly deleting them I hadn't really ever kept track of just how many drop in each day. But when I logged back in after those 3.5 days I was pretty impressed!!
BTW: I check my SPAM folder not because I'm worried about 'real' mail making its way in there [it happens rarely] but rather because in amongst the vile click bait and the Viagra offers there's plenty in there that makes me laugh. Occasionally I'll entertain James by reading out a list of the best/worst/most bizarre to have landed that week [I know what you're thinking .. that it must be a laugh-a-minute round our house ...] when he often has to look at the screen to check I'm not just making them up. But I think that's the start of a post all of its own ...
So, yes, I had those 570 treats awaiting me upon my return ... but where had I been?? Well ... here:
12 = the number of times I've attended a 'Crafting in the Country' weekend with my friends.
- However, this was only the 3rd time we've stayed here, at the picturesque Grisedale Barn, Threshfield, N.Yorkshire.
- 7 of us went this time ... there was meant to be 8 but at the very last minute, 1 had to stay home. Which was doubly a shame as there'd been planned a surprise Hen party for the person in question which involved 20 pink balloons, party poppers and several cocktails.
- Not that we let the lack of the guest of honour stop us enjoying it all any way!
- That aside - all that clicking and catching of ping pong balls provided some much needed cardio-vascular exercise. Up until that point the most activity we'd seen all weekend was when we spent 15 minutes rummaging for bargains in a sale box of crafting 'bits' at the Harrogate Papercraft Extravaganza!
- Following the click and catch game we lost several of the ping pong balls and so that night, in pyjamas, and with torch in hand I went on hunt under all the furniture. I found 2 balls and - strangely - another ping pong ball that wasn't even from our game!!!
- Really ... what are the chances of you going to hunt for a lost ping pong ball, in a rental cottage in the middle of nowhere, and finding one that isn't one of the ones you brought with you?
I also came home with:
- 2 belated birthday presents;
- and 7 rainbow-themed gifts:
And to complete our rainbow theme Jean [how many's that so far this year Jean?] made cakes that included 4 of the 7 colours with a deep indigo lavender and honey cake [which I forgot to photograph ... I just ate it instead!] plus these 3-colour citrus lovelies:
And finally for my cottage-themed stats:
- Due to transport logistics 4 of us had to make the journey home together in he same car that only 3 of us travelled there in. So things were a little ... shall we say 'cosy' in there:
On the way home from the cottage, in the cosy car, we held on to the holiday feeling for a little longer by stopping for breakfast at Billy Bob's Parlour ... a brilliant, but utterly unexpected, American diner in the heart of the English countryside! [Seriously, if you're ever nearby the Skipton area you must drop in!]
There I had the 2 best pancakes I've eaten since I holidayed in Florida in 1989! With a side of streaky bacon and lots of maple syrup:
And lastly for March, while we're on the subject of the US ...
... in March the majority of orders in my Etsy shop were placed by customers in the US which spurred me to start keeping a list of which of the 50 states I've had the pleasure to post to. And so far in 2015 it's ...
11 out of 50:
It would be fun to think I could post out papery inspiration to all 50 states ... I guess I'll have to start researching how I can best market my shop to the remaining 39 now ...
Well, those were my numberly musings ... how about yours?
As ever you're welcome to join me and the statistical summarisers who keep me company while I'm memory-keeping-by-numbers.
And if you just dropped in to catch up - hello!!! It's nice to have got to share the last 31 days with you.
Wishing you a fresh and shimmering April ahead!