Oh, come on. Get on with it!

I can’t believe that these posts are spacing at a month+.  How time rushes by!

I’m not letting myself do all the things I want to until the organisation of this house is properly achieved.  I am far too weak-willed to trust that I would ever get back to it. In addition I am a champion procrastinator.  Sigh.

I am an inveterate hoarder, and daughter of an even worse hoarder, and am trying desperately to change my ways, but old dogs, new tricks….

I have so many things from my mother and grandmother that aren’t really worth keeping save for sentimental reasons and those are the hardest to dispose of.  Whereas I am happy to give some things away, sell, donate to charities, what I cannot do, or only with the greatest of difficulty, is lift the lid of the dustbin.  I’m even thinking I might sell some of my fabric.  What???  Wool – no.

My mother ingrained in me the ‘don’t waste anything – it might come in useful’ ethos.  Consequently I find myself hanging on to all sorts of rubbish, some of it hers.  I have started a pile of, ‘Now listen!  You won’t ever use that, and what do you think you are going to do with a rusty nail, such a small scrap of paper, three square inches of fabric, few inches of yarn,’ and so on.  It’s hard my friends, it’s hard.

I have to say though, that once I start it is quite a liberating feeling. STUFF is a burden and after years of having to buy a house big enough to take my worldly goods I do realise that it needs to be tackled so that it isn’t left to someone else if, (when), I shuffle off this mortal coil.

I’m still unpacking and sorting out and now the charity shops have 98% of my wardrobe.  And kitchen come to that.  It is so difficult fitting into a much smaller house.


Change of heart.  Ready to change these shelves around to being side by side.

 I’ve decided that releasing clothes that no longer fit, thus massively depleting my choice of things I can wear, is a creative way to whittle down my very large fabric stash, (and wool!).  Clever, eh?  What I have to do now is make the time to sew, knit and crochet!

It’s even more necessary than it was before my efforts as I inadvertently took a large bag of clothes I’d intended to keep to wear, to sell or were unworn, still with the labels on, to the charity shop, along with the bags I actually intended for them.  A classic example of overdosing on decluttering.

I have actually read the two blog books I ordered so will be gradually – slowly I expect – be hastening the learning curve for improving what I produce. I haven’t yet told anyone what I’m doing so I hope I can soon magic up something with some shape and structure.  Then I can try it out on friends.  Good fun really.

On a learning curve

I have just realised that today would have been our wedding anniversary if I’d stayed married to my long-divorced ex.  Although I’ve been perfectly happy ever since it does raise a question or two of how different life could have been if we’d stayed married.

I’ve been feeling sad about Helen Bayley who was murdered by the man she thought was her second chance of happiness, only to have been so horribly  deceived.  Thank heavens for all the happy and contented marriages out there which we so often don’t hear about.

My time haas been so taken up with unpacking and sorting out – and I’m still not finished.  The house I’m in now is much smaller than the one I left and has zero storage space.

I have bought industrial shelving, as the cheapest option, to store crates of wool, bags of fabric and various art supplies. These are filling the two spare bedrooms and with them and the as yet unpacked boxes I can hardly get in there.

I brought six dismantled bookcases with me for the downstairs rooms but still have to find some space for more books even though I gave away hundreds, (literally), before I left France.  I keep buying books too, so it’s a problem.

My French house. Not quite derelict when I bought it and subsequently much renovated.

The two I have ordered today are ‘how to’ books on building a blog because, believe me it isn’t as easy as everyone makes out. True, the basics are simple and straightforward but it’s the refinements that are trickier if you want to add a bit of individuality and play around with the appearance.

I’m quite comfortable working  with computers but so much advice relies on one having specialist technical knowledge which is often assumed.  It’s as if they are saying, “Oh right. You are daring to attempt something here so you must be practically an expert.”  Someone will say, “Do this”,  without explaining what “this” is, what it does, how to do it, or pointing the direction to a clear step by step explanation in words of one syllable.  Hence the two new book orders.

I’ll be back when I’ve learned a bit more.

Big mistake!

11th October 2016

It was a very bad idea to set up this blog in August whilst in the throes of moving house and finding somewhere else to live!  I originally started writing this post in September but didn’t publish it.  Now I’m going to try to catch up.

Moving from France back to the UK was relatively straightforward but with many niggling little issues to sort out all at the same time.

Once  back I have sold my French car – for a pathetic price –  bought a UK reg car, found somewhere else to live and gone through all of the fiddly official things such as insurances, road tax, council tax, changing names on utility accounts, setting up phone and broadband and buying things to replace what I left behind.

A sofa and chairs couldn’t be delivered till the end of November and a bed end of October so I bought a fold-up guest bed and am using it half folded during the day to serve as a temporary sofa.  Although I have the keys to the new place from the 14th October the removal men aren’t coming till the day after my bed is delivered on the 23rd so garden chairs are in use in the meantime.  It’s going to be a busy few days.

Washing machine, dishwasher and fridge-freezer deliveries on Thursday, bed on Friday and removals delivery on Saturday.

I might be gone some time……

First blog post

This blog has been at the back of my mind for a couple of years but a combination of procrastination and events delayed it till now.

The name Katactivity, (nothing to do with cats), came about because I have eclectic interests, always have some sort of activity on the go, and I am known as Kate, Kathy or Kathleen depending on whereabouts in the country I am and I expect Kat will be added here.  (Kathleen is my Sunday Best name only used by family or officials!)

My main activities however are primarily craft based – knitting, crochet, sewing, but with the addition of reading, gardening, baking and up till recently DIY.  Actually it would be easier to say what I’m not interested in because I will have a go at anything – especially in the craft field.  I have tried many and there are many more on my list.

Here I will be starting off on events leading up to now.