Saturday, 25 October 2014

Five Things I'm Pondering Right Now

Five things I'm pondering right now?


  1. Why you can't eat fudge and do crochet at the same time. Oh, no, wait, I know the answer to that one. TOO MUCH STICKY. And what a shame that is
  2. Why teenagers will never take a coat. "If your Mum had told you to take a coat, would you have done it?" she said. Actually, yes. My Mum could be scary. Or maybe rain in the 80's was wetter?
  3. Why the easiest sounding presents are the hardest to find. You'd think a black clock to go on a mantelpiece would be do-able. But apparently not. I've been to every shop in town, and then some. So now I have to tell my Mum her birthday present will be late. See 2 above.
  4. Why asking people for money is so very hard. All this talk of fund raising is bringing back memories of having to knock on doors when I was a Girl Guide. At least they aren't allowed to do that any more. Last night I had a dream that we ran a pop up curry restaurant in our kitchen and raised lots. Actually, I think it could work, though the chief fundraiser isn't convinced. But then she doesn't like curry, so that could be a stumbling block
  5. How to bring myself to unwrap this beautiful package from the lovely Julie of Notes On Paper



23 comments:

helena said...

ponderings, prompted by yours - perhaps there is a market for a fudge patch; is only I lived close enough to take advantage of the pop up curry place; how about selling some themed packs of things cut with your silhouette - words, shapes for xmas cards?

Lizzy Hill said...

Oh dear, sorry the fund raising is difficult..I think Helena's idea above is a goody! you've got fudge LEFT???!!!!!! And I just had a look at the little notes etsy shop...oooh...how Cute!! I think I'd want to stare at the parcel a little longer, too:):)))

scrappyjacky said...

My mum could definately be scary as well!!!

Barbara Eads said...

Back in the day, I was a full-time volunteer, fund raiser, so I can help with #4. Just remember that it's not personal. When you ask for money for your cause, people react one of three ways. They give you money gladly, they convey that they wish the could, or they turn you down flat. It's hard to do, but if you just keep in mind that it's not YOU they reject, it will help. Plus, I've found that turning you down flat rarely occurs. It's awkward, but most likely, who you ask will be asking you for something else! It all comes around!

Karen said...

Unlike Barbara, I hate fundraising. I hated it as a kid, and I still don't like asking anyone for money and will avoid it at all costs. I've learned to find other ways to help organizations in other ways.

Lesley G said...

1. Yep, far too sticky
2. Totally agree there although now it's her who does as she's told!!!
3. With your talent, you should be making one, that's what I did!
4. Yep, again, totally agree, I'm making folded books to raise money at the minute.
5. I'd struggle with that too!

Nathalie said...

Fun post! Teenagers are hard to figure out... I often see them here wearing hoodies with a 30C weather (insert shoulder shrug here :)

Sandra said...

If my mum said wear a coat ... Trust me, I wore a coat lol.

Maggie said...

Am I right in thinking that while you are having disturbed nights with nightmares about fundraising your daughter is sleeping well with sweet dreams. And I sympathise with the coat issue.

Jennifer Shaw said...

Oh that package is lovely! At least you have a photo of it before you undo it. I hated going door to door selling Girl Guide cookies too. I was so shy and it was a painful task for me. They still make the kids do it out here. I just bought some last week actually. When I was in elementary school, we even had to sell chocolate bars door to door. Each student had a limit that they had to sell. I think that by today's standards that is child slave labour and there are laws against that. ;)

Jo said...

Lovely ponderings. I use crochet and knitting to stop me eating things I shouldn't :)

Jennie Hart said...

I read somewhere that due to the extra hormones winding them up they actually do feel warmer (as well as needing to sleep longer). I used to hate wearing a coat but I love it now, so maybe there is something in it.

You have inspired me to get my hook out today, I will see if I can manage biscuits with it and let you know :D

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

My teenagers are the odd two out! Not because I'm scary (I don't think so anyway!) but because in my boy's mind it's "in the rules" to wear a coat if it's cold and/or raining and my girl follows suit. I was walking into town in the pouring rain last week and passed two children (12ish I'd say) one wearing full wet weather gear and the other in a short sleeved school shirt, soaked to the skin. I'm hoping a hot bath and something warming was awaiting him at home.

KraftyKaren said...

Mmmmmm my mum was too scary to disobey the rule of coats but as I have always felt the cold terribly that was one rule I never wanted to disobey LOL!! Try using a cocktail stick when you next want to eat whilst crafting, it definitely saves getting sticky fingers! The crafty parcel looks delightful and I can understand your reluctance to undo it all. I know where you are coming from about the fundraising - I do a big fundraiser every year from home and it is crazy but I do feel kind of embarrassed every time I promote it.

Becky said...

Hmm, if my mum said wear a coat I did. My two? Not a chance, yet if you ask them they will say that I could be scary too!

Melissa said...

I can see why these are things to ponder on. I'm not sure that I would have taken a coat either back then . . . but Mama was usually still sleeping when I headed off to school, so I was safe! I agree, asking for money is tough - I've hosted huge fundraising sit-down-meal banquets for a missionary organization, but that was ok because the money went to the organization. I do think it really teaches kids something to work to raise funds & is a valuable experience. I always buy from kids who knock on the door!

Theresa said...

number 2 is a big issue in our house at the moment - the extended warm weather has apparently convinced our teenager that autumn and winter have been cancelled this year, despite the definite nip in the air, and the sudden deluges from big fat clouds!! I feel for you regarding the fundraising - it's not easy to ask for money (unless you are a natural sales person), and totally agree on Julie's little parcels, wish I had thought to take a photo of mine. Have a good week.

Julie Kirk said...

I reckon you should just tear into the package! There's always plenty more where that came from and, if you're thinking about cracking it open, maybe that means you're about to start a little project? And *that's* definitely worth grabbing the twine by the horns. So to speak ...

I like Helena's idea of selling something crafty too - maybe even little packs of simple handmade Christmas cards. A square of folded card, a greeting / die cut / bit of sparkle. Done!

alexa said...

I have giggled at 2, in sympathetic recognition, and oohed and ahhed over 5 - a lovely thing indeed. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it :). Admiring your fund-raising thoughts and energy!

Louise said...

oohing and Awwing. Awwing at the coat..yes I worn one..didn't dare not. One of mine loves being warm so a coat he wears. Oohing at Julie's package x

Sandie said...

Lovely ponderings... a pop up curry restaurant sounds wonderful - let me know when you are open!
Glad to learn that you found your clock :)

Missus Wookie said...

Ewok takes ages to swap seasons so I sympathise. Perhaps you should get scary lessons? I have a friend who took up crochet so she couldn't eat in the evenings :)

Gail said...

Oh my, that is a lovely looking package. I had to chuckle at the thought of crocheting while eating fudge - yep probably not a good idea.

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