Tuesday, April 20, 2010

ready-threaded needles and carrot soap

Lucky me. Lucky to return from Brussels last week hotly pursued by the cloud of volcanic ash. Lucky to not be stuck out there engaging in light international chitchat in the EU tower-blocks and moping disconsolately around the chocolate shops, missing the rowdies, the novelty of the hotel sewing-kit with Ready-Threaded Needles rapidly wearing thin.

[READY-THREADED NEEDLES - is this a new trend or have I led a sheltered life?]

And on to Dublin, to party and stock up in Avoca with all manner of things I nearly need. When next you visit, the guest bathroom will have carrot soap. And to meet many lovely friends (hello, lovely friends) and stroll around the handbag shops, a final fling at being a brand victim before I finish reading Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Lustre. And to eye hotel interiors, but see no design that could hope to rival this for creative beauty.

[Clarence and Clarence in the Clarence Hotel]

And back to a country lane, where the butterflies scorn the no-fly order. Lucky, lucky me.

Flicking through the latest imaginary issue of Global Blogging News, I noticed that the done thing is to have one's blog on Facebook, so I did just that. I don't see the point of multiple fa├žades, but the done thing must be done. I'd try Twitter next I only could summon the will.

37 comments:

  1. So good to hear something GOOD happening under the cloud of ash! I'm starting to worry about the horses in Iceland...I'm wondering if they're running from the ash...
    Anyway, glad you're home safe and back to your wittiness. I envy your visit to Brussels...I wanna get there someday...

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  2. You really are funny. Love your posts and humour.

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  3. aw schucks, your too kind , thanks for the link,
    Had I known you were in Dublin and PRETTY NEAR ME...we could have done earl grey tea and ginger nairns ......next time??? .
    ps. I am terrified of facebook and horrified at twitter.
    Your very brave.

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  4. ready-threaded neeedles?
    ready- threaded needles?

    i am agog.

    whatever next.

    actually if my sewing machine was and remained ready-threaded and bobbin-filled then it might not collect such a thick coat of dust and drive me to the very edge of despair every time i use it.

    i don't get the blog + facebook thing, i don't really like facebook. i call it farcebook. what is the point? is it so all your followers become your FB friends and you look really really popular? to add to the inside scoop of getting to know fellow bloggers? what? what? tell me.

    gosh, this comment is getting on to be blog-post length. perhaps we should do that Mise, write ourselves a blog together!

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  5. Jaboopee, I'd love to see you and your gala house and will get in touch before my next trip. Would the nairns be sprinkled with Marigold stock?

    Nath, it's not at all clear to me why blogs get put on facebook but as soon as the slightest reason emerges from my experiment I'll be in touch. Please remain on standby and take only light refreshment till you hear from me.

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  6. So glad to hear you did not get caught in the volcanic dust! And, I'm envious of your trip to Dublin - hubby and I had such fun there.

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  7. The Clarences get my vote. (Ready-threaded needles a close second.) Relieved to hear the ash spared you, Mise xx

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  8. I'm glad to hear you made it - skirts held high - just ahead of ash armageddon.

    But I wouldn't bother with Twitter if I were you... 158 people all saying a virtual 'good morning' to each other is even less exciting than it sounds.

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  9. Glad you missed the ash.

    Can't summon the will for Twitter either.

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  10. Welcome home! Those needles look so pretty and ready for anything. I'm not doing twitter or facebook. I don't understand twitter, I don't know how it works or where it's from. I don't know who it's mother is. I've no interest.
    Avoca is just gorgeous, one of my favourite shops, I have one of their beautiful blankets and I love it! x

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  11. Mise, you are the best because you are real and funny and entertaining and a very clever girl indeed...Facebook? It can be troubesome in way to many ways..but one must be on top of things...that is way I just got my first computer...because I am so with it and a trendsetter...the first on my block and all that. I predict carrier pigeons as the next best thing.

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  12. dam.... there goes my best excuse for not EVER mending anything.
    ~laura

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  13. Delighted to hear you made it home ahead of the volcanic ash!!! I am on Facebook and have my blog linked to it. I am also on Twitter, but alas, I am not grasping that particular social network.

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  14. Does having ready-threaded needles mean I have to sew. Because I want them. But I don't sew.

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  15. Do the needles re-thread themselves after use? (I know it's a silly question, but these Chinese are damned clever...)

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  16. Well, I am lazy, superficial and have limited concentration- so I really like twitter. The newspaper sends me articles I might like to read, the radio station points me in the direction of good music and I have access to a range of commentators, websites and other blogs, all from one place. I found it much easier to enjoy than facebook, which still feels like a bit of an effort!

    Glad you had such a nice time away- the Clarence seems extra special, and you know you deserved that.

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  17. I like your willingness to experiment in your blogging journey...but I'm dubious of anything starting with twit.

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  18. Hi Mise

    Welcome back...carrot soap sounds very intriguing!
    I will look for you on Facebook. Twitter and I are not meant to be just yet :)

    Jeanne

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  19. Is the carrot soap edible? Cause, you know, if this volcanic ash cloud gets worse and blocks out all sunlight, plants won't grow, eventually there will be no food, and that's when the carrot soap could come in handy :)

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  20. Soap on a Rope is handy too, Rachel!

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  21. Okay:

    1. ready threaded needles - yes you have led a sheltered life. Don't use them the needles tend to snap.

    2. I am glad you are not ash covered.

    3. The other Jane (non anonymous) is already on Facebook (shudder). Good on you for getting it out there. I think.

    4. I may be the last person on the planet to embrace Twitter but I never will. I need more than 140 characters every time I open my mouth.

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  22. I love Jane's comments. They always crack me up.

    Facebook? I became a fan, of course. I'm a little concerned about this surge of technology awareness on your end. Pretty soon you're going to come up with an invention whereby threads wander through needle eyes. And then where will we be?

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  23. I'm glad you made it home before the cloud of ash got sassy, stranding thousands of people here and there. And Jaboopee's closet?? I told her: I want a quilted wallpaper wall JUST like the one she put together in her closet. Ridiculously beautiful.

    Glad you're home and you didn't get stuck, dear. I was worried there for a little bit.

    xoox,
    -maria

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  24. I've had Facebook off and on since college, but just deleted my account again yesterday. I do love Twitter though! I'm glad to hear that you're back on your country lane with your carrot soap and rebellious butterflies.

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  25. Dear Mise,
    I'm SO glad that you are back. I need you to check all of the filled Bonne Maman jars, as I now can't get into my dining room for Bonne Maman jars. I think that we are going to need a warehouse for storage purposes soon. Could it be on the agenda at the next meeting ?
    Haven't sewing kits come a long way? I have some going back to the eighties and there was only one needle per kit back then, needing to be thresded. If one needed to use several colours, it was a nightmare. Those were the days. No mamby pamby ready threaded needles then. The young have never had it so good !!
    Glad that you were ahead of the ash. Our daughter is in Australia and heading for Bali for a week. She is due home at the end of the month but, I think that she might be stuck in Bali ! Not the worst place to be stranded ! Let's hope that the wind will blow the ash away before then though.
    I've just filled 10 more jars whilst writing this comment and have over-spilled into the breakfast room !! XXXX

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  26. Oh! I want ready threaded needles. =)

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  27. I wonder how long it will be until Facebook and Twitter will bite me.....

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  28. i love that word mamby pamby. it was even funner typing it
    ~pooch

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  29. I don't believe I have ever heard of carrot soap before. Carrot soup on the other hand, is absolutely awful! Or so I remember from my childhood when my mother forced it on us.

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  30. I love the Clarences. Emergency sewing kits in hotel rooms make me wonder... "Dear me, I cut off my finger ~ what an emergency. Better sew it back on with this handy emergency sewing kit. How lucky: this needle is already threaded." Good on you with the Facebook. I'm on the fence {though just started on Twitter as well}, so I'm very interested in the feedback you're getting. That said, of course I shall pop over and Like you.

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  31. Hey Mise
    Good to see you back home safe and sound and still the Queen of Blogging Wit! Thanks for my blogging birthday cake.. it was so nice of you to make it wheat free too!!!

    So.. I want to know what Carrot soap is!!! I think everyone wants to know what carrot soap is.. It'll have to be your next giveaway for sure!!! and Facebook???? I can't seem to keep up with blogging let alone FB.... Good to have your back Mise.. you were missed! xxx Julie

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  32. Welcome back, Mise! Brussels is nice and well and good, but I don't think I would like to be trapped there indefinitely.

    I would say welcome to Facebook, too, but I've never been there so I suppose I can't. Apparently 85% of all waking human hours are now spent on FB, so it makes sense for bloggers to hop on, or in. Sooner or later I'll do the same; in the meantime I'll wait for you to plunge into Twitter. Its reputation does it a disservice.

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  33. Woohoo! You're on Facebook. But I tried to 'like' it and it wouldn't accept me. Is that because I don't have any ready-threaded needles? I am not a dab hand at sewing but my eyesight is great so it's not the threading of the needle that is the problem - not even searching for one!
    Carrot soap you say? Can it help you see in the dark still? Or get a tan?

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  34. Welcome home. Things are not nearly so funny without you. xx

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  35. It was so lovely to meet you!! sorry if I was a bit brain dead... was slightly food poisoned the day before and my brain connexions were incredibly slow to process your identity!!! Next time.. please let's meet for tea!!!

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  36. Whoops ! I didn't mean my email to be there on top :(! No edit options right?

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  37. But I've saved a seat for you in my "people I follow" box on Twitter. It is sitting there, empty, yearning for your tales of yellow shoes and the like. It's got lovely cushions on it too.

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You're looking particularly well.

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