Weeks 15, 16 & 17

Here we are, almost up to date! A 3 weeker, until next week when I am back to normality and a weekly post.

Week 15

7th – 13th April

Planning for a ukulele class I’m teaching and found this great and easy chart for basic chords. Work day at the weekend at Kirkland Marina, the weather was awful and the event was cancelled 2 hours early because of high winds. Coffee coffee, this is the same place as I am currently sat. I love that they use real mugs, and the heart is a wonderful touch. I joined a soccer club, I am awful, today was the first game and I was shite…I fell over without the ball anywhere near me and Superman’d on the astroturf. By the way, that stuff HURTS! Then I stopped the ball, and it left this bruise impression. Yes, that is the imprint of the ball. I feel sorry for the gals in my team…I really am awful. I am a Brit who is dreadful at soccer, who also doesn’t support any soccer team.

We have another foster cat, called Forest, she is very shy and 10 years old. We had her over 2 weeks and unfortunately she isn’t ready to be adopted out. She is going to Feral Care in Bothell. This was her first few days with us.

Bookclub book…I highly recommend you read this book! Plus it’s set in Seattle, which is pretty cool.

Week 16

14th – 20th April

Chinese for dinner, a close up of nosy Marie’s face. Finally got my guitars up on the wall including my new-to-me Taylor mini….it sounds so good! I had help from a personal organizer to sort out our spare/guest/den/office room. I have a desk, I can use my desk and I know where everything is and it makes productive sense. Marie was resting next to me in the couch when Max decided to “play” nope…just nope, she only plays on her terms.

I am making a baby blanket for a friend, but as I have until August and it doesn’t need to go in the post, this is my “complete at work so I take a break” blanket. There was sunshine so I took myself out for 20 minutes.

Forest the foster cat doesn’t leave from under the bed. She purrs but is so nervous and shy still.

Week 17

21st – 27th April

We have been allocated an allotment and this makes me very happy. We’ve dug it over, fed it and now need to buy so food! I visited St Edward’s Park, took a photo of the gloomy grey by the lake….looks like the UK 😀 I got happy mail from a friend, a postcard about having tea and biscuits.

We have given Forest back, and I realized we had no first aid supplies. Hubster was bitten and scratch very badly, she was so scared at being picked up to go into the cat bag. 😢

A family I work with kindly gave me some chocolates which look like galaxies. The photo which looks like marbles!

I woke up extra early as in 5am, I nanny in the mornings but usually wake around 6am. At that time there isn’t often a cat in sight, but at 5am this is how they sleep! Flowers. So beautiful, shame they aren’t mine.

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Weeks 11, 12, 13 & 14

Another 4 weeker post!

Week 10

10th – 16th March

I have one day missing, but I am okay with that. I have a few more missing later this month and that is also okay! Hubster is back and Max cat is much better. Next step is to look at his diet but we need him to gain some weight first. I have had music rehearsals, I’m in a trio with clarinet and piano. I play flute. This piece is kicking my butt at the moment!

Girl Scout Cookie Season is upon us! Happy Days. Crocheting with a watchful cat nearby who wants to play. Nope, he gets no yarn playtime! I finished a little crochet purse too. It appears I planted hyacinths in the yard….I didn’t realize so these were a pleasant surprise.

Week 11

17th – 23rd March

I back on the knitting train, and have started a little girls cardigan for my best friend here in the States. Her friendship definitely makes the hard days easier. Hubster’s mum is visiting us, so we went over the Leavenworth, WA a Bavarian town east of the mountains. I love going there. We wanted to do a short easy hike, but the snow closed the road. Instead we found a little path to wander briefly, there was this amazing viewpoint not far in so we all took a seat in the sun. Hubster decided he wanted to stand on the rock on the edge….sometimes I just shake my head and sigh.

I love the photo of the two cats Max and Marie. She’s rolling around like a sausage lump whilst he watches.

The moon woke me up in the middle of the night, I actually expect a cat walked on my head or something, but the moon lit the room up like it was day time. The camera doesn’t do it justice.

I finished another crochet project….mermaid and fish. I get a monthly subscription crochet box, and managed to get behind on it so I am catching up! I am nearly there.

Week 12

24th – 30th March

It is nearly Easter, therefore I found the Peeps. Not just yellow Peeps….but multicolored ones! Peeps are marshmallow chicks. I love to heat them up in the microwave before eating them, they expand and makes me think I’m eating more than I actually am! Hubster brought me a present as I missed out on our vacation….a Launchpad. Very happy wifey! Found him and Max asleep on the couch too, plus a standard photo of each cat too.

Week 13

31st March – 6th April

More cats this week, surprise surprise! I went for a wander with a friend again, this time we stopped off at Snoqualmie Falls on our way home as she had never been. This is another place I love to visit. Anyone seen Twin Peaks? Yup it’s the same place.

I am decluttering, or at least attempting to. Max found the only surface with all the bits I was sorting out on, and promptly fell asleep on it all. Marie is pleased the weather is becoming warmer and takes herself to bed in the middle of day, we couldn’t work out why until I found her soaking in the suns rays! Marie was incredibly cute this week. I moved onto another room to declutter, emptied a box turned around, looked back and found Max in it. I am on another crochet project, making a Mandela.

Weeks 7, 8, 9 & 10

It is now May 1st, life has been busy, life hasn’t given up and I have only just caught up with posting my photos onto Instagram. Why has it taken so long?

We had our trip to Canada to renew our visas for America, we were then supposed to have a vacation to Whistler but instead had a very sick cat who needed 24/7 care, so Hubster went and I stayed home. We have then had sickness in the house, I’ve taken on more work hours and we were back and forth with pet insurance. Finding time to sit and write anything has been non-existent. To be honest anything unrelated to work and cat care has been non-existent. So here is a very short and sweet 4 week post, I’ll then do another short and sweet 4 week post, followed by a 3 week post. I am then all caught up on my Project356…..not including wandering the other posters! That will take a long while indeed.

Week 7

10th – 16th February

Still in Canada, waiting for our passports to be returned with our new visas so we can head back to the US. We visited the Glenbow Museum, Fort Calgary and up the Calgary Tower. It was minus minus degrees, so cold but thankfully they have skywalks so you don’t have to be outside for too long. I couldn’t resist getting a photo at the airport of a Moose as a Mounty with a Canadian Flag. We will go back, probably not in the depths of winter though, I’d like to visit Banff in summer. Valentine’s Day so I learnt a new song to use in my jobs, Skinamrinky Dinky Dink, it is very cute. I needed cake so here is my very chocolaty chocolate cake I found, I ate it all in one sitting. Then felt ill 🤢 Marie cat was rolling on the floor once we were back, looking most peculiar!

Week 8

17th – 23rd February

We went to a Speakeasy/1920’s themed 25th Wedding Anniversary – yay Amazon Prime for getting me a dress and accessories within 2 days! – there were poker tables and themed drinks. Quite fun! Gifts requested was a donation to Mary’s Place I hadn’t heard of them before but now I do. They are “a leading voice for homeless women, children and families in emergency situations.” They do amazing things. ❤️

I went out hiking with a friend, up Tenerife Falls. This is a favorite of mine, unfortunately the snow and ice stopped us reaching the top. I knitted a headband for my friends birthday, she requested the style and let me choose the yarn for her.

Our boy, Max cat is sick. Very sick, he went in for emergency surgery and was kept in over night. Our girl, Marie, was very clingy to me that night. She tries to be all macho but we saw her true colors and she misses her brother from another mother! We have our boy home, and he has to wear this cone for 2 weeks. We are thankful he is alive, he looks very sad at his bowl though.

Week 9

24th February – 2nd March

Hubster has left for vacation to Whistler for snowboarding. I was supposed to be there too, but Max Cat needs a level of care which we just couldn’t put onto a cat sitter. Meds every few hours, plus careful watching when he eats and drinks, no running around and no letting his sister groom him. As we were going with Hubster’s friends, we decided he was best going as planned, but coming back a few days early.

We had snow, and also clear days which meant my crocus are coming through! We live in a complex so there is a clubhouse and therefore food for 4 nights cooked by chefs – local community members who love cooking – I was very well looked after by all whilst Hubster was away. Salmon fillet, and also a banana dessert. Max cat is very sad, he hates the cone and the medications, but he is healing. We had a check up at the vets to check his eyes and they were happy. One more week and we go for surgery follow up and see if he is healing okay. His intestines folded back on themselves so they had to go in and sort those out before it became any worse. Lots of snuggles in bed, on my lap and whilst he was high as a kite on meds.

Week 10

3rd – 9th March

Hubster is still away, I’m still at home with a sick but on the mend Max cat. We had more cone off time with me supervising, he pretty much lazed around with me and his sister, but night times are very hard. They can’t be in the same room because he needs to be contained so he doesn’t run around, our girl doesn’t like being in one room. Therefore if I’m sleeping in the bedroom with him and door closed, she cries aka howls. If I go into the spare room with her and that door open, he cries and howls. Plus the 4-6 hourly medications….I am exhausted and to be honest couldn’t give a pigs fart about how amazing the vacation in Whistler is! Max has taken to sleeping and resting on my face. Now he is a 12lb (9/10lb’s at the moment due to being ill) maincoon, fluffy and heavy, it is hard to breath!

I did go down to a sewing expo with a friend though for a few hours, and this blanket was up. The owner kindly let me take a photograph of it. My crocus have bloomed outside finally and I have a white one!

Weeks 4, 5 & 6 of Project 365

Well things started well this year, commenting and visiting everyone was successful…then my laptop broke. It electrocuted my legs and hands! So here is a 3 week post for everyone 🙂 I am also running out of WordPress storage so whilst I decide what to do next, I’m using PicCollage to create a grid of photos to upload. Hopefully the photos are still clear!

Week 4

20th Jan – Wallace Falls. This is a lovely little hike not too far from me, and again there is a waterfall! We live in a very lush and beautiful part of America at the moment and it is the local views like this which I hope never cease to amaze me.

21st Jan – Blooming Garden. It is nice to know that despite a cold winter with some snow our little plot of land survived and the bulbs have begun to pop their heads through the soil. Means I need to find time to clear the tat away!

22nd Jan – Sewing Machine. My mum brought me this machine not long before we relocated to the States, I had a few lessons on how to use it and then BAM we moved. I needed to buy an adapter thingy to make it work because the electricity is different and then I couldn’t get the machine to stop tangling up. My friend looked it over, and all that was wrong was that I loaded the bobbin the wrong way round *sigh*

23rd Jan – Marie Cat. Humpf…she is in the bad books. She kept us up most of the night, meowing, bashing the closet door/bedroom door/bathroom door, knocking things off the bedside tables. You name it, she did it. She didn’t want fussing, she didn’t want food, she didn’t want to play. My alarm went off at 6:15am to get up for work. At 6:45am when I leave, she was on the bed sleeping. So I woke her up!

24th Jan – Dinner. We live in an gated community, or complex. We are lucky to have a clubhouse with kitchen and bar, there is one chef who we love to go and eat with because his food is delicious. He’s been away since Christmas so we were very excited for his pulled pork sandwich!

25th Jan – Coffee Flower. Every now and then you need to go to an expensive coffee/chocolate shop during the work day. Today I think the barista knew we needed a little love. Beautifully decorated mocha with a flower.

26th Jan – Crochet evening. It is Friday. My big plans for the evening involved sitting in front of the tv with Netflix on, continuing to work through all my Little Box of Crochet boxes. This one is a cowl.

Week 5

27th Jan – Garden is coming to life. I managed to get outside for a very short time, cleared away some of the winter remains and started to give the spring bulbs space to keep pushing through the ground. It will be nice to have a break in the rain so I can get outside and sort it properly, ideally for a whole afternoon.

28th Jan – Grotto. Me and Hubster planned to hike on this day but we’re both too exhausted. Instead we opted for a walk around one of our nearby parks called St. Edwards State Park. It’s really beautiful in any season. This little seminary is there, it was built in the 1940s but has been in this location since 1952.

29th Jan – Brunch date. Went to see Hubster for brunch at work today, the cafeteria had this lovely display of carrot cakes, chocolate cakes and chocolate brownies. I resisted somehow!

30th Jan – Dumplings. Managed to go bouldering with some friends over lunch time today, and as we hadn’t been in such a long time we decided to treat our weary arms, legs and core with some yummy dumplings. Mmm.

31st Jan – Max cuddles. Wednesday’s are my longest work day and I’m often tired when I come home, this one was extra late so I fell on the couch for a little rest before dinner. Max jumped right up for some cuddles, which is lovely of course, but he is a 12/13lb fluffy cat who loves to be on your chest or face….it makes it tough to breath 🙂

1st Feb – Photo of a photo. Okay this is a “ahh I need a photo”. The cats wouldn’t sit still and nothing else took my fancy. So my Instax Camera it is. I love this little camera, I got it at Christmas and it makes me smile each time it spills out a photograph.

2nd Feb – Clematis. We brought two clematis plants at the end of the season last spring. They looked worse for wear and we weren’t sure if they would survive, but clearly they have. There are many blooms due to open, and this one is already trying.

Week 6

3rd Feb – Thai food with a girlfriend on Mercer Island. It was lovely to have a girls night out, even though we ate at 7 and were home by 9:30! It is always nice to see her outside of work based things. She was the first person I made friends with when we moved. I shadowed her at work so I could see how my field is different in WA, and then from there we hit if off and became external friends too!

4th Feb – Max cat on a bag. Clearly Max wanted to be near to me this evening as he commandeered my bag as soon as it hit the ground and I sat down to eat dinner, he promptly fell asleep and didn’t move again until we put food down for him and his sister before going to bed.

5th Feb – Today was my birthday, Hubster brought this lovely small cake in my favorite color. It is a Valentine’s Day cake because the heart on the top is actually a ring, but that’s okay because I got a BRIGHT PINK CAKE for my birthday. Also a wonderful iPad Pro which replaces my laptop which broke ❤

6th Feb – Brownie. Mmm mmm mmmm. I love cake, any cake I love, but chocolate brownie covered in cream and ice cream has to be my favorite. We ate at the clubhouse in our complex again this week as a) it’s $9 for a meal and b) we have no food in the house!

7th Feb – Marie wanted to come to Canada with us! She was very grumpy when we took her out to continue packing.

8th Feb – Touch down in Calgary, Canada. We weren’t sure if we were going to make it here, even though we left Seattle on time, they had already announced poor visibility in Calgary and if we couldn’t land the plane would simply turn right back around and take us back to Seattle….we made it though.

9th Feb – We had our appointment at the American Consulate this morning, and then went for a wander around Calgary in the cold. So we entered the Calgary Tower and went up high. The views were amazing, mountain range in this direction….flat land in all the rest. You can see for miles and miles!

If you got this far, thank you for reading and catching up on my life!

This is a log hop so check out some of the others doing the same project.

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Week 2 of Project 365

Here we are in week two, and this has been an exciting week! We have NEW WINDOWS!! This makes me so very happy, no more breeze coming through our back door, no more windows moving in the wind, no more water getting in between the panes and no more heat escaping!

6th Jan – I’ve been trying to utilize our space room/study room/craft room space better. Trying it with my desk facing the wall instead of overlooking the balcony so I can also use the top of the bookcase.

7th Jan – I have a poster to track my running for this year, I’m giving it a tick everytime I run…even if it’s a walky run 😀 I’m trying to get back into running, even though the weather is awfully wet!

8th Jan – Crochet! I have a separate site and Instagram for my crafts to keep them together but this is the only photo I took today. I receive a monthly crochet box from Little Box of Crochet. I am a little behind making them, so this is the Blue Sky Hug Scarf.

9th Jan – I’m almost there with making my desk space cosy and personal.

10th Jan – One of our windows on the back wall, and we opted to have it open a little bit on the ground, partly so we don’t have to have the back door open to give air flow but also so we can try and build a catio on the deck from here for Max and Marie. Here is Marie already giving it a good sniff!

11th Jan  – The window people had been in so the house hadn’t had time to heat up so I hid in the bedroom! Max decided to be a silent non-scary hunter and I did not know he was above me until his tail swooshed my face!

12th Jan – I saw a friend for lunch near to my main work place, it’s a wonderful chocolate and coffee shop which overlooks part of Mercer Slough. In warmer months there are kayakers on the water along with the wildlife!

Happy week to everyone, this is a blog hop linky. Check everyone else out too!

 
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Week 1 of 365

So this is the first week, days 1-5. I am choosing to write mine Saturday to Friday as I know I will not have time to do any typing up on a weekend.

1st Jan – Early morning New Years Day hike to Poo Poo Point, WA

2nd Jan – Max finally fitted himself in this tiny box

3rd Jan – Family time watching a movie

4th Jan – Work day

5th Jan – Night on the town to the movies with my best friend here in the States, Downtown Seattle is a really beautiful. Pike Market on one side and a view of the Space Needle on the other. I highly recommend seeing Ladybird if its on somewhere near to you!

This is a blog hop, but I missed the deadline :/ Next week!!

Project 365 Week 13 & 14

Let’s take a backwards trip by two weeks! It took a while for me to find some missing photos from my real camera, and the weeks seem so far away. Less rambling from me and onwards to the photographs for these two weeks.

Week 13

Day 85 – I love a flowering tea.

Day 86 – Neighbourhood cats decided to come sit on our deck and tease our two indoor cats.

Day 87 – Marie Cat sunbathing on the bed

Day 88 – Again, Marie cat having a stretch out!

Day 89 – Flowers on the bushes at my work place

Day 90 – Mount Si wandering on a Friday with two lovely ladies. We had some interesting conversations surrounding gun ownership, and carrying on the trail. This came from the recent shooting in London, and me being asked why the British public don’t fight for our police to open carry.

Day 91 – I hadn’t taken a photo all day, so here is my lava lamp and treble clef.

Week 14

Day 92 – It was the WAAAlk in Kirkland. Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy walk in Kirkland, we often go for a wander at the weekend so we went and looked at the stalls, I saw one of my parents at her stall as she opened a school for children with autism. I love that she did this, but also sad that in our area it is necessary for a parent to do this because the school districts are underfunded and cannot provide adequate support. We ate Sushi afterwards and it was really good 🙂

Day 93 – Max Cat! He’s grown in so much confidence and now really likes the tunnel

Day 94 – Daffodiles in our garden, a splash of colour 🙂

Day 95 – Bad news from home so no photo. My granddad died today. I now have the funeral date, and will be going back to the UK on the 24th April.

Day 96 – Crochet and Marie cat.

Day 97 – Snuggles with Max cat in bed.

Day 98 – Tacos for dinner at a little restaurant in Redmond, after we saw Ghost in a Shell at the iPIC.

Happy wanderings to all those doing Project 365 🙂

Project 365 Week 11 & 12

After last weeks high of managing to write up just one week, we are back to a two week write up!  It is beginning to look like spring, it has also chucked it down with rain almost every day, there are a lot of cats and two hiking trips!  Happy Mother’s Day to those in the UK 🙂

Week 11

Day 71 – The morning after my works auction, we were headed down the elevator to check out, and look at that ceiling!

Day 72 – A lazy Monday for me, and the cats too. I couldn’t help by snap a sleeping Max in his basket.

Day 73 – Daffodils!! They are coming! I really need to dig out the dead autumn plants and get the ground ready for my summer plants. If the rain and cold ever stops that is!

Day 74 – My crocus’ all came up, I’m really happy these bloomed as I thought the ground had been too hard and cold for them. I also have a whole hanging basket of purple and white blooms 🙂

Day 75 – One thing I’ve wanted since moving to Seattle is Chinese Take-Away in a box like this, like in Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS (ok they are Portland but it’s near to us in Seattle!) and other American shows. We have failed to find somewhere that does their take out in these boxes but a colleague of mine came in with this take out box with Chinese in!! I was very excited, we are hoping to go to Downtown Seattle just to get take out in a box 😀

Day 76 – It is St. Patricks Day and we cannot find any Guinness! Luckily after this photo we found some 🙂 Bottled and a bit fizzy…oh well, they tried!

Day 77 – We went for a wander to pick up some craft supplies from Joanns and Micheals and on the stage in the food court was a lady playing a portable organ! It sounded very realistic and yet it was so little!

Week 12

Day 78 – Hiking with friends. See here for the full post. This is a place called Olallie Lake. We’ve tried getting here before, but not made it. This time being snow covered we tried an alternate route and came up Pratt Lake/Granite Mountain Trail and then off to Olallie. I was so happy to reach this beautiful snow covered view.

Day 79 – Hiking again! This time to Gold Creek Pond. See here for full post on this day. I love that it is March and we can drive an hour from home into the mountain and find this amount of snow. It is like Narnia ❤

Day 80 – Hubster and I went for a local wander along Kirkland waterfront. This is the view over Lake Washington to Seattle.

Day 81 – Sleepy cat! Marie snuggled in bed.

Day 82 – I went out with a friend for dinner after work and came home to Max cat poking his head out of the side hole of their tunnel. Funny monster 🙂

Day 83 – World Market is a store we go to a lot, they have a lot of foreign foods like Bisto Gravy Granules and Birds Custard Powder! 😀 Found some flowering tea in here.

Day 84 – I didn’t take any other photos today which was silly. We had a nice morning, we saw Beauty and the Beast, followed by brunch at Homegrown – a lovely sandwich and salad place! Then a trip to Half Price Books which has many books, some second hand and some new. I love to check out the music section and found a book of Beatles Songs and Bach Two Part Inventions! Both came to $18!!

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Project 365 Week 10

I am linking up on time and only with one week *high five*

This week has been a little more interesting I think, I managed to go out hiking, had some cat love and snuggles, and a delivery of yummy goodness from Mama S! We also had a date night in the form of my works auction.

Week 10

Day 64 – Hiking with friends to Wallace Falls, over towards Gold Bar on Route 2. I love hikes which have waterfalls through them, I also love hikes with clear vast views! This one goes through many trees. The hike started dry, then rain, then to snow at the top. Beautiful. You can read more here.

Day 65 – Another hike, or more like a walk. This is my local State Park – Bridle Trails. It is on the border of Redmond and Kirkland, and took me 40 minutes to walk from home up to our meeting point. The hike was then 1 hour around.

Day 66 – Heard some commotion coming from the living room! Silly cats, Marie attacking the rug and Max watching her with this *what are you doing?* Expression on his face.

Day 67 – I was doing some work at my desk when Marie decided to come over for snuggles. She shoved her head right into my elbow and wiggled until she was squished up and then bared her tummy for some rubs — always a dangerous game as she can change in the blink of an eye and her alter-ego comes out! The She-Beast from the depths of the lagoon….

Day 68 – Mama S sent us some CREME EGGS! 2o of them came all the way from the UK…taste soo good. Nothing like some chocolate which actually melts in your mouth *drool*

Day 69 – More cats 🙂 sat watching me. You can kinda see how big our cats are against their tunnel. That is Max’s tail sticking out the end, and his face is peeking through the middle hole!

Day 70 – Auction time for my work, selfie for this project too. I tried to get the colours in my hair to pop! I have hidden blue and purple strips which only really show when I curl my hair and put it half up.

That is my week in photos, I’m looking forward to seeing yours too!

 

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Visit from Mama S February 2017

Mama S came to visit last month for just under 3 weeks. We are both working now, so we weren’t able to take her out and about as much as last year, but we passed the Orca card – like a Oyster card in London – which meant she could use the buses.

A little reminder of our trip for me, and her if she’s still reading this 🙂

Max and Marie went in for a bath and groom up the road at The Whole Cat and Kaboodle. This is a wonderful establishment. Nancy and her team are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, but they also have adoptions and boarding capabilities. You can play with the cats! They have lots of grain free foods, litter and other goodies. Our heat reflective catnip cat mats come from there and all proceeds go to feral cats.

Max looked gorgeous in his little bowtie which stayed on for a very long time! He posed repeatedly on the countertop! We played with some of the cats and kittens in the boarding room too.

We had a real mixture of weather whilst Mama S was here, from full blown snow through to sunny through to torrential downpour! Waking up to snow and having a couple of days to enjoy it was really nice.

One place Mama S asked to visit was Salish Lodge and Snoqualmie Falls again. I love these places so that was a definite stop off for us, and we even treated ourselves to a yummy lunch where I had a pizza and cherry pie for dessert…oh and I wasn’t driving so a cheeky cocktail joined the table!

These appear to be all the photos I have from Mama S’ trip! We did have a trip up to the Outlet stores for Valentine’s so I was treated to a new watch, and pair of trousers and a top for work.

It’ll be another year before Mama S comes for another visit.