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Is there anything better than Meals on Wheels?

Well, that was a while ago. Maybe all that corporatespeak knocked out my blogging spidey senses or something. No matter, here I am. But I am departing again, for on Saturday, we leave for Kos! For a week! Where it’s currently hotter than the surface of the sun!

We are going to be here for a week, soaking up the rays, drinking a lot and playing cards, most likely. A last minute type of thing as we both had holidays and some cash to spare.

Whilst we are away, I am going to try to forget:

  • that I am currently hating work to the nth degree
  • that there are currently about 18 people I would do time for not to see again ever
  • that I have a billion things I want to make and NO TIME to make them
  • that I feel like I’ve not seen any of my family since Noah was a boy
  • that I would rather be anywhere else than here right now
  • that I would rather eat broken glass than go to work most mornings
  • that I am BORED

Instead I will count my blessings that:

  • I am on holiday with my beautiful husband
  • I am in a place with so much history and interesting things to do
  • I don’t have to DO anything if I don’t want to
  • Jo is looking after craft-fairing quite contently whilst I’m away
  • yes, I’ve remembered to not only close the front door, but lock it too
  • and yes, I haven’t left the straighteners on, they’re in the hotel
  • I am not poor, homeless, disease ridden and am generally quite happy

But you know, sometimes it’s just hard to remember the good things when you’re miserable in an office with lots of other miserable people …



I’m Claire and I live near Glasgow, in Scotland. I have strong family ties to Cincinnati, too and regard it as my second home. If I had to describe myself in five words, it would be thus: Does. Not. Suffer. Fools. Gladly. I’ve been cross stitching pretty much all my life, but professionally since 2005, first as Miso Funky, then as The Bellwether and now under my own name. I'm known for my witty, sarcastic and occasionally profane typographic designs. My work has been featured in The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Channel 4 and on BBC television as well as numerous media outlets across the globe. At one point, I was kind of a big deal but I mostly just dabble in it these days when I have time. My website is a repositry of cross stitch charts, travel and food blogging and you'll find it at I also love to travel and eat, ideally travelling somewhere great to eat something brilliant. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly the Victorians and will absolutely beat you hands down in a quiz about the Tudors. Dogs are LIFE. I like being in water and have lots of ideas that will never see the light of day but would definitely be a winner on Dragon’s Den/Shark Tank. I love to give people gifts. I! also! overuse! exclamation! marks! sorry!

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