He's now full of drugs and taking it easy in an effort to be well enough to go up to Mother-in-law's tomorrow.
Due to lack of sleep and an even greater lack of willpower I have barely done anything today towards going away for nine days!! Mind you, the pressies are wrapped and the clothes are all washed. Just a matter of packing.
To make Monster feel a little better I thought a new friend might be in order. Someone has been waiting, disassembled, in my knitting bag for quite a few weeks now.
Can you tell what it is yet?
It took me quite some time to get to this stage I can tell you. I suffered constant interruptions from Ruby Monkee, Stir Crazy Much Better Thank You Minx, the Idiot Moog and of course Monster who had (stupidly) been provided with a stick with which to communicate his needs by banging on the bedroom floor.
On a normal day I rarely go upstairs once I'm down. Today I went up 97 times - at least!
I looked like this first thing this morning. By lunchtime this was me! (I wish!!)
Anyhoo - Ruby soon cottoned on once we got to this critical stage:
'Ooh, ooh, a big butch Monkee boyfriend just for me!!'
It then got even trickier as with every bit of 'ironic stitching' the Monkee hugs became more frequent. She's a Monkee possessed. Couldn't keep her hands off him!
Due to being temporarily housebound we were unable to go shopping for suitable dried pulses with which to weigh down his generous Monkee butt and limbs.
Improvisation, as always, was the order of the day.
I had to raid Minx's bead bucket for dried pea sized beads.
Once 'full of beans' it was onwards and upwards with the ape assembly.
The first person to get a proper hug once our new friend was built was of course the poorly boy himself:
Swiftly followed by this little madam!!
We deliberated over names. Apparently it had to start with an 'R' because of Ruby. Why of course!
Robbie - nah, reminder of irritating kid in Monster's Year 1 class.
Rudy - nah, too much like Ruby. We'd only get confused.
Rodney - are you kidding!
Then Minx saved the day. Everyone agreed.
Disclaimer: In the unlikely event that members of a certain Mr Rooney's family happen to read this blog the Monkee's name was thought up by a very cute 6 year old girl and seconded by a very cute and poorly 8 year old boy. So sue me!!
Something then transpired at Moog Towers. It seems Monkee Mania has well and truly broken out. Minx of course now wants her very own Monkee made of knit. We looked through my three bags and one large box of wool. Nah, nothing appealed.
So of course, the very second Mr Moog walked in we were through the door and down to the wool shop faster than you can say 'Four balls of your finest acrylic Monkee yarn please Mrs Wool Lady'.
Minx fancies fluffy turquoise. I have a feeling it may end up looking like this!!
I have decided that of course we need another and have gone for the jazzy rainbow effect!
Thanks to MM and her t'riffic downsizing calculation tips I will be making Minx a Ruby sized primate :) Edited to say: Who am I kidding?!!! I spent all of three minutes with the calculator, got very confused, got very cross with it and have now told Minx she'll have an enormous fluffsome Rooney-sized Monkee whether she likes it or not - so there! If ever you decide to publish a pattern MM I'll be beating my way to the front of the queue!!!
We also purchased some supplies for Monster's crochet blanket.
Ooh, ooh before I forget - I TOTALLY FINISHED MINX'S BLANKET LAST NIGHT ends all sewn in and wrapped ready for Christmas!!!
Minx insisted we bake some of these:
She also made me a flower out of a large chocolate coin wrapper to 'Cheer me up' - ie' to stop me being such a grumpy old bat!!!
So folks, I shall take my leave. We are off to the in-laws' tomorrow and will be away for 9 days. I don't know what the broadband situation is there so may not be able to blog. Then again I dare say one or two of you may not either!!!
I would just like to say:
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
and thank you all so much for making me so welcome in Blogland.
Wishing you all the happiest of times and I look forward to being back and playing again very soon.
p.s. as this is post number 96 get ready for a bit of a giveaway when I return :)