Thursday, 28 February 2013

On no

Ok today I have decided to go with "o" my wonderful grandsons word of the moment. Everything is "O"

This my friends daughter having won her first ever game of clock patience

Oh with a banana in his mouth

Oh no what has Harry got there

I made pancakes and decided they were quite good O
Oh No thumper what have you got

"O " Granma not another photo
Well I have had fun with O and decided to use orange ink also.
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I am already Planing for next week
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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Birthday Present

 On Wednesday it is Hannah's 22nd birthday . I can not believe that it is 22 years since that little scrap came into the world. Six weeks early and a bit special. well she need special care for a few days.
Over the years Hannah has shown that she is pretty much a dare devil zorbing, white water rafting etc.
This week she is in Prague with Liz her sister.
While she has been away I have been making , well compiling her birthday gift.
This year I am trying to make ALL my cards and gifts.
Last week a gave my God daughter a scarf I had made and a hand made card she loved them.

Hannah is becoming a very good cake maker All here equipment is currently in a plastic box under the stairs.
So i decided to re purpose a set of Ikea drawers that I had been using for my craft things. This on was actually being used for sewing box but forgot to photograph before starting . I actually have a plan for this one .

These drawers has been painted previously so after a sand down and wipe I was able to paint.
Hannah wants our new kitchen ( we are moving sometime soon) to be purple  well accessories.
This was some leftover Bathroom/ Kitchen paint so perfect for sticky fingers .
I applied first coat allowed to dry for 24 hours sanded lightly re painted . Left for a few more days and have just sanded a couple of drips .
You can just see where I have added lining paper .
The cost for this gift was zero.
I am making her card tonight and so am rather happy that her gifts have been good for my budget.
I am for the first linking with Marie  at Blooming Homestead Crafty Tuesday .
My Crafting is not super duper but loved making .

Monday, 25 February 2013

Moving , where

That is the easy part for Snoopy and I.
What Hannah and I do not know is where we are moving to .
One thing I do know is that the last weekend before we move I am having a key return party.
This idea came about whilst saying to a friend " Oh just let yourself in"
At that point Becky said " How many people have keys to this house"
At that point  came up with party idea.
The next part of our home provision is selling this one .
The exciting part tho is
Finding our new home.
We do have a few needs
obviously Minimum 2 bedrooms 3 would be brilliant.
A kitchen dinner plus lounge  would be brilliant plus an ensuite .
It would be excellent if there were 2 good size bedrooms plus a third if possible.
A bungalow with dorma would be good as Hannah could have upstairs bedroom and me live downstairs .
A small garden is essential as allowing the following :
So as you can see we do not have an exhaustive list of needs.
Now if money was no option.
My own self contained area would be ace
Or something like this could work for us.
But to be honest
would be very happy to have this at the botom of the garden
Obviously kitted out 
with lighting and Heating
ok back to reality
see you soon .

Sunday, 24 February 2013


Ok it is nearly here , the Oscars . Now to be honest I am not that enthusiastic about them. Apart from the fact they are on when I am asleep.
Please dont get me wrong I love films but I go to see a film because I want to not because it has won something.

I am hoping to see Life of Pi I read the book when it came out and loved it but do not think it will win an Oscar.
I think Les Miserable will win the most oscars.
I hope Denzel Washington wins best actor cos I think he is brilliant.
Be good for Emmanuelle Riva to win best actress.
Robert De Niro for supporting actor
Anne Hathaway for supporting Actress
The Pirates! Band of Misfits seems the best of animated films
Cinematography Life of Pi Claudio Miranda
Costume Design Les Misérables Paco Delgado
Directing Life of PiAng Lee
Documentary Feature 5 Broken Cameras Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
Documentary Short Open Heart Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
Film Editing Zero Dark Thirty Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg
Foreign Language Film  AmourAustria
Makeup and Hairstyling The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 
Music Skyfall Thomas Newman
Music  Original Song     "Skyfall" from SkyfallMusic and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Production Design  Les MisérablesEve Stewart (Production Design); Anna Lynch-Robinson (Set Decoration

Short Film

Animated             Head over HeelsTimothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly  

Short Film

Live Action     Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw) Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele          

Sound Editing  Skyfall Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
Sound Mixing  Skyfall Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson
Visual Effects Life of Pi
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott


Adapted Screenplay  Life of PiWritten by David Magee


Original Screenplay                Zero Dark ThirtyWritten by Mark Boal

Ok I am of to bed to await tomorrow mornings news

Ok well most of the above I have not seen . Just chosen by watching the trailers.
Lets see how I have done come Monday morning






Cadbury Cream egg and God

Cadbury cream eggs can be linked to my faith.
How? I hear you gasp.


The first thing that I do when eating one is I remove the protective wrapper. That is like opening the bible.
Now for me I can quite easily put it in my mouth in one go. This is like me when I just open and dive in with no respect for God by asking for guidance.


Some people will peal the foil away slowly.This can be how some people read the bible systematically working their way through the bible in a planned way.
I am guilty of just opening and diving in at times.the words are still relevant but not methodical and not necessarily a good way to learn..
Then I look at the egg the brown outside then inside and see the yellow and white yummy fondant filling.

It kind of reminds me of the trinity God The Father,Son and Holy Spirit . Please forgive me for my total irreverent comparison of a chocolate egg to the Trinity but I won't be able to eat one again with out thinking of it in a different way, for. Me I need as many reminders as possible that God is my loving Heavenly Father who knows what is best for me ,I guess this is the only way that a Cadbury cream egg is good for me

I have just noticed that a Cadbury cream egg has a cross on it well sort of. 

Saturday, 23 February 2013

My best friend

Welcome to week ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-EIGHT of Saturday Centus.
The prompt this week is: "Without you around, I sleep like a baby"
Number of words: 108. (including the five words of the prompt)
Style of writing: Any
Additional Pictures: Any

Ok picture the scene mug of hot chocolate great book and bed warmed by electric blanket.
I have had a glorious soak in a Champney infused bubble bath with spa jets on.
Body exfoliated and moisturised with champneys body milk.
Into my Egyptian cotton pyjamas and then pad across to the Egyptian bed set. I am ready to dive into both my bed,book and chocolate.
What more could a women need to prepare for a good nights sleep?
Sixty minutes later, time to put lights and electric blanket off and snuggle down for a ten hour sleep. In my dreams.......
Without you around ,I Sleep like a baby.

Let me introduce you to Tilly my best friend who manages to sleep in the smallest space on my bed but does wake me up .
Some nights she has to sleep in the utility tho.

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Friday, 22 February 2013

Filling Friday

Ok this where I have to be totally honest with this diet loss life style
I am feeling grey about my weight gain
I could come up with oodles of excuses but I am not going to.  I am in control of what I put in my mouth.

Despite the fact I have tried to control my diet

I Know what a balanced diet is

I dont need to use excuses I just need to refocus
I am not going to fall into this mind set I love healthy food

So for the next week I need to put the blinkers on and focus on having healthy food that is low GI
Saturday is the start of a new week
Oh yes I put 3lb on

Thursday, 21 February 2013


Once again I find myself in front of a piece of electronically wizardry to compose my Alphabet Thursday post.
What is slightly different this week is that it is Thursday all ready, normally I have this cracked the day before but not this week.
Any way you know the rules once you have read my entry please pop over to our mentor Jenny and see what other normal sane people have come up with
Have a great week .

Ok this week I thought I was going to just give you a box with nothing in it  as below.

So I found my favourite friend Google and soon Nothng became somthing to write about

This slate above should apply to us all , we have nothing to prove we are all independant free wiled people
But sadly we all strive against that at times

This one above I have had to apply to my life many times it has been a lesson I have learnt or rather am still learning the hard way

Never read this one

These two say it all  says it all

I would like to say we choose our own direction but sadly that is not all ways true

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Tasty Tuesday

Ok I am planning over the next year to make a Jamie Oliver Recipe on a Tuesday .
To nights offering will not look like this but hopefully taste pretty yummy.

It is Beef Stir Fry but instead of noodles I am serving rice as I used the noodles last night. I have a friend over for supper tonight Sian and her two daughters they are having
This may be followed by Sponge pudding and Custard
It wont be  a traditional pudding steamed in a muslin for two hours it will be a three minute microwave one. I will make from scratch tho and the custard will be home made.To make it slightly healthier I will use skimmed milk.
Then its films and a
wonder how much sleeping there will be


Monday, 18 February 2013

Only 100 words ,no way

100WCGU (7)
Being very cheeky here but interested to see what you make of it. The prompt this week is:
…what does it taste like…
How is one supposed to come up with something sensible using only 100 words? 

Not sure it's sensible but here goes.

"what does it taste like"?
"I don't know Sophie sorry"
"But mummy you know everything ,  you must know"
"Sophie thank you for saying  I know everything but really I don't for instance I don't know if I am going to have a baby brother or sister for you"
"That's easy  even I know that one Jess said because your belly button sticks out you are having a sister for me"
" Sophie how does Jess know my Belly button sticks out"
"Mum please just tell me what does horse meat taste like , it's important"
"Neigh Sophie its not that Important"

Purely for fun no children were ignored in this post

Moving Monday

Ok today we have an agent coming to value our home.
This estate agent is based in Eccleshall so hopefully will attract people from a different county.
I so wish our home was one of those featured in this magazine
I have how ever ensured that the kitchen is decluttered and clean
The beds made
Bathroom smelling fresh
Even have a lovely candle lit in the downstairs bathroom. And this room has been tidied, cleaned and decluttered .
It does not get used by anyone except me, as it is also wher the newly emptied cat litter tray lives .
Now just hope that the selling process can begin. Ok off to view a rental property .

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Giving It Up

Lent 2013

OK I t is the first Sunday in Lent, some of you may say so what others may say yes I know but so what.
There are those that Lent is as important as Advent to their Christian Journey.
EVERY year abut February 2nd the day I take the Nativity down, my mind wanders towards Lent and I ask myself what I am going to sacrifice this year.
You See being a good Anglican I have been bought up in the culture that Lent is a time to abstain from something. Now let me see what have I given up in the past ?
Yes I have given up wine this was a bit of a cheat really as I can take or leave alchohol
Biscuits are an obvious one , one year I tried to find out if a Jaffa Cake was a biscuit how sad is that
Next comes Chocolate I really do not know anyone who does not like the odd nibble of chocolate.Can you believe one year I researched if Caramac was a chocolate bar at the time it was not because chocolate is defined as having cocoa in it Phew another cheat

 Next comes nail biting now this one I did actually succeed at and loved my new hands but very soon after Easter Sunday they were all gone. That is so Gross I mean look at all the dirt and germs get under the nails.

Now to Tea and Coffee you may notice that all these things that I and various other people choose to abstain from are consumables.Tea and or Coffee are often abstained from but guess what I replaced it with fruit tea.
 This Year I have chosen to abstain from Facebook .
I am addicted I can spend / waste hours on it .
I love reading about what people are up to. seeing photographs from friends as well.
So this year It is going well actually it has been deleted from ALL my Internet access gadgets.
Guess what I am not missing it .
I have been asked by many christian non Anglican or Catholic friends why I choose to give something up.
Every year I have the same issue myself and I ask myself this question .
Is It Biblical?
I really do not Know the answer is the answer I give.
I think back to Jesus in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights. During that time he was tempted by the devil .
To be honest I have never really got the answer I guess I am guilty of being a sheep
and just following what my fellow Christians have done.
But this year this is going to change. I am reading
Ok I am on day five but all ready I am feeling that what I am doing is biblical. I hope on Easter Sunder I will be able to share with you what I have learnt.
Meanwhile I will leave you with this question from the end of week one
What does the Lord require of us?How can we keep Lent in a way that serves the community rather than improving ourselves?
I do not have the answer to this question/reflection yet but I hope by Easter Sunday I will indeed understand .
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