Monday, 18 May 2009
So I won't be posting for a while! No I am not taking the laptop with me!! Catch up with you soon!
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
These were photo's taken on a day in Autumn last year, when the sun was shining but the sky in the distance was slate grey & I just knew it would rain before long. Nathan, being stubborn, refused to wear a jacket as he went out on his bike to play! Sure enough, within the hour, we had a torrential downpour & he came in looking like a drowned rat!! Who says Mum isn't always right?!!!
I used 'masking' on this LO, a new technique for me, so I kept it low key, but I may try something more adventurous next time!! It was also another opportunity to use bits & bobs that have been in my stash for a while!!
Monday, 11 May 2009
I had just cleared away the breakfast dishes & was thinking about a shower when the doorbell rang! It was my good friend, Sue, with a beautiful bunch of lillies - for me!! A thank you gift from Kali & herself , as I was designated driver on the Friday we went out. Totally unnecessary but fully appreciated none the less! So embarrassing, though, to be caught still in my dressing gown!! I felt I had to explain that I had in fact been out of bed a couple of hours, & had actually been quite busy....!!!!
Anyhow, once clean & dressed, I set about sorting the boys clothes, a job I have been putting off. Both have outgrown so much of their wardrobe & I spent a good hour dividing things up into 'keepers' & 'charity shop' piles!
Now, anyone who read my post entitled 'Aaaaargh!!!!', will remember the photo of my youngest sons wardrobe, which had caused me so much frustration. Well, after my sorting it is in perfect order & half empty!!
His older brother's wardrobe took half the time to sort & I am ashamed to say that he is in desperate need of a top-up! He must have had a real growth spurt because 3/4 of the clothes he had are now too short!! He is so slim that they fit but his legs & arms protrude too far from trouser legs & sleeves!!!! I feel a trip to TK Maxx coming on!!!
Both are under threat, should their wardrobes become disarrayed - although I won't hold my breath!
The day continued with much industry!! I tidied & dusted & sorted & made ruthless decisions!! Stuff was packed away in the loft & I brought down the suitcase & hanging rail in readiness for some serious holiday packing!! In the afternoon, I stood & ironed the now dry laundry, and all was put away neatly - such a satisfying job! In the evening I sat & shortened two pairs of my trousers - bought weeks ago, but not worn yet as they were too long!!
All in all a very satisfying checklist of jobs done! Now I can pick up this weeks batch of Recipe LO challenges on CMD without guilt!!!!
Saturday, 9 May 2009
Fridays challenge was set by Melina. Here is her layout
She is so photogenic!! Her layout always have the most amazing photo's! Anyway, here is my take
I'm taking a break from the craft room today to catch up on household chores & start packing for my holiday, now only 9 days away!!!
Friday, 8 May 2009
and here is my version
I am thoroughly enjoying getting some scrapping time this week, but must admit to having a dustier house than is acceptable!!!
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Here is the layout created by 'Mouseys Mom' (Gina) for Mondays challenge:
& my interpretation:
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
All those healthy breakfasts, salads & resisting 'Rocky Road' ice cream (see 'Ouch!....')!! It feels goooood!!!
I am finally back to where I was before I got stuck & can now move on!! Now, I just need to hold on to the feeling & run (literally) with it!!!
Monday, 4 May 2009
As Alex has a variety of medical needs, I regularly stop off at our village pharmacy to pick up filled prescriptions. On Friday I stopped by & there was a young male pharmacist manning the shop, who I had not met before. On handing over the prescription, he asked me if I was Alex's Grandmother?!!!
I resisted the urge to laugh & then cry, instead, assuring the embarrassed young man that, no, I wasn't at all offended.(yeah right!) As soon as the script was filled I went home & sat in front of the mirror for a time, trying to see what he could see!! I'd always felt I was holding up pretty well, but maybe it's time to rethink!!
I regaled my girlfriends with the story at dinner on Friday evening, to much raucous laughter & reassurance, & one even had a tale to match:
Kali (my partner in crime at Slimming World!) & her husband were lucky enough to be invited to a wedding in New York last weekend, & were in the hotel restaurant for dinner. The waitress asked could she bring Kali some juice or soda with her meal. Kali said she would like a glass of wine & was asked if she really wanted to order wine 'in her condition'!!! Now, Kali's youngest has just started school - enough said!
Nothing like a night out with the girls to keep things in perspective, but maybe I will be using the old mascara wand & lip gloss on a more regular basis!!!
As the sun was still in evidence on Saturday, albeit accompanied by a stiff breeze, we did a very British thing & got out the barbecue!! Hubby, as tradition requires, took control of the cooking & sausages, chicken, ribs & burgers were soon sizzling away!
Once that was all cleared away, my menfolk settled in front of the TV & I escaped to my craft space to scrap!! Well, it was National Scrapbooking Day after all!! 'Color Me Daisy' are running a Month Long Crop & I had made note of their first challenge - 'Happiness' : What it means to me' or 'What makes me happy'. I spent a blissful couple of hours working on this layout!
Friday, 1 May 2009
Not that I'm complaining in the least! Having a 100% increase in the number of kids in the house after school yesterday, I was more than glad that they were able to get outside to play in sunshine! Alex put up his tent & they were all kept amused, inventing different games until it was time to eat.
When I picked the boys up from school today, Alex had a surprise for me! He had made me a gift in his DT class. A drawstring bag which he had designed, tie-dyed & stitched himself! I am thrilled with it! As you can see it is personalised....and the car has REAL wheels!! I wonder where he gets his creative bent from?!!!
I'll just have to wait & see if the weatherman is wrong again tomorrow!!