Monday, 23 January 2017

Memos: Mail: Me

I was beginning to think I'd have nothing to report for this week's Memos: Mail: Me slot.
Happy Mail was looking decidedly thin on the ground.
And a girl can only stalk the Postie for so long ...
But then on Friday morning, the Postie brought me two parcels of happiness;
a guide book for a planned visit to Venice later this year
and a scrapbook {reduced in the sale at the Store of Utter Gorgeousness}
to record said visit to Venice.
Mind you, the scrapbook is much larger than I'd envisaged, 
so I perhaps I'll be able to use it for more then one jaunt requiring a passport this year.  
And the weekend?
Spent mostly outside, well rugged up
and enjoying the cold but bright weather.

Friday, 20 January 2017

What Caught My Eye #6

"If you're going through hell, keep going."
~ Sir Winston Churchill

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Right Now ...

Listening: to the audio CDs of the Harry Potter series.
Every evening, after supper, we listen to an hour of the dulcet tones of Stephen Fry.
We're on book 4: The Goblet of Fire.
Watching: the first two episodes of the new series of Endeavour
via catch-up TV.  It's the way to go ... no adverts.
Making: scrapbook pages; a mix of double and single layouts
and even a few 8.5x11.
Reading: book 11 of the Poldark series on the Kindle; one more to go.
I've finished (and enjoyed) How to Find Love in a Book Shop
Walking: trying to reach more then 10,000 steps each and every day.
For someone who walks everywhere, it's still a challenge.
Planning: making notes for a meeting with The Boy Child's Educational Psychologist,
 making notes for his Annual Review meeting and making a short list
of prospective Secondary Schools.

What's happening in your right now?

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Tuesday in Three

Yesterday, after three days of sleet and rain, 
the sky looked like this. 
 I made time for a spot of scrapbooking.
 And when I took the dog out for his evening walk,
the sky looked like this.
How was your day yesterday?
Your week so far?

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Lego Therapy

The Boy Child has never been a huge fan of Lego, per se.
He likes it ready to play with, with Mum having done the hard work of building it.
He currently takes part in Lego Therapy at school a few times a month, 
where he joins up with two other boys and they work together to complete a project.
They take it in turns to be the supplier, the engineer or the builder.
All ways to help build, if you'll excuse the pun, communication skills and teamwork. 
But I digress ...
For Christmas, The Brainy One decided I needed my own Lego set.
And while it has been therapeutic, I've reached the stage where
I've realised that I've obviously made a mistake. 
Ho hum.
But isn't that the nature of Lego?
You just take it apart when it goes wrong and start again.
I may be some time. 

Monday, 16 January 2017

Memorandum Monday | Memos: Mail: Me {and a Winner}

Sian is ringing the changes for Memorandum Monday this year
and inviting contributors to mention their favourite piece 
of Happy Mail received during the previous week.
Happy Mail?  Something that's right up my street. 
I make a note of how much Happy Mail I send out,
but have never given much blog space to things I've received via Royal Mail.
Last week was a good place to start,
because I took delivery of two gorgeous
With the specific intention of using one to house my collection of
ready-to-send  Happy Mail.
Serendipity, you might say.
And on the subject of Happy Mail,
the winner of Snipped Tales is Melissa.
Drop me a line with your address and it'll soon be on its way to you.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Scrapping the Season

I've around 10-12 scrapbook pages that I want to add to existing albums
before embarking on pages recording the antics of 2017.
Don't mistake me, I'm not suggesting that I need to 'catch up' with my scrapbooking.
It's not that kind of hobby; I think it's supposed to be free flow.
Two double page spreads cover the Christmas Season.
 I went with large embellishments, 
 not too many photos
 and enough similarities between the two spreads to link them together.
How do you record the Christmas festivities, if you do?   

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Currently Reading

I love to scrapbook almost as much as I love to read.
Twelve days into the new year and I've already read one book,
am half-way through another (on Kindle*) and have two lined up waiting.
How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry caught my eye because
it's set in two of my favourite places; the Cotswolds and a book shop.
The story moves along nicely, but is definitely in the Chick Lit genre.
An easy read, but perhaps not for someone who has recently lost a parent
{I'd have given this book a wide berth if I'd realised the extent of the loss
the main character suffers}.
A character in HtFLiaBS claims that Heartburn by Nora Ephron is a favourite
and that she has read it 16 times.  I've never read any Nora Ephron, but that sentence alone
was enough to make me pick up a copy.
{And anyone who can write When Harry Met Sally must be talented.}  
The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman was recommended by my best friend
and initially it didn't sound my cup of tea.
The plot involves a veteran, a lighthouse and a baby ...
{When I was browsing for it in the bookshop,
I ended up asking the assistant for help ... "I don't know the author,
but it's got oceans in the title ..."  
She took me straight to it.
{* I'm reading the Poldark series on my Kindle, as there are 12 books in the set.}
What are you reading?

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Month in Numbers | November and December

I ran out of steam a little with collating numbers 
for the last two months of 2016.
So much so, I filled two pockets with confetti and then stitched them shut
because I didn't have anything else to put in them.
Here's a look at November: 
 244: the number of lengths swum by me in the pool at the gym.
21: the number of times I went out with the pooch. 
11: the number of 12x12 scrapbook pages I made this month.
If only I wasn't running out of scrapbook album storage space.
34: the number of Christmas cards written (and envelopes addressed).
I'm about half-way through our list. 
29: the number of Christmas presents purchased by me.
Most of them were ordered on line.
27: the number of Christmas presents wrapped by me.
Including one actually for me ...  
And in December:
24: the number of daily visits from Elvis the Elf during December
and only 1 duff landing!
21: the number of thank-you letters a certain young man is going to have to write.
5: the number of people who stayed with us, but not all at the same time.
45: the number of mince pies we may have eaten, approximately.
Most were mini ones!
1334: the number of pieces in my surprise present ...
the Lego Camper Van! 
66: the number of Christmas cards posted by us.
Month in Numbers is the brainchild of Julie
and you'll always find a warm welcome over at her place. 
 Not to mention entertaining posts about a varied list of topics.
Go on over, stop by and say hello.
You can see my previous Month in Numbers here.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Snipped Tales | A GiveAway

My friend Julie published a book just before Christmas.
A book that is as quirky as she is
(and I mean that in a good way).
 When I ordered my copy, I ordered an extra one to give away.
That's it there, the parcel under Elvis the Elf's hat.  
Julie's USP is that if you receive a wrapped copy,
it will come with a unique gift tag.
Which is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.  
Snipped Tales is the kind of book you can dip in and out of,
finding something to make you think or to make you laugh on each page.  
If you'd like to go into to the draw for a copy of Snipped Tales,
leave me a comment.
 Draw will take place on Friday, 13 January.