Friday, 31 December 2010

2010: A Year In Photos

Three hundred and sixty five days.  Three hundred and sixty five photos of my everyday life.  At first I was concerned by just how alike many days were but, by being alike, they show the truth.  My everyday life is often repetitive, dull and mundane.  I can live with it, because I know that it won't always be this way.
Camera used: FujiFilm Finepix S1500.
Each and every photo taken on the day it was published.
Would I do it again?  Probably, but not for a year or two.

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~ Making a start on the thank-yous ~

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Yesterday & Today

Thanks to the Christmas gift generosity of my InLaws, I am signed up for Ali Edwards' new online 13 week class at Big Picture Classes ~ Yesterday & Today.
Yesterday & Today will ask questions such as:

•Where do you begin creating with photos from generations past?
•What do you wish you knew about your parents when they were growing up? What life lessons do you want to pass on to your children?
•How do you document the challenging times in your life?
• How do you create layouts that tell special stories when you don't have any photos?

Ali says: "The benefit of looking to the past is that we gain perspective. We see things differently after developing an awareness of what we know and what we wished we knew. Looking back, even if we're just viewing old photos of people we don't know, can change the way we approach the photos we take and the stories we tell today.”

This class appealed to me because of my interest in Family History and because I find it a struggle to honestly record the difficult times.  And I don't want scrapbooks that just show the sunnier side of our lives as a family.  I want a true reflection of how it is ~ warts and all.
I know that Sian is signed up for this class; anyone else?
Christmas gifts also included two more online classes, but more about those in the New Year.

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~ Through the lounge windows ~
I must remember to fill up the bird feeder ...

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

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~ The newest members of our household ~


Tuesday, 28 December 2010

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~ The prospect of new neighbours ~


Monday, 27 December 2010

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~ Magnified ~


A Life In The Day

Imagine my delight last night, when I saw an article about my Chelsea Pensioner friend in yesterday's Sunday Times magazine.  He had told me he'd been interviewed, but I'd forgotten all about it.
I am so lucky to have him as a friend and he says that he's delighted that DS calls him Grandad Paddy.  We'll be seeing him next in early January.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

December Daily ~ The 25th & Closing Page

The one which was magical.

And the album's closing page ~ using a free download, found via Shimelle's blog here.
A perfect Christmas project.  I loved every day of it ... even the difficult days.

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~ Cat sitting ~


Saturday, 25 December 2010

359/365 ~ Christmas Day

Christmas Greetings

~ Wishing you all a very happy, peaceful and love-filled Christmas ~ 

Friday, 24 December 2010

December Daily ~ The 24th

The one which passed in a blur.
 

DS's new pyjamas are courtesy of my sister, this year.  (The tradition of new PJs on Christmas Eve is one that I borrowed from her, anyway.)  Last year's were provided by my SIL.
I can safely say that I am done for Christmas and have been since 9.30am this morning.  It if wasn't in the house by then, it isn't going to happen.  Oh, and I had great fun tracking Santa across the globe.  And I think I've just spotted a spelling mistake ...

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~ Unexpected ~
Earlier this week I had cause to telephone a scrapbooking company when I realised that I had been charged twice for a recent order.  The lady I spoke to was extremely apologetic, refunded the money immediately and said that a letter of apology would be in the post.
That letter arrived this morning: in the guise of a 12x12 album, with the company's compliments.  I was completely taken aback ~ did Santa stop by early?  That company has added an extra shine to my Christmas and it also gladdened my heart to know that customer service isn't completely dead.  Thank you.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

December Daily ~ The 23rd

The one involving a night out.
DH and I were unexpectedly able to have have supper in our local Gastro Pub this evening.  How come?  Because my FIL took up our offer of coming to stay with us and then promptly offered to babysit.  We didn't go out until DS was well and truly asleep; given that my FIL is rather deaf, we felt that this was the safest option!   

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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

December Daily ~ The 22nd

The one where it was kind of perfect.
We took the dog for a walk.  We called in at the pub for a mid-morning coffee (and a special juice for DS).  And that was it.  Nothing spectacular, but pretty much perfect all the same.

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~ Warming up after walking the dog ~
I love that DS is still of an age where he can be excited by the thought of special juice in the pub: water in a glass with a straw!  It keeps him contented long enough for DH and I to drink our coffees.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

December Daily ~ The 21st

The one where we went visiting.
Given the recent weather conditions & DS being poorly, we haven't been venturing too far afield of late.  However, today we had a plan.  And it worked.  We made the 50-miles round trip to see my FIL who, for reasons I'm not going to share, was by himself today.  DS adores his Grandad and as he went through the front door of my FIL's house, he said, "Hello, Grandad.  I'm so pleased to see you."
My heart just about melted.
We plan to visit again over Christmas, snowfall depending, but at least all the presents, cards and cranberry sauce have been delivered.  And as you can see, DS was just about worn out by the excitement of being with Grandad for a few hours.

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~ +4C; positively balmy ~ 

Monday, 20 December 2010

December Daily ~ The 20th

The day where one hour lasted a life time and the reciting in my head over and over again of "this too will pass" was absolutely no help at all.
The morning started off well with a walk to collect the newspaper and a visit to Starbucks for a Gingerbread Latte and a Babycino ~ smiley faces on red cups and wellies that fall off DS's feet when he sits down and his feet can't reach the floor.
The nightmare began on the walk home ~ click the middle image below to read the full story.
With hindsight, walking into town and back with a small boy who had been poorly for the last week or so was probably not the best thing to do.  And at the risk of beginning to sound like I'm paraphrasing Scarlett O'Hara, thank goodness tomorrow is another day. 


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~ On the mend ~
However, if you'd like to know what happened about an hour after this shot was taken, you'll have to come back for my December Daily post later today ...

Sunday, 19 December 2010

December Daily ~ The 19th

The one where we finally get our tree.


I tend to under dress our tree until I've looked at it for a day or more, then I may add more baubles.  Initially, DS was a great help, handing me the baubles, but he soon lost interest!
The RHS shows a few of my favourite ornaments ~ pine cone angel, glass bauble given to DS on his 1st Christmas, koala given to us in Australia (Christmas 2005) and my glitter ball (older than my passion for Strictly Come Dancing).

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Saturday, 18 December 2010

December Daily ~ The 18th

The one about presents.
Keeping it simple with a 7x5 LO and no journaling required ~ the title is enough.

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Friday, 17 December 2010

December Daily ~ The 17th

The one that doesn't feel very Christmassy.
DS missed his 3rd consecutive morning of Nursery (and the last day of term).  He's extremely emotional and upset throughout the night this week and, as a result, both he and I are absolutely shattered.  It snowed at lunchtime.  We still don't have a tree.  I still have one present to finish and three to wrap.  Going to Zumba at 6.30pm totally slipped my over-tired mind.
Just as well tomorrow is another day.
You know, I nearly binned this page and started again, but in the nick of time, I remembered what Ali had written about it being okay not to love each and every page of the December Daily album.  Day 17 is complete and when the album is finished, it's not going to look out of place, with people able to pinpoint the 17th as a not very good day.  And if they do, they shouldn't be so rude as to comment on it.


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~ Snow is falling ~
Well, it was briefly at lunch time ~ this is the tree in our shopping centre.  I suspect that my sister has had a whole load more of the white stuff today ~ we know it's bad when her village is mentioned on BBC Radio 2's traffic reports. 

Thursday, 16 December 2010

December Daily ~ The 16th

The one with art work.

These LOs are 7x5 and will sit back-to-back in the album.
A day where DS was still poorly, which meant no nursery school.  I did nip to the school in order to return DS's library book, deliver the presents to the staff and collect the only piece of art work that DS has been allowed to bring home all term (and had to pay £3 for the privilege).  The original A4-sized calendar will also go into the album. 

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~ An unexpected gift ~
DH returned from his overseas business trip last night and had very kindly bought me Chanel #5 in a handbag size.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

December Daily ~ The 15th

The one involving carrots.

Today was a day where I had one story planned, but it soon became obvious that I'd be telling another.  DS was too poorly to attend his Nursery Christmas Party today. I'd already prepared a large bag of chopped up carrots as our contribution to the Christmas Tea (carrots requested by the school, not my idea), so I asked the mum of one of DS's friends to take it in to school for me and offer our apologies.  (I had also offered to help out.)
So, on the left you have the story of the non-party and the photo of DS asleep in our bed.  The middle just shows a better perspective and the right shows the letter the school sent home about the party and the photo of the carrots.

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~ Poorly DS: asleep in our bed at 11.30am ~
As luck would have it, there wasn't a nursery session this morning, because all the children are invited to the Christmas Party this afternoon.  Since it's only scheduled to last an hour, we'll be giving it a miss.  But as I promised to provide carrot batons for the Christmas tea, one of the other mums will be calling in to collect them and deliver them for me.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

December Daily ~ The 14th

The one about Gingerbread Lattes.
Even though they cost a small fortune, I am partial to them.  Gingerbread Lattes smell like Christmas.

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~ Supervising the window cleaners ~ 

Monday, 13 December 2010

December Daily ~ The 13th

The one about poinsettias.
I really am loving the whole feel of a 7x5 photo on a 7x5 LO.  Who am I kidding?  I'm loving every single thing about December Daily.  On the reverse of the heart, I asked myself a question: How is it that I am defeated by poinsettias every year, yet I can get two orchids to bloom and flower? Any suggestions on how to keep poinsettias alive gratefully received.

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Sunday, 12 December 2010

December Daily ~ The 12th

The one about Retail Therapy Madness.
I managed a hit-and-run on Westfield today and I couldn't believe just how many stores were offering huge discounts ~ whatever happened to the January Sales?  Mind you, it did allow me to pick up a skirt I'd been eyeing up, because not only did they have my size, they were also offering £10 off.  Oh, and DH now has a Christmas present, which is the reason why I went.

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~ The madness that is Christmas shopping ~
(Amy, it's the Ugg Australia shop!)

Saturday, 11 December 2010

December Daily ~ The 11th

The one featuring cranberries.
I cooked up a storm this afternoon and evening.  I follow a Nigella recipe, one that is incredibly easy ~ cranberries, caster sugar & water.  This year, I'm planning on giving jars of the stuff to DS's Nursery teachers and assistants.  My BF's InLaws also request a jar, which is a great compliment, and they always return their empty jar from the year before.
I also scrapped about making cranberry sauce last year.