Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Photo a Day: 31st October

The Boy Child is talking to The Brainy One, if you were wondering.

Photo a Day: 30th October

Can't you just see that The Boy Child is thinking, "Will you please put that camera away, Mummy?"

Monday, 29 October 2012

Photo a Day: 29th October

The post-school debrief.
"Mummy, take our picture!"
"What are you doing?"
"Blowing you kisses, of course!"
Of course.

Hello Monday

Hello to a taster day at a potential new school for The Boy Child.
Hello to viewing 3 houses this week.
Hello to a day in one of my favourite places.
Hello to an overdue haircut.  The one booked a couple of weeks ago didn't actually take place.
Hello to a day with a cousin and her lovely children.
Hello to seeing Mel.  I'm taking her lunch on Friday.
 ~ coffee with Mel, July 2012 ~
Hello to a week with mum. Just hanging out.
Hello to no street dance or swimming this week because of half-term.
Hello to enjoyment, love and laughter. 

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Photo a Day: 28th October

My dad would have loved this; in regard to reading material, the apple hasn't fallen very far from the tree at all.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Photo a Day: 27th October

We travelled up to mum's today for the second week of The Boy Child's half-term.  We usually use the motorways all the way, but once we got to middle England, the motorway was stop, start and nose-to-tail.  We opted to leave the motorway and take the scenic route and I'm glad that we did; it was a perfect Autumnal day and the view from the car stunning.
It may take a little while longer, but well worth it.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Photo a Day: 26th October

~ the burden that is holiday homework ~

Photo a Day: 25th October

~ waiting ~
The Boy Child waited excitedly for his friend to come around for a play date and used imaginary binoculars to look for him.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Photo a Day: 23rd October

~ playdate fun ~
BTW, my mum has stuck her toe in to BlogLand; it would be great if you'd stop by and say hello ~ you can find her at One Beginner's Place. Thanks!

Monday, 22 October 2012

Photo a Day: 22nd October


Hello Monday

Hello to annual visit to the dentist for The Boy Child.
~ 2011 visit ~
Hello to visiting the cinema: Madagascar 3 and Hotel Transylvania.
Hello to on-line shopping and having my groceries delivered to directly to my kitchen.
Hello to an eyebrow wax for me.  I have a pair of caterpillars above my eyes right now.
Hello to making use of Holiday Gym Club this week; means that I can go to Zumba and Aquarobics..
Hello to street dance class continuing during half-term.
Hello to playdates for The Boy Child with two of his school friends.
Hello to visiting Chelsea.
Hello to visiting the Circus at the end of the week; the big half-term treat. Grateful for half-price ticket vouchers.
Hello to a child development review for The Boy Child.  I am not feeling positive.
Hello to the end of British Summer Time. Boo.
Hello to travelling to Granny's for week two of half-term.    

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Photo a Day: 17th October


This Moment

Alexa, of Trimming the Sails, has invited people to share a moment with her. Nothing fancy, just a few well chosen words, or a photo, or a scrapbook page. My moment turned out to be a combination of all three. 
I don't know how I came across Alexa's blog, possibly through Amy (who has already shared her moment), but I'm very glad I did.  She has a wonderful writing style and can easily draw a vibrant picture with her use of words. She's also a fabulous scrapbooker.
Why not join in?  Alexa would love to hear from you.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Photo a Day: 16th October

Three parcels of Happy Mail have gone off this week: to New Zealand, to West Coast USA and the last remaining one here in the UK.
If you'd like an chance to be a recipient of the next round of Happy Mail, just send an email with your address to: roo1968ATyahooDOTcoDOTuk with Happy Mail 2012 in the title. 
It would be nice if you left a comment here as well.
There is no catch.
You don't have to do anything in return.
Stalking the Postie; one of my favourite past times. 


Monday, 15 October 2012

Photo a Day: 15th October

~ dog walking kit ~
This is me at 11am this morning:
My padded jacket is from Joules.  It's incredibly thin but must be thermal lined because it's very warm.  I can wear it right through the winter.  I also have this jacket in chocolate brown.
My scarf is the known as the Marrakech Muffler, a gift from my SiL.  Just yesterday she asked me if I only ever wore it when I went to her house.  She couldn't be more wrong; I wear it all the time and always receive lovely comments about it.
My jeans are from Monsoon and the colour makes me think of Deb and Carrie.
My wellies are from Le Chameau and are 12 years years old.  They are just beginning to spring a leak, so there will be a request for new wellies on my Santa list.
Nano iPod for company; from Adele to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and everything in between.
Mobile phone, in case The Boy Child's school needs to get hold of me.
As we move in to winter, I will add thermal socks, gloves and a hat to my dog walking attire. 

Hello Monday

Hello to a fast approaching half-term holiday.
Hello to a haircut.  I will be clear about what I want ...
Hello to our Chelsea Pensioner friend coming for supper.
 Hello to a quieter week than of late.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Photo a Day: 13th October

~ making like a tourist ~
The Boy Child and I spent the day in town today and had a blast.  First up was a visit to the Royal Mews, where The Queen's carriages and cars are kept, and we followed it up with a couple of hours on an open-top tour bus.
Sometimes it's a good idea to view your city as visitors do.

Photo a Day: 12th October

~ lunch with The Brainy One ~

Friday, 12 October 2012

Move More:Eat Well ~ September


September; rather ruined by nine days away in Miami and Cartagena and five days of jetlag.
Or was it?
Let’s see.
I walked the dog a total of fourteen {14} times.
I went to Zumba once. 
I went swimming three {3} times, but two of those sessions were at Family Swim with The Boy Child.
I went to my first ever Aquarobics class.
I rode a bike twice, for an hour each time.
So there you have it.  Some good, some not so good.
But the main thing to focus on is that I did something during the month.
This month may well be the worst month of 2012 for exercise but when compared to September 2011, it’s flipping marvellous.  I have to keep things in perspective and work on seeing myself accurately in order to continue to work on what is needed; to keep looking at the bigger picture.
No-one else cares how many times I did or didn’t do something in a month.  That’s not what this year has been about and I shouldn’t be hard on myself.
Weight wise, it’s no surprise to learn that I appear to have gained a little ~ good food and alcohol does that to you.  Snacking wise, staying in a hotel is perfect for ending the late evening graze ~ there’s nothing to hand and no-one in their right mind is going to purchase the hugely expensive snacks from the mini-bar.
  ~ my SiL and me: Miami, September ~

Photo a Day: 11th October

~ the star of this week's Show & Tell ~

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Photo a Day: 10th October

~ lunch out with a friend ~

10 Things

I've recently gone back to Facebook after a break of 2 years.
Here's what I've learned {some are tongue in cheek}:
1) Be firm about who you are friends with.  It's okay to not be friends with someone.  If you didn't like them 20 years ago, you most likely won't like them now.
2) Unfriend people if you are uncomfortable with what they post.  Tell them that you are doing so.  The world will not end.
3) Don't post anything you wouldn't say in real life.  Be kind.
4) Use Facebook to see what your brother is up to.  It helps if you have a sister-in-law who is never without a camera.
5) Don't use Facebook as an excuse not to talk to someone face-to-face. Who wants to hear, "I'll Facebook you" when they could hear,"Let's meet up for a coffee and a chat".
6) Use Facebook as a platform to support causes you believe in.
7) Use common sense when using real names and respect people's wishes not to be named.
8) Use Facebook as a means of support when friends are thousands of miles away.
9) Don't update your status every five minutes.  No-one cares that you are on the bus or having a cup of tea.
10) Log out.  Do not check Facebook on your phone, or in the supermarket queue, or when waiting to collect your child.  Interact with what's actually happening around you.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Photo a Day: 9th October

What are you reading this month?
The Night Circus has pretty much been abandoned; I haven't picked it up for almost a month.  I've read about two thirds.
Happier at Home is written by the woman who wrote The Happiness Project, which I haven't read but was extremely popular a year or so ago. It's definitely the sort of book I think I could have written myself.  Happier at Home turned out to be a surprising good read, even if most of it is common sense.  What I most enjoyed was how she applied her ideas and theories to her own life.
World Without End is sort of a sequel to Pillars of the Earth, in that the story is set around the cathedral of Kingsbridge but it is two hundred years later. I'm about 100 pages in and can't put in down.  I'm reading far too late in to the night.  I understand that it has been dramatised, so I'll be looking out for it in the Autumn schedules.  

Monday, 8 October 2012

Photo a Day; 8th October

~ the art form that is loafing ~

Hello Monday

Hello to Autumn rain.
Hello to lights on during the day.
Hello to a less-full week.  I hope.
Hello to spending a few hours in a large shopping mall later this week.
Hello to reading through the copies of my Royal Air Force personnel files, which I recently received, and exclaiming, "I didn't know that!" and, "How come nobody told me that?".
~ on a two-week long exercise in Germany, 1992 ~
Hello to praying for those I know to be seriously ill.  And to remembering their families.
Hello to taking the dog in to school for The Boy Child's Show and Tell on Thursday.  When I asked his teacher if it was possible, she completely surprised me by agreeing.  And enthusiastically, at that.  

How is your week shaping up?

Friday, 5 October 2012

Photo a Day: 5th October

~ through Autumn's golden gown, I kick my way ~
With apologies to Justin Haywood.

{Not} A Kodak Moment

It was Harvest Festival this morning and I decided to give the big lens an airing.
It was not successful.
This is one of the better shots.
See that woman in the pink/purple top?  Some random parent who decided to film her child at every possible moment and without any regard for all the other parents who were trying to see their children.  I was having some very unChristian thoughts, I can tell you.
For the record, The Boy Child sang a short duet this morning, as part of the song What Shall We Bring to the Harvest Table? and he was brilliant.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Photo a Day: 4th October

~ Hello Autumn ~
No point in continuing to think that Autumn is on the way, it's already here. 

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Photo a Day: 3rd October

Harvest Festival is on Friday; Harvest Festival donations are due tomorrow.
In The Boy Child's box I put 3 tins of Baxters soup, 3 cans of no-drain tuna fish, 1 jar of crunchy peanut butter, 1 tin of chopped tomatoes and 1 pack of macaroni pasta.
Have you sent a Harvest donation to your child's school?
What did you put in it?

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Photo a Day: 2nd October


  • 14 magnets of various things; either picked up on our travels or given to us
  • 4 photos ~ me at Argyll Waterfall, Tobago, 2004; Me cooking Christmas lunch, 2004, in my best impression of Delia; The Brainy One and me at a wedding in St. Paul's Cathedral, 2007 and a beach view in Langkawi, 2004
  • 2 newspaper clippings; a letter in the Times from Rudy Giuliani after the London Bombings in July 2005 and a satirical cartoon after the 100th death of a serviceman in the Iraq war  
  • 1 cartoon about motherhood that made me laugh out loud
  • 1 mini magnetic cutting blade; perfect for getting in to shrink wrapped cellophane
  • magnetic shopping list items
Fridge doors.  Where you'll find the stuff of your life.
And that's not including the magnetic alphabet and shadow dancer on the freezer door.
What's on yours?

Monday, 1 October 2012

Photo a Day: 1st October

~ it's good to talk ~

One Little Word Blog Hop: October

Good morning/afternoon/evening and welcome to the One Little Word Blog Hop.  The hop is hosted by Margie, is international and has a wonderful 14 participants, all waiting and willing to share their One Little Word for 2012 with you.  If you've landed here from Cheri, welcome.  I'm listed in the middle of the hop, but don't worry if you get lost following the links ~ there's a full list of participants at the end of this post.   
My husband {The Brainy One} chose our word for 2012: enjoy.  Not because he wants us to be frivolous with our lives, but because he wants us to grasp every opportunity, good or bad, that comes our way this year.  This month, Ali suggested that we look at focusing on battles fought or celebrated.  I found the celebration part easy to write about in relation to our word; the battling side of our word, not so much.  
 September had plenty of things to celebrate:
~ birthdays and anniversaries
~ the huge adventure that was Cartagena
~ the approach of Autumn
~ the new school year for The Boy Child
September was not a cause for celebration due to my dealings with the authorities about getting help for The Boy Child.  But it was worth it, because we now know that he's going to get the help he needs and that has made it all worth while. 
If you're moving on with the OLW Blog Hop, then your next destination is Lisa and you can find her here.
But, before you go ... 2012 is also the year of Happy Mail ~ the chance to receive a small parcel in the post, just because. 
There's no catch. You don't have to do anything in return.  See this post, if you'd like to join in. Internationals welcome.  
Margie    http://xnomads.typepad.com
Kimberlee    http://scrapsandsass.blogspot.com
Kara    http://iwannabemewhenigrowup.blogspot.com 
Monica    http://questtoperfectimperfection.blogspot.com/
Mrs Wookie    http://mrswookieswanderings.blogspot.com/
Monica    http://scrapinspired.com/category/one-little-word/
Cheri    http://cheriandrews.blogspot.com
Ruth     http://suburbansahm.blogspot.com
Lisa    http://backtoallen.com/category/challenges/one-little-word/
Naomi    http://poeticaperture.com
Carolina    www.micinnamons.blogspot.com
Veronica    www.veronicanorris.typepad.com
Kelly     http://mindingmynest.com
Brighton www.dearbrighton.com

Hello Monday

Hello to October.  October?
Hello to getting back in to our routine.
Hello to Zumba and swimming.
Hello to three nights away for The Brainy One.
Hello to the house alarm service; a tedious but necessary chore.
Hello to Harvest Festival at school and sending in a shoebox of tinned groceries.
Hello to revamping my Autumn wardrobe.
Hello to resisting wearing socks or tights.  If I do, then that's it until Spring.
Hello to scrapbooking. I've missed you.  With The Brainy One away, I can scrap to my heart's content after The Boy Child has gone to bed.

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