Friday, 30 October 2009

how ridiculous is this?

I went shopping to Asda's this morning and was looking for, amongst other things, a nailbrush.

I couldn't find one so I asked the girl who was stacking the shelves where they were. She told me they didn't keep them. She said that they were a health risk and so Asda's didn't sell them any more.

Excuse me? Scrubbing under your nails is a health risk? What if I don't scrub under my nails? Surely that's even more of a health risk!

I said this to the girl and she was in total agreement with me. She said when she asked her boss what people were supposed to use to clean under their nails she was told "an old toothbrush".

Well, that sounds healthy, doesn't it?

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

a new bag and a sunset

Remember this bag? Well, over the last few days I've been making another one using an old pair of jeans.

I have to say here that these jeans were NOT mine. In fact, they didn't belong to anyone I know. I think I would have disowned the person who bought them, to say nothing of what would have been done to them if they actually wore them! :oD

This is the top part of the jeans so you can see what they looked like before I cut them up. The stripes went all the way down the legs - both legs! Yikes!

And here's what the bag looks like. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.

And here's the base of the bag. It's a shame this is hidden, really. It's kinda cool! :o)

And now the sunset as seen out of our bedroom window at about 5pm today. Gorgeous!

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

I did too much

I had to go along to Jo's house this afternoon so she could get her satellite dish put up and joined up and started and whatever else goes into getting that done.

I had an early lunch, loaded my car with more of her stuff and off I went. I unloaded the car and then started in her bedroom. She'd said many times she couldn't get to her wardrobe so I thought I would try and sort that for her.

2 hours later and I can say she can definitely get to her wardrobe and choose something from her wardrobe as I unloaded all the Ikea bags of her clothes into it. Let me say one thing - she'll never be able to say she has nothing to wear! LOL

Then I headed through to the kitchen to see if I could get her some room to do stuff in there.

I should say that the Sky man had arrived by this time and was doing whatever he was doing.

So, in the kitchen I washed her dishes and put them on the newly found dishrack to dry. I then rearranged some bits and pieces so she should now have room to manouevre in there.

Then on to the bathroom. I didn't do so much in there - my body was telling me to slow down so I did. I just cleaned the loo and the sink and wiped around the bath as much as I could.

I finally got back here after 4pm and had to leave the unloading of the car until later. I just couldn't face it! Luckily Douglas did it for me so I won't have to do it in the morning.

I know I did too much but Jo was so happy it was all worth it. :o)

Sunday, 25 October 2009

a couple of numpties!

This morning we got up, had breakfast then I headed out to pick up Jo to go to Tesco's. She'd told me yesterday not to peep the horn - she'd watch for me at the window. She didn't want to upset her new neighbours with me peeping my horn first thing on a Sunday morning!

Anyway, I get to her house and her bedroom curtains are closed - no sign of her watching out the window for me. I pulled the car in to the side of the road, got out and went to ring her bell. No reply.

I rang again and, thinking she had slept in and couldn't hear me, I got out my keys and tried them in the lock. Her keys were in the other side so I couldn't get mine to work.

I then heard the inside door being opened so I knocked on the door and made funny faces at the peephole in the door.

Imagine my surprise when Jo came to the door in her jammies and she asked me what I was doing there. She then told me it was just after 8 in the morning - not after 9 like I thought it was.

Yep - we had forgotten to put our clocks back!

Telling Jo I'd be back later, I headed home. I told Douglas that I would go back for Jo in an hour - when it was *really* 9 o'clock. It took him a few seconds to realise what we'd done!

Honestly what a couple of numpties! LOL

Friday, 23 October 2009


This was the "Weekly Picker Upper" in the pccrafter newsletter this morning. It made me smile, sniffle and just generally made me proud to be a mum … and a daughter! :o)

Real Mothers don't eat quiche;
They don't have time to make it.

Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils
Are probably in the sandbox.

Real Mothers often have sticky floors,
Filthy ovens and happy kids.

Real Mothers know that dried play dough
Doesn't come out of carpets.

Real Mothers don't want to know what
The vacuum just sucked up....

Real Mothers sometimes ask "Why me?"
And get their answer when a little
Voice says, "Because I love you best."

Real Mothers know that a child's growth
Is not measured by height or years or grade...
It is marked by the progression of Mommy, to Mom, to Mother....

The Images of Mother

4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do anything!

8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!

12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn’t know everything!

14 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother? She wouldn’t have a clue.

16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's so five minutes ago.

18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman? She's way out of date!

25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it!

35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.

45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?

65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mom.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears,
the figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes,
because that is the doorway to her heart,
The place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole,
But true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.

It is the caring that she lovingly gives,
the passion that she shows,
and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

Thursday, 22 October 2009

back door photos so far

I know there aren't many to go to the end of the year but I decided to put the back door photos I've taken so far into a block. They are all clickable if you want to see them bigger.

Things I notice about the photos - in no particular order.
1. the middle tree at the back and how it changes from its spring colour - reddish pink - to summer colours - green. Also, there's approx 2 weeks between most of the photos so the tree changed from red to green in that short a time!
2. how grey the sky looks in the first photo in the second row where it had been snowing compared with the photo 2 below where the sky is so blue - and Jo, Douglas and Rosie are enjoying the sunshine.
3. the different shades of green in the grass
4. the position of the chairs on the grass - never quite the same.

Great fun. Let's hope I remember to keep taking them up until the end of the year! :o)

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

back door photo 21 October

Dull and dreich day today. Ahhh, the joys of living in Scotland. :o)

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

this made me giggle

I found this online the other day and it really made me laugh.

Be afraid, be very afraid! LOL

On other news, Joanna is still here. Her new bed arrives tomorrow and she's getting the plumber in on Thursday morning to check the boiler and to turn on the water. So Friday is the day we think she'll move into her new home. It'll take her a while to unpack all those boxes but that's a game she has to play herself - well, that's what I keep telling her anyway! :oD

Saturday, 17 October 2009

more carpet

We spent another day going back and forward to Jo's new home with stuff she'd dumped on us. This morning we finished putting the wardrobe back together and then I hung all the clothes that were on hangers.

Jo then put some other bits and pieces into the chest of drawers and then we went through her jumpers to see which ones she liked/wore/fitted. We ended up getting rid of a lot! Yes, it should have been done before she flitted but, since the jumpers only took up 2 smallish boxes, it wasn't that big a deal.

Then we came home for an early lunch as we had to be back at 1pm for the man to come and fit the cable. The "opening" was 1pm to 6pm and, guess what? Yep, he didn't turn up. How annoying is that? Let's hope they have a good reason for him not arriving!

I'm hoping we'll have a slighly less busy day tomorrow but I think I'm living in cloud cuckoo land. There's still a heckuva lot of stuff along here which needs to be along there. Oh well, the more stuff we move, the more carpet I can see here.

Mmmm - does that mean I'll have to hoover more? :oD

Friday, 16 October 2009

I'm exhausted!

Today Joanna got the keys of her new home. We have spent the last few days doing the final surge of packing and yesterday I took apart her bed and her wardrobe.

This morning it was all hands on deck then Jo and I did some cleaning and off we went to the local hardware store to get something to put on the end of the now cut cooker cable so the new owner of her old flat doesn't electrocute himself.

Whilst we were there her phone rang and it was her lawyer to tell her she could collect the keys to her new house. Yay!!

We took several car loads along - she dumped a ton of her stuff at our house in the past few weeks to make today's move easier. Now it's time to start getting it all along to her new house.

I foresee a few more exhausted days ahead of us but it will all be worth it. Jo's so excited about her new house and it has a garden too. She thinks that makes her a grown-up! :oD

Off for a wee lie down! :o)

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

new autumny look

I decided it was time to give my blog a new look. I thought of making it autumny - of course it's a word! :oD - so I played around in Photoshop and made my new header.

Imagine my surprise when I loaded it in, changed the other colours to match to find that it matched the outfit in the photo I showed yesterday.

Maybe I should only show autumny coloured photos! :oD

Monday, 12 October 2009

less legs!

I bought a pair of boots a few years ago - seen in this photo.

I love these boots. They look gorgeous both off and on my feet!

A couple of years ago, when I tried them on, they were too tight in the leg for me. I was really disappointed. I didn't know how to solve the problem and thought I was going to have to give up on the boots.

A few weeks ago I saw a pair of boots in a shop which, if I had to buy a new pair, would do. They weren't as fab as the boots I had but, if your boots don't fit you, you might as well not have them!

On my way home from the swimming pool this morning, I thought I might go into the shop and buy myself those boots. But then I talked myself out of it - "you don't wear boots often enough to warrant the expense … you've got a pair at home that you could cut down the legs a bit to make them fit" and so on.

So, this afternoon, I dug my old favourites out from under the bed and pulled them on. Imagine my delight to find that they fit my legs again! In fact, better than that - there's room for 2 fingers down the legs. Not that I could walk around with 2 fingers tucked down my boots! :oD

So, not only have I lost 3" off my bum since I started swimming, I have also lost some leg size! Yay!!!

Thursday, 8 October 2009

bow ties and scarves

Today I made some new bow ties for the men in the Singers. The ladies already have tartan scarves made out of this fabric and I always meant to make bow ties to match but never seemed to get around to it. Well, today I got around! :o)

And, I then made some prototype scarves for our Christmas concert. I need to get the go ahead before I make the full set of 18 but I must admit I think they look great. I'm not 100% sure on the white but I'll just wait and see what Susan, our musical director, says tonight.

The photo isn't showing the green very well but it is a greeny green - not so bluey green.

And then I wondered about bow ties to match. There's no way I'm making them out of that organza so I'm now wondering if I might be able to use up some of my Christmas fabrics to make them. Again, I need to confer with Susan to see what she thinks.

The idea that I actually might use some of that enormous pile of Christmas fabric is really quite appealing to me! I've put 3 Christmas fat quarters in my bag to show her tonight so we'll see what she says.

Editing to say - one person objected to the green - they're for Christmas for pete's sake! - so now they're thinking of ordering more of some scarves we already have. I just looked it up online and they are £6 each. Needless to say, I'm not amused at being asked to make red, green and gold ones to let them see them and then, because of one person, they're not going to be used. They'd better not ask me to order them for them - I doubt I'd be very polite!! :oP

back door photo 4 Oct

I didn't realise I hadn't posted this until I found it on my camera! Ooops! :o)

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

I like diddling!

I've decided I like diddling. I'm good at it and I can take as long as I like doing it! I can diddle in the morning or the afternoon. I can fill a few minutes diddling or a few hours. Yep, I like to diddle.

Now, I really hope that diddling doesn't have any rude meanings that I don't know about! *gasp* If they do, that's NOT the kind of diddling I do. (I might be good at that kind of diddling as well - I might even like that kind of diddling! - but let's not go there! :oD)

Today I diddled for a while in the sewing room. I had a couple of scarves to sew for Singers but after that I just tidied a little and looked at fabrics and just generally, well, diddled about thinking about what I would make next or next week or next month. My fabourite kind of diddling.

Maybe that's why I don't seem to achieve much some days - I spend too long diddling!

And now I'm diddling on the computer. I've read some blogs and thought about what we're having for tea - too late for the brisket I bought! Note to self - pay more attention to the time tomorrow!! No diddling!! :oD

Monday, 5 October 2009

Vicky and Stevie's wedding

Yesterday we were at Vicky and Stevie's wedding. The weather - after so many awful days - was glorious. It wasn't that hot but it's October after all! At least it was dry and the wind had dropped considerably from the day before!

Here are just some of the photos I took. I've still to see the ones Douglas and Jo took so I might add more in another post when I see them. :o)

Signing the register. This made me giggle because it looks like Vicky is asking Stevie if he remembers how to use a pen! Knowing Vicky, she may well have been saying that! :oD

The back of Vicky's dress.

The bridal party.

The bride and her bridesmaids.

Linda and her girls. As we commented to each other later, we do breed beautiful girls! :o)

The sisters and the cousin - of the bride!

The bride and groom with Ruby. Her collar - Ruby's! - had her name on it in diamonds. Of course they were real!! :oD

Douglas took these 2 with his iPhone. Not too shabby!

Congratulations again, Vicky and Stevie. May you have a long and happy life together! :o)

Friday, 2 October 2009


Earlier this week, I went outside and took this photo of some of our sunflowers.

And then yesterday I took this photo of the same flowers What a difference 4 days make in the life of sunflowers!

And then I noticed that this one had 2 bees on it. One is on the yellow petals and one on the inside bit. I'm sure that has a fancy name but I've got no clue what it might be!

And then, whilst I was out there, a train passed by so I just had to take a photo of it through our trees.

Oh, and the concert went well yesterday. There was some making up of words and music but the Womens' Guild clapped loudly anyway. And we got our cuppa tea and cakes at the end. :o)

Thursday, 1 October 2009


Tonight is our first concert of the year. Well, not of the year 2009 but the Singers' year - ie September to June. I'm sure everyone who reads this knew what I meant!

Anyway, we're singing at a Church Women's Guild meeting. I hope we do well. I know that I know my stuff - I'm one of those annoying people who actually looks at the stuff at home!! - but others may have forgotten their words and/or notes.

I mean, let's be fair, it's all of 7 days since we last sang these songs - and we've sung them *repeatedly* in rehearsals and we've even sung them several times in other concerts but, you know, people forget. It's sad really, but it's true. Well, it's true of the Singers anyway! :oD

So we're singing to the Women's Guild who will, I'm sure, clap a lot - they usually do - no matter if people have forgotten their stuff. In fact, if people do forget their bits, they usually clap even louder. Mmmm. Makes you wonder, eh?

Best bit - we'll get a slap up feed. Sandwiches, cakes, bisuits, sausage rolls and so on and so on. Yummmmm!!

Okay, I have to be honest - I LOVE singing at the Singers concerts. We're not as bad as I've made out we'll be. In fact, we're really quite good. If you ignore the made up words and music! :oD