Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Yesss, at last...

Aleksandr is back...  a new movie beckons,  according to him it is the best ever, but he would say that, wouldn't he?

Got notified on my twitter account,  not really got the hang of this twittering lark,  but will persevere. 

Strange old day,  couldn't remember what day it was when I woke up,  sort of a normal day..     so went and got supermarket shop. 
At least it was more civilised than last week,   not many in there, and pretty relaxed.    Off home, unloaded the bags, had a sandwich,  off out again to drop off sick note and then go find a shirt for this blasted wedding...  did I care, no I did not.   Fortunately M&;S came to the rescue with a nice shirt for half the price it was before Xmas, so that was that.   

But yesterday got more Xmas pressies,  so now craft stash fund  is up to £70...    oh the fun I can have!  I do remember ordering the a new craft mat and circle cutter from QVC,    nothing else grabbed my attention.   Was sticking to my rule of only buying scrapbooking stuff, or tools,    nothing in the scrapbooking slots grabbed me,  well the ribbons did, but the website crashed... so that order wasn't meant to be.   Did get the craft mat, cos I want the cutters, so now I have two magnetic craft mats...  

Naughty, cardcraft plus are moving to new and bigger premises, and are having an opening event in Feb.   Maby pop along, tis only a short hop away.  

Oh well the plan for it to snow didn't work...  miffed,  wanted loads and loads of snow,  cos don't want to go to wedding tomorrow,  bloody daft day to have it.   Must go find some thermals,  and thick socks,  gonna be freezing tomorrow. 

Friday, 25 December 2009

So that was Christmas...

Hope you all had a lovely day.   And there it was,  gone...    all the weeks of build up and...   you wonder what all the fuss was about.    Well maybe not if you happen to be 10 or under. 

Mine got off to a troubled start, with mum feeling a bit weepy,  so had to cheer her up.   That was very early,  hence when  I did get back to sleep I slept in till nearly 10 a.m.,  but for the first time in years I didn't have to go anywhere,  nor was anyone visiting!   So it was all nice and relaxed,   got started on the Xmas dinner around noon,   do wonder why folk make such a song and dance about cooking it,  it is all a case of timing.  If I can cope with cooking it then anyone can.    We did make pigs of ourselves,   neither of us could face the pud,  so that is for another day, or next year.    Had my first glass of wine at noon,  needed something!    But I did remain sober,  in fact I still am sober. 

So that was that,  watched Liz,  then Deal/No Deal,  and then Happy Feet - a lovely film.    Rest of it can be consigned to a bin, so much rubbishy films and repeats.  Did enjoy Victoria Wood last night. 

Well got Boxing Day tomorrow,   think it could be Saturday, this week has sort of blended into one.  Not sure whether to venture out tomorrow or not.  Will see what the weather is like first. 

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Christmas Eve

Well we almost had a white Christmas,  looked out the window last night and it was snowing, the world was white!    Nooo, not what I wanted,  needed to get out today.  It looked very pretty,   some of the kids came out,  and had a snowball fight.   But by morning it had started to thaw - phew. 

I had to go get mum's prescription, and did not fancy slipping and sliding in the snow, either on foot or by car.     Outside it was just slush,  I brushed a path to the car,  hoping it would dry out.  Was just sitting enjoying a coffee when I heard and car,  it was my brother, so long since I've seen him  had almost forgotton what he looked like.     His wife was with him, she who must get her own way...   then I remembered, it was nearly Christmas!    Mum was pleasant, I forced a few smiles,  they stayed for a while and then went.    Seems this year my SiL doesn't want to be disturbed on Xmas Day, by anyone.    I can imagine the fuss she'd make if others said that to her.    I suppose tho that has stopped my Xmas day being ruined. 

It was very grey and miserable outside,  did get prescription, tho the surgery had stuffed it up a bit.   Left mum to meet up with her friends, and toddled off home.   Only just occurred to me a few minutes ago that I'd not wrapped any pressies!   So have sorted that problem,  well I wrapped one,   rest can wait as I'll not see any of the recipients till next week.   Frankly, tho I feel Xmassy,  some of the spirit is lacking.   Think I'd like to press rewind, go back a few years,  and find a huge pressie under the tree for me...   Mum is giving me money, not complaining, but it would have been nice for her to have bought me something no matter how small. 


Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Oh flip, it's slippy...

Was hoping that the stuff we had yesterday would just melt away... no such luck.  When I finally stuck a toe, okay my crutch, onto pavement it was like an ice rink.    About five feet of ice separated me from my car...  was I going to be defeated, NO.   So grabbed hoe and began chipping away at it, chucked a couple of buckets of hot salty water over it, and that seemed to do the trick, just one dodgy piece of ice to negotiate right by driver's door. 

Tho I did regret being so keen to get the weekly shop once I arrived at Tescos, they'd gritted the entrance road, and the petrol station, but the car park was like an ice rink,  the worst place was the disabled parking space, it was diabolical.   Someone had lightly sprinkled some grit on the walkway,  and I mean 'lightly'  it was a joke.    I managed to get a space near to the store, so didn't have far to slip and slide,   the trolleys were almost all gone,   I grabbed one and headed into the store, and as I suspected it was mayhem.  I had to go to get cigs,  and unfortunately got stuck behind folk wanting to put on complicated lottery tickets, and buy scratchcards...  the customer service lot gazed over for a while, then realised that it would be a good idea if they came over and helped out.    The place was heaving,  no time for a good old browse, a case of get list out and go get stuff.   Was confronted by the usual dozy types, who think they are the only people in the store...  and abandoned trolleys,  idiots on mobile phones ringing home to ask if a few extra pounds of sprouts were needed!    It is at this juncture you feel like screaming, it is just one day,  the shops will be open again on Sunday, you do not need to shop as if Doomsday was beckoning.   You just know that most of the food in those trolleys will end  up in landfill,  my mum used to do it, buy far too much, till she wised up.    Now we shop for Xmas sensibly, well not that sensibly, a few daft things do end up in the trolley, but what I mean is we don't buy loads of festive food, cos we know it won't get eaten. 

I was more keen to make sure I got some decent wine,    and Tescos did deliver,  they had offers on the best stuff - oh happy day.   Funny how the aisles with the cleaning stuff was the place to take refuge from the madness.  But no choice, it was time to face the checkout, only ones without a queue where the self service, which I flatly refuse to use,  as they are not self service cos they always have at least two members of staff there to sort out the mistakes/problems...   so queued up.  And did what us Brits do,  started chatting  to fellow queuers...   and when it came to my turn, and checkout lady asked if I wanted her to pack for me, I said yes...   well why not.    I was grateful, she did a very good job, she had noted my crutch,   so didn't overpack the bags.   Was happy to wish her a Merry Christmas,  and escape the store, only to be stopped by two wallys discussing something right by door, so stopping everyone getting thru!     One cash machine was already out of cash,  dumb woman asked me if only one machine was working: er, yeah, that's why we're all queuing by it...  doh.     Annoying brat, who ran off with his mum's card,  thinking it was funny, she didn't, his dad hauled him off, but not far enough.  Observation:  a spoilt little brat, only kid, and totally indulged.  He was clambering all over a trolley, while his dumb father looked on....   felt sorry for the mother, she had two idiots to look after.   She should have left both at home.    Actually that is a bloody good idea, leave the kids at home with dad when shopping...    let us all enjoy some peace and quiet, you can also enjoy a sneaky quiet cup of coffee!    And as for the idiot who invented mini sized trolleys, it had to be a man,   stoopid idea, kids will just use them as missiles...  they should be banned. 

And now we are into festive TV,  all your favourites have now disappeared off the screen to be replaced by wall to wall films,   most of which you never wanted to see in the first place.    Come on, hands up, who'd be happy on xmas day with the usual TV fayre,  a few hours of This Morning, an hour of anarchy with Loose Women...   15 mins of the Queen...   all would be fine. But nope,  Scrooge has already decided what we will watch,   schedule was put together during his severe hangover,  so it is all bah humbug.

Oh well, 24 hours to go....   Santa is priming his SatNav as we speak,   and tweaking Rudolph's nose,  giving it an extra polish...  

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

What a day!

Woke up to blue sky,  so got up,  thought I'd get to supermarket handy. But by time I'd had breakfast, got washed and dressed it had started to chuck it down with rain,  so I waited, next came the hail,   soon followed by sleet, and a thunderstorm,  finally the white stuff came down.    And there went any hope of me venturing outside,  did have a look, but it was a bit dodgy underfoot.  Felt sorry for the kids, they were all getting so excited,  but the snow fell and then went...  was like that all day,  just a mix of rain, sleet and snow,  in no particular order.

Did manage to put up new blind,  tho it needed cutting, which was a bit of a pain, but not as much as putting it up!  Of course the fittings had to be different from last blind...  well the way they went on the wall,  as in 'other way round',   so did that, then had to do a balancing act, can't kneel at all on right knee,  and left knee is a bit dodgy...  but got there.   Then dusted and vacc'd the place,   banishing mum to her bedroom till I'd finished.

Looked to see if there was any crafting on QVC... no...  er, why?  Was a few shows on C&C,  methinks the latter is more serious,  QVC needs to start getting its act together craft wise, or it will lose us crafters.   So messed on computer,   was intending to print some photos for my scrapbooking, but got involved in a silly computer game... as one does. 

One of the photos to print was the above,  my arty one of the Big Wheel,    or I could load it onto a usb... mmmm...   and get it printed elsewhere.   Must have a thunk. 

Enjoying the grissom nights on C5, but it makes you realise how much he is missed. 

Ooh, it is getting closer.  Oh, took off countdown to Christmas as I discovered that it linked to a not so nice site...   

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Snowy Sunday

We did get more snow today, along with hail, sleet and rain... the lot came down.   It was also freezing and blowing a very cold gale.   There was nowt for it but to get on with a few domestic jobs, then some crafting.

I think I am turning into my mum, she would do this before Christmas, was the windows, curtains, nets and clean the oven...  I used to think she was bonkers, but this weekend I found myself doing it all!   Mind you mum at last agreed with me that we need new curtains,  I had suggested it last week and got my head bitten off.    Now she's all for it.   Now I just have to break the news that we also need a new kettle...   

So once I'd done the domestic stuff, I tucked into a lovely bacon butty.   And then settled down to make another Xmas box,  but now I'm not sure who to give it to!   I feel I should give it to Ivy, and make mum a New Year Box.      Had fun making it, it came together quite nicely,   I found my wooden angels... they'd been hiding in a box!     Used my stamps, and the tinsel embossing powder, I'm trying this technique of heating from below the card,  it works well on normal card,  but be careful if you are using cheapish mirri card, as the heat can cause the card to 'blow', or bubble.   

Hoping to get some scrapbooking done this week,  hoping to get some nice Xmas photos of all the OTT decorated houses.   Was going to go out yesterday, but the weather was so dodgy.  So crossing fingers that I can get get out in the car tomorrow.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend,  and if you had snow, that you enjoyed it. 

Friday, 18 December 2009

Need thermals....

Brrrrrrrr....   looked out of the window this morning and my little red car had a light dusting of snow - yikes!  Luckily we are talking 'light',  phew,  my plan was to get myself into town to finish off my Xmas shopping. 

I've not been into our town centre since my accident,  well not on my own.   But was determined to overcome my fears.  I got the bus in,  the driver was nice and waited till I sat down.   While it was cold it was also a beautiful sunny day.   Amazing how much can change in a year,  saw lots of stuff that wasn't there last year.   In town I spotted some of the penguins,   somehow they're not as funny as the lambanas,  possibly they should have just painted them as proper penguins,  they were all decorated and it didn't look right.   I got to see the Big wheel for myself,  and the gorgeous Ice Palace,  which is a grotto,  but it looked amazing. 

I did get a few pressies,   just need two more,  well one really,  and a decent blouse for me.  Was also in HMV, and couldn't believe the queue, it was half way round the store!  I thought I'd be ages,   but they had all the tills manned and a bloke organising everything, so I was only 10 minutes.   One gripe, the bloke at the till, he and his mate decided to chat to the girl his mate was serving,   now that really annoys me!   Any customer service bod should take notice of the customer they're serving.  I always made sure I did.

Was frozen by time I got home,  very happy to be back in the warm.   Now we've got proper snow forecast for late tomorrow and Sunday, so I'd better make sure we've got food essentials in,  plus some wine! 

Have a good weekend.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

And that was the Christmas party!

It wouldn't have been my choice,  we went to a chinese restaurant,  I do like chinese food, but at this time of year I think we bear the responsibility of stuffing as many Christmas dinners down us as we possibly can!   It was lovely to catch up with everyone,  but the place was nearly empty, so devoid of atmosphere,  and the service was slow....  very slow.   Food was okay, but nothing to write home about, it was an under par average,  we ordered the banquet and it frankly didn't live up to its billing.   But the company was good and we had a good laugh.  I ran out of steam at 10.30 and wimped out of the extra session in the pub, tho I really didn't fancy a hangover.  I'm sure there must have been a few sore heads today,  at least I had the luxury of being able to sleep in,  good job as I didn't get to sleep till about 4 a.m.  Just couldn't settle, dunno why,  I'd not had a lot to drink, and while the food was mediocre it was properly cooked.    Think the last few days of stress must have taken their toll.   Did get some nice pics with my new camera,  used the candlelight option, so no flash, but the pics are great!  

Not sure whether it made me feel better, to hear that a friend was also going thru a tough time,   it didn't...  you do wonder tho how some folk manage to get away with stuff...    a certain chap called Archer springs to mind!   I was watchind Deal or No Deal, and the contestant was a really upbeat bubbly lady,  one that you would think should deserve some financial happiness,   sadly it wasn't to be,  meanwhile the undeserving continue to be rewarded and those that are deserving are left to go on toiling. 

Unimpressed with QVC,  which has turned into the Kanban show,  I like Kanban, they are a good company, their stuff is first class but...    choice would be nice.   C&C were also getting on my pip,  flogging the same stuff,  okay we get the message: you bought way to much, now you need to get rid of it,  which is why folk are hanging on till prices are further reduced....   QVC is lacking choice and diversity in its crafts,   C&C are winning hands down as they have expanded and obviously done some customer research.   Craft is a big earner for QVC, time for them to rethink things... more slots, at the weekends, but with more presenters! 

Now off to enjoy a cuppa.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Seeing red

I had to attend a meeting this morning about my long absence from work.  They were telling me that I was now facing disciplinary action... er and how does that help my health?   The really idiotic part is that I am waiting for a final medical so that I can be medically retired!   Only a council could waste money on taking  unnecessary action against an employee.   It is they who have been dragging their feet over this,  the woman who is dealing with it only works 3 days a week, and is supposed to look after the HR side of things for the entire library service! 

I lost my rag,  really lost my temper and told her how stupid the whole thing was.  She rather pathetically attempted to defend it,  and realised she just couldn't.    I am not going to cooperate any more,  and she is going to start getting regular phone calls/e-mails from me badgering her to get on with my medical retirement.  If they pursue their daft course of discplinary action I will resign and then take them to a tribunal for constructive dismissal. 

This HR person didn't even have the decency to tell my boss what the meeting was all about, so it came as a big a surprise to her as it did to me.    This is adding insult to injury,  my accident was caused by the flaming council's sloppy work - block paving that is uneven and lethal. 

I did feel better for losing my temper,  I just don't care anymore,  I'm just so sick of mismanagement,  and people being allowed to keep their jobs after stuffing up big time,  in fact they cost the council thousands.  But this mug,  she stupidly did her job and did it well, owned up to any mistakes,  had a fall and now is the one facing disciplinary action,  well I never have in any other job, and I ain't going to in this one. 

Feel better now.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Things I hate about Christmas...

Yes there are some things I hate about this time of year... writing cards is one of them!   I do like getting them, but it just the thought of having to sit down and write out all those cards.  But I had put it off for far too long,  so knuckled down to it today...  30 cards later...    which I know is miniscule to some,   I had finished, till I checked address book and found I'd missed a few people.   Think I've got them all now. 

Then I could finally get crafting, I would have started earlier but mum wasn't too well,  so had to make sure she was okay, and also get a load of ironing done. 

She was feeling better by lunch time,  and had something to eat.  So I could get stuck into some crafting, well after the marathon card writing session.    I'm making two more Xmas exploding boxes, started on the blue one first,  well felt like a change from red and green,  then realised I  have no silver mirri card!    I've used it all...  it occurred to me yesterday that I would need more, but then I didn't bother to pick up a pack.  Darn it. Tho I frankly would prefer to buy a pack of QVC's mirri card,  lovely quality, but that will take too long, so will have to find a local craft shop - sure there is one close by,  must go have a look before I head off to Southport. 

But have got one layer done, and the other layers are cut and ready to be decorated,  just keeping it to snowmen, snowflakes and trees,   and it seems to be working well.    Got a huge pack of 12x12 coloured card,  every colour you can think of,   which will come in handy for the boxes. 

Hope you all had a good weekend.


Saturday, 12 December 2009

Saturday drivers....

Driving me bonkers!  I swear that there is a small army of weekend drivers and that they all come out at around 10 a.m., all crawl along, none really know where they are going,  they are likely to stop suddenly with no indication...    and as for those in car parks!  One guy I got stuck behind stopped at each darn bay, and spent a long time looking for any spaces, then moved on down to the next one!   As he crawled round to the last bit of the car park he just stopped dead...     As did the guy on the coast road, he was one car ahead of me,  we all were in the left lane and as he rounded the corner he went to stop,  the guy in front of me blasted his horn and the wally continued on. 

Was also annoyed at myself, decided to do some retail therapy,  and go to a craft shop, had this idea that on way back I could look out for decorated houses, the more OTT the better,  but guess which wally forgot her camera?  Doh....   So I missed a glorious sunset and some fab houses...  

But did get lots in craft shop,  at first I thought the Range was doing away with its craft stuff,  it wasn't were it usually is!  Luckily they'd just shifted it to a new spot, phew.  Ended up buying some Xmas stuff, for the two extra boxes I've decided to make,   there wasn't really much to choose from, they're obviously in the middle of changing the stock. So came home a happy, if cold bunny.... brrrrrr,  not that I am complaining, rather have this than all that persistent rain we kept on getting.     At least I can get out the winter clothes. 

Got lots of crafting planned for tomorrow, gonna do a snowman box and a christmas box.

And want Chris to win Strictly! 

Friday, 11 December 2009

That Friday feeling... not.

Was so looking forward to spending the day with my friend, but sadly she had to cancel,  due to a lack of money.  What bugs me is that she is married and he won't give her money to do stuff she wants..   like her car having no petrol,  does he give her some money, no,  he'd rather her be upset!  So she is having to earn some cash over the weekend, she does a part time job on and off... luckily she managed to swing some hours, so we should be able to meet up next week.    Her husband was the same over her weekend with me and another friend a while back, he refused to give her any money, I thought marriage was partnership?  He has a good job and doesn't mind treating himself.   Grrrr.

So no visit to Big Wheel :-(     And it was such a lovely day!  Cold, but we did have sunshine and blue sky, well till about 3.30, then it went very grey and misty.   So I went for a walk, and got a few more decorations...   I'm really tempted to start collecting those Christmas villages,  saw one today, it was gorgeous. 

Got my last Xmas box finished, tho think I should make one for mum, she is in need of a cheer up.    For the box I was going to attempt to make a acetate lid,  and thought it would look good decorated...   only the idea fell flat,  couldn't get the scoring right, just looked too messy.    Luckily I found some Merry Christmas mirri card,  all red and foiled with gold, so it looks sumptuous.  

Well best decide whether I am going to make mum a box,  if so I need more red and green card.   Decisions, decisions...   

Have a good weekend all....  don't go too mad on the Xmas shopping! 

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Oooer, its getting awfully close....

Tis the 10th December, that means 14 days to go!   Not that I am in a flap,  pressies have begun arriving, that is the results of my online gift buying spree the other night.  Just need one to arrive so I can get that off in the post,  sadly it still has a few hundred miles to go!

Will be getting remaining pressies tomorrow,  was in a dilemma as to what to buy mum, but realised today that she really does need a new dressing gown.  I've already got her a DVD that she'll enjoy, Joyce Grenfell,    got Jeff Dunham for BiL and bro,  still got to sort out niece... nephews are getting Itune cards,  tho am tempted to get one of them a nice jumper - hey he likes what I choose!  Well he has so far,  everything clotheswise seems to be worn,  in fact he always looks delighted when he realises it is clothing.   I think he detests going clothes shopping, well most men do.  Not his brother, who is quite a clothes horse,   he always likes to be trendy. 

Well went for the big clean today,  had to, flat was in a mess.   Managed to get it all done by 3pm,  by which time I now looked a mess.   No more plants have gone missing,   hope scum bag is nursing a hernia.   Checked the street and noticed that the wreaths which had been put on some doors had disappeared.    Sad that some people think they have a right to take what doesn't belong to them.  Do they ever think of the misery they cause?   They may think that we can easily replace things, but we can't.  No-one in my nieghbourhood is well off,  what we have we've had to save for.  Just makes my blood boil,  especially those thieves who treat Christmas as a bonus,  more to steal, not thinking about the heartache they cause. 

Off soap box, but a bit angry with work,  got a letter asking me to go to a meeting about my sickness absence... the letter was really nasty.   I am furious,  I have had my medical, occy doctor has found me unfit for my present work,  he said it should only take a couple of weeks to get everything finalised and I could get on with my life,  it is my department who are dragging their feet, now they appear to be threatening me with disciplinary action.   I was fuming, in fact I've written a letter which will get shoved up the nearest orifice of the HR rep on Monday.   And I let rip in the letter,  and I don't care any more.  I am just sick of managers thinking they can shove employees around and treat them like a blooming number or like an object.  I'm off work cos of the stupid council that employees me,  cos they allow shoddy work to be carried out and never bother to demand that it gets put right. 

Looking forward to tomorrow, meeting up with a friend and we are braving the Big Wheel,  might need a glass of wine before hand!   We should have a lovely day, forecast is for sunshine, it will be cold, but far better than getting wet and blown about. 

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

That's the decorations done!

Had a rush of blood to the head and decided to put up the Xmas decorations.   There isn't much to put up,  just the tree and other bits and bobs,  but it still took me 2 hours, by which time my knee was complaining loudly.    Was thinking about putting the wreath on the front door, but couldn't find anything to hang it on..   and no blu tack, so some stuff has yet to be arranged on the walls.

 This morning I had a flash of inspiration to solve problem of putting wreat on door, didn't want to go banging nails into it,  I had one of those fancy stick on hooks, that are supposed to just pull off easily...   Was going to do this when I realised that someone had stolen on of the plants outside,  not the tub, just the plant!  I think they may have tried to take the tub, but with the soil being so wet it weighs a ton... but even so,  pinching someone's plant?     So that put me off putting the wreath on the door, that would also probably be stolen.   I am disgusted,  the garden takes a lot of work, but we enjoy it.   They're just scum bags, and the plant will die, wrong time of year to be replanting it. 

So with the decs up, also chose to go get christmas grub,  had loads of vouchers, and £50 on the saver card,  so it was fill the trolley and to hell with the cost!   Mum came,  we got her one of those motorised scooters,  she was doing okay till she got to the nuts in the fruit and veg section, then she somehow managed to knock it all down... I disowned her!   Two young chaps went to her rescue,  and picked up all the nuts...   we managed to make it safely round after that, well she came close to knocking me down.    And after all that I managed to forget the blu tack!    But the Xmas feast is sorted,  I only had to find where to put it all...     I finally got to sit down around 3.45 pm, not for long as I had to get the roast dinner ready. 

Now all that is left to do is finish my pressie shopping,  did a bit online, and they're now on their way.    Must get some fancy gift wrap and some bows. 

Now enjoying a very decent red....   think I've earned it.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Weekend musings

So nice to have a chill out day,  a good  'do nothing' type of day  yesterday. Had a good loll in the morning,   then had brunch, a sausage butty :-))  And then did some crafting,  wanted to make a Christmas box for my friend's mum as she is so nice.

Managed to find the last of my green and red card (memo to self: get more red and green card), and found some lovely embossed mirri card with foiling on.   Used my new set of Xmas stamps, that finally turned up...   but managed to lose the lovely wooden Angels i bought the other week!   They'll probably turn up after Christmas, was going to put the rest on the tree,  guess they didn't want to go on the tree.  But did get most of the box made,  tried that new way of heat embossing, where you heat it from behind the card,  it worked on two bits of mirri, but the mirri was a bit flimsy, so two bits 'blew',  so reverted to usual way.   It does work fine on good card, I just got some cheapish mirri, which is fine for matting and layering.

Then today I got rid of old vacuum,  looked round the other garden centre, just to see their 'winter wonderland',  not bad, managed to get a window decoration, a jolly snowman!   Then finally made the effort to go get my wedding outfit,  got a suit from M&S,  did not want to spend a lot, and didn't want to buy something that would just get worn once, the suit will do for loads of things, plus the jacket is long, so I can wear it with other trousers,  and the trousers are a lovely fit.  Also picked up some gorgeous glass Angels.

Today I put finishing touches to my xmas exploding box,  and will pop one of the Angels inside.  Must take photos as i am rather chuffed with it.

Hope you had a lovely weekend.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Blue sky followed by...

Grey clouds and rain.... lots of it!  Must buy shares in umbrellas and wellies.   One can have too much of a good thing, and I think we've all had enough of this wet stuff. 

At least I got a mini lie in,   hair also needed sorting out,  not sure I suit the 'just out of bed' look...  seems to stick out in all directions. 

Beginning to think that our new superstore should have drafted in a few experienced staff to help out all the newbies,  I do feel sorry for them, they are having to think on their feet all the time.   Today's hiccup was the card machine,  the checkout lady wasn't pressing the right button,  we kept on trying, in the end she did ask for help,  but I did wonder why she didn't ask the other assistant who wasn't serving anyone.  Anyway we got it sorted.   No-one is getting annoyed, think most folk are taking the mistakes in their stride, but really the managers should have done some better support from experienced staff.

The pic is of my 'almost' disaster card,  the one I almost lost to an avalanche of glitter glue,  geddit,  'avalanche'?  Oh please yourselves  :-)     But once over the shock of seeing this huge blob of glitter glue landing on card,  I quickly set to with a brush and smoothed it all out,  not what I intended at all, but it seemed to work,  was worried that card would be soaked  with the glue, but it was okay.   We had a purple theme going on our group for this years Xmas cards, so I ripped and tore some of the paper i had been given, then used some die cut Xmas trees,   the darker ones are made of purple mirri board,  doesn't show up on scan.  Then I just put on some stick on gems, and finished off  with a sentiment...   

Not had a bad day,  had lunch out,   mooched around a very glittery garden centre,  enjoyed a mince pie... I'll soon be sick of them.  Then home,  slowly the Christmas decs are appearing in houses,   nice to see all the houses decorated, do love it when folk go bonkers - tho wouldn't like their electricity bill. 

Also sorted one Christmas present,  just got another ten to find...   Amazon methinks! 

Friday, 4 December 2009


Not that POETS day has much relevance to me anymore,   if you don't know what it stands for it is (polite version) Push of Early Tomorrow's Saturday... 

Have made arrangements with a friend to tackle the Big Wheel,  82 metres in height...  what am I - nuts!    Nope,  it should be good, want to get lots of photos,  and of the penguins,  haven't told my friend that my home town has been invaded by strange looking penguins. LOL. 

It was another early start today,  at least this one had a result, in that we were at hospital on right day at right time.  Was cursing weather lot, boy did they get it wrong!   They forecast a dry morning,  oh no it wasn't...   it was grey, cold and wet,  very wet.  Will someone up there turn off the tap please, we've had enough, or at least make it the white stuff as that looks pretty.    

Of course we were at hospital early,  but did get parking spot,  and then time dragged on and on.... got fed up, seemed to be no reason as to why we were waiting so long.  So went to investigate,  at first nurse tried telling me that my mum was in with the doctor,  er she wasn't, she was still in the waiting area, next she tried telling me that the team had just come down from ward rounds...  no they hadn't, I'd seen them as we sat down in waiting room!   I hate it that hospitals think you have nowhere else to be or go.... they assume you'll just put up with waiting.    Be nice if they would just tell everyone what is going on, and if there is any delay and why. 

Mum was having a moan about me wanting to go so early,  but I was vindicated when we spotted the usual snarl up at a well known snarl up junction,   I know that it often gets jammed, so had prepared to take another route.   

At least tomorrow I can have a mini lay in,  not much of a one as I have to get to supermarket for essentials, like milk... and wine.   Must also think about some Christmas shopping,  would be nice to do it in some dry weather... big hint to those above!   Also need to buy an outfit...  ooooh I hate shopping for clothes. 

Have a good weekend all, and try to stay dry.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Oh... darn it!

I am not a morning person,   mornings are something to be endured... I sort of wake up around noon, until then I function on autopilot.   And then, after months of not having to get up for anything...  suddenly I have to get up really early to take mum for her appointment at hospital. 

Luckily I did have a good nights sleep,   and my alarm woke me up in its usual gentle fashion,  it starts off beeping very quietly and then gets louder.   So up and at 'em,  well up....    get breakfast,  stare at TV,  listen to howling gale outside,  it is freezing and chucking it down.    Parking at hospital is horrendous, so we have to get there early,  and take into account rush hour traffic.  So we are in car just after 8 a.m.,   and believing that one set of traffic lights is out...  it wasn't!   Phew,  got to hospital in good time,   even got parking space... last one in disabled section.    Into department,  and... give in details: we are 24 hours early.   Feel some murderous tendencies,  but what is the point...  ?   Mum is profuse in her apology,  so off we go to retail park, being the first to arrive, well almost,   and she is guilty enough to buy me a jumper...   mind you she did also get 25 handmade cards from me,  so think it was a fair exchange.    So I get to do it all over again tomorrow...   joy....   NOT!

Of course knee was not happy to be disturbed into action so early,  think it was also still complaining about yesterday's walk,  either way it was very sore.    In all the rush to get to hospital forget to take anything out of freezer for dinner,  so we had an M&S ready meal,  which was delicious. 

Pic:  is of second card for nephew, second lot of my cheap toppers, cheap only in price, quality is excellent.  May go back and grab some for next year.   I used some glittery blue card, plus silver mirri card, and then just arranged all the toppers.   Did find some felt snowflakes from a kit from last years stash.   I do notice how the Christmas stash tends to grow year on year...  seem to forget to look what I've got, so go out and get tempted to buy new stuff.   Still using peel offs from a couple of years ago. 

Well must hit shower,  ease some aching bones...   and hope for better weather tomorrow - please!   Anything but rain!!!!!!

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

My bargain of the week!

Decided that cos is was dry and not too cold or windy, to have a walk to high street.  Needed Xmas stamps,  and some other bits and bobs.  Also on my mind was how to make two cards for my great nephew, one from me and one from mum,  hadn't seen anything suitable anywhere. 

So toddled into Home and Bargain, and voila!   Two sets of toppers...   pic of one lot (or some of it) is on right,   for 75p a pack!   I grabbed both,   they're both well made, as you can see,  all  I needed to do was provide the card and some paper, a sentiment and a peel off...    Was very happy with result.     Never expected to find anything like that,  I have used gift tags as toppers,  WH Smiths did some great shaker toppers last year, which were really gift tags,  I just adapted them.    Got my stamps, almost fell over when asked for money..... over 15 quid!   I'd had to buy some large stamps,  which I think is a rip off,   they're not really large,  they'd fit thru any letterbox, but you just need to get one extra fussy postie....    So rather be feel sure that they will get to their destination without any nasty shocks for the recipient. 

Felt okay on the walk to the high street,   times like that I think I am capable of going back to my old job,  however it was a different story on way back, knee stiffened up and was very sore.  By time I got home I was in a lot of pain.   I'd got back home, had settled into a chair to ease the aches and pains when mum called me to retune her freeview box!  Normally she never watches TV in her bedroom,  even in spite of her deciding that she absolutely needed a TV in her bedroom...   so I had to haul myself up and go do that,  told her to just let it do its thing, and press okay when it had finished.   Went back to ease sore knee,   was sat down for less than five minutes and heard her shout again...   Not sure what she had done, but she'd done something wrong.  Took me a few minutes to sort it. 

Also had to retune two other TV's,  who said this digital lark was hassle free!   It ain't, it is a pain in the butt.   Last night I woke up,  couldn't get back to sleep so decided to watch a bit of BBC news 24,   but our reciever had been switched off for the upgrade...  so no TV.   We've been thru the retune 3 times now.

And an early start tomorrow... ugh.  

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Two dry days... well almost

Yay, two dry starts to the day.  Car was all frosty, was thinking I'd have to scrape all the frost and ice, but thankfully it was all gone by time I got going. 

Yep, off to new superstore, if nowt else it is a riot,  just because the staff are so new and nervous,   had to help calm down my checkout assistant.  She was doing very well, then the customer in front presented her with a money off voucher, after she'd totalled up...   not sure she knew that she could void the transaction and start again, but to her credit she did point him in direction of customer service.   Fast thinking, but it had shaken her a bit,  turned out that this was her first job in quite a few years.   Her husband had died after a long illness, but she was thrilled to be in work,    I just told her that we've all been new to the job, to take a few deep breaths,  and just watch her computer screen, oh and not to be afraid to ask for help.   I've had to train people, and so often they are afraid to ask for help, or admit they've stuffed up, I always tried to reassure them that I'd rather have them holler for help than to make a mistake,  or if they had then not to worry as it can always be rectified,  if they own up at the time. 

So was looking forward to a spot of Bibster and cardmaking.... wrong!  Wasn't on, they'd put it on later.... why can't they leave it alone, or move it to an evening slot, or even better have more crafting slots!  C&C are running rings round them right now.   So it was down to just cardmaking,  last of my group cards,  just two to come up with!   Decided to use my stencils and the paste,   was going to use the snow white paste but... it was rock hard, it had set solid!   I'd stored it carefully,  lid was screwed on tight, but nope, it was solid.  So had to use the translucent,  which was fine, as was the other dreamweaver pastes,  checked them all just in case.   So used that and some glitter, for my little winter scene,  botched the stamping of Merry Christmas,  thinking quickly found a strip of white pearlescent card,  stuck that over mistake and went for a die cut sentiment...  phew, another card rescued!      Made last one,  but will feature that tomorrow.

And sorry Cazzy,  no to the car washing....    one is quite enough for me, it took me two hours.  LOL. Yep, another gadget, and quite a nice gadget, only thing that stops me from buying it is that it doesn't cut letters.  Off the hook,   but for the gadget addicted it probably is one to get...   it is reasonably priced,  is non electric,  and the add ons are very reasonably priced. 


Monday, 30 November 2009

Hooray it's sunny!

And bloomin cold,  but rather have cold than rain.   Took advantage of dry weather to give car a wash and polish,   I'm sure she enjoyed her pampering.

Was going to complete the last two cards of group Xmas cards, but got rid of all my chores so I can leave tomorrow free for crafting.   Have put up pic of one of the cards,   the scan doesn't show it properly but I used the paper, silver mirri card and purple mirri card, finished off with a tree topper and a sentiment.  Sometimes it is the simple designs that work best.   I watch when those on TV go bonkers making very elaborate cards,  and while they may be nice they cost a fortune to make. Okay for the TV lot, they have all the craft stuff they need, and it comes free.  Us lot have to buy our stash and so cost does come into it. 

Was intrigued by the Xyron creatopia on C&C, it seemed to do everything,  and isn't too costly.   Just looked up how much the extras cost, and they're not too bad.  Mmmm, food for thought.    Well my robo is sitting glaring at me!   I know some take to it like a duck to water, but some of us don't.  Then again I could go on the course....   which would be a lot cheaper than paying out for something else.   Decisions,  decisions. 

Well off to scrapping blog.... which I am enjoying immensely.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Soggy weekend

Yep it was raining...   again!   Will this stuff ever stop coming down?  It has got colder and I am hoping that the cold will bring a dry spell.. please!    I remembered that this time last year I was in Yorkshire, it was freezing cold, well below zero,  and we had heavy frosts all weekend,  culminating in snow on the day we headed home. 

But I have been crafting!   Making my group cards for the card making gang I belong to,  so they best not have visited, cos I've posted a pic of one of my makes.   The rule was to use what our leader had sent us, in the form of designer papers.  This was one of m efforts, using the paper given to me as the background, then some matting and layering, using glitter card, mirri card (all silver) finished off with a topper of a snowman. 

Had one disaster,  was putting together one card, had everything arranged, papers,  Xmas trees, the finishing touch was to be some white glitter glue...  so I got it out, squeezed, and nowt happened, made sure the nozzle was clear, squeezed again and splat..    it all came  out!  Well half the tube did!   Wasn't sure what to do,  scraped some of it off,  then chose to brush the rest across the card to give the impression of a snowy night....   kept on going till I'd saved the card...   phew,  just about did it.  I'd used all the glitter glues, silver, red, gold, green but not the white - and it was the white that chose to dump itself all over the card.  I swore very loudly,  I'd been determined to get all the cards done this afternoon... that mistake cost me two cards.   Cos my back and knee had had enough and were protesting. 

My back has been playing up for last few days,  it has been really sore.     The knee is an on and off thing, some days it doesn't even squeak in protest, but guaranteed that it will the day after.    It cons me into thinking all is well, then next day reminds me sharply that all is definitely NOT well... and that it is knackered. 

So got a couple more cards to make tomorrow, then they can all get off in the post..... well it is finally Decemeber! 

Hope you all had a goodish weekend.... 

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Mr Blue Sky

Hooray!   At last a glimpse of blue and some strange yellow object....   okay so the clouds came back, but the wind kept on blowing them away and not a drop of rain all day!   Hope it is also dry  in Cumbria and other flooded parts of the country.   Tho that wind was a bit chilly, definitely getting to parts not so far chilled this winter. 

Also enjoyed some tennis, tho it was a bit nerve wracking, Andy Murray in the Masters, still not sure if he is thru to the semi's or not, seems like some complicated system!   Bit miffed that the BBC aren't showing all the matches,  but got the semis and final to look forward to at the weekend.

My new blog is going well,  really chuffed with it, still got a lot of work to do on it.  Want to make my own background and other bits for it,  so that will take up the weekend on the PC.   Getting to know Serif quite well, but it isn't as flexible as DTP.... does this mean I will be returning to microsoft?  Probably!  Just wish it wasn't so expensive,  haven't they got enough money, couldn't they possibly reduce their prices? 
No card making, too busy turning my scrapbook pages into layouts,  but I have plenty of cards at the moment.   Think there is enough for Christmas, may need a few more, but only about a dozen.    My focus is firmly on scrapbooking, which is why I want the weather to dry up so I can get into town and take photos of the big wheel, the penguins... and the lights!   Course I wish to play with my new camera,  it has all sorts of apps for different photos, even Christmas lights.    So fingers crossed for next week.   I'm over my fear of using public transport,  sorted that with my two friends by using the bus to get to town a few weeks ago, and the train on the way back,  even managed to negotiate a few escalators.    Mum has ideas about visiting a Christmas market,  I know she wants to get out, but she can't walk far so it will be the usual thing of her giving up after a few yards.   If only she'd do her exercises, that would help!    I have just watched her go backwards this last year, she was doing so well at start of year. 

Have to say I excelled myself tonight with a roast dinner, for once the roasties were perfect, as was the meat and the gravy!    Usually I get something wrong, but not tonight :-))  

All for now and don't forget to visit my new blog  Abscraptistico  

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Can we stop with the wet stuff now?

I've had enough!  I am fed up of getting wet and windblown every time I set foot outside my door.  Today was no different,  woke up to a slate grey sky,  could see the trees being blown hard.... great... another wet and windy day. JOY!  NOT.

Before I go any further  I have to announce a new blog, Abscraptistico... called cos I hit a few more keys than intended!   But it is a proper craft blog about scrapbooking,  I shall keep all my witterings confined to this blog. So if you want to go have a look then go to:
ABSCRAPTISTICO     It is early days for it, and it will be expanded as soon as I get going.   I will be adding favourite scrapbooking blogs and sites soon. 

Meanwhile today I braved the wind, and the rain and headed to the new Tesco.  Well I was there yesterday, briefly, but today was the proper shop.    And boy is it a big place...   I actually got handed a map as I entered.   Mind you all Tesco stores are laid out the same, or just about.   This was tho, humungus!  But the shoppers hadn't changed, oh noooooo,  we had the usual 'I'm the only shopper in the store'  who parks their trolley in the most inconvenient place, usually blocking the aisle completely, the 'daydreamer shopper' who is in a world of his own (yes a 'his' cos he is being dragged round by wife/partner), who get in the way, stand in stupid places and look bored...   the 'moaners'  who moan no matter what... heard two saying: typical,  as usual no space to move.... what!   It was bloody huge,  the aisles were generous,  tho a lot of stuff had been piled high.   Then there are the shelf fillers.... why oh why do they have to start faffing with shelves in the middle of the day, the busiest time!    Of course they block aisles,   and with a new crowd they can't find what it is they are suppolsed to be refilling....    had one assistant singing 'Anyone who had a heart'  pleading with us shoppers to help her find the hearts...   we did, and we all had a laugh.    Only one sour note,  two young lads, in uniform  were coming thru the store,  looked like they were just staring their shift,  now they are probably nice lads, but they were using the F word a tad too liberally as they walked thru.  Not a good image for Tesco.  I let it go, but if it happens again I will have a word with a supervisor, not to get them in to trouble, but for the supervisors to inform staff that when they are in uniform and in the store they must behave in a suitable fashion.

My day didn't stop there,  had to put away the load of shopping,  it was one of those weeks when we seemed to need everything.  Last few weeks have been pretty lean, but today was double what I have been spending.  Thought mum was going to say something, but then she realised that we'd just run out of a lot of stuff all at once.  Then I had to clean the bathroom,  put some new sealant round tiles,  do the recycling bins, post two letters, I finally got to sit down at 3pm.... and watched QVC, whilst having a glance at C&C at same time.  Neither was very inspiring. 

Then had this daft idea to exercise knee,  bad move,   cos now it is hurting like hell.  Alls I can say is that my knee doesn't feel like my knee, or my other knee,   just feels wierd,  like when you try to shove something with your foot,  the foot isn't exactly doing what I want it to do.  And it is half numb,  which makes it even more strange. 

Enough of the wittering...  have a good evening all.

Monday, 23 November 2009


Had a really nice scrappy day yesterday, got two whole pages done,  all in just a couple of hours.  It was just one of those days when it all came together,  and there can be other days when I just stare at the page. 

This pic is of mum take a couple of years ago now.  But she is with two of her grandchildren, so it was ideal to scrap. 

12x12 gemstone cardstock
Dovecraft card stock - cream
Do Crafts scrapbook kit,  dark brown paper
Do Crafts green paper for mat
Dovecraft cream card stock for scalloped mat
Cut leaves from more of the same paper (retro)
Photo glue
Tearing rules

How:  cut a rectangle of the cream cardstock, laid that diagonally across base,  wasn't looking for equal spaces,  to add some depth I cut another rectangle of the brown paper into strips of various sizes and arranged them,  next cut out some leaves and flowers from the Do Crafts kit, stuck one in each corner.  Made a mat out green spotty paper (Do Crafts kit), then a scalloped mat (using tearing ruler) just to define the photo.  Added title using letters from a QVC lettering kit (bought ages ago!)

Here's the template, think this would be a good one for a beginner,  it has clean lines and you could use alternative embellishments in the corners,  flowers, anything. 

Going to go back thru my old scrap pages and make more templates of what I've done so far.  I am thinking of a new blog, one purely for scrapbooking.  Possibly including some card stuff... 

All I've shown here could be used for 8x8 size card/paper.  Just use what you're comfortable with.

I do often scan in old photos and reprint them,  it is up to you whether you use originals or not. Providing you are using proper scrapbooking materials then your pics will be safe. 

Other excitement was visiting our new and humungus Tesco superstore!  Blimey it is big....  think a map would be handy to get around, or perhaps the trolleys have SatNav!    Only went for a new vacuum,  the other had a split in the hose, right near the connection, had tried duck tape but it kept on coming free.  So now have a new Vax....  nearly stuck myself to the carpet as it was on super suck!  Going back tomorrow for proper shop,  wasn't just the shop that was new, so were all the assistants, felt sorry for them,  I'm sure they've had training, but there is nothing like being thrown to the lions to prove your mettle.   First assistant I went to had lost all her courage,  I could she she'd blanked, and the chap meant to be helping her wasn't doing a great job,  we all felt for her and we all had words of encouragement for her,  but I did give up and moved to a new till, only to find that assistant was also having problems, but it was with the security tabs, even the supervisor had probs removing them!   I wished her luck as headed out,  I'm sure they all be okay once they settle down.  First days at work tho are not the worst, the second day is,  cos on the First day you have no idea what you are getting into,  but by Day 2, well you do! 

Well if there is no blog for a few weeks you'll know I've got lost in the new supermarket... wonder if they've set up search parties? 

Hope you all stayed dry and safe this weekend.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

More scrapping

First: the photo on the scrap page was NOT photoshopped,  me and my two friends saw it in Santa Monica in 2004 as we made our way, okay we were lost!  Back to the main street.   We all did a double take when we saw it, couldn't fathom out why,  maybe the owner was a chicken lover... who knows.  But it was one of those photo ops you dream of.

Materials used:
Gemstone cardstock
Papermania cream card stock
Dovecraft Abstract paper kit for photo mat and squares
Remarks (American Crafts) Lettering
Brads and flowers from Crafters Delight kit

The template is on right, just right click on it if you want to keep it.   You don't need to use flowers,  any embellishment will do.  Templates are just a jumping off point,  they don't need to be followed in a slavish way, adapt them and have fun.

Too many people get stressed over scrapbooking, why? It is a very personal thing,  far more so than cardmaking.   I admit that I got put off when I saw the professionals do it, thinking that I could never match them, then I finally realised that isn't the point.  The point is to make treasures out of your pages, and however you wish.   I'd say to anyone getting stressed over scrapbooking, stop,  just chill out,  go with what you want to do and forget all the pages you've seen and have been impressed with.  Just do your own thing.

Having said all that scrapbooking is not for everyone,  just as knitting or sewing isn't everyone's cup of tea.  But what scrapbooking isn't is: a competition, it is for private viewing only.   My first scrapbook was an 8x8, I thought that would be an easier size to tackle, actually it wasn't, well not for me.  I was more daunted by the small page and wondering how to fit my large photos on them... once I moved to 12x12 I was away. I felt free to just do as I wanted, and once I'd figured that not every scrap of the base needed to be covered, well it was liberating.  In fact very often in scrapbooking, less is more.   The focus should be the photo, everything else should serve to enhance it.

I've just done a very busy page and I'm not happy with it,  I was trying something different, but it hasn't worked, so I am going to scrap the page again.

Weather wise: yes it is still soggy here, grey skies,  windy....  just yuck.  Enough, okay,  we're wet, we have plenty of water.... so can we now have winter and some cold, and frost?

Have a good week.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Happy scrapping day

Ooh at last got down to some scrapbooking.  Last page was a bit chaotic,  so went for the simple look this time.  I used:

Gemstones paper
papermania buttons
Silver mirri card
DCWV adhesions
DCWV light purple card
Two ribbons which came with a TSV QVC kit.

It's a pretty easy design to follow.   I've used Serif to make the template,  and used colours just to denote the design only.   I used 12x12 card, but it could be adapted to 8x8.

I used mirri card for the frame around the photo, but frames are optional, not all photos need them,  I just wanted to make it stand out. 

The Gemstone cardstock does not have any other name on it,  it is not papermania or DCWV.   I got my pack from Abakhan which does have an online shop.  You can get some real bargains there, and those who want fabrics will be in seventh heaven. They do cover most crafts, so do take a look.

 From now on if I feature a pic of my own scrap page, and it is my own design I will upload the template.   Think the blog should be more craft orientated!

Twas a funny old day,  dreary,  so what's new!   Drizzly as well,  I hate drizzily rain,   so popped up to Abakhan to get the cardstock, and more wool for mum.  Usually that end of town is quiet on Saturdays, but not for the last two weeks, it has been hard to find a parking space.   I was tempted to buy a lot more, but as i had to head off to PC world I reigned in the spending.  So off to other side of town,  and all the match traffic!  But got there,  all for an ink cartridge, think it is sooo nice of HP to offer a bigger cartridge, but for a huge chunk of money...   I am seriously considering buying the kodak printer,  the ink is far cheaper.  I hope they make an impact on the whole printing scam.

I'm still seriously chuffed with my new camera, mostly cos I saved a bundle on it,  it has been advertised everywhere else at £149,  and I got it for £129, then Argos had it at its true RRP (just to emphasise the saving made in sale) at £195!   Thought they were being cheeky, it wasn't that price when I looked on line a couple of weeks ago. 

Another rainy day forecast for tomorrow, of  course we're not as badly off as those in Cumbria, it must be awful to be flooded out, my heart goes out to them.  There is little anyone could have done,  weather like the other day is a once in a lifetime event. And so sad that the police officer had to lose his life.

All for now,  stay safe and dry.

Friday, 20 November 2009

A dry day! Well dryish...

Was in shock, saw blue sky and... and the sun!   So long since we've seen it that it came as a shock.   It did of course have to rain mid morning, just as I'd decided to go tidy up the front, which was just a mess with leaves, rubbish and a full and unopened can of beer, which I gave to our neighbour.   

Then it was a very uninspiring day,  mostly catching up with stuff.  Had another rummage for those stamps, still no luck, they have to be here somewhere!  Forecast for weekend is more rain, so will get a chance to catch up on some scrapbooking, and need to make eight purple themed Xmas cards. 

Pic is of card for my mum,  saw it last week in craft shop, it is a kanban kit,  and yep, you do just stick it all together, tho going to put a bit more bling on it.  It is also A4 size,  now just need to find a nice verse to go inside.   For last few years I've made her a clutter card,  but sort of got a bit fed up of them.   But I did want a traditional card for her.

Have posted a Children In Need blog,  like to do my bit.  Was disappointed in supermarket, my local Sainsburies normally has collecting buckets out for Pudsey, but not a one in sight today.  Was going to buy a pin badge as I collect them.

Well all for now, have a good weekend... stay dry and safe.

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Wednesday, 18 November 2009

ducks.... ! Or Wellies... send urgently

It has not stopped raining all day,   this morning it was still dark at 8 a.m.,  and it was foul outside.  Lashing down, windy and just yuckeeeee.  No chance of stepping outside voluntarily.    And now ITV have the nerve to do a Carpenters tribute...   what a load of rubbish, none can compare with Karen Carpenter.  Just play the old tapes...   let her voice be heard!  No-one can sing the songs like she did, so don't even try.  

Now I got a severe case of craft gremlins...  they keep taking stuff.  I made a card today,  very carefully and with lots of love,  came to tidy up,  found addressed envelope but no sign of card I'd made!   Same with my set of acrylic clear Xmas stamps,  Lord knows where they are...   stored safely somewhere, but damned if I know where.  Looked everywhere for them and still no sign,  I mean how can you lose a whole set of stamps?   Definitely gremlins...  

Disappointed in the mini craft day, didn't see much that I wanted, well save for the tweezer/scissor set,  but that sold out before I had chance to move from armchair to PC.  Contemplated the huge K&Co TSV, but wasn't sure whether I wanted so many papers all in one go.   Bit of a lame TSV really,  a pack of papers is hardly going to whet the appetite craftwise, you want summat to get stuck into.  How about QVC do a scrapbook kit..... ?  Please,  many of my friends would like more of the scrapbook side.

Also having a bad hair week,  last week it was fine, behaved itself, this week it is rubbish,  won't do as it is told, or stay in one place.  Honestly I feel like shaving my head and opting for wigs... think of the money I'd save!   I hate having my hair cut, just want someone to transform my mop into something acceptable,  sadly while I have a hairdresser who can cut brilliantly, he has no sense of adventure...   The mop also needs some dye, a few too many grey hairs are showing thru, I'd be happy for them to show thru if they enhanced my look, but they just drain me and make me look ill. 

Oops, no crafty stuff,  well us crafters also have to do normal human stuff, like cooking, cleaning.   I did both today, in a moment of boredom I cleaned the living room and kitchen,  then later cooked a roast dinner.  Gravy was a bit wonky,  last week it was fine,  this week... well it tasted okay.  Did do a delicious piece of brisket, in pressure cooker,  just under for 30 minutes, it came out perfect, slightly rare but succulent.  Roasties were fandabidosi,  as were the sprouts, hey, I happen to like sprouts... and tomorrow the leftover beef will go into a scouse,  along with the remaining gravy.   Can't wait.

Hope you are dry wherever you are.... think of us soggy lot

Sunday, 15 November 2009

At last some crafting.... !

Oooh, getting hard to get out of my toasty bed these days.    Once up tho I am productive, got two loads of washing done,  sorted out recycling.  Thought about washing hair, then decided not to bother.   Sat down at noon for a bacon butty, and a read of the paper,  did crossword, almost completed it - the general knowledge one... 

So after all that activity  I decided to relax with some scrapbooking.  Just been reading a few message where people said they hated it!   Well no-one is forced to do it,  think too many people think they have to produce works of art,  and that isn't the point, it is about capturing memories and what they meant to you.

It is hard to see what is in the picture, actually it is my cat,  who died in 2003, she is still greatly missed.  I came across this photo whilst trying to sort out my photos.   I'd forgotten I'd taken it, she used to love to hide behind the tree, would often curl up and go to sleep there.  She would ignore her bed,  even if it was placed by the radiator.  Nope, she preferred cuddling up to someone,  she would snuggle down beside you in the chair, making plenty of space for herself, and would like her tummy rubbed.    Her other object of affection was the microwave, purely cos it cooked her fish.  She was always impatient for her fish supper, which had to be served at 7pm,  and you had no choice but to put it down hot,  otherwise she'd just howl.  I would try to cool it down with cold water,  but normally she'd just fling it all over the place, then go round retrieving the now cooled down pieces of fish from around the kitchen.   Her favourite was coley,  put any of the posh stuff down, salmon etc, and she'd turn her nose up.  Weird cat, one with attitude aplenty. 

Still got my two boxes to finish off, but it is now down to me printing stuff,  need to print photos for wedding box, and other stuff for my angel box.   Ooh, that reminds me, was going to look on line for some nice angel bits and bobs.  Off to do so

Hope you survived this soggy and windy weekend.  Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Fed up of being soggy

Another soggy day!   Woke up and spotted some blue sky,  not that it lasted, by time I'd showered and dressed the grey stuff had returned.   Still I kept to my schedule, popped into to see my friend at work, we had a nice natter, she did the sensible thing and we left the younguns at the desk and went off for a nice relaxing cuppa.  So I'm now caught up on all the gossip.

Then off to craft shop,  yep, again!  Well had to go get some wool and stuff for mum, so any old excuse.  Got some nice wedding charms for the box, plus some lovely little wooden angels, and some peel offs.  Then I spotted a large A4 sized decoupage card,  a Christmas tree, thought it was perfect for mum.   Actually it turned out to be a bargain, I thought it was just one card, but there were five sheets of die cut decoupage, so plenty to make at least five or six cards, maybe two more.    So managed to do some real crafting this afternoon,  well it was chucking it down, it  the heavens decided to open just as I left the shop, so got a soaking on way back to car.

But was also in for a surprise, as I was leaving the shop this nice young man held the door open for me, then he and his girlfriend asked if I needed any help, which I thought was so lovely.  Most people are thoughtful and helpful, but you do get some who are just pig ignorant. 

So more crafting tomorrow,  and couldn't resist a bit of altering on the latest meerkat advert....   Crimbles... methinks! :-))

Friday, 13 November 2009

Friday 13th... unlucky for some?

Well weather wise it certainly is unlucky, or yucky, howling wind, rain lashing down.  Tho the weather lot said it would all start at lunchtime, well it didn't get going here till well after 4pm. 

In meantime I settled down to an afternoon of photo altering...   which means a lot of faffing.  First finding the suitable images, and royalty free clip art,  then altering that to jpegs,  then taking away background, then a lot of cutting and pasting... you can see one result here.  Done 3 so far,   but need to get some nice borders. 

Should get back to crafting tomorrow.  Got to go get some toy stuffing for mum, so may see some nice bits for my boxes.  Forecast for tomorrow is just as bad as today.  Also have to call in to work,  said I'd go have a natter with a friend, she did look very fed up.   Well with me out of action, one who has left for new job, another who has been seconded, they are 3 staff short, and so are rushed off their feet.   I'd not put up with it, sadly some folk think they can't fight management, well they can, cos I have.   There are minimum staffing levels,  I'd start there, and when the place goes below it I'd shut the place down.   

Well got to get back to altering meerkats...

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Think the sky must have sprung a leak....

As it hasn't stopped raining...  and more to come. Much rather have the frosty mornings,  that lovely crisp, clear air and blue sky.   Just think we could be in for a yucky winter. 

Well I am to be medically retired,  should only take a few more weeks to be made official.  So that is curtains down on another career,  if nowt else I've had an interesting life career wise,  the library has been the longest I've spent in any job.  Must say that the last two years have not been happy,  not happy with job, very happy with colleagues and many of the customers, but not the management - aint that always the way? 

Tuned into C&C today to find Leonie!  I wondered where she'd gone,  thought she hadn't had a mention on QVC these last couple of weeks.  I wish her well, I do like her, she seems full of mischief, but is a brilliant crafter.  She also has a new blog   LEONIE  where you can catch up with what she's up to.

I've done no crafting since Monday,  today was spent mucking with photoshop, friend asked me to help her design a badge,  so that meant me doing much altering of a photo in photo shop, but it worked.   Now need to find a santa hat to go on a meerkat....   the things you do!  Will go trawl the clip art sites,  bound to find something there.

Well this is just a quick catch up...  will be craftng tomorrow.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

After the sunshine came the grey...

Yep, back to normal, dull, grey, cold, and raining....  tho seem to recall that this time last year it was really cold.  I also seem to be in hibernation mode,  woke up at 6 a.m., made cuppa, piece of toast and took it back to bed.  Was intending on getting up early, to put on washing, and get to supermarket early...  instead I wake up again at 9.a.m!   Really disgusted with myself, second time in a row I've overslept.  Got to get act together. 

Got appointment tomorrow at occy health, should be interesting, cos if the doc is an disinterested as he was last time he is in for a big shock.   Took me all my time during last appointment NOT to lose my temper with him.  He was pig ignorant.  I know exactly what my surgeon has said in the letter to occy health, he spelled out exactly how bad my injury was.  The dumb occy health nurse kept on telling me I'd be back at work in no time... not what my surgeon was saying.   The occy health nurse felt she was an expert on busted knee caps cos her BiL had one, and he was fine, made a full recovery... yeah well he didn't smash his to pieces.  I kept on telling her that mine was badly fractured, but oh no, she wouldn't taken any notice, wouldn't let me go for redeployment either.  So I complained, hence the doc's frosty attitude,  well if he tries that again he, as I said, is in for a shock.   He also refused to put me forward for redeployment, and I found out after that there were two possible suitable jobs! What is with these people?  I have a friend who is also having to fight bad managers....  I am sick of bad managers, those who end up in jobs of responsibility far beyond their limited capabilities.   And especially those managers who think they can rule by fear, that is not managing, that is being a pillock. 

Supermarket shop was painless,  well almost,  I am still baffled by people who insist on blocking an aisle with their trolley, while they wonder which tin of soup to buy!   Choose one and move on, or don't leave trolley abandoned in middle of aisle.  Also noticed how some supermarkets are determined that us shoppers will do everything,  now Tesco have the scanner ready for us to scan our club card...  nope, refuse to do it,  just as I refuse to use those self service tills.   I only ever see people having problems with them, having to ask for help,  hence the need for one assistant to be permanently stationed at them.   Look supermarket bosses,  I don't wish to serve myself at the checkout,  I want an assistant,  I want communication, a friendly face and a bit of banter...  not some ruddy machine barking orders at me, or telling me to prove I am over 18 so I can buy my wine!

Have done some crafting, just got nothing finished to photograph.  But have been playing with new toy, new camera, ooh it is wonderful!  Allows you to take soft focus portrait photos...   wonderful.  Plus all sorts of other options which I will have to explore.  And best of all I realised I got a bargain,  the camera cost me £129 in John Lewis, same camera in other stores was £150!   I came close to buying another model, with less features in Jessops.   Pic is of crown in Paddy's wigwam. 

Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, 8 November 2009


It hurts when I cough, I seem to have pulled a muscle near my ribs.  I wonder when this body of mine will stay in one piece for longer than a few days? 

Didn't help things yesterday by taking mum out,  she was bored and so I took her to a garden centre.  Didn't think my sore ribs were that sore till I started driving.   It was sort of a pointless excercise taking mum for a day out, as she can't walk very far, and I'm not up to pushing her in a wheelchair.   But I guess it was a change of scenery.   I had looked at the craft stuff,  not that there was a lot of it,  so I had to go to The Range,  cos I did need some stuff to make a wedding box.   So that has been started,  found a card that will do nicely for the swap card,  and eureka, found the papers for the club xmas cards.... phew, thought I'd lost them. 

Course it was also Remembrance Sunday, sadly I got up far too late to make it to our local ceremony.  Well if I had two healthy legs I would have got there, but not in my hobbling state. So watched it on TV.  I would love to know why all the Royals have to dress up in uniforms, only two have a right to be in uniform... and as for the array of medals - it is ridiculous!   I'd rather they stood in civvies than pretend they're high ranking officers.  Edward left the services,  Anne never served,   Andrew did, so did Phillip and the Queen.  As for the hapless Mr Brown, can he not get anything right?  He forgot to bow his head after laying his wreath.  The real dignity came from the veterans, old and young.  Sad that there are still so many to be added to the roll of honour, and even more left with injuries that will affect them for the rest of their lives.   Any young person choosing to sign up deserves our respect,  they know full well they will inevitably serve in a war zone.  Let us ensure that their courage and bravery is appreciated, and that their sacrifice never slips from our memories. 

Lest We Forget....