24 February 2014


Looking for inspiration!!!  Diet not doing so well at the moment.  Drastic measures are needed!!



It was lovely to be able to get my washing out on the line yesterday.  Another first for this year as we don't get a lot of sun in the garden until about April.



Saturday night was pizza night and the first lighting of the pizza oven this year.  Luckily it didn't rain.  Unfortunately, John over did it on the wood!!!


Pizza's were delicious ♥♥♥

22 February 2014


Guess what I was doing when I should have been working?  Yes you guessed it.  I was watching the Mens Olympic Curling Final.
Well done to our boys for a great game.



I have bulbs popping up all over the garden at the moment but these mini daffodils are the only ones blooming.


19 February 2014


Who needs Starbucks or Costa when you have an Nespresso machine and some Gingerbread syrup?



Last night was Rural night and the visiting speaker was a lovely lady called Pauline Littlewood.  She came to talk about Landscapes.  Now I know absolutely nothing about art or painting so when it said landscapes I expected to see a whole series of paintings. Hills, towns, the sea etc.
How wrong can you be?
Pauline had made the most amazingly, fabulous pieces that contained photos, poems and artwork.  Theses pieces were all individual but once stood together formed a landscape.
It's difficult to describe just how it looked once she'd finished showing us and talking us through each piece but lets just say she is one amazingly, talented lady.
There was one about her life next to the sea and how her house flooded last December.

Others about mountains, the wind, trees, about how you see landscape if your view is blocked.  (i.e prison, wearing a veil)
 and my favourite, the sea.
Each piece was made up of smaller pieces that popped up like the books we had as kids and when they were all together they were stunning.

You just never know what is going on outside your own front door.

17 February 2014


The Teenager bought me some chocolate at the weekend and I had to admit I was touched that he'd bought me something but a little worried by the flavour.

Turns out it was nothing to worry about as it tastes DeLiCi♥uS


Looking Back - 17 February 2013

Looking back to what I was doing this time last year I found out it was the day my sister set our Florida Journal challenge.

I have to say mine is almost complete (7 months after the actual holiday) and I just have a few items to add on the last few pages.
My journal - looking a little bit fuller than last year.
 I wrote my daily journal in an old note book then re-wrote everything when I got home.
 In true scrapbooking fashion I saved all the car parking stubs and guide maps
 and had fun writing about what we got up to everyday.

I'm still trying to write my journal for Turkey, which was our holiday in 2012, but so far haven't even started it!!

Hand crafted table - 47/365

John L♥ves his "man shed" and more often than not can be found in it at weekends.  He had in mind a project that was made from old whisky barrels, so we took a drive out to the Cooperage at Craigellachie.

Where we bought a palette of old barrel staves and a few wine/whisky barrel lids. We drove home at 35 mph so that the wood didn't fall off the lorry.
Once back home John unloaded them all over the back garden wall.  I was the mug on the garden side who had to pile them all up!!
A few weeks later and a bit of research into what he wanted to make John started his project.
and after many hours of routing, sanding, hammering and polishing he ended up with this......
 Wine barrel table top and whisky barrel shelf underneath.
From old leftover wood to a beautiful lamp table.  All I have to do now is buy a new lamp to adorn it.

Isn't he a clever lad?

15 February 2014


On my Birthday last year I was very lucky to get a £20 gift card for Cath Kidston from the girls at work.  Not wanting to buy just any old thing I've kept it and waited for that perfect something to come along.  And come along it did in the form of the new i-pad bag.

I love it.  I can get my i-pad mini in it along with my purse, glasses, camera and keys.  It's so cool.



Last night the girls and I decided to ditch the guys and head off to see a Take That tribute band called "Take This".  They were really good but I did feel a little old when one of them said I could sing the Lulu's part of Re-light my Fire which was a hit in the early 90s.  I guess I had that "You remember them first time round" look about me!!


Shy and retiring.  That's me

Karen and Joanne ♥♥

Flora and Kelly ♥♥

Take This and Kelly

Don't feel too sorry for the guys we ditched though.  They went into town for an Indian and we met them back in the village pub afterwards ♥♥♥

14 February 2014

What are you reading?

I've managed to polish off all four Denise Grover Swank book in the last week or so but have had to choose something different now as book five isn't out until June 2014.
I've gone for another Chic Lit.....Bridesmaid Lotto by Rachel Astor. Another freebee on i-books.

Josephine McMaster is pretty and smart, but very much a klutzy mess. Finally, at 26, she may have actually lost the dreaded ‘McMaster the Disaster’ nickname that has followed her around her whole life. 

Josie’s quite content to be single, much to her mother’s disappointment. So when a bizarre contest is announced where a socialite is holding a lottery to pick her bridesmaids (and rake in a little extra cash), she can’t roll her eyes fast enough, even if it does mean meeting Jake Hall, her one and only movie star crush. Obviously, Josie doesn’t enter the bridesmaid lottery, so you can imagine her surprise when her picture pops up among the winners, thanks to Mom. With a little prodding -- okay bribing -- Josie agrees to participate.

The wedding turns into the event of the year, and Josie finds herself in the middle of a paparazzi feeding frenzy, which gets even crazier after Jake Hall takes a special interest in her. 

Can Josie handle the pressure in the spotlight? Is it possible she might really have a chance with Jake Hall? And if she’s busy worrying about all that, how in the heck is she going to keep ‘McMaster the Disaster’ from showing up in front of the entire world?

13 February 2014


The weather changed to "Driech" today.  Cold, wet and windy.  I managed to snuggle up warmly in my new winter jacket when I took Moss for a walk around the pond.   My top half was nice and toastie but my legs were freezing.
Maybe I should invest in some padded trousers :0)


Florida Album Part 2

I can't believe that part one of this album was way back in September 13.  I seemed to have lost momentum since then and only managed five new layouts.  I still have more photos to scrap and hopefully it won't be another five months until part 3 comes out!!

#16 - Universal Studios.  Not exactly what I was expecting after all the hype but not a bad day out.  The Transformers ride eluded us every time we went as they kept closing it down.

#17 - Singing in the Rain - A ready made umbrella on a lamppost!!  Too good an opportunity to miss.  Shame I need my own brolly minutes after taking this photo.  :0)

#18 - Sheikra - The biggest roller coaster of the holiday.  The older boys went on it twice much to the disgust of the smaller boy (but a relief for his mum).

#19 - Not wanting to be tied at the hip both families had their own days out.  Ruth & Co went to Kennedy Space Centre, Fantasy of Flight and the town of Celebration.  We lazed about and went out for breakfast and wallowed in the pool.

#20 - The Boys - Boy did they pack everything into a fortnight.  I was afraid at one point that they would end up looking like pizzas as that's all the parks had to offer at lunchtimes!!

More to follow in the, hopefully, not too distant future :0)

12 February 2014


The things I do in my lunch hour!!
How come the weekly shop costs so much, but you seem to have very little to show for it?


11 February 2014

10 February 2014


The Teenager has just bought himself a drawing programme for his computer that comes with an electronic drawing pad, (which you draw on and it appears on your monitor.)
I had to have a go, but have to say I think his technical drawing is better than mine!!  Only just :0)


What do you think?

9 February 2014


Today I actually did some scrap booking.  I still haven't finished my Florida album so thought I'd crack on with a double layout for the boys.  I still have several layouts to do but will plod along doing a bit at a time.


Funky Nails

My friend's daughter K has been learning to do nails at college and wanted a few hands to practise on.  I said I didn't mind as I was getting my nails done this weekend anyway.  K was a bit nervous at first but I think she did a great job and have booked another appointment in a few weeks time.  I've even got an appointment for my mum when she come up in March.

I chose a really funky nail varnish that changes colour depending how warm your hands are.  As you can see they change from pink to white.  Completely white when warm, completely pink when cold.  I love them. Next time they will be blue to purple!!

Excuse the dry hands.  I probably should have moisturised before taking the photo.


Last night was Scots night at the Outdoor bowling club.  We had Haggis, Neeps & Tatties followed by peaches and ice-cream, then a few hours of dancing and all for the bargain price of £6.00.

We must have been the youngest there by 20 years but the club needs younger members so they've got us. Not sure they know what they've let themselves in for.  They might not want us once they've seen us bowl!!!

Karen and me strutting our stuff to a Jim Reeves number!!!


Rocky Road.  My "Rustic" version of it.  For some unknown reason I couldn't get the chocolate to melt properly.

Still it's edible so that's all that matters.


6 February 2014


Bowling, bowling, bowling.  Keep those balls a rolling .......................you get the idea :0)

It's such good fun and everyone is really friendly.


Not a very exciting photo today.  The front door to the Teenager's school.  We popped in to catch up with his English teacher as we didn't get to see her at Parents' Evening.  He's doing a great, which is a huge relief.


4 February 2014


The TARDIS appeared in our school library on Monday and the Dr said he's going to be hanging around for about a month.  I think he's hoping to find fish fingers and custard on the menu in the canteen.  I hope they aren't!!!


For non Dr Who watchers - more info here Dr Who, BBC1

3 February 2014


Today I've been nagging encouraging the Teenager to do some revision.  His Prelim exams start next Monday and so far I haven't seen much evidence of revising.  Is he a chip of the old block I wonder?


2 February 2014


A day of chores today before heading off for a wee bit of bowling practice.  There was only 5 of us for 2 hours but we still managed to take along some wine and a few nibbles.  A very sociable way to spend a Sunday afternoon.



Yesterday was a day for getting used to my new Varifocals.  They feel quite weird at the moment.  At one point I felt as though I was walking above the ground.  A really odd sensation!!