29 December 2015

Just a saying

My nephew comes out with some cracking sayings.
This one is my favourite.

"My Granny is different to other Grannies"

"Why's that?" asked his mum.
"Because she's special." he replied.

I couldn't agree more.

25 December 2015

21 December 2015

I love a bargain

I just happened to be passing Hobby Lobby at 9am today
when I saw it was open an hour early.
Wondering why it could possibly be open at that hour I went in to investigate.

All their Christmas stuff had 66% off.
I just had to buy myself a Christmas stocking.
And all for the bargain price of $3.40.
(About GBP 2.20)

I love Texas

20 December 2015

A little hooky time

A little "Me" time on Sunday.  In fact a lot of "Me" time.

Longmire on Netflix and some hooking.
I'm determined to get this throw finished as I miss 
the variety when using lots of colours.

Only another 120 squares to go!!

19 December 2015

The Force Awakens

Star Wars - The Force Awakens.

So much hype over a film.
 But Oh! it was worth it.
It was BriLLIAnt (or awesome as they say here.)

A little loud for 8.30am but I had my trusty ear plugs with me so all was well.

17 December 2015


I was a bit of a loose end yesterday and needed something to do.
Something easy, but fun to make.
I decided on giant snowflakes.

It's amazing what you can make with some printer paper,
sellotape and staples.

ETA:  This is the link if you want to make your own

15 December 2015

The Scent of Christmas

I stole the idea for today's post from my sister Ruth
Like her we have lots of candles around our home which seem to be more decorative than useful.
We do have a cupboard full of tea lights and candles (plus torches in case of a power cut) 
but never seem to bring them out and light them.

We have several things around the house that have a Christmassy scent
the first being our newest candle.  Kitchen Spice.  I has that subtle Christmas smell without going overboard on cinnamon.

We also have pot pourri. It's called Orange Spice
and smells divine.

and lastly no Christmas would be complete without pine cones.
These have a really lovely light cinnamon smell.

All in all.  It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas!!

14 December 2015

German Christmas Festival - Tomball, TX

On Saturday I managed to drag both boys to Tomball to check out the German Christmas Festival.
I was great.
There was beer and gluwein, bratwurst and strudel
and good old German thigh slapping music.
There was also bouncy castles, climbing walls, pony rides
and Texas music.
The rain stayed off and a good day out was had by all.

13 December 2015


Decorating this year is going at a much slower pace than last year.
This time last year it was only 5 days until my family arrived
so it had to be finished.

The tree is up.  All 7½ feet of it.


The dining area is decorated

But the lounge is still a bit bare and the banister needs a garland.

At this rate it will be time to take them down before I get them up!!

How are you preparations going?

11 December 2015

A quick patch up job

The Teenager has a habit of "launching" himself onto the sofa
instead of just sitting on it like most folk.

Paddy Bear, from Chelsea, lives on the same sofa
and has to put up with being sat on daily.
His hat has taken the brunt of the "launchings" so I thought it about time I fixed it.
(Especially as the Teenager likes to point out that his hat is ripped!!!)

A quick search for my embroidery thread and a spot of blanket stitch 
and his hat is fixed.

Now to teach the Teenager to sit!!

10 December 2015

The Giving Tree Pt 2

I wanted to make a note of the Giving Tree in my December Daily but
didn't know what to make.
I saw this button tree on the front of a magazine and thought
"I can do that".
So I did.
I think it turned out OK.  
I'm going to put the details of this years family on the back.

9 December 2015

The Giving Tree

Every December, back in Scotland, I would take a walk into
Elgin and visit the Giving Tree in the Giles Center.
The tree would be covered in envelopes and each one would 
have a child's name and age on it.
These children were all children in care or without families at Christmas.
Some were as young as babies and some others were as old as 19/20.
Each year I would pick a card with a boys name on it, the same age as the Teenager.
I would then pick a card for a boy of 18 or 19.  Just because.
I then bought and wrapped a present and handed it back to the Giles Center who then
passed on the presents to the Social Work department.

They don't have that kind of thing here as Houston is just so big.
But what they do have is a radio station that host's it's own Giving Tree.

The Giving Tree

KSBJ Houston is a Christian based music station that, every year, hosts the Giving Tree.

Launched over 20 years ago, the KSBJ Giving Tree connects families, with needs, to individuals and families who would like to help meet those needs by providing gifts to the “nominated” family.

Lori is a member of our line dancing group and works at KSBJ.  She asked if the group would help and the ladies very kindly volunteered to help a family this year.

Our 2015 family

This is a single father.
He works full time - but funds are tight.
He has 3 kids still at home.
Boy – Anakin - 15
Boy – Matthew - 9
Girl – Maddison – 8

I thought we’d buy something for the oldest boy as he’s nearest the Teenager’s age.  All he asked for was some clothes and a set of headphones.  As I didn’t know what kind of headphones he needed I bought some clothes.
1 x pair of jeans
2 x polo shirts

All things any 15 year old boy could wear.
I hope he likes them.

Do you do anything similar in your town?

5 December 2015

A Christmas Knees Up

Tonight was the first Expat Christmas Knees Up done Texas style.
It was held at the Midway BBQ in old Katy 
and was a mixture of Texan and British.
We had Mesquite BBQ food (which was delicious) 
followed by British style puddings.  Trifle, mince pies,
Christmas pudding and Sticky toffee pudding.
There was line dancing and darts or card games and dominoes
and a great selection of music.
All in all it was a great night and the ladies that organised it did a great job.
Looking forward to next year's already.

3 December 2015

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my lovely mum.
21 again!!
I hope you're feeling better and that your card arrived.
Sending lots of love

No internet

I've had to do a bit of catching up today as we're just back from 
2 days, 8 hours and 16 minutes (or something like that)
of NO Internet!!!

I know!! Whatever next?
I've found loads to do and apart from not being able to check
my e-mails for any possible job related info, I haven't really missed it.

The boys however were a totally different story!!

Thankfully, normal service has now resumed.

2 December 2015

At 18............

At the age of 18 the Teenager could, if he wanted,
go into the local Academy Sports shop and buy these.

Shotguns and pistols

or 50 cal bullets. 10 for $30

Thankfully he doesn't want to.
His mother is pleased about that.

1 December 2015

Me on Monday

Today was a dancing day.  A grocery shopping day.
A laundry day and a rent paying day.

The weekend saw us taking a trip to the local town's Christmas market.  
It rained and half the vendors didn't turn up.

It saw us shopping for fresh bread.  Bread in the USA is, in general, disgusting.  
It's way too heavy and has too much sugar in it.

It saw us dropping the Teenager off at work.
and it saw me catching up with the last Hunger Games movie.

How was your weekend?

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