Friday, 30 December 2011

Rocking My World Friday...


Rocking My World Friday Year...

It's fair to say that the latter part of our 2011 has been pretty damn horrible to say the least. So I thought for the last Rocking Friday of the year it would serve me well to look back at the whole year and remember the good points too.

So here goes :)

We won a fight. It was good against evil and the fight had been going on for over 10 years. I wont say more than that but it's changed the whole mood of our family unit, a load has been lifted. To one particular member of our family - they are a changed person. They are a happy and carefree, confident person. They have control over their own future. That in itself is pretty epic. It's easy to forget when amazing things happen at the beginning of the year.

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We moved house... our old one nearly ended up with a lorry parked in the living room but the end result was it prompting a move to a nicer area. The new house has a big workshop so it made sense to bring the business with us rather than keep on paying for separate unit fees. It's nice having Craig kind of at home during the day - out in the workshop but able to pop in for tea and lunch. Means I can be more of a help too as he can bring in any paperwork or packing he needs a hand with.
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I got a stu-stu-studio! Ok, I only had it a few months and, because of the move, am now back in the corner of our living room... but while I had it, I had the chance to play around, to realise what I want to do. I had the great feeling that Craig is fully supportive of me. I would love, in an ideal world to call myself an artist without turning it into a joke. Craig can't understand why I don't - I think I feel like I need to be earning an income from it to be able to call myself it... I don't know why. I think I am getting myself on that path. Having the stu-studio for that short while has been a helping shove in the right direction.
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Earlier in the year I reviewed a couple of books I'd read. Then I looked at my wishlist, sussed out most of the books were from the same few publishers and decided to email them. Nervously and with much grovelly cheek I asked them to consider my blog to be added to their reviewer database. Some didn't reply. Some said yes. The one I had all my fingers crossed for said yes. So I've been very lucky to be sent some gorgeous art & craft books and some really fabulous fiction books this year. Books I would otherwise never have been able to afford. And because of this I can pass my good luck and their generosity on in the form of giveaways. I really am grateful to them for trusting in my little blog, for giving me the chance to read all these great books (oh, but I love books so much!) and not only that but give my opinion on them too. I do like giving my opinion! Big, big positive of my year.
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Every other year we holiday in Scotland. This year was that 'other' year. I love it up there - I hide it well, I know. I love the drive, the area we go to, I love the purple mountains, the clean air, clean water, I love the locals. It's always sad coming home... but it's always fun looking forward to next time.

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My girls. Yes I know I'm biased. And yes, they could make bickering a champion sport. But they are my bickering monsters and when I look around at some of the "yoof" of today, I'm insanely proud of them. They're polite to others, they are creative, intelligent, thoughtful, they're all doing well at school. Yep - my girls rock my World.

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My Craig. It's only when I watch other couples or hear other parents down the school really saying awful, awful things about their partners that I realise how special and maybe these days, unusual, our relationship is. It's taken hard work and we've been through some rocky patches and had to overcome quite a lot. He really is my best friend. I can't imagine life without him. We know each other so well, each others foibles, bad habits.... it's like they say - we know the best of each other and the worst but love each other anyway. If there is such a thing as soul mates then I reckon he's mine.
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I won a £50 Amazon voucher! *Whoop, whoop!* Amazon is probably my favourite shop in the World!
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I've been fortunate to win a few book giveaways this year too.
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The day out tickets that last a year. They've made it possible to give the girls a lot more days out to places that usually are to expensive to justify the price for only one day. We are going to rotate and do a couple of different places a year. I think it's such a great idea and am so glad so many places seem to be adopting it.
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Friends both online and off. It's when you go through poopy patches in life you realise who your friends are. Mine are amazing and I feel privileged to know each and every one of you. I only hope I can return the friendship you've shown me.
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The Secret Santa swap - it was such a laugh and just when I needed it, I would get an email with one of you 'fessing up to having opened your pressie or telling me how sneaky your stalking tactics were. Such a great bunch of people took part. It really was a highlight of my year! You crazy fools!
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Mr (or Mrs) Silver Crow. I still see him flying about and he always seems to stay in this area. I'd never seen one before and still haven't managed to catch a good picture. He's definitely silver and not albino. Still think he was my good omen.


Ooh and the Artful Bird book I got for Christmas has a crow pattern in it! Huzzah!
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Having Craig's Mum and my Dad here for Christmas. It was a family Christmas, the girls harassing them to play, me murdering a roast dinner, board games and to much food. But it was lovely and am glad they are both coming again for the New Year.
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I'm sure there is so much more I've not put down here - but that's not a bad look back at all is it? It would have been so easy to write off the whole year because of the terrible things that happened at the end. Thanks to Rocking Friday I'm learning to think of the whole picture and not just focus all my attentions on the bad. It's to easy to feel yourself slipping into despair if you do that. So for this reason Virginia and her Rocking Friday's are a huge positive to me this year. I'm finding it an invaluable tool in not sinking but instead treading water and even walking in the sun. Thank you Virginia.

Why not join in next year and take part in Rocking Fridays yourself? If you do, make sure to link up so that we can all find you.

Thank you as always for stopping by.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Resolute!

A New Year's resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more lasting personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit.
Quoting Frank Ra (author of the new year's resolution book "A course in happiness"): "Resolutions are more sustainable when shared, both in terms of with whom you share the benefits of your resolution, and with whom you share the path of maintaining your resolution. Peer-support makes a difference in success rate with new year's resolutions". According to Gretchen Rubin (author of best-seller "The Happiness Project"): "You hit a goal, you achieve a goal. You keep a resolution". - Taken from wikipedia.

So there we have it. I hate the term New Year's Resolutions. Makes it sound like you'll only stick to it at New Year. But anyway, the theme over at Butterfly Effect is Resolutions and so I thought I would join in :)

My goals for 2012...

1: Be Creative. Every. Single. Day. Even if it's only for 5 or 10 minutes. Make the time.
2: One new recipe a week. Ok, I do cook from scratch a lot but it's the same 4 or 5 meals all the time. It's getting so boring.
3. Be healthier. Mind, body and soul.
4: Don't give a flying fig. (I know what this one means.)
5: No more classes until I have finished the ones I've paid for.
6: Finish those classes.

What about you? Any goals or just winging it? :)

Mwaaaaaaaah!
Happy New Year!

(Back tomorrow with Rocking Friday! Ooh, so organised!)

She Made Something!

She did!

After a dry spell lasting months, of arid desert and tumbleweed... hark, there was light. And spark. And creation!

They may be small, each canvas just 5x7" to be exact, but boy did they cause much rejoicing here! The Mojo is back Baby! Yeah!

Backgrounds were made up of tissue paper, braille paper and foreign text with tons of stencilling, masking, stamping and paint. Much messy fun. The Tim Burton quote was for Joyce, my stalkee in the swap on here and the other was for a Stocking Swap over on UKS.

Boy, did it feel good making these. It's a dark old place when Mojo boogers off like that!

Thanks as always, for stopping by :)

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Book Goodies...

I thought I'd share what book goodies were under my Christmas tree - expect reviews inflicted upon you very soon :P

LinkThe Artful Bird one of two books from my lovely friend Lesley. She snagged this off my wishlist. I added it as soon as I saw this project on I Craft My Pants.

Zombie Felties one of two books I received from my sister Sue. We don't see each other much throughout the year what with jobs and family stuff but every single year she gets me the perfect gift - don't know how she does it. Not like I go on about zombies and crafting whenever we do meet... or do I? Hmmm... Thanks Sue!

William Blake - The Complete Illuminated Books from Virginia. Love it - gorgeous book. Again, snagged from my wishlist.

Zombies vs Unicorns Yeeeeeeaaaaah! From my Dad... nabbed from my wishlist.
Necropolis - the other book from my sister, Sue. Looks amazing.

Vampire Box Set containing the start books of 3 separate series - part of my present from the lovely Gaily.

I Am Scrooge from Susie Sue. Can't wait to read this one!

White Crow - the other book from Lesley. Off my wishlist, been wanting to read this one for AGES!
A lovely A4 sketchbook from my sister Mel. (Counts as a book, right?) It's leather or leather effect. She got the two eldest monsters one, I was sitting watching them opening them, my pout was getting bigger and bigger, she 'fessed up eventually that she'd got one for me too *g*

I've also gone a little mad in the Amazon kindle book sale today. Sssshhh! Mostly zombie, ghostie and supernatural fiction. What a surprise:

Florence and Giles - 99p
The End Specialist - 99p
The Dead of Winter - 99p
Seed - 86p
From Within - 86p
Skulduggery Pleasant - 99p
Apartment 16 - £2.39
The Drowning Pool - 99p

Had to come away before I got any more - you forget how quickly those 99p's add up. There are some great looking books there. Amazon is such an enabler! I always seem to think eBooks don't count in a book ban too.

What do you reckon? Aren't I lucky! Did you get any great reads this year?

Thanks for stopping by :)

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Secret Santa - The Wrap Up!

Finally - sorry for the lateness with this post people, I've been trying to get good pictures but they are all coming out fuzzy and wobbly. No it's not that! Am on the tea!

Firstly - to all the Secret Santa's, thank you so much for making my first hosted swap such fun! I really had a laugh, especially at some of you naughty people who just couldn't wait to open their pressies!

On to my Santa. Wow what a gorgeous gift was received... you are not even seeing half of what is here, loads of music/book pages, fabulous, perfect images, postal stamps, beads, buttons, fabric, napkin, findings...

Look at this... a gorgeous decorated frame and... I am a little worried about just how well my Santa seems to know me...

LinkIt's no secret I love me a good zombie tale... but I didn't think I had let slip my Scrooge obsession... Any take on the Scrooge story, I just love, no matter how corny or cheesy. My all time favourite Cristmas film is Scrooged with Bill Murray. So zombies AND Scrooge... in the same book? Perfection! My Dad already tried to sneak off with it! No chance! Thank you, thank you, thank you Sue!

There were some very naughty Santa's who also sent me a present as well as their recipients. I really wasn't expecting that and it was a lovely surprise. But you all really shouldn't have, I'm glad you did as I love everything but you shouldn't have. I must admit to some squealing with some wobbly lipped-ness here. Thank you for all your lovely messages.

Ninjaaaa and yummy brooche from Paige

Beautiful Christmas album from Wendy

Mixed media goodies from Sam... including one of her crow stamps! *Much, much happiness* Look at the crow smiling - how happy he is to come live with me! Those labels are just gorgeous too!
Very, very naughty book from Virginia. This was on my Amazon wishlist... which, although I take great voyeuristic joy in secretly stalking other peoples lists, (what? Nothing creepy or wrong about that!) it never crossed my mind that anybody else did. It's a truly beautiful book as was the message that came with it. Thank you Virginia. You really did catch me by surprise!

I'm still gobsmacked and touched at how thoroughly spoilt I've been this year. Still shaking my head in disbelief if I'm honest. Thank you again all of you.

Now. On to who sent to who (whom?) I know some of you are still in suspenders ;)

I sent to Joyce (Gift blogged)
Amy sent to Brandy
Virginia sent to Susie (Gift blogged)
Joanna sent to Sam (Gift blogged)
Cameron sent to Andrea
Carol sent to Wendy
Susie sent to me (Gift blogged... on this post)
Sarah sent to Paige (Gift blogged)
Sam sent to Sarah (Gift blogged)
Wendy sent to Virginia (Gift blogged) and Donna (Gift blogged)
Brandy sent to Cameron
Paige sent to Joanna (Gift blogged)
Joyce sent to Carole (Gift blogged)
Andrea sent to Amy
Donna sent to Wendy (Gift blogged)

I think I've linked up to everyone who blogged their gifts, if you have and I've missed you - give me a shout!

Thank you again for making this so much fun! Who's up for same time next year?

Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Friday, 23 December 2011

Rocking My World Friday...

Happy Friday people :)

I thought I'd try filling this out during the week - it's going to be a hectic one, so would be nice to jot down the positives as they happen.

Firstly, we got home from visiting Craig's Mum in Hastings on Saturday night to find we'd missed a floral delivery, it had been taken next door. I was so surprised when I collected it to find a single white rose. The vets had sent it in memory/sympathy of Lucy our dog. How lovely is that?

I've popped it in with some flowers my friend had bought us which I forgot to mention a couple of weeks ago - thanks Caroline. (Not sure if she reads this blog - don't think so...)

Talking of doggies, this fella has been amazing this week. Cooper obviously misses Lucy and has been trailing us all round the house.

He's still a funny wee thing. He does make me laugh. We took him to meet Craig's Mums' dogs this week as they will be coming at Christmas. He was soon put in his place by Annie, the older dog, who harrumphed a bit at the young whippersnapper coming into her home. But Poppy - the younger dog (also a Jack Russell) well... lets just say her and Cooper got on a little too well. We shall have to keep an eye on those two over Christmas.

Next up was this gorgeous Christmas decoration I received from K as my P.I.F.

Isn't it perfect? The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favourite films, he fits in so well on our tree. He looks quite happy sitting there, in good company with my sister and the Pheebs Monster.

I'm afraid my remaining PIF's will be arriving with their recipients early next year now. Mojo really did desert me for a few months there. That's another positive this last couple of weeks though, I've started creating again. Only a little bit and I can't show anything at the mo as it's been for my Secret Santa gifts. It does feel good. This next bit is going to sound really flowery and mushy... but I really do believe in the power of art or creative healing. I don't mean in a religious way or anything, am afraid I don't buy into all that connecting with your inner goddess stuff. Craig's always worried I'm going to 'find myself' like 'those arty types' and go all spiritual and dance around naked, covered in paint or run off with a tattooed, hairy artist or something. Keep telling him I'm about as 'found' as am gonna be and this blunt, sarcastic wench is what he's stuck with. If I was going to connect with an inner anything it would more likely be a warty old, cackling witch than a goddess! No, it's just being able to lose yourself completely even if it's just lobbing paint at something... Good stuff.

We also received some Christmas tree decs from Gail, the girls demolished the couple of packets with chocolate coins in but we rescued this large one for the tree... Love handmade decorations.

It's also tradition for us to buy a new hanging star for the tree each year. I spotted the one I want to get this year - it's gorgeous. Haven't I been saying I want to get some jingle bells? Haven't I?
It was in Dunelm Mill but typically as we were on our way out. I'm typing this on Monday evening so hopefully we'll get back over before Christmas and pick up one or two - if not I'll try and get over after and pick up a couple to put away for next year. Jingle bells and stars - does it get any better?

Am really looking forward to opening my Secret Santa present on Sunday. I've been such a good girl. I have to say though - there were a couple of naughty Santa's that sent me a present as well as their recipients. Very unexpected - you really should go on the naughty list but you did make me smile. I haven't opened those either. Thank you ladies. I've really enjoyed the Secret Santa swap and will definitely host another next year if anyone is interested - thank you all for making it so much fun.

It's Wednesday now and I've had another Secret Santa present arrive. I take part in this one over on UKS every year with The Bristol Girls. (If you click the link, scroll down) One part of my pressie was wrapped differently than the rest and was intriguing me to much, so I was naughty and opened that one thing. Am glad I did - it was another handmade tree ornament!

Isn't it fabby? Am going to have to get details on how it was made. Devvie decided it looked better on Alice Angel... and I have to agree.

Tesco. Yes, Tesco. We save our clubcard points all year for Christmas. Craig misplaced our vouchers this week, they probably got recycled... so he went online to see if there was a way to reclaim them. There is... but not only that, any unclaimed vouchers from previous years can be printed too! Make sure you check your balance, we ended up printing off over £70 of vouchers some of which were this years and also some dating back to 2009. We couldn't believe it - our big Christmas food shop ended up costing £7.00 this week. We got my Dad round to check his, we knew he might have some. I remembered him saying he'd accidentally shredded his last year but thought that was that, his mistake, his loss. Nope. He had over £100 to print off. I may moan about Tesco (and I do. Quite a bit) but I have to say I think it's really good they let you do that. They could quite easily say "nope - don't claim, your loss." So this was a huge positive this week.

My back. It spasmed earlier in the week. I wasn't even doing anything strenuous just sitting at the PC. It's the worst pain I've had with it in a long time and really thought that was it, wouldn't be able to do much this Christmas. Even getting up and sitting down was causing a bit of nausea where it hurt so much. However, a couple of days and copious amounts of pain killers and creams later and it's back to normal. Normal being a permanent ache that I've learned to live with and was so glad to welcome back! I think the time is approaching where I might need a little help from the doctors in managing the pain as I have noticed it getting worse the last couple of years. But all the time I can still do normal things and manage on my own, I'm happy to potter about. I don't want to end up on a cocktail of drugs not knowing what they could be doing to the rest of my body... is that daft? Or does that make sense? I think Craig would prefer a visit to the doctor in the near future. Whatever - I'm glad my back and I are on familiar ground for the time being.

We've reached Thursday and I'm glad I did it this way - that was a pretty good week wasn't it? I'm really glad of the way Rocking Friday makes you reflect on the past week in a positive way and I just want to thank Virginia for starting this regular get together. If you want to join us - please do link up with her so that we can all find you.


Thanks for stopping by :)

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Lifestyle Illustration of the 60's by Rian Hughes


The book says:

Take a visually explosive trip back to the Swinging Sixties... This stunning survey of lifestyle illustration not only gives a fascinating insight into the extraordinary artistic talents of the illustrators of the period but also reveals the social aspirations of this unprecedented era of political optimism and sexual freedom. Featuring over 1,000 gloriously inventive and stylistically diverse images, Lifestyle Illustration of the 60's traces the decade's evolution from romantic homemaking couples to the stylish mini-skirted Chelsea girls. In the process, it provides an intriguing and colourful glimpse into Sixties pop culture.

I say:

Wow - this is a monster of a book. Apart from the foreword by Rian Hughes, the Introduction by David Roach and a couple of pages of short artist biographies, the entire book is made up of art work. The only other text being the year, the artist name and where the art appeared underneath each picture. In a book that is 576 pages long... that's 563 pages of pure art... 1,000 images in all according to this website.

This is not a book to be lugging around to read - it weighs a ton! This is one to sit and enjoy at your leisure, dipping in and out for inspiration or just to enjoy. I do like that it is soft backed because, although the cover is prone to creasing easily - mine is thoroughly creased now, not the spine as you might think but the front cover - I do still think it was a better idea. Being heavy already, I think hardback covers might have made it cumbersome to read.

The book is truly gorgeous - I can't even begin to imagine how much time it took to compile. All of the artwork comes from publications like Woman, Woman's Own, Woman's Journal and the timeline ranges from 1960 - 1969. The Foreword and Introduction is a fascinating insight into these 'forgotten artists' and what was happening at the time. I've always loved this style of art and this book is cram packed full of nostalgia for me. Although I wasn't even born in the 60's, I remember as a child of the 80's and early 90's, my mum used to be an avid reader of The People's Friend which was always full of similar style art. I remember flicking through, completely bypassing the words and just ogling the pictures, trying to recreate them.

What I particularly like is that although the art provoked such nostalgia, I was surprised also at how thoroughly modern some of it was - like it could have been submitted today and I doubt many people would know any different, would not even think that it was created 40 years or more previously.
Some of the art just seems so on-trend with what I'm seeing on blogs, on Etsy & Folksy, pinned as inspiration on Pinterest. Isn't it funny how things come around again... or, as I prefer to say - the rest of the world finally caught up with my tastes.

So - do I like this book? No, I absolutely LOVE it - it's a keeper and one that will be close to hand on my art shelves, within easy reach. It's so full of inspiration and beauty and talent. I feel lucky to own it.

Many thanks to ACC Distribution for sending me the book and thank you as always for stopping by :)

Rian Hughes
ACC Distribution UK

Monday, 19 December 2011

Everyday Matters - Winner

Good morning peoples. Well, Blogger seems to be playing nicely if I use Internet Explorer. I hate Internet Explorer. Funny that it wont play nicely on Chrome - the thing you'd think it would be most compatible with... isn't it? No, I'm not laughing either. *grumble, grumble*

Onwards we go so we can shut down this infernal browser quick as...

Out with the random generator and the magical Smarties Bowl of Randomness...

Mix, mix, mix...
Stir, stir, blurry stir...
Pick, pick, pick a winner...
Ta daaaa...
Amy - you are the winner. I'll get the book parcelled up today - I doubt you'll get it this year though ;)

Thanks for stopping by everyone - tara and toodlepip!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Outpost by Adam Baker



Outpost by Adam Baker

The book says:

THEY TOOK THE JOB TO ESCAPE THE WORLD. THEY DIDN'T EXPECT THE WORLD TO END.

Kaskar Rampart: a derelict refinery platform moored in the Arctic Ocean. A skeleton crew of fifteen fight boredom and despair as they wait for a relief ship to take them home.

But the world beyond their frozen wasteland has gone to hell. Cities lie ravaged by a global pandemic. One by one TV channels die, replaced by silent wavebands.

The Rampart crew are marooned. They must survive the long Arctic winter, then make their way home alone. They battle starvation and hypothermia, unaware that the deadly contagion that has devastated the world is heading their way...


I say:

Imagine watching the end of the world on a TV screen. Only for even that to slowly fizzle away to nothing. Imagine being stranded on a rig, in the Arctic Ocean, knowing that sooner or later food is going to run out. What would you do? Would you give up? Or would you battle on to live, no matter what kind of life, regardless?

I knew this one would be a good 'un. I knew it. It's been on my wishlist a while - I got the feeling it would be claustrophobic and grim but it was so much more. I always knew these oil rigs were big but I never realised just how big until reading this book. You really get a sense of the scale of the rig, which almost comes alive as a character itself, it's so well described. It just makes the whole situation for this little group of people seem even more hopeless. You get a real feel of how hard a life it is on one of these things when one of the main characters tries to kill herself in the opening pages.

This was one of those books I couldn't put down. My partner was away for a few days when I was reading this so it was my bedtime read before lights out - it doesn't leave you. I would lay awake mulling over what was going to happen next and would have to switch the lights back on to carry on reading!

Throughout this book I was on edge waiting for that moment when it all kicks off, there's never a moment in the book where you can relax because the air is so menacing you don't want to be caught out. Of course when the end of the world is happening the dangers from the monsters outside are not the only threats you need to look out for. It's interesting to watch how people change when they realise they might not see home or loved ones again. Some people change for the better, step up to the mark. Some people... not so much...

This is the first book in a long, long time where I have really loved one particular character. Really rooted for that character. All the way through when things were happening, there were actually heart in mouth moments when I expected this character to snuff it. But then, with pages to go, I did what I hadn't done all through the book. Relaxed and thought this character was safe. This is where Mr Baker is pure evil genius. Suffice to say, you should never forget that no-one is safe in a zombie apocalypse. I still can't believe it. I even flicked through to see if there was a miraculous turn around. But no.

I'm making this book sound all doom and gloom (which, it is) but there were so many more levels, moments of humour, moments of sadness and compassion - even towards some of the infected. I cannot tell you enough how much I loved this book, I don't think I'm conveying it very well in this review which is annoying me slightly.

I will just say this: Outpost now shares top spot with The Well by Peter Labrow as my two favourite fictional reads of 2011. If I could only re-read two books from this year, these would be them.

Many thanks to Adam Baker for sending me the book and thank you for stopping by :)

Dark Outpost (Adam Baker)
@AdamBakerAuthor
www.hodder.co.uk

Blogger Troubles

Hi everyone,

I've got a question for all of you using Blogger. Have any of you lost your 'compose' button? Am finding I can only compose in html and it's a right pain in the bum. Can't see any answers on the help pages.

What with this and Blogger constantly changing my fonts, spacing, no longer letting me link pictures back to people, not letting people comment... I'm seriously considering moving my blog in the New Year.

I'd be interested to know if anyone else is having problems.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, 16 December 2011

Rocking My World Friday...

Hello Friday Rockers.  How has your week been? It's been a strange and sad one here. We lost our eldest doggy Lucy. She was very old, we never realised how old as she had been a rescue dog but the vets reckoned at least 16. The only blessing, if you can call it that, is that whatever happened was quick.

We also had Craig's Dads' funeral this week. So. Sad week all round.

But if I've learnt anything this week it's to still look for the positives. As my Ruby would say - "Don't worry, Be happy". Love that girl!

First up that same Ruby. And her Christmas show at nursery school. Last year she sat at the back, frozen with fear. Wobbly lipped but refusing to cry. This year - what a difference! Front row and belting out the songs, nearly knocking people out with her enthusiastic gestures. Am so proud of how she's come along with her confidence this year.

 


Next up. Our Christmas tree. An experience putting it up indeed. My girls can bicker for England I think. But it's up now and it's lovely. Our tree is black... and not at all stylish. But we love it.


Ruby's golden Angel appears to be scaling the side of the tree - maybe attempting to topple Alice Cooper Angel? A lot of the decorations are handmade by the girls or me through the years. With the bought decorations we don't tend to do baubles. I love stars so we have those instead :)



Next up - there was supposed to be some sort of lunar eclipse last Saturday afternoon. Did you see it? I didn't know about it till the evening and I certainly didn't see it. The moon was supposed to glow orange... however in the evening we all got called into the garden by Craig who had spotted this gorgeous moon. There is a huge ring around it - my pictures don't capture it very well but it really was beautiful. Devon described it as a feeling of being inside a dome with a circular opening in the roof...


My pictures definitely don't convey the scale and size of the whole thing. The moon seemed especially big and the ring around it was huge. Very lovely to see.

And then finally, when my girls play hairdressers, this is usually the end result. And yes - they have done this to me while I sit tippy tapping on the computer before now.


How has your week been? All ready for Christmas? It's a resounding NO here :) But pleased that Craig's Mum will be joining the madness here with us this year. Don't know if she realises what she's let herself in for. If you'd like to play along with Rocking Friday - be sure and link up with Virginia here so we can all find you! Thanks for stopping by.

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