Rocking My World Friday...

...Well, Rocking My Month really. I have had the best intentions to blog each week and then I blink and the next Friday is already here. So this is a mass catch up - and it wont be very long. We've all been poorly sick here so not much at all has happened. Craig and Devvie have been playing pass the lurgy since Christmas and Logan and I finally caught it as well. Not nice. Pheebs is the only one sitting back and gloating about her good health. It's easy to go off your kids you know.
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So, what's been making me smile this month... apologies up front for lack of piccies, just haven't been taking many photos - they would all be snot covered any way. (Sorry!)

Well, hints that Spring is coming. I'm not going to lie - Winter and Summer are not for me. Winter is to cold and Summer is to hot.  I don't do teeth chattering cold and I don't do stinky, sticky sweat. Autumn is my season, closely followed by Spring. The temperatures are right and so are the gorgeous, gorgeous colours. My little tubs are showing signs of new life. My Mums mini daffodils are peeking through the earth and so is Ruby's one that she grew  in nursery last year. There are teeny tiny crocuses growing along the grass verges on the way to school and the trees are budding with the promise of new leaves and blossom - they will soon no longer be nookid. (Ruby's word *g*) So many birds are chirping and singing and they seem so much louder at the moment. It's lovely.
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Darcy's Artful Readers Challenge and the CollaborArt blog - when you feel poorly and snuffly and zombie like. You feel like crapola and don't want to do anything. These have been making me at least read and do a teeny bit of creativity. I don't want to fall in the trap I did last year where I felt bleurggh so did hardly anything all year. Nope. 2013 is going to be the year I kick-start my art and these two blogs are definitely helping.
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Lists. I'm slowly jotting down (as I remember) things I have promised people - To make them or paint, draw etc. I aim to have cleared that list by the end of this year. I've slowly made a start. And from now on I write down everything so I don't forget. Worst. Memory. Ever! Started crossing stuff off this month. Feels good! I used to keep post-it notes everywhere to remind me of stuff. Why did I stop that?
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Devvie working hard on her studies and exams. Doing after school study classes and working hard at home despite feeling grotty. Think she can't wait for this phase to be over - we're just waiting now to see if she'll get a sixth form place where she wants it - I don't know, it all seems so different to when I was at school. Scary to think I'd upped and left and was doing a YTS by now at her age!
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Charity (Thrift) shops... or Le Boutiques as my Mum called them ;) Been finding some bargains lately. Have been looking for one of those triple frames or at least a multi frame to put some art work in that I'd received and they are so expensive in the shops - found one in British Heart Foundation shop for £3 - it's a pine frame so am going to paint it black to match my Ikea ones. Same day also found a big pile of Jacqueline Wilson paperbacks in near mint condition - £1 the lot - so that pleased Phoebe and then today I've found 3 House of Night novels for 50p each... so that's Devvie happy. She's trying to collect the set but there is so many of them! Do love me a bargain!
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Friends. Most of you realise what an unsociable oik I am and still stick around anyway. I can drop off the radar for days... weeks... and you don't seem to hold it against me. Thank you for understanding me. And thank you for being there when I pop up again. One close to home and my very dear online buds in particular - you know who you are.
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Some quickies - things that made me smile this month. Hot sweet tea with real sugar (got a cold, I'm allowed!) Iceland cheese & onion bakes. Nom. Having central heating, warmth, the cosy purple snuggly socks my sister got me for Christmas that are even warmer than my slippers... the watercolour crayons Mum got me for my birthday one year, still going strong all these years later - you were right. They were worth it Mum! My tablet which has kept me connected to the outside World when confined to the sofa by a greedy pig of a baby. My family - even when I am a shrieking banshee of a referee between them. Daytime TV. I admit it. I love Bargain Hunt and am not ashamed to proclaim it loud and proud - I'd love to go on that show, be given £300, told to spend it and then take my haul to auction... I'd be there in a flash if it wasn't for the going on TV bit.

And that's me done - hopefully I'll get back to my regular weekly-ish postings from now on.

Oh wait - I better not forget this little positive eh? Happy and chirpy (except on jab day) even when he's got a snuffly cold.



I'm also linking up today with Annie's Friday Smile - why not pop over for yourself? Thanks for stopping by :)

15 comments:

  1. I love the pics of Logan, he is so stinking cute!!! Hope you get shot of your colds soon, it's time to start looking forward to April and Ally Pally!! There is a gale blowing outside my office window today, so cherish the signs of spring in your garden! You have found lots of positives, even if they are a month's worth - we don't care!! xxx

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  2. Hi Carmen,
    I've really enjoyed my catch up with you. So much to smile about esp those gorgeous pics of your little man. How smiley is he :-)
    Thanks for joining in the fun.
    Hugs,
    A x

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  3. What a month! Sorry you've all had the lurgy...apart from Phoebe.
    Loving the bargains you've found...
    And those pics of Logan.....super cute....give him a big cuddle from me please...after all we do share a birthday...lol!
    Hugs xx

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  4. I'm sorry to hear that you have all been living in a "plague house" recently. That's rubbish! With any luck, those hints of spring will start to blow all the bugs away very soon..

    ..and best of luck with those exams. You've said it - it's all changed since I was there too. It's got scarier, I think!

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  5. I bet you started writing this last Friday :) that's when I started writing up my month long rocking round up, and it still isn't finished :)

    I hope the lurgy lifts from your household very soon, we've had it too and it's NO FUN, and leaves you feeling exhausted for ages after too :(

    Loving the introverts unite banner :D and piccies of your gorgeous little boy, awwwwwwwwwww

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  6. Oh those pics of Logan are wonderful! What a smile :)

    Well done to all of Devvie's hard work, it really is a slog at the moment - I'll keep my fingers crossed for her that she gets the 6th form place she wants.

    Charity shops, yay! I love 'em. My bargains this week are a portable typewriter (£2.95) and a delicious coat, now that was £15 but so totally worth it, dahling!

    I hope you all shake off your germs soon - enough is enough, woman!

    xxxxxxxx


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  7. don't you think the best things we ever made were our babies?

    dxxxxx

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  8. Oh those piccies of Logan are gorgeous, loving your post Carmen - so sorry it took me so long to get around to reading it - but totally worthwhile!

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  9. Have just popped back to let you know how I've been sniggering to myself about the 'Introverts Unite. Individually' picture :D

    x

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  10. I love Ruby's word 'nookid'. It's strange how these words last for decades in the family. I'm ashamed to say we all still say 'sham' for hair wash, because the girls always said it was rude to say the rest, and 'bikkits' and 'cripps' because my grandson (now 27) always wanted biscuits and crisps. Plenty more - so bear that in mind when you are an ancient lady in Tesco Magnifico in 40 years and you ask for bikkits. And that little lad is gorgeous!
    Lovely to see you back, and hope to 'see' more of you when you get time to post.
    Like the Introverts 'graffiti' sign. Having loads of dyslexics in our close family, we always love the graffiti 'Dyslexics rule - KO'.
    Keep happy - you have all the best things in the world, other things don't matter.

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  11. Jab day, lol! LOVE that - and love your mom's description of "Le Boutiques" - and that little one is soooooo cute! Enjoy it - and don't worry - you have a lot on your plate right now, we'll be here ;))) xoxo!

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  12. Another late reply from me, sorry!

    Lovely pics of your little one, am I imagining things or is that a glint of mischief I see in his eyes?...

    Sorry to hear you've got the lurgy going round, hope you're now on the road to recovery. It's difficult to feel positive and motivated when you have that hanging around.

    Well done on the charity shop bargains, I'm a big fan of them and used to watch Bargain Hunt all the time. I think they're showing repeats now so I don't watch it now. Loved to see the prices they buy for and how much they get, you feel quite sorry for them when they lose loads...

    See you back in Blogland very soon, Nicky x

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  13. Logan is such a cutie, love the smiles! Great post Carmen, sorry I have not swung by your blog in a while, i have had a good catch up now though! Well done on your charity shop finds, i love a good bargin! Love the introverts unite banner-how funny!
    Hope you have a good week x

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  14. Or drop of the radar for months and then bombard you all at once!!

    Logan is adorable. Look at that smile!! I love bargain finds. Hope all sick bugs are departed from yours, love the snot image...thank you!! :)

    I feel all caught up. hahaha.

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