Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Follower Widget - GONE

I've decided to take off the Follower Widget from my blog. I don't much like My Space or Facebook because of the constant need to tell everyone how many friends they have. I don't like to feel my blog is judged by how many people I have following my blog.

I want to say thank you to all who followed my blog. I will continue to visit the sites of the blogs I love and I hope those that enjoyed popping by my little old blog continue to do so.

Big Hugs

Why We Love Children

I received this is an email and it made me smile, I though I would pass it on in the hope that it to make you smile

Why We Love Children!


I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, 'Mum! That lady isn't wearing a seat belt!'


On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a note from his mother. The note read, 'The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents.'


A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the jar. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter to answer the phone. 'Mummy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now. She's hitting the bottle.'


A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, 'What's the matter, haven't you ever seen a little boy before'?

5) POLICE # 1

While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked, 'Are you a cop?' 'Yes,' I answered and continued writing the report. 'My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?' 'Yes, that's right,' I told her.'Well, then,' she said as she extended her foot toward me, 'would you please tie my shoe'?

6) POLICE # 2

It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me, 'Is that a dog you got back there?' he asked. 'It sure is,' I replied. Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van. Finally he said, 'What did he do?'


While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes,walkers and wheelchairs. One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, 'The tooth fairy will never believe this!'


A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party.When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, 'Daddy, you shouldn't wear that suit.' 'And why not,darling?' 'You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning. '


While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church,our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt. Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased. The minister's son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his father always said, 'Glory be unto the Faaather, and unto the Sonnn, and into the hole he goooes.'


A little girl had just finished her first week of school. 'I'm just wasting my time,' she said to her mother. 'I can't read, I can't write and they won't let me talk!'


A little boy opened the big family bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages.Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. 'Mama, look what I found,' the boy called out. 'What have you got there, dear?' With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered, 'I think it's Adam's underwear.'

What a wonderful world!!!!

Monday, 27 October 2008

Saving For a Rainy Day

I received this gift last Christmas from my dear friend Gill.  I promised myself that I would put a little bit of money in it each day, which have done plus all the bounty from down the side of the sofa and what I have dug out of the washing machine after each wash.  There is always the odd 20p or 50p left in the drum along side the rogue odd sock and a collection of buttons.
Today we had an un-budgeted monetary crisis as my son's 13 year old car needed a part which turned out to be quite expensive. So I decided to raid my little money box to see how much I'd saved.  I was pleasantly surprised to find just how much I had saved.  Needless to say I can now buy the part Jamie needs, and I can still have a girl's night out!  I like this saving for a rainy day idea, I think I will buy my sisters a little money box for Christmas this year, then they to can have a lovely surprise in October.

Friday, 24 October 2008

It Wasn't Too Bad

Well Wednesday wasn't too bad after all.  I knew in advance that there would be no power for most of the day, so I was able to prepare myself.  I don't know about you out there in blog land, but the thought of being without my laptop and access to the internet sends a shudder down my spine.

I managed to hang on and not light the fire as it was a beautiful sunny day, the sun warmed up the south side of the house.  I finally gave up reading my book at 3pm as the small print and low light was giving me a headache.  I took myself off to the local supermarket and did a bit of non vital shopping.  When I got back an hour and a half later the electricity was back on hurrah!

I made a chilli con carne for tea which everyone loved.  I had loads of comments about the depth of taste.  All I had done differently was to add a couple of good slugs of red wine.  It wasn't until I was half way through the meal that I remembered that we had run out of red wine a while ago, and as I don't drink, I had forgoten to restock.  All of my friends drink white wine and I've always got plenty of that for them.  I realised that I had used a bottle of wine that had been gifted to us to celebrate our 30th anniversary. I began to feel a little uneasy, but consoled myself that the wine might have cost about 10 or 15 pounds.  How wrong I was, I had used a 1999 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes Domaine de Marcoux 1999 which comes in a slightly under £77 ($125).  Still it was a flippin' good chilli.
Let it be our little secret.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008


I've postponed my visit to the Midlands and we are going up on Saturday instead. One reason to visit was to celebrate my sister, Lily's birthday, but she want to party at the weekend instead. Another reason for getting away is that they are turning off the electricity tomorrow from 8.30 until 4pm, to do some vital work on the overhead power lines. If it was so vital, why didn't they do it earlier in the year when it was a bit warmer. So I will keep myself warm in front of the fire, read a book or two and just chill wrapped up in my duvet and eat my favourite cereals. If I get too cold or bored I will just pop into town and do a bit of window shopping. I might even start my Christmas shopping as I know what I want to get my Mom and daughter already.

I'm popping out in a while to buy some more logs as I don't want to run out. The logs I have already, aren't seasoned and smoke instead of burn, which is a bummer. Since getting the log burner I have become a real pyromaniac, I just love burning things. Mostly paper, but toast and marshmallows as well. I was toasting a marshmallow in front of the fire on Sunday and a ember jumped out. I jumped up and stamped on it as I didn't want it to burn the carpet. Now I have a black mark about 2 inches in diameter on my former beautiful cream carpet. I've tried to clean it but it's still there so I shall have to buy a rug or something I guess. I'm just glad I was in the room at the time and my house wasn't burned down.
See you later ....

Whoops Sorry

I've had a few problems with 4 Shared and I may have messed up some of the links to my Funky alpha, I'm so sorry. They are now fixed, to save you time I've re posted the 4 links here.

Funky Alpha UC

Hope everything is okay this time.
Bye for now

An Award For little old me

I am lucky enough to have received a very special award from eilajean. Eileen created this award herself, and I am thrilled that she has given it to me. Yellow roses denote friendship here in the UK, so I'm loving my beautiful yellow rose.
Thank you so much for thinking of me!

Tomorrow I will be visiting my family in the Midlands, so I won't be around until Friday or Saturday. Be good whilst I'm away won't you!


Monday, 20 October 2008

Blog Find of the Week

I came across this blog, It's Lovely! I'll Take It! And I wanted to share it with you. It's put together buy a very funny young woman by the name of Sara who comes from Washington, USA. I believe she is looking to move or do up the home she has. That is why she has a huge swathe of real estate listings on her blog. If you have a moment please pop over and visit, I promise you won't be disappointed. I howled with laughter as some of her quips and sarcasm.

I don't know why but this entry cracked me up, perhaps it was the WHY factor, or it could have been the orange teddy bear!

Oh well, it's 3am in the morning, I guess I had better try to get some sleep. If there is anyone out there who has a cure for insomnia, other than a hammer to the head, please let me know.


How Lovely

I have received a lovely award from Vicki over at A work in Progress.
Thank you so much for passing this on, it's such a lovely thing to do.
I have to tell you 6 things I love and then pass it on to 6 people.
Here are my 6 things:-
1. Steve my Hubby and my two children
2. Family
3. Friends
4. My Garden
5. Scrapbooking
6. Reading
I'm passing it on to the following people:-

See you tomorrow
Big Hugs

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Mojo is back ... I found it in the garden

Vicki AWP suggested that I did a bit of dancing in the garden to cheer me up and help find my mojo!

So off I trotted and was mid 'Mom', (very embarrassing dance produced by the over 50's)
and got caught by my neighbour, who was taking his wheelie bin down the lane! Yikes, I scared him to death but it cheered me up no end, so much so I went in and made some Christmas cards!


Thanks for your comment Bubbles, Vicki & Eilajean I'm back to my old self and ate half a packet of cookies whilst creating the Christmas cards below.

Cards made with Lettering Delights Christmas Angels & Art 4 Craft (a wonderful site full of smashing graphics created by the very lovely Helena who lives in Sweden.

See you later ......

Help I've lost my mojo!!!!!!!!

This is not like me at all because I ALWAYS have something to do, be it blogging, creating web sites, reading, gardening, making jewellery, making cards, watching tv, singing at the top of my voice, cleaning the house (well sometime lol). But today I don't want to do anything, I am bored, don't want to do anything, not even eat a cookie! My mojo has been hijacked or something. The thing that panicked me the most was ..... wait for it .....

I don't even feel like scrapping..... Gasp! It's horrifying isn't it.

See you later when I've found my mojo

Monday, 13 October 2008

I'm Not a Grumpy Old Woman!

I do find myself whinging about things these days. I don't want to beat the system, I just want it to work the way it was supposed to!

We had a lovely weekend here in the South of England. I was able to sit out in the garden and enjoy the garden and the birds. I spent a few hours whiling away the time fiddling about with templates for Blogger. Does anyone really know why xml code is so user unfriendly? Can't they just call things how they are. For example:- header, left column, right column, footer. Life would be so much easier. I think it's been made far more difficult than it should be, htm was so much more forgiving, and I could just about muddle my way through it.

Still, after a bit of a struggle I have managed to make my blog pretty. I love sparkly mouse cursors and trails, so I've put them on my blog. There is one thing I don't like on my blog and that's music. I spend a lot of hours surfing the net, mainly at night when I can't sleep. I find it jarring to be confronted with other people's choice of music. I get round this little problem by having my sound turned off. But sometimes when I've been listening to the news on my 'pute, I forget to turn it off again, and I jump out of my skin when the music kicks in at 3am, LOL!

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I made this little flower head and stem whilst I was in the garden on Sunday, and I though I would pass it on. It's not much but you may be able to do something with it. The flower is edged with the words from one of my favourite songs by Gabriel, called Sunshine.

See you later ...

Monday, 6 October 2008

I Made a Blinkie

I made a blinkie! It's a little bit jittery but I'm quite pleased as a first attempt. I used Jasc Animation Shop v.3. I was wondering what you all use to make your cool blinkies.

So here it is ta dah! Take a look over on the right --->

Learning Curve - Adobe Photoshop

I use Paintshop Pro which I love and can create pretty most most things with it.  But a number of prospective employers have asked if I can use Adobe Photoshop, which I'm not too good at, to say the least. I decided to enroll in a Photoshop course this autumn but they were massively oversubscribed and would have had to wait until next spring.  So I decided to invest in a couple of books and teach myself.  I'm quite good at self tuition once I set my mind to it.  That's what I did with Dreamweaver and a few other applications.  The basic course would have cost me £66 plus parking fees and petrol, these two books came to £40.78 so I have saved a few pounds.  Perhaps I can treat myself to some chocolate to help me with my studies.
First Lesson is Getting to Know the Work Area
See you later x

Friday, 3 October 2008

Mixed Week of Emotions

It's been a grim week all in all this week. One of my family has lost their job, I believe unfairly, but there is nothing that could be done about it. All I know is that they have devoted 10 years of service to this employer and they have treated them really unfairly. I personally think it will be the making of her to be honest because I have always felt they could do so much more with their career, time will tell.

Meanwhile my job search has proved fruitless. If I tell the truth on my CV about being registered disabled, I don't even get an interview. When I leave it off, I get the interview but they inevitably find out I have a problem just by the way I move. Plus I am told I have to tell them by law that I have a disability. If they found out later on sometime down the road I would be sacked! Talk about a rock and a hard place.

I came across a wonderful letter on the Internet a few years ago and I loved it so much I copied to my CV folder. I came across it the other day and thought I would share it with you.

Dear Sir or Madam

Thank you for your letter of October 1st. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me employment with your company.

This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field of candidates it is impossible for me to accept all refusals.

Despite your company's outstanding qualifications and previous experience in rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at this time. Therefore I will initiate employment with your firm at the beginning of the month. I look forward to seeing you then.

Yours faithfully


What do you think, shall I send it out, is it worth a try? LOL

See you later

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