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Monday, 22 February 2010

:::Today:::

Today I am grateful for:

:::A special someone

:::Puppies

:::A Garden

:::My car

:::Mobile Phones

:::Potatoes

:::Work commitments

:::Finding the strength to follow through

Sunday, 21 February 2010

:::Friendship:::




What is friendship?

Friendship can be described as many things, yet, I believe it is this:

Someone who you don’t have to see or speak to everyday.
Someone who you can tell anything and everything to.
Someone you can be yourself with.
Someone who gives you cuddle when you need them.
Someone who will help you out and listen to your problems.
Someone who will tell you their problems.
And, of course, someone who you could never live without.

I have to admit, I’m not a people person. But I do have a great friend that I could not live without and she knows this. I’m so glad. As things in my world change around me, I’m glad of some stability and a sense of home. I need the cuddles, I need the talks and I need the help.

And to quote a line from FRIENDS: “What’s the one boat in the world that will never sink?” “A friendship”

Friday, 12 February 2010

::: Corking Mad :::




A long time ago now an old friend told me it was good luck to keep the cork from a bottle of champagne.

I have now collected every single champagne cork from every bottle we have ever drunk together. Okay, it sounds like a lot but it’s less than twenty.

I just think that this is such a nice thing to do and it’s a small memento of our times together. We have corks from Valentine’s Days, our Engagement, Christmases, Birthdays, Anniversaries and even new job celebrations.

I do plan on doing something with them but have no idea what yet, any ideas?

Plus with more celebrations ahead we will have to keep adding to our collection. Steve thinks it’s a little weird but as long as it’s something that is meaningful to us I think he’s okay with it. If I started collecting teapots…well that would be a whole new story!

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

:::Chestnut House:::

I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for nearly two months and haven’t even mentioned my dolls house.

I bought a flat-packed built-it-yourself dolls house kit off Ebay earlier last year. I was so happy when it arrived and I built it at once with the help of my father. We taped all the pieces together before gluing it all in place then I finally got to have my fun – decorating.



I will get more pictures of the inside once it is all finished. I have been buying little bits and pieces for it over the past year and I even have little people!

I have named it Chestnut House as Chestnut was my first ever pet and he was an orange rabbit with one ear up and one ear down. He lived to the ripe old age of eight.

It is so much fun and having joined The Dolls House Emporium recently I never knew how many people in the world had dolls houses. It’s amazing!

PS - Sorry for the lack of blogging lately, our internet has been getting changed over to a new provider, hopefully no more delays to come :)

Sunday, 7 February 2010

::: Going Bananas :::

Going back to my recent post on recycling, who would have though of putting packaging on bananas?

It’s true!

Steve and I went grocery shopping together to a well known supermarket and instead of your normal loose bananas they had bananas in bags. But what was even worse was that the loose bananas they did have came with little plastic ‘hangers’ on them with the price, why not just stick the price sticker straight onto the banana skin?



What are your views on this? I’d love to hear what you think.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

::: Girly Girl :::

I was never much for pink and frills. I read Little Women by Lousia May Alcott, I watched Little House on the Prairie, I went horseback riding and took jazz and Irish dance lessons and was in the Girl Guides.

I haven’t changed one bit. I prefer to be outdoors in the garden. I don’t mind if I dress in jeans and a mucky top to buy my groceries. I still go horseback riding occasionally and I read Little Woman over the Christmas period. All that has changed is I now am addicted to Desperate Housewives and would love to have a house like Bree’s!

Have a good weekend!

Friday, 5 February 2010

::: Elephants in my home :::

I love elephants; they are my second favourite animals, behind bunny rabbits of course. (I often change my mind depending on how many kittens I have hugged that day or kisses I have gotten from a puppy). Unfortunately I have only ever seen elephants in Safari Parks, fingers crossed that I get to see them in their own habitat one day.

When I looked around my home I didn’t actually realise how many elephants I had. This is what I saw:










And, of course, my laptop desktop:

Thursday, 4 February 2010

::: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle :::

When I was little there was no mention of Global Warming or Climate Change. We had more snow than I had ever seen; the summers were a whole lot hotter too.

I was brought up a Vegetarian from birth. To this day I stick to this diet but probably more out of habit and routine than anything else. My father was the only one out of six (2 parents, 4 children) of us that ate any meat. We wore funky clothes, had a log fire for heat and grew our own vegetables. We had cats and fish and rabbits. We would collect butterflies and frogs then set them free once we had learnt all we could and drawn a billion pictures of them.

Is it just me or have we all gone back in time?

My parents used to get called ‘Hippies’. Now they are known as the people who have been right all along.

Everywhere you look, advertisements are telling us to recycle and reduce our carbon footprint. People are attaching windmills to their houses, solar panels to their roofs and installation in their lofts.

Little steps can make a difference. Here are a few things which we try to do as often as possible:

Recycle paper, plastic, glass and cardboard.
Turn off lights when leaving a room.
Drink tap water, not bottled.
Have the heating on a timer and not on all the time.
Sell or giveaway our unwanted items/clothes. (Ebay, Gumtree and Freecycle and great for this)
Buy local and organic when possible (we even have friends who own chickens, best eggs ever!)
Use old clothes for dusters.
Turn off television/computer/washing machine plugs when not in use.
Use reusable cloths for cleaning rather than kitchen towels which you would normally throw away.
Buy items with little or no packaging.

In the future we’re hoping to do lots more. I’m totally against plastic toys and disposable nappies, I absolutely love our log fire and I can’t wait to grow more of our own vegetables this spring.

What do you do to help the environment?

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

::: Christmas in February :::

I’ve started Christmas shopping!!!!

I know, I know, TEN, ten months too early, but I couldn’t resist.

You see, what I do is, I make a list (I make a lot of lists, I have lists for shopping, for meals, for prices, for University and for Steve), a list of everyone’s name in date order of their birthdays and then Christmas. Throughout the year a buy and make little bits and pieces for people that I think they would like and I keep it for said birthday or Christmas.

But I used to end up buying so much that I had forgotten what I had got everyone and I was all in a muddle, so I made my list. Now I can keep track of what I have bought people and who I still have to buy or make for.

Plus I keep it simple. “Something you want, something you need, something homemade and something to read”

With my sister literally weeks from popping with my second niece, her second daughter, I have even more things to make and buy as nine (nine!) people we know are having babies this year. That’s a lot of things to make and buy…

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

::: A Woman's Handbag :::

What is inside a woman’s handbag? I never knew.

Being in my early twenties I have only recently discovered handbags and their use.

I never understood woman who carried their ‘life’ around with them, until I became one of those women.

The other day, while at the supermarket, Steve asked me to hand him one of our reusable bags to pack the shopping. And of course, I had forgotten them. I cannot remember a time when Steve hasn’t asked on the way out of the door “Do you have the bags?” because my answer was always “No”

So I decided to put a ‘stash’ of bags into my handbag, only to find they would not fit. And do you know why? Because this was what was in my handbag:

2 sets of house keys
car keys
umbrella
purse
sunglasses
lip balm
a button
receipts
mp3 player
batteries
gloves

THAT is what is in a woman’s handbag.

Monday, 1 February 2010

::: Time For Some Shut Eye :::

Ever since I can remember I have never had a bedtime. My parents would let me fall asleep watching television or wherever I happened to be lying at the time. Then I would get up at the very latest for school the next morning, and sleep well through to lunchtime at weekends.

I now know sleep is good for you and speeds up your metabolism and boosts your brain but I have always been a night owl and am finding it hard to change. I have managed to complete High School, two College courses and now University without ever waking up before 7am. Midnight is usually an early night for me and I seem to get an energy boost around 10pm.

It is within the wee small hours that I clean, iron, sew, write, tidy up and craft. I find the dark relaxes me. I have even been known to do some gardening at midnight!

Lately, with University deadlines and exams I feel I have been pushing myself too far. I have relied on Steve way too much to make dinner every night and although the drive to University is only 40 minutes or so, it does tire me out along with a long day of reading and writing.

Over the rest of this year I will try and become more of an early riser. I will get out of bed early on a weekend and go to sleep before midnight. Therefore I hope to become a better wife and a more creative person