Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Proud Mummy Moments

N got Rosie the Red Squirrel yesterday for doing great reading and spelling in word time at school. She was proud as punch to receive this little toy to keep overnight and share some adventures with.  She even wrote her own story of what they did together in Rosie's book.

She headed in to school this morning with no tears (we still get some at the door to her class at the moment), eager to share the fun she had with Rosie with her classmates. It's moments like this that mean so much and that I treasure so.  

Saturday, 3 October 2015

The switch-around

We are having a switch-aroo around the house at the moment. I bought a lovely solid wood bookshelf from eBay recently for the dining room for all my academic books and our photo albums.  Today, I picked up another bookshelf in pine which didn't really fit in our lounge (yes, a slightly impulse eBay purchase) so I was going to just sell it straight on. Hubby then said it would be better in the dining room for my books and the big one that was there, put in the lounge.  Wow!  What genius. I actually hadn't thought about switching things around which must mean I'm over tired from too much studying.

So we did the old switch-aroo today and boy, does it look great. You know when sometimes you just visualise something but you can't see how much difference it makes really and then when you do it, it's such an amazing transformation?  Yep, that! 
I now need to buy another Abacus bookcase to match the one we have in the lounge. They are still available from John Lewis but, of course, they are a tad *cough* more expensive than the £20 I paid for my one.  However, I have to say that the bookcase is one of the best and sturdiest I've ever had.  You do get what you pay for (even when you grab an absolute bargain!).  Would definitely be worth investing in one though to get a nice matching pair.  

Friday, 2 October 2015

Tooth Fairy

The tooth fairy came to visit my 6 year old last night.  She had so carefully put her front tooth into the little purple bag that she has for them, and popped it under her pillow.  But alongside the tooth was the sweetest little letter ever.  It read:
" Too the tooth fairy. Please may I have sum pixie dust. I don't mind if you don't give me any.  Love from S.  - What is your name?"
The picture is just adorable.  She's done such a cute picture of the tooth fairy with her wand.
She wasn't in the least bit upset that there was no fairy dust left (in fact she thought it was sprinkled into a book about the tooth fairy) and was just so pleased the tooth fairy took her picture.
I just love children's imagination.  Long may the believing continue.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

A cuppa with my friend

Isn't it just great when you visit a friend, the children play so well together that you don't see them at all, and you can just sit down and put the world to rights.  That's what this afternoon was like.  I got to my friends at 1pm and at 5pm considered that I really had to go home as the girls and I were getting very hungry!  Next time (and if hubby is working) I think we should just order a take-away and carry on chatting!
Time just flew by.  We had a good catch up and I even showed her how to get music on her phone and into her car.  She was delighted.  It's great to help.  Much tea flowed and quite a few laughs were had.  Roll on next time.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The diet is working!

I'm amazed.  Totally amazed. The diet - or healthy eating lifestyle - is working.  Yes, really!  I know. Who'd have believed it?

I have now lost 10lbs in 3 weeks. 3 WEEKS!  I'm beyond delighted.  I'm also not hungry and eating like a horse but, of course, it's all good stuff. By that I don't mean nibbling on a lettuce leaf or a celery stick, but eating a full meal.  A whole roast dinner is syn free for me (I don't like gravy) and a good fried breakfast of bacon, eggs, beans, mushrooms and tomatoes - don't mind if I do!
I'll keep you posted.  Still a long way to go until I hit my target weight and I know it's not always going to be plain sailing but I'm motivated, happy and just feel....healthier!

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Ton-up party (that's 50+50 in case you were wondering)

Yesterday Gomez and Morticia (ok, hubby and I) held a 'ton-up party'. Yes, we're both 50 this year (he is already but I've a few months to wait).  Friends and family came along to help us celebrate and we had a totally amazing evening.  In case you hadn't was fancy dress.  We're not that weird (well, not most of the time).
We danced the night away to my very own DJ mix of 70s, 80s (mostly) and a few early 90s tracks.  Lots of fun.  Scarily enough, it doesn't seem that long ago I was celebrating my 40th!

Thank you to everyone who came, especially my sister and BIL who travelled all the way up from Barnstable to be with us for the night on their 45th wedding anniversary!  They never thought they'd be celebrating that achievement dressed as clowns!

Sunday, 13 September 2015

New Houseplants (naturally there is an orchid)

I have had a couple of house plants die on me recently. One was a 10 year old Christmas cactus that I had forgotten to water for about a month (well, it is a cactus!) and the other was part of a dragon tree - the large part is fine but the 'baby' died. Oh dear.  So today I headed over to Longacres with hubby and the girls to choose a few new plants.  I had already decided that I was going to buy an orchid as I seem to be very good with these flowers.  I have one that is almost 10 years old in my kitchen and it even grew a baby plant, which is now 5.  Perhaps I should get them birthday cards?
So, with the orchid in mind, and ignoring the girls' repeated requests for a big, bouncy ball (they still want one) and pretty much anything else shiny (S is part magpie I'm sure), we headed in.  Wow!!  I think Longacres has the biggest range of orchids I have ever seen.  Tables and tables of them, a huge array of colours and so many varieties.  It was even better than Wisley!

I loved that they had different ways of displaying the plants.  One oval shaped pot had 3 separate plants in it and looked very effective.  Another had a circular wire over it and the orchids had been trained to grow around it.  This I found stunning but sadly it was only available in white (and I've already got a white one).  I decided on a gorgeous yellow flowering variety called Ambiance Phalaenopsis (£5.99) as I don't yet have yellow in my kitchen.

The girls loved the miniature roses and whilst they looked lovely, I'm sorry to say that I'm not much use with those and once the flowers drop off, the rest of the plant normally follows. Think Whomping Willow in Harry Potter shedding it's leaves all in one go.  Yes, that. Normally when a door slams.  So, knowing my limitations, I went for a white variety of azalea (£4.99) as my second plant, and something I've not really seen before called Streptocarpus (£7.99) as my final choice. 
Azalea are a good plant for me. They grow well indoors and once they have stopped flowering, I tend to put them into the garden in spring where they thrive.  

Streptocarpus reminded me somewhat of an orchid but what captured my eye was the information on it saying it flowered for 8-10 months of the year.  An ideal kitchen plant for me.

The girls spotted these cute orchid supports and they're only £1.49 each.  I have small canes on mine at the moment but I might go back and buy some of these as they certainly look much prettier.  

Naturally the girls want them as magic wands but knowing my two, they'd not last too long like that.  As we also headed off geocaching yesterday, I popped into a local garden centre chain (who shall remain nameless) and spotted that their orchids were £2 dearer each than the ones I bought in Longacres.  Savvy (and just a tiny bit smug) shopper that I am!