Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Round Up and a Photo a Day

No sign of slowing down yet, hence the lack of blog posts and visits, I thought it would slow down end of March, but looks more like April now! Thank goodness I've already scheduled the A-Z posts :) So here's March's rundown ....
1. Went to see The Theory of Everything with Joshua - the only time he's been to the cinema with me, but I think it was a case that none of his mates wanted to see it LOL!
2. My first visit to Jimmy Spice in Staines - very yummy puddings :)
3, Shared the friendship one with my mates - not sure if they were pleased or depressed ;)
4. Was on my IWSG post (did you know I was a co-host) I just think the words were so relevant.
5. Jeff was feeling a bit rough after a tooth extraction and Ella went up to him and just held his hand - so lovely :)
6. Few items from the local age concern charity shop.
7. Book a month - Really enjoyed this, couldn't put it down.
8. Loving these, text and doodles on shoes wedding shoes.
9. Ben and his girlfriend Liana helping decorate some shelves for my big wedding show.
10. Signed up for a free four-week course on creating an ebook - my first notes and thoughts.
11. This made me smile as it is so me!
12. Jeff's put a request in for this cake - thinking Easter - might not have The Dark Side of the Moon on the top though!
13. Red Nose Day at school, pyjama day! Ella actually asked for this photograph, didn't need to beg and cajole.
14. I attended a wedding show over the whole weekend. Was a big gamble, a lot of money, but I weighed up the pros and cons and decided to go for it. It was a really professional set-up, and very busy, so now I just have to wait and see if it was a hit or miss!
15. On the Sunday it was Mother's Day so Joshua's present to me was his company LOL! Seriously, I needed some help and I thought a good looking lad on the stand might attract bridesmaids ;)
15. While I was at the wedding show Ella was looked after by Aunty Lynn. This was her treat for being a star over the weekend :)
16. Spring is a coming in the front garden.
17. Just reminding myself!
18. Working on the cover for my e-book.
19. Just because I was so busy and forgot a photo lol!
20. Ella loves going on the computer when she gets in from school - surfs around You Tube!
21. From little seedlings hopefully lots of tomatoes will grow :) And I attended a Paediatric First Aid course.

22. Jeff saw this mini calendar in a shop for the grand price of 50 pence and thought I would like it - love that man :)
23. Lunch out with the man.
24. Had to take a photo of the front of the house for the fostering process - so planned foster placements have a sneak peek of where they're coming. Went to Ella's secondary school production and was enjoying it so much videoing it, I forgot to take a still! Bad scrapbooker LOL!
25. Awesome Cadbury purple and orange wedding shows. The bride loved them and so did I!
26. What a day! Asian wedding fair. 3 hours to get there instead on 1. Arrived 1.5 hours late and told it wasn't worth unpacking as no-one was turning up because of the traffic nightmares. Then the clutch packed up, no roadside recovery as they were all out on call or stuck themselves! So ended up staying overnight in the hotel and coming home on a low loader the next morning!
27. Joshua played in a semi-final - got a goal, an assist, and player of the match - that's my boy!
28. Joy came round in the evening and we watched Divergent - If you've been reading for a while you'll know I like Young Adult Dystopian tales :) And poor Ella had a temp of 39.9/103.8!
29. Popped in to see Anna and Debbie at a crop, and couldn't resist getting some supplies - going to be for my 2015 album.
30. Eye test, all okay except for some macular spots, and then an interview in the afternoon.
31. Just a beautiful photo and words for the end of the month.
Sunday, March 15, 2015

Random Acts 17 - 22

Over half way there!
Day 17 - Spotted this on a friends facebook page, so knitting a purple scarf or two - depending how far the wool goes!
Day 18 - Was buying some shoes online and got the 'would you like to donate to GOSH' - well how could I not?!
Day 19 - Another can of food in the food bank at college.
Day 20 - Donated some of my older shoes from my shoe business to the local charity/goodwill shop.
Day 21 - Today was Red Nose Day, so sent Ella to school to give to the collection :)
Day 22 - Just a little online donation as really busy this weekend with the wedding show.
Sunday, March 08, 2015

Random Acts 11 - 16

Day 11 - Had a long chat with someone very close to me and is waiting for results from hospital tests, so thought what could I do? I have sorted out a positive quote and so every morning when she opens her email there's a positive affirmation waiting for her to read :) These are just a sample.
Day 12 - Cleared out some books for the charity shop. Jeff is the Kathy Reichs fan!
Day 13 - Tin in the food bank at the college.
Day 14 - Gave away 8 tickets to a bridal wedding show.
Day 15 - Went to an age concern shop and, instead of donating 'stuff' to the charity, I bought a couple of bits from them so money straight in the bank.
Day 16 - Gave a gift voucher (to make a pair of shoes) to a raffle to raise funds for the adorable Martha's Magic Steps :) If you click here it'll tell you more about Martha :)
Wednesday, March 04, 2015

IWSG March

http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.fr/p/the-insecure-writers-support-group.html
Yay this month I remembered and scheduled :) I'm going to be busy this month as I'm co-host - Eeek! Exciting! Let's hope I don't screw up and never be allowed to do it again LOL! I was debating what to write about, but then I thought I've subconsciously chosen - time management! When writing, or crafting in any form, we can become so obsessed with the creating. to the detriment of everything going on around - home, health, relationships. It is important to step away from the computer or pen and paper and go have a glass of water - take a walk and get some fresh air - play with the kids.
So, as regulars know, I am a bit of a quote fan, and I think this one says it succinctly :)
The IWSG does exactly what it says on the tin, click on the logo now you've read my post and it'll take you to the linky-list of everyone joining in the blog hop.
Monday, March 02, 2015

Random Acts 6-10

Day 6 - I bought this signed print as a surprise gift for my soul sister as I thought it personified us - she's the sun, I'm definitely the moon :)
 Day 7 - Dropped a tin of food into the food bank collection point at the college om my way to class.
 Day 8 - Bag of clothes sorted for the charity (goodwill) shop.
Day 9 - Went to lunch with Anna and bought the barmaid a drink :)
Day 10 - Gave a bunch of flowers to an amazing mum :)
Sunday, March 01, 2015

February Round Up and a Photo a Day

Month 2 and still succeeding :) Pretty impressive with everything else going on!
1. Ella on her return from her weekend away - I think she enjoyed it - who knows!
2. New banner I made with Vistaprint for the shoes.
3. Bought this notebook - it's A5 size - for 50p at a charity shop. I loved the outside of it - like an old book. Took out the paper to use as to do lists and plan to use the book for my bucket list :)
3. The only bit of snow we've had in this part of England so far this winter :(
4. Just because I have a bit of a thing about pens!
5. Putting this cheque in the bank on 5th was very enjoyable - apparently the tax man did an audit on my tax payments and found out I had overpaid :)
6. Jeff and I had a date night and went and saw Into the Woods - I think Jeff enjoyed it more than he thought he would!
7. Went to the Enchanted Market
8. Dad and Sandra came up on the Saturday evening and stayed over. Was just great to spend a few easy hours with them :)
9. This is my display at the local craft emporium. Such a brilliant idea to rent just a wall to sell handmade crafty bits.
12. My first prom fayre - was really busy, keeping everything crossed for follow up orders :)
11. Had to take a photograph of how long my hair's got, because I'm thinking it's due a big chop and colour - not completely sure yet though lol!
12. My poor man was so poorly and this was his face when his GP explained what tests he might have to do!
13. Ben got his SAT results. He did okay with English, but struggled with Math - takes after me! - so looks like 2 years in a junior college first, then 2 years in a uni. Not the end of the world, but it was a shame that he was only 20 points off of the minimum needed.
16. How I imagine I look when I'm meditating - lmao!
14. Valentine's card and roses from Jeff and a card from Ella. Um yeah, there's no card from me to Jeff - bad, bad wife!
15. Choosing colours to paint the room for - hopefully - foster children!
16. Went with Josh to see the Blood Brothers play - thought it was the musical, so now need to book that lol!
17. Pancake day
18. Outing for the day to London, no Ben as he was working :(
19. Joshua chilling and me planning to have a stand at the Ascot Wedding Show - eek!
20. Temporary 'new' 20 year old BMW 3 Series while the Galaxy is fixed!
21. Ella's respite place had a party for old and current 'service users' (think that's the pc term!) and it was a Chinese New Year theme - she won best fancy dress :)
22. Went to my first singalong - won't be my last! - to The Sound of Music, with Joy and Niki. Fantastic night, and apparently I can still hold a note, so at least I wasn't screeching in their ears!
23. Quick pair of hi-tops I decorated - thinking this is exactly what Ella needs for her prom :)
24. My poor baby - worried about the dentist :(
25. Continuing with trying to read more, book number 2 of the year, The Memory Keepers Daughter. Okay, yes sad, but nothing on last nights Greys Anatomy episode with Jackson and Kepner :(
26. Signed up for a 4 week free how to create an e-book course for my business - planning looks good so far!
27. Jeff and I went to see The Kingsman - loved it!! And was headhunted on Linkedin and have an interview on Monday!

28. Our beautiful God-daughter Orla's 6th birthday! And Joshua warming up for a cup game (which they lost :( )