Every day is a beautiful day if you walk on the sunny side of the street

Every day is a beautiful day if you walk on the sunny side of the street
The view from my kitchen window...

Monday, 10 March 2014

Please would you vote for my charity?

As you know I have Hughes Syndrome. It has caused many stroke like episodes which have robbed me of fluent speech & memory. It affects my sight and hearing. I had to re-learn how to read and write.

I lost two babies late in pregnancy because of it.

I can no longer work and am often housebound.

The Hughes Syndrome Foundation is a brilliant charity who have helped me throughout all this.

The people at Direct Debit are paying £2000 to a small charity such as this one. But it relies on votes. Please would you add your vote?

If you want to help;  this is a simple anonymous click vote at this  site

Thank you. We are currently 39th out of the 100 charities listed.


Sunday, 9 March 2014

Sunday 9th March 2014

Today was my kind of perfect day.

We woke early and ate bacon butties.

There was time for a  l-o-n-g soak in the bath.

We went to church.

We collected my husband's old personal number plates for his new (to him!) car.

We had a picnic, with a new to us wine, in our own garden.

We gardened.

Then he watched the rugby and England won!! I carried on gardening.

We had home-cooked curry for tea, prepared yesterday ; so today was a no cook kinda day.

Call the midwife is on TV later - we will watch in bed with tea and chocolate.

There is a new fluffy duvet and new fluffy pillows on the bed.

And yes, tomorrow (and probably several days later) I  will suffer for all that gardening & activity today; but who cares? Today I was normal.

What more can a girl want?



PS I have spent much of the past few weeks in bed - hence my exuberance over a "normal" day!!. x

Monday, 10 February 2014

This week's flowers....

... a pot of miniature irises.....

I like pots of Spring bulbs as they can then be put into the garden to flower next year.

Steve chose these - I think I would have passed them by, had I been on my own, which would have been a shame on two counts!


Saturday, 8 February 2014

Amaryllis cheers my January

The second amaryllis flower head opened.

This time there were 6 flowers.

 This one bulb produced two flower heads. One flower head had four flowers, the other had six.

This bulb was from Morrisons who, in my opinion,  have the best amaryllis bulbs year after year.

£3 for a month of huge flowers & colour;  worth every penny :)


Thursday, 6 February 2014

Blood, sweat and no tears

This week at Knit 'n' Natter the Blood Donor Area Marketing Co-Ordinator  came to collect our knitted blood drops.

These are the group's efforts, done over a two week period....

Some are 2D, some are 3D; all of them red!

They will be used in a nationwide promotion to encourage more blood donors. Many knitting groups throughout the country have contributed - fun!

Having Hughes Syndrome, I can not donate blood anymore. But I can knit a drop or two!


Saturday, 1 February 2014

52 Projects and all that!

When I wrote my 52 projects  list I just groaned and put the list in my desk drawer!!

I mean, there is a reason why these jobs haven't been done and that's because 1) they are difficult, or 2) they are boring or 3) they are both!!

But subconsciously the list must have sparked something because hey ho end of Jan and I am an achiever - ye ha!!

Project 1.I attempted to alter two pairs of trousers - one a success, one not;  but at least I tried. And they would both have been thrown out so it was worth trying.

2. Mend kitchen flooring - the trim at the edge of the laminate floor had come away. It was fiddly but took just 20 minutes whilst I listened to an audio book to stay sane!

3. Make a bag from a freebie.

Ages ago Steve was given this bag full of freebies when he was at a conference.

I wanted to hang it from the back of my passenger car seat to hold cloth bags for my grocery shopping. 
But it was a bit dull. I toyed with adding a red gingham fabric to hide the lettering as my car is red with black seats. But in the end I decided to add a fabric that would make my heart sing every time I saw it - and just the fabric was in my stash....

And my final Jan project? I decided to start a mammoth Spring Clean and it is almost done. I had read about "speed cleaning" where you time yourself and go at a mad pace. I get little exercise and this was fun, got my heart going and the cleaning sorted!!

Who knows what Feb will bring but I think I shall try to keep this up!!


Sunday, 26 January 2014

Home alone

January is Manic Month for accountants as it is tax returns month. So January is a lonely month for accountant's wives :)

Steve worked again yesterday so what's a girl to do with an empty Saturday to fill?

Well this girl - read old magazines, drank oodles of tea and stayed in her PJ's all morning!!

Then I de-cluttered a kitchen cupboard and chucked all my plastic mixing bowls, a plastic picnic jug which I never use and a grater that always gets blocked up with cheese.
I got rid of any costume jewellery that I never wear.
A single bed duvet set that I hate - binned!
A well used cushion that now looks as jaded as I do - binned!
I deleted "favourites" on my computer that are no longer favourites.
I got rid of a magazine I bought and enjoyed and finished last week.
I paid bills that I had left to deal with later (it's ok they are not due to be paid til next month!!)
I got rid of half a filing cabinet of writing drafts no longer required (some have been published, some were rejected. The rejected ones made me cringe each time I opened the drawer - lol!)
I sorted my socks (exciting , I know!)
I got rid of china trinket bowls which I loved once but not any more.
I re-organised my dressing table and chucked tons of stuff.
I made my daily phone call to check up on my Mom's news.
I put pots of daffs round the house - a gift that had sat in a jug in the kitchen waiting to open.

I then had a bath, washed my hair, put on make-up, ditched the pj's, did a mini manicure and felt much better than at 8am when Steve had gone to work!

And I realised why I had not coped well with the week's bad bits - my B12 jab is due soon! So I shall soon feel human again :)


One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.
Lucille Ball