Saturday, 8 January 2011

52Q ~ Journal and Q1

Over on UKScrappers, nettyb has started a new challenge for 2011.
Every week she's going to give us a question and it's up to us how we
answer it. By doing a LO, an art journal, tags, ATCs, journalling .....
List of possibilities is endless.

I loved doing the journalling class last year and have decided to use that
as my medium. I even found some money to buy an A5 journal book for it.
And of course, I had a pink pen that I bought to go with my pink diary.
Both of these are Breast Cancer ones, so I'm doing my bit to save lives.

Here's my journal, pen and journalling for the first question which is:
What are your hopes for 2011?
(I used my artistic licence and decided to go with hopes and goals)

Journalling reads:

My hopes and goals for 2011
A new year, a new beginning and a new me?
So, what are my hopes and goals for 2011?

  • To lose at least 1 1/2lb per week and a total of at least 5 1/2st by the end of the year
  • To walk more and do my exercise DVD at least twice a week
  • To eat at least 2 proper meals each day
  • To make one of those meals a hot one in the winter
  • To get my finances in order and live within my budget
  • To finish the craft projects I've started before my birthday in June
  • To do the weekly and monthly challenges on UKS
  • To keep up with other challenges I've started or want to start doing
  • To finish unpacking from my move
  • To keep my flat clean and tidy
  • To find something every day that makes me smile or laugh. Both would be great.
I wonder if I'll keep to all these or if I'm hoping a little too much for things? Most of these seen do-able, so we'll see what happens over the coming months.

Friday, 7 January 2011

UKS Weekly Challenge - January Week 1

Over on UKScrappers, we were challenged by Joanne (cardlynes) this week to:

* Use time/clocks in the LO
* Use new stash
* Use creative journalling

Here's my LO. My journalling is under the photo.

I'm thinking of using this as the title page for an album where I do
a LO per month recording things from that month. What do you think?

Monday, 3 January 2011

New Year's Day

Most years Mum gets together with a couple of her cousins and her cousin's family. This year Mum was hosting and she catered for her cousin (Ena), her husband (Robin), their daughter (Lucy), their son (Dr James), his wife (Mansura), another of her cousins (Frank), my youngest sister (Jo), her husband (Mark) and I. So, including Mum, there were 10 of us.

We had great food and a great laugh. I was asked to organise a Family Fortunes game and that went down so well that we played a second game of it. We also played 'this is a hippopotamus', 'this is a sad and solemn occasion' and 'crossed or uncrossed'. I'm sure the games have proper names, but I've never known what they are.

Here's a few photos from the evening

The star and best behaved that evening was Mum's dog Daisy
who you can only just see in this photo!!

Lucy and Daisy were soon best friends

Seconds before this photo, Daisy was laying between Frank and Lucy moving at the last moment. Probably to get in the frame better!

At the end of the evening though, she was back to being Mum's bestest little girl

Here's Ena and Robin

Closely followed by Dr James and Mansura

Mansura and Ena

and Jo and Mark being their usually silly selves

Thanks Mum for hosting and providing food for a fab evening.
Must do it again sometime.

Christmas Day 2010

Thought I'd share some photos with you of my Christmas Day 2010 which was
spent with my Mum, youngest sister Jo, her husband Mark and his Dad Roger.

We all contributed to the food and Jo and Mark cooked it with Jo being chief cook.

Here's a very delicious totally vegetarian and lactose free Christmas dinner:

I did tell you it was delicious!!

There wasn't much left except a stray sprout and carrot!

But we still had a teeny bit of room for a teeny piece of
Christmas pudding. I even had soya custard with mine.

Mark and Roger offered to wash up.
There weren't any disagreements with that.

They were both stars.

Especially as this is only a fraction of what they did!

While us ladies sat in the room sorting out our answers
for the 'getting to know you' quiz Jo had organised.

Once they'd finished, Mark had to concentrate hard
on his answers. Kept him quiet for a little while ;)

Roger had already done his, so him and us girlies sat
playing games while we waited for Mark to catch up.

Then we played the parcel game with the presents we'd secretly wrapped

It's surprising how quickly tea came around, even though it
was about 9pm. I think the quiz had worked up an appetite.

Jo even made a dairy and alcohol free Christmas cake. I had
some to bring home and I can vouch that she's a great cook.

So, Jo, Mark, Roger and Mum, thanks for helping make Christmas Day great.
Your efforts didn't go unnoticed or unappreciated. Love you guys xxx


I don't have piccies to share, but Father Christmas bought me:

an Ikea Expedit unit
a web cam
a pink tool set in a pink tool bag
French manicure set
back scratchers!!
a Tesco gift card (have used some of it to buy some earrings and a Cancer Research pink pen)
a food mixer as mine packed up a short while ago
Dairy Milk buttons and so that I could eat them, they came with Super Lactase
Enzyme tablets which help the body break down the lactose in food. These work
as I was able to have some dairy cheese and a few chocolates without feeling ill.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

Thank you so much to RumTruffle for giving me this award

But there are DUTIES and here's what I have to do to accept the award:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers.
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!

So, here's my 7 things about me:

1. I have quite a large scar on the top of my left arm where I pulled a teapot of freshly made tea over me when I was tiny.
2. I nearly drowned when I was about 7. Those who saved my Dad and I got awards and we all got our picture in the paper.
3. I dropped out of school before taking my examinations. Something I've bitterly regretted so much since then.
4. I don't find it so hard making friends, but I do find that I pull away from them easily too. Something I've done for several years as I've been hurt too many times by people who say they want to be friends, but actually only want me around when I can do stuff either for them or with them. What's wrong in meeting up at each other's for coffee as I can't afford to buy out?
5. I often feel a burden to my Mum as so often she's the only person who I actually see and spend time with.

Gosh I'm sounding like a saddo aren't I? Right, 2 fun facts now!!

6. I used to sing solos when I went to Sunday School for the prize giving's and Christmas Carol Concerts and such. I love singing (I sing to anything, everything and everywhere), but I had more confidence in how I sounded when I was younger.
7. These last 8 months, I've realised that I can stand on my own, live on my own and be on my own.

I'm chickening out of choosing 15 of you to share this award with, so to all my
blogging friends (old and new), please take this award with my compliments and love.