Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Hello March

 

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March is when I really feel like Spring is arriving.

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The daffodil's start peeking their heads above the soil.

Daffodils are one of my favourite flowers.

The nights get lighter, the days longer.

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March will be the first full month of my new life in the job world.

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So far, I’m smiling.

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Wonder if the March Hare will come to visit for Tea?

SmileX

Monday, 27 February 2012

Book Review’s 4, 5 & 6! Charlaine Harris

Have you noticed a lack of book reviews lately? Well that would be because I’ve been getting my teeth into this series.

The Lily Bard Mysteries by Charlaine Harris.

Charlaine Harris of True Blood Vampire, Witches Werewolves & anything less than human fame..

I had heard of this series and bought 5 of the books when I found them on offer from a book club.

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Lily Bard, resident of Shakespeare, Arkansas, a woman fiercely protective of her privacy, determined to succeed as a one-woman cleaning agency, and just as fiercely determined to excel in karate. When the unpopular and very nosy owner of the apartment building next door is murdered and the body dumped in the local park, Lily reports the body to the police--anonymously. The local police chief, however, is nobody's fool and quickly discovers Lily's involvement and her own past, which makes her a possible suspect. Given the situation and, since she cleans for many of the other possible suspects, some opportunities, Lily decides that the only way to clear her name is to find the real killer.

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For Lily, the gym is a place to get away from her troubles, not find more of them. But when she stumbles on the corpse of a local bodybuilder, his neck broken with a barbell, the town's underlying racial tensions begin to boil over. The white victim was connected to two unsolved murders of black residents in Shakespeare, and a dogged policeman is determined to stop the killing. Lily may have to decide whether to stay and fight for justice, or run away one more time.

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Lily Bard is going home for the holidays. More comfortable in baggy sweats than bridesmaid's frills, Lily isn't thrilled about attending her estranged sister's wedding. She has moved to Shakespeare, Arkansas, to start a new life, cleaning houses for a living, trying to forget the violence that once nearly destroyed her. Now she's heading back to home and hearth--just in time for murder.
The town's doctor and nurse have been bludgeoned to death at the office. And Lily's detective boyfriend suddenly shows up at her parents' door. Jack Leeds is investigating an eight-year-old kidnapping and the trail leads straight to Lily's hometown. It just might have something to do with the murders...and her sister's widowed fiancé. With only three days before the wedding, Lily must work fast to clean up the messy case before her sister commits...marriage!

I’m 3 books into this series and I am Loving it.  Lily is a totally different heroine to Sookie Stackhouse of True Blood. Lily has a very dark past which you learn about in book one, and all she wants is to live a quiet life.

I do admit I thought this series may become a bit repetitive and maybe cheesy. I mean how many mysteries can one seemingly ‘normal’ cleaner and errand girl get caught up in without it being far fetched (I’m not sure why I thought this when we all accept the supernatural beings in Harris’s other series so readily) But this fear has long gone and I am rooting for Lily all the way.

These books are fairly small at about 200 pages and we all know that this is an important consideration as you can take them with you anywhere and whip them out to pass a few minutes whilst at the bus stop/coffee shop/Drs waiting room/supermarket queue…..oh maybe not the last one….but maybe…

I can’t tell you enough to go and get yourself some copies of these.

I have read some books from Charlaine’s  ‘Grave sight’ series which I also loved. And in my possession I have an omnibus of The Aurora Teagarden series.  Anyone read these?

Honestly, the days just aren’t long enough for all the reading I have to do.

SmileX

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Typing, Vintage Style

 

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My first typewriter was a Silver Reed.  A manual portable typewriter.  You know, in those far forgotten days before laptops and i pads.

It looked like this one

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It had a lid with a handle..

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Oh how I loved it.

I typed letters, stories, poems. One of the keys stuck. I think it was the E.  But I still loved it.

I’ve been thinking lately, it would be nice to own a manual typewriter again, I would like to type some letters…..just for the fun.

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Of course, to get in the real spirit of the occasion, it would be best to sit at a vintage desk to do such typing. No?

Maybe even with a cup of tea in a china cup and a bourbon biscuit I might just have some of those…

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Sigh……I can just see myself.

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Does anyone have a manual typewriter? How much do you love it?

It’s been like spring here today!

SmileX

Monday, 20 February 2012

Skating fun

 

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Do you remember learning to roller skate?

My first skates were the metal variety….you know the ones that you wore your own shoes with, put your feet on them and strapped them down..you could make them longer to fit your feet when they grew. No? Oh I’m the only oldie here then…

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Not unlike these ones…(picture from www.weheartit.com)

Then, I grew up, and got me a pair of roller boots. Oh how I thought I was the bees knees.

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(pic www.weheartit.com)

Yes. I wore legwarmers too. Well it was the eighties. I was that cool.

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These days, it’s in-line skates. Roller blading if you will.

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Big sisters area compulsory accessory.

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Did you go roller skating?

Sunday was the first motorbike ride of  the year for me. It was cold. But fun.

I am on the third book of the Charlaine Harris Lily Baird series..to be recommended, and not a werewolf/witch/vampire in sight! (yet)

SmileX

Friday, 17 February 2012

Vintage Life Giveaway




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I am so pleased to be hosting a giveaway for all my lovely readers this month. I have in my possession the fabulous March edition of Vintage Life Magazine, full of vintage goodness from the 1920's right through to the 1980's! There's vintage weddings, flappers, budgeting vintage style and a whole lot more!




This is so new even I haven't read it all yet!


This giveaway is going to be a monthly feature to my blog, because I do believe in sharing the love!


To Enter: need to do both of these....


1. This giveaway is open to followers of My Little Life


2. Go on over to our our favourite things face book page and like it.


The Facebook page will keep you up to date with all things fabulous & there will be lots of offers and giveaways coming up in the future so what are you waiting for?!


Psssssst…..there is an identical post over at My Other Blog, so there will be two winners, one from each blog you know what that means? You can enter twice! I spoil you, I really do.


Good Luck!!


It was 23 yrs ago yesterday that Mr D took me on our first date. Awwwwwww


Really must go find somewhere to store 180 boxes of tissues.


SmileX

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Waiting…

Yesterday I had the day off to sit in and wait for a parcel to be delivered.  After getting home from my sleepover job in the morning, I promptly put my PJ’s on. This is where I will confess that my PJ’s can pass as lounging around outfits.  Just in case anyone pops by unexpected at 2pm, I can pretend that no, I’m not wearing PJ’s, I’m just wearing my casual clothes.

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Lucky for me I had the March (eeeek….March!) edition of 25 beautiful homes, and the second of the Charlaine Harris Lily Bard series to read.

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It’s a lot milder here this week, but that just means I can turn the heating off, and still have the log fire going.

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Lunch was a cuppa soup which I found in the cupboard.  It was surprisingly tasty.

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I may have eaten too many of these..but they have lasted since Christmas….so…their days were definitely numbered.

I did have visitors in the shape of my littlest Niece and her pooch while sis & hubbie went to town, but for some reason I didn’t have any photos of that!

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I even looked through some paperwork for my new job.

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And there it is…the delivery that came….eventually.

I did think long and hard about joining the I phone club, (the Instagram photos are pretty hard to resist) but in the end, I decided that I’m still a BB girl.

And look, she's purple, so you see my dilemma.

I could tell you about the delivery that came today, which included 180 boxes of tissues. But I’m gonna make you wait for that. You’ll just think I’m weird.

SmileX

Sunday, 12 February 2012

No one can confidently say that they will still be living tomorrow


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Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be


love yourself


Learning to love yourself It is the greatest love of all


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Share my life, Take me for what I am.


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There's a boy I know, he's the one I dream of,,, Looks into my eyes, takes me to the clouds above


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The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.


R.I.P


Thursday, 9 February 2012

Dr House

Mr D & I have recently discovered House, and we are quickly becoming House addicts.

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We’ve just started series 2, which means we are what? 247 series behind the rest of civilization?  We always were a few steps behind the in-crowd.

Box sets are mine and Mr D’s favourite thing. We’re not very good at remembering to watch a series on TV even if it’s something we really like, but we are good at sitting with a box set and watching just one more episode after just another episode until we realise that it’s far too late to be up on a school night.

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Go on then, what series are you on?  Is it still fantabulous? (Actually I don’t want to know if it isn’t I just want to enjoy it now…and I probably wouldn’t believe you anyway..)

And look, he can sing too…

Friday tomorrow….Have a good one!

SmileX

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

I think I’d like to live in Narnia forever please

 

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As promised, and just to make you all crazy jealous of our weekend frolics…or more likely to make you realise that this blogger is just a little on the crazy side, here is the evidence of camping in the snow.

The pic above is our home on wheels as is.

And here is how she looked the next morning when we woke up and found we had been transported to the snowy wilderness that is Narnia.

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Oh how excited I was to see all that untouched snow to run around in like a five year old.

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Lets just take a little pause to see what I’m wearing. That pink Weird Fish top was given to me second hand by my mother in law about 6 years ago, the Fat Face jeans were second hand from  my Niece, and the wonderful infinity scarf was a Christmas gift from my lovely friend Jihee from The Soaktree.

I am modelling my new fabulous Hunters which I love almost more than Jelly Tots.  Almost.

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The scene was pretty  special

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The snow has mostly melted now which makes me sad, but they say it could be –12 here tonight which is certainly going to separate the men from the boys that’s for sure.042

I hope you are all keeping toasty warm. I find long johns are good.  And knee high fluffy socks. And a t shirt which ladies of a certain age would call a vest.

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The above is how I passed the time while not dancing in the snow. You can’t see the bottle of cider, of which there was much  some.

I’d just like to say hello to all my new followers whom I have noticed peeking out behind the side bar there, and as a special welcome I’m planning a little giveaway at the end of the week, so make sure you keep popping back cos you wouldn’t want to miss out now would you!

SmileX