Friday, 31 January 2014

The one where he told me I look awkward

He's right of course, it was a problem where to put my hands. 
Reason no. 423 why this is no style blog.
I wanted to show you my new to me dress, which came in a bag of goodies from a friend of a friend of my sister (keeping up?) every now and then, I receive one of these bags, full to the brim of lovely clothes, most of which are from shops I would never normally tred across the doorway of.
I wore it last night as we went out for mexican food with friends for Mr D's birthday. 

I have the day off today, and my to do list has much on it, most importantly my tax return to fill in on line. (what do you mean I'm a bit late, there's hours left till the deadline....)
I'm also sad I haven't written any mail since Christmas, so that will have to change sometime soon.
If you want me, I'll be the one surrounded in receipts and paperwork.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Christmas at Carringtons Book Review No. 2

Carrington’s Department store is thrown into a spin when the staff learn that a hot new reality TV show is to be filmed in-store, featuring the formidable retail guru, Kelly Cooper. Georgie Hart, in charge of Luxury Handbags, is reluctant, but quickly realises that the show could give Carrington’s a new lease of life. With Christmas around the corner, she’s also hoping that the season will deliver her the perfect Christmas present, in the form of Tom, the store’s dishy boss.

When the film crew arrive, things start to go wrong. One of Tom’s old flames, Zara, is working on the show and then, to top things off, Tom and Zara are sent off to Paris and New York for a spot of extra filming. When Georgie settles down in front of the box to watch the first show, worse it to come – Georgie is shown in a far from flattering light and she is horrified to learn what Tom has been up to.

Georgie fears this is turning out to be the worst Christmas ever, but Santa might have a got a little surprise in store for her stocking this year – but she’ll just have to wait until Christmas to find out!

This was one of my Christmas books, I LOVE Christmas themed books, I'll read them all year round.
I only received a couple of books this year but I did receive some vouchers which of course are just as good, and so I hoppidy skipped to the bookstore.
This is the second book based at the apartment store Carringtons, remember I read 
Cupcakes at Carringtons last year? Although I was slightly disappointed at the lack of actual cupcakes in the first book, I was very pleased at the amount of Christmas in this one. I was eager to see what went on in Carringtons at Christmas time.
You definitely don't have to have read the first one, as each of these can be read as a stand alone book.
 I enjoyed this one more than the first, I was interested to see how Georgie's life was now that she had her perfect man! 
Of course, as you would expect love does not run smoothly, and as usual there are moments when I would have loved to bang the heads of the supposedly in love together, but this was definitely a good choice to spend my precious vouchers on, it filled many a cosy hour sat by my wood burner.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Sunday Thoughts

At first glance this quote seems great, wouldn't that be lovely, to sit in the quiet while nothing else is making a sound, maybe listening for the kettle to boil or for the birdies to come and eat the breakfast you've just scattered for them? Planning what you're doing for the rest of the day, which to do first...
But actually I hate getting up these dark cold mornings, especially when everyone else is having a lie in. Planning how much you can squeeze into the day,or if there's anything that can be left for tomorrow.
If I have to get up before Mr D, it's all I can do to rip the quilt from him and shout 'get up and make me a cup of tea'!!!!!!!
Just thought I'd mention it.

Saturday, 25 January 2014


This week has been a bit up and down for me, hence my blogging absence. I mean who wants to come to a blog and read my moaning about how absolutely crap I feel, how half the staff work force have been struck down in the same week with a horrible flu like virus, yes I have mostly battled on and worked through it so far but I did spend my one day off in bed. All day, waking up in a pool of my own sweat and only surfacing for the tomato soup and lucozade Mr D brought me. The shifts I have been working we have been short staffed and although doable this doesn't allow for anything emergency wise to happen, we have a few tenants who are very ill, some terminal, I don't actually have a scheduled day off till next Fri but my shifts next week are much shorter (at the moment!) so thats something to be grateful for.
So after I've bored you all with that..
I have managed to finish the above book, which I've been reading for a while, and am now at that delicious stage of choosing a new one to start from my 'library'.

 I'm still loving my Christmas present form Mr D, my little Tablet, and am embracing all things Instagram.
Even looking like a real teenager taking that selfie whist out for a walk last week.

This is what my Sun nights look like, as Sundays is my private sleep over job. Brunty Bear comes with me, usually some scooby snacks, and of course a book.
I'm looking for a good musical to go and see, as Mum is taking me and sis to one in the near future.
Can anyone recommend any new ones? I've heard 'From Here to Eternity' is good?
Time for a bath and to make myself presentable for visitors tonight...

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Sunday Thoughts....

Never let a computer know you're in a hurry

Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.  ~Andy Rooney

At least my pencil never crashes! 

A computer will do what you tell it to do, but that may be much different from what you had in mind.  ~Joseph Weizenbaum


Saturday, 18 January 2014

Guess what mum got for Christmas?!

Well I managed to come back for now, thanks for all your help, Windows Live writer is still playing up, but at least I can post pics (on a different browser). Because what is a blog without them?
Speaking (typing) of pics, I just had to show you one of mum's Christmas presents. I thought it would be fun to wrap it up in its shape. 
Answers on a postcard....
I'm still toying with the idea of changing up my blog, but it will take a while, and a few pages of scribbles in my note pad before that happens. 
Its a busy time for me at work at the moment, this time of year seems to be when everyone is sick, staff and tenants alike, so it's all hands on deck.
Oh ok then, to put you out of your misery, here's what was in the parcel........

Did you guess? 

Friday, 17 January 2014

Excuse me while I say the C word.

I'm having an argument with Blogger at the moment. We've been tussling for a while, but it seems to have chosen to have a complete hissy fit. Not only that but my Windows Live writer is 'not working' so the little box says that pops up in the middle of my screen like my computer is sticking it's tongue out at me.
So not only do I not have my usual way of writing posts but Blogger has decided it won't it let me upload any photos. It goes through the motions, making me think something is happening and then...nothing.
I've decided that now would be a good time to re think the whole blog thing. I may go to another host, it would be good to know what you all rate? 
While I'm sorting my virtual  life out (and saying the C word more than once) I will still be around Blog land visiting you.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Fractured….2014 Book Reviews. No. 1.

After a bit of a disappointing year in the book department last year, I’m on a mission to find some good reads.
This book Fractured was my first read of 2014. I picked it up on a whim whilst spending some book tokens. It was on offer in a book store at 2.99, and it caught my eye because A. It was cheap, B. I liked the cover, all wintery and cute, and C. The back cover promised a different read to that I’ve been used to recently and D. it is a lot smaller than my usual novels, so I thought it was worth the risk of going out on a whim…if it’s rubbish, it won’t take long to get it finished right?
Rachel’s life is perfect. A handsome boyfriend, great friends and the prospect of starting at university in a few weeks means she’s never been happier. But in a single heartbeat her world falls apart forever.
Five years later, Rachel is still struggling to come to terms with the tragedy that changed everything. Returning to her hometown for the first time in years, she finds herself consumed by thoughts of the life that could have been. But when a sudden fall lands her in hospital, Rachel awakes to discover that the life she had dreamed about just might be real after all.
Unable to trust her own memories, Rachel begins to be drawn further into this new world where the man she lost is alive and well but where she is engaged to be married to someone else . . .
FRACTURED is a heart-warming tale of love and second chances which will leave you wondering whether two very different storylines can ever lead to the same happy ending
I loved this book, it didn’t take long to read, being only 289 pages long, and I could have read it for another 100 quite happily.
I’ve read a few of those time traveling type novels, girl wakes up, or walks down a different street to end up somewhere she dreams about, meets boy wakes up, walks out the end of the street was it real?
This book is different. I’m pretty good at guessing what will happen at the end, but this had me floored, and that doesn't happen regularly believe me.
I’m so pleased this was my first read of 2014, and makes me more willing to take a risk. Buy Authors I’ve never heard of, novels I’d normally pass by on the shelf.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Sunday Thoughts..

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.  ~Judy Garland
It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not. 


Tuesday, 7 January 2014


sewing book
Tonight is my first evening at my ‘dressmaking beginners’ course, I’m excited, as I know it’s going to be fun, quite informal at the teachers house, with a small group of people, but I did have a panic about looking like a complete idiot & not knowing the ‘sewing ‘lingo’ so I went out at the weekend to my local library & took out a couple of books to prepare myself.
I have only ever done very basic sewing on my machine which used to be my grannie’s, but my mum is great with a machine and hand sewing, so I do feel like I should have inherited some skills, they just haven't surfaced yet.
Choosing a pattern was quite difficult as I didn't want to get something which would be well beyond my capabilities, but equally I want to learn a variety skills, so the dress above (I’m thinking of making the yellow one with sleeves) has some gathering (yikes!) and a zip and one button.
Thank heaven for the nice lady who served me in the fabric shop, who helped me see how much fabric to buy, and what colour zipper & thread. Oh & interfacing. Whatever that is.
I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my sewing progress.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

The week after the week before..

cosy fire
This past week our little fire has been burning nicely, I can’t remember the last time it was out although it isn’t even really that cold, it’s just nice to have it going…because we can..
Last night at about 9.30pm I decided to take the decs down, so now Christmas is really officially over & all the pressies are away.
retro sweeties
I was a very lucky girlie this year & received some great pressies, including the big tin of old school sweeties above, which I made a big dent of whist watching The Dambusters for the very first time on New Years Day. I do like a little sweetie or two, in fact I have just put ‘some’ in my pocket to take to work.
Mr D gave me a tablet, which I love, and in case you haven't noticed I am now in the land of Instagram, you can find me by clicking the button up there on my side bar.
I’m rapidly becoming one of ‘those’ people that clog up your news feed on face book.
fortnum and mason tea bags
These Tea bags were from a friend, & I have been reliably informed that these were purchased from a shop at the airport in Dec and went all the way to Cyprus and back before I got them.
joules wellies
I did something on Christmas day I’ve never done before..went shopping on line in the sale. (On Christmas day I mean…obv I’ve shopped on line ‘now & then’) These very cute wellies were one purchase. I’ve seen these at Joules before and waited patiently for them to become reduced. I also bought an overnight bag which hasn’t been delivered yet, & I did that thing I love…went to Boots and bought a load of lovely gifts for birthdays throughout the year. Does anyone else do that? I find it quite satisfying to know I have a stash of pressies in my wardrobe.
rocky road
Home made gifts are always nice to receive, and this Rocky Road was very yummie, & sprinkled with gold dust which covers your face so you can’t get away with stealing any, in case you were thinking about it.
Hope you’ve all had a good week!

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Well Hello 2014! Nice to meet you

magazine subscriptions
The first major decision I made this year was to actually get out of bed, I had woke up a couple of times, heard the howling wind outside, &  promptly turned over for another ‘wee snooze’.
When I looked at the clock and saw it was midday, I thought it was probably time to make a move.
After a leisurely toast & many cups of tea breakfast… in which I reminded Mr D of his transformation into drummer & bass guitarist at the party last night… we were ‘first footed’ by friends who stayed for tea & cake.
Then it was time for the next big decision of the year. My February magazine subscriptions had arrived over the Christmas period, which to read first?
Having just had tea, I’m looking forward to an evening by the fire, reading & partaking in a little tipple or two. Maybe thinking about the year ahead, but probably I’ll leave that for another day.
Hope you’ve all had a cosy & warm New Years Day, I’m looking forward to catching up with you all soon.