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A new term, a new start.

Today I

  • Frogged a hat that was half knitted but I wasn’t hopeful it would fit my head. I did much pulling it and trying to convince myself it was going to fit and kept going. I kept holding it up to my head while it was on the needles 😦 Finally decided it was better to frog half a hat than have a full hat that didn’t fit
  • Baked (and sampled) a big sticky chocolate tray bake.
  • Played more chicken invaders than is good for me.
  • Dreamt of next years holiday.


I had a whim to make some gingerbread men, not something I’ve ever had much success with. This time they’ve turned out lovely. I even managed to get them off the trays in one piece. I don’t overdo the decorating them. There’s no point. These guys won’t make it through the night! I only selected the best shaped ones for a photocall, the misshapes ended up on my tum.

Yummy 🙂

When the children get home I’ll be in favour. You are never too old for a gingerbread man.

Louise xxx

Fresh flowers. MrH has never been one for flower buying. Sometimes one must take things into ones own hands.

Louise xx

This weekend was a very rare event. There was nothing at all in my diary – I say my diary but everybodies reminders get written in it because it is part of the “mum” job description. They tell me something, I write it in, I remind them several times before the event, make sure they have the relevant resources to hand, remind them again and so on and so on, but enough of that.

Nothing in diary. Much me time. I think not

Middle fediddle = GCSE revision. (Exam Thursday) I was the question master. Tectonic plates. Like I know anything about them. I tried, I really did. Followed by assisting with pastry for Lemon Meringue pie made spontaneously and still sticking all over the kitchen.

Oldest Boldest = A level Revision. (Exam Wednesday) I was the student (she’d been told teaching someone was the best revision) I now know a lot more about the life and times of Cicero than I feel I will ever need to know. Ancient history – a challenge.

Youngest Golden Boy = Kindly invited friend to sleepover despite knowing I am a really awful sleepover mum. I have just never really got it. Is it just me? Some mums do these things so well. Game of monopoly. I thrashed them, some justice there I think.

In reality minutes of MEtime could be counted on my fingers, teenagers sometime seem to guzzle more time than toddlers!

Louise xXx

 

 

 

My crafty mojo is always at it’s peak in January. The excesses of christmas are over and crafting, that has taken a back seat from November onwards (in favour of shopping and stressing) suddenly holds an appeal again. My corner, the hub of all crafting activity is clear of all the Christmas clutter and I am motivated!
With that in mind I have decided to commit to “A monthly make 2011” kindly hosted by the felt fairy. Hopefully it will encourage me to do a little bit more, get off my backside and get my brain in gear. Make Januarys Mojo last a little longer than usual. In an added twist I don’t want to do the same craft more than twice over the twelve month period.

Would Mrs H please step away from the knitting needles 🙂

All in all a good year has been had! Built some bridges, kept work at bay, had some proud mumsy moments and learned some more life lessons.

Don’t really make resolutions cause I’m hopeless at the usual ones like losing weight, going to the gym blah blah blah. Been there, done that fallen at the first hurdle! No more negative resolutions for me, just positives.

My aims for 2011 are

Take more photos

Get more fresh air

Nurture friendships

Count my blessings every day

A happy new year to you and yours.

Louise x

 

 

Well is it me or have the last few weeks gone nowhere?! I always find the build up to Christmas a little stressful but I have tried to chill a bit more this year and really enjoy the festivities. Here we are on Christmas Eve and I have forced myself to sit down with a festive drink and a couple of homemade biscuits that the lovely son has made today. Bless him he is such a love, his attention to detail when baking is commendable (not so with the cleaning up after but I’ll excuse him because the fruits of his labours are indeed delicious!)

I have been trying to blog for ages but somehow it always gets pushed down the list. I knew that when I took on the advent swap it would be a challenge to blog about but I am hanging my head in shame that I haven’t done a bit better.

Note to self :: Must try harder!

Anyway despite the lack of evidence I have truly LOVED the swap, I find that as “mum” “wife” “daughter” it’s too easy to become a martyr at this time of year. I have been ferrying people around, taking mum for her shopping, cleaning, cooking etc etc etc and the advent swap has been a time for me to feel that I am getting something out of the season, not just giving! It’s been brilliant to have a little treat each day to cheer the spirit. My swap partner Becky and I were both anxious and nervous that we wouldn’t live up to expectations but  can honestly say Becky has excelled by sending a lovely variety of thoughtful gifts.

Completing my advent swap took a fair bit of time and anxious moments and I can remember that as I took it to the Post Office I said it was fun but I would never do another swap. I am pleased to say my opinion is completely reversed and I would definitely do another one. Sometimes in life you have to take the plunge and come what may don’t you.

All that remains to say is have a wonderful Christmas an a fantastic new year. Hope that your days are merry and bright and Santa remembers you all.

~Christmas Blessings~

Louise xx

 


It’s day one of the advent swap that Lynda from hookinwithlaalaa has brilliantly organised for all us excitable Christmassy types.

My swap partner Becky from Angels are here sent a lovely big box of beautifully wrapped pressies and I am now ridiculously excited about Christmas. Both my daughters were completely jealous and now have high hopes and plans for next year.

My day 1 gift included a beautiful advent card (which I think looks great under my light cause the windows light up) a lovely angel pin brooch and some chocolate snow bites for my sweet tooth! I am so thrilled, can’t wait for tomorrow

I was going to photograph and blog tomorrow but I decided it was going to have to be tonight as the chocolate won’t make it till morning 😉

 

Let’s get this right. I love Christmas. I enjoy all the lovely things that make Christmas special. I’ve baked the cake, made and eaten some mince pies, listened to the odd christmas song and generally got in the spirit.

What I don’t enjoy is the hype. You know, the 3 for 2 offers which just make you spend more, the mammoth amounts of food and drink the supermarkets want us to buy (despite the fact they’re open again boxing day), the way people look at you when you explain you don’t actually re-mortgage the house every year to provide the children with every latest craze, the way everyone seems to be stressed and cross. I suspect I am going to hit the internet in a big way this year as well as inflicting “handmade” on people. In the quest to preserve my remaining sanity I think it is necessary.

My Christmas wish is for a peaceful time, festive TV oldies, a glass of wine or two and several (usually controversial) games of trivial pursuit!

Health, happiness and home. X

Ooooh I had a smashing monday! Half term went much too quickly although we didn’t do a lot of anything it’s nice to have the company of the children for the mundane things like shopping and coffee time – when they were out of bed that is.

Anyway, back to Monday. It had been carefully planned and everyone knew what they were doing, children had bus money to get to Grandmas after school, picnic made, car full of petrol then off we jolly well went! MrH and I had decided to have a day out on our own, when the children went back to school. We are extremely lucky in that we were able to go from our door to the “best bits” of the Lake District in scarcely an hour and, oh boy, the trees were all colours. Beautiful browns, reds, yellows and every colour in between. It was simply stunning. the sun was shining and it was one of those lovely crisp, cold days when you feel so fresh and happy to be alive.

Firstly we went to the town of Kendal for coffee at Farrers coffee shop. Lovely traditional style olde worlde shop with wobbly tables and mis-matched chairs. They sell lovely china teapots and yummy looking jams…mmmmm. I had to partake in a latte and an ENORMOUS toasted teacake at leisure. A quick look round the shops, in particular Armstrong Ward (one of the main objectives for the day) making sure I didn’t go in any of those chain stores I could just as well go in at home.

Next stop Windermere for a spot of Lakeland loveliness. After a few absolutely 100% necessary purchases (she said sheepishly!) it was off for a picnic lunch in a stunning spot overlooking Lake Windermere. As we sat in the car with a thermos of coffee and the newspaper it struck me as amusing. We were like all the other couples round and about, sitting in their cars, eating picnics, just 30 years younger! 🙂

On to Ambleside for a quick nose around all the outdoor pursuits shops (more for MrH than for me I must say) but I thought it only fair to indulge his whim as so much of our life seems to be about me. I think I am a high maintenance girl emotionally and it does me good to step back sometimes and think about how much he has tolerated from me and think about what he likes to do. I really should do it much more than I do.

Grasmere next (I told you it was a whistlestop tour) for some delicious Grasmere gingerbread requested by the children and a visit to the Herdy shop to ooooh and aaarrrr at it’s lovely sheepy goodness. Beautiful bright coloured goodies. Cold, dark and wet outside at this point so a lovely bright warm haven.

Finally a lovely end to the day in Bowness on Windermere for Steak and Ale pie, thick cut chips and Apple and Blackberry crumble with custard. What more can a girl want??? Oh yes, I know, a commitment to do it all again soon!

Louise xx

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