Feb DT Part 1

21:57 Karen 3 Comments

With some of my DT pieces for ATDML I tried to 'kill two birds with one stone'. I am disappointed that I have been unable to keep up with the Telling Tales prompts as I have been so busy. Disappointed because I was so looking forward to the class and have to admit that many of the prompts have been dragged straight from my inbox into the relevant folder to be perused later.

I did manage to make a page that had hidden journaling - telling the story of how I thought this self-portrait of Gracia looked as though it had come straight out of a magazine.

I also managed to get a page done showing a sequence of photos

- the lovely Saturday afternoon we spent baking when Gracia last came home for the weekend.

I made a page showing the height difference between Josh and me -

with a cheeky little quote I found on Pinterest!

Must dash now as I have David's suppliers to pay.

Reasons to be cheerful:

1.  Only just over three weeks until our girl is home.

2.  Only just over three weeks until Deb is over for her Spring Fling.

3.  Only one more day until the EK crop and a day spent with my best girl friends.



Happy Anniversary Darling Boy xxx

07:40 Karen 9 Comments

This was the class at the February EK crop taught by the uber talented Debbie Jewell. 

 I saved it to blog because we have been married 27 years today. 

Happy Anniversary my Darling Boy xxx 

Reason to be cheerful:- 

 I have this wonderful man in my life.



The Good, The Bad and The Utgly!

07:32 Karen 6 Comments

Our darling girl came home for the weekend. This is always a labour of love as she has to catch the 5:15am train and doesn't get into the station where I pick her up until 9:30am and we then have a 20 minute drive home. We had a fabulous weekend, going for a huge cooked breakfast and shopping on Saturday morning and then we spent the afternoon making Valentine's cards together 

and baking cakes for her to take back to Newcastle for her friend's cake sale. 

On Sunday, as I had already made arrangements to go for a craft day with friends (organised prior to Gracia deciding to come home last weekend) Gracia and David spent the day together. We both have an app called Whats App which enables you to send texts and photos for free so all day I had a running text/photo commentary of what they were doing. It looked to me that the day comprised mostly of drinking hot chocolate in various places and eating cake.  She did take a fabulous photo of David walking the dog.

David and Gracia picked me up from the village hall where the craft event was and we went for a Pizza for tea.  All too soon it was time to put her on the train back to Newcastle.  We had a fabulous weekend - spending most of it laughing at together at so many things.

Last Thursday Gracia went out clubbing with some friends.  She usually wears stack heels as being of deminuitve height she feels less volnerable.  This time she didn't and as the result of some over zealous dancing by one of the clubbers (not her friends) she sustained a black eye.  Fortunataly, she was out with her Med friends and they administered ice and tlc.  She has a lovely shiner.

As she caught the 7:45pm train back to Newcastle, she didn't get back until after 2:30am and went straight to bed.  When she unpacked her case in the morning she realised that at some point someone had stolen her laptop out of her suit case! She is not sure when but they had unpacked a pair of trousers that had been wrapped around it, taken the laptop and put the trousers back!

Reasons to be cheerful

1. Our Girl makes so much effort to come home to see us.

2. I bought her a hard drive to back her laptop up on just after Christmas so the only thing she has lost is the laptop, all photos and work are saved.  We were sensible enough to take out insurance for her so she will have a new laptop soon.  Rosie had a spare laptop for her to use.

3. The most important reason to be cheerful - we had a wonderful weekend together and although her laptop was stolen she got home safely.



The Canadian Visitor

07:56 Karen 25 Comments

For 2013 Sian's Story Telling Sunday is about telling tales and stories about the thing that are precious to you.

I will let My Precious tell his own story

"Hello, my name is Freckles and I have been Karen's faithful friend for over 50 years.  I first met Karen when I was about 5 and she was about 4.  I was visiting from Canada with my then owner Grace (known to Karen as Auntie Grace but in fact she was Great Aunt Grace).  The intention was  that we would only come over for a short visit - Grace's visit lasted 3 years and mine has been over 50.  You see when Grace saw how much Karen loved me she couldn't bear to take me back with her when she returned and so left me here.

I was made especially for Grace by her daughter-in-law and meant so much to her.  You see not long after I was created she died.  I think that prompted our visit to England.  Grace must have loved Karen very, very much too as to part with me must have been such a hard thing to do.  It's a strange thing really because as much as Karen loves her Gracia (see the connection) she has never found it in her heart to part with me to her.  I know one day I will have a new friend but for now I am happy to sit in Karen's bedroom and watch over her as I am sure that's what Grace would want me to do."

So that is the story of my precious.  Story told for Sian's Story Telling Sunday (pop over to her blog to see what other precious things are telling their stories and layout made for Miss Smith's Telling Tales class.

Reasons to be cheerful:

1.  A childhood filled with love.

2. People who encourage you to remember your story and get it written down to peruse later and smile. (Thank you Sian).

3.  People who encourage you to make scrapbook pages that tell the stories and little incidents that make up your own personal life journey. (Thank you Kirsty).