Me on Monday - 25th May 15

09:21 Karen 6 Comments

Joining in with Sian's - Me on Monday.

Hoooo-raaaay it's half term and today finds me relaxing after three days of hanging an art exhibition last week.  I love my job as it is so varied.  One day I'm designing a new website and the next I'm hanging beautiful art.

So this weekend has been a very indulgent one - I had the excuse that there was no point in doing any housework as David was using a grinder in the lounge and all the dust was getting everywhere.  Can't use that excuse tomorrow when he's back at work.

After doing the mundane jobs like food shopping I had a weekend of varied pleasures.

I walked Kiera several times

Kiera says 'Hello'

Finished/made 4 scrapbook pages on Saturday

IRL this one isn't as 'wonky donkey' as it looks

Tided and sorted out my Pinterest boards on Sunday - took much longer than I had anticipated but now more organised.

Started making a dress - not convinced I haven't cut the fabric out upside down - still looks pretty though.

and baked cakes for tea - without any icing as David likes his buns plain and simple, he would say 'how he likes his women!'  He lucked out on that one I'm afraid.

An absolutely splendid weekend, don't you agree?

Hope your week is as good as I intend mine to be.

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1.  Our girl is coming home for the weekend on Friday.

2.  Am loving making things on the Singer hand machine (my Christmas present from David last year).

3. The prospect of a lovely long, early morning, walk with David and Kiera.


Me on Monday - 11th May 15

06:35 Karen 6 Comments

Joining in with Sian's 'Me on Monday' where you give a quick summary of your weekend.

It was a going to the Greenstead crop, food shopping, finishing off projects started at the crop, pizza for tea, getting cross in Asda about the pizza that was for tea (asked for it to be made with chillies on 3/4 as I don't like them and when I paid for it noticed it was covered in chillies, I should have known when the girl making the pizza raised her eyes to the ceiling when I made the request and I didn't have time to wait another 20 minutes for a new one to be constructed) watching BGT sort of Saturday and a getting up early, walking in the woods, making good use of my selfie stick, then sleeping for most of the day (why I don't know - every time I sat down I nodded off) sort of Sunday.

This week should be back to normal and I am considering a new exercise class tonight - Thump Boxing.  Used to love combat and kick boxing when I did them but that was 7 years ago so might just go along to watch to decide if it is for me.  

Hoping your week is as good as I plan for mine to be.

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1.  Walking and talking with David yesterday makes me realise that I still love being in his company after over 30 years as a couple.

2.  That Gracia sends us Whats App messages and photos of what her and Josh get up to during the day.

3.  A calmer week at work now I have all my GCSE, AS and A level commitments fulfilled.


The Return of the Intrepid Explorer or The Boy Back In Town

19:36 Karen 8 Comments

'My boy is home - the best Birthday present ever' she said and I can see that it truly was.

So glad our intrepid explorer has returned safe and sound with many tales of his adventures.  But also glad the peace and equilibrium has returned to my best girls world. 

Joining in with Abi's 1 photo 20 words for May.

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1.  They both survived the separation and are now looking forward to spending lots of time together.

2.  Gracia had a wonderful birthday filled with indulgence and fun.

3.  We have had our beautiful girl in our lives for 22 years. 


A Bit of Mix and Match

20:01 Karen 3 Comments

Taking up the May Sketch Challenge set by the lovely Heather over on Crafters @ Play  to use this sketch to scrap the man in your life.

I used a little bit of left over Kaisercraft Blue Bay and some Teresa Collins - they go beautifully together.

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1. Life has returned to normal after a hectic week last week.

2.  Finding time to do a little scrapping, whilst David is out this evening.

3. Sausage, Fakey Bacon, egg and mushrooms for dinner - YUM YUM.


April in 5 Photos

10:27 Karen 4 Comments

Well it's that time again - a quick review of the month in 5 photos.  I am really loving this project and thank JO for the idea.  It's really fortunate that my crop is the first Saturday of every month as then I definitely have a project to work on and my 'In 5' layouts are almost guaranteed to get done. This month I used the 'Oh So Lovely' range from Kaisercraft.

April was very busy with far more than 5 photos to scrap but I am sticking to the remit, even if it means that I have to gloss over some of the things we did.  But one of the highlights of the month was spending the day in London with Gracia finding some of the Shaun in the City sculptures.  We had a fabulous day that will be remembered for a long time as being filled with fun and laughter, especially when we found the sheep called Mossy Bottom (not the one below)!

We went for Afternoon Tea, twice!  One at the Essex Rose with Hannah and Eileen to celebrate Hannah's and Gracia's 22nd birthday and the other at Tiffin's Tea Emporium in Long Melford, with David as a pre-birthday treat for Gracia before she returned to Newcastle.  Also April marked the first time Hannah and Sophie visited Gracia in Newcastle - hope it's not the last as the girls seemed to have such a good time.  Most importantly, for Gracia, Josh returned home from his travels, the day before her birthday which she declared as 'The best Birthday present ever'.  As is traditional, ever since they have lived in Newcastle, they went to the beach for the day.

So there we have our very busy month of April!

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1. I know I have said it before and I will keep on saying it - I am so thrilled that Gracia still wants to go on little adventures with me.

2. Our new love - discovering places for Afternoon Tea.

3. Spending time with friends, both over Easter and yesterday at the crop.