Friday, 19 September 2014

Five on Friday

1) Extremely glad that the United Kingdom is still united.
2) Wondering why I haven't been asked along on The Boy Child's class trip to the Zoo next week.  But not wondering too hard because I've arranged to take my Norwegian friend to visit the Store of Utter Gorgeousness on the same day.
3) Officially a wearer of Varifocals, and prescription contact lenses and sunglasses on order.
4) Never tiring of meeting up with other mums after drop-off or before pick-up.  A fair few of The Boy Child's friends moved schools over the summer and I've made a commitment to work hard at maintaining my friendships with the mums.
5) Having The Boy Child's eyes tested after comments from school that he closes one eye when he looks at the white board.  The optician was brilliant; a 5* service.

How does your Friday look?

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Will They or Won't They?



I pray fervently that they stay.
We're better together.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Zoom In | Zoom Out


One of The Boy Child's classmates left the school today and, as you might imagine, it was somewhat chaotic trying to round the kids up for a photo.
The fish sticker was awarded for kind behaviour towards another pupil and the red button denotes the school house that The Boy Child belongs to.  You might have noticed that The Good Friend has a green button.
Zoom In | Zoom Out is the brainchild of Helena and you can see more here.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Guilty Pleasures?

There are aspects of my life that give me enormous pleasure for very little outlay.
Such as leaving for the school run earlier than needed in order to read in the park.
Or meeting up with a friend in the middle of the afternoon.
Instead of doing the ironing. 
Or even getting a fix of celebrity gossip, even if I'm not entirely sure who the person is.
 What or which things in your life could be classed as a guilty pleasure? 

Monday, 15 September 2014

Me on Monday

It's been a:
getting the washing out on the line,
sandals and cropped jeans wearing,
filling up the bird feeder,
thinking I should water the garden,
alongside weeding the front flower bed,
 book buying
and Happy Mail receiving
kind of Monday.
And it's looking good for the rest of the week.

This post is adapted from Sian's Me on Monday theme,
 which you can find on the

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Him | The Abridged Version

Back in 2010 I completed Cathy Zielske's online class, Me: The Abridged Version and loved it.
It's still one of my favourite albums.
I looked at it again this week and realised that I had made a huge error.
Lots of entries were cross-referenced to the Royal Air Force, but when I looked at the entries for 'R' none of them were about my time in the RAF...
In October 2011 I planned on completing an A-Z of The Boy Child.  I made the tag book so that I could note things down that I wanted to include. 
By November 2011 I had completed the foundation pages and put it on the shelf, ready for beginning in early 2012.
Except that I didn't because I forgot about it during all of 2012 and 2013.
In January of this year, I thought to myself, "I must do The Boy Child's album."  And then Cathy hinted about a new class that revisited an old favourite.
So I waited some more.
And my patience was rewarded.
Class starts in early October.
What's not to like?
Cathy.
And a class in a Project Life format.
Just think of all the things I can write about: Autism, school days, friendships, holidays, reading, learning, the things he says, sleep pattern, family, living in London ...
Sounds perfect.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

The Invictus Games | Photo Heavy

 Out of the night that covers me, black as the pit from pole to pole, 
 I thank whatever gods may be for my unconquerable soul.
 In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud.
 Under the bludgeonings of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed.
 Beyond this place of wrath and tears looms but the horror of the shade,
 And yet the menace of the years finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
 It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll.
 I am the master of my fate.
 I am the captain of my soul.
I Am Invictus.
 These two little girls rightly had their moment in the spotlight.
Shame about the grammatical error.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Five on Friday

1) Stepping away from the PC and mobile phone to spend less time on Facebook and texting and more time on putting pen to paper.
A few well chosen words + a photo or two = Happy Mail for both sender and recipient.
If I haven't left a comment on your blog of late, this is the reason why.
2) Road testing varifocal contact lenses.  Until recently, I had no idea such things existed.
3)  Getting a post summer holidays haircut.  Over due.  The shaggy dog look is not a good look for me.
4) Reacquainting myself with some old favourites.  I've lost count how times I've read this series. The characters are like old friends.
5)  Autumn is hinting at her arrival and I'm embracing Totally Teal on my toes in her honour.
I'm also thinking about dear Marti.  #tealtoesformarti.

How does your Friday look?

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Wit or Wisdom | 2014 | #3

I haven't been passed the chalkboard sign in months.
And what do I find this week?
Words that speak directly to me.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Zoom In | Zoom Out

Zoom In | Zoom Out is Helena's idea and you can see more here.