Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Lego Therapy

The Boy Child has never been a huge fan of Lego, per se.
He likes it ready to play with, with Mum having done the hard work of building it.
He currently takes part in Lego Therapy at school a few times a month, 
where he joins up with two other boys and they work together to complete a project.
They take it in turns to be the supplier, the engineer or the builder.
All ways to help build, if you'll excuse the pun, communication skills and teamwork. 
But I digress ...
For Christmas, The Brainy One decided I needed my own Lego set.
And while it has been therapeutic, I've reached the stage where
I've realised that I've obviously made a mistake. 
Ho hum.
But isn't that the nature of Lego?
You just take it apart when it goes wrong and start again.
I may be some time. 

Monday, 16 January 2017

Memorandum Monday | Memos: Mail: Me {and a Winner}

Sian is ringing the changes for Memorandum Monday this year
and inviting contributors to mention their favourite piece 
of Happy Mail received during the previous week.
Happy Mail?  Something that's right up my street. 
I make a note of how much Happy Mail I send out,
but have never given much blog space to things I've received via Royal Mail.
Last week was a good place to start,
because I took delivery of two gorgeous
With the specific intention of using one to house my collection of
ready-to-send  Happy Mail.
Serendipity, you might say.
And on the subject of Happy Mail,
the winner of Snipped Tales is Melissa.
Drop me a line with your address and it'll soon be on its way to you.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Scrapping the Season

I've around 10-12 scrapbook pages that I want to add to existing albums
before embarking on pages recording the antics of 2017.
Don't mistake me, I'm not suggesting that I need to 'catch up' with my scrapbooking.
It's not that kind of hobby; I think it's supposed to be free flow.
Two double page spreads cover the Christmas Season.
 I went with large embellishments, 
 not too many photos
 and enough similarities between the two spreads to link them together.
How do you record the Christmas festivities, if you do?   

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Currently Reading

I love to scrapbook almost as much as I love to read.
Twelve days into the new year and I've already read one book,
am half-way through another (on Kindle*) and have two lined up waiting.
How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry caught my eye because
it's set in two of my favourite places; the Cotswolds and a book shop.
The story moves along nicely, but is definitely in the Chick Lit genre.
An easy read, but perhaps not for someone who has recently lost a parent
{I'd have given this book a wide berth if I'd realised the extent of the loss
the main character suffers}.
A character in HtFLiaBS claims that Heartburn by Nora Ephron is a favourite
and that she has read it 16 times.  I've never read any Nora Ephron, but that sentence alone
was enough to make me pick up a copy.
{And anyone who can write When Harry Met Sally must be talented.}  
The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman was recommended by my best friend
and initially it didn't sound my cup of tea.
The plot involves a veteran, a lighthouse and a baby ...
{When I was browsing for it in the bookshop,
I ended up asking the assistant for help ... "I don't know the author,
but it's got oceans in the title ..."  
She took me straight to it.
{* I'm reading the Poldark series on my Kindle, as there are 12 books in the set.}
What are you reading?

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Month in Numbers | November and December

I ran out of steam a little with collating numbers 
for the last two months of 2016.
So much so, I filled two pockets with confetti and then stitched them shut
because I didn't have anything else to put in them.
Here's a look at November: 
 244: the number of lengths swum by me in the pool at the gym.
21: the number of times I went out with the pooch. 
11: the number of 12x12 scrapbook pages I made this month.
If only I wasn't running out of scrapbook album storage space.
34: the number of Christmas cards written (and envelopes addressed).
I'm about half-way through our list. 
29: the number of Christmas presents purchased by me.
Most of them were ordered on line.
27: the number of Christmas presents wrapped by me.
Including one actually for me ...  
And in December:
24: the number of daily visits from Elvis the Elf during December
and only 1 duff landing!
21: the number of thank-you letters a certain young man is going to have to write.
5: the number of people who stayed with us, but not all at the same time.
45: the number of mince pies we may have eaten, approximately.
Most were mini ones!
1334: the number of pieces in my surprise present ...
the Lego Camper Van! 
66: the number of Christmas cards posted by us.
Month in Numbers is the brainchild of Julie
and you'll always find a warm welcome over at her place. 
 Not to mention entertaining posts about a varied list of topics.
Go on over, stop by and say hello.
You can see my previous Month in Numbers here.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Snipped Tales | A GiveAway

My friend Julie published a book just before Christmas.
A book that is as quirky as she is
(and I mean that in a good way).
 When I ordered my copy, I ordered an extra one to give away.
That's it there, the parcel under Elvis the Elf's hat.  
Julie's USP is that if you receive a wrapped copy,
it will come with a unique gift tag.
Which is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.  
Snipped Tales is the kind of book you can dip in and out of,
finding something to make you think or to make you laugh on each page.  
If you'd like to go into to the draw for a copy of Snipped Tales,
leave me a comment.
 Draw will take place on Friday, 13 January.  

Monday, 9 January 2017

One Photo | Twenty Words

As you reach double figures today,
Dad and I look at you
and marvel at how far
we've all come. 

Friday, 6 January 2017

December Daily | Days 24th-25th

On the 24th, we did something entirely different to previous years ...
we ate our Christmas dinner in the evening.
And you know what, we all enjoyed it so much that
we might just make it a new tradition.
On Christmas Day, after the excitement of a visit from Santa,
we were fairly low key.
The pooch still needed a walk 
and as we knew the guys who run the cafe in the park were open,
 we took them a cracker.
Then it was home to turkey sandwiches and new books.
December Daily: my favourite project of the year. 

Thursday, 5 January 2017

December Daily | Days 21st-23rd

The 21st was the day we went to the Panto in London's West End.
{Oh yes, we did!}
It was brilliant!
On the 22nd I was persuaded by my friend-who's-like-my-brother
to dress up in his inflatable Santa suit ...
{I know ... who even admits to owning an inflatable Santa suit?} 
Another envelope filled with confetti and the date did the trick.
The 23rd saw Elvis the Elf pushing his luck
by helping himself to the bowl of chocolates.
One wonders how he stays so slim ...

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

December Daily | Days 18th-20th

The 18th was an entry about how we give back over the Christmas season.
We donated foodstuffs to the Food Bank collection in our local supermarket.
We donated cash to Crisis at Christmas and the shelter where our BiL is a trustee.
Oh, and let's not forget the winter coats we donated to the homeless shelter.
The 19th was simply a photo showing how Elvis the Elf has mistimed his landing 
when returning from his overnight visit to Santa.
I fill a tracing paper envelope with confetti and then added the date, a star
and 6x4 sentiment card to one side.
A photo of Elvis went on the other side.    
The 20th was about how difficult I find it to keep Poinsettias alive. 
Anyone else find them decidedly tricky?