Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Initial Thoughts on Wearing Braces

I have a lot more sympathy for braced-up teenagers.  A lot more.
I've eaten gallons of soup.
I did manage a pub lunch of sausage and mash at the weekend,   

but only after cutting the sausages into the tiniest of pieces.
And then virtually swallowing them without a single chew.
Bonjela is my friend. 
Despite feeling as though I have a 'fat' mouth, people don't seem to have noticed.
The Boy Child announced that my teeth are ugly, but as he also said that before the braces went on,
I feel as though I can ignore that pronouncement.  
Talking about braces is boring.
  For everyone. 
 So I'll stop.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Be the Good

I was a late convert to Instagram,
but now use it regularly 
and I'm always on the look out for more beautiful feeds to follow.
{Suggestions welcome}
I put this A4 sized piece together in around 10 minutes,
having seen the original idea when scrolling through 
the images Instagram had selected for me.  

After recent events in London, it felt like the time to reinforce
the message within the message.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Memos: Mail: Me

This week, The Postie may have aided and abetted my ever-growing collection
 as well as allowing me to add to my collection of London-themed
reference books.  The Secret London book was recommended to me
by a neighbour who thought The Boy Child might enjoy exploring some
of the more obscure places listed.
 I have a few places already earmarked for visiting during the Easter holidays.
As for the weekend, on Saturday we went up to Little Venice for a stroll
along the Regent's Canal and lunch in a very picturesque pub.   

 We're fortunate that the overground train takes a mere 6 minutes
to reach Paddington station, and Little Venice can then be reached on foot within 5 minutes. 
Sunday was Mothering Sunday here in the UK, and apart from receiving a sweet card from
The Boy Child, it was a Sunday exactly like any other.
With added blue sky, blossom and vapour trails.

Friday, 24 March 2017

What Caught My Eye #9

"Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy."
~ Anne Frank

Thursday, 23 March 2017

London | My City, Your City, Our City

We are in shock.
We feel deep sadness and grief.
We are not afraid.
London: a global city.
One made up of a thousand different cultures.
One that embraces those differences.
One that welcomes the world.
One that will continue to do so.
We are not afraid.     

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Describe Your Family in Three Words

I read a post yesterday on Cup of Jo that set me thinking.
How would I describe my family in three words?
The first one that sprang to mind was loud
The Boy Child lives his life on full volume,
and, no, he doesn't have any hearing problems.
If I can't see him, either at home or when we're out,
I only have to listen for a second or two before being able to pinpoint his location.
And I can usually be heard yelling at any given point on any given day.

The second one is enough.
We are a family of three.
The Brainy One and I have a son.
We shouldn't have to justify why The Boy Child is an only child.
Quite frankly, it's none of your d**n business.
For us, three is the magic number.

The third word was left to The Boy Child to choose: brilliant
When I asked him why that word, he replied,
"because we are".
Which made me feel glad that he sees us that way,
because there are many, many days when we are far from that.

What three words would you chose to describe your family?

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Turns Out You're Never Too Old

Call it vanity.
Call it what you will.
After years of disliking my smile,
I've done something about it.
Yesterday, and somewhat apprehensively, I went ahead
with a fitting for upper and lower fixed appliances.
Meaning, by the time I reach a significant birthday in May next year,
I will hopefully have the smile I've longed dreamed of.    

Monday, 20 March 2017

Memos: Mail: Me

I had a fabulous haul of Happy Mail this past week ...
the April edition of The Simple Things
tickets to a concert next month,
and ... ta-da! ...
confirmation that I had come up in the Wimbledon ballot
and was being offered a pair of tickets for Court Number 1
on the first Friday of the Championships.
As for the weekend, we returned to the beautiful Thames-side 
town of Marlow. 
No rain this time, just overcast. 

Friday, 17 March 2017

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life | Amy Krouse Rosenthal

I learned this week that the author Amy Krause Rosenthal
had passed way from Ovarian cancer.
She was just 51 years old.
Thanks to Cathy Zielske's online classes, I produced two albums
based on Amy's book, Encyclopeida of an Ordinary Life -
 Yesterday, I flicked through the marked pages of my copy
of EoaOL and stopped at this:
FLYING: When the captain announces we're beginning our descent,
and we're still pretty high above the city.  I'll think, if the plane goes down now,
we would definitely not be okay.  A bit lower, and no, we still wouldn't be okay.  Maybe now, now we might be low enough that if it crashed, we might be okay.  

That made me laugh out loud, because, you know, who doesn't think that?
Cathy has a piece on Amy here.  Cup of Jo has a piece here.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Los Hermanos

The Colombian is really good at sending us photos
of Los Pequeňos via WhatsApp.
Paired with the photos we have of Cachirulo,
I have enough now for them to have their own album.
I'm calling it Los Hermanos, Spanish for the brothers.

 I've a feeling that this album may turn out to be my most favourite,
{but don't tell The Boy Child}.