Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Wedding Dress

I made the decision on the spur of the moment.
(And knew there'd be a blog post in it.)
Next Wednesday is our 10th wedding anniversary
and I have decided to donate my wedding dress to the charity shop.
It's been in a rather lovely box for almost 10 years. 
 Either on top of a wardrobe or taking up valuable space
in the bottom of a wardrobe.  
I unpacked it to check on its condition (and to photograph it one
last time).  There's a few yellow spots on the skirt, which I hope will
come out with dry cleaning. (I did pack it away clean.) 
 And let's be honest, there's no way I'm going to be able to fit in it.
Not after having produced a baby the wrong side of 9lbs,
and months years of the evening grazing diet.
 So I wrote a note on a decent quality notelet
(and I've just spotted a grammatical error ...)
 and tied it to one of the hanger ribbons (or whatever their proper name is).
  If you fancy a look in person, it will be in 
Mary's Living and Giving charity shop in W5.
You can see me wearing it here and here.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Me on Monday

The dreich weather has called for indoor activities today,
and having boxed off the chores,
I finished off two layouts I'd begun over the weekend.
 The miserable weather on Saturday's photos meant that the page 
looked much better with smaller photos and pops of colour.

 You may have seen on my sister's blog that she and
her family have been granted permanent residence status 
in the United States.
Of course, that meant one more page for The Nephew's album.  

I can think of worse ways to spend a Monday.

This post is adapted from Sian's Me on Monday theme,
 which you can find on the
 fabulous From High in the Sky blog.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Things He Says | The Chelsea Pensioner Edition

Us: "How are you?"
Him: "Dying."

Grandad P. is proper poorly.
It's over 8 weeks since he had major surgery
and he is still mostly bedridden.
When I met up with him last week,
I barely recognised him.
He's not afraid of dying.
He's lived a good life.
It's us who are having difficulties 
in facing up to the fact
that his end is nearer than we want it to be.
Please hold him in your thoughts and prayers.  

Saturday, 3 October 2015

The Cutty Sark | Photos

After days of glorious blue skies, the fog arrived over London.
On the morning of our visit to the Cutty Sark at Greenwich.

There's some fabulous engineering going on.
Both in the ship and in the "skirt" that holds her and protects her hulk.
While not as impressive as HMS Warrior, she is still a sight to behold. 

Friday, 2 October 2015

Project Life | Overview

I'm into the last quarter of 2015
 with my Project Life album.
Yesterday, I had a short email conversation
 with my sister about how to document Project Life next year.
Her suggestion was so simple and,
 in hindsight, blindingly obvious.
Document in the way I document Month in Numbers.
One double page spread per month, which is easily
 incorporated in the yearly album.
As I'm currently on my 9th Project Life album,
 it seems like the perfect solution.

Are you a Project Lifer?
Perhaps traditional scrapbooking does it you?
Or are you, like me, compiling both? 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Month in Numbers | September 2015

With the arrival of October,
here's a look at Super September | The Family Edition.
50: the number of years that The Boy Child's Godfather and his wife have been married.
4: the year The Boy Child joined at his new school.
54: the age reached by The Brainy One on the last day of the month.
10: {not for public consumption}
82: the age reached by our beloved Grandad P at the beginning of the month.
8: the age in weeks of our newest cousin.  She weighs 9lbs and half an ounce ...
 a whole half ounce lighter than The Boy Child's birth weight.

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. 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Comfort Eating

It's been a tough few days.
I've eaten Jelly Babies.
A whole bag of them.
In one sitting.

What's your go to comfort food of choice? 

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Brothers and Beer

There was a period of around thirty minutes last evening 
when I realised that I didn't like myself.
Homework had not gone well.
He was crying and saying he hated me.
I was screeching like the proverbial banshee. 
The evening was saved for the both of us by
the friend-who-is-like-my-brother.
Him, and the consumption of beer.
By me. 

A side note:  I was asked over the weekend what it was like coping with a child with autism.
I was particularly direct:
"It's sh*t." 

(The Brainy One is abroad on business.) 

Monday, 28 September 2015

Me on Monday

It was a where-did-that-weekend-go? kind of weekend.
It was one where we covered around 500 miles 
in around 31 hours.
It was one where we met our beautiful new cousin.
It was one where we attended a surprise 50th Wedding tea party.
  It was one where I felt the ties that bind.
It was one where I could see the man who had been Dad's
childhood (and lifelong) friend.
It was one where I could see that our shared history
continues, because he is The Boy Child's Godfather.  
It was one where I knew a family is made up of 
those you love the most and who love you in return.
It was one which left me with a full and happy heart.

This post is adapted from Sian's Me on Monday theme,
 which you can find on the
 fabulous From High in the Sky blog.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Another New Addition

This gorgeous wee thing
is the newest member of my family.
The Boy Child and I are her cousins.
And you know what a big fan of cousins I am.