Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Month in Numbers | May

May turned out to be marvellous, all told.
here's how it turned out: 
8: the number of times the pooch went to the vet.
18: the number of pieces of Happy Mail I sent around the world.
25: the number of times I took the pooch for a walk.
 16: the number of scrapbook pages I made for our various albums.  How I love my hobby!
3,447 approx: the number of miles between London Gatwick and the island of Bermuda.
{So no prizes for guessing that we might be headed there soon}
50: the age my best friend reached.  We have been friends for 27 years. 
There are 65 stairs from the ground floor of the shopping centre to the fifth floor and the gym's front door.  I went up and/or down them 6 times (I usually use the lift to get to the gym and then walk down when I leave.)  That makes a grand total of 390 stairs to add to my swimming total of 140 lengths.  Not a bad total when you consider that I only went to the gym 5 times!   
48: the age I reached. There's no photo as of yet, because I haven't had one taken as a 48 year old.

 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. 

Monday, 30 May 2016

A Page About Granny

I left space in The Boy Child's album for a page about Granny.  
The two of them had an extremely close relationship
 and I felt it was important to record the last few times he saw her.
   As I didn't have many photos from Mum's time in hospital that featured The Boy Child,
 I opted for a simple grid design,
 which had room for several clusters of embellishments.  


Again, I went back to the design principles learned from Cathy Zielske's 
Design Your Life class for inspiration.  I think that this idea works well when
you don't have that many photos to play with and you want them to make an impact.
It was important to me that The Boy Child should be able to look at this page and not feel upset.
That he could look at this, perhaps with a small smile,
and be confident in his knowledge of Granny's love for him. 

Friday, 27 May 2016

What Caught Her Eye #13

Continuing my new series for Fridays: 
the contents of that Smythson notebook,
one page at a time.
"We take ourselves
or we do not go."
~ Hilary McDowell

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Scrapbooking Her Story

It's only now that I feel able to begin to make an album of Mum's photos.
I sorted through that black bin bag of photos, a little at a time,
and sent off a fair amount to my siblings.
What was left fell into distinctive categories: childhood, RAF, marriage, children, 
family holidays, special occasions, weddings and the next generation.
 If I scrapbooked the photos traditionally, I'd have several albums by the time I'd finished.
Instead, I've gone with a Project Life design and one album will most likely do the job.
Because some of the very old photos are quite small,
 I'm going to use assorted page protectors:
6x12, 12x10 and 12x12,
which I think will work well and be interesting to look at when compiled as a whole.
What have you done with your old photos?   

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Snap #13

Helena has a new photographic theme for 2016:
 Snap, a visually linked group of 2 to 4 images:


How does your garden grow?
You can see more Snap images here.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Things He Says | The Granny Edition

"I miss Granny ... even though it's been three months."

Monday, 23 May 2016

Memorandum Monday

Monday has rolled around again, and that means it's time to
join in with the lovely Sian and
 share something that I've learnt over the weekend.
***
True friendship is a rare gift.
There's not much that my best friend doesn't know about me,
and I suspect I know an awful lot about her. 
For that very reason,
we joke that we could never not be friends.
 
You can see what Sian discovered over the weekend here

Friday, 20 May 2016

What Caught Her Eye #12

Continuing my new series for Fridays: 
the contents of that Smythson notebook,
one page at a time.
"The life that I have is all that I have.
And the life that I have is yours.
The love that I have of the life
that I have
is yours and yours and yours."
~ Leo Marks
1920-2001

Thursday, 19 May 2016

A Return to Scrapbooking

As of last month, I've found the need to scrapbook
 on an almost daily basis has reasserted itself.
I've finished off our album from the visit to the USA last summer
and I've added pages to The Boy Child's album,
and to that of my nephew.
I revisited a few details learned from Cathy Zielske's Design Your Life class.
This class, along with Yesterday and Today by Ali Edwards
is the best online class I've ever taken. 
I have photos, pretty paper and glue.
There's no need to reinvent the wheel. 
  

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Snap #12

Helena has a new photographic theme for 2016:
 Snap, a visually linked group of 2 to 4 images:
My six-weekly visit to the hairdresser.


You can see more Snap images here.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Get Caught Reading

The lovely Sian flagged this up ... 
it's Get Caught Reading month.
Who knew such a thing even existed?
Not that the three of us ever need
 prompting to be caught reading. 
Where do you do yours?


Monday, 16 May 2016

Things He Says | The How Old Are You? Edition

Him: "How old will you be on your birthday?"
Me: "Forty eight."
Him: "Are you sure?  You've been 47 for the last three years!"

{For the record, I have never, ever lied about my age.
Although I may have, on occasion, forgotten how old I actually am}

Friday, 13 May 2016

What Caught Her Eye #11

Continuing my new series for Fridays: 
the contents of that Smythson notebook,
one page at a time.
"If you see colour and movement
in the life of others - think
about those things in your
own life and give thanks." 
~ Unknown

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Out of the Shadows

Last evening, as I was pottering around in the kitchen after supper,
I felt suddenly and completely overwhelmed with grief.
Grief, as we know, is the price we pay for love
and it has a nasty habit of popping up without warning.
Five minutes later, as I felt more myself,
I was reminded of song lyrics I'd heard on the radio.
"It's a long hard road that leads to a brighter day".*
Today, as it happens, is that brighter day.
The sun is shining, the rain has moved off.
I am wearing a skirt.
I have bare legs.
I am wearing silver sandals.
A brighter day indeed.

*Lyrics from Yah Mo B There by Michael McDonald.


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Snap #11

Helena has a new photographic theme for 2016:
 Snap, a visually linked group of 2 to 4 images.
***
The wisteria has been late blooming this year,
but now that it is here, it looks amazing.
This house is just around the corner from us 
and The Boy Child and I pass it every day on the school run. 



You can see more Snap images here.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

From Her Hands to Mine

At first glance, this is a boring photo.
Okay, it's a very boring photo.
To a fellow scrapbooker, it might raise a small smile.
For me?
It's happysad {yeah, I know there's no such word}.  Bittersweet.
Those scissors, ink pad and glue belonged to Mum.
And now I have them.
And I'm using them.
When they are in my hands, I can think about when they were in hers.
I can see in my mind's eye exactly where she crafted in her small house.
I can see her talking to herself as she works {a family trait}.
I can imagine which CD she might have been listening to.
I know that the ribbon on the scissors means don't use them on anything but paper or ribbon.
Because I do the same thing.


Monday, 9 May 2016

One Photo | Twenty Words

This boy of ours
asked boys he didn't know
if he could join their football kick about.
They said yes.

Friday, 6 May 2016

What Caught Her Eye #10

Continuing my new series for Fridays: 
the contents of that Smythson notebook,
one page at a time.
Does loss get better?
"It never gets better, but
you get better at it."
HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
1900- 2002

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Snap #10

I'm technically a day late for Helena's photographic theme for 2016:
 Snap, a visually linked group of 2 to 4 images,
but no matter.
 There's no denying that as our pooch is 10 years old,
he is in the Autumn of his life.
The years are beginning to show and he's been to see the vet
far too many times for my liking recently.
I don't think I could bear it if anything happened to him. 
He has been the most loyal and constant companion, 
and it's no exaggeration to say that we all love him dearly, 

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Things He Says | The He's a Charmer Edition

Scene: leaving Hyde Park after a picnic on Bank Holiday Monday.
The Brainy One is wrangling the pooch and carrying a bag.
I am carrying two bags.  
The Brainy One: "Can you help mum with the bags, please?"
The Boy Child, glancing over his shoulder at me bringing up the rear,
"She's got two arms."


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Month in Numbers | April

Not all of April was awful.
Some of April was amazing and awesome,
and I chose to record the more positive aspects of the month.
22: the number of scrapbook pages I made for our albums.
You have no idea how less sad {as opposed to happy} scrapbooking makes me.
21: the number of times I took the pooch for a walk.
#66: the number of images I posted to Instagram.
19: the number of pieces of Happy Mail sent around the globe by me.
4: the number of blisters caused by my new silver sandals.
105: the number of photos I took for my just-for-me London in Spring photography project.
13: the number of items given to the charity shop or via freecycle: 9 bags of clothes and bric-a-brac, 3 lampshades and one storage chest. 
  
 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. 

Monday, 2 May 2016

Memorandum {Bank Holiday} Monday

Monday has rolled around again, and that means it's time to
join in with the lovely Sian and
 share something that I've learnt over the weekend.
...
When the weather forecast for the Bank Holiday is shocking,
it's best to look ahead to something that guarantees a smile or two.
Summer travels.
Part of the fun of travelling, for me, at any rate, is the preparation.
And let's not forget factoring in travelling with The Boy Child.
Maps. Guide books. Travel journal.
Check. Check. Check.

  You can see what Sian discovered over the weekend here