Tuesday, 29 January 2013

From Me to You

Only Tuesday.
I feel exhausted.
Monday, first thing, we instructed an estate agent to sell our house.
Monday, late morning, they were at our house taking photos.
Monday, supper time, a phone call from the agent asking if we're willing to have a preview viewing.  A sneak peek, if you will, for a prospective buyer before we have a board outside, a schedule printed and a page on the estate agent's website.
Tuesday, mid-morning, a flying visit from a staffer to view our house in order to be able to talk about it competently to prospective buyers.
Tuesday, early afternoon, mad tidy up of craft space.
I hardly ever stamp on a layout, so how come I have all these stamps?  There's also a few embellishments in that basket, the sort of thing I would never use.
If you fancy a small parcel of randomly selected supplies heading your way, just because, shoot off an email to roo1968ATyahooDOTcoDOTuk.
Consider it Happy Mail, 2013 style.

Monday, 28 January 2013

This Weekend I ...

This weekend I packed a picnic lunch for The Boy Child.  I took enough food for a small army of children and our trip took no longer than three hours there and back.  Not much remained when we got home.
This weekend I took The Boy Child to spend £10 of his birthday money.
This weekend I treated The Boy Child to hot chocolate in Starbucks.
This weekend I took The Boy Child in to town to visit the London Tourist Board (to see what info I could gather for Deb and Carrie's impending visit.  Squeals with excitement.)
This weekend I wore both gloves and sunglasses.
This weekend I put yet more Lego together.
This weekend I emptied the ironing basket.
This weekend I took The Boy Child to Family Swim at my gym, twice.
This weekend I ate The Brainy One's delicious home-made pizza.
This weekend I sat with The Brainy One and watched a double episode of Borgen, while drinking tea and eating chocolate.
This weekend I read a few chapters of My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding. Super read.
This weekend I have listened to The Boy Child read through six pages of his reading book.
This weekend I took The Boy Child out for breakfast.
This weekend I managed to watch the final two sets of the Australian Open Men's Final. I wanted Murray to win, obviously, but Djokovic was a worthy winner.
This weekend I managed to actually read The Sunday Times.  It normally sits on the kitchen counter until about Thursday.
This weekend I cleaned the kitchen windows.
This weekend I took The Boy Child for his swimming lesson.  It was his third time in the pool this weekend.
This weekend I called in at the supermarket to pick up a few things that I'd forgotten earlier in the week.
This weekend I cleaned The Boy Child's school shoes.
This weekend I discussed with The Brainy One which Estate Agent to choose.
This weekend I watched Call the Midwife and Mr Selfridge.  The Brainy One watched bloke TV ~ Top Gear and a science-type program with PBC.

I should remember this weekend when I feel that we don't really do anything!
How was your weekend?

Hello Monday

Hello to coffee with friends this week.
Hello to contacting the Estate Agent we have chosen to sell our house.
Hello to EPCs, floor plans and photographing our house.
Hello to trying to get to the cinema this week.  I fancy Zero Dark Thirty, with Lincoln and Flight next on my list.  And another viewing of Les Mis.
~ Russell Crowe as Javert in Les Mis ~
~ Image from Les Mis Facebook page ~
Hello to keeping the house tidy from now until we sell.
Hello to locating a house or two to view during half-term.  The one we really like has since been let.
Hello to getting organised with food shopping and meal planning.  I've let things slide since the New Year.
Hello to the usual comment about going to the gym ~ Zumba, Aqua and swimming.

How is your week looking?

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Scrapbook Saturday

One way or another, it's been quite a week.
The Boy Child's autism has been up front and centre in our family life.  It has not been easy.
The relocation plan is up and running.
Both The Brainy One and I have made numerous trips to a selection of local charity shops with items we no longer need or want.
Both The Brainy One and I have made huge inroads in to de-cluttering our house.  The Brainy One gets a gold star for the new and improved look to his office.
When it all got too much, I retreated in to my office to scrapbook.  Scrapbooking, I have realised, is how I regain my equilibrium.
A couple of Christmas pages; not really a double spread, but side-by-side in the album.

A page about Miami.  I didn't have any suitable patterned paper in my stash, so I tried out block colours of card instead.  I have also discovered washi tape.
A general page in our album for my God Daughter's school photo (alongside her brother). I photographed it before I wrote the journaling (on a card inspired by the divine Miss Smith)
And finally, a page for The Boy Child's album ~ all about Hosanna Rock.
Now for project Life and four weeks worth of journaling to write up ... just as well it's only in note form.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Monday, 21 January 2013

Hello Monday

Hello to snow on the ground, but none falling (at the moment).
Hello to photographing the snow.
Hello to wearing tights under trousers, thermal vest and thermal socks.  Such style.
Hello to school putting the help The Boy Child needs in place.  Even though they still haven't received confirmation of the funding.  I love the staff at school.
Hello to another phone call to the Statementing Office to find out why the funding hasn't been released.
Hello to a coffee morning at school and the opportunity to meet with a representative from Random House Children's Books division.
Hello to tidying away last week's Book Fair at school and tallying up the total raised.
Hello to The Boy Child attending his second session of Beavers.  He was able to start unexpectedly last week.  The jury's out on whether it's for him or not.
Hello to making time for scrapping this week.  I have ambitions for five layouts in five days.

How's your week looking?

Sunday, 20 January 2013

One Little Word | 2013

This is our third year in a row where we have chosen a word.
In 2011: better
In 2012: enjoy
This year, the word pretty much chose itself.  And as soon as I realised what our word would be, it was obviously the right word.
In 2013: change
I'm planning on continuing with the OLW monthly blog hop posts, which this year will be hosted by Lee of  The Linar Studio blog fame.  Check back on 1 February for a glimpse of how we're getting on with change.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Snowy Days

We had a reasonable amount of snow fall yesterday; enough for school to close early.
 The Common has become home to a varied snow family over night.

 Definitely cold enough for thick coats and deep enough for wellies.
Any snow where you are?

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Telling Tales

The divine Miss Smith of Curiouser and Curiouser blog is hosting a new class later this month called Telling Tales, with all proceeds going to her Guiding Fund to finance a trip to Cambodia later this year.
Her class from last year, Just One Sketch, was superb and she is always generous in sharing what she knows.  Her most recent share features make-your-own journaling cards.
And I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I too could produce decent looking journaling cards.
I'd love to meet Kirsty in person and chat over a pot of tea and cake.  Her personality really shines through on her blog.  And having said that, I can't help but think that she is ever so slightly bonkers.
In a Helena Bonham Carter bonkers kind of way.
Bonkerstastic, if you will.
And that's meant as a compliment.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Simply a Moment

I'm folding the second batch of laundry ~ socks, pants and The Boy Child-size clothes ~ having just finished writing thank-you notes on The Boy Child's behalf.  The light on the washing machine is flashing, telling me that today's third load is waiting to be hung up or put in the tumble dryer.
J, the decorator, is folding up dust-sheets in the hall and vacuuming the stairs.  The Steve Wright show has just begun on Radio 2 and the first song up, playing a tad too loudly (an indicator that The Brainy One has recently been in the kitchen), is I Knew You Were Waiting by Aretha Franklin and George Michael.  A song that conquers up memories of the Falkland Islands in 1987.  The pooch is curled up in his bed behind me, none too pleased that his run of the house has been curbed by house-selling preparations.  My boots and red leather handbag are, for some reason, on the floor next to him.
It's 2.05pm.

Alexa, of Trimming the Sails, invites people to share a moment with her around this date of each month. Nothing fancy, just a few well chosen words, or a photo, or a scrapbook page.
What's your moment?

Monday, 14 January 2013

Hello Monday

Hello to the first week of proper routine since the beginning of the Christmas holidays. I'm ready for it and so is The Boy Child.
Hello to our decorator back for a second week.
Hello to seeing Les Misérables a second time.
{photo from Les Mis facebook page} 
Hello to back to the gym for the first visits this year ~ Zumba, Aqua and swimming.
Hello to the week-long book fair at school.  I'm helping out on 2 afternoons. 
Hello to Street Dance class.  Two more of The Boy Child's friends have joined.
Hello to a haircut.  I'm considering cancelling and finding a new salon.  Yet another too short a haircut last time.
Hello to on-line shopping and having my groceries delivered to directly to my kitchen.
Hello to my nephew's 16th birthday.
Hello to my SiL's birthday.
Hello to cracking on with Project De-Clutter.
Hello to a swimming lesson at an earlier time this term.

How's the week looking for you?

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Now We Are Six

The Boy Child turned six last Wednesday and we hosted a party for him yesterday.
 Now, I don't know about you, but I like children's parties to be traditional.
We played "Musical Bumps", "Duck, Duck, Goose", "British Bulldog" (which was possibly just that little too boisterous for five and six year olds) and "Cat and Mouse".
We finished up with a tea party.
And cake.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Paper and Glue

I've rather surprised myself recently in that I've actually made something involving paper and glue.
First up was a mini book for The Boy Child's Godfather's birthday.  I used six sheets of packaging and cut them up in to different widths.  I did that by eye, rather than by measurement.
I used Echo Park's Little Boy range.  I think it's one of the best range of boy papers I've come across.
 I made sure there were enough pages for twelve photos, one from each month last year.
 I dusted off my Bind-It-All to join the pages together.
  And as you can see, I'm out of practice using it.
I was pleased with the end result and, most importantly, the recipient was delighted with it.
As previously stated last month, when The Boy Child was chosen as Star of the Week at school, he was asked to bring the school's bear home for the holidays.
And I was asked if putting a few photos in a scrapbook was something I could do.
The Brainy One commented that the parents of future Stars of the Week would not be pleased to see my pages.
Now for a scrapbook page or six.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Hello Monday

Hello to mum spending the week with us.
Hello to the arrival of the decorator.  One final push before we put our house on the market.
Hello to The Boy Child going back to school on Wednesday.
Hello to The Boy Child's 6th birthday.
Hello to The Boy Child attending his first Panto.
Hello to a mountain of laundry.
Hello to trying to catch a viewing of Les Miserables.
Hello to The Boy Child's birthday party.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Off and Running

We're just four days in to 2013 and I feel exhausted.
We've been here at my mum's for three days and have packed loads in to our days.
We've caught up with family.
 And The Boy Child has played with his cousins, 21st century style.
We've been to the beach.
And have been reflective.
We've had an oral offer of a place for The Boy Child for the school of our choice in September.
The Brainy One and I have viewed seven houses.  Yes.  Seven houses.  The one we like best is sadly in an area without local amenities.  And that would mean a complete overhaul of our lifestyle ~ everything would be much more car-centered and I'm not sure I want that.
To paraphrase Winston Churchill, in regard to relocation, we have made strong inroads and have reached the end of the beginning.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

One Little Word Blog Hop: January

Good morning/afternoon/evening and welcome to the final One Little Word Blog Hop.  The hop is hosted by Margie and if you've landed here from Cheri, welcome.  I'm listed at number four this month, but don't worry if you get lost following the links ~ there's a full list of participants at the end of this post.
My husband {The Brainy One} chose our word for 2012: enjoy.  Not because he wants us to be frivolous with our lives, but because he wants us to grasp every opportunity, good or bad, that comes our way this year.  

This final month with our word was all about looking back.  And looking back gives you a sense of where you've been and grounds you in  today and where you'd like to go next.  
It turned out that our word was difficult to achieve in the first quarter of 2012; my lovely father-in-law died at the end of February and in April we received the formal diagnosis of The Boy Child's Autism.  That said, we agreed that neither event would define 2012 for our family.
We realised that enjoyment could be found quite easily, as long as we looked for it and that it wasn't always  about the big things, although they were there in 2012: our nephew's wedding in Cartagena, Colombia, The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympic Games. 
The small, everyday things count just as much: an unexpected lunch with The Brainy One, adventures on public transport with The Boy Child.  

I hope that if you've had a word in 2012, you've found it to be of use. 
Do you have a word for 2013?

If you're moving on with the OLW Blog Hop, then you'll be visiting Nikki next and you can find her here.

Ruth     http://suburbansahm.blogspot.com **you are here**
Nikki    www.inkyart.com.au **go here next**

Photo a Day: 31st December

~ final shot of 2012 ~ 
A very Happy New Year to you and yours from me and mine. 
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