Thursday, 22 May 2014

Daybook 6


Outside my window
 ... Heavy grey skies, amber warning for rain (already in progress). 

I am thinking...Of a lot of things! Away on holiday in a couple of days and lots to do/organise before hand. 

I am thankful... For being able to actually GO on holiday. We are blessed. It wasn't always the case.

In the kitchen...Lots of packed lunch boxes from the kiddlets here today, leftovers in fridge all ready for quick and easy dinner.

I am wearing...   (well, one can dream!)

I am creating...Bits here and there, not committed to anything, which is BAD!

I am going...To get my nails done in a couple hours, then sunbed and 2 back to back exercise classes tonight with friends.

I am wondering...What to wear to my "Mamma Mia" cinema/disco night tomorrow!

I am reading...Lots. Book Club book-"The Black House", Peter May. Also "A Beautiful Lie" by T.E.Sivec. "The Girl in the Box" by Robert J.Crane. "26 Reasons to Run" by Ruth Field.

I am hoping....The crazy rain stops asap and Spring heats up soooon!!

I am looking forward to...Waking up tomorrow morning and knowing I'm offf!!

I am learning...To be a grown-up, that life is too short for rubbish, that Truth is everything.

Around the house...Needing a proper clean and slight tidy-up, scheduled for this weekend before we go. Before that, it will be pretty pointless!

I am pondering....What happened to the lone, dead baby bird we found in it's nest? After all the (5) beautiful eggs and traces of them and the parents disappeared?? Not even a bit of eggshell left, just a new baby with a little blood on its neck. Sad..

A favorite quote for today...Just as slow as you need to go..(my jogging mantra).

One of my favorite things...My youngest at 3 1/2 being so "big" with her 1D fan stuff, yet small enough to be delighted at her new travel dolphin back pack :)

A few plans for the rest of the week...Argh! Nails/hair/sunbeds/gym classes/jogging/house cleaned to the max/bedding all changed/washing up to date/packing done/hamsters dropped off to Diane & Johnny's/all documents located and stored...and breathe....

A peek into my day...

Friday, 25 April 2014

This Moment..

{this moment}
A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
(inspired by Soule Mama)

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Daybook 5


Outside my window
 ... Grey skies, beautiful autumn trees and a nip in the air!

I am thinking... Of the dream I had last night where I was off work nice..

I am thankful... That I actually have a job and how flexible it is. Lucky mama!

In the kitchen...Slow-cooker chicken, sausage and veg casserole ready to be fired up.

I am wearing... Dark denim flarey jeans (my faves) and navy/cream/grey pajama-like top (I promise it's NOT actual PJ's!!)

I am creating...Teeny Halloween costumes for my youngest daughter's Sylvanian Families collection. Hilarious, and very cute. 

I am going...To Castle Fraser today, to do Owl Crafts with 5 kiddos.

I am wondering...If it'll rain on us!

I am reading..."The Lady's Slipper"-Deborah Swift, "The Island House"-Posie Graeme-Evans, "The Husband's Secret"-Liane Moriarty (the latter being our month's Book Club choice.

I am hoping...My little stubborn daughter will allow me to change her into a more outdoor-friendly outfit soon.

I am looking forward to...A rest! Maybe about 3pm..

I am learning...How to deal with a difficult situation with a friend.

Around the house...Chaos!! Cleaner in this morning, thank goodness..

I am pondering....If I will ever get all the clothes/toys off to charity shop or in the loft. Bagged up already, just need to load up!

A favorite quote for today...
"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." - Winston Churchill

One of my favorite things...The smell of my baby girl's hair this morning :)

A few plans for the rest of the week... Clearing out, chores, crafts, early nights. And a visit to a friend i need to sort things out with. Dreading it.

A peek into my day...Driving to Castle, Home, Lunch, Naps, Crafts, Research, Sorting emails/errands/ list made up.

Today's photo! 4 stone lost so far this year :D 

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Daybook 4


Outside my window
 ... Grey clouds  interspersed with some blue, all set off by a perfect Autumn wind complete with flying russet leaves.

I am thinking... of how lovely my few days off have been!

I am thankful... for my job, yet again, that affords me that ever-important, rare commodity-time!

In the a slow-cooker full of sausages, potato and onion. Autumn comfort food!

I am wearing... Layers! Wool is involved, as is a black furry hat with cat ears on top..

I am creating...Christmas ornaments with felt-yes really!

I am get my hair trimmed and styled today. It's long, which I love, but needs a bit of shape again.

I am wondering... Where Shaun and I should go on our date-night tomorrow?

I am reading... "The Guernsey Literary and Potato-Peel Pie Society". A book club book, I'm about 1/2 way through. Interesting!

I am hoping... to get to grips with what foods agree with me and which do not-awaiting my food intolerance test results back any day!

I am looking forward to... the next few months and all the fun it will bring!

I am calm down and stop shouting at my children so often. Hard. Ingrained in me from childhood.

Around the house...Lots of things to be lofted, or cleared out, or organised. A bit of organized chaos in the bedrooms with piles and bags of things...hmm..

I am pondering....when the day will come again that I get enough sleep each night? When my children leave school??

A favorite quote for today... 
"In the entire circle of the year there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October, when the trees are bare to the mild heavens, and the red leaves bestrew the road, and you can feel the breath of winter, morning and evening -- no days so calm, so tenderly solemn, and with such a reverent meekness in the air." 

-Alexander Smith

One of my favorite things...Hazelnut coffee with vanilla steamed milk, courtesy of my husband!

A few plans for the rest of the week... Clearing out, chores, crafts, early nights.

A peek into my day... Fruit tea, preserving plans, knitting, craft plans, cooking.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Daybook 3


Outside my window
 ... Blue skies, some clouds dotted about. The promise of rain on the way.

I am thinking... of how my girls need a nap and are in denial!

I am thankful... for my job, which allows me to care for them from home every day.

In the a lovely yellow melon that needs cut up, and a grocery list on the go.

I am wearing... my favourite blue and silver short sleeved tunic top, denim capris and my black flip flops. Ponytail on the side ala 1980's :D

I am family tree. It is an absorbing, addictive hobby!

I am have a day to myself tomorrow. What to do??

I am wondering... how this week will pan out. Week 4 of the school holidays begins..

I am reading... "Stirring the Dust", by Mary McCabe. Fantastic.

I am hoping... for another stone off on the scales soon!

I am looking forward to... buying new clothes in smaller sizes.

I am to look after myself better.

Around the house...the girls and I have done a major
 clean and laundry-attack, so things are looking shiny :)

I am pondering....what dinner should be tonight. Hungarian? Italian?

A favorite quote for today...
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of my favorite things...the breeze coming in the open front doors with the sun behind it.

A few plans for the rest of the week... really undecided as yet!

A peek into my day... No work, girls and I home together. Relaxing, outside play, movies on tv, cuddles :)

Saturday, 20 July 2013



Outside my window
 ... a true summer's evening is in full swing-warm, balmy air, a light breeze and blue sky. Candy floss clouds here & there, and the tell-tale smell of barbecues all over the estate.

I am thinking... of  this time next year! I *should* have lost my excess weight and be back on the road to fitness by then!

I am thankful... that my little ones are sound asleep-a looong day and tired/grumpy girls=one weary mama!

In the kitchen...a few dishes from a quick dinner for my tired girls, a plethora of hayfever cures!

I am wearing... 
my indigo denim capris and a blue & white floral, ruffly blouse. Black flip-flops. 

I am creating...Autumn term lesson plans for my childcare setting, and beginning to collate book ideas.

I am going... to try for an early night tonight, as I am exhausted after a very busy week.

I am wondering... why this darned hay-fever is so bad this year?

I am reading... yet again, 
a lot of books, both on Kindle and hard copies. "Gone Girl", by Gillian Flynn for our Book Club, "Close to the Bone" by Stuart Macbride (local author),  "Limoncello and Linen Water" by Tessa Kiros.

I am hoping... 
to eliminate sugar from my diet completely.

I am looking forward to... doing some more genealogy research tomorrow!

I am learning... to adapt my lifestyle to fully benefit from the surgery I had in February.

Around the house...hamster has had a wee "swimming pool" installed in his house, as the heat is getting ridiculous, and I worried about him not being cool enough!

I am long our fabulous summer weather will last? It is North-East Scotland, after all..

A favorite quote for today..."The cure for everything is salt water, be that the ocean, sweat or tears".-Anon.

One of my favorite things... is seeing my little daughters' sun-blushed cheeks and bare feet in the garden.

A few plans for the rest of the week... car getting repairs beginning of week, I have some days off, so just to enjoy those as much as possible with my family.

A peek into my day... My best friend and her husband came across this afternoon with their 5 week old baby girl. Always so wonderful to see them! And that wee bundle :)

Friday, 25 January 2013

This Moment..

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by Soule Mama.