Thursday, 27 December 2007

Happy Anniversary

To us today!

I really can't believe we've been together for a whole 6 years - no idea where the time went!!

This was meant to be JL's anniversary present but I ended up giving it to him for Xmas instead - we don't really do the whole anniversary thing more looking at each other in dazed disbelief as each year zooms by!

Christmas was over in a blink of an eye, I impressed myself by cooking my first ever Christmas dinner!! The first year we were together JL was obviously loved up enough to promise to always make Xmas dinner, this year though I thought I'd do it so daddy could spend some time with all four of his kids (plus the kitchen was a lot quieter)

Thursday, 20 December 2007


Aka Peek-a-boo, think it's a Yorkshire thing, well I presume it is cause I'd never heard of it before I moved here!

I wasn't quick enough for the hidy in the tinsel shot

The novelty soon wore off and the lure of my open hand bag was just too much

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

As Good As It's Going To Get

It didn't happen last night after all, half the tree decs and lilac lights were mysteriously missing, I went hunting for them today but alas nowhere to be seen?! My heart wasn't really in it but when I couldn't find my Playmobil tree ornaments the situation just got worse. I did consider hanging myself HP22 from it instead but thought he might get a bit dusty by 12th night.

It got to 1.55pm so I thought I better do something before mini me finished school , 2.12pm it was finished, think that must be a record for me - a whole 17 minutes!!!!! It probably does look a bit 'chucked up' but it's got the key elements....lights, tinsel, shiny balls and a star. Must have taken me longer to find an adapter for the lights!

Nearly forgot the most important thing CHOCOLATE!!! Must say I'm impressed with my chocolate umbrellas for the only reason we used to have these on our tree when I was little. I've had a generally shit day today but as soon as I switched the tree lights on I felt a whole lot better!

Tuesday, 18 December 2007


JL has had a couple of days off work so I told him asked sweetly if we could go shopping to finish off my gift buying - fab day got it all done and dusted except one thing that he's going to get for me, all my Xmas stresses are now gone - hooray!! Of course while we were out I got 'carded' aka Mr Postie (cheeky little chap that he is) was unable to deliver, so I had to wait until today to pick up my parcel (boy I hate that!!) It was either one of two things and indeed it was wait for it...............

I was going to do the whole photoies of the unwrapping of the very lovely brown paper but I couldn't be arsed was just too excited, when I managed to get through the previously mentioned lovely brown paper D#2 must have know something exciting was in the cause she proceeded to rip off the just as lovely Christmasy tissue paper and snog (of course no tongues) HP22 within an inch of his life! She then discovered the yummy chocs I'd just unwrapped and quickly abandoned HP22 (how shallow can you get at 15 months?!) 2 minutes later after her initial chocolate hit went looking again for said monkey, I'm of the verge of a panic attack at the sight of the chocolate covered baby after my monkey! We quickly hid went to do some gift wrapping.

Bless him he was very tired after his journey (and countless kisses from D#2) and had a little lie down in D#1's bed....for all of 2 seconds before I promptly told him to earn his keep

As it turns out HP22 is a dab hand at wrapping and soon had most of it sorted

Until we ran out of paper *rolls eyes*

But in the process monkey has discovered what he wants for Christmas

Pinky Bunny was not in the slightest bit amused to say the least and I was forced to wrestle a Sylvanian Families chair from his sticky little mits before he pumbled the poor monkey's head in - it appears in his haste to use up the last bit of wrapping paper he forgot to check which flavour (Mr) Pinky Bunny is......

So thank you MM for my beautifully crafted monkey made of knit - I can finally bin the memories of scary scarecrows and creepy clowns I at the age of 31 possess my own knit to love.

Please note:
Some of the above may have been dramatised

And for this evenings entertainment.........


This year we are having half a Christmas tree (wall mounted and baby proof) I'll let you know if I get round to doing it, am I really the one one who hasn't put the decs up yet?

Friday, 14 December 2007

Nit Nurse Nora

Did you ever have one of those? Some random 'nit nurse' who used to come every so often and check the whole school for nits! I wonder if they still have them? Why I mention it I was informed the other day about a kid in D#1's class who has had 'crawly's' since she started school ie SEPTEMBER!!!!! To say I'm mortified would be a slight understatement. It's unfortunate if you do get them - but there really is NO excuse for having them that long. D#1 and I both have long hair D#2 is getting that way and I really don't want to have to keep de nitting the whole family (not that we have them - I've checked!!) because someone can't be arsed to sort her kids out!!!! *Growl* rant over!

Onto another sort of knitting.....

I've always always always wanted to knit, my mum can knit really badly (she can't cast on or off!!) I've asked her to teach me in the past but because I'm left handed it's just too complicated to grasp in reverse especially as my tutor can't knit anyway!

When I was little there would be these things.....knitted things.....I remember certain friends used to have them I used to love them, they were always knitted by grannies or nannies, both my grannies died before I discovered the 'knits of love' (I think only one could knit anyway) I used to look at these 'knits of love' and wish someone loved me enough to spend all that time and effort making me one (I obviously had an early appreciation of things handcrafted!)

This is a typical one

I found the pic here have a look at the gallery to see what I'm harping on about!! I also just noticed there are some free patterns for those of you who may like to knit some wicked cakes, biscuits, sandwiches and appetisers.....(yes really) and some other cute stuff. Wow I really am a frustrated non knitter!

This is all leading up to a very exciting addition to our family - those are the words I used to tell mini me yesterday morning, half cringing expecting her to start jumping around the room at the thought of a new baby brother or sister alas no......

Drum roll please.....

I bagged me a monkey made of knit *SSSQQQUEALLLLLL* I really am that excited (I'm 31 for god sake!!) HP22 to be precise I only remember about Monkee Maker's monkey sale about 5 minutes before it happened, I sort of intended maybe a little half heartedly getting one for my brother for Xmas...... but not on your nelly bro *evil laugh* mini me has told me she's going to sleep with him/her/HP22 every night - you can get lost little lady the monkey is for mummy!!

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Busy busy

Well we've been busy over the last week or so, D#1 turned 5 (how did that happen???) she had her birthday party at Brewster's on Sunday. She's always had a thing for Brewster Bear

Some things don't change except maybe Brewster is looking a little tattier and D#1 a lot taller!

We (JL and me) actually went out last Friday (as in out out with no children!!) We very rarely get to go out due to lack of baby sitter but JL decided that his twins who will be 15 on two months would be up for the job, I was very apprehensive to say the least but I think I would be even if they were 10 years older *shame on me* anyway it was his former work's Xmas outing, nothing very exciting just an intimate meal with 10 other people at a Cantonese restaurant my meal mainly consisted of red wine due to lack of veggie starters plus a massive plate full of sizzling meat to follow, by the time my meal arrived I was well on my way and absolutely staving (maybe there is another reason I don't get taken out?!) but all was well even if I did have to wolf a bowl of Shreddies when I got home.

Busy time at school for madam too with another school trip last week, Xmas dinner today, Xmas fare (with SANTA!!!) tomorrow, concert on Tuesday and Wednesday, party Thursday and break up on Friday - I never remember school being such a social event when I was 4/5!

Some VERY exciting news to share tomorrow (I won't bore you anymore now!) well I say tomorrow that's if I can be arsed to try and make my life sound anymore interesting than it really is......

Saturday, 1 December 2007

Happy Birthday Bro!

35 today! What a corker of a picture x

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

It's Complicated

Being a mum that is!

Turns out Scooby Doo didn't go down quite as well with D#1 as we thought - she wanted to be a Princess like everyone else (well obviously not the boys!)

How do you actually know when to keep your kid off school if they are unwell? When I was a kid I'd milk it all I could to get a day off, mini me didn't stop coughing for a literally a whole hour after she got up this morning she seems pretty much OK apart from that but I thought I'd better get her down the docs now she's moaning she wants to go to school, she's bored, she'll miss her friends etc etc - it's only 9.05am!! I'm sure I never liked school that much!!

Saw this yesterday and made me smile......

.....think autumn must be over now though, leaves are more soggy than crunchy!

Thought I'd share this too

Search UK Petrol Prices for free on

I'm not going to start on the 'have you seen the price of fuel lately' but it's worth having a check to make sure you're getting it as cheap as you can!!

Friday, 23 November 2007

Who Has These Ideas??

You know these bright ideas like Pajama Day (in the middle of winter), Wacky Hair Day (eh?) and today is Book Character Fancy Dress Day!!

They do seem like good ideas at the time of bringing 'the letter' home from school until that is two days before when you realise you've forgotten all about it! Mad scramble to the shops visualizing little red riding hood or something cute and girlie (avoiding any princess cause you know they'll be at least half a dozen of those already in a class of 16) finding the only little red riding hood looks like some nasty cheesy little number that would look more at home in an adult size in one of 'those' films. I did consider making something but I'd still have to go and buy some material from somewhere!

Anyway Asda to the rescue in the name of.......

Scccccooooby Dooooby Dooooo!!!

Apologies for the blurry shot it was 8am I'm not very good at focusing my own eyes at that time let alone get to grips with my fairly new camera and very wriggly daughter!!

And she really does love Scooby - the theme of her birthday last year and she has a Scooby book - everyone's a winner!!

I'll share the Wacky Hair Day pic too while I'll here cause I was most pleased with my effort and home made bows!

I really should have tried harder with getting my parting straight though don't you think?!

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Holy Toast!!!!!!!!!

I'm back already.....

How fantastic is this!!!! Peter and Katie fans look here, I've literally just found this site and I'm wetting my knickers already!! OK maybe not quite literally

Haven't you always wanted this! I think my Xmas depressions has just cleared, I pity my family who could be on the receiving end no pun intended! Maybe I'm just sick, mum if ever you find my blog this is what I need !!

Guess what I'll be doing first thing tomorrow!!


So it's how many days until Xmas?

I have bought 3 Christmas presents, don't think I'm doing very well! Plus D#1 and my brother's birthdays are before then! I'd love to just give gift vouchers to everyone I'm sure they'd be appreciated more but I just can't bring myself to do it!

Been browsing for inspiration and found these sod buying them for anyone else - I want them!!!!

I was feeling depressed before but just remembered Little Cotton Rabbit's shop was getting stocked tonight at 10pm (so I thought) d'oh it was 9pm!!! Missed out AGAIN what a tit I am!!

*Huff, sigh, etc*

Monday, 19 November 2007

Dear Santa....

Some fab t-shirts here

Slogan T-Shirts, Personalised T-Shirts

Quote ILOVEHSSS before 30th November 2007 for 10% off

How about one of these for dropping some heavy duty hints, you could wear it 24/7 to make sure everyone got the hint! This one has got to be my very fave, could get more appropriate for me!!

Think they should do one saying 'I saw Mummy kissing Santa Claus'!!!! Hehehe

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Happy Birthday Grandad!!

85 today!! (not the one mentioned yesterday)

Here he is

I reacon this picture must have been taken when he was about 50.

When I was a kid I thought he was a giant - he was so tall and the only man I knew without a beard!!!

Getting up at 8am on a Sunday morning is not my idea of bliss, when you have kids you don't have much choice but then I remembered Monkee Maker's shop was being stocked this morning 'horrray' I even hurried down stairs to switch the PC on!! Thought I might be able to finally get my sticky paws on a monkey made of knit (who gets up early on a Sunday?) alas it was not to be *insert sad face here* absolutely gutted!! *Sniff*

Another birthday party this afternoon my D#1 has a better social life than me......well actually my only social life is sitting around at birthday parties!!!!!!!!

Saturday, 17 November 2007


It's official I'm a crap blogger - it's not that I've forgotten I'm just not very good at making my life sound more interesting than it really is!

D#1 lost her first tooth yesterday, it's been hanging on since Halloween and fell out at school yesterday. Under the pillow it went last night along with umpteen pictures for the tooth fairy, she was most surprised this am to find she'd actually been and left her a 'gold coin' aka a quid (is that the going rate these days?) along with a letter and fairy dust - the less said about flipping fairy dust the better!!

My new addiction has got to be facebook, when I first joined a few weeks ago I did some random searches (as you do) looking for people I might know, my surname if fairly unusual so typed that in and came up with some interesting results and now found some new relatives! Thought I'd share this photo

The little boy at the front (left) is my grandad (who I never knew) and his sister on the right, the man at the very back left is their dad and the lady next to him is their mum, the picture must have been taken around 1904 she died 3 years later at the age of 26 I found out he went on to marry again and had another daughter in 1909 but died in 1913 at the age of 34. It makes me feels so very sad at the loss of such young life. The lady at the back 3rd from left (my great granny's sister) brought up my grandad. I love this photo and feel such privilege to have it.

Thursday, 1 November 2007


.....All Hallows Day!

JL's pumpkin - obviously I should have posted it yesterday *rolls eyes* I was super busy trying to work out my new camera (too lazy to read instructions!) so I could list some lovelies on eBay....

....that's some of them - can't decide which is my favourite - all so cute!

Back to Halloween.....

Call me a miserable cow but I can't usually be arsed to answer the door to kids who can't be more original than donning a bin bag, anyway this year D#1 and me answered the door (obviously I was hiding behind my 4 year old) not a bin bag in sight! I was very impressed all the little monsters had made such efforts! I was very concerned at the lack of adults though - when you get a knock on the door by a couple of 6 or 7 year olds I want to track down their parents and shake them violently - what is wrong with people??????!!

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Happy Birthday

to meeeeeeee!!

It's been and gone, was very uneventful - depressing even, but made up for it today!

We went to the vegetarian cafe in Holmfirth the food really is amazing but they obviously haven't heard about service with a smile! It's the second time I've been and the waitress' were both as miserable as each other on both occasions! It's only a very small place so you couldn't even say they were too busy to smile!!!

Other good news is I have a new camera this space for fab and exciting pics soon!

Well I think most places had half term last week but we have it next week - a whole week (plus two extra training days) of not having to get up at 6am!! Don't suppose we'll do much out of the ordinary but it will be lovely to spend time with my two girlies *warm fuzzy feeling*

Most Haunted starts tonight from Tatton Park my grandad used to live just up the road - I've been there loads of times but didn't know it was full of spooks...............or not as the case maybe ;o)

Thursday, 18 October 2007

I'm still here....

So the reason why I've never started a blog before now probably is (apart from as previously mentioned) I just don't have anything to blog about!! Yes my life really is that dull! Absolutely nothing of interest has happened to me all week apart from my car conking out at traffic lights on an very steep hill (facing down - something to do with the diesel feed pipe).

*Yawn* Note to self - get a life!

A week to my birthday! Tis exciting, except I have a really bad feeling I will be spending it alone doing nothing - well as alone as you can be with a small rug rat much as I love her (even though she's had me up since 4am).

I can't even post any nice pictures due to lack of lovely camera.

I will try harder to be more entertaining - I promise!

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Daft Hands - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Random visual fun!

Yes I know....

....I'm crap!

I've not blogged for nearly a week!

I've not had anything exciting to report, it's all been pretty shitty news to be honest but best not go there.


Facebook oh my word where have I been? I joined last week and been having a mad strange time of it ever since finding friends from primary school and people I've not spoken to for years! Great stuff but slightly addictive!

I've not done any crafting what so ever since Eric - bad show, feeling a tad uninspired I really should pull my finger out and find something to do!

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Talking of Socks

Look what I got in the post yesterday off my mum!! I'm not sure what gives her the impression that I actually do any housework but never mind - fab socks, so me and just my colour. Cheers mum.

Why does no one ever tell you how expensive school is? I'm not talking posh private school I'm talking run of the mill normal school - D#1 only started last month already I've had to cough up a whole £41.25!! That's not including school uniform, shoes, presents for b'day parties - two so far with another invite this morning. It's not even been a whole month yet! I'm going to have to become a pole dancer or something just to fund my child's education! OK maybe not but sounds good doesn't it....hehe

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Meet Eric

Firstly I'd like to say ta very muchly for comments from Kae who I spy has her own Socky Thingy and Monkee Maker who has Dennis no offence to Dennis or MM but I about shat my pants when I first saw him pole dancing - don't think it's politically correct to link to other peeps blog pics but look at the last pic!!!!!! Wowzers!

Anyway here's Eric (sock monkey #2)

With his cheeky hat (note lack of scarf)

Well I say he's #2 but there were a couple of non starters before him, firstly some really lovely fluffy socks that I thought would look fab as SMs but it just wouldn't sew so they are now on my feet (that sounds a bit cruel) and then there was the orange one - now Eric's fetching hat he has got a scarf but it disappeared this a.m. D#1 related, along with D#2's mittens (last seen worn by Eric) this two-hat (ie me) sewed and cut it the wrong way round that will teach me to get cocky (or just plain lazy) and not read instructions twice!

Sorry for the pooie pics D#1 and I had a slight accident with my camera a couple of weeks ago where it kind of 'flew' across the room and died shortly after - I was absolutely gutted to say the least. I've been using JL's cheapo camera since and it's....*trying to think of a non swear word*....let's just say it's not very good.

Right anyway chickens (if there are any!) it's now 11am and I've not even had a coffee yet *gasp* I've been up since 6am and if it doesn't happen soon I'll be asleep face down drooling into my keyboard within minutes!

Monday, 1 October 2007

Pinch Punch...

1st of the month (can't do it back)!

How did it get to be October already????? My birthday countdown begins now, well actually yesterday as Jim lad kindly told me it was 26 days away.....YIPPEEEEE then reminded me how old I will be *cringe* I've decided I might start counting backwards but not sure how long I could get away with it for? If I was 50 it might work for maybe 5 years or so but how long could I be in my 20's for considering I left them behind last year??

Picked up Jim lad's kids yesterday - I say kids at 14 (twins) his daughter is near enough as tall as me - I'm 5'8" and his son towers over me - I feel like such a short arse!! Our darling daughter #1 is already a small giant at 4 is known to wear 9-10 year old clothes (eh what's that all about?!) Popped to Meadowhell was a nightmare - anyone would think it was a week before Christmas! Primark was unbelievable did bag a baby shoe bargain though.......

LOVE baby shoes LOVE a bargain!! Luckily I do have a baby for the occasion of a baby shoe bargain - darling daughter #2....

She's only worn them once so they are actually still white, this time tomorrow may be a different story!

Also got some socks to have another go at making a sock monkey (or seven), I did make one last week.....

Meet Florance

I don't want to say anything that might upset her but she wasn't too bad for a first effort!! She wasn't actually meant to have a nose but those little fingers that are hanging onto her for dear life insisted on it!!

She's been bed hoping ever since and has to take turns between D#1 and D#2, I was reminded yesterday to get a shifty on with making more!! (Oh that sounds was D#1 who reminded me not Flo, cause obviously she's not that kind of monkey)

Oh the party wasn't too painful by the sign of any pirates though!!

Saturday, 29 September 2007

The morning after…

Oh dear it seems I started a blog last night (hello?!!) after I’d had a couple or three glasses of red *double blush*

First instinct…..delete delete delete!!!!!

Hmmmm maybe I’ll just leave it for now, think I’ll be talking to myself anyway so what the hell *cringe*I told my other half J this a.m. and he said ‘you’ve not written anything defamatory about anyone have you’ how nice is that?! Does that mean that’s the sort of person I am??

I’ll have a think about that *hangs head in shame*

Got to take daughter #1 to a fun filled party full of 4 and 5 year olds later – can’t wait for that it’s at The Pirate Ship my ears are cringing with the noise already!

Anyway best do something a little more constructive than sit and type into the deep dark world of cyber space…..might be back or might not be we will see……..

Friday, 28 September 2007

Well Hello

Less than ordinary, more than boring and full of nothingness – that’s me – welcome to my world.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you *cheesy grin* let’s hope you’ll stay, that is of course if anyone even finds this blog of boredom.

Well hello good evening and welcome……who really actually said that?

A quick Google later DAVID FROST?! My god it’s my fourth sentence in on my newly found blog and it’s even more boring than even I anticipated (shock horror) it’s down hill from now on – clearly! There is something about that fella I never liked - sorry Sir Dave, I'm sure you're lovely really *blush*

Why o why o why? Dunno really. It seems that everyone blogs so why shouldn’t she? I doubt I’ll even keep it up for more than two whole weeks – it’s not that I don’t have every good intention, it’s like every year at Christmas when you get a diary from someone who obviously thinks you’re capable of writing/keeping one (or can’t think of anything else to get you). Don’t think I ever even lasted a whole two weeks……..the only time I ever did keep a diary was when I was about 14 or 15 when my mum or step dad (never did find out which) found it, read it then grounded me (for a whole month) for reading the contents – like it ever had anything to do with them anyway????!!! I then went on to rip out every page and burn them (slightly over dramatic do you think??) I'd like to think that if I ever found my kid's diary I wouldn't look!

So this is me –think I’m more surprised that I’m even here! Hello if you’re reading me and……well……never mind if you’re not ;o)