Thursday, 19 October 2017

What I Wore

This week has been a bit of a full on for one reason and another and so I have once again turned to my jewellery stash for inspiration.

Monday 16th was the anniversary of the founding of the the Walt Disney Company. 
I wore a bangle my sister bought me a couple of years ago which has Wish Upon A Star written on it which is very close to the name of a song which is strongly associated with the company.

As an added extra here's a photo of S sporting some Mickey Mouse ears during a little shopping trip we had this week.

As previously blogged I did the baking for chocolate cupcake day at the weekend and on the actual day itself I wore this brooch, a birthday present received from G's niece a couple of years ago.

Today is the birthday of the author Tracy Chevalier and I had planned on watching Girl with a Pearl Earring but I am feeling a bit under the weather and not in the mood. I have an irritating cough and although I feel I am sleeping ok I have not been waking up feeling refreshed. With the jewellery collection I have you'd think I would have owned a pair of pearl earrings to wear today but it's devoid of such an item. 

Tomorrow is International Sloth Day and so when I get home from work I'm going to change into my PJs and chill out, in readiness for the weekend and some extra time off for half term.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Misfits

Arthur Miller and Montgomery Clift were both born on 17th Ocotober. 
Miller was born in 1915 and Clift in 1920.
Their professional lives crossed in 1961 when The Misfits was filmed. 
Arthur Miller wrote the screen play and Montgomery Clift played a rodeo riding cowboy.

It wasn't a happy film set.
Marilyn Monroe was battling her addiction to prescription painkillers and her marriage to Miller was falling apart.
John Huston was the director and there are stories of his gambling and drinking have an effect on the whole production.
Within a couple of weeks of the film's completion Clark Gable had died and his widow placed the blame firmly at the feet of Monroe.

I had watched this movie once before many years ago and couldn't remember too much about it.
It;s not the normal Marilyn Monroe froth and fun movie and makes very uncomfortable viewing at times.
Each of the main characters carry their own sadness and disappointments and have been damagd by them.
G had never seen it before and said he found it a hard movie to watch but he would definitely watch it again. I think it probably needs a couple of watches to understand all the varying relationships and undercurrents.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Marie Antoinette

In 1793 Marie Antoinette was tried and convicted in a swift trial in the Palais Du Justice.
Although it is frequently quoted she uttered the famous phrase 

there is no evidence she did actually say it.

As you can see I have a fabulous letterbox red mixing bowl embossed with those 4 words and I used it this afternoon to mix up the batter for these chocolate yogurt cupcakes in readiness for chocolate cupcake day this coming Wednesday. So I've covered two days in one.
These cupcakes are made using greek yogurt and I can report they are absolutely delicious.

Looking at this week ahead and what I've got going on I'm not sure I'm going to have time to bake them on the day so I thought I would grab a head start when I did have the time spare. 
I also have another (no time required) little idea up for sleeve for Wednesday.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Mighty Matt Le Tiss

Matthew Le Tissier played for Saints for the entire length of his professional playing career and is much loved by the fans of Southampton FC.
Today is his 49th birthday so we stopped by the boardwalk to snap this photo.

Friday, 13 October 2017


World Egg Day.
I could celebrate this is many ways.
Boiled, scrambled, fried, poached, would do me.
I love eggs.
Meals at the end of the week need to be super speedy due to getting S to dance.
Muffins filled with bacon and egg are tasty and super quick especially since we learned how to cook the eggs in the microwave.
How do you like yours?

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Status Quo

Whatever your taste in music happens to be I defy anyone not to enjoy a bit of Quo.
Songs from Status Quo are guaranteed to get people up and dancing at Christmas parties and leave you with a great big smile on your face.
Today would have been Rick Parfitt's 69th birthday.
As a tribute G and I will be partaking in what is known in our house as Quo-ercise.
We'll be exhausted from the exertion and probably the giggles as well and for that we thank Mr P and the rest of his gang.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Three October Days

Monday 9th October would have been John Lennon's 77th birthday.
Whilst researching his life for something I could do to mark the day I found out he liked to indulge in a bowl of cornflakes and cream.
My week day breakfast is almost nearly always Weetabix but I thought ringing the changes and kicking off Monday morning with a bowl of cornflakes (with milk, couldn't stomach cream on them!) would be the way to go.

That is had I remembered to buy any.

They were on my shopping list when I went grocery shopping on Saturday morning and it wasn't until I went to make breakfast on Monday morning did I realise I had omitted to pop a box of them in the trolley.

As it had been G's birthday on Sunday and I were off together on Monday it was his choice as to where we went for the day. He chose Chichester as our destination as there is a vinyl record shop there he likes to visit every now and then.
By a happy co-incidence one of the other shops we nipped into had the radio on and what song happened to be playing but Imagine by John Lennon.

Tuesday was World Homeless Day and for this I asked permission from my boss to set up a donations box in our place of work. This was for anyone who wanted to support an organisation called The Homeless Period by donating feminine hygiene products. 
A packet of sanitary towels or tampons could make such a difference to a woman living on the streets. I found out there are a few collection points in the city where I live and from here they make up care packages to be given out to those in need.

And so to today. 
Wednesday 11th is Coming Out Day.
The rainbow flag is synonymous with the LBGTQ community and so I chose to represent this by wearing my rainbow coloured button necklace.
You can't see all the colours in the photo but I promise they are all there.

Sunday, 8 October 2017


This first card is one of many G received today because it's his birthday.
His mum, sister and family friend J all came down from Salisbury.
T picked them up in his car from the train station and drove them to the local pub where we were meeting for lunch.
Then it was back home for birthday cake.

The second card is one I made for World Card Making day.
At Christmas time there are two adults and two teenage children to whom we give money.
I could just go and buy some money wallet style cards and pop the dosh inside, but I like to do something a little different as seen here and here.
This is my first attempt at sewing a felt stocking onto card. I plan to pop the note inside along with a small bar of chocolate.
I only have 4 to make and I thought a little forward planning now will help me towards plumping for the final design.

Friday, 6 October 2017

A Necklace for Every Day

Thursday's and Friday's days were both marked by wearing an appropriate piece of jewellery.
For World Teacher Day it was a shiny red apple.
This link explains where taking in an apple for the teacher may have originated.

I got to wear my new badger necklace for, but what else could it be, Badger Day.
I had to take off that dreadful thick chain and I added a length of plain black ribbon. I would actually like a length of velvet ribbon but haven't been anywhere suitable to buy some as yet.

Two really easy days which I needed as I've got G's birthday this weekend and so am busy with bits and bobs there and for some reason I am struggling even more than normal with my time management. Need to give myself a bit of a talking to I think.
Happy weekending to you all.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Stick or Twist

Well it's Wednesday already.
How did that happen.
I'm sure someone keeps pressing the fast forward button.
I mean it's October.

So how have my activities been going on this week?
I gave myself Monday off.
Pre children my friend T and I would spend time together to catch up on news and quite often combine this with a day out.
Now our children are older she said we should try and reinstate these days out every so often.
Monday was our first outing.
We took ourselves off to Portchester Castle for the day.

Ideally I wanted to do a proper post about our visit  (I still hope to get one written) but for now here is T being much more adventurous than me and investigating the stone spiral staircase.

Tuesday was Chubby Checker's birthday. 
His most well known song has got to be The Twist.
The first thing I think of when hearing the word twist, apart from that dance, is playing pontoon, as in Stick or Twist?
So yesterday evening me, G and S sat down at the dining table and played this easy and fun card game.

We're back to a food related day for today.
Taco Day to be precise.
I went out to buy some taco shells last night but the shop I went to didn't have them. Instead I bought a pack of tortilla wraps and did this to make my own.
Served with salad and rice it was a quick and easy meal which is my favourite kind.

Sunday, 1 October 2017


Tea is my preferred cuppa.
It's G who is the coffee drinker here.
So he was the ideal person to go out for a coffee with T this morning, that is after they had been to the post office to get his car taxed.

Two things there.

1. Who knew selected post offices were open on a Sunday
2. T passed his driving test yesterday at the first attempt.

He was smiling from ear to ear.

So very pleased for him and so very proud of him too.

Although I don't tend to drink coffee I do like the flavour of it in food.
So my nod to it being coffee day was to treat myself to this little pot of coffee mousse.
After standing and ironing for an hour I sat with my feet up and slowly ate it, savouring every mouthful.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

On the Beer Again

We have already had International Beer Day which G celebrated for me and so when on Thursday it was Drink Beer Day he was the one with the beer stash and could oblige.

Friday was World Heart Day. A day for raising awareness about maintaining a healthy heart.
A healthy heart recipe for our evening meal would have been the obvious thing for today but I had that rare thing happening, a chance to go out for a drink with work colleagues. One of the team was leaving and I can't usually go on a Friday because of taking S to dance but this week she was grounded and so off out I went for a couple of hours.
Instead I went for the option of wearing hearts.
A black and white knitted top and with it I wore a necklace T had bought for me a few years ago.

You may be forgiven thinking Halloween had arrived early looking at the next photo!
Today is Mud Pack Day so first thing this morning I borrowed one of S's hairbands to hold back my (desperately needs a colour on those grey roots) hair and I slapped on a face pack.
I was trying to keep a straight face when G took my photo but, just between you and me, he said something which was a tiny bit rude which made me grin and showed those wrinkles to perfection!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

The Man in Black

What a wonderfully showbusinessy name.
Today is the birthday of one Bernard Jewry who was also known at various times in his career as Shane Fenton and Alvin Stardust.
 In homage to his leather clad look I wore black trousers with a black t-shirt and accessorised with a large black ring.

The lyrics from his songs from the 70s are a nonsense but they are so catchy, I have been humming My Coo Ca Choo all day.
This evening I attempted a bit of microphone swinging along with Alvin as he sang You, You, You.
I have a newly found respect for Mr Stardust, that microphone action is much harder than it looks!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017


Batman Day is probably one of the sillier days of the year, but I'm not complaining as we like a bit of silliness.

S looked extremely cute.

G looks like he is taking it all very seriously.

As for me, I'll let you decide!

I had a great brooch to wear today though. It tied in with the theme very well I thought.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Family Day

Today is Family Day.
This is the first photo to appear on my blog and so without question it had to be the one I chose for today.
It makes me so very happy. 
Hold them close.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Brooches, Biscuits and Cake

Every day may not be good, but there is some good in every day.

I try and remember this when I feel like I'm not having a great day.

Taking a step back from the situation you find yourself in and thinking 'ok this part of the day isn't the best but what good things have already happened' is something I attempt to do when I find myself thinking what a rubbish day I'm having.

Although I don't to it every single day, I do try really hard to keep to the habit of writing down one thing that day I am grateful for.

Yesterday was World Gratitude day.
There are so many things I am grateful for in my life.

Friends for starters.
People with whom I am still friends after being at school with them over 30 years ago.

Friends in blogland which is why I wore Kezzie's brooch on my lapel to remind me of all I met through the wonders of the web.

Friends at work.
I took a box of shortbread into work with me and explained that not only was I grateful there that was something as delicious as shortbread in the world, I was also grateful I could share it with some lovely work colleagues.
My boss has been so supportive when I have needed a bit of time off here and there with S that I bought her a separate pressie as she hasn't much of a sweet tooth.
She eats breakfast at work and most day this consists of some kind of yogurt, so I bought her a big tub of this gourmet raspberry which she said was very scrummy indeed.

Another little brooch was worn today for Ice Cream Cone day.

Last night I baked these cakes in a cone and then popped them in a tin overnight then they would be ready for me to finish off this evening.
Now the point of them being in a cone is that the buttercream icing should look like a Mr Whippy ice cream but as you can see that part was a massive fail.

I set to this evening and then found I didn't have as much icing sugar as I thought I did and so I decided to just go with half the amount quoted in the recipe. But I mis-calculated the other ingredients and it ended up as runny icing instead. 
Blame it on being impatient to finish them, a bit tired after a tiring working week and just a general lack of concentration.
Never mind, the point is I tried and I'm sure they'll taste just fine.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017


I was quite boring and went for this straightforward, but nevertheless very refreshing, mix for Punch day.
Had I known that T was going to have some incredibly exciting news today in the shape of a job offer I may well have planned something a little more celebratory.
So proud of that boy. 
Fingers crossed all works out well for him.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Ahoy There

Well shiver me timbers, today, of course, has been Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Good old Pinterest came up trumps again with a quick and quirky idea which resulted in me getting busy with mini cheeses and black food colouring.
S had a little pirate babybel popped into her lunch box today.

This is one of my designated work dresses and it was very apt wearing it today what with the parrots and desert island palm trees contained within the pattern.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Cheese please

Cheeseburger day made the choice of evening meal an easy one.
Meat burgers for G, vegetarian burgers for me and S.
Lashings of sauce and mayo all round.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Tuesday to Sunday

Well that was a week I don't want to repeat again in a hurry.

I haven't been able to get on the www at home as we stopped with one internet  provider to transfer to another and in theory we know these things should go smoothly but we also know that that isn't always how it goes.

Plus we have had a minor blip of an incident with S.
All sorted now.

I have been keeping up with my daily activities but with no internet I haven't been able to post so this is a little round up.

The post will be a little photo light as two days were based around edible delights and they were consumed before photos were taken!

Tuesday was chocolate milkshake day.
G concocted this for S.

Wednesday was peanut day and so I took the slow cooker out of the cupboard, dusted it down and made this chicken meal.

Thursday was a celebration day in India called Hindu Divas
I went with reflecting the design of the flag in my outfit.

Friday was International dot day.
My love of polka dots has been documented here over the years.
Dots feature on a multitude of items here at home from china, the tablecloth, our bedding and of course my clothing so it was easy to find something suitable to wear to work.

Yesterday was Gymnastics day.
Now my gymnastic abilities have always been pretty much limited to forward rolls, I could never do a cartwheel or a proficient handstand so this activity needed us to get busy with the chalk again.

Now it's Sunday and we are at Wife Appreciation Day.
According to the blurb it's a day for husband's 
d this is a this is a chance for husbands to look back and remember all the big and     l to look back and remember all the big and little things that add up to so much.

I have to say that G does make me feel appreciated pretty much most of the time. 
Of course we have our moments like every other couple, life isn't perfect and neither are we.
We do spend a lot of time laughing together.
Take for instance earlier this week.
I had ordered a necklace.
It was in the shape of a badger's face.
The necklace arrived and it was much bigger than I thought it was going to be which actually was just fine.
But the chain it was attached to was hideous.
A great big thick chain.
G took one look at it and said 'who do you think you are MC Badger?'
The next thing I knew he had thrust his baseball cap at me and said 'pose.'
Ridiculous behaviour, but fun.

Please bear with me over the coming week as I start to visit everyone and catch up with posts to see what you've all been doing.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Friday to Monday

After a long first week (although it was actually only 4 days worth) of getting back into the school routine, Friday night rolled around and I just didn't have the energy to blog.
Couple that with hardly going near the laptop over the weekend and the result is a catch up post today.

So let's rewind to Friday when Alecia Beth Moore had her birthday.
Who? I hear you say.
She is more commonly known by the name P!nk.
A glass of rosé would have gone down well but as I had to collect S from her dance class I made do with a different kind of pink fizz and had a glass of raspberry lemonade instead.
It was delicious and something I would definitely buy again.

I had been looking forward to Teddy Bear day since the start of the month because I couldn't wait to make these super cute pancakes for Saturday morning breakfast.

The national Heritage Open Days event was on over the weekend and luckily for us there was a very local event to pop along to.

There is a new theatre opening in our city next year and their very first production is to be a play all about Southampton's link to the Spitfire. Members of the cast were at the event recreating a little snippet of the story, once the tickets go on sale G and I will be booking to go along to see this slice of local history.

Walking back home I popped into one of the charity shops and found these badges for 50p.
You just know what was written on the one which is missing don't you!
How perfect would they have been for Patrick Swayze's birthday? 
Oh well at least I'll have them for next year.

Sunday was Grandparents day and so I spent a little time thinking about each of mine in turn.

This is a photo of my mum's dad (sitting) and my dad's dad (standing) on my parents wedding day, making the date this photo was taken 29th July 1967.
I have very fond memories from when I was 16 and 17 going to the library with my maternal grandad each Monday on my day off from work. He passed away a couple of years later and so I'm so glad to have shared those times with him.

My paternal grandad we called Grandad Poochie. 
I don't remember why we called him that though!
I know he had a dog and maybe it was called Poochie. 
I was born in the front bedroom of his house as my parents lived with him for the first couple of years of their marriage. He lived near to the senior school I one day hoped to go to and so I would be able to go and visit him at lunchtimes. 
It wasn't to be as he died when I was in the first year of junior school. 
I can still so clearly remember my dad telling us that grandad had died. It was the first time I ever saw my dad cry.

Ok let's lighten the mood a bit and talk about a rom com G and I watched.
Made in 2009 New in Town stars Renée Zellwegger and Harry Connick Jr. She is a business executive relocated to sub zero Minnesota from sunny Miami to close down a food factory. He is the local union rep. They start off by bickering and then fall for each other. No huge surprises for how things turn out!
It's a good Sunday afternoon type of movie which is exactly when we watched it.
If I was being very strict about these things we should have actually seen it today as 11th September is Mr Connick Jr's birthday but as G is on a late shift today viewing it together wouldn't have been possible.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Anyone For Tennis?

We've been busy with the chalk again.
7th September 1980 saw John McEnroe beat Bjorn Borg in the Mens US Open Final.
Who would you have been rooting for?
Were you a fan of the The Brat or the Ice Cool Swede?
Borg everytime for me.

We didn't quite succeed with getting the speech bubble in the right place, it looks like it's coming more from the chest region.
Just be thankful I don't own any shorts!!!!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

A New Book

Sometimes during my lunch break I just sit, eat and watch the world go by.
Other times I may take a brisk walk through the park or perhaps settle on the nearest bench I find and get busy with some list making.

Then there are the days when I take something to read and as today is read a book day I made sure I had my new book in my bag.

Earlier in the year I read Big Stone Gap and I loved it. It's part one of a story which follows Ava Maria Mulligan and her life in Virginia.
When I found the second installment in a charity shop recently I was cock-a-hoop.
G asked me what I liked about Adriana Trigiani's writing.
My reply was 'everything.'
I loved the way she drew the characters with words, the place the story was set, the food, the social history she weaves into the story line.

These are a few lines from the first paragraph of Big Cherry Holler. 

The rain is coming down on this old stone house so hard, it seems there are a hundred tap dancers on the roof. When Etta left for school this morning, it was drizzling, and now, at two o'clock, it's a storm. I can barely see Powell Mountain out my kitchen window; just yesterday it was a shimmering gold pyramid of autumn leaves at their peak......
..........How I love these mountains in October; the leaves turning- layers of burgundy and yellow crinolines that change color in the light- the apples are in, the air smells like sweet smoke, and I get to build big fires in Mrs Mac's deep hearths.

I'm hooked.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Year 8

Here we are at the start of S's second year at senior school.
Year 7 whizzed by and I suspect this year will be no different.
There was the photo by the front door ritual before she trotted off with her friend A this morning.
I have manged to make it look like the dragonfly door knocker is sprouting out of the top of her head!
She went off with a smile and was just as happy when she came home again.

I normally make something quick and easy for the evening meal on the first day back and as today is Cheese pizza day this fitted in just nicely.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Mitzi and Medals

Mitzi Gaynor is celebrating her 86th birthday day.
Before this afternoon the only movie I can recall watching her in is There's No Business Like Show Business.
Marilyn Monroe was in that movie as well and she also had a part in the one we saw today.
We're Not Married is about 5 couples who were married by a justice of the peace before his license to do so was valid.
Complete froth and nonsense but as a huge MM fan it's another one of her movies I can now say I've watched.

I reckon no birthday is complete without jelly and ice cream although if it's on the menu at Ms Gaynor's house I doubt it'll look like the one I made this afternoon.
On 4th September 1972 Mark Spitz set an Olympic record by winning his 7th gold medal so my jelly has been made to look like a swimming pool.