Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Santa's Little Helper

As December is rumbling ever closer I thought I better get a move on and start getting Santa organised so I hit the shops today and managed to get a good few bits. Of course now I have to find time to wrap and hide them but I usually find somewhere. I even got out my Xmas cards this evening and started making out my 'who to send to' list. I'm scaring myself! I'm sure I was nowhere near as organised last year, at this rate I'll have everything wrapped and posted way before the big day. :o
I bought some wee decorations from Tesco as they were having a buy 3 for the price of 2 and they were very reasonalbly prices. Ok maybe I did only buy the bells on string because I only wanted the bells :/ And I did spend some considerable time dithering over whether to buy a CK bag while I was there but at the end I just couldn't justify spending £3.50 on a bag when I make my own shopping bags. Sorry CK.

Ah well how about some
Ings Not done that for a while.

watching... Not a lot.

listening to... The dog scratching the floor!

eating... Spaghetti hoops on toast for my tea and a bowl of crunchy nut clusters for my supper.

shooting... the dog if he doesn't stop scratching the floor (don't worry I wouldn't really)

buying... Xmas presents and lots of magazines.

selling... an electric drum kit if anyone's interested.

gossiping... no gossiping here.

completing... my last Craftster swap for this year. (she says!)

wondering... what I am still doing up at this time in the morning. It's 1.48am here :o

Night x

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

A productive ten minutes or so

Well I managed to get my Buy Nothing Swap package all finished and parcelled up this morning. So that's now winging its way towards Sweden. I also finally remembered to post our neice's birthday card off to Italy. But I did get sidetracked before getting to the post office. My lovely new friend Dommie has a shop in the village called Rainbow Hat which sells all sorts of lovely things and she's even asked me to rustle up some of my wares for her. Haven't actually plucked up the courage to do that yet though, I'm happier giving it away as I can never visualise someone actually paying money for something I've made. Anyway I digress (as usual) as I was going past the shop on my way to the said Post Office Dommie called me in for a coffee and 2 1/2 hours later I had to rush out to get home in time for wee one arriving back from school. We had a great time pouring over all her agates and crystals and I treated myself to a few crystals, two rings and a big copper budda head using the money my Mum had left me to treat myself and some of my hard earned wages, that reminds me must go back to work.

She gave me a crystal bracelet as a gift to help with the pain that I've been having in my stomach and we were pouring over her wee crystal bible for ages reading up on all the meanings and healing powers of all the other crystals.
I was very drawn towards to the turquoise which is interesting when you see the meaning Strengthens and aligns all chakras, meridians and subtle bodies. Brings communication to emotional issues, creativity and intuition. Protection during astral travel. Used for spiritual attunement, healing and cleansing the chakras and physical body.
There were lots of others that I also had to have but I can't remember all their names...yes I officially do make goldfish look intelligent for their huge memory span.
But I did pick up some Sodalite which sounded like something that may help out my darling teenager. No harm in trying eh?

We also spent ages going through all her bags of belly dancing gear and her trying to persuade me to join the classes with her. Well I certainly have the belly but I also lack a baby sitter so no can do just now, maybe when him indoors comes home I'll go give it a try even if just to get a shot of all those tinkerly charms and ankle bells. :)

Again sorry about the current lack of up to date pictures but as my laptop is out of order and eldest child has run off with my camera lead somewhere I'm stuck. I do however have lots and lots of things to share, photos of New York, all the goodies I've been getting at the charity shop, things I've made, bits and pieces I've been accumulating to ensure that this house is not a scrooge-fest this year. Wait till you see the two Xmas mugs I got for 65p each from the charity shop today :D

Saturday, 22 November 2008

It's all white!

Yes it's snowing. We woke up this morning to white hills and by lunch time the flakes were coming down and turning my garden into a tidy white canvas (well until the dogs ran out in it)
The small people went to the beds tonight after watching more snow falling past the window and covering the road outside. It always looks so pretty until some stonking big car comes along and turns the snow into brown sludge. I'm sat here wrapped in one of the crochetted blankets that belonged to my grandmother that my mum brought up for me this trip and I'm trying to type on a keyboard that needs a darn good clean (most likely as this is the computer wee one likes to sit at while eating snacks and cutting things up that she shouldn't) as the to get the y to work I practically have to pound the key through the board.

Friday, 21 November 2008

Things that happen in threes

* The internet has stopped working on my laptop
* The fuse blew so we were in darkness
* I woke up at 4.30am with a horrible pain then was up all night visiting the white porcelain god in the bathroom. :(

Yaaah fun times eh? Ah well musn't grumble I've had my washing and ironing done for me for the past 5 weeks while I've had my mum visiting with us. She went home today so it's back to the joys of ironing for me. Not! I apparently missed the joy of ironing gene. My mum loves to iron, the woman irons socks to gawds sake! Me? I'm more of the shake it and make sure you fold it properly straight off the line or out of the tumble dryer. I do iron clothes just not jumpers, knickers, socks, bras (yes I have witnessed her ironing a bra) towels or sheets if I can help it. Ah well I guess we all have our little things. :D

Due to being poorly I spent most of today in the land of nod. As soon as my mum left I went straight back to bed and only woke up when wee one had to ring the doorbell to get back in the house after school. So no crafting done today but I do have my Buy Nothing Swap stuff to post out tomorrow. And I've got a list of things I want to get done for Christmas so looks like I'll be busy busy busy.

Do you like my arty shot from the Wickerman festival?

Friday, 14 November 2008

Jet lag is...

interesting to say the least. I had flown back into Scotland by 8am Tuesday morning, I was asleep by 12pm for a few hours and normal sleep on Tuesday night. Yesterday I couldn't open my eyes in the morning, was fine all day but then flaked out for an hour on the sofa in the evening to only wake up and go to bed by 9.30pm. And I NEVER EVER go to bed that early :D
Give me a day or two and I'll be back to bore you all with all my piccys of New York. We had a fanastic time and I definately intend on going back there one day. ;) Now it's 1.40am and I'm wide awake but I have been up since 7am and I have to get up again at 7am today so I better go bed now. x

Monday, 3 November 2008

So good they named it twice

Yes that's right I have a taxi coming in a matter of hours to take me to the airport so I can fly off to the Big Apple :) Saturday night I threw a big surprise 40th birthday party for him indoors...he's still recovering but think that was due more to the alcohol than the surprise. Anyway that's mostly been why I've been so absent for ages so hard to blog when you're desparately trying not to give the game away. We have been up to lots of things, took the kids up to the Wickerman Festival at Archeolink and have lots of great photos to share but right now I need to try and get some sleep. See you in a week. :D