Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy Hogmanay

While the cats away....Ok the cats are all here, but the kids are away.
Went out today and got chicken food, cat food and rat food. For us we got a load of party food, as tomorrow we're having a Pirates of the Caribbean day. Watching all 3 films with breaks for nibbles. Can't wait.






Yummy!!

I've aso joined 4 swaps and 1 CAL. Fill-a-mug swap, Chocaholic unanimous rnd 4, friendship granny rnd 9 on craftster and valentine vampire swap on ravelry. Let the swappage begin!!!!

Busy, busy , busy January. Looking forward to it.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas 2008

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

Had a ball this Christmas. Everyone loved their presents. My DD got heaps of video games and a huge amount of Lego and she's dead chuffed. My DS got an xbox 360, wii games, an mp4 player and headphones...oh yes and a little torch that he's over the moon with. My OH got torches, mp3 player, beer, book, dock for sata drives and sweeties he was also over the moon.

Here's the tree



This is our white twig fibre optic tree. Cost about £20 3 years ago and we still love it.
and my presents.



I've been wanting to try Hendricks Gin for an age (too expensive for me to buy). It's very yummy. The diesel perfume is lovely and that fab yarn is dying for me to find a project for it.
Got a fabby MP4 player from my Dad and those gorgeous Skull Candy headphones from my OH (very happy). The cook book is absolutely excellent, some really great recipes in it (from my DD), my mum and I had a food look through it and she's thinking about getting one for herself. We also got some nice bedding which you can see in the next picture.

One of my Friendship granny swap packages went missing in the post, so I made another set for my partner and sent them today. So I thought Id photograph the squares I've been sent. Here they are.



Too much flash, but you get the idea. That's our xmas bedding underneath, it's yummy and black (thanks Mum). Gandalf seems to like it too.

So I've had a great time, but yesterday I was sad. My DS, who's 15 heading rapidly for 16 left school recently and yesterday he heading off to spend some time with his Grandad. Grandad is 82 and hasn't been keeping well. So my DS has decided that he's going to help look after Grandad, help him around the house and learn some of Grandad's skill with cars. I think it's a fab idea, but it basically means he's left Home. I blubbered alot. Pathetic really, but I'm going to miss him.
He left me a fab message on this silly can I got for Xmas. You leave a spoken message on it and everytime you open the fridge it plays the message. My DS said "I love you Mum", this made me smile and cry even more.
Off course then my ASS of a OH wiped it to put his on his own message....so I beat him with a pointed stick until his was bloody.....well I didn't, but at the time I wanted too. Silly man, just didn't get my saddness.
Anyway I have a blissful week with just me, the OH and the animals. I want to do some crafting, some tidying and....well not sure I'll have time for much else.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

12 month CAL COMPLETE

WEE HEE!!!!
All done.



I was worried that it would be just messy looking with all the colour changes.....but I think the black has brought it all together. I love it and will definitely be joining the 2009 CAL

I received my latest set of squares from the friendshipghan. These are from Sunspotted in Canada. They'll look fab with the rest of my squares.



So we had cat under squares and now we have cat-in-a-box.



Mad moggy. He loves my new blanket.
If you look closely at the first pic you'll see an aquarium hidden in the background. We got it from Freecycle last week. It's somewhat fishless atm as you need to have it up and running for a week before introducing any fish. It's all very exciting and I can't wait to get some fish in it.

We're going to start of with about 3 Sunburst Platys.

Then we'll add:

A Haplo Catfish



Some Fancy Guppys:



Some Dwarf Gouramis



and some Neons



Can't wait to get some colourful fish and then I can have a go at photographing them...Should be fun.

Finally you must check out Roobeedoo's blog she's a sock queen, so has lots of fab crafty projects on the go and the other day she posted a recipe for sticky ginger cake. I made some and OMG!!!! It's absolutely yummy. It's a batter type recipe that doesn't rise much, but you end up with the most succulent ginger cake...YUMMY!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Cold, Cold, Cold, Cold, Cold

Blinking flip, I wish I had enough money to pay all my bills and heat my house!!!

Anyway Moan over.

Had a lovely trip to delgatie Castle, for a craft fare and a visit with Santa. Has enlivened my enthusiasm for spinning, so I'm determined to get my wheel fixed and make some yarn. Also I want a blue faced leicester sheep.....need to get a bigger garden though.
Also got me in the christmas mood, so I've been listening to Christmas Songs. This is one of my favourites:



and started making some decorations.

Snowflake No. 1

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Taggage

Meme!

Samsara let me know that she'd tagged me with this meme, so here we go!


The Rules:

1) Link to your tagger and list all these rules in your blog.

2) Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.

3) Tag 7 people at the end of your post by including links to their blogs

4) Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog

The Facts:

1. I've had my belly button pierced for 12 years.

2. I'm a crazy cat lady, would have heaps if I could afford it. Content with 4 atm.

3. I hate driving in the snow/ice.

4. I'm a big vampire fiction fan, read loads of vampire books and love to watch them on TV. Don't believe in them or anything, but love the myth.

5. I have an honours degree in Health Sciences

6. I'm a really bad housewife, but a fantastic cook.

7. I'm a highlander and proud of it.


Okay, so who shall I tag now?? Well, I think that Purpledragon, FWS, and roobeedoo will take part.Oh dear that's all I can think of, two other friends have already been tagged. Anyway, as always, your participation is completely voluntary, so if you don't want to take part, I completely understand, but if you do, well, hurray! And if I haven't tagged you and you want to take part, then feel free to copy the rules over to your blog and let me know so that I can come and take a squizz!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Virtual Pigs

One of my fellow NEEPS rears his on Berkshire pigs. This year he has been let down majorly by buyers, so has made a deal with some of us NEEPS and he is going to rear the pigs for us and we'll pay the costs, then he's going to take them to slaughter and we'll do the rest.
I've decided that I'm going to cut up my own pig. So Saturday I spent ages with another NEEP who rears pigs and did her very own one. We scoured the river cottage books looking at the butchering and curing of pork.
I really want to dry cure bacon, make my own sausages and also my own salami and chorizo. I'm really looking forward to it. I know sounds very morbid, but I know how the pigs has been reared and I will know exactly what is in my own sausage, bacon, pork etc. Plus I know it'll taste so much better as it will all be home made.
Here's to virtual pigs



This is stoney's blog if you want to read about a guy who's working the land, rearing his own life stock and who I'd want on my side if SURVIVORS really happened.

Well as our old freezer crapped out a few months ago we invested in a new one, new to us anyway. Cost us £20 and is now taking pride of place in my hall Whoo hoo. It works too.
Anyway that's what I did with my weekend. Which off course is nothing like I planned. I wanted to finish some stuff for my pregnant colleague, make Christmas cards and wrap some presents!!!
Did have a fun crafting evening on Friday night and managed to get a fair bit of my fleece/crochet baby blanket done. I'll finish it tonight.
Also I managed to take the kids to Tolquhon Castle, a lot of Historic Scotland sites were free yesterday to Celebrate St. Andrews day, so we took a wee jaunt over to Tarves and had a wonder around. Some Pics:






It was a very chilly crisp day, but the kids had great fun running around the castle.