Saturday, June 30, 2012

So Long Primary School

Summer Holidays have officially started. DD will go to the Academy in August. She's a bundle of excitement and trepidation. I think she'll love it.

Last Day outfit

Finger's crossed for some nice warm summer weather.

Two Years

Yesterday was the 2nd anniversary of my Dad's passing. I found this picture a while back and decided it was cute enough to try get online. Me and my daddy in the 70s.

I think about my Dad every day, nothing specific, just little thoughts and memories of him. Then there are the days that you just wish he could have seen, like when my DS passed his driving test.

Miss you Dad. xxx

Friday, June 29, 2012

Playing with Picasa and Paint

I have a few pictures to show you. Someone mentioned adding writing to photos, I have dome this before and I do have a writing tablet, but it's a bit old and in desperate need of batteries. still wanted to have a go though. I adjust the photos in Picasa, adding a poloroid look for most of them and a 60s look for one of them.
I then opened them in paint and added writing with a handwriting font.

Some cute cat pics :o) Love the look pf the first one I have pictures from the 70's that have a similar look.

These are my DDs shoes, she's a big vintage Micky fan and she hates to make these trainers a bit more wearable to her I broke out the sharpie....

Dinner tonight, was pretty damn tasty too.

That was fun, but I think I need to work on sorting my drawing tablet or getting soething a bit more up to date.

Dinner outing the other night went really well and Mum's cardigan apparently fits. I'll try and get an action shot sometime soon.
BTW so glad that I took Tuesday afternoon off, it's been wet and foggy ever since.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Birthday's Agogo

Been really busy finishing Mum's birthday present, buying my OH's birthday presents, cooking birthday dinner, reading my Bookshelf Bingo books, feeding Herman and working ....
Anyway I actually managed to get Mum's cardi finished in time. I like it, but I'm concerned it might be too small :o( Anyway she'll get it tonight. Fingers crossed.

The finished Cardi

I only did a half day at work today. I've had some toil building up and looking at my schedule I couldn't find many gaps in the next few weeks to take the toil. Today started off Sunny and I thought, what the heck today's as good a day as any.
I put out all the washing that I did at the weekend. Whoo hoo it's be dry soon.
I split up herman and baked some rhubarb herman cake. I made some Gingerbread syrup for putting in coffee and froze my stewed rhubarb.


I've now drunk that frothy coffee, which was yummy and I had a bit of the herman cake. The cake is a bit chewy as it was cooked too long. It's still tasty though and moist.
I need write out the Herman recipe for my 3 friends and then deliver it. Going to give my mum the little jar of gingerbread syrup. Then tonight we're going out for a family meal, so mum can get her presents.

I could so work a 4 day week :o)

Thursday, June 21, 2012


My tendonitis in my shoulder is flaring up again. I'm not happy. I hope it's not crocheting that's making it worse, as that would really suck.
Anyway it's been too sore to crochet, so I've been indulging. Does anyone remember Roswell, teen drama about a trio of aliens living in Roswell...Anyway I used to love the show, the relationship between Maria and Michael was my favourite.

Here's a little reminder

I'm working my way through the episodes again and thoroughly enjoying it.

Going to make a GP appointment tomorrow, as I think I might need some Physio on this shoulder.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Visually I loved it. Big space ships, dark and dreary settings. I was glued to the screen all the way through.
But like a few have commented, it could have been fantastic,but somehow it just missed the mark. I didn't really take to any of the characters, I like to care whether they live or die. Very few questions were answered. Nothing was nail biting. It was a little bit meh....
I did love Logan topless, Fassbender's Lawrence of Arabia and the links between this movie and the previous Alien movie.

I'm glad I saw it, but unlike Avengers Assembled I wouldn't have walked back in to see it again.

School went well again today and I think she's going to be disaapointed to go back to primary for the last few weeks.

OK last thing who the 'ell knew that Tom Hardy had a doppelganger Check this post out. Honestly I thought it was Tom Hardy all the way through the movie!!! OOps.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Transition to High School

This is a significant year for my DD. High school starts in August :o)
Today was the first of 3 visits to high school before the end of primary. These visits involve catching the school bus, finding out who is in your class, testing out the canteen system, finding your way around the High School and meeting guidance teachers and subject teachers.

Bus stop

Apparently it all went well, she's made some new friends and so far she's not in any classes with kids from her previous school. Fingers crossed that she's going to shine in High school and have a great time. She's a lovely child and I don't want it spoilt by High school.

Mum's cardigan is making progress.

Still don't think I'll have it finished for the weekend and I'm worried about it being on the small side. We'll have to wait and see.

Planning on seeing "Promethius" tomorrow is I can contact my DS.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Zig Zag

So with realising that it's my mum's birthday real soon, I picked up a Zig Zag cardigan that I started ages ago for her. As I mentioned in my last post I had to rip it right back :o( It's now almost the same size as it started.

It's looking pretty good, but I'm not sure I'll make my deadline.....especially when I have this to contend with!!

This is Polish or Polly and she's seems very content to lie on Mummy all evening. :o)

Ah well I have had to displace her. She's now purring beside me so I can get on with some crochet before sleep time.
Just got to pick something to watch and that's me good to go.

Daddy's Boy

Well I think I found the culprit to my unexplained dizziness. My mate came home from Download with a sore throat which developed into the dizziness. Thank goodness, it just appears to be a bug. Feeling much better now, after a day of rest on Friday.

Let me introduce you to Daddy's Boy, or Sad Sack or most commonly known as Pudding.

He's most definitely my OH's cat :o) he'll suffer cuddles from the rest of us, but does his Chewbacca impression on the stairs to get his Daddy's attention.

I just figured out that it is my OH's birthday soon and my Mum's!!! I'm so not organised for that. I have though picked up a WIP that I started ages ago for my mum, but I had to rip it back, as it is full of mistakes. No idea where my brain was the first time I started this project. Better get back to the crochet...I have a deadline :o)

Thursday, June 14, 2012


My head is spinning.....
What a weird evening. When I got home after work, I got out of the car and walked round to get my bags and felt odd. A kind of light headed, falling sensation. I then proceeded to feel dizzy and.. well you know that feeling when you're drunk and you close your eyes and the world starts to spin. That back in the day was sleep or puke time. Anyway the world wasn't spinning, but it felt like it was about too.
I spent the next hour or so lying in bed with closed eyes and electric blanket on. My OH fed me cake, tea and dinner and now I feel fine. I didn't feel sick, I wasn't starving and I didn't feel tired. Also I'm not prone to fainting.... See Weird.

Anyways glad that's over. I had a good couple of days, working hard getting out and about, collecting some fab free-cycle stuff and a few charity shop bargains.
I have a big bag of rhubarb to cook from a free-cycle lady and we have a (new to us) slightly bigger fish tank that needs tlc with silicone, again from free-cycle.
I nipped into a charity shop today at lunch and managed to find a pair of red jeans for my DD. She had mentioned wanting a pair and I managed to snag a pair that fit (she's really skinny) for the grand sum of £2.50 :o)

Here we are walking the hound in the woods. She's got her new jeans on :o)

Well I must go and feed Herman. Night night.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lease Car

Whoo Hoo the boss has signed the papers for me to get a lease car. I do loads of miles with my job and we have been getting loads of added restrictions to cut costs. I don't have an issue with this, but it's made my life a little more difficult as getting hire cars and pool cars all revolves around Aberdeen, which is often in entirely the wrong direction for me, when I'm needed said hire or pool car.
So just need to wait for the offers, select car and then wait for delivery. I've put in for a Hyundai i30, a Seat Leon and a Honda civic.
Took my DS test driving. This was ou boot testing :o)

This was my favourite: Hyundai i30

Cute, but not as cute my boy :o)

Monday, June 11, 2012

I have a Herman

A work colleague today appeared with several take-away tubs filled with Goop and some instruction.

Apparently it's a German Friendship Cake. You feed it and stir for 10 days, split it into 5 portions. Pass 4 potions onto friends (hence Friendship) and bake the 5th.

I've been googling it and found this fab blog about it. I'm happy to try the original recipe, although my DD isn't keen on sultanas. I think I'll make make a carrot or cherry version for her.

I'm looking forward to the final cake.:o)

Quite fancy having a go at Sourdough bread too.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Lazy Weekend

It all started with the scrumptious meal I made on Friday night and deteriorated from there.
Friday night "reduced" Rump steak (could never afford it at full price) with grilled onions and mustard Mash. Washed down with some yummy Blaxland red wine. I then made the fatal mistake of starting to read Urban Shaman and that was it.

Saturday I read the next book in the series and made fantastic Cajun baked Catfish with Salad, then watched Driver with Ryan Gosling. Actually I watched it with my OH, Ryan was the star.

Sunday I finished the 3rd book in the series and we had an early dinner of baked potato with left over steak pan fried with onions and served with homemade coleslaw.

My Weekends are not normally this lazy see:

Sometimes I garden :O)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Kelly Joe Phelps

One of my Ultimate chill out albums is Shine Eyed Mister Zen by Kelly Joe Phelps. I was introduced to it by my OH about 8 years ago. I was having a stressful time and had to take some time off work.
I packed up the kids and headed up to my father-in-laws Manse on the West Coast. We spent two weeks chilling out with the family. Baked scones, ate good food, drank white wine and played on the beach, whilst listening to this fantastic album.

Do you remember the Scene in The Big Easy when Dennis Quaid takes Ellen Barkin to his Mum's to celebrate with Cajun music. There's something about this album that reminds me of that film.

Anyway have a listen to one of my favourite songs on the album

I'd recommend listening to the whole album.

Ipods and Docks

My OH has been a real sweetie to me recently. He's been swapping, auctioning and selling stuff and has spent some of his money on me :o)

My first present was a 2G ipod touch. Now I've had loads of MP3 players over the years, But.... and I really hate to say this, Apple just do music players so well. It works seamlessly.
You can set up play lists easily, you can play albums or just randomly play all your music. It has an alarm clock app, you can browse the internet with it, play angry birds and download kindle books onto it.
I love my Ipod, it's second hand and only 8 GB, but it's fits me so well, I play music in the car easily when radio 2 is boring me. I have play lists for work, play lists for doing the washing and play lists for lying in bed at night and chilling. I may even get round to some keep fit play lists ;o)

This morning I got woken up with this huge box. Inside was a sleek black wedge of ipod dockness. It's now got pride of place beside my bed, with my ipod slotted in and playing Kings of Leon for me at the moment. It'll play the radio, has a clock on it and will charge my ipod. My OH got it on ebay for a measely £20, bargain!!! I may never get out of bed again. Especially when he supplies me with tea and toast too. :o)

This is Cold Desert one of my all time favourite Kings of Leon Songs

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Coffee Smoothie

As soon as the weather starts to warm up I get in the mood for smoothies. My OH bought me a smoothie maker a couple of years ago, during the winter it sits looking forlorn and during the summer is gets used and abused.
I like milky smoothies with banana bases, although when it's warm a smoothie made from fruit juice can be really quenching.
My DD is partial to a milky sweet coffee, so I came with this recipe:

First I made some strong black coffee and sweetened it with honey. I allowed it to cool, put it into ice cube trays and froze it.

Coffee Smoothie

1 chopped banana
2 frozen coffee cubes (3 if you want it stronger)
a generous Mug of Almond milk or cows milk if you prefer.

Put all ingredients into a smoothie maker and blend until smooth.
Pour into glass and top with some grated chocolate or sprinkle on cocoa powder.


With this base you can do loads

* Leave out 1/2 the banana and replace with a scoop of vanilla Ice cream (or swedish glace for dairy free)
* Add some cocoa powder for a Mocha Smoothie
* Add a spoon of Peanut Butter for a Chunky Monkey Coffee Smoothie.

I've been buying bananas whenever I see them cheap and freezing them, so I have plenty to keep me going.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Did anyone catch the fab second series of Sherlock? It was great.
If you remember the scene of when he's was trying to avoid the press and walked outside with a dear stalker hat on...Well I put to use my very under used drawing talents and drew this portrait

I'm rather proud of it.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Dairy Free

We've got a Lactose intolerant sufferer in our household and it's not one of the cats. We discovered this a couple of years ago after many years suffering from awful indigestion. This caused a major change in our eating habits. Much of the change was easy as the sufferer doesn't eat cereal or take milk in hot beverages. The big issue was cheese. Not so much cheese to munch on, but cheese sauce for macaroni and PIZZA!!!!

Some of the products that have made our lives easier:

Asda Organic soya milk - best taste and price. Makes nice white sauce and great for tea and cereal.

Alpro Almond or Hazelnut milk - fantastic in cereal and smoothies

Tesco Free From Range Mild Soya Cheese - nice cheesey flavour, melts well.

Lidl J.D.Gross Dark chocolate and Ruffle bars - for that sweet chocolatey fix.

Vitalite Marg - for all my baking and buttered Toast needs

So I was saying, PIZZA was a major issue when we first went Lactofree. I eventually discovered the soya cheese and I found this awesome base recipe.
Now Pizza is back on the menu and it is 20 times better than any of those nasty frozen ones we used to buy.

Here's an example, I added an extra couple of ounces of flour and a little water to the pizza base ( I always add garlic and oregano) and managed to stretch to two pizzas.

Served with Homemade Coleslaw

I have a pinterest board for recipes I want to try. Here Most I can manage to make dairy free. Check out the Queso Chicken pasta recipe - if you've only got a lactose issues then you could used the Lacotofree products, but the cheese is a bit too mild so I would still use the soya cheese.

Happy Cooking

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Yoga Ideas

I'm now in my 40s (OMG!!) I don't emotionally feel it, but my body is beginning to feel it. I've been suffering from Tendinitis in my shoulder, I'm hugely unfit and I have a dodgy lower back.
I feel I need to get some kind of fitness regime into my life, my idea was to start working on toning and core Yoga. I have never done it, I know only a little about it, but I do have a lovely friend who has recently qualified as an instructor. So I've asked her to give me a couple of lessons to see if I like it, then maybe I'll join a class we'll see.....
Wish me luck :o)

I'm thinking our new routine of relax and do what you want Saturdays and Housework Sundays is working out OK for me...not sure about the family, I'm sure they'd be quite happy with relax city all weekend. :o)
All I know is we're finally getting some sorting done around the house and by Sunday evening I feel lighter and better about my weekend.
We got loads of work done on the sitting room and I did a big wash, still loving my twin tub. The sitting room still needs work, as I have yet to move the fish tank, but at least we've made a bit of room for it. DD worked on her bedroom (apparently).

So I tried a new technique for a swap recently. It was a creepy cute swap and I wanted to make some wall art. One of my themes were Zombie Mushrooms. I used the Chinese Mushroom dance from Fantasia as my inspiration. Then I went hunting for materials. I purchased two old picture frames for about £1 each and I got an old medical dictionary for 20p. Finally I drew two zombie mushrooms and then added a little red paint and some glue. These are my final pieces.

I was really pleased with how they turned out

New Fish

I missed the deadline again. When I came to bed to fill in my blog I didn't notice the time and so this entry is dated 3rd June, but it was written at 1am.
So today kinda went according to plan, apart from the snooze in the early evening. Me and the lasses went charity shopping in he morning. I got a couple of skirts, a couple of books and a casserole dish. I also managed to get my OH a book and a Hong Kong Phooey T-shirt :o).
We did a big Lidls shop and managed to spend £88, but that came down to £78 as I remember to take token and hand it over too. DD now has enough white chocolate with strawberry to last her a month, but probably knowing her only a week or so. It will be rationed.
Once shopping and enough time to eat a yummy exotic fruit icecream in the car had passed, we headed to the pet shop. I was delighted to find that they had some Black Widow Tetras in stock, so we got 4 and also bought a small pleco, a Bronze Cory and a Peppered Cory.

Some fish pics:

Cleaned Tank today before adding new fish, but Nitrates are still a bit high so will clean again during the week.

The rest of the day just flew by, made lunch, cleaned fish tank, added books to the Kindle bargain we got, snoozed. Finished off by watching The Voice final, I was surprised by the result, but hey the girl can definitely sing. Then all of a sudden it was bed time.

I did a little thinking and research about yoga. I'm thinking about starting it, but I really think I need to attend a class or it will end up as one of those things I intend to do, but never manage to make time for. Like Zumba on the Xbox Kinect

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Well that was a bust

for goodness sake I already failed. I missed my blog on the 1st of June!!! Only by 1.23 hours, but still.....

Anyway it's the weekend again and I have plans:
Saturday it's charity shopping with the girls, popping into Lidl to buy some goodies and spend that token I got in the paper today, followed by a visit to pet shop to maybe buy some new fish, but it depends on what they have in stock.
Sunday is wash day and housework. Will work on my list tomorrow, but it will definitely contain tidy sitting room.

My DD daughter appears to have disappeared and I now have a giant Pikachu instead.

Ain't she cute? This was bought from ebay with her birthday money and she's absolutely delighted with it. She now wants a unicorn one too. Just in time for all that nice summer weather we're meant to have :o)

Anyway night night and wish me good hunting in the Charity shops tomorrow.