Monday, December 8

December

December has come in with a whimper and then a bang as my computer went phut!  I'm reduced to using an old laptop that even the out-laws have rejected.  The cursor jumps from one line to another of its own free will and it sends e-mails whilst you're still typing them.

Press return and you could end up anywhere!  Quite exciting, and how about a change of font and size without the need for any user input.

That's better.  I think I'm reasonably organised as far as Christmas is concerned.  Apart from a few photos I'd planned to print off and frame.  I think the laptop might have a nervous breakdown if I attached a printer to it, but I might give it a go.

That's it I can't be bothered to type and correct any more.  Coursework is going to be a nightmare on this thing.  The keys are 4 inches from the front of the machine - who has wrists that long???

Kate

Saturday, November 29

No room, no room!



It's official there's no room in my life for the things that I would actually call my life!
All that time set aside to literally put the house in order was totally monopolised rescuing someone else from their own disaster.  Now December is looming and I just have a handful of days to myself in which to get anything done when there isn't half a dozen other people trying to get a piece of my time.

So, where to go from here?  Do I set aside all forms of creativity - crafting, decorating, photography - it seems the obvious thing to do, but then what is left of me?  Just a shell?  What do I do?

Kate 

Monday, November 17

Reality Check

My home looks like it belongs to one of those hoarders they show on TV.  We've been turning out and doing the place up for a year now, progress is slow.  Watch out horrific pictures of disorganised living coming up. 

This is the craft area.  My course work is taking up more time than I anticipated, you can see it sitting on top of the debris.
The hall where we have been turning out the loft.
The unusable dining area.
The TV area where the boys have scatter bombed it with Lego.
The front door (currently jammed shut) with boxes for the dump stacked up in front of the heating system so we can't turn it on!
With the prospect of spending another Christmas here it just can't stay this way, so here's the plan.  I'm taking Friday through to Monday out (apart from some essential meetings) and planning to blitz it.  If the TV hoarders can clean up there act in 4 days then so can I!!!

Wish me luck?  After photos to follow next week.

Kate 

Sunday, November 2

Post Holiday Blues

I'm back from a family week away with no internet connection.  It's been glorious weather in wonderful company.  Pictures and news to follow, plus I think a few changes are needed.

Kate

Friday, October 31

Friday, October 24

Scooby-Doo impressions

My Friday smile for this week.  What do you wear to a 1960's themed day?

Your best Scooby-Doo outfit of course.
Here's (not-so) Small-n-Grubby dressed as Fred, who just scrapes into the 60's with a first airing in 1969.  Not sure about the hair, that mop is all his own (in case you were wondering).

Happy Friday smiles everyone.


Kate

Wednesday, October 22

It's Time For Coats

It's the first day of the school break and I'm sat in the kitchen with the fan heater on.  It's definitely chilly, definitely autumn and definitely time to dig out the warm coats.

My winter coat for the last 2 years has been functional and warm with a sort of hiking style.  It's been to camp, smells of campfires and is looking well used.  In my attempt to (sort of) capsule my wardrobe it is being labelled camping, hiking, gardening and anything else cold with potential mess.  I've then bought not 1 but 2 new coats for this autumn/winter.

This dark navy one from QVC, under their Centigrade label, I hope will take me from shopping to a drink at the pub or a meal out with a good smart yet casual vibe.  it's not waterproof, but I imagine wearing it on occasion when an umbrella will be at hand. 
Centigrade Zip Front Quilt Jacket with Leatherette Trim

I like the collar detail and that it has no belt.  I've worn it already and it was warm and exactly as I'd hoped it would be.

In preparation for heavy rain and the really cold weather my second choice is this one.
The style is very different for me.  It's light weight with minimal padding, I have plenty of that of my own! The length is down to my knees so I can arrive at work without the thighs of my trousers being wet and the reviews I've seen say it's good for keeping the cold winds out.

I was skeptical about the colour.  Should I choose black on a padded coat to be slimming?  In the end I went for it.  I suspect a long coat doesn't suit my 5' 4" frame but I wanted the extra protection from the elements.  I'm sure the right weather to test it out won't be far away!

Kate