Friday, 31 March 2017

YourHome - Competition - Win an entire room’s worth of wallpaper

YourHome - Competition - Win an entire room’s worth of wallpaper

I went to have my nails done, and came out with a piercing...21st Sept 2016

I went to have my nails done, and came out with a piercing...

It wasn't going to be an unusual day. Nothing out of the ordinary. Work, then getting my nails tidied up again post hols ( a few acrylics were looking worse for wear!). Plus they were still "holiday orange" which isn't exactly in keeping with the more refined "home me".

So, off I popped for my appointment. My nail lady was running late, which was fine. She kept me supplied with magazines and coffee, so it was some much needed "me" time, which I welcomed.

I watched as people walked in for their appointments, and to discuss piercings - ears, nipples, belly buttons. I heard the chat, the aftercare, the healing, and I started to think how I had wanted to get a piercing when I was younger.

In fact, it was on my list of things to do before 30. It was still on the list as one of many things to do before 40. Those milestones came, and they went, with no piercing.

My nail lady called me over, and she asked me how my holiday had been ( she was my pre-holiday nail technician and also the woman who had to wax me - not a task I envy!! ). She asked if I still was thinking about a piercing. Mid wax aka torture, I must have mentioned it.

I said I was, but I would probably still be thinking about it when I turned 60! She said "well, we're quiet this afternoon at this time, why not get it done?". Aghast I was like - no chance. Then I thought should I? So I text the other half. After an initial "r u kidding?" response, he amazed me by saying "go for it!".

I gulped and said maybe. They bought me over a form to fill in, and that was it. I took the plunge!! So now, I am sitting here with very lovely nails (blue for your information) and a pierced belly button. A bar with a sparkly at the end!

For a while it was a bit swollen and a bit red, but actually, it didn't hurt that much. It felt a bit weird, but wow - I have actually done it!! It only took me about 20 years to be brave enough, but turning 40 has clearly unleashed my inner self.

How your day can change!! :)

HomeStyle - Competition - Win a Janome sewing machine

HomeStyle - Competition - Win a Janome sewing machine

Top 10 Songs from 1976

  • Candi Staton - Young Hearts
  • Chicago - If You Leave Me Now
  • Abba - Dancing Queen
  • Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Bellamy Brothers - Let Your Love Flow
  • Bryan Ferry - Let's Stick Together
  • Elton John & Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart
  • Rod Stewart - Sailing
  • Barry White - You See The Trouble With Me
  • Billy Ocean - Love Really Hurts Without You 

YourHome - Competition - Win a set of sumptuous Victoria bed linen from Vantona Home

YourHome - Competition - Win a set of sumptuous Victoria bed linen from Vantona Home

HomeStyle - Competition - WIN! A £500 shopping spree at Dunelm!

HomeStyle - Competition - WIN! A £500 shopping spree at Dunelm!

YourHome - Competition - Win a craft bundle from Spectrum Noir

YourHome - Competition - Win a craft bundle from Spectrum Noir

Win a stack of Toast Me’s

Win a stack of Toast Me’s

Abacus Competition

Abacus Competition

My Book of the Month - The Teacher by Katerina Diamond

My book of the month for March is The Teacher by Katerina Diamond. Now, before I begin with this one, I must issue you this warning - this is seriously gruesome so be prepared if you decide to read this one!

So, it begins with a teacher. He is given a choice of a macabre tortured demise, or to escape that option by taking the only other way out - suicide. But is it really suicide when you have no choice? That's the dilemma this opens with and the shocks just keep coming.

This book explores the darker recesses of the human condition, with sadistic cult like behaviours, good versus evil, twisting and turning and you just do not see what is coming next.

Two disgraced cops are put together, but somehow they work together in a way where ultimately, they are forced to only be able to trust one another as the web spins wider and questions of trust hang over each and everyone of those around them.

As the perpetrator of the most heinous and graphic crimes, as the reader, you should be rooting for him to be caught, but this book is clever. Somehow setting the scene that the bad guy really isn't the bad guy. Will the police on the case catch him, and more importantly, will he be held accountable for his crimes?

I have not read a more thrilling thriller for a good many years. This is new, fresh, and the story line so clever, so scary and dark, and yet so well thought through - its a rare thing indeed.

I've not read any of Diamond's work before- a fact that will most certainly change in the future having read this one. Highly recommended to those with a strong stomach!

End of the month - that means comps!!

Last day of the month. That means lots and lots of closing competitions!!

It also means I become entirely anti-social for the entire evening, giving my other half total control of the remote!! Its a win win situation!!

I really hope that I win this time. I've had a few small wins last month, but who knows !!

Here's hoping this month is better luck! I may even share the odd one or two with you. Why don't you try your luck?

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Unreasonable ebayers - Warning - this post contains moaning!!

WARNING - I am having a moan!!

Ok, so I sell my unwanted items on ebay. You know the sort of thing - jumpers that are too big, t-shirts that are too tight. As a perpetual yo-yo dieter, my wardrobe is full of things that don't fit me.

Most things I list for 99p and see what happens. It's a chance you take - sometimes they sell for more, sometimes you have to accept that its gone for a bargain.

This happened last week. I listed a jumper, and it sold for 99p. I put on the ad that it would be dispatched within 3 working days, would arrive within 7-8 working days.

The item ended at 9.30 on the Tuesday night. The buyer didn't pay until the following morning, Wednesday. On Thursday, I got a message via ebay demanding to know why it hadn't been dispatched yet. It was first thing on the Wednesday, not even 24 hours after payment. Being at work, I couldn't respond, so that evening I messaged back and said it would be in the post on Friday.

Friday, being the third working day. I did as I had said and posted the item at the post office on Friday lunch time. On the Saturday, the buyer messaged me again, demanding to know, again, where it was and why it hadn't arrived, and why I had only dispatched it on Friday.

Wanting to remain polite, I pointed out the listing which said dispatched within 3 working days, which it had been. I got a message back saying it was late being posted. I didn't reply as I couldn't figure why this person wasn't getting the point - it had been dispatched within the time scale. On Monday, I got another message advising that they would be opening a case against me, because it hadn't arrived.

This being the Monday, and the item ended at 9.30pm the previous Tuesday, so not even a week since it ended. I sent a message advising that it was now with the post service, but that the listing advised arrival within 7-8 working days. Monday was working day number 4!

Tuesday, I got another message saying the parcel had been damaged. I messaged asking if the item was ok, or if it was just the wrapping. I got a message just one word "wrapping".

I heard no more, but yesterday on my ebay account it said negative feedback had been left because an item was 1 week late arriving!! It wasn't even a week from the item ending, let alone a week late arriving!!

I mean for heaven's sake. Firstly, it was a 99p jumper. Secondly, I had sent it quickly, and it arrived quickly too. Why do people have to be so unreasonable?? Really does annoy me. GRRRRRR!!!!!!

 Rant over. THE END. X

Wedding Songs - the fun ones for our wedding - the list so far

Mike Posner - Pill in Ibiza
ACDC - Thunderstruck
Robbie Williams - Bodies
Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop the Feeling
Cake by the Ocean - DNCE

3 weeks to go - the race is on!!

I go on holiday in 3 weeks. Somehow, the diet and fitness plan just hasn't worked this time. My weight hasn't budged, and despite being healthy, I have not changed weight. I have exercised, and instead of the scales going down, they have gone up!

I do feel more streamlined, I do feel better, I do feel stronger and fitter. But those damned scales!! So now the holiday is imminent - time for a concerted effort.

I did consider the old faithful - the 3 day diet. However, on last attempts, it hasn't been a resounding success - quite the opposite. Rather than lose big amounts, I have either lost a pitiful pound or two, or worse still after 3 days of misery and practically starvation, I have actually, unbelievably, gained weight!! I have no idea what happened - possibly my metabolism fighting back thinking my body is starving - who knows. What I do know is that particular approach isn't an option this time.

So where does that leave me? Well, in short, where it leaves me is the wrong side of the stone mark, and with no choice but to go cardio crazy. If I can't lose weight through the nil by mouth approach, or by being healthy on the food choices, then it has to be exercise to break the status quo.

I shall endeavour to get my cardio in at least once, if not twice a day for 3 weeks. If nothing else, I will be stronger, more toned and in better shape than I am right now, even if the scales still refuse to budge.

Exercise has to be the key this time. And when I get back of course - this isn't just for holiday, its just that the holiday is imminent!!

Win Smeg Appliances

Win Smeg Appliances

Learning Spanish - 3 new words and phrases for this week

  • July - julio
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Things I Need to do to get organised

There are mysteries in this house. Spoons and socks disappear, but also, so do iphone wires and plugs. I suspect they go home with various visitors, so the first on the list is to get a lot of wires and plugs to resolve the issue.

Second, I need to sort my garage - welly rack, tools storage, shelving - yes, that's next on the list.

Other items I need are some crafting storage - I want to get into crafting this year, but its where to put all the things I need - glue, sharpies, materials, scissors, tape, staplers, paper, lego bricks, scrabble tiles - where can I keep it all so its not a mess.

I want to get into this coupons and vouchers lark. Again, it requires organisation, so I need printer ink, paper, guillotine or some good long scissors and some folders to organise them into.

I have also seen this great storage idea for undies and socks - where they are all separate and neat. It looks fab and at least then you can find the right items easily instead of rummaging through. Fab.

Finally, I need to get my stationery organised - pens, pencils and colouring books. I can't be doing with things messy!

Retro Single of the Week - Simply Red- Holding Back the Years

For my retro single of the week this week I have chosen the classic 'Holding Back the Years' from Simply Red.

Released initially in 1985, it only reached number 51 in the UK singles chart. Taken from their debut album Picture Book in 1985, it was then re-released as a single the following year and reached number 2 in the singles chart.

Simply Red are a British group, fronted by Mick Hucknall. Various line ups since the band formed have happened over the years, resulting in them disbanding for a period before reformed. Hucknall has always been a constant though with his beautiful vocals.

On 'Holding Back the Years' his vocals are breathtaking. You cannot listen to this track without feeling emotional - its just perfect. Apparently, he also wrote this song, originally when he was 17, drawing on his own personal experiences. It makes it even more bittersweet - this is not a happy song. It makes you want to cry its so utterly deep.

Simply Red are part pop, part soul, and nowhere is that combination more perfect than this track. The vocals, the words, the music - its one of those rare songs where everything combines and the total of the parts is bigger than the its individual pieces. Music rarely gets better than this.

If you've somehow never heard this, go listen immediately - if you have then go and listen immediately and reminisce! Wonderful song. If you want more singles of the week and music stuff, why not check out My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)

Monday, 27 March 2017

Adult entertainment - no, not that!!

How can I relax? Yes, I am going to the gym and healthy eating, but how can I actually do something relaxing?

I don't mean going for a massage or a spa treatment - I mean just having some light hearted fun at home. I stumbled across a post about adult colouring.

Basically, a colouring book of a more adult theme - not X-rated or anything risque - just colouring. Filthy minds you all!!

There are some beautiful designs out there for adults. Fairy gardens, flowers in the shape of shoes, mosaics. All very detailed and intricate. But I can just about imagine how relaxing this must be after a stressful day at the office.

So what else is there for adults? Well, comping obviously, and of course blogging. I am slightly addicted to Candy Crush too. But what else is there for us adults to keep us entertained cleanly?

I suppose there is cooking. There is writing. There is painting? I was always better at sketching with pencils and pastels, but pastels are a bit messy. There is reading - done quite a bit of this lately.

I guess I could apply the same logic to adult crafting somehow? Maybe a hand made birthday card for someone? Or learning another language might be something else I could try.

Yes, I think I've got to rethink my usual glass of wine or take out and be more adult in my pursuits!! :)

Word of the Week - Capricious

Capricious

  • governed or characterized by caprice : impulsive, unpredictable

  • given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behaviour.
  • "a capricious and often brutal administration"

  • changing according to no discernible rules; unpredictable. "a capricious climate"

  • Obsolete. fanciful or witty.




definition derived from Merriam Webster


Sunday, 26 March 2017

What I'm Watching this Week


  • Billions. We have set to watching series 1 again and its even better second time around. Just about to start series 2. The tension in the last episode was awesome to behold. The two men facing each other, both trying to outdo the other. Electrifying. My best moment of series 1 though just has to be Dollar Bill's return where Axe pretends to fight with him, whilst saying I love you like a brother. Amazing stuff - cannot wait to get stuck in to series 2. 

  • Benidorm. Loving Mr Woo and his silly jokes this evening! I still think its lacking something from the first few series, but its still entertaining and fun to watch. Rough, cheap and cheerful characters, with gutter humour and innuendo - whats not to like?

  • The Walking Dead. Finally, it looks like Negan is going to be confronted! I don't think I would be happy if my other half ever said he could survive without me like Rick said to Michone, but then again, I have never experienced a zombie virus outbreak but even so... Anyway - I need some serious kick ass here - Negan is the worst and surely he has to pay for his crimes now. Come on gang - go get him!! 

  • Emmerdale. What goings on this week - underage sex, cyber trolling, dementia, abusive controlling Pierce - creepy, and poor Aaron. Brilliant stuff in the Dales at the moment. So want Moira and Cain to get back together then it would be better still. Loving Chaz and Cain's mum though - such an embarassing mum, but still a great character to bring in. 

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Friday, 24 March 2017

My Top 10 Old Fashioned Sweets


  • Aniseed balls
  • Humbugs
  • Barley Sticks
  • Butterscotch
  • Chocolate limes
  • Kola cubes
  • Mint imperials
  • Pear drops
  • Sugared almonds
  • Chocolate eclairs

Thursday, 23 March 2017

My Top 10 Quality Street


  • Caramel Swirl
  • The Purple One
  • Milk choc block
  • Orange cream
  • Strawberry delight
  • Toffee deluxe
  • Orange chocolate crunch
  • The green triangle
  • Toffee finger
  • Vanilla fudge

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Learning Spanish - 3 new words and phrases for this week

  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

My favourite foods


  • Chicken Fried Rice & curry sauce
  • Dynamite hot Chilli
  • Gourmet burgers
  • Mighty meat pizza
  • Lasagne
  • Stuffed vine leaves
  • Houmous and crisps
  • Chicken Tikka Massalla
  • Homemade soup and tiger bread
  • Spaghetti bolognese

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My Top 10 cars


  • Audi TT quattro
  • Jaguar XJ
  • Range Rover Sport
  • BMW i8
  • Porsche Panamera
  • Vauxhall Astra
  • Mercedes AMG 
  • Hummer
  • Exp 10 Speed 6 Concept
  • Aston martin db9

My Top 10 Egg Dishes


  • Omelette
  • Quiche
  • Frittata
  • Scotch Egg
  • Spanish Omelette
  • French Toast
  • Egg and cress sandwiches
  • Egg fried rice
  • Lemon meringue
  • Full english breakfast

Monday, 20 March 2017

Contemplating Botox.....

I had my haircut recently, and alarmingly, as a result of my fringe being cut, I could once again see my frown line. Its right between my eyebrows and goes straight up like an exclamation mark going "attention me" "attention me".

Its doing my head in. It makes me so self conscious. I am therefore contemplating botox or some sort of treatment to try and get rid of it or at least stop it getting worse.

I am 40, so its normal to have a few lines, and overall I haven't had too much of an issue with ageing. This furrowed brow though is another issue altogether, and I want to do something about it.

My concern is that it will go wrong, or it will make my eyes look droopy. Or it will react, or it will just hurt too much!!

I don't like needles anyway, but I can't think what else to do. My holiday pics this time really show the furrow line and I'm really bothered by it.

So, I need to research. Have you had botox yourself? Let me know, as need to do some research on this before jumping in.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Staying in is the new going out :)

Its the weekend, and in my younger days that would mean going out in my lunch break to buy a new top / dress/ trousers / shoes etc.. ready for my night out.

As I got into my late 20's, it would be more about the accessories - the jewellery, the bags, the make up, that red lipstick. As I approached 30, it felt like I was going to every do, every night out, and I partied partied, partayed let me tell you!!

I turned 30, and I still went on work do's, I still went out with the girls. Then as I got into my mid 30's I got a bit bored of it. I was well into my relationship with my now fiance, but it wasn't even about that.

The whole thing just got, well, boring. I got sick of spending money on clothes, spending money on taxi's, spending money on expensive clubs and expensive drinks and waking up with the mother of all hangovers every weekend. The inevitable late night take aways, and the junk food cravings the day after.

The other half was still wanting to go and watch local bands, go to the town for a night out, and he's older than me!! I just wanted to go somewhere with a good atmosphere, somewhere to sit, and the volume at a level where conversation was still possible.

Fast forward to 40. Now, me and the other half are agree that staying in is the new going out. We actively look forward to our nights in. The weather can be hot or cold, the nights light or dark, and whilst we still enjoy a night out, its to go for a meal somewhere lovely or a drink in a nice place.

We like to be comfortable us two, and for us, a night in together watching box sets and having a drink without the worry of taxi's and queuing to us is fabulous.

Today's Reasons to be Cheerful post

Today was a good day, so thats first on the list for reasons to be cheerful. I am tired in a satisfied way. I have worked my butt off physically - 2 lots of zumba on the wii, plus abs, squats and lots of other exercises. It feels good.

I have eaten healthily, and for once, I am feeling like whilst I am not a goal weight, that is not the measure of my happiness. My life has always been on a yo-yo in parallel to my weight. If I am slimmer, I am happier. Nonsense. From now on, whilst I am not going to become heavier, I am going to lighten up and stop being a damn diet bore. This revelation is a great reason to be cheerful!!

I am right now, as I write this, on my sofa, recliner up, whiskey and diet coke in hand, with my gorgeous 9 month old puppy on my lap - currently upside down snoring!! I feel utterly content right now and all feels right with the world.


Places we want to go in 2017

  • York
  • Lake District
  • Liverpool
  • New York
  • Glasgow
  • Aberdeen
  • West End Show in London
  • Cornwall
  • Nottingham
  • Gran Canaria - already booked - whoop!!
  • Eden Project
  • Scotland
  • Blackpool Illuminations
  • Spa break
  • White water rafting - purchased
  • Barcelona - Booked !! 

My very long Wishlist!

  • 4 man tent 
  • Apartment in Gran Canaria 
  • Apple TV 
  • Audi TT 
  • Backless dress 
  • Ballet pumps 
  • Barbour Jacket 
  • Barefoot Sandals 
  • Bathroom 
  • Beach bag 
  • Bedding 
  • Bicycle 
  • Bikini 
  • Black Ugg Boots 
  • Body butter 
  • Campervan 
  • Caravan 
  • Carpet 
  • Chaise longue 
  • Champagne 
  • Chanel No 5 EDP 
  • Chanel tote 
  • Chunky knit jumper 
  • Clarins Eau Dynamiste body lotion and body wash 
  • Clarins treatment 
  • Coco Mademoiselle EDP 
  • Colouring fine point pens 
  • Comedian tickets / show 
  • Converse 
  • Corset 
  • Cottage break 
  • Courvoissier 
  • Crystal glasses 
  • Cuddly Toy 
  • Curtains - made to measure
  • Designer Watch 
  • Digital photo frame 
  • Dining Table 
  • Dress 
  • Egg Chair 
  • Elemis Cellular Recovery Capsules 
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 
  • Elemis treatment 
  • Faux fur jacket 
  • Festival tickets 
  • Garden statues 
  • Gas BBQ 
  • Gig tickets 
  • Great red lipstick 
  • Grieb and Benzinger watch 
  • Handbag 
  • hardbound notebook 
  • Hobbit house 
  • Holiday 
  • Hot Tub 
  • House extension 
  • Hunter Wellies 
  • Icandy pushchair (for step grandchild) 
  • Ice Watch - different colour 
  • J'adore EDP 
  • Jaguar 
  • Jeans 
  • Jodhpurs 
  • Land Rover 
  • Lawnmower 
  • Light fittings throughout 
  • Lingerie 
  • Luggage 
  • Lulu Guiness suitcase 
  • Macbook Air or Macbook Pro 
  • Manolo Blahniks 
  • Motorbike 
  • Motorhome 
  • New bedding 
  • New Kitchen 
  • Nutribullet 
  • NYC Trip 
  • Olloclip for iphone 
  • Pandora charms 
  • Patio Heater 
  • Pearl necklace 
  • Pedicure 
  • Picnic Basket 
  • Pinot Grigio 
  • PJ's 
  • Plastering work 
  • Pop up tent 
  • Posh shower wash 
  • pottery for painting 
  • pottery paints 
  • Range Cooker 
  • Range Rover 
  • Rattan furniture set 
  • Riding Boots 
  • Shoes 
  • Shower unit 
  • Slippers 
  • Solar lights 
  • Spa Break 
  • Spa facial 
  • Sport tops - Size M or 12/14 
  • Spray tan 
  • Stationery 
  • Stone bench 
  • Storm Lanterns 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Superdry fitted jumpers - hip length 
  • Swarovski Jewellery 
  • Tartan skirt 
  • Tefal Toast N Egg 
  • Treadmill 
  • Trip to Australia 
  • Tumble drier 
  • TV - curved
  • Veneers 
  • Vespa 
  • Vintage luxury chair 
  • Weekend away 
  • Wellies rack 
  • West end show 
  • Whiskey 
  • White suit jacket 
  • Wine Fridge 
  • Winter coat 
  • Yankee Candle 
  • Yo Sushi voucher/meal
  • Silver cutlery
  • Microwave
  • Cosmetic treatment
  • Expensive shampoo and conditioner
  • Wrought iron radiators
  • Diamond jewellery
  • Board games
  • Double Oven 
  • Roll top bath 
  • Electric shower 
  • Shower cubicle 
  • Sink drainer 
  • Kettle tap 
  • Slim Dishwasher 
  • Towel Radiator 
  • Underfloor heating 
  • Spa massage
  • Gold / Copper kitchen utensils
  • Copper saucepans
  • LED projector mobile
  • Water Feature
  • Table lamp
  • Floor lamp
  • Art - canvas
  • Gym bag and towel
  • Sink unit and drainer
  • Induction hob
  • New toilet and sink
  • Bathroom tiles
  • Kitchen tiles
  • Kitchen units
  • American fridge freezer
  • Flip flops
  • Wine rack
  • Craft Stuff
  • Dinner Set
  • Funky Socks
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding Dress
  • Mitsubishi Barbarian
  • Nissan Navara
  • Wine subscription
  • 3D printer
  • Silk shirts
  • Tunic dress
  • Fire Stick
  • Bali Beach Beds
  • Solar charger
  • Dog bed
  • Dog toys

New Retro Single of the Week - Simply Red - Holding Back the Years

For my retro single of the week this week I have chosen the classic 'Holding Back the Years' from Simply Red.

Released initially in 1985, it only reached number 51 in the UK singles chart. Taken from their debut album Picture Book in 1985, it was then re-released as a single the following year and reached number 2 in the singles chart.

Simply Red are a British group, fronted by Mick Hucknall. Various line ups since the band formed have happened over the years, resulting in them disbanding for a period before reformed. Hucknall has always been a constant though with his beautiful vocals.

On 'Holding Back the Years' his vocals are breathtaking. You cannot listen to this track without feeling emotional - its just perfect. Apparently, he also wrote this song, originally when he was 17, drawing on his own personal experiences. It makes it even more bittersweet - this is not a happy song. It makes you want to cry its so utterly deep.

Simply Red are part pop, part soul, and nowhere is that combination more perfect than this track. The vocals, the words, the music - its one of those rare songs where everything combines and the total of the parts is bigger than the its individual pieces. Music rarely gets better than this.

If you've somehow never heard this, go listen immediately - if you have then go and listen immediately and reminisce! Wonderful song. If you want more singles of the week and music stuff, why not check out My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)


My Diet and exercise weekly round up

Its been a good week for the diet and exercise plan this week. I have been to the gym, worked hard on the garden project, eaten well and exercised at home too.

I have got in two good sessions at the gym and worked very hard - running, walking on incline, stepper, cross trainer, bike and abs work. I have done 2 lots of 45 minutes Zumba session on the Wii fit. I have done squats, abs and floor exercises at home, plus a few burpees and jumps.

Monday - Friday we were outdoors putting down sleepers to make raised beds, edge the existing ones and create a more structured and beautiful look for our place. Then we started to work on the pergola. The existing one is rotten, but weaving the new wood into wisteria, honeysuckle and clematis is not easy. We have 4 posts in place now, plus the rails and support beams - its looking good, but not even halfway through. That has meant lots of lifting and maneuvering and hard work. 7

I have eaten healthily - lots of veggies and fruit, goji berries and home made soup. I have worked really hard this week. Here's hoping the scales go my way this week!!

I need to get one a half stone off in 5 weeks, which is not going to happen, but I might get closer to it at least.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Word of the Week - Byzantine

Byzantine

  • of or relating to Byzantium.
  • of or relating to the Byzantine Empire.
  • noting or pertaining to the architecture of the Byzantine Empire and to architecture influenced by or imitating it: characterized by masonry construction, round arches, impost blocks, low domes on pendentives,the presence of fine, spiky foliage patterns in low relief on stone capitals and moldings, and the use of frescoes, mosaics, and revetments of fine stone to cover whole interiors.
  • Fine Arts. pertaining to or designating the style of the fine or decorative arts developed and elaborated in the Byzantine Empire and its provinces: characterized chiefly by an ecclesiastically prescribed iconography, highly formal structure, severe confinement of pictorial space to a shallow depth, and the use of rich, often sumptuous color.
  • (sometimes lowercase) complex or intricate: a deal requiring Byzantine financing.
  • (sometimes lowercase) characterized by elaborate scheming and intrigue, especially for the gaining of political power or favor: Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship.
  • of or relating to the Byzantine Church.
  • a native or inhabitant of Byzantium.

definition derived from dictionary.com

Can you drink wine on a diet?

So this is the thought I'm mulling over. You see - I even reference wine without meaning to! Mulled wine - mulling over? Even my sub conscious rambling mind harks back to the same point of reference!!

Back to the point. Can you be thin and drink wine? For me, its my nemesis. I just can't seem to lose weight if I drink the vino. Worse still, it weakens my willpower and resolve and makes me want to eat more as well, so in my case drinking wine makes me fat.

This is not good news. Not at all. But I do so enjoy a glass of wine as there is nothing quite like it. I don't smoke, never done drugs of any sort, don't really have any vices of any sort really other than over eating of course. Unless you count coffee as a vice, I'm pretty good. Except for my love of wine.

I like whiskey, but I can take it or leave it. I like a lovely chilled pint of Peroni on a hot summer afternoon. But nothing gets me craving like le vino.

Can I lose weight though if I indulge myself? Maybe once I reach goal I might be able to have a few and stay slim but for now I think the answer is a resounding nope, no sirree, not a chance.

I'm therefore finishing the remains of the last bottle in the fridge and then its no wine for me for the foreseeable. At least until the next holiday!!

I shall cherish the fruit of the vine this evening. I have to live off the memory for quite some time so I had better enjoy every sip!! :(

Losing weight costs less

I finally figured out another reason for sticking to this old weight loss plan of mine. When I am being healthy and on a diet, I eat less, and also, as a further incentive to stick to it, I eat healthier food - fruit, veg, wholegrains, that on the whole, work out much cheaper!!

For example - when I am derailed from the path of the straight and narrow, I eat takeaways. Not every day, but even weekly, you are talking £20 - £30 for the two of us. I can do the whole weeks shopping for that, and that is only for one evening meal. Makes me think that it really isn't worth it for health reasons and financial.

Another comparison - when I am being unhealthy, and not bothering to think about meals and planning, I often oft for quick and easy meals - I'm talking things you can zap in the microwave - microwave packets of rice for instance. They cost anywhere from £1 to £1.59 per pack for branded, or £0,60 for own brand. Compare that to boil in the bag brown rice - 4 packs for £0.80 or for dried rice you can get 1KG for about £1.50.

Thats mainstream supermarket prices of course. If I go to the cheaper cost supermarkets, its cheaper still. It just means cooking from scratch rather than being quick, but we aren't talking hours of time.

The other thing is that when I am dieting, my portion sizes shrink too. That means that not only is the food I buy cheaper, but I eat less of it, which makes it go further. I don't know why this hasn't occured to me before.

Losing weight costs less than gaining it. Now, saving money is another factor it might just convince me to make the right choice and stick to my plan!!

I should have been a '50's babe

Its fair to say I'm a curvy girl. Hopefully in a good way. Because of this, I find lovely vintage styling the best for my figure - whether its a modern remake of that classic hourglass shape tailoring, or the real deal. Here are some of my favourites:




Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The Actors

There are talented actors out there, which is great. But this list is more about their acting ability and their appeal to me!! Some of these just happen to be in my all time favourite films, whereas others just have that special factor, that sparkle, that talent.

1. Gerard Butler. As well as being one of the most exceptionally good looking and sexy actors out there, Gerard is also extremely talented. Starring in some of my favourite action films - London has Fallen, and Olympus has Fallen, he also showed his dark side in the brilliant Law Abiding Citizen.

2. Tom Hanks. From his early film outings in classics like Splash, and Big, he went on to star in the fabulous Forrest Gump, the traumatic Saving Private Ryan and the amazing Castaway. Tom is such a versatile actor and he can turn his hand to comedy and drama easily.

3. Robert De Niro. No list of great actors would be complete without him. Terrifying in Cape Fear and Goodfellas. Funny as hell in Meet the Fockers, and Meet the Parents. Most recently in Last Vegas as an older guy, he still has it. Such talent.

4. Tom Cruise. Top Gun and Cocktail were Tom as a young, fresh faced actor when he made his name. Still going, he is still convincing in the lead in action roles such as the latest Mission Impossible, not to mention as Jack Reacher where he is just cool as. More than a nod to less mainstream roles such as in Eyes Wide Shut - kinky?? Yes, Tom is cool.

5. Jeremy Renner. I first became aware of Jeremy in 28 Weeks Later and then the great The Hurt Locker. Since then, he has done several more brilliant films - Mission Impossible, The Avengers and also the continuing Bourne story in The Bourne Legacy. Very talented, and very handsome - especially in Hansel and Gretel let me tell you!

6. Kevin Spacey. Able to play good and bad, Kevin has banked a huge list of credentials to date. In Seven he is pure evil. In the Usual Suspects he is "Keyser Söze" in one of the best twists ever! American Beauty is one of my all time favourite ever films.

7. Will Smith. This man is perfection in every way. Drunk superhero in Hancock, the "date doctor" in Hitch, right through to the unbelievable I Am Legend and I Robot. From the Fresh Prince, to the recent Focus, Will Smith is the ultimate. The epitome of cool in MIB, Will can do anything. I am in awe of this man.

8. Sean Bean. Now, I first saw Bean in the TV classic Lady Chatterley's Lover - he was the gardener. He has also been a bond villain, and of course Boromir in The Lord of the Rings. He's played some real baddies - especially in The Hitcher. He has such a strong accent, and has kept true to his origins. True Brit - true great.

9. Hugh Grant. Now, the classic English gent, that went bad. Hugh starred in such greats at Notting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral and was the ultimate clipped English upper class man. Then came Bridget Jones where as Daniel Cleaver, he was suddenly naughty. Who knew!!

10. Patrick Swayze. Now of course everyone knows Patrick in Ghost, and most importantly, Dirty Dancing. Two of the greatest films of all time, lets be honest. However, he was way more than those iconic roles. Road House, Point Break and Keeping Mum being my picks from his repertoire. Such a loss, but will always be remembered.

11. Denzel Washington. From Malcolm X to The Equaliser, Denzel is cool, calm, calculated and did I say cool? He plays such charismatic parts - in Deja Vu the plot is so sci fi but Denzel keeps his feet on the ground and so you believe it. I think my favourites though, are the lesser known Fallen, and the action film Unstoppable. Brilliant actor, great guy, talented through and through.

12. Mel Gibson. Taking it back, lets not forget Riggs in Lethal Weapon. Mel was fresh faced and big haired. Then came Braveheart, Ransom and Payback - my favourite being the latter. Mel was Mad Max, lets not forget he is actually Australian. In my humble, he's gone slightly off the boil in recent days, but his legacy still makes my list.

13. Kiefer Sutherland. My love of all things Kiefer began with Stand by Me, and then The Lost Boys. He was already cool, but then films such as Flatliners and Phone Booth gave him that edge. Kiefer has that gravelly voice and instantly you know its him. Great actor.

14. Colin Firth. Now, I can't introduce Colin to my list without mention of Mr Darcy, Pride and Prejudice, which on its own would make him a worthy entrant. However, add Bridget Jones, Love Actually and The King's Speech and that seals it. True English gentleman and a worthy place as a true talent.

15. Ralph Fiennes. Now, here is possibly one of the best actors of all time. The English Patient is truly amazing. In Schindler's List, he plays such a convincing role that it is chilling, likewise as the very evil lead in Red Dragon, and of course, as "he that shall not be named" Voldemort in Harry Potter. Most recently, he is the new M in James Bond, and the brilliant Gustav in The Grand Budapest Hotel where he was funny too.

31 Words of the Week

Gregarious
Symbiosis
Incongruous
Lascivious
Negociant
Propitious
Commodious
Veneration
Pulchritudinous
10 Pusillanimous
11 Countervail
12 Esemplastic
13 Churrigueresque
14 Inanity
15 Anachronism
16 Portmanteau
17 Requiescence
18 Phosphorescence
19 Sycophant
20 Obsequious
21 Gasconade
22 Convivial
23 Archetype
24 Pastiche
25 Disquietude
26 Rapacity
27 Metamorphose
28 Auspicious
29 Salacious
30 Chicanery
31 Byzantine

Word of the Week - Byzantine

Byzantine

  • of or relating to Byzantium.
  • of or relating to the Byzantine Empire.
  • noting or pertaining to the architecture of the Byzantine Empire and to architecture influenced by or imitating it: characterized by masonry construction, round arches, impost blocks, low domes on pendentives,the presence of fine, spiky foliage patterns in low relief on stone capitals and moldings, and the use of frescoes, mosaics, and revetments of fine stone to cover whole interiors.
  • Fine Arts. pertaining to or designating the style of the fine or decorative arts developed and elaborated in the Byzantine Empire and its provinces: characterized chiefly by an ecclesiastically prescribed iconography, highly formal structure, severe confinement of pictorial space to a shallow depth, and the use of rich, often sumptuous color.
  • (sometimes lowercase) complex or intricate: a deal requiring Byzantine financing.
  • (sometimes lowercase) characterized by elaborate scheming and intrigue, especially for the gaining of political power or favor: Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship.
  • of or relating to the Byzantine Church.
  • a native or inhabitant of Byzantium.

definition derived from dictionary.com

My Bucket List

Things I want to do in my life - Bucket List
  • Ride a horse across a beach
  • Write a novel
  • See The Northern Lights
  • Christmas in New York
  • Visit Thailand
  • Visit Niagara Falls
  • Visit a pink beach
  • Ride a Gondola
  • Watch the sunset across the sea with a glass of wine
  • Ride a Segway
  • Sit in a hot tub in winter
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower and Paris
  • Visit Cambodia
  • Go to Bora Bora
  • Try some watersports - Jet Ski
  • Visit Hawaii
  • Visit Iceland and the hot springs
  • Visit the Trevi Fountain and Rome
  • Visit Pompeii Italy
  • Go Zip Lining
  • Walk behind a waterfall
  • Design my own house
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Try surfing
  • Visit Santorini Greece
  • Go to the Maldives
  • See the Taj Mahal
  • Go on a sea swing
  • Visit the Caribbean
  • Go to the Mineral baths in Tuscany
  • Visit Amsterdam
  • Visit Bali
  • Visit South Africa
  • Visit a Fairytale village
  • Go to Vancouver
  • Visit Barcelona
  • Visit Saltburn tramway, UK
  • Go the chocolate festival in Bruges, Belgium
  • Go to the airport and book a random flight
  • Shark cage experience
  • Have a walk in closet
  • Dine in an underwater restaurant
  • Visit a black beach
  • Learn how to do a cartwheel
  • Visit the glowworm caves in New Zealand
  • Ride and elephant
  • Go to Venice
  • Have a flat stomach
  • Experience zero gravity
  • Start regular running
  • Midnight baking
  • Go for an early morning stroll
  • Visit Vienna
  • Learn another language fluently
  • Learn to cook Sushi
  • Own a horse
  • Own a place in the sun
  • Go on a theatre break
  • Try Skiing
  • Reach my goal weight
  • Swimming with sea turtles
  • Go the races
  • Stay in a log cabin
  • Pay off my mortgage early
  • Learn to scuba dive
  • Skinny dip :)
  • Get Married
  • Go on a round the world trip
  • Own an apartment in London
  • Formula One experience
  • Learn to ride a motorbike
  • Have a sailing lesson
  • Fly in a Chinook Helicopter
  • Wimbledon
  • Own a new car fresh off the forecourt 
  • Go whitewater rafting
  • Go camping / glamping
  • Visit Budapest
  • Own an apartment in Manchester
  • Have no money worries
  • Get a degree
  • Change career
  • Have a flying lesson
  • Go Swimming in the rain
  • Swim in a river / lake
  • Travel the world
  • Have the whole house how I want it to be fully finished
  • Live and work abroad for a few months 
  • Be in a play or a film
  • Go to all the continents - 3 to go - Antarctica, Asia and South America 

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My Birthday Wishlist

Its nearing that time of year again - the birthday. Not a zero year this year, just a normal one, but always good to have your ideas for what you want, should you be asked!!

So here is mine for this year:

  • Handbag
  • Converse pumps
  • Set of towels
  • Body butter
  • Nice everyday watch
  • Writing notepads
  • Hot tub
  • Jodhpurs
  • Pandora charm
  • Pearl necklace
  • Sewing machine
  • Outdoor storm lanterns
  • Rattan garden set
  • Swarovski crystal dust bracelet
  • Treadmill
  • Yankee candle
  • Gym bag
  • Wine fridge
  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Urban decay eyeshadow set
  • Good tweezers
  • New bedding
  • Boyfriend T-shirts
  • Cold shoulder jumper
  • Solar lights
  • Soup maker
  • Vaseline for lips
  • Colouring pens
  • Adult colouring book
  • Ear cuff
  • Sport leggings in jazzy style
  • Doc martins
  • Tweed jacket
  • Rich hand cream
  • Good secateurs
  • Chimney pots for garden
  • Gargoyle statue
  • Easter island statue
  • Slippers
  • Courvoissier
  • Botox
  • Acrylic nails
  • Cinema tickets
  • Theatre break
  • Spa break
  • Dog friendly weekend
  • Bathroom suite
  • Military jacket
  • Superdry slouchy jumper
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Flower bulbs and seeds
  • Moddershall Oaks treatment
  • Theatre show
  • Good whiskey
  • Log cabin stay
  • Dog friendly weekend break
  • Classy bedding set - kingsize cover
  • Jodphurs
  • Tweed jacket
  • Kitten heels in funky style
  • Silk or satin cami and shorts style PJ's
  • Silk or satin romper suit
  • Sparkly blinged up converse
  • Ankle bracelet
  • Coco Mademoiselle EDP
  • Coco Mademoiselle velvet body oil

Learning Spanish - 3 new words and phrases for this week

  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Acts I want to see or wish I had seen

Acts I want to see / wish I had seen
Oasis / Noel and Liam Gallagher
Ed Sheeran
Ellie Goulding
Rihanna
Beyonce
The Who - tickets booked!!
Adele
Maroon 5
Elton John
David Bowie

Monday, 13 March 2017

Things to do in March

March brings with it Spring. The nights get lighter, the temp gets milder, the birds start to sing and the green shoots start to push through.

March is the perfect month to do some this:

- Spring Cleaning - give your house a top to bottom

- Change your Clocks - Spring Forward an hour

- Get some fresh air - get outdoors and make the most of the nights getting lighter

- Display some spring flowers - daffodils, tulips, narcissus - brighten up your outside

- Open your windows - let some air in

- Turn the heating down - its time to get that thermostat down a notch

- Work up a sweat - it will soon be summer, get your beach body started now

- Get your car valeted - remove the evidence of rainy muddy days and McD wrappers!

- Ditch those woolly jumpers - its not that cold now!

All in all, March is the month to get your house in order, brighten up your world and dust away the winter. Its Spring - make the most of it! :)



Saturday, 11 March 2017

I want a new job / career / purpose

There, I said it. I want a new job, a new career, a new purpose. I left my place of employment of over 24 years at the end of last year. It was a difficult decision, and I have been in no rush to set sail on the employment waves since.

Now the time has come to take action. However, I am torn. I cannot decide whether to enter the same rat race, or do something entirely different.

I don't want to work full time, but I don't know what I can do part time that will be challenging enough, but still not stressful!

Decisions decisions. I keep thinking I would love to do something creative, but then I go back to what I know - which is business. I just can't focus on any one role at present.

I look at jobs working outside, with plants, with gardens, with landscapes and wood and sculpture, but then I don't want to have to work in all weathers. Its one thing enjoying it for yourself, but quite another when its the day job.

Then I think about photography, or writing, maybe for a paper or a magazine, but not really much local and at this point, travelling a long commute really isn't appealing.

The jobs I crave are those such as salvage hunting or property development, but I need the capital to start those businesses, and I am not ready to take the risk just yet.

I rotate between wanting to risk, being averse to risk, round and around. I think I am at a pivotal point, 40 years old, where I want to break the pattern. I want to be fully satisfied in life, including work, attain a sound and solid work life balance.

I appreciate I may have to put in some hours, weeks, months if need be to reach where I want to be short term, to then work the years required in the long term. I want to work, am prepared to graft, but I want to work and graft in the right work for me to give me what I need.

I want to harness my passions in life, use my skills and be of full use whilst not burning out or over stretching at the cost of my health, or my lifestyle.

I understand fully that everyone has dreams, but I full intend to make mine reality. Watch this space.


Thursday, 9 March 2017

Pampering afternoon - all for me :)

I am looking forward to this afternoon. No work for me today. Plus, I am booked in for my nails at 1, followed by having my hair cut at 3.30.

That means my mitts will look sparkly and polished again, and my greys will be gone. For age 40, I'm quite pleased that I don't have too many, but with being dark haired, they really show themselves, little buggars!

So from 1pm onwards, its all about me for a couple of hours! Yay!!

My nails take roughly an hour, then I've got an hour or so to kill before I get to the salon for my barnet. What can I do with my time I wonder?

Maybe a spot of Christmas shopping perhaps? Or maybe I might treat myself to some new clothes. Or maybe both!!

Ooh yes, me time. Excellent. :)

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

YourHome - Competition - Win a luxurious Hypnos wool bedding bundle

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Win dinner and a night's hotel stay with Cubitt House

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Learning Spanish - 3 new words and phrases for this week

  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Best films for an afternoon

Here are my top films to watch on an afternoon:

  • Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • The Full Monty
  • Jurassic Park (any or all of them!)
  • Harry Potter (first 4, the later ones better for evening)
  • Notting Hill
  • Ghostbusters (either)
  • Superman 1,2 or 3 originals
  • Bridget Jones - the first one
  • Pretty Woman
  • The Truman Show

Saturday, 4 March 2017

My Single of the Week - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This

My single of the week this week is the brilliant new collaboration from The Chainsmokers and Coldplay with 'Something Just Like This'.

I heard this for the first time on The Brits when they performed it live and it blew me away. I am a massive Coldplay fan anything, but I also love the Chainsmokers new stuff as well.

The Chainsmokers are an American duo, and of course Coldplay hail from Blighty. The Chainsmokers had their first hit back in 2014, whereas Coldplay have been going since 1996 and hit the big time with 'Yellow' back in 2000.

On paper, this combination shouldn't work but it sounds like it should have been obvious that these two groups would in fact work like a dream. Chris Martin's vocal range is superb - from the soft and deep start it builds to a real climax, which combined with the guitar and the electro synth gives it something special and really dramatically satisfying.

I love the lyrics to this song 'I'm not looking for somebody with some super human gifts, some superhero, some fairytale bliss, just something I can turn to, somebody I can kiss'.

Its just a really uplifting feel good song and it was an immediate tune for me. If you haven't heard it go and take a listen and let me know what you think of it. If you want more singles of the week and music stuff you can find it over at My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)

Friday, 3 March 2017

WIN! A Diablo Pro Metal Powerball!

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Anxiety solutions and ideas

If you have ever felt anxious, you know how it feels - tight chest, short of breath, tingly, panicky feelings. So here is my list of what might help:


  • Lavender
  • Brown paper bag
  • Bubble wrap
  • Warm bath
  • Foot massage
  • Fresh air
  • Cleaning the bathroom
  • Hoovering up
  • Singing
  • Baking
  • Exercise
  • Organising things
  • Changing the subject
  • Talking about it
  • Not talking about it but talking about anything else
  • Spa visit
  • Guilt free treats
  • Change of scene
  • Hot shower and lather with body cream
  • Writing a to do list
  • Wishes and dreams

Competitions in Simply Knitting issue 156 | The Yarn Loop

Competitions in Simply Knitting issue 156 | The Yarn Loop

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Learning Spanish - 3 new words and phrases for this week

  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Do we all have a novel in us?

Along with, oh, I don't know, most of the population of the world, I always felt that I had a novel in me. They say we all do don't they?

Is that actually true? How do you start? Where do you start? One thing for sure - damn well going to find out!!

Summer Bodies are Made in Winter

Its winter, heading into spring. I am looking forward to my holidays in May, and I want a beach body. The important thing to remember though, is that the body I want to have in summer will be made right now, in winter.

Long, dark, cold nights = exercise, exercise and more exercise. This is something I've never really thought about before. I always get mid spring and then start thinking about it. The thing is though, that summer bodies are made in winter.

I am going to remember this and put it into action. Working hard when I don't have to display any flesh, so that when the time comes when the weather warms up and I do, is the plan. When it gets warm, I want to able to wear light, skimpy summer numbers without the dread feeling I usually get.

So here is the plan:

  • PT twice a week
  • 2-3 additional gym sessions per week
  • 30 day body challenge (different ones x 2) 
  • morning exercise every week day
  • 10,000 steps per day
  • lots of protein
  • cut down on carbs
  • cut down on sugar
  • walk everywhere
  • cut down on alcohol
  • lose 2 stone
And there we have it. My summer body is going to be made in winter. I love a good plan :)