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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

A bit of Cath to cheer me up

A bit of Cath never did anyone any harm...unless turning into Verruca Salt and being a moan as i want so many beautiful things is a bad thing!! (and sure to get you struck off the Good List)

Seeing as I'm still feeling very sorry for myself and very poorly (have i mentioned that at all?!!)  The Husband has said i can get some cute jammies for getting better in!  How sweet is he!  I do get awful sinus trouble which cause the worst headaches, but i am on the mend and so i have graciously given up the Pj's...well, until Christmas Eve, when everyone knows you always get new jammies (so you can look nice in the Christmas morning photos)  Hurrah for me!  Maybe the moaning will stop?

Even if i wasn't getting anything...and its really not normally the case i get a treat for nothing, but even if i really wasn't getting a button i know I'd be quite happy to look at all of the gorgeous things on show.  As you can see I've been having a lie down, sleeping lots, watching TV and reading magazines!  It'd be great if i only i was feeling better!

Monday, 29 November 2010

A Pause in Advent, Hope

Ive decided to follow floss from Troc, Broc and Recup and take part in the 'A Pause in Advent' series.
Floss's post spoke about traditions, and i think i should keep this post in line with tradition and make it about Hope, a topic traditionally spoken about in church at the lighting of the first candle.  There is - traditionally - the hope we hold in Christ, or indeed Christmas, the hope that it will be light and joy in the dark winter months, the hope that Christmas itself will be better, and call an end to the year, which we in turn hope will be better than last. 
We hope that we can be better, better people, neighbours, daughters, and the hope that our families will grow safely and my personal hope is that i can be a Mother.
Hope is what binds each and every one of us together, we have the same hopes, and i believe that each of the candles, hypothetical or other, are common themes to mankind in general.  Even if you aren't writing a post about A Pause in Advent I hope you are able to save some time for yourself this season to think of the four candles, Hope, Peace, Love and Joy, and possibly even share these thoughts with me.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Its not Christmas unless...(fill in the blank!!!)

Don't ya just love a bit a Cath?  Both her Winter and Christmas issue are fab and so full of delightful things, I'm currently lusting over the Merry Christmas apron!!
Seeing this little guide of 10 Great things to do over Christmas got me thinking...
I'm really going to go looking through loads of blogs...so beware!! I mean i really want to try and find lots of customs, traditions, ideas, and find a whole bunch of things everyone is doing.  Id love to find that i maybe share a traditions with someone miles away, or (maybe even better) find new traditions which i can soak up and copy!

Sitting in bed

Sitting in bed, feeling sorry for myself.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Can you keep a secret?

Can you keep a secret?  Can you be told something, but stay quiet as a mouse?
Can i tell you something?

This is my favourite conditioner every...my favourite scent, the best perfume, the best memories, the best everything.

This is Amazing Grace by Philosophy.  The conditioner normally retails for £20, now i love Aussie repair conditioner, its amazing and if you've got long thin hair its the best in my book.  But this conditioner is EVEN BETTER if you'll believe me!  Well, now it comes to the secret part.  In TK MAXX they had this conditioner....already we can see where this is going, that place is a treasure trove of lovelies.
But this time i saw this conditioner!! YIKES, i said!! And it was only £12.99!!! BARGAIN!! 
So i bought 8 bottles!!
That is going to last me until this time next year!! (but don't tell The Husband)

Friday, 26 November 2010

Music from a white Christmas..well it is snowing!

Where it's snowing
All winter through 
That's where I want to be
 Snowball throwing
That's what I'll do  
How I'm longing to ski 
Through the snow-oh-oh-oh-oh
Those glist'ning houses that seem to be built of snow 
 I had so much fun putting pictures with songs i decided to do it again today!
Daisy Dog loves the snow! 
 I put her in the back garden while i went about taking some pictures out front.
Some green still exists. 
But not much! 
Up and down the street only a few people venture out...this is the main street!!

The Books

Does it make you a better librarian if you have lots of books at home, or does it make you worse that you clearly didn’t put all of your trust in your own library service?

Children’s books are kept separate, they live in our room.  One day they will reside in a nursery, but for now they are beautiful in our room.
Please excuse the lack of dusting, it really is an awkward shelf to get in about.

Many books picked up for less than one pound.  Too beautiful to sit all by them self in a charity shop.

Books that bring you back to your childhood...no matter how badly a picture was taken!

Some faded, some new, some given as presents, some bought as presents-they just didn't make it out of the house!

Some sitting beside a jewellery box from long, long ago...

Some housekeeping books

History books, all in order...

Just after the travel books in the spare bedroom on top of the piano.

Books about our town.

Living room books live on glass shelves....dusty shelves!  The reference books live together...did i mention I'm a librarian...?

Yet more hidden away, these live behind the TV...generalities then religion..just following the Dewey System!

Ah, literature, these live in the corner..that's the base of a lamp next to the door.  The comfiest chair is in that corner.

Then the cooking books, invariably living in the kitchen...next to the dish cloths,

Oooops, you caught me out of order!

More cooking books.

Ah, these are a little out of order too, not enough room in the children's section, the generalities section or any other area of the house...so plonked on top of the bookcase lives some children's encyclopedias.

Next to any other rubbish i pick up...oh look a hair brush, and some spare change, a spent candle and a copy of a historical document!  All things which go well in yet another comfy corner!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Thank you Mister Postie!

Kindly Mr. Postie arrived today with three scrumptious candles for me!  Mulled Wine, Christmas Cookie and Christmas Eve.  If you know your Yankee Candles you'll know these are really sweet scented candles, my favourite!!  I bought these from the Yankee shop as two of these fragrances are December special offer ones and so had 25% off which made them real bargains, especially as they are all the large ones and will last for ages and ages!

I only took two pictures, i don't know what happened to them, they came out all fuzzy and so I've only put up two pictures as I'm still feeling incredibly sorry for myself.  Ive started burning the mulled wine one now as (even though i cant smell it) i want it to burn to the edges and the house to smell wonderful for when The Husband comes home!  They were really quick picks, which probably explains the general fuzziness of them, and why there are packets of lemsip, a pencil case, and my lavender room spray all in the frame!
Makes sense that seeing as i haven't done any baking i can at least pretend that i have!

Oh the weather outside is frightful!

Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful, 
And since we've no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! 
It doesn't show signs of stopping, 
 And I've bought some corn for popping,
 The lights are turned way down low,
 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
When we finally kiss goodnight,
How I'll hate going out in the storm!
But if you'll really hold me tight,
All the way home I'll be warm.
The fire is slowly dying,
And, my dear, we're still good-bying,
But as long as you love me so,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Stay safe and warm this gloriously wintry day.