Monday, 31 December 2012

New Year's Eve 2012


Well, here we are again. 
At the end of another year and the beginning of a new one. 
The year 2012 hasn't been too bad a year for us but I am looking forward to 2013.

There will be several things for us to look forward to. 

Becoming grandparents is bound to be the highlight!!!

Danny and I celebrate our silver wedding anniversary towards the end of the year and are hoping for a really special holiday to celebrate it.
When things are more organised I'll let you in on it :))

I have also been thinking of making a book out of my blog - so if anybody has any hints and tips on that I would really appreciate your input!!!

I hope 2013 is a happy and lucky year for everybody - I wonder what it holds for us all. 

One thing is for sure though - you only get out of it what you put in to it - so live your life to the fullest and enjoy!!! 
That is my philosophical thought for the day - and that doesn't happen very often, lol.

I'm not a great whisky drinker but I am quite partial to a wee glass of Southern Comfort and lemonade ;) so at midnight I'll raise my glass to you all and wish you all a wonderful New Year!!!

All the best!!!!

Saturday, 29 December 2012

A Wee Bit Of Culture




On Thursday night we did something a wee bit different.  
Well, different for us anyway!!!!

A few weeks ago one of my sis-in-laws had asked if we fancied going to see an evening of Tchaikovsky, well of course we said yes please. 

So on Thursday, along with Danny, my two sis-in-laws and their husbands, three nieces and one boyfriend,  we met up in Glasgow.
 First we went for a very tasty Italian meal, I had  chicken milanese with spaghetti napoli and for dessert I had tiramisu - yummy.  Have I ever said how much I love tiramisu, 'cause I really do :))
I should really have taken my camera to do some foody pictures - but I'm afraid I didn't.

Anyway after a very pleasant dinner we walked along to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.  I have never been to a classical concert before and didn't really know what to expect.  But you know what, I really enjoyed it and I was surprised at how many of the pieces 
I recognised. They played everything from Swan Lake, Piano Concerto No.1 (which I remembered loving at school), Nutcracker Suite and the finally of course the 1812 Ouverture.  
Now who doesn't love that rousing piece and at the finale fireworks were going off - I of course added to the volume by giving a shriek of fright - how embarassing - you can take me nowhere, lol. 

All in all it was a great night and I enjoyed my wee bit of culture. 


Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Some Christmas Baking

I had so many posts I wanted to do before Christmas but time just got away from me.

So I thought I'd show you some of the many cakes that Karen produced before Christmas (there are a few more but I thought this would do for now) :))

This first is one she made for her sister Laura, isn't it cute? 
Laura loves penguins so that is where she got the idea from.



This is a cookie Christmas tree.  
So unusual (I've not seen one before) and so very tasty - I am going to get so tubby!!!

And this one is our Christmas cake - it's not a great shot of it but the detail in that church is amazing. 

And here is her gingerbread house.  She put a wee tea light inside of it to make it look cozy. 
I can't get over her imagination - I think she made 10 cakes in total and every one is different.  
The problem now is that she is just a wee bit fed of cake making and could do with a break from it for a while. Which is just as well, it's going to take us ages to get through it all. 
I wish I could send you all a piece - if only to stop me from eating it all :))

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

The Best Christmas Card Ever!!!

Hi all, hope you have had a wonderful day, full of love, gifts and tasty food.

We have had lots of all three.  All my girls are here today, Laura and Kevin came through from Dundee and are staying the night and going home tomorrow.

I wanted just to pop on quickly to show you the absolutely BEST Christmas card we received this year.

Isn't it wonderful. 




I can hardly wait for April to come now :)))

Monday, 24 December 2012

Happy Christmas



I'm so sorry I haven't been around for the last few days - I've been so busy.  It's that time of year isn't it?  When there is just so much to do and so little time to do it in!!!!

Anyway I just wanted to quickly pop in to say  -

I Hope You Have A Peaceful And Happy Christmas :)))

I'll be back soon and I will come and visit you all and I'll be just a little bit heavier - if all the lovely food we have is anything to go by.

See you later - have fun!!!

Thursday, 20 December 2012

A Busy Kitchen

I was going to post some pictures from our walk along the beach on Sunday but Karen has been super busy in the kitchen.  
She is making lots of Christmas cakes.  
Four of her workmates have asked her to make sponge cakes for them.  She spent all day yesterday baking and today she is decorating - and she is singing away to herself - a sure sign she is in her element and really enjoying herself :))

There is however one drawback to all of this productivity - my kitchen is a disaster zone - mess everywhere!!!!
 I'm definately NOT posting a picture of that :))


But I will show a picture of all that she has made so far. 
 You see those tubs on the left, there are full of ginger sheets for making a gingerbread house - I can't wait to see that when it is finished :)
   I've always meant to make a gingerbread house but never got around to it. 

I'll be sure to put some pictures up of the finished products. She has already made a wee santa to put on top of one the cakes - sooooo cute, lol.

Do you see how dark it is out of the window - it really is like that here at the moment - rain, rain, rain - and so grey.

This also means I can put my beach shots up on another day :)

Monday, 17 December 2012

My Weekend




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This weekend has been quite a busy one for me.  

Laura and Kevin were coming through on Saturday - and it's always lovely to see them.  Laura is 22 weeks pregnant now - that's over half way there!!! 
 Laura is a very slim girl but is now just starting to have a lovely pregnancy bump and she is absolutely blooming and looking lovely. She is keeping well apart from some back pain which they think may be a trapped nerve - hopefuly that will get better quickly.

On Saturday evening my Sis-in-law, had asked me if I wanted to go to a Dickens Christmas reading.  Now that is something I wouldn't normally go to but I thought why not - and there was a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie, who could say no to that :)) 
 I have to say it was a very pleasant evening. 
Anne and I had a good blether (not during the reading, I hasten to add) and the narrator read the Scrooge story - he was very good.

Sunday it was a day of what should I do first. Housework, Christmas card writing, present wrapping, hoovering, cooking.  So many things to do!!!

Well, I did some housework, Danny and I went for a walk along the beach (wait a minute that wasn't on my list!) it was a lovely walk and we took the camera and got some quite good pictures. 
I made some dinner and I did write some Christmas cards but still got quite a lot to do and I never wrapped any presents. 

Oh well there is always tomorrow :))

I also wanted to say that my heart goes out to everybody that was affected by the terrible tragedy that happened in Newtown primary school. 
I can't watch the news as it is just so upsetting.
 I don't suppose we will ever know why individuals do these terrible acts. 

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Santa Claus

Tonight we had a very special person come around to visit our houses. 

Yup it was Santa Claus!!!



The local Round Table organise this surprise every year. 

I can remember when the girls were wee and Santa would pay us a visit.  He used to come to the front door and talk to them.  
In fact one year I actually knew who Santa was and he called Karen by her name and she was amazed that Santa actually knew her name. 
The look on her face was one to behold I can tell you :))

If you look really closely you might be able to see the man himself crouching down and talking to a couple of youngsters and probably making their night - they will go to bed happy I think :))

Well my girls might be getting older and wiser but they still like to wave as Santa goes by (I was there waving too)!!!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Hustle and Bustle


Not a lot happening around here at the moment - just the usual hustle and bustle of the Christmas rush. 
Can you believe that Christmas day is just two weeks away.  
Just where did this year go - it hardly seems any time at all since January!!!

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I was thinking there is definitely not much new growth in plants at the moment (well it is winter after all) but just look at Karen's plant (which I can't for the life of me remember what is called).  It has quite a few of these tiny wee leaves sprouting. 

Well all of my Christmas shopping is done - yeah I can hardly believe I typed those words either
  I can't remember the last time I was so organised. I still have to wrap and write Christmas cards but I'll get around to that this weekend. 

I am so glad my shopping is out of the way as I really can't stand the busy shops at this time of year. The only big shopping to do now is the grocery shopping - another job that I really don't like doing. 
Oh dear I'd better watch or I will be saying bah humbug shortly, lol.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

A Treat All For Me :))

Last night one of the girls I work with had a jewellery party at her house.  She did this last year too - somebody comes along and sells some beautiful things.

It's always nice to get out and have a blether and a laugh (and spend some money) with some friends. 

Of course I just had to treat myself to something nice :))
  Do you like what I decided on - it's so pretty and sparkly!!!

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I'm quite good to myself am I not, lol. 

Tonight I'm just chillin' listening to some really good cd's.  
Robert Plant/Alison Krauss, Bruce Springsteen and now I've got on Natural Acoustic which has some wonderful artists, such as Fleetwood Mac, Don Mclean, Paul Weller to name but a few.

Hope you are having a pleasant evening too. :))
 




Tuesday, 4 December 2012

The Happy Orange


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So much for me getting out to take some photos - it has been raining for the last two days.  

You know that horrible really fine, heavy drizzle you get that just soaks you right through to the skin, well that is what we have been getting. 
It really makes you just want to stay indoors and I would if I didn't have to go out to work.

Anyway I was busy eating a lovely satsuma orange this morning - which was really tasty by the way.  I thought, 'I know I'll take some pictures of this little orange', but there's not really a lot you can do to pose an orange.

So this is what I came up with. 

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Can you see the smiley face? - I hope so!!

I hope you all had a lovely, happy, smiley day :)))


Sunday, 2 December 2012

My Weekend


Hi all.  
Well I've no picture again today. The reason for this is I've not been out to take any this weekend. I had hoped to manage it but I'm afraid not!!!

I have been busy though.

On Saturday I went Christmas shopping.  Now, I really don't enjoy shopping too much, especially at this time of year.  Everywhere is really, really busy, with queues everywhere. I did do quite well though and got most of what I was looking for and I'm very pleased to report I am almost finished with the dreaded shopping :))  
In fact I am actually quite organised this year, I don't know what is wrong with me - usuallyI'm rushing around at the last minute!!!

I even went and treated myself to a coffee and a scone - which was definitely needed and very tasty!!

After the shopping and my coffee I had an appointment with the hairdresser.  You know if you need to go shopping I totally recommend a trip to the hairdresser afterwards.  I love getting my hair done. Just sitting and relaxing - nothing quite like it in my opinion :)

Today has been all about the housework, it's funny how that always needs done isn't it? 
And after all of that it's Monday again tomorrow. 

Awe well there is always next weekend.
Have a good week everybody.