Saturday, November 28, 2009

Busy, Busy.

Its been a busy couple of weeks :-

  • I've had a trip up to Edinburgh to visit the Scottish National Archives for some family tree research and discovered my Great Grandfather was a poacher!
  • I stayed over to see We Will Rock You at the Edinburgh Playhouse. Fabulous!
  • Turned 40! Still working on that :)
  • Continued working on my christmas cards. Never ending task.
  • Started thinking about Shimelles Journal Your Christmas class.
  • Worked extra 20 hrs over 2 weeks. Need to find some time to sleep zzzzz

Christmas Journal Cover
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Its Remembrance Day in the UK when we remember all those who have given their lives for our safety over the years.

'Coming Home' is the title track from this album from Lance Corporal Ryan Idzi, Sergeant Major Gary Chilton and Sergeant Richie Maddocks AKA The Soldiers. Proceeds from the album's sale will go towards charities including The Army Benevolent Fund, Help For Heroes and The British Legion.

If you missed them on The Royal British Legion's Festival of Remembrance on BBC1 on Saturday night click the link to see what you missed.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
(For The Fallen - Laurence Binyon)

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Favourite Places on the Web

Following Shimelles prompt this morning from the Blogging for scrapbookers class I've decided - along with a lot of other people :) - to start an occasional series of top 5's. Today will be my current top 5 places to spend time online.

1 In Love With Stamping, since becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator this has become the first forum I check each day lots of ideas on using the Stampin' Up! products as well as a place to share info with other demos.

2 UKScrappers, I've been a member of UKScrappers since the boards were set from the original yahoo group and enjoy getting inspiration, advice and shopping hints there as well as taking part in cybercrops.

3 Facebook, Yes like many others I have a prescence on Facebook and spend a lot of time tending my Farmville, running a cafe,visiting friends in Yoville or playing various games.

4 Scotlands People Since I started researching my family tree I have spent a lot of time and money on this site tracing my family lines back to the early 1800's and spreading the branches of my tree.

5 This is where I put a lot of the information gathered about my tree and try and contact other people who may have similar research interests.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Blogging Intentions

Thanks for all the comments and good wishes everyone hoping to start feeling better soon.

Well the prompt for today was to layout our intentions for the next three weeks. Here goes.

I'm intending to post more often at least weekly but unlikely to keep up with daily blogging past the class so if your waiting for a post from me dont hold your breath or you'll turn blue :D

Bit like this man that was an 8 metre high puppet that came to visit Bute in September and has since been spotted all over Scotland and I believe will be in the Inverclyde/Gourock/Greenock area this weekend coming. See Bigman Walking for more info.

Monday 2nd November

Its Monday and I should be at work excitedly waiting for Shimelles first blogging prompt and instead I'm at home wrapped up with the heating on, a supply of painkillers, hot juice and Tamiflu!
I'd been feeling sniffly and coughing all last week but on Thursday things got worse while at work so after a detour to stock up on painkillers, juice and tissues I decided to wrap up warm and have an early night. However by 3am i was awake splitting headache, sore throat, stuffed nose, my asthma had kicked in and then my temperature began to rocket.

So I muddled through the night, as you do, trying to find a position you can sleep in but not wanting to bother anyone as its night time. Eventually had to admit defeat and phoned in sick on Friday morning still part of me thinking its a cold it will get better but as by afternoon my temp was still over 38 I decided I better check with the health centre.

After Several phone calls including NHS 24, several hours and many questionaires I had a call back from a Doctor to advise that I had Flu - they are treating it as swine flu and I am now in quarantine till this Friday. I then had to phone my dad to go and pick up the tamiflu for me as obviously they would rather I didnt leave the house :)

Now if i were fit and well a week of work to play with my blog or craft stuff would be great BUT as I'm getting out of breath and tired just walking up the stairs my activity this week may be limited :(
Hoping to join in more with the class as my meds kick in and hoping I'm feeling better soon. At least my temperatures nearer normal now so thats a start.