Friday, 30 May 2008
Thursday, 29 May 2008
The original car will probably be sold sometime once the work's been done (it's already been up for sale on eBay a couple of times and attracted time-wasters) ................ but - we think crafting is an expensive hobby - lol!
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Tomorrow I've got my eldest grand-daughter for the morning (half-term) so I'm going to take a bit of time off and we're going to visit the Glitterpot as I've some buying to do for the southern imag-e-nation mini meet next week. I need to get a variety of Basic Grey papers so's we can make some flowers & leaves with the Woodware Flower & Leaf Makers that I have - lol!! She's been to Hobbycraft (our Chrissie pressie to her was a shopping trip to our 'local' store which is about a 50-60 mile round trip) but she's never been to a craft shop like the Glitterpot. Mind you, it could be that Hobbycraft is better suited to an 11 year old anyway - lol!
Had a pleasant evening with some old friends last night. Good meal and a chat. My mate, Cally, was just back from a couple of weeks in Florida. She'd taken a shopping list from me for some Cuttlebug bits and she managed to get most of what I had on it. Definitely a lot cheaper than over here and bonus was - no shipping to pay (not that it's expensive anyway but every penny counts - lol!). She bought Joanne's out of their CB stuff but said she was really disappointed with all of the 4 Michael's stores she visited. Still, I'm sure it won't stop her going again when she's back there in November!!
Monday, 26 May 2008
I have more changes in mind and I'll post about those when I've time to play .....
Friday, 23 May 2008
Next week I will start on the ground floor. Shouldn't take as long as there's not so much to go through. The main problem has been that it's a 3 bedroom house with only 1 bedroom being used as a bedroom. The largest room (mine when I was at home) had been lined with wardrobes - 7 double ones, floor to ceiling - so it was like a massive walk-in wardrobe & storage room. The smallest room, although not having any wardrobes, was still a storage room with shelves, drawers and a fair bit of floor space ..... at least, there is now - LOL!! Now, everything Dad needs is in his bedroom, in the 2 double wardrobes that are in that room. The other rooms will, when the remaining bits are disposed of, be empty except for anything that's fitted - like the 7 double wardrobes and the ironing board - lol! One thing I've decided - I'm going to have a clear out of some of my bits soon. I know I have things that haven't seen the light of day in years. It has to go!
I reckon a couple of weeks and I'll have Dad straight and we can start him living the rest of his life. I plan to get him out a couple of times a week where possible, even if it's only to get him down on the Undercliff at Ovingdean/Rottingdean to sit and watch the world go by for an hour.
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Monday, 19 May 2008
Sunday, 18 May 2008
Having seen these in their nice, new, shiny state and sparkling clean ribbons, I have decided to leave my Grandad's WWI medals exactly as they are - with the patina acquired by their 90 years of age. I may buy new ribbons and purchase the one medal I didn't find but only to complete the collection and so that the ribbons are there, if ever needed, in years to come. Oh yes, the crest on the boxes was the Royal Crest - lol!
Saturday, 17 May 2008
OK, so they're not campaign medals as he was never in battle but, he served from before the start of the war to past it's end so has every right to have them, wear them and display them.
While eldest was gardening I was houseworking, Dad's cleaner having found another job and left him a couple of weeks ago, and we've not managed to find a replacement yet. I don't like houseworking but it made a change from sorting and clearing - lol!
Thursday, 15 May 2008
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
Click here for the UK Veterans site.
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Monday, 12 May 2008
Thursday was a funny day. Funny odd, that is! My brother had said he wanted to scatter Mum's ashes in a certain place. I was happy to leave them for the Crematorium to deal with. That is, for them to be scattered in the Gardens of Remembrance, but I agreed that we'd scatter them as per my brother's wishes. Cutting the story a bit short, Mum is now sharing space with her first born, her brother and her Mum but not without taking a trip to the Garden Centre first so, she did make that final trip, even if she had to spend it waiting for us in the car! Not sure Mum would approve of what we've done as she never said it's what she wanted and she hadn't visited my sister's grave in 40 years but, it's done now. Apart from Dad, and he wouldn't remember now, I was the only person alive who knew where the grave was. As we were leaving we realised it was exactly a month from the day she died.
Thursday evening Dad and myself, or rather I, with Dad coming along for the ride, delivered his unwanted music centre (old style with deck etc) to a young man after we advertised it on Freecycle (he not only wants Mum's stuff cleared but a lot of his own as well) and Friday Mum's mobility scooter went. Today somebody collected an old portable TV we advertised as 'free to collector'. It was so old it was manual working - no remote - lol!! It still works though so will do somebody a turn and it's better than dumping it.
Saturday morning saw me cleaning the area that the scooter had used as a garage! That looks a lot brighter and fresher and Dad's pleased he has the space back. It's now the wheelchair's home but that doesn't take up anywhere near the amount of room the scooter did.
Yesterday I spent at an archery tournament that eldest was competing in. He won it last year but he came 2nd this year. Weather was superb although it meant I was chasing the shade but it was a lovely relaxing day for me! The year before last I won the ladies competition at this event but I haven't shot there since because of my frozen shoulder. I'm hoping to start up again with the nicer weather coming along.
Today! Well, today I did some more packing up and there's another bag fully packed and ready to go to the Dogs Trust and another 1/2 full. May yet have another trip out there this week - lol! I also had to take a trip out to the Glitterpot to take back one of the Woodware Flower Maker punches I bought on Friday. It didn't cut cleanly and it jammed. They had another so we opened it to test it before I brought it away and it's just as well we did 'cos that one did the same thing and the cut was awful! They tried the demo one from the workshop and that wouldn't even cut ordinary paper cleanly. I came away with 2 stamps instead and will steer clear of this particular punch I think. It's the Daisy Banque punch. Would make a brilliant flower if it worked!!
Anyway, that's my last few days, quickly. Could lengthen the story of the ashes but perhaps most is better left unsaid however, there's yet another spooky thing. For anyone that watches Emmerdale and has followed the story re Daniel. His cross has 'died 21st February 2008, Aged 6 months' inscribed. My sister's headstone has 'died 21st February 1950, Aged 6 months' ...............
Saturday, 10 May 2008
I've just booked something that has been a dream of mine to do for years. It's not really something that you would ever pay for, well, not for yourself anyway, but the family bought this as a present for me at Christmas. It's the last pressie that Mum ever had any input with/in so from that point of view it's become extra special and not just because it's been a long time dream of mine.
It's a .................................. (drum roll!!) ........................................ HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT!!
I've watched them fly over our archery ground on a nice, still, summers evening just as it's cooling after a long hot day and I've so wished I was in that basket and now - I'm going to be! May not be flying over the archery ground but who cares. Date of my adventure, providing weather plays ball - 18th June, meeting 6pm-ish ...................... BRING IT ON!!!
Friday, 9 May 2008
Thursday, 8 May 2008
And here's another WooHoo - I finally remembered to phone the vet today to ask where we go with Ollie now. He finished his meds 2 weeks ago and he's running round like a 2 year old! Vet is really pleased as he didn't expect him to still be around. His advice is, if he's finished the meds and there's been no deterioration then to leave well alone. I told him that Ollie was making him out to be a fibber at the moment - OK, I said 'liar'! He said he hopes that he has got the diagnosis wrong but it is a case of 'time will tell'. At the moment we'll just accept that he's acting normal - lol!
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
I took this photo a couple of days ago (before it got as hot as it now, hence the pullover - hottest day of the year today and likely to be 25c tomorrow, phew!) but hopefully I'll get a better one soon as this one isn't really in too sharp a focus. Thought I'd take the opportunity of updating my photo's of him as the last one was taken a couple of years ago and we're starting a new era now, with Mum gone. Ollie seems to still be going strong - so much so that I keep forgetting to ring the vet to find out where we go from here now that his medication has run out. Perhaps the vet got the diagnosis wrong and it was nothing more than a bug, even if he has got an enlarged stomach!
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
The La Pashe, Remember When ........... website is now up and running , click on the logo and take a look to be impressed!
Just a month ago today we were looking at this -