Friday, 24 February 2017

How To Stay Safe When Out & About: Part Two: Staying Safe In A Crowded Place

Hi Honeys
I hope you've had a fabulous week and, if you're in the UK, that you were able to be inside and safe yesterday from the effects of Storm Doris which was, as I started to write this yesterday afternoon, literally blowing a gale outside our home.  Our furbaby Jade & I spent the afternoon hugging on the sofa listening to the noise outside and I was hit with a horrible headache.

We were blessed to get through the storm with only a couple of fence panels blown off in the back garden. Compared to past years this really is a blessing and I think it's mostly due to Hubby working so hard to reduce the height of the back fence last year. 

Storm Doris has now mostly passed us in the UK and is headed toward our cousins in Europe.  Be safe dear ones, if you can, stay in doors until it passes.

Safety has been on my mind a great deal lately.  So many upsetting stories in the press and on TV on a (it feels like) daily basis, so, last post I wrote about ways to stay safe when out and about.  For this post I thought I'd continue this theme by looking at ways to keep yourself and family safe in crowded places such as venues.

How to stay safe when out & about: part two: staying safe in a crowded place

Staying Safe In Crowded Places...

So, you've planned an outing.  Maybe its to the beach on a gloriously sunny day (if you're blessed to live near the ocean.... oh how I dream of that honeys) maybe it's to a community picnic, to a large auditorium to see a show or pantomime, whatever it is, you've got it all planned, bought your tickets, everyone gets into the car and off you go.

Friday, 17 February 2017

How To Stay Safe When Out & About: Part One: What We Carry And Being Aware Of Our Surroundings...

Hi Honeys
How often do you think about the safety of your home or possessions?  I've been hearing about break-ins recently and there has been enough concerns about thefts such as pick pocketing for it to be mentioned regularly in our local paper over the past couple of months.

Hubby and I had a conversation about the security of our home and have agreed that while we are lucky in that our home is never empty (we work our shifts around our furbaby Jade so that one of us is always at home with her, she's a very nervous little dog) there are a few things we need to work on, such as adding a chain to the front door and adding further security lighting at the side of our garden which at night is in total darkness.

How To Stay Safe When Out & About

I'll write another post about home security to follow honeys and share how we're improving ours but for today I thought we could look at how to stay safe when outside our home.  I know from chatting to customers at work that too many have been victims of pick pocketing and/or handbag theft.  Often through being too trusting of their environment or by leaving their bag in the shopping trolley and being distracted long enough for it to be taken.

I wish we lived in a completely safe world, one where we didn't have to give a second thought to our personal or home safety but the simple fact is that we don't dear ones  Now, that's not to say that we should all be so afraid of crime statistics that we never leave our homes and barricade the doors and windows but there are some simple steps we can take towards keeping ourselves, and our possessions safe.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Our Latest Bargain Kitchen Smiles

Disclaimer: I haven't been paid to promote any products or store,just sharing my latest smiles ๐Ÿ˜Š If you don't have a poundland it's worth looking in your nearest pound or dollar shop to see if they have these items too, chances are, they might.

Hi Honeys
It's silly what can make me smile ๐Ÿ˜Š  As you'll know if you've read this blog before, with the help of my dear Hubby, I'm on a mission to declutter our home and I really do avoid buying anything that can re-clutter it.  

I spotted a couple of things recently though in our local Poundland store that just made so me smile and I just had to have them.  The fact that they were only £1each was just a bonus ๐Ÿ˜Š  

Our Latest Bargain Kitchen Smiles

I'm trying to feel guilty about buying these little treats but I really can't honeys.  In total they only cost us £4 and I've been smiling every time I see them ๐Ÿ˜  So, nope, no buyers remorse here, just smiles ๐Ÿ˜Š

Let's take a look at these smile-inducing-and-actually-quite-useful items shall we?

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Super Easy, 3 Ingredient Valentine's Day Shortbread Cookies

Disclaimer: I haven't been asked to promote any products just sharing one of my favourite yummy recipes.

Hi Honeys
Valentine's Day is on the way so I thought I'd make some super easy (seriously! If these were any easier to make they'd make themselves!) incredibly yummy, shortbread cookies ๐Ÿช

Super Easy Super Yummy 3 Ingredient Recipe For Scottish Shortbread Cookies

This is my never-fails, go-to recipe for Scottish Shortbread and it really is as delicious as it is easy to make honeys.  I've cut the shortbread dough into hearts, double hearts and lip shaped cookies using adorable cookie cutters.

These are perfect to sneak into packed lunches with a little love note ❤ for loved ones or why not make a huge batch for gifting?  Tiny humans will love to help make these too ๐Ÿ‘ถ

Let's make some magic shall we?

Friday, 3 February 2017

The Most Important Thing You Can Do When You're Ill...

Hi Honeys
I think I'm finally <touch wood> on the mend! After over six weeks of my body trying to cough up a lung (or two!) I've reached a point where I can stand at the back door to watch over our furbaby Jade in the garden without being bent over in a coughing fit.

Changes in temperature still bring on coughs but I've been a passenger on this yearly chest infection roundabout ride for most of my life, having been born with damaged lungs, and I know it's near the end now.  Winter is fun around here. Not. It hasn't lasted this long for a few years and while it hasn't been fun I'm happy that I've managed not to miss any shifts at work.

The Most Important Thing You Can Do When You're Ill

I'm blessed to only work two days a week, although they are the two busiest days of the week and both run through into late evening, but bills need paying so I do feel blessed not to have lost any much needed pay.

What I have lost though is January.  Hubby & I had such plans for the first month of the year.  We were going to start the year by decluttering & organizing each of the rooms in our home before making a start on decorating projects but here we are in February (how did that happen!) and nothing done yet.

Which brings me to my point honeys.  The single most important thing you can do for yourself when you're not feeling your best is to treat yourself with the same care as you would any other loved one. We know that, right?  Then why is it so difficult to do?

We're wired that way dear ones.  We keep our homes, we cook, we clean, we care for furbabies & family members health but when it comes to self care our programming flags this behavour up as being selfish.  Mine certainly does. Loudly.  My inner voice can be a real nagging Nellie and can she guilt trip me!

I've learnt though, from hard won experience, that unless we're willing to invest the time and self care that's needed when we're poorly it will take far longer to shift whatever ails us.  Writing cheques our bodies cannot cash is a sure fire way to make any illness drag on and on.

You have to take care of you honeys, because if you don't, how are you going to be strong enough to care for your loved ones?  We have to block the voice in our head that tells us we're being lazy or selfish for snuggling on the sofa with our furbaby when we're ill.

Tell that inner voice to shush. Pay it no mind and do what you need to do to get better.  Rest.  Drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated, eat regularly, even if it's only a small amount, but most of all rest. 

Wishing you good health, smiles, love, laughter and a whole heap of hugs dear ones.  Till next time, stay warm, smile lots and hug even more x

Hugs Always xx

Friday, 27 January 2017

What Happens When A Laundry Addict Loses Her Washing Machine...

Hi Honeys
I am bereft of happiness! Honestly. Inconsolable even! It is now late afternoon and I haven't done a load of laundry today.

So what, right?  It's only laundry.....

What Happens When A Laundry Addict Loses Her washing Machine...

That's the thing though honeys, to me it's really not.  Laundry is just one of many coping mechanisms I have to help me get through each day.  My habits, or systems, help me get from morning to night even on less than good days.

I start my day each morning by having my shower, getting dressed and on goes my first load of laundry.  Yaaaaay! Usually I'll have (at least) two loads each morning.  Whatever Hubby wore day before, same for me and our night things as well as two bath towels because we've each had a shower that morning, split into whites and anything else, so as to keep my lovely white towels, and hubby's t shirts, from dulling and losing their bright whiteness.

Sometimes, joy of joys (it's sad I know but I actually do mean that) I have more! I'll maybe have (with Hubby's help) stripped and re-made the bed, or I might be washing our furbaby Jade's wee blankets from her day bed downstairs where she naps and maybe from her actual bed upstairs where every night she's tucked in and snuggled under her blankies with whichever is her current favourite soft toy.

Maybe it's just a sunny day outside and I've decided to pull out a whole shelf (or two) of our linen cupboard to wash and peg out on the line. You know, just because ๐Ÿ˜ƒ  Of all of the housekeeping tasks needing done, my laundry is the job that gives me most pleasure.

I love laundry.  Seriously love it.  I've had dreams of nothing more than me (and my assistant Jade) doing laundry. True. Of course in my dreams I don't have the aches and pains of arthritis to contend with, just Jade and I, a sunny day and endless pegging out of laundry.  Bliss.  Whether in dreams or in reality. Bliss ❤❤❤

Every time I manage to complete my laundry it's my own personal "take that arthritis! you haven't beat me today!" Even when the rest of the day is spent taking pain meds and hugging Jade on the sofa.  I don't just adore laundry, I always have, even when younger and in good health, I need it.

So, yesterday as always, did laundry.  Had battled extreme pain in my spine for almost two full days (not fun) and so laundry had started to (as near as it ever gets to it around here) pile up.

Four loads of laundry done and on the fifth load my beloved wee washing machine lit up like Blackpool illuminations! All of the lights went on, stayed on then went off and it ceased to be.

Farewell to a washing machine...

The horror! Hubby had a look at it (he's great that way) but all he could do was to empty it. Aaaarrrrgggg!!  It's the modern age's fault.  Everything is electronic these days.  Cars, household items, all made to be used and replaced. All designed to have a "shelf life."  All having some (or lots) of circuit boards designed to frustrate efforts to make do and mend.

I find myself longing for the little twin tub we had in our first tiny flat just after we were married. Back when things would break down and you got them repaired. Back when repairs didn't cost more than replacing the item. We're living in a very wasteful world honeys.  Easier to throw away than to mend.

In years past Hubby would take the washing machine apart and replace a pump, unblock pipes, do whatever was needed to have it up and running again.  Now though, machines turn into a light show and the electronics burn out and we have to replace them.  Leaving behind a small stressed Rosie with a trembling lower lip, nervous tick above her right eye (it's still there!) and battling an anxiety attack.

I know this seems odd, and no doubt to some a huge over reaction, but honeys this morning I had my shower and out of habit wandered through to the kitchen to the washing machine with my nightie and bath towel but.... aaarrrrgggg!

Hubby has ordered me a new washing machine (thank you sweetheart x) but I'll miss my old friend.  It's also an unexpected expense we could well have done without and will hurt for a while.  I'll have a few days laundry to catch up on by the time it's delivered... hang on... I don't mind that bit... although this tick above my eye will be dancing a can can by then and I'll probably be hyper ventilating.... ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Till next time dear ones, have a wonderful weekend, smile lots and hug even more, huggles always xx

ps:  For those blessed to still have their washing machine <sobs!> here are 10 (hopefully) useful tips to make laundry day a breeze! Enjoy x

Friday, 20 January 2017

A Little Short Lived Snow & Early Awakening Peonies...

Hi Honeys
How are you today?  Well, I hope, and staying warm & cozy.  I'm still battling a horrible chest/cough thing that just refuses to go away.  Being in the fourth week of this battle and seemingly getting nowhere, I finally relented earlier this week and called our Dr even though I didn't want to.  Isn't that what you're supposed to do when you're ill though Rosie?  Call the Dr?

I didn't want to call for two very good reasons honeys.  First and most important being that I knew our surgery would be completely overwhelmed with this chest thing going around, seriously everyone seems to have it right now, and I didn't want to add to their workload.

Secondly, being a spoonie every day I have to take so many pills and potions already that I can't bear the idea of adding to it even a little bit so I tend to put off calling the Dr until, as now, I've tried the resting, drinking lots of fluids and praying it'll go away thing.

My horrid cough though has turned as it usually does into my yearly chest infection.  Yuk.  It's really irritating honeys, I have so many things I'd like to be getting on with and instead I'm stuck on the sofa, wrapped in a throw and hugging a hot water bottle and our furbaby Jade.  I don't mind that last bit actually, Jade is a very huggy furbaby and adores hugs as much as her Mum does :)
A Little Short Lived Snow & Early Awakening Peonies...

Its not all bad though, during the early part of last week we had some snow.  I even went to the back door to try to catch a quick photo of it falling for you...

Snow falls in Scotland

It was so pretty it was even (sort of) worth the coughing fit it set off by my standing at the open back door even though I wasn't there very long and went straight back to our living room and watched it from the window with Jade.  She seemed fascinated with the snow falling outside bless her.

It did make our tiny front garden look pretty...