Thursday, 16 June 2011

School Prom !! Help!!

Hiya peeps. Long time no speak. Well we have finally reached the culmination of 7 years of primary - the school prom is tonite. I have promised to be on my best behaviour and no tears will issue from my fisog. The limo has been hired, all the smart clothes and shoes bought and now we just wait til 7.00 p.m. Well I say all the smart clothes - he has decided to tell me at 8.00 a.m this morning that he wants a jacket to wear now too - not just the waistcoat that he was adamant that was all he wished to wear for about 3 months since we first started discussing this and trying to convince him that the pair of black leather shoes are not too big!!! - simply because he has lived in trainers for the past 3 years!! But as I say - hopefully will manage to get him a jacket today and I promise I will not cry when I see my baby all dressed up smart like a grown-up!!!
He can't wait to get to secondary school after having been at his induction days - needless to say tho there is a list as long as my arm as to what he must have for secondary!! Oh to return to the simple days of primary. This is the next big step in his life - he will be walking to and from school - be home before me, some days, - when I have to pick the wee one up from primary which finishes later than secondary on 2 days out of 5. It seems like just yesterday I was buying his uniform for primary one and his little SpiderMan Lunchbox and he looked so brave heading out into this big new world!! Time passes too quickly!!!
Summer - where is it??? - We are coming up to the summer solstice next week, and I am still waiting for the long hot nites when you can't bear to have any covers on the bed. I have bought all these wee skimpy tops and flip flops - chance to wear them yet - ha ha.
Skools out next Friday for 7 long weeks - maybe the summer is waiting til then?!!
Next birthday coming up is for my little girl - and what does she want - a mobile fone! - how times have changed - growing up too fast in this life.
Hubby on the mend after his major op. itching to get back to being the boss, but still tiring easily.
Will my life ever settle down into mundanity again?
My sunflowers and lettuces aren't event getting a chance to sprout properly yet - still making a valiant effort, but struggling - this time last year I had a bounty of lettuce and fruit coming on - still waiting!!
Sorry today is a kind of mixed up posting - bit like my head just now.

Thursday, 5 May 2011


Life is never simple in this household. Sure knows how to play you a blinder. My better half is in hospital having had an operation earlier this week, but doing well and itching to get home already!. Need to get new shower installed, before he comes home - this will hopefully be done at the weekend so it will be up and running for his return. Fence between me and my neighbours has blown down and needs to be removed - part of it stil standing - neighbour is going away on holiday at weekend so my better half has given my son the go ahead to kick his football at the fence so it gets knocked into the neighbours garden for him to get rid of (as we offloaded the rest of it to the dump after the winter storms!) and other half won't be fit on his return from hospital to remove it! - so fencer can renew fence, without us having to pay for him to remove old one! - hope you got all that, kind of confused order.
My son is going to the local High School, after all the heart-searching about putting in a placement request for the further away high school, which I did for him against my better judgement - the reply comes in saying he is getting in to local High School - 15 mins walk away - my heart was in my mouth at the prospect of telling him - and guess what, when I tell him - he is pleased!!! - he has been hoping that his placement request would be denied, apparently, for the last 2 months, (but didn't want to say after all the fuss he made about getting me to put in the placement request!) - decided he wanted to go to the local school after all! - well he got his wish - and thankfully, all his friends are going to the local school too - they all got knock-backs for their placement requests too - so everybody is happy - a lot of grief over nothing way back in January after all!!
Well, what did we make of the Royal Wedding - personally, I thought she was gorgeous - I don't care what anybody says, I loved her dress - so entrancing yet understated. As for Wills - he may not be the handsomest, he is definitely a Windsor - but I think he has got his mothers sense of humour, a bit on the cheeky side - not quite so staid as his father. I think when his time comes, he will make a good King and his bride has been well chosen. They will lead us well through the 21st Century.
Summer seems to be just around the corner - had cracking weather for the last couple of weeks and my garden has appreciated it - I now seem to have a Horse Chestnut tree growing down beside my raspberries at the bottom of the garden - must have dropped one of the kids conkers, which we religiously collect every autumn, down next to my raspberry canes and it has decided to take root - I will leave it and see what comes of it - quite novel to see! I also seem to have managed to root some brambles too - yee hah - I sneekily stole a branch from my neighbours overhang a couple of years ago and planted it next to the raspberries too. Nothing came of it last year and I reckoned cos it wasn't a proper cutting it wasn't going to take - but it would appear to have taken this year and hopefully come the autumn, I will have an abundance of brambles too. So my garden is quite fecund at present after the evil long term winter we had - so good to see everything growing and bringing life and eventual harvest to my garden - my potted sunflowers and sweet peas have started to sprout gleefully, along with my peas, carrots and lettuces and my strawberry plants are also showing new life - so here's hoping I shall have an abundance of home grown fruit and veg to see me through the next few months and into the autumn.
Never know whats round the corner do we, maybe best that way.
Well I guess the housework won't go away, so best get to it.
laters peeps

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Surprising Finds

I am not a great gourmet or foody, but I do know what I enjoy.
Normally, when it comes to Farmers Markets, I tend to run round them with a quick dismissive glance at the stalls and think over-priced but not really worth the time. Well I have proved myself wrong!
At the weekend, purely because it was in a very handy local position, we went to a Farmers Market at the Avenue Shopping Centre, on Sunday morning and boy, am I glad I did. The usual eclectic gathering of stalls, but not horribly busy, so we had a chance to browse.
Firstly, Cedar Cottage Country Foods - where we spent £20 on fresh meat - but boy is it worth it - simple foods like smoked Ayrshire bacon, square slice (Lorne) sausage and link sausage flavoured with leeks - and every one of them delicious and what real fresh meat should taste like.
Next stop - now this one I have to say is quite off the wall, but blew me away - Home Ground Coffee Ltd. - now I do enjoy a good cup of coffee, usally quite strong - tried a couple of samples of this guys coffee - not your usual blends that you find in supermarkets, but different beans that he sources and grinds himself - the one I bought, Nicaraguan - quite strong but my oh my - sent me to a happy place - couldn't help smiling when I was drinking it, and boy the buzz it gave me - dare I say it - better than chocolate!!! A very nice coffee that is well worth savouring.
And last but not least, again I do quite enjoy strong flavours, but not overwhelming and here Inverlochy Cheese have won me over - the Lazy Ploughman - cos I do enjoy a cheddar ploughmans when we are out for a pub lunch - mature cheddar cheese, so creamy and milky it transports you to heavenly delight - with a sweet pickle mixed into it. Oh delicious. Bought only the one small truckle - wish I'd bought more cos the Farmers Market doesn't return for another 4 weeks and the cheese is almost finished!
Just goes to show - you can't judge a book by its cover. And I will be returning to support these traders and possibly more, on their return to the Farmers Market in 4 weeks time.
If you have a local farmers market and get a chance to try any or all of the above, I highly recommend them. My simple advice today - support the small home traders or we will lose them. Fresh is best for sure.
Sorry to wax so lyrical. Rant over for today.
Laters peeps.

Thursday, 24 March 2011


Hiya peeps. Just dropped in to say hello.
Have to talk to you about this book I have just recently finished. Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I am an avid reader, and used (a long time ago) to read Stephen King horror books - in fact i have in my possession about 30 of them, but gave up horror as I grew up, then my BFF gave me the Twilight series to read, and she waxed lyrical about them, even though are really for teenagers and I wasn't really thinking to read them, but was bored one day, picked the first one up and got sucked in (no pun intended - if you have read them you know what I mean!) and I was so disappointed when I finished the series. My life seemed empty. Having dreamt of hunky vampires (bit of an oxymoron I know), but you get the message - for weeks and lived Bella's life vicariously with her through the books, I was lost. Then I saw this book advertised, and yet again my brain was blown away by vampires - this genre not really having been my thing for a long time, remember - but this book is AWESOME. It is a hefty tome, right enough, but well worth reading if you want to lose yourself in fantasy. Again, I was bereft when I finished it and had to come back down to earth! The worst of this being, although it is the first in a trilogy - the next book will not be available until 2012 - I have to wait a whole year!!! This said, I highly recommend this book.
To lighter things - Spring has Sprung people. My daffodils are finally getting a chance to show their bright sunny yellow faces and I have finally had a chance to wash my windows - knowing they will stay clean for longer than 24 hours!! I have started spring cleaning!. Charity collections have not been so busy from my house for a long time - amazing how in the past 6 months I have managed to collect so many outgrown clothes and shoes - well not mine, so much as the children - cos like Topsy they will insist on growing!!! A whole new summer wardrobe is required for my girlie - she has definitely shot up like a top!. My son is slightly harder to please, this time round as he has very definite ideas about what he wants to wear - and of course, it all has to be designer/sports labels or it just isn't happening Mum!
How I long for the long lazy days of summer and bright colours and bbq's.
Last night I was reading a bedtime story to my little one and it was one of the Tiara Club ones, - the princesses were attending a parade in a golden pumpkin coach - and although there are pictures in the book - they are in black and white - needless to say this led to massive complaint, why are they not in colour Mummy? So I told her about the Royal Wedding and how Princess Kate and Prince William will be travelling in a gold coach pulled by white horses and Princess Kate will be in a beautiful long white dress and diamonds - her wee face lit up like a starry sky and she said, will we get to see it Mummy and I said, yes school holiday for it and she is all agog now and excited - asked to see all the information on the websites etc. and says she wishes she could grow up to be a real princess and marry a prince - how they do tug at your heartstrings - I told she doesn't need to marry a prince to be a princess, cos she is mine - but hey its every little girls dream isn't it?! Though they do grow up way too fast!!!
One last thing - the MOON - yep, I have officially lost the plot - the last thing I do every nite, is check out the kitchen window to have a look at the moon and check out what star constellations I can see, the last few nites the moon has been so ENORMOUS and close - my husband had mentioned to me that for the next 3 weeks, the moon is to be the closest to the earth that it has been in hundreds of years and wow, is this not just the case. It looks just like a big creamy milky filled bubble and it is an amazing sight - if you get a clear nite and have a good view from any of your windows to the moon, over the next couple of weeks - take a dekko - makes you feel kind of insignifcant in the great scheme of things - I have felt like this a couple of times before, when I have been on holiday on Islay (west coast of Scotland, famous whisky Isle and our hearts home from home) and you go outside on a clear night and cos there are no lights on Islay (well not many) to detract from the night sky it can be seen in all its magnificence and well, and I'm not ashamed to admit this - it makes me feel all funny inside and brings tears to my eyes - because the dark nite sky and all the tiny stars in their thousands is just such a wonderful and again, I have to use the same word, AWESOME sight - best way to see it is to lie on your back on the grass with your soulmate beside you (can't really do it standing up - cos you just get dizzy) and just look and be blown away. Anyway, if you get the chance check out the Moon just now.
OK sorry about all the madness - blame it on the sunshine!!! frazzled my brain - not used to it see!
Hey ho, onwards and upwards - now off to make some summery fairy cakes for them coming home from school.
Laters peeps.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Snow again!

Well here we are at 09 March and it is snowing yet again!!! Will summer, never mind Spring, ever arrive. My daffodils are bravely trying to bloom in the back garden. My poor wee crocuses are having serious thoughts about trying to open their pretty colourful faces and the lettuces and sunflowers, I have potted indoors with the children are definitely saying no go yet. Please, all I want is some warmth along with the sunshine - I am definitely not a cold weather penguin - sorry person. Give me sunny lazy summer days any time.
On a different note - just for a change my trusty car has failed its MOT again - another £300 will have to be spent to pass it - these days it is costing almost more than the car is worth to actually keep it on the road!!
And with His birthday, then Easter and then the eldests School Leaving Dance/Prom just around the corner, I definitely need a lottery win!!
Not to worry - we are now in Lent and for the next 40 days I am supposed to give something up - how about worrying! - although I did read a funny comment in Twitter this morning - one of the people I follow mentioned, giving up paying for things for the Lenten period - now I do like that idea - but somehow, I don't really think it will wash. I will do my best to give up chocolate - hey now nothing rash here - I don't mean completely - cos that just ain't gonna happen in this life - but I will try to limit my intake - better than nothing and hopefully, will have some worthwhile results come Easter - just in time to get stuck into all the Easter EggS!
Made pancakes yesterday and my daughter declared me the best pancake maker in the world! - so now you know. Makes it all worth while really.
Please bring on the summer!

Friday, 18 February 2011

No rest for the wicked

You just get them back to skool after mid-term and what happens? - the other one decides to be ill. Is it some sort of mind-set games between them - I'll go sick this week, then it'll be the holiday, then u go sick! But what can u do - the one thing you can't check is a "sore tummy". Truth be told, she is not herself - ie. not bugging the life out of me, running hot and cold temp. and sitting quietly. So if I had sent her to skool, I would have spent the day feeling guilty! It is Friday anyway. I might get my life back on track one day!

On a cheerier note - they do make you proud - over the mid-term weekend - when the weather decided to behave itself! - she learnt to ride her bike!!! We spent all last summer using every encouraging idea we could think of to get her to learn - but this one is as stubborn as the day is long and choses to do things in her own time. So after faffing about on the bike on her own - with no stabilisers, but not actually pedalling - what did she do at the weekend - feet on the pedals and away she goes - no stopping her now. I think with this one it is a case of slowly slowly catchee monkey! But boy does it make you proud when they finally succeed. It all seems worth it! Go for it Girlie!

Seems the Spring has decided to desert us again though and there was me thinking of planting lettuces etc. Obviously, I am getting ahead of myself there - after all this is Scotland I live in!

Tomato soup and sandwiches for lunch and let's keep cosy.

Have a good weekend peeps.
over and out.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Spring has sprung

Just a quickie. Yeah, I know they all say that!

Is that Spring out there? or do my eyes deceive me. Wonder of wonders, I have just been out in the back garden - hold onto your hats here - without a jacket, hanging up my washing! - yep, I can't believe it either! For the first time in what seems like ever, I have my back door open, have hung out my washing and I am not frozen! Oh how I luv Spring. The sun is shining, it makes you feel glad to be alive and the world is all rite around you. Help, I'm even smiling!

Roll on the daffodils and crocuses and new beginnings and warm summer days, aahh!

One other little gem for you, - with Valentines just around the corner - don't underestimate the power of Pasta! - forget the sonorous steak dinners and curries - nothing puts a smile on his face quicker than a sensual creamy plate of pasta - canelloni, ravioli, tagliatelli - lite with a creamy sos, yet meets all the requirements of the way to his heart is via his stomach! - that Italians sure have that right - finish it off with a delightful lemon meringue pie - tangy yet yummy and hey ho, the perfect Valentines dinner, together with the requisite Pinot Grigio of course. I am drooling just at the thought - never mind his stomach!

Ok enuf madness - the sunshine and spring like quality to my back garden has addled my wits. Must go and finish cleaing out the hamster! - oh what a glamorous life I lead - aren't you jealous!!!

Luv u and leave u - til next time ...

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Ain't life just grand

Hiya peeps. sorry about too long absence, but life kinda takes over ocassionally.
Baby bear off skool with flu - been a bad few days, since the weekend (thot I'd got past sleepless nites! - a yoyo didn't have a patch on me Sat/Sun nite.!), delirousness was a bit scary, bit like his sleepwalking but with added sweats and misery! but finally he seems to be a bit more like himself - still white as a wee ghosty and now has a smokers cough to beat none - but at least he is lifelike!! Needless to say the weenty is sulking cos she still has to go to skool, while her big brother gets to stay off!! - what can u do really?!

Due to having baby bear home housework has kinda gone out the window, but must get it done 2day, beds changed etc. At least I amn't required to be quiet as a mouse and constantly pouring juice and adding blankets 2day. Don't get me wrong, I do feel sorry for my wee soul, but if he did as he was told, he would get better so much quicker - must be guy thing - starting early!

Mid term starts on Friday - so gonna have them both stuck in the house, moaning about the crappy weather, "I'm bored mum" and fighting with one another over who gets to use the computer! Luv them really!!

Roll on summer. Although I find it hard to get my head round that we are halfway through February already - really time passes way too fast these days.

As to high school - have to wait til end of April to find out if placement successful. So on tenterhooks for another couple of months yet!!

Not much else to report just now. Need to go and give my baby bear a hug.

Keep cheerful. Look out for those daffodils - I just love the first signs of spring.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Spring may be a Fact and not just a memory

Well thats me been and gone and done it now, for better or for worse - what I hear you cry -don't panic nothing life threatening - at least not in the awful sense - but I have just managed to make my life for the next 4-6 years even more complicated than it is now - yes, after much heart searching and tears and pleas from my eldest I have put in a placement request for his high school - not drastic I hear you say - but mad, I can assure you - instead of wishing to go the local - i.e. 20 mins walk away high school, easy to get to and from - he wishes to go the the high school at least 1/2hrs. drive away - so what I hear you ask - well I now have to manage to get 2 kids to 2 different schools both for 9.00 a.m. (well, as of August and the new school year anyway) -its hard enuf getting them out of bed to leave the house for 8.30 a.m when they are both attending the same school!!! School run madness will now reign supreme in this household - we had all better make the most of our "long lie" in the morning, as things will have to change dramatically in August. But at the end of the day, as long as they are happy at school and getting the best education possible that is what matters! I just have this very scary habit of looking forward and anticipating all the problems and issues long before they arrive. As if life wasn't hard enough, I go looking for problems! Like my husband said tho, when discussing putting in the placement request, (a necessity as all my sons friends are also putting in placement requests!!!) - maybe he won't get in and will just have to go to the local high school - but with my luck, you can rest assured - he will get the placement granted!! I have to admit, I have simply put his happiness at the forefront of my decision - going to high school is a big and frightening enough transition, without having nobody there that you know!, so for his sake, I do hope we get the placement. As for the travel logistics - well, hey ho, I am a Mummy - so I can cope and will find a way to have them both in school on time - how, I don't yet know but, where there's a will, there's a way!!!
On a cheerier note - yeeha - the snow has gone!!!!! Now I can look forward to spring and summer - there is life after snow after all. Believe it or not I can almost feel a smile and a "Spring" in my step.
I want to see flower shoots and brightness, I feel sunny yellow coming over me, I want to wear bright colours again. My mind is turning to lighter meals and sunshine - I think I feel a lemon meringue pie coming on! But I will need to buy some cream to go with it. Yes definitely lemon meringue pie for tea and go hang all the problems the future holds. Smile and the world smiles with you.

Monday, 10 January 2011

New Year, new ....

Well, here we are 2011. A whole new year ahead of us filled with who knows what.
I was listening to the radio yesterday and the dj was asking what would make 2011 a memorable year for you, what is happening in 2011 that is going to make it stand out for you.
Well what to say - what is happening this year? My eldest is going to be starting secondary school after the summer. That will certainly stand out for me - a big step forward, not least for him - it seems like just yesterday I can recall him going into Primary 1and thinking well now I have lost my baby and here goes the rest of his life - and now he is talking of his P7 Prom (as they are now calling the P7 Leaving Dance) and what to wear, can we hire a limo for him and his mates - am I allowed to ask can we stop this ride, so I can get off - no way can my "baby" be that old!!
My youngest has this year found Attitude with a very capital A and she's only 7!! - hopefully we can get this hit on the head sooner rather than later this year!! - if only for my sanity!!
Gotta luv em, don't you.
What would make 2011 special for me - well lets not think small here, how about I win the lottery, get a new car - that Ford Kuga 4x4 I have my eye on so that next winter - hopefully no! - if its as bad as this - I can at least get out the street!!
How about I write that book that keeps popping up in my mind and everybody says I should put to paper and make my million!
Not least lets get through the year, healthy, happy and with the minimum amount of grief and please bring on the Summer!!!