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New Years Eve Memory Lane (Part 1)

On a forum this morning someone asked about our favourite childhood books and it felt so great to recall them that I thought I would copy it here in the blog to share with you.  You will notice there is not one book about buses or photography there! Read More…

Catch Up …

It has been a catching up sort of a day!  Catching up on rest, sleep, and some of my online places.  The boys did catching up too – on sleep and more sleep!

So I thought I would post a few catch up photos …



I made some seaglass Christmas tree ornaments as a gift – think I might have to make some during the year and get them in my Etsy shop (Zendants) in time for Christmas 2014 …



The Town Christmas tree lit up just before Christmas … ahhh bonny!


Even in December I love the beach … this is south Ayr with my two boys … Pup’s first time on the beach and he adored every second (and was a very well behaved boy)

Tomorrow I will do a calendar of 2013 with my 12 favourite photos and look forward to 2014 – going from Serenity to Successful … if any readers are One Little Word (OLW) people would love to see what your words are for the coming year – why not leave a comment?

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie …

Hello … we (that is me and the boys) were delivered safely home at 11:30 today.  It was a stressful morning and since we arrived home the boys having checked out their garden have slept; taking 10 minutes to eat their tea and scout outside again.  They have not slept for 10 hours at a time for the whole of last week!

We were aiming to start out no later than 09:00 and at 07:45 I went to get dressed and shove the last couple of things in my packing.  The boys were in the company of Moo and Mother in the kitchen.  I had only been 5 minutes and was half way through my face when hell broke loose!  Mother screamed into the lounge followed by the three dogs and berated Daddy because she was left alone with these terribly disobedient dogs (those will be the ones sitting up watching her shove food into a bag for me to bring home).  So I stopped getting ready and went to supervise the dogs in the lounge because Daddy was been sent on an errand out to the car.

Fifteen minutes later I was able to finish my face then get the dogs into the car.  Loading took a few more minutes and at 08:20 I was in the car waiting to go.  Ten minutes later we were off.  Dog was better on this journey – much less crying and woofing and wee man just lay down.

I had had a really strange feeling about leaving the house this time – sufficiently strong to take important paperwork with me for safety!  Anyway all was fine when we returned and once the car was unloaded the boys settled right in at home.  My backpack is unpacked and tomorrow I can do laundry and some shopping oh and book the wee man in for his jags.

But first … sleep!  I have only had one interrupted night in 7 days and even that was only six hours … my electric blanket is making my bed cosy and familiar and in just a moment the boys are going out for bed time pees and then to their bed … sweet dreams everyone.


Best laid plans of mice and men apparently don’t apply to mothers!

You may recall I was anticipating a beach trip today and lots of photographs … here’s what actually happened!

First off I did get a nights sleep – my first in a week.  Second off the Cairn had to go to the vet first thing for a staple in her wound – so everything got delayed.  We got to the town and had agreed to pop into a big department store – I had a rather generous gift card from there as a Christmas present and a national paper was running an offer for a few days which made that voucher worth120%.  We got out of the car and as we walked to the store Mother says “I don’t think we will do the beach today it is too cold … don’t you think?” well actually I didn’t and I said so.  We got back to the car and Daddy asked where to next … Mother said she had nothing else to do and I said neither had I and it would have been left there except Daddy then asked why we needed dog towels with us.  I said we were going to the beach but it was okay I would walk the dogs when we got back to the house so he over ruled Mother.

I took the boys on a lovely beach in the roaring wind – it was what the wee man needed.  He normally covers around 25 miles a week and had done about 1 mile this week – no wonder he is behaving stir crazy with one of the other dogs?

As we set off there was another first for me – a Snow Bow …


It really was snowing and hailing as that appeared – really strange.

I also took a portrait of the bitch who always greets me like a long lost friend when I visit … she has a nickname because she always looks down in the mouth and I referred to it once as her “mooey face” so she gets called Moo or Mini Moo (and answers to them!)


… and then because she is a bit of a diva she decided to show me her best side in action close up …


Yes it is blurry … but I will miss Moo when we go home tomorrow.  

I have spent the evening being quizzed about food items I could take home with me … how many ways can I say “I do not eat refined carbs and especially sugar”?

Better get some sleep before the long car ride tomorrow …

A Brave Wee Dug …

My wee (not so much now) man has found a new friend in my parents cairn terrier.  She can be grumpy with other dogs but she seems to have taken a shine to Pup (unlike another member of her pack – Pup’s dad is not keen on this teenager who is bigger than him and more dominant).  The cairn allows Pup to spread onto her bed during the day and then this evening one of the others told Pup off and the Cairn stood between them and told the other dog to leave Pup alone.

Just now at bedtime I was talking to the cairn and another (my two are both tucked up in their beds) and the cairn cried.  When I looked I could see she had a wound on her shoulder.  We have trimmed the hair away and in the morning she will be off to the vets for a check and some stitches.  We think we know who has inflicted the wound and I am pleased to say it is definitely neither of mine.

Hopefully later tomorrow my two are going for a romp on the beach – the weather is supposed to be calm and almost balmy!   am also supposed to be taking photos of Pup’s wee sister and she is wee compared to my tall lanky lad.  So fingers crossed you can get photos tomorrow … until then here are my boys cosied up with the cairn.



The dogs are not the only bickering squabblers … so looking forward to my own style of peace and quiet next week!

I had a surprise greeting earlier from South Africa; I got to have a little mooch round Tesco … and then I cooked the veggies and rice put out the cold cuts and a salad.  At least it cannot be said I haven’t made myself useful.  Now I am just waiting for the room to cool before I settle to sleep (the heating has been on all day again because one person was chilly).

Here are a few hints as to next week’s topics … The Work Programme (the exposé); maybe an open letter to IDS; and a summary of One Little Word (OLW) 2013 and a preview of OLW 2014 … but first – the beach here we come LOL

Stormy Waters

So if you have seen the UK weather reports the last few days you will know we are having lovely storms this week … the next has just started to blow up here and it all seems to be hitting the guest room window … so far this week I have had a night disrupted by my dogs woofing; a very early morning to avoid my dogs woofing; a very late night; another night disturbed by my dogs and now I have wind!!!!

However the stormy waters I really wanted to address is some people’s attitudes.  

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Unmanaged Expectations

A few weeks ago I relayed to someone that I was not that keen to visit family for Christmas because their house is always hot and noisy and I always feel that my dogs are the problem because they do not see that their constant noisy bickering means their dogs are not as well behaved as they could be and mine get caught in the cross-fire.

Anyway the person I relayed that to had a few more exchanges of e-mails with me and then just didn’t reply.  This makes me sad especially when it is someone who is aware of my ethos in corresponding with friends and my beliefs about not controlling other people or making them choose certain behaviours.  So several weeks have passed with no communication from this person and I miss them a little … but in the scheme of my life it is not causing me anxiety or something that has destroyed my life.

Today I am indeed staying with family … the house is incredibly hot; the noise is unbelievable (the TV or radio have to be on full volume; their dogs bark often and there is noisy bickering much of the day) and my dogs have become scapegoats.  I feel like I cannot leave my dogs in a room unattended incase either they get let out of the room by family and then I have to go round them back up or they are getting a constant stream of correction in a high pitched voice.

There is a constant enquiry about whether food or drinks are required and we still have not accepted my dietary choices.  It is all very tiring and I have spent most of the past two days sitting at the kitchen table to keep my dogs in as calm an environment as I can. This evening my ankles are swollen (from being in the same position all day I guess).

During the day a stream of phone calls from various people have resulted in those other families being criticised for their behaviour.  This evening our Christmas meal is served.  Now please note I prepared all the veggies so that the cook only had the meat to sort out.  The meal arrived with complaints about having to cook the meal and never enjoying it.  Then after dessert (which I also made) I was left sitting at the dining table alone while they argued over loading the dishwasher.

Just before the meal I got an e-card from my AWOL correspondent; yet I have had no messages from others who usually do send them.  I don’t know how to respond to the e-card … if I engage then I have to be prepared to get it thrown back in my face but I was brought up to show good manners and I don’t feel I can just ignore it but can I hide my feelings?  I don’t know if the sender celebrates Christmas … 

I cannot change the family and I will just have to bite my tongue … 

I need sleep now but I will let you know what I do to address the e-card issue …………………….



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