Tuesday, 27 December 2011

All over for another year....

But one of the plus things that happened this year though, was that Steven actually for the first time ever pulled the cracker with each of us on his own, (usually he has to have hand over hand with one of us). So it shows him helping out at the little farm day centre is giving him some muscle, lol.

(you can see his dad was a little worried he was going to hurt himself though, also had to smile as Steven had the all the ends with the presents and jokes, lol)

Anyway it's all over for another year, we had a lovely but sort of different Christmas, with my mum staying over for a few nights and my daughter and her fiancé being here both evening, which was lovely we even played a few board games, which we don't get chance to do normally.

Steven was a little confused with his nana being here when he went to bed and woke up, but I think he coped very well to be honest. Think it was more me that had to get used to having someone else saying in the house, I couldn't really relax, silly I know, but I'm so used to it being just the 3 of us or when hubby is working away, just the 2 of us, lol.

Mum went home this afternoon and we had dinner round my daughters which was extra nice, as they waited on us, hehehe. Anyway after Steven went to bed this evening, it was chill out time on the settee, watching what we want, when we want and even putting the lappy on to catch up on blogs etc. lol.

Tomorrow Steven is back to his day centre as the poor animals have to be cleaned out, fed and watered (it's all right, they did have staff there over Christmas to do that). I'm lucky that where hubby is working have decided to close till next Tuesday so have him home till then, yeah. So we can do some of the house things that need both of us to do and catch up on the paperwork for the business, boo, also got Steven's paperwork too. Oh the joys of being busy when Steven is out, oh and if time, I will start sorting out all the presents from under the tree into their new homes (and if I had my way, the decorations would be slowly coming down as I really just want everything to get back to normal, lol).

Then think it will be sausage and fried onions with mash potato, veg and lots of gravy for dinner, yum, as got a little fed up with the buffet type food and roast after the last 2 days, hehehe.

I hope everyone else had a good Christmas and got some lovely pressies, (we did, were all totally spoilt as usual, hehe)...

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas

Just wanted to wish all my readers and their families a Very Merry Christmas and hope you all have a good one, hugs.

Maria xx

thought I would share with you, one of hubbies Christmas Presents, a Santa Cacti isn't he cute, lol.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Saying of the week...

The only way to get the best of an argument

is best to avoid it.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Saying of the week...

One must be nice to strangers,

or however will one meet one's friends.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Out and about...

Over the last few weeks, I've also managed to make a trip to Southampton with my daughter for our annual Christmas shopping trip, even though we didn't really need anything as we were already sorted with presents, but still had a lovely time mooching around and having lunch out.

Also mum and I caught a train to London and had a fun day there too, OK we got lost and were intrigued by a wall and gate that had barbed wire on, (to look at the map to find out it was the grounds to Buckingham Palace), just wished I had taken a photo of the Queen's back door, lol. Oh well, maybe next time as think we might do it again and now we have our bearings will aim for somewhere in particular.

Also while Steven was in respite I managed to get another trip to Bath in, as hubby is still working there.

When I got there at 1, I had a walk round the shops and then walked back to Victoria Park, as Sam was asking me if it was the same as she remembers, so went and took some photo's for her.

What I loved about this park and still do, is the disabled swings, as they are few and far between. I suppose if you've never had a special needs child in your family, you don't really think about it, but I was so nice that both my children could have some fun in the same park.

It was lovely and Christmassy, I made sure I had a mooch round Bath Market especially when it was getting dark, as was really pretty. It consisted of more that 130 wooden chalets nestled in the picturesque streets and squares. Yes was very pretty, all lit up and so pleased I was up there when it was on, as only was on for just over 2 weeks.

On the Tuesday I caught a train to Bristol to reminisce as I moved there just before I was married, as that is where hubby comes from. I downloaded a map before I left home and headed straight for Queen Charlotte Street as I worked for BT as head chef in their restaurant there for their offices, it is now student accommodation.

Then headed for Christmas Steps as another place I remember hubby taking me to, after we first met.

Then headed into town, WOW what a lot of shops and different centres, it had changed quite a bit since I moved there nearly 27 years ago. I met up with my sister-in-law Anne and had a lovely lunch and mooch round the shops, (good job she was with me and put me in the right direction fr the train station back to Bath, lol).

In the evening hubby and I had our company Christmas dinner, just the 2 of us, lol at The Boathouse restaurant in Bath. Had a lovely 3 course meal and was so full, that we couldn't even fit in a coffee.

On the Wednesday had another mooch round Bath, before getting the train home at 11.30, in all a lovely break and this time I was actually relaxed and felt as if I had a break, lol...

Sunday, 11 December 2011

The wonderer returns, again, lol....

Sorry not been around, no real excuses, just not enough hours in a day

One of the things that HAS been taking up a lot of my time is being on the phone to Bank Of Scotland...

...why you ask, well since 30th September I've not been able to log into our business account. It seems their computer has set me up with a personal account, yet they cannot delete me or re-register me as I've already got an account, even though it does not recognise me.

I've been on the phone nearly every day and sometimes for an hour a time, having to explain it all over and over again, to be no further than I was on the 30th September... I've since reported them to the financial ombudsman but they have 7 weeks to act, I DON'T WANT TO WAIT 7 WEEKS... I want to get into my account NOW. I just prey it doesn't lock hubby out of the account as we will be totally in the ****. As how can you say to the TAX man, sorry cannot pay your bills, as I cannot access my account, yes I'm sure they will buy that, (not).

Crafting wise, I did make 2 'hugs & sparkle' cards last month when 2 of my crafty friends were suddenly been rushed into hospital. Thankfully they are both now home and slowly on the mend, but in the rush to get them in the post, I forgot to take a photo of them.

I also managed a card for Gina's birthday...

A couple of Wedding Anniversary cards...

Birth congratulation cards...

Retirement card...

and Christening card...

On the none craft side, I've managed to finish all my Christmas shopping, and is stored in my 'Arty Atiic'

but still need to wrap them and write out the Christmas cards.

Then it's just been the usual, organizing the Yackety Yac coffee morning's, Steven's hospital appointments and chasing up his day centres, wedding bits with Sam (flowers and bridesmaids dresses sorted now) and still plodding along with invites, well like she said it's only 10 months away, lol... housework, shopping etc, etc, etc.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Saying of the week...

Don't knock the amateur - after all he built the ark.

Professionals built the Titanic

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Saying of the week...

Insanity is hereditary...

you get it from your children!