Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Five Favourites

I've been seeing a lot of posts on Facebook recently where people are sharing their 5 favourite photos and then nominating friends to do the same.  I haven't been nominated....yet, but it has got me thinking.

I've spent most of my time working on my Project Life albums and I'm really missing 12 x 12 scrapping.  I have this weekend free so I thought I'd have a look through my phone (how lucky are we that we can carry around thousands of photos all the time?!) and pick 5 of my favourite photos.
I'm going to print these photos off (how unlucky are we that we can carry around thousands of photos that never see the light of day?!) and I'm going to scrap them.
This is a bit of a "soft opening" for a challenge I'm going to set myself for next year.  I thought I'd see how I get on now and then do something monthly next year.
Something like printing my 5 favourite photos from the previous month on the first of the month.
And then sharing the layouts I've made from the photos at the end of the month.
If I keep it up then by the end of the year I'll have 60 layouts of all of my favourite photos from the year, photos that, at the moment, remain locked in my phone.  I might however end up with a load of my favourite photos printed and trapped in a box, we'll see how I go :)

Maybe you'll be inspired to join in and get motivated to print those photos and get them scrapped!

Time is tight but I'm hoping to share 5 layouts of these 5 favourite photos of mine before my Christmas tree goes up on the 1st of December :)

Thanks for stopping by
Jo xx

Monday, 17 November 2014

Week Forty Six

Week forty six was nice and quiet, here are the highlights:

I woke up to an amazing sun rise:
We went shopping for a new phone for Maddie, it turned in to a two day event!
Alfie was poorly, I don't know what was wrong with him but he just wasn't himself :(
Luckily he'd perked up the next day and had a wag back in his tail :)
I got my Miss Slinky sash from Slimming World, and yes I did wear it while I did my supermarket shop!
I had a lovely dirty pudding :)
And tried these beauties from M&S :)
I spent a weekend at the beach:
Got totally caught up with Project Life!
Had lots of cuddles with this beauty:
And made this for my niece, Hells Bells, for Christmas.  It's a basic beanie hat with an Attic24 Snowflake:
It was a nice, relaxing week and I'm ready to tackle the week ahead!

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by
Jo xx

Monday, 10 November 2014

Week Forty Five

Week forty five was a busy one, here are the highlights:

The weather changed and the temperature dropped, it was very wet!
My hair was finally long enough for me to wear it up:
I had the first of many red cups, this was eggnog latte and it was gorgeous!
On bonfire night we don't go to a firework display (Maddie doesn't like them), we stay home and watch this:
On Thursday we had the day off work and went to London, Maddie called this our jazz feet shot :)
We had a quick stop at Pudding Lane because I've been watching the BBC dramatisation of the Great Fire of London.
Then we went to see the poppies, a very emotional experience.
And I'm so pleased I made the effort.
We spotted a Paddington Bear at London Bridge Station and I'm hoping to go back and find the rest of them :) I think there are about 50 hidden around London.
That evening I was so proud to be voted Miss Slinky by my slimming group:
And I still had dirty pudding!
Friday evening saw me at bingo, I haven't been for such a long time.  No winnings but lots of fun :)
I went to a crop on Saturday with a lovely group of ladies and got some more Project Life done.  I'm currently 6 weeks behind but considering I was over 20 weeks behind in October I think I'm doing well.
I was given a cutting from a very special Money Tree and it brought me luck, I won £25 on the lottery that night!
On Sunday I felt really poorly, I still don't feel right now, so I had a Christmas PJ day, blog read and watched Elf, it was great medicine :)
I did manage to get myself off of the sofa so that I could play with Alfie and his new ball and the fresh air did help.
I think and hope that this week will be a bit quieter around here and I can get some more work done on my homemade Christmas presents.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by
Jo xx

Friday, 7 November 2014

Butternut Squash Risotto

I really can't believe that I haven't shared this recipe before because it has to be one of my favourites, especially this time of year.

I love the taste and the textures and, if I've had a stressful day, there's no better therapy than standing over a big pan of risotto slowly stiring in the stock :) A real bonus to this recipe is that it's SYN free with Slimming World.

Here's what you need:

1 large leek, 200g of lean bacon, 4 garlic gloves, 250g risotto rice, 400g butternut squash, 850ml chicken stock.
Chop up all of the ingredients:
Stir fry, using Fry Light spray, the leek and bacon for 3-4 minutes:
Add the garlic, rice and butternut squash and fry for a further 2-3 minutes:
Add the stock a ladle full at a time until it is all absorbed and the rice is cooked to your liking, this takes about 20-25 minutes:
And then serve:
I always say this is autumn in a bowl and, after writing this post, I'm so pleased I've got some ready for my lunch today :)

I hope I've inspired you to try a winter warmer on this cold day.

Thanks for stopping by
Jo xx

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Why Do We Do It?

I was on one of my Facebook groups the other day when a woman posted the following: "I'm leaving the group, I share loads of photos of the things I make and nobody bothers to like or comment on them and I've had enough!"

Now the last time I saw behaviour like that it was down the sweetie aisle in the supermarket and the culprit was a toddler and not a grown woman!  I did wonder if she threw tantrums like that in real life or just saved them for the online community :)

Unfortunately I've been seeing more and more posts like this and it got me questioning why we do things like share photos of things we've made or run a blog. 

Why do I read blogs was an easy question to answer, I read them because I'm nosey and love a peak at other people's lives, I love the inspiration I get from them and I'm almost certain that the people on the blogs I do visit would never stop just because they don't get comments.
For 12 years my dad lived with a dwindling memory and then no memory at all because of Alzheimer's.  I know that if the same fate should befall me then my memories and the stories I want future generations to hear will all be right here on my blog, in my words.

At the moment my chief photo bomber, AKA Maddie, doesn't really appreciate all of my stories but I know there will come a time when she'll be grateful that I wrote them all down, at least I hope she will.

I have many of my dad's stories in my head and maybe I should share some of them, especially the amazing photos he took when illegally flying too low over London before I was born!
I share my recipes and creations in the hope that someone will be inspired to give them a try, just like the blogs I read inspire me to give things a go.

I share my stories to create a bit more space in my brain for more memories, to stop my "mind palace" becoming full :)

If I don't get any comments on my blog am I going to stop doing it? No way! If someone comments on something I've said or done then it's just a bonus.

So when I ask myself the question "why do I do it?" the answer is easy:
I think most of the people who visit my blog and whose blogs I read will same the same thing but I have to ask the question.....

....why do you do it?

Thanks for stopping by
Jo xx

Monday, 3 November 2014

Week Forty Four

Another week has whizzed by!  Here are the highlights of week forty four:

The clocks changed on Sunday so I got to see the sunset from my office window:
Alfie was snuggly, as usual :)
The weather has been amazing for October and I was actually wearing summer clothes!
My Tuesday walk is now in darkness so I made sure I could be seen, safety first :)
And getting this Fitbit award for walking 500 miles since July makes it all worth while!
Another week and another dirty pudding :)
And more cuddles with my boy, he really thinks he's a lap dog!
Our Halloween tradition is to watch Hocus Pocus, such a great film.
I got the shock of my life when I got to Paul's on Friday.  He asked me to make a brew and when I opened the cupboard this was waiting for me.  A gorgeous bracelet and charm to congratulate me on losing 5 stone!
I managed to cast on three Christmas presents at the weekend:
And Paul's sister, Frances, gave me an amazing gift.  A whole bag of sheep's wool straight from the sheep!  This is the first harvest from the sheep so it was removed by hand and not shears.  Now I need to have a look and see what I can make with it.
I got caught up with another three weeks of Project Life:
And spent some time with this pretty girl:
October has come to an end and, looking back it was a good one:
Now it's time to enjoy November.

Have a good week and thanks for stopping by
Jo xx