Monday, 12 October 2015

Me on a Monday

Maybe I should change the titles of these posts, as I rarely post an actual photo of me taken on the Monday, normally its one from the weekend. Which this one is too.

So here I am Monday morning, joining in with the lovely Sian, on one of her many clever ideas, I've just got back from meeting my friend Emma for our usual Monday coffee, or R&D as we like to call it, and thought I'd write this post.

It's been a lovely weekend, and one that was actually quite lazy for us. We had planned on going to the little house, but a change of plans were called for, as Simon saw the consultant on Friday about his feet.  She wants to postpone surgery for as long as possible, as she is worried about his mobility after, as its all to do with fusing his bones together. In the mean time she wants to try the orthopedic route first. So it was shoe shopping for us;

We then came home and while out read that it was national curry week ... so of course had to make one.
The weather, although dry has certainly turned chilly, so we had the first fire alight of the winter ... bliss.
I also started the mamouth task of sorting out my wardrobe and putting away summer and bringing out winter.
And finally, my idea of bliss .... The bears slept, while I actually managed some patchwork. They were so tired from their park walk, my sewing box didn't actually interest them, and nothing was pulled out.
Hope you all have a good week. I've got a lovely one planned and its packed full of catching up with friends.

Monday, 5 October 2015

80 days of Decluttering & Organising

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one that checks out Pinterest for decluttering and organisation ideas. As I've said in a previous post, decluttering was my main goal for this year, and I actually did really well with the Marie Kondo method, but then the building work started and well, that all went to pot!

It meant that I couldn't let the bears run around freely, they were confined to either their pen or the kitchen, which in turn meant I couldn't move around and get on with things as easily.  All good excuses, I know, but enough is enough.  The builder is gone! and time to kick myself into gear.

Now, all those lists that I've pinned on my boards, are well and good, but so many of them ... in fact pretty much most of them, don't relate to me. I neither have a basement or childrens rooms to sort through.  So the other night I came up with my own list of things to organise and declutter.  We've 88 days left of this year! ... I know, scary huh.  Anyway, with that in mind, I've given myself an 80 day list. Now some of these will take only an hour or so, others .. well, I daren't think about how long, but this way, if I have time, I can check off more than one, or if one it runs into a few days, its no biggie.

I know this doesn't take into account our loft! But trust me, that's a whole other job, and will require a skip and Simon to be on holiday for at least two weeks.

So here you are ... lets get this show on the road.

80 Days of organisation and decluttering 

  1. Bathroom cabinet
  2. Medicine Draws & cabinet
  3. Simon's bedside unit
  4. My bedside unit
  5. Bathroom cleaning draw
  6. Bathroom shelves
  7. Back bedroom wardrobe
  8. Back bedroom chest of draws
  9. Make up
  10. Sort through jewelry
  11. My underwear draw
  12. Simon's underwear/sock draw
  13. Small top draws in our chest of draws
  14. Bottom big draw of our chest of draws
  15. My wardrobe (hanging side)
  16. Simon's wardrobe (hanging side)
  17. Wardrobe shelves
  18. Draw one in wardrobe
  19. Draw two in wardrobe
  20. Draw three in wardrobe
  21. Draw four in wardrobe
  22. Kitchen dresser cupboard - drinks
  23. Kitchen dresser cupboard - Vase
  24. Kitchen dresser cupboard - Seasonal
  25. Kitchen dresser (3 of the spice size draws)
  26. Kitchen dresser (3 of the spice size draws)
  27. White unit in living room
  28. Shelf behind sofa
  29. CD unit
  30. Window seat
  31. Utility room
  32. Cleaning cupboard in utility room
  33. Under sink
  34. Tea Towel draw
  35. My shoes
  36. Simon's shoes
  37. Coat cupboard
  38. Cupboard with cake decorating bits
  39. Baking tin cupboard
  40. Baking cupboard
  41. Kitchen baking unit
  42. Cookery books
  43. Garage
  44. Q5
  45. Mini
  46. Fabric chest
  47. Household desk
  48. Home binder
  49. Scrapbook papers
  50. Craft room - Embellishment draw one
  51. Craft room - Embellishment draw two
  52. Craft room - Embellishment draw three
  53. Draws under bed
  54. Under bed in back bedroom
  55. Freezer
  56. Dressing table
  57. Canned food cupboard
  58. Jars/Pickles cupboard
  59. Veg cupboard
  60. Bears cupboard
  61. Pan Draws
  62. Cup cupboard
  63. Spice draw
  64. A-Z manual file
  65. Filing cabinet - draw 1
  66. Filing cabinet - draw 2
  67. Filing cabinet - draw 3
  68. Filing cabinet - draw 4
  69. Wrapping papers and supplies
  70. Books
  71. Simon's office
  72. Christmas crafting box
  73. F&M Hamper in hallway
  74. F&M Hamper in dining room
  75. Party box in back bedroom
  76. Back bedroom bedside tables
  77. Dining room sideboard
  78. Cutlery draws
  79. Living room coffee table and draws
  80. Broom cupboard in Utility room
There ... that's it; its a jumbled up list, as I'm not doing it day by day in order. I will pick and choose which one to tackle each day. So now, to get to work on it.  So fingers crossed doing something everyday, will get me back on track and our home organised and decluttered for a fresh start next year.  Maybe I should warn the charity shops I'm on my way.

If you're interested, I have pinned a few good ideas, on my declutter and organisation board; and some lists from others are on here as well. Here's a link to my board.

If anyone else has an either a decluttering or organisation board, please let me know, I'd love to see it. 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Busy doing nothing

Well, I wish I was doing nothing, but it's been a lovely busy few days since I last did a blog post.

Firstly, the builders are STILL here! .... yes, it's driving me nuts, but I can see the end in sight, so that's a good thing. Simon has been moving things along though, as if we waited for the builder to do them, seriously ... I'd be setting a place at Christmas for him.  So Simon built the gazebo, and oh he did such an amazing job.  I just need to start looking for a little outdoor sofa for it, and some decoration bits ... yes, bunting and such lol.
Autumn has arrived, which has meant summer decor goes away and out come the autumn and winter cushions; and I also found this cute little or not so little pumkin in the shops the other day, which is perfect on our table.
It's also meant that Starbucks have Pumpkin Spice Latte's out and oh my word, I'd have them just because I love the mugs they come in.
Last week we attended the Lord Mayors banquet at Mansion House. Its just the most amazing venue and I love attending.  This year was made even more special for me, as our friends came along as well.  It was a fabulous fabulous evening.  I even got a new dress for it.
Over the weekend and on Monday, I held coffee mornings for the MacMillan Cancer fund.  I can't thank everyone enough for coming and together we raised £193 for the charity. I'm over the moon with that.
The Bears helped me bake all day Sunday
One held on Saturday at the little house with just family 

It was lovely chatting with friends at Monday's
Had to have a selfie with Jo 
That's me pretty much caught up, can you believe its October tomorrow! I suppose I better start planning next months goals, and one of those is to catch up with my blog reading.

Thanks for sticking with all the photos x

Monday, 14 September 2015

Me on a Monday

This Monday you'll find me dodging rain showers ... actually pretty much like the rest of summer.

You'll find me still making teas and coffee's for builders; yes, this is week 6 of a patio and fence. All I can say, is please keep your fingers crossed that this will be the last week.  I think they're working today, tomorrow, Thursday and Friday .... So weather permitting, that should be finished by then, and just leaves me to do the pretty bits.

Our weekend was a restful one, it had to be really as Simon spent Friday in hospital under sedation having injections to help the pain and inflammation in his ankles and feet.  Now we're just waiting for an operation date. 

 As you can see, the bears helped him rest
Saturday was puppy class day, but as Simon couldn't really walk, my friend Maria came with me. They're doing very well; still not great at recall, but I'm hoping that comes with age, especially as they were 40 weeks old on Sunday.

As you can see, Molly took this milestone in her stride. Believe it or not, she is fast asleep ...tell me, how is this comfortable!

We did manage to move my greenhouse in place and now it just needs the slabs finishing off and some raised vegetable beds around it, and I'll be in my element.

So that was about it, really.

I would like your advice though friends;

This is the lid to a box of chocolate Simon got for my for my birthday, and its so very pretty that I don't want to throw it away.  Its very hard and I was thinking of a box frame; but if anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

Hope you all have a lovely week and it stays dry for you. xx

Monday, 7 September 2015

Me on a Monday

You find me on this post birthday Monday, enjoying what I think I remember is called "sunshine". Yes, summer has been rubbish but I'm holding out for a late one ... I don't need it to be super hot or anything, just please a few days without rain would be lovely.

So it was a celebrating weekend; full of friends and happy times.

My birthday on Friday started off with a visit to the hospital. Nothing unexpected, but Simon has to have an operation on his feet and ankles; but we'll know more and which type after the MRI this week.

Then it was a park playing with the bears, out for an evening meal sort of day.  I'm super lucky to have my neighbours as some of my closest friends; and a few popped in.  Much to the bears joy that one in particular did. They are slightly ... ok, not so slightly in love with their Aunty Maria.

Saturday saw puppy school starting again, cropping with friends and even my cousins came over.  Then Sunday was a sorting the garden (builders are taking too long) and gazebo building day.

I leave you by waving a thank you to Sian for this lovely Monday idea, and with my weekly marker that I do on a Monday on my phone which helps me no end with keeping my photos in check, if and when I ever manage to catch up with Project Life.

Have a lovely week friends and I hope the sun is shining where you are x

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Goodbye August .... Hello Birthday month

I'm not quite sure how we've already arrived at September! Goodness, the months are flying by, aren't they?  Well he's my quick glimpse at last month.  

It bought a few weekends spent at the little house; I started on my goals list and cleared cupboards; The patio started (and is still ongoing, with no end in sight). I also moved my craft room back up to my old space; and we had some new furniture delivered and got rid of some of the old  

This month, also saw me cancel my Studio Calico kit, and subscribe to Cocoa Daisy, and also to Scarlet Limes, planner society kit. Actually, my first Cocoa Daisy kit has just been delivered by the postman, and I've got to say .... I'm one happy girl.

Other things last month, were sadly my old laptop died, but we've just bought a new macbook as my birthday present.  Oh and I broke my toe! ... yup, its still hurting.

There you have it ... a busy month but also a messy one with all the building work going on.

I'll be back with another post soon, to let you know how I got on with last months goals, and also to share with you my September's ones.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Me on a Monday

Waving at the lovely Sian, for this great idea.  You'll find me this rainy Monday wading through the mud and grim that has been our home for the past 3 weeks.  The garden renovations are going very slowly. So on Thursday, we packed our bags and put the bears into the car and took off for the little house.  Did I mention the builder doesn't work on Fridays!

Anyway, we had a fabulous time .... the sun was shining, so what was not to love.

So here is a short round up in photos;

Bertie and I smooched and watched the tide come in

Lots of drinks and b-b-q's were had outside

The doors were flung wide open and the bears had a lovely time. 

We walked along the sea wall and saw the plaques that we bought for Simon's father and grandparents along the new causeway

The back in 10 minutes, is a nod to his sign that he used to put in his workshop when he went out on his boat 

All in all ... a fabulous weekend was had, and I didn't want to leave. 

I've realised I've not shared many photos with you all of the little house, now the building work has been completed.  So I will share those with you over the next few weeks.  Here's one of my gorgeous kitchen though. Oh how I love it .... you can see why I didn't want to leave. 

Thanks for sticking by this photo heavy post.  Have a great week x