Sunday, 29 April 2007
We went to a friend's 60th birthday party last night.
There were about 100 guests, young and old and some inbetween.
Mary had organised a lovely buffet and a disco come karaoke. Now I'm not a big fan of karaoke because, as you will know from an earlier post (Singing), my view is that anyone who can't hold a tune shouldn't be allowed near a microphone, including myself. However, apart from one or two people all those who sang last night could actually sing! In fact, I'd go as far as to say that some of them should try for Pop Idol!Everyone had a great time and the younger ones were up dancing to the old favourites - Time Warp, Agadoo, Music Man, etc. The drinks were flowing but thankfully no-one got 'legless'.
Near the end of the night Mary's husband David asked Mary to go into a back room with his sister and when she returned she was wearing a veil, carrying a posy and looking quite bemused. The DJ took them through a shortened version of their wedding vows and David produced a ring with three huge diamonds on it. Mary told me later that she had been wondering why David hadn't bought her a birthday present but now she knew.
The highlight of the evening for me was when MWM asked me to dance. I was unsure but he gently led me to the dance floor (minus crutch) and held me close for our first dance in a long time. He whispered "I'm so proud of you".
Saturday, 28 April 2007
Here's my Aspidistra. It started life as two leaves from my MIL's plant. I remember my grandmother having a huge Aspidistra on show in her parlour window. In fact, in those days, everyone had an Aspidistra on show. Apparently it is native to China - I wonder how it got here?
I'm not sure what this is. My SIL gave me a cutting from her plant which she calls a 'money plant'. Again it's not brought me any lottery wins!
This is my much diminished Aloe Vera, I repotted it recently as it had taken over the kitchen. This started off as a small plant given to me by a friend. I have now populated the neighbourhood with it's babies.
The larger plant is an Amaryllis, a present from a neighbour. I am waiting for the leaves to turn yellow so I can cut it back and save the bulb for next year.
My latest addition a little pot of Gerbera, my favourite flower.
Friday, 27 April 2007
Have you ever wondered if the words you sing to your favourite songs are right?
Apparently one of the most misheard lyrics is in the Jimi Hendrix song 'Purple Haze' where people thought he was singing 'Kiss this guy', when in fact he was singing 'Kiss the sky' - hence the title of the post.
There's a website devoted to misheard lyrics such as:
Rod Stewart 'Maggie May'
The real lyrics were:All you did was wreck my bed
Misheard as:All you did was wet my bed
Michael Jackson 'Man in the mirror'
Misheard as:I'm stuck with the man in the mirror.I'm asking him to change his face.
The Bangles 'Walk like an Egyptian'
The real lyrics were:Walk like an Egyptian
Misheard as:Walk like a midgets son
Misheard as:I was sick and tired of being thinWhen I called you last night from Tesco
Bee Gees 'Stayin' Alive'
The real lyrics were:Ah, ah,ah,ah, Stayin alive, stayin alive
Misheard as:Ah, ah, ah, ah, Stay in the light, Stay in the light
If you want a good laugh make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and go to
Where you can see who misheard and where they were when they made a fool of themselves! You can also vote on whether you think they are funny/or not.
John & Yoko 'Give Peace a Chance'
The real lyrics were: All we are saying is give peace a chance
I heard: Oh we are sailing give peace a chance.
I was 18 and in the middle of a beach party with 3 friends and 3 boys we'd met on holiday. One of the boys had a guitar and started singing so we all joined in. Everybody sang the right words except me! I was mortified.
WARNING: DO NOT HAVE A MOUTHFUL OF LIQUID WHEN YOU READ - IT'S NOT GOOD FOR YOUR KEYBOARD.
Before you go, what's the song you sing the wrong lyrics to?
PS MWM has been laughing at me for years for singing "cause I can play this here guitar" to The Drifters 'On Broadway'. He said the real lyrics are "cause I can play this air guitar". Guess what - I just looked it up and I'm right! Just wait till he gets back from the Libary, boy is he in trouble!
Friday 28th April
No significant change, but at least it's not any worse!
Thursday, 26 April 2007
On a different note...
Our local newspaper has informed us that our local police station is now contactable by email! Presumably because the place is never open when you want it.
I am sorely tempted to email "Is there anybody there?" Testing, testing.....
Getting better all the time. :)
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Also added an extra exercise to my regime - stepping!!
Tuesday, 24 April 2007
No seriously now, Josh at The Gabbatha Journey has very kindly awarded me a Thinking Blogger Award. Ok, he said it's more because myself and another british blogger have put him on the International map rather than I get him thinking about the universe or anything. Nevertheless, I will display my award with pride.
I now need to bestow this award on other bloggers who make me think rather than just ones I like. Let me think!
Annelisa - Words That Flow
This was one of the first blogs I started to read. She has such wonderful pictures of the countryside around where she lives, she writes poetry and is a budding author - she's just written a novel in a month! She makes me think about nature.
Claire - A Little Piece of Me
Claire makes me think so much it hurts my brain. She helped organise a Easter Egg Hunt to raise money for charity, which had quite a lot of bloggers racking their brains. Now I know you don't like Memes Claire but I wanted you to have this award.
Dave - Energy Healing
Dave makes me think about all things spiritual with his pictures and words.
Yazi - Seed a Brain
Yazi's posts are always thought provoking.
Ron - Foot Notes
I have only very, very recently found Ron's blog. He is very knowledgeable on many things - Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Reiki, etc., his posts are very informative and a joy to read.
Should you choose to participate, please make sure to pass this list of rules to the blogs you are tagging. The participation rules are simple:
If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to five blogs that make you think
Monday, 23 April 2007
1. What is your occupation? I’m a Word Processor Operater/Administrator in a High School.
2. What color are your socks right now? I’m not wearing any, just slippers.
3. What are you listening to right now? My playlist on my blog.
4. What was the last thing that you ate? My breakfast of Oatibix, honey and milk.
5. Can you drive a stick shift? If a stick shift is a manual car then yes.
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Oh sunshine yellow of course!
7. Last person you spoke to on the phone? My Dad, who telephoned to tell me what he’s been doing in the garden.
8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? La Bellina Mammina - though I only know her by what I read on her blog yes I do.
9. How old are you today? Old enough to know better!
10. Favorite drink? Anything except Gin!
11. What is your favorite sport to watch? Ice Skating.
12. Have you ever dyed your hair? No. My hairdresser does it for me.
13. Pets? Not for a long time – too upsetting when they go.
14. Favorite food? Cheese, the stronger the better.
15. What was the last movie you watched? Collateral – Tom Cruise
16. What was the last book you read? The General’s Daughter – Nelson De Mille
17. What do you do to vent anger? Retail Therapy
18. What was your favourite toy as a child? My Hula Hoop. Wish I could find one now it's great exercise.
19. What is your favourite, fall or spring? Spring
20. Hugs or kisses? Both, the more the merrier.
21. Cherries or blueberries? Blueberries
22. Do you want your friends to leave you comments? I only have one friend who knows about my blog.
23. Who is the most likely to comment? Other Bloggers
24. Who is least likely to comment? Anyone who doesn’t find it.
25. Living arrangements? My Wonderful Man and me.
26. When was the last time you cried? When I heard what had happened at Virginia Tech.
27. What's on the floor of your closet? Shoes, lots of them.
28. Who is the friend you have had the longest? Queenie
29. What did you do last night? Watched television.
30. Favorite smells? Jo Malone 154 cologne, fresh mown grass and flowers.
31. What inspires you? People who work tirelessly for charity.
32. What are you afraid of? Heights, being alone permanently.
33. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? Cheese
34. Favourite dog breed? Dogue de Bordeaux
35. Number of keys on your key ring? Four
36. Number of years at current job? Seventeen at my present school, 26 years in education.
37. Favourite day of the week? Friday because it’s the end of the working week.
38. How many states/countries have you lived in? One
39. Favourite holidays? Beach
40. Ever driven a Motorcycle or heavy machinery? No
I now tag the following people because I'd like to know more about them:
Josh - The Gabbatha Journey
Yazi - Seed a Brain
Sandy - Flip Flop Floozie
Denise - Mrs Nesbitt's Place
Monday 23rd April
It's 8 weeks to the day since I had my operation - not long really in the scheme of things. Although the muscles are still weak in that leg and I am still using a crutch, there is no pain in my knee when I stand or walk which is a miracle after what I've put up with in the past.
Sunday, 22 April 2007
At the moment the council provide us with two wheelie bins - one for garden waste and one for household rubbish. They have also provided us with a box in which to collect glass (bottles & jars) and cans, and a bag for newspapers and magazines. The council don't collect plasic bottles, but we do collect them and take them to the local recycling centre. At the moment all my kitchen waste goes in the compost bin at the bottom of the garden but obviously not left-over cooked food, so you can see we already recycle most of our household rubbish.
However, this leaflet informs us that the council will now supply us with another wheelie bin (I'll have to decorate all these bins!) in which to put glass, plastic and cans, and a large sack for newspapers and cardboard so they will be collecting everything.
Saturday, 21 April 2007
Over the years I must have tried every product under the sun to get my nails to look like this. I don't want them to look like talons, I just want to have that lovely white fraction at the tip of my nail so I have have a French Polish.
I have a confession to make - I used to bite my nails!! Aarrrgh I know, it's a disgusting, dirty, filthy, horrible habit. I started as a child and I must have been about 18 when I stopped, by which time the damage had been done. It seriously weakens your nails and I believe they don't ever really recover, though I'm sure a manicurist would say differently.
I have, in desperation, had nail extensions. However, this has been when I am going away on holiday and after two weeks I have had to have the things taken off because either a couple have flipped off anyway or they are driving me mad. I want my own nails!
I have now discovered that by massaging Sweet Almond Oil, which is dirt cheap, into my cuticles every night my nails have grown. They are not hanging over the end of my fingers but I could have a French Polish now! I am wondering now just how long they will last before they split, chip and return to their former appearance, oh me of little faith.
Anyway for now I have nails to be proud of and I will be showing them off!
Saturday 21st April
Doing OK, getting a little stronger every day. I
may have to increase the ankle weight next week as it becomes easier and up the Pilates.
Friday, 20 April 2007
Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Thursday, 19 April 2007
Just outside his backdoor is a communal garden. Well actually it wasn't really a garden at all, just a patch of grass and a border with some overgrown shrubs. My Dad said it was like looking out at a cemetery so, as he said he'd be seeing one soon enough, he decided to do something about it.
First he dug out his own borders and filled them with plants
He wanted us to buy him a lawnmower to cut the patch of grass because the council only cut it every 4 weeks, but we persuaded him that cutting the grass would really be too much work for him.
I really don't know where Dad get's his energy from. He has arthritis in his hands and hips but it doesn't stop him doing anything. He's out most days at various places playing Bridge or Whist, but as soon as there's a bit of sunshine he's out there in the garden. What a guy!
Tuesday, 17 April 2007
First I was tagged by Carol at Blog Virgin, who was tagged by Knowley Powley , to put my birthday (18th November) into Wikepedia and come up with the following.
1307 - According to legend, William Tell shoots an apple off his son's head
1493 - Christopher Columbus first sights what is now Puerto Rico.
1926 - George Bernard Shaw refuses to accept the money for his Nobel Prize, saying, "I can forgive Alfred Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize."
1901 - George Gallup, American statistician and opinion pollster
1924 - Alexander Mackenzie Stuart, Baron Mackenzie-Stuart, president of the European Court of Justice
1969 - Ted Heath, British musician and bandleader
Latvia - Independence Day
I now tag Early-bird, aka-nik and Diana Joy, hope you don’t mind.
THE SECOND TAG
Yesterday mrsnesbitt tagged me as one of her 5 favourite blogs – how lovely.
Now I have to choose five, which is difficult because I have so many! Please don’t feel left out if I don’t choose you.
Queenie – my bestest friend in the whole world and she’s to blame for me blogging.
Annelisa – she is the most talented photographer and a beautiful person.
Cream – I love his tales about his restaurants and his doodles, yes I said doodles as in scribblings, drawings…..
Claire – affectionately known as Miss Whiplash.
Mist1 – because this is the funniest blog in the world. Not just her posts but her replies to comments. Be warned do not take a mouthful of fluid or food whilst reading – you will choke!!!
I hope you will join in, good luck choosing your five it’s really difficult.
Wednesday 19th April
Feeling better with my new found confidence, but taking it slowly.
I can now get rid of the crutches as soon as I feel confident so, as soon as I got home, I discarded one of them and have been managing just fine around the house. I have even tried going downstairs one foot after the other instead of down with the bad leg all the time. This was difficult but I used a crutch and the bannister for support and I managed it. I'm still going upstairs good leg first, the knee doesn't feel strong enough to be able to take my weight and push up at the same time!
I have to go back to see the surgeon in three months (beginning of August) when they will take another X-ray to make sure the joint is OK, he said he expects me to walk in there without aids and with a spring in my step! I said I'll do my best.
Monday, 16 April 2007
Although progress has been very slow, there has definitely been progress! I am hoping to get off the crutches today and perhaps onto walking sticks. I know my knee is not really strong enough yet to do without some sort of support so sticks would seem to be a good idea.
You remember I told you about the spectacular bruising on my ankle? Well lookee here..........................
This is what it looked like the day they took out the clips.
The surgeon used the same scar line as before, it's just a bit longer!
Sunday, 15 April 2007
Saturday, 14 April 2007
I thought the best medicine for a bad back was walking round the garden centre collecting plants to brighten up the garden and then sitting planting. How wrong can you be, but more about that later!
We have some lovely garden centres nearby but Newbank, Bury is my favourite. They sell everything you could possibly want for your garden and more, and they have a large fancy goods department which I can't spend too long in because I spend too much money!
I went a bit beserk and spent £67.00 (ouch) but we did quite a lot with what we got.
Now MWM just has to mow the grass and it will be all ship shape and Bristol fashion. Hopefully he will find time this weekend to do it.
Friday, 13 April 2007
from the kitchen windowsill. It was enormous as you can see from the photograph, with lots of babies in the pot.
I have had it for a long, long time and repotted it that many times that I have run out of people to give the babies to. So, unfortunately, I had to throw the little ones away this time
Our daughter-in-law popped by with Harry and Gracie, who wanted to sit in the arbour and play with the windchimes.
I usually pot up my own hanging baskets but there were some really nice ones already planted at the garden centre with 25% off the price so I bought two. This one is just outside the kitchen window.
I love flowers so much I have even decorated my wheelie bin!