Friday, 29 January 2010

You've got mail

 I love love love the film 'You've got mail'. I cannot begin to tell you how many times i have seen it.

This is a post dedicated to one of my very favourite feel good films:

Favourite quotes:

Frank: What about you, is there someone else?
Kathleen Kelly: No. No, but... but there's the dream of someone else.

Kathleen Kelly: I love daisies.
Joe Fox: You told me.
Kathleen Kelly: They're so friendly. Don't you think daisies are the friendliest flower?

Kathleen Kelly: I like to start my notes to you as if we're already in the middle of a conversation. I pretend that we're the oldest and dearest friends -- as opposed to what we actually are, people who don't know each other's names and met in a Chat Room where we both claimed we'd never been before.
What will NY152 say today, I wonder. I turn on my computer. I wait impatiently as it connects. I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: You've got mail. I hear nothing. Not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beating of my own heart. I have mail. From you.

Joe Fox: Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms.

[in the backgroud horns are honking, tires are skidding and people are shouting in the street]
Kathleen Kelly: [seriously] Don't you just love New York in the fall?

Kathleen Kelly: [writing to "NY152"] Once I read a story about a butterfly in the subway, and today, I saw one! It got on at 42nd and off at 59th, where, I assume, it was going to Bloomingdales to buy a hat that will turn out to be a mistake, as almost all hats are.

Kathleen Kelly: When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.

Joe Fox: Don't cry, Shopgirl. Don't cry.
Kathleen Kelly: I wanted it to be you. I wanted it to be you so badly.

Kathleen Kelly: [in an email to Joe Fox] The odd thing about this form of communication is that you're more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings.

Joe Fox: You know, sometimes I wonder...
Kathleen Kelly: What?
Joe Fox: Well... if i hadn't been "Fox Books" and you hadn't been "The Shop Around the Corner," and you and I had just met...
Kathleen Kelly: I know.
Joe Fox: Yeah, yeah. I would've asked for your number. And I wouldn't have been able to wait 24 hours before calling you up and saying, Hey, how about... oh, how about some coffee, or drinks, or dinner, or amovie... for as long as we both shall live?

-Annabel suddenly sneezes.

Kathleen takes a handkerchief from her sleeve.  It's an old
fashioned hankie that's embroidered.  She offers it to
Annabel, who instead wipes her nose with her hand and then
looks at the handkerchief, a little puzzled.

 What is that?

 A handkerchief.  Oh my, do children not
 even know what handkerchiefs are?  A
 handkerchief is a Kleenex you don't throw
 away.  My mother embroidered it for me --
 you see?  My initials and a daisy,
 because daisies are my favorite flower.

KATHLEEN:My mother and I used to twirl!


(photos from various You've got mail websites)

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Essentials and a Red Heart Update.

I thought i'd show you some of the lovelies from my current favourite magazine.

I am overwhelmed!!!
i have 53 lovely ladies who have said they will send me something. Isn't that amazing??!!

Thank you, thank you to all of you....i am quite teary!! in a good way though.
If any of you still need my address, let me know.


Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Weightloss wednesday and a giveaway

This is my first week reporting about my weightloss.
I have lost 1 pound.
I did very well with my snacks last week and did swap bad for good. However we ate out quite alot and also had friends round for dinner didn't do too well there!

This week....Exercise:

A few years ago, when i was at my leanest....i walked i don't much at all!!
I was also so busy busy busy all the time...but too the point it wasn't good for me. So as i calmed down i was bound to put on a bit of weight.
I'm feeling really unfit at the moment, so i need to step up my exercise.
In the past i have been to gyms, gone swimming, and taken part in different classes including yoga which i loved.
Yoga is such a great form of exercise. I used to go with a friend and come back feeling calm and sleepy, ready for bed...but not feel worn out. I noticed my limbs becoming leaner and had a very flat stomach. However i had to stop as i suffer from back problems due to one leg being ever so slightly shorter than the other (it is not really noticeable but its enough that my spine begins to go out of line if i don't wear a raise in one of my shoes) as in yoga you have to have barefeet for balance, it was starting to cause a problem. Although saying that i have heard of yoga shoes.....which i keep meaning to buy, then maybe i can start up again.

Last year we did a few family walks...but with little legs around us it wasn't really exercise...just leisurely strolls.
We did go out on our bikes a few times.....I hope to do that alot more this year..i'm just waiting for it to get a little warmer.

Just before christmas me and the hubbie decided to buy the above rowing machine. It is such a great workout (apparently Anna Friel does 20 mins on hers most nights). It really works the whole body and in less time than other gym equipment. We pull it into our lounge so we can watch the tv as we are doing it.....its amazing how much quicker the time goes if you can watch your favourite programme.
My husband goes on it at least 3 times a week....i'm not quite as good ;)
Although i am happy with my progress...the first time i did it i could only manage 4 minutes!!! now i can do 15.
So this week i am going to carry on being good with my healthier snacks and i will make sure i have used the rowing machine at least 3 times.

Next week: Breakfasts.


 There is a wonderful giveaway at Dreaming of the simple life
In return for entering we have to post about our first album purchase.
I was a child of the 80's -early 90's and i am pretty sure that the first album i bought was The Beach Boys - i still have it!!
Some more early albums that i got were Little Jimmy Osmond!!! and Kylie minogues first album Kylie.

Have a good week all

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Fairytale of New York

I have just read this lovely book.
I'm a sucker for an easy read with a bit of romance thrown in.
Now i need a new book.....can you recommend any?


Sunday, 24 January 2010

Thank you all lovely ladies xx

I am so pleased with the response to my plea on the previous post. You are all so lovely and kind.
I am slowly getting round to you all to give you my details.
Some of you have been asking if the item/s need to be handmade. Handmade would be great, but if you can't do that then something bought would be fine.
Anything i don't sell on the day, i will keep for a craft fair that i hope to do in the summer, the moneyy raised from those products will still go to the British Heart Foundation.

Thank you again


Saturday, 23 January 2010

Can you help me?

Lovely bloggers, i am asking for your help.

Some of you will know that i have a heart condition that requires me to have a pacemaker.
For a few years now i have helped out different charities by holding events at my home.
This year i am going to take part in Red for Heart to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, a cause very close to my heart (hee hee).

I am going to hold an event at my house for family, friends and school mums/children on that Friday. Everyone who comes must wear red, we will play games, have a raffle and all the food provided will be red.

I had an idea to have a stall where people can buy little crafty bits.....and this is where i need your help if you would be so kind.
I will not have enough time between now and then to make all the things i want, so i was wondering if you would be able to make and send me a little something to put on my stall. Something that people would pay just one up to four pounds for to help raise money.

It would need to be red and/or heart themed.

I was thinking:
Little heart decorations, Scented hearts, heart badges, bookmarks, Birthday cards or anything else you could think of.

A little of your time and the amount of money it costs to send your item to me will really help out.
If you would like to help then please let me know and i will get my details to you.
The item/s would need to reach me before Friday 26th Feb.

Thank you so much


Friday, 22 January 2010

Bring me Sunshine!!!!

Little Gem brought we a little bit of sunshine, so i would like to do the same to these lovely sunny bloggers:

Have a lovely weekend all


Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Weightloss Wednesday

I have decided to join Weightloss Wednesday.
I would like to fit into the clothes i have in my wardrobe from about 2-3 years ago.
I think that means losing about a stone.
My main priority for joining though is to become fitter and healthier, and hopefully weekly posts may give me the kick up the bum that i need.

I've been trying to be good since New Year but its hard with all the treats left from Christmas.
They are all gone now, so anything i buy will be alot healthier.

Today i am going to talk about SNACKS:

I love snaking and have decided that there is no point buying boring tasteless snacks to satisfy me, as...well...they won't and i'll just end up reaching for fat/sugar ladden foods instead.

So here is my alternative healthier snacks that i actually know i will enjoy:

Instead of:     Salt and vinegar crisps
Go for:   Ryvita minis salt and vinegar flavour or Goodies crisps, i know they are for kids but they are yummy!!

Instead of:     White/milk chocolate
Go for:    75%-85% dark chocolate (i actually love dark choc, but if theres other choc there i'll stuff my face with it till i feel sick)

Instead of:    Biscuits

Other ideas:
Innocent smoothies - i love the pineapple, banana and coconut.
Panda all natural licorice.(the only type i like)
Tescos fairtrade hot chocolate.
Vegetable crisps.
Alpro soya yogurts.

I'll let you know how i get on.

Next week: Exercise


Monday, 18 January 2010

The nice bits of our week in pictures

Taking to watching tele whilst sitting on the table. Making folders look pretty. Presents for my niece. Me wearing another dress. Homework.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

A tribute

I was tagged by Bekimarie to share my favourite photo.
I have so many photos so it is so hard to choose.

My lovely Grandad passed away on Tuesday, so i have decided to share my Favourite pictures of him from some of my old albums.

Above: My Grandad on his wedding day to my lovely Nan.

Below:My Grandad was such a wonderful man, he did so much with his life. He would have done more, but my nan didn't like to travel and in her last years she hardly went out the house at all.
So my Grandad took plenty of daytrips around the world including New York and Cairo. I had the pleasure in accompinging him to Lapland and Jersey.

Below: My Grandad and Nan with my mum:

With My Mum and Uncle:

With me on my first day in the world. I was his only Grandchild. He bought me a lovely little teddy in this hospital that i still have:

On my christening day with my other Grandad, who sadly i don't remember.
My youngest boy takes both these mens names:

Christmas, i still have this pony!!!

At Lands ends, Cornwall:

For many years we went to Cornwall. I share one of my favourite places with my Nan and Grandad - Mawgan Porth.

Every christmas day was spent with my Grandparents apart from a couple of years when my lovely Nan and Grandad treated my Mum, Dad and me to a holiday in Disneyworld Florida:

Now, this really is one of my favourite photos ever. It is even in an album entitled 'My favourite photos'
I think i was a beautiful princess in a horse and carriage!!!

My Grandad would have been 90 this year - which is a wonderful age to reach, especially for a man. He changed very much 7 years ago when my Nan died and his quality of life had gone down alot in the last 2 years - but i am so glad he got to spend time with his two great grandsons.
I just missed his passing (i was travelling down to the hospital) but i sat with him for a while after.

The things i will remember most about my Grandad:

-Staying at his house and him making me Grenadine and lemonade as a treat.
-Taking me to Littlewoods for breakfast most Saturdays and then going to get the fish for that nights dinner.
- His very scary driving!!
- Him tucking money into my hand and telling me not to tell Nanny!
- Feeding his fish.
-Playing bowles in the garden.
-Going to the Camelot in Chigwell Row for dinner.
-Him sitting in the garden catching some rays.
-His 'medalion' as i called it, actually a gold Libra chain. When my husband first met him about 12 years ago he thought he looked like Del Boy!!
-Walking round the local shops with him for sweets.
- Him taking the paper and a free coffee from his local sainsburys cafe in his last few years - bless him, the staff let him get away with it, they probably thought he didn't have any money. Actually he was quite wealthy.
-Me and Mum seeing him secretly stuffing his face with chocolate coming back from the local shop!!! My Nan was diabetic and used to make him feel guilty for having it.
-Coming to my school when i was about 12 to give a talk on his youth and the war.
-Him gently squeezing my hand and saying i love you, a few days before he passed.


Monday, 11 January 2010

I can't believe.....

.....that i've been blogging for a whole year!!!
2009 was really good for me, and some of that i believe is down to has helped me amongst other things to look at the good in the world.
Thank you to all of you that have been part of that.
Raise your glasses, mugs etc to another year!!!
Blogging really can save lives!!

So...on to another anniversary....Last week my hubby and i celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary.

We had a yummy yummy dinner together:

Each year we have bought/made each other gifts under the theme of traditional anniversay presents. This year was Iron.
This is what i did:

We got engaged in Cambridge and went to Browns for our celebratory meal. So i thought it would be nice to go back again.

All wrapped up in ribbon with a selection of photos of the 2 of us, and some dark chocolate (for some more iron!)

And the hubby...bless his me:

My favourite film on Dvd (because you can make the words iron out of the letters on the front),
Paper that has an iron tinge to it, and then all though not technically made out of iron....A lovely CK braclet, a jingly heart and a pink garden tool that all look abit irony!!!!
And the best bit:

Hee Hee, he's a cutie!!!!

The eldest changed our blackboard to this:

So..what else have we been up to?
Well the boys......always manage to make me go awwww, but also arghhhh!!! in a matter of minutes!!!!!
This was an awww moment though:

Last week in Paperchase i bought myself this rather thick notebook, that from now on will be by my side whilst reading through all your lovely blogs, for if i want to write down a recipe, quote, making idea, place to go etc.

I signed up for Brocantehomes putteryposts (a lovely puttery treat in your inbox every day for a year)
My first one was to choose a word for the year. I have chose:

It's still snowy here, i'm not a big fan of snow...i'd much rather be warm and cosy indoors, making the snacks and drinks whilst the boys are outside.

And lastly, some of you will know that my dear Grandad is very very ill in hospital. We know he has a matter of hours/days left in this world. Please pray for this wonderful man to be taken kindly by God up to a new and better place.