Thursday, 17 January 2013

How to have a day off...

... if anyone knows the answer to this please let me know!  I'm exhausted and tired rushing about here and there and always have things to do when I'm off work.  I want to spend a day doing nothing, is that so bad?


Wednesday, 9 January 2013


Hey!  I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday!

In an attempt to blog more and be more organised in 2013, I'll try and keep up with the WIWW posts!

Navy and beige polka dot dress - Dorothy Perkins.  Love this dress, it's so comfy!
Navy cardigan - George at Asda.  Ancient cardigan but I don't have much in navy
Navy tights - M&S.  A sign of getting old.. navy tights?
Leopard print ballet pumps - Dorothy Perkins.  Fit like slippers
Nails - Barry M (bright red high gel).  Part of my birthday gift from my Son, I love Barry M nails
Cold sore - borrowed from cold virus! blah!

Check out The Pleated Poppy for more details of 'what I wore wednesday'

...oops I bought new boots at lunch time!  Clarks sale drew me in! £69.99 down to £31.99.. I love Clarks, such quality that last for years!  These have a rubber soul and 'soft touch' insole, very comfy indeed!


Since I'll be 42 this year (albeit not until December) here are 42 wise statements (Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio):

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it..

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.

9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

10. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

11. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

12. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it...

14 Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

15. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

16. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

17. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

21. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

22. The most important sex organ is the brain.

23. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

25. Always choose life.

26. Forgive but don’t forget.

27. What other people think of you is none of your business.

28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does..

31. Believe in miracles.

32. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

33. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

34. Your children get only one childhood.

35. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

36. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

37. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

38. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.

39. The best is yet to come...

40. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

41. Yield.

42. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Thursday, 3 January 2013


Happy New Year to you!

Doesn't time fly?!  I was struck with the dreaded cold lurgy over the festives so I've been quite a misery, I am on the mend now with the hugest cold sore ever known as my badge of honour!  It's vile!

My plans of eating too much and drinking a little too much didn't really happy, I still can't taste anything properly so I'm not wasting good wine just yet!  I have been knitting, a pink crossover cardigan for baby, for her ballet class.  I've just got half a sleeve and the border and ties left to do... it could be finished very soon, like tonight if I start as soon as little one is in bed!  I'm not sure if it will fit her though, it may be too big... but better too big than too small, right?

Have you any New Year Resolutions?  I don't usually bother, Hubber does though.. every January he has no alcohol or treats for the month (not that he drinks much but he does like to munch sweets, judging by the amount of sweet wrappers I binned from the car today!)... I am really just planning to be more organised with meal planning, shopping and to have less food waste at home.  To craft more and relax more.. not to much to ask, so here's hoping! (oh yeah, and to stop swearing!!)

We've been scooping up some good bargains in the sales, have you bought anything?

We got a new TV from John Lewis, it's a smart 3D one!  I'll let Hubber set it all up and he can just hand me the remote control and show me how to access the films on our NAS system and SKY and that's all I need to know, I don't watch that much TV but I feel I should watch more as I hear people talk about some good shows, but I often don't want to get drawn into something and commit that much time each week.  We also bought a new king size bed, which I cannot wait to get.  It should be delivered next week, we opted for a jumbo drawer in the base so that has to be made to order.  Don't you just love a new bed, new bedding and new PJs?

We're now on the hunt for a new sofa (wonder if there are any sales going on? haha!)... we did initially want a corner suite but on reflection it would take up a whole lot of room and I really want a patterned (something quite different) arm chair... so I think we're going to buy a plain 4-seater sofa then look for a nice arm chair in a total contrast colour / pattern.  Next on our list is to rip the carpets up, wooden floors are so much easier to clean and when you have a toddler they totally make sense!  If you have any suggestions on the best place for flooring please let me know?

Hope you've all had a good one and are easing back into work / routine!

AnneeApple x

Singing and playing piano on Christmas Day... joy!