Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Just Do It....

In the spirit of 'just bloody do it' I have:

  • Cleared the washing basket that was on top of the washer for two years with a pile of clothes in it.  My husband has five more t-shirts, I found a top that I thought I had donated and the charity shop has a bag full of teenage girl clothes as a result.  Happy days

  • Emptied the medicine basket and chucked out ALL out of date medicines (oldest was a tin of muscle heat spray from 1997 and there was Sore mouth Gel from 2004 that I used recently.  And there were some herbal sleep-aid tablets that smelt like cheese - urgh).  Now we can dose ourselves without fear of making ourselves even more ill.

  • Sorted my wool projects, thrown out ball bands galore and written details in a book of which yarn I have used for each project.  Even my husband was impressed with this one.

  • Put photos onto a memory stick (just purchased) that we took on holiday so that I can give them to my daughter's friend who came with us.  We went on holiday in August...

  • Taken the trousers that I have been moving about the bedroom since September to the dry cleaners and then hung them back up in the wardrobe.  They are summer trousers but at least they are ready to wear now.

  • Sorted out my scarf box - I have LOADs of scarves and they were all mashed and wriggled together like sleeping snakes in a fabric storage box.  Now they are sorted in order of wearing - popular ones at the top, less popular at the bottom, all folded.  Quite smug about that one.

  • Walked for 20 - 30 minutes each day.  Well, almost every day, but more than I thought I would when I started (so not beating myself up is working as well).  Really appreciating the local church on this route and the gravestones against the skyline.  It is at the highest point of the walk so nice to stop for a breather.

Finally....... I have bought my summer sandals.  I have small feet and usually by the time I get to thinking about sandals all the best little ones have gone so this year I have just done it and bought some..... and it's only January.... and there's snow on the way.  But my sandals are looking lovely in my shoe drawer (don't ask). 

The thing I must just do is just keep doing stuff......  Now where was that To Do list?

(I would have put in more photos - before and after type thing - but I was so busy sorting and doing I forgot to take them)

Friday, 23 January 2015

My Daughter - Theatre Critic

Last night my daughter went to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time in York.

I am going to see the same production tonight and so when we picked her up I asked:

 "So how was it?"

"The first half was boring, the theatre was boiling and there was a puppy.  You'll love it."

(at least I know to wear layers).

Monday, 19 January 2015

Spring mantlepiece (in winter)

This weekend in M&S there was a gorgeous bunch of spring flowers and so despite it being quite a lot of money I bought it.  (That and some iced buns; I love their iced buns)

When I got home I just could not get the flowers to look nice all together in a vase, those tiny weeeeny daffs were so chaotic, hanging around all over the place looking messy and the tulips were too big and droopy.  So I raided the sideboard for vases and inspired by Gillian ( http://www.talesfromahappyhouse.com ) I decided to change my mantelpiece......

So here we have Spring Vintage.  Difficult to photograph as there is a mirror behind.  Flowers spread over a couple of little vases.  You can't see it but the little green jug has a parrot handle. The majority of the daffs are in a water vase/jug thing on the bookcase and I forgot to photograph them.

Yes, I know it's winter but I'm looking forward to spring. 

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

In my office - January

When I came back to my office after Christmas I found that this plant was in flower. 
Today there were blue skies early on, although the wind was biting.

I confess to quite liking January.
I always feel re-invigorated in January (mentally if not physically)
I generally start the year on an organised footing.
At home I sort out my calendar and clear cupboards.
At work I file emails (from over 800 in my inbox to 34 -
lap of honour of the office duly completed).
I have decided this year to 'just do it' an old line I know but one that I'm hoping works.
I'm a bugger for procrastination, for over thinking.  So 2015 is the year of.....  Just Bloody Do It.
As an antidote it is also the year of 'Don't beat yourself up too much if you don't'.
Win....win me thinks.

Monday, 5 January 2015

3....2....1 you're back in the room

Back in front of the computer after the most relaxing Christmas we have ever undertaken.
I spent one entire day in my pyjamas (new ones of course). 
That's something I haven't done since student days.
We have seen all the family, but for short bursts only
I have watched an inordinate amount of rubbish on the TV
I have eaten well but not in large amounts
I have read books
I have done LOADS of crochet
I have sung the song from the Lego movie too many times to count
All in all I have to say that it was a VERY good Christmas.
Now where did I leave my brain?