Thursday, 30 December 2010

Endings and Beginnings

2010 has gone so fast. I can't believe that it is nearly the last day of the year and we will be saying goodbye to the old year and entering into 2011.

I'm not sad to say goodbye to 2010. It started with our belated honeymoon to Florida which was fabulous but is ending with the knowledge that things are definitely going to change in the next year and there will be periods of uncertainty. (When I'm in a position to let you know, I will tell you the reason why).

This year has been quite stressful for AJ and I. We finally sold AJ's flat after being on the market since the start of 2010. After 6 months we had an offer in which was less than we would have hoped, but had to accept as it was the only decent offer we had and needed to sell. After nearly 17 weeks after the offer, we finally exchanged contracts after much stress and anxiety and fighting between AJ and I. I never believed until now that selling a house is one of the most stressful things. It has totally put me off selling our house and moving and I am staying in our little house until the horrible memories have gone.

We unfortunately had two deaths in AJ's family - his cousin Gail and his Grandad Reg. Plus a friend of AJ's passed away too.

Two of our friends partners have been diagnosed with cancer and a colleague/friend of mine has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Even though it hasn't been a great year it has had its moments.

As mentioned AJ and I went to DisneyWorld in Florida for our belated honeymoon. We had two wonderful weeks and plan to go back again one day. We went to see Charley Boorman and the wonderfully funny Hairy Bikers at Wolves Civic. We went to see Michael Buble at the LG Arena in Birmingham. We went to Austria for a week at the end of June. I visited Liverpool (for a hen night). It was our friends Dave and Kim's wedding in Shrewsbury in August. We have had some nice days out shopping and we ended the year treating ourselves by having a meal in the new Jamie Oliver Italian restaurant that recently opened in Birmingham.

I'm not sure what 2011 will have in store for us. Nothing concrete is really on the horizon. We are going to see Peter Kay in London. I'm going on my first scrapbooking retreat in November in which I can't wait and all being well we will be visiting our friends Mandy and Ceal who are in Australia at the end of 2011. The rest of the year we will take it as it comes.

I don't set myself New Years resolutions as a rule. I do have a Wish List for the New Year.

1) Be more creative and take more time to do scrapbooking, cross stitch and card making, and also to develop my blog and post regularly

2) Live a more healthy lifestyle. Look at my diet, exercise more, take time to relax. Take more pride in my appearance and to look after my skin as neglected of late.

3) Make more time for friends. AJ and I have been abit insular of late and we need to socialise more.

4) Get myself and the house more organised and tidy. It is time to really declutter the house. (AJ may not like it, but we really need to chuck out a load of stuff)

5) Do more of the things that make me happy

6) Make time just for AJ and me.

I wish you and yours a Happy New Year and that 2011 will be a good year.

Good evening from Pickle Land. I hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

70th Birthday Memories for Dad

Today would have been my Dad's 70th Birthday. I didn't want to forget the day even if Dad is now longer around so my brother, AJ and I are having a celebratory tea tonight in memory of Dad. We have already visited the crematorian to lay flowers for both Dad and Mom and we are spending the evening together as a family.

I miss my Dad and Mom every day and I am sad that we can't celebrate for real. My Dad wouldn't have wanted the fuss but I would have bought a cake and either taken Dad out for a meal or cooked a lovely meal. I would have bought him his favourite malt whisky and possibly a nice glass as Dad loved glassware.

It has been nearly seven years since Dad passed away. The time has gone so quick. Today was a milestone I was dreading but I don't feel too bad surprisingly. Maybe because my Dad wouldn't want me to wallow in sadness. That today is about celebrating his life - not mouning his untimely passing.

So here is to my Dad Cliff. I love you and miss you and you are in my thoughts forever.

Your loving daughter Lesleyxx

Friday, 24 December 2010

Christmas Wishes

Just wanted to say Merry Merry Christmas
Hope your Christmas is Wonderful and full of magic
Seasons Greetings from Pickle Land
Love Lesley, AJ, Kiwi and Willow xx

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Baby - It's Cold Outside

How cold has it been the last few days or so. I don't ever remember it being so cold. I absolutely hate driving in this and even worse walking in it. I waddle like a duck at the best of the time and I'm even slower in these conditions. I know it looks so pretty but I can't wait for the snow and Ice to go away

I can't believe it is only 4 days until Christmas, and I still haven't sent all my cards, wrapped all my presents and unfortunately I don't break up until 4pm on Christmas Eve.
I am so looking forward to having a whole week off work to do crafty stuff and relax and spending time with family and friends. It seems ages since I've had time off and I really do need to just take time off and chill for a while as I've been quite stressed the last few months and it has really affected me emotionally and I've been so tired and un-creative of late.

I did however, make a batch of cards that have been well received by my friends, and I've created little Christmas displays using festive red photoframes. ( Close Up Photos to follow for picture frames but see picture of Christmas display by my fireplace below as a taster)

Below are the three designs of cards I made this year. All are stamped images, coloured in with pro-markers. I borrowed the stamps off my good friend Chris so unfortunately I don't know the make of the stamps - I do think however that the hedgehog maybe a Hero Arts stamp

I'm quite pleased with these cards - they are quite simple and quick and easy to do.

On the JYC front, I am so behind. I've been doing a journal of notes from the prompts and I can't wait to catch up during my time off and share on this blog and the Shimelle JYC forum of which I'm ashamed to say I haven't visited at all this month. Partly because I haven't had the time and partly because I don't want to be too influenced by other peoples journals. This week up I definitely will be on catch up.

Anyway, not sure if I will post again now until Christmas so I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and hope to speak to you soon
Love Lesley xx

Saturday, 11 December 2010

It's been way too long

Just a small post to say I haven't gone away, but I just don't seem to have found the time to blog lately. I haven't had the best month or two which hasn't helped either.

Things, you will be glad to know are on the up now. Christmas shopping has began and the presents bought so far have been wrapped. The Christmas tree is up and looks nice. I've still to make some Christmas cards but luckily they are for people I will see before Christmas. Those that I need to post will get shop bought I'm afraid. I'm on major catch up with Journal Your Christmas, but I've a week off at Christmas so will do then. Looking forward to having the break off work too as really could do with some time for myself.

I will promise to try and get back into the swing of things and share what I have been doing lately soon.

Good Evening from Pickle Land and hope to speak very soon

Lesley xx