Haven't had much time to journal or to blog, so here's a quick catch-up. Please note the distnct lack of photographs in my journal. This is entirely due to my printer (and the wireless printer) running out of ink. Typical!
Yesterday's page was all about being grateful. The baubles on the tree tell of just some of the things I am grateful for.
Today's page is to do with the perfect gift. The journalling says it all.
Unfortunately, I seem to be one of a small group of bloggers who are suffering froma tooth abscess at the moment. I've got antibiotics from my dentist, so I hope it settles down very soon. It's unbelievable how much pain these things cause. :-(
A very quick, very simple page about Christmas Day visitors!
The boiler has been broken for the past couple of days and the house has been a bit Baltic to say the least! But, I'm delighted to say that it's now fixed!! We'll have a warm house for Christmas after all! :-)
13th was about Christmas music. For me - and I'm certain for my big sis too - nothing stirs the memories of childhood Christmasses like this wonderful album from Jim Reeves.
We now have all our trees up and the house is decorated!
Our staircase. The big bows aren't nearly as red as they appear in this photograph.
Our trees! Little fibre optic on the kitchen windowsill. Cost about a fiver, many years ago!
Artificial topiary tree on the landing. Bought from Tesco a couple of years ago.
Our year-round tree, on the dining room table. This tree gets decorated with different things at various times of year. At Christmas, it's hung with wooden ornaments, cinnamon sticks, pine cones, corn dollies etc etc. I think this is my favourite tree of all.
Our gorgeous main tree. This photograph doesn't do it justice at all. It's all LED and fibre optic lights ..... hundreds of them! It's spectacular at night!
Traditionally decorated tree in the hall, beside the front door.
Lovely little tree in the family room. Again, this one was bought from Tesco a couple of years ago.
I don't really know how we've ended up with six trees! :-)
Today's journal page is all about your Christmas Tree! My journalling tells how Tim and I bought a huge fibre optic tree a few years ago, to save us the job of decorating it. (Yes, - lazy! lol) However, since then, we seems to have accumulated a total of 6 .... yes, SIX - trees!!
On Saturday, Kerry and I went to a Christmas crop in Aberdeen. It was a great day and I managed to get my JYC page for the 5th done too!
My 6th december page ....
Yesterday was also my birthday! I have achieved the age of 53, for which I am very grateful! Many, many people do not reach this age, so instead of moaning about getting older each year, I am going to celebrate the fact that I have survived long enough to actually GET older. :-) Here are some of the cards I received. These are hand-made ones from friends on the forum.
Today's page in my Christmas Journal. Organised? Me? That's a joke! lol
I printed off the organiser downloads from Shimelle at 60% full size and they fitted perfectly on my page!
Way back in 2007, I managed to complete one of these.
Last year, I managed three days.
This year, I am determined to do at least MOST of the pages!
My promise ....
1st December ....
2nd December ....
As you can see, I am also determined to force myself to use my own handwriting as much as possible from now on - even though I hate it. My mum and my granny are no longer here, so when I find something that has their handwriting on it, it is such a thrill - knowing that THEY wrote it. I am hoping that my own children and grandchildren will feel like that if they ever look at any of my journals once I'm gone.
Yesterday was also the day for putting up the Advent Calendar. Tim and I don't usually bother, but I bought this MDF advent house kit from Art from the Heart, when I did the ScrapAttack weekend with Dyan earlier this year. I made the wee gift boxes myself and hung the numbers from a brad on top of each box. A Cadbury's Roses choc just about fits into these boxes! I'm taking the odd dates and Tim is taking the evens! :-) Once a box is empty, it's put back the wrong way round so the date is not visible. As you can see, the 1st has been eaten already! lol
Last year, I got a gift of an ear-flap hat from the wonderful Eleanor and I loved it so much, that I've actually got two or three now. This my latest buy: It's so cosy and comfy, I have to force myself to take it off once I'm indoors! :-)
Kerry and I had a super, smashing, great girlie weekend in the big smoke last week! We travelled down on the train on Friday 13th and came home again on Sunday 15th. Only one complete day there, but it's amazing what you can pack in when you have to!
It didn't start too well though, when we discovered (once we were already on the train) that the travel agent had given us the wrong train times, PLUS the wrong train operator. Hence, we found ourselves stuck in lonely Stonehaven station for two hours at stupid o'clock in the morning, in the freezing cold!
Eventually, we caught the correct train and settled down for the journey.
Our hotel room had a nice view of the GPO Tower. I remember when this had a revolving restaurant at the top!
Once we arrived, we had time fit in quick visit to the British Museum, which was just a few minutes walk away from the hotel. It was dark outside by then and sadly, I just had my little 'point and shoot', which couldn't capture the glass roof at all.
It did pick up an orb though!
We went to Planet Hollywood at Picadilly for a meal .....
.... which we supplemented with a delciously dreamy, creamy cocktail, made from Bailey's, Amaretto and Kahlua ... topped with whipped cream and banana slices!
Later, we met up with Ciaran - who is one of Kerry and Simon's friends. He doesn't normally have a moustache, but is growing one for 'Movember', which encourages guys to 'grow a mo' for charity during the month of November! :-)
Next day, we visited St. Paul's Cathedral and even climbed the stairs to the Whispering Gallery! You can't take pics inside the cathedral, so this is Kerry outside instead.
Next, we walked down to the Millennium Bridge and got this shot of us with St. Paul's behind us ...... and yes, it was incredibly windy!
Over the bridge, we went to the Tate Modern, which was absolutely fabulous! I didn't expect it to be as good as it was, because I'm not a fan of modern art .... but it was truly amazing and I would definitely go back again! Unfortunately, once again, no photography was allowed inside apart from in the lobbies.
From there, we went down the street a wee bit to the Globe Theatre!
We both loved it! There are short (about 30 mins) guided tours and it was well worth it. Here's Kerry with the stage behind her ...
We went for a meal in Leicester Square, where we shared a lovely bottle of Aussie white.
Caught the tube back to the hotel, popped into the British Museum again, then met Ciaran and his fiancee Peta, in the hotel bar, where we shared another couple of bottles of Aussie wite!
We wanted to go to see "Pricilla, Queen of the Desert" in the evening, but the tickets were just far too expensive, so we went back to Leicester Square to see the movie "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus" instead. I'm really glad we did because it was fab!
Sunday morning and we walked from the hotel to King's Cross where we caught the train back to Aberdeen again. I snapped Kerry as we were stopped at Doncaster station, engrossed in a book about art and journalling, that we had each bought from the Tate Modern.
As we pulled into Newcastle station, I wondered to myself, how many bridges did they actually NEED over the Tyne!
So, we arrived back in Aberdeen at 6.45pm and were met by Tim, who drove us home.
It was a fabulous weekend and I can't wait till we do it again sometime. It would be even better if Jodie could come too!!
I'm a young-at-heart 56 year old Scottish lass! I have two daughters, one son-in-law and four grandchildren.
I'm currently unemployed due to office closure.
I love all kinds of altered art and also love crochet, sewing and knitting.
I adore photography and am slowly learning how to use my brand new Canon EOS 7D - and Photoshop!
I also use my iPhone for photography, mostly using Instagram to edit and upload pics! What did I ever do before I had one! :-)