Monday, 29 September 2014

Slimming World

NOT a sponsored post

For better or worse, I joined the weight loss programme, Slimming World a couple of weeks ago. I had lost a few pounds before I was first weighed (due to my current life drama's), so its hard to say if my starting weight was a true weight, since I had been living on herbal tea and diet cola.
Anyway, I lost 2lbs in the first week. Not exactly stupendous, but at least it was 2 off and not 2 on. The picture above was tonight's dinner, Lasagne, a recipe from the Slimming World website. Mine was made with quorn mince instead of extra lean beef mince, and the white sauce was a rather healthy fat free yoghurt mixed with 2 eggs and a pinch of nutmeg. It was actually quite good.The serving suggestion was a crisp salad, however we went for green beans and garden peas. Oscar, I can happily report ate a considerable amount and said he loved it. That's a big thumbs up from me then.
I will let you know how next weigh day goes. 

Tuesday, 23 September 2014


Things are changing at a steady pace here. I am freely admitting that most of them are not for the better, but instead born out of necessity. If I could glue our world back together, I would do it in a heartbeat. My baby (even though he is 5), knows there are things going on all around him but he doesn't know what. I thank the Lord my God for small mercies.

The puppy had to be re-homed. It broke Oscar's heart, he cried like I have never heard him cry before. It fills me with dread for what is to come.

A friend has dragged me to 'Slimming World' in a bid to get me to eat 'SOMETHING' other than cup-a-soup (FYI this breakfast was from about a month ago).

It seems I need to re-home the cats, and then move house ourselves. There are too many things to think about, a whole house to pack, a small boy to comfort, and feed and clothe and reassure that things will be ok, when in reality, I don't know if that is even true.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Kat From Slugs On The Refrigerator

I have been a long time reader of Kat's Blog Slugs On The Refrigerator, and I love her and her family to bits. I was so excited for Kat last year when her first crochet book Crochet At Play was published and I pre ordered it from Amazon as soon as I could. This year I managed to go one better, and when Kat's second book Hook Stitch & Give came out, I travelled the few miles down the road (about 60 miles), and met Kat in person.

Kat signing my copy of Hook Stitch & Give

It was amazing to meet her after all these years, what a lovely lady she is. I won't lie, there was an element of the surreal, especially when I met her husband and children later in the day. I wanted to pick Georgia up and give her a cuddle, but obviously she has no clue who I am and I expect that would have scared her to death.
I hope we can get together again some time, and maybe Oscar can met Kat's beautiful trio. 
Please take a look at her crochet book, it is fabulous.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Full Day Schooler

Painting at Granny's, school tie discarded

Oscar seems to be settling well into school all day. On his first day full time he was crying as we walked home, it was then I realised he had put his shoes on the wrong feet after gym and  his feet were sore. Other than that though it seems to be fairly undramatic. He was hit in the eye with a bouncy ball at lunchtime yesterday and I forgot to put crisps in to his already bulging lunch bag so that were the complaints from Wednesday.
Yesterday was a school free day, since his school is used for voting in the Referendum. I can't say Oscar was sorry in the slightest to miss a day. Not exactly bursting with enthusiasm, but then again, it could be a lot worse.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

No Title For This One

Things have changed. I have no ability to explain it. My world has been ripped apart. I am sad and empty. One day I will probably talk about it, but not today. I just wanted to say I am still here, and that counts for a lot.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Do You Have A Disability?

I had to fill out a form recently which asked the usual question, 'do you have a disability?' I hovered over the box for a long time because I never really know how to answer that question. Yes I kind of do, but also no, I do not have a government awarded benefit for a person with disabilities, which I think is what they usually mean, don't they?
I am bone tired today. I am not entirely sure why, but I can probably pin point the parts that make up the sum of it. I didn't sleep too well last night because I have RSL and it was driving me crazy last night, (fyi my Mum has it and so did my maternal Grandmother). I have taken a dose of codeine this morning on waking and my 2nd dose is due now, that makes me tired. I take codeine most days because I have SCIATICA and the Sciatica is caused by DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE. To make the leg and back problems just that bit worse, I also have POST THROMBOTIC SYNDROME, which is the result of a blood clot a few years back. I have also started a new medication for migraines which states, 'will cause drowsiness' on the pack. I am taking the migraine meds at night but they don't seem to help me sleep any better at night and I am still tired in the day.
So no, I don't have a registered disability, but most days I feel fairly debilitated.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Where Did Summer Go?

Well, we are back to talking about the weather. We have had it all here in Scotland this week, sunshine (with warmth), rain and wind and rainbows and crisp mornings. I guess its that transitional time where we say goodbye to Summer and hello to Autumn. I can hardly believe it will be September on Monday, it feels like June, July and August just slipped away too fast this year. 
People around the globe do get quite excited about the change to Autumn, but I have to say, I find it all a bit wet and cold and not that great.  
Winter is one of my favourite times of year, with its blue skies, and frost and snow and glittery starry skies, and of course Christmas and my birthday in December. I can welcome Autumn as a stepping stone to Winter I guess, and the kids have a lot of fun in Autumn with leaves and chestnuts and pine cones, and brambles and pumpkins and bonfires, and I wouldn't deny them that.

Genesis 8:22

22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

P.S The Rainbow necklace was from HERE

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Yarn Along

have been really rough this week, and I have not had much knitting/crochet or reading time (or blogging time). 
Since Oscar was born in 2009 I have had migraine attacks for the first time in my life. For anyone interested I did try for an epidural during labour and although they tried for 2 hours to get it sited they did not manage. I was unaware of being black and blue all over my back (I was slightly distracted by other 'pains'), but I was aware of my legs twitching when they were hitting nerves and at one point the epidural procedure pain being much worse than the contractions. Click Here For Other's Opinion On This

With the exception of the Rescue Remedy, these are all used to treat migraines and I am feeling a bit like a human test subject, but to be honest, they have gotten so bad I will try almost anything for some relief.

Anyway, on to the Yarn Along


All I have managed this week are hats for premature and very premature babies. My church group is working on a service project for my local hospital and I am so glad to be able to contribute in this way. There are many many free resources for premature baby clothes if you want to make these yourself.


Like I said, there has not been much reading going on, with the exception of my scriptures, so I thought I would share one of my favourite scriptures this week.

Colossians 1:15-17

15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Hopefully I will get these migraines under control and be back to normal soon.

Joining in with GINNY and friends for Yarn Along

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Yarn Along - Back To School


This is a school hat for Oscar knitted in an inexpensive wool and acrylic blend because lets be honest, it will probably get lost or trampled on at school. The pattern is The Snappy Hat pattern, possibly the easiest cable knit hat pattern ever invented. Oscar's started school today, but I am hoping he won't be needing a woolly hat for a few weeks at least. His school colours are red and grey (see tomorrows post for cutest school pictures ever), hence the colours of wool. I should have enough for a scarf and mittens, as requested by the boy himself.


Ok, so a lot of this is not exactly compatible with my Christian Faith, however, I believe Ms Moran is right when she says most of us are feminists taking advantage of the basic rights we have, which were hard won by previous generations. Despite the bedroom talk and frequent swear words, I can't help but like a lot of what she has to say. If you want to get the tone of the book, I would recommend this video first.

*** UPDATE ***
Reading further in to this book, I have decided I don't really like it.
I feel that although some of the issues of basic feminist principles are good, the book is written in such a way to simply sell. £££
I would avoid this if you are a practising Christian.(like myself)

Joining in with GINNY and friends for Yarn Along

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A Creative Need

cheese on toast

I have a definite need to be creative on a daily basis. My fall back on creative slump days has for a long while been a bit of creative cooking, but sometimes even that does not happen, and Duncan and I end up eating only a little more than cheese on toast for dinner.

craft table

Oscar still loves crafting but now that he is a bit older there are other things which occupy his mind (dare I say it, Minecraft).

Homemade Book

I  buy plenty of craft and cookery books though, because along with Blogs they serve to inspire me.

Knitting is on going, and that really is a comfort fall back. I have 2 knitting projects on pins and 2 crochet projects on pin, and these 4 are not counting the jumble of half finished projects destined to be frogged.

Today I managed pancakes, blueberries and sour cream for breakfast, I would call that a creative triumph so early in the day. I am not sure where spag bol for dinner lies on the creativity scale though because I can probably make that in my sleep.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Loom Bands - It Could Be Worse

loom bands craze

As far as fads for the 5 to 15 year old bracket goes, this one is not so bad. Granted they get every where, and with a new puppy in the house they have presented themselves as a choking hazard, but, at least they are fairly pretty and fall under the old fashioned craft bracket.

All of the shops where we live have signs in the windows saying 'Loom Bands On Sale Here' and so it does make it hard to say no to them, and it appears that one can never have to many. However, I can see the appeal, especially since Oscar at age 5 can make them himself without help, and he is most definitely one of these children who like to have active hands. Speaking as a Mama who knits and crochets I can totally understand the comforting feeling of making something with my own hands and so for that reason I am actively encouraging this. I know most parents are thrilled when something physical cuts in to screen time in their homes and so I suspect this has been in part the reason this current trend has swept the country.

loom band craze

Mama's HAVE to wear them too, its the law.

loom band craze

Friday, 15 August 2014

The Little Scottish Castle

15th century Scottish Castle

I have mentioned before that we are very lucky with our geographical location. Not only do we have plenty of shops, banks, cafĂ©'s, restaurants, a library, a great school, several parks, a nature reserve and a beach all within a 10 minute radius from our cottage, we also have a 15th century castle perched at the end of our street. 

15th century Scottish Castle

Oscar has been down there a lot lately when we have been walking the dog. Its quite special to have a castle to play in as the norm. I guess we need some perks for living in one of the wettest places in the UK.

15th century Scottish Castle

The view from the castle in none to shabby either.
Have A Great Weekend.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Yarn Along, Art Journal, And Granny Blanket


I am still making a big monochrome blanket for our winter bed. I chose black and white because I 99% have white bedding and the headboard is black velvet. you can't see it from the picture, but the white is sparkly ( 3 for £2 from Poundland). I am going to love this blanket. I have a blue and green one in the lounge and I love that. I want to make this as big as possible, I can see me adding rows to it whilst in bed snuggled beneath it, sipping hot chocolate and watching TV, on the long winter nights.


This book is great, the sketches alone make it worthwhile, but it is really geared to motivate and push you into actually working. I have been working in my sketchbook every day since it arrived, so I can say it is living up to its promise.

It looks like I may have some illustration projects coming up, so I really needed to give myself a push. Oscar has been joining in with me, and I cant tell you how awesome that feels, to sketch together.

Joining in with GINNY and friends for Yarn Along