Paper-cutting that is. I really enjoyed this one. I love to get to grips with my scalpel. I’ve made a header for my friend The Glutton’s blog. To celebrate, she is giving away one of my Aw Go On… posters. All you need to do is leave a comment on the blog. Today is the last day for entries.
Hello and Happy 2012! Hope you had a wonderful festive season, whatever you were celebrating.
We went the whole hog when decorating this year as we had our lovely niece and nephew here with us and their mother, Al’s sister Samantha of course. The place looks so bare without the twinkly lights and decorations now we’ve taken them down.
So that I can remember where everything goes to get the same effect next year, I’ve taken some photos of our sitting room. You can click to enlarge:
It’s been a different kind of Christmas this year. Normally it’s just Al and I and my parents. This year we have Al’s sister Samantha and her two children, our nephew and niece, Tyler and Marci here. We were nervous about having children around but it was wonderful to have them here. They made our Christmas really special. There were a lot more presents under the tree this year and Santa and his reindeer got a warmer welcome than normal.
Here they are full of sweets and gingerbread:
Here they are on Christmas day, utterly exhausted after all of the excitement:
My mother the carrot she grew. She is the very proud winner of a first prize rosette at the Achill Sheep Show last weekend.
The Amsterdam girls are heading home soon. That means it’s the end of the Summer. Trudi will be bereft without them. So will I. It’s been wonderful having them here. They were so kind to house-sit for us too.
We’re in France. Our lovely friends Harry & Kate are letting us use their house in Pons for 2 weeks. We’ve brought my parents with us. Today is their 50th wedding anniversary. 50 years! That’s really something isn’t it? Meanwhile the Amsterdam girls are living in our house, looking after (spoiling) Trudi and the hens. Al’s been blogging about our trip here.
Every year I ask Al what he would like for his special birthday dinner and every year he says, steak pie! He has simple tastes (just as well).
Our wonderful friend and fantastic photographer Profoundly Superficial has a new web site. Al did all the hard techie work and I did the design/logo. The wonderful photographs are all down to the extremely talented Profoundly Superficial though. She’s not just a photographer either, she’s a traveler, translator, cat lover, filmmaker, Polranny Pirate and all round glamour-puss!
Her blog can be found here.
My poor Al was taken into hospital last week. He gave me quite a shock at the time. Now we know he has gallstones and although his gallbladder will probably be taken out in a month or two, he’s back home and feeling much better.
Al’s very attached to his iphone, he managed to find the strength to tweet from A&E and even from a trolley in the triage area when he was in great pain. This meant that more people than usual were aware of the problem.
Once Al was being treated with heavy duty drugs, he was far too groggy to tweet. There were so many emails and Facebook messages to reply to on my return from the hospital and I felt I had to do what I could to keep people up to date.
The easiest way to do this was to use Twitter as my tweets also automatically appear on Facebook as status updates. Tweeters tend to tweet regularly, but usually Facebook updates are daily, if that. I see tweets therefore as much more disposable and sometimes I may just tweet what’s in my head.
Last Tuesday evening, following my tweet about Al’s ultrasound confirming that he did indeed have gallstones, I tweeted my friend’s ultrasound joke. The one I failed to ‘get’ last week. I said:
“who’s the nicest bloke in the hospital? The ultra-sound guy“.
Within minutes a great friend of mine in Manchester commented on my Facebook status:
“does that mean….little feet?????”
I had to tell him that no, there would be no little Als or Janes.