Something lovely for me!

OrchidGuess what just arrived for me?  Ok, so the picture is a bit of a clue!  It’s a beautiful Orchid and it’s just for me!  The note says ‘for my wee painter’!  Aw… so my hubby really appreciates my work on the nursery shelves!  Completely unprompted flowers though – that’s a result!

I’m very chuffed!  Can you tell?

Not going to write any more other than to say I’ve just joined twitter!  So please follow me!  I’m off to have a look at what’s going on over there now!


Home Sweet Home

This week the theme for The Gallery is ‘Home‘.  There are lots of things that make a house a home, be it the photos on the wall, the things we have brought home from holidays or special pieces of furnishings we have found.  Sometimes the toys lying around are what makes this house a home, or the kitchen complete with the aroma of something tasty cooking.  So what would I choose for this weeks Gallery topic of ‘Home’.

The Gallery - Home - My BedroomSpoiled for choice, I have opted for my bedroom.  When I”m out and I say “I can’t wait to get home”, or when I’ve been away and return saying “It’s good to be home” then often the home I mean is my own bed, fresh sheets, soft lighting, a good book… and of course the baby monitor on my bedside table to help me ensure that my wee one is enjoying her own bed too!

To see more entries please visit Sticky Fingers The Gallery: Home page!

Upstairs, Downstairs, DIY!

This post lacks focus – there are so many different things I want to say that I should probably split it into several posts, but I don’t want to!  I want it to be one post and I want it to be quite brief (because I have a short attention span, and am a bit pressed for time this week too!)

Nursery ShelvesSo, my wee ones nursery used to have two completely pointless cupboards in it – so narrow they weren’t any good at all!  They also had dark wooden doors that I felt darkened the room.  I took the decision to remove the doors and put shelves in!  As you can see from the photo the final result is great (well, I think it is!)  I now have 6 shelves where each cupboard was, and can put things for my wee one to play with on the lower shelves, while keeping things safely out of reach higher up.  I got a joiner to help put the shelves in but I did all the filling in of dodgy walls & painting myself and am quite proud of the final result!

Now, during the decorating period we moved her upstairs (we sleep downstairs) as I mentioned in a previous post.  I’ve always thought that when she is older we will move her upstairs, but have been a bit nervous about it when our room is downstairs.  I remember when we bought the house somebody saying that it was better to sleep on the same level as your wee ones and that we might find it a bit problematic that our bedrooms are split between downstairs and upstairs.  So I find myself in a bit of a quandary…

But… while she was upstairs I loved it!  She is a light sleeper and so she often wakes in the evening – but the whole time she was upstairs she slept all night long and there were no worries about her waking – we could stomp about as much as we wanted downstairs!  So rather than being excited about moving her back down into her newly decorated nursery, I do so with trepidation that I’m in for more tip-toeing around and worrying about waking her up!

Is this Autumn?

Summer was a bit of a wipe-out here in North East Scotland; other than a day here or there my shorts were rarely out.  On one of the very few occasions that I ventured out without my buggy rain cover I ended up having to shelter under a bridge for ages and then run home with a soaking baby!

Autumn Leaves - Boston IvyToday, for the second day in a row I woke up to beautiful sunshine.  The colours in the garden are starting to turn autumnal (see our fabulous Boston Ivy in this photo!) so I am thinking that it’s worth giving up on summer and hoping for a nice mild autumn.

Autumn has several advantages over summer anyway – you don’t have to worry about sun-cream quite as much, the colours are fantastic, there are conkers (can’t wait for my wee one to be old enough to play with them!) and I love the sound of the leaves on the ground as I walk through them!  Ok I’m sounding like a bit of a child with those last two – but then I am a bit of a child at heart.

It did make me think about how much the weather can affect our mood though. The minute I saw the sun was out I definitely felt happier.  I had a spring in my step as I could push the pram up to our Jo Jingles class, and enjoyed walking to the post office on the way back – no need for wrapping up in lots of clothes, bundling the wee one in and out of the car, finding parking spaces, and running for cover between shops!

Guilty Pleasures – but why?

The Gallery - Guilty PleasuresI thought I’d photograph three guilty pleasures in one go for this week’s entry to ‘The Gallery‘, but then it got me thinking… Why are these guilty pleasures?  Is there anything wrong with the fact that I like to sit down with some biscuits in front of Neighbours to do some blogging each lunchtime?

The obvious answer is ‘No’.  There is no reason why I shouldn’t sit down for half an hour of Aussie soap and enjoy surfing the net with a few biccies at the same time.

However, that doesn’t stop me feeling guilty.

It’s one of the main things I debate as a stay-at-home Mum – when am I allowed to relax?  I can’t really explain why I feel this way, but I feel like I should always be ‘working’, I find it really hard to sit down during the day.  Of course there are always things to do – washing, ironing, preparing tea, cleaning, organising, making party invitations (eek still haven’t done that one!) – no end of things I can do while my wee one is napping.  I feel I should be taking the opportunity while she is asleep to get on with it so that I can give her my full attention when she is awake.

But I know too that there is nothing wrong with sitting down and putting my feet up for half an hour… or more!  In fact I’m doing it right now, and when I stop over-thinking it, it feels great!

Pop over to The Gallery: Guilty Pleasures to see the other entries this week!

Baby Furniture Removals!

Kitchen Re-arrangedDoes anyone need some furniture re-arranged?  At the moment my wee one is specialising in this area and she is available to rent!  It’s great, your room gets a whole new look, and it tires her out nicely so she sleeps well!

We’ve had coffee tables in all sorts of positions, and today she decided to try and move all the kitchen chairs into the dining room! Unfortunately she found the table too tricky to move – didn’t stop her trying though!

Soap: how much?!

Today I finally made it out of the house to go and do some shopping!  Grandma kindly took over babysitting / nurse duties for the wee one, who I’m glad to report is now much better!

Perhaps I was taking my time too much before I even noticed this, but I was astounded as I looked at the soap aisle!  I’ve always used Imperial Leather – we were brought up using it and it’s one of those things that I’ve never even bothered to try other soaps – there’s no choice – it’s got to be Imperial Leather!  In fact, my Mum reminds me that I once commented how amazing it was that no matter where we went on holiday the hotels always used Imperial Leather soap.  This caused no end of amusement as I hadn’t realised my parents took a bar with them wherever we went!  (Perhaps they didn’t trust foreign soap supplied in hotels – oddly though, it’s a trend I’ve continued!)

So to my point – note the picture below:Imperial Leather 

One bar of soap is 68p
Two bars of soap are £1.28; so 64p per bar
Four bars of soap are £1.46; only 36.5p per bar

Now I’ve heard of economies of scale, but really, how is it possible that four bars of soap cost only 18p more than two bars?!