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52 Lists ~ List the Good things you have done this week.

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Racking my brains to think of the good things I have done recently reminded me of an episode in Friends where Joey challenges Phoebe to perform a truelly selfless act. By the end of the show she realises its impossible as the warm fuzzy feeling she gets for doing a good deed is not selfless at all. Aw I miss Friends. Anyway I did find a few good things to list. And I admit they made me feel good doing them. πŸ˜€

~ Ironed a big pile of clothes for a friend.
~ Resisted the ‘naughty but nice ‘ puddings in the works canteen.
~ Offered to host a greetings card party for my sister as she has a new job selling them.
~ Agreed to feed a friends cats for them while theyre on hols. Purrleasure. πŸ™‚

Bye for now.x

Food for thought evening…

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To raise money to send two scouts, Tom and Charlie , to the 23rd World scout Jamboree in Japan next year, St Pauls Church in Clitheroe held a fund raising evening on saturday night. As the footy was on later I thought it would be a good way of getting the girls ( and their little girls πŸ™‚ ) together for a few drinks and some family fun.

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The evening consisted of a delicious vegetarian two course meal that my friend Janet thought up and cooked, as well as children’s games, a tombola, live music, a quiz and an auction of some amazing looking prize hampers.

The food I must say was absolutely yummy. Compliments to the chefs! Although I’m not a vegetarian I love veggie food and the menu did not disappoint. πŸ™‚

Clear Japanese vegetable soup.
Clear Japanese vegetable soup.
Spinach and lentil hot pot.
Spinach and lentil hot pot.
The kids enjoyed veggie hot dogs,pretzels, veggies and dips.
The kids enjoyed veggie hot dogs,pretzels, veggies and dips.
Wild flower display.
Wild flower display.
chestnut,mushroom & tarragon puff with salad and potatoes.
chestnut,mushroom & tarragon puff with salad and potatoes.

St Pauls was decorated with some home made red, white and blue bunting and I loved the pretty wild flowers in jars that adorned all the tables. And check out some of the hampers that were auctioned off on the night.

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Hmmm our table did look a bit boozy!
Hmmm our table did look a bit boozy!
Strawberries, meringue and cream. Mmmmmm. :)
Strawberries, meringue and cream. Mmmmmm. πŸ™‚

Bronte colouring in the Pirate Treasure Game.
Bronte colouring in the Pirate Treasure Game.

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Cheezy Grins. πŸ™‚

All in all we had a fab evening and I think the scouts must have raised nearly all their target, thanks to some very generous people and a very persuasive auctioneer. πŸ™‚

Farewell my little friend. ^^

Its been a sad few days in our household. We have lost our sweet diminutive very vocal little catΒ  Tibbs to old age. For such a minute moggie ( everyone always thought she was a kitten because of her small stature) she had a big character.Always a noisy girl she had the loudest meow and a purr that resembled a motorbike. When she wasn’t scaling high walls and house roofs like a cat burglar keeping an eye out for other kittys food to snaffle , she was making herself comfy in my lap and gazing up at me with those huge adorable Puss In Boots eyes. She was so sprightly, constantly under our feet, and quite often recieving black looks from the dog when she successfully dodged his failed attempts to herd her out of the kitchen. No place was considered out of bounds for Tibbs.She loved burrowing herself deep under the duvet in the bedroom or any box or bag hanging around was of course a ready made bed put there just for her………

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Hope you are in Moggie heaven now Mrs Tibbs. I still can’t quite believe your gone. Miss you so much my little friend. Xx

Ginger Margarita.

Sitting outside in the sun at a friends yesterday we decided the occasion needed a little something refreshing to sip. πŸ™‚

We found a classic Margarita recipe
( makes 8 ).

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Two cups of Tequila.
One cup Contreau.
One small bottle of lime juice.
Ice Cubes.
Three limes chopped into chunks.
Juice of one lemon.
Salt.

We added a medium sized bottle of Ginger beer. This made the Margarita mixture a little easier to drink……and we enjoyed the Ginger Twist.:-D

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Mix together all the liquids in a big jug ~ tequila,contreau,lime juice,gingerbeer.

Add lime chunks and lots of Ice cubes.

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Frost the rims of the glasses with salt by simply dipping the top of each glass in lemon juice then salt.pat off the excess salt.

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Enjoy outside in the sunshine. x

The Greatest Compliment.

The greatest compliment anyone has ever paid me has to be…………asking me to be a god parent. πŸ™‚

I am fortunate enough to be god mother to four beautiful girls. I’m not a maternal person and have never wanted children of my own so I feel very lucky to be complimented in this way. My eldest god daughter Mady is almost sixteen now and my youngest Bronte is nearly two. Lydia is three and Imogen (who is also my niece) is three in July.

Imogen last year.
Imogen last year.

Arwen,Mady and I back in 2008.
Arwen,Mady and I back in 2008.

Lydia and Bronte.
Lydia and Bronte.

I am very honored to have been chosen as god mother to such lovely girls. What an amazing Compliment!

This post represents day 23 in the Blog Every Day In May challenge.

Good Traditions.

Today’s topic on the Blog Every day in May challenge is all about traditions!

To be honest I don’t have many of my own traditions.Perhaps I need to make some. Meanwhile I have often gatecrashed other peoples traditions. πŸ™‚

One of the nicest ones was egg rolling down Pendle Hill. Quite a few Easters ago a few of us walked to the top of our local mountain. Ok it is actually a hill. All hills seem like mountains to me.:)
We took with us a picnic….and some hard boiled eggs we had decorated with felt pens.Once we got to the top we ate our sandwiches and attempted to roll our eggs down the slope. As I recall mine didn’t get very far! The tradition of rolling Easter eggs is meant to be symbolic of the rolling away of the rocks from Jesus’s tomb.

Jo and I nearing  the top of Pendle Hill.
Jo and I nearing the top of Pendle Hill.

Suranjan and I with our decorated eggs.
Suranjan and I with our decorated eggs.

Another Easter custom I have joined in with is our friend Darrell’s Good Friday walk.This one doesn’t have any religious significance. His family have simply planned a long walk every Good Friday for years and years.Over time more and more of their friends have joined them.Often with dogs.And now the walks have been adapted to include prams and push chairs.Its a great family tradition. πŸ™‚

The Good Friday walk usually includes a stop off at a beer garden. :)
The Good Friday walk usually includes a stop off at a beer garden. πŸ™‚

Ooooh I do recall a tradition I myself like to keep up with.When we go away I always like to buy a Christmas decoration to bring back for the tree. This can be a challenge in the middle of summer. But I usually spot something.In fact on holiday in Sorrento, Italy there was a shop devoted to Christmas, in the middle of July. So I came home with some bright Bon Natalie Bells. I also ask my friends to keep a look out.

What traditions do you like to follow? X

Friends Forever.

Today’s Blog Every Day in May challenge is about Best Friends.I definitely know I am very lucky to have some great friends.They have been there for me through amazing happy times and helped me out emotionally and practically through some dark times.I am blessed indeed. It wasn’t always the case.Years ago at the end of a seven year relationship I found myself feeling distraught,lacking in confidence and well pretty alone actually.It was my all my own fault.Through our relationship I had let all my friendships slide.I hadn’t bothered to cultivate any new ones. I had simply invested all my time in my other half.Which looking back was incredibly unhealthy .My only excuse is that I was young and stupid. As lovely as my family were at this time, they lived miles away and after visiting them for a couple of weeks I found myself back home alone in an empty house surrounded by memories.( sob sob). I did feel rather sorry for myself 😦

Embarassingly, (though actually luckily) my sister Yvonne had informed her best mate Becky about my predicament. She actually told her to befriend me because ” My sister has No Friends of her own “, Cringe! Cringe! Becky though seemed only to happy to take me under her wing. She forced me to start eating again ( break up diets are the best way to lose weight ,mind),tried to teach me to cook and failing that made me loads of freezer meals, listened to my tearful outpourings about my ex( even at god knows what time in the morning ),took me out and about,introduced me to new people,helped me with a post break up makeover and generally helped me regain my confidence so I could get out there again and make new friends and loved ones.Becky is still there for me today.She is absolutely my greatest friend and Yvonne’s too.I have my sister to thank for that. πŸ™‚

My sister, me and our best mate becky.
My sister, me and our best mate becky.

Over the years I have made sure I have made time for the friends I got back in touch with and the new friends I am lucky enough to have made. Friendship is such an important gift and cannot be taken for granted.

Andy,Anne ,me,Suranjan and Fi at our friend Jo's wedding.
Andy,Anne ,me,Suranjan and Fi at our friend Jo’s wedding.

Tonight will be all the more poignant as we will be out celebrating the life of one of our good friends, Andy who died a year ago from cancer.Andy was one of those happy go lucky individuals who would do anything for anyone. I remember meeting him when I was doing bar work and he was always giving me massive tips ( which I kept giving him back in his change ;0) and he soon became part of a group of mates that I was fortunate enough to have found. I think tonight will be a very good do indeed.:)

A December Wknd.

Well it has been a cold clear and frosty wknd.Quite a change from the usual grey and drizzle.I have enjoyed spending time with friends and even finished my Christmas shopping.Sorted πŸ™‚

On saturday i went to lunch with the girls.One of my friends is getting married in May so we had a good gossip about that.

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We had lunch in the Emorium.Love these glittery disco ball stylie lights.

We had a good look round the shops and enjoyed the festive displays.

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And look how blue the sky has been in Clitheroe!

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Library clock and Blue Blue Sky

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We had fun trying on fascinaters in one of the local shops and went for a brew in my fave tearoom Callooh! Callay!

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In the evening I did a mini craft fair in a nearby village then my boyfriend Wil and I met up with some of Wils family and had a few drinks in the pubs.I had lots of mulled wine.:)

Today has been more lazy.Ive spied a few cheeky animals though.

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A cheeky squirrel.
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Love these Llamas!

How have you spent your weekend? x