Saturday, 4 August 2018

French Fry

Thank you all so much for the lovely messages you left about our beloved Malcolmcat.
Blogland is full of such supportive friends and each comment was so very much appreciated.

It really is about time I did this post about the week leading up to my birthday and the final daily round of daily activities.

Friday 13th July was French Fry Day and I went for (slightly) healthier option and had a bag of these with my lunch rather than skipping along to the nearest takeaway and snaffling my way through a portion of deep fried fries!

Sunday 15th was another weird and wonderful day. Who would have ever thought there'd be a Gummi Worm Day.
From Pinterest I found instructions for making 'dirt cups', which is just Angel Delight and crushed Oreos layered in a glass dish. Jelly worms were added to look like they were slithering out of the earth.

For Ginger Rogers' birthday on 16th July G and I watched Shall We Dance. The story line was ridiculously flimsy but the dancing was sublime, especially this roller skating scene.

Next up are three food based days. Tuesday 17th was Peach Ice Cream day. I made some ice cream and up until now I had completely forgotten it's the in freezer what with everything that's been going on. I guess we should try some soon!
Wednesday 18th was Hot Dog Day so this meant there was only one choice for our evening meal. 
Thursday 19th was Ice Cream Day. I knew what I wanted to do for this day and because I didn't want to run the risk of it being a cloud free day I made sure I got some photos a little ahead of time.
G and I were very pleased with our efforts.

The day before my birthday I had intended to mark by jumping.
I knew there had been a photographer called Phillippe Halsman who at the end of photography sessions would ask his subjects to jump and he would snap them as they did so.
He believed this act would reveal more of the genuine character of a person than the polished and styled one they may want to project to the public.
I think this is such an interesting idea.
I may not have found the time to physically jump but I spent all day metaphorically jumping for joy at all the surprises my work colleagues laid on for me.
I arrived at work to be greeted by colleagues singing Happy Birthday and my desk covered in banners and primary coloured paper decorations, cards and presents.
As the time ticked round to lunchtime they surprised me further when a table full of food suddenly appeared and we all enjoyed a buffet of party food. 
One of my colleagues is an extremely talented cake maker and she made me this vanilla sponge cake. I told her it was the prettiest cake anyone has ever made me ever.
What a lovely lot of colleagues I have.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018


Last week we had to say goodbye to our beloved Malcolm.
He wasn't at all well during Sunday night and G took him to the vets first thing Monday morning.
He had blood tests. They thought it may be his thyroid but that came back all clear.
Could be the start of an infection they said.
They also mentioned a possible issue with his heart.
He had a injection.
He was not himself Monday or Tuesday.
Wednesday he seemed a little better and ate breakfast which something more like his usual enthusiasm for food.
But Thursday he took a turn for the worse and we needed an emergency appointment at the vets.
S decided she wanted to come with me and I prepared her as best I could for what was likely to happen. She was incredibly brave.
I held Malcolm close and talked to him as he went to asleep and we were given a few minutes alone with him afterwards.
Loving them as much as we do we make that decision because we can't let them suffer and that's the thing you have to keep reminding yourself when you are missing them so very much.

Thursday, 12 July 2018


Now you know that I don't need much of an excuse for a picnic, especially as we've been having perfect picnic weather.
As there wasn't time on Tuesday to go out somewhere and eat we ate our picnic indoors instead.
The reason we couldn't have a lazy picnic in the park was because we were going to our last therapy appointment.
As a family we have gained so much from these sessions and S in particular has learned a great deal.
It's been a very enriching experience and I'm heartily glad we did it together.

Wednesday 11th 1960 was the date To Kill A Mickingbird was first published.
G has read the book and it's sat on our bookshelves for a couple of years waiting for me to pick it up and read it too.
So yesterday I made a start, when I just couldn't bear watching anymore of the England football semi final.

Back in the early 1990s I worked for the china specialists Wedgwood. I loved selling such beautiful items, although I didn't enjoy constantly dusting the shelf displays.
I can't quite remember what the occasion was but the company gave each member of staff a piece of Jasper jewellery as a thank you gift.
The firm's founder Josiah Wedgwood  was born on 12th July and so today I wore the necklace I had been given.

However there is another occasion on 12th July which is closer to home and much more important, our 21st wedding anniversary.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Pucker Up

6th July was Kissing Day so S and I started off the day with a bit of sweet silliness with these cherry jelly sweets.

Macaroni Day on Saturday was marked on Thursday instead when S wolfed down a dish macaroni cheese. She was more than happy to do that as it's one of her favourite things to eat.

Staying with food for Sunday.
8th July was Kevin Bacon's birthday.
I have enjoyed many of his movies, but honestly those phone ads are just dreadful.
Anyway lunch in the garden included a handful of bacon crisps and crispy bacon and maple syrup popcorn was sampled whilst watching Poldark. 

Today is Barbara Cartland's birthday. My plan had been to wear a pink outfit as it was Ms Cartland's trademark colour.
But I am admitting defeat due to the weather. I don't have many pink items in my wardrobe and the ones I was planning to wear would have just made me feel too darn hot so instead later on this evening when I sit down to relax with a cuppa I'll nibble on a pink fancy.

Thursday, 5 July 2018


Bikini Day on 5th July is being marked with the consumption of these itsy bitsy teeny weeny sugar sprinkled biscuit bikini tops which S and I made together.
The inspiration came from this pin. How clever of someone to have seen a heart shaped cookie cutter and think 'I know what I can make with that'.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

4th July

Some dates the choice of occasion to go for is obvious.
For 4th July it had to be American Independence Day.
Red, white and blue, stars and stripes.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

One, Two, Three

Sunday 1st July was Build A Scarecrow Day and I took inspiration from Worzel Gummidge, the greatest scarecrow of them all, and enjoyed a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

A few weeks back I bought a new diary and spent a little time on I Forgot Day to write in all the birthdays and other such important dates which I don't want to forget!

Once home from work today I settled down on the sofa for a spot of tennis watching. A cuppa in one hand and a Chocolate Wafer in the other.