Month: January 2013

Photo a day – day twenty two to twenty eight

Here we go with week four.

A few details – self-portrait on our walk, vegetable risotto, the bus, playing in the snow, blue sky and deep snow, the first seeds sown indoors, new glasses for me.

Pooch in training

All dogs have their little foibles right? Like chasing cats or jumping up at strangers in the park eating chewing gum off the street or barking their heads off at squirrels.

So you would think that if I’d taken it upon myself to train this little pup one of those annoying traits would be high on the training agenda.

You would be wrong.

Let me tell you a story. On a morning when my dearest husband comes down stairs he whistles a little tune. It’s a good morning I’m here sort of tune. I know he’s got a big head that husband of mine. Anyway, over time at the very first whistled note of the morning tune Buddy starts wagging his tail. He may be curled up in front of the fire or suctioned onto the radiator it wouldn’t matter. The very sound of that song gets his tail a-wagging. It is literally Pavlov’s conditioning of dogs!

And while Buddy is greeting Gavin with a tail wag and a slobbery kiss I sit chuntering at the unfairness of that dogs love. But yesterday I had a brain wave.

I need a song!

And I thought I would get him interested in a few treats while singing the song.

Okay, he took no notice and just ate the treat. Let’s try it again.

Right he’s listening to me. Good.

Yes, he’s more interested in me than the treat. Wonderful.

Uh oh. I think he’s fed up of waiting. And my singing…

Mmm… Nice treat then, what about the Pavlov conditioning? Are you now ready to greet me with the same adoring affection as you greet Gav?

Ah. I see. Back to the drawing board.

Layout challenges

I have been inspired this week by Shimelle and her glittery friend.

Here’s what I’ve made.

The above was my take on this sketch.

And this.

Was in response to this sketch.

And this one was a challenge set over here.

I saw the photo above and automatically thought about the road stretching into the distance not the amazing view!

Love being inspired.

Read 2013 – January

I am not setting myself a goal this year instead I am going to read what I enjoy, a couple from the list and just let it be this year. It isn’t that I don’t enjoy a challenge, I do. But I have failed in my last two attempts so thought I’d change it up this year.

One book a month would be nice and I finished this one the other day.

I have enjoyed all the Sookie Stackhouse novels and this was no different although I have to admit I’m an Eric fan so not sure I like where it seems to be headed. But I’ll have to wait till April for the next one.

Project Life – completing 2012

As set out in my January goals I wanted to complete the remaining weeks from last years Project Life album. It took a while. But sometimes these things do.

I didn’t realise I had quite so many weeks to share……

As I was doing December Daily the recording in this album wasn’t as detailed as usual. I printed a 12 x 12 photo for one of the weeks. I had seen it done a few times and loved the results.

Love that it is complete and love so many pages from last year.

I will be continuing with this way of memory keeping in 2013 I know I’m behind already!

But I love being able to keep all those bits and pieces of ephemera in one place and the concept of ongoing storytelling. I could do with figuring out a way to keep up with the album each week but maybe I never will because that’s just who I am, always catching up.

; )


Project Life is a memory keeping system developed by Becky Higgins. If you want to find out more go here.

Photo a Day – day fifteen to twenty one

Week three.


A few details -what we are reading right now,  Bud with his stick,  early morning kitchen,  my tatty snowy boots,  adorable niece enjoying the snow,  a loaf of sour dough bread,  snow on the apple trees.

Layout Share – January

It was on my list for the month and happily I have been in the mood to scrap so have made quite a few layouts. Here are two of them.

Love these little reminders of our California trip.

It did happen

Hooray they forecast it right.

Happy happy happy we had snow. Not much but it was good. And it wasn’t only me pleased about a few flakes of white stuff.

Although he doesn’t look too happy here…

Maybe because we were on our way home from the park.

There is more forecast too……

On days like these

You need this

And this

It was -3.7 when I woke up this morning. We have freezing fog out there again and I am so excited that they are forecasting significant snowfall tomorrow. And even though I know it won’t happen I’m still giddy it that might.

Photo a Day – day eight to fourteen

Here are the photos from week two.

There we have it.


A few details – a pretty Mahonia in the garden, getting ice cream with my sister and niece when we went to see the Silver Linings Playbook, the muesli, the cute Bud, some garden architecture, wallflower about to bloom in January and the very next day the snow.