Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Fresh Snowfall, Feeling Calm & A Happy Furbaby...

Hi Honeys,
We had a fresh fall of snow yesterday and it was so beautiful I wanted to capture it before the never far away rain arrived and washed it all away.

So, I grabbed my camera and out into the garden I went with our furbaby Jade...

Fresh snowfall, a serene garden and a very happy furbaby

I do adore our little garden.  I still miss our gorgeous sycamore trees since the local council cut them all back.  They hid the view of that large ugly metal fence in the lane behind our garden, but more than that honeys they gave our beloved garden the feel of a secluded little space where I could escape the world when life got overwhelming.

In the Spring we're hoping, when the always unpredictable weather allows of course, to create a little seating area.  We were hoping to do it last year but with what must have been one of the wettest years ever it just wasn't possible.

Do you remember the beautiful bench Hubby bought for me a while ago?  Almost two years ago in fact.  It's still in it's box waiting to be assembled and take pride of place in the garden.  I can't believe the weather has been so dreadful for so long.  Maybe this year we'll be surprised by mother nature with an actual summer 😊

Rose bench - A gift from Hubby and soon to be part of our little garden seating area.

As you can see, it has a wrought iron fretwork design of roses on the back rest. I can't wait to see it as the centre piece of our little seating area and to be able to sit out in the garden, watching lots of lovely laundry floating around in the breeze 😊

For now though, we have snow and, as I said, I wanted to capture how beautiful the garden looked before our almost inevitable rainy lead up to Spring begins.  Let's have a look shall we?

Friday, 19 January 2018

Spring Is Coming! Peonies Have Appeared...

Hi Honeys
I'm so happy I could just burst!! Having opened the back door to let our furbaby Jade out into the garden to see if her squirrel friends are about (like the ducks on the canal she loves to visit, she adores the squirrels but they don't ever want to play with her bless them) well standing at the back door I noticed something...

I'm so happy I could burst honeys! Our peonies have started to shoot, maybe Spring is on her way after all :)

I then wandered over to the huge pot our much loved peonies grow in to see if I was actually seeing what I thought I was seeing and.....

Our much loved peonies begin to push their way through the earth in spite of the frost, snow and ice...

It's true! I did spot tiny, precious shoots fighting their way through the soil looking for sunlight!  This is wonderful honeys! I always judge how close spring is by our beloved peonies appearance each year.

Part of my brain tells me that, according to the calendar at least, we have a little over nine weeks till the clocks roll forward and we welcome Spring, and as much as I look forward every year to losing that hour.... don't judge me honeys.  I'm awake before the birds are every day so an extra hour in bed is just an extra hour for me to wait till anyone else wakes up to keep me company 😊

Well, anyway, as I was saying 😊 as much as I look forward to losing that extra hour (I don't mind the hour itself, more time for me to read or do a puzzle in the morning but it can be lonely) well it takes us closer to spring you see.  I am so not a winter person. Spring is my release from the cold and the long, dark days that seem to drag on forever.

I'm reminded of the wonderful Harry Secombe singing "If I ruled the world, every day would be the first day of spring"  and I wholeheartedly agree 😊  Such a beautiful song with wonderful lyrics πŸ’–

So now that the peonies have begun to grow it'll be no time really until they look their gorgeous self and make me smile every single time I open our back door...
 
Beautiful Peonies in Bloom

What's making you smile today honeys?  Are you looking forward to spring as much as I am?  I've just glanced out of the living room window and the snow is coming down heavily again.  I have to leave for work in around half an hour too, time to get all bundled up warmly 😊

Stay warm and safe dear ones, till next time, huggles always xx

Thursday, 18 January 2018

I'm Back! Snow, Rainbows & Praying For Spring...

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products, but have included links for a product that's helped me during the current snow & ice in case it can help other fellow spoonies too. Stay warm and safe honeys x

Hi Honeys
Happy new year dear ones πŸ’‹ I hope you had a great time over the holidays and that your 2018 is off to a fabulous start already. 

I'm back! catching up and looking forward to a better year honeys.

I'm so sorry I've been missing for so long honeys.   Last year for me will go down in memory as the year the battle against my various health issues (almost) became too much.  They nearly beat me, a few times if I'm honest, and I hate that. This might be a long post so it might be worth fetching a coffee and maybe a cookie.. I'll meet you back here in a few minutes....

Thursday, 14 December 2017

It's Here! What's Inside The Soap And Glory Spa Of Wonder Gift Set

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products, I just adore the Soap and Glory range and, like lots of ladies wait all year for the Christmas gift set to arrive πŸ’—

Hi Honeys
It's here, it's here!! This week saw the Christmas gift from Soap and Glory for this year dropped in price from £60 to £30.  Every year there is a sort of buzz around this time as everyone around me (and me!) all get very excited to see what's been included in this years set.

It's Here! What's inside the Soap and Glory Spa of Wonder Gift Set?

This year's set is as fabulous as all of the others have been with lots of goodies included.  They've gone for a large (very pretty) box as packaging instead of the usual beautiful large fabric vanity style case.

I'm still in two minds regarding the lack of a bag this year.  I do love the large vanity cases and last year's gorgeous, very retro styled metal case has to be among my favourites (you can see it here honeys) but I've already decided that this year's box might make a fabulous "memory box" to store letters, cards and tiny treasures. 

Maybe Soap and Glory themselves decided it was time for a change in their much anticipated yearly gift set.  This year's packaging looks like this... 
The Soap and Glory Spa of Wonder Gift Set

The box is hinged, has useful handles on the sides and once opened has the trademark gorgeous tissue paper packaging and a selection of bath, body and face goodies that are every bit as fabulous as every year before.

What's inside the Soap and Glory Spa of Wonder Gift Set?

Let's take a look at what's inside this year shall we honeys?

Friday, 8 December 2017

Some Of My Favourite Movies To Watch On A Cold Winter's Day...

Hi Honeys,
It feels bitterly cold here today.  The chill as I stood at the back door with our furbaby Jade earlier got me to thinking. First I wished I didn't have to go outside soon to go to work 😊 and immediately following that thought was another.

Some of my favourite movies to watch on a cold winters day, which would you choose honeys?

I so, so, so wish I could just stay home today, hug Jade on the sofa, share a blanket and watch some favourite movies with a hot chocolate with some mini marshmallows on top - I've learned three is the optimal number of marshmallows, trust me, many years of research has gone into this perfect number of mini marshmallows 😊 ooo and maybe a cookie too.

I don't even have to think too hard to decide which movies either so I thought I'd share and maybe we can compare notes on favourites 😊  Without too much ado then, here are my favourite movies for a bitterly cold, winters afternoon...

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Let's Make Some Gingerbread Cookies!

Hello honeys
Hope you're all well and staying warm. It was so, so cold last night on the way home from work.  Now it's usually around now that I start bugging everyone with my heartfelt desire to toddle off to bed with a hot water bottle and our furbaby Jade to hide until the cold goes away.  Why shouldn't we be allowed to hibernate till it's safe for us to sit out in the garden again? 

I'm not a fan of winter honeys.  The constant darkness and cold, rainy days, or chilly winds that feel like they could cut me in two just wear me down and play havoc with my arthritis too.  I'm a Summer baby! I need sunshine, I need to wake up to the sun streaming through the windows and know I can hang out laundry 😊

What's to do though dear ones?  We're stuck in December and other than to hibernate like a wee bear and countdown till spring - which I've already been doing for a while now actually.  The counting down that is, not the hibernating 😊  Here in the UK it will be exactly 15 weeks from tonight till the clocks go forward again and we start running towards summer yaaaaay!!!  

Fifteen weeks isn't so long really but in the meantime all that can be done with winter is to make the best of it 😊  One bonus of being in December is that gingerbread seems to be everywhere and what could be better than sitting down with a lovely, hot, creamy mug of hot chocolate and a gingerbread cookie? 

What if you made the yummy gingerbread cookies yourself?  What if they were so easy to make you could make batches of them up for gifting too?  Share the yummy gingerbread love!  Choose a pretty container, line with a paper lace doily fill with your delicious home-made cookies and everyone will love them 😊

Easiest Ever, Yummiest Gingerbread Cookies Recipe To Make.

Honestly, these heavenly cookies couldn't be any easier to make and they taste sooooo good! All of the mixing I leave to my little mixer :) Just chuck in the ingredients and then turn out your dough, roll and bake :)  They take no time to prepare, they're so much fun to make, why not let tiny humans help?  Such fun rolling out the dough and using assorted cookie cutters to make their favourite shapes.  

Best of all, you can run up a few batches and store in an airtight container and they'll keep for over the holidays.  As I said they're also fabulous for gifting too. Who wouldn't love to be given a lovely package of these yummy gingerbread treats?

They only take 8-10 minutes to bake too, so once they're in the oven you can make a lovely cuppa and by the time that's done they're ready to come out of the oven.  Shall we make some cookies honeys?  To the kitchen! 

Friday, 1 December 2017

Apologies For Absence And Catching Up Honeys

Hi Honeys
I hope you're well and staying warm in this cold snap.  I'm sorry I've been missing for a while. I think this is the longest spell I've gone without blogging and I've missed it terribly 😞

I thought I'd write a catch-up post just so you'd know what's been happening and how things are right now.  It might be worth your fetching a cuppa and maybe a cookie dear ones, meet you back here in a few minutes?

Apologies for being missing and catching up...

Hello again 😊  Back with a cuppa and goodness our kitchen is cold! It's a brave wee Rosie who ventures through there to make a cuppa!  Central heating is on full blast but it can't dent the bitter chill that's settled over us here on the west coast of Scotland.  We had our first snowfall yesterday although it wasn't really a surprise honeys because it's been so, so cold all this week. Luckily, thanks to our fire in here, the living room is lovely and toasty warm 😊 Take that winter!

Our furbaby Jade has been carefully bundled up in her warm winter coats before each walk with her Dad recently and during the day either hugs her Mum on the sofa under a lovely warm blanket or naps on her own little mini sofa under one of her own soft warm blankets.

A Rosie's Cottage catch up post - Our furbaby Jade naps happily under her blanket.
 
We adore our furbaby honeys, she's very precious to us and she makes me smile even when I'm not having the best of days.  She's a wee smile on paws, bless her πŸ’–

It's been three weeks since I've last posted anything on this blog and I'm so sorry to have been gone for so long. Winter is not being kind to me.  The cold and damp are tormenting me by trying to turn me into a human pretzel and refusing to allow me to sleep.  I'm waking constantly throughout the night with the pain in my spine and everything has become more difficult to cope with or to get through.

My shifts at work for instance have always drained me even though I only work two days a week.  I work in retail over the weekend when the store is always busy and it can be really demanding on my already limited energy levels.  Usually I lose my Sunday to complete exhaustion but for some time now I've been losing my Mondays too.  It's a horrid feeling not to be in control of my own body dear ones.  To have so many things my mind wants to get on with and get done but for my body to be simply incapable of doing any of them can be upsetting.

I so hate letting pain or exhaustion beat me and I hate it doubly so when it's been this way for so long... all of this year really.  I'm beginning to be afraid that this isn't a phase I can "battle through" but that I've moved on to another stage, that my arthritis and other health problems have worsened to a point where I'm no longer able to do even the limited amount I could before.

That scares me more than anything honeys.  I'm not willing to be written off just yet, especially not by my own body.  I'm lucky to have a wonderful GP, to be registered at a great practice and maybe it's time I did something that is incredibly difficult for me and ask for help.  First though, what little energy supplies I have, need to be focused on getting through the next few weeks.

We are just a little over three weeks away from the holidays and I need to concentrate on getting through my shifts as well as I can.  In the new year I'll hopefully see my Dr and be able to sit down and try to plan to make 2018 be less difficult than this year has been.

Again, I'm sorry I've been missing for so long honeys.  I'll try not to leave so long between posts again and thank you for still being here it means a great deal to me.  I started this blog so optimistically and had hoped to use it to stay connected to the outside world, other than my shifts at work and visits to either our Dr's surgery or to the hospital I don't go out, but also to keep track of our de-cluttering and organising projects in our home.  That too has taken a back seat for far too long. 

Next year has to be better honeys and here's hoping it will be.  I'm praying to be back to coping better than I have been at least. Enough moans from me, what have you been doing recently?  Are you looking forward to the holidays? Till next time dear ones, stay warm, smile lots and hug even more 😊  Huggles always xx

Hugs Always, Rosie xx