My Life With Moo

First of all I take my hat off to anyone whose household includes a child ~ you all deserve a medal .. goodness I’d forgot what to expect when Moo became a more permanent fixture in my life  ..time goes right out of the window even being super organised my day is 5 hrs shorter than anyone else’s  !!

This is so Moo
The questions, the constant chatter, the way he says “Grandma” at the beginning of every sentence ~ even if we are the only 2 folks in the room … I now have a pencil sharpener / rubber in my ‘essentials kit’ 

This afternoon I have to call into school as he has lost his shoes …yes you have read that right  HE HAS LOST HIS SHOES  how does a child even do that ????

Un be known to me Moo has taken it upon himself to train me as ….

green ninja
Do I need to be a Green Ninja ?? the training is gruelling let me tell you can’t I just be a Knitting Ninja ??

The good news is I have a story read to me each & every day and I’m learning far more about Ancient Egypt and WW2 than is strictly necessary ~ which I’m sure is a bonus I just haven’t figured out how yet … so this is why I’ve not commented on your blogs in recent weeks, I am still here & I’m still lurking reading your posts ~ which provide a respite to the world through the eyes of a 7 yr old, my blog will possibly become semi redundant which is a shame … but as another blogger pointed out I have the ‘Parents Race’ at sports day to contend with

1970's P E socks
Remember 1970’s P E socks ?? I’m sooo going to knit myself a pair ..I might not win any races but I’ll have the fashion stakes covered 🙂




Happiness Is Rife

OMGOODNESS what a morning firstly I get an e-mail telling me I’m a winner of a hand crafted cosy from One Creative Family if that wasn’t enough I’m then bestowed with a Happiness Tag from Easy the Weimaraner so in response I’m going to share 5 things that make me happy in no particular order

Who cares they are MY family & I love them …mostly
All the amazing community here on WP, I’ve learned things, chatted to new found friends ..I even have blogging buddies in the form of some super cute animals
Crafting makes me VERY happy …I have to say that because if not~ how do I explain to Beloved my hoard of supplies
A very silly dog that today will be mostly doing his Dinosaur impression


A very sleepy Neurotic Cat

Oh there is just one more thing …

*SQUEAL* and yes she does have a basket Easy let me introduce Millicent Morris after all there might be just one person out there who is oblivious to her

now I’d like to tag some blogs that make me happy again in no particular order

Caren Taylor

Mrs Cobs

A whole host of knitted Beasties

The Rabbit Patch

Mrs Craft

and of course I must mention everyone who calls by the cottage & all the blogs I follow …YOU ALL MAKE ME SUPER HAPPY


You Sit Down, I’ve Got This

Mrs P has asked if I’ll write this post for her …  because you know how some days pile on top of you ~ and I don’t mean in a cuddly wrapped in a blanket type of way …. I mean

This kind of day … not that I’m allowed coffee you understand … mainly because Mrs P won’t share

Anyhoo Mrs P had dragged her sorry backside home from ‘The Workplace’  “How’s your day been?” I asked ( yes ~ I do talk to humans ) she mumbled something about sleep – or lack thereof, needing sugar to function, and asking where her PJ’s were at 2 in the afternoon, so being the kind cat that I am, I sat her down and fed her chocolate


chocolate face
Until she felt like this on the inside

Then I gave her the GREAT news Mrs Craft has only gone and nominated her for the

Thank you Mrs Craft, you have just made Mrs P a very happy bunny

She then started doing her ‘Happy Dance’ …not a pretty sight

I’ve thanked & linked back to Mrs Craft, I have to tell you why Mrs P started a blog ~ I think it’s because she likes to knit n’ stuff, (between you & me she rambles on about all sorts of rubbish interesting ‘things’ .. I don’t get it but hey ho )

I know she has found a couple of new bloggers  she has taken a shine to, here they are, Jem she has been following like for ever !



Jem Arrowsmith knits

Curly Girl Crochet

Green cooking blog

Of course she loves all the blogs she reads & follows, to all new bloggers out there ‘keep on keeping on’ write for yourself ..AND mention cats like all the time


The rules:

  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two advice to new bloggers
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Select  other blogs you want to give the award to

Neurotic Cat signing out …




I Feel An Oscar Acceptance Speech Coming On

Many thanks to Keri for nominating my humble blog for this award, if you are looking for neat ideas to upcycle or give your home a makeover go check her  blog out …after reading my post first of course !!

As I sit here in my tiara, long white gloves, and full evening gown, I raise my rather healthy proportioned glass to you all 🙂 This is the second nomination in this category and I’ll do a recap of my last acceptance speech, mainly because the juniper cordial I’m gulping down (in a most unladylike way) is beginning to kick in !!!

Sooo I have to mention how / why I started blogging

I have 2 blogs here on WP actually that’s a little fib I have this one &  K9 has his own .. best not steal his thunder !!  I called it Craft, because I wanted to chart my attempts into new crafts and Odyssey  to chart my wanderings through life. There are a few of reasons why I came to be a member of this community, here are some to keep you going

A) Because of the nature of my work – Let me explain, in Dementia Care the recipients of my care frequently don’t live in our world, I get to live in theirs, which means I get to virtually travel back in time to re- live their adventures, joys, misfortunes, and loves, I have their photos and stories to connect with them but very few written notes

B) I love anecdotes, tales, stories and social history

C) Lest I or my loved ones forget who I am, what made me tick / laugh/ the essence of me

I’m also obliged to pass on my profound wisdom and advice to new bloggers  *laugh cough *

Write for yourself, this is your narrative, it’s who you are, add tags, add photographs, and last but not least HAVE FUN

Now I have to nominate the next Blogger Recognition Award recipients, these are in no particular order and every blog I follow deserves a nomination !!

Florence and Freddie I have tried stamping …unfortunately my attempts were nothing like you will see on this blog – mine resembled a 2 yr olds during paint class at nursery

Sarah and Choppy Think a dog with a sense of flair and a touch of humour thrown in and you won’t be far off the mark

Jane  at Pillow Parlance A wonderfully talented lady …moi jealous – ermm only a little

I’ve only nominated 3 because

Lets face facts if I look this good the whole village needs to see...I'm off for a stroll around the green
Lets face facts if I look this good the whole village needs to see…I’m off for a stroll around the green

1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
2. Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post. Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
3. Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.4. Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night . That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

The ‘Blogs We Love Award’

This idea came about by a wonderful comment from Repurposing Junkie please let me introduce ‘The Blogs We Love Award’


Thank and link back to the blogger who nominated you

Post the award badge

Nominate between one and three blogs that you really enjoy, tell us why they are special to you …Simple 🙂

Let the respective bloggers know they have been nominated

The blogging community is awesome, it’s supportive, and connects us to such a wide diversity of ideas, so come on ladies and gents lets celebrate and share the blogs we love

Every blog I read is close to my heart and deserves recognition so it’s been a bit of a mare singling just 3 out, I’m biting the bullet and nominating

Repurposing Junkie .. for many reasons, Keri is the inspiration behind this award, one simple comment turned my distressing day around, her work is totally inspiring she transforms the mundane into breathtaking works of art, she takes unloved objects and gives them a new lease of life, this is not just upcycling but giving junk a soul

The Snail of happiness, the tag to this post is small steps to a kinder world, now if that doesn’t set your world of imagination on fire I don’t know what does,  Ms Snail is single-handedly educating me a whole host of subjects, she knits, crochets, harvests her own grown crops, and is working hard on sustainability – the woman is a marvel, yet she never preaches she simply guides me forwards

Caren’s craft and canvas I love Caren’s creativity, how on earth she creates such masterpieces is beyond me !!  although she has a completely different skill set to my own    she lights my imagination and helps keep me sane in the strange little world I live in, her sense of humour has me in stitches, and she has a heart of gold. Caren thank you for being you !!!!

To everyone who takes the time to blog, or post comments,  THANK YOU each and everyone of you has a blog that we love ❤



Thank You Jess

I’d like to say a VERY BIG thank you to Jess at oneblindmouse for nominating me for the Love Hate tag

It seems Jess & I have a few of the same loves/hates so rather than go with the obvious I’ll try to come up with a few more obscure ones

Here goes with my 10 loves

1) When Beloved & I get a fit of the giggles, when we laugh so much our sides ache, and tears run down our faces and we can’t even speak clearly                                                      2) The smell of hawthorn blossom,                                                                                          3) Books, old, new, mystery’s,fiction, you name it I just love books                                        4) Crafts, I’d rather make something, anything, even badly, than not create at all                  5) My Daughter-in-Laws cooking, she is a real foodie and I swear she can make a meal out of anything                                                                                                                           6) Nature, Mother Nature is simply awesome                                                                         7) When a get a comment on my blog, to this day I’m seriously amazed anyone reads my inane ramblings, let alone writes back                                                                                     8) Travel, even if it’s to the nearest town/city, I just love wandering up the back streets and finding little surprises along the way                                                                                         9) Genealogy, how my ancestors have shaped the world in which I live never ceases to impress me                                                                                                                               10) Early morning walks…which can be as early as 4.30 am depending on my shift pattern, to be out and about (with K9 I hasten to add) before the world has woke up is stunning

And now for my hates …which I find to be quite a strong word, I’d rather say loath, so here are my loathes                                                                                                                           1) The last goodbye when anyone I love, have cared for, or have nursed looses their battle for life, it never gets any easier, I suppose when it stops getting to me will be the day I know I’m in the wrong job                                                                                                       2) injustice – enough said                                                                                                         3) Impolite drivers, when I’m with K9 up a single track lane and a driver doesn’t slow down so we can get into the hedge bottom – I won’t name names …but Farmer Field you know who you are STOP IT !!!                                                                                                           4) K9’s obsession with Neurotic Cats bed, the washing, wool, or anything else he shouldn’t touch                                                                                                                         5) Neurotic Cats meow, she can wake the whole neighbourhood when she wants, it’s not a sound I can ignore, as soon as I hear her I have to stop everything and be her servant     6) Emergency service sirens, as I live in ‘The Tangled Backwoods’ I have only heard sirens 3 times in the last 8 yrs, but you just know someone’s life is radically being altered   7) Flies, why when they have the whole world to live in they decide to take up residence in the cottage !!!! leave me be please                                                                                           8) Instructions that come with new technology, can it not be written in simple, everyday terms ??? I don’t have the inclination to read 3 sheets of paper just to know how to turn my latest iron on                                                                                                                             9) My hair, I’ve seen better hair on coconuts.. how on earth can I control my life when I can’t control my hair                                                                                                                 10) 3 in the morning, if I ever get a good idea or I’m worried about anything, why the heck does it have to wake me at that ungodly hour

There you have it some of the little things that make me tick, through checking in with other bloggers I’ve got to know some of you pretty well, so I’d lake to nominate some one I’ve not been following for long Kate @Katesclipping, please go check out her brilliant blog



Woo Hoo A Liebster Award

It is with the utmost pleasure that I announce that chrllrobb has nominated me & my inane ramblings for a Liebster award, Thank you my dear friend 🙂  her blog never ceases to be informative, helpful, creative and a joy to read … now for the questions

1 What do you most like to read ?

I have rather a penchant for murder mysteries, not sure why but hey ho 🙂

2 If you like crafts, what is your favourite thing to do ?

I love knitting, I’m slowly getting my head around crochet, I can sew, and just these last few weeks I’ve thrown my hat into the cross stitch arena

3 What is #1 on your bucket list ?

Mmmm tricky one, there are lots of things on my list, but I think up near the top is to get the cottage renovation finished !!!!

4 What is you favourite quote ?

It’ll be lovely when it’s done …this is in regard to the cottage LOL

5 Why did you start a blog ?

This is a simple question, as you may or may not know I work in the realm of Dementia care, so my blog is just a reminder that I have a life full of quirks, humour, love, laughter and anecdotes … least I forget

6 What is your best ( most treasured ) memories

Being in a tiny village in the Derbyshire Dales many many years ago with Beloved, the boys were still little, and we called in a craft fair where my imagination was sparked, a perfect moment in time, when I realised I have everything I need

7 If you could visit anywhere in the world where would it be ?

Beloved & I have been to some amazing places over the years, one day I would love to visit New Zealand

8 If you were an animal which would you be and why ?

A cat, they are so aloof, mysterious, and please themselves, oh and if you get to be my cat you are worshipped

9 What makes you happy?

The little stuff

10 Do you have any advice for new bloggers ?

Yes… go for it, the community is astounding

11 What is something you wish people knew about you and they probably don’t  ?

I live with depression

Now for random facts about me

I learnt to ride a motorcycle before I learnt to drive

I’ve been hot air ballooning

I drink tea at home yet when out & about or on my travels I only drink coffee

I’m a vegetarian

I went to Sunday school from the age of 4- 16

I once sewed samples for the designer Betty Jackson

I love to walk

I was brought up in an ex mining village

I’d rather read than watch TV

I can erect a tent on my own

I’ve never had any childhood diseases

Many thanks for reading and perhaps learning a little about my world , and now  I would like to nominate a few of the outstanding blogs I follow




Taties world

Should you accept this award, you’ll need to know the rules, which are:

1: Acknowledge and accept the Liebster Award by leaving a comment on the blog where you were nominated.
2: Copy and paste the Liebster logo onto your own blog.
3: Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
4: Answer the 11 questions put to you by the person who nominated you.
5: List 11 random facts about yourself.
6: Nominate and link to 3—11 other blogs you enjoy that have less than 3000 followers
7: List 11 questions for your Liebster Award nominees on your blog.
8: Inform your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.

My questions should you choose to accept this award are

1 Tea of coffee ?

2 What was the first book you remember reading ?

3 What is your favourite pastime ?

4  What one item would you buy if money was no object ?

5 Name an ambition you harbour

6 Describe your perfect day

7 Describe yourself in 3 words

8 What can you see from your sitting room window

9 What made you start a blog

10 How did you come up with your blogs title

11 Where will you go next time you leave the house