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One+Four=Life. Weekly Photos 50/52

This week saw the annual elementary school ‘Winter Sing’ which comprises of each grade singing two songs to celebrate the holiday/Christmas/Winter season.  The kids all had a good time and they all sang songs no-one in the world has ever heard of with great gusto. It is so nice to see all the kids work together and help each other. I would just love to see them singing their little Jingle Bell hearts out, but alas no, we just get a collection of obscure and undefinable songs.  Is this an American thing?  Do your kids have recitals at Christmas?  Any songs you recognise? I recently signed up for the Get Messy art journaling lifetime of inspiration and prompts and journaling pals.  Art journaling is something I have always been intimidated by and I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not, turns out, I do!  I am still a little unsure and the blank page is often a scary monster, but once I dive in, I have a great time and get lots of …

Five things about me in mugs and cups

This picture is inspired by the December Reflections prompt for today – ‘5 things about me’.  I suppose this is ‘five mugs about me’. I was grabbing a mug for my tea and wondering whether to grab my usual mug or go for the big tea mug. Big tea it was, then I saw my thrifted Pyrex mug which I like when I just want a small mug of tea and the slightly see through Pyrex reminds me of my Grandma who had mugs like this one. I began to wonder, does everyone have the mugs and cups they like for specific drinks and quantity of said drink?  Or am I just a little bit odd?  What do my mug choices tell you about  me? Anything?  What do your mug choices say about you? My coffee cup is just for coffee and I use it every day but I don’t even like it very much. It is a good size and keeps the coffee warm longer, although I am not mad about the crazy eyes! …

One + Four = Life. Weekly Photos 47/52.

I am joining the lovely Isabel from Nanjing Nian blog for this week’s One + Four = Life, a selection of photos taken through the last week.  It has turned cold here and we have had a few frosty mornings with icy puddles. 1. Before it got super cold, we had some torrential rain which rushed down our street, which is a hill, and into the woods.  As it raced along the woodland path, it gouged a path through the layer of leaves.  It looked like someone had got a leaf blower and walked down with the path blasting a narrow gully though the leaves. 2. Some hardy mushrooms keep peeking out, but I don’t suppose I will see many more until Spring now. 3. I made pizza for dinner one night this week, my whole house thought I was a mad person for putting kale on mine, but it went crispy and was delicious. 4. I managed to resist this chocolate in the International supermarket!  We went to stock up on English treats for …

Weekly photos 18/52

Last week saw the arrival of May which is one of my favourite months of the year, the weather is usually lovely,  gracefully welcoming summer and by the end of the month school is out. For the photo selection this week we have: Storm clouds and treetops.  Impending storms always seem to make the light glow and these trees look so bright.  As soon as I snapped this, I got rather wet as I had forgotten an umberella! A pretty two tone seed. Someone had left a spade in the volleyball court. Massive sheet of safety glass and me. The cloud factory. School field day. The sunflowers are 5cm tall. I hope this week has started well for you, let’s see what it brings.  Happy Monday!

5 reasons to let my hair go grey and 5 reasons maybe not to!

I am seriously thinking of letting my hair go to it’s natural colour which I think will be an alarming grey/white/brown mix.  Do you dye your hair?  Ever thought of going natural or do you get just enough grey peeking through to make you rush to the salon or to buy a box of dye? One of my blogger pals over in sunny Australia got me thinking about all of this, check out her blog at That Summer Feeling, she is def going to let her hair go to it’s natural colour and I am going to join her.  There, I said it, Michelle I am in! Reasons to go au naturel in the hair department, embrace the grey and, let’s face it, the white. 1.  I am fascinated to see what is under the Feria Power Red, I  haven’t seen my natural colour in about twenty years when it was brown.  All over brown.  Brown all over.  No grey.  Definitely no white. 2.  If I have some good white lengths, I can put colour …

Sunflowers on Earth Day

As yesterday was Earth Day, we planted our Sunflower seeds.   Some were arranged nicely in pots to get them started and some were chucked into the dirt and see how they do! We are growing ‘mammoth’ sunflowers this year to see how tall we can get them.  Mr Y is having a race with Grandma and Grandad who also have ‘mammoth’ sunflowers to grow across the pond in England.    Seeds have all been planted at around the same time, so let the races begin!  Grow sunflowers grow! How tall will they get I wonder?  Rest assured I will keep you updated on the sunflower growings, photos and measurements, no details spared.  Betcha can’t wait!  We only planted them yesterday and I am already looking out for sprouts… Are you racing sunflowers?  You should!

Weekly Photos 13/52

                A chilly Spring break was had last week, we had a couple of trips out around St Louis and a nice time was had.  We came across a couple more 250 year Birthday cakes for St Louis, which really is a baby city age!  I do like all the cakes though, good idea.  I wonder how many we will see?  So far we have clocked about 8!  There will be 250 cakes in total by the end of the year all over St Louis and the surrounding area to celebrate 250 years of St Louis. We caught the train into the city and went to the Soldier’s Memorial and visited the City Museum.  The highlight of the trip for me was the hippo atop a neighbouring building and the life-size manatee sculpture also in a neighbouring building.  The manatee is suspended from a ceiling and can be seen through very dirty city windows, which is my excuse for the bad photo.  I had to photo him though, …

Taking Stock 4.

Thanks again to Pip at Meet Me At Mikes for the Taking Stock list.  Let’s see what I have been up to lately. Making : New wood and leather necklaces with my brand new beads. Cooking : Indian food starting with a Lentil Stew from Laurie David’s ‘The Family Dinner’ book which is one of my best used cookbooks Drinking : Frothy coffee always and more water, I don’t drink enough water, do you? Reading: ‘The Hive’ by Gill Hornby, Mollie Makes, Jamie magazine and Folk magazine.  Trying to catch up on magazine reading. Wanting: The weather to warm up just a little bit. Looking: At my boys grow up before my eyes. Playing: With our new ‘Nerf Howler’ frisbee in the back garden. Deciding:  Whether to go to Goodwill before or after my dentist appointment tomorrow.  I hope there is treasure! Wishing: For a lovely trip out on Friday with the boys. Enjoying:  Spring Break. Waiting: For the plumber to come and fix the water heater. Liking:  The fabric I just bought, it is …

Weekly photos 11/52

This past week saw a couple of very nice sunny warm days which was a very nice peek at Spring.  The garlic is growing healthy green shoots and the bulbs are starting to come through.  The rest of the week was pretty chilly though. Here are last week’s photos, starting with a funny doggy face!  He was barking to get me to throw his ball when I snapped this. I took a few photos for a post I wrote earlier last week, but here is a photo I didn’t use which shows the vintage tray off. It poured with rain one night and in the morning everything was damp, but not soaked.  I spotted this solitary leaf with it’s load of raindrops so I got a picture.  When I went back later in the afternoon, it was still there, with just a few less drops, so I got an update! I took this photo of the sun behind clouds behind the magnolia tree.  Then I mixed it in with a photo I had taken of …

Weekly photos 10/52 and Living Arrows

I am a day late with the weekly round up this week because yesterday was ‘Ten on the 10th’ day.  Never fear though, here is the weekly collective from last week.  It snowed on Monday and we had a snow day off school which is so strange to think about now we are looking at near 80 degrees today.  All seasons in one week! Blue was the colour of the week  and it was the last in the #colorcolour series.  Here is my Blue selection. I made pretzel rolls to have with hot dogs for dinner which were a hit and fun to make.  I used the A Beautiful Mess recipe which I have used a few times and it has not failed me yet. The school art show was this week too and I got a little photo of Mr Y’s ‘Inside my Head’ piece. I went into St Louis for a class headed up by the lovely Lindsay of Heartland Underdog, met some lovely local bloggers and got some snaps of some city …