The Great Book of Lists Chapter 1.2: The Little Things you Love.

This photo captures numbers 2, 3, and 6 of my favourite things all at once!


We all have those little things that get us through the day, and La Duchesse d’Erat had suggested that we make a list of the little things that mean a lot. Here is mine:

  1. When Miss Hap calls me Mama, like she used to do when she was tiny.
  2. Having my hair brushed, it really relaxes me, but I usually have to bribe Miss Hap to do it for me!
  3. Seeing a vase full of pretty flowers. It reminds me that spring is coming and brings cheer to the dreary day.
  4. The rare occasions that Roxy comes and has a snuggle with me. She is normally ‘daddy’s girl!’
  5. Finding something to wear that actually looks nice on me!
  6. Blogging. All the aspects of it, reading other’s posts, writing my own, and interacting with others.
  7. Mr Grump’s delicious cooking!



Episode 352: Cute Cousins!

Miss Hap is very close to some of her cousins and in this photo she is with my youngest sister’s daughter.

It’s quite funny really, because when she was very young, my niece was always mistaken for my child, to the point where people often commented how much she was the spitting image of me. I never really minded though as I saw it as a compliment, although she has a very different personality to me,being much more outgoing and friendly!

Miss Hap and I look nothing alike, even though when she was younger I would sometimes dress her in a kind of junior version of what I was wearing (poor child)! She has though inherited the ‘clumsy’ gene, tripping over her own feet, and knocking stuff over. Of course, when this happens with family around, she then gets told that she is ‘just like her mother,’ which is very unfortunate for her.

The pair of them, despite being so different in looks, are very similar in personality. They can both be pretty feisty, but are very affectionate and loving as well when they want to be. Despite the 16 year age gap between them, they get on really well together, and although Miss Hap started out grumpy when this photo was taken, her cousin soon got her into a good mood!

Episode 312: A new Princess and Playmate For George.

Amidst a great deal of excitement, a new royal princess was born yesterday. William and Katherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at hospital at 6am yesterday morning as Katherine was in the early stages of labour.

Whilst the poor woman was puffing and panting, not to mention pushing, the world’s press were gathered outside the hospital desperate for news. Our national news reports were covering every aspect and angle they could whilst awaiting confirmation that the baby had been born.

News soon filtered out that a baby girl was born at 8:34am weighing, 8lb 3oz, There had already been huge speculation that the baby would be a girl, and the Queen wore a pink outfit yesterday, to mark her great-granddaughter’s arrival.

Poor little Prince George went to visit his mum and new baby sister, and trotted along holding his dad’s hand, probably terrified at all the people looking at him and taking photos. He did manage a little wave to them though, despite his bemusement.

From about 5pm onwards when I tuned in to watch the news, there was a shot of the hospital door as it was reported that William, Katherine and the new baby were going to leave soon (Prince George had already left; there is no excuse to mess up his evening routine, and he had to be bathed and have his tea.)!

Around 6:30pm we finally got to see the proud parents. Katherine looked as fresh as a daisy with immaculate hair and make-up. No doubt her stylists were on hand to sort her out, as she was probably a bit dishevelled after giving birth less than 10 hours before!

They posed on the steps for a while with the pretty princess, but unlike they did with George, they got straight into to car and drove home, rather than speak to the press.

You have got to admire Kate; it seems like delivering a baby is on in a day’s work for her!

Episode 310: Happy Birthday Beauty!

Was it really 12 years ago

I first held you in my arms?

Your face all scrunched and wrinkled

And little skinny legs and arms!

I had waited so long to have you

And I never thought I’d see

That this beautiful, perfect baby

Would actually belong to me

To start with things were tricky

As it was just the two of us

But we muddled through it

With the minimum of fuss

You have grown so very quickly

And are now nearly a teen

You are clever, bright and funny

And look like a Beauty Queen

We have come so far together

I’m so proud of my little girl

So Happy Birthday darling

You really rock my world!

Episode 288: One-Liner Wednesday: Grown Up!

“Wow, you look so grown up, and absolutely beautiful!”

It is a real job to get Miss Hap into a dress. It seems that leggings and jeans is the stock ‘uniform’ of the tween, much to my despair. I have bought her dresses for various occasions but she is not keen, and rarely wears them. She even has a lovely pair of unworn sandals, preferring to wear Converse shoes or some sort of trainers or another.

Today, we are supposed to get 20 degrees Celsius which for us is a heat wave at this time of year (or any time of year actually). This equates to about 68 Fahrenheit, so is quite warm even now,

I picked out a dress for Miss Hap that she has never worn and asked her to try it on. The above is what I said after seeing her in it. I’ve (temporarily) got my little ladylike girl back)!! Needless to say I got a photo – quick!

This post is inspired by LindaGHill  One-liner Wednesday!