Sunday, 27 March 2011


I've been a very bad blogger and haven't posted for a week or two!!! I feel really bad!!  I have been very busy, lost my way on my frugalizing and simple living and my craft mojo has stumbled a bit too..

Normal service will be resumed very soon and you will have a super doopa post very soon!! 

Just completed the Census for 5 of us so I'm all computered out!

Have a lovely week ahead all

Love n Hugs

Natalie xx

Sunday, 13 March 2011

What Natalie Did......

This week has been another busy(ish week)

Monday I joined the local gym....I would like to point out that I thought long and hard and realised that a 1/2hour walk with the dog ain't gonna shift the pounds!!! I paid £310 in advance which meant that I had 12 months for the price of 10 saving myself £62 and I can use all the facilities in my local leaisure centre and three others in the area too so I was quite happy with that!  I have been to the gym 3 times this week and went swimming today and Tuesday so I am going to make damn sure I get more than my moneys worth!!

Tuesday was Pancake Day which I love and I made pancakes for my family and my mum and dad came over...they were gluten free as my mum is a coeliac but the were delicious one could taste the difference!  The toppings available were the old school lemon and sugar, then there was golden syrup, choocolate spread, marshmallows and lemon curd.  My youngest daughter went for the chocolate spread and marshmallow combo which looked delicious but I was old school as was my mum and dad!!!  It was fun and lovely to have us all together!!  It was also my monthly "Open Mic" night with my dad, it was an interesting night with a lady asking us to get involved in digital storytelling and then we all read poems we had written or admired....lush night spent with my lush dad!!

Wednesday was busy but not to bad, started Lent which entails giving up nice food and Facebook and following a daily Bible reading diary....;o)

Thursday my son was singing in a Schools Choral festival so I was running around a bit but it was lovely to here the choir sing!

Friday brought the devestating news of what was happening in Japan and made me realise what a lucky lucky person I am to be where I am, with a healthy family, a house that is still standing and all the creature comforts that we take for granted!!!!  My thoughts and prayers are with them all!!!!

Saturday was Karate day(for the 3rd day this week for darling eldest and son)  I will take them to the ends of the earth if it means they are getting some physical exercise!!!!)  I then tidied my greenhouse and garden which brought some extra colour to my already red face and got a line of washing out whille there was a hint of blue sky! 

And finally today was a delightfully, delicious, sunny Sunday!!! What more could you ask for?

I was up and out at 9.30 to go to the second writing workshop with my dad and it was once again a brilliant 3 hours, the poet who is taking the workshop was impressed with the work I had done and that has only stoked up my enthusiasm even more and the creative juices are overflowing at last...there has been a bit of a drought in recent times so I am sooooo glad ;o))))  and this afternoon the five of us went was a family fun time with balls, floats, toys, lights and music....the kids loved it and it was very nice to do something together as a family!

Although my heart is heavy for the people of Japan, and New Zealand still...I wish all my bloggy friends wherever you are a lovely week ahead.....XxXxXxXxXxX

Sunday, 6 March 2011

One Weird Week!!!

I have had quite a busy week again this week but it has been enjoyable....

My two younger children went back to school on Monday but my eldest was off so she stayed with Nanna and Grandad, she went to town and had her hair cut in a "Jessie J" style bob and she looks absolutely gorgeous but about 3 years older than she is ;oO.  It is amazing how a cut and blow dry can give someone a bit of confidence, so it was worth the money just for that.

Tuesday was St David's Day so my two younger children went to school in their welsh costumes and I did a Wales inspired singalong in I had a wonderful day...once that was out the way it was time to think of what to wear for World Book Day!!!  To add to it the primary school wanted it to be a character from a book that they had read in school...easy you might think but my children go to a Welsh Medium School!!!  Luckily they have read Harry Potter in Welsh so that was my son sorted and to my delight my youngest daughter wanted to go as a character I cant spell but it turned out they were a black cat!! Marvellous!!! Ears on a headband, eyeliner on the face and a tail made out of strips of leather I had-Phew!!

In between all of this I had volunteered to deliver "Yes for Wales" leaflets before the referendum(500 to be exact) that kept me fit!!  Thursday was the actual referendum day and Friday the count...I was asked to be a counting agent by one of the councillors in the area I live...I didn't know what to expect and it was very interesting....the Yes vote went through at about 65-35% in favour ...only time will tell what difference it will make to my life...I don't pay for prescriptions which is marvellous and as I type University and college fees will remain cheaper for students studying here or in England because they will be subsidised.

And today I went to a creative writing workshop with my father and my daughter. It was amazing and I feel like it was the little shove I needed to start getting into writing poetry on a regular basis!  I feel like I have my creative writing "Mojo" back...there are another 3 workshops so I will keep you posted!

I didn't stick rigidly to my meal plan last week as the children wanted chicken curry instead of fajitas and pasta yesterday instead of pizza.  I was fine with this as I had things in the cupboards so didn;t have to shell out for more food.

Anyhow here is this weeks menu:-








All I should need to get for next week is the lamb and some chicken for the end of the it's all good!!

I am hoping to be doing some planting next week too!

I start Lent on Wednesday which entails me giving up cakes, crisps, sweets, etc as well as not going on FACEBOOK.. I am also going to be limiting my time on here to 30 mins a day!!!  Talk about cold(ish) turkey!!! :o)))))

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead.