Well Hi there and Hello :)
And... we have Snow here again in
Suffolk today – and yes, there’s those buckets out there all waiting to be
sorted… again... But, hey, I have a blog to write yes? Very important I get
this done right now…and Lils totally agrees that the bestest place to be right
now is inside, looking out, while baking gently in the warmth of the radiator …
I’ve got to say that, when I first came
in the office this morning, it did all look a bit ‘Miss Marple’ like …or for
those of us with Netflix, ‘Miss Fisher’ like ha! There was his Royal Niblets
all collapsed under one of the desks … I guess he just couldn’t stand the
thought of any more office work after yesterday…
Hang on a mo… let’s do a bit of a
‘Crime Scene Investigation’ makeover on this photo… aha, here we go! Oh dear,
poor Harls…it was all just too much for him bless…
And talking of crime
scenes…well…yesterday, what a day it was in here!
I wonder if anyone else out there has
had this happen to them?....
What it was-was, when I opened up my
Gmail first thing yesterday, ALL
my starred-and-very-important emails
had disappeared. Gone. Vanished.
BIG tummy over moment. I label
everything, always keep everything in groups.
And there they all were – Gone.
So…detective hat on and Voila!… in my
Bin there were – are you ready
for this? – 5,863 EMAILS!!!! What!!??
Going back years and years. Had I deleted them? Absolutely not. They were all
my Archived and Saved emails from forever. Plus loads of ‘Out of Office’ Auto
Replies which, actually, did really need to go into the Bin anyway but that’s another
matter. Did I want to select the whole bin load and move them back to my Inbox?
Well, no, not really... So I worked through them, page by page. Took absolute ages.
And then, when I did go to send an email, guess what? Gmail told me
it had been deleted and sent to the Bin instead of the Sent Box because it was
part of a deleted conversation... What-what???
Anyway, the Mystery is all solved now
Huzza! After a bit of Googling I found it was down to a filter I'd set up the
day before to get rid of some Spam. Somewhere along the line my own email
address had been included..
I now have NO filters. None.
Deleted the lot.
And ate Chocolate. Well, Chocolates.
And some chocolate.
My trials were over, or so I
However... When I got downstairs at
the end of the day I found further Dastardly-Dire scenes of the Most Despicable
Nature waiting for me in
There was absolutely only ONE
course of action to be taken - and as quickly as possible ….
HAPPY SATURDAY EVERYONE
May The Chocolate be With You x
And the Gin x
there and Happy Wednesday from me and The Big Blonde :)
been a busy few days - here's what we've been up to today...
just had a thorough eye cleaning session and, as you can see, is totally
same, of course, could be said of me... This cleaning-of-the-cat-face involved
me getting him in an arm lock, with his backside wedged up against my stomach
so he couldn't reverse out of hold, while I applied the
"damp-tissuette-of-DOOM" as gently as possible to both eyes.
What a palaver.
You'd have thought I was trying to do open-eye-surgery or
something... He kept squiggling around and stuffing his face under my
armpit so I couldn't get to his eyes. This manoeuvre, whilst not resulting in
him avoiding the eye cleaning, did managed to cover me in Springtime-Cat-Moult-Fluff which required a change of top afterwards...
is, without doubt, the biggest wuss-puss ever... but I Love him to bits and, as
they say, he's worth it...
It was a little while later at lunchtime when, with the
sun all shining in and Lillycat all lying around in it relaxing on the kitchen
table, I decided it would be a nice
thing to give her a wee bit of a brush...
Half an hour and several HUGE brush loads of Tummy-Fluff-Fur
later I had a kitchen table cloth that looked like it was growing some sort of
Penicillin culture, another top covered in cat fluff and a pair of contact lenses in that were
definitely not as happy as they were first thing this morning...
Oh, well, she was one Happy-Purry-Cat! And what's more she gave me a very rare and gorgeous
"I'll-sit-and-pose-for-you-no-worries" picture. I might look in need
of yet another makeover right now but I Love her to bits and, as they say,
she's worth it...
from 'Cat Spring Cleaning' days, there's other times that I end up in need of a bit of renovation....Like at Christmas time when
there's door wreaths and garlands to be made... sticky / messy stuff Nordic
Spruce...just look at these hands!! And don't forget I'd have brushed the odd
strand of hair off my face during the day and, maybe, rubbed my cheek...well,
you get the picture I'm sure ha! #chimneysweep
But, of course, it's worth it because you end up with lots of
things like this!
Another thing I do is design and create Tribute Flowers
which, to me, is such a very important service I offer as a Florist. People
come and see me quietly here in the studio and talk to me about what it is
And I put everything I have into creating it for them.
it's worth everything and means everything.
Some designs are hand drawn from scratch..
Some are measured and built from scratch...
And some are designed, carved and built from scratch..
But they're all made with Love xx
Whatever You're Doing Today - Be Happy x
Because You're Worth It ;)
Completely ran out of day yesterday so here's a little, quick Saturday morning Hi!! as this is a busy day too...
I've got a helper in the studio today which is great...
He likes to get 'Paws on' and help whenever he can, bless him...
There's lots of this to do......
And more of that to do....
And by this evening we'll ALL just be wanting to do this ha....
Catch Up Soon!
HAPPY SATURDAY EVERYONE x
What a Day.. and I don't know quite where to start..
It's the beginning of my busy season for sure and I'm really pleased with what I've done today ... And it was WOW Day too wasn't it? I was listening to the radio this morning about that on my way to swimming and thought it was a very positive thing to be hearing in the car amongst all the Brexit stuff.
By the way, it's a late post today because I've been so very busy - but I do have my helper here as always... whatever am I going to do without you HP?? ..
I do love to go swimming
each morning if I can. It works for me so well because it makes me feel more energized, I've always
Loved swimming! Love the water! (I'm a double Aquarian by the way - both Sun and Moon - it figures...) and I aim to do 30 - 50 lengths each time I go... But I'm also a tad competitive and today I pushed to 56 ha!
This, plus a decent sized Cappuccino, can do absolute wonders for my day!!!
And today has certainly involved the doing of Many Things...
Including the hand making of just over 8 metres of box pleat ribbons...
And the checking, trimming and conditioning of some rather Gorgeous flowers...
Plus the replying to emails on my phone whilst doing all this...
And then, this evening, after an incredibly long (not) commute from the Studio, the cooking of the Chicken Goujons for my son's supper ... fresh, from scratch, Panko Breadcrumbs, the lot... I know.. I've got a bad touch of the Ree Ree's.. aka The Pioneer Woman...who I now admit I follow and watch all the time... and my family Love it...
So this brings me to my thought of the day... whatever you're doing...
'CHOOSE HAPPY' !!
This is a fridge magnet my Sis gave me last time I was with her in Oz and I Totally Love It and try and make it happen for me every single day xx and whatever I'm doing xx
xx Be Happy xx
Well it's a busy day here today - a Coffee & Danish kind of a day - so I took myself off, first thing, for a 'Power-Breakfast' and made myself a nice, long list of what I needed to get done...
Here's what I wrote...
Finish floral designs**
Check what else needs doing and make a list
Sort out the new stock
Clean and prep buckets
Order more flowers**
Reply to emails**
Finish wedding estimate**
Sort out a Student ID card****
NB. Shirt wash
NB. Cat Food??
Confirm weekend appointments
Set timer on studio heater
And I figure that's more than enough...Am I going to get it ALL done today? Absolutely not. That's why I star things, to tell myself what to do first....and hoovering, unfortunately, appears to be coming in last...oh dear (sigh)... what a shame (sigh sigh)... I might have to leave that til tomorrow....
But I do like having a list and ticking things off. Sometimes I even write on the list what I've already done just so's I can tick it off.... anyone else do that?
There are days, of course, that require a tad more than a Coffee & a Danish... Some weeks are just hilariously silly busy with weddings here and that's when we get out the 'big guns'... Berocca...Metatone...and CHOCOLATE!!
Happy Days Everyone !
So, one of the things that I should've done yesterday was to change the throws in the sitting room...hmm...the dreaded 'Changing of the Throws'... You know, it's one of those simple, little things that really - I mean, really truly - doesn't take that long to do - but do I EVER want to do it? Absolutely not. Nope. Not even a little tiny bit.
And I find all sorts of excuses for putting it off... like 'oh, I MUST give my Sis a ring RIGHT NOW'....or 'I could shop later but think it'd be better to go now'...or 'well I could do it now but I've been meaning to check my ribbon stock for the last month'... I mean, anything and everything often seems better than changing those throws ha!
And today's excuse? Well, have a look see here.....
Now, how can I possibly move Lilly Cat?? (deep affected sigh) Oh Dear, what a shame (another deep sigh) - well.. guess I'll have to do it later (this means tomorrow)...
I've got to confess, I have exactly the same problem with 'The Changing of the Beds'.... Is it perhaps that, after doing it for what - over a 1,000 times in the last 20 years - I just don't want to do it anymore? Do I like nice, clean, pretty bed-linen-changed-beds? Well yes, absolutely. Do I want to change them myself? No. Noee no no. Nope.
So I go find a cat or two and stick 'em on the bed instead ...job done.... "Oh Dear, what a shame" (deep sigh) - "well I guess I'll have to do the bed later..."
Hey - HAPPY TUESDAY !!
This morning I've got a lot of things to get done in the office. It's a lovely little office with a nice large window and an even larger radiator. As a direct result of having my desk next to said radiator, I often find I'm sharing it with either Harley (aka The Big Blonde) or Lilly (aka Cappuccino Cat) who work tirelessly to support me in my business and have been flat out here yesterday and today as you can see...
I'm working on some floral designs this morning as well as ordering in some stock and flowers. A lot of my working time is spent in here which I didn't really expect when I started my business - I thought I'd spend all my days tinkering away in the studio being all arty and creative out there. Instead I do a lot of the arty and creative stuff in here!
And then there's the 'Webmaster' stuff to do...
Anyone out there running their own website like me? Doesn't it take a LOAD of time to keep up with the Updating and the SEO'ing and checking which sites your site's been added to and what info's been copied from your site and is it all correct... I mean, that's a full time business in itself isn't it... Sometimes I Google myself to see what's out there and give myself a bit of a shock ha!
Anyways, here's the sort of thing I like to do - make gorgeous Vendela Rose Buttonholes, photograph them in the studio and then edit the photos. I then use these to help me make etchings and drawings and lino cuts x
Have a Happy Day!
Well do you know, the snow's disappeared today as quickly as it came! Bonkers weather! I took a sneak peek out earlier just to see what it was all up to and there it was gone ha. But here's a little pic I thought you might like to see - the bird bath water froze into something quite arty and gorgeous - and I had my dear husband stand there, in the cold, holding it at all different angles for me til I got the pic I wanted...bless him. But, now, hey, it's not meant to be on here sideways but I can't get it to load round the right way so bear with me on this....
Anyway, what I really thought I'd share today is a lovely little bag I brought back from Oz with me this year... it's just all bright and cheerful and has a lovely little message on it which says 'Whatever makes you happy, just do that'. It happens to be my swimming bag and that always makes me happy x
And what makes my big blonde Birman happy? Well, having the whole bed to himself seems to work a treat.... #veryhappycat xx
Happy Sunday Everyone
On Wednesday we had a LOT of snow here and everything did look absolutely Gorgeous but goodness me, it was sooo cold! We haven't had a snow fall like it here in years.. I thought - and I think it was a pretty good thought - that what it called for was a constant supply of Hot Chocolate while I was deciding whether or not to go outside and prep those buckets for a flower delivery that had a slim chance of getting here anyway... I'm pleased to say that common sense prevailed and I stayed indoors with the Cats and the Central Heating ...and had another hot chocolate. And I did do a lot of work on my website. And some washing. And did the cat litter trays again. It's amazing how all those jobs you're not too keen on suddenly seem like a totally good idea to do when it's freezing outside ha!