Friday, December 31, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR (2011)

I hope you all have a very prosperous new year (2011) and I'll be listening out for Big Ben this evening. xxx
































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The most spectacular New Year firework display I have ever seen thanks to the BBC. London this was spectacular! I loved it. :)



SmileyRose x

Fancy Doing The Gay Gordons? - Nobody Celebrates The New Year Like the Scots Do. ;)

Let's do a bit of the old Gay Gordons whilst we're all waiting for the New Year to approach. ;o)

After 3...1,2,3 :o)



...and a little sing-along with Andy Stewart ;)  Awww remember bringing in the New Year with Andy Stewart. Awww those were the days. :)



We could practice this one for later. ;)

"Auld Lang Syne" - "Happy New Year"  Altogether now. ;)  Thinking about the fun New Year Eves I had with my Grandma when I was younger.  My cousin and I had the very important job of one of us running out with the old calender, and the other running in with the new one.  Some folk do it with pieces of coal, however we did it with calenders. A lovely old tradition I remember getting my own children to try out one year...well until they moaned it was too cold out there so we had to knock that one on the head.  :o)


Edinburgh's Hogmany fireworks last year...The New Year just isn't the same without the bagpipes.  :)


Try playing all of the above together. It's quite effective....and noisy. ;)

SmileyRose x

"Jump"

I'm listening to "Jump" by Sister Sledge. :)

SmileyRose  x

Throwing Snowballs!

I've been visiting friends today and then it was off to Tesco to buy myself some snowballs. Heck! The place was heaving. There were cars everywhere. I finally bought what I needed but it was a nightmare just going shopping. I kept some of the traffic entertained by smiling at a few folk along the way. There's no chances of me speeding because I was travelling like a snail.

Well, you have to keep your spirits up just because it's that time of year. ;o)

Bottoms up and have fun doing whatever it is you are all doing this evening. :)


Snowball drink recipe


SmileyRose x

"I'm So Excited"

I'm listening to "I'm So Excited" by The Pointer Sisters. :)

SmileyRose  x

Celebrity Engagements

Wow! I know I mentioned that there seemed to be a number of celebrity divorces on my blog recently, however I suppose I have to mention the good with the bad.  The good news is, there seem to have been a few celebrity engagements over the Christmas period...the bad news is, it's just a shame i've never heard of any of them before. It makes me wonder why are they called celebs if they're not famous? :o)

SmileyRose  x

"Fame"

I'm listening to "Fame" by Irene Cara. :)

SmileyRose x

New Years Kiss From My Dad & A Chat About What's Going On In The Soaps

I drove to Stamford to visit my folks yesterday. I've already had my new years kiss from my dad. We sat and put the world to rights, discussed films and ate mince pies with a nice cuppa together. If you want to catch up on the soaps then he's the right person to ask, he's really fond of Coronation Street and Eastenders. :)

I hope to see some more of my family members on New Years day to catch up with the rest of the soaps this Christmas. :) 

My family have a habit of making me giggle sometimes and my father is no exception. Poor Marion. ;)

Who needs to watch the soaps every day when you have family members who can keep you in touch with what's going on.  I suppose there will come a time when I may have to start watching the soaps most days myself, but whilst I have parents who actually love the soaps and who are still around to discuss them with me, then there's no need for me to do so just yet. 

There's nothing I like better than to catch up with my family just so they can let me know all of the gory details and what's occuring in the soaps.  ;)

"Thank You" by Dido


SmileyRose  x

"Brown Girl In The Ring"

Awww does anyone remember the 1970's pop band 'Boney M'?  I've just heard that the guy who was the lead singer from the band died over the Christmas period. How sad. Apparently he had a long illness. I really liked their songs. "Brown Girl In The Ring" was a favourite...it reminds me of me.



SmileyRose  x

"Hot Stuff"

I am listening to "Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer. ;o)

SmileyRose   x

This Is New! The Snazzy Napper ;o)

Don't all rush to get one at once...or else they'll be sold out. :)



SmileyRose   x

It's Almost Time To Throw Out The Old And Bring In The New - I'm Looking Forward To Having A Perfect Year Next Year :)

Well it's almost that time of year again. There are going to be a lot of changes to my life in the year 2011 and I'm already planning on throwing out some of the old and bringing in the new.  From January 2nd, after the new years day celebrations I am planning on making a few changes. :)

There comes a time when you have to get a grip, take a good hold of yourself, give yourself a little shake up, be brave about it all and make some of those changes you've been wanting to make for a long time. What better time to make them. ;o)

Later this evening I shall be raising my glass to having a perfect year next year. :o)

In fact there is no partying for me this year, for a change. I have decided to have a quiet drink somewhere instead. I know...it's so totally unlike me. :)


SmileyRose  x

"We Will Rock You"

by Queen :)


SmileyRose  x

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Queen Becomes A Great-Grandmother

The Queen has become a Great-Grandmother for the first time. The Queens grandson Peter Phillips and his wife became parents of a new baby daughter on Wednesday (the babies name is yet to be confirmed). The child will be 12th in line to the throne. Peter Phillips is the son of the Princess Royal who will become a grandmother for the first time.:)

Ewww! Is it just me or are we all getting older?  It doesn't seem that long ago when we were all aahing when the Princess Royal gave birth to her first child. Where have all the years gone? :)


SmileyRose  x

SMILEYROSE

This just about sums me up. ;o)

Foxy
Racy
Adorable
Nice
Cute
Elegant
Smart

Neat
Angel
Pleasant
Personable
Eloquent
Rose

"Reflection" from the film Mulan



SmileyRose  x

"That's My Girl"

Another good song by JLS :)




SmileyRose  x

Parellel Lines

I was once told by someone else that our lives all run in parellel lines to someone elses. Basically it means that our lives run very similarly to another persons, only eventually the parellel lines will cross/collide and when they cross/collide it either means they cross and then they move away in their different directions again....or it means that they cross and they eventually meet. :)

Oooer!  My life is running parrelel to someone elses life right this minute...I wonder whos? *Sigh* :)

"Love And Hate Collide" by Def Leppard :)


SmileyRose  x

"Faith"

I'm listening to "Faith" by George Michael. :)

SmileyRose  x

Hugh, Swap Your Car For A Renault

Renaults know how to go....even the older models know how to go well.  ;o)

Remember! Newer models don't always mean better because some of the older models can be right little goas. ;o)

SmileyRose  x

TOY STORY 3

Toy story 3 is named the biggest film of the year 2010!  Wow! The Pixar film made a spectacular £682m globally. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.  I saw the film and I loved it. :)

"You've Got A Friend In Me" :)



SmileyRose  x

What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?

Unknowingly, I ate Flying Fox with my parents when we lived in Malasia a number of years ago. My father was based at RAF Butterworth at the time.

My ex once cooked dinner for me and I unknowingly ate hare. Ewww. :)

Ask Me Anything, Just As Long As It's Within Reason. :)

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?

Kashew Nuts. :)

Ask Me Anything, Just As Long As It's Within Reason. :)

How would you describe your style?

Classic, Pretty and Casual sometimes. :)

Ask Me Anything, Just As Long As It's Within Reason. :)

Weddings

I was recently looking at some wedding photos on the Daily Mail site. I noticed how one maid of honour wore a white lacy dress to her best friends wedding.  She didn't outshine the bride, however she looked sweet and pretty wearing the dress.

I too attended one of my close friends weddings once. I was the maid of honour and I wore a pretty little lace creamy coloured dress.  I most certainly didn't outshine the bride on her day, however it was a pretty dress just the same. :)

The same friend once heard me singing in the kitchen whilst I was washing dishes one evening.  LOL I tricked her into thinking that I'd made the song up when she asked who sang it. LOL I think she was really impressed by my singing. ;)

This is the famous song I sang that evening. I love the song. :)

"Rock N Roll Waltz" by Kay Starr



SmileyRose  x

"Slumdog Millionaire"

The film "Slumdog Millionaire" was on the TV the other evening, I sat down to watch this fabulous Danny Boyle film yet again.  I have now added the DVD to my collection along with my many Hugh Grant films.

My small collection of DVD's is looking good.  :)

"Jai Ho" by The Pussycat Dolls


SmileyRose  x

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

"If You're Not The One"

I'm listening to "If You're Not The One" by Daniel Bedingfield :)

SmileyRose  x

"The Silence"

I really, really love the new song "The Silence" by Alexander Burke. It's such a beautiful song. :)



SmileyRose  x

Fancy A Game Of Golf? :)

This is fun!:)

Verti Golf - Click Here

SmileyRose  x

"A Kiss From A Rose"

I'm listening to "Kiss From A Rose" by Seal :)

SmileyRose  x

"Walking In The Air"

I'm listening to "Walking In The Air" by Aled Jones :)

SmileyRose  x

Miami Shark

This is a fun game :)

Miami Shark - Click Here

PS you get more points if you use the down button to take the shark to the bottom of the sea and then try making him jump out of the sea to grab the aircrafts.  Hmmm I can hear the "Jaws" music in the background. Spooky. ;)

SmileyRose   x

"It's Raining Men"

I'm listening to "It's Raining Men" by The Weather Girls :)

SmileyRose  x

"Olivers Army"

I'm listening to "Olivers Army" by Elvis Costello. :)

SmileyRose  x

Listening To The Radio

Awww it's been ages since I last listened to Rob Passani on Rutland radio. I thought I would try listening to the station this morning just for old time sake. The reception is a little dodgy, but heck I can hear it.  :)

SmileyRose   x

Becoming New Parents

I recently read the article re Elton John and his partner recently becoming parents of a baby boy who was born via a surrogate mother in the USA. I feel sure their son will have everything any child could possibly wish for however having children is not only about giving your child everything in a materialistic sense...it is also about being a good parent and offering your child your full support when they need it.  There will be times when their child may come home crying because the other children were being particularly cruel. Being a parent is all about being there for your child/ren and making certain they don't get hurt.  Being the child of two parents from a gay relationship may bring the child some confusion as he is growing up, the art of being a good parent is making certain that the child doesn't feel hurt or confused or else he could grow up feeling resentment and perhaps have some mixed feelings about his parent/s. Other children can be particularly cruel sometimes. They need to be aware of this as it's not nice to see your children grow up feeling hurt by others.

Elton is going be a much older parent, this is usually the age when most parents look at becoming grandparents, will he be able to cope with all of the demands a young child requires?   Perhaps with his kind of money he will be able to employ lots of nannies to help out; however remember the film "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle"...Ewwwww nannies from hell.  Good luck! :)

SmileyRose x

Frog Hopper

Froggie was my nickname as a child because I liked to hop around. I was thrilled to bits when I found this. :)

Frog Hopper - Click Here

SmileyRose  x

Monday, December 27, 2010

I Accidentally Ran The Car Battery Flat!

Thankfully my ex-husband was in the area and he was able to jump start my car.  I then took the car out for a nice long run just to charge it up a little more. I dropped in to see my folk in Stamford, ate a couple of mince pies and I drank nice cup of tea before heading home again. :)

"Driving In My Car" by Madness


SmileyRose  x

Feeling Deeply Saddened Today

I recently learned about the death of my friends mother. I'd known the whole family ever since I was 7yrs old when we'd all play together regularly. When their mother took ill a few months ago I wanted to go and visit her at the hospital. My friends gave me the courage and the strength to walk into the hospital ward as I was so nervous at the time.  I held the hand of their mother. She was looking very poorly indeed.  I was later comforted to hear that she'd managed to pull through her illness and she was eventually removed from the critical illness ward to another ward at the Stamford Hospital.  She managed to cling on to life for a little longer, until just recently I heard she passed away.

I am so thankful that I managed to visit her those few months ago. My last memories of her are when she opened her eyes very briefly and she smiled serenely at me.

My love goes out to the whole family who have lost their mother. I'm thinking of you all. I hope you all have the courage and strength to get over this sad event in your lives. XXXX

"In The Arms Of An Angel" by Sarah McLaughlin


With love
SmileyRose  x

Sunday, December 26, 2010

UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS

I watched the first of the new series Upstairs, Downstairs this evening.  It was definitely drama at its best. I remember watching the original series back in the 1970's.  Aww does anyone remember Hudson (Gordon Jackson)? It was a quality programme.

The new series takes us back to 165 Eaton Place and new owners Lady Agnes and her husband move into the house. Rose Buck who is the former parlormaid and now runs her own agency for domestic servants helps with the renovation.

I'm looking forward to watching the rest of the series. :)

SmileyRose  x

Christmas No. 1

"When We Collide" by Matt Cardle is this years Christmas No. 1 for 2010. :)

SmileyRose  x

"Some Mothers Do Have Em"

Hehe it has been a long time since I last saw this comedy series.  Michael Crawford plays the part of the ever loving Frank Spencer and he was probably one of the most haphazard men I could ever imagine any other man to be, but he was loveable just the same. ;) 

The girls and I giggled right the way through the Christmas special programme, the one when Frank Spencer plays the part of an angel in the nativity play.  LOL I don't remember going through the roof when I played the part of an angel in the school nativity play all of those years ago,  not quite like he did. ;)

SmileyRose  x

Let's Remember Why We All Celebrate Christmas - The True Meaning Of Christmas

As much as I resect everyone elses religion and I am always willing to listen to others tell me related stories re their own religions, however I still have just the one religion since the day of my own birth and my Christian faith will never allow me to change this, not for anyone. My family are 'all' from the Christian background and this is the way I shall remain.

God Bless Everyone x

O Holy Night - by Celine Dion :)


Here’s a little bit of the Christmas story from the Bible. This account is from a book of the Bible written by a guy named Luke.

At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant.

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no vacancy for them.

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.’

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

‘Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.’

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’

They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.

Aha! So that’s where the manger and the shepherds come in.

That’s pretty much the story of Christmas. God living among the people he created. It’s an amazing thought but it’s even more amazing when you thread the whole story of Jesus’ life together. After all, usually when we celebrate someone’s birthday we don’t just remember the day they were born, we celebrate who that person has become and what they’ve brought to the world.

If we’re still celebrating the life of someone born around 2000 years ago, we’ve got to assume that they lived a remarkable life. If you want to find out more about the remarkable life of Jesus, I’d encourage you to grab a Bible in an easy to read translation and then read one of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) to find out about Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection.

For The full article above Click Here from Rodney Olsen. net

"Away In A Manger"


"Once In Royal David's City"


"O Come All Ye Faithful'  by Anne Murray


"Silent Night"




SmileyRose x

"Love Actually"

"Love Actually" is on again later. Now how many times have I watched this film?  :):):):)


SmileyRose  x

Quality

I prepared Christmas dinner for my family this year. We invited a friend to samle my home cooking. We watched Top of The Pops and then The Queen's speech before sitting down to dinner.  It seems ever since I was a child even my mother had the habit of watching the Queens speech before dinner....some family traditions are definitely worth continuing. :)  We ate a traditional family Christmas roast dinner with a very nice Christmas pudding for afters.  Whilst looking out of the window during dinner time I noticed that our surroundings outside were lovely and picturesque, particularly as the garden was filled with snow (it was definitely a white Christmas). ;)

The children were pleased with their presents, and so was I. :)

After eating loads we sat down together and we watched some quality TV viewing, my favourites being "The Single Ronnie" LOL it made me chuckle and "Dr Who". :)   "Bridget Jones Diary" was on the TV again this year too....it was nice to have a helping of Hugh too. ;)

During the evening we played a family board game before retiring for the evening. By the way,  I lost! :( The one game I have been missing most in these recent years is everyone having a game of 'Cherades'....I love playing Cherades. I am much better at that game. ;)  We telephoned the rest of the family just to wish them all a Happy Christmas.  They all seemed so close, yet so far away.  :)

I have been totally in relaxed mode this Christmas which is something I have not done for quite some time. 

I'm loving the Christmas festivities and I'm just off to enjoy it some more.

I hope you have all had a perfect Christmas too. :)

SmileyRose  x

"Are You Ready For Love"

I've just been listening to "Are You Ready For Love" by Elton John

SmileyRose  x

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Countdown To Christmas

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Happy Christmas Everyone :)

















































SmileyRose x

Friday, December 24, 2010

"The Family"

Awww I sat down to watch the above comedy programme this evening.  It really did make me chuckle. It was indeed one of the best I've watched in the series. It was a Christmas Special which also starred Rolf Harris and Ainsley Harriet. 

Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker have definitely become favourites with this comedy.  Over the years the programme has grown and it seems to have become better with age...a bit like a vintage port. ;)

SmileyRose   x

"The Best Things In Life Are Free"

I'm listening to "The Best things In Life Are Free" by Janet Jackson and Luther Vandross. :)



SmileyRose  x

What A Lovely Idea......

On the news this morning I heard  that the Police will soon be providing young children who are involved in serious road accidents with a cuddly toy.  What a lovely Idea.  I only caught the tail end of the news so I'm unsure if this will be a local thing or if it will be Nationwide. It's such a lovely thought to let the children know just how brave they've been when they've been through such an ordeal.

Road accidents can be very traumatic for adults, so can you imagine just how traumatic it is for a child.

Well done the Police. :)

"Every Breath You Take" by The Police


SmileyRose  x

"All I Want For Christmas"

I'm listening to "All I Want For Christmas" by Miriah Carey

SmileyRose  x

"Save The Best For Last"

Ever since I was a little girl I have had the habit of saving the best for last.  It doesn't always happen, however I like to save the best for last whenever possible.:)

This evening I sat and wrapped Christmas presents whilst I sat and watched the film "Surviving Christmas" starring Ben Affleck. For all of those who have not watched the film yet I totally recommend it to you. Ben Affleck is just brilliant in it. The film is all about a millionaire who doesn't have a family of his own. He's looking to spend Christmas with a family and he's more than willing to pay for it. :)

Apart from having a soft spot for all Ben Affleck look-alikes, I really enjoy this actors films. Surviving Christmas is a funny romantic comedy, typical of the genre of films I mostly enjoy watching.

Well, the presents are just about wrapped and I just have one or two more Christmas cards to try and rush to folk before Christmas. :)

"Save The Best For Last" by Vanessa Williams


SmileyRose   x

Thursday, December 23, 2010

"Perfect Christmas"

by S-Club-7

Here's hoping all of my friends have a perfect Christmas. :)

PS Just because you haven't all received a Christmas card from me doesn't mean you are not a friend. It just means I ran out of cards, they're delayed in the post or I posted them late. ;) Here's thinking about those of you who are friends. :)

I'm hoping for a perfect Christmas with both Catherine and Lauren and seeing some of my friends during the Christmas period too. xxx :)



SmileyRose   x

Putting On Weight Is Likely To Make Your Partner Ditch You! Hmmm Maybe, Maybe Not! ;)

I recently read an article which suggests men are more likely to ditch their partners if they end up eating too many Christmas puds and mince pies over the Christmas period. A survey revealed that just by adding half a stone is enough for their partners to look elsewhere.

A staggering 42per cent of men interviewed said they would be less attracted to their girlfiend if they gained weight, some even willing to ditch their g/f's.

Well ladies, what can  I say?  If a guy is shallow enough to ditch you for such a reason then perhaps it is better you are not with him in the first place. It is far better to stick with a guy who loves you for being you.

Hey ladies, If you happen to lose weight and you end up looking fabulous then the guy who loves you for being you is likely to gain and the one who has ditched you, he's likely to be a loser. ;) :)

I once had a friend who was overweight.  She was unhappy because she did not have a partner and she put it down to her being overweight.  So she went on a strict diet and she managed to lose loads of weight.  She was looking good.  When she reached her target weight there was still no man on the scene.  She stayed slim for around 2 years and still nobody even considered dating her.

Eventually she gave up with the diet and she went back to looking her old self again.  She seemed less concerned about her weight this time around and she decided to to stick at doing what she loved best, eating/dining out.  Maybe it was because she was more contented with life this time around but she finally met the man of her dreams and she was married not all that long ago.

The moral of the story:  She was finally happy with herself and it brought out the best in her. She then met the man of her dreams not because she was slim but because she was contented within. :)   You don't have to look like a super thin model to look and feel good, you just have to think positive. If you love yourself then you will have a happier frame of mind. :)

Why not try this at home! It's not harmful so kids can try it too.  Wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and say to yourself "I love you you sexy beast." ;o)

SmileyRose

"Santas List"

by Cliff Richard


SmileyRose   x

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sad News

Awww a warm sympathy message goes out to Phillip Schofield and his family, the family pet cat recently died.

SmileyRose x

"A Million Love Songs"

I've just been listening to "A Million Love Songs" by Take That :)

SmileyRose  x

"Merry Christmas Everybody"

by Slade

Three more sleeps 'til Santa.  There's a light dusting of snow outside this morning, it's cold too.  :)



SmileyRose  x

The Queen

I am unsure if I was dreaming or not this morning when I heard Kev from Heart Radio mention that the Queen maybe coming to Peterborough to officially open the new Peterborough City Hospital.  Could it be a rumour or could it be for real?

I wonder if I shall ever get to see the Queen?

Could this be the third bit of happy news coming from the palace one wonders?;)

SmileyRoseFrances  x

The Key Theatre Pantomime

I recently went to watch "Jack And The Beanstalk" at the Key Theatre, Peterborough.  I won't be a spoiler as I know there are a number of folk who have not been to watch the show yet. I will just mention that the panto was simply superb.  The cast were brilliant and they all seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as the audience were.

Was that a real giant?  "Heck! He seemed so real.

"Oh no he wasn't"  or Oh yes he was"

SmileyRose  x

Another Wedding

Princess Anne's daughter Zara Phillips and her fiance have recently announced their engagement. One wonders if there is something in the Royal water?  Their announcement follows very soon after the engagement news of Prince William to Kate Middleton. 

They say good news usually comes in threes. I wonder what the third Royal announcement might be? ;)

SmileyRose  x

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Shopping

Wow! This year I was able to drop into Sainsbury, load my car up with Christmas shopping and take it home with me.  Last year was a little awkward. I didn't have a car and I struggled getting my shopping done at once. What a difference it makes, particularly when you are working and you have limited time to get everything done. I've never been huge on internet shopping, not unless you have disabilities and you physically cannot get out to the shops easilly then of course it is different. :)

SmileyRose  x

Travel Problems

The other day I called the RAC to come out to me for a home start.  I'd had a few battery problems, however a new battery seems to have sorted the problem now. The RAC were with me within 25 minutes, they were really prompt. :)

There's just one fault I have with the call out service like this.  If you have problems with your vehicles whilst away from home and you want roadside assistance, it can seem to take forever getting through to RAC on your mobile telephone when they are busy. Just ringing them from your mobile telephone seems to eat into your credit!  This is not at all good for those folk who are on a limited budget and who are just trying to 'call' someone out to their vehicles.  Companies such as Orange charge you just to call RAC and if your credit happens to run out or if you did not have your credit card with you to top up at the time then you're in trouble.  Not good at all.

Thankfully the car is working great again and thanks to St Nicholas for showing me how an immobolizer works. :)

SmileyRose x

Monday, December 20, 2010

Visit Santa At The Northpole :)

Click Here - The Northpole

I don't know about you lot but I feel as if I'm already in the Northpole. Heck! It's been so cold here lately and it feels like I'm already in the Northpole. :)

Five more days 'til Santa.  I hope you all believe in Santa or else not presents for any of you this year.  ;)

"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"  ....so be good for goodness sakes. ;)


SmileyRose   x

Christmas No.1 - 2010

Matt Cardle singing "When We Collide".....well done! ;o)

SmileyRose  x

Sunday, December 19, 2010

"Thinking Of Me"

I've just been listening to "Thinking Of Me" by Olly Murs. :)

SmileyRose  x

Do fairies grant wishes?

I do not know....do they? :)

"My Only Wish (This Year)"

by Britney


SmileyRose  x

"Santa Baby"

By Kylie


SmileyRose x

Would you ever get married again? If so who to? What kind of a man?

Getting married again is not something which I have totally ruled out. I liked married life, but I'm not complaining about being single either. If you'd asked me the same question a few years ago then I would perhaps have said differently as I had no thoughts of ever marrying again. I have no idea who that might be to and he'd have to be pretty special to ever make me think about going down that road again. If or when it ever happens then I'll be sure to update my blog for you all to read about because I'm sure you'd all like to know who the lucky fellow might be. ;)
Ask Me Anything, Just As Long As It's Within Reason. :)

If I ever married again, this will definitely be the song playing at my wedding. ;)
"From This Moment" by Shania Twain

Don't Put Others Lives At Risk!

It really gripes me when I see folk driving on the roads chatting away on their mobile telephones without a care in the world.  Don't you realize you are putting others lives at risk just by doing this?  There are more chances of a person losing concentration when they are driving along and they are busy having a full blown conversation on their mobile telephones. It's not like having a little background music, something which you can switch off to. Have you not heard of the 'hands free' kits which can be used for mobiles these days? :)

SmileyRose   x

Social Networking Sites

No I am not on facebook and I do not use my real name or the name SmileyRose on that site either nor do I go on any of the other social networking sites apart from Formspring occasionally.  I once tried facebook for a little while though. :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

"I'm So Excited"

I'm listening to "I'm So Excited" by The Pointer Sisters

SmileyRose  x

"Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle"

I really like this song by Nirvana. It just so happens to be the only song I know which features my first name in it.  It's great! :)



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"Absolutely Flawless"

I've just been listening to "Absolutely Flawless" by George Michael

SmileyRose x

Naming Cars "Ruby"

I suppose it is just out of habit that I like to name all of my cars.

My very first car was named 'Percy' the Fiat Panda. Then along came 'General Mickey' the Mini. After that came 'FeFe' the Fiesta.  Then along came 'Perry' the Peugeot, then there was 'Willy' the VW and now there's 'Ruby' the Renault. :o) 

It sounds like a list of lovers doesn't it...but I can assure you all that they were only cars. ;)

"Ruby" by Keiserchiefs


SmileyRose  x

Car Break Down Service

I am a huge believer in taking out a car breakdown cover just in case the car ever breaks down when you least expect it to. When I first began driving back in the 1980's I took out an RAC breakdown cover. The RAC were always good to me and they were usually promt to help me whenever I needed the help.  Right throughout my marriage, the vehicle my then husband and I drove together was also covered by the RAC. It was my fathers suggestion that I have a breakdown cover right from the time I first owned my own car.  He had always been with the RAC also so he was able to advise me when it came to looking for the best cover for my vehicle. 

I am still with the same breakdown service all of these years later....however I'm hoping I won't need to use them in a hurry.  :o)

Click Here: RAC Breakdown Cover

Ps
I can't believe that some folk actually drive their vehicles around without insuring or even taxing their cars. Both are equally as important when it comes to driving cars.

Click Here: DVLC

"Cars" by Gary Newman

SmileyRose  x

Who and when was your first kiss?

If we are talking about platonic kisses, then my first kiss was with my father when I was a baby and my first real kiss with a boy took place when I was 15 years old (almost 16 years old). :)

"Step Into Christmas"

by Elton John


SmileyRose  x

All UK Home Owners - Merry Christmas

I recently read in the newspaper that things were looking up for all UK home owners, particularly in the Cambridgeshire area.  Apparently the average person who owns their own home, they made an extra cool £5000 on their homes last year. Things must be looking up. :o)

SmileyRose x

I'm Staying At Home This Christmas :)



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Missing All Of Those Special Folk At This Time Of Year

Do you ever stop to think about all of those folk you have known in the past, some still alive and some who have perhaps gone on to the next world and they are no longer with us anymore? Just to sit back and reminisce past events and happy times you've all spent together can sometimes be comforting?  I know I like to look back sometimes and I remember everyone with fond memories. :)

Here's thinking about 'all' of those folk you won't be seeng this Christmas.  x


SmileyRose  x

"Me To You" - Congratulations

Congratulations to a good friend who has recently passed his exams by obtaining a BSc degree....way to go!!!!!  I know he's been working hard to achieve this exam result. Well done you and to all of those others who have recently been working hard to achieve the results they'd all hoped for in their exams! :o)

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A feel good song for all graduates who have managed to achieve good exam results in the past years, no matter what their ages...altogether now. ;)  "Yesterdays Dream" :o)


SmileyRose  x

"Patients"

I'm listening to "Patience" by Take That. :)

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Get Well Soon x

Just wishing all of my friends and family members who have been feeling a little poorly recently with the dreaded bugs and things going around.  I hope you are all feeling much better.

A special message to one young lady.  I hope you are tucked up in bed now.  Here's wishing you a "Get Well Soon" Love You More ;).....Love Mummy xxxx



















"Love You More" by JLS




SmileyRose  x

"Thinking Of Me"

I'm listening to "Thinking Of Me" by Olly Murs. ;)

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"Mama Mia"

I'm listening to "Mama Mia" by Abba :)

SmileyRose   x

"Driving Home For Christmas"

by Chris Rea


SmileyRose x

Friday, December 17, 2010

Snow Flake

I've just looked out of my bedroom window thinking I was going to see at least 3 inches of snow out there this morning however there's not even a snowflake outside.  It looks as if the snow has missed us here in East Anglia. So far, so good but it's blooming freezing out there.:)

Hmmmm I wonder. Do you think we might have a white Christmas?

SmileyRose   x

Pink Panther.....

Pink Panther director  Blake Edwards has died aged 88 yrs.  He was also the husband of  Dame Julie Andrews.

My deepest sympathy goes out to his family at this sad time. He was such a brilliant director and I loved the film Pink Panther.

SmileyRose x

"If You're Not The One"

I'm listening to "If You're Not The One" by Daniel Bedingfield

SmileyRose  x

"Silent Night"

"Silent Night"


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Eating Popcorn!

This evening I sat back and I was entertained watching TV....I ate a huge bowl of popcorn whilst watching. :)

Here's an old favourite song of mine. ;)
"Popcorn"


SmileyRose  x

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Another Celebrity Marriage Break-Up!

I've just been reading about yet another celebrity marriage break-up.  Some have only been married for less than 5 yrs.  5 years or less is hardly long enough to call it a marriage because you are barely just getting to know each other at that stage.  It's more of a friendship and then a fall out with a friend rather than a marriage break.

I know I have been through a marriage break-up previously, however I was married for 15 years.  It was a relatively long marriage by todays standards.

Personally speaking, I think you have to be married for a considerable length of time before you can even call it a marriage these days because some folk take marriage far too lightly. Marriage is not a joking matter and it's something which should be taken seriously.

SmileyRose  x

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I Didn't Mean It Literally!!!!!

I once told someone to "Grab the bull by the horns"....I didn't mean it literally though. :o)

Grabbing the bull by the horns means deal strongly with a difficult situation silly. ;)

SmileyRose  x

"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"

by The Ronnettes

A bit of Christmas cheer. :)


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"When We Collide"

I've just been listening to Matt Cardle's new song. He's the new X Factor winner and I really like the song. :)

SmileyRose  x

Monday, December 13, 2010

"Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word"

By Elton John and Blue

I took my eldest daughter to see Blue play live at the Peterborough embankment a few years ago. They were fabulous. :)


SmileyRose   x

"Blue Christmas"

by Elvis Presley



SmileyRose x

Hmmm Are They Or Aren't They? That Is The Question :)

Liz and Arun Nayar, have they really seperated?  Hmmmm it seems that a lot of folk are speculating about the couple and their marriage being over.  Are we to believe Twitter?  They haven't been married for all that long and it looked as if their marriage was really solid. Even uncle Hugh seemed quite comfy with the idea. ;) What about that fabulous Indian wedding they had together? I even bought the 'Hello' magazine just to see the pictures.  Is it just a lot of gossip or are we really to believe that another one bites the dust? ;)

PS. It seems Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens may have gone their seperate ways too.  It's catching!

"Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen



SmileyRose   x

"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"

by Judy Garland

Awwww every time a bell rings an angel gets his/her wings. ;)


SmileyRose  x

The X-Factor

Well done to Matt for winning X-factor 2010. It was nice to see my three top favorites as finalists on the programme.  I chose all three right at the beginning of the programme, therefore I was really happy to see them all as finalists.

If I am totally honest though, I was rooting for Rebecca to win...mainly because she has been the most consistent singer on the programme.  She did not have any 'off' days and she always seemed to get out there and give it her best.  She was the most outstanding singer on the show with Matt and One Direction both a close second. :)

You know what they say.....the No.2 is often the best!  Look at Robbie Williams and the year he sang 'Angels'.....he should have been No.1 that year. ;)  It was great to see 'Take That' on the programme too. :)

SmileyRose  x

Fabulous Weekend!

I have had a fabulous weekend. My daughters and I spent some time away in Kent visiting my sister and brother-Inp Law .  It was my nephews birthday party and a good time was had by all. There was plenty of nibbles and food on the day. :)

It is nice to meet up with all of the other family members from time to time.  The day was relaxing.  We exchanged gifts and cards. My middle sister is a fabulous cook.

SmileyRose  x

"The Christmas Song"



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Friday, December 10, 2010

I Cringed With Embarrassment Recently!

I was sure I was walking into the ladies toilets, only it was the gents!  There was a man standing in the loo at the time. He had his back to me and I cringed, apologised and I darted out of the loo very quickly. To add to my embarassment, there were some ladies walking down the corridor who saw my crimson coloured face when they saw me come out of the gents loo.  They giggled and pointed out that I needed to go to the loo with a picture of a woman wearing a skirt. Ewwww! It could only ever happen to me. :)

"Shout" by LuLu


SmileyRose x

Milder

It definitely seems a little milder this morning. There's no snow outside. :)

Fifteen sleeps 'til Santa. :)

I saw a guy who looked just like Santa at work yesterday.  He even had a deep chuckle the way you'd imagine Santa to laugh.  He had a friendly smile too. I wonder? :)


SmileyRose   x

"I Like It"

I'm listening to "I Like It" by Enrique Iglesias :)

SmileyRose  x

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Nativity Plays

Aww it's that time of year when all the mums and dads will be attending their childrens first nativity plays.  I remember the watching both of my daughters in their school nativity plays/Christmas plays.  Awww yes I watch both of my daughters in their school nativities and some of the Christmas school plays too.  I loved the time the eldest was a narrator...she was fab. I kept her school video from that day, she was really good.  Also the youngest was one of the singers in her school play, she was fab too.

When I was 5yrs old I played the part of the archangel gabriel.  I had a long speaking part and of course I've been an angel ever since.  The school I was attending at the time was Minden Barracks infant school, Penang. My teacher was Mrs Cuthbertson. The school was attended by a number of RAF children and it was indeed a British School. :)

SmileyRose  x

"Rudolph The Red-Nosed ReinDeer"

A Russian couple was walking down the street in St. Petersburg the other night, when the man felt a drop hit his nose. "I think it's raining," he said to his wife.


"No, that felt more like snow to me," she replied. "No, I'm sure it was just rain, he said." Well, as these things go, they were about to have a major argument about whether it was raining or snowing. Just then they saw a minor communist party official walking toward them. "Let's not fight about it," the man said, "let's ask Comrade Rudolph whether it's officially raining or snowing."

As the official approached, the man said, "Tell us, Comrade Rudolph, is it officially raining or snowing?"

"It's raining, of course," he answered and walked on. But the woman insisted: "I know that felt like snow!" To which the man quietly replied: "Rudolph the Red knows rain, dear!"



SmileyRose  x

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Ding-Dong - I Wonder Who That Is? :o)

Could it be Avon calling? Whatever happened to rat-a-tat-tat? :)  Cya :)



SmileyRose  x

Here's A Wish. :) "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" :o)

Sung by Wizard :)


SmileyRose  x

Whilst Listening To The Radio.....

Whilst listening to the radio recently, I noticed there were a fair number of really heavy rap tunes on one of the stations. Ewwww could I understand the lyrics? I changed the channel to what some would say sounded much better! The tune playing sounded like the Death March.  LOL I left the channel playing the latter tune, because it seemed the better of the two evils. ;)  *Cringe worthy story*

SmileyRose  x

"Santa Baby"

by Kylie Minogue



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Monday, December 06, 2010

"Dance With My Father Again"

I'm listening to "Dance With My Father Again" by Luther Vandross.

SmileyRose  x

The Long And Short Of It

Someone once asked me if I had a problem with going out with tall men.  Huh? What a question.:)  The truth of the matter is, I don't really mind a man being taller than me however it would help if he was reachable. Oh and when it comes down to the nitty gritties, height shouldn't really matter at all....mainly because you're all the same height when you're lying down. ;)

SmileyRose  x

Pink Noise Reducing Headphones

When X Factor Ms Minogues son Ethan has finished wearing those cute little pink headphones...maybe I could borrow them for work. They'd at least keep my ears nice and warm. ;)

"Come On Feel The Noise" by Slade


SmileyRose x

Rose Royce

I'm listening to "Car Wash" by Rose Royce

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"Frosty The Snowman"


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"Rocking Around The Christmas Tree"

by Amy Grant



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Children Growing Up Too Soon

I've heard recently that some parents are encouraging their chillren to dress up like mini adults far too soon. Some childrens clothing places are even selling outfits with a sexual theme to it.

I have also heard that the reason behind this is because many parents are worried about their children not getting into work after they leave full time education. It seems 'sex' sells these days and there are far too many folk encouraging this around the country with all of the new types of clubs etc which have been opening around the various cities. There is too much sex advertised on the internets too.  Some folk are wondering whether or not it is preferable to let their children get into that kind of industry just to make quick and easy money...particularly as lifestyles seem to be changing.

Yes, times have changed since I was a teenager. It seems children are growing up far too soon these days.

I do hope that there will be a number of parents like myself still. Those who will continue to shelter and protect their children by giving them a good upbringing and allowing them to remain children for as long as possible. In my heart I know I am doing the correct thing because I love my children very much.

"The Greatest Love" by Whitney Houston


SmileyRose  x

I Was Amazed!

I was recently amazed to learn just how many celebs are featured on the cover of some magazines and how much airbrushing goes on these days to make them look fab.  I always presumed they all really looked that way. Wow!  I didn't realize what airbrushing was all about until this guy I worked with told me about photoshop. I'd not heard about it previously and goodness, it's amazing how different you can make someone look with the graphic editing programme.

You can make an ordinary woman look absolutely stunning with it. I've never used it on myself before, hence the reason I never look as stunning in my photos as some of those folk in the celeb world of glamour 'n' glitz ....but hey, I'm happy.  

SmileyRose x

Sad

Mary was voted off in the sing-off on the X-factor last night.  She'd been a good contestant all along and it's sad when someone like Mary gets voted off the programme particularly as we've all enjoyed listening to her sing over the past few weeks. 

I wish her luck in the future.

SmileyRose  x

"Achy Breaky Heart"

by Billy Ray Cyrus



SmileyRose  x

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Relationship Break-Up Quotes

1. Sometimes the best memories are the ones you have to lose.

2. Why did you leave me? When did you leave me? Where was I when this happened?

3. When we wear our heart on our sleeve, nobody notices our great butts!

4. If I have to be 'perfect' to keep my man faithful, then I'd rather just let him go and live alone. Perfect is an impossible state.

5. Love grows where trust is laid, and love dies where trust is betrayed.

6. Yearn for where you want to go, not for where you have already been: Your future will be better, your days will be brighter, and your nights will be filled with the glorious heavens.

7. I looked in the mirror this morning, but I only saw me without you.

8. If I stop thinking of you, will you be gone to me forever?

9. Sad endings begin every new romance.

10. If breakups never existed the music industry would go bankrupt.

SmileyRose  x

Saturday, December 04, 2010

"What If"

It's such a beautiful song.  The Titanic was also one of the best films ever made. :)


SmileyRose  x

I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here

I managed to catch the programme this evening, only because it's been a while since I last watched Ant and Dec.  They are favourites. :)

Stacey to win!!!! ;o)

Sean second. ;o)

She has such a lovely personality.

The programme reminds me of (Chris) Tarrant on TV and the Japenese Endurance game. LOL

SmileyRose  x

The X-Factor

Club Songs

Rebecca - "You've Got To Show Me Love" - it was totally the right song and she sang it just beatifully. That lady showed me that she really could sing this week. She was absolutely fabulous!

Mary - I love the song she chose this week. "I Never Can Say Goodbye"...beautifully sung. :)

Matt Cardle I wasn't at all keen on his song this week maybe it wasn't his genre. I know poor Matt had a cold, but I actually thought it was the wrong song for him to sing. Sorry Matt.

Cher - She didn't chose the best song this week.

One Direction - It was possibly my least favourite performance of theirs on the programme so far, however
it wasn't that bad and I still enjoyed listening to their song.

Second Songs

Matt - It still wasn't the best chosen song but much better than the first song.

Mary - Wow! I love the song "Memories" and it was so well sung by Mary this evening.

Cher - She sang a really tricky song which she seemed to struggle singing it. Yet again the song was not my favourite.

Rebecca - She sang 'Amazing Grace' and she really was amazing. I loved her version of the song and out of all of the contestants this evening, this lady was just brilliant. She is a classy lady who has a class act. She is definitely going far with her singing career. Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!

One Direction - Fabulous! This Snow Patrol song "Chasing Cars" was definitely a good song choice this evening. Much better!  It's sad about the recent bad news one member of the band has been experiencing recently.

SmileyRose   x

I Like this Single :)

I bought this Debbie Harry single a number of years ago, it's recorded in my little orange book. :)




SmileyRose  x

Herewood House & Gardens

A number of years ago I holidayed in Yorkshire and I had great pleasure in visiting Herewood House. I photographed the house and gardens.  Both were absolutely beautiful.  There are over 100 acres of Gardens at Harewood.  - all set within the magnificent landscape created by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. 

For those of you who have not yet visited either, I thoroughly reccommend that you do. :)

Click Here To View Harewood House Site

SmileyRose  x

Ooo I Feel Like A Rusk

A Farley's rusk. :)

Just call me  Frances 'Baby' Houseman ;)

"I've Had The Time Of My Life"


SmileyRose  x

"Heroes"

I'm listening to "Heroes" by The X-factor contestants :)

SmileyRose  x

Have Some Pride!

Having a sense of pride in oneself is very important when it comes to showing a work place/place of employment that you are worthy of going further within a post. That's what it shows me. :)

I am qualified to work within administration/clerical worker. Shortly after I left school when I was searching for work I found that most companies preferred experienced workers. At the time I didn't understand this reasoning, mainly because I'd just qualified within a trade and I was looking for work within that trade.

I realized a few years later that I actually agreed with those companies who only employed someone because they were good at their jobs and because they'd had past experience at their job.

Personally I think just because someone is newly qualified and they have a qualification in hand, it does not necessarily mean that they should all be out there doing the job it says they are capable of doing on their certificate of qualification/s. Not straight away. Quite the contrary really, which is why I think everyone should be forced to go and do a job just to get some experience of working within the workforce.

If you have a trade and you have been working within that trade already, then I don't have a problem with those persons/folk looking for work within that same trade, mainly because they have achieved their experience already and they have proven that they are capable of doing their jobs already. If they have been away from work for a few years taking care of children then it is advisable for those folk just to go back to college to brush up on their skills just to ease them back into work again.

Personally I think those who are not experienced within the workforce, they are more likely to get more satisfaction at finding work within their trade eventually because they have gone out there and they have proven to me that they are not afraid of hard work/any work. As far as I am concerned, a person who has shown that they have some kind of pride in themselves and they have proved to me that they are doing a job because they want to earn a living then they are more likely to prove to me that they are far likely to do a good job. Mainly because they have proved to me that they are not afraid of hard work.

Look at me, I worked in a factory once making underwear for M&S a number of years ago and I worked long hours. I worked hard. I was qualified to work within an office, but apart from just a small certificate showing I'd passed a few exams, it shouldn't have meant that I should walk right into the job I wanted. It's good to get work experience anywhere you can at the time, so that by the time you reach my age, you feel as if you deserve to be working somewhere more suitable.

I have never been unemployed and I have always worked hard for much of my life. I even took up an extra job working behind a bar once, just to earn some money. I think I have proved myself within society and I certainly do not need to prove myself anymore.

I would like to see long term unemployed folk, particularly those who have never had experience within any trade/job previously; even if they are qualified I would like to see them all back at work doing whichever jobs they are capable of doing...provided of course they are fit enough to work. If they are not fit enough to do one job, then they may be fit enough to do another kind of job more suited to whichever disability they have. Who knows? It would be nice to see all of those long term unemployed folk doing some kind of job though.

Losing benefits and thinking you are going to be worse off should not matter, however getting yourself back into work should matter to you, if not for yourself, then for your families. Have some pride!

Employers should look at the history of someone’s work patterns before they employ a person just to see if they have accepted other work previously in order for them to have a reasonable CV. When you are younger it doesn't really matter what you are qualified to do just as long as you show that you are willing to work. Once you are in a job then there is nothing to stop you looking for the job you would like.

As for youngsters looking for their first jobs, I'd be more inclined to look at what a child has done whilst they have attended school if they came to me for a job ie., The Duke Of Edinburgh Awards for instance would make me show a particular interest in a youngster and also if they'd been involved in Cubs, Scouts, Brownies or The Girl Guides. All of this is likely to make me take an even special interest in the youngsters of today, mainly because they would have proven a good interest in other helpful/caring activities outside of the family home. I would need to see proof of their efforts ie., awards, certificates, photos etc before I employed someone as just about anyone can make something up to make their CV's look good. I would be far more interested in the truth though. :)

Dib dib dib dob dob dob
and
I Promise that I will do my best,
To love my God,
To serve my Queen and my Country,
To help other people
And
To keep the Guide Law

I would also take a great deal of interest in all of those lovely parents who have encouraged their children to take part in any of the above activities. :)

SmileyRose  x

"Dizzy"

I'm listening to "Dizzy" by Tommy Roe

SmileyRose  x

"I'll Stand By You"

One of my favourite Girls Aloud songs....it makes me think of some of the nicer girl friends I know. ;)



SmileyRose x

Friday, December 03, 2010

Severe Weather Warning....

2 feet of snow. ;)
























Thanks to a friend who recently sent me this. Snickers. ;)


SmileyRose  x