Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saddened To Learn My Old School Has Been Demolished

I first began infant school when my father was stationed in Penang, Malaya. The school was Minden Barracks infant school, however that was only for about a year before my father was stationed back here in the UK.

I then attended Fisherton Anger Infant School, Salisbury, Wiltshire.  I was somewhat saddened to learn recently that the old school no longer exists as it was demolished a number of years ago. :(

Although my family left Salisbury back in the 70's, I still have fond memories of my time living there.:)

"Sad Songs" by Elton John



SmileyRose x

"Downtown"

One of my earliest 'baby' memories is trying to sing along to the song "Downtown" by Petula Clark.  It was fabulous when Emma Bunton re-released the song a few years ago, it brought back some of my baby days and my earliest memories so to speak. :)

Only today I visited Downtown and the Boundry Mill shopping centre. Then it was off to Grantham to have a walk around the town centre, passing by Lady Thatchers old home. Then it was off to visit my folks in Stamford.
"Downtown" by Petula Clark :)

SmileyRose x

A Bumpit

I recently bought a 'Bumpit' from Boots. LOL ok I can see all of your minds looking a little blank and I can see you're wondering what the heck is a Bumpit!  Well, I can reveal all.  It's a gadget you literally stick in your hair. It is plastic and it gives lift to the crown of your head to help make certain styles look raised on the top of your head. I almost forgot...you are supposed to put it underneath the hair and have the hair placed so that it falls on the top of it. Then you spray it with lots of hairspray to keep it in place. Speaking of which, if anyone watched the film 'Hairspray' which starred John Travolta a few years ago, the hairstyle was quite popular in the film :)

Bumpits!
The style resembles the 'beehive.' This particular hairstyle was also popular in the 60's when pop stars such as Lulu, Cilla Black and Sandy Shaw made it popular back then.:)

"Goodmorning Baltimore" from film Hairspray. If you haven't watched the film....it's a must. :) One from my top ten list. :)



SmileyRose x

Friday, July 30, 2010

I Had A Great Day Yesterday

I celebrated yet another birthday yesterday, hmm another day younger. ;)

I received a number of text messages, cards and some prezzies. Thank you. :)

Although I worked during the day, I later went out to Prezzo with a female work friend.  I ate meatballs and pasta, which was very delicious, along with a nice glass of wine to celebrate with. It wasn't a late night as I had an early rise this morning but as we ate our meal, the restaurant dimmed its lights and stuck a candle on our table. LOL no offence to my friend, but she didn't do a thing for me, not in the romantic sense or setting, but it was great fun just the same.  ;)

Thank you all for remembering, even though I did hush it up a little.  :)

Ps  No I haven't reached another decade yes and I'm still in my 40's. :)

SmileyRose x

Ranting, Raving Or Shouting

What's the point?  I'm not really a 'shouty' person and I much prefer to solve a situation without ranting, raving or shouting. I often get my point across, but usually in a polite manner...although having said that, sometimes I even have days when I feel like shouting but to date I've usually managed to stay calm and collective.  :)

Just the other day I passed someone yelling and shouting on their mobile telephone whilst they were walking down the street. Eww shouting and yelling,  it's likely to give you a sore throat. ;)

"Shout" by Lulu





SmileyRose x

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I Belong To The "A" Team

Well done team! Good team work. Now let's raise our hands in the air and give me five! :)
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SmileyRose x

Awww Thank You! :)

Someone recently mentioned to me how nicely spoken I was, but it was great that I didn't sound terribly snooty. Huh? :)

LOL I wasn't sure quite how to take that and what's "terribly snooty"? Thank you and I'll take it as a compliment as that's the manner in which it was given to me at the time. :)

SmileyRose x

Dream Job!

Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Person asked the young programmer, "And what starting salary were you looking for?"

The programmer said, "In the region of £75,000 a year, depending on the benefit's package."

The HR Person said, "Well, what would you say to a package of 5-weeks annual leave, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every 2 years - say, a red mercedes?"

The programmer sat up straight and said, "Wow!!! Are you kidding?"

And the HR Person said, "Certainly, ...but you started it."


SmileyRose x

Working Hard!

Since divorcing I have never lived off social security benefits, come to think of it, I have never in my life received social security benefits, so I've been extremely fortunate enough to have always have worked since leaving school or I've had a break from the paid work force for a few years when I took care of my children.

I chose to return to full-time work again after going back to full-time college and upgrading all of my previous qualifications, plus gaining a few more during the process. :)

I pay for all of my own bills and I do not rely upon anyone else to pay them for me. I am an extremely proud person and I would much rather go out to work for a living that to feel that I'm a burden on society, hence my determination to get back to a job of some kind.

"9-5" by Dolly Parton




SmileyRose x

I'm Listening To "Don't Know Why"

by Norah Jones.:)

SmileyRose x

Although I Am Divorced....

....I have never been a single parent who has lived on benefits in order to help bring up her children. Quite the contrary really, I was fortunate enough to be married to a man who stuck by me when our children were young, therefore we both brought our children up together. I firmly believe that two people can be divorced yet both can still remain 'model' parents....because when it comes to parenting I would say that both my ex and I are loving parents who do the best for our children, mainly because they are both loved.:)

I was a full time mother and I didn't return to the workforce until my children reached secondary school age. We did not divorce until our children were old enough to understand that mum and dad would be parting and the separation/divorce had nothing to do with either of them. Both of us have continued to take an active part in our children's upbringing, albeit from separate homes.

I am a firm believer that if parents are to part, than an amicable parting between two parents can help when it comes to the welfare of the children. It is vitally important that children do not blame themselves or feel that they are loved less because their parents are no longer together.

I have never turned my children away from their father, nor he away from me. In fact both of us have continued to encourage our children to take an active part with each other, mainly because we both continue to love our children..."together" and we want what is best for them.

I have never in any of my posts, preached to anyone else telling them what they should be doing, quite the contrary as I understand that everyone else's circumstances are different to my own, however I like to share some of my stories with others from time to time and if they do not want to read, then they have my permission to switch off. :)


SmileyRose x

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Good Friendships

Speaking from a personal point of view, I generally make better friends with others who are within a similar age group to myself. I don't mind 4/5 yrs or so either side of my own age,  however anything more usually makes it awkward when it comes to sharing interests or having much in common with someone.

For some reason I seem to keep meeting those who are much younger than myself (just recently, women who are much younger seem to want to keep befriending me) and as much as many of them seem nice...I very rarely seem to have lots in common with any of them. I still find it much better to have friends who are of a same/similar age group as me and folk from a similar background to me because we usually tend to share the same ideals, values etc....just a few things we are likely to have in common.

My old friends are an exception to this rule because I've known them for a long time, but when it comes to making new friends I have become somewhat fussy as it usually takes a while for me to get to know and to like someone. I don't really want to befriend youngsters, as nice as they may seem because I already have a couple of daughters who keep me young, particularly when we go out together.

I generally get along with most people, however when it comes to making good friendships it can be a little different as I much prefer friends within my own age group and those who are from a similar background/upbringing to myself. :)

*Sigh*

SmileyRose x

Get Well Soon

I would just like to say get well soon to a friend who recently broke his foot. Awww sympathies. Get well soon. :) x









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SmileyRose x

I've Made A New Discovery!

Wow! I really like this. The guy singing this catchy little number seems to really know how to sing. Maybe it's the latin good looks which seem to be charming me. ;)

Close your eyes, imagine you are somewhere nice and hot and there's a beach not too far away. Hmmmm now listen to the song. ;)

"No Face No Name No Number" :)




SmileyRose x

AGNES

Hey! Isn't it great! I came across someone else who shares the same name as me today. For those who know me, they would know that one of my middle names is indeed 'Agnes.'  How lovely it was to share my name with someone else. :)

Of course the name Agnes came from my maternal grandmother. :)

"Release Me" by Agnes :)



 SmileyRose x

"We Are Family"

By Sister Sledge :)

Sorry 'bro'...You're a sister this evening. ;)


SmileyRose x

Let's All Get Excited! :)

"Hey Mickey" by Toni Basil :)



SmileyRose x

I Can't Help But Like This Song....:)

"Charmaine" by The Bachelors



SmileyRose x

Brunettes!

Goodness! I'm blushing! Someone mentioned that I was a classy brunette recently. Now that was indeed a very nice compliment....thank you. :)

I also came across a very nice lady who seemed well and truly grateful for a small job I did for her at work today. In order to show her gratitude she offered to buy me a cup of tea. How sweet. Aren't some folk just sweet?  :)

"Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond :)


SmileyRose x

Over 40 And Still Sexy :)

Overly sexy photographs of me showing all 'n' sundry 'do not' exist on the internet...and if they do, then I must have a pretty good double or else someone else has managed to find a private photograph of me during a 'tongue and cheek' girls night out....when a bunch of neglected over 40's wanted to prove to the young ones that we too can look hot and complete knockouts when we hit the local nigh-clubs! :)

If anyone else has managed to get hold of copies of 'that' photograph then that is not my doing because it has only ever been displayed on a private site and not for the whole world to view. :)

I am the kind of person who much prefers to leave something to the imagination and I much prefer to display only my more modest photographs here on the internet,  particularly as this site is a public one.  :)

A good tip to remember: Sexiness is not about how little one wears on their person, quite the contrary, it has more to do with how much a woman can look like a complete 'knockout' just by her very presence.  Having a great personality and having a great smile can make her look totally sexy in a mans eyes.  If you don't believe me, then just ask any gentleman what he finds sexy in a woman.  :)

"Love Sex Magic" by Justin Timberlake ft Ciara



SmileyRose x

Monday, July 26, 2010

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SmileyRose x

Guys Need Sex Kittens To Snuggle Up To

Long gone are the days when women who were in their 20's and 30's considered to be sex kittens. Quite the contrary, these days women who are in their 40's and 50's seem to be doing well in that department because they look mature and ripened by that age and quite honestly some in that age group can still look really hot!

Forget about the really skinny girls between the ages of 20-30 whereby some look as if  they've been underfed and they have no hips for the guys to grab hold off.  Guys seem to be interested in the older women these days because they need a more voluptuous figure to snuggle up to.

These days either a woman is fast disappearing because of her endless diets or she's disappearing because she'd much rather spend her time working out at the local gym rather than snuggling up to her favourite guy.

Beware ladies, if you want to keep your guy try not to go on any drastic diets because most guys want someone they can grab hold off for some long and meaningful snuggles. ;)
SmileyRose x

My Birthstone

Aww I love the name of Joe and Carly's new baby girl, Ruby.  Ruby happens to be my birthstone. I love the name. :)

SmileyRose x

My Favourite Female Celebs....

My favourite female celebs are the ones who are great role models for the younger generation.  Eww I'm fed up of seeing such skinny looking models/celebs showing our children how they ought to look!!!!  Didn't anyone tell them it is unhealthy for children to look too skinny, particualry if they are healthy individuals and they're only dieting so that they can look like their favourite celebs.

A nice healthy weight is great for growing girls, it doesn't do them any harm to have a little puppy fat when they are teenagers.

If they are naturally skinny, then it can't be helped and quite often those folk do not look unhealthy just because they are skinny. I refer to those who constantly diet to make themselves look an unhealthy weight.

SmileyRose x

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Why Do I Always Feel Like The Minority?

I am one of the very few people I know who speaks without an accent at work and I often feel like the minority.  I have had some folk who call me names such as 'posh bird' etc  and I know it sounds like a compliment and it doesn't sound too bad, however some folk do frown upon others who speak nicely sometimes. 

I cannot help the fact that I was brought up to speak English correctly, without an accent....so why make fun of me?

In fact in most places of work these days, folk such as myself, they seem to be dwindling. :(

I worry for my children because they too speak very nicely....without an accent as such. :(

SmileyRose x

My Very First Post On The Internet

Can you remember your very first post on the internet?  I've always used the persona SmileyRose when writing on the internet. There have been one or two copycats who use the same name, however I can name most of the sites and the posts I've made over the years. I'm quite unique and most folk can tell my style of writing. I often tell friends which sites I visit.

I mentioned to a friend a number of months ago that my very first post was way back in 2002, or thereabouts. It was when I first bought the computer when I was thinking about commencing a college course however I needed to familiarize myself with new technology.

I remember contributing to a topic which related to the Holly & Jessica murders, basically mentioning how saddened I was by the story. A story which made me cry.

My friend who is pretty good on the internet himself managed to track down that post for me as I'd forgotten which site I had visited. Isn't it amazing what you find when you search for it...and that's when SmileyRose was born.

SmileyRose x

Dressing With Respect

I have always been the kind of female who likes to dress up for the occasion, therefore I felt really good when I wore my brand new dress to a recent 'family'do.  I often wonder if others spend nearly half the amount of time that I seem to spend on choosing an outfit for an occasion. It is nice to spend at least a little time and effort when getting dressed for an event and remember, you don't have to wear a brand new dress/outfit all of the time for it to look appropriate and respectful. :)

I usually enjoy dressing respectfully when in the company of other well respected folk, remembering that there are 'family' occasions when it is not appropriate to dress leaving very little to the imagination. Yes, I usually try my hardest not to leave the drooling dogs slobbering over their food unless of course I leave them in that manner with my very potent smile. ;) 

Girls who dress with very little on when out in public, this is not always the way to receive the right attention from the opposite sex. Sometimes guys (the ones who are worth knowing) will like you for your personality far more than for how much cleavage you can put on display. Remember, a shallow guy who is with you because you like to wear as little as possible, he's more likely to leave you for someone elses cleavage. :) 

There are occasions when I might wear a nice dress which shows off a 'little' cleavage, but still I like to leave enough to the imagination. I usually spend enough money on the outfit wherby the outfit is usually lined well and the cleavage is displayed appropriately or else I tend not to bother.  Little flimsy tops with huge amounts of cleavage hanging out all over the place can look cheap and disrespectful at 'family' events or even in the work place.

There are times and places when it is appropriate to show off ones ample assets however when attending 'family' events it can be seen sometimes as being disrespectful in front of others who are dressed appropriately and who have taken the time and the effort to dress for the occasion.

I think it is vitally important to teach your kids how to dress appropriately for the right occasions. :)

SmileyRose x

Do you believe in luck?

Yes I think some folk are extremely lucky. :)

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

Oh No! No More Cadbury Gorrilla!

The creator of the award-winning drumming Cadbury gorilla advertisement has left the Cadbury firm since it was taken over by a new firm. :(


Heck! They are even considering making the chocolates even smaller...as if they aren't small enough! Chocoholics everywhere will also be horrified to learn they are even considering making Creme Eggs with powdered chocolate. Agh! Agh!

I do hope they don't consider making these Cadbury finger of fudges any smaller, or else how will everyone be able to give their kids a treat?  :)





















"Chocolate" by Kylie





SmileyRose x

The Forecast Today Is.....

Two weathermen each broke an arm and a leg in an accident, and called from the hospital about the four casts. :)



SmileyRose x

Windy Weather Forecast

This made me giggle the first time I heard it. I haven't a clue what the girl is saying, however it's funny just the same. :)



SmileyRose x

My Washing - "Blowing In The Wind"

What great weather for drying your washing! Wow! My whites are looking whiter than ever and the coloured lot are looking nicely spruced up on the washing line. It's great! They're almost dry. :)

"Blowing In The Wind" by Katie Melua :)


SmileyRose x

I'm Listening To "Let It Shine"

by Take That


SmileyRose x

"Power To All Our Friends"

by Cliff Richard :)




SmileyRose x

The Peterborough Power Station

A few months ago I was fortunate enough to do a little tour of the Peterborough Power Station.

On the day I took a number of photographs. It was a fun photography afternoon.

The Power Station is situated at Fengate, it's a 360MWe gas-fired power staton and contstruction commenced in January 1991. British Gas Plc demerged into Centrica Plc (as it is known now) and it still owns the rights to the British Gas name for use in the domestic market.


Peterborough is a combined cycle gas turbine type power station which runs on natural gas. Actual power depends on local humidity and temperature.

The chimneys are an amazing 197 feet and 148 feet high.

There is a grey water supply provided by Anglian water and an air-cooled condenser to eliminate the need for cooling water. :)










































"Electricity" by Elton John

SmileyRose x

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I'm Listening To "I Like It"

by Enrique Iglesias.

SmileyRose x

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"

Mount Everest - It is spectacular and it's considered to be one of the highest mountains in the world.
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This happens to be one of the best songs ever!!!!  I love it!!! There was an occasion once when I thought I wouldn't be able to see my children due to some unfortunate circumstances, however there wasn't anything that was going to stop us from being together. :)
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Diana Ross and The Supremes




SmileyRose x

What's the nicest thing someone's ever done for you?

Just being there for me when I've been feeling low.

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

When was the last time you received flowers?

Not all that long ago. I can just about remember when. the last time was. :)

"You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore" Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond. :)

If you won a £1,000 shopping spree for any store, which store would you pick?

M&S or the Per Una Range. :)

Cowboys and Indians :)

I have always had an obsession with cowboys. As a young girl I resided at Salisbury, Wiltshire. A few of the Scale E brats living nearby at RAF Old Sarum and RAF Netherhaven all used to get together and we'd play 'Cowboys and Indians' together. What fun days we had. I simply loved the 'Pow wows' we had together. :)

LOL when I went to the USA last year that is one of the things I just couldn't resist buying for myself. I purchased a 'real' cowboy hat which I wore to one of the BBQ's I attended. The rest of the folk who were on my trip all took great pleasure in laughing at me, because I dared to wear it.  :)

"Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?"


SmileyRose x

What's The Meaning Of Life?

I went out for a drink with some friends recently and we sat contemplating the meaning of life together. Yes us humans are the first beings on Earth to develop brains capable of highly complex and abstract thinking. Life has many purposes. We live to learn and teach. What is the meaning of life? That's a universal question all around the world. Is it to get married and raise a family? Possibly. Is it to work hard and have a purpose in life? Maybe.

I'm a firm believer that each and every one of us was born on this earth for a reason. Life. No one really  knows what it will bring, or where you will end up. I really believe that every single one of us has a purpose in life, however I am still trying to figure out what that purpose is. ;)

If you're ever stuck for conversation, it's a good subject to approach. :)

SmileyRose x

Have You Ever? Do You Believe In Love At First Sight?

Have you ever had a man look into your big brown eyes only to see exactly what he's thinking....................?:)

Do you believe in love at first sight? Hmm I've never actually fallen in love with a man merely by looking at him. I think you'd have to be a pretty shallow person if you did that.  Initially I may have lustful thoughts about someone, but when it comes to falling love I'd have to get to know someone well enough before hand. So it's a definite no, I do not believe in love at first sight. :)

"Looking In Your Big Brown Eyes" by Bob Marley


SmileyRose x

Do you believe in life after death?

I would believe it for certain if someone would just send me a postcard to say all was well over the other side. ;)

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

Friday, July 23, 2010

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A teacher. :)

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

Steps

Does everyone remember the pop band Steps?  They took the UK by storm with their songs, but most of all, their dancing.  I don't know about anyone else, however my children simply loved copying their dance steps and singing along to their songs when they were younger.  They were great!:)

This was my favourite: 5,6,7,8 :)




SmileyRose x

What website do you spend the most time on?



I also spend some time Tweeting and on Facebook. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Would you rather be rich or famous?

Rich and famous, both at the same time. ;)

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

What's your favorite type of flower?

Would you believe, a rose. :)

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

What's the origin of your name?

Christian name - I believe English
Surname - I belive Scotland

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

Would you rather be a famous musician or a famous actor?

Can't be both? :)

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

Who's the coolest person you know?

The Dalai Lama - because he lives up in the mountains. ;)

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

I'm Listening To "Rhythm Is A Dancer" by Snap

:)

SmileyRose x

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SmileyRose x

Who's the most beautiful person you know?

My daughters...because in my eyes they are. :)

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

I'm Listening To "All The Lovers"

by Kylie. :)

SmileyRose x

If you could change one thing that happened last year what would it be?

Returning from holiday. I wish it could have lasted a little longer.:)

What's your biggest phobia?

Dating a guy for the first time. I'm always worried if he's going to turn out to be a complete wally. :)

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

What did you dream about last night?

Well without going into too much detail, when it came to the best bit of the dream, the kiss, I woke up!!!!!:(

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

Who was your first crush?

My teacher. :)

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

It's Friday!!

Goodness! I really do not know where these past two weeks have gone. It's just flown by really fast and I cannot believe it is the weekend already. I hope you all have a fun weekend...buy hey, let's get today over and done with first. :)


SmileyRose x

I'm Listening To "Dancing Queen"

by Abba. :)

SmileyRose x

Pervy Poster

It was recently revealed that Police are hunting a prolific poster living in Lewes, not far away from Brighton. The pervy poster apparently has an obsession with photographing his private parts after he sticks a bright yellow ribbon around it (knot a nice man!) ;) Once he has taken the photograph, he apparently posts them randomly whilst he is out and about.

 ;)

SmileyRo

"Oh No You Don't, I Have My Fluffy Thing, So Don't Mess With Me!"

Officials at a coastal resort have recently revealed that they consider that classic puppets  'Punch And Judy' can be violent towards each other...so they have replaced Mr Punch's stick with a fluffy mop!  They have removed scenes such as Punch hitting Judy with his stick and also there will be no more scenes of throwing baby around either.

So don't anybody ever mess with me or else i'll pull out my fluffy feather duster and tickle you with it instead. ;):)

Mr Men Tickle Song. ;)



SmileyRose x

What music are you listening to today?

Classical earlier, then a little jazz, now it's pop. :)

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

What's the most delicious meal you've ever had?

I went to an Indian restaurant a few years ago and they really gave me my monies worth. The food was fabulous. :)

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

If you could instantly become an expert at one style of dance, what style would you pick?

Disco

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

If you could become any fictional character, who would you be?

Cinderella :)

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

If you won a million dollars what would you do with it?

Go around the world. :)

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

Who inspires you the most?

Comedy writers...you can't beat them. :)

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

What was your favorite year?

1980

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

What's the best place near you to get a drink?

My kitchen. :)

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

Thursday, July 22, 2010

If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Zap the man of my choice and make him fall under my spell. ;)

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

If you could go on a road trip with any person, dead or alive, who would it be and where would you go?

Ewww I wouldn't want to go on a road trip with anyone dead! Huh?

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

Eye, Eye, Eye, Eye Can See You Mr Bean

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SmileyRose x

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SmileyRose x

It Is Good To See Old Familiar Faces Sometimes, But Much Better When Folk Are Feeling Well

I have seen a few old faces from the past recently....old friends, you can't beat them sometimes. Awwww. :)

I was a little tearful yesterday when i went to meet up with a couple of old friends, I met them inside one of the wards where my friends mother is very ill. She looked so unwell I felt a wave of emotion come my way as I held her hand for a moment. I had to take a minute or so to pull myself together again.  Nothing can prepare you for seeing people who you know, look so poorly sometimes.

You know you are fast becoming older when you notice people around you getting sick. My good wishes goes out to 'all' of my poorly friends.

Get well soon. x



















SmileyRose x

'The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas'

Last night I sat down to watch the film 'The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas'. For those who have never watched this very moving film, it's a must!  If you sit down to watch it, remember to keep a box of tissues at the ready. It is a very controversial film based on a best selling novel by John Boyne. The film is set during World War II and tells the story of a young and naive eight year old German boy who befriends a Jewish boy. The young German sneaks away to meet the young boy at the fence of a concentration camp. He takes him food and basically brings the young boy some hope and comfort away from the drudgery he is living within the camp.

The film ends very tragically which is the reason why I have recommended a box of tissues.

I remember sobbing my heart out as a young girl after I watched the film 'The Diary Of Ann Frank' many years ago. I found that film to be very emotional and moving also. It's always been a story very close to my heart. My own daughter visited  the Auschwitz Concentration Camp a few years ago, she mentioned that there wasn't a dry eye on that school trip. It is probably one of the places I too would like to visit one day.

Please watch the film if you have not watched it yet.

SmileyRose x

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Thank You



















...to both members of my family who came over last night. They are both keen gardeners and they have been helping me to organize my garden. They have both been wonderful and a massive help to me when I've needed their support. I thank them 'both' from the bottom of my heart. I love you both x :)

I'd just like to also say "Thank You" to all of those other family members and friends who have loved and supported me during some really difficult times over the past few years. I don't know what I would have done without you all. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. :) xxx

"Thank You For Loving Me" By Bon Jovi


SmileyRose x

What's your earliest memory?

Listening to "She Loves You" by The Beatles. :)

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

If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be?

Hugh Grant, Natasha & Daniel Bedingfield and Take That inc Robbie Williams. :)

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

If you were stranded on a desert island, which one person would you bring with you?

Hugh Grant ;)

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

How would you describe your style?

Classic mostly

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

What celebrity would play you in a movie about your life?

Catherine Zeta Jones or Jennifer Lopez

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

What's your favorite sport?

Watching? It's probably Tennis, some motor racing and some football. Having said that, I've not had a lot of time to watch hardly any sport this year. :)

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

Would you rather vacation at the beach or in the mountains?

Both!

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

Who's your favorite musician?

I have a number of favourites, you quite obviously don't know me.;)

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

I'm A Day Late In Saying This! "Happy Birthday". :)















SmileyRose x

Who was the best boss you've ever had?

Hehe the one who treated me the best of all. :)

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

Is Fran coming into chat tonight? I don't know which phone to text, lol. SD x

LOL What are you doing here you fool? :)

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

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Three Simple Rules To Teach Your Kids :)
















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Meet Hear No Evil, See No Evil And Speak No Evil. :)

"All For One" by Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting



SmileyRose x

Best Friends :)























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SmileyRose x

Thinking Of You!

A friend contacted me today to let me know that her mum was seriously ill in Hospital. I have known her family for many years. She is in my thoughts and my prayers right now ((((Hugs)))).

















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SmileyRose x

Monday, July 19, 2010

Awww Fun Memories

Awww! As I sat down with my daughter to eat pancakes for breakfast she mentioned that it seemed like old times. I agreed. It does not seem all that long ago when we used to sit together in the mornings watching 'Big Cook Little Cook' just before I walked her to school. LOL the funny things you remember sometimes.:)

SmileyRose x

Gingerbread Men Plus One! :)

Lauren decided to decorate these yummy gingerbread men at the weekend. I think they depict JLS....the extra one with the pink smarties is of course her Mother. ;)



















Ps  We ate Lauren earlier! ;)

SmileyRose x

I Went To The JLS Concert On Sunday With My Lovely Youngest Daughter!!




















They say the sun always shines on the righteous. :) I had such a fabulous day on Sunday, particularly as the weather managed to stay fine and the rain held off.  Yes I was one of those thousands of people in the crowds when I went to see JLS play live in concert at The Peterborough Embankment and what a great concert it was. It was hosted by Heart Radio Dj's Kev and Ros from the breakfast programme.

It was a special treat to take my youngest daughter to the JLS concert,  mainly because I took the eldest to see Blue play at the same venue a few years ago and I like to treat both of my daughters alike, so this year it was Lauren's turn. :)



















I became excited a few weeks ago when I actually held the tickets in my hand. I couldn't wait to telephone my daughter to tell her they'd arrived. She sounded quite excited.

This afternoon began when my friend and her daughter very kindly dropped by to take us to the concert. We arrived at one of the City Centre carparks in good time. We then decided to catch a taxi to the embankment only to find the queues going right the way back, over the bridge and around the corner towards the old B&Q DIY Centre. It was a good 45 min wait before we finally reached the gates. During our wait we saw who we presumed were JLS's arrival in a hellicopter.

I found it extremely rude that one family decided to push in front of us during queuing, particularly as we'd been waiting for a considerable length of time and they saw fit to just push in!  What cheek! We soon complained to one member of staff on duty and they in turn asked the family to leave the queue.

Once the queue started to move...it wasn't all that bad as it moved along fairly smoothly and quickly. 

Once we arrived at the gates we had a search of handbags before we were allowed to enter.

We sat together on a picnic rug using this as our base for the entire evening.



















The first of the three well known artists up on stage this evening were all firm favourites. Diana Vickers was the first of the three acts.  She looked fabulous when she came on stage wearing a short, brightly coloured, canary yellow dress. She sang some fabulous songs. My favourite was the Snow Patrol song.




















Diversity then made a spectacular entrance onto the stage and they sang some really great songs. I couldn't stop moving my feet and I danced right the way through their very entertaining act.

Last but not least were the JLS boys. Wow! There was a long silence as the crowds waited in anticipation for the boys to make their entrance onto the stage...and when they did, there was nothing but screams from the crowds as they raised their hands to applaud them. Many of the girls were screaming for Ashton. I soon learned that he was the most popular band member, particularly as he came from Peterborough.  They were fabulous! In fact, they were probably one of the best acts I've seen live recently. My daughter was amazed and she was a little overcome watching them live.

At the time of their entrance, we'd been eating a chicken lemon wrap. LOL we hurried our way through it so that we were able to sing along to some of the songs.



















JLS sang all of their better known songs, as well as a few newer songs which were not familiar to me. I think they are songs from their album. Among the more familiar songs was 'Beat Again' and 'The Club Is Alive'.  There was a tribute to Michael Jackson whereby JLS made a fabulous job of singing some of his greatest hits, which included songs such as 'Beat It,' 'Thriller' and 'The Way You Make Me Feel'.  Then band went off stage for a short while after their tribute only to be beckoned back onto the stage again by the chants from the crowds shouting for 'more'.  JLS soon came back on stage to sing their recent single and one my favourite JLS songs ever  'Everybody In Love.'  I sang along to the song, it was beautifuI. I would say i've heard many bands in my time, however it has been a long time since i've heard a band who sounded so harmonious together whilst singing in a live concert. They were outstanding. :)



















I only have one gripe! I do wish they'd had someone to clear the rubbish during the concerts as opposed to clearing up after the event. I have never seen so much rubbish left at any of the previous venues i've attended and everywhere I walked, I was treading on something someone else had left behind. Ewww.

After the concert we walked a short 15 minute walk back to the carpark, still singing JLS songs i'll hasten to add. :)

Ps I did take some photographs (to follow) however I was quite a distance away from the stage so I didn't take very many. The atmosphere was fabulous and the crowds all seemed to be enjoying the concert. :)



SmileyRose x

Good Tip! Never Discuss.......

Never discuss how much you are looking forward to going somewhere prior to that engagement, particularly if you are going to give dates and venues you will be attending etc. You never know who will be viewing what you write about and who is likely to realize you're not going to be at home. Don't invite unwanted visiters to your doorstep!

If you are rich enough to have a good security system or you have good security guards living around your premises, then that's different...however even then I'd be a little reluctant to tell anyone where I was going prior to an engagement. :)


SmileyRose x

I'm Listening To 'Broken Heels'

by Alexander Burke. I like this song. :)

SmileyRose x

I Enjoy Doing My Own Thing!

I've generally always done my own thing mainly because I've always been pretty much independent and I don't like to follow. I'm usually the one everyone else likes to follow. :)  When it comes to choosing topics etc to write about on the forums I tend not to seek advise from anyone else because quite often my friends taste differ to my own. It's nice to be different!  As much as I have a nice bunch of friends, when it comes to writing I generally like to choose my own topics to write about because I am very particular and I'm far too fussy. :)

SmileyRose x

Sunday, July 18, 2010

What's the secret to happiness?

Smiling from time to time works wonders. :)

What 3 things do you think will become obsolete in the next ten years?

Gentlemen, Guys buying flowers, Romance

"I'm So Excited"

Excitement. :)



SmileyRose x

What was the weirdest gift you ever received?

Pots and Pans

How would you describe your style?

It would depend on the occasion. :)

Who and when was your first kiss?

My pillow. :)

Who was your first crush?

When I had my tonsils removed at the tender age of 7yrs, there was this little boy who seemed to want to take care of me. He kept holding my hand and telling me he loved me. Awww it was a crush. :)

What's your biggest phobia?

Men, because they are like a Box of Chocolates...You Never Know What You're Gonna Get!" ...I need to get rid of this phobia. ;)

If you could wake up as anyone tomorrow, who would it be?

Frances :)

Who's the smartest person you know?

Me.;)

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

What's your dream car?

Something a little sporty looking, with a dynamic colour and with a soft top is dramy, however it wouldn't be practical. In which case, something small and neat, nice curves and pretty looking could be dreamy. :)

Do you believe in God?

Yes, most certainly. :)

"The Prayer"

My grandmother was a staunch catholic and my parents both have strong religious views too. My mother is a roman catholic and my father is Church of England. I was brought up within the christian faith.

As a child I went to church most Sundays. I used to attend Saturday school/catechism when I was residing in Salisbury, Wiltshire. The local priest, Father Barry would drive over to my parents home on the RAF camp and he'd drive me to classes almost every Saturday.

I strongly believe that nobody else but God has the right to judge me.

"The Prayer" by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli



SmileyRose x

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

I'm smack bang in the middle. A little of both. :)

Ballroom Dancing

I'm not all that good at ballroom dancing...I'm certainly not as good as my Mother and Father when it comes to ballroom, nor am I as good as my daughter. They were/are all such good ballroom dancers. :)

I've alway enjoyed watching ballroom dancing because I think it is a very graceful dance and I enjoyed watching my daughter dance in a school production not all that long ago.

I was really more into discotheque dancing...and I was a pretty nifty mover on the dance floor. :)

Having said all of this, recently I spent just 'one' evening learning a few basic ballroom dance steps. It was really quite a surprise as the dance teacher on duty that particular evening happened to be one of my favourite ex school teachers. Goodness! Is there anything this teacher cannot do? LOL she used to teach me at my last secondary school. She also took classes when my children were much younger and I used to take them to ballroom dance classes. They both have a number of rosettes from the dance school. Anyway, it was great actually dancing with a familiar teacher, she's a good dancer and I thank her for showing me some great new basic steps.  :)

"Dancing Cheek To Cheek" by Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers


I would LOVE to see my daughter learn this dance one day. It's beautiful. :)

SmileyRose x

Do you believe in ghosts?

They may exist, I've heard of spooks going bump in the night. :)

Where's your favorite place to buy clothes?

I don't have a favourite place to buy clothes as such. I tend to buy clothes from whichever shop sells good value for money items and clothes likely to suit me. I've shopped at many clothes shops and there are a few i tend to go back to on more than one occasion because they happen to stock the items i like to wear. :)

What's one food you'll never eat again?

Flying fox. Ewwww. :)

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

Flying Fox.:)

If you could go back in time 10 years and tell your younger self something, what would it be?

Be careful of the people who may hurt you along the way, they're really not worth the tears nor the effort.

What video game have you played the most?

Many years ago I used to play space invaders with my brother and my dad. It was when the game was first popular. It seemed a lot of fun at the time. :)

What did you eat for breakfast today?

Crumpets :)

What was your favorite TV show as a child?

The Waltons

If you could date any celebrity, who would it be?

They're all married though....or at least they're considering it. Two is company, three's a crowd. ;) :)

Power Dressing In The 1980's

Does everyone remember the 80's fashion?  If you have a reasonable memory, you will remember that wide shoulders were definitely the rage in that particular era. Power dressing meant the wider the shoulders, the more powerful!

The fashion was definitely a very tailored look and jackets were definitely in. The popularity of TV dramas such as 'Dallas' and 'Dynasty' certainly had a lot to do with influencing the way women dressed. Yes indeed, every women on the planet wanted shoulders just like Alexis and Krystle.:)

 Incidentally, do you remember 'the cat fight?'



LOL I'm sure millions of people tuned in on that evening to watch the ultimate cat firght. :)
Here's A Nice Little Fashion Site.. :)

Let's go back down to memory lane and hum along to the Dallas tune. Hmmm such good memories. Now who was it who shot JR again?  ;)



SmileyRose x

Saturday, July 17, 2010

What is the time?

2342hrs. :)

I'm Listening To One Of My Favourite Songs Ever! "Build Me Up Buttercup"

By The Foundations. What a great song. :)

SmileyRose x

What do you think is the best way to defeat terrorism?

Become far more careful who we allow in and out of the country/to live permenantly here in the country to begin with. We are a soft nation, but when it comes to safety we have to do more to protect everyone.

What's the most unselfish thing you've ever done?

I'm not a particularly selfish kind of person therefore i am unselfish, however if it would appear that i have been selfish in any way, then it's only because others sometimes see things differently. Everyone can appear to be selfish at times. When you all walk by a helpless person in the street without helping, you are being selfish. :)

If you could have been the author of any book, what would it have been?

Any of the Harry Potter books. :)

What message would you want to put in a fortune cookie?

Kiss me quick, squeeze me slowly. ;)

Are you a morning or night person?

That would depend upon what we are speaking about. Erm I like reading at night time. :)

If you could have invented one thing, what would it have been?

The perfect man. ;)

Who would win in a fight: pirates or ninjas?

Definitely the pirates. :)

If you could look like anybody, who would it be?

I've never really wanted to be like anyone else. I'm quite happy with myself. I'm my own person, I always have been. :)

What was your first paying job?

I used to babysit as a young girl whilst I still attended school, that gave me a little pocket money, however when I left school I went to work at a local Golf club for a few months. :)

What do you think about formspring.me so far?

It can be fun. :)

Sneakers or sandals?

Sandals :)

Who's the sexiest man alive?

Not saying! A smile says it all though. :)





















SmileyRose x

If you could make one person fall in love with you who would it be?

Not saying! A smile says it all though. :)
















SmileyRose x

If you could only listen to one song for the next month, which would it be?

"If You're Not The One" by Daniel Bedingfield. I love it. :)

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

What was your favorite birthday gift?

A watch my parents once gave me when I was 5yrs old. I loved that watch. :)

Would you rather date a lot of different people, or be in a committed relationship?

In the ideal world I would much rather be in a committed relationship, however until that happens I am happy just dating. I'm not into dating multiple people all at once and I prefer to just date one man at a time...although I do have a few male friends whereby I do not class myself as dating any of them...we are literally just good friends and some I've known since childhood. I've never dated them in my life, not in the true sense of the word. :)

Who's the most overrated actor?

Do I have to say? ;)