Monday, January 31, 2011

Eating Irish Potato Farls

....with scrambled egg.  They taste yummy! :)

Ingredients

4 medium potatoes,
peeled and halved
1 pinch salt
1/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tablespoon melted butter
 
Directions
  • In a pot, cover potatoes with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Simmer on medium-high heat until the center of the potatoes are tender when pricked with a fork, about 20 minutes. Turn off heat. Drain, return potatoes to pot and allow to completely dry out over remaining heat. Mash with a potato masher until smooth.
  • Place warm mashed potato in medium bowl. Stir in flour, salt and melted butter. Mix lightly until dough forms.
  • On a well floured surface, knead the dough lightly. The dough will be sticky. Use a floured rolling pin to flatten into a 9 inch circle about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into quarters using a floured knife.
  • Sprinkle a little flour into the base of the skillet and cook the farls for 3 minutes on each side or until evenly browned. Season with a little salt and serve straight away.
 SmileyRose   x

That's Better!

I've no more weeds up my grass skirt. ;)















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Ok wiggle, wiggle, wiggle those hips. ;)




SmileyRose  x

Weeding!

I have been doing a little weeding over the past few days. LOL I do like reading so no I haven't developed a speech impediment nor have I been removing the weeds from my garden. :)  I have in fact been going through my address books and my mobile telephone address book. I decided to delete all of those folk I do not consider as friends anymore or if I have not heard from someone after I've texted them then I can only presume they didn't update me with a new number...In which case I have deleted them also.  Now my mobile phone isn't filled with lots of numbers of folk I don't hear from anymore.  It's good to weed from time to time. :)

SmileyRose  x

"I Like It"

I'm listening to "I Like It" by Enrique Iglesias....and to Matt Jarvis whilst Kev and Roz take another holiday. :)

SmileyRose  x

It's Happy Monday

So be happy. *looks up and rolls eyes* :)

SmileyRose x

Oh Wheelie? That's Nice :)

Listen up folks.  There will be no more worrying about your wheelie bins getting lost.  The council have revealed this morning that anyone who has lost their wheelie bin, they will indeed get a free replacement. :)

Ewww does anyone remember the olden days when we used to have to put all of our rubbish out in the black bin bags? :)

SmileyRose  x

'Jackonary' - It's Story Time! :)

As a young girl I was a huge fan of Jackonary.  Do you all remember the children's programme whereby a celebrity would sometimes read aloud a couple of chapters of a book each evening?  How I loved to hear those stories. :)

A recent survey revealed that parents just don't seem to have the time to read a bedtime story to their children anymore.  I remember having a story read to me most evenings when I was a child. My father sometimes made bedtime stories fun, he bought me a viewfinder so that I could see the pictures as he read to me.  How I loved bedtime stories. :)

When I had my own children a number of years later I couldn't wait to read to them before they went to bed each night.  If their father wasn't at work he would read to them (he was a shift worker) and when he had to work it would be down to me to read them their bedtime stories. I remember them both snuggling up to me as I read. Hmmmm I can just lay back and close my eyes and remember those happier times as if they were only yesterday. :)

Bedtime stories were considered part of my children's routine each and every evening after bathtime. I consider bedtime stories an important part of growing up for most children. Even when they were babies I'd read to them. As they grew older they'd quite often participate by saying the words as you were about to read them....they'd both heard the same stories so often, they actually couldn't wait to hear it again and again and again.  Children love to hear the same old stories time and time again. ;)

"Love Story" (Theme) by Andy Williams



"Here's Where The Story Ends" by The Sundays :)

SmileyRose  x

"I Believe"

By The Bachelors


SmileyRose  x

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bachelors

  • There comes a time in every bachelor's life when he must say, 'No more beans on toast' - and mean it.
  • The only time a bachelor's bed is made is when it's in the factory.
  • A bachelor never quite gets over the idea that he is a thing of beauty and a boy forever.
  • As far as I know, a single man has never vacuumed behind a couch
  • A bachelor is one who enjoys the chase but does not eat the game.
  • A bachelor is a man who is footloose and fiancee free.
  • A bachelor is a man whose marriage vow is never to take one.
  • Bachelor: a man who can take women or leave them - and prefers to do both.
  • One who cheated some woman out of a divorce.
  • One who can get into bed from either side.
  • One who is allergic to Wedding cakes.
  • One who likes his Girl Friend just the way she is...Single!!!!
  • One who never says, "I'll Give You A Ring Tomorrow!"
  • One who would rather mend his socks than his ways.
  • One who wakes up in the morning with all of the blankets.


    SmileyRose  x

Stag Do's

Does it ever make you ever wonder why some guys seem to go a long way from home to go out on a stag do?  What could they all be up to that they don't want anyone else to find out about? :) Could it involve girls?

The other evening whilst I was out at a leaving do whilst sitting in a restaurant there was a group of lads sat on the next table to me.  They had all come to Peterborough from Manchester. Do they do this just in case they get into any trouble/a drunken brawl and do they think if they're away from their own home towns, they may go unnoticed?  It's all very well but why can't they cause a riot or get steaming drunk in their own home towns? *Tuts*;o)

SmileyRose  x

"Bad Boys"

I'm listening to "Bad Boys" by Alexander Burke :)

SmileyRose   x

The Lads In Blue Are Back!

Boy band 'Blue' will represent England in the Eurovision Song Contest this year.  Wow!  Could this mean England may be in for a chance of winning?  I absolutely love listening to the bands songs. I took one of my daughters to watch them sing live a few years ago when they played at the Peterborough Embankment and they were great.  The band have been together for about 10yrs.:)

The band have sold more than 13 millions records, their album All Rise was certified four times platinum and they won two Brit Awards.

They took a short break to persue solo projects, however they were reunited last summer.

L = Lee
A = Anthony
D = Duncan
S = Simon

:)

"Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" by Blue & Elton John



"All Rise" by Blue

SmileyRose  x

"Every Breath You Take"

I'm listening to "Every Breath You Take" by The Police

SmileyRose x

Care Bears

Awww does anyone remember this colourful bunch? Which one are you? :o)












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This cute orange one is me. :o)

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SmileyRose  x

Work Colleagues

It is always sad when someone you work with and who has become part of your team at work, leaves. You become used to certain folk and enjoy their banter/jokes but then they decide to up and go...how inconvenient. ;)

We all decided to give Margaret a good send off at the weekend by meeting up at a local Chinese restaurant in the town centre, Peterborough. It was nice to see one or two previous colleague who no longer works with us but who showed up for the occasion. :) We had rather a large table to fit us all around, and we sat not far away from a group of lads who were all out on a stag night. Ooo what a noisy bunch they were. ;)

The food was delicious. It's always nice to have a good girly giggle....which is precisely what we did.

After the meal a few from the group decided to go on to a local nightclub; however I decided to be taxi for the evening, therefore I did not drink any alcohol. I had a pleasant enough evening without drinking any alcohol. I was able to give a couple of my work colleagues a lift home after our lovely evening out.

A good night was had by all :)

Just a quick message: Goodbye and you'll be missed. :)




















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SmileyRose  x

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Strange Folk!

I find it really amazing how some folk are interested to know about my personal life and whom I'm seeing or not seeing for that matter.

I'm a pretty private person and I don't usually like to give too much away, however I find it pretty strange when some folk presume you are seeing practically anyone they see you talk to, even if you're only chatting to someone. I'd have hundreds of boyfriends if that were the case. ;)

Heck! I have been single ever since my divorce over five years ago. I was seperated prior to that for almost a couple of years....why is there so much interest in who I'm seeing now.  The fact of the matter is I wasn't seeing anyone else when I was married, nor have I been in a serious relationship with anyone else since my marriage.

I'm only human though, so is it a crime to have male companionship or even speak to the opposite sex without others suspecting a huge love affair is going on?  *Tuts* :)

PS A guy recently ran his fingers through my hair, don't get too excited though because there wasn't a love affair going on, it was only someone at the hairdresser washing my hair. ;)

SmileyRose x

"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"

I'm listening to "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson :)

SmileyRose  x

Touching :)

Psychologists have recently revealed that the quickest way to gain interest from the opposite member of sex is by gently touching the persons forearm for a few seconds.  Apparently it is likely to draw an instant attraction. So forget about the fluttering of eyelashes, flicking of hair and laughing at someones jokes....it's all about a touch of the forearm.

Hmm but I'd say you should get chatting to the person a little before you go around touching their forearm or else you may be in for a nasty shock if he/she doesn't like their forearm being touched by a stranger. 

I much prefer the old fashion way when guy glances at woman, woman glances at guy and they engage in a little conversation.  When they get to know/like each other a little, then a few second touch on the forearm doesn't sound quite so bad. Let's face it....who wants to be touched on the forearm by some weirdo? :)

"Sometimes When We Touch" by Dan Hill.....this is one of my favourite songs. :)



SmileyRose  x

Friday, January 28, 2011

"The Lion Sleeps Tonight"

by The Tokens :)

My birthsign is Leo the Lion. :)


SmileyRose  x

Time For Bed :)

It's that time of the evening.  I need my beauty sleep....so I'm off to dreamland. ;o)
"Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This" by Eurythmics


SmileyRose x

Have You Ever Wondered?

Hmmmm have you ever wondered what it would be like to swap places with someone else for a day or two?  A little like the feature film 'The Prince And The Pauper'...whereby two young lads who look identical, they swap places with each other. The impoverished young boy swaps places with a Prince.  It's a really good film. :)

Wouldn't it be great if they had a similar film whereby a young woman swapped places with a Princess for a day?  Now that would make a great Disney film> :)

Oooo Princess Frances has a certain ring to it....or else I'll settle for Lady Frances. ;)



SmileyRose  x

"Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel"

I'm listening to "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel" by Tavares. :)

SmileyRose x

What! No Chocolate!

It has recently been revealed that over the next few years the world faces a chocolate 'drought.' 40 per cent of the world's cocoa beans are grown in Côte d'Ivoire, more commonly known as the Ivory Coast.

Fairtrade training programmes have stopped because farmers are faced with the dangers. It is almost impossible to train new farmers because there isn't enough cocoa left to sell. Farmers and trainers are fleeing the country because it leaves a shortage of certified cocoa beans.

Cocoa is set to run out, it's as simple as that. :(

"You Sexy Thing" by Hot Chocolate :)



SmileyRose x

"I Swear"

I'm listening to "I Swear" by Boyz To Men. :o)

I mumble it underneath my breath sometimes.  ;o)



SmileyRose  x

Please Wait For The Beep!

Ewwww! I received two telephone messages this evening and every time I tried to play the answer phone message the person who called didn't wait until *AFTER* they heard the *Beep* before they began speaking. The only message I have received consists of the last two words which ended the conversation with a goodbye! Now what on earth was that all about? :(

Please note that if you are going to leave an answer phone message for someone else then please wait until after you hear the *Beep* before speaking clearly after it....this way your message gets heard and understood. Please also remember to leave all of the relevant information in your message as this could be important if you want someone to deal/reply to it.

It is hardly surprising why some folk never reply to some messages, that's because they never received the correct message to begin with!!!!

SmileyRose   x

Don't Wait Forever!

A recent report revealed that woman who are 35yrs or over are likely to suffer fertility problems. Doctors have issued a warning advising couples not to leave it too late before they try for their first baby. It would seem that many women are opting for a career first before they have babies.

I was under 35yrs old when I had both of my children, It seemed at the time all I had to do was sneeze before I became pregnant....LOL well not in the literal sense, I was meaning I fell pregnant for both of my children very quickly.

I have previously met women who are over the age of 35yrs who have gone on to have healthy babies, however they were all trying for their 2nd child or more.

Apparently it is not just women who are at risk of suffering fertility problems as fertility in males start to decline from the age of 25yrs and it is likely a 40 yr old could take two years to get his partner pregnant even if he were with a younger partner. :)

SmileyRose  x

Thursday, January 27, 2011

"Hero"

I'm listening to "Hero" by Enrique Iglesias. :)

SmileyRose  x

"Nice To See You To See You Nice"

TV Entertertainer Bruce Forsyth received a Special Recognition award last night at the National Television Awards 2011.  Good game, good game Bruce and one wonders if he also received a cuddly toy too? ;)

I have grown up watching Bruce on the TV ever since I was a little girl and he's a fabulous entertainer who has certainly made me laugh/smile over the years.  Well done Bruce Forsyth an award well deserved. :)

He also tricked the audience into thinking he was going into retirement, however he's not about to retire in a hurry...it was just a generation game.  ;) 

It just goes to show, some of those oldies can really show up the young ones sometimes...especially when it comes to providing good quality entertainment. ;)

SmileyRose  x

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Stateley Home

Someone recently asked me if I resided in the house featured behind me in my profile photograph (see below).
Of course I don't reside in the house because it is a photograph of Burghley House, Stamford, Lincs.

Burghley House is a stately home and it is opened to visitors for much of the year.

I have been fortunate enough to have visited the house on a number of occasions.  I grew up in Stamford and the house was almost on my doorstep when I was growing up. :)

For those of you who have never visited the house, I thoroughly recommend it. The house is spectacular and the grounds are magnificent. The gardens were designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown  CLICK HERE :o)

I actually live in a more modest sized home...come to think of it, it's much more modest than Burghley House. I would probably be able to fit my whole house into one of the rooms at the stately home. ;)

SmileyRose  x

"Home"

I'm listening to "Home" by Michael Buble. :)

SmileyRose  x

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Good Evening!

I am unsure about anyone else, however I've had a good evening. I celebrated the evening by going out for a Burns night supper/dinner at a nearby country pub. I couldn't resist the main course which consisted of haggis, tatties and neeps. The haggis was a wee bit spicy (just like me of course)....and it was delicious (just like me of course). ;)

There was a wee bit of music whilst we dined. We were entertained by a young man wearing a skirt and playing the bagpipes. Awwww I liked his version of "Amazing Grace" the best. :)

SmileyRose  x

Happy Burns Night ;o)

How to celebrate Burns Night.......

A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scots poems including "Auld Lang Syne," which is generally sung as a folk song at Hogmanay and other New Year celebrations around the world. The suppers are normally held on or near the poet's birthday, January 25, sometimes known as Burns night, although they may in principle be held at any time of the year.

Burns suppers are most common in Scotland, but they occur wherever there are Burns clubs, Scottish Societies, expatriate Scots, or lovers of Burns' poetry.

The first suppers were held in Ayrshire at the end of the 18th century by his friends on the anniversary of his death, July 21, In Memoriam and, although the date has changed to 25 January since then, they have been a regular occurrence ever since.

They may be formal or informal but they should always be entertaining. The only items which the informal suppers have in common are haggis, Scotch whisky and perhaps a poem or two. Formal dinners given by organisations such as the Freemasons or St. Andrews Societies and occasionally end in a céilidh when ladies are present. However whether they are single sex or not, the formal suppers follow a standard format.
A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scots poems including "Auld Lang Syne," which is generally sung as a folk song at Hogmanay and other New Year celebrations around the world. The suppers are normally held on or near the poet's birthday, January 25, sometimes known as Burns night, although they may in principle be held at any time of the year.

Burns suppers are most common in Scotland, but they occur wherever there are Burns clubs, Scottish Societies, expatriate Scots, or lovers of Burns' poetry.

The first suppers were held in Ayrshire at the end of the 18th century by his friends on the anniversary of his death, July 21, In Memoriam and, although the date has changed to 25 January since then, they have been a regular occurrence ever since.

They may be formal or informal but they should always be entertaining. The only items which the informal suppers have in common are haggis, Scotch whisky and perhaps a poem or two. Formal dinners given by organisations such as the Freemasons or St. Andrews Societies and occasionally end in a céilidh when ladies are present. However whether they are single sex or not, the formal suppers follow a standard format.

My Heart's In The Highlands by Robert Burns
Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.
Chorus.-My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart's in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer;
Chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.
Farewell to the mountains, high-cover'd with snow,
Farewell to the straths and green vallies below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods,
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.
My heart's in the Highlands, &c.



SmileyRose  x

"Shang A Lang"

by The Bay City Rollers :)



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"Star Girl"

by McFly :)



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"Going Back To My Roots"

by Odyssey :)


SmileyRose x

Monday, January 24, 2011

An Angry Tiger

Yikes! He looks like an angry Tiger.



















"Eye Of The Tiger" by Surviver


SmileyRose  x

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Animals Get Tetchy

A lion spots a monkey walking through the jungle. He grabs him by the neck and roars "Who's the king of the jungle?” The frightened monkey says, "You are, of course, your majesty." The lion does this to several other animals, with the same results. Then the lion goes up to an elephant, grabs him by the trunk and roars, "Who's the king of the jungle?" The elephant picks the lion up with his trunk, bounces him a few times on the ground, grabs his tail, twirls the lion around over his head, and then lets him go flying into a mud puddle. The lion looks up at the elephant and says, "Well if you didn't know the answer, all you had to do was say so!”

SmileyRose   x

'The Lion King'

"The Circle Of Life"



SmileyRose x

'The King's Speech'

Contains a little spoiler so close your eyes now :)

I recently went to the Showcase Cinema, Peterborough to watch the film 'The King's Speech' and this film has been firmly placed in my category of 'Best of British' films. The film was superb and Mr Colin Firth really showed his true colours in this film, he is an astounding actor who deserves recognition for his superb portrayal of King George VI.

The film depicted the life of Prince Albert Frederick Arthur George before and after he became King George VI and the problems he encountered trying to overcome a speech defect. For those who are not familiar with British history, King George VI is our current Queen Elizabeth II's father. He was the first Head of the Commonwealth and the King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of British Commonwealth until he died. He was also the last Emperor of India until 1948 and also the last King of Ireland.

King George VI mostly lived in the shadow of his brother until the death of his father King George V. His brother ascended the throne as Edward VIII, however this was short lived. Within a year Edward abdicated because he made plans to marry the twice married American Socialite Wallis Simpson. Edward was advised by the Prime Minister that he would not be able to remain as King if he married Mrs Simpson strictly because of political and religious reasons.

King George VI who was not expected to become King soon became the head of  the British Monarch. He served in the Royal Navy during World War I and he married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon AKA The Queen Mother. They later had two daughters, Princess Elizabeth (Our reigning Queen) and her sister Princess Margaret.

The film mainly tells the story of the incredible bond built by the man who helped King George VI through his debilitating speech impediment; this was to last all of his life. His wife, The Duchess of York surprised her husband by seeking a therapist to help with his speech defect. She came across a Therapist who worked from Harley Street who was named Lionel Logue. It was later established that Lionel Logue was regarded as a 'Quack' because he had no formal training as a therapist. He was in fact a failed Australian actor. In recent years long-forgotten papers were found by the grandson of Lionel Logue along with an appointment card showing King George VI's visit to Harley Street. These were found last year and he has since written a book with Peter Conradi about Lionel Logue. Lionel Logue was to help the King make his first ever speech and he stuck by him throughout his reign on the throne as a personal friend as well as a close confidante and advisor/speech therapist for the King.

I must also acknowledge actor Geoffrey Rush for his fabulous portrayal of the therapist...he is such a good actor.

I suppose there was much I could associate with myself in the film. I fully understand what it is like to have a debilitating weakness which can affect your life to the point of making you feel inadequate. I was a very quiet and unassuming pupil when I attended school and I felt that one or two teachers and others I attended school with, they did not realize just how difficult it was for me to participate in much of the classroom tasks. It took a lot of hard work to overcome the shyness I had, so much so I can now look back and it all seems like a blurry vision of someone I once used to know. :)

I think it's really important for teachers and others to recognise these details about children from an early age because many need the help and understanding of others to enable them to overcome their shyness/fears.

Remember, what may seem trivial to you can sometimes feel like a major problem to others. You'll be happy to know that I've never looked back on those dark days and I've gone from strength to strength to try to overcome those problems I had with shyness. :)

If you have not been to watch this film yet….you MUST go and watch it because it is an absolutely wonderful film…one of the best. In fact it rightly deserves all of the awards it receives. :)

Ps I firmly believe that history is most important when it comes to establishing the truth of the matter, that's provided the history is told correctly to begin with. :)

SmileyRose   x

"Mother And Child Reunion"

I'm listening to "Mother and Child Reunion" by Paul Simon :)

SmileyRose  x

Saturday, January 22, 2011

"Brown Eyed Girl"

I'm listening to "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison.

SmileyRose  x

My m8 has a 3yr old, 5yr old and 7yr old from his previous marriage. He's looking for a good woman to help him take care of them although they spend some of the time with their mum. Are you interested Smiley?

Are you joking? My own children are practically grown up now that they are teenagers. Why would I consider looking after someone elses children I'm not a nanny?!!!!! I'm my own person free to have a relationship with whoever I choose. I'm not interested in bringing up someone elses child/ren....I love my own children far too much. :)

"You're The First The Last My Everything"

I'm listening to "You're The First The Last My Everything"...by Barry White. :)

SmileyRose  x

Are you afraid of becoming older and paving way to younger folk?

LOL you make me sound like I'm really ancient. :)  I suppose I am blessed with looking younger for my years which always helps. :)

No I am not afraid of growing old gracefully, it comes to us all. You forget, I was young once too. :) Besides, there is still plenty of life in me yet. I might not be in my most fertile years, but there are still women who are having children at my age.

No I am not afraid to pave the way to younger folk at all, you forget, I have two teenage daughters and I would want them both to do well in life too.

There is room in this world for the older among us and the young ones without anyone needing to make aging a problem. Besides, you can learn a lot from the older and more experienced folk, so don't knock us and try to be thankful that we are around still.  ;)

Not Seeking Fame Or Fortune...Not At My Age :o)

I was chatting to my cousin yesterday afternoon when I met both he and my sister for lunch.  My cousin mentioned to me that I would make a great TV presenter because I have the right personality.  It was really sweet of him and if he said exactly the same thing to me some years ago I may have considered seeking work of that nature, however at my age I am quite happy just being in a secure job which pays for my essential bills etc and I am not really looking for fame or fortune because I am quite happy leading a private lifestyle. Besides, there are younger faces out there who others would much prefer to see on their TV screens. :)

Don't get me wrong, as a younger woman I would have loved the fame and the fortune however that was back then.  I don't hunger for the thing which seems to make others strive out there.  I am happy with my lot and if anything else came along which made a difference to my life now, then I would embrace it only if it was likely to effect my life/make changes to my life for the better....but I am not looking for anything in particular. :)

SmileyRose x

"Money Can't By Me Love"

by The Beatles :)

As much as having money is really great....can money buy you love? The answer is no. No matter how much money a person has falling in love has to come from within. You have to feel the love within and you have to feel that love is reciprocated from the person you fall in love with. :)


SmileyRose  x

"Gold"

I was listening to "Gold" by Spandau Ballet. :)

SmileyRose  x

Lessons In Love - Look Before You Leap :)

It seems that sometimes, some folk can forget about what Love is really all about particularly when they are already in a relationship with someone.  Sometimes folk can forget about the love they have together and lust takes over as if an evil spell has been cast upon them...and then love goes right out of the window so to speak. Or sometimes, some folk can look at the size of a wallet and they can strive to get what they want because their lust for wealth and fortune takes over like some evil demon lurking within. They seem to forget that money can't buy them love.

Take actor Mel Gibson for instance. He had everything going for him, a beautiful wife and a lovely family. He threw all of that away for a much younger woman. Maybe it was a bit of both...he was after lust, the younger woman saw a rich guy who could give her what she wanted, however was it worth throwing away a long term relationship? You could see the writing on the wall and he was really heading for disaster in that relationship which didn't seem to last many months at all.

It's true sometimes some relationships can end for the many different reasons, however there are a high majority which seem to end for the sake of lust and the lusty person who seeks wealth and fame. I wish some folk would just sit back and think before they leap sometimes.

As in the case of Boyzone singer Ronan Keating who almost made the very same mistake. He too had a long marriage and he's very lucky that his wife took him back after he was lead astray for a short while. Many women would have called it a day, however it seems he had a very understanding wife and he should thank his lucky stars. :)

"Lucky Stars" by Dean Friedman


SmileyRose x

Hues Corporation

I'm listening to "Rock The Boat" by Hues Corporation.:)

SmileyRose  x

Friday, January 21, 2011

Ballet

"Swan Lake" :)


SmileyRose  x

Lifts, Leaps And Pirouettes :o)

Contains A Little Spoiler So Please Shut Your Eyes Now

I had a fabulous day out in London today. I caught the East Coast train to London Kings-X and then made my way to meet family members at Victoria, London where we all lunched together. It was great to catch up as usual with some family gossip.....Heck! Whatever happened to 'Spending a Penny'....it cost me 30 pence to go to the loo when I reached Victoria Station.

Ewww there were crowds of folk everywhere in London. Goodness only knows who I rubbed shoulders with today. :)

Later in the day I met my brother at Leicester Square and we went to the cinema together. Ewww timing wasn't on our side at all today. I didn't want to be too late home, so we both decided to watch the first available film. Nothing was planned and we just went with the flow so to speak. :)

The film showing was 'The Black Swan.' Bearing in mind that as a young girl I always fancied myself as a dancer and I simply love ballet. When I eventually had my own daughters, I wanted them both to live my dream so to speak so I took them to ballet classes when they were children. My eldest daughter was pretty good; however she eventually gave up preferring ballroom dancing instead.

The film depicted a dancer who was chosen to play the Dance Queen in the Swan Lake Ballet. The dancer, although she had the character of the White Swan was required to dance both the White Swan and the Black Swan ballet routines. She was made to get in touch with her 'dark side' so to speak in order to dance the Black Swan to perfection. She befriended another dancer who was perhaps the epitome of the Black Swan. The film shows how both women battle it out to play the lead role in the ballet.

Apart from there being plenty of lifts, leaps and pirouettes the film also contained some sexual scenes, however they weren't too explicit even though one part made me wince a little but my brother was all eyes LOL...however I accept that's just part of some folks lives and most importantly, it was just a figment of the characters imagination in the film. ;)

The thing which made me wince more was the blood scenes. Ewww nobody told me that the film bordered on being a horror film. I suppose no more than the film 'Silence of The Lambs'....which is about as horrific as I like to watch. ;)

The sad part of the film is when one aging dancer is ousted out so to speak to pave way for a younger dancer. That's always sad and those folk who grace the stage for so many years, they should all be acknowledged for their hard work and not just cast aside so to speak.

The film is worth a watch just purely to see what a good actress Natalie Portman really is. :)

After the film I made my way back to King-X station whereby I had just about enough time to pop over to the Macdonald's for a quick bite to eat before my train was due to arrive. I met some teenagers whereby we exchanged a few pleasantries. They were all visiting from Ireland. :)

On the train journey home i was bombarded with a huge bottom which belonged to some guy who sat in the next aisle to me....he was rummaging around in his bags at the time. He turned out to be quite a pleasant fellow to chat to. ;)

A good day was had by all. :)

SmileyRose  x

"You Raise Me Up"

Raising Children :)

"Mummy has no idea how to raise children," said the child to his father.

"How can you say such a thing?" replied the father.

"Well, Mummy always sends me to bed at night when I'm not sleepy, and wakes me up in the morning when I am."

"You Raise Me Up" by Westlife. It's such a beautiful song. :)




SmileyRose  x

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Name Is Frances Napper (aka FRAN) or SmileyRose :)

This is a movie legend - another namesake Frances Dee....it's nice to see a few famous persons (old and new) who share the same name as me. :)



Here's me aged seven with the same ringlet hairstyle as above at an Uncle and Aunts wedding. :)





















SmileyRose  x

"If You Don't Know Me By Now"

My name is SmileyRose (Aka Frances Napper).:)

I'm listening to "If You Don't Know Me By Now" by Simply Red. :)

SmileyRose  x

Speaking A Foreign Language May Be Made Compulsory

National Curriculum changes were revealed recently and it may be made compulsory for all 14-16yr olds to learn another language soon. That's great news as it is nice to be able to speak another language if at all possible, however how about they combat the problem of some of those youngsters learning to speak and write English to a good standard of English first before they make learning other languages compulsory.  :)

I agree that another language should be introduced to all pupils when they are at primary school level but they should only progress with the learning of their chosen language once they leave school if it will help them to seek employment or if they should wish to live in another part of the world. Learning too many languages can be confusing for a child and they're likely to forget much of what they learn if they do not continue to speak it after they have left full-time education.

Many folk who come to live in England from abroad usually speak and write a good standard of English because they have learnt it with a purpose of coming to live and work here in the UK. Some are here to study full-time education in the UK, in which case it helps if they understand the language before they come here.

It should be made compulsory for all of those folk who live here permanently to learn/speak/write English to a good standard. There are no excuses as there are college courses which should be able to help these folk. 

It does not hurt to be able to understand the folk whom you live amongst.:o)

SmileyRose  x

Good News

Apparently they are spending £2.5 million renovating parts of Peterborough Railway Station. It wil be funded by train operator East Coast and Network Rail.  Not only will the front of the station be renovated but there are improvements to be made to the inside of the buiding too. :)

This is good news as I tend to use the Railway service from time to time. I have used the train service occasionally to visit London when I visit my sisters, brother, other members of my family and friends. :)

"Hey Soul Sister" by Train



"Don't Stop Believing" by Journey

SmileyRose  x

"I'm Simply The Best"

Just in case you didn't already know it. ;)


SmileyRose  x

The A-Team

What team am I?

I'm in the A-Team.

It's a special team headed by SmileyRose (That's me folks).  :o)



SmileyRose  x

Stay Safe - Don't Open Your Door To Strangers

It doesn't really matter who they say they are, if you are not expecting anyone to call at your home then don't open your door to strangers.

If you are expecting family members, friends or even a sales representative, they should pre-arrange a date/time with you prior to them calling at your home.  You should know get to know who your expected guests are.

Even family members living at home etc usually call at certain times of day, therefore you'd usually know when they're due to arrive home. If they have gone out for the evening it is often good manners for them to tell you when they are due to return so that you can expect them.

No matter how innocent the caller may seem, if you don't know the caller then they could be anyone!

SmileyRose x

"Strangers In The Night"

by Frank Sinatra


SmileyRose  x

Good Neighbours!

The other day I set the home alarm by mistake but immediately my next door neighbour came over to find out if all was ok.

It is reassuring to know you have good neighbours. :)

SmileyRose  x

"Haven't Met You Yet"

I'm listening to "Haven't Met You Yet" by Michael Buble :)

SmileyRose  x

"Saving All My Love For You"

I'm listening to "Saving All My Love For You" (AKA The Hugh song ;o) )by Whitney Houston. :)

SmileyRose  x

"Don't Know Why"

I'm listening to "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones :)

SmileyRose  x

A Temporary Reunion!

Ooooer!  Gary Barlow of 'Take That' has recently revealed on Radio 2 breakfast show that the reunion with Robbie Williams may only be a temporary one and not permanent as originally thought by fans. They begin their Progress Live Tour in May.

Happy Birthday Gary Barlow for today. OMG it's his big Four Oh. :o)

SmileyRose  x

"If You're Not The One"

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

SmileyRose  x

A Cuppa Chai

(AKA Masala Chai/Cha)  :)

Last week I visited my folk in Stamford. It had been a long time since my father had made tea in the old fashioned way using a tea strainer so I was asked if I wanted the tin they had stored away in their cupboard. It had been a long time since I'd tried drinking tea made in the old fashioned way, in fact not since my grandmother were alive when I used to visit her as a young girl. I do own a tea strainer, so this morning I decided to make myself a cuppa made with tea leaves.....Ooooo and I totally recommend it, it's Fortnum & Mason tea!  It is totally delicious. :)



SmileyRose  x

Awwwwww

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Orlando Bloom on the birth of new arrival baby Flynn. Now there's a name you don't see all that often...no doubt made famous by 'Gone With The Wind' star Errol Flynn.  I think the name actually originates from Ireland and it means heir to the redheaded. :o)

SmileyRose  x

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Fun Day Out

I don't get to see my mother all that often because I tend to work much of the time however I took some time off work to spend the day with her today and we managed to do a bit of 'girly' shopping together.

I decided to drive to Market Deeping.  We visited a small warehouse shop together and we bought some nicknacks. Then it was back to Peterborough again.  A fun day was had by all. :)

Later in the day my Mother and I sat and watched 'An Audience with Lionel Richie' and 'An Audience With Cliff Richard'....both were old shows recorded a while back but it was the first time I'd watched them. They were most enjoyable. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

"Love You More"

Listening to "Love You More" by JLS :)

SmileyRose  x

Thinking About Chocolate :)

Remember this? Everyone's A Fruit 'N' Nutcase.  Ok must go and think about something else. :)


SmileyRose  x

"Thinking Of Me"

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

SmileyRose x

Which Do You Prefer?

A woman who oozes sex appeal or a woman who oozes sex appeal and who has other fine qualities too ie., she has a sign of intelligence? :o)

SmileyRose  x

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mutual Respect Within A Relationship :)

I'm not an overly jealous kind of woman, not really. Oh don't get me wrong, If I knew my guy was messing around with someone else then of course I wouldn't be happy about it however flying into a jealous rage wouldn't solve any matters because it would be his prerogative to be with anyone he so wishes to be with. If he really wants to be with another woman then he's going to be with her no matter what.  I have never flown into a jealous rage over another woman before but instead I've told the guy where he's likely to stand with me over such matters.  I have had my heart broken previously, but it was something I learnt to accept and I dealt with it in the best way I could at the time.  Of course it involved lots of tears and heartache but time is a great healer, you tend to move on and you learn to get over a broken heart after a period of time.

It's not worth becoming frantic and jealous over a man who doesn't want you anyway....what's the point?

The best way to have a good relationship with a guy is to make certain that the guy you are in a relationship with, he really wants you as much as you want him.  There's no point in chasing around after someone who really isn't interested in you at all.

A guy who disrespects you with another woman whilst he's in a relationship with you is likely to cause a relationship breakdown. He is likely to cause barriers within the relationship which may lead to either relationship failure/collapse or it is likely to cause two people to continue a strained relationship.

A good relationship is likely to last longer if 'both' people in that relationship show an equal interest in each other and they have a mutual respect for one another.  What a girl wants: A kind, honest guy with a good sense of humour, faithfulness, cutish and she wants her man to cherish her. ;)

It is healthy within any relationship to show some form of jealousy, however not to the extent of making yourself feel ill over the other person. If they're not trustworthy or they disrespect you as a person then they're not showing you the kind of respect you probably deserve. It is always worth while considering ending a relationship before it's even begun so to speak particularly if the other person cannot offer you some form of respect. 

Showing lack of respect for your partner is likely to make the relationship turn sour. There has to be some form of mutual respect for the relationship to progress any further.

So beware ladies, when starting out in a new relationship.....make certain the guy treats you with respect. :)

SmileyRose x

Winge, Winge, Winge, Winge, Winge

Why do some folk winge all of the time?

I agree it's good to get rid of all of your frustrations out in the open, however why on earth do some do nothing other than to winge and moan all of the time?

Ewwwwwwwwwwwww!  Winging is ok if you really have good reason to feel disgruntled about something, but please, not all of the time.:( 

I like to hear happy stories too. :)

SmileyRose   x

Gossip - "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"

I'm a great believer that 'most' folk have good and bad in them, but mostly good.....with the exception of a few folk and unfortunately there's no hope for those folk. :)

I try very hard not to listen to too much small gossip about many folk because quite often I find out that not everyone is portrayed as badly as some others like to make them. Sometimes the gossip can be true, however sometimes folk like to over embellish their stories and it's not always near as bad as others have told me. 

I don't mind listening to gossip, particularly when there's something interesting to listen to. The only time gossip is not very good to listen to is if it is malicious gossip.  That's not very nice at all and it's always nice to keep those stories to yourself as it can be very damaging to someone else's character, particularly if it is untrue.

"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye :)



SmileyRose  x

"Mama Mia"

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

SmileyRose  x

Over 50!

Someone told me I looked really well for someone who was over 50 years old recently and they didn't think I looked a day over 35 years old.  Erm have I got news for you.....I'm not over 50!!!!!!!  I've not reached that milestone yet. Cheek!

SmileyRose  x

Monday, January 17, 2011

'Nine Months'

Awww I really enjoyed sitting back and watching the film 'Nine Months' this evening. The film starred Hugh Grant. It was my second attempt at watching the film without interruptions. I was somewhat surprised just how alike some of the scenes from the film were to my own experiences. LOL I have fond memories of my very first pregnancy. It was pretty chaotic to say the least. :)

I remember having terrible morning sickness right throughout the pregnancy.  Everytime my then husband stopped in a car park, I'd have an incredible urge to want to get sick. Eww! It wasn't a pleasant feeling at all.

I remember on one occasion when the consultant examined my tummy I was horrified when she blurted she couldn't feel the babies head! My immediate thoughts were my baby was going to be born without a head! Ewww! How I dislike unnecessary worry. At least I can laugh about it now. ;)

Then there was the occasion when my waters broke. I remember calling out to my then husband to tell him my waters had broken. He was fast asleep at the time and when he heard me calling him he awoke startled. He very calmly shouted out to me reassuring me he was on his way. LOL he'd thought I'd seen a spider in the bath, so he didn't panic getting to me in a hurry. He reassured me that he was on his way. After he discovered that my waters had in fact broken, we both started to panic a little? ;)

Hugh Grant from a Family Guy
Pic source





















"Baby I Love You" by the Ronettes (from the film Nine Months). :)


SmileyRose  x

Golden Globes

Actor Colin Firth picked up a Golden Globe award last night and he's tipped to win an Oscar later in the year for his role as the stuttering George VI in the 'King's Speech.'  Well done Mr Firth. I've yet to see the film but hope to do so at some stage. :)

SmileyRose x

Saturday, January 15, 2011

'127 Hours'

Slight Spoiler

Have you ever been put off going somewhere remote on your own without telling anyone else?  I'm a keen photographer and I've never really thought about the dangers of going somewhere remote to take photographs on my own......not until I went to see '127 Hours' with a friend recently.  Ewwww!   Believe me, the film is enough to make you think twice before doing so.

It's a brilliant film by the fabulous director Danny Boyle, who also directed the award winning film Slumdog Millionaire.

It tells the true story of a mountain climber Aron Ralson (James Franco) who goes out to a remote Canyon in Utah and how he takes desperate measures to survive a freak accident. I'll say no more!  You have to watch it to appreciate it.  It is a brilliant, brilliant film and a 'MUST GO WATCH' film. :)

It brought back some momories of my trip to the USA the year before last. I visited the Grand Canyon and some of the scenes looked only too familiar.

The film gets high marks from me. I loved it. :)

PS  Aron Ralson has a son named Leo. 
Just think how much better things might have been if he'd been carrying a mobile telephone at the time.

SmileyRose  x

"If Tomorrow Never Comes"

I'm listening to "If Tomorrow Never Comes" by Ronan Keating. Such a lovely song. :)

SmileyRose  x

"Dancing Queen"

I'm listening to "Dancing Queen" by Abba :)

SmileyRose  x

How Would You Spend Your Money If You Came Into Loads Of It?

Someone recently asked me the above question on another site I visit. I don't really know of any rich relatives who are about to leave me anything, so I'm not really expecting loads of money....LOL I don't really know what I'd spend it on as I've never really thought about it. I don't suppose for one minute I'd go out spending it all just because I have it as I usually like to invest and spend my money wisely. I suppose depending on how much I had would make the difference to how much I spent. If it were huge amounts then I'd firstly help out my immediate family and some other family members too. I am not mean therefore I'd consider helping my ex and his family too as they were all good to me when we were married. I may help some friends a little but at my own descretion as only I can determine who those friends are...perhpaps the more trustworthy ones and those who have remained my friends for a long time. I'm a rather private person and I don't talk too much about my associates or my friends here on the internet. I am the sort of person who likes it when my friends are private about our friendship on the internet too because it helps me to trust them more....which is the reason I do not visit such sites such as Facebook. I like those friends who remain friends but they don't have to advertise the fact that we are friends on an internet site, they're more likely to be genuine friends. Those friends are likely to be in contact with me on a regular basis and away from the internet. I'd then look at charities and perhaps help some of those charities which I favour. I'd then perhaps think about myself and my own needs. :)

SmileyRose   x

Cash - "Walk The Line"

Wasn't Johnny Cash a fabulous singer? :)



SmileyRose  x

Yoo-hoo :)

"Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling :)



SmileyRose  x

Friday, January 14, 2011

"Toca's Miracle" by Fragma

What a fabulous song. :)


SmileyRose  x

"Relight My Fire"

I'm listening to "Relight My Fire" by Take That ft Lulu

SmileyRose x

Rose Royce

I'm listening to "Car Wash" by Rose Royce. :)

SmileyRose x

Awwww Such Compliments. :o)

It is always really nice to receive nice compliments from some folk particularly when you feel you could do with one or two.... believe me I've received some really nice compliments from some very nice folk in my time. :)  For instance, only today someone asked me if I was a manager at my place of employment and then someone else told me that I looked mumsy. I take both comments made to me today as compliments because firstly, I am definitely NOT management but if someone else thinks that I am, then that's nice. :)   Secondly, I am indeed very mumsy therefore anyone else who thinks that I am/look mumsy, then I'm quite happy....after all, I am a  very loving Mother and I love my children to bits.  ;)

SmileyRose  x

Awwww Thumper From Bambi :o)



One of my favourite films. :o)

SmileyRose x

Warming

The weather seems a little warmer but it has been slightly wet just recently....which is very unuasual for this time of year. 

Here I am sitting with a bowl of Porridge (aka Porage). It's supposed to be helping to warm me up during the cold winter mornings. 

It seems that I don't need too much warming up right now though. ;)

SmileyRose  x

"Brown Eyed Girl"

I'm listening to "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison. :)

SmileyRose  x

Thursday, January 13, 2011

"Hungry Eyes"

I've been listening to "Hungry Eyes" by Eric Carmen
















SmileyRose x

A Tasty Dish

I noticed this recipe on one of the websites I visited it recently. :)

Mini Meatballs with Tagliatelle

250g/8oz minced beef or pork
1 small onion, grated

25g/1oz fresh breadcrumbs

zest and juice 1 lemon

3 tbsp freshly chopped basil leaves

1 tbsp oil

1 large red pepper, roughly chopped

½ tsp ground coriander

200ml/7fl oz hot chicken stock

400g can cherry tomatoes

250g/8oz Tagliatelle

Method:    Place the mince, onion, breadcrumbs lemon zest and juice, 2 tbsp basil seasoning in a food processor. Wiz together briefly until mixed. Shape into 20 walnut sized balls.

Heat the oil in a large pan, brown the meatballs in batches and set aside. Add the pepper to the pan and fry for 3 minutes until softened. Stir in the coriander and cook for 30 seconds, then gradually add the hot stock. Add the cherry tomatoes and stir well. Return the meatballs to the pan, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Meanwhile in a large pan of boiling water cook the pasta. Drain when cooked and toss in the meatball sauce, divide between plates and garnish with remaining basil and serve

SmileyRose  x

COR! Do You Believe In Love At First Sight? :)

'A' was walking along aimlessley when she saw 'B'. 'A' thought to herself Cor!  'B' glanced over at 'A' as she walked by and he was mesmeriszed by her beauty...he too thought Cor!  They lived happilly ever after. The end. ;o)

"Love at First Sight" by Kylie




SmileyRose  x

Good Luck!

Do you believe in lucky charms or things which bring you good luck/fortune? 

How about, see a penny pick it up, for the rest of the day you'll have good luck? :o)

SmileyRose  x

Reasons Why Fishing Is Better Than Sex

20 - No matter how much whiskey you've had, you can still Fish.

19 - A limp rod is still useful while Fishing.

18 - You don't have to hide your Fishing magazines.

17 - It is perfectly acceptable to pay a professional to Fish with you once in a while.

16 - The Ten Commandments don't say anything against Fishing.

15 - If your partner takes pictures or videotapes of you Fishing you don't have to worry about them showing up on the Internet if you become famous.

14 - Your Fishing partner doesn't get upset about people you Fished with long ago.

13 - It's perfectly respectable to Fish with a total stranger.

12 - When you see a really good Fishing person, you don't have to feel guilty about imagining the two of you Fishing together.

11 - If your regular Fishing partner isn't available, he/she won't object if you Fish with someone else.

10 - Nobody will ever tell you that you will go blind if you Fish by yourself.

9 - When dealing with a Fishing pro, you never have to wonder if they are really an undercover cop.

8 - You don't have to go to a sleazy shop in a seedy neighborhood to buy Fishing stuff.

7 - You can have a Fishing calendar on your wall at the office, tell Fishing jokes, and invite coworkers to Fish with you without getting sued for Fishing harassment

6 - There are no Fishing-transmitted diseases.

5 - If you want to watch Fishing on television, you don't have to subscribe to the Playboy channel.

4 - Nobody expects you to Fish with the same partner for the rest of your life.

3 - Nobody expects you to give up Fishing if your partner loses interest in it.

2 - You don't have to be a newlywed to plan a vacation primarily to enjoy your favorite activity.

1 - Your Fishing partner will never say, "Not again? We just Fished last week - Is Fishing all You ever think about!"


But I don't fish! ;)

SmileyRose  x

"If You're Not The One"

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

SmileyRose x

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Disgruntled Mammal

A Panda Bear walks into a café and orders a sandwich and a drink. After he is finished eating, the waiter comes over to bring him the cheque. When the waiter arrives at the table, he starts to ask "Would you like any dessert?..."  The Panda Bear reaches into his fur, pulls out a gun, and shoots the waiter dead. The Panda Bear then wipes off his chin with his napkin, gets up, and starts to walk out. Just as he is about to go through the door, the manager grabs him. "Wait a minute!" he yells, "You just killed my best waiter! Besides that, you didn't even pay for your sandwich!"

The Panda Bear grasps the manager by the throat,  jacks him up, and growls, "Hey man! I'm a PANDA! Do you know what that means? Why don't you look it up!"

At this the Panda walks out the door and ambles down the street. The manager, shaken, returns to his office and consults a dictionary.

He reads:

"Panda - a large mammal of the Asian mountain forests related to raccoons and true bears and characterized by bold black and white markings.  Eats shoots and leaves."

SmileyRose  x

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Giant Pandas Are Returning To Britain

Giant Pandas are returning to Britain after being absent from here for more than 17 years.

The male Tian Tian 'Sunshine' and Yangguang 'Sweetie' were gifts from China, and they will settle in at Edinburgh Zoo.

It's hoped that the pair will mate. :)

SmileyRose  x

"You Are Not Alone"

I am listening to "You Are Not Alone" by Michael Jackson

SmileyRose  x

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Moaner.....;o)

The Moaner Lisa...Oops a daisy! I meant The Mona Lisa with the Lego Smile. :)
















Photo Source


"Mona Lisa" by Nat King Cole

"You Smile" by Justin Bieber  :)

SmileyRose  x

Ewwwwwwwwwww!

There was this guy at a bar, just looking at his drink. He stays like that for half of an hour.

Then, this big trouble-making lorry driver steps next to him, takes the drink from the guy, and just drinks it all down. The poor man starts crying. The lorry driver says, "Come on, I was just joking. Here, I'll buy you another drink. I just can't stand to see a man cry."

"No, it's not that. This day is the worst of my life. First, I fall asleep, and I go late to my office. My boss, outrageous, fires me. When I leave the building, to my car, I found out it was stolen. The police said that they can do nothing. I get a taxi to return home, and when I leave it, I remember I left my wallet and credit cards there. The taxi driver just drives away."

"I go home, and when I get there, I find my wife in bed with the gardener. I leave home, and come to this bar. Just when I was thinking about putting an end to my life, you show up and drink my poison."

SmileyRose x

Feeling Unwell

Ewww I wasn't very well at all at the weekend.  I felt bad. I even had a sweet friend drive me down to a local pharmacy to get some medication on a Sunday evening. Thankfully I feel a little better this morning but it makes the weekend go by quickly because I spent much of it in bed.

SmileyRose  x

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Does Anyone Remember 'Gidget' AKA Frances? :)

Frances 'Gidget' Lawrence to be precise. :)

I don't remember the programme as such as I was a little too young to remember it, however I have since heard about the programme...bearing in mind that the lead character had the same name as me 'Frances'. :)

Gidget theme song




SmileyRose  x

Nappy News - A New Baby

David Beckham and wife Victoria are reported to be expecting their fourth baby in the Summer. The news comes shortly after David spoke of his love for his wife after winning the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sports Personality of the Year Awards. Awwww it's nice to have some Nappy News. ;o)

SmileyRose  x

"Good Vibrations"

"Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys

Good driving music. ;)



SmileyRose  x

'Gone With The Wind'

Awwww such a fabulous film :)  The film of course starred the very beautiful actress Vivien Leigh. :)



Vivien Leigh -  I like this fashion. :)
















Picture Source



SmileyRose  x

"Always And Forever"

I'm listening to one of my most favourite songs of all time "Always and Forever" by Heatwave :)

SmileyRose  x

"Living Doll"

I'm listening to "Living Doll" by Cliff Richard :)

SmileyRose x

Actors

I am very pro good actors. It's mainly because good actors seem to run in my family.;)

Here's my cousin showing off his good acting skills.

PS Thanks for the family tree information couz. Wow! English and Scots. Shrieves, Irvine and Wemyss....all good names. :)  I feel sure it must have taken a considerable length of time to trace our ancestral family history. I can't wait to see how it will all look on paper. ;o)


SmileyRose x


"My Perfect Cousin" by The Undertones :)


Saturday, January 08, 2011

Boo!


"When Will I See You Again" by The Three Degrees

Ps

I went to see The Three Degrees singing live with my mother and father at Bailey's, Leicester a number of years ago. They were great! :)

SmileyRose  x

Would You.....?

Would you ever wear black to a wedding?  Not I...unless of course I was a man...which I am not. :)

SmileyRose x

"Contact"

I'm listening to "Contact" by Edwin Starr. :)

SmileyRose  x

Hmmmm Both Of Them Are Great! :)

It has recently been reported that Aishwarya Rai will be replaced by a younger model Freida Pinto as Indian face of beauty firm L'Oreal. That's a great shame because both woman are absolutley stunning ladies and Aishwarya is not at all too old to still be the face of the beauty firm. 

Perhaps Frieda Pinto would make a great British face of L'oreal the next time around. :o)

SmileyRose  x

True Friends Are........

....those who you see and speak to not only on the internet, but off the internet too. :)

A good way to test who your real friends are, is to leave facebook and to see who wants to keep in touch with you when you are away from it.  This can help reveal lots to you. :)

Give them at least 6 months and if you haven't heard from them, then they couldn't have been friends with you to begin with...so try not to lose any sleep over folk who are not 'really' your friends. :)

"That's What Friends Are For"  :)


SmileyRose  x

Diamonds

True friends are like Diamonds...they are real and rare. False friends are like leaves...they are scattered everywhere.

SmileyRose  x

"If I Had A Hammer"

I'm listening to "If I Had A Hammer" by Trini Lopez. :)

SmileyRose   x

Awww Just Been Chatting To An Old Friend

We've not spoken for ages and it's always nice to catch up with old friends again. ;o)

"Look Who's Talking Now" :)


Ps  This reminds me of my daughter at a similar age. The fun we had making her fly. ;)
SmileyRose   x

Clap Your Hands

"The Clapping Song" by Shirley Ellis


SmileyRose  x

England Win ;o)

Well done England! :)
England won the final Ashes Test in Sydney by an innings and 83 runs to wrap up the series 3-1 and secure their first win in Australia for 24 years.
SmileyRose   x

"Flying Without Wings"

I've just been listening to "Flying Without Wings" by Westlife :)

SmileyRose  x

Friday, January 07, 2011

"Love Train"

I've just been listening to "Love Train" by the O'Jays. :)

SmileyRose  x

Have A Heart!

It is not fair!  I am going to miss the Colin Firth interview on Heart Radio this morning.

Why do they have the interviews at silly times?

 :)

"It's A Heartache" by Bonnie Tyler


SmileyRose x

Thursday, January 06, 2011

"Are You Ready For Love"

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

SmileyRose x

"She Said"

I'm listening to "She Said" by Plan B :)

SmileyRose   x

Teacher/s

I bumped into one of my old school teachers yesterday. Heck! She still looks exactly the same as she did when she taught me all of those years ago. :)

I think it's rather special to say that you still see some of your teacher/s from time to time...even after you've left school a few decades later. ;)   Nice teachers should be remembered because they are the folk who take good care of you, after your parents.

Earlier today I happened to see one of my eldest daughter's old pre-school teacher's. She too looked exactly the same as I remember her. To think she was the first person to look after my own daughter outside of the family members so to speak.  :)

I am rather fortunate and thankful to have had a number of good teachers in my lifetime....I just hope they've all enjoyed having me as their teacher too. :) Erm before anyone says anything, I was a full-time Mother for both of my children.  I was my own childrens first ever teacher because for much of the time I taught them both right from wrong before they even began school. They were both model little girls at school, just like their mother was.  :o)

"Schools Out"  by Alice Cooper



SmileyRose  x

Christmas Is Over!

Yes folk Christmas is over and it's time to take your Christmas trees/decorations down if you haven't already done so. :)

Children all over the country have returned to school this week and some of those folk who were off work over the Christmas period have all started back to work too. 

Do you all know that deflated feeling you get when there's been much excitement in your lives and then all of a sudden everything goes flat?  Well that's precisely how I'm feeling right now.  Ewww I need perking up.  It's a rotton feeling and I hope I pull out of it soon. 

Still trying my hardest to smile a little though. ;)

SmileyRose x

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

"Welcome To The Jungle" " Kindergarten Cop"

Could this be "true lies?" It has recently been reported that Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger and the President of Russia are good tweeting mates. Could they be the terrible "Twins." :) Not only do they tweet to each other, they also enjoy the ski slopes together.

Hmmm Could the ex Mr Universe be exchanging body building tips too one wonders? ;)

I'll Be Back! :)

SmileyRose  x

"I Swear"

I've been listening to "I Swear" by Boyz To Men. :)

SmileyRose  x

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Where Did The Buzzy Dumbledore Go?

It was recently reported by scientists that Bumblebees (aka bombus or the Dumbledores) are at risk of being wiped out in the U.S. The decline in numbers is causing much concern as it confirms fears that the Bumblebee is in decline worldwide.

Apparently Albert Einstein once said: "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more polination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."

There will of course be women though. ;o) Things that make you go hmmmmm.

What is causing the decline in the bee population?  Could it be down to insecticides, crop engineering? Or possibly the side-effects of technology and solar activity.

Whatever it is causing the decline in bees, It would be a great shame to see the buzzies go now, no matter how much they seem to have irritated some who have had a nasty bee sting or two in the past. ;)

SmileyRose  x

"Back For Good"

I've just been listening to "Back For Good" by Take That. :)

SmileyRose  x

A Great Way Of Shopping

I was lucky enough to already have browsed through my Argos catalogue so I had some kind idea what I wanted to purchase before I arrived at the store this evening.

I headed straight to the store catalogue on arrival.  I managed to find exactly what I'd been looking at earlier so I placed my catalogue number on the small order form with the dinky little pencils provided by the store. I then entered the catalogue number into the little machine at the side of the catalogue just to make certain the item was in stock.  I queued at the till and I handed my order to the cashier who took payment for the ordered goods. 

I waited all of 5 minutes for my goods to be handed over to me after hearing my number called.  I was about to shout "House" with great excitement when I suddenly realized that it wasn't a game of bingo. :)  I headed straight towards my designated checkout point where I collected my goods before returning home again.

I Argosed it. :)

SmileyRose  x

Smile Somebody Loves You ;o)

SmileyRose says:
"I have always spent my whole life smiling.  I cannot tell you how many times in a day I actually spend my time smiling as it would depend on what kind of a day I'm having or what sadness I have received during the day, however when things are generally ok, it is good to smile because it can keep you feeling healthy, so they say." :)
Why not take a leaf out of Paul McKenna's book? :)

Paul says:
"Once it becomes a habit to be smiley, you'll add a steady stream of happy moments to your life and permanently raise your overall level of happiness."
An experiment on a group of depressed folk was the subject of a BBC documentary.  It revealed:
  1. Laugh and smile for 20 minutes a day.
  2. Take at least 20 minutes exercise a  day.                                                                              
  3. Focus on happy thoughts and memories with the 'spot the dots’ technique. This is done by sticking a dozen or so dots around your home where you can see them daily. Make lists of happier memories, see it in your minds eye. Think of each person you have remembered, visualize them, hear them, feel them as if taking place now. Whenever you see one of the dots placed around your home think of the person/item on your list which made you feel happy.
At the end of the month, every one who took part in the experiment reported that they felt happier.:)

 "Smile" by Michael Jackson :)


 SmileyRose  x