Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ramblin' Rose - My Theme Song :)




I love roses. :) A rose is such a beautiful flower...and Rose just happens to be my middle name. 

I like to ramble on sometimes therefore I think this song is a great theme song for me. ;)


SmileyRose x

Natural World - Clever Monkeys



I remember watching this on the TV...I loved the David Attenborough Natural World series. :)

SmileyRose x

"I'm a Believer" by The Monkees



So sad. Davy Jones recently died.....I love this song. RIP Davy.

SmileyRose x

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

Teaching....:)

I know when to keep quiet!!! :) I've just been trying to teach Rosie my pet cockatiel how to sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." She keeps looking at me strangely. LOL I'm sure if she had fingers she'd be sticking them in her ears. ;) 

Hehe unsure who tweets more...me or her ;)


























SmileyRose x

Sunday, February 26, 2012

"Always"

I'm listening to "Always" by Bon Jovi :)

SmileyRose x

Gratitude

Donny Osmond recently tweeted this link. It is entitled Gratitude and it encourages everyone to open up their hearts to many things. :)

This part is beautiful:-

Do you think this is just another day in your life? It's not just another day...it's the one day that  is given to you, today.  It's given to you, it's a gift, it's the only gift that you have right now and the only appropriate response is gratefulness......this is indeed very beautiful! I would like to share this with the rest of you....it's very inspiring. :)


SmileyRose x

Maybe the most beautiful music ever



Gustav Mahler from 10th Symphony...turn up the volume!!!!
Thank you to a friend who reminded me about this beautiful, beautiful piece of music today.  I simply love it. :) It is a great stress reliever. :)
SmileyRose x

Eww! :)

Whilst at the cinema today I saw a really dirty van parked at the cinema car park. Someone had written on it...I wish my wife could be this dirty. I'm so glad I'm nobody's wife. ;)
SmileyRose x

"Dance With Me Tonight"

I'm listening to "Dance With Me Tonigh" by Olly Murs :)

SmileyRose x

'The Most Exotic Marigold Hotel'

This afternoon I went to the cinema to watch the film 'The Most Exotic Marigold Hotel' with a friend. :)

 The film was excellent to say the least. It was all about a group of retired folk who all travel to India. Their hotel, they believe, is a newly restored hotel but it is a far cry from the luxurious hotel they all thought they had booked. LOL this film seems to bring back memories of a holiday I had in Rome not so long ago. The hotel was a nightmare to say the least and my friend and I still laugh about it even now. :)

This afternoons film is absolutely hilarious, but it lends a few tearful moments also.

There is an all star cast which starred the brilliant, first class actress Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Tom Wilkinson, Ronald Pickup and Tena Desae.

The film is set in colourful jaipur, India. It was very colourful and I loved the music. The film was adapted by Ol Parker from a Deborah Moggach's novel "These Foolish Things." :)

It's amazing how one can soon adapt to chaotic new surroundings and as one becomes older one can make peace with past mistakes sometimes. :)

I'm not going to be a complete spoiler here...but the film has some hiliarious moments and I love the witty sense of humour. :)

The best line in the film:- "It Will All Be Alright In The End." :)

I thought I'd create the right mood for us by buying some cashew nuts and tropical mango juice for us to enjoy after the film. These cashew nuts are yummy> :)


Ps One of my dreams is to travel to India one day and to visit the Golden triangle (I would love to see the Taj Mahal) and Goa.  There are many places in India I'd like to visit...but this is one just to start off with. :)

SmileyRose x

A Beautiful Day

The weather is absulutely lovely out there today. Maybe it was because I kept singing that song from the show 'Annie' yesterday....;) I went to see the westend show in London with a friend a few years ago....it was absolutely marvelous. :)

My garden looks lovely as the crocus are in flower. I love the first sign of flowers...it seems to cheer me up. :)

SmileyRose x

"Tomorrow"




SmileyRose x

Friday, February 24, 2012

Whilst On The Train...

These were taken whilst I was on the train going to visit Catherine (my daughter) last week. :)










SmileyRose x

"We Fell In Love In A Hopeless Place"

I'm listening to "We Fell In Love In A Hopeless Place" by Rihanna. :)
SmileyRose x

Hi Smiley. Just wanted to say that my Mrs is only 46 and she's just gone thru the change. She doesn't get any more periods and I'm loving it because we seem to get along much better now as she doesn't have PMT anymore. Our relationship is much better!



Wow! Thanks for that useful information. :) I have this to look forward to...LOL or should I say any partner I may have in the future will also have this to look forward to also. ;)

Have you ever sent flowers to someone?



Yes...My mum, other relatives and friends etc. I've never sent flowers to a man though...I prefer it much more when he sends me flowers instead. ;)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Just Saying Hi :)

Aww some folk are really sweet and lovely and you don't ever want to forget them. I don't know what it was but something triggered off a memory for me yesterday afternoon. It made me remember to phone a dear elderly lady who lived just two doors away from me.  I'd been meaning to pick up the telephone and call her for a long time but I didn't get around to it until only yesterday evening. She reminded me that she was the same age as my own father and I'd forgotten just how time was passing us by very quickly. Many of the older folk I've known since my childhood, they're all becoming so much older now.

Mrs Ash used to live two doors away from me. She is such a lovely lady. I'd visited her home on a few occasions and I had lunch with both her and her husband.

She attended my children's birthday party. I have a funny photograph of the magician pretending to squirt tomato sauce on the top of her head. LOL all of the children thought it very funny as there were fits of giggles.

I used to live right in the centre of the Yaxley Village. Mrs Ash always seemed to be around when I was a full-time Mum whilst I was taking care of my own children...particularly when I used to pass her home as I pushed the pram/pushchair during my walks around the village with the children.

She often attended the same Mother and Toddler group sessions where I helped as a Committee member. She was part of the Mothers Union organisation at Yaxley and she often helped with the coffees and teas. I usually stopped to chat to her because she was always the most friendly of all the ladies I knew.

I remember taking her along to a farm we all visited one Easter time. It was a glorious day and both Catherine and Lauren (my daughters) wanted to see the lambs. She seemed really happy to come along. Grand-ma came along too. It was such a beautiful day. :)


I remember attending Mrs Ash's 75th Birthday bash at the Village Hall. What a wonderful evening it was too. It was here that I first realised that she was a Lincolnshire person also. I still call Stamford my home as it's the town I spent the majority of my years growing up. :)

I attended a flower arrangement evening once with Mrs Ash also. It was a very good evening as I managed to learn a few good tips.  It was the evening the children's grand father came to babysit after I cooked us all a family dinner. That evening was a very special evening as when I arrived home I remember making a cup of tea and talking to Grandad for a whole hour or so...all about his younger years.  He mostly talked about being a child evacuee during the second world war. He was very interesting to listen to.

It's funny how all of those folk you've grown up with...you sometimes take it for granted that they're always going to be around. It wasn't until Mrs Ash reminded me yesterday evening that she was now in her late 80's. I suddenly woke up to the fact that none of us are getting any younger. I have no idea where the years have gone.

It was lovely just being able to catch up with her news. She's quite poorly these days which makes me feel very sad indeed. I hope I cheered her up in some small way just by picking up the phone and calling her.

If any of you know someone who is getting on in years (an elderly person)...then please remember they were young once too.  They are perhaps slowing down a little now but they still like to hear from you from time to time. It doesn't hurt to say "hi" or just show them how much you really appreciate all they have done for you over the years. It is nice just knowing they've been there for you over the years ...but mostly remember them simply because they are nice folk. :)


Remembering 'ALL' of those elderly folk I've known over a period of time. It's true...none of us are getting any younger. ;)

Let's also remember 'ALL' of those folk who are sadly no longer with us any more....many of them have given me cherished memories which I shall keep with me forever.

They're gone but not forgotten. :) 

SmileyRose x

Sunday, February 19, 2012

"Time of my life"



SmileyRose x

A Fun Night Out :)

I had a really lovely night out with five of my girl pals last night.  It was a giggle and I was in desperate need of folk to cheer me up. :)  We began our evening at Prezzo, Peterborough. It was good company and we had a bit of a girly giggle. 

Four of us then headed off to the Night Clubs in Peterborough.  We all enjoyed dancing the night away into the early hours of this morning...hence the headache. ;)   

A good night was had by all. :)

To 'ALL' of my girly friends and friends and family in general...all those who I've enjoyed good times with over the past few years. Thank you to you all....you are ALL wonderful. Thanks for the giggles :)  xxx

SmileyRose x

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Visting Home Town

I travelled back to visit my folk in Stamford yesterday.  A good time was had by all.  My Father treated me to luncheon with his gathering of friends.  We ate a lovely three course meal. The meals are specially organised by the friends of St Clements. The ladies and gentlemen were a lovely bunch of folk.  I had a soup for my starter, a turkey meal and one of my favourites bread and butter pudding.  I even had a second helping. :)

We chatted about some of the old times. I told everyone that my father was always very affectionate when we were growing up.  He'd kiss us every night before we went to bed or if he went out anywhere, even to do the shopping.  He was always a very sweet man...and he hasn't changed too much since then. ;)

Thank you to all who made my day a lovely and relaxing one.  It was really nice to chat to some interesting folk. :)

Ps

I once said that I'd like to meet someone a little like my father one day. My father has always been just like a perfect Englsh gentleman. He has lovely manners and he is a very smart man when it comes to dressing up...he's been well educated and his spoken English is excellent (no different to any other nicely spoken English gentleman I know). He doesn't like to drop his standands so to speak. He has a good sense of humour too and he has excellent high standards which was very important when he was a serving member of the Royal Air Force. :) Awww it would be so nice to meet someone in that calibre again. ;)


SmileyRose x

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Barbie World

I had to laugh out loud today. Apparently The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been turned into Barbie dolls. The figurines have been launched to coincide with their first anniversary. The dolls are available to pre-order at £99.99. 

Hehe Duchess Kate's a Barbie Doll living in a Barbie world, her life's in plastic, it's fantastic! You can brush her hair, undress her anywhere. Imagination,  life is your creatiion. So come on Barbie, let's go party etc.,   But I bet Prince William would have preferred to be an Action Man. ;)

Here is a photo of me taken a few years ago...playing with my daughter's Barbie dolls long before the Duke and Duchess were an item. ;)  Who would have thought hey! :)

SmileyRose x

A Love Heart For You!

"O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?" :)
























SmileyRose x

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"No Place That Far"

by Westlife :)

This song just about sums up how I feel. ;)

Recently I travelled to Ipswich and soon I travel to Cambridge. It's great to see both of my daughters whenever I get the opportunity to see them. Thanks to the Railway service for making my journey a pleasant one. Even though one of my trains was cancelled enroute to Ipswich due to signalling problems I was still able to take an alternative route without any bother at all. It took me to where I needed to be..albeit slightly later than planned. At least I arrived safely. :)


SmileyRose x

"How Will I Know"

I'm listening to "How Will I Know" by Whitney Houston.  

Sadly missed. She was a wonderful singer.

SmileyRose x

Happy Valentines Day

...to all of you single folk out there.  I am wishing you lots of love. ;) 

This also goes to all of you folk out there who will be apart from your loved ones today. I'm wishing you all a lovely day. :)

A few Valentine's rhymes just for you. :)

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Valentine treasures are people who
have often crossed your mind,
family, friends and others, too,
who in your life have shined

the warmth of love or a spark of light
that makes you remember them;
no matter how long since you've actually met,
each one is a luminous gem,

who gleams and glows in your memory,
bringing special pleasures,
and that's why this Valentine comes to you:
You're one of those sparkling treasures!

by J Fuchs


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If I reached out my hand, will you hold it ?
If I hold out my arms, will you hug me ?
If I reach for your lips, will you kiss me ?
If I capture your heart, will you love me ??


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Sometimes we make love with our eyes.
Sometimes we make love with our hands.
Sometimes we make love with our bodies.
but Always we make love with our hearts.


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Let's share the world
A sea is for you, and waves are for me.
The sky is for you, and stars are for me.
The sun is for you, and light is for me.
Everything is for you, and you are for me.

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If my heart were a cabbage
I'd cut it into two
The leaves I'd give to others
But the heart I'd give to you


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Have a lovely day everyone. :)

SmileyRose x

Monday, February 13, 2012

For Those Not Celebrating Valentines Day....Here Are A Few Tips How To Still Enjoy The Day:)

  • Laugh at couples: If you are one of those who likes to go to a public place and laugh at couples who whisper sweet nothings to each other, this is your day. Head out to the nearest romantic spot in your city with your ipod. Pretend like you are listening to music and plug your earphones while eavesdropping on their conversation and laugh away to glory.
  • Wear black: If you want to stand out, dress up in black.
  • Watch Friends DVD's: When the entire world is watching a romantic show or reading a soppy novel, watch Friends.
  • Break up: This only holds true when you are an extremely anti-Valentine person and are going through a bad relationship. If you have been looking for the perfect opportunity to break up with your girlfriend/boyfriend, this is the perfect day. 
  • Splurge on yourself: Sure you do not need reasons to go out and shop for yourself but if you are without a Valentine and are feeling bad about yourself, splurge on yourself. Shopping is very therapeutic. 
  • Write an anti-Valentine blogpost: If you like writing and are not too much of a Valentine Person, you can vent out your feelings about the day on your blog post. 
  • Watch a gory film: Plug in the DVD player and watch your favourite horror movie. It will be a superb way to unwind and have some fun.  Or go to the cinema and see "The Woman In Black" starring Daniel Radcliffe...that will be a great Valentine's movie for you to see. :) 
  • Stay indoors: The shopping centres will be crowded and so will the cinema halls. What better day to invite your friends over for an afternoon session of Scrabble or Taboo? It is Valentine’s Day and your friends are an important part of your life so celebrate friendship.
I hope all you single folk have a great day tomorrow. :):)

SmileyRose x

A Bleak Wintery Scene

I recently took this wintery scene through the window of the train I was travelling on when I went to visit my daughter. It was a very pretty scene. :)


















SmileyRose x

Friday, February 10, 2012

"What's That Coming Over The Hill Is It A Monster"

by The Automatics :)



SmileyRose x

A Stunning Looking Creature!

I'm not being catty here but.....:) 

The other day I heard this guy tell this woman she was the most stunning looking creature he'd ever seen. They were both standing behind me in a queue. With hearing this I immediately had to turn around to have a look. You know what they say: Curiosity killed the cat so to speak ;) Anyway,  I was expecting to see a stunning looking creature! Ewwww :)

LOL it just goes to show...beauty is in the eye of the beholder....always. ;)

SmileyRose x

Another Work Colleague Leaves

I think it must be the curse in our small department.  Yet another work colleague recently left our team...goodness only knows how many have left now!  She will be sadly missed by me. It must tell you something about our department...why are so many folk leaving???? :(

I thank her for all of her help when I first began in the department. She was a huge help. She was so laid back I'll miss her.

Goodbye Linda> I wish you all the best. :)

SmileyRose x

Thursday, February 09, 2012

"Stay (Just A Little Bit Longer)

by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons :)



SmileyRose x

Favourite Quotes:

One of my favourite quotes from the film 'Nanny McPhee'  :)

Nanny McPhee: There is something you should understand about the way I work. When you need me but do not want me, then I must stay. When you want me but no longer need me, then I have to go. It's rather sad, really, but there it is.

SmileyRose x

"I Will Always Love You"

I call this the Hugh song. :)

Today I listened to this song at a funeral. My eyes were filled with tears as I said goodbye to a friend. x




SmileyRose x

Nobody Should Ever Have To Struggle When They Reach Their Tender Years

Come to think of it...nobody should ever have to struggle...not ever!!!

I feel certain that folk who have to struggle in life after either a bereavement of a partner/divorce and who have to struggle alone/on their own, they can sometimes go through a great deal of stress.  Sometimes stress is likely to cause other illnesses particularly the older someone becomes. Sometimes it is likely to cause a serious illness.

Nobody should ever have to undergo such stressful times and to be left to struggle on their own particularly when they have to go out to work/study as well. 

Sometimes stress can cause someone their livelihood if they happen to fall too ill.  :(

Nobody should ever have to struggle in their life time.

SmileyRose x

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, 2012

click Here The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, 2012
 
Click Here: Warm wishes go to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee. :)

SmileyRose x

I Light A Candle In Their Honour

A friend recently posted this onto her site. It is something which is very dear to her heart because she lost a very close relative not all that long ago. I'd like to share the same sentiment with her and with many others I know who have lost close relatives and friends as a result of the disease.

February 4th was World Cancer Day. I'm a little late in posting this because I've had a number of other thoughts on my mind just recently however I would like to post this onto my blog site mainly because I have lost friends who have lost their life to the disease.  I know a number of survivors of the disease and I also know those folk who are still currently fighting the disease.  Today I light a candle in their honour. I am thinking about their families and loved one too.

May God love and protect all of those folk who are close to me, those who are all suffering from this disease right now....my love and thoughts are with you today and always.

SmileyRose x

Monday, February 06, 2012

"Smile"

by Michael Jackson

If I smile today it's because I'm sad.



SmileyRose x

RIP My Dear Friend

Today I learned that a Facebook friend died. They say that sometimes the good die young. I'm in shock. :(

Many of my Facebook friends are not folk I've just met off the internet....they are personal friends who have been known to me for some years. To learn such bad news is completely upsetting and devastating.

This brings back memories of learning about another friend who died only a couple of years ago. You expect to one day receive bad news about someone dying when you're much older. Any time you learn of someone's death is truly devastating but it is even more devastating when you learn of the death of someone at this tender age. Sorry I'm greatly saddened by this news. She was a young Mother and it's the third friend I've lost in recent times...all three of them taken away far too soon. My deepest sympathy go out to the families concerned. God bless all of you x

This friend was a lovely person who made me laugh on many occasions. She was a loving Mother and we shared a number of stories about children. 

We worked together for a few years. We had coffee together. We went to Christmas dos together. We played Trivial Persuit together. She was the mastermind of a poster once given to me with cotton wool inserted instead of belly button fluff (a long and funny story). The last day at work before I married, she and a couple of other colleagues from work surprised me by decorating my office with balloons, toilet rolls and colourful streamers....it was a very sweet thought (scroll down my young years page to see a photo) http://smileyrose.piczo.com/smileyroseyoungdaysandafewfavouritepictures?cr=2&vsrc=preview&linkvar=000044.  There were many occasions when she made me smile.  She will be sadly missed by me. RIP my dear friend. 

Thinking of the Beach Boys song "Help Me Rhonda"...I wish I could have helped you..:(

SmileyRose x

Sunday, February 05, 2012

I'm A Flower!

I see myself as a flower. When I was in full bloom I once stood lovely amongst all of the other flowers in the vase, but now the flower is beginning to fade and I see the petals beginning to look a little frayed around the edges. The stem of the flower still stands strong but when you pull away the frayed petals, you can still see that I'm the same flower which folk once admired in the vase. I hope I remain in bloom for a while longer but when this flower begins to fade I'm hoping folk won't cast me aside. I would much rather be pressed inside the pages of a book where folk can admire me still. :)

SmileyRose (Frances R A Napper) x

"You've Got That One Thing"

I'm loving the new song by One Direction...."You;'ve Got That One Thing"....it's fabulous.  I know a couple of daughters and second cousins who are going to love this!!!! ;)

SmileyRose x

I'm Feeling So Much Better Now!!!

Feeling so much better now! I went outside to build a snowman in my back garden this afternoon. It's nothing too elaberate and it's only a small one but i had great fun using the shovel to pat it down really hard in order to make the snow nice and compact *has big grin on her face* I needed that! :) I had to use carrots for the eyes too therefore he only has a short nose now. My lovely beef stew is in the oven and the dumplings are made. I've put lots of red wine in it to make it just that bit tasier. I can't wait to say "bon appitite"....or "cheers" to all of the commoners here. ;):)


Later: Hmm just put the 20 mins swimmers in the oven...the potatoes are funny shaped. They're British Anya Potatoes....I've not tried them before. :)

Ok time to open my bottle Rose wine.  ;)

SmileyRose x

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Fellow Blogger

I would like to wish fellow blogger entertainer and magician Paul Daniels all the very best. I have recently learned that he has not been feeling very well therefore I would like to take this opportunity to wish him a very speedy recovery.  Get Well Soon x

You can catch up with Mr Daniels here: Paul Daniels on Blogger

SmileyRose x

'WAR HORSE'

Not a spoiler

If I had to discuss a film which has totally everything I enjoy about a film, then it is indeed 'War Horse.' Steven Spieberg is the master of many films I have watched over the years and they just keep getting better! I simply loved this film. I loved the story, the countryside and the horses....in fact absolutely everything.

The soundtrack of the film was composed by one of my favourite musicians of all time...Mr John Williams.

If anyone hasn't watched the film please get down there....it's a MUST WATCH film. :)

I think my friend Debbie is going the curse me after this evening though. LOL when she telephoned earlier she mentioned that perhaps it was best we cancelled going to watch the film this afternoon as she heard it may snow. However I heard differently and I thought the snow wouldn't be with us until tomorrow. Besides it seemed far too cold to snow. So, what do you think it was doing when we came out of the cinema? Yes! It was snowing. :) Thankfully it had not been snowing for all that long so it's not really settled yet.

We had a really good afternoon. We had a Showcase cinema special hot chocolate and we ate M&M's. What more can a couple of ladies ask for? ;)

We also met a nice couple of elderly gentleman who were on their way to watch the same film as us. What a pleasant couple of guys they were too. >:):)

PS

I'll warn you to take your hanky with you as you won't be able to stop crying. I've only just stopped! It's so sad.


SmileyRose x

Thursday, February 02, 2012

"I Won't Give Up"

by Jason Mraz. 

You have to listen to this song....it's beautiful. I love it. :)



SmileyRose x

Have you ever fallen for your doctor before?

LOL what kind of a question is this? :) The answer to this question is 'NO' I have never fallen for a doctor before. Not entirely. However, once a few years ago I had a little scare because i found a lump on my breast. There wasn't anything to worry about on that occasion as all turned out just fine. It was better to get it checked out just in case it turned out to be something far worse. i remember going along to see a consultant at the hospital so that he could examine me and there was this RAF doctor who had a really nice bedside manner. He seemed really concerned for me at the time and he was gentle. i remember feeling safe and in good hands so to speak. That's about it really. :) PS Ok he was cute but that was furthest from my mind at that time...I was just glad to leave after recieving good news. After I left the consultant room I remember seeing an old friend 'Shirley' whom I went to school with and I felt totally at ease just seeing someone I knew because I was close to tears after all of the worry which had been building up before hand. I went alone and it was quite scarey for me at the time. I hope this answers your question. :)

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

If you could be one age forever, how old would you be?

Probably 25yrs old. I loved being 25 for some reason and if I had to be an age forever then this is a good age because I was having so much fun in those days. . ;)

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

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

"Everybody In Love"

Ooo love this song by JLS :)



SmileyRose x

Hmmm I Wonder Who? :)

Click Here: Wonders Who Is Following Her On Twitter?  :)

'Extreme Measures'

My favourite doctor with the best bed side manner has to be Doctor Guy Luthan *Giggles & blushes*....;)

 Er Doctor "Doug" Ross is quite cute too. ;)

SmileyRose x