Monday, March 26, 2012

SmileyRose Quote Of The Day!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder..we can't all appear beautiful to those we'd like to attract.....but to those who we do attract..woo hoo ;)

PS Although extremely flattered to attract some of the same sex....I'm only really interested in attracting the opposite sex. ;)


SmileyRose x

Clocks Went Forward

Would you believe it? I put all of the clocks around the home forward..... but my watch!!!  :) 

I hope you all were far better than I was and you remembered to put your clocks/watches an hour foward on Saturday night :)

SmileyRose x

A Girly Weekend

Lauren (youngest daughter) and I had a really great 'girly' weekend together. I am so glad she was here to cheer me up. We spent Saturday afternoon doing some serious shopping together. Lauren managed to find a really nice pair of jeans. Although she looked great in the jeans…I feel sure she would have looked great wearing a bin liner. ;)

After a hard day of shopping we went to Starbucks and treated ourselves to a Strawberry & Cream Frappaccino. If you have not tried this drink before then I urge you to try it. Seriously, you don’t know what you are missing. ;)  We then took a lovely stroll around the Peterborough Cathedral together. :)

We later became a little peckish and so we decided to go to Nando's for dinner. The meal was delicious and the company was great! :) At Nando’s we met up with a couple of females who sat on the next table to us....they were both great fun to chat to. My spirits desperately needed lifting and I was definitely in the right company that evening. We are going to remain in touch and added each other onto Facebook.  Now that's how I enjoy meeting new folk....in person first. :)

The girly evening didn't stop there. The rest of the evening was spent having some more girly fun whilst sharing funny stories together....it was just a typical girly day and I enjoyed every minute of it.


Sometimes when you are really feeling a bit down it's great to spend time with those folk who know how to cheer you up. Thanks to you all. x :)

















Lauren and I drinking our Frappaccinos whilst going for a walk at Peterborough Cathedral. :)

























































































SmileyRose x

Saturday, March 24, 2012

"Mad About The Boy"



SmileyRose x

'Twilight'

I spent this evening watching the new 'Twilight' Dvd with one of my girly friends. The film was really, really good.

By the way I am definitely 'Team Edward.' ;)

I am so glad my friend enjoyed my cooking. It was good to catch up together....and it was a pleasure to cook. :)


SmileyRose x

Friday, March 23, 2012

Saying Goodbye!

Dear God give me strength today as I say goodbye to yet another friend.

I have learned today that another of my long term friends/facebook friend Karan died very recently. I hear she died peacefully from a close member of her family. Karan and I had been friends for many years after first meeting at a previous work place. We used to meet for lunch most days during our work lunch breaks. She had a very caring and loving nature.

Over the years we made an effort to keep in touch together. There was a period of time when she went to live in Cyprus and I didn't see her all that often, however when she returned to the UK we met up again. We exchanged many conversations about Cyprus together, as I used to live there a number of years ago also.  I was very pleased when she arranged to meet me for coffee with her lovely husband. She brought along photographs to share with me on that occasion. We talked about the old days....especially when we went to Christmas functions together. The pair of us always liked to stut our stuff on the dance floor together. She was a fun loving person and I shall miss her hugely.

When I was going through a marriage break up Karan arranged to meet me for lunch with another friend in my home town of Stamford.  I remember that day so well because I was really excited I was meeting up with her.  We talked for hours. In fact we met on several occasions after that day.  The last time I saw Karan was whilst I was at at work just before Christmas.  I was trying to arrange a convenient time to go out for lunch with her. I would often send my love to her via her husband.

My heart goes out to all of her family at this very sad time. The news was very upsetting to say the least. Thinking about your smiling face. RIP Karan

with much love from your friend Frances xxxx























SmileyRose x

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Whittlebury Hall & Spa:)

Last week I visited Whittlebury Hall and Spa, Northampton.  I had the most fabulous time. I had some pampering treatment. The hotel room was very comfortable. I also attended a dinner and a George Michael tribute.  The evening was really lovely.  There was a disco afterwards.  I made one or two new friends too.  I would love to go back again it was such a lovely exerience. :)


































































Me outside the back of the hotel.

























































































































Me getting ready for an evening out..with curls.;)  I became so used to the white dressing gowns...particularly when I was at the Spa. :)























The hotel bedroom












Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Was He Cheating?

Hi Smiley.  Just been reading an article in the DM re Alex and Chantelle.  She has virtually accused him of cheating because he replied to a private email on twitter. Do you think that's cheating?


My Reply

So funny!!! Yes I just read the DM article you have mentioned. I guess it's probably Chantelle's pregnancy hormones playing up if she's brandishing Alex a cheat. :) I dare say there are a few folk who try to play devils advocate sometimes and they try to stir up problems when they see a happy couple. Amy whatever her name is had sent Alex a private message (no different to an email or text). What's the difference between a private message or the two of them seeing each other in person and exchanging pleasantries in person? For instance they could have bumped into each other at a private location on an empty meadow whilst out walking the dogs/similar and said the very same thing.

She was after all congratulating them both in a one liner email/message. No different to anyone else saying the same in passing and exchanging pleasantries in person I don't suppose.

If he had arranged to meet her at a 'secret' rendezvous without telling Chantelle, then that would be another matter and perhaps then it would be seen as cheating. :)

Ways to avoid domestics: I think in order to save problems/wrong assumptions it is always best to be open and honest with your partner and tell your partner you've received a private message from someone you think he/she may become jealous over if they found out about it. :)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Cricket - 100th Century

Wow! Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar scores his 100th century during the one day international Asia Cup cricket match. Wonders if he'll now be in the Guiness Book of World Records. :)

SmileyRose x

Rugby - Six Nations

Six Nations - Victory at the Millennium Stadium!

Well done Wales, they win the World Cup and have sealed a third Grand Slam.

Other scores at full time: England 30 - Ireland 9

OMG! Scotaland were defeated....whatever next!!!!  :o)


SmileyRose x

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St Patrick's Day All :)

I hope you have all been having a very Happy St Patrick's Day. :)










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SmileyRose x

Thursday, March 15, 2012

"Uptown Girl"

I'm listening to "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel

SmileyRose x

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mothering Sunday

This Sunday will be Mothering Sunday/Mothers Day. Many Mothers around the United Kingdom and Europe will be spending the day with their loved ones/their children. There will be family dinners/gathering, exchanging gifts and perhaps a family outing. There will be laughter and happiness among families all over.
 
Mothering Sunday is a Christian festival which falls on the 4th Sunday in Lent. Other names attributed to Mothering Sunday is of course Rose Sunday - sometimes used as an alternative title for Laetare Sunday, as is witnessed by the purple robes of Lent being replaced in some churches by rose-coloured ones.

 I would like to take this opportunity to wish every Mother a very Happy Mothers Day.

I would also like us all to be reminded of all of those Mothers who are no longer with us anymore. There are many folk out there whom I know personally, those who have all lost their Mothers in recent months/years....and I would like us all to remember the hurt many of these families will be feeling this coming Sunday.

There are also those Mothers who have lost their children and who will be feeling pain and hurt this coming Sunday. I would like to take the time to remember all of those folk out there, because I know how much they will be hurting. I know how much I hurt badly when I don't see/hear from my children for a couple of weeks. I cannot begin to feel the same pain as all of you must feel but I do understand.

This Mothering Sunday will be the first year ever I will not be spending time with my own children....I won't be spending time with my own Mother either...mainly because our busy schedules will be keeping us all apart.  Be rest assured though I will be thinking about them all and no matter what the distance in miles, they will most certainly still be in my heart.

I have a way of dealing with the days I cannot be with my children. When I am missing them...and I am longing to be with them both, I spend a few quiet moments in solitary. I close my eyes and I picture my children in front of me. I think back to a happy moment when we are all together. I can almost touch their smiling faces as if they were really standing in front of me. Whenever I think about those moments it releases all of the tensions I have inside of me and I feel really close to them. I think it is important to make good memories together. It may not work with everyone.....but it works with me.  

Here's wishing happy thoughts to everyone on Mothering Sunday. God Bless you all  XXXX
((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Love

SmileyRose x

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"From This Moment On"



SmileyRose x

"Don't Tell The Bride"

God help me on the day when either of my daughters decides to marry. I watched "Don't Tell The Bride" on the TV this evening. As the Bride arrived at the venue for the ceremony, the bride’s mother burst into tears on seeing her daughter in her wedding dress....that seemed to set me off. Heck! I've not stopped crying since. I can't stop the tears and at this rate they'll be lifting that hose ban very soon. It was just so emotional. Aww it reminds me of the day my own daughter decided to try on my wedding dress before I gave it away. She looked beautiful. “Slaps myself” Pull yourself together woman. ;) Will someone please throw me some hankies? :)

SmileyRose x

"Angels"



SmileyRose x

Showing Some Appreciation :)

I would like to highlight my reply at Facebook to a friends post recently....mainly because I think it needs highlighting. :)

I have met/known a number of nurses in my time...I also have long term friends and family members who are nurses too. I have seen first hand how most nursing staff work extremely hard and efficiently. Many are not recognised for all of their hard work and I would like to take this opportunity to highlight this post. I know a number of nurses who are very caring individuals. It takes a certain type of person to become a nurse in the first place. If we did not have all of these ladies/gents I think the NHS would suffer greatly. Let's take a moment to appreciate the nursing staff. If it wasn't for the folk I know personally...I would not be sitting here writing this. :)

I have heard how my Father speaks highly of the nursing staff after he suffered a serious stroke a few years ago. There were those nurses who gave him the will to carry on because at one time he couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel. Many of the nurses are not there only to do a job....they actually take the time to care. Let's not forget this fact. :)

PS   I had my tonsils removed when I was a little girl of 7yrs old. I remember this one nurse who looked after me on the childrens ward...I was admitted to hospital for a whole 2 weeks. This nurse in particular was very kind and caring towards me. I remember my parents coming to pick me up to take me home on the day I was discharged. LOL I was in absolute tears because I didn't want to go home. It was hardly surprising I didn't want to leave...she looked after me extremely well. Remember! Good nurses are valuable. ;)

Remember! Everyone working for any of the NHS/public sector jobs should be valued for all of their hard work. They shouldn't be taken for granted but instead by praised occasionally for what they do. There are far too many letters which are quick to complain about the such services these days, however how about writing a letter to say how much you have had a pleasant experience with one of the above services instead? :) Many of those staff do not get a bonus, perks in their job or even so much as a pat on the back....they are mostly hard working individuals who are capable of making human errors sometimes, particularly when put under pressure. They're not superbeings! Folk shouldn't be so quick to critisize all of the time.

SmileyRose x

Good Luck!

Good Luck to my friend Mal who starts his new Job soon.  I wish you all the best.  X

The very Best of Luck to everyone I know who are starting new jobs/moving on to pasture new....good luck to you all. x
























SmileyRose x

Monday, March 12, 2012

"She's The One"

I'm listening to "She's The One" by Robbie Williams :)

SmileyRose x

Badly Drawn Boy :)



SmileyRose x

"Something To Talk About"

I grew up in a small market town. My parents owned a modest sized three bedroom detached family home which they both worked very hard for. They both worked right up until they reached retirement age. My parents were not terribly wealthy. We had a reasonably close family unit. My parents always seemed to get along with most folk and over the years they made a number of friends. We all grew up in the Stamford and Rutland area. My father decided to retire in Stamford after he left the RAF.

My immediate family members have all had a reasonably good education and they have all had very successful careers. None of us have ever been unemployed as we've always worked very hard for a living. We've gone out there and we’ve made it in the big wide world so to speak...with the encouragement of our parents.

I have always worked hard for a living, including bringing up a family of my own.

I have never sold my body in order to make ends meet. I remember a time when I struggled and I worried myself sick about the little things, such as feeding myself.

There were times when I had very little money but I learned to live within my means. I didn't buy things which I could not afford and I was never frivolous with money.

I have never looked at others and envied their lifestyle. I am happy for most folk who have done well in life however sometimes I’ve wished that I could have the same good fortune as they have all had. :) I think this is a pretty normal way of thinking as most of us strive to be better than we already are. I have been very happy with my lot and anything more would a bonus. J

Someone once asked me if I could ever turn to prostitution in order to make a better life for myself. The answer was a very definite "NO." :)

As a young girl I was taught to respect others but I also learnt how to respect myself. A man who only sleeps with a woman for sex is hardly showing her any respect or else he'd be in a relationship with her. Likewise a woman who sleeps with a man purely for monetary gain doesn't respect herself, or her body. If everybody was taught how to respect each other then I'm sure the world would be a much better place to live in. :)

Everyone at some stage in their lives is capable of making lots of money for sexual favours but at the end of the day it is not a respectful way of making a living. Who wants to be rich and lose their self respect at the same time in order to make easy money? Not me! I would much rather make an honest living for myself and then to one day look back and to think about the hard work it took to achieve what I've gained. Isn't that what life is really about...to pass on your life stories to your family and the generations to come?  

If all footballers kicked the ball into the net but they scored without a goal keeper then it wouldn't be much of an achievement with a boring story to tell. However if all footballers played with a little strategy, there were tactics involved in the game and when they aimed for the goal, they score but only after the goal keeper tries to prevent the ball from getting into the net in the first place....wouldn't that be something worthwhile talking about in years to come? ;) Can you see the difference? :o)

Well it does make a difference....if only some folk would only see that. ;)

SmileyRose x

"Roxanne" by The Police



SmileyRose x

"Everybody Hurts"

I've just been listening to "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M. :)


SmileyRose x

Premenstrual Syndrome/Tension (PMS or PMT)

For those of you who still suffer from Premenstrual syndrome (PMS or PMT) (Premenstrual Tension)...as I do (I'm as regular as clockwork still).....I know that the few days before a period can be really tense sometimes. Please click on the link for some helpful advice/tips. :)

After the birth of my second daughter I decided to take someone elses advice and it seemed to be the best cure for me. I now take Evening Primrose oil....it's absolutely brilliant. I've been taking it for a number of years....and I still keep taking it. It helps to give me an even balance. I tend not to suffer from mood swings and all I seem to suffer from is a bit of a bloaty tummy and a headache the night before....this is when I need my bed and sleep as it helps to ease the pain. :)

My skin can still get a little spotty from time to time just before my period...but I've been suffering from that ever since I was a teenager anyway.

I hope the link helps some of you who really suffer from bad PMT. :)

SmileyRose x

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Lady Agnes :)

Just call me Lady Agnes. :)

I've been enjoying the BBC drama 'Upstairs Downstairs' this evening. :)  I love costume dramas and yet again the BBC have come up with another great Sunday evening drama for all of us sad folk who like to stop at home some Sunday evenings.  Brilliant. :)

Ps  Agnes is of course one of my middle names. :)

SmileyRose x

"Making Of Nessun Dorma"





Nathan Pacheco....What a fabulous, fabulous singer. :)

SmileyRose x

"It's A Small World" :)



SmileyRose x

Happy Birthday To My Niece Sky :)

She's Three!!!! :)  Love From Aunty Fran XXXX





























SmileyRose x

Friday, March 09, 2012

"Hello"

I'm listening to "Hello" by Lionel Richie :)

SmileyRose x

Thursday, March 08, 2012

"You've Got A Friend"



SmileyRose x

Bring Back Family Values

A number of years ago when my family were very young I became a full-time Mother.  As much as I enjoyed being around for my children I longed to go back to full-time employment again because I missed the extra income.  My ex-husband was a shift worker and he worked particularly hard for the family.  I was not able to go out to work quite so easily because I had two young pre-school children and it was a little difficult to fit my own work schedules in with a husband who worked long shifts.  His shift work included weekends, days and night working…. and sometimes working overtime.


 We were very careful with the family income. There are many families living in this country whereby one of the parents give up work temporarily in order to care for their children. It’s not  because they are wealthy/rich folk but because they want to give their children a good start in life.


 We lived comfortably because we were very careful with the one income coming into the household. I began to earn a little money once the children were older and I very gradually began to ease myself back into the work force again. Even during my time away from full-time work I worked within a voluntary capacity.  I upgraded all of my previous office skills before going back to work.


 We didn’t have a brand new car, nor did we go on lots of family holidays abroad. Most of our holidays were taken in the United Kingdom only.  


All of the income was mainly ploughed into our beautiful home. Our original family home was situated in a nice secluded close which consisted of only five individual four bedroom family detached homes.  


We always had good clothes on our backs and our children never went hungry.  The bills were always paid on time and we were always warm and happy. We didn’t live a lavish lifestyle, but we were comfortable and we prioritized what we spent our money on. Basically our family came first. We rarely had enough money to socialize that often.


I personally feel sorry for all of those families who have never claimed benefits before apart from the normal family allowance monies (just like everyone else) and who all struggle to make ends meet because they are trying to do good for their families…our  future generation.  These families are the ones who need help the most in my opinion.  


My gripes are mostly about all of those families whereby none of the parents go out to work and neither parent have ever made contributions to the tax or national insurance system, yet they are having child after child and they continue to live off benefits.  When you see some of these folk living a lifestyle as good as yours and you and your partner have worked hard for everything…. then you begin to wonder if the system seriously needs looking at.

This country went wrong when family values went out of the widow and when folk started making a mockery out of the benefit system just to see how much they could milk out of it. Like I said previously, the benefit system needs seriously looking at!


Nobody deserves to struggle, least of all the folk who have done everything in their power to make a better life for their families….without ever taking a penny out of the system.

SmileyRose x


~CLICK HERE~   My children Kitty and Lolly.  I have enjoyed photographing my family over the years. Here are just a few of my treasured memories. :)

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

"A Different Corner "



One of George Michael's best. :)

SmileyRose x

Domestic Engineers :)

Aww I am thinking back to the days when I worked at another large establishment (about 20 yrs ago). I made friends with at least a couple of the domestic engineers who also worked for the firm. It was a much better set up in those days when they had one overall boss who managed them; he was also employed by the same firm I work for. I didn't realise just how valuable they all were, Teresa in particular....she was such a lovely Motherly Irish lady. :) I would come into work each morning and my office would be spotless after they'd hoovered up. They made the place seem fresh with a lovely smell of polish. They made certain I was never sitting at an unclean desk in the mornings. I always looked forward to our brief conversations when I arrived at work...it seemed to set me up for the day. :) I even remember the lovely lady buying me a lovely gift when I married. Although I am no longer married anymore, I still treasure that gift. :)

I really think all domestic engineers should be valued, but only if they do a good job! :)

SmileyRose x

"Masterpiece"

Love the new song "Masterpiece" by Madonna :)

SmileyRose x

Learn The Lingo Please!!!

I really think everyone living in the UK ought to learn the English language to a good and sufficient standard if they are planning on living in the Country permanently....this should be made essential!

Everyone should understand and know how to speak basic English if they are planning on living here...at least enough to get them by should there be a crisis/emergency and they need to pass on a message quickly. Not everyone can have an interpreter with them 24hrs a day.

All of those requiring an interpreter should be making some attempts to learn the language anyway. 

When I attended the Stamford college many years ago there was a lady who was in her 80's on the same IT course as me.  It just shows....you are never too old to learn. :)

SmileyRose x

Multitasking!

It is true that women are far better than men when it comes to multitasking but only when they are not required to do a responsible job which requires much concentration.  Responsibilities can sometimes lead to some folk making mistakes if they are feeling under pressure.

I tried to multitask whilst trying to write this post and the one above it....whilst also preparing my dinner at home. You just can't do it!  It took me 2/3 attempts just to write this small section. I'm not a writer. I write because I enjoy writing but it is hard work when you are trying to concentrate and do many other things as well.

SmileyRose x

"Oh No Not Again" :)

Tarzan and Jane were lying in bed early one Sunday morning. Gently, Tarzan rolled over towards Jane and started to give her a playful shoulder massage. “Oh Tarzan”, she said… “Not now dear. I’m still sleepy, and besides, I’m hungry Why don’t you go out and find us something for breakfast.”

Tarzan grudgingly slipped on his loin cloth, stretched his muscular torso, and grabbed the first vine, heading off into the jungle. The sun was shining and all the animals of his kingdom were up and about. Tarzan stopped to talk to the zebras, play with the elephants, and take a swim in the river. He was enjoying the clear jungle morning, and the animals were enjoying his company.

Before long , Tarzan realized he had lost track of time. Jane would be waiting for breakfast, and probably upset that he was not back. He grabbed a vine and started swinging towards his tree top home, looking for something suitable for a breakfast meal. He saw too golden birds fluttering above him, and with a Tarzan-like move he swung around, switched vines, and swooped down on the two golden birds, breaking their necks cleanly and slipping them into his loin cloth. Continuing on his journey home he saw a small chimpanzee loitering on a tree limb. Quickly and silently he grabbed the ape, killed him with a single blow, and slung him over his shoulder (sorry, Cheetah!)

Arriving home, Jane was up, in the kitchen, setting the table. Tarzan proudly slung the chimpanzee onto the kitchen table, and removed the two golden birds from his loin cloth. Taking out his knife, Jane turned, looked at Tarzan and the feast on the table and said….”Oh Tarzan, not Finch and Chimps again”

SmileyRose x

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Limiting My Posts

LOL There is probably someone right this minute who is conducting a psychoanalysis study on me/all of my posts.....either that or I have the advertisers following me. :) It doesn't make blogging or posting on facebook a whole lot of fun because quite obviously you're going to be limited to what you post. I am very cagey about what I post on Facebook/on my blog site. :) I reckon facebook is a little like big brother.....folk all get together on one big site and someone sits back and studies us all.....so let's have no burping or any other bodily function noises on there please as you never know who may be reading your posts. ;)
 
Forgive me If I have been a bit limited on what I post on my blog site....I may start to sound a little repetatative sometimes but it doesn't mean I have short term memory loss or dementia or anything else for that matter ....well not just yet. :} It just means that there are some things which you like to keep to yourself and other things which you do not mind posting. ;)
 
It just goes to show...you can never really know someone until you meet them for real. :)

SmileyRose x

"Ebony and Ivory"




I love this song :)

SmileyRose x

This Made Me Smile :)

Thanks to my friend Angela who recently posted this. I'd like to share it. :)













SmileyRose x

"A Million Love Songs"

I'm listening to "A Million Love Song" by Take That :)

SmileyRose x

"The Long and Winding Road"





There's a good bit in the song "You left me standing here a long, long time ago"....sounds like the queue I was standing in not so long ago. ;)

SmileyRose x

Aww It's Always Nice To Have A Helping Hand Close By When You Need It :)

Aww this nice lady at the Sainsbury till buzzed someone else to fetch me an envelope for a card I wanted to buy this evening. The card didn't seem to have the envelope attached. I thought about going and fetching it myself only I'd be holding the queue up...so the nice lady continued to serve me as someone else went to fetch the envelope for me instead...hence there was not a long queue. :)

There's those old sayings: Too many cooks spoil the broth.....but many hands make light work. ;)

SmileyRose x

Monday, March 05, 2012

"Truly Scrumptious" :):);)



SmileyRose x

"Angels"

I'm listening to "Angels" by Robbie Williams :)

SmileyRose x

My Recent Visit To See Both Of My Daughters :)

I very recently took a few days off work and I went to visit my daughter in Ipswich. I had a very pleasant and a comfortable stay at The Novotel. Breakfast was good. I ate a full English breakfast during my stay. :) I reccommend Jacey's cafe for an excellent hot chocolate. :) The marina around the University campus is fabulous.  There are a number of small restaurants in the area. There is a huge cinema just around the corner from the hotel. Isaacs was great for Fish & Chips. The town is great for shopping. During my visit I also visited the Ghandi Exhibition at the University Campus.  I loved my stay. :)  Ps Thank you to the young lady who took my photograph at Jacey's. She was really sweet. :)


























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I could not resist meeting up with both of my daughters.  I darted down to Cambridge to meet Lauren for a shopping trip and lunch at Nandos in Cambridge.  She was overly excited because she had her braces removed. :)





















SmileyRose x