Sunday, 16 February 2020

Project 366 week 7


I have had itchy eyes and been sneezing like Sneezy this last two weeks or so, convinced it is allergy related, but seems a bit early for tree pollen.
So got some eyes drops and something to stop the sneezes.

We have got winds, nothing much worse than a normally February on the coast,  but nothing like what was predicted and it did not start raining till 5pm.

allergies are a pain 


Another day that was not as bad as predicted weather wise. A lazy day on the fitbit, a mere 6349 steps, probably one of the laziest days this year.
DD2 bought me this as part of my birthday last year, so it was appropriate this week.

knitting badly but knitting none the less 


A bit of early morning babysitting as DD1 needed to get Bob to the GP and the clinic in the village is only open two hours two days a week,so many appointments (if you can get one at all)  are in the next village. Rather than trailing the three wee ones and the two she was watching for a friend while the schools had an in service training day I went down to watch them.
They were playing hide and seek, nine times out of ten they all piled behind the couch. Lottie is counting, and the wee boy (H) is one of the extra ones. Was quite funny as H would run over to them where they were hidden and point and laugh.

playing hide and seek, Dinkies turn to count 

DD2 turned up in the afternoon with the two girls to stay for a few days.


A First Aid Training Day with Active Travel hub, another part to the cycle volunteering. Not that I have done any cycling with them for four or five months now. An interesting course, thinking has  changed since I last did a course probably twenty years ago when I was a volunteer creche worker as well as a playgroup leader, makes me feel old to think that far back. This was based round being outdoors for when we are out with groups of people.

the system we were working with. 


DD1's birthday so having made her cake yesterday I got to Ziggy to decorated it. It was decorated in a very typical toddler fashion. She put the parma violets on top shoving them in quite hard, getting butter icing on her finger, licking it off her finger and then putting on the next one. I put the butter icing on the back of the Jaffa cakes and she stuck them round the outside. Sadly I got distracted by a phone call and forgot to get a picture of her with the cake.

concentrating on spreading the butter icing. 

blows out her candles after a rendition of  Happy Birthday and three cheers, 


Have been knitting a second cardigan for Roo, did a normal one in five sections instead of the top down all in ones I have been doing for ages now. Was annoying myself as picking up the top and knitting the rib and it kept going wrong somehow, no idea why as it is simple, but it kept going wrong. So I ripped it out twice and gave up. Tried again this morning and managed it, and then realised I had put the two fronts on the wrong sides, so it is sitting here waiting on being ripped out again and hopefully it goes right the next time.

DD1 had an appointment for herself so I took Ziggy down with me to play with Spud while DD2 did the packing and loaded her car. It was peeing down time I was walking up. Left Ziggy there got her mum to pick up on the way out of the village so she did not get soaked.

DD3 and Fifi did some clothes tie dyeing a few weeks back and made a couple of babygros for Roo.
She is getting big and moves around by bum shuffling, quite comical to watch as she zooms off at a high speed this seems her preferred method of moving, making no attempt to crawl but no need to as she manages to move around fine this way.

Nipped into town to walk the dog somewhere dry and drop something off with a friend.

is'nt she beautiful 


We never do Valentines day but hubby bought this for me for some reason, not that I am complaining.

a lovely 3D picture made with pebbles and a stick. 

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Careful to Be Neither Too Slow nor Too Hasty in Life

There are often some conflicting messages put out there about how hasty you should, or shouldn’t
be, when making your way through life.

On the one hand, there are sayings like “slow and steady wins the race” and fables like the
story of the Tortoise and the Hare, that tell us to slow down. Then, on the other hand, there’s
all the advice that often gets repeated in business and motivational circles that “time is
running out,” and “you’ve got to hustle.”

The great German poet Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe had a balanced take on this whole subject.
He wrote: “haste not, rest not.”

Here are some reasons why you should be careful to be neither too slow nor too hasty in life.

Because opportunities don’t hang around forever, but they often
need to be seized with some care.

It’s true that opportunities often don’t hang around for long. When a door opens that you want
to walk through, you better walk through it reasonably quickly. Job roles that you see being
advertised will typically fill up within the blink of an eye, and if you hesitate with a
romantic interest, they may lose interest in you.

That being said, even when it’s necessary to act quickly, you still need a certain level of care.
Take a deep breath. Figure out how you should act.

You don’t have to have everything worked out perfectly, and you shouldn’t get caught in
analysis paralysis. But just as opportunities can be lost because you hesitate too much, so too can
they be lost because you are too hasty and use the wrong approach.

After all, if you turn up for a job interview in your everyday clothes, without preparing, your haste is unlikely to have done you many favours.

Because you might misjudge a situation if you are not both
thoughtful and also proactive enough

There are often technicalities and factors to consider that can be easily overlooked or
misjudged if you’re not both thoughtful, and also proactive enough.

If you’re thinking about getting some work done on your home, for example, it would
be important for you to be proactive enough to do your research and find out about the
legislation that pertains to the area. Otherwise, you might risk violating policies about

In this case, getting on the right track involves both taking a moment to figure things out, and
also actively taking steps to increase your insight.

Because both too much haste and too much complacency can have tragic consequences.

It’s all very well if something just goes a bit badly for you on a given day because you are a bit
too hasty, or a bit too hesitant. But sometimes haste and hesitation can have tragic consequences.

When people react too quickly and too emotionally in the heat of the moment, they can say and
do things that will forever damage their lives, or the lives of their loved ones. Likewise, when
it’s time to stand up and act in line with your morals, hesitation can mean irreversible

In any situation, it’s important to be able to combine self-control and a dash of thought with
the ability to act quickly if needed.

There is no universal standard where it’s always better to act fast, or to act slow.
Balance is essential.

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Saturday, 8 February 2020

Project 366 week 6


It is a special day date wise, are giving away a souvenir if you find a cache, so I did, a local one I should of found a long time ago but served its purpose today. Spotted out first snowdrops of the year round the tree the cache was in.


What a weird day weather wise. Sunshine, sleet, hail, snow as well as thunder and lightning. 
Had to nip into town and pick up mine and hubby's prescriptions.  Handed in the towels while I was in town.
Watched the end of From Darkness on BBC iplayer, spotted the row of cottages that we stayed in a few years back while on holiday. If you want you can read my post on Ellenabeich on the island of Seil. We had the single storey building to the left of double storey. The only place you got a mobile signal was on top of the hill behind the house, was a steep but worthwhile walk, round the side and then to the top was easiest, which also gave you stunning views.

Funnily enough we also watched Deadwater Fell, very similar ilk of programme, and it had various scenes along the local coast here.


Had to pick up a form from doctors that was not ready yesterday and pass it on. Picked up a cache that was nearby.
Then went home for some lunch and popped to Kilmarnock as hubby wanted some welding rods to sort the front gate.

Did a 2.6 mile walk with the dog round a local country park while we were there. Never a fast pace, took us approx 1hr 45 mins but Dixie likes to socialise with other dogs she meets. Picked another cache up as well, could not find the second one we looked for.

This sign makes me chuckle anytime we pass it.


Did my cheap shopping and walked the dog. Back and cooked up the fruit I picked up. Hubby went to a local community council meeting in the evening while he was out I did another mile on the bike, and then some knitting, also did a mile in the morning while hubby was still sleeping. He came back and walked the dog again while I used my ab machine.


Joy of joys a visit to the dentist. I was booked in for a filling originally back in early September but asthma was so out of control a filling was impossible. Was rescheduled for November but was in too much pain with my arm and on too many painkillers to cope with it. So eventually getting round to it, was picked up in June that I needed it but have to say no pain from the tooth so not like I was desperate for it.

Went for a walk along the river before the dentist then while I was in hubby and dog went for a second walk.

Home and decided to make a fruit crumble but realised some of my eggs needed using up.  So made a pastry  base by rolling flat some stale bread, thinly spreading it with margarine and lining a tin with it marge side out. Put in soft fruit I had cooked up, for "normal" people you could have sliced it and layered in raw, then topped it with sponge mix and cooked it. The bread tastes perfectly acceptable as a pastry substitute.


Was going to go for a walk with DD1 and the kids, who are off school for half term, down to the fishery but Bob was in bed with a migraine and Minky is hanging for something. So she decided she was not going.
We for a 2.2 mile walk round the woods with dog and hubby instead. Came in changed out of my wellies into shoes and straight down the shop free dairy free spread as needed it for tonight but used the last yesterday.

Spent time in the kitchen making tonight's tea, a lasagne for tomorrow night. mac and cheese for Sunday and spare mince to freeze.
Kitchen always suffers when I bulk cook but saves a mess over the next few days.


This letter came in the post yesterday. Put a copy on my local facebook page, as I could not do it without people handing me in stuff.

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Monday, 3 February 2020

Budgeting with a SIM only deal.

As my regular readers will know I have been doing a lot of budgeting with various things these last four months, including husbands mobile phone. So he wrote me a post.

I have been using a contract phone for many years now however when my latest contract ran out I decided to take a look at purchasing a SIM Only deal,  there were quite a few reasons behind this decision - the main one was cost.

As I have said I have used a contract phone for quite a while now and despite paying a fixed amount every month I was using my phone less and less. I have never been a heavy user of my mobile perhaps a dozen texts and half a dozen calls per month so it seemed that I was paying far too much every 18 months for a service I hardly needed or used.  I know with a contract I get the chance to upgrade my phone at every renewal however I am more than happy with the phone I use,I am familiar with it.  This also means there’s no mobile phone cost to factor into your monthly bill, quite a big saving so I really see no good reason to upgrade.

I had a look at pay as you go ,PAYG, but decided against this as it meant topping up as required and although I am not a heavy user, running out of credit could be quite inconvenient therefore  SIM Only seemed to be the way to go as it also offers the benefit of changing tariffs easier and more flexible should you find you need more or less download data or you having more minutes left over than you need.

Another good reason for using SIM only is that I can still get some fantastic network benefits such as access to 4G, mobile tethering and being able to use my mobile abroad at no extra cost (depending on your provider and selected tariffs')

So there we have it I did my research and came to the conclusion that for me personally a SIM only deal was the way to go. Since purchasing a good deal I have no regrets whatsoever and I would recommend that when it's time to renew your contract you take a look at SIM only.  You may find like me that the combination of lower cost and greater flexibility will be advantageous to you in the long run I know it certainly has been for me.

Sunday, 2 February 2020

#walk1000miles Month 1

We really do live in a nice area, west coast of Scotland, miles of beaches, dozens of parks and beautiful countryside so  I am going to share some of the sights, things that tickle my imagination and the seasons as they change.

Some of the pictures are not overly clear as some are well zoomed in and all took on my phone.

Month one and I managed 143.56 miles. Enjoy your look along the coast

lights on the river

patterns on the beach

wood texture

Old Christmas trees being stacked to protect the wall and create a natural habitat in years to come

A row of windsurfers


wind surfer and a sea boarder with a sail

Sea breeze to dry your washing?

25 by 16 ft

 Ship wreck

2 left wellies

Man overboard