Thursday, January 18, 2018

Top Ten Thursday - Happy Things

This weeks top ten is things that make us happy which is great as I'm part way through the 100 Happy Days Challenge - I post a photo a day on instagram for 100 days of something that makes me happy. I started the challenge on new years day as I thought it was a nice way to start the new year, so we're up to day eighteen and for this post I'll share ten of the things that have made me happy so far. Thanks to Tamara at Part-time Working Hockey Mom for the wonderful theme.

1. Day One - new years day walk with my beloved. The temptation when I decided to do the 100 days challenge was to put a photo of Ken for every day, but I've restrained myself. He will appear fairly regularly as he definitely is my happy place.

2. Day three - a very rare occasion, our two furbies eating dinner together.

3. Day six - I'm always happy when I'm exploring an old graveyard. This one was very lovely and there is a pending blog post about this.

4. Day seven - churros, one of the happiest foods there is. Whenever we go to a music festival we always share churros, as they're the perfect festival food. The sauces are chocolate for Ken, and caramel for me.

5. Day nine - my lovely warm slippers which I'm appreciating even more at the moment as we're having very cold, snowy weather.

6. Day ten - lovely sparkly belated birthday card which is so cute.

7. Day twelve - I treated myself to a new bag in the post Christmas sales, and as they all hung together I realised I may have a little bit of a spotty bag addiction.

8. Day thirteen - banana caramel loaf at the Olive Tree Cafe at Logie Steading. This is a lovely little shopping village in old farm buildings that we like to visit. There's a great craft gift shop, a vintage clothes shop, a whiskey shop, an art gallery, and a fabulous second hand bookshop. So whilst the picture for this day was the cake, the happy was really the whole experience.

9. Day sixteen - my happy thing was that I'm so glad my husband is such a good driver. The weather has been a little bit challenging this week, but I've been delivered safely to work every day by my personal chauffeur.

10. Day eighteen - Princess Cookie Cat has the cutest little paws and they definitely make me smile.

I loved this theme as I think it's always good to take time to realise what we've got in our lives that makes us happy. Before you go, make sure you hop over to Tamara's Blog to see what my fellow bloggers have come up with for their happy things.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and do something that makes you happy this week.

Pamela & Ken

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hodgepodge Writings

Time for the weekly Hodgepodge which is set by Joyce at the blog From This Side of the Pond.

1. What keeps you blogging?

A love of writing and sharing keeps me blogging. Also connecting with other bloggers around the world and reading so many great blogs. Some days it can be difficult as my mind just goes blank, but usually I can get it working in time to post for that particular day.

2. Some people like to travel in the winter months. Do you enjoy the beach in winter? According to Southern Living the best U.S. beach towns to visit this winter are-

St Simons Island (Georgia), Hilton Head (South Carolina), Bald Head Island (North Carolina), Seaside (Florida), Bay St. Louis (Mississippi), Cape San Blas (Florida), South Padre Island (Texas), Folly Beach (South Carolina), Chincoteague (Virginia), Duck Key (Florida), Nags Head (North Carolina), and Fairhope (Alabama)

Have you been to any of the towns listed (in any season)? Which on the list appeals to you most this winter? 

I've not been to any of the towns listed above and as I'm on the opposite side of the world Iwon't be this winter. We have lots of beautiful beaches where we live in the highlands of Scotland and they're perfect for a long walk on a crisp winters day.

3. What's a song you're embarrassed to know all the lyrics to? Are you really embarrassed or do just think you should be?

I'm not really embarrassed by this but I think a lot of my friends would be embarrassed for me, and that is because I know the lyrics off by heart of every song in the film Grease 2 (1982) which starred Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield. This film is one of my guilty pleasures and it's great to sing along to.

4. When you were a kid what's something you thought would be fantastic as an adult, but now that you're an adult you realize it's not all that fantastic?

Being able to stay up as late as you want no matter what day of the week it is. The problem with that is that as an adult I do have to get up to go to work so this isn't as wonderful as it sounds.

5. Share a quote you hope will inspire you in 2018.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

The view this week out of the building I work in. The garden was designed by Charles Jencks and is based on the concept of healthy cell division.

What song do you love singing along to when no one else is listening? Before you go, make sure you hop over to Joyce's Blog to see what my fellow bloggers have come up with for their answers.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and listen to your favourite music this week.

Pamela & Ken

Monday, January 15, 2018

Kindness Sparks

Sparks is hosted by Annie at McGuffy's Reader (visit to see everyone else's sparks) and her words are the best to use to explain:

"I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world!"

The aim is to post a positive quote, thought, poem, or verse. Kindness is something we can all do to make the world a better place.

Pamela & Ken

Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Snowy Birthday in the Cairngorms

I recently celebrated a birthday and my beloved took me to the Mountain Cafe in Aviemore for their breakfast which we'd wanted to try for a while. Thankfully they serve breakfast until 11:30am which meant I didn't have to get out of bed too early - Aviemore is 53 miles away so with the snow and ice on the roads it took us just over an hour to get there.

The first order of business was a much needed latte as our milk had gone off at home so I was running on no caffeine which is never a good thing for the people around me.

It was lovely and warm in the cafe with the wood fire burning brightly. We were very lucky to get a table as soon as we arrived as the cafe is very popular. After we were seated people were having to wait quite a while and the staff give the waiting customers buzzers so that they know when the table is ready.

Ken had porridge with vanilla poached oranges, blackberry compote & toasted smashed hazelnuts which looked fabulous and I loved the bowl it was served in.

Whereas I had the very scrummy Tropical French Toast with chunks of eggy ciabatta with brown sugar, cinnamon & coconut baked pineapple, stewed raspberries, banana, pomegranate, a drizzle of syrup, crushed candied pecans & toasted coconut.

It was a perfect birthday breakfast especially as I had this gorgeous man sitting opposite me.

After our wonderful breakfast interlude we drove towards Cairngorm mountain to take Bramble Jelly for a walk in the snow - she loved it and kept trying to eat it.

Such a cutie and she was loving running through the snow covered undergrowth.

More posing in the snow - Ken said I was mean making her sit down in the cold, but as she was lying down in it by choice I thought it was okay.

 We then drove further up into the mountains and took a few photos of the beautiful landscape.

For the first time ever we were able to get a selfie with Bramble actually looking at the camera. Such a shame that we can't get one with both the furbies in the picture.

Our next stop as we came down from the mountains was at Loch Morlich which was frozen. It's the first time I've seen such a large expanse of water frozen, and it was amazing.

Ken standing on the loch - I was freaking out a little bit and telling him to stop and come back as I had visions of him falling through the ice.

When we got home, my choice of evening meal was fish and chips - a perfect meal to end my birthday celebrations with.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and have a really lovely week.

Pamela & Ken

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Friday's Belated Friendly Fill Ins

It's Friday so it's time for the friendly fill ins which are set by Annie at McGuffy's Reader and Ellen at The words in purple are the prompts that are provided and then the rest is me.

1. I would like to ask world leaders why they don't do more for the disadvantaged in society. Provide better care for the elderly, the homeless, the bullied, the discriminated against, people with mental health problems, and I could go on. I would also ask them why they don't make animal cruelty a more serious crime, as in the UK and Australia the punishment for animal cruelty is pathetic.

2. My favorite fast food restaurant is probably Chinese takeaway. We used to live near a fabulous one in London which did really lovely food. I also really like fish and chips, especially if we get to eat them at the beach.

3. If I could go to any concert of someone still performing, it would be Melissa Etheridge. We saw her in concert in London about three years ago and it was the best concert I've ever been to. She is an amazing singer and performer and I would love to see her again.

4. My Winter pastime is usually reading, because it's an indoor activity and I can stay in the warm. I can also do it in bed or still in my pyjamas but curled up on the sofa with a hot water bottle.

What's your favourite winter pastime? Before you go, hop over to Annie's blog, McGuffy's Reader to see what my fellow bloggers have come up with.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and wherever you are in the world I hope you're having a great day.

Pamela & Ken

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Top Ten Thursday - Wise Words

This weeks top ten is our favourite sayings, quotes, or basically pieces of wisdom. Top ten is hosted by Tamara at Part-time Working Hockey Mom.

Here are my wise sayings - I'm going to let them speak for themselves.











Are any of these ones that you live by? Before you go, hop over to Tamara's Blog to see what my fellow bloggers have come up with for their favourite wise words.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and do a random act of kindness this week.

Pamela & Ken

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Hodgepodge of Happiness

It's Wednesday, it's hodgepodge time, with the questions set by Joyce at the blog From This Side of the Pond.

1. January is National Mentoring Month. Have you ever had a mentor? Been a mentor? How would you rate the experience?

This one is an odd one as I don't always think that we know when we're a mentor for someone and that we choose who we see as a mentor, they can't be assigned us as some people try to do. When I worked in education I hope that I gave good advice and support to student nurses and junior staff nurses, as I remember how difficult that time in your life can be. I've worked with several people over the years that I definitely saw as a mentor, and that was because I could talk to them about anything without being judged, they listened and gave constructive support and they also seemed to understand my slightly odd sense of humour.

2. What current trend makes no sense to you?

It's a trend that's been around for a while and I don't think I'll ever understand it, and that is the trend of pouting in photos. Rather that smiling, the person opts for looking slightly petulant which just seems bizarre to me.

3. I saw a cartoon on facebook highlighting a few 'weird' things that make you happy as an adult. The list included-writing with a nice pen, having plans cancelled, freshly cleaned sheets, eating the corner brownie, cleaning the dryer lint screen, and sipping coffee in that brief time before anyone else wakes up. (Credit for the cartoon goes here) Of the 'weird' things listed which one makes you happiest? What is one more 'weird' thing you'd add to the list?

I can totally relate to all the things on the list except for the dryer screen one as we don't have a dryer. I think my favourite of the ones listed is writing with a nice pen, and if it's a pink one it's even better. What would I add?  Okay, this is going to sound really weird, but I would add the rasp of a cat's tongue when they lick something off your finger.

4. What's the last good thing you ate?

Just before I started this blog post I had a coffee and a lovely ANZAC Biscuit that I bought at the Mountain Cafe in Aviemore. The owner and head chef, Kj, is a fellow antipodean though she is from New Zealand. An ANZAC is an oaty biscuit which Kj adds seeds and fruit to and it's delicious.

5. Describe life in your 20's in one sentence.

Finished my nurse training in Tasmania, visited the south pacific islands and the USA before working in Saudi Arabia and then deciding to move to the UK where I fell in love with the man of my dreams. 
(The shorter version would be: Qualified, worked, travelled, and fell in love.)

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I love street art and when we were wandering around Inverness at the weekend we came across this delight in a side alley. Love the colours and creativity.

What were your twenties like for you? Before you go, make sure you hop over to Joyce's Blog and see what my fellow bloggers have come up with for their responses.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and make sure you eat something delicious this week.

Pamela & Ken