Can you believe it's the last Friday in January already?
Which neatly leads me into my first thank goodness for......Pay Day! It seems to have been a long month with lots of pre and post-Christmas bills, but we've just about made it to Pay Day. Tonight we'll celebrate with a take away, which is a rare treat.
My charity shop bargains this week are......
a GORGEOUS brand new grey Gap handbag with a lush lining, a lovely spotty retro cup/mug, lots of bias binding (don't know what I'll do with it but I'm sure I'll find something), some wonderfully smelly incense sticks (to cover residual Smell From Hell, we need some warm weather to totally dry it all up apparently), some Hardanger fabric, a nostalgic book about the 1940's with lots of lovely pictures, and a book for Hope who is a sucker for dog stories,
.....and also this brand new snuggly knitted dress with, ladies, a detachable snood. It's been threatening to snow again this week, so I think I might need warm clothes for a bit longer yet. It will look great with thick black tights and boots.
So it's thank goodness for charity shops - they keep me and my family clothed, entertained (and keep my craft stash topped up) and we'd struggle to manage without them.
Thank goodness that.........DS Luke's first attempt at cooking the evening meal was a success, which has given him confidence to do it again next week. He cooked Chargrilled Steak with Orange and Mustard Vegetables. It was yum scrum. He did grate his knuckles, of course, but then I think we've all done that at some stage, haven't we?!
I stood for some minutes and watched Mrs Blackbird washing herself in the bird bath. It gave me such pleasure to see her making a thorough job of it. Mr Blackbird was fussing nearby, 'chink-chink-chinking' at any real or imagined danger.
Thank goodness for our local birdlife. I love watching and feeding them.
As you know, I love my girls. Thank goodness they are fit and, as far as we know, healthy. Here is Susie Tu, sadly disturbed from her slumbers under the dining table. She was not impressed with the flash on the camera, sorry Susie!
And here is Rosie Mae,
in her usual position guarding the house and its occupants........
and a bit closer........
and closer still.
She was hurrumphing and snorting each time the camera whirred and clicked, and then finally got up and stalked off in a huff. So sorry to disturb you Rosie (strange it did disturb her because she's as deaf as a post!).
She then got up, and started to try and drag her bed through the gap between the coffee table and the dvd basket. It got stuck so she just plonked herself on top. She doesn't look very comfortable does she?!
(There's my blogging chair in the background, and Susie's manky cushion on the footstool.)
I'll try and take a photograph of Clifford the rabbit for next week, but it's far too cold for me to be spending too much time in the garden. She is looking just like her nickname 'the slipper' (because she looks just like a novelty slipper, the sort you get at Christmas).
Yes, Clifford is a boy's name and yes, Clifford is a girl rabbit. We didn't name her. She was the school rabbit from Hope's school. A Grammar school. One of the considered 'top' Grammar schools in the country. And they gave a girl rabbit a boy's name. Says it all really doesn't it??!!
Poor Cliffy lived in a shed for the first 3 years of her life until the school decided it was cruel, so they decided to offer her up for rehoming. Hope was, of course, first in the queue (I think she bumped off anybody else wanting her!) and so Cliffy came to us a couple of years ago.
Since then the school have got another rabbit that lives in the shed. I still can't quite work out the sense in that.
Thank goodness I've had my hair cut! It hadn't been cut since last September and I did resemble a walking haystack but, as of this morning, no longer. This morning I sat in the chair of torture (I hate looking at myself in that huge mirror, it's so unforgiving) and then emerged, feeling 3 stone lighter,
with a clubby, curly bob.
I did get Luke to take a photo but no, I can't bring myself to put it on this post. It must be something to do with me barking instructions at Luke but I look like a cross frog, with my eyes going in opposite directions.
Now you really want to see it, don't you?! Tough!
What else am I thankful for?
My loved ones being safe and healthy.
My home being warm and cosy.
The blogging community, I'm so grateful you're there to come and visit me and for me to drop by your blog. We have some great chats, don't we?!
Usual stuff now - I'm off to put my Rocking link to Virginia (her button is on my right hand sidebar) and then I'm off to visit other Rockers.
Have a lovely weekend.