Saturday, October 20, 2007

Stress levels risin....

What a crappy day yesterday turned out to be....

I knew it was going to be stressful, but I didn't know how bad. I'm just glad it's a new day today and I don't have to go through it again. I'm useless at stress. I just don't cope well with it anymore. If I ever did...

First thing was, I had to take the car for it's MOT. It's never going to be a good day when you have to do that. And I had to take it to a nearby town which meant if it failed, I'd have to walk home - a good few miles - on my own, while the work was carried out, and then back again (only have the one car in our family, don't blame us for the energy crisis...) or hang around for hours at the garage, neither of which I fancied. Especially as I'm so busy and didn't have time for any of it, anyway. Plus - the cost. I really was panicking about how much it would cost...

In the event it passed, so that should have made it a good day eh? Only it wasn't.

Earlier that morning I'd attempted to buy car tax online as it's due to run out while we're away in Lanzarote. Should be simple - you tap in the number etc, pay, and you got it, right? Wrong.
It came up saying I had no insurance....

Well, of course I have insurance so I rang the DVLA to sort it out, convinced it was a stupid computer error.

Nope - the man at the licencing centre says the same.. No insurance. Or maybe I have insurance but it's not on the National database... This is weird because I haven't changed insurers for about 4/5 years.. so why wouldn't it be on there?

Checked the policy... the date is fine - not due for renewal til Dec, so I ring up to enquire. Yeah says the bored girl on the end of the line.. it's there.

No, I say It's not. The man at the DVLA warned me you'd say that....

nothing we can do she mutters..

oh yes there is I say. You can get a manager to ring me. I want this sorted. Now.

She agrees, sarkily, to have someone call.

But of course he doesn't call. Not within half an hour and not within an hour....So, by now I'm wild and decide to ring my local office, where I speak to a manager who says she'll look into it.

She calls me back... Do you have your insurance certificate ?

Yes. I do.

Dates correct?

Erm.. yes. Obviously...

Do you have a fax machine?

What???? You are my insurers.. don't you have the info there??

No, she says, we are the brokers, the insurance company is saying we asked them to let your insurance lapse... but we didn't.... but don't worry... it's ok...

Well! I thought I was going to explode! What?? When?? Are you saying i've been driving for 10 months with no insurance???? and IT'S OK????

She assures me I am insured, I have a piece of paper to say so... oh yeah, like the police will be happy about that if I'm stopped eh? A piece of paper sure, however the insurance company's saying my policy's lapsed!

So where have my monthly payments gone, then?? who has all that money?? why don't the company think it's odd someone's regularly paying them when they're not even insured...???

She says she'll sort it out... but of course it's now 5.30 and the weekend.. and she can't do anything til Monday.

Friggin Hell. I am furious!

On top of all this the loft insulators arrive. The house looks like a tip because everything from the loft is now piled up in the hall and dining room, and is creeping into the living room as well. They do the job and leave... Carl goes up to start putting things back.. where's the lead light he says? Did they take it?? oh ffs! yes they bloody well did. So it's back on the phone to complain, and get them back here to return it.. Fair enough they did come back... but the aggro!!

So, now - dare I drive the car or not? Am I insured or not???

I don't know, because they can't do anything til Monday. And that's just not good enough really, is it?

Anyway, after our shitty day we eventually managed to get everything back in it's place by about 9 o'clock last night... knackered, filthy, Lol... but at least we had somewhere to eat and sit down. A bite to eat and a quick shower and I eventually saw the funny side... but, a word of advice.. when your children grow up and leave home - DO NOT let them leave 'a few bits' in the loft til they're settled... you have never seen so much 'rubbish' stored in your life..... Carl says he's amazed the ceiling hasn't come down before now. And so am I.

Last night's Mojo layout:

There's some great layouts on the blog, and the lovely original from Fiona Beckman as well. Right, that's my weekend blog post. More later if I find time - I'm off to pack... going to see that BABY in a couple of days!! Yay!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


I am Tagged by Laura - oh Joy!! pmsl.

1- I was once a champion Dwyle Flonker - was even on the telly for it! (proper country bumpkin, me!)

2- I hate moths but they love me! Once in the middle of a pub (when I was 17)I stood transfixed as this huge hairy moth flew all around me and then KamiKazeed down the front of my ample bosom! Yeuuch! I can still feel it's dusty wings fluttering between the cups of my Gossards wonder bra... OMG I yanked the two sides of my top open - buttons flew everywhere, and the boob mad moth escaped... as did I, to the ladies loo, where my mate's mum sewed my buttons back on so I could leave with some dignity (but not much...)intact.

3-I have serious road rage.

4- I know all the words to Albert and the Lion (Stanley Holloway)

5- I eat jellied eels. And whelks. Even Winkles. I know.... tmi.

6- I still have my first ever camera - a Kodak brownie 127. I think I was 7 when I was given it.

7- I cry at the drop of a hat... sad films, books, a story in the paper, cruelty. Even cartoons make me cry... Ice Age, Lilo and stitch... pathetic, I know.

OK - I can't do the tagging thing. Everyone I know has been tagged to death, but if you fancy having a go... consider yourself well and truly tagged.

Now where's that Laura's addy... I need to delete it... :-) NOT!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Just what I needed...

Feeling rough as, I was so glad to see Carlos home tonight. Though I was off work poorly, I found I couldn't just lay down and rest, as everytime I tried, I either couldn't breathe because my nose was blocked up, or I had the snuffles so bad I was up and down like a yoyo grabbing for the tissue box every 2 seconds.... I hate colds and flu's!

Instead I went into the garden and harvested all the apples that the squirrells hadn't eaten and shared them out with my elderly neighbours. (We'll all be eating crumble and pie every night for the next two months I should think!)

So anyway - I'm back indoors and Carlo comes home. He says.... "I've got something for ya..." and I remember he was paid today....and I smile and hold my hands out expectantly.

Wine maybe??


Some trash mags to take my mind off my cold?

Nope! He gave me a packet of Beechmas flu plus and a box of Kleenex Ultra balm... !

What a man.... He always knows just what I need, eh? :-D

All about Eve is live tonight and the news that Maria and Hagit are stepping down is posted up. I'm very sad to see my teamies go, but totally understand where they are coming from. Sometimes it's just time, that's all. On a happy note though - we have a NEW DT member, and it's someone who's work I just love. Sarah Youde, otherwise known as monroegirl is joining us from tonight and has posted up her hysterical secret for this weeks challenge on the blog :-D Clearly as mad as a fish, I have to admire her wit and bravery... but we are expecting lots of other juicy secrets.. so if you're in a sharing kind of mood get over there and check out how you can put yourself in with a chance of winning a gorgeous Fall themed kit from Sara at The Paper Pixie.

here's my layout, and the secret about how I love this lil mutt more than most of the people I know... all 4 and a half pounds of her!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Dear Me...

... I get worse at blogging every week. Used to be everyday, now I can't even manage once a week. I just don't have the time to be up here tbh... or if I'm really truthful , the inclination! Lol! ;-)

I don't scrap as much; don't chat as much, never surf, rarely shop, even more rarely blog hop - and as nothing ever happens in my life of any interest, what the devil do I have to blog about LOL!!!! Nothing!

Today I'm blogging coz i'm ill and therefore hanging around. I have the dreaded flu bug, which Carlo very kindly shared around last week and I feel wretched, so no work. I don't want to kill the poor old dears off completely, do I?

No. I do not ;-)

So, today
AAE goes live, and we have some news to share and... well, you'll see, when you get there.

This is my
Mojoholder from Friday where we scraplifted Emine. Her work is fantastic - very fresh and different, and I really didn't do her lovely layout justice, but as I said - I'm ill. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it... hee hee! But I did scrap a picture I've wanted to scrap for ages, and I don't often scrap ones of the kids when they were little (as I just have too too many) so i'm glad I had a go. You should check out the other girls work though - there's some proper yummy stuff on the mojo blog - trust me.

Pop back later for news from AAE.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

weekend blogging

Well, I feel a lot better today than I did this time last week. Last weekend was a nightmare... and not a time I'd like to go through again anytime soon. Heaven knows how bad it was out there, but me, Carl, Sanna, Don and Vin were in a proper state here. It was so awful knowing how bad things were and not being able to do anything because we were so far away.. At one point Donz and I discussed just flying out - there and then... Let's just say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

But what a difference a week makes!

Up to now this week I've been completely knackered, and going to bed really early as I couldn't keep my eyes open. Jazz said Erk's been the same. I think we must have both been so emotionally exhausted from the stress that we kind of just shut down... I don't know. But today I feel good and have decided on great advice to ignore anything that is likely to burden my heart. So there!

I've got a couple of things to look forward to too, and I plan to concentrate on those, as scrapping just doesn't seem to be doing it for me in a way that it once did. In fact I don't scrap anywhere near as much as I used to, often prefering to just curl up with my book or even watch the telly - and I've never been a telly watcher lol! Maybe it's just a phase.. or maybe i'm simply scrapped out... who knows? All I can say is, I don't have the enthusiasm or interest anymore... Perhaps it's what scrapping has become in the last couple of years that's putting me off. Could be I guess, as I know a few others who say they feel the same.

Anyway, having said that - here's one I made earlier...It's my mojo from last night. We used a layout by dolly as our inspiration and while mine looks little like the original, it was made for the challenge, and draws on Karen's design in some respects.

My Girl (with her girl)

Hugs to all - wishing everyone a smashing weekend.

love jk x

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

All About Eve challenge number 8 went live on Monday night. Our challenge this week was to make a layout about Music - what it means so you... could you live without it...a favourite song or the memory it envokes... or perhaps just the top 10 playlist on your Mp3 or iPod....

I chose a song that me and Carlos have always loved - 'Shine on you Crazy Diamond' -not exactly 'our song' but one that holds meaning for us, and I felt this photo of us looking so chilled on holiday that we almost shine, was just perfect (besides it gave me an excuse to use a bit o bling!)Incidently, My BF at the time actually bought me the Pink Floyd album this track comes from for my 17th birthday, so you can see it's true, i've loved this song forever... ;-)

There's some incredible layouts on the blog - as always - and Karen Cousins who was our Guest DT member this challenge, made a really stunning page - well worth a peek. Karen (Kazc) is a very talented scrapper, who I think too often hides her light under a bushel...I've known her a long time and have always admired her work, and was chuffed to bits earlier this year to find myself back in contact and working alongside her on mojoholders DT.

See the layouts

And this is a little layout I knocked up when I was nibbling my nails and hopping about on pins last weekend waiting for news about Jazz. The papers and yummy ribbon suff came from a kit from
Carolinez ages ago when I was on the DT there, and the big 2 was cut from one of Rubies old T shirts. Stamps from scraproom FTM kits.
Rubie's birthday 2006 - complete with cake on his nose!

jk x

Monday, October 01, 2007

wait til you see....

.......this new little girl...and her happy family :-)

But my favourite one of all.... and this IS the smallest size, like size nought....

LOL!!!....Now, how cute is that??? Don't tell me you're not smiling! I told you she was a dot.
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