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My name is Frances Rose Agnes Napper aka SmileyRose. I am a friendly and fun loving individual. I like meeting new/old friends. Although I love being with friends, I also enjoy my own space from time to time. I have a number of hobbies. I enjoy taking photographs, going to the theatre, travel (visiting new and exciting places), reading, films and listening to music. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I particularly enjoy it when we all get together. I was a full-time mother for both of my daughters and I did not go back to work until they both reached primary school age. The UK has a lot to offer because there are so many picturesque places to visit. I particularly enjoy the British countryside. My home town was in Stamford, Lincolnshire although I am currently living in Peterborough. My Father was a serving member of the RAF. I'd consider myself well travelled from a very early age (6 months old). Divorced - for 10yrs. Currently single. I am interested in meeting nice folk only. :) Star sign - Leo the Lion. Birthday -July 29th. That's me in a nutshell. :)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Last Mothers Day - 2010

Last Mothers day was yet another special day for me. Wow! Talk and about treats. :)

Mama Mia by Abba

SmileyRose x

Sunny Flowers - "Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations

Sunny Flowers - Click Here

This has to be one of the best songs ever. :)

SmileyRose x

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Peterborough Cathedral

There is nothing I like better than to visit my favourite Cathedral from time to time. The Peterborough Cathedral is a very stunning building and it is also a very impressive building to photograph. My graduation day was held here a few years ago...it was such a lovely setting. :)

Click Here - Peterborough Cathedral Online

SmileyRose x

"I Just Haven't Met You Yet" by Michael Buble...Well We have met now! :)

2010 has so far turned out to be quite an eventful year for our family. Yes! I finally went to meet baby 'Sky' (my new niece) when I visited London earlier in the year. Just call me Aunty Fran. :)

My sister when she was pregnant, just before little 'Sky' came into the world. :)

This song always reminds me of my sister when she was heavily pregnant with child. :)

"I Just Haven't Met You Yet"   by Michael Buble

SmileyRose x

"The William Tell Overture" by Brassed Off

This is one of my favourite pieces of classical music. It is also better known as the theme tune from "The Lone Ranger"...."Hi Ho Silver" :)

SmileyRose x

BBC Or Regional Accents?

I spent much of my childhood growing up in and around the county of Rutland. In fact it was very rare for me to hear an accent which sounded unfamiliar to me. Most of my friends who I attended school with, mostly all spoke in a similar 'clear and precise' manner, without an accent as such.  I've heard others tell me that I have a BBC accent...although I tend to disagree with this. I'm more inclined to call  my accent a 'nicely spoken' one. :) 

My father was in the RAF and we tended to move around much of the time when we were younger, therefore we didn't spend too much time living in one area, so we did not develop an accent as such. In fact, it wasn't until I came to live in Peterborough a couple of years ago that I realized there are so many different regional accents around this area, anything from Indian, Pakistani, German, Italian, French to Polish accents. It is likely to take a little while getting used to all of the different accents around the City....but i'm getting there. :)

Here's a language without an accent, it's familar to me....."The Language Of Love" by Julie Andrews and Andy Williams. ;)

SmileyRose x

Monday, June 28, 2010

Precious Moments - "A Mothers Prayer"

As a full-time Mother I hardly ever missed a single day of watching my young children grow up. I have always been keen on photography, long before the digital camera ever became available, therefore over the years I have managed to capture many pictures of my children growing up. All of these pictures are very precious to me, which is one of the reasons I decided to put them on the following website. Here are just a few of the photographs I have managed to capture of my children at play. I hope you enjoy looking at them.

Click Here - Children At Play

"A Mothers Prayer" by Celine Dion
I'll share this prayer with all Mothers.

"One Love" by Blue

"You To Me Are Everything" by The Real Thing

SmileyRose x

Would You Wear A Pair Of Jeans To A Wedding?

I know wearing a pair of jeans to a wedding is something I would not do, however it may depend on the actual dress-code of the bride and groom and what kind of wedding they are intending. If they are wearing a pair of jeans to their own wedding and it was very informal, then I may consider it,  but under normal circumstances I would not. :)

"Jeans On" by David Dunda

SmileyRose x

Caution Falling People

I just found this photo at LOL.Home.Com

"Falling To Pieces" by The Script

SmileyRose x

Prince Tumble - "Hurt"

No, no Prince Tumble is not a new Royal visitor at Buckingham Palace or anything like that. I meant that Prince Harry was reported as going for a tumble yesterday during a Polo match. He tumbled off his horse, however as he hit the grass he seemed to be chuckling. He seems to be ok though and there weren't any serious injuries. :)

SmileyRose x

"My Way" by Frank Sinatra

Martha's way : Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.
My way: Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone.

Martha's way: Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the hot griddle and you'll get perfectly shaped pancakes every time.
My way: Buy the precooked kind you nuke in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Martha's way: To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.
My way: Buy a mashed potato mix and keep it in the pantry for up to a year.

Martha's way: To prevent eggshells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.
My way: Who cares if they crack, aren't you going to take the shells off anyway?

Martha's way : To easily remove burnt-on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop.
My way: Eat out every night and avoid cooking.

Martha's way: Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.'
My way: Feed your garbage disposal and there won't be any leftovers.

Martha's way: When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.
My way: Go to the bakery. They'll even decorate it for you.

Martha's way: If you accidentally over salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant "fix me up".
My way: If you over salt a dish while you are cooking, that's too bad. My motto: If it's cooked, you will eat it no matter how bad it tastes.

Martha's way: Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it.
My Way: Brown sugar is supposed to be "soft"?

Martha's way: When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.
My Way: The only kind of corn I buy comes in a can.

Martha's way: If you have a problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.
My way: Go ask the muscular neighbor to do it.

Martha's way: Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.
My way: Instant mashed potatoes will now be next to the anti-bacterial soap in a handy dispenser next to my sink.

Martha's way : Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer:
* Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china.
* Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.
* Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
* Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).
My way: Put your jewelry, vases, and thermos in the toilet. Add some Alka-Seltzer and you have solved a whole bunch of problems at once.

SmileyRose x

Labour-Saving Devices

A woman and her friend were talking about their labour-saving devices as they pulled into the womans driveway. The friend said, "I love my new remote controlled garage-door. At just a press of the button the door raises......"

"I love mine too," the woman replied, and honked the horn three times. That was the signal for her husband to come out and open the garage for her.


SmileyRose x

"Home" by Michael Buble

I'm a bit of a homebug. Whenever I go away on one of my trips/holidays, the one thing I simply love most of all is returning home. I always seem to get so homesick and I start missing everyone, especially my daughters.  I can't wait to see them, just to have a huge hug from them both keeps me going until the next time.

I remember when I was a little girl and I used to go away, I remember that feeling I used to get when I returned home, back to Stamford. As soon my Father drove over the town bridge and I saw the old St Mary's church in my view, I'd get excited because I knew I was almost home. :)

I love to travel but you can't beat coming home. :)

This is the scene I used to look forward to seeing as a little girl.
It reminds me of home. :)

SmileyRose x

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Hmmm Smell That Country Air - "Day Trip To Bangor" by Fiddler's Dram :)

There's nothing I like better than going for a walk in the country sometimes. This was a beautiful sight and I enjoyed photographing it. :)

SmileyRose x

Photo Of The Day - Another Recent Trip To London

This time my recent trip took me to visit The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben at Westminster. :)

"London Calling" by The Clash

SmileyRose x

I'm Listening To "Flying Without Wings" by Westlife

It's such a beautiful song. :)

SmileyRose x

My Holiday In Cyprus

I used to reside in Cyprus for three and a half years. My Father was stationed out in Episkopi and we lived in Limassol. The island of Cyprus is absolutely beautiful and the people are lovely. In fact I recently went to Cyprus with family members. On my first evening I spent there we were taken on a trip by car around Limassol. It was fabulous as there was a huge firework display. It was a great welcome. :) My Mother had visited a few times prior to my visit so she was familiar with all of the new roads in Cyprus. It had changed a lot since I was a young girl.

During my visit I went to see a couple of old Cypriot friends and their families. We had a fabulous time. In fact one of the families took me to visit the old street I used to live at.  I saw my old house. There was an elderly lady sitting out on the verander when I visited.  She wondered why we were all staring at her home. When my friend explained to her that we stopped to see my old home she was very hospitable indeed. She took me by the hand and she took me inside her house. She was so very, very kind as she made me feel so welcomed as she showed me around. It didn't look that different to how I remembered it. :)

I then visited another childhood friend and she made my family and I feel quite at home. She welcomed us to her home and we spent an afternoon catching up together. It was lovely to see her again, however I'd not long seen her prior to that visit as she had visited England, where we met up together in London and we had lunch. :)

We visited the Troodos mountains and it felt like old times again. We stopped off at one of my favourite restaurants from way back. :)

We ate quite a lot of kebab. If you've never eaten a proper Cypriot Kebab before, then you've not tasted anything!  I adore kebabs. :)

The holiday started off a little spoiled as someone else took my Mothers luggage at the airport. This was soon recovered and the airport sent a taxi the following day with her luggage so all was not lost.

My two weeks in Cyprus went by very quickly indeed. In fact I miss it already and I'd love to go back again.

I met a number of nice people during my visit which included an old man who sold sponges along by the seafront in Paphos, up by the castle. He took me by the hand and he gave me one of his sponges. It was a heart shaped sponge. How very kind of him.

I spent a lot of my time relaxing by the pool, going on a few outings and visiting old friends. Some of the outings included visiting the old castle that I used to play at as a young girl and dining out at the old Pelican resteraunt I dined at as a young girl (I even saw one of the pelicans). I also visited the old ruins which I enjoyed immensely.

During one of our outings we stopped off at the Secret Valley Golf Club which was indeed one of the nicest golf clubs I'd ever seen. I took some lovely photographs of it too.

We went out for a fish meze at one of the restaurants one evening...it was a birthday surprise for another family member. :)

One of the lovliest moments of my holiday is when I watched the sunset. We were sitting at one of the beaches in the car and we watched the sunset together. It was beautiful and it will always be a treasured memory. :)

I simply loved sitting out by the marina, having lunch at one of the restaurants and watching the world go by. It was so peaceful and relaxing. :)

We spent a day visiting a Cypriot zoo, which incidentally was quite special as I met a friend. Yes, it was a talking bird. I was so taken with him, he kept mimicking everything I said. He was cute. The lizard made me jump though. :)

I also visited Aphrodite rock. It was lovely to see the old beach again. We used to play there as children. :)

I'd love to close my eyes and be transported back to that time and place. :)

I absolutely adore Cyprus and Cypriot music. This is lovely:  "The Fairytale" played on a Bouzouki. :)

SmileyRose x

"I've Had The Time Of My Life" By Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes From The Film 'Dirty Dancing'

Sadly Patrick Swayze died at the end of last year (Sept 2009) however I really loved the film 'Dirty Dancing' ...and not just because the leading ladies character was named 'Frances'. ;)

SmileyRose x

"Rock The Boat" by Hues Corporation

I'm listening to "Rock The Boat" by Hues Corporation. It's a really catchy tune and I've liked the song for many years. :)

Me at Cromer last month when I popped over to look at the Lifeboat Museum. :)

SmileyRose x

Now For A Bit Of Sitar Relaxation

Sitar Music can be very relaxing to listen to. It is one of the most well known of the Indian instruments. The Sitar is a long necked instrument with an interesting construction. It has a number of stings, about 17 in total. It only has three to four playing stings with a mizrab (a wire finger plectrum). There are also some strings lying under the frets, however they are never played but they vibrate whenever the corresponding note is sounded. The frets are metal rods which have been bent into crescents.

Image source

SmileyRose x

I'm Listening To "True" by Spandau Ballet

I'm listening to "True by Spandau Ballet, the song was always an old favourite of mine. It reminds me of the new romantic era. Awww I loved those days.  :)

The Elderly And Their Wise Old Stories

I'm far from being 'old' or 'elderly' yet, however I think it is really important that we look after our elderly and we should treat them with the respect some of them deserve.  Many of the elderly are very wise old people.  They are the folk we should learn from because many of them have been through so much in their lives. Some are veterans/war heroes of the World War and we should all embrace the fact that some are still around to tell their stories.

Before my ex father in law died a few years ago, I remember spending one particularly very happy evening talking with him. He came over to babysit for the children whilst I went out to a flower arranging evening. When I returned home I remember making him a cup of tea and we sat for a while together. It was a very peaceful evening and  he told me stories about his childhood and how he had been an evacuee during World War Two.  I sat and I listened to his stories of old. I then remember thinking how fortunate this man was to still be around in order for him to tell his tale. He then told me about the ration books they all held during the war. The stories went on. I enjoyed listening to them.

It is so important to take notice of our elderly and what they have to say to us because one day 'we' are all going to be elderly ourselves and wouldn't you want someone to listen to your wise old tales too?

History is so important, it is what makes us who we are today.

This is an interesting site I was reading earlier.
British History: Evacuees In World War Two - Click Here For True Story

I always associate a rose with life. You watch it grow from a bud into a beautiful flower. You then watch it in full bloom and it looks beautiful. As it ages the petals become a little worn and withered, but you can still admire the beauty of that rose because you watched it grow into something lovely. The older it becomes, it doesn't lose its beauty. True beauty can never be lost. When it dies the memory of that rose can live on because we buy more roses to remind us of the first beautiful rose we once admired....so history repeats itself....and a new rose begins.:)

"The Rose" by Westlife

SmileyRose x

England Defeated! England v Germany Match

Final score - Germany 4 - England 1

Congratulations to Germany who make it to the final eight, the quarter finals in the World Cup.

Commiserations to England who sadly will be returning home to England.

Today was probably England's worst ever defeat in any cup final game ever played. It was sad to see them defeated by Germany today. I think the half time score probably made them feel deflated because that Frank Lampard goal should have been accepted.  I suppose when something like that occurs, it can make someone lose the will to carry on sometimes. It all seemed to go wrong for England from that point onwards. How disappointing for them all.

Germany on the other hand seemed to play very well. Thomas Mueller scored two fabulous goals for Germany, the last two being scored 3 mins and 14 seconds apart in the second half. The strategy played by the three German players when scoring one goal in particular was brilliant, the one when all three were all coming at England in a line,  passing the ball between them...all the way down the field and scoring that goal. Wow!

So...England have lost their chances in the quarter finals and they're on their way home. :(

Thank goodness I'm not a WAG, I wouldn't want to be around the England team right now..it seems to me there will be lots of consoling to do this evening. ;)

SmileyRose x

Half Time - England v Germany Game

I don't believe it! The score should have been 2 All.  Frank Lampard's goal was definitley over the line...at least a clear foot over!  How on earth could that not be seen?! There needs to be more goal line technology because that is just so bad for the referee Jorge Larrionda not to allow the goal. A bad mistake like that could cost England getting through to the finals.

The Upson goal was brilliant! A lovely header. :)

Score so far - Germany 2 - England 1

Come on England!

SmileyRose x

I'm Thirsty, Let's Drink!

Moving Folk Who Live In Council Homes To New Areas Within The UK To Enable Them To Find Employment!

Listening to the news on the radio this afternoon, it has been revealed that they are considering moving long term unemployed persons who reside in council homes to other areas in the UK to enable them to find work. 

That's not such a bad idea. If there are more jobs in other parts of the country it could help long term unemployed persons back into employment. I'm sure they will all welcome this news.

When I was looking for work, even I had to consider moving away from my home town in order for me to look for full time work again, particularly after my marriage ended.

SmileyRose x

"Move It" by Cliff Richard and The Shadows

Heat Wave - "In The Summertime" by Mungo Jerry

Waving. :)

Goodness! I think summer has finally come. It's been one hot weekend and today is forecast to be even hotter than yesterday...perhaps even the hottest day of the year. I've just been relaxing on a deck chair with a nice cup of tea in my garden....it's beautiful out there. :)

SmileyRose x

World Cup 2010 - England v Germany and "That's My Goal"

Not a lot of people know this, however I support Chelsea FC and Frank Lampard is a favourite of mine. I also support our local football team Posh (Peterborough United)... mainly because they are local to where I reside. :)

Speaking of football, don't forget it's the World Cup! ;) Later today England play Germany at Bloemfontein. Kick off is at 3pm. Good luck England. :)

SmileyRose x

"That's My Goal" by Shane Ward

SmileyRose x

Goodnight xxx - "Here's Where The Story Ends" by The Sundays


SmileyRose x

SmileyRose Photo Of The Day - "Swan Lake"

A black swan. I photographed the swan only a few weeks ago when I went for a walk at Bourne Park, Lincs after visiting a friend.:)

SmileyRose x

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Me In Rome - Holiday - September 2009

Besides going to the USA last year I also had a holiday in Rome. Rome was such a beautiful City and although I met a few nice guys in the City it just wasn't the same without the romance.

For some reason I had always visualized my first visit to The City of Rome to be nice and romantic....that it wasn't. So the holiday turned out to be a bit of a flop.

I'd like to return to Rome again one day, however the next time I'd like to spend more time visiting the historical parts of it. There are some museums I'd like to visit too. :)

Besides running away from one young amorous guy in a pub, who would not keep his hands to himself, I also gashed my knee. Ewww now that was a night to remember. One wonders if all Italian guys are that forward when it comes to meeting ladies? :)

There's a lot to be said for relationships which start off slowly but get there in the end. :)

Me at the Coliseum in Rome - 2009

Me At The The Trevi Fountain, In Rome 2009

You are kidding! Do you expect me to ride that lambretta?!:)

"Holiday" by Madonna

SmileyRose x

SmileyRose Joke Of The Day

Beware Of Neighbours!
A man named Don had been in the newspaper business for 25 years when he finally became sick of the stress. So he quits his job and he buys 50 acres of land in Vermont as far from humanity as possible.

Don sees the postman once a week and gets groceries once a month. Otherwise it's total peace and quiet. After six months or so of almost total isolation, he's finishing dinner when someone knocks on his door... He opens it and there is a big, bearded Vermonter standing there.

'Name's Enoch... Your neighbor from four miles over the ridge... Having a party Saturday... Thought you'd like to come.'

'Great,' says Don, 'after six months of this I'm ready to meet some local folks. Thanks for inviting me!'

As Enoch is leaving, he stops, 'Gotta warn you though, there's gonna be some drinkin'.'

'Not a problem. After 25 years in the newspaper business, I can drink with the best of 'em.'

Again, as he starts to leave Enoch stops. 'More 'n' likely gonna be some fightin' too.'

Tough crowd, Don thinks to himself. 'Well, I get along with people. Don't worry, I'll be there. Thanks again!'

Once again Enoch turns from the door... 'Probly be some wild sex as well.'

'Now that's not a problem,' says Don, 'Remember I've been alone for six months! I'll definitely be there... By the way, what should I wear?'

Enoch stops in the door one last time and says, 'Whatever you want, just gonna be the two of us.'

SmileyRose x

DIY - "Nobody Does It Better" by Carly Simon

Every women likes a guy who is isn't totally useless particularly when it comes to DIY. There's nothing worse than a guy who can't do any DIY whatsoever.  For instance, those who bodge things up just to make it look good on the surface and then it all falls to bits after about a day or two. Eww!

I once laughed out loud when my father tried to fix a few tiles on the wall...however when he'd finished, they'd all fallen off one by one. That was so funny, however my father was not totally useless at DIY and the majority of the time his DIY was just fine. At least he tried which is more than I can say for some.

If you have a good reason because you are physically unable to fix something then you have a great excuse and it is not expected of you, however there are some guys who are fully able bodied and who sit around like couch potatoes watching TV all day and they've never so much as picked up or held a screwdriver in their hands before.

There's nothing I like better than to stand back and admire someone else's handy work/DIY when they've made a good job of things. Even I pop along to the garden centre or the DIY shops occasionally.

Come on guys...if you've never done DIY before, isn't it about time you learned? :)

SmileyRose x

Bush At The Pearly Gates

Albert Einstein dies and goes to heaven. At the Pearly Gates, Saint Peter tells him,

"You look like Einstein, but  you have no idea the lengths some people will go to sneak into Heaven.

Can you prove you're Albert Einstein?"

Einstein ponders for a few seconds and then asks,

"Can I have a blackboard and some chalk?"

Saint Peter snaps his fingers and a blackboard and chalk instantly appear. Einstein proceeds to describe, in arcane mathematics and symbols, his theory of relativity.

Saint Peter is suitably impressed. "You really ARE Einstein!" he says.

"Welcome to heaven!"

The next to arrive is Picasso. Once again, Saint Peter asks for credentials.

Picasso asks, "Mind if I use that blackboard and chalk?"

Saint Peter says, "Go ahead."

Picasso erases Einstein's equations and sketches a truly stunning mural with just a few strokes of chalk.

Saint Peter claps. "You are definitely the great artist you claim to be!" he says. "Come on in!"

Then Saint Peter looks up and sees George Bush.

Saint Peter scratches his head and says, "Einstein and Picasso both managed to prove their identity. How can you prove yours?"

Bush looks bewildered and says, "Who are Einstein and Picasso?"

Saint Peter sighs and says, "Come on in, George."

PS What's in a name?...This joke does not necessarilly relate to Mr George W Bush, that's just a figment of your imagination. :)

SmileyRose x

"He Aint Heavy, He's My Brother" by The Hollies

"They Aint Heavy, They're All My Brothers" ;)

So Cute! :)

SmileyRose x

I Am No Longer On Facebook/Twitter

I used to have accounts both at Facebook/Twitter, however both sites were very short lived and I deleted/deactivated those accounts. I decided that it was pointless having them anyway because out of 'all' of those who befriended me,  very few friends or family actually had the time to drop me a quick hello, let alone reply to any of my posts.

I've not fallen out with any of them however I decided to set up my own SmileyRose Ramblings because I may as well have been talking to myself.  It's OK...I've invited them all to drop by and read. :)

The great thing about this blog site: You can die and go to heaven and still make posts, time them so that they automatically post at any time, day or night.....months in advance if you prefer and nobody will ever know if you're dead or alive.

Am I really here....that is the question? :o)

For those of you who are all just passing by let's just.....
"Kiss And Say Goodbye" by The Manhattans

SmileyRose x

I went back on Facebook in March 2014 :)

The Sneezing Baby Panda

That made me jump!!!!:)

SmileyRose x

Fancy A Little Nibble?

It all sounds a bit fishy to me but believe me if you were a fish you'd love to have a little nibble. I am of course speaking about the new fish pedicure spa, it's all the new craze in America and very soon it's likely to catch on here in the UK too.

All you have to do is dangle your feet in a spa and the tiny carps do the rest. They are popularly known as Garra Rufa aka as "Doctor Fish."  Yep! They nibble away at your feet. If you suffer from tickly feet though, this is definitely a "no no" as it is likely to cause laughter pains and believe me, I know all about pain management now......you don't want to go there. ;)

I'm uncertain if I'm brave enough to allow fish to nibble away on my feet. I'd be imagining all sorts. Like sharks nibbling on them instead!  Heck...I'm thinking Jaws music again. :)

I have no idea how much this is likely to set you back, however I bet it's not a laughing matter. :)

Link to image

SmileyRose x

Laughing Cats


SmileyRose x

Just Be Careful What You Name Your Children

Three woman and their children were outside their psychiatrist's office. The wily old doctor was able to diagnose any complaint after asking the patient a few questions. The first woman went in and the doctor asked her a few questions and proclaimed: "Madam, all you ever think about is food! That is why you named you daughter Candy!"

"Why," exclaimed the woman, "you're absolutely right, doctor!"

Then it was the second woman's turn. She got the same treatment and the doctor pronounced: "Madam, you're obsessed with the thought of money. That is why you named you daughter Penny!"

"You're right, doctor!" exclaimed the second woman and left.

The third woman, who had been listening to all this, got up indignantly and said: "What rubbish! I don't believe a single word you said. Obsessions indeed!"

Then waving to her little son to follow her, she said: "Let's go home now Dick."

SmileyRose x

"Dancing Queen" by Abba

I'm listening to "Dancing Queen" by Abba :)

SmileyRose x

Top Ten Things You Do Not Want To Hear In Surgery

1 Don't worry. I think it is sharp enough.

2 Nurse, did this patient sign the organs donation card?

3 Damn! Page 84 of the manual is missing!

4 Everybody stand back! I lost a contact lens!

5 Hand me that...uh...that uh.....thingie

6 Better save that. We'll need it for the autopsy.

7 "Accept this sacrifice, O Great Lord of Darkness"

8 Whoa, wait a minute, if this is his spleen, then what's that?

9 "Ya know, there's big money in kidneys. Hell, he's got two of'em

10 What do you mean "You want a divorce?"

SmileyRose x

A Thank You To The Medical Profession

I'm not a nurse, nor am I a doctor. I have recently spent a considerable amount of my time working within the medical profession, mainly learning within a clerical/admin capacity.

I've worked in a number of the various departments in and around the hospital, which include Cardiology, Cancer, Rheumatology, Neurology, Gynaecology and Pain Management to name just a few. It is amazing what one learns/picks up even though I've not been working there for a great length of time. I've always been one of those folk who is always eager to learn.

Over the years I've had a number of friends and family members who have all been involved in the medical profession, therefore folk often wondered why I didn't work within that profession to begin with. I suppose as a young girl, I was often put off by the very idea/thought of seeing blood and of course I didn't like the smell of hospitals either. It had that medical feel about it and it quite often put me off.

Since having children I've seen quite a bit of blood, particularly when the girls used to fall over and they came crying to me with their bloody knees. LOL you have no choice in the matter and you have to deal with it. To be perfectly honest with you, as a Mother it came quite natural to me to have to deal with it without even thinking about it. :)

As for the smells in the hospital, put it this way, I've smelled far worse since! ;)

Incidentally I gave birth to both of my children at the Peterborough Maternity Unit. They both bounced out as very healthy looking babies. I know I make it sound very easy, however believe me, they were both very awkward births and neither of them wanted to come into the world that easily. Both labours were a hard slog. I spent a little time at the hospital after both births as I suffered from Postnatal Depression...which seemed very serious at the time. It is something which many women do not like to speak about and it seems to effect many women after they give birth. It's something which should be acknowledged and spoken about as it can feel very serious for many at the time.

Some More Serious Stuff:

I've seen close members of my family and ex family members who have spent far too much time at hospitals. My father suffered a stroke a few years ago and my mother suffers from lupus. My ex father in law died of cancer and my ex mother in law recently had surgery relating to cardiology. A huge thank you goes out to all of the medical staff who have all been helping them over the years.

I have noticed many patients quite often acknowledge the hard work of the doctors and consultants when they visit hospitals/their gp's....of course this goes without saying as they all work very hard indeed. However, it has come to my attention that many of the patients do not realize that there are the other folk who are also part of the medical profession too, some of them are the backbone of all of the hard work which goes on there and without them the system would fall apart. I'm speaking about all of the nurses who work really hard and of course all of the clerical/administration staff. I'm amazed at how some of them all keep going sometimes. Many all do a lovely job and their hard work goes unnoticed by me. Many are very caring and considerate individuals. Let's not forget about them. I think they 'all' deserve a thought and a mention. :)

A Bit Of Useless Information For You All. :)

Alot of folk don't know this, however as a youngster I once acted in a school production of Florence Nightingale. LOL The Lady Of The Lamp. :)

Learn More About Florence Nightingale - Click Here :)

"Patience" by Take That

SmileyRose x

Osteoporosis - Drink Plenty Of Milk Girls

I've just been reading a recent article re Gwyneth Paltrow. It has recently been reported that she is believed to be suffering from Osteopenia, precurser to the brittle-bone disease osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a bone disease and it can lead to an increased risk of fractures. It's something which mainly women suffer from, especially following the menopause. It's most likely cause is lack of calcium in your diet and not getting enough exercise. Osteopenia might occur if you cut out dairy products from your diet.

Heck! Now I know why my mother used to encourage me to drink plenty of milk when i was younger. Apparently, if calcium intake is really low, it will eventually have effects on the skeleton.

Click Here - National Osteoporosis Site

I must admit to always encouraging both of my daughters to drink plenty of milk. In fact we used to have the milkman deliver a bottle of full cream/gold top milk to our doorstep. They would drink a glass of milk every night before bedtime. In fact over the years we made a bottletop snake with all of the milk tops we collected together. :)

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SmileyRose x

June Birthdays

Happy Birthday to all of those friends and family who are celebrating their birthday in the month of June.  XXX

Love SmileyRose x


I'm not actually a golfer..nor a gopher. :) In fact the nearest I've ever come to playing golf is when I have played crazy golf on a few occasions.

As a school leaver I used to babysit for a family who lived just down the road from me. A close friend at the time was moving area and so she offered me her babysitting job to a family she had known for a good number of years. I was pleased to take this up at the time as I had a number of other babysitting jobs. I was a teenager who wanted some extra pocket money. Once I left school I was asked if I wanted a little job at Burghley Golf Club, Stamford by the family I'd been babysitting for. He was the professional at the Golf Club at the time so as the club wasn't very far away from where I lived and I was looking for a little job at the time, I took on the job. It was a 'Go-between' Job which seemed to tide me over for a short while. It was a great start in life particularly as I knew one or two golfers already, mostly friends of the family. My job mainly consisted of booking members and visitors into the club and selling golfing equipment.  I met a number of other folk whilst working there. In fact, sometimes in the afternoon we used to practice putting with one of those indoor putter sets. Great fun if you've not tried it before! :)

My claim to fame whilst working at the Golf club, was Mark James. He was a regular at Burghley and represented Great Britain & Ireland or Europe in the Ryder Cup seven times....including 1989 when Europe tied the match and retained the cup they had won in 1987, and 1995 when they won it outright.

I've also worked for a large establishment which seemed to employ a number of good golfers. In fact the guy I worked along side with in the office was a keen golfer...and so was the boss of the whole organization at that time. LOL I think in all of my eight years working at the place, I seemed to hear a lot about the game, particularly from the guy I worked along side with...and all of his golfing mates. I did once offer to caddy for him, however in all of the excitement, I think it slipped his mind. He took me boating instead, so all was not lost.;)

I also have a few personal friends who play the game ....including some members of my family who are also associated with the game.

So, ever since I was 13 years old I've always been very 'pro' golf.....one wonders why I never took the game up myself. I suppose it was because I've lead such a busy life I've never really had the time. That's my excuse. The fact that when I tried to putt the ball once and it ended up in totally the wrong direction has nothing whatsoever to do with it. :)

Here's a song for all of you golfers out there. :)

"Straight Down The Middle"

SmileyRose x

I'm Listening To "Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations

I can never get enough of listening to "Build Me Up Buttercup" by the Foundations. It's one of my most favourite songs. :)

SmileyRose x

Sisters! Testing 1,2,3 :)

A true story about a guy who is about to marry a girl however she has a sister who decides to become a bit of a minx. He tells his story.

I was happy. My girlfriend and I had been dating for over a year, and so we decided to get married. My parents helped us in every way, my friends encouraged me, and my girlfriend? She was a dream! There was only one thing bothering me, very much indeed, and that one thing was her younger sister.

My prospective sister-in-law was twenty years of age, wore tight mini skirts and low cut blouses. She would regularly bend down when near me and I got many a pleasant view of her underwear. It had to be deliberate.

She never did it when she was near anyone else. One day her little sister called and asked me to come over to check the wedding invitations. She was alone when I arrived. She whispered to me that soon I was to be married, and she had feelings and desires for me that she couldn't overcome and didn't really want to overcome. She told me that she wanted to make love to me just once before I got married and committed my life to her sister. I was in total shock and couldn't say a word. She said, "I'm going upstairs to my bedroom, and if you want to go ahead with it just come up and get me." I was stunned.

I was frozen in shock as I watched her go up the stairs. When she reached the top she pulled down her panties and threw them down the stairs at me.

I stood there for a moment, then turned and went straight to the front door. I opened the door and stepped out of the house. I walked straight towards my car. My future father-in-law was standing outside. With tears in his eyes he hugged me and said, "We are very happy that you have passed our little test.

We couldn't ask for a better man for our daughter. Welcome to the family.

*The moral of this story is: "Always keep your condoms in your car." ;)

SmileyRose x

Group Hug Time

Hugs to you :)

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My Daughters - Catherine and Lauren

Me with my niece, nephew and friend - 2009

"What A Girl Wants" by Christina Aquilera

"We Go Together" From Grease

SmileyRose x

Friday, June 25, 2010

"Someone To Watch Over Me"

"Someone To Watch Over Me" by Renee Olstead

SmileyRose x

A Judge With A Sense Of Humour

A judge grew tired of seeing the same town drunk in front of his bench. One day the judge glared down at the man, who was still intoxicated, and thundered "It is the sentence of this court that you be taken from here to a place of execution and there hanged by the neck until DEAD."

The drunk promptly fainted.

The court bailiff commenced to reviving the man, and looked up at the judge, at which time the judge shrugged and responded "I've always wanted to do that."

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"Goodmorning Judge" by 10cc

SmileyRose x


If anyone has any information or suspects any suspicious behaviour they should call police or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on Tel: 0800 555 111.

Crimestoppers is an independent charity working to fight crime.

Crimestoppers Site

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This Blog Is "All About Me" ....And Sorry, Not You! ;)

"It's All About You" by McFly

SmileyRose x

"Rhythm Is A Dancer" by Snap

I'm listening to "Rhythm Is A Dancer" by Snap. :)

SmileyRose x

I Just Wanted To Add A Little Sparkle

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"I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor - Fun Version

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Bumping Into Old Friends, School Chums And Old Work Colleagues

Wow!  I've been bumping into old friends/old work colleagues/Old School Chums recently.  Only yesterday I had lunch with someone who I worked with briefly when I worked at John Lewis for a short time. I was completing a college course and I had to be Office based at the time. It's nice to catch up with folk you've known in the past just to see what they've been up to after all of these years. I'm just generally curious about folk i've known over the years. :)
SmileyRose x

"Everything" by Michael Buble

I'm listening to "Everything" by Michael Buble.

SmileyRose x

One Year Anniversary Of The Death Of Michael Jackson

It doesn't seem one year ago today when Michael Jackson died. 

"Ben" by Michael Jackson  (a favourite song about a rat).;)

SmileyRose x

Country Loyalties When It Comes To Sport

When it comes to sport I am very supportive of the England team only. I'd like to think my loyalties lie within this country even during sporting moments.

I was very surprised to see just how many folk who reside here in England, have all been supporting only the teams from various other countries rather than them giving support to the England team...yet they all live here!Surely if you reside in a country, you'd be supporting the team playing for the country you live in?  Doesn't that follow? :)

Sorry but I'm just having a little rant mainly because I was amazed to hear lots of "boos" the other day after England won their match.

Whatever is this country coming to when you find it difficult to find other people who are loyal to the county they live in?

Come On England!!!!!:)

SmileyRose x

"A Million Love Songs" by Take That

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

SmileyRose x

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Anthony Robbins Seminar - Unleashing The Power Within

A few years ago my sister and brother-in-law arranged for a number of folk, including both my brother and I to attend a Tony Robbins Four day Seminar in London. Yes, I unleashed the power within!  :)

For those of you who do not know who Anthony Robbins is, he is a guy who has dedicated his life to modeling the most successful people in the world. No matter what anyone says...everyone can improve the quality of their lives and Anthony Robbins is a great coach. He helps you to understand yourself, which is something I didn't really know until I decided to take my sister up on her invitation.

During the seminar we were given a number of tasks, doing things I'd perhaps never thought about doing before. Goodness! I'd never had so many hugs in one weekend before. ;)

I remember dancing across a hot bed of coals in bare feet. LOL I let my brother go first and when I saw that he managed to get across without shouting too much, only then was I brave enough to have a go myself. It was a great feeling as it was one of the last tasks I achieved to say that I'd completed the seminar. I was given a certificate of achievement and I unleashed the power within. :)

Yep! Those coals were 'hot stuff' ;)   "Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer

Tony Robbins - Click Here :)

SmileyRose x

Learning A Foreign Language

Mother mouse was preparing lunch in the kitchen with her baby when the cat pounced in. Snatching up the child Mother ran for the mousehole but it was obvious she wasn't going to make it. Finally in desperation she whipped around and shouted "Bark, Bark" at the drooling cat. The cat skidded to a halt and ran away. Mother mouse turned to her baby and said, "You see how important it is to learn a foreign language!"

SmileyRose x

I Feel Like A Little Mouse!

I have just eaten Austrian smoked processed cheese on Jacobs cream crackers. The cheese is delicious. An absolute must if you've not tried it before. :

"Windmill In Old Amsterdam (I Saw A Mouse)" by Ronnie Hilton

SmileyRose x

"Food Glorious Food" From Oliver

On a cold winters evening Stew and Dumplings always goes down well at dinner time...it's a warm and hearty dish. :)

SmileyRose x

What kind of music can you just not stand to listen to?

Music with bad lyrics. :)

SmileyRose x

"A Kiss From A Rose" by Seal

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If you had to perform at the circus, what trick would you do?

I'd try the seal act, balance a ball on the top of my nose and then I'd clap and make excited noises both at the same time. ;)

SmileyRose x


LOL one of my daughters recently sent me this video clip implying that I may remember some of the characters as it was from the olden days!!!  I'll give her olden days. ;)

Neighbours - Christmas song

Baby Kerry

MySpace Video

By the way...I do remember all of the characters. :) x

SmileyRose x

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

On The Way To Work Today......

On the way to work today I sat at the front of the bus. It was such a beautiful morning. I was lost in my own little dreamworld for a short period of time. Whilst staring out of the window I suddenly came back down to the real world when a lady boarded the bus with her young son.  LOL he was such a great little character. He told me he was 5 yrs old. He seemed really proud of that fact as he chatted away to me. He then told me about his hurting toe and how he had to have it bandaged up. Aww I dare say that if I'd spent longer on the bus this morning, that little guy would not have stopped talking. It's so nice to meet such nice folk and the little guy seemed to bring a little sparkle to the bus this morning. In fact throughout my day I've met some really friendly folk....it's been lovely. :)

I ended the afternoon by popping in to see my mum. I couldn't believe it...I walked through the door and she had a cup of tea ready and waiting for me. Aww. :)

One of my favourite motto is "Smile And The Whole World Smiles With You"....it seems to me that this little catchphrase of mine, it came true today. :)

"You've Got A Friend In Me"

SmileyRose x

Thank You

One of my friends has gone abroad today. I'd like to wish him a very safe journey/trip....and thank you for the lovely flowers, they really cheered me up.

By the way....England won. :)

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SmileyRose x

Ps Not a lot of people know this....however my nickname as a small child used to be "Froggy"....:)

"Thank You Very Much" by Scaffold

SmileyRose Photo Of the Day

Last Christmas I was fortunate enough to visit The Key Theatre with a friend to watch the musical "Oklahoma".....and what a fabulous show it was too. I've been visiting this theatre for a good many years now and I couldn't help but photograph the building as it looked so pretty in the evening light. It had been raining and the reflection of the building in the paving area looked really good.

"People Will Say We're In Love" :)

SmileyRose x

England v Slovenia In The World Cup Today

It's crucial for England to win this afternoon when they play England v Slovenia today or else they could find themselves out of the world cup. :(

Good luck England I'm rooting for you. :)


SmileyRose x

UFC = Ultimate Fighting Championship

Today I was chatting to a friend about UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). For those who do not know what that is, it's a mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion company. I was encouraged to watch a fight between Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar. Ewww one of them came off badly. :(

The fighting techniques include: boxing, Bazilian jiu jitsu, wristling and Muay Thai.

Basically, anything goes and there are no rules! There are two conestants and the fighting takes place in an octagonal caged ring.  LOL I'd definitely say that it's a mans game because it's likely to encourage more males than it is to attract that of the fairer sex. ;)

From a personal point of view, I much prefer to watch sport when there is 'no' blood. :)

"Eye Of A Tiger" by Survivor

SmileyRose x