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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. :)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

'Top Of The Pops"

I've just read that 'Top Of The Pops' is returning to our TV screens and it's going to be 1976 once again!  If you fancy singing and dancing along to all of your favourite 70's songs then all you need to do is dig up your flares, tank tops and platform shoes. ;)

Starting from next Thursday the BBC will re-broadcast the programme every week. The shows will be run the same week of the year they were originally shown.

Hmm guess what was number 1 in January 1976?

January 25th - February 7th 1976 was Abba with Mama Mia :)

SmileyRose  x

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"A Million Love Songs"

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

SmileyRose  x

"Have You Ever"

SmileyRose  x

Mother And Father

Grandparents Too!

I have learned that most children seem to thrive best when they are in regular contact with both of their parents. Whether or not the child/ren are living with both of their parents or in the event of a divorce the children are still living close enough to continue/maintain regular contact with both of their parents, it does seem that children will thrive best if they remain in close contact by those they feel a close bond with, mainly their parents. Children should never be torn apart from either parent and it is important for them to be able to be comforted by either parent during their times of need.

There ought to be a law to safeguard parents from moving away/leaving the country with their child/ren once they seperate/divorce, particularly as there seem to be so many mixed marriages these days. There ought to be a law which states that the child/ren should continue living a reasonable distance away from the non-resident parent so that they can still remain in regular contact with both of their parents. It is a well known fact that most children seem to thrive best when they are in a two parent family, therefore in the event of parents parting, so that there is not too much disruption caused to the child/ren it makes sense to me to encourage the children to continue seeing both of their parents as often as possible.

Of course it goes without saying that all Mothers play a very important role in their children’s upbringing, but fathers play a very important role in a child’s upbringing too. Unless the father or mother are a complete danger to their children then I see no reason why the children shouldn't reside close enough so that they remain in close contact with both of their parents. :)

It took the love of both my mother and father to make me the person I am today. :)

"Hello Mother, Hello Father"


I think it is equally important that children remain in close contact with their grandparents too, particularly if they have always been in contact with their grandparents. :) Children can learn so much from their grandparents too. Much of the time grandparents can make far better babysitters for their grandchildren then childminders.

SmileyRose  x


I watched the animated film 'Up' for the the first time recently and I was pleasantly surprised. It was well worth a watch. The film touched on true life experiences about how we all grow old hoping and wishing for all of those dreams to come true only life doesn't always turn out the way we'd hoped.

Hey! If you get to watch the film there is a colourful bird in the film who is also a doting mother.  It's me I think.  :o)

SmileyRose  x


...singing "I Want To Know What Love Is"

SmileyRose  x

You have exotic dark looks with long dark hair how often do people mistake you for being foreign? What accent do you have?

Well actually not everyone mistakes me for being a foreigner even with my dark exotic looks. I'm definitely quite British. :) I can only speak English and that is without an accent. It is quite normal for folk who were schooled here in England and who have been brought up here in England to only speak the English language unless of course they have specifically taken the time to learn to speak another language. :)

If you had a day to volunteer, where would you volunteer?

I spent a number of years working as a volunteer within a mums and toddler group & pre-school group when my children were younger. I was a full-time mother who also volunteered her services to help others. I would much prefer to work for living these days and to give someone else the opportunity to volunteer their services...unless of course there was a good reason to volunteer my services without payment. ;)  

I took a career break to look after both of my children when I could have been earning a wage however I had to learn to live without certain luxuries in order to stay at home and be a full-time mother. At the time I felt it important that I spend as much time with them as I possibly could. Theose were times I shall cherish for a life time. During my days as a full-time mother I didn't just sit at home watching day time TV. I think everyone should do some kind of volunteer work during their lifetime but there also comes a time when you have to make up for loss of earnings.:)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


SmileyRose Classic - Quote Of The Day

Is honesty always the best policy?  :)

Would you rather me lie to you and tell you what you want to hear or would you prefer me to be honest with you? :o)

SmileyRose  x

What Should I Wear?

I'm a great believer that one should try to make every effort to dress up for the right occasions. For instance, it is considered unusual to go out shopping at a supermarket wearing a ball gown. If you did, then you're likely to get a few stares.  Or it would be considered unusual to wear a swim suit to church; it would more than likely cause a stir. If I were a presenter on the TV I would wear smart attire. Usually a dress/skirt with jacket are considered to look reasonably smart.  As for the male presenters, I would suggest wearing a shirt with a tie if you want to look great.;)

I think it's purley a matter of good common sense what you wear to attend certain venues. I know it's a free country but it shows a little thought went into how you dressed for the occasion. :)

Ps  By the way, I would wear a ball gown to a ball/dance and I would wear a swimsuit to the beach/swimming pool/sunbathe. ;)

SmileyRose  x

Best Wedding Dress

Princess Diana's wedding dress was voted the best of the best out of all those worn by any other royal or celebrity brides in a recent poll of 5,000 women.

The dress was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel. It was a puff ball silk taffeta wedding dress especially designed for Diana.

I don't know about anyone else; however I remember the day Lady Diana walked down the aisle as if it were only yesterday.  I remember it well because I had the day off work and what better day to have a day off work than my own birthday. :)

I agree that the dress looked magnificent, almost fairytale like. The public were just as excited at seeing her dress for the very first time on the day of the Royal Wedding and Diana didn't let us down as we were all expecting something fabulous on the day....and that's precisely what she gave us.  :)

Best Non Royal/Non Celebrity Wedding Dress :)

Ps. If I had to say which other dress topped my list of favourite wedding dresses (non royal or non celebrity), then I would say my own wedding dress was undoubtedly a favourite. I was once married too and I wore a beautiful white wedding dress for my own wedding day.  :):):)

SmileyRose x

Monday, March 28, 2011


I'm listening to "Amazing" by Bruno Mars :)

SmileyRose  x


Kev and Roz are chatting about proposals on the radio this morning and how your partner proposed to you.  Lol I remember the first, second and the third time someone proposed. Awww the proposals were fine, but not what anyone else would call very romantic....I'll hasten to add that I really only accepted one of those proposals in marriage and that was to my ex husband. He even got down on bended knees after we watched Neighbours one evening in the kitchen. Would I have changed anything about that proposal? Erm yes perhaps. He could have proposed somewhere a little more romantic than the kitchen, unless of course he was considering where my place in the home should be before we married. :)

If there's ever going to be another proposal in my lifetime then I hope the next one will be romantic and a memorable one. :o)

SmileyRose  x

Awww Such A Cutie!

Singer Rod Stewart aged 66 yrs has recently announced that his eighth child would be the last!  A recent photograph of the happy couple featured in the daily newspaper along with their cute newborn, looks lovely. :)

Not quite a "Baby Jane" ;)

Ps  I wonder if Penny will be his last baby too? ;)

 "Oh! No Not My Baby" by Rod Stewart :)

SmileyRose  x

Sunday, March 27, 2011

"Bright Lights Bigger City"

I'm listening to the new song "Bright Lights Bigger City by Cee Lo Green. Wow! How good is this song!  It's really good. :)

SmileyRose  x

"Build Me Up Buttercup"

I'm listening to "Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations :)

SmileyRose  x

'The Three Musketeers'

I've just watched the trailer to 'The Three Musketeers,' starring Orlando Bloom. It looks to be full of action and appears to have lots of swashbuckling sequences in it.  It looks good. :)

The film centres on the young D'Artagnan and his fellow down on their luck Musketeers. :)

One to watch out for. :)

SmileyRose  x

Hmmm What's Hugh Up To These Days?

Hmmm What's Hugh Jack-bhai!' (Jackman) up to these days?  He's a good actor who seems to be keeping a low profile recently. Oh I think the 'bhai' is Hindi for 'man'. ;)

SmileyRose x

Who's Wearing Jodhpurs? :)

Whilst out shopping yesterday I popped into one or two fashion shops and I noticed that Jodhpur styled trousers were back in fashion. I remember wearing those a number of years ago. :)

 Jodhpurs are a modern form of tight-fitting trousers that reach to the ankle. They end in a snug cuff, and are worn primarily for horse riding.:)

History of Jodhpurs (from Wikipedia):
  • They originate from an ancient style of Indian trouser called the Churidar, which is tight around the calf and baggy at the hips, still worn at traditional Jodhpury weddings. This is a special traditional style of clothing Northern India, especially in what is today the modern state of Rajasthan, which has its capital at the city of Jodhpur. Sir Pratap Singh, a younger son of the Maharaja of Jodhpur, popularised in England the style of riding-trousers worn in Jodhpur, a design that he apparently improved and perfected by himself and first tailored in India about 1890.

SmileyRose  x


I'm listening to "Jump" by The Pointer Sisters :)

SmileyRose  x

SmileyRose (Frances) Quote :)

"You don't have to be rich to provide good quality or to show a bit of class." :)

SmileyRose   x

"Dancing Queen"

I'm listening to "Dancing Queen" by Abba

SmileyRose  x


I'm listening to "Gold" by Spandau Ballet

SmileyRose  x


Eww you know that a shop is going down hill when the assistants start to dress in a tacky manner. Eww it certainly puts me off wanting to spend too much of my well earned money in those type of place. :)

I went shopping yesterday and I saw this really nice picture which I thought about buying for my home only on principle I didn't buy it because the woman who came to serve me wasn't dressed appropriately. The picture cost in the region of £100.  That's too bad, however I have seen a similar picture in another shop so I won't lose any sleep over not purchasing that particular one. I think the woman was trying to gain my attention by showing off her bossom to me...I'm a woman and I wasn't interested in them in the slightest. I won't be going back there in a hurry. :)

I love shopping at places such as John Lewis & Marks and Spencer, the staff mostly look nice and presentable and in turn this encourages me to spend more money with them. Hmm how I love to shop in the more respectable shops. :)

SmileyRose  x

"I've Had The Time Of My Life"

I'm listening to "I've Had The Time Of My Life" by Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley

SmileyRose x

"The Power Of Love"

I'm listening to "The Power Of Love" by Huey Lewis and The News :)

SmileyRose  x

If you could live in any house you wanted to, what would it look like?

Erm let me think. I suppose the main criteria would be that it should look very homely in order for a house to become a home.  It would have to be warm, inviting and very welcoming. It would be neatly decorated with my taste. It would have a warming kitchen where I could cook some of my culinary delights. It would have to be ideally located somewhere nice and pretty. There would have to be a pretty little garden with roses growing in it.....and it should have a little shop close by where I could buy a newspaper. There should be nice neighbours. There would have to be strong vibes coming from its walls which said "Frances this should be your home." My home would be aptly named too. :o)

Ask Me Anything, Just As Long As It's Within Reason. :

"Home Sweet Home" Motley Crue

A Cheeky Monkey

SmileyRose  x

Saturday, March 26, 2011

"She's The One"

I'm listening to "She's The One" by Robbie Williams

SmileyRose  x

What Will My Children Mostly Remember Me For When They Are Older?

Hehe someone recently asked me this question and I really had to sit back and think of a reply; however I came up with an answer which would best describe how I think my children will remember me when they are much older (in years to come).

I feel sure they'd look back on lots of the fun times we've had together over the years. I think they'd remember me as being the 'nutty' or the 'dizzy' one in the family who always did funny/silly things which made them chuckle. I suppose it was like living with a full-time clown around the home as I always seemed to be the one who made them chuckle for doing the funny/silly things. In fact they often recall some of the silly stories from past years. I'm surprised they both have such good memories. :) Don't get me wrong, I do have my more serious moments, however they usually occur when I am deep in concentration/thought, when I am hard at work...or when I'm asleep. :)

SmileyRose  x

Friday, March 25, 2011

"We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off (To Have A Good Time)"

~By Jermaine Stewart


SmileyRose  x

'A Passage Through India'

You know when you wait for months and months for a programme to be broadcasted on the TV and you could kick yourself because you've missed it....well I did just that with "A Passage Through India" with Caroline Quentin.   I've heard the programme was excellent.  I may just catch up on some repeats.  Caroline Quentin is a superb actress, so I have a feeling I just may well enjoy. :)

Click Here

SmileyRose  x

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Good Taste

I overheard on the radio this morning that John Major and his wife Norma seem to occasionally enjoy eating out at curry restaurants within the Cambridgeshire area.  Apparently John Major enjoys a good curry.  Oooo both he and his wife seem to have such good taste. ;)

SmileyRose   x

Yay! Number 3 Has Been Given The Go Ahead :)

I was just surfing the internet when I found by chance a recent article relating to Bridget Jones Diary 3 being given the go ahead, hopefully they will commence filming soon. To think Helen Fielding started writing Bridget Jones Diary as a newspaper article for a column but it very soon became a book. All three of the main character look to be starring in the film again.  Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), Daniel Cleaver ( Hugh Grant) and finally Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger). Yippee!  I can't wait! :)

SmileyRose   x

"Colours Of The Wind"

SmileyRose  x

Wearing Make-Up

Wearing make-up can only ever really enhance someone’s natural beauty. I had to laugh recently when I read the report which suggested that Jennifer Lopez wears too much make-up. Don't listen to the critics Jennifer, you look fabulous just the way you are. Anyone who says any different is only envious of the way you look.

If anything....Jennifer Lopez is a very well groomed woman. She is the kind of woman who tends to stand out in a crowd.  She certainly knows how to turn heads and there are a fair few men whose heads she has turned over the years.  The obvious head being her husbands and then of course before him there was the gorgeous Ben Affleck.  This is hardly a woman who turns off the opposite sex because she wears lots of make-up. In fact she usually wears just enough make-up which tends to make her look glamorous more than anything else.  ;)

SmileyRose  x

"Candle In The Wind"

by Elton John

SmileyRose  x

She Was Considered One Of The Most Beautiful Hollywood Actresses Of Our Time

National Velvet Actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor passed away yesterday. She was aged 79 years.  Elizabeth Taylor was indeed one of the most beautiful actresses to ever grace our screens and I feel sure she will be sadly missed by many of her adoring fans, including myself.  :(

  • In 1961 she became the highest-paid actress in America and the first star ever to be paid $1million for a screen appearance.  She married eight times, twice to actor Richard Burton.

SmileyRose  x

"Thinking About You"

By Norah Jones

SmileyRose  x

Get Well Soon

He sure knows how to get attention and not only for his acting skills I'll hasten to add. Actor Hugh Grant recovers after ill health scare - Click Here Full Story - Hugh Grant recovering after health scare

I hope he's getting lots of TLC and is back to making films again soon. :)


Hugh - It is not ONLY the medical staff ie., doctors and nurses who work hard at the NHS. Let us not forget all of those hard working Clerical and Admin staff too. :)

SmileyRose  x

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Now That's Service With A Smile :)

Spin Spin Judder Judder

I took the car in for a carwash recently. Ooo it was an experience. I drove the car up to the carwash brushes and after sitting patiently for them to get going I realized I was supposed to tap in the code on the ticket at the machine first. So I had to restart the engine, back out and then tap in the code at the machine....only I couldn't reach, so I then had to open the car door and jump out so that I could tap the code in. What a palava. :)

I then drove towards the huge carwash brushes and the spraying began. Ooo the huge brushes started to spin towards me and the car started juddering. As the brushes went over the roof of the car I heard a huge pinging sound. It was the car aerial. Thankfully it pinged into position again and the radio still works. :)

So, off I drove again with a squeaky clean car. :)

Ps It's great fun as you sing the carwash song....but where was my movie star? ;)

SmileyRose  x

"Wake Me Up Before You Go Go"

:) I have been listening to "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" by Wham.

Speaking of which....................Oh never mind. :)

SmileyRose   x

Sounds Good :)

I've just been listening to an interview with Bradley Cooper on Heart Radio.  For those who haven't heard of this actor before he is the guy who has been famously dating Renee Zellweger.  He has currently been filming a new film with Robert de Niro.  He's a lucky guy to be working with such talent. ;) Come on! Who would turn down making a film with such stars as Mr de Niro? :)

SmileyRose   x

"Price Tag"

I'm listening to "Price Tag" by Jessie J

SmileyRose  x

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Beautiful Frock

I can definitely associate with this! ;)

"Buy me Lady," said the frock, "and I wil make you into a BEAUTIFUL and WHOLE and  COMPLETE Human Being."
"Don not be silly," said the man, "for a frock alone cannot do that."
"TRUE," said the Lady. "I will have to buy the shoes and the bag as well."

by Edward Monkton

"Materiial Girl" by Madonna


SmileyRose x

Monday, March 21, 2011

"Hungry Eyes"

I'm listening to "Hungry Eyes" by  Eric Carmen

SmileyRose x

"Do You Love Me"

I'm listening to "Do You Love Me" by The Contours.  I love this song. :)

SmileyRose  x

As I Live Each Day............

Picture Source

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I'm listening to "Amazing" by Bruno Mars. :)

SmileyRose  x

Can You......?

Can you rub your belly and pat your head at the same time?  If you find that easy try patting your belly and then rubbing your head.  Hmmm so do you find that any easier?  I have found one way easier than the other. :)

SmileyRose  x

Rose Royce

"Car Wash" :)

I see Arnie Schwarzenegger has taken to polishing his friend Sylvester Stalone's car recently. ;)

SmileyRose  x

Profile photograph. Is that really you feeding those monkeys? How old is the picture?

Of course the photograph is really of me!!!! Those are Ring-Tailed Lemurs I am feeding, we were all monkeying around. ;) The photograph was only taken just before Christmas 2010. :)


It's dinner time!  Oooo Aberdeen Angus quarter pounder burger with McCains beer battered chips and peas. :)

SmileyRose  x

An Afternoon At Flag Fen

Yesterday I visited Flag Fen, Peterborough with a friend.  It was on the door step so to speak, yet I had never visited before.  The weather has been kind to us all during the weekend and so yesterday was another super day.  I always enjoy visiting places of interest and I like to whenever possible have a good opportunity to take plenty of photographs. :)

The Visitor Centre was extremely nice. There was a Refreshments area, toilets and a gift area. 

I managed to get a good walk around the place. I visited the Bronze Age Village whereby they were demonstrating spinning and weaving. There was also regular authentic bronze casting demonstrations.  It was a great opportunity to see how our ancient ancestors lived many, many years ago. I was able to switch off from the modern world and take myself back in time. It was an amazing experience. 

It was then a quick walk around to the Iron Age Roundhouse whereby we all sat around an open fire (very warming indeed) and a very nice lady told us all a very nice story.  At the end of the story she passed around a very ancient sword for us all to touch and make a wish.  Apparently the sword which came all the way down from a London museum has very magical powers and anyone who touches it and then makes a wish, the wish is supposed to come true.   Hmmmm I wonder. :)  For anyone who has not visited Flag Fen, I thoroughly recommend it. :)

I had a super day but it did not stop there!

I then went to the Eye Garden Centre and I had a good walk around spending a little money on my garden.  I even managed to pick up some Sunflower seeds.  Hmmm I simply love Sunflowers. :)

To end the evening it was a quick zoom over to "Frankie & Benny's" for dinner.  Ooo and the meatballs were very nice but would have tasted much nicer if it had a little more sauce served with the meatballs. All was not lost though as I used plenty of tomatoe sauce on mine. ;)

SmileyRose  x

Sunday, March 20, 2011


I'm listening/watching "Shine" by Take That on the TV. :)

SmileyRose  x


I'm listening to "Gold Forever" by The Wanted. This is presently my favourite song. Yes I can still listen to Heart radio even whilst driving to Hunstanton. ;)

I visited Hunstanton seaside with one of my daughters yesterday. On our travels we stopped off at Sandringham Country Park for some refreshments. We didn't see the Queen but we waved just in case she happened to see us. ;)

We were both in need of a break so it was all dependent upon the weather if we went or not...however the weather was glorious and we spent such a wonderful day together.

I began the morning by nipping down to Apex tyres to get a new tyre for my spare wheel and then it was straight off to meet my daughter before heading to the seaside. The weather was absolutely perfect, the sea was very calm and there weren't too many crowds of folk on the beach. We walked, talked and ate plenty. We found a nice little fish and chip restaurant by the bowling green and it overlooked the sea. Hehe during the day my daughter surprised me by jumping on the wall as she used to as a child when she wanted a piggyback but unfortunately as she towers over me these days I just couldn't manage it anymore. ;)

On the way home we popped into the supermarket to buy hotdog sausages and rolls so we could have another feast. We saw an old acquaintance and her daughter we had not seen for quite some time. It was lovely to catch up together. You know you're becoming older when you see the children growing up. This lady was another of those ladies who spent much of her time with her family when they were growing up; she was pretty much like myself. :)

We then popped into New Look for some retail therapy. :)

At the end of the day we both decided to go and watch 'Chalet Girl' at the cinema. I almost didn't recognise another friend’s daughter who was working at the cinema. My daughter had to nudge me to ask me if I'd known who that was. LOL oopsy. She was another prodigy of a mother who spent much of her time at home with her children when they were young whilst father was out hard at work. :) For those who have not watched the film yet it's a light-hearted romcom and it was most enjoyable. :)

Our day was just perfect! A Gold Forever day. ;)

PS Just to make the day even more perfect I even managed to speak to my other daughter on the mobile phone as we walked along the beach. Sometimes mobile phones really have their advantages. ;) She had a good excuse for not being with us but it was good to hear her voice just the same. :)

Wow! Did everyone see how close the moon was last night?  It was huge and bright.  I couldn't resist taking one or two photographs. :)

"Gold Forever" by The Wanted (The official Comic Relief song)

SmileyRose  x

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sad News

Knut the star/famous polar bear collapsed and died this afternoon at Berlin Zoo in front of 600 visitors.  He first came to notice when he was hand-raised by zoo keepers after being rejected by his mother at birth.  Such sad news. :(  He was absolutely adorable in those early photos of him as a cub.

SmileyRose  x

I'm A Smaller Framed Woman

Hmmm I was just reading an article re Fern Brittain and how proud she is now that she's the same weight as she was when she was in her 20's. She's had a little help with a gastric band weight loss but she's looking great now that she's almost in her 50's.  

Heck! I was just thinking about my weight. As a 20 something young woman I used to be able to boast a 22inch waistline. I weighed around 6 and a half stone at the time. I was only 5ft 3ins tall so I did not look unhealthy but perhaps a little on the thin side even on my small frame.  By the time I was in my early 20's I weighed around 8 stone.   I once remember an old boyfriend telling me that I disappeared when I stood sideway however I think he was being a little sarcastic.  I looked fine but was a little on the thin build as a teenager.  I don't think it looks all that bad when you are a much smaller framed person though however I don't think I'd really want to weigh the same again, not now. :)

When someone has a much larger frame  (you can usually tell this by the size of their hands and feet..or their bone structure) or if they are much taller then they can look a very unhealthy if they are a very thin build.  It all depends on what frame size they are which matters and some folk can look far too skinny/large for their frame size. :)

These days I weigh more than I did back then and  I could do with getting rid of a few pounds which I put on during a bad time in my life, however I have never been a very large build, not ever :).....and I'm still a small framed woman who is definitely not too skinny. :)

SmileyRose  x

Friday, March 18, 2011

Favourite Of The Day

"I Know Him So Well" by Susan Boyle and Peter Kay

SmileyRose  x

"It's Raining Men"

I'm listening to "It's Raining Men" by The Weathergirls  :o)

SmileyRose  x

"Truly Madly Deeply"

I'm listening to "Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden

SmileyRose x

"Curtain Falls"

by Blue :)

SmileyRose  x

Net Curtains

Does anyone want to buy an old set of net curtains for £78,000? They're upstairs in my attic.  If you insist, you can buy to wear as I'm sure it would make a very fetching dress. :o)

SmileyRose  x

Living Until 100 Years Old

I've just been reading an article re legendary singer Cliff Richard.  It reports that the singer is planning on living until he is 100 years old.  He's currently reading a book called Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live to be 100.  Hmmm at this rate I can see him living until he's 100 plus.  He's now 70 years old and he doesn't look a day older than he looked 10 years ago. :)

Here are Cliff's tips to staying young and healthy:
  • Sir Cliff follows a good doctor’s prescription - two large glasses of celery juice every day (to lower blood pressure). Eats lots of fish, doesn't drink too much, eats apples, mobile phones are not…
  • Re book: You'll be pleased to hear that sex is included in the book :)

SmileyRose  x

"Tainted Love"

I'm listening to "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell.

This used to be my favourite dancing song. :)

SmileyRose  x

Thursday, March 17, 2011

One True Voice

"Sacred Trust" by One True Voice  ....I simply love this song. :)

SmileyRose  x

Ewwww Sounds Horrid!

Why do some folk use the word 'dumb' to describe someone as being stupid? Personally speaking I think it's a horrid expression because to me that word is used to describe someone who has speech difficulties/they cannot speak and it shouldn't be used to describe stupidity.

Many folk communicate to each other on the internet without having to use speech to relay their messages across to each other; does that make us all dumb?

Please stop using that word to describe someone as being stupid, it sounds so disrespectful.

SmileyRose   x

Just Joking Around

1.  An aging man lived alone in Ireland. His only son was in prison and he didn't know anyone who would spade up his potato garden. The old man wrote to his son about it, and received this reply, "For HEAVENS SAKE, don't dig up that garden, that's where I buried the GUNS!!!!!" At 4 A.M. the next morning, a dozen British soldiers showed up and dug up the entire garden, but didn't find any guns. Confused, the man wrote to his son telling him what happened and asking him what to do next.

His son's reply was: "Just plant your potatoes." ;)


2. A ventriloquist is telling Irish jokes in a pub, when an irate Irishman stands up : "You're making' out we're all stupid. I ought ta punch your lights out."

 "I'm sorry sir, I..."

"Not you," says the Irishman, "I'm talking to that little fella on your knee."

SmileyRose  x

"Top Of The Morning To You"

Here's wising all of you lovely folk from Ireland (Irish/part Irish folk)  a very happy St Patrick's Day. Have fun.  :o)

I was born in St Patrick's hospital (not in Ireland I'll hasten to add) so it's the reason I'm very fond of this day. Some of my close relatives have some Irish blood in them too. ;) My very first impressions of Ireland during my first visit there was Wow! It's such a beautiful place to visit. 

SmileyRose  x

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Evil Villain

Hehe if someone plays the evil villain in a film does it usually mean the actor/actress was typecast? :)

SmileyRose x

Waving Goodbye :)

"Bye Bye Baby" by The Bay City Rollers

SmileyRose  x


I'm listening to "Gold" by Spandau Ballet. :)

SmileyRose  x

Not Knowing The Sex Of Your Baby - As Long As Baby Is Healthy Surprises Are Nicer

I have given birth to two babies and I must admit to never wanting to know the sex of either one of my babies during the months I carried them.  Not once did I feel curious as to whether or not my baby was a he/she.  It is true that I went for regular check-ups and scans, however my only concern at the time was that my pregnancy was going well and there were no complications with the pregnancy. 

I remember holding their tiny little hands in my own and looking at their perfectly formed little fingers.  Just to watch them breath was a joy. When their tiny eyes looked up at my face I remember bursting into tears...they were tears of joy. Once I had given birth to my children my only concern was that they were both healthy.

Finding out the sex of my babies came as a huge surprise on both occasions.  I was thrilled to bits at the time and I remember feeling like the happiest person in the world when I cradled my new born.

Each to their own however I really don't see the point in knowing what the sex of your child is before their birth unless of course it is for a good 'medical' reason.

SmileyRose  x

"True Faith"

I've just been listening to "True Faith" the new song by George Michael.  Hmmm it's the first time I've heard the song so I need to hear it again.  First impressions - It sounds very good. :)

SmileyRose   x

Comic Relief Day

Friday18th March is Comic Relief Day and this year there are three little monster noses to choose from.  I hope everyone has lots of fun and don't forget "Do something funny for money" ;)

Click Here - BBC Red Nose Day

Comic Relief Website

SmileyRose  x

Big Hair!

Big Hair! Now this makes me chuckle! :)

SmileyRose   x

Children Say The Funniest Things Sometimes

Today I chatted with a lady and her young 3/4 year old daughter. After she popped out briefly to the ladies with her daughter I mentioned to my colleague that I thought the lady was a very pretty lady who had a pretty little daughter and how both of them had such good genes. I remember sighing and thinking to myself "I wish, if only" :)

When the mother returned she mentioned to me that her daughter had just been telling her how much she thought 'The Lady'...(meaning me) looked just like her (the mother). Awww now that was the sweetest little compliment I had heard for a long time. Sometimes children can make you feel very special indeed. :)

SmileyRose x

An Anti-Climax

It was reported that a Russian bomb squad recently rushed to a post office to diffuse a ticking parcel after a post office worker telephoned to report a suspect package. As the bomb squad hesitantly opened the parcel, they didn't find a time bomb in it but a pulsating vibrator instead. Someone had left it on by mistake.

LOL it was all a bit of an anti-climax to say the least but thankfully there were no big bangs on this occasion. ;)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

.....And Finally! I Am A Napper By Name And A Napper By Nature :)

I managed to complete my Cencus form 2011 without falling asleep.  I always said that I was a Napper by name and a Napper by nature, but not on this occasion.. ;)

SmileyRose  x

A Cozy Cockatiel

I've just bought a cockatiel cozy for Rosie.  She's quite an old lady now and I thought she may like somewhere cozy to relax away from her perch.  It's like a long yellow blanket tunnel and it sits in her cage. I can't wait to see if she uses it.  It may take sometime before she feels confident to try it but I want her last days to be special and cozy for her retirement. :)

SmileyRose   x

"To Make You Feel My Love"

I'm listening to "To Make You Feel My Love" by Adele

SmileyRose  x

Has any members of your family ever died of cancer and do you support cancer charities such as Race for Life?

No members of my immediate family have ever died of cancer apart from my father-in-law who died of cancer shortly after my husband and I went through divorce. It was a bad time in everyones life.  He died of cancer around the time I first wrote on the must be about 8 years ago now. I have seen how the disease spreads and takes loved ones away from the rest of their families.  I have had friends who have either died or have had the disease. I have seen how the disease has affected some of them so yes I do support such charities such as Breast cancer, the Marie Curie charites and the Macmillan cancer support charities. I am all for those who raise money through the Race for Life too....well done to all of those who take part. :)

A Lovely Rose

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SmileyRose  x

"You're The One That I Want"

I'm listening to "You're The One That I Want" by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John  :)

SmileyRose  x

"Don't Know Why"

I'm listening to "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones

SmileyRose  x

Monday, March 14, 2011

You're Fired!

A multi-millionaire sacked two members of his staff when he threw a hissy fit over a chicken dinner being served an hour too early. Mr Francisco de Sousa and his wife are now claiming unfair dismissal. The multi-millionaire has since denied being the couple's employer suggesting they were employed by the estate's management. He has also made other accusations re the couple.

Come on there has to be more to it than just a chicken dinner being served an hour earlier than it should have been....surely?

Could he not have reheated the dinner in a microwave oven in order to save everyone their jobs? :)

Maybe he ought to go on an anger management course. :)

SmileyRose x

'Take That'

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

SmileyRose  x

Who's Feeling Moo-dy?

Look what I found!

A lost cow thong! :o)

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SmileyRose  x


I'm listening to "Amazing" by Bruno Mars :)

SmileyRose  x

One Night Stand

Hmm nobody is ever proud of having a one night stand however everyone is capable of making happens, sometimes not intentionally, but it can happen to the best of us.

I once had a one night stand with someone whom I'd known for a period of time. We'd never actually dated prior to the one night stand but we'd chatted regularly during social events we attended together and we'd known each other for a considerable length of time. I wasn't married at the time and the guy in question was also single so neither of us were really hurting anyone else when we found ourselves in bed together one night. The intention at the time was to start dating on a regular basis, particularly as we had been getting along really well together. After the event I realized that it had all been a huge mistake particularly when I found out the guy had dated someone else two days later. To begin with he couldn't understand why I wouldn't see him again. So yes, it had been a one night stand because I knew the rat wasn't worth seeing again. Sometimes you might not know a person as well as you think you might know them.

So, as I was saying.....sometimes we can all make mistakes unintentionally, but as long as we don't keep making the same old mistakes time and time again then I suppose we shouldn't have a guilty conscience if the only person you hurt at the time of the event is yourself. :)

SmileyRose  x

The Monkees

I'm a fan of the Monkees and this is one of my favourite Monkees songs "Daydream Believer."  I am also very fond of "I'm A Believer" :)

"I'm A Believer"

SmileyRose  x

Hmmm What's For Dinner? - Roast Pork With A Bit Of Crackling

I'm really looking forward to dinner this evening. I've decided to cook roast pork with apple sauce, roast potatoes and stuffing.  I've not made myself a roast dinner for ages so I decided to treat myself this evening.  Ooo and I'm looking forward to a bit of crackling too. ;)

SmileyRose xfoo

A Lovely Day Out

I had a lovely day out at Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre at the weekend.  I've not visited the farm for quite some time, so it was good to have a walk around at the weekend particularly as the weather was good.  When my children were younger we used to spend a fair bit of time at the farm. It is currently lambing season and it was great to see all of the new born lambs.  My only gripe was the amount of folk around the farm as I've not been used to as many crowds previously, particularly waiting to be served in the restaurant seemed to take forever.

I remember how fabulous it used to be as we'd usually go on our outings during the weekdays when most folk were out at work.  Being a full-time mother I was fortunate enough to be able to take the children out to such places during the weekdays as there were never the same kind of queues at the weekends.  It was much more relaxing to be able to stroll around with the baby buggy and your young toddlers during the weekdays.  I was also very fortunate during this time to have had a shift worker husband during my chidlren's younger days because we'd sometimes take daddy with us on our family outings or I also had friends who did not work full-time and we'd sometimes invite them to come along with us.

We used to attend many of the children's theme parks and play centres when the children were younger....and there were never the same amount of crowds of folk you seem to get at the weekends, nor were there the same amount of traffic going to those venues either. It was heavenly.  :)

SmileyRose  x

"A Million Love Songs"

I've been listening to "A Million Love Songs" by Take That

SmileyRose  x


I'm listening to "Everything" by Michael Buble :)

SmileyRose  x

A Love Story

Awww today I had a lazy Sunday afternoon whereby I really did nothing else but chill out and relax.  The relaxation was very welcomed. :)

I decided to watch one of my favourite dvd's 'Forever Young' which stars Mel Gibson and Jamie Lee Curtis.  It is certainly one of my favourite films and it is on my top 20 list of favourite films. It is a romantic story of how a 1939 test pilot asks his best friend to use him as a guinea pig for a cryogenics experiment. He asks to be frozen after he learns the woman he wants to marry is left in a coma after an accident. He asks to be awoken when she is better, however his friend dies and the capsule is overlooked.  He eventually awakens just over 50 years later after two boys discover the capsule he's  asleep in. He eventuallly learns that his sweetheart is still living and he makes attempts to search for her. They eventually meet again as he begins the aging process. Awww and they live happily ever after together. It's such a lovely little film. :)

SmileyRose  x

'Wild At Heart'

Hmm what a great shame this series has come to an end.  It wasn't until recently when I first watched this TV drama for the first time and it has been a most enjoyable drama.  I cannot wait to watch the next series.  The drama stars child star Hayley Mills and Stephen Tompkinson. :)

SmileyRose x

Saturday, March 12, 2011

How I Get My Kicks During A Good Night Out!

You'd never catch me attending clubs/shows which feature anything of a highly sexually explicit nature, not intentionally. Going to a Chippendale show once was a one off, however one could forgive me for this as I really had no idea what kind of dancers they were at the time. I was expecting something an all male pans people type dancers but I was a little mistaken when I saw lots of muscle on that evening. It was a number of years ago and there was only mostly male bare chests shown during their dance routine. :)

The only venues I'm likely to attend are those which are of a respectful nature, usually private parties or clubs whereby you can enjoy a night of dancing and good clean fun with other like-minded folk.

I've noticed that some folk who take drugs like to frequent some of the clubs these days which is so off putting and it is probably the reason why I prefer not to attend those type of clubs.  I would much prefer to stop at home with a good book or stay in watching the TV rather than to associate with folk who are high on drugs and booze. It's not really my scene, but each to their own.

I much prefer going out to the smaller and quieter venues with other like-minded folk. In fact even as a young woman in her late teens to early twenties I did pretty much the same as I do now. I have never been a wild child so to speak.  :)

SmileyRose   x

Copy Cats

LOL someone recently asked me what I thought about 'copy cats' and how I would feel if someone turned up at the same place wearing exactly the same outfit as me. Well the answer to that question is that I have so many outfits/items of clothing in my wardrobe that I know at some stage in my life that someone else is bound to end up wearing exactly the same/a similar outfit to me, that can't be helped sometimes. Although many of us like to think of ourselves as being unique to a garment, the truth of the matter is someone else out there is going to have a similar taste to yourself, particularly if they like to shop at the same shops as you.

I remember going to Norwich for a shopping trip with a friend once and it was just prior to us going on holiday abroad. We decided to buy a whole new wardrobe of clothing together to take on holiday with us so we went on a huge shopping spree. There were one or two fun outfits which we bought together (i.e., a pair of micky mouse shorts) which we wore at the same time. LOL we had a few fun comments made about our shorts whilst away on holiday and we wore them so that we could have a good laugh together. The other items we bought were very similar, slightly different styles and different colours, however we bought them so that we could compliment each other when we went out in the evening.

I had another friend I went on holiday with and she made us both very similar sundresses which were a different colour. Although other items in our cases were different it was fun to dress up during a day out in similar outfits. If you are friends together and you plan things like this then i see no harm in it at all.

I think the only time I would begin to worry about another person is if any one person copied me to the point of being obsessed with it. For instance if I went out to buy an outfit and another person saw the outfit on me so they too went out to buy the very same thing…and this continued often. Or if someone else was so obsessed that they bought almost every item which I bought then you'd begin to think why they are so obsessed with me. It would be a bit spooky and you'd start thinking they're a bit odd. I know I have good taste, but it's spooky to think someone else could be obsessed with your taste in outfits/items only. I'm not on the front cover of a magazine nor am I a clothing catalogue model so it would make me wonder why.

I enjoy shopping for different things and there are so many items of clothing one can buy in the shops these days. Besides, folk come in many different shapes and sizes and just because one item of clothing may look good on someone else, it doesn't mean to say that the same item of clothing is going to look as good on someone who is a completely different shape. There are times when this rule doesn't apply as some dresses can look fine on different shapes, however it would depend on the style of clothing which made the difference. :)

Wearing the same clothing rule would usually apply in a work force which required their members of staff to wear the same uniform or it would also apply to school children. :)

Clothes are great fun and as a younger woman in particular I was known for being a bit of a clothes horse. I think it is because I had a mother and father who always seemed to be very smart in their dressing too. Both of them used to attend many dances together as they were particularly good at ballroom dancing. I remember my parents really dressing up to the nines. My mother often wore designer labels and my father always wore either a tuxedo or a very smart suit.

One of my early jobs was working for a fashion boutique. We often wore items of clothing which were sold in the shop; it helped to sell the clothing. So there you have it in a nutshell. I've always loved nice clothing. :)

SmileyRose x

"Bye Bye"

"Bye Bye" by Mariah Carey

SmileyRose   x

Friday, March 11, 2011

Deepest Sympathy

I learned yesterday that my cousin died quite suddenly.  He was no age at all.  My deepest sympathy and wishes go out to his father, my uncle and the rest of his family.  I am thinking of you during this sad time in your lives.  

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SmileyRose  x

Group Hug Time

Ok! Get nice and close together. Now let's have some smiles.
Squeeze tightly.  (((((((((((((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))))))  :)

Image source

SmileyRose  x

"Can You Feel The Force"

I'm listening to "Can You Feel The Force" by The Real Thing

SmileyRose  x


Astrologers predicted that on March 19 - a week tomorrow - the so-called 'supermoon' will be closer to Earth than at any time since 1992, just 221,567 miles away, and that its gravitational pull will bring chaos to Earth.
Apparently further catastrophies have been predicted after the powerful tsunami slammed into Japan's eastern coast today. It comes just two days after warnings that the movement of the moon could trigger unpredictable events on Earth.  This follows the quake which occured 3 weeks ago devastating those living in Christchurch, New Zealand and killing hundreds of folk. Some have been dismissive and they've called it complete nonsense, suggesting that the moon has no significant effect on an earthquake triggering.  But just in case it does....I'd like to tell all of those folk whom I love out there, before it's too late (thinking of my daughters).... that I love them all. xxxx

"If Tomorrow Never Comes" by Ronan Keating

SmileyRose  x

Some Folk Are Too Quick To Criticize Others

I was just reading an article re Policemen who were recently criticized by the members of public for not jumping into a lake when they saw the body of a man floating face down in a 2ft deep boating lake. There was no obvious signs of life from the man floating in the water by the time the Police appeared on the scene. Apparently, for health and safety reasons the Police were requested to wait until the specialist water crew rescue team came to the scene because these folk were trained to deal with such incidents.

What I want to know is, if members of the public are so quick to criticize the police for not jumping into the lake straight away, to rescue the man, then why didn't the members of public who alerted the police to begin with make any attempts to try to rescue the man if the water was only 2ft deep? I would be very surprised to find out that the police were just walking by the lake by chance when they happened to see a man floating in the water.

Before anyone is criticized here I think it is fair to remember all of those officers who do risk their lives when they are not expected to do so. Many of those incidents seem to go unnoticed sometimes. I am sure they didn't receive as much press coverage as this one.

What we should all be seeing here is a man who has lost his life. Someone's husband, father or son has died and they will be grieving for this man. Accidents happen sometimes. It's a sad case but it is also true.

SmileyRose x

"Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel"

I'm listening to "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel" by Tavares

SmileyRose  x

"Build Me Up Buttercup"

I'm listening to "Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations :)

SmileyRose  x


I sat down to watch the film 'Invictus' recently. It is a 2009 biographical drama film based on Nelson Mandela's life during the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa. It's directed by Clint Eastwood and the film stars Morgan Freeman as South African President Mandela and the gorgeous Matt Damon as Fran├žois Pienaar, the South African team captain. I loved the could feel yourself almost wanting to jump up and down and start cheering the Rugby team as they clinch a victory.

I used to date a rugby player a number of years ago so I got the gist of the game as I made the effort to learn a little about the game back then. I loved Johnny Wilkinson when he used to play. ;)

  • William Ernest Henley (1849-1903) wrote the short poem "Invictus" in 1875 and it was first published in 1888 in Henley's Book of Verses where it was the fourth in a series of poems entitled Life and Death (Echoes).


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

  • Hmmm what does Invictus mean? It means Unconquered. :)

SmileyRose  x

Thursday, March 10, 2011

"I'm So Excited"

by The Pointer Sisters. :)

SmileyRose  x

Dancing Babies :)


SmileyRose  x

Do You Fancy A Ride In My Tum-Tum? :)

Picture Source

SmileyRose   x

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Coming Out Of Its Shell - The Two Headed Tortoise

Have you ever seen a two headed tortoise before? :)

For The Full Story - Click Here

"Two Become One" by The Spice Girls

I spotted me! I'm the deer at the end of the video. ;)
SmileyRose  x

Image & Appearance Or Personality?

Scientists have recently revealed that women/females who base their self-worth on their image/appearance tend to use Facebook to feel better about themselves. They are likely to be obsessed with their looks and they're likely to post photos of themselves on Facebook to compete for attention.

According to the study such women share more photos than males online and they maintain larger networks on social networking sites. The researchers found that, perhaps unsurprisingly, women identify more strongly with their image and appearance than men do.
Yes this maybe the case if you are the type of person who posts a lot of photos of yourself on the internet particularly the more provocative photographs/pictures of yourself. I mean who on earth loves themselves that much to post those kind of photos of themselves in the first place? One would have to be so obsessed with their own looks for them to do this. 

I must admit I don't use social networking sites such as twitter/facebook to post photos of myself. I have posted photographs of myself only on my own personal blog/photograph sites. I don't advertise any of those sites and anyone who chooses to visit my personal sites then they visit because they choose to visit them.

I tend not to feature provocative photos of myself and I prefer not to draw the wrong attention particularly as I'm not obsessed with the way I look.  My blog site is mainly based on personality and my photograph sites are mostly scenic photography of places I have visited over the years. I often use a profile photograph of myself so that folk know who I am. They're not there to entice anyone or else I'd be using a much more provacative photograph instead if that were the case. :)

SmileyRose   x

A P-P-P Penguin With A Heart

Awww I have just been looking at a cute penguin photo. The penguin has a white natural formation on his chest due to the moulting of his feathers and It's shaped like a heart.

Picture source

SmileyRose  x

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Happy Pancake Day

Shrove Tuesday - the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of fasting and prayer called Lent.

I hope you all managed to toss your pancakes up in the air without dropping them! ;)

SmileyRose  x

All Past Stay At Home Mothers/Stay At Home Mothers Who Take A Career Break To Care For Their Children. ;)

Are simply the best! :)

I have to hand it to all mothers who take a career break to become stay at home mothers. Taking care of their children full-time is indeed one of the hardest jobs in the world but you are likely to feel much rewarded by the job. 

I was a full-time mother and I took a career break to look after both of my children. I worked hard for almost 12yrs before I married and had children. I then took a career break before my return to work. I always admire others who have had some kind of a career before having children. It shows that you are able to hold down a job as well as look after children. It also looks good on a CV. :)

Although it does not appeal to every mother to stay at home to be with her children, it was the job I chose to do for the benefit of the whole family and I took great pride in doing so. It fitted in with our family circumstances at the time as my then husband was a shift worker.

I would admit that it takes a certain kind of person to want to stay at home to be with their children full-time because being a mother can sometimes be a very lonely job. The job doesn't pay well and there are times you go without certain luxuries in your life. The job requires some dedication particularly as you have to learn to adjust to a new way of living. If you are as  fortunate enough to have family members and a few friends who were there to give you some moral support during your times of need then the full-time mothers role is absolutely fabulous for those who choose their children before their careers.

All of those full-time mothers out there I applaud you all because I know you're all doing a worthwhile job. Putting your children before your career is likely to be one of the hardest decisions you are ever likely to make, however I never looked back because it was a fabulous experience to have had the opportunity to spend as much time with my children during those most important foundation years, their informative years.

It is not every mother's choice to be a stay at home mother and there is no wrong or right way to bring up your children,  but it was certainly my choice to take a career break and I enjoyed every moment of being a full-time mother. :)

I am all for those mothers who work until their children are born, then they take a career break to take care of their children before returning to the work force. :)
"Simply The Best" by Tina Turner

SmileyRose  x

Let's Have A Sing-A-Long :)

"Young Ones" by Cliff Richard

SmileyRose  x

Does age matter when it comes to having a relationship with someone?

Most long term relationships are built on love and trust therefore I do not think age comes into the equation here. If you fall in love with someone then that person's age is the least of your problems. Many folk prefer to be with a partner who is perhaps nearer to their own age group, mainly because they are likely to share a lot more in common together. However if a person happens to look much older/younger than their actual age then sometimes they are likely to attract someone else who looks as if they are within the same age group.

I must admit that I am more likely to frown upon someone who is a mature adult and who has a sexual relationship with someone who is young and vulnerable i.e., underage sex is not something that I approve of.

Remember, age is just another number and you are only ever as old as the person you feel. ;)

How do you know when someone is smarter than the average bear?

I suppose a good way of finding out if someone is smarter than the average bear is to see if they belong to the High IQ Society i.e., Mensa. :)

Mensa is the largest and oldest high-IQ society in the world. It is a society for bright folk.
  • Mens = Mind
  • Mensa = Table
This indicates a round table society of minds. :)

Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by a guy named Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer.  What almost all Mensans have in common is the desire to make contact with other lively minds - in person, in print or online - and enjoy being both entertained and informed.

If you have a high IQ you are likely to be smarter than the average bear. ;) So there you have it in a nutshell. :)

Monday, March 07, 2011

The Zit Zapper

Are you having a spot of bother? If so then I've only just read about a new little gadget called a Tanda Zap. Apparently it helps to clear your spots within 24 hours. Not only does it get rid of your spots it also prevents new ones from forming.  Apparently the ‘Blue light' works very well to treat acne by killing bacteria that causes spots, and decreasing inflammatory factors. By providing blue light directly to the area, the device can help to decrease redness and speed healing of the spot.’....hmmm I wonder if it really works. :)

SmileyRose  x

"Super Trouper"

I'm listening to "Super Trouper" by Abba....I'm singing along to it too. ;)  :)

SmileyRose  x

"Someone Like You"

Fabulous!  Adele is number one in the UK charts with "Someone Like You." :)

SmileyRose  x


There is nothing I like better than to put my feet up and relax with a nice pot of tea.

I would also admit to enjoying a nice cup of coffee too and as much as I enjoy the different blends of coffee, you just can't beat a nice glass of Irish Coffee.  It's my favourite. :)

Irish Coffee Ingredients

  1. 1 cupful of strong, hot, black coffee
  2. 1 tsp sugar
  3. 1 measure whisky
  4. 1 small carton double cream

Preparation method

  • Take a wine glass and pour enough of the coffee to fill it just over half way.
  • Add the sugar and stir until it dissolves.
  • Add the whisky and stir.
  • Slowly pour a thick layer of double cream, over the back of a teaspoon, on to the top of the coffee so that it floats on top.
BBC Food Recipies: Irish Coffee- Click Here

SmileyRose x

Sunday, March 06, 2011

'The World Is Not Enough'

I recently sat down to watch the James Bond film 'The World Is Not Enough'.   It is indeed one of my favourite Pierce Brosnan Bond films. :)

SmileyRose  x

Saturday, March 05, 2011

"A Million Love Songs"

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

SmileyRose  x

A Racing Pulse

Hmmm have you ever stood close to someone, watched them smile then felt your pulse start to race a little?  :)   Ooooer. ;)

SmileyRose  x

Friday, March 04, 2011

Could You Wake Up To This Bird?

None of us like the sound of the alarm clock going off first thing in the morning particularly during those long dark winter months. 

Could you wake up to this bird? ;)

Click Here

or perhaps you could wake up to this bird? :)

SmileyRose  x

A Few Tips For Men

PMT Guide

  • DANGEROUS: "What's for dinner?"
  • SAFER: "Can I help you with dinner?"
  • SAFEST: "Where would you like to go for dinner?" 

  • DANGEROUS: "Are you wearing THAT?" 
  • SAFER: "Gee, you look good in brown." 
  • SAFEST: "Wow! Look at you!

  • DANGEROUS: "What are you so worked up about?" 
  • SAFER: "Could we be overreacting?"
  • SAFEST: "Here's fifty pounds."

  • DANGEROUS: "Should you be eating that?" 
  • SAFER: "You know, there are a lot of apples left."
  • SAFEST: "Can I get you a glass of wine with that?" 

  • DANGEROUS: "What did you DO all day?" 
  • SAFER: "I hope you didn't overdo today."
  • SAFEST: "I've always loved you in that robe."

 SmileyRose  x

PMT & Feeling Ratty

Premenstual Tension is something many women tend to suffer from, usually just before they have their menstual cycle.  I suppose I've always been very fortunate not to have suffered too badly with this over the years. I know this because I have a fairly placid personality and when someone trys to rile me up I normally remain fairly calm under the circumstances.  Every woman tends to feel a bit down during her periods however some can get really ratty and irritable.

It is quite common for some men to blame this condition on PMT particularly if a man does something to wind her up on pupose during which she becomes a demon because he's caused her to behave in such a manner.

When I think someone else is becoming irritable I usually let them get on with it.  It doesn't really bother me because I'm a woman and I tend to understand that this is quite common in a number of females. It's a condition which cannot be helped and yes I do sympathise with women who go through bad PMT. 

I've had friends in the past who used to become really irritable during this time of the month and at times I've had to bite my lip and just let them get on with it. Once it passes they can be back to their normal chirpy selves again usually. :)

SmileyRose x

Thursday, March 03, 2011

School Grades

Folk should remember that it is not always the fault of the child if you find that the child's grades are dropping at school, particularly in certain subjects.  The history of how well a child has worked during the past few years always makes a difference.  If a child has been receiving good grades and very suddenly their grades drop considerably then it is not necessarily the fault of the child.  Sometimes it could be blamed on the level of teaching particularly if it is noticed that the child has changed year and changed their teacher also.  Serious thought should be made as to whether or not the teacher is a good quality teacher.

You cannot always blame the child for getting low grades, particularly if they have been a grade A or B student previously and then it is noticed that his/her grades have dropped very suddenly. It should send out warning alarms as to whether the teacher is competent of doing her/his job well.

SmileyRose x

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Weeding & Remembering

I began weeding my address books recently. I have mainly weeded those folk whom I've not been in contact with or those who have not been in contact with me for over the past 12 months or so. My address book is beginning to look a little thinner as it dwindles. I have absolutely no idea if some of those folk are alive or dead. Sometimes you feel better off for not knowing. As we all approach a certain age in our lives I have to accept that some of the older folk I've known in my time are quite probably not going to be around anymore.

Someone once told me the older you become your address book begins to dwindle as many of us begin to lose our friends/family/those that are near and dear to us. Our friendships start to get fewer. It is all very sad but it's also a fact.

It is still good to have a good weed from time to time and to look back on some of those names of folk you will always remember.

I came across an old photograph of Uncle Phillip the other day. He was a gentleman I shall always remember. He wasn't a real uncle however he was someone who took me under his wing once and I became very close to him. He was a retired journalist who went to live in Cyprus with his wife. They became good friends of the family. He spent hours with me. It was a friendship I'll never forget. When he gave me his photograph he asked me to remember him. I was a young 11yr old child at the time but it all seems like only yesterday.

I have many friends and family members who will always remain close to my heart and yes it is good to remember them all. :)

SmileyRose  x

"Build Me Up Buttercup"

I'm listening to "Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations :)

SmileyRose  x

March Birthdays

Happy Birthday to all of those family and friends who are celebrating their birthday in the month of March. I hope you all have a fabulous time. :) XX

Picture Source

Picture Source

SmileyRose  x

I'm Not Interested.......:)

I love to dress up nice and sexy sometimes particularly if I am going out for the evening on a date with a man. If you are a woman and you're going to dress up nice and sexy, making goo goo eyes at me is likely to cause me to ignore you. I'm not interested in sexy females...not in the slightest.  :)  If you are a friend and you happen to dress up in a sexy number then I hope you're doing it to attract the attention of someone else and not me. :)

SmileyRose   x

Hmmm What's For Dinner Today?

It's been a while since I ate a curry and as I am quite partial to eating a good curry from time to time it looks like it may be a good choice for dinner this evening. :)

SmileyRose x

Could It Be?

No it's not!

I thought I heard rain.

It's another dark and cloudy morning.  Here's hoping things brighten up again soon. :)

SmileyRose x