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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. :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Grand Prix At The Weekend

Did anyone else catch the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit, New Delhi at the weekend?

I managed to watch a little of it. Lewis Hamilton was reported as saying, "The track is fantastic and the surface has gripped up quite a lot"...hmm which fits in with what I have heard about the track being a first class circuit. :)

Michael Schumacher described the 5.137km course as "Very interesting with a challenging layout."

On the podium were:  First place, Sebastian Vettel who won and secured his 13th pole position, Jenson (Yippee) Button coming second and third was Fernando Alonzo. :)  Well done to all three. :)

SmileyRose x


By Robert Burns

Upon that night, when fairies light
On Cassilis Downans dance,
Or owre the lays, in splendid blaze,
On sprightly coursers prance;
Or for Colean the route is ta'en,
Beneath the moon's pale beams;
There, up the cove, to stray and rove,
Among the rocks and streams
To sport that night.

Among the bonny winding banks,
Where Doon rins, wimplin' clear,
Where Bruce ance ruled the martial ranks,
And shook his Carrick spear,
Some merry, friendly, country-folks,
Together did convene,
To burn their nits, and pou their stocks,
And haud their Halloween
Fu' blithe that night.

The lasses feat, and cleanly neat,
Mair braw than when they're fine;
Their faces blithe, fu' sweetly kythe,
Hearts leal, and warm, and kin';
The lads sae trig, wi' wooer-babs,
Weel knotted on their garten,
Some unco blate, and some wi' gabs,
Gar lasses' hearts gang startin'
Whiles fast at night.

Then, first and foremost, through the kail,
Their stocks maun a' be sought ance;
They steek their een, and graip and wale,
For muckle anes and straught anes.
Poor hav'rel Will fell aff the drift,
And wander'd through the bow-kail,
And pou't, for want o' better shift,
A runt was like a sow-tail,
Sae bow't that night.

Then, staught or crooked, yird or nane,
They roar and cry a' throu'ther;
The very wee things, todlin', rin,
Wi' stocks out owre their shouther;
And gif the custoc's sweet or sour.
Wi' joctelegs they taste them;
Syne cozily, aboon the door,
Wi cannie care, they've placed them
To lie that night.

The lasses staw frae 'mang them a'
To pou their stalks of corn:
But Rab slips out, and jinks about,
Behint the muckle thorn:
He grippet Nelly hard and fast;
Loud skirl'd a' the lasses;
But her tap-pickle maist was lost,
When kitlin' in the fause-house
Wi' him that night.

The auld guidwife's well-hoordit nits,
Are round and round divided,
And monie lads' and lasses' fates
Are there that night decided:
Some kindle coothie, side by side,
And burn thegither trimly;
Some start awa, wi' saucy pride,
And jump out-owre the chimlie
Fu' high that night.

Jean slips in twa wi' tentie ee;
Wha 'twas she wadna tell;
But this is Jock, and this is me,
She says in to hersel:
He bleezed owre her, and she owre him,
As they wad never mair part;
Till, fuff! he started up the lum,
And Jean had e'en a sair heart
To see't that night.

Poor Willie, wi' his bow-kail runt,
Was brunt wi' primsie Mallie;
And Mallie, nae doubt, took the drunt,
To be compared to Willie;
Mall's nit lap out wi' pridefu' fling,
And her ain fit it brunt it;
While Willie lap, and swore by jing
'Twas just the way he wanted
To be that night.

Nell had the fause-house in her min',
She pits hersel and Rob in;
In loving bleeze they sweetly join,
Till white in ase they're sobbin';
Nell's heart was dancin' at the view,
She whisper'd Rob to leuk for't:
Rob, stowlins, prie'd her bonny mou',
Fu' cozie in the neuk for't,
Unseen that night.

But Merran sat behint their backs,
Her thoughts on Andrew Bell;
She lea'es them gashin' at their cracks,
And slips out by hersel:
She through the yard the nearest taks,
And to the kiln goes then,
And darklins graipit for the bauks,
And in the blue-clue throws then,
Right fear't that night.

And aye she win't, and aye she swat,
I wat she made nae jaukin',
Till something held within the pat,
Guid Lord! but she was quakin'!
But whether 'was the deil himsel,
Or whether 'twas a bauk-en',
Or whether it was Andrew Bell,
She didna wait on talkin'
To spier that night.

Wee Jennie to her grannie says,
"Will ye go wi' me, grannie?
I'll eat the apple at the glass
I gat frae Uncle Johnnie:"
She fuff't her pipe wi' sic a lunt,
In wrath she was sae vap'rin',
She notice't na, an aizle brunt
Her braw new worset apron
Out through that night.

"Ye little skelpie-limmer's face!
I daur you try sic sportin',
As seek the foul thief ony place,
For him to spae your fortune.
Nae doubt but ye may get a sight!
Great cause ye hae to fear it;
For mony a ane has gotten a fright,
And lived and died deleeret
On sic a night.

"Ae hairst afore the Sherramoor, --
I mind't as weel's yestreen,
I was a gilpey then, I'm sure
I wasna past fifteen;
The simmer had been cauld and wat,
And stuff was unco green;
And aye a rantin' kirn we gat,
And just on Halloween
It fell that night.

"Our stibble-rig was Rab M'Graen,
A clever sturdy fallow:
His son gat Eppie Sim wi' wean,
That lived in Achmacalla:
He gat hemp-seed, I mind it weel,
And he made unco light o't;
But mony a day was by himsel,
He was sae sairly frighted
That very night."

Then up gat fechtin' Jamie Fleck,
And he swore by his conscience,
That he could saw hemp-seed a peck;
For it was a' but nonsense.
The auld guidman raught down the pock,
And out a hanfu' gied him;
Syne bade him slip frae 'mang the folk,
Some time when nae ane see'd him,
And try't that night.

He marches through amang the stacks,
Though he was something sturtin;
The graip he for a harrow taks.
And haurls it at his curpin;
And every now and then he says,
"Hemp-seed, I saw thee,
And her that is to be my lass,
Come after me, and draw thee
As fast this night."

He whistled up Lord Lennox' march
To keep his courage cheery;
Although his hair began to arch,
He was say fley'd and eerie:
Till presently he hears a squeak,
And then a grane and gruntle;
He by his shouther gae a keek,
And tumbled wi' a wintle
Out-owre that night.

He roar'd a horrid murder-shout,
In dreadfu' desperation!
And young and auld came runnin' out
To hear the sad narration;
He swore 'twas hilchin Jean M'Craw,
Or crouchie Merran Humphie,
Till, stop! she trotted through them
And wha was it but grumphie
Asteer that night!

Meg fain wad to the barn hae gaen,
To win three wechts o' naething;
But for to meet the deil her lane,
She pat but little faith in:
She gies the herd a pickle nits,
And two red-cheekit apples,
To watch, while for the barn she sets,
In hopes to see Tam Kipples
That very nicht.

She turns the key wi cannie thraw,
And owre the threshold ventures;
But first on Sawnie gies a ca'
Syne bauldly in she enters:
A ratton rattled up the wa',
And she cried, Lord, preserve her!
And ran through midden-hole and a',
And pray'd wi' zeal and fervour,
Fu' fast that night;

They hoy't out Will wi' sair advice;
They hecht him some fine braw ane;
It chanced the stack he faddom'd thrice
Was timmer-propt for thrawin';
He taks a swirlie, auld moss-oak,
For some black grousome carlin;
And loot a winze, and drew a stroke,
Till skin in blypes cam haurlin'
Aff's nieves that night.

A wanton widow Leezie was,
As canty as a kittlin;
But, och! that night amang the shaws,
She got a fearfu' settlin'!
She through the whins, and by the cairn,
And owre the hill gaed scrievin,
Whare three lairds' lands met at a burn
To dip her left sark-sleeve in,
Was bent that night.

Whyles owre a linn the burnie plays,
As through the glen it wimpl't;
Whyles round a rocky scaur it strays;
Whyles in a wiel it dimpl't;
Whyles glitter'd to the nightly rays,
Wi' bickering, dancing dazzle;
Whyles cookit underneath the braes,
Below the spreading hazel,
Unseen that night.

Among the brackens, on the brae,
Between her and the moon,
The deil, or else an outler quey,
Gat up and gae a croon:
Poor Leezie's heart maist lap the hool!
Near lav'rock-height she jumpit;
but mist a fit, and in the pool
Out-owre the lugs she plumpit,
Wi' a plunge that night.

In order, on the clean hearth-stane,
The luggies three are ranged,
And every time great care is ta'en',
To see them duly changed:
Auld Uncle John, wha wedlock joys
Sin' Mar's year did desire,
Because he gat the toom dish thrice,
He heaved them on the fire
In wrath that night.

Wi' merry sangs, and friendly cracks,
I wat they didna weary;
And unco tales, and funny jokes,
Their sports were cheap and cheery;
Till butter'd so'ns, wi' fragrant lunt,
Set a' their gabs a-steerin';
Syne, wi' a social glass o' strunt,
They parted aff careerin'
Fu' blythe that night.

SmileyRose x

What is your favorite Halloween costume?

A black vampire outfit....with fangs and all. ;)

"Ghost Busters"

I'm listening to "Ghost Busters" by Ray Parker Junior. :)

Happy Halloween :)

SmileyRose x

Tweet Photographs ;)

I recently went for a nice walk around Ferry Meadows and I came across a couple of folk feeding the birds.  I captured these photographs as the birds flew in from absolutely nowhere. They were quite obviously feeling very hungry...and there were plenty of tweets too. :)

SmileyRose x

Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Fun Weekend :)

I Had a great weekend and I met so many friendly folk too. I would like to share some of the photographs which I took at the 'Love Pet Show' East of England Showground on Saturday afternoon.

It was a good day and I also tasted a very delicious carrot cake. ;)

There was a short awareness discussion about how to spot a vicious dog. I was bitten a number of years ago and I still have the scar to prove it.  I scared me for a number of years. I thought this awarness discussion was brilliant. :)

Some of the different pets I spotted. :)

"Always On My Mind" by Pet Shop Boys :)

These two were they weren't real. :)

SmileyRose x

Hello Pumpkins

I hope you all had a very Happy Hallowen and you didn't get too spooked. ;)  I know the official Halloween date is tomorrow, however I know some of you were all celebrating last night as it was the weekend. :)

Ps If you scroll down the page you can see how my daughters both celebrated halloween a few years ago. Thank goodness they have grown out of the spooky stuff. ;) Click Here

Picture Source

SmileyRose x

Saturday, October 29, 2011

My Internet Is Going Really Slow Today....

.....therefore I am off to do something different. I can't be doing with this. :)

See you. :)

SmileyRose x

Jim Didn't Fix It For Me :(

Such sad news. DJ and former TV presenter Sir Jimmy Saville passed away aged 84.  He died just two days before his 85th birthday. I loved the programme 'Jim'll Fix It'....he will be sadly missed.  Jimmy never did get around to fixing it for me. :(

SmileyRose x

Trick or Treat???????

Treat! Treat! Treat! Please :)  Give me lots of treats anyday. ;)

This weekend is Halloween weekend. Will any of you be going trick or treating?  Ewww it will be the night of ghosties so behave everyone.:)

I'll be ok....I'll be getting a treat hopefully. ;)

SmileyRose x

Friday, October 28, 2011


"Single" by Natasha Bedingfied. 

I'm single...but still hoping to meet the man of my dreams. Perhaps one day. :)

This is for all of you other single ladies out there....feel free to sing along. ;)

SmileyRose x

"Saving All My Love For You"

I'm listening to "Saving All My Love For Hugh" by Whitney Hustoun. ;)

SmileyRose x


Do some of you remember when I told you all about the posters I used to keep on my bedroom wall when I was a mere slip of a girl?  Donny Osmond, David Cassidy, Michael Jackson, David Essex and The Bay City Rollers were all looking down on me as I snored my head off each night. ;)

Anyway...I think I may have reverted back to those teenager years.  You'll never guess what came in the post today? *huge grin* the way, this is going on the top of my bedroom dresser.  It is a black and white card photograph of Hugh Grant. It came all the way from the USA via the postal service today. Excitement!!!!

Hmm I feel a bit funny kissing the photograph before going to bed though.  I might have thought it a wonderful idea all of those years ago when I would kiss Donny Osmond's poster each evening, however these days I think I'd much rather kiss a real men. ;)

SmileyRose x

Thursday, October 27, 2011

"Don't Know Why"

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

SmileyRose x


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

SmileyRose x

I Don't Know How It Happened Facebook!

Facebook is working again and it has better privacy settings this time around.  :)

I've not been there for ages, mainly because I kept having problems with it and it seemed to be a big time waster. I was not terribly happy with the privacy settings either. Anyway  I noticed an old friend had added me on facebook yesterday as I received an email to tell me so. I wondered what on earth was going on as I've not been there for months. True enough it was working again but much better this time around!!  I like the new privacy settings much better.

PS  I'm still only adding friends who are personally known to me or folk I know to be legitimate, old and new friends... I'm still very fussy about who I add as a friend as I do not want to add strangers onto my site. There are some of my friends who still refuse to join. Hmm I wonder if I can persuade them to join....particularly as the new privacy settings on the site are much better?:)

If you are searching for me under the name Frances de Souza then I do not use that name anymore.  You'll find me under Frances Napper.  :) 


Remember Facebookers.....Its not about how many "friends" you have, its the REAL friends that count! - Real & true friends are hard to find! ;)

SmileyRose x

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

If you found out that the man you loved was having an affair with another woman what would you do? Would you keep him/take him back after the initial row?

A tough question for me to reply to....I had to think hard about it. :)

1. I have never been in a relationship with a man who was having an affair with someone else during the time we were in a committed relationship together. I am a relatively young woman still (I did not say youthful) and I still have my health. I try to still live life to a full whilst I am still able to do so.

2. I wouldn't want to take a lover back/keep him after an affair was established by me as no man/woman should be sleeping around with other folk when they are still sleeping with their partners...whilst they are within a committed relationship/relationship together. This is how sexual diseases are likely to be passed on. Besides, I don't know too many folk who enjoy being treated like a doormat. Once that sacred trust is broken then it can be very difficult to regain it.

3. If someone is no longer in a committed relationship and they no longer live with their partner then who they choose to sleep with is entirely up to each individual...having said this, I do not believe in open relationships either because again, this is how sexual diseases can be passed on.

4. It would also depend on how disrespecful someone was being during a committed relationship and in what manner they chose to have an affair. They say love can be blind sometimes. I believe this to be true in many cases.

5. Lastly, circumstances and how much love and respect you have for someone can make a huge difference when it comes to taking a loved one back after you've established they are having an affair. Sometimes it would take a very strong and loving person to accept their partners into their lives again after they have established they were having an affair. Only in some rare circumstances only can you love someone so deeply that you can overlook their infidelity. Sexual diseases are less likely to be passed on in these circumstances.

I truly believe that circumstances can make a huge difference sometimes.

SmileyRose x

Someone Recently Sent Me This Via Email :)

Awww so sweet. :)

A warm "hello" doesn't come from the lips, it comes from the heart; doesn't have to be told, it has to be shown; doesn't have to be given, it has to be sent. It doesn't take a reason to love someone, but it does to like someone. You don't love someone because you want to, you love someone because you are destined too. It's because you fall in Love with them, that you then try to find a reason, but you always come up with the answer, No reason!

SmileyRose x

Monday, October 24, 2011

"I Knew I Loved You Before I Met You"

by Savage Garden

SmileyRose x

Take That

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

SmileyRose x

Sunday, October 23, 2011


I am really loving the new song "Lightening" by The Wanted. It's their new song. Love it!:)

SmileyRose x

Saturday, October 22, 2011


I'm listening to "Jump" by Sister Sledge :)

SmileyRose x

My Recent Cinema Visit :)

I went to watch "We Need to Talk about Kevin" at The Odeon, Piccadilly during my visit to London today. The film was brilliant to say the fact one of the best thrillers I have watched in ages. :)

The film was a very good adaption of a best selling novel by Lionel Shriver. The actor who portrayed Kevin was extremely fact his character was just evil.  In my view the outstanding performance goes to Tilda Swinton who played his Mother. Wow! I've never seen this actress perform before, but I applaud her for her very brilliant acting skills. :)

Although the film was actually about a fictional school massacre, not a very nice subject I know and quite probably a film I would not have gone to watch ordinarily if the film had only revolved around the killer, however this was not the case because the novel was written from the perspective of the killer's mother instead, which is the reason I was keen to go and see the film in the first place.

It wasn't quite established by me exactly what Kevin's condition was but I wouldn't be too far away from the truth if I described him as an absolute monster of a child who seemed to hate everything and everybody. Now I can see how some Mothers are at the end of their tether sometimes.  Yes! Some Mothers do ave em. ;)

The novel touches on the 'nature versus nurture' ongoing debate which nobody has yet managed to establish what causes actual behavioural traits.:)

I won't go any further than here as this might turn out to be a total spoiler for anyone wanting to go and watch the film. :)

I really recommend you go and see the film particularly if you are a film buff.....or at least read the novel because it's brilliant. :)


I travelled via British Rail yesterday. It was a good train journey even though the service was running about 15 mins late on the way to London.  Well I wasn't in any hurry yesterday and I managed to chat to some really nice folk who were also making the same journey as me. :)

SmileyRose x

Friday, October 21, 2011

What's your favourite breakfast?

Either a full English breakfast or porridge.....I like my oats. ;)

SmileyRose x

Who was the last person you met and liked?

That's a really good question. I met a number of nice folk when I went to London today, however I met two really nice folk on the train. One on the way to London and one on my return journey home. It's not very often when you click with people straight away and I suppose I tend to feel at ease and relaxed in the company of nice folk who are very similar to me. It was refreshing to say the least and I even exchanged telephone number/email address with both of the people I met today. :)

SmileyRose x

First Record Ever

*Sniggers* I've just been listening to the breakfast programme and today’s topic is, what was the first record (single/45's) you ever bought? I'm going to make myself sound as old as the dinosaurs now, however my first ever single was 'Native New Yorker' by Odyssey. I have never been to New York before but I loved the song just the same. I still have the old fashioned black cases which I used to store all of my records/singles inside. I even have a little orange book which I recorded all of the records I ever bought in it mainly because I was quite proud of my little record collection. Most of those records were bought at the Stamford Music Shop. ;)

My first ever stereo player was a little Fidelity record player. I remember being a teenager playing my records up in my bedroom and singing and dancing along with some of my records. I'd sometimes use the back of my hair brush and pretend I was a pop star whilst dancing/wiggling in front of the mirror too. Sometimes I would drool over the Donny Osmond and the Bay City Roller posters stuck up on my bedroom wall as I danced away to the songs. :)

Ooo the things I can remember doing. ;)

SmileyRose x

Name something that would make you go all gooey?

That's easy! Something that would make me go all gooey is having Jason Orange look deeply into my eyes whilst Take That are singing "A Million Love Songs" ;)

SmileyRose x

'Am I Bovered?'

I have been a fan of Catherine Tate and her portrayal of Lauren Cooper for quite some time fact ever since both of my daughters, who are coincidentally named Catherine and Lauren, first showed me one of her comedy sketches. It was hilarious to say the least. ;)

Can you imagine yourself getting married to her?  What a nightmare that would probably be for some guy. ;)

SmileyRose x

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Orange Appeal

Thanks for the tip Mum. Apparently if you put orange peel in your garden it can help to keep the cats from pooping in your flower beds.

Hmm I must save the peels the next time I eat an orange.  ;)

SmileyRose x

Ooo What A Day!

I've been rushing around doing a million and one things today and I am exhausted to say the least.  Oh well! I managed to get most of those jobs done and now I'm just checking for any spelling mistakes I may have made earlier as I was in a bit of a rush this morning. ;) 

Hmm that 007 film should be renamed "From Rusher With Love".....*Sniggers* Well I thought it was funny. ;o)

SmileyRose x

"A Million Love Songs"

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

SmileyRose x

Take That

I'm listening to "Shine" by Take That :)

SmileyRose x

If You Don't Have Anything Nice To Say Then Don't Say It At All

Someone left me a message/comment on my blogger this morning. It was a derrogative comment about a Paki.  Can I just say that the word 'Paki' isn't always a very pleasant word to use when describing a Pakistani person although some Pakistanis don't actually mind.  I was brought up in England whereby some of the cruel folk, particularly when I was at school, all used this word when they were being particularly nasty about someone who came from Pakistan. The comments made were not always pleasant ones.

Can I also point out to the person who left me the comment that I have never been to Pakistan before as it has never been a destination for me to go away on a holiday to Pakistan. None of my family members have been on a holiday there either and we do not have any Pakistani relations, therefore it is a little out of the blue that someone should write such a comment to me in the first place.  Please don't!!!!

Can I also mention that I was brought up here in England. I have been living here for most of my life give or take a few years as we lived abroad for a few years because my Father was in the Royal Air Force.

None of my immediate family members (including my parents) speak any other language apart from the English language...and I probably have much better manners than the person who wrote that comment in the first place.

Ps No member of my family are adopted either..we are all blood related. :)

SmileyRose x

"Are You Ready For Love"

I'm listening to "Are You Ready For Love" by Elton John

SmileyRose x


I'm listening to "Patience" by Take That :)

SmileyRose x

"Saving A Life"

I'm listening to "Saving A Life" by Cliff Richard ft Freida Payne :)

SmileyRose x

What kind of male friends or boyfriends do you like to make? Are you fussy?

I must admit after the last man I dated I'm not really looking at dating in a hurry again. Friends suggest it would be a good idea to start dating again and to put the past behind me but sometimes when you feel really hurt by a previous relationship it's easier said than done. 

I am only interested in males when it comes to having a relationship/partner and I would hope that the man I meet one day is only interested in me and not males, unless of course they're friends only. :) I'm a mature person therefore I prefer to call them partners rather than boyfriends....that sounds so teenager [ish].;)

Well I definitely prefer male friends or a partner who is not rude or abrupt with me. They have to be kind, considerate and caring....gentlemanly springs to mind. I prefer the reliable type of man who is likely to be quite conservative, not loud and who does not drink lots. I don't mind sociable drinking only and I prefer non-smokers.

I don't mind men who are interested in a sport...I'm quite easy going when it comes to sport.

It's nice to meet guys who share the same interest as you however I know that's not always possible.

I prefer guys who are fairly well educated as it can make the conversation more interesting much of the time.

I like to be treated like a lady. I like a man who is spontaneous sometimes although I must admit I prefer to plan in advance much of the time. :)

I love the theatre, photography, listening to music, going to the cinema, reading and writing. I'm a bit of a home bud sometimes but I'm no different to anyone else as I like to go out from time to time too.

I prefer guys who I can communicate with, preferably who speak the English language as It's the only language I speak/understand....although I've always wanted to speak French if the truth be known. ;)

It is always good to start off as friends before getting into any kind of relationship therefore I much prefer a friendship with a guy to begin with.

I prefer a man who doesn't mess you around. Someone who can be open and honest with me. Someone who takes the time to make me feel special in his life would be a huge advantage.

I prefer a men who takes an interest in his home. I like to do the odd bit of gardening and DIY myself. I enjoy cooking but it helps if a man can cook as it's nice to share these duties. I like to entertain now and again...and Sunday dinner is a good way to entertain whenever I get the opportunity.

I have never been soley interested in men who are wealthy as I know this can be a criteria with lots of women. It wouldn't bother me if they were wealthy but they'd have to get used to the fact that I'm not an overly extravagant sort of person and I mostly like the simple things in life, in fact most of the men I've dated previously have all been comfortably off, but not wealthy. I prefer men who have a professional career. It would be nice to share the good times with someone again.

Right now I'm feeling quite apprehensive about starting anything new with anyone else but if it happens then that's fine. I'm not trying terribly hard to find a new man in my here's hoping he finds me first. ;)

SmileyRose x

"You Raise Me Up"

I'm listening to "You Raise Me Up" by Westlife (I love this song). :)  I am still feeling quite sad Westlife are splitting up though. :(

SmileyRose x

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Splitting Up

Sad news. Westlife have today announced they will be splitting up after their last tour next year. I know what I want for Christmas Santa...I would like a copy of Westlife's greatest hits album. They'll be sadly missed by me as I'm a huge fan. :(

"Fragile Heart"

"The Rose"

SmileyRose x

What kind of female friends do you make friends with best of all? What kind of woman are you more likely to make friends with if you met someone new?

Hmm a good question as I'm sure lots of women have their preference in the types of folk they like to make friends with.

I'm more inclined to befriend folk who are within my own age group, give or take a few years unless they are younger/older folk who are very nice and who fit all of the below catagories. :)

I am less likely to befriend folk who wear tons and tons of make-up, who are heavily made up and who have heavilly straw like bleached hair. I don't mind 'girly' folk (I'm one) but ewww I can't stand that look whereby some folk go over the top and plaster themselves with make up. A little make up is fine (or within reason).

I am less inclined to befriend women who swear like a trooper and who smoke or drink too much, who are really loud and who display lots of tattoos.

I'm more inclined to befriend those who are good at communicating in English without using a swear word in every other sentence. English is the only language I can speak/understand fully therefore I like to communicate with others who can also speak the same languange as me.

I am more likely to befriend women who dress up reasonably nice in either casual, pretty, feminine or smart looking clothes (I don't mind fashionable within reason) and who don't look like they're on the prowl for a casual fling. Sorry...I don't like that tacky look. I wore it on one occasion and I had streams of offers from guys who only wanted a one night stand.

I'm more inclined to wear bedroom attire in private with a partner but not to go out in. :)

So there you have it. Everyone is entitled to be themselves and to feel comfortable in their own skin, however you asked me what kind of females I am 'more' likely to befriend. ;)

SmileyRose x

Potty Training

I've just been looking at some cute Daily Mail photographs. What a great way to potty train your dog! Just use an old police helmet and train your dog to poop in it until your dog gets used to going outdoors on his own ;)

SmileyRose x


I'm listening to "Amazing" by Bruno Mars

SmileyRose x

I Can See Clearly Now

The window cleaner has just been and he's given my windows a nice sparkle. I'm happy now as the windows needed doing quite badly. :)

SmileyRose x

Social Events/Family Gatherings

When I was married my husband and I would always attend social events/functions/family gatherings together as a couple. We were a married couple therefore we attended each and every event together as a couple.

If there was a girls 'only' night out or even at boys 'only' night out then we attended separately without each other or if he was working then I would attend some events on my own/with the children. Much of the time he would try and take the time off so that we could both attend together. We were not joined at the hip so to speak because he was a shift worker however the majority of our time was spent together when neither of us was at work. :)

If there were work, study, health related or family committments which stopped either of us attending a social event together then that couldn't be helped sometimes either ie., I had a stay in hospital with my daughter once when she'd been admitted and had her tonsils removed. These were family committments which sometimes made it awkward to attend anything social on our calenders. :)

Family holidays were usually taken together however there were a couple of long weekends when my then husband was working the weekend shift and I'd spent time with the children by the coast. It helped to give me a break from being in the home much of the time as a full-time Mother. This was spent with other family female friends who also had partners who worked similar shifts. Sometimes when folk work in the same jobs together, particularly shift workers, the women often befriend each other and they spend time together with their families when their husbands are working. The children loved to play together too. It always helped that others understood how difficult it could be as a Mum, particularly when you have young families and your husband is working weekends. We never fell out about his work patterns because I knew what I was marrying into so to speak. It was accepted as part of our normal family life. It was always good to have a girly giggle without your partner sometimes anyway but as a busy Mother it also helped to keep your sanity. ;)

I'm amazed just how many folk tend to go out these days without their other halves purely because they don't want to be with their partners. :)

SmileyRose x

"If You're Not The One"

I'm listening to "If You're Not The One" by Daniel Bedingfield :)

SmileyRose x

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Photography At It's Best!

My sister introduced me to this gentlemans photography recently and I would have to admit Peter Lik's photographs are really exceptionally good.  They all have the Wow factor. Take a look for yourself. 'Angels Heart' and 'A Secret Place' are both of my favourites because the photographs have such vibrant colours and the pictures jump out at me, particularly the latter one. I feel as if I am actually there looking at that scene. It's simply stunning.  I'm a huge fan now. :)


SmileyRose x

A Few Photographer Funnies

1. The quickest way to make money at photography is to sell your camera.

2. Minolta makes the best bodies, Nikon makes the best lenses, Canon makes the best compromise.

3. Jimmy Olsen: "I didn't have my camera with me." Perry White: "A photographer eats with his camera, a photographer sleeps with his camera!" Lois Lane: "I'm glad I'm a writer."

4. Stranger: "That is beautiful child you have there."

Mother: "That's nothing. You should see his photograph."

5. Reasons to date a photographer

They work well in the dark
They’re used to funny smells
They make things develop
They work well on many settings
They know how to focus
They can make big things look small and small things look big
They work well from many different angles
They zoom in and out. And in and out and in and out and in and out...
They shoot in many different locations
They can find the beauty in anything

6. A photographer from a well know national magazine was assigned to cover the fires at Yellowstone National Park. The magazine wanted to show some of the heroic work of the fire fighters as they battled the blaze. When the photographer arrived, he realized that the smoke was so thick that it would seriously impede or make it impossible for him to photograph anything from ground level. He requested permission to rent a plane and take photos from the air. His request was approved and arrangements were made. He was told to report to a nearby airport where a plane would be waiting for him. He arrived at the airport and saw a plane warming up near the gate. He jumped in with his bag and shouted, "Let's go!'' The pilot swung the little plane into the wind, and within minutes they were in the air. The photographer said, "Fly over the park and make two or three low passes so I can take some pictures." "Why?" asked the pilot. "Because I am a photographer," he responded, "and photographers take photographs." The pilot was silent for a moment; finally he stammered, "You mean you're not the flight instructor?"

"My Camera Never Lies"

by Bucks Fizz

SmileyRose x

Have you a favourite Disney film?

I have so many as I'm a huge Disney fan. However I'd say 'Beauty and The Beast' is my favourite Disney film today. :)

I am also very fond of 'Aladdin' :)

SmileyRose x

I've been to Longleat House and zoo. Have you ever been? It was great if you haven't been yet.

I know Longleat House & Zoo very well actually. :) I grew up in Salisbury, Wiltshire and my Mother and Father used to take me there most weekends. We had some great family days there. I lived less than a few miles away from the House and also Stonehenge was just on the doorstep too. I loved the area and I have some very happy childhood memories of the place.

The primary school I used to attend in Salisbury was called Fisherton Anger Primary School. In fact I still have friends whom I am still in touch with who also attended the same school. They too lived in Salisbury during the same time as my family.  I had some great times there. I don't remember all of my teachers names but there was one very nice student teacher named Miss Strudwick. She was there for quite some time and I remember when I was admitted into hospital to have my tonsils removed she asked each member of my class to write me a special note/message. She put all of the messages in a huge bag and also enclosed with it a book we were reading in class at the time. I was rather sad at having to go into hospital as I didn't want to miss the rest of the story. It was a story about a Unicorn. Anyway I was exceptionally pleased to recieve the messages along with that book. :)

I also remember sketching Salisbury Cathedral with my class. It has one of the tallest spires and I remember it being a particularly lovely day.

A few years ago when I was still married, I visited Longleat House & Zoo and also Salisbury City with the family. We were staying at Bath at the time. I remember having a fabulous day and I also saw the Marquis of Bath. He wouldn't remember me but I remember he smiled as I walked by him. He seemed friendly. :)

SmileyRose x

Weather Going To Brighten Up

I hear the weather is going to brighten up over the next couple of days...hmmm it looked pretty sunny to me today.  How much brighter can it get at this time of year.  :)

SmileyRose x

"Living On A Prayer"

I'm listening to "Living On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi :)

SmileyRose x

Who would you like to play you in a movie?

Erm this is a tough question. Catherine Zeta Jones probably. She's a favourite actress. :)

SmileyRose x

Finally Letting Go

The past few days have been very tough for me.  I've finally plucked up enough courage to go through all of my belongings and all of the reminders of my marriage. I've finally boxed them all up and put them away out of sight or I have thrown some of the stuff away.  Most of it just cluttered the cupboards and drawers and the place just looked as if there was far too much clutter. I've finally let go. 

After the divorce occured in 2005 I just didn't have the heart to get rid of too much or even put them all out of sight because I wanted my daughters to feel at home still. More to the point I just couldn't face going through too many of the things because I found it all quite painful to do. Instead I threw myself into work and I just allowed the clutter to build up.

Now that the children are both almost considered as adults (the second is nearly there)... I think they'll understand that I have to learn to live my life without dwelling too much on the past. No matter what anyone says there will always be the fond memories. I have very few bad memories of my marriage therefore I was in no great rush to destroy/get rid of anything in a hurry as I know some are.

It's finally time for me to move on and the art of letting go isn't an easy task but sometimes you have to be strong.

SmileyRose x

"The Art Of Letting Go"

by Mikaila

SmileyRose x

A Sad Situation

I've just seen photographs of a very gaunt looking Demi Moore attending her recent film premiere. It's such a shame to see her like this as I remember being on Twitter for a short time (I am no longer) and I read some of Ashton's tweets.  They always seemed to be such a strong Hollywood couple who were very much in love. It amazes me how someone would throw all of that away for a cheap fling..on their wedding anniversary as well.  When a man can't resist temptation and he has it all, including a beautiful wife then one wonders what a woman needs to do in order to keep her man these days?  Demi has always come across as being a happy kind of person with a nice personality. What on earth possessed him to throw all of that away makes me wonder what is the point?!! Demi must spend loads of money to look the way she does and still her man wasn't pleased with all of her efforts.

Ms Moore has lost so much weight and she's looking very ill indeed.  I wonder if this makes Ashton feel happy now.  *Tuts*  I hope Demi Moore gets over her crisis and she continues to make more films.

SmileyRose x

Monday, October 17, 2011

Who is your favourite Sesame Street character?

Elmo. He's cute and cuddly. :)

Here's me with Elmo at the weekend. :)

Scroll further down to see more family photos. :)

SmileyRose x

What do you think of Simon Cowell dating a woman who is similar to his ex? Another brunette!

If the truth be known I've not thought about it much. :)

I have heard he's seeing someone who is very similar to the last woman he was dating however if he's only dating the person because she looks similar to his ex then he must be a very shallow person because not all brunettes have the same personality. It is the personality which makes someone attractive and not the colour of their hair. ;)

I would like to think he was dating this woman because he enjoys her company. It is probably early days to make any assumptions as to how close his relationship is with this new woman, however if he's happy with her and she makes him happy too, then I wish them both the best of luck. :)

SmileyRose x

Are most of your friends brunette?

Apart from family members, no they are not actually. :) They're all grey or going grey if the truth be known. ;)

SmileyRose x


A recent study suggests that women who feel under pressure at home, at the work place or in their love life in the weeks/months before becoming pregnant then there are likely to be higher than usual odds of giving birth to a daughter rather than a son.

That's odd. I was happy at home, I felt ok in the work place (it was a job) and my love life seemed to be going well in the weeks and months prior to me becoming pregnant. If I wasn't happy then I don't think it would have been the right time for us to try for a family.

SmileyRose x

The Stars

Nasa's Chandra X-ray Observatory have made new discoveries. They have new images of around 14,000 stars which make up the Carina Nebula. Scientists have reported that this is in an area which is around 7,500 light years away from Earth. Scientists also believe that the larger stars in the area have been destroyed in supernova explosions.

All of the new technologies they have these days to be able us explore space, isn't it all so interesting? It is always worth the money and time spent to enable scientists to explore and detect new discoveries such as the above. I find it all very fascinating. Well done Scientists and please keep up the good work. :)

"Fall From The Stars" by Simply Red

SmileyRose x

Home Prices - The Divide Increases Between South and North

It was recently reported that despite the economic gloom, experts say that asking prices across London, the South-East, South-West and East Anglia rose by 4.7 per cent last month suggesting this is the first time the North/South gap has widened to this extent.

Typical property in the South costs £336,743
Typical property in the North costs £164,347

The £172,396 gap is the largest recorded in the nine-year history re Right Moves pricing index.

This is good news for all of those who own homes in the Southern part of England.

SmileyRose x


by Michael Buble

SmileyRose x

"Ev'rybody Has A Laughing Place"

SmileyRose x

Where are you ticklish?

In the most unlikely places. I won't say just in case someone is reading and they get to find out my ticklish spots. :)

SmileyRose x

What kind of charities are important to you?

There are a number of charities which I find worthwhile and well worth supporting.

I support those charities which help children such as the NSPCC, Child Line, Children In Need...anything like that. I think there are some very worthwhile charities and it's good to support the many different charities as well as those which involve children.

SmileyRose x

Sports News - Tragedy At Las Vegas Indy Car Race

British Indy Car champion 33 yr old Dan Wheldon has been killed after his vehicle burst into flames following a high-speed 15-car pile-up in the Las Vegas Indy car race.  Dan Wheldon died as a result of multiple injuries. He leaves behind a wife and young family. Very sad news indeed.  

SmileyRose x

A Family Get Together

This morning began with my daughter and me attending St Georges Church, Stamford...the same one my folk in Stamford usually attend. I have visited the church several times over the past few years. As usual we were welcomed to the church by the Pastor Simon.

Today's service concentrated mostly on the launch of CAP (it stands for Christians against Poverty. Today's speaker who gave a talk about CAP recalled some stories of poverty stricken families living here in England. Some who barely have enough money to feed their children.

I must admit that I always feel genuinely appreciative of such organizations who help folk who suffer stress and who are feeling depressed because they have little money to survive their days. Living in poverty is probably one of the most stressful situations anyone can find themselves in, however I am more inclined to feel sorry for those folk who haven't landed themselves into a poverty situation by gambling, drinking or taking drugs etc. The genuine cases are likely to tug away at my heart ie., those children who are terrified because they're told not to open the door to strangers/or told not to answer the telephone because their parents live in fear of debt collectors. The children are living on unhealthy foods because their parents are not able to feed them properly....nobody should have to suffer such an ordeal.

I have been through many traumas within my own life and one of the things I managed to refrain from doing was turning to alcohol to get over my troubles. I've always managed to keep myself above water when times became really bad and I desperately wanted to survive without dragging myself down any further. I know it's hard to do and sometimes folk are more likely to give up and perhaps turn to drink to get over their sorrows, but the problems are less likely to go away in these circumstances. When faced with such situations it is ok to seek help from others i.e. organizations such as CAP. Talk to someone to help ease the burden but turning to alcohol etc is not the solution. If anything you're likely to get yourself into worse debt which isn't a good idea.

I am more inclined to feel more sorry for those genuine cases whereby hard working families find themselves in debt. Not because they've overspent on lots of family holidays etc or they've decided to buy a new car which they cannot really afford, or they have paid to have a new kitchen fitted when they can't really afford it. Those are not genuine circumstances of folk living in poverty....but more a case of folk not living within their means.

Those folk who live within their means, they are not extravagant, they try to do the best for their families, they do not take expensive holidays when they can't afford to, they do not drink down at the pub almost every night of the week....but they/their families find themselves living in poverty. These are the folk I am more inclined to feel sorry for. Families are always important and nobody should turn their backs on those families who are suffering through no fault of their own.

After church we met up with some more of my family members and we had Sunday lunch together at the Millstone, Rhyall. Sunday dinner was exceptionally good and it was great to catch up together.  Unfortunately the entire family couldn't join us but it was fun to meet up with the members who could be attend. ;)

Aww I love my nieces to pieces ;)  They look so much like Catherine and Lauren at the same age.:)

I missed Catherine not attending, however she's busy at Uni.  There was just Lauren and I who could attend on this occasion but Catherine was still in my thoughts.  *Kisses*XX

It's been a tiring day...but most enjoyable too. ;)

SmileyRose x

Saturday, October 15, 2011

"Two Beds & A Coffee Machine"

This is a very sad song by Savage Garden. I'm a huge fan of their songs.

There are a lot of genuine cases whereby woman have undergone bad treatment by their partners and they have nobody else to turn to sometimes because they don't have family members to get them through the bad times. Some folk really have it tough sometimes. During my trip to the USA I met a lady who sat at the same lunch table as me. She was sobbing. She told me her story and I left the cafe feeling very sad for her. She had spent three weeks living in and out of  motel room trying to escape her husband. He'd hurt her and she had nobody else to turn to. She saw me sitting alone and she sat with me for a while.  As I was saying, this is a really sad song.

With love

SmileyRose xxx


I managed to get the gardening done this afternoon and it's all looking nice and tidy again. What a very pleasant afternoon it was too.  The sun was shining and it was rather relaxing being out there. :) Hmm I wonder if this will be the last mow of the year? I'm hoping so.  I also managed to pick another lot of tomatoes from my tomatoe box.

Now it's time for me to chill out.

SmileyRose x

Edwardian Styles - Very Elegant

I have just been looking at some new fashion photographs and I am loving the new Edwardian styled fashions.  The fashion looks very elegant indeed.  The dresses, skirts and tops etc are just stunning. It's nice to know that the cheap ladette styles/wearing too little is on the way out now and it is considered as old fashioned. :)

Remember! You heard it here first. ;)

SmileyRose x

"Another Brick In The Wall"

by Pink Floyd :)

SmileyRose x

School Children

Hmm in my day school uniforms had to be worn. School skirts had to reach just above the top of your knees when you knelt down or well below the knees when you stood up, anything shorter than this was not acceptable. Blouses were buttoned up to the neckline. We all had to wear school ties preferably worn with a blazer or cardigan. Trousers were aloud to be worn during the winter time and summer checked dresses were aloud to be worn during the summer time. Long hair was neatly tied back or a head band was worn to keep hair off the face. Lots of jewellery was not aloud to be worn in the school premises unless we wore a small ring, studs in our ears or we wore a watch. Children were not aloud to dye their hair in brightly over the top colours i.e. pink, orange or green was not acceptable. Weird over the top hair styles were not acceptable. Sensible shoes were worn too. The teachers were always very particular in how we should dress for school and if any of us dared to come into school without wearing our school uniform as I've already explained then the teachers would give them detention.

I know some schools still live by these rules; however I have seen a few children who seem to abuse school rules by wearing shorter than average school skirts. You're not there to display your fashion tastes, you're there to be educated.

Hmm what's the use of having a school uniform if some of the school children can't stick to the rules? Admittedly, those who do abide by the rules do look particularly smart. Well done to them. >:)

PS If you were a boy then I wouldn't have thought you wore your skirts too short therefore not all of the above really applies to you...but you were expected to wear a uniform with a school tie and your hair was expected to be a reasonable length in a neat and tidy style. :o)

SmileyRose x

"How Do I Live"

I'm listening to " How Do I Live" by Leann Rimes

SmileyRose x


One of my favourite bands :)

"Angel" by The Corrs

SmileyRose x

Do you love me?

LOL I find this a most peculiar question because I'm unsure who you are. :)

SmileyRose x

Ps If you're either of my two daughters then of course I love you. :)

Someone asked me how they get to ask you questions> I hope you don't mind but I told them they have to join www.formspring like I have. I hope you don't mind SmileyRose?

That's ok. :)

All of my replies are automatically linked to my blog site. :)

SmileyRose x

This girl told everyone i was her friend yet I hardly know her! Do you know folk who tell everyone they're your friend yet you aren't sure who they are? Why do they do that?

I suppose it could be a bit puzzling when folk pretend they know you and they quite clearly don't know you at all. It could seem a bit strange I'm sure.  I'm unsure why some folk do this. Maybe they think they may get something out of it by pretending to know you, i'm unsure. You ought to know if they're your friend/s or not.

If they can be more specific on how they know you/where they met you and how your friendship progressed. They can recall all of the fun things you did together etc..even if you've lost touch with them they ought to remember how you became friends. If they can't then they're not really friends are they?

If you've just talked to someone for a few hours it doesn't immediately mean that they have become your friend. Sometimes you can see someone regularly and they'd still only be an associate. Quite often friends are usually those folk whom you have socialized with on a regular basis/those folk whom you've known for over 5/6 years and they know you well even when you're not in regular contact with them they're likely to still be your friend that's provided you've not fallen out with them, then unfortunately you're less likely to be their friend.

Other than that I have no idea why some folk would want to pretend to be your friend.

SmileyRose x

I only consider those people who go on facebook as my friends. Why can't you join facebook then you can be a friend?

I think once you join sites such as facebook some folk tend not to keep in touch with you in person. You get in the habbit of only making silly posts from time to time. It's not like the olden days when we used to write letters to our friends....which I much preferred to do. I'm more in favour of communicating in person with those who live near by me or communicating via letter to those who do not live close by.

I grew up in an era whereby I had a few special friends whom I'd write to on a regular basis. We'd keep in touch about once every 6 months or so just to let each other know how we were doing. The postal service was a great form of communication. It was a way of keeping in touch on a personal and friendly basis. It showed the person whom you were contacting that they were thought off and you had spent the time to write them a letter and buying a stamp to send the letter to them. :)

I find texting a good form of communication if you are letting someone know something urgently ie., you're stuck in traffic or you'll be late attending some place etc.

I find emailing ok if you have something important to tell another person at work for instance.

I am more in favour with Skype but only if the person you like to be in touch with can't spend the time to send you a letter or if it's to talk to someone you feel close to over the internet as a way of keeping in touch on a regular basis. Sometimes it helps to see your loved ones if they are far away...or just to see who you are communicating with. :)

Facebook isn't for me which is the reason I don't have a facebook account. I tried it for a few months but I did not enjoy it very much. I didn't like the fact that folk who you've never heard off wanted to add you as a friend.

I didn't like the fact that some friends didn't make their sites private enough and that you could see everyone's details, even the folk you didn't know you could see their scantilly clad photos (friends of friends).  I don't mind looking at decent photographs. :) 

I don't like the fact that anyone can join facebook with a fake account and they can try and add themselves as friends onto other folks accounts. So many folk are really trusting when they shouldn't be.

I didn't like the fact that some b/f's would add loads of differnet women as friends and none would be known to him...unless of course he made a point of getting to know them.  It looked more like a dating site to me.

I don't mind blogging a few messages sometimes. I don't keep in touch with anyone in particular via my blogs and it is mostly a fun way to post fun topics.

I have a motto "If you have made someone in this world smile, then your life has been worthwhile." I know lots of lonely folk out there who sometimes enjoy reading blogs.  Some of my friends and family know about my blog site so they have read some of my posts too. I like to amuse folk sometimes. :)

I don't write highly personal stuff on my blog site. It's just a fun way of writing short messages.

So it's a catch 22. If you don't wish to include me as a friend because I don't go on facebook then I could say the same to you if you don't wish to communicate with me outside of facebook.


SmileyRose x

Are you more like mom or dad? Why?

I find this a very odd question. I am indeed a Mother (MUM) ...or how you say it in the USA, I'm a Mom. I've certainly never been the opposite sex before and I was born a female. I am still a female for that matter. I am soft and I feel quite vulnerable like a female sometimes. I cry more than a man does, I like to watch chick flicks with my daughters sometimes therefore I have my girly moments which I can't always help. I suppose it's the way I'm made up. I'm happy being a female and I don't particularly want to be a dad (man). I hope this answers your question. :)

SmileyRose x

Mr Sheen

I have my Mr Sheen polish so I'm off to make the furniture sparkle again. :)

Ewww I feel like Cinderella sometimes. ;)

SmileyRose x

Get Well Soon Wishes

I'd like to pass on my good wishes to a member of my family who is currently feeling like a bear with a sore head. I hear he's in a lot of pain.

I've not seen him on the last two family get togethers as I know he's been working really hard therefore he couldn't attend. Just to say that once you are a member of this family you are still thought off even though you're not physically present. ;)

Get well soon (Kuruj sie!) XXX

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SmileyRose x

Friday, October 14, 2011

'Sister Act'

I'm a fan of Whoopi Goldberg...I loved the 'Sister Act' films. ;)

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"

High Fives. ;)

SmileyRose x

A Nun Story

As it's the weekend I thought I'd start the weekend off with a little funny. :)

Two Scottish nuns have just arrived in the USA by boat and one says to the other, ” I hear that the occupants of this country actually eat dogs.”

“Odd,” her companion replies, ” But if we shall live in America, we might as well do as the Americans do.”

Nodding emphatically, the mother superior points to a hot dog vendor and they both walk towards it.

“Two dogs, please.” Says the mother superior. The vendor is only too pleased to oblige and he wraps both hot dogs in foil. Excited, the nuns hurry over to a bench and begin to unwrap their ‘dogs’.

The mother superior is first to open hers, then, staring at it for a moment, leans over to the other nun and whispers cautiously, “What part of the dog did you get?”

SmileyRose x

It's Always Nice To Have A Giggle And To Catch Up With Folk

It was good to catch up with an old friend recently. We decided to go halves and order a take away Chinese meal together which seemed to go down well with a glass of wine. I resisted food for most of the day as I knew I'd be eating something yummy later in that evening. LOL I couldn't wait to tuck in.

It's always nice to know that there are still some of your married friends who can still keep in touch and make the time for you still. ;)

What a great start to the weekend. :)

SmileyRose x

It's Been A Long Week...

...but the weekend is almost here. :)

The Theme music to "Happy Days" :)

SmileyRose x

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Brain Teasers

Q. The day before yesterday, Chris was 7 years old. Next year, she'll turn 10. How is this possible?

A. Today is January 1st. Yesterday, December 31, was Chris's 8th brithday. On December 30th she was still  seven. This year she will turn 9 and next years she will turn ten.


Q. Two women and two doctors walk into an ice cream parlor. They each order an ice cream cone. When their ice creams come, there is only 1 strawberry,1 chocolate and 1 vanilla.  How come they didn't complain?

A. One of the woman was a doctor


Q. Which word, if pronounced right, is wrong, but if pronounced wrong is right?

A. Wrong :)


SmileyRose x

If someone gave you a cheque for a wicked amount of money what would you do?

Probably faint! Wake up and then faint again. It would depend on how wicked the sum of money was I suppose. :)

SmileyRose x

If you could give a message to an ex, what would it be?

Your loss! ;)

SmileyRose x

You can invite anyone to your party. Who's on the guest list?

All of the nice folk who know me. :)


I'm listening to "Angels" by Robbie Williams :)

SmileyRose x

Hmm I Wonder What The Weather Is Going To Be Like At The Weekend? :)

I wonder if it's going to rain? :)

Awww I love disco music. ;)

"Singing In The Rain" by Sheila B Devotion

SmileyRose x

Some Helpful Advice :)

Don't Marry A Man Who Can Wiggle His Toe

I know what you're all're thinking I'm off my rocker!  Well have I got news for you. :)

Apparently foot reading has been practised in India and China for more than 5,000 years.  It is said that your feet act as a mirror to the rest of your body. 

You know what they say about men with big feet?....large shoes. ;)

Here is a rough foot guide copied from todays DM newspaper. Hmm I hope you find some revelations about your man which you didn't already know about him. ;)

Remember ladies....the next time you go out on a date ask to look at his toes. If he questions this then beware he may have something to hide. ;)
BIG TOE - If your big toe is much longer than your other toes, you are a clever, creative thinker. You come up with ingenious solutions to problems and fizz with ideas. You’re never stumped for an answer, and can see things from different angles. On the downside, you may have problems focusing and sometimes don’t see projects through.

If your big toe is comparatively small, this indicates that you are a superb multi-tasker. You delegate effectively and are efficient. You use your charm to persuade people to go along with your ideas.

SECOND TOE - The longer your second toe, the more leadership qualities you have. You are dynamic and resourceful, but your desire to get things done, ‘my way or no way’, can tip over into bossiness.  Indian folklore has it that eagle-eyed mothers stopped their sons marrying girls with long second toes because it meant they were far too bossy!

A smaller second toe doesn’t mean you’re a pushover, though. It simply indicates you are happy to bide your time. You value harmony and won’t try to bulldoze your way through situations.

THIRD TOE - The Chinese associate energy, drive and willpower with the third toe. If it is comparatively long, it means you are incredibly energetic and resourceful, especially at work.

The longer this toe is, the more you are driven to succeed in your career.

You’re a perfectionist and can achieve huge amounts with your determination and energy. The drawback is a tendency to let work take over and to forget about fun, love and family.

If the toe is short, you enjoy the pleasures in life. You love relaxing and don’t get worked up about anything. Others may accuse you of being lazy, but you would argue that life is short, so enjoy it.

Enlarge FOURTH TOE - A long, straight fourth toe indicates family is crucially important to your life. Unhappiness in your relationships with loved ones will show up in a curling of this toe.

You are a superb listener and nurturer, but will be deeply affected by unhappiness within the family. You find it hard to cut yourself off from other people’s problems.

The Chinese would say that you’re a gentle soul, easily wounded. Your health might be affected by any disturbances in the home. If your toes are clawed you need to try to let go, relax and don’t take on all the burdens of others.

A short fourth toe means that family and relationships are less crucial to you — your focus is elsewhere.

LITTLE TOE - Childlike impishness is a characteristic of those with small little toes. You’ll shy away from responsibility, be easily bored and constantly looking for amusing diversions. You are great fun to be with, sociable and witty, but your Peter Pan tendencies can land you in trouble — we all have to grow up sometime.

And if you can wiggle your little toe separately from your fourth toe, you are an impulsive, adventurous, charming flirt. If you can’t, you value routine, predictability and loyalty. Go for a man who can wiggle his little toe if you want a mad, fun, frenetic wild night out — but as for marriage, pick a chap who can’t wiggle to save his life.

TOES THAT NEATLY GRADUATE IN SIZE - If each toe is a little longer than the one before, creating a neat line, this indicates a methodical, precise and extremely practical person. You’re interested in detail and ensure that you always finish what you start. You’re a dream employee, and a good friend — loyal and steadfast to a fault. Watch out for a tendency to nitpick, though — not everyone is as balanced as you.

WIDE FEET - You’ve got solid worker feet. You’re always on the go and can’t sit still for a minute. The Chinese would say your feet are planted firmly on the ground.

You’re happiest when you’re busy, but should try to make time for reflection, and a little peace and calm in your life. Let yourself stop and think. There’s a difference between idle day-dreaming and gentle reflection.

LONG NARROW FEET - You like nothing better than to be pampered. You find it incredibly easy to delegate — why bother with all the hard work if you can get someone else to do it for you? You’ve got a strong aesthetic sense and need beauty in your surroundings.

Your home will be gorgeous whatever your income. The Chinese would say you have Princess feet that barely touch the ground. You were born to be waited on, but spare a thought for the rest of us!

ARCHES - High arches are found on people who are very independent and self-sufficient. You need plenty of time on your own and might even be accused of being anti-social.

You have an indomitable spirit, but remember, it isn’t a weakness to ask for help. In Chinese philosophy, those with very high arches are in danger of being brittle and rigid.

If your arches are low or average, you value the company of others, are sociable and fairly extrovert

SmileyRose x

"Haven't Met You Yet"

I'm listening to "Haven't Met You Yet" by Michael Buble :)

SmileyRose x

We All Come In Different Shapes And Sizes.....So What?!!!!!

When you look around you and you see folk, just ordinary folk walking by you sometimes why don't you stop to look at the different shapes and sizes woman come in.

I once sat on a park bench and I people watched for about an hour. I saw many folk walk by many were walking hand in hand with their partners. Some ladies were tall, some were short, some were large and rounded, and some were thin. Women come in all different shapes and sizes therefore why do some magazines insist upon showing off tall and skinny models only?

Many folk such as me all have children of our own. Many of us have daughters. I don't want my daughters flicking through the teen magazines thinking they must look a boney in order to get on in the world. I don't want them to have any bad feelings about their body image. They're young and they have enough to contend with whilst they are studying. They mustn't think they look anything less than beautiful to me.

I love both of my daughters very much therefore I wouldn't want to see any harm come to either of them therefore I'll say this once again, please stop with the skinny model thing. I don't think anyone really thinks someone is beautiful just because they're tall and skinny. Beauty comes from within and when a man falls in love with a woman he falls in love with her because she's special to him and him alone. He'll be looking at all of her attributes and he'll be weighing up what he really loves about the woman he falls for. It could be that she is tall and skinny, but one would hope he'd fall in love with her because of all of the right reasons.

Being a tall and skinny model doesn't make someone special just because they are tall and skinny. When we look at models we want to imagine our own figures wearing those clothes/fashions and not someone else who is tall and bony looking wearing them.

Remember... if you're a lovely human being on the inside then it can make you a very special person indeed.:)

SmileyRose x

Drats! I Missed Out Again!

Tesco's Extra stores were selling Terry's Chocolate Oranges for just 29p today. Apparently the products which are advertised by comedienne Dawn French usually sell for £2.75. That's about 10% cheaper than the original price. Apparently a glitch in the system enabled folk to buy the chocolates at a cheaper price and they sold like hotcakes.

Aww It looks like I missed out on a good bargain again. :(

"So You Win Again" by Hot Chocolate :)

SmileyRose x

What do you think????????

.......about fake tans?  Do you spend time underneath the sunbed?

I wouldn't spend my money on having a fake tan because I am naturally brown skinned anyway. It's entirely up to those folk who like to use it but it's not for me. I once tried it and I remember going to bed and finding my white pillows had turned a browny colour even after I thought I'd removed it all. It's not really my cup of tea but each to their own. As for sunbeds, I mentioned previously that I was already naturally browned skinned anyway. :)

I once remember walking down the road in the middle of November and someone I'd not seen for a long time stopped me to ask where I'd been for my holiday because I was looking really healthy and my tan looked good. LOL I remember looking at them a bit strangely and mentioning that I had a long weekend at Sunny Hunny (Hunstanton) not all that long ago....and then they looked at me strangely too. :)

SmileyRose x