Monday, June 30, 2014

This Weekend Was Armed Forces Day - 28th June

This weekend was Armed Forces Day - 28th June - I was thinking of all of those people who have served past and present in the armed forces....and to those who are no longer with us. XXX

I am very proud of our British Armed Forces therefore I am sending my love to all of you lovely ladies and gentlemen out there. As many of you know, my Father is a retired serving member of the Royal Air Force and I have some particularly fond memories being the daughter of ex RAF personnel. Yes I was a Scale-E.

SmileyRoseFrances x

You Have To Be Really Careful Who You Let Into Your Life These Days!!!


I've just watched a very poignant video of a young single parent mother with a young baby. It shows how you should be extremely careful who you let into your life. :(

She tells her story and how she let a new man into her life. She started a relationship with him. One day her whole life changed forever when she was invited out for the evening. Her new boyfriend offered to babysit. Whilst she was out she received a call to say her baby had stopped breathing! She immediately went home and called the emergency services. Very soon afterwards the guy she was in a relationship with was arrested. The baby had a bleed on his brain and was on a life support machine. Eventually, after the life support machine was switched off, the baby only lived for a few hours before he died. Apparently, the new boyfriend had shaken and hit the baby causing him to have severe brain damage. :(

It just goes to show, if you are a single parent, you have to be really careful who you let into your life, or your home!!!!



SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Family Break-Ups And Coming To Terms With New Arrangements!

This evening I watched a very sentimental film called "Step Mom." It starred Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon. The film told the story of a happy family. The parents go through a marriage break-up. Basically, Dad has an affair with a much younger woman and the happy family are no longer. The affair breaks up and eventually Dad meets another younger woman who he moves into his home. The children find it hard to come to terms with the arrangements as they were hoping their Mother and Father would get back together again. However Dad decides to get re-married to his new lover, the proposal was very sweet, I must admit.

The new step mom doesn't try to interfere with the relationship the children already have with their Mother. She is seen like a big sister to the children instead. They all have their problems adjusting to their new life/arrangements, but eventually they come to terms with it.

The Mother finds out she has terminal cancer and she wants to share some special moments with her children before she dies. The two women become friends and they both discuss their fears about the future. How does one tell your children you are dying? It was a very sentimental film, well acted by Susan Sanandon who plays the Mother and Julia Robertson who plays the part of the other woman.

I must admit that in the film scenario it shows how 'The other woman' can become part of the family, particularly if she wasn't actually the one who causes the marriage break-up!

I think my ex-husband and I both realized how difficult it might become if either of us fell into another relationship straight after our divorce. Instead, although we were both living in two separate homes, we both doted on our children and we both spent as much time with them as possible without the added problems of a new step parent. Now that both of our children are older and they've both left school, it does not really matter how we get on with our lives anymore because the children have their own lives to take care off. I can imagine that it must cause an awful lot of jealousy and upset etc once the parents start another relationship with someone else, particularly when the children are much younger. I suppose every Mother's fear is some other woman coming along trying to be a Mother to "Her" children! I think once the children have left school then having a step parent is unlikely to interfere with their family life or their school studies etc

Personally speaking, I wouldn't move another partner into my home especially whilst the children are still of school age/living at home. I know many do, however it is not for me because I know what heartache it can cause, particularly as I know of so many marriage break-ups.

I believe in making special memories for your children, no matter what, no matter who the cause of the break-up is, because you never know when it might be their last memory! 


Remember, the children should always come first!

SmileyRoseFrances x


Ain't No Mountain High Enough By Diana Ross & The Supremes

SmileyRoseFrances x


This is one of my favourite songs, particularly when I couldn't spend time with my children after we divorced! Nothing really kept us apart for lengthy periods because as parents we knew it was important for our children to spend time with both their Mum and Dad!  As they couldn't be in two places at one time, it was always sad when I wasn't with them, particularly as I had been a full-time Mother prior to divorce.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Teaching your Child To Read And Write!

 It's been very relaxing and I've enjoyed reading this evening. :)

Teaching your child to Read and Write!

Teaching your child to read and write does not have to become a chore...quite the contrary really. ;)
As a young girl I have fond memories of my Mother and Father reading to me.  One of the earliest phrases I ever learned to read and write was "The Cat Sat On The Mat" :)

I was one of the youngest children in my school year because my birthday fell in July. I was 4yrs old when I started school. I could read and write before I started school.

I remember my Mother sitting with me when I brought my school reading books home. My first reading books were a series of 'Janet and John' books.  I loved reading the books. :)

My primary school teacher, Mrs Cuthbertson was always very impressed by my reading and writing.  My school reports were always very complimentary when the teachers commented on how much progress I had made in class. :)

When my own children were very young their father and I would sit with them on a daily basis and we read to them. They both loved books from a very early age.

When they were toddlers I remember buying some picture word-cards and we made learning to read and write, a game.  When a child is very young, learning should be relaxed and fun.

My eldest daughter Catherine would run to me as a child and she'd say "Mummy read" because she loved me reading to her.  They both had a bed time story read to them every night before they went to sleep.  When they visited their grand-parents they continued having their favourite stories read to them.  If ever we went out shopping they'd quite often take me into a book shop and they'd sit and read in the children's reading corner.  We'd often leave the shop buying a book or two.  We would visit the local library on a regular basis. The encouragement to read and write was not just set by us as parents but also by their extended family members who also loved/enjoyed reading to them.

It did not surprise me when my daughter Catherine excelled at school with her reading and writing and when she expressed her wishes to go to University to study at a higher level, I was overjoyed.

Reading and writing does not need to become a chore. If you make reading and writing fun for your child, they will indeed enjoy learning.  You can never have enough of reading because someone, somewhere will always be writing another good novel and someone, somewhere will always be reading a novel.

Happy reading. ;)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I can't smile without You with Lyrics

SmileyRoseFrances x

Remembering all of those folk who made me smile over the years. Sadly some of them are no longer with us anymore but they'll always be remembered. xxx

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

LOVE and (((((HUGS)))))

You know that feeling when you are little, you're hurting and all you really want is for someone to put their arms around you, give you a huge hug and tell you it's all going to be alright?

I wish I could put my arms around some folk and just tell them exactly that!!! I wish I could tell someone who is suffering from cancer or whatever other terminal illnesses there are, that it's all going to be alright!

I'm feeling very upset here. I'm watching "My Last Summer" on Channel 4. It's all about five terminally ill people who talk frankly about their experiences and how they are preparing for death! It's upsetting me so much. They're all such nice people and they talk about their worries and dying with dignity. 

It's upsetting because not only are you feeling upset for those folk who have the terminal illnesses, but you also want to hug those folk who they're leaving behind, their families. 

The programme is very moving and I can't hold back the tears. I've been following the series.

Another Of My Father's Postings - Aww I Have Nice Memories. :)

I was chatting to a work colleague today. I was reminded of Malaysia and how much I love Malaysian food. :) 

When I was young my Father was posted with the Royal Air Force (RAF) to Malaysia for a couple of years. He was based at RAF Butterworth and we resided in Penang. I have some lovely memories of Penang and the good cuisine. My favourite food was Nazi Goreng, it was delicious. I had my first taste of Nasi Goreng when I was 5 yrs old. I remember going to school and telling my then teacher all about it. LOL bless her! Her name was Mrs Cuthbertson and she was my first ever primary school teacher. She loved listening to all of my escapades. I remember telling her about the ride I had in a rickshaw. Of course I couldn't get over the fact that a man was pulling us around in this funny looking vehicle. I was so excited to tell her about it. Bless her heart, Mrs Cuthbertson chose me to play the Angel Gabriel in the School Nativity Play because I think I entertained her with all of my chatter. I also have some great memories of visiting Tiger Balm Garden. The monkey's always seemed so tame as they would approach you if they saw you with peanuts. They were very gentle and so adorable. :)

We used to have an Amah by the name of Mary. She was really lovely. I remember her taking me to her village and introducing me to all of her family and friends when I was a young primary school girl. I attended a Military School called Minden Barracks and my Dad was based at RAF Butterworth. 

I have memories of my Mum taking me to see my Father off to work. Most children wave their parent/s off in their cars/buses etc LOL I used to wave my Father off to work on a Ferry!!! Eww I will never forget the time he was running late and he tried to jump onto the Ferry, only he misjudged the jump and held on to the side of the ferry for dear life until someone came to rescue him. It wasn't a clever thing to do at the time as he was injured fairly badly. 

I have memories of our next door neighbours. They were called Rose and Watt. LOL they both invited us to their home once and Flying Fox was on the menu. LOL it was a Malaysian delicacy. It tasted very nice until we found out what it is we were eating They both thought it was very funny when we decided not to finish the dish. ;)

Whilst residing in Malaysia I remember attending a local wedding. It was fabulous and the food was fabulous too. It was indeed very sad leaving the country after my Dad's tour ended and we came back to the UK. I have fond memories of Penang. :)

 http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/187/nasi+goreng

SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, June 22, 2014

A Decade Ago.....and More! ;)

 It's been 10 years (a decade) since I my first actual profile was posted.  :)




This is me long before I ever started on the internet. It was taken on my 21st Birthday. :)













This is me 10yrs ago (a decade later) . :)



This is me at the weekend :)
I get so cross when some folk try to compare me with an aging actress! For one, an aging actress etc has far more money than I have. I've a home to run and children I like to treat from time to time. I'm on a receptionist salary without a partner! Thinks it is so unfair to compare me with someone who spends much of their time at the gym, beauty parlour, expensive hair dressers etc :)

I do not like to be compared with someone who is half my age either. Many of us look good when we are young! :) 

I don't try to compete with anyone else. I'm me and you don't have to read what I write or even look at my pictures if you don't want to. :) 

SmileyRoseFrances x

Where Have The Years Gone? They Keep Rolling By!


Who would have thought my two gorgeous daughters pictured here with me would grow up into lovely young ladies like the latter photos. Where have the years gone?  They keep rolling by.  They don't only look fabulous, they both have such wonderful personalities too. :)



























SmileyRoseFrances x

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Trooping Of The Colour Ceremony

This evening I watched the highlights of The Trooping Of The Colour, the Queen's official birthday. It does make you proud to be British sometimes. 

I thought the Queen looked absolutely stunning in her lovely outfit. :)

I loved all of the precision and the military attention to detail during the actual ceremony. It was indeed very elegant. Fabulous!

I absolutely loved the finale, when the RAF aircraft's did their 'Flypast'.... however my favourites were the Red Arrows, they were simply awesome! :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Tomorrow Is Father's Day!

I know some of you have lost your Father's in recent months/years and you will not be spending Father's Day with your Dad's tomorrow. I just want to say that I'm thinking about all of you as I know how much your Dad's all meant to you. Some of your Father's I knew very well and they were like part of my own family, mainly because I grew up with some of you and I am so sorry for your loss. Some of you have lost your Dad's very recently, I will be thinking of you tomorrow too. 

Anyway, I just wanted to say that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. xx 

For those of you who will be spending time with your Father's tomorrow, I wish you all a lovely day.  For those of you who won't be with your Dad's because of the distance between you, I hope you get to spend time with your Dad's soon. xx

I love my Dad very much and he's getting older now. I try to see him as often as I can. :)

Love to you all xxx

SmileyRoseFrances x

Friday, June 13, 2014

A Rose :)

An elderly married couple were being visited by some friends, who were also an elderly married couple. After lunch they decided to go for a walk.

The two men walked side by side, a few paces ahead of the two women, who were deeply engrossed in conversation about the effectiveness of anti ageing creams.

One of the old men said to his friend, "You know last night we went to one of the best restaurants I've ever visited, the food and service were fantastic. You should both go there some time, it is a very romantic place to take your wife to dinner".

The second old man replied "That sounds great, where is it? What is it called?"

The first old man thought for a moment and then admitted "You know, having married late and having been married to the same woman for over fifty years, I've reached an age where my memory is not what it used to be. You'll have to help me here. What is the name of that red flower with a thorny stem, that men give to their loved ones on Valentines day?"

The second old man replied "I guess you must mean a rose?"

The first old man nodded and said "Yes that's it, a rose".
He then turned his head and called to his wife, "Rose, what was the name of that restaurant we went to last night?"


SmileyRoseFrances x

Thursday, June 12, 2014

"A Night To Remember" :)

I recently watched "A Night To Remember" a tribute to Michael Flately.  I loved the programme!  It was hosted by Christine Bleakley. Michael Flately is an awesome dancer!

It took me back to a night I shall always remember. It was watching my daughter Catherine's face when I took her to Dublin, Ireland and we went to the Gaiety Theatre to watch The River Dance.  Every so often I glanced over at her and it was so lovely to see her eyes light up whilst she watched the show.  It was a beautiful moment! 

The show itself, well what can I say.  I didn't want it to end.  :)

This evening whilst I watched Michael Flately dance to "The Lord of the Dance" I couldn't help but sing along to the song. It takes me back to my childhood and when we used to sing at school. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Michael Flatley - Lord Of The Dance Finale

SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, June 08, 2014

"Edge Of Tomorrow" :)

This evening I went to watch the Sci-Fi film "Edge Of Tomorrow" which stars one of my favourite actors, Tom Cruise as Major William Cage and Emily Blunt as Angel, middle name Rose. The film is based on a Japanese novel named "All You Need Is Kill." Warner Bros have come up trumps with this film as I thoroughly enjoyed the film.

I particularly loved the special effects. They were absolutely marvellous!

A Slight Spoiler - Close your eyes now!

The film told the story of an alien species called Mimics who had been at war with humanity for a number of years. They were taking over Europe and the rest of the world. The United Defense Forces (UDF) are sent to attack, but the Mimicks anticipate the attack. Cage kills one off the larger Mimics, however he dies and is covered with it's blood. When he wakes up, he goes back to the previous morning at Heathrow airport, before the attack and before he dies! He finds himself in a time loop and whenever he dies he goes back in time to the day before the invasion. In one of his loops, he saves Angel, who also has the ability to 'reset' after she dies. It is eventually found out that the only way to destroy the Mimics, is by destroying the Omega. Cage and Angel set off to destroy the Omega after persuading some of the troops to help them. The film ends with both Angel and Cage dying after the Omega disintegrates and Cage's body absorbs the blood. There is one last 'time loop' and he finds himself right back to the beginning of the film when he is still Major William Cage. The story ends when he goes to find Angel, which was before they actually met! Figure that one out. He finds her doing some press-ups, as he always does ... and he has a huge smile on his face. :)

A fabulous film and I really enjoyed watching it!

Oh! By the way, my middle name is "Rose" ;)


Aww speaking of Angels, this is my niece Angel. :)



 

















SmileyRoseFrances x

Collabro win Britain's Got Talent with song "Stars"

SmileyRoseFrances x



My favoroute winners on the Britain's Got Talent show ever!!!  I think I willed them to win. They were simply fabulous. I loved the song and everything about them all. I really missed Westlife after the band split up. So now I have another band of a similar quality to listen to. :)

Saturday, June 07, 2014

SING-A-LONG THE WAR YEARS MEDLEY

SmileyRoseFrances x

D-Day - June 6th 1944

Many of my Friends will not remember June 6th 1944, mainly because none of us were even born back then however just because we were not around 70 years ago, it does not mean we should not pay our respect to all of those war heroes who lost their lives/war veterans who were involved in the world war and D-Day.

D-Day was a military term used for The Normandy landings on 6th June 1944. It was codenamed Operation Neptune and it was the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II. It was the largest seaborne invasion noted in history.

Yesterday evening I enjoyed listening to "Friday Night is Music Night" on Radio 2, a special commemorative programme in order to remember the D-Day events. It was very good. I loved listening to all of the old songs during that time. It was fabulous.


 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normandy_landings

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SmileyRoseFrances x