Good Friday Morning Ladies,
Here we are at the end of our first week of being back to 'Normal' (as in not Festive Holidays), I fully appreciate that everything is far from 'Normal' but you know what I mean. I wonder if this is going to be the New 'Normal' for 2021. There is a tiny part of me that thinks that this year will be for the most part written off, which is a shame as we have so pretty big family occasions this year, Sophie and Lucy will be celebrating their 21st Birthday 🎂 in lockdown, which really saddens me, their birthday is only about 3 weeks or so away so things will definitely not have changed by then, we are trying to think of ways to make it special. Then later in the year Paul and I will celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary. I know that some of you have big anniversaries this year too, Paul's parents had planned a big event to celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary too, they have invited the whole original wedding party, Bridesmaids, groomsmen etc, but being at the beginning of April I really doubt it will go ahead, such a shame. Before any of that I still have to organise getting Mum's ashes interred, it was hard enough finding a date that suited everyone that we wanted to attend, we were hoping to be able to have more of a 'Celebration' of her life than we were able to have at and after her funeral but it seems unlikely that that will be a possibility so I think I am just going to arrange a date within the next few weeks that will just be for our close family, we can maybe plan something bigger later in the year that Mum's siblings and friends can attend.
Your Next Challenge
I thought that we needed something cheerful that would 'lift our spirits' for our next challenge, so I have decided to go with one of our old favourites 'Things With Wings' challenge.
My inspiration card uses butterflies 🦋 as the 'winged subject' , I wanted a card that gave a little bit of hope that Spring is just around the corner, so the colours represent those first little leaf tips we see poking through the soil, letting us know that nature is preparing to give us all that stunning display of colour and beauty in the weeks ahead, I think Spring is the one season that we all look forward too the most, don't get me wrong I love, love love Autumn with the trees looking their absolute best as their leaves turn and give us the most beautiful display of colours, Autumn also brings the promise of cosy nights in front of the fire, warming stews, casseroles and roasts and the promise of Christmas just around the corner. But Spring to me symbolises hope, new life, a fresh start, with the added bonus of seeing Paul get really excited as he plans the layout of the vegetable garden. Do you all have a favourite Season?
Now there are so many different things 'With Wings' that you could choose for your Challenge card/s....
Bee's, Birds of all kind from Robins (for those getting a head start on their Christmas cards) Owls, Kingfishers, Red Cardinal, the list is endless. Dragonflies, Beetles, Fantasy creatures too.. Pegasus etc, Fairies, Angels, Aircraft of course, from vintage planes to modern day, they all make for a good 'Man card' image. While I am sitting writing this I have a huge grin on my face thinking back to the last 'Things with Wings' challenge, Sue didn't actually manage a challenge card to display on the blog, she did make a card though, it featured an item that most of us women are familiar with, not something that would obviously jump into your mind straight away, but for most of us that have the occasional 'Tena Moment' (more than occasional for some) 😂 !! It was a totally legitimate Challenge card as it certainly featured wings, to say I had tears running down my face was an understatement, Sue and I have very similar sense of humour when it comes to those kind of things!
So with that very long winded description of the challenge I can say that I am very much looking forward to seeing your cards. xxx
We are forecast to have snow today, yesterday was the coldest day for sometime, the trees in the garden looked beautiful, it was like they were crystallised, each blade of grass kept its frosty jacket on all day, the cars stayed iced over, as morning disappeared the fog got heavier and heavier, the sun just didn't have the strength to break through, so I am hoping that if we do have snow it will settle, for a few hours anyway. I will let you know.
Please stay wrapped up warm and cosy and more importantly stay safe,
Sending you love and warm snuggly hugs,