Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What I was up to on my birthday........

It started out well, Molly let me have a lie-in until 7:45am. Then it went downhill when Molly rolled into something unmentionable.  So I had to haul her upstairs for a shower, all before I had even had my breakfast.  Happy Birthday Gill!

Anyhow, I opened my present from my mam first.  Must say she knows me well and has good taste.  She sent me a Radley purse, which I know means nothing to anyone this side of the ocean, but for the British crew they may ooh and aah.  Radley is a bit like Coach purses in the States.

She sent a couple of Spode teatowels.
A pack of four Denby coasters.

A Wedgwood tea light holder.  You know I am a sucker for any type of Wedgewood.

I got this tote bag from the Eden Valley Messenger.  For some reason blogger turned the photo.  You can win one of these tote bags by submitting a money saving tip here.

Dh brought home this lovely bunch of flowers.  He also got me a Chapter's gift card, a couple of scratch and win tickets (I won $3) and my main gift is a bit different.  He has got me a ticket for a Charity Fundraiser at a gallery in Whitby, Ontario at the end of April.  Each ticket is drawn randomly and you get to choose a piece of art donated by an artist.  Dd is also going so it should be good fun.

Dh also finished work early so I got to spend the afternoon with him as well.  Mind you we were busy, as he filed our taxes.  Then we were busy in the attic tidying that up, as they are coming on Monday to drywall the attic and sort out our bedroom ceiling.

I ventured into our shed for the first time since last Fall, as I wanted to get a container to cover the rhubarb to force it.  I was wearing my wellies, and discovered that I have leaks in my wellies, so the money my dad and step-mum gave me for my birthday I will use to buy myself another pair of wellies.

This week's column is up and running on the Eden Valley Messenger.  This week I talk about the Spring Thaw  If you have a few moments please pop by and have a read.

Did you remember to put your money in your pot for the Daily Savings Club today?

Today's money saving tip:

As the weather is getting better you may feel inclined to clean your windows.  Here is a recipe for homemade window cleaner:

2 TBSP cornstarch
1/2 cup household ammonia
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm water

Mix the ingredients in a bucket, make sure cornstarch is thoroughly dissolved before using.

More recipes are here

I hope to get over to everyone's blogs later on in the week, as I am crazy busy this week, sorry.....


Tracey said...

A Radley!!! Wooooooooooooooowww. now i am jealous.. The other gifts look gorgeous too. I'm really pleased you had a good day and i'd like to wish you a Belated Happy Birthday xxx

Leiani said...

Glad to hear you had a nice birthday, even with the 'surprise' that Molly gave you!

BadPenny said...

Belated Happy Birthday ! What lovely gifts.
I love your headder pictute of Molly & the squirrel !

Gilly said...

Happy Birthday to you!!!! I hope you had a wonderful day and there certainly are some goodies there!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday I'm sorry I missed it I just checked Blogs today. Hope you had a great day all around!!!

QuiltedSimple said...

Happy belated birthday! Sounds like it was a fun filled day.

Chicken Boys said...

Happy birthday! What's a Coach bag?

bubble said...

I am pleased you enjoyed your day...lovely gifts!! xxx

cheshire wife said...

Belated Happy Birthday! Wellingtons can be a girls best friend.

John Going Gently said...


love the new title photo

overtiredmum said...

Wow - a mum with great taste ( and an eye for the fancy labels!).

Happy birthday xo

ps what a brave squirrel

flowerpower said...

Have a great and blessed birthday .

Karine said...

You mom definitely does have good taste! Sorry Molly mucked up your birthday morning though...

As for making it to my blog, no worries, I'm crazy busy too this week and am very impressed that I even have the time and energy to comment tonight at all! lol

Scrappy quilter said...

Wow, looks like a wonderful haul for your birthday. I'm so happy to hear it was a good one. Nice to hear spring is arriving at your end. It's been doing the same thing here although they are predicting snow next week!!! hugs

Joyce Paski said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Gill! I hope you have a wonderful year. I enjoy your blog very much. (Don't get hurt running after Molly!)

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