The Gallery – Expressions

I like this week’s theme.

Facial expressions fascinate me. They have the power to make me cry with laughter or just frighten me. You can say 1,000 words with one expression, it saves having to talk sometimes.

I find it hard to control my facial expressions, especially when someone does something ridiculous (be it in a funny way or a just plain stupid way). You can’t help but tell what I’m thinking just by looking at me. I even have a “don’t even think about sitting next to me” face that I pull if I’m ever on the train. It’s not that I’m anti-social (well, maybe a little), it’s just some people you don’t want to sit next to you. I have to say though, it does work. I’ve perfected it over the years. I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

This photo was taken by @JA_PhotoUK last year on a picnic. He doesn’t blog, so I’ve decided to submit it for him (with his permission). Grace was pulling faces to make me laugh, and he caught the picture at exactly the right time. I think it is a happy photo and I like to look at it. It isn’t staged or false.

Grace & me

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Magic Moments – Family Tea

I don’t know if this counts as a magic moment to most people.

I’m happiest when with the family. I’m in my own little world and in my comfort zone. I love it when we do stuff together. Doesn’t have to be anything major, just every day stuff.

It was a nice Sunday afternoon with my two favourites.

Keeping with Gracie’s “trying new foods” theme, the OH suggested we buy stuff to make pizzas. Gracie loves to help make the tea, so we bought all the stuff and pretty much let her make the whole thing herself (we didn’t let her use knives, we’re not irresponsible).

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Gracie loved doing it and I loved watching her get enthusiastic about it and trying all the different foods. She was asking what everything was and how she should prepare it. Then we cooked the food, all sat and had a family tea together.

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It was a nice afternoon just the three of us.

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Magpie Monday

This is a picture I found in the bottom of my nan’s wardrobe when she downsized to a flat.

The sticker on the back of it says its from Messrs Dunthorne (and another name beginning with B, but it has been torn off), The Rembrandt Gallery on Castle Street in Liverpool.

I did have it hanging on a wall in the bedroom, but it has since fallen down – I think it still has the original rope on the back. It needs some TLC but I really don’t want to have to change the frame.

My nan had all kinds of fabulous things in her house as she used to buy lots of antiques. I don’t think I appreciated how lovely everything was when I was younger, but I definitely do now.

I have a few pieces around the house that I’ve not managed to photograph yet, so will save them for next week.

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Me and My Shadow

Gracie goes to the library (plus her mum’s book weirdness)

The library here recently reopened with a MUCH better children’s section.

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As my daughter is a bookworm, my sister and I took her along to join up and get some books out.

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Grace really enjoyed it. There was a boat she could sit in to read, comfy chairs, computers and, of course, lots of books.

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She would have probably stayed there all day if we’d let her. She chose six books (all of which have been read now) and got to scan them all herself at the self serve computer – she likes doing things like that. So I envisage another trip to the library next week to get some more.

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I can’t read library books. I have book weirdness. I get laughed at for it. I can’t read a copy of a book someone else has already read. I have to buy my own copy and be the first person to read it. So I can’t ever borrow a book or get a second hand one. I have to have an unbent spine and no damage to the pages. I know, it’s odd.

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Tuesday Tots