Good Morning to you all, there's a hint of sunshine coming over the rooftops of my neighbours houses and in the distance I can hear a heavy duty drill! Drilling on a Sunday morning! What's wrong with you man, how selfish can you get.
I remember well the Sunday's of my youth. My mother was a big fan of the long-running BBC Radio 2 Drama 'The Archers', a tale of simple country folk and their struggle to achieve ratings in an ever less caring world. In order to listen to her favourite round-up of the week's events (in peace!) she used to get me up at the crack of dawn (8 a.m can seem like that to a teenager you know) and send me off to church. Whilst there, I would listen with great interest to the vicar and what he could teach me about the world around me. I don't think I ever came away from Sunday Service without feeling elevated in some way and with a more positive spring in my step.
Of course that spring was usually knocked out of me by dinner time but for at least a couple of hours I could feel good about myself and my own space. The rest of my day was spent 'hanging about', that thing that kids do today and that makes us say "Well that never happened when I was a kid, where are all the Youth Clubs eh?". One particular highlight was catching my dad on his was back home from his usual Sunday dinnertime drink and knowing that his jacket pocket was now filled with coins and if I caught him just right he would give me some money to go down the beach, to the arcades and the Ice Cream stands and treat myself to some sweets or a few goes on the latest game (Space Invaders and Galaxians being my favourite).
Sunday Dinner was always the best meal of the week. Meat, roast potatoes and loads of veggies with lashings and lashings of amazing gravy. Nobody makes a dinner like my mum used to, she was the greatest cook I have known and even my natural father (a Chef) says he can not make roast potatoes like her. I think this is the thing I miss the most about my mum, her cooking was a big part of who she was and all her strokes and age have taken all that away from her and more importantly, her children
The day would be finished with 'the weekly bath' (whether you needed it or not!), listening to the Top 40 run-down on Radio 1 and Esther Rantzen's 'That's Life' a consumer affairs programme that used to make you laugh and cry in equal measure.
Everything is different today. Nobody goes to church, shops are open all day and people don't eat meals together, as a family any more. Everyone just does their own thing and most of us have to include Sunday in our working week, something that thirty years ago would have had the Unions up in arms about. I'm not saying I don't like the changes. In fact I embrace these particular changes to my life, as Sunday's used to drag for me as child and now it's not much more different to a Wednesday or a Friday if I'm honest with you. But I do miss the peace and quiet, that was a given and I can't pinpoint the exact time that it left us.
Before I tell you about my latest entry into the blogasphere, I must thank everyone who left me a lovely message of support. I have been going through the ringer just lately and I am still not feeling right. After a visit to the Doctor I now know that last Saturday night I had a panic attack and that things are on their way to being sorted out. I may yet end up talking to a Psychiatrist, but I will keep you posted. I would also like to welcome Fernanda and Lauski, my latest followers, I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy doing it.
This week's card for the Kenny K Kraft Krew Challenge (#106) is Sun, Sea and Sand (sadly, no mention of Sex anywhere!!). I have used Surfer Dude (available here) for my image, Bazzil cardstock, a piece of Magnolia paper, some Craftime Embellies, a large pearl swirl and a lovely crab charm which I thought would be funny to have nipping his toe. I have used my trusted Distress inks for the sky background and I have coloured him using my Copic Markers. I am going to get my pencils out this week and have a play with them, if all goes well then I will be showing you the results soon. Hope you like the card and that it inspires you to join us this week and to have a go yourself, if you win then you could walk away with FIVE free Kenny K images and a prize (as yet unspecified) from Marianne Designs.
Hope you have a great day and an even better week ahead,
Hugs 'n Stuff,
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