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2013, I have not really thought about it in any detail, it is just another year? BUT, that is not what some people are thinking, they look at it from a different point of view. I guess this depends on if you are superstitious and do not walk under ladders or throw a pinch of salt over your shoulder if you spill it. Does everybody have a lucky number? Is it really lucky or just a number they pick every time because they like it? Do you travel on the 13th? What about Friday 13th in 2013? Will you travel at all in 2013? If it meant I was going on holiday I would travel on any day but some people are not taking the chance, are they right? What do you think? Is 2013 going to be un-lucky for some people or is that just the way it goes, not everyone can have good luck, times or fortunes.

The car industry was not expecting to sell as many cars this first half of the year as the number plate would be 13, I was surprised because I had not even thought about the year at all. I guess we all have our lucky rabbits foot, item of clothing, numbers or things we do. Do you always pick the same lottery numbers? Does it just make us feel better if we pick our lucky numbers? Some people work out systems and change the numbers weekly, I do not think it matters what you do as it is just luck if you have the same numbers that come out, no prediction, system or anything else can make you win the lottery. It sure is fun trying and dreaming though.

Have you read your horoscope today? Did you avoid the joins in the pavement as you were walking to work? Hope you did not open your umbrella indoors or break a mirror as that would be 7 years bad luck! What about seeing a black cat. There are numerous superstitions that some people believe in, does it all mean something? Or are they just superstitions that have been carried down by each generation. Do you consciously do these things or are they habit as you were taught them when you was a child? I had to think about this and I think the things I do are habit as I will walk under ladders as long as there is not a pot of paint balanced up there. I do not ever put shoes on a table as my Nan would always say something about that, also I never open an umbrella. I do not even think when I say these things to the grandchildren!



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Where do the day’s and week’s go, we are now into April and still freezing I might add. I am only a novice at gardening so I am thinking that we will be growing strawberry’s in August instead of June, not that I would mind so long as it was hot. Will everything just be a couple of month’s late? I am not sure, I know it is too cold for the seed’s outside yet.

Children appear to be getting so many bugs and infections as people cannot give their house a good airing and turn of central heating as it is far too cold. The odd jama day on a Sunday has turned into more days as it is warmer in bed! I must admit it is affecting my arthritis, It has been very painful, so having to take far more painkillers than normal and it just makes you feel so miserable when every time you move it hurt’s.

I bought a new 32g pen drive today ( pink of course ) so I can keep everything backed up myself even though the cloud does it too. I think I will be able to get everything off my old hard drive, boy was I pleased, just got to wait for it to be completed.

Not feeling my best tonight so going to have an early night and will try to improve on post content tomorrow. Night followers x



First of all I want to share the recipe for making paint, very simple and will save a fortune.

1 cup of salt
1 cup of flour
1 cup of water
Food colouring
Mix it all together and there you have it, your own paint.

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I have had a lovely day today as I went and watched my granddaughter appearing in Oliver at the local theatre. What a well performed show and so professional, I was very impressed. It makes your heart swell with pride when one of your family shines in something.

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I am still getting to grips with the new laptop and windows 8, you forget how many thing’s you have on your computer, so starting from scratch it is a bit of a bore putting everything back on it. Then to top it all of my bank thought that someone had committed fraud on my account so they stopped my card, they never told me, so I had the embarrassment of hearing “your card has been declined!” How embarrassing is that, I wanted to disappear down a whole in the floor and then I did not learn I went and tried it again in another shop. Four days later as it was Easter weekend the bank automated service ( I do not like that ) called me to say they had cancelled my card and a new one would be sent. Five days later I received a text message from the bank saying that my mobile app needed to be uninstalled and then reinstalled with new card number. I can assure you I really did not need all that too. So I could not use anything all week, I am visiting the bank tomorrow, keep away, I think the air might be blue!

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I think the people from the bank should disappear there! Lol Although it does sound a bit like me, do not tell anyone I admitted to that. I will be going to the shop to buy this after as I think I will be needing it, any excuse to buy and try.

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How are the school holiday’s going? Children getting bored yet? Parent’s getting stressed? Sometimes it’s hard to amuse them and keep their interest, there is one sure way of doing it. Pick the toy they like the best and let their imagination run, all you have to do is go with it.

Start collecting as many boxes, all different shapes and sizes, lots of newspapers and you are almost ready.

Talk to the children about what they are going to build. Some ideas are castle’s, fort’s, things for Action man, wrestler rings, Barbie garden, food or things for Barbie house, dinosaur land, pen pots, beach, swimming pools or play grounds. I am sure they will think of more ideas or something that they want to build.

Arrange the boxes roughly how you want them by cutting them to shape and sticking together.

Make some paste by mixing 2 cups water, 2 cups flour and teaspoon salt.

Dip strips of newspaper into the glue and stick onto the boxes and create the shapes you need by moulding the paper. For smaller thing’s like food, balls, guns or toys you can mash up small bits of newspaper and glue then leave it for a bit to dry out and you can then model it like clay.

Try to make the last layer white paper and then it is ready to leave for a couple of days to dry. Then you have the task of painting it, you can add glitter to make it sparkly, sand to make it textured, just use your imagination and create fairy tales.

Here is Dinosaur land, it has a river, hiding places and trees.

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As I have been laying about all day with the dreaded sick bug, it has given me time to look through the blog and look at numbers and I have got to say how really pleased I am. (Excited actually)

I started Nanny Cool about the 9th February 2013

I have had 1,074 views

I have 85 followers from 26 country’s!

How cool is that? I guess I must be doing something right. It is very frustrating being ill as you end up with so many stories and post’s going through your head but you feel too ill to write them all down.

I also have 158 Twitter follower’s which is amazing as I have never used twitter before and did not really know what I was doing!

So it is all thank to all you reader’s, hope I can keep pleasing you and thank you for your support.

Nanny Cool x

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Will this push me to accomplish or just put a spanner in the works and put me off! Have to carry on now and further blogs will let you know the result, I am sure!

1. Write something every day. Starting with a nice easy one.

2. Enter at least 6 competitions this year. Very, very brave but I can at least try.

3. Finish novel this year! Not sure about this one.

4. Send off at least 5 short stories in the next few months. Notice no time scale on this one, I am being nice to myself.

5. Buy a camper and travel round Italy for 6 months, eating, drinking red wine and writing. Would love to do this now!

6. Remember to Tweet, Face Book and Blog more every day. Need more time to read all the blogs I love to follow.

7. Have enough money to drink Champagne instead of wine.

8. Find a way to eat chocolate and not ask if my bum looks big now!

9. Spoil my grandchildren.

10. Develop a way to stop slugs eating my vegetables. That’s if all my veg grow this year, if not I will just say that the slugs ate everything! Thought…..find time to grow the vegetables!

11. Throw a massive party and invite everybody I know and tell them “My book has been published”

12. Was going to say, find my soul mate get married and live happily ever after……..think that’s a dream.

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I have realised I am not getting on as well as what I was expecting, so I have to do better. Must write more everyday or maybe spend two days a week just writing. The garden is going to need doing soon, I feel stress coming on. Must get my vegetables in so I have something to eat in summer, mmmmm dreaming of fresh picked strawberry’s now.

There is also one more thing to go on my list and that is to open a nice friendly book shop/coffee shop with big comfy sofas and do things like childrens story time, homework club and theme day’s so they get to love books.

The adult’s could have a book club or even a writing club, so many ideas. Just need to win the lottery now to buy the shop!

Happy dreaming x

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Granddaughter Jade is a very happy girl, we went to TGI for dinner as it is her favourite place, I thought it was lovely as I had to have a couple of cocktails, daughter made the mistake of saying she would drive home lol It is extremely busy here though and the queue for all the restaurants are so long they are reaching the next one. It feels so alive in London I absolutely love it and the first thing I would buy if I won the lottery would be a little flat here for visits. They have gone into see Oley Murs now so I am sitting and reflecting, people watching and loving every minute of it.

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The children of today are so lucky or is just that the world is changing and people have more money now to do most of the things they want to. I guess we all give our children more than we had and we try to be better than our parents were and then better grandparents, sometimes it’s a hard act to follow. I am pleased that my grandchildren are polite and still love coming to see me even though they are getting older and have their own friends and lives. It is hard to imagine what your life would be like without children or grandchildren but there again what you have never had you do not miss.

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Easter Sunday tomorrow and I am sure it means very different things to each person. For me it is family all getting together, when I had the house that they all grew up in they would all come back for Easter Sunday lamb dinner. I used to have as much fun as the children doing the treasure hunt and hiding all the eggs and thinking up all the clues as I had to do easy ones for the younger ones so I just did pictures of places they would find their eggs and then clues for the older ones. I am the lucky one now as I get to go to one of my daughters for dinner and family time and it is so much nicer to sit and relax and far less stressful. I can sit back and enjoy it and interact with what ever each of the children are doing. I love my children and grandchildren so much and could not imagine my life without them.

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I have to post about the next thing as I cannot really believe I am seeing what I am. I am sitting in the bar of the cinema, it was the quietist place with nice comfy seats and I am able to be writing this. The picture below is of a lady that has just walked in, I did ask her if I could take a picture but did not get chance to ask her why she was here or where the wedding was or had been. They all looked so happy and I must admit the whole bar was smiling about it.

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All in all a very pleasant evening and I get to relax in the car and be driven home, what more could anyone want.

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Where did the day go, all I can say is that windows 8 is very different but not hard to get to know. It has taken me most of the day but I have put all my stuff on it and changed all the colours and now it feels like mine.

One of my granddaughters face timed me this afternoon ( she does quiet often ) to tell me that they had been out and she had got six pots of taster paints to paint her Barbie house and some tiles for one of the room’s. My son in law has built another level on it for her as she needed another bedroom, the house is bigger than her! We have a very happy girl though and the Barbie’s think it is great. I was also told that there is a Barbie who is a writer and that has been put on her birthday list.

I had fish for dinner, got to keep the tradition going, afraid it was not fresh though. Hopefully it has renewed a few brain cells, well, they say it makes you brainy.

Hope you all had a Good Friday.



Just little thing’s can make you happy, can be a smile from a friend or a kind word for it to lift you up for the whole day. For another person it might not mean anything at all to them, we cannot know what make’s the other person happy but always giving a wave, smile or word to others might make their day for them. A comment on here or FaceBook or Twitter can make me smile as I then know that what they have read they have enjoyed and that is what keeps me going. I guess we all have self doubt, some more than others, so a nice comment makes it all worthwhile, for me anyway.

The new laptop was bought today, not the one I saw on-line but a faster better one so all I have to do now is set it all up, I have allowed all tomorrow for that job, and playing with it. I have not used windows 8 yet so I am looking forward to it.

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I really like the colour too, something a bit different. I wonder if it will help me to write quicker, I seem to have so many ideas in my head for stories that I do not know what to write first. Should I finish the couple of short stories or enter a couple of competitions or get on with my novel? I am at least writing so all is good. Tonight I will be going to bed with a book as in our Sainsbury’s supermarket they are doing a good selection of books at 2 for £3.00

The following picture I saw on my daughter’s wall this afternoon, I thought it looked lovely and what a lovely keepsake, it could be covered by a piece of Perspex to keep it looking good. The two girls aged ten and one had good fun in the paint and both liked different thing’s about the experience, the elder one liked doing the prints while the younger one loved the feeling of the paint on her hands and feet and then looking back on her prints. I’m sure she was probably thinking how did that get there, it’s on my feet lol.

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Tomorrow is Good Friday, when I was a child I would go with my grandparents to the fish man as we always had fresh fish for dinner. I think all the children of today will remember about Easter are the chocolate eggs. What do you remember about Good Friday?

Have a happy day. x



Tomorrow I pick up the new lap top, I am containing my excitement until I have got it home and put all my own bits on it, then I can enjoy it.

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I am still working on problem with iPhone and iPad but I am beginning to think it is to do with the latest isos 6.1.3 that was the last update. I really do not think it is me this time.

I am of to the O2 on Saturday as my daughter and granddaughter are going to see Oley Murs, we are going for a meal first so it will all make a nice change.

Easter is so early it just does not feel right, or is that just because of the weather? I could not believe it tonight when the weather man said that April is not going to be a lot better. So long as there is sunshine for the following five months, I will be happy! Lol. I know wishful thinking, we can all dream. At least I know I am going away September so will get sunshine then.

My writing has come to a complete standstill with all these problems but I have been doing a lot of research about different thing’s for my book, so it is not all bad.

The garden is looking bare, I think I will do seeds and get young plants and start them of indoors and then greenhouse and just hope for the best. Fruit and veg is going to all be at least a month late this year, if they grow that is.

Hope you are all keeping warm, I spent a good two hours today reading post’s and following some new people. There are so many great blogs out there, just not enough hours in the day to read them all, such a shame, but I am trying. ☺

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