Well I had a lovely day at the Stoke crop again today - many thanks Kathryn, for being you and for bringing chocolate cake, scrummy! I set myself the task of completing a couple of unfinished layouts before starting on a new page (which I also completed). I've not cleared my desk to make space to take photos of them yet - will do that tomorrow - and then learn how to add images to my posts. Apparently it's easy peasy (according to Kathryn and if she can do it anyone can :) ).

We received the modem in the post today ready to set up broadband. I bought a wireless thingymebob in PC World the other day too, together with the adaptor bits for each of the computers. The chap in there said it may be best to set up the broadband initially with the moden the ISP supplied then changeover afterwards. Does this sound like good advice to you? I'm full of trepidation as the cables behind our pc's scare me - there are so many - but I have learned my lesson over the years and got most of the things labelled up as to what bit of what machine each cable belongs to (same with the tv sky video set up). No chance of DH helping out as he is even more of a technophobe than I am! We have signed up with Euronet (on recommendation from a friend) so just waiting for the switch to be flicked and then I have got to start figuring it all out at our end. We have only chosen the £10/month 1Mb speed option, https://www.euro1net.com/cgi-bin/home.cgi but it is unlimited useage. I figure that since we are so used to the diabolical slowness of ... wait for it ..... 45kbps, even 1mb will seem incredible. Also that if push came to shove we should be able to upgrade at a later date.

I've been musing over what links to add in to my blog too so my next task is to figure out the sidebar bit on here and gather all the link information to post up. I'm intending to head to bed before 2am today so that is something I'm going to sort out another time.

I'm glad to report that the rain has eventually got to us and the air has cooled somewhat, so I'm hoping that means I will sleep better tonight.
Oops forgot about the blog already and it's only two days after I created my first post! Not really helped by the fact that I had a lovely long lie in (oh the joys of school holidays) and then couldn't prise Josh off his online game.

Ended up doing a bit of crafting with Chiara and Mia, who enjoyed a blissful session of cutting and sticking as they each covered a little notebook. Chiara has decided to use hers to create a Summer Holiday diary. Hmm, will have to think of some interesting things to do in the absence of a holiday away this year. Highlights of the week so far apparently are choosing a carpet for her new bedroom and the discovery of a caterpillar in the garden.

Spent some time doing boring housewifely stuff. But at least Len noticed when he came home from work. Hardly surprising since you can now SEE the carpet in the office/craft room (everything off the floor is now piled on the table), including being able to see the colour of the carpet as I managed to get the hoover around the room without a stray brad or other embellishment causing the power to cut out.

2.00 am again. I really need to start getting to bed earlier. Well off to carry out my normal Thursday night (okay well Friday morning) routine of doing the wages, putting the washer on and feeding the cats.

Oh meant to say, thanks to Clare for providing a great tutorial on getting a new header onto the blog. I chose a photo of a bowl of cherries (heavily cropped) as a nod to the scrapbooking online user id I use of Fruitysuet. This was one of the photos for my entry into the Worldwin photo competition over on Scrap That Moment (next job - learn how to do links!). I was chuffed to bits to win the comp and the lovely Lynnette is sorting me out my prize courtesey of Worldwin.
Well I've taken the plunge. A blog. Not sure I will know what to write or how often I will keep it updated.

And firstly I have to learn how to set it up. No mean feat for someone so technologically challenged as myself.

2.16 am isn't really the best time to be doing this though, so I will get myself off to bed and come back refreshed to see if I can do something more interesting to this page. Failing that I will have to yell for help from some more knowledgeable friendly bloggers!