Hi Friends,

Hello again from an even more chilly Scotland than last week!  We’ve had some very low temperatures now, I thought last week that the -3C we had was bad, but today was -6C actually worse, -7C.  Here’s the sunrise from Monday morning with a nice full moon in the centre, view from the back of the house.
There was actually ice formed on the inside of some of the windows this morning!  The windows are double glazed, never seen ice form on the inside before so it must be really cold, like I don’t already know that lol. [Tuesday morning edit: this morning ALL the windows upstairs are iced up in the inside from the top to the bottom due to even lower temps last night!]

I had to go out today (Monday) and so I went out to scrape the ice off my car and I was so surprised when a complete stranger offered to help me!  It’s so rare that anyone ever offers to help anyone I was quite taken aback.  There are some workmen working on a house across the road and they were on a break, and one of them came over complete with his own ice scraper and helped me defrost the car.  I don’t think anyone has ever helped me scrape ice off the car before!    So perhaps he was feeling the Christmas spirit, it took half the time with two of us doing it, so it was a great help to me. I also managed to post all of my xmas cards today, so you might just be getting a card from me.

I’m sharing my decaf coffee in my Cat Mum mug again for the Tea party.  Baked oats/porridge is still the breakfast of choice at the moment, very warm and comforting on a cold day.  More good news is that Miss Lily is feeling much better.  They are all feeling the cold though even with their fur coats on.  Miss P doesn’t like the other two, so when we go up to bed, I let her into the living room for the night so that she is not in her usual cold(er) room.  Here is Miss P enjoying the cushions on the sofa and the whole sofa to herself. She’s not going out as much as she usually does because it’s so cold and everything is frozen.  She still does go out every day but just for shorter periods of time.

Today’s Art . . .

I am running about two+ weeks behind with all the things I wanted to join in with – Art Journal Advent, Care December, Dephemerember etc, but I managed to get the journals made and now I will be able to make a start on the insides! So now finally I can enjoy some journalling time now that I have the journals ready.  They are all made mostly from packing paper, gel print scraps, and all have a paper napkin on the cover.  If you haven’t heard of these events, Care December is held by the Wanderlust people, Everything Art UK, it’s a free event that anyone can join on their website.  Art Journal Advent is an Instagram challenge with daily prompts, and Dephemerember is also daily prompts but for making ephemera for junk journals and there are daily videos on Youtube from both hosts.  It’s a lot of fun and although I am behind with everything I have been watching the daily videos.   I am also linking my covers up to Art Journal Journey for Jo’s Snowy Winter theme since they are all winter-inspired napkins on the covers.  These napkins all came from the supermarket and frustratingly they have now added printed text to all four squares on each napkin that says “I’m home compostable”  which I’m sure is a great thing but it means I have to cut it off or cover it up, so not so good for art purposes.  They are really pretty napkins though.

This is more or less my usual size of journal, just made from mostly packaging papers.

This one is more or less the same size as the one above.

And this one, for a change is a square journal because of the paper that I used inside, it just worked out better that way,  I’m curious to see how I like working with a square journal for a change!

Currently Reading . . .

I am currently reading this book which is the second book I’ve read recently by this author.  We did her first book with our book group last month and then I spotted this one and thought I would try it, very Christmassy lol.

Eighteen passengers. Seven stops. One killer.

In the early hours of Christmas Eve, the sleeper train to the Highlands is derailed, along with the festive plans of its travellers. With the train stuck in snow in the middle of nowhere, a killer stalks its carriages, picking off passengers one by one. Those who sleep on the sleeper train may never wake again.

Can former Met detective Roz Parker find the killer before they kill again?

All aboard for . . . Murder on the Christmas Express

2022 BOOKS SO FAR – 83

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!


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Neet Hickson
December 15, 2022 11:05 am

Well Elle, it is certainly cold where I am but our windows are fine so it must be one heck of a lot colder up in Scotland. I do not envy you one bit living in such a beautiful country at the moment.
Thanks for a delightful read about you and the cats and the Good Samaritan who came to help you.
Your journal are lovely and very festive, there are some beautiful napkins about and you got lovely ones.
Your book sounds just like my kind of read but I must tell you of a lovely surprise I got the other day.
Four years ago I supported a friend through her mastectomy time via emails I sent her. On Saturday we met up and she handed me a box of goodies that she had saved for me all this time as a thankyou for supporting her. In it were two books. Not just ordinary books but two hardbacks by Lilian Jackson Braum. I used to read these years ago and these were two in the series I have not got., I put them aside for reading over Christmas and now I think I might add yours to my list. Am sure Amazon can get it to me in time. Just wondered if you had read any of Braums cat books?
Hugs, Neet xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
December 14, 2022 10:43 pm

Yes, I realize I’m late. Seems I’ve been on the phone more than half the day. I am really interested in your Dephemerember challenge. I won’t participate, but i will definitely watch the videos. I AM in the Art Journal Advent and am getting a late start, too. I will post a few tomorrow. I absolutely adore your covers and the one that is for Jo’s theme at AJJ is wonderful. You are stretched as thin as I, I think.

Still loving your Cat Mum mug and porridge. thanks for leaving links to allthese challenges. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

BTW, why don’t I have your blog on my left sidebar? Is it because I never asked if I could place it there? I’m asking now, dear. I don’t want to miss any more of your fabulous art. And how is Miss Lily?

December 14, 2022 7:19 pm

Elle i don’t know how you are handling the cold.. Gosh i would think your pipes would freeze.. You must leave them dripping but still… that only works so far.. Your journals are lovely! I’m so slow working on mine.. probably because there are so many things i like to do.. I do apologize for being so late! i swear .. not 5 minutes after i linked up to the T party hubby walks in and says, ‘ We need to go to the hospital’… sigh.. He had tried to cut off his fingers with a power tool! So several hours and 12 stitches and one broken finger later he’s doing okay… So Happy Belated T day! Hugs! deb

Kate Yetter
December 14, 2022 5:48 pm

Oh my, that sounds and looks cold. Brrr. We are having low temperatures over here the next few days. How lovely that a stranger helped you out with the ice on your car. It’s nice when people surprise you with kindness.
Loving your pretty journals.
Happy Belated Tea Day,

Nancy W.
December 14, 2022 12:05 pm

Ice on the inside – now that is cold! How great to have help with the window de-icing. The journals look fabulous – and the kitties too. Stay warm! Happy T-day and hugz.

December 14, 2022 2:02 am

Hi Elle. I remember last week you mentioned you have no heat in your house. How do you live with no heat at those temps? I hope you can remedy that very soon. How nice of that guy to scrape the car for you. Your journals are so lovely. Please stay as warm as you can.

December 14, 2022 1:45 am

Brrrrr to the cold. It’s cold here, but not that cold, yet. Glad the kitties are all feeling better. Calli and Quill went out to the sunroom and came right back in. Too cold for them and me. Love the robin journal. I hope it warms up soon for you. Take care and Happy T Day

Jo - Let's Art Journal
December 13, 2022 10:55 pm

We’ve had such cold weather too, I hope your windows return to normal soon that’s a lot of ice and must be so cold. I’m so pleased to hear that Miss Lily is much better and Miss P looks so cute on the cushions. Your baked oats/porridge looks delicious, I love oats and was wondering if you make these bars yourself? What beautiful pages, loving those napkins too and you did a great job removing the wording ?. Thanks so much for joining our Snowy Winter challenge at AJJ, it’s always a pleasure to see you there! Stay warm and sending you Happy T Day wishes! Hugs Jo x

December 13, 2022 8:22 pm

Oh my, it looks very cold! And ice in the double glazed windows. That’s a first for me. I’ve never seen that.
Your Catmum mug is lovely.
I love your advent art journal with the birdie.
Great to see Miss P so relaxed.
Happy T-Day,

Divers and Sundry
December 13, 2022 4:19 pm

Yikes! That _is_ cold! Here we’re expecting rain and a high of 64 F, which is warm even for us for this time of year.

Christmas-related mystery stories are fun 🙂 Happy T Tuesday

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