Friday, 15 October 2021

Friday's Fave Five - 15/10/21

Yes it's me!  I'm here after several weeks' absence.  Although I've been in a bit of a mental fog the past few weeks I do still have lots to be grateful for so I was determined to join Susanne and other blogging friends over at Living to tell the Story today.

1)  Nice weather.  It's definitely been chillier recently - the heating is on in the mornings and evenings - but this week we've had dry days and some sunshine.  Perfect weather for enjoying the changes to the trees now that autumn is here and checking on the cygnets at the lake who are almost swans now.

Ella wasn't overly impressed lol.

2)  A new roof on the downstairs extension.  Our dining room, part of the kitchen and the utility area of our house are an extension to the original house and have a flat roof.  When we moved here we knew one of our urgent jobs was to replace the roofing material and we finally got that done this week.  (Grateful again for the good weather so that the works could go ahead and not need rescheduling.)

3)  I got my flu jab this week and today I've had the invitation to book my Covid booster.

4)  A night away.  One of our presents last Christmas from our youngest son and his wife was a voucher for a night away, including dinner and breakfast at a pub with rooms that we had stayed at years ago.  The pub used to be owned by the parents of the chef Jamie Oliver and although it has now changed hands it was still very much the same.

Set in a village in Essex it's a peaceful setting and it was lovely to get away and feel like we were doing something normal again.  For dinner I had mushrooms in cream on focaccia bread, followed by lamb shank with new potatoes and veg and then hubby and I shared a sticky toffee pudding dessert.  I'm not used to eating 3 courses though so I was very full!

5)  Books and bits for the grandchildren.

After a lovely full English breakfast at the pub we drove to Saffron Walden, an old market town and had a good mooch around the shops, many of which were charity shops.  I nabbed some books for me and some cars and puzzles for the grandkids.  I also got myself an umbrella as mine collapsed on me recently.  I also had to buy a couple of folding bags to carry it all in as Hubby bought a few bits too.

We stopped for tea and cake (too full from breakfast for lunch) and then we headed home taking the country route rather than the motorway.

Although it was short it was a lovely break.  

Now I'm looking forward to a lazy weekend and then preparing for guests next week.  Our American DIL's parents are coming for a visit and they will be staying with us.

Hopefully I'll have time to visit some blogs and catch up with news as I'm also thankful for the lovely comments I got on my last post.

Have a good weekend all.

Sunday, 10 October 2021

World Mental Health Day - 10th October 2021


It's been weeks since I posted here, mainly because I haven't felt the motivation.  I've felt rather flat recently.  Nothing actually wrong physically but mentally definitely not in the right place.  I'm finding it quite hard to get back into normality.  I'm naturally quite introverted so although it was hard not being able to see family during the lockdowns being stuck at home wasn't that hard for me.  But then it's easy to disappear down a rabbit hole.

Life is a little bit hectic at the moment, our house is definitely becoming like a creche several days a week and the past few weeks it's also felt like a launderette as both our son and daughter have had problems with their washing machine and dryer.  It's been quite full on and I have been quite tired as my sleeping hasn't been great.

Looking back on my Facebook posts this was something I posted 5 years ago today. 

 I need to revisit this but another image posted by a friend was this one which is definitely helpful.

May be an image of text that says 'HOW AM feeling? (PHYSICALLY MENTALLY) WHEN DID LAST eat a whole meal? WHEN DID LAST drink water? HOW LONG HAVE SPENT my phone TODAY ? WHEN DID LAST breathe deeply? WHEN DID LAST talk to gomeone ABOUT MY FEELINGS? WHAT CAN celebrate TODAY? WHEN DID LAST Yo outside mental health check zzz2 AM tired? WHEN DID LAST take shower? (OR BATH) WHAT IS TAKING UP MOST OF MY headspace? WHAT CAN DO THAT WILL bring me soy ? WHEN DID LAST DO A kind thing FOR SOMEONE ELSE? WHAT promise of pd DO NEED το meditate ON TODAY?' 
Another friend posted about the things she does for her mental health and that made me realise I need to focus and be more proactive.

On the plus side hubby and I enjoyed our first trip into Central London this week.  We had a lovely afternoon tea here.  It was delicious and was actually a Christmas gift to us from our daughter and her wife for 2019!

I even remembered to take some pics!  We had sandwiches, followed by cheese scones and then pastries on the theme of English biscuits and finally sweet scones. And of course lots of tea!


Friday, 27 August 2021

Friday's Fave Five - 27/8/21

Friday already?  Time to look back on the week and find the favourite things and then share over at Susanne's site: Living to Tell the Story.

1)  My bowel screening test came back clear.  It was a routine test so I wasn't expecting any surprises but still good to get that confirmed.

2)  My new Fitbit arrived and I'm getting used to it.  It has more features than my last one which I'm gradually getting to grips with.

3)  We had these little guys here this week:

Miles seems fully recovered from his bout of Covid and Noah enjoyed an adventure with his Daddy while he was here.  He took him on the cable car across the Thames or as Noah put it the "flying car".

4)  My son, DIL and Rory and Vinny arrived back safely from the US.  It was lovely catching up with them again this week too.  We even managed a picnic lunch in the garden.

5)  We survived the sleepover with Nathan last Friday.  He did wake up around 3am and I had to snuggle in with him but he was fine in the morning so we're definitely putting it down as a success!

Definitely a family focussed week, my favourite way to spend time.

Have a good weekend.

Friday, 20 August 2021

Friday's Fave Five - 20/8/21

Susanne usually hosts this on Fridays but she's taking a break this week as she has family visiting.  The idea is to look back on the week and write about 5 things that we are grateful for.  Even on uneventful weeks (which lots of mine have been during this pandemic!) there are always things to be found and it's a good habit.

So although there's no link up this week I'm still listing my faves which are:

1)  Got some tests out of the way this week.  Hopefully results will be back soon.  I'm not particularly worried about them and I wrote more about them here.

2)  I lost my Fitbit this week, not something I'm grateful for, but I am grateful that I was able to order a replacement and it's currently on its way.  Should arrive by Monday or Tuesday.

3)  A neighbour who likes to share.  The neighbour to our left has a bigger garden than ours and the bottom section is used for growing fruits and vegetables.  There are only the two of them (although they do have family close by) and we have already benefitted from some broccoli and runner beans.  I now have some cooking apples which I shall turn into a crumble over the weekend.

4)  DIL Amy seems to be much better after her bout of Covid and she was able to complete her first day back at work today after her maternity leave for Miles. 

5)  Grandson Nathan is asleep!  He's having his first sleepover here at Nanny & Grandpa's.  We've looked after him overnight before (when Ella was born) but at his house, never here.  He was a bit of pickle when it came to going to bed but I did eventually get him settled and asleep.  He rarely sleeps right through the night though so the test will be when he wakes as that's when he'll probably want Mummy Becca.  We shall see.  Wish me luck!  His Mummies are coming over in the morning to collect him then I think we'll need a rest. 

Enjoy the weekend!