Monday, 19 March 2018

A - Z Challenge 2018 - Theme Reveal

This will be my 4th year of taking part in the A - Z Challenge.  More information on the challenge can be found here.

I find it helps to have a theme for my posts so this year, having been watching the Winter Olympics, I decided to use sports.  Which might sound strange as I'm not really a sporty person and I don't even watch a lot of sport. 

Of course there are well known sports, especially those that feature in the Olympics but some sports are just weird and I've found there are many that I've never even heard of.

I'll be aiming to give my impressions on some of them at least, waffling away as usual. 

It's a shame that waffling isn't a sport.  I'm sure I could win a gold medal at it!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge 14/3/18

Wednesday's Hodgepodge is brought to us courtesy of Joyce at
From this side of the pond
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1. Best place you've been lately?
We went out for lunch in Hampstead on Sunday with my daughter, her wife and our Grandson.  The restaurant was nice, nothing spectacular but it was Mother’s Day here in the UK so it was just lovely to share their first one.

2. What's something you should say yes to today? Or this week? Or even this year?

Well I think I should be saying No!  To sweets, crisps, cakes, excessive amounts of food – I’m sure you’re getting the picture.  And maybe yes to an exercise class?
3. Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in any way, shape, or form? If so tell us how. In Western cultures the colour green is typically associated with jealousy, nature, good luck, and growth. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'green'?

Not really although there are lots of celebrations held in London.  We’re away this weekend so it will probably pass us by.  When I hear green I tend to think of open spaces and the outdoors.
4. What's a product or service you love so much you'd happily be their spokesperson? Tell us what makes you such a fan.
My bank.  What I like about them is when you phone you get connected really quickly to someone who is based in the UK, and easy to talk to.  Their customer service is excellent.  Plus when I moved our account to them they were happy to name me first on the account.  Traditionally joint accounts have usually had the male name first.
5. March 14th is Pi Day. How are your maths skills? What's the last thing you did that required maths of any kind? And most importantly do you like pie? What's your favourite kind? With ice cream, whipped cream, or please hold the cream?
Well my maths skill are generally ok, probably above average – it was my best subject at school.  I often do killer Sudoku puzzles and they require maths.  I definitely like pie.  As for the cream, well although I like dessert style pies I also like meat pies so I’ll have mine with gravy please.
6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Looking forward to a weekend away with all our kids and spouses and of course Nathan plus our son’s 2 greyhounds.  Not sure how relaxing it will be! lol

Sunday, 11 March 2018

I blinked and the weekend's over!

Ha not really.  But this weekend has really flown by.

On Friday I'd been invited out to lunch with my usual Ladies that Lunch which was lovely.  It was my friend Catherine's turn to host and she loves to cook so we had a baked curry dish with Indian style rice followed by a lovely meringue dessert.  It was all delicious and the company was good too.

However, I was also entertaining in the evening.  Nick's family.  All his siblings and partners - 14 for dinner including us.  Fortunately I was well prepared - I'd made 4 large Moussakas in advance which only needed to be reheated.  I organised dips and pitta bread and olives etc for starters and I'd made a baked cheesecake the day before.  For once I even remembered to take a photo.  Just as well as it all got eaten!
Once we'd eaten we checked out a couple of local bars before heading home for some tea and coffee.  We ended up with 6 guests staying overnight.

On Saturday we had a leisurely morning with a cooked breakfast that was almost brunch and then set off for a walk in the Olympic park.  I left them after a while as they wanted to head off down the canal paths and I was feeling a bit tired.  I also wanted to get back and straighten up a bit - put extra chairs away etc.

They called in for a drink before heading home and then Nick and I slumped in front of the TV in the evening.

Today we have been over to Becca & Vicky's to celebrate their first Mother's Day with Nathan.  

We went out to Hampstead for a nice lunch then back to theirs for tea before heading home.  Now  I'm having a well earned relax.  It's been a lovely weekend with all the eating, drinking and socialising but it has been tiring!

For all those celebrating today - Happy Mother's Day.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

It's Wednesday.....

It's Wednesday but no Hodgepodge.  Which is probably just as well as it's almost Thursday and I went to check out the Hodgepodge post for the link and then remembered it wasn't happening this week.  Phew no need to panic about trying to get my answers sorted and posted before bed!

It's been a busy day - getting washing done, shopping for and cooking dinner (chicken stew - very tasty) planning ahead for feeding 12 guests on Friday and 2 birthdays before the end of the month.  (My eldest son will be 30 on the 19th and Nathan will be 1 on the 31st.)

Where does the time go?  

The comments on yesterday's post about signing up for the A-Z challenge were very encouraging - thanks everyone - but now I'm starting to wonder if it was a wise move!  I'm hoping to get as many of the posts finished and scheduled as I can before the start but I expect I'll be flying by the seat of my pants by the end.

I intended to work on it today but didn't manage it.  Perhaps I'll be more successful tomorrow.

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Here's a hint to my theme:  What did I do a lot of during February?