Friday, 6 July 2018

Friday's Fave Five - 9/7/18

Friday is the day for looking back over the week to remember things to be grateful for.  It's hosted by Susanne over at Living to Tell the Story.  Pop over there to find other participants and all the guidelines for posting.

Here are mine for this week:

1)  Hot weather!  Well ok it's a little too hot for my liking but we are definitely enjoying summer.  And that's how it should be given that we're now into July.  (Where did June go?)  Thankfully I don't have to rush off to work so I can sit back and enjoy it except....

2)  Our NHS.  It celebrated its 70th birthday this week and once again we were so grateful for it.  Poor Nathan was hit with another chest infection that required 3 nights in hospital, steroids, nebulizers, breathing assistance and antibiotics.  Scary for a bit but, as is often the way with kids, he has bounced back and is now continuing to recover at home and is much more himself.  

This was Monday: 
Happier to sit with Nanny and not clinging to his Mummies.

And this was today:

This is the second time this has happened so now he'll be followed up at the respiratory clinic to check out if it's just bad luck with the infections or if it's complicated by asthma.  Hopefully it's just bad reactions to cold viruses and he will cope better as he gets older. 

3)  Public transport and being able to use it.  Driving in London is a nightmare but there was a time when I could not cope with using public transport.  Fortunately I've managed to get over that which was good this week in particular as I was backwards and forwards to the hospital.

4)  Being flexible when driving.  I've been driving since I was 17 so I'm pretty confident about it.  I'm also happy to just get in another car and drive which I had to do this week as Becca had driven Nathan to the hospital late on Sunday so on Monday I had to drive their car back to their house.  Not a long drive but the SATNAV took me down some narrow streets and their car isn't little.  I know that some drivers wouldn't be comfortable doing that but I'm ok doing it.

5)  Time with Noah and Rory.  


Hmm a bit of competition going on there!  I think it was one of their Great Aunts who bought them identical onesies.  But Nanny doesn't have favourites and I don't think you can beat a white babygro at that age:

We spent Sunday with Noah.  I was desparate to see him as it had been a few weeks and they grow so fast at his age.  He's a little wriggler.  But doing well.  On Wednesday afternoon I caught up with Rory.  He's also growing fast.  He's going to get a lot of attention over the next couple of weeks as his Grandparents from Vermont will be flying over to meet him for the first time.  Exciting times!

It's going to be a busy weekend - they arrive first thing Sunday morning and I'm going with my son to collect them from the airport so tomorrow will be spent shopping and making sure everything is ready as they are staying with us for their visit although I'm sure they will be out most of the time spending time with Rory!

Hope all the American bloggers had a good July 4th and have a good weekend all.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Loving the peace & quiet

I've been at my laptop for a while now, posting on my blog, catching up with friends blogs, Facebook etc chilling in the garden.  It's still so warm out there and I'm enjoying just chilling and watching my new fairy lights come on as it's got dark.

I had to light the citronella candles and cover up to avoid the mosquitos but it was still relaxing.

I've had to retreat now as my laptop needed charging and I need to water the garden.  This weather is lovely but the garden is suffering.

Friday's Fave Five - 29/6/18

If you want to join in with the Friday Five you can find all the details here, on Susanne's site.

It's where we look back on the week and find things we're grateful for.  

Well this has been another busy week for me, (apologies if I've not got around to visiting all your blogs/responding to comments) but lots to be grateful for:

1)  I made it to another birthday!  I spent the actual day (Tuesday) looking after Nathan as usual.  Nick joined me for the whole day and the girls had bought a cake and we did the whole "Happy Birthday" thing with candles and singing.  Nathan was totally bemused.

In the evening Nick and I went out for a meal to a recently opened mediterranean style restaurant near home.  I had garlic mushrooms to start followed by a salmon dish with tomatoes, onions etc on a bed of mashed potato.  Both were delicious but I had no room for dessert!

(These tasted better than they look here - I forgot to take pictures until after I'd started eating!)

2)  Afternoon tea outing with hubby last Saturday - this was actually a voucher I'd had for last year's birthday that we finally got around to using.  We started with a glass of champagne followed by sandwiches, lovely little cakes and scones with jam and cream.

Yummy.  We also had a walk around Covent Garden and nearby Somerset House.

3)  On Sunday Becca & Vicky took us out for lunch for my birthday and belated Father's Day.  We went to a family friendly Italian restaurant.  The staff made such a fuss of Nathan.  Afterwards we babysat for them while they went to an open air concert - the weather was lovely fortunately.  We got to do the whole bedtime routine with Nathan for the first time - bath, stories, milk and then bed.  They've started to try and put him down awake in his cot in his own room now.  It's proving a challenge but for us he was asleep within 5 minutes.  Of course he woke just after his Mummies got home and then was difficult to settle.  He does not like going to bed!

4)  Monday and Wednesday were spent catching up with friends.  Always good to get together and just chat and relax.  We also had Michael, Liz and Rory here for dinner on Wednesday.  He's 4 weeks old today - time is flying!

5)  Good weather!  It's been hot and sunny all week and I'm so grateful that I don't have to be at work.  We're lucky that our garden is south facing so it gets the sun most of the day but there are always cool spots in the house and I'm composing this on the patio which is now in the shade.  It's quiet and peaceful and it's a good place to reflect on a good week.

We're off to Nottingham on Sunday to catch up with Noah.  Can't wait!

Have a good weekend all.

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 27/6/18

Wednesday's Hodgepodge is brought to us courtesy of Joyce at 
Pop over there to see other posts and if you want to join in add the link to your Hodgepodge blog post to the Linky List at the end of Joyce's post and don’t forget to visit at least your neighbours on the list.
Have fun!

1. Security or freedom? Can you have both? Explain.
Both.  I definitely think it's possible to feel secure e.g. in your home, your surroundings  but also to have freedom to make your own decisions and choices.
2. If you could visit any historical American site what would it be? Why?
Possibly the Grand Canyon, because it's so vast.
3. Free as a bird, free reign, be free of, free enterprise, free trip, walk away scot free, free for all...which 'free' phrase can best be applied to your life in recent days or weeks? Explain.
Be free of (responsibilities)  Of course as a Wife, Mother and now Grandmother I will always have responsibilities but I've opted not to sign up for anything where I feel responsible to anyone or anything now I'm retired.
4. Something in your fridge that's red? Something in your house that's white? Something in your view that's blue?
Red tomatoes, white bedding, blue sky.  We're enjoying a lovely spell of blue skies and hot weather.
5. July 27th is National New Jersey Day. Have you ever visited The Garden State? If so where did you go? Are there diners where you live? Have you tried Taylor Pork Roll? Do you like to play Monopoly? Salt water taffy-yay or nay? How do you feel about shopping at the mall? Springsteen, Sinatra, or Bon Jovi-you have to pick one.
Never visited New Jersey.  Not tried Taylor Pork Roll, Played a lot of Monopoly.  Salt water taffy?  I'm guessing toffee? So leave out the salt water thanks.  I only shop at the mall if I know exactly what I'm shopping for and where to find it.  Sinatra.
Raise your hand if you know why these add-on questions are appropriate on National NJ Day.
My hands are down!
6. Insert your own random thought here.
I'm answering these on Friday.  Where did the week go?
These two had something to do with it so I'm not complaining.