Friday, 23 August 2019

Friday's Favourite Five - 23/8/19

It's Friday so time again to look back on the week and find five favourite things.  This meme is hosted by Susanne over at Living to Tell the Story.  Pop over there to find out more and see who else is taking part.

Well I missed last week and I really should be packing at the moment but it's good to catch a quiet few minutes with a cup of tea and reflect on the week.
Here are mine for this week:

1)  Very thankful that my American DIL chose to make her home here in the UK with my son.  They've just got back safely from visiting her family in Vermont and I missed this little one.  But thankful that I get to see so much of him.  He was clearly excited about going on the plane.  He didn't sleep through the whole flight.  His parents were not happy.  He also required several nappy (diaper) changes!  Glad I didn't have to share that experience.

 2)  Noah time!  We spent Saturday & Sunday with him (& parents) in Nottingham.  It was a few weeks since we'd seen him and he is much more mobile now.  And sleeping better!
This picture was taken this week after his first haircut.

3)  And of course I can't leave Nathan out.  Was thankful to be able to help his Mummies out this week with an extra day of grandsitting.  He's been unwell with what's probably some sort of virus.  Mostly he's fine but keeps throwing a high temperature so no nursery for him.  He does love playing with his new water toy and his speech is coming on in leaps and bounds - we'll have to be very careful what we say in front of him from now on!

 4)  My organisational & cooking skills!  We're about to go off on our extended family holiday trip to Kent and I co-ordinate the shopping.  I've also prepared a bolognese sauce for tonight's dinner.  Yesterday was busy!

5)  Finding time to enjoy my new bench in the garden - and that glass of wine!

 Cheers!  Have a good weekend.  (Now I'm off to pack!  Apologies if I don't make it around to your posts this week.  Wifi at the holiday home is not great and it will be hectic - but fun.)

August challenge - up to Day 22!

Anddddd another catch up!

How can it be almost a week since I was here.  Well a weekend away (visiting Noah in Nottingham) followed by two days back to back with Nathan (he's got some sort of viral thing going on - he seems generally fine but his temp keeps going up) and since then planning for our extended family holiday!

Planning and doing online shops for all the food takes A LOT OF TIME!  They don't call me Mrs Organised for nothing but I'm not feeling very organised at the moment. But bolognese sauce is prepared for tomorrow night, my ironing is done, shopping orders are placed for tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday sooooo a few moments free to be here.

Apologies in advance for not catching up with you.  It's been a whirlwind week and next week (starting tomorrow) will be family time.  Also the wifi at the house isn't great.  I have to find just the right spot to keep on top of the shopping orders.  However the weather forecast is looking good and all my grandbabies will be there so what's not to like?

Right now, Day 17 of the challenge was: Picnic.  Here is a picnic bar:
Picture taken from Tea & Sympathy blog       
I have never eaten a picnic bar.  It contains nuts.  I am not allergic to nuts, I just don't like the texture of them and try to avoid them.  Even those wrapped in delicious chocolate.

I also possess one of those lovely picnic baskets - the sort that hold your plates and cutlery etc in place and has space for your food.  I don't have time to take a picture.  Trust me, it exists.

Day 18 was "My Hands"

There - done!

Day 19 was "Movement"

That was Monday.  I certainly moved - here's the evidence:

Day 20 was "Two"

Well I could be artful and repeat my two hands but instead I'll give you my two feet!

Hmm not a pretty sight but I'm trying to get this done as fast as I can and at least I can take my feet together.

Day 21 was "Right Now"

Well of course that was yesterday.and I didn't take one photo yesterday but let's pretend this was then and not today

Well someone had to drink the wine that wasn't needed for the bolognese sauce!

Today's prompt (22nd) is "Clouds"

I think I was in the Olympic park when I took this.  It was a couple of years ago.

Woo hoo all caught up!

My plan was to prepare the posts for the next week in advance and have them scheduled to appear on the relevant day.  I'm now working on Plan B - another catch up in a week's time!

Friday, 16 August 2019

August Challenge - catch up!

The idea of this challenge is to post a photo a day during August in response to the prompts.

For full details go here.

I said at the start I would be doing this challenge my way so today we have 3 days in 1.

Wednesday ran away with me and yesterday I did an extra day with Nathan as he's been a little unwell this week so couldn't go to nursery. By the time I got home I just wanted to chill in front of the TV after dinner.

So here's the catch up:

Day 14 - Favourite smell

I have lots of favourite smells including food cooking, chocolate (of course), babies, flowers, but for my photo here's the perfume I usually wear:

Day 15 - Intentions

Another hard one to photograph. I started the year with another list of intentions so here's the logo for that. Full details and updates can be found by clicking here.

Day 16 - Number

I love numbers. Maths was my favourite subject and I still love doing number puzzles. But this year my focus has been on this number.

Or actually not. Big birthdays are just that, a number.

And now I'm up to date.   Prompt #17 tomorrow.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Wednesday Medley - 14/8/19

The Wednesday Medley is hosted by Terri over at Your Friend from Florida.
The questions usually start with the National Day and follow on from there. No rules and there is no obligation. Link up if you want to over at Terri's site and see who else is joining in the fun.

The National Day today is V-J Day (Victory over Japan in WW2). Here are Terri's questions and my responses:

1. I'm sure many kids today have no idea what V-J Day is all about. Did you have a loved one who fought in WWII?

Yes my Dad was in the army during WW2.

2. The iconic sculpture from the famous photograph of "The Unconditional Surrender" has been defaced recently because of the #metoo movement. I know we can get very political about this subject, but just keeping it in the spirit for which it was created, what are your thoughts? 

Well of course I googled this and it seems the sculpture is based on a photograph taken in Times Square, New York on VJ day. Given that it's been reported that the woman was unknown to the sailor it's understandable that it's been tagged with the #metoo slogan.

3. Terri's grandson, Tristan, loved playing a game called "Axis & Allies". It was quite complicated, took up the entire dining room table, and was not something Terri wanted to play (Grandpa understood it and played though). Can you name three Axis countries and five of the many Allies (okay to look it up!)?

Well I don't remember them being referred to as the Axis countries although it makes sense. It was a lot easier to name the Allies.

4. Terri was surprised to learn that most historians agree that WWII began when Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Others say it started when Japan invaded Manchuria on September 18, 1931. And some scholars suggest WWII is actually a continuation of WWI, with a break in between. Have you ever visited Pearl Harbor in Hawaii or any other WWII memorials around the world?

Interesting that there are differing opinions but unfortunately with conflicts still going on around the world today you can understand why. I've not visited Hawaii or any major war memorials.

5. Calvin Graham was only 12 years old during WWII when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He won a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart before the Navy found out how old he was. (God bless him.) Terri doesn't know any 12-year olds today who could qualify or get away with something like that. Times are so very different now but (in the US) we do have ROTC in high schools. Do you know anyone who started in ROTC and went on to enlist in one of the services?

No I don't. You have to be 16 to enlist in the armed forces in the UK. I think my Dad was probably 16 when he enlisted so that would have been in 1935. He joined the army to get away from working in the coal mines in Yorkshire.

6. Please tell us something about your week so far.

It's another fairly quiet week although there are quite a few things on my to do list which I'm slowly working my way through. Mainly linked to our family holiday at the end of the month.