Wednesday, 26 April 2017

U is for Underline...A-Z Challenge 2017

My theme for the 2017 challenge is waffling on about random words!

That might not seem like a theme but if you read on you’ll discover it’s not quite as random as it sounds.  The words were generated using a word generator (https://randomwordgenerator.com/) and I opted for 4 words each day.  I might focus on one or try and incorporate them all into the post.

Choosing the words this way has given me a challenge and a common thread to my posts but it has also allowed me to be myself and just waffle!  It’s what I’m good at.  (Don’t worry, I’m aiming for around 500 words per post so hopefully you won’t get stuck here for too long 😉)

And the words for today are….

Underline
Unfair
Upset
Unpleasant 

I need to underline how tired I am and how hard it is keeping up with everything right now. But actually it's unfair of me to whinge and whine when I consider not only what my daughter and her wife are going through but also the other parents of babies in the NICU.  Some of them were even more premature than my grandson and are not progressing as well.

It's still hard though.  I was quite upset yesterday, I think everything just caught up with me.  I was trying to sort out what to have for my regular ladies lunch which it was my turn to host.  Plus we have a busy weekend coming up.  I had a real I feel sorry for me moment.  I just want to be able to cuddle Nathan and I can't - yet!  

Anyway I had a cry on hubby's shoulder and then just got on with things!

The lunch went well, courtesy of Tesco.  The chicken breasts stuffed with cheese and wrapped in proscuitto were delicious and the veg which I just threw in the oven and microwave were fine too.  Dips and pitta bread for starter and then tiramisu and lemoncelli for dessert and we were all nicely full.  Washed down with a glass or two of wine and lots of good conversation.  I hated being so unadventurous and not really cooking but of course my friends were understanding so it was fine.

Today we have been to my daughter's house and delivered a baby changing unit to them.  We also took away a chest of drawers they no longer need and delivered it to one of our nephews.  He did offer to collect it from us but with visitors due at the weekend I do not need an extra piece of furniture in the way.  We also planted some plants in a raised bed that was empty.  Hopefully this will show the cat who has just started going outside that this bed is not a nice giant litter tray!

Our house will definitely be crowded at the weekend.  We are hosting the aunt and uncle of my American DIL who lives with us.  They arrive on Thursday and stay until Monday.  They will be in our recently redecorated guest room.

We will also have my other son and his wife and their two greyhounds from Friday to Monday as he is running a half-marathon race near here on Sunday.  They will have to make do with an air bed on the lounge floor sharing the space with the dogs!

It's going to be cosy!  But hopefully not unpleasant.  I've also got a tall gate on order to be picked up on Thursday so that we can corral the dogs in the utility area off the kitchen while we prepare and eat food.  It's really just a small lobby leading from the kitchen to the downstairs shower room but it's just about big enough for the two dogs to lay down in.  Hopefully with just a gate between us and them they will be ok about being there.

Apologies to anyone finding their way here from the A-Z challenge as you won't have a clue what's going on here.  An early arrival of my first grandson on 31st March has impacted considerably on my A-Z posts.  But I'm determined to get to the end.  How many days to go? 

What’s your favourite meal to cook for guests?  Or would you rather go out to eat?

Monday, 24 April 2017

T is for Thrust...A-Z Challenge 2017

My theme for the 2017 challenge is waffling on about random words!

That might not seem like a theme but if you read on you’ll discover it’s not quite as random as it sounds.  The words were generated using a word generator (https://randomwordgenerator.com/) and I opted for 4 words each day.  I might focus on one or try and incorporate them all into the post.

Choosing the words this way has given me a challenge and a common thread to my posts but it has also allowed me to be myself and just waffle!  It’s what I’m good at.  (Don’t worry, I’m aiming for around 500 words per post so hopefully you won’t get stuck here for too long 😉)

And the words for today are….

Thrust
Trouser
Treaty
Tin 

Well I'm making a last thrust at trying to complete my A-Z posts.  I'm not sure I want to use thrust in any other way tonight.  It's been a tiring day, sitting doing nothing for most of it.  It's very tiring watching people run 26 miles.  My poor son came home very achy after running his third London Marathon today.  (I'm preparing this post on 23rd April.)  He didn't think he would be able to take part some weeks ago as he injured his foot but thanks to some physio and acupuncture he completed it in 4hrs and 18 minutes. (Not his best time but he was just glad to get round.) Our niece was running her first marathon and finished in 5 hours and 48 minutes.  Well done to both of them, especially as they have both raised money for charity.  

As for trouser, who talks about a trouser?  Well I suppose we might mention a trouser leg but usually it's trousers, as in a pair of trousers.  I seldom wear trousers these days, just jeans or leggings.  Occasionally I might wear trousers if we're going somewhere nice but with no work to worry about I have lots of trousers just languishing in my wardrobe.  That goes for quite a few smart dresses and skirts etc that were definitely my work uniform.  They don't go too well with trainers either which is my usual choice of footwear.  Comfort v smart?  Comfort wins every time!

Then there's treaty, well that's another word I don't want to hear too much of.  Mainly because it usually comes up as a political subject.  Politics are a bit mad at the moment.  A surprise call for a general election here will mean that's all the news will revolve around for the next couple of months.  It will be good when it's all over and we can get back to working out how Brexit is going to happen.  Oh wait I don't want to hear about that either!  

I'll stick to tin.  As in a container.  For nice things.  Like biscuits, cake, chocolate, edible nice things.  Or keepsakes, memories, photos.  Lots of good things come in tins. 

What’s your favourite thing in a tin? 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

S is for Social... A-Z Challenge 2017

My theme for the 2017 challenge is waffling on about random words!

That might not seem like a theme but if you read on you’ll discover it’s not quite as random as it sounds.  The words were generated using a word generator (https://randomwordgenerator.com/) and I opted for 4 words each day.  I might focus on one or try and incorporate them all into the post.

Choosing the words this way has given me a challenge and a common thread to my posts but it has also allowed me to be myself and just waffle!  It’s what I’m good at.  (Don’t worry, I’m aiming for around 500 words per post so hopefully you won’t get stuck here for too long 😉)

And the words for today are….

Social
School
Service
Salvation 

I'm not a particularly social person.  I've always been a bit on the shy side.  I'm much happier being out with just a few close friends or family in familiar surroundings than with crowds of people.  I was never much of a clubber.

At school I was always one of the quiet kids.  Goody two shoes until I fell out big time with my best friend.  We argued over a stupid thing - who had the shortest mini skirt.  It was so silly but for once I didn't roll over and just accept it.  We ended up having a real scrap. I think most people were surprised that I was part of the cat fight going on in the girls' toilets!  Funny how some memories stay with us.

It was my hubby's birthday this week and we went out for a meal in the evening.  We tried a restaurant that had been recommended to him that wasn't far from us.  It had also had a good review in the evening newspaper.  It was nice to go out and the food was ok but it wasn't anything particularly special.  Probably the best thing was the service which was excellent.  As usual I didn't take any photos but I had a cucumber, tomato, red onion and bread salad to start, followed by a rib-eye steak and then a layered chocolate dessert.

As for salvation well my Goddaughter and her family were in Paris when the latest terrorist incident took place.  We were relieved to see their messages on Facebook confirming they were safe and well.  There just seem to be too many incidents happening lately.
  
Have you been affected by any of the recent events?  Has it made you change/cancel any of your activities?

Post 500 and Friday's Fave Five 21/4/17

Friday's Fave Five and A-Z update

 
Friday's Fave Five is hosted by Suzanne. Click here for full details.

What am I thankful for this week:

1)  Baby Nathan continues to make good progress.  Still a long way from coming home but he's in good hands.
2) A nice day with hubby on Tuesday.  We went out for brunch and then dinner to celebrate his birthday.  It was nice to have some time together after the last few weeks.

3)  Getting to post 500 on blogger.

4)  All the good wishes we have received from everyone for Nathan and his Mummies.

5)  Automatic washing machines, tumble driers, microwaves, shopping deliveries and all the other gadgets/services that make life easier, especially when it's tough. 

Have a good weekend all.  Ours will be busy as our son and his wife are down with their dogs.  There will be hospital visits to fit in plus on Sunday our other son is running the London Marathon.  Never a dull moment!