Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 23/5/18

Wednesday's Hodgepodge is brought to us courtesy of Joyce at 
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Have fun!

1. The last place you visited/patronized where you felt like you were given 'the royal treatment'?
We stayed at the In-laws of our eldest son at the weekend and they really made us feel welcome and provided a lovely breakfast before we left the next morning.
2. The last task you completed that was a 'royal pain'?
Cleaning the lawnmower blades.
3. How have your strengths helped you succeed? How have your faults hindered you?
I’m quite a patient person and I’m also determined – I hate leaving things half finished or admitting defeat so that’s been useful over the years.  Lack of confidence has probably been the biggest hindrance.
4. If you found a remote that could rewind, fast forward, stop and start time, what would you do with it?
I’d rewind it so that I could have conversations with my parents and ask them things I never had the opportunity to ask.
5. Any special plans for the Memorial Day weekend? Will you in some way honor or recognize the meaning of this day (remembering people who died in service to their country)? Have you ever been to Arlington National Cemetery? Does your town do anything special to mark the day?
No because we honour this day in November.  There is a Remembrance service organised by the local council and of course a big service in London that’s televised.
6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Look who's here:   

Grandson #2 arrived 3 weeks early last Thursday, weighing in at 7lb 1oz this is Noah Henry.  Of course we're besotted and spent the weekend in Nottingham enjoying lots of cuddles.

Wedding? What Wedding?

Of course living here in the UK it was impossible to avoid being aware of the recent Royal Wedding.  I've lost count of the number of TV programmes dedicated to all things Royal and how they met, where they met, how weddings are planned and so on and so on.

Don't get me wrong, I love following the life stories of our royal family, unlike my husband who thinks it's a great drain on public finances.  Not that he has any idea of how the finances actually work.

However, I did not watch the wedding on Saturday.  What?  I hear you scream.  The biggest event of the year and you didn't watch it.  Well of course I watched it, in full glory, but not until Monday!

I had more important things to be doing, like travelling to Nottingham to meet this little man:

Introducing Noah Henry, born 17th May and weighing in at 7lb 1oz.  Grandson #2.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Friday's Fave Five - 18/05/18

Friday is time to look back on the week and find five things to be grateful for. Drop in to Susanne at Living to Tell the Story for full details and other participants.

Here are mine:

1) Sunny weather. On Monday it was even quite hot and although it's been cooler for the rest of the week it's still been sunny which just puts me in a better mood.

2) New fencing in the garden. The fence at the bottom of the garden was getting a bit delapidated. We're not even sure if it's our fence or the neighbours but we decided to replace the panels that cross our garden. It also enabled our gardener to get behind our shed and remove a lot of weeds/ivy that were growing back there. Looks much better.

3) Two days with Nathan. Always sure to brighten my week even if it is exhausting. Thanks for all the compliments last week about the photo. He really does have long eyelashes - that's from hubby's side of the family and fortunately our kids all seem to have his genes!

4) Reading time. The journey to Nathan is an hour each way, including a bus and train ride. I always get a seat on the bus and usually get a seat on the train for at least half the journey. It gives me time to read. Of course I try and read at other times but that journey time is definitely devoted to reading.

5) Being focussed. I've had quite a good week for doing things around the house and mentally adjusting to having the house to ourselves again. I feel like I've wasted less time this week. I hate weeks where the days have slipped past and I don't feel I've achieved much.

Going to have a busy weekend. But it's going to be fun! Watch this space.

Hope you all have a good weekend too.

Note to self - use your camera!
I do usually take a few of Nathan each visit - I have to send them to his Mummies who of course both miss him when they're at work!

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 16/5/18

Wednesday's Hodgepodge is brought to us courtesy of Joyce at 
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Have fun!

1. What would you say is your biggest day to day challenge?
Keeping on track and not wasting time.
2. May 16th is National Biographers Day. What's a biography you really enjoyed reading? Is this a genre you read regularly?
Dear Fatty by British Comedian Dawn French.  It’s written as a series of letters and I enjoyed it although it had mixed reviews.  Biography is not a genre I regularly read although I’m sure there are many lives that would be very interesting to read about.  What I find hard to accept is books written about people who have hardly lived any of their life yet so you know there will be a sequel and a sequel…. and the money will keep pouring in.  What happened to waiting until a life had at least been mostly lived?
3. How important is keeping a clean house? Do you need to de-clutter your life?
I like to think my house is clean – especially areas such as the kitchen and bathrooms but I’m not fanatical about it.  I have decluttered some things but now we have the house to ourselves again there is a lot of sorting out to be done and rearranging.  But as and when.  I’ve reached a stage in life where you realise it’s short and sometimes there are more important things to do than cleaning.
4. You're the 8th dwarf. What's your name?
Common sense/Elf & Safety/Logical……..
5. What's surprised you the most about your life or life in general.
My ability to cope when things got tough.  I was always such a shy, timid child who wouldn’t say boo to a goose (and I still hate confrontation) but when life threw me curveballs I just got on with it.
That and the capacity we have for love.  I wondered how I would react to a Grandchild – other family babies didn’t really hold me in thrall but as you all have probably gathered I am absolutely besotted with Nathan and so excited about having more to dote on.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
Ok, so thinking back on #1.  Today was supposed to be the day for doing the laundry and re-organising my kitchen pantry style cupboard.  So far the laundry is ticking along nicely, (thank goodness for a tumble dryer as it’s cloudy and a bit showery here today) and I have washed the lovely new containers I bought for organising the cupboard.

Then I remembered it was Wednesday………Thanks Joyce for another great set of questions but they’re not helping me keep on track – although I don’t regard composing a Hodgepodge post a waste of time! lol