Friday, 13 May 2022

Friday’s Fave Five - 13/5/22

Composing this on my phone and racing against the click for it to get posted before midnight! Currently babysitting Nathan and Ella - see #2 below.

Anyway it's Friday so time to link up with Susanne and other grateful bloggers here.  These are my 5 for this week:

1) the weather was nice for our yard sale- warm and sunny. We didn't get rid of lots of stuff but it has focussed us on things we need to deal with. Hopefully we'll be able to donate some things to charity.

2) my daughter. It's her birthday today. She is definitely a blessing to me.

3) following on from last week the door in the freezer is fixed but it seems that iron manufacturers don't want you to replace the flex at least not the brand we had. Getting in to the iron proved very difficult. So one problem solved but thankfully the iron has now been replaced 

4) a lovely albeit brief visit from hubby's sister and husband last weekend. This is the couple that live in France so visits had been limited during the pandemic and we hadn't seen them since last November 

5) a successful trip to a new to me retail park. I was able to get presents for grandsons Noah and Rory who will both turn 4 in the next couple of weeks, some glue for a jigsaw puzzle I want to frame and a new handbag.  I love it when things go to plan.

Have a good weekend all.

Friday, 6 May 2022

Friday's Fave Five - 6/5/22

Is it Friday again already?  And May as well.  Time seems to be flying by.  But Friday is the day when we take a breath and look back on the week to find 5 things to be grateful for.  Then it's over to Susanne's site here to share with other like minded bloggers.

Here are mine for this week.

1)  A family party.  One of hubby's nieces had organised a surprise party for her partner who turned 50 last Saturday.  We were dithering about going but so glad we did.  The guest of honour was very surprised to find so many people waiting for him when he arrived home.  The weather was lovely and although we were the only ones there from our generation it was good to catch up with some of the younger generation.  

2)  Decorating finished (for now!) and rooms are back to normal.

I still need to get curtains for the second room but they're now on order.  We had a good outing to IKEA this week and picked up the bedside tables you can see in the picture above plus the lamps in the other room and of course a few more bits and pieces we weren't even looking for!  We also managed to move one of the units out of the bigger bedroom and have put it out in the garden room.  This meant that the storage unit we had out there that was very similar to this one:

 is now redundant.  It was taking up a lot of floor space so that will be going out in the yard sale we're doing on Sunday.  It was very satisfying getting everything straight and doing some organising and decluttering at the same time.

3)  Cygnets on the lake.

Hard to see the cygnets in these photos as they were in quite a sheltered area of the lake and I couldn't get very close but there are 4 cygnets.

4)  Lots of things sorted out with internet shopping:  for example our iron needed a new flex - it's got very twisted in places and Hubby was concerned that the coating on the wires might wear away and cause a hazard.  Of course he left it to me to actually resolve the problem.  Likewise with a shelf front in our freezer.  Hubby managed to break it a few weeks ago but I managed to order a replacement this week.  I love him dearly but he's not good at practical things like that.  (It will probably be me that fixes both of these when the parts arrive lol.)

5)  Another productive shopping trip today - I didn't get the curtains for the bedroom as the store didn't have the right size but I picked up a few other bits and pieces plus plants and compost for the garden.  I then spent time this afternoon potting everything up.  There are no flower beds in the garden but we do now have some pots on the patio with plants that will hopefully add some colour when things bloom.

As mentioned above we're doing a yard sale on Sunday so we'll be busy tomorrow getting everything sorted and ready to put out and we also have overnight visitors tomorrow - Hubby's sister and her husband are over from France.   It's been an age since we've seen them so looking forward to that.

Have a good weekend all.

Thursday, 5 May 2022

A-Z 2022 Reflections post

Reflections 2022 #atozchallenge

Alice, I need your help.

And why would that be Wendy?

Because I've got to do a Reflection post for the A-Z challenge and it would be good to have your input.

Oooh goody!  It's about time you did a new post.  Your readers must be thinking you'd fallen down a black hole and taken me with you.

No such luck Alice.

Anyway the A-Z team have given some pointers on things to include so I suggest we just work our way through them together.

Hmm that sounds boring and a bit like hard work Wendy.

Don't be rude Alice.  The A-Z team put a lot of hard work and effort into making the challenge a success and they are to be appreciated. Anyway this is the list:

  • Give consideration to how the A to Z Challenge impacted your blog.
  • View your stats to see how the last 30 days changed your blog view numbers.
  • Make an observation about how many comments you got on your April posts.
  • Contemplate what you learned from making posts during the Challenge.
  • What gave you the idea for your Challenge Theme, if you used one?
  • Did any blogs you visited in the Challenge make a lasting impression on you?
  • Perhaps meditate on how to express your thoughts about the Challenge this year.
  • Give an opinion on any of the three #AZchat events from this year.
  • What impact did the Challenge have on your social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)?
  • Rumination about the A to Z Challenge can help the team improve!
  • This year included a deliberation to find another graphic person after the loss of Jeremy. Muse about the imagination and talent of Anjela.
  • What is your impression of the A to Z Team?
  • After much cogitation, let your pensiveness reflect in your post.
  • Did any dreams or goals you set come to fruition during this April Challenge?
  • Please tell everyone if you picked up any sweet merchandise this year.
  • Hmm well some of that is easy Wendy although there won’t be any meditating going on here.  And the challenge had no impact on your social media as you don’t do Twitter and you keep your blog completely separate form Facebook and Instagram.

    As for chats?  Do you mean to tell me now, when it’s far too late that we could have been chatting with other people about the challenge during the challenge?

    Well yes Alice but I felt that was a bit beyond me and I’m not sure if the timing was right.

    You just didn’t want to let me have a voice did you?

    Well that might have been a bit tricky Alice as only I can hear you.

    Ok.  Point taken.  Now what about your stats whatever they are?

    Short for statistics Alice.  The blogging platform provides details on things like page views, comments etc and mine were definitely up for April but as I really only blog for my own satisfaction I never really take any notice of them.

    Right.  Moving on.  I think the new graphics person did a good job.  Hard stepping into someone else’s shoes.  Actually Wendy you’re right.  The whole team do a great job.  But how do they find the time?  You’re retired and have lots of time but still struggled to get the posts done on time once you caught up with yourself.

    Well taking a holiday during the first week of the challenge wasn’t ideal and yes I was winging it most days after that.  And once again I haven’t managed to visit as many other blogs as I feel I should have.  I did manage to visit people who’d left me comments and I have started working my way through the sign up list.  There just never seem to be enough hours in the day.

    Gaining more grandchildren hasn’t helped Wendy but at least you had me to provide your theme and give suggestions, even if I was just resurrected from 2019.

    Yes but now I’ve resurrected you I don’t think you’re going back into the recesses of my mind anytime soon Alice. 

    Oh no Wendy.  I’m here to stay which I know will please many of your readers.

    So there you have it.  A reflections post done in the style of my A-Z posts.  This is my 8th completed challenge, once again by the skin of my teeth on quite a few days.  Forward planning is still not my strong point.  However, enthusiasm for blogging has revived and satisfaction gained from doing more than just waffle or doing regular memes.

    Thank you to everyone, old and new, for your visits to my blog and the lovely comments.  Apologies if I haven’t made it back to your blog yet, I’m working on it.

    As for Alice…..well you definitely haven’t heard the last from her.

    Links to all my A-Z posts can be found here.

    Saturday, 30 April 2022

    A-Z challenge 2022 - Z is for Zany, Zappy and Zingy

    #AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter

    Welcome to the conversations in my head with my friend Alice, previously seen in my 2019 A-Z posts and loosely based on Alice in Wonderland.  At least that's the plan.


    Are we still talking Wendy?  You went very quiet on me yesterday after our discussion on youthful.

    Of course Alice.  And to a degree you are right.  I’m never going to be youthful again but I don’t need to be old.  And of course I will be old but that will be easier if I’m fitter and in charge of my mind.  I can certainly work on getting fitter and being healthier.  Not sure about the mind thing with you inside it.  Time will tell on that front.

    Right so do you have a word in mind for the letter Z?

    Actually I have 3 Alice.  I chose them to sum you up.

    Oh dear.  Are they nice words?

    Definitely.  I wanted the challenge to finish on a positive note.

    Ok.  What are the words?

    Zany, zappy and zingy.

    Do you really think they apply to me Wendy?

    Yes.  Zany means silly or amusing.  You can be very silly at times Alice but you are also, according to our readers, amusing.

    Oh so you don’t find me amusing then?  Bit of a back handed compliment.

    Yes Alice sometimes I do find you amusing.  Anyway the second word, zappy, means energetic or lively which you definitely are.  You have much more get up and go than I have which is good although if you could curb your enthusiasm first thing in the morning it would be appreciated.

    I’m trying Wendy, I’m trying.  And this week you seem to have been getting up earlier anyway.

    The decorators are here working in the spare bedrooms so I’ve had to be.

    Well you should try and keep to the earlier rising and work on going to bed a bit earlier.

    We’re digressing Alice.  The final Z word I’ve chosen for you is Zingy which means striking, attractive or appealing.

    I don’t go around striking anyone!

    Striking as in your looks Alice which are also attractive and appealing.

    Oh, now you’re making me blush.

    Well Alice, despite being a grumpy, overweight, non-youthful, waffling idiot at times I have appreciated your help with this challenge.  I’ll even go as far as to say I couldn’t have done it without you.

    Oh stop, you have me crying.

    Well that would be a first.

    Hey, does this mean we can do it all again next year?

    Ask me in 6 months’ time Alice.

    You’re not expecting me to be quiet until then are you Wendy?

    Well that would be like asking for the impossible Alice so no.  And I’m definitely working on ideas for keeping you involved in my blog.

    Oh goody we could….

    Alice, don’t start getting carried away.

    Yes but I have some great ideas….

    Alice!  You have to learn when to stop which, as we’ve finished the A-Z challenge, is now!

    Well there’s still a reflection post to be done Wendy so readers definitely haven’t heard the last of me yet.

    Ok Alice, you get to have the last word.

    Thank you Wendy.