Monday, 6 July 2020

20 in 20 - June Update

Well we're almost a week into July so this update is a bit more timely than last month! Here we go:

1. Fill out weekly/daily planner
A few slips ups but mainly I'm still doing this and it does help to keep me organised although it's harder to stay focussed some days.

2. Garden projects: Get window boxes for front garden plus big planters. Stepping stones for rear garden.
No projects until we move.

3. Plan a lunch date/date night with Nick once a month (theatre/cinema/meal/outing)
Well in theory we could get out now - restrictions have eased a lot over the last few weeks but we are still being very cautious.

4. Eat at 6 new-to-me restaurants
Maybe at some point we'll feel brave enough to try and make progress on this.  Not just yet though.

5. Complete the A – Z blogging challenge


6. Plan Family weekend for my birthday
We have a lot of celebrations to catch up on but no immediate plans.


7. Take up an exercise class
Not happening!

8. Plan a road trip/holiday with hubby.
Hopefully one day!

9. Visit the beach
At some point!

10. Complete my reading challenge (52 books for the year)
I managed to read 6 books in June so I'm still on track for this.  Some were from my TBR pile including The Book Thief which I really enjoyed.  I added a few more to my Kindle app - books are about the only thing I'm spending money on right now! Full details can be found on my Goodreads page here.

11. Keep a gratitude diary
I'm still failing at this but I do try and do the Friday blog post relating to this each week.

12. Blog at least once per week (plus regular memes)
I dropped down to just 16 posts in June with hardly any original posts so not a good month overall.

13. Take a photo each week and blog about it.
I might have been a tad late with some of these but still trying to keep to the plan.

14. Read 12 books on my TBR pile.  


15. Finish knitting WIP (blanket of squares)
No change during June.

16. Try out a new recipe or do a bake each month 

Oh this is not happening!  Motivation on this front is very low at present

17. Visit/see Noah every month
Well this will need to be reviewed now that we can actually get together with family members.  My son is planning to come to London soon but now we are in the process of moving we'll just have to do the best we can. 

18. Get damp treatment done in house
At this point in time our house still has a buyer and they are aware that damp treatment is needed.  We reduced our price to reflect that so we won't have to get that work done.

19. Maintain weight
Fluctauated during the month but no overall gain.

20. Be kind to myself. Whilst I think it's good to set myself challenges sometimes life gets in the way or I just have days where I really can't be bothered. I need to accept this and not be hard on myself when things don't go to plan.
Ha "sometimes life gets in the way"  little did I know!

Well only 35%  ✅ in June.  Of course much of that is still due to Covid-19 so out of my control.  Restrictions have eased a lot over the last few weeks but it is still scary how many people are still contracting the virus and people are still dying.  I really don't want to risk getting it or giving it to other members of the family.  We're being as careful as we can.  The planned move is taking up our time now too.  It's still not guaranteed but we're doing our best to sort out all our belongings so that when contracts are exchanged we'll be as well placed as possible for moving.  I'm trying not to let it all overwhelm me but it is a lot to get our heads around - we've lived here for over 27 years now and for Hubby he'll be moving out of the area he has lived in all his life!


Review - The Authenticity Project - Clare Pooley

The Authenticity ProjectThe Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Six strangers with one universal thing in common: their lives aren’t always what they make them out to be.

What would happen if they told the truth instead?

Julian Jessop is tired of hiding the deep loneliness he feels. So he begins The Authenticity Project – a small green notebook containing the truth about his life.

Leaving the notebook on a table in his friendly neighbourhood cafĂ©, Julian never expects Monica, the owner, to track him down after finding it. Or that she’ll be inspired to write down her own story.

Little do they realize that such small acts of honesty hold the power to impact all those who discover the notebook and change their lives completely.

This is a lovely feel good book. Ideal for reading during lockdown. A bit predictable but that didn't spoil it for me. Lots of good reminders about living for today, being honest and upfront about our lives and not being so obsessed with social media!

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Review - Whatever You Love - Louise Doughty

Whatever You LoveWhatever You Love by Louise Doughty
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

"I study the photo in the same way that a spy might study the face of a counterpart in a rival organization. I am calm as I make this promise: I am going to find out what you love, then whatever it is, I am going to track it down and I am going to take it away from you."

After the death of Laura's nine-year-old daughter, Betty, is ruled an accident in a hit-and-run, Laura decides to take revenge into her own hands, determined to track down the man responsible. All the while, her inner turmoil is reopening the old wounds of her passionate love affair with Betty's father, David, and his abandonment of the family for another woman.

Haunted by her past and driven to a breaking point by her thirst for retribution, Laura discovers the unforeseen lengths she is willing to go to for love and vengeance.

The blurb on the book suggests this is going to be a thriller but I wouldn't class it as that. It's written before and after the tragic death of Laura's 9-year-old daughter Betty. It's quite a dark, harrowing story and it is well written but, it goes off the rails a bit, and the revenge promised doesn't take the form you'd expect. It's not even clear what actually happens. There are some graphic sex scenes in there, one which stretches the imagination a big step too far. And as for the epilogue, really it should be classed as a prologue.

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Saturday, 4 July 2020

#SoCS - 4/7/20 - Tossing it out!

Well it's been a while since I've done one of these.  It's hosted by Linda over here  Check out the link to see the details and who else is taking part.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “toss.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

Well firstly I'm just going to toss out there "Happy 4th July" to all my American visitors and hope you're having a good day.

We visited Grandson Rory today and were tossing a ball at the park.  He was so excited to see us and he does love running around in the park.  He hasn't quite got the hang of kicking the ball yet but he knows how to throw it.  It was quite windy and the ball was only a lightweight thing so that was fun as it was carried away quite a bit.

We've also been tossing a lot of stuff from our house this week - well sorting it into piles to dispose of in various ways before we move.  One of the things that went today was our old 6 berth frame tent.  It has sat in our cellar for longer than I care to remember but it seemed fine.  We didn't get around to putting it up but we opened out the canvas and it looked ok, no sign of mildew or anything else.  Of course there's not a lot of call for heavy old fashioned style tents these days.  One of our friends put out some feelers for it and we had a guy come for it yesterday.  Today he brought it back.  He realised that the tent and poles took up so much space in his car there wouldn't be room for all the other equipment you need for camping!

Hubby then listed it on various local sites plus Facebook Marketplace and there was a lot of interest straight away.  Probably because it was free.  Anyway we let it go to the first taker and I'm not convinced that he's taken it to use, more likely he's taken it to try and sell it.  But hey we don't need the money and we're just glad not to have to take it to the new house when the time comes.

We have a lot more tossing to do!