Sunday, 9 December 2018

18 in 18 - an overdue update!

And... it's 9th December today so here is a really overdue 18 in 18 update. (The last one was 1st October!)

1.   Bake once per month (bread/cake/biscuits) Nothing found its way into my oven :(
2.   Plant new flower bed and child proof garden  Well I have the gardener has planted a new bed along the edge of the patio with lavender.  It will be a while before it's established but it will give a visual reminder of where the garden stops and the 3 ft drop down to the patio is.  She also put some spring bulbs in so hopefully I will have flowers in the spring.
3.   Sort out magazines. More reading to be done!
4.   Plan a lunch date/date night with Nick once a month (theatre/cinema/meal)  FAIL
5.   Eat at 4 new-to-me restaurants  PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED but we did eat at some nice places while on our recent holiday, although we're unlikely to visit them again.
6.   Complete the A – Z  blogging challenge  PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED
7.   Plan a family weekend away for next year NOT YET
8.   Walk at least 3 times per week  probably failed - haven't been keeping track
9.   Visit my brother  NOT YET
10.               Visit my cousin  NOT YET
11.               Visit the beach  PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED
12.               Complete my reading challenge (52 books for the year)  Done!
In October & November I read:
The Love Trainer - Julia Llewellyn
Anything you do say - Gillian McCallister
Death Comes to Pemberley - PD James
The Little Christmas Kitchen - Jenny Oliver
Covent Garden in the Snow - Jules Wake
Into the Water - Paula Hawkins
The Guilty - David Baldacci

Details and Reviews can be found on my Goodreads site.
One of my book clubs switches to Festive Reading at this time of year hence the various Festive Froth books on my list.  Not a lot of substance but they make for easy light-hearted reading.
13.               Keep my bullet journal updated  Better than last time but still not great.
14.               Blog at least once per week (plus regular memes) So can I average out these two months?  October was great because I completed the 31 day challenge but November was rubbish because we were on holiday and I sort of took a sabatical.
15.               Take more photos  Definitely an improvement - I used my camera rather than my phone while on holiday.
16.               Update my wardrobe . Previously completed
17.               Do more crafting – update on blog Hmm at the rate I'm going the babies will be toddlers before I finish their blankets.
     18.               Try out a new recipe each week Well I'm currently cheating on this one - we signed up to Hello Fresh so we're getting 3 new recipes per week at the moment and yes I am cooking them but not a lot of thought going into selecting which 3 meals we get.

Well I could find lots of excuses for rolling 2 reports into 1 and the lack of progress made in many areas.  But I'm not going to feel bad about it.  When I set myself these targets at the beginning of the year it seemed a good idea and some of them have been helpful.  Others could get depressing but I won't be letting that happen.  Clearly there are things I need to work on and some I just need to DO.  If I decide to do a 19 in 19 list I might have to be more realistic in my choices!  

Actually I'm just going to blame these 3 for my failings!

Friday, 7 December 2018

Friday's Fave Five - 7/12/18

It's Friday again so it's time to think back on five good things over the last week.

This challenge is hosted by Susanne over at Living to Tell the Story.  Pop over there to find out more and check out other participants.

Well it's been a few weeks since I've joined in here so LOTS to be thankful for.

1)  A great trip to Canada and America.  We got there and back safely and had a great time in between!

2)  Celebrating our first USA style Thanksgiving.  We were with our son, his wife and baby Rory, celebrating at her parents' house in Barre, Vermont.  And we had snow!  Plus lots of good food, good company and a wonderful time. (Oh and there was wine :)

3)  My tree and decorations are already up.  Usually I'm much later than this at getting organised but not this year.

4)  Nothing untoward had happened while we were away - apart from forgetting to run the dishwasher.  (The dishes nearly walked out of there on their own!)

5)  Once again our NHS service.  Poor Grandson Nathan has had a rotten cold this week that escalated into breathing difficulties again so he was at the hospital all day today.  Thankfully a few nebuliser sessions seem to have eased the problem and he was allowed home with steroids to take and a plan for using his inhalers.  I'm just hoping that as he gets older and stronger he will be able to cope better with all the coughs and colds that he's bound to get. I'm also hoping I haven't caught his cold.  

Well that's me caught up.  It's been a busy few weeks and now we're on a countdown to Christmas.  I need to get my skates on and work on the to do list.  Hmm first I need to write the list!

Have a good weekend all.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Wednesday Medley 5/12/18

The Wednesday Medley is hosted by Terri.  Pop over to see her answers and check out who else has taken part.
Thanks Terri.


1.     On December 5, 1901, Walt Disney was born.  Have you been to Disneyland or Disney World?  Can you share a favourite Disney memory?
Haven't been to either or Euro Disney. 
2.     The first roller coaster attraction at Walt Disney World was Space Mountain.  Do you/did you like roller coasters?
I do not like roller coasters and avoid them at all times.
3.     The very first fairy tale that Walt Disney made a cartoon about was Little Red Riding Hood.  Did you enjoy fairy tales when you were a youngster or did they scare you?  Did you have a favourite?
Yes I did enjoy fairy tales and I think my favourite was probably Snow White.
4.     In Lady & the Tramp, Tramp’s real name was Butch!  Do you have nicknames for your fur-babies and/or for your children?
No, I've always tended to just use their names.  Even with the kids I don't always shorten their names, although they have accepted short versions.
5.     I can’t let this day go by without respecting George H.W. Bush, as he lays in state in the Rotunda of our Capital today.  He was our 41st President and only the second father to have a son follow him as President of the United States.  President Bush loved his colourful socks.  I bought Joe a pair of George H.W. Bush socks for Christmas one year.  I know Myra has a pair… any other bloggers checking in today who have a pair of the Presidential socks in a drawer at home?  How do you feel about colourful socks?
I like colourful socks - with 3 males in the house for a long time it was a lot easier to tell which ones belonged to who but we've never had any Presidential one, or Royal ones but we may have had some Simpson ones!
(These are the socks (and tie) President Bush will be buried in.)

6.     Please tell us something random about your week!

After a break it's good to get back to my blog and ignore all the Brexit shenanigans that are currently going on!

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Shh don't wake the baby!

I love looking after this little one but now he's walking he does keep me on my toes, all day!  Except when he's asleep.

He has a cold at the moment so he's not 100% but he was so good today.  He let me get him dressed, clean his teeth and give him his inhaler this morning and although I was wiping his nose all day long he never got ratty about any of it.

But he was tired!  He was struggling to stay awake during his lunch and I was able to lift him out of his highchair and lay him in his buggy and he was off!  No rocking, no singing he was out for the count - for 2 hours.  Time for Nanny to have her lunch and get a rest before he woke up and was on the go again.

Did I mention I love being a grandparent?