Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Wednesday Medley - 20/3/19

The Wednesday Medley is hosted by Terri over at Your Friend from Florida.
The questions usually start with the National Day and follow on from there. No rules and there is no obligation. Link up if you want to over at Terri's site and see who else is joining in the fun.



1.  The first spring flowers are usually daffodils, dandelions, lilies, tulips, iris. and lilacs. Which one of those choices is your favorite?  Have you seen any yet?
I think daffodils are my favourite.  They are so cheerful.  Of the above I've seen daffodils, tulips and iris in my garden.  Fortunately no dandelions yet and I don't have any lilies or lilacs.
2.  What is your least favorite thing about spring?
I don't like it when the clocks go forward and we lose an hour of sleep.
3.  Okay, what puts a spring in your step?
Seeing my grandchildren.
4.  What is your favorite springtime song?
Never really thought about that.
5.  What really says spring to you?
When all the flowers start blooming in the garden and the nights start getting lighter.
6.  Tell us something random about your week.
We often get lots of excuses from our rail operators as to why trains have been delayed.  Today I heard a new one.  I was travelling to my daughter's when the train came to a halt between stations.  The driver announced that there was a swan on the track ahead of the train.  We waited and he then announced that it didn't seem to want to move and he had contacted railway staff to organise getting someone to come and move the swan!  My heart sank as I thought that would probably take ages and I really didn't want to be stuck on that train.  Fortunately by edging the train forward the swan seemed to get the message and moved.  We were probably only stuck for about 10 minutes but it felt like longer.

Monday, 18 March 2019

A - Z 2019 Theme Reveal

A to Z 2019 

Today's the day for revealing your theme for the 10th A - Z blogging challenge!

Drum roll please .......

My theme for this year, my 5th time of participating, is......No theme!

I'm trying something different this year.  I've got over half my posts drafted and I'm trying not to panic about how close the 1st of April is getting but hopefully I'll be ready at the start of the month.  I want to have time to do more visiting of other participants this year.

Talking of which you can find out more about the challenge here

Actually my posts relate to "Conversations in my head" so expect waffle and nonsense as usual but hopefully there will be a thread holding it all together.  

Wish me luck!

Friday, 15 March 2019

Friday's Fave Five - 15/3/19

It's Friday again and time to count our blessings for the week. This meme is hosted by Susanne over at Living to Tell the Story. Pop over there to find out more and see who's taking part.

Here are mine:

1. Catching up with all 3 grandsons this week. We went up to Nottingham on Sunday until Monday to catch up with Noah and his parents. Poor thing is teething and he wasn't his usual cheerful self but it was still lovely to see him.

On Wednesday I had Rory here while his Daddy had a driving lesson and he has perfected crawling - he moves very fast! Nappy changes are also a challenge as he doesn't want to stay still for a second.

I've looked after Nathan on Thursday and today this week so that's been tiring but he's talking more and more and he's becoming obsessed with kicking a ball around.

I think you can probably tell I love being a Nana and with my 3 grandsons I'm definitely blessed.  Hubby quite enjoys it too as you can tell from this pic.  

 (Sorry for the old pic but we don't get all 3 of them together very often.)

2. Flowers in the garden. I've had daffodils, tulips and irises blooming in the garden and I have helibores giving a great splash of colour. Spring is definitely here.

3. Lunch with friends last Friday. It had been a few weeks since we'd got together so it was good to catch up.

4. A hubby that cooks. I was really tired tonight after getting back from looking after Nathan so it was nice that hubby was happy to take on cooking dinner.

5. I'm writing this while watching Comic Relief. Watching the projects that are supported by the funds raised by this charity makes me very aware of how fortunate I am to have a roof over my head, the ability to put food on the table and to make my own decisions to name just a few blessings. It's a bit harrowing to watch some of the films and sad that we have to be having fundraising events like Comic Relief to raise funds for these causes.

Have a good weekend all.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Wednesday Medley - 13/3/19

The Wednesday Medley is hosted by Terri over at Your Friend from Florida.
The questions usually start with the National Day and follow on from there. No rules and there is no obligation. Link up if you want to over at Terri's site and see who else is joining in the fun.




National Good Samaritan Day is observed on March 13th.  This day is also known as Good Samaritan Involvement Day. This is a day for unselfish actions to help those in need and to celebrate kindness.
1.  When did someone come to your rescue and can you tell us about it?
I'm sure there are probably lots of occasions but the ones that spring to mind are the AA when I've had car problems.  I've been very glad of my membership over the years.
2.  When did you help someone out of a jam and can you tell us about it?
I can't think of a specific instance but when I was working there were lots of times I had to deal with health & safety incidents including chasing a fox out of the assembly hall and removing a dead rat from the playground.   There are some aspects of my job that I do NOT miss! lol
3.  What are your thoughts on being a good Samaritan?  Some states (like Florida) have even passed Good Samaritan laws so you don't get into trouble with the law for trying to help someone.
I'd like to think I'd always step into help someone if necessary.  I've trained as a first aider in the past so I'd hope if I ever needed to perform first aid I wouldn't hesitate.  
4.  Thursday is National Pi Day.  It's a fun play on the date 3.14.  Will you have some pie to celebrate?
Definitely won't have pie on Thursday - we had lots of pie on Tuesday - we had dinner with my daughter and her wife and we had chicken pie followed by apple pie for dessert.  (The supermarket had a special deal on pies.)
5.  Did you know that Pi is the most studied number in mathematics?  Are you good with numbers?
Yes I am pretty good with numbers.  I did maths to A level at school and even considered studying it at university.
6.  Tell us something random about your week.
I've seen all 3 grandsons this week!  I'm a happy Nana! 
Noah - we visited him on Sunday

We saw Nathan on Tuesday but I stole one of his Mummy's photos taken at our nearby Discovery Centre - he loves "The Tiger who came to Tea" book!

Rory - at my house today while Daddy had a driving lesson.  

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Review: Origin:

Origin: Origin: by Dan Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself... and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery... and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.

I have enjoyed all the Dan Brown books I've read and this one did not disappoint. It's another roller coaster of a ride with Professor Robert Langdon chasing the answers to codes and riddles to save the day. This book is set in Spain, predominantly in Barcelona and portrays a battle between religion and science.

I think you either love or hate Brown's writing. I love it and this book is definitely chilling in its subject matter.

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Friday, 8 March 2019

Friday's Fave Five - 8/3/19

It's Friday again and time to count our blessings for the week. This meme is hosted by Susanne over at Living to Tell the Story. Pop over there to find out more and see who's taking part.

Here are mine:

1) Impromptu shopping trip and lunch out with Hubby last Saturday. We went to our nearby Westfield shopping centre. We wanted to see if John Lewis had beading wire. No I haven't taken up a new craft. Hubby's hearing aids have thin tubes that have to be cleaned out regularly. They came with a couple of very thin pieces of plastic that poke through the tubes to do this. Hubby had lost one (they're very thin and flimsy) but when he asked about getting more he was told they didn't supply them but beading wire or fuse wire were good alternatives. Anyway we couldn't find beading wire but we did stop for lunch and it was a nice outing. We didn't stay out too late though as West Ham were playing at home in the late afternoon and the centre, which is next to the Olympic Park and stadium, was starting to get busy.

2) An easy babysit. We babysat Rory on Monday but Daddy was able to put him to bed and we didn't hear another peep from him. And we were fed!

3) Nice weather with Nathan. It's been a bit mixed this week. Sunny, rainy, windy, chilly. But on the days when I was looking after Nathan there was enough time with good weather to get out for a walk to the shops. It breaks the day up if we're able to get out. Of course it's better if we can get to the park but I'll take a trip to the shops over being cooped up indoors. (And thankfully, although it's an uphill climb going it's all downhill on the way back!)

4) This view from my bed.

Before you think what's so special about the window and chair. Let me explain. I wanted to show you what I could see through the window but the lighting was all wrong.

So I had to take the picture from the window - this is what I can actually see when sitting in bed and looking through the window.

5) On International Women's Day it seems apt to be thankful for all the lovely women in my life. I had a great Mum and Mum-in-law and although I have no sisters I've been blessed with lots of great sisters-in-law. I have 3 wonderful daughters-in-law but I'm especially proud of this lovely woman - my daughter Rebecca.

Have a great weekend all.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Wednesday Medley - 6/3/19

The Wednesday Medley is hosted by Terri at Your Friend from Florida. Pop over there to join in or to check out who else is taking part.


1.  Are you able to pass by a plate of cookies and not take one or are you a bit of a 'Cookie Monster'?
I am definitely a cookie monster.  Pass a plate of cookies? No chance. If I'd known it was National Oreo day I might have bought some!
2.  Tell us about your favourite cookie. Have your tastes changed since you were a kid?
As long as there's chocolate involved I'm happy.  I don't think my tastes have really changed.  I've always had a sweet tooth.
3.  Enquiring minds want to know if you are a dunker and, if so, do you dunk in milk, coffee, or tea?
I'm definitely a dunker, usually in tea but occasionally in warm milk.  Never coffee - I don't drink it.
4.  It is that time of year and they are selling them on every corner and in front of every store!  Do you buy Girl Scout cookies and if you do, which is your favourite?
Selling cookies or biscuits as we would probably say here in the UK doesn't seem to be a big thing for our girls, who are also known as Guides rather than Scouts.
5.  Raw cookie dough.  Yay or Nay?
6.  Please tell us something random about your week!!
This is a fairly normal week for us.  Both of us went to look after Grandson Nathan on Tuesday and I'll be there again tomorrow.  Today has been chore day - washing, tidying, etc.  Friday I'm having lunch with friends.  The only different thing so far was babysitting Grandson Rory on Monday.  We arrived early enough to spend some time with him before bedtime but Daddy was able to get him to bed before he left  for a meeting.  His Mummy had gone to a book club meeting.  Once Rory was asleep we didn't hear a peep out of him.  One of the easiest babysitting we've done, and dinner was provided too!  He was still asleep when his Mummy got back.

Thanks for the questions Terri.

Friday, 1 March 2019

Review: Because We Are Bad: Ocd and a Girl Lost in Thought

Because We Are Bad: Ocd and a Girl Lost in Thought Because We Are Bad: Ocd and a Girl Lost in Thought by Lily Bailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a child, Lily Bailey knew she was bad.

By the age of 13, she had killed someone with a thought, spread untold disease, and spied upon her classmates.

Only by performing a series of secret routines could she correct her wrongdoing. But it was never enough. She had a severe case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and it came with a bizarre twist.

This true story lights up the workings of the mind like Mark Haddon or Matt Haig.

Anyone who wants to know about OCD, and how to fight back, should read this book. Immerse yourself in a new world.

I think most of will have some idea about OCD and probably like me know it often involves sufferers having compulsive habits and routines. Lining things up. Checking things multiple times. Obsessive hand washing.

Many of us will not know or understand what leads to these compulsions. Lily Bailey's book enlightens us.

It's her story of how her OCD began when she was only a young child and how it developed. Her efforts to cover it up and how she received treatment to enable her to come to terms with it and cope. It certainly gave me a better understanding of OCD.

It's hard going at times because of its honesty and Lily was still quite young when she wrote it. (22) Some reviewers felt she should have waited until she was older before writing her book but she had reached quite a turning point in her life so I think it was quite good timing.

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#AtoZ Challenge 2019 - time to sign up!

It's time!

Sign ups for the 10th A to Z Challenge are now open.

Click here to find out more. 

I'm in.  This will be my 5th year of participating.  Hopefully I'll be a bit more prepared this year - I already have some posts drafted.  It's good fun and a great way to connect with other bloggers.

Sign ups will close on 6th April 2019.

19 in 19 February Update

March is here so time for a review of how February went for my 19 in 19.

1. Be more organised, plan ahead and waste less time
I'm trying! Really I'm trying. Reading isn't a waste of time is it?

2. Work on the garden
Still not much to be done yet but I did get the grass cut.

3. Plan a lunch date/date night with Nick once a month (theatre/cinema/meal/outing)
Checking back it looks like we only managed one outing this month - a walk and a Pie & Mash lunch. I'll have to up my game!

4. Eat at 6 new-to-me restaurants
Still 5 to go so I think I'll have to combine this with #3 in March!

5. Complete the A – Z blogging challenge
Sign up opened today so I'll be making sure I do that and I have done a bit more prep.

6. Family weekend away for my birthday - in June
Woo hoo! Have booked the accommodation. A big tick on my to do list!

7. Look after my health – eat well, sleep well, play well
This is looking better. I realised that my Fitbit wasn't always correct when recording my sleep and then I also realised that I could edit the sleep log. Now I'm getting nearer to have at least 7 hours most nights although I'm still waking up quite a bit. Switching to decaf tea at the end of the day has also helped though because although I'm still waking I'm finding it easier to get back to sleep.

8. Visit my brother
At some point!

9. Visit the beach
When it's warmer!

10. Complete my reading challenge (52 books for the year)
Still on schedule for this. In February I read:

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - John Le Carre
Look for Me - Lisa Gardner
The Chosen Ones - Howard Linskey
Why Mummy Swears - Gill Simms
The Hourglass Factory – Lucy Ribchester
The Queen of Bloody Everything – Joanna Nadin
The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae – Stephanie Butland
The Search – Howard Linskey

As always, details and reviews can be found on my Goodreads site.

11. Keep a journal
This still needs work - it's not an established habit.

12. Blog at least once per week (plus regular memes)
I managed 25 posts this month so definitely on track with this.

13. Organise/Take more photos
I did some organising this month but this is a huge task. I have broken it down into areas so I just need to pigeonhole the time to carry on with it.

14. Update my clothes/accessories/make up etc regularly
I'm planning on sorting out some of my summer clothes in the next month or so - I have several pairs of trousers that need shortening.

15. Do more crafting – move the sewing machine!
We've moved the sewing machine! It's a start. Although the room it's in is a bit of a dumping ground for the stuff I've earmarked to donate/dump. Two steps forward one back for now.

16. Try out a new recipe or do a bake each week
We're still doing Hello Fresh so we've had new recipes most weeks. I also prepared a Lamb casserole with apricots when I had friends for lunch at the beginning of the month plus a chocolate tart which I hasn't made before. I realise some might view using HF for new recipes a bit of a cheat but for me it's as much about trying as in tasting new things as it is about cooking.

17. Visit/see Noah every month
They came to us this month - our son was taking part in a half-marathon at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park. It was a hectic weekend with them and the dogs here plus we had a get together with the other two Grandsons and parents on the Saturday. Of course I wouldn't have it any other way!

18. Make progress on the house plan
Need to chase up the roofer. Note to self!

19. Lose 19 pounds
Still 1 down 18 to go. I need to take this one more seriously.

Not a bad month overall, especially as we have also managed to rearrange furniture in the house. Something I've been meaning to do for a long time. As usual there was a lot of Grandparenting going on.

The google group I set up for the readers in our family seems to be a hit. We had a lot of interaction about the books we read in January and one of my DILs beat me to e-mailing around yesterday to look at our February reads. Hopefully the enthusiasm will continue. One of the nice things I like about it is that one of hubby's sisters can participate in it. She (and her husband) is blind but she reads a lot of books. We often overlook that although they are very proficient with e-mail and computers they can't use Whatsapp. We have a Whatsapp family group that is a constant chain of messages nearly every day. We have to make a point of making sure they are included especially if it's anything important. With the book group being on e-mail it's easy for her to let us know what she's been reading and I know she enjoys being part of it.

Friday's Fave Five - 1/3/19

It's Friday again and time to count our blessings for the week.  This meme is hosted by Susanne over at Living to Tell the Story.  Pop over there to find out more and see who's taking part.

Here are my five for this week:

1)  Extra time with Grandson Nathan - he was here for a bit on Saturday and we took him for a walk around our local community garden. 

2)  A night out with family and friends.   This was at our local social club and was organised by one of hubby's sisters.  It was nice catching up with people.

3)  Having a decent lawnmower.  Our grass was quite long but I managed to take advantage of this lovely mild spell of weather and get it cut.  The grass itself was still a bit wet but it wasn't that hard getting it done.

4)  I've been reading a lot about snow on other people's blogs but here we've had the mildest February since records began.  We were able to get Nathan to the park with his ball and he loved running around.  We didn't even need coats.  We've also got lots of bulbs coming out in the garden including Daffodils, Irises and Snowdrops.  

5)  The blogging community.  I love that this community exists and even if I don't get around to responding to everyone's comments I appreciate them all.

Have a good weekend all.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Wednesday Medley - 27/2/19

These questions are provided by Terri at Your Friend from Florida.

Pop over there to join in or to check out who else is taking part.



We continue with February’s heart-shaped and red theme by observing National Strawberry Day on February 27. These juicy, sweet berries can brighten up any dish and are delicious all on their own.
1.  Given all that information* on this 🍓National Strawberry Day🍓, do you have a favorite recipe for strawberries?  Would you share it with us?
Shock horror - I'm not a big strawberry fan!  I do like them but I don't love them.  I'd either make a sponge flan with them or more likely an Eton Mess (crushed meringue, strawberries and whipped cream). 
Image courtesy of BBC Good Food
2.  Some people think the smaller, northern varieties are sweeter than the larger berries that grow in the south and in California.  What are your thoughts on that?
Never really checked where the strawberries were grown.  I get them from the supermarket.  But I have a sweet tooth so I'm guessing I'd prefer the ones from the north.
3.  There is a Strawberry Festival right here in Plant City, Florida (next town over from Lakeland) and it is a huge event that lasts 11 days with headliner acts each day.  Have you ever been to a Strawberry Festival?
4.  Strawberries are grown in every US state.  Have you ever grown them in your garden?
I have tried but wasn't that successful.  Might have another go this year.
5.  Strawberry is the only fruit that has seeds on the outside, and technically it is not a berry but rather a fruit, and would you be surprised to learn that strawberries belong to the rose family?  Do you have any strawberry trivia to share with us?
Afraid not, although I did know about the rose connection.
6.  Tell us something random about your week!!
We were with Grandson Nathan on Monday this week instead of Tuesday and it's confusing me.  Feels like today should be Thursday and it's only Wednesday but being retired it doesn't really matter!

* see Terri's blog for the full information on National Strawberry Day

Review: The Search

The Search The Search by Howard Linskey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A killer with a secret to tell . . .

Little Susan Verity went missing during the heatwave of 1976. An unprecedented amount of police resources went into finding her, but to no avail. Until now.

Serial killer Adrian Wicklow was always the prime suspect. He's lied to the police about Susan's whereabouts repeatedly but this time, he says, he'll tell the truth. Because Wicklow is dying.

As the case re-opens DS Ian Bradshaw works with investigative journalists Tom Carney and Helen Norton to find Susan. But this is Wicklow's life's work. Would a killer on death's door give up his last secret so easily...?

I seem to be reading this series backwards but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of this one. It's a crime thriller that kept me guessing. A cold case for Detective Ian Bradshaw to try and solve. Where are the bodies? And what really happened to Susan Verity? With the help of investigative journalists Norton & Carney, Bradshaw tries to piece together the events of a summer day back in 1976. In doing so he has to try and get inside the head of Adrian Wicklow a convicted serial killer.

Someone knows what happened that day. Was there a police cover up? What did Susan's friends really see?

Gradually all is revealed and of course not everything is as it seems.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Tuesday Twaddle - 26/2/19

Well all my meandering yesterday revolved around Grandson Nathan.  We had a change of days this week so I was there yesterday.  We meandered up the hill to the shops in the morning and meandered around the park in the afternoon chasing after his football.  Actually not much chasing was required as he can't kick it very far yet and he was a bit unsure about the bumpy grass so he wasn't running very fast either.  But still, all that activity was tiring.  Add in the factor that the trains weren't running well yesterday so I had to drive there and back it's probably no surprise my blog was neglected yesterday.  My bed was not!

Anyway that meant a reprieve for today but we had a visit from Grandson Rory and my son instead.  He's crawling everywhere now so that means having to be more vigilant with him as, especially if he spots an open door, he seems to cover the floor very quickly!  It is lovely being so close to them and watching them grow up and thankfully, due to social media we can keep in touch with how Noah's doing too.  Although sometimes you get TMI (too much information) particularly on their bowel movements (or lack of them) lol.  Seriously I love all of it so if DIL #2 is reading this don't stop posting!

Talking of bowel movements reminded me of this picture spotted on Facebook today:

with of course the question which one are you?  

There was great debate amongst the comments.  Some people even referred to the patent application picture showing the paper hanging as in B.

Personally I'm a B but I don't get in a tizzy over it, especially as it's usually me that restocks the toilet rolls so it hangs how I like it and yes if hubby or anyone else gets it wrong I might change it around.  Although I'm more likely to do this if the two sheets aren't aligned properly and if you don't know what I mean by that you could watch this clip from YouTube

Yes really!  Sorry if you watched it.  That's 22 seconds of your life wasted. (Unless of course you didn't know how to fix it when the two layers don't align in which case I've just done you a favour.)

Well of course I'm reading the responses to the A or B dilemma and thinking why are these people getting so worked up over this let alone bothering to check out the patent application to reinforce their opinions?  After all changing the toilet roll doesn't cause brain damage according to many of the images I found when I googled it.  

Or maybe it does.  Why else would I be waffling on about toilet rolls on a lovely Tuesday afternoon?    Rhetorical question!

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Review: The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae

The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ailsa Rae is learning how to live.
She's only a few months past the heart transplant that - just in time - saved her life. Life should be a joyful adventure. But . . .

Her relationship with her mother is at breaking point.
She knows she needs to find her father.
She's missed so much that her friends have left her behind.
She's felt so helpless for so long that she's let polls on her blog make her decisions for her. And now she barely knows where to start on her own.

And then there's Lennox. Her best friend and one time lover. He was sick too. He didn't make it. And now she's supposed to face all of this without him.

But her new heart is a bold heart.

She just needs to learn to listen to it . . .

I really enjoyed this. It follows Ailsa's struggles to adapt to her life following a heart transplant. Having spent most of her 28 years being very unwell she is given a chance to actually live. But this requires a lot of adjustments. It's told in different ways, from flashbacks to life before the transplant, present time narrative plus e-mail exchanges and blog posts. This didn't detract from the story though. It's funny at times but also sad. Not everyone gets a happy ending when waiting for a transplant (not a spoiler - it's in the blurb). 

Ailsa is not the only one having to adapt. Her Mum also has to learn to cope with life after the transplant and how this changes their relationship. 

This is a work of fiction but hopefully anyone reading it who isn't on the donor register might actually put themselves on it.

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Sunday Waffle - 24/2/19

It is not a good idea to put something in the oven and then get engrossed in a book.  Especially when you are one level up from the kitchen and don't hear the timer going off.  Even more dangerous when you've put the oven on full to light the gas and forgotten to dial it back to the required temperature for the quiche you're looking forward to.

Fortunately it wasn't badly burned and was still very edible!

I've indulged in a lot of reading today.  (A whole bookful of reading - I'll post a review later.)  Mainly because I got up feeling a little under the weather.  Partying until after midnight and drinking red wine has that effect these days.  Will I learn that lesson?  Probably not.  One of hubby's sisters had organised a sort of school reunion come family party come anyone who wants to event at our local club.  It was a really nice evening.  Lots of family members there plus other people I knew.  She'd organised food, there was a DJ playing music we could relate (and dance) to and if you were brave enough plenty of cocktails to be tried.

I decided to stick to wine thinking I'd pace myself and be fine today.  I think my pace was probably a bit too fast.  

I'm not sure I like this getting old lark.  But I am loving being a Nana.    We had Nathan for a couple of hours yesterday so his Mummies could have some planning time together.  It was nice to have him here and visit our local community garden and shops although keeping him safe from falling up or down our many stairs was less enjoyable.  That and the partying and it's probably no wonder I felt under the weather this morning.

However I did manage to brighten up and get the grass cut for the first time this year.  Fortunately we have a good lawnmower and the recent spell of dry mild weather meant it wasn't as hard a job as I'd expected.  But I still feel it gave me enough brownie points to get back to my book when I'd finished.

Quite a nice way to spend Sunday, especially when dinner is something I cooked a couple of weeks ago and just had to be taken out of the freezer.  And for anyone who's wondering why Hubby doesn't get to cut the grass (shock horror at the suggestion of sexism)  it's partly because he tends to get wheezy if he does and he also volunteered to walk back to the club and pick up the car we sensibly left behind last night and also collect a chair from his sister.  She and her husband have been living in what was Hubby's Mum's house.  They moved in when their Mum needed help thinking it would be for longer than it actually was.  The house has now been sold and they've gradually been clearing the place out ready for the new owners.  Completion is set for next month and it will be the end of an era.  

This is the chair.  It's really heavy.  I might put it in our bedroom by the window.  With a couple of cushions it'll probably be a comfy enough chair for reading in and I'll be able to enjoy the view.

Friday, 22 February 2019

Friday's Fave Five - 22/2/19


It's Friday again and time to count our blessings for the week.  This meme is hosted by Susanne over at Living to Tell the Story.  Pop over there to find out more and see who's taking part.

Here are my five for this week:

1.  Getting out for walks again.  The weather has been so mild for this time of year during the day so I've been working on my step count.  This scenery never gets old.

2.  Progress on house projects.  I blogged about this here.  At last my bedroom is no longer a bedroom/office.  Hubby is adapting to the changes - slowly!
3.  Snuggles with Nathan.  When he woke up from his nap on Tuesday he was happy to see Grandpa had arrived but he wanted to stay with me.  He sat with me like this for about 20 minutes.  He probably would have stayed asleep a bit longer if I'd rocked his buggy but I didn't mind the opportunity for just sitting and cuddling.   That's what I love about Grandparenting, generally I can let the Grandkids set the pace.  We're not having to rush about in the same way as I felt I always was with my own kids.
4.  Reading time.  I spent quite a lot of this morning reading, finishing a book which I reviewed here
I still find it hard not to feel guilty about doing nothing but reading so this morning I listened to my Fitbit and made sure I was active each hour as well as doing a chore or two everytime I was told to move!  My kitchen is tidy, the dishwasher emptied and refilled and a load of laundry done.  I think I earned my reading time.  I've also just put away some laundry.  So far my Marie Kondo folding is still working.

5.  I've booked a house for my birthday weekend!  My birthday is not until June but I wanted to go away the weekend after with all the Kids and Grandkids.  I've been meaning to get around to this for weeks but finally this week I made time for it and it's booked.  It was hard finding somewhere that ticked all the boxes (all double beds, space for the Grandkids, near amenities, child friendly etc) but eventually I did and it was available.  (I did find one place that looked great until I realised it had a stream running along the side of the garden, not fenced off and at the bottom of a slope - perfect for little ones to fall into!)  That was a big tick on my To Do list.
Enjoy the weekend!