Saturday, 19 January 2019

#SoCS / #Jusjojan - 19/1/19 - Television

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “television.” Talk about your favorite show, past, present, or future, or about the apparatus itself. Enjoy!

Both challenges are hosted by Linda H Gill - here's the link to her site where you can find out more.  It's the place to leave your link to your own post if you decide to join in plus links to all the other participants.
 
















I could talk about television all day - I watch too much of it.  Well it feels like it to me probably because I definitely don't watch informative programmes.  I do watch the news most days but I watch a lot of UK dramas, quiz shows and American shows.  I don't actually watch daytime TV though and I don't watch Soaps.  If I added up the amount of hours I spend watching TV it probably wouldn't actually be that bad considering I'm retired and can spend my time pretty much as I please.

But I still feel it's a bit of a guilty pleasure so I try and combine it with doing something else - like doing the ironing or knitting, or even blogging if the programme isn't too taxing.  The trouble is I like many of the Scandinavian drama series that get shown here but of course they have subtitles.  Watching TV with subtitles and trying to knit anything complicated (or simple for that matter) do not go well together!  However if I'm in need of a total break from everything else watching something with subtitles is useful as it does focus the mind!

I tend to record a lot of programmes but I'm not convinced that I will ever get around to watching them and occasionally I have to purge the list because I've nearly filled up my recording space. 

As for the apparatus, we don't have a huge TV and it's not wall mounted either.  It works for me.  Unfortunately it doesn't always work for Hubby.  He struggles if he manages to accidentally change the source the TV is showing or for e.g. if I've been watching a DVD and then he wants to view television programmes he gets in such a muddle with the remotes.  And frustrated very quickly.  It's not so bad now that the remote control for our cable service can also be used to adjust the volume.  When you had to use the TV remote for that he found it very trying.

Fortunately we don't have the same taste in TV programmes so we don't often watch together.  Or perhaps it's unfortunate because if something does go wrong he will summon me from wherever I am in the house to sort it out.  And yes I have tried to explain it to him - many times!  Don't even get me started on what happens when the digital system needs retuning from time to time.


Friday, 18 January 2019

#Jusjojan - 18/1/19 - Companionship

Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda H Gill - here's the link to her site where you will find all the rules and the place to leave your link to your own post if you decide to join in plus links to all the other participants.

The background to the challenge can be found here



Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 18th is brought to you by Di! Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Di’s word for our prompt today is “companionship.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!

I have been lucky to have a great companion in my Hubby to go through life with me.  We've been married 34 years and I can't imagine anything but death parting us, and hopefully that won't be for some time yet.

I don't think I'd want to find a new companion if anything happened to him.  I'm happy with my own company but I do understand that some people find it harder to be on their own and need someone for companionship, even if it's only on a friendship basis.

I'd be much more likely to get a dog if I was the one left on their own.  Hubby wouldn't.  I'm sure he'd cope on an emotional level but I'm not sure how good he would be on the practical side of things.  Our kids insist that he has to go first (and as he's older than me it's statistically more likely) because they reckon he would drive them nuts with his inability to grasp new technology and often showing "grumpy old man" traits! lol

Hubby would probably cope though, he's much more sociable than me and I'm sure he would soon have women vying to be his companion.   He's been warned though that if ever he allowed that to happen while I'm still here he'd find the locks on the house changed and his belongings in the front garden.  I'm not into sharing!

Friday's Fave Five - 18/1/19



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.

1) A bright sunny day. The weather has been a bit mixed this week and we're having a cold spell now but yesterday it was really bright and sunny for part of the day so I was able to wrap Nathan up in his buggy and get out for some fresh air. He also fell asleep just before we got back and napped for two hours!

2) A catch up with Nathan and his Mummies on Sunday - they got back from their holiday on Saturday so we went over for lunch and also returned their cat. We got such a lovely welcome from Nathan which was great.

3) MacDonalds! I was home alone yesterday evening and having got back from a tiring day with Nathan I really didn't feel like cooking so I opted for fast food! Something I rarely have as hubby is not a fan. And no washing up! Bonus.

4) Catch-up TV. Some nights it's hard to find something I want to watch but I've always got lots of programmes taped that I can fall back on. Trouble is I'm not sure I'm ever going to catch up!

5) Coping with anxiety. My journey to my daughter's house can be a challenge. I have a train ride followed by a bus ride and it takes about an hour door to door. The bus is usually fine but the train is ALWAYS crowded. Mostly I can manage to move away from the doors and often get a seat for part of the journey but sometimes I get hemmed in near the doors and it's not a pleasant ride, especially coming home. There's usually an altercation or two when people are trying to get on and off the train and then the doors not closing because the train is so full. But, although a few years ago I found using public transport extremely difficult, I've managed to overcome that and I'm coping with this journey. It only lasts about 20 minutes (although it does feel a bit longer) and it probably helps that I'm greeted by this little one when I arrive.

Pretty much a routine week for me. Nathan 2 days, plus Rory 2 mornings and catching up on things at home in between.

We're off to see Noah tomorrow so our weekend will be good, hope yours is too.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

#Jusjojan - 17/1/19 - Inch.

Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda H Gill - here's the link to her site where you will find all the rules and the place to leave your link to your own post if you decide to join in plus links to all the other participants.

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Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 17th is brought to you by John Holton! Click here to find his last post and say hi while you’re there! John’s word for our prompt today is “inch.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!

I'm one of the generation that grew up with inches, feet, yards and miles not to mention pounds, shillings and pence but during my lifetime have had to get to grips with centimetres, metres and kilometres and just pounds and pence.  Thankfully we never had to convert our cash to Euros unless we were venturing abroad. 

Fortunately I've been happy to embrace change and sometimes, especially when taking part in a quiz, or a blog challenge it's been quite useful to know my inches from from my centimetres.

Of course many of our measurements are quite quirky.  An inch is based on the width of a thumb.  So why not call it a thumb?  After all we have a foot?  And what was using schemes that relied on knowing your 12 times table all about?

I'm glad we're now using a metric system but must admit that I'm still happier using miles - unless I'm having to walk them where you'll find me inching along!



Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Wednesday Medley - 16/1/19


The Wednesday Medley is hosted by Terri.  Pop over to her site to see how it works and who's taking part.
 
Wednesday, January 16th, is National Do Nothing Day!! National Nothing Day was proposed in 1972 by columnist Harold Pullman Coffin. This day has been observed annually since 1973. Of course, the way to celebrate it is to do nothing! 

1.  To commemorate Do Nothing Day in SOME way, tell us something about your life (or the life of someone close to you) in 1973!! I was 14 in 1973 and that was the year I had bunions on both feet corrected and was in plaster for about 8 weeks.

2.  Now that we are thinking back, please tell us what your favorite past time was as a child.
Reading.
3.  What is the best way to cheer you up on a bad day? 
Seeing my Grandchildren.

4.  How old were you when you first started dating? Do you remember your first date?
I was 16 and I'd rather forget my first date - it was a disaster lol

5.  Today is also National Fig Newton day.  Do you like figs/Fig Newtons?
Well I had to Google Fig Newtons - here in the UK they are called Fig Rolls and yes I do like them.  I also like figs but rarely eat them.

6.  Tell us something random about your week.
I might have to declare my home a Brexit free home.  I cannot believe what a mess this country is in at present.
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#Jusjojan / #1 liner Wednesday - 16/1/19

 Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda H Gill - here's the link to her site where you will find all the rules and the place to leave your link to your own post if you decide to join in plus links to all the other participants.

The background to the challenge can be found here

Today's prompt is linked to One Liner Wednesday which is also hosted by Linda -









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I've done some ironing.  How many chocolates Have I earned?

Rhetorical question.  I've already eaten some!

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

#Jusjojan - 15/1/19 - Paris

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Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 15th is brought to you by Kelli! Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Kelli’s word for our prompt today is “Paris.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!

I've been to Paris a few times - I'm lucky enough to have a sister-in-law who is married to a French man and they lived in Paris for a while and we visited them.

The visit I most remember though was before that with one of my former boyfriends.  We did the usual touristy things and not being a particularly adventurous eater I'd managed to steer clear of frogs legs or snails.  I was quite pleased with myself on our final meal for ordering in French what I thought was a piece of pork.   Imagine my horror when I found out I actually ordered a pig's trotter.  I confused piece with pied!  It was one of the worst meals I've ever tried to eat and not a mistake I'm likely to repeat.


Monday, 14 January 2019

#Jusjojan - 14/1/19 - Reflection

Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda H Gill - here's the link to her site where you will find all the rules and the place to leave your link to your own post if you decide to join in plus links to all the other participants.

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Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 14th is brought to you by Janet! Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Janet’s word for our prompt today is “reflection.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!


I missed yesterday as we were visiting our Grandson  Nathan who is just back from holiday.  He was really pleased to see us, especially his Granga.  

One of the things I've found with all my Grandsons is that they love looking at their reflection in mirrors.  It's a good way to distract them, especially if they're upset.  Personally I don't enjoy looking at my reflection, it never seems to look quite how I want it to.  The mirrors in my house must be faulty!

Saturday, 12 January 2019

#SoCS / #Jusjojan - 12/1/19 - Art

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “art.” Talk about something that’s hanging on your wall. Add a picture, if you’d like. If you have no art on your walls, talk about something in a museum. Have fun!

Both challenges are hosted by Linda H Gill - here's the link to her site where you can find out more.  It's the place to leave your link to your own post if you decide to join in plus links to all the other participants.















Well I don't really have works of art on our walls.  We have a few prints here and there but nothing worthy of discussion.  But hey photography is art so I'm going to discuss this - a framed collage of photos that hangs in our kitchen and is often a conversation starter.

The photos are of my hubbies family - hubby is top left, his father is top right and his grandfather is the central photo.  The kids on the strange looking donkey are hubby and a few of his siblings plus his parents and there are various family photos of different generations.  

His family came over from Germany and the shop (below hubby) is near Victoria Park in London's East End.  It was run at the time by his Great Grandfather as a bakery.  It's still there and last time hubby went past it was back to being a cafe / cake shop.  It has also been an interiors shop at one time and Hubby's Grandfather ran it as a butchers.

Family members have traced the family tree back to relations in Germany and we have visited them and a few have been here.  It's good to know your roots.

Sadly this collage reminds me of how much I need to work on our photos.  I have lots of old black and white photos from my Mum and my Grandmother that need sorting and putting into albums.  The kids do love to look at them.  And now I have grandchildren I'm conscious of how many of our photos are just digital and although they could look at them on the computer when they are older, it would be so much nicer to have the real thing to look at.  It's a project on my objectives list (19 in 19) but on the back burner at the moment.  

Hubby used to take a more active interest in photography, belonging to a club at one point and in our first home having a dark room in the cellar.  Now it's too easy just to snap pictures on our phones.  Great to be able to create so many memories but I still prefer to see photos even if hubby's could be a little bit strange.  Of course he'd call them art!

Friday, 11 January 2019

Five Minute Friday - 11/1/19 - Better

Well I've cheated a bit here today because this is my second five minute stint.  The first one just seemed to be a rerun of my Friday's Fave Five post and I'm sure I can do better than that.

But there's the thing.  Why do we always feel we need to strive to do better when actually we're probably doing ok?  I'm often berating myself for not doing things or achieving  things but it's hard sometimes to work out what's really important.

Yes it's good to have a clean and tidy home and get through my to do list but it's also good to just do things I enjoy.  Like blogging, even though it can become very time consuming, especially when you start visiting other blogs, leaving comments etc and then find yourself completely down a rabbit hole and an hour (or more) has passed by.

Or just spending time with family and friends.  Just being still and enjoying the view.  Doing something that wasn't on the to do list but made you feel better.

Time's up.  I'd better get this posted!

#Jusjojan - 11/1/19 - Flew/flu/flue

Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda H Gill - here's the link to her site where you will find all the rules and the place to leave your link to your own post if you decide to join in plus links to all the other participants.

The background to the challenge can be found here

Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 11th is brought to you by M! Click here to find her last SoCS post and say hi while you’re there! M’s word for our prompt today is in SoCS style: “flew/flu/flue.” Use one, use them all, use them anywhere in your post or make one or all the theme of your post. Have fun!

I will need to be able to say my fingers flew over the keyboard to get this post done and posted on time.  The day seems to have disappeared on me and dinner was late so clearing up even later and now I'm rushing to get all my Friday posts finished.

Thankfully I don't have flu.  I have actually had real flu in the past (as opposed to a really heavy cold/cough etc that many people would call flu even though they are able to function almost normally)  It really hit me for six and left me with a chest infection requiring antibiotics and it was almost a month before I had a day where I thought "I felt ok today!"   I try and get the flu jab each year but must admit I haven't done that yet this time.

Hmm 2 out of 3.  But actually I do have a flue that comes out of our boiler which is in the kitchen.    There is also a chimney flue to the fireplace in our living room.  We've never actually used it for an open fire.  I believe the former owners of the house did but that was a long time ago so if we had any real desire to use it we would have to get the flue checked out.  Not something I'm keen to do.  Open fires are lovely but I much prefer to enjoy someone else's than mess about with trying to get the fire going and then clearing up the ash etc afterwards.

Well this has definitely been a waffle kind of post but my fingers were definitely flying!  Hope there aren't too many typos!

Friday's Fave Five - 11/1/19

 
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.

1. Sunday lunch with our youngest son, DIL and of course Rory. Although Rory doesn't really have lunch yet but he did try some green beans. His face was a picture (except I forgot to take one!) but despite that he kept on chewing and swallowing. I think he's going to be a good eater.

2. Two babysitting spells with Rory and a catch up with my best friend. She hasn't got any Grandchildren of her own yet so I try and ask her over if I know one of mine will be here and that worked this week. I had Rory while his Daddy went for driving lessons. He's got his test coming up soon so he's trying hard to get extra lessons in so he's ready.



3. Getting back into routines. Everything seems to go haywire over the Christmas and New Year break but this week has been better for getting things done and having a more normal routine.

4. A video call with Nathan & his Mummies. He seemed really pleased to see us - especially Granga as he calls Grandpa. The weather in Miami has made his hair seem even curlier. They had it cut a little while ago and I know they were worried he might lose his curls. I don't think there's much danger of that!



5. Lunch out with Hubby on Tuesday. It was an impromptu thing and just at one of our local coffee shops but still nice to do.

And before I get accused of favouritism here's one of Noah:



I am truly blessed with these Grandkids!

Have a good weekend all.

Review: Our Souls at Night

Our Souls at Night Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A spare yet eloquent, bittersweet yet inspiring story of a man and a woman who, in advanced age, come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future.

In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf's inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis's wife. His daughter lives hours away in Colorado Springs, her son even farther away in Grand Junction, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in houses now empty of family, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with.

Their brave adventures - their pleasures and their difficulties - are hugely involving and truly resonant, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer's enduring contribution to American literature.
 


There's definitely something about this book that makes me understand why some people rate it so highly. Difficult to put my finger on exactly what that is. There is so much that frustrated me, especially the decision to use no speech punctuation marks when a lot of the text is either spoken or thought. I found myself re-reading many paragraphs to work out what had actually been said and by who.

The whole premise of the story is a little hard to get your head around too. I can't imagine being widowed in my 70s and approaching a relative stranger (albeit a long time neighbour) to share by bed at night just to talk, because I was lonely. But that's what Addie does. She approaches her neighbour Louis with her proposal.

The book charts how this develops and the reactions of their families. It's interesting but I wouldn't call it a great book. For anyone wondering whether it's worth a try the big thing in its favour is that it's quite short and therefore a quick read. Be prepared for a disappointing ending though.

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Thursday, 10 January 2019

Review: Why Mummy Drinks

Why Mummy Drinks Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Why Mummy Drinks is the brilliant novel from Gill Sims, the author of the online sensation Peter and Jane.
 

It is Mummy’s 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes, and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like ‘Oooh gosh, are you having another glass?’

But Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night of women with sensible haircuts who ‘live for their children’ and stand in the playground trying to trump each other with their offspring’s extracurricular activities and achievements, and boasting about their latest holidays.

Instead, she clutches a large glass of wine, muttering ‘FML’ over and over again. Until she remembers the gem of an idea she’s had…
 


A good light hearted read to start the New Year. Most Mums, especially working Mums will be able to relate to this. Many of us will be able to say "been there" and "done that". We've all probably had the moment of enlightenment too where we realise none of us are perfect, we all struggle but we don't talk about it enough. Thankfully most of us won't have to cope with an influx of extra kids and their insufferable parents but it was fun reading about them. Realistic at times but mostly over the top, I enjoyed it.

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#Jusjojan - 10/1/19 - Sunrise

Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda H Gill - here's the link to her site where you will find all the rules and the place to leave your link to your own post if you decide to join in plus links to all the other participants.

The background to the challenge can be found here



Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 10th is brought to you by Toortsie! Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Toortsie’s word for our prompt today is “sunrise.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!

Hmm, what's a sunrise?  Of course I'm joking because I know what a sunrise is and I have seen a few.  But I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON!


This probably sums me up before I've had my first cup of tea of the day.  (I used the pic as my avatar for a while.)  It takes me a while to get going so I'm not going to see many sunrises.

Actually this time of year would probably be the best time for me to see one as it's so late (around 8am at present)  but of course the weather doesn't often oblige.  It's very murky here this morning and frosty!  Also I don't have a view to the East that would work very well.  Then of course as the year goes on and the weather improves sunrise creeps more and more into what I would say is the middle of the night!  Before 5 am is definitely still night time.

I do have a view to the West for sunsets though.  And when we're away on our big family holiday we have a lovely view of the sunset.  I'm not a great photographer but this was from last August.

Today I was actually awake just before sunrise (8.03 am) because I'm babysitting Grandson Rory later and that's a good reason for getting up!  Who wouldn't want to see this face first thing?  (Apart from his Mummy and Daddy who've probably seen it too many times during the night lol.  He's teething and isn't sleeping very well.  The joys of parenthood.)

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Wednesday Medley - 9/1/19

The Wednesday Medley is hosted by Terri.  Pop over to her site to see how it works and who's taking part.
1.  It may be a little shocking, but National Static Electricity Day is January 9!!  Do you often get shocked often when you touch metal?  Here are some things to avoid!



How to Avoid the Shock of Static Electricity
  • The drier air of winter months is a better insulator than the more humid air of summer.  To help prevent static electricity, use a humidifier to put moister back into the air in your home during the winter months.
  • Our skin is drier in the winter months, too.  Putting on moisturizer before getting dressed is recommended.
  • Synthetic fabrics are better insulators than natural fibers. Wearing materials made from natural fibers such as cotton will help reduce the amount of static electricity that’s stirred up.
  • While walking around the house, at work or shopping, holding a key or a metal pen in your hand will help discharge the build-up of static electricity painlessly.
  • Switching to leather soled shoes versus rubber-soled shoes will help reduce the amount of static that is built up.
I don't usually find this a problem but I guess that's all good advice. 



2.  There are actually two "National" days worthy of mention! It is also National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.  Our men and women working in many areas of law enforcement put their lives on the line for us daily.  Do you know someone working in law enforcement who you can thank today?
We don't have any friends or family in that area.

3. At our house right now it is all about football.  Joe's Philadelphia Eagles barely won their game on Sunday to move forward in the playoffs and another chance to play in the Super Bowl this year.  Do you have a favorite team in the playoffs or does football make you yawn?  Is there a Super Bowl party in your future, no matter the teams playing?
No Super Bowl here, especially since our American DIL moved out or much UK soccer now it's just hubby and me.  He follows what's going on but it's not a big thing for us.


4. Speaking of parties, there is always lots of food at parties I attend.  Tell us a weird food combination that you really enjoy (or have enjoyed).  It doesn't have to be party food.
I am not a weird food person.  (Weird person maybe but not when it comes to food! lol)

5.  Since we are on games and parties, what game have you spent the most hours playing?
We played a lots of games at Christmas.  We enjoyed a couple of new ones, including one that was a bit like Cluedo but also old favourites like Trivial Pursuit.  I've probably spent most hours on that although sometimes when we've played Monopoly it seemed to go on for hours!  (And don't even get me started on Hubby's liking of Diplomacy which can go on forever!)


6.  Tell us something random about your week so far.
Hubby and I enjoyed lunch out yesterday.  Normally we would have been looking after this little guy but he's still on holiday.
Thanks for the questions Terri.

#Jusjojan / One Liner Wednesday - 9/1/19

Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda H Gill - here's the link to her site where you will find all the rules and the place to leave your link to your own post if you decide to join in plus links to all the other participants.

The background to the challenge can be found here

Today's prompt is linked to One Liner Wednesday which is also hosted by Linda -


Yesterday on the theme of "self" I googled my name to see what images came up.  None of me but one of my Mother-in-law (RIP.)  Should I be worried? lol  Where's the chocolate?


(I may have eaten it!)




Tuesday, 8 January 2019

#Jusjojan 8/1/19 - Self

Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda H Gill - here's the link to her site where you will find all the rules and the place to leave your link to your own post if you decide to join in plus links to all the other participants.

The background to the challenge can be found here.


Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 8th is brought to you by Ritu! Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Ritu’s word for our prompt today is “self.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!

Hmm I don't like talking about myself.  I definitely don't like being the centre of attention and I'm absolutely rubbish at taking selfies.  I do like being by myself though.  I can enjoy being at home with just my own company.  I don't even need music playing like some people do.  

I like to think I'm not a selfish person but heaven help anyone who takes my last chocolate!  

Right that's enough about me.  Off to check out more of today's posts. 

Monday, 7 January 2019

#Jusjojan 7/1/19 - Memento

Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda H Gill - here's the link to her site where you will find all the rules and the place to leave your link to your own post if you decide to join in plus links to all the other participants.

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Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 7th is brought to you by Tara! Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Tara’s word for our prompt today is “memento.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!

I try not to keep lots of mementos.  I'm trying not to have lots of clutter in the house and keeping lots of mementos can add to that.  When my Mum had to be admitted to a nursing home I had to clear out her home.  She had lots of china pigs.  Shelves of them.  Plus clowns.  Not to mention lots of other knick knacks.  Initially I couldn't bring myself to get rid of them so we stored them in the loft.  After she had passed away we started to deal with Mum's stuff.  Most of the pigs went to a summer fete at the school where I worked.  Along with many of the clowns.  I've kept a couple of the clowns which were actually quite expensive china  ones.  The only pigs I kept were 3 little pink ones.  They're really small and I often carry one of them around with me.  

Of course I don't need a memento to remember Mum but I like having something of hers with me.


Sunday, 6 January 2019

#Jusjojan - 6/1/19 - Master

Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda H Gill - here's the link to her site where you will find all the rules and the place to leave your link to your own post if you decide to join in plus links to all the other participants.

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The prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 6th is brought to us by Sadje. Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Sadje’s word for our prompt today is “master.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Enjoy!

Well Master is such a masculine term that I'm finding it hard to think of how to compose a post around it.  I haven't even managed to master my time management today.  We had a nice visit from Grandson Rory and his parents and hubby prepared a lovely roast dinner.  No photos from today but this is a recent one of Rory.

He's getting more and more mobile and has definitely mastered the art of rolling over.  He's also getting on to his hands and knees a lot.  He just hasn't worked out how to move forward from there.  Heaven help us when he does!

Saturday, 5 January 2019

#Jusjojan / #SoCS 5/1/19



Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda H Gill - here's the link to her site where you will find all the rules and the place to leave your link to your own post if you decide to join in plus links to all the other participants.

The background to the challenge can be found here







As today is Saturday Just Jot it January is combined with Stream of Consciousness Saturday and the prompt is:

 “sap/sep/sip/sop/sup.” 

Use one or all of these words or find a word that contains them, but most of all, have fun! 

Oh my goodness that's a hard prompt, it's sapping my brain power.  It's quite upsetting that nothing is springing to mind. I might have to sip some wine but then you might think me a sop but I suppose you'd be right!

Pass me a glass.















Friday, 4 January 2019

#Jusjojan - 4/1/19 - Enigmatic


Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda H Gill - here's the link to her site where you will find all the rules and the place to leave your link to your own post if you decide to join in plus links to all the other participants.

The background to the challenge can be found here


Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 4th is brought to you by Virgobeauty! Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Virgobeauty’s word for our prompt today is “enigmatic.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!

I find blogging platforms enigmatic.  I'm going to shamelessly plug my guest post on the A-Z Challenge blog here.  (They picked 10 people from those who completed their survey after the last challenge finished to do a guest post.)

I was excited.  I've never done a guest post before.   But then I started thinking about the logistics of it.  How would I get my content on their blog.  Of course they gave helpful advice.  Something about a direct Tweet was mentioned.  Hmm.  I do have a Twitter account but it's rather dormant.  No problem.  There were alternatives.  E-mail an HTML version of the post.

Great I thought.  I know that Blogger lets you toggle between composing and HTML.  Prepare the post.  Tottle to the HTML version, copy it and e-mail to the A-Z team!  Easy.  Right?

Wrong!

For some reason, despite the preview having paragraphs, when it was posted the paragraphs disappeared.  Thank goodness I've included some photos which break the text up otherwise it would just be one long diatrible.  I know I tend to waffle but I do like to punctuate and present my posts.

Why did it happen?  No idea.  It's an enigma to me.

Friday's Fave Five - 4/1/19


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.


Firstly Happy New Year to you all and here are my 5 things this week:

1)  Quiet time at home.  Christmas away with all the family was lovely but tiring.  It's been nice to have some time just relaxing at home.

2)  Technology.  Nathan & his Mummies are in Miami at the moment but I've had lots of pictures and videos via WhatsApp plus a Video call to keep in touch.  He's suddenly looks much more like a little boy rather than a baby.



3)  Cat time!  While they are away we're catsitting their cat Lady.  I miss having cats but with my son's greyhounds regular visitors it wouldn't be practical to have another cat of my own.  I also got to see my friend's kittens.  They have 3 Bengal kittens who are absolutely adorable.
  
Lady

4)  Catch up meal out with former work colleagues.  We tried a new restaurant and it was yummy.  I blogged about it here.

5)  Exercising.  I'm determined to be more active this year and I've made a good start by getting out for a couple of walks and using the Wii fit.  

And a bonus!  I have a guest post on the A-Z Challenge site here.  I've never done a guest post before and it doesn't look as good as I'd like - I'm no expert on HTML code - but I was just pleased to be asked to post.

I hope this has been a good start to January for you and Happy Weekend!