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

Done

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.  

Completed! 

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!

Friday, 3 July 2020

20 in 20 - Weekly Photo #26 - 28/6/20

Well we're halfway through the year and I think I've managed to post a photo every week with just the odd blip here and there.  Hopefully as our lockdown eases I might get to find new things to photograph!


This was taken earlier in the week - I just liked the cloud formation.





These are all showing areas that were on fire over the last week.  When will people get the message that BBQs and dry open land do not mix?!
This was taken on Wednesday.  It looked like there was a fire behind the trees.  Fortunately it was just the sunset.



Friday's Fave Five - 3/7/20




Well it's Friday again so time to look back on the week and highlight some blessings.  This meme is hosted by Susanne over at Living to tell the story.
Pop over there to see who else is taking part and to find out how to join in.

1.  Progress with sorting out the house.  I came across this picture that I'd used in the past and it's definitely where we are at right now. We are gradually accumulating a large pile of rubbish which will need to go the tip at some point as well as a lot of stuff that's too good to just throw away but definitely doesn't need to come with us.  Hopefully we'll find a way of getting rid of that stuff.  We're still keeping a lot of things but I'm not doing too much agonizing.




2. Progress with the move generally. We've got a surveyor coming here next Tuesday and then we'll get a survey done on where we're going. We've also been getting quotes for removal companies. I have a big checklist of all the things that need to be done and when so gradually working through that!

3. Reading time. Despite all that's going on I've still made time to read, or watch TV or just general down time.

4. Lots of video calls with the little ones this week. It's still hard to see them in the way we're used to but catching up on video calls makes it all a little bit easier.

5. Cooler temps. We've had rain as well which I could pass on but the temperature has been much more bearable this week.

So nothing extraordinary there but that's how I like it.

Have a good weekend all and happy 4th July to all my American followers.




Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 1/7/20

Wednesday's Hodgepodge is brought to us courtesy of Joyce at
From this side of the pond 

If you want to take part or just see what others have posted pop over to Joyce's page - the Linky List is at the end of Joyce's post and don’t forget to visit at least your neighbours on the list.


1. Are you currently making plans of any kind? What kind? What emotions are associated with the planning process? Tell us about one plan you had to cancel due to the current situation which shall remain nameless. Ha!
I was going to say no plans but then I remembered we're trying to move house!  That seems to be going to plan so I actually have lists and lists on the go.  This will be a very emotional journey for us - we've been in this house over 27 years and for my Hubby it will be the first move out of the area he's lived in all his life.  We're only moving about 5 miles but in a city like London that's huge.

As for cancelled plans well we've missed quite a few birthdays during the last few months.  So much catching up to do.

2. Last time you saw stars, either literally or figuratively?
I can't remember exactly when it was but it was at the time that Elon Musk's Satellite Train was passing this way.  We didn't actually get a good sighting of the train but we did see stars.  It's actually hard to see stars where we are due to the ambient light from living in a city.

3. Blueberries yay or nay? Blueberry pie, blueberry muffins, blueberry yogurt, blueberries by the handful...what's your pleasure?
Blueberry muffins would be favourite on that list.

4. swim against the tide, swimming upstream, in the swim, sink or swim, makes your head swim...choose one of the 'swim' idioms listed and tell us how/why you relate?
I feel like my head is swimming some days trying to sort through all our stuff!  We're currently sorting into:  Stuff that will go with us to the new house, stuff that will go to my son's garage to be collected by our other son and daughter, stuff that could go to a charity shop/homeless shelter etc and RUBBISH!

There is a lot of rubbish lol.

5. Sum up your June in a single sentence.
We found a house!

6.  Insert your own random thought here.
Well there is a lot of doom and gloom around at the moment but we're expecting 3 more Grandkids this year so a lot of joy to look forward to.  And, for anyone who's been following me for a while and will remember our niece's little girl Poppy who has a liver problem and was very very poorly at one time.  Well she's doing really well now and will be getting a little brother or sister next January.  Our family continues to grow.

Review - The Lies We Told - Diane Chamberlain


The Lies We ToldThe Lies We Told by Diane Chamberlain
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Maya and Rebecca Ward are both accomplished physicians, but that's where the sisters' similarities end. As teenagers, they witnessed their parents' murder, but it was Rebecca who saved Maya from becoming another of the gunman's victims. The tragedy left Maya cautious and timid, settling for a sedate medical practice with her husband, Adam, while Rebecca became the risk taker.After a devastating hurricane hits the coast of North Carolina, Rebecca and Adam urge Maya to join them in the relief effort. To please her husband, Maya finally agrees. She loses herself in the care and transport of victims, but when her helicopter crashes into raging floodwaters, there appear to be no survivors.

Forced to accept Maya is gone, Rebecca and Adam turn to one another--first for comfort, then in passion--unaware that, miles from civilization, Maya is injured and trapped with strangers she's not certain she can trust. Away from the sister who has always been there to save her, now Maya must find the courage to save herself--unaware that the life she knew has changed forever.

Funny how you can enjoy a book at the time of reading it (and I did enjoy this one) but when you take a step back to write a review you find yourself doubting the feasibility or authenticity of certain events. The story in the book evolves from lies the sisters told each other (either actually or by omission) when their parents were killed. I'm not convinced that they could have kept all their secrets at the time but hey it's a work of fiction and the author gets to decide how things pan out. I still finished the book quickly and it's an easy read.

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Friday, 26 June 2020

Happy birthday me! 26/6/20

This is taken from my Facebook page.

Today is my birthday. Thank you all for your good wishes. Looking back on my Facebook memories of this day many of them revolve around either eating out at some nice restaurant or being with family members. Not today.

Today I'm spending a lazy day at home, just with hubby who brought me breakfast in bed and has just cooked my lunch, washed down with some wine. We have cake to eat later.

This will be a lengthy post as I know it will pop up in my feed again next year and will serve as a good reminder that we're still dealing with Covid-19. We've spent months now under restrictions that have driven us all mad at times. Staying at home, keeping safe, protecting the NHS. Not seeing our families, or friends. We've managed to get our shopping delivered and got our daily exercise nearly every day and Nick and I are still talking to each other!

We've watched the horrors of the ICUs when things were at their peak and remain grateful that those we know who were working on the frontline (Sarah & Coralie) have remained safe and well. We clapped especially for them on the Thursday nights.

Now we're moving through the "Staying Alert" phase to what feels like a "Use Your Common Sense" phase. Sadly many people don't seem to have much common sense as recent news reports show crowded beaches, massive gatherings and, in our local area, forest fires due to the stupidity of people holding BBQs on tinder dry open spaces.

We're still a long way off getting a vaccine, or a reliable antibody test and as for track and trace well good luck with tracing anyone from the beach or mass gatherings with no reliable phone app in place. It would be interesting to know how many parents with kids on the beaches would try and justify how being there was safer than sending their kids to school.

Yes I understand that we need to get the economy moving again and restoring some sort of normality to our lives but it feels like we are rushing into this next phase and I wonder how long before we pay the price? How long before the mothballed Nightingale Hospital down in Docklands needs to be reopened or how long before the temporary morgue near us is dismantled and removed because it's no longer needed?

I know that the reality is that, until a vaccine is available or reliable treatments found, we are going to have to live our lives knowing that Covid-19 is still out there and many of us who are either older or more vulnerable need to continue to be cautious and try our best to avoid getting it.

That's why today, I'm glad to be safe and well, have a roof over my head and money to put food on the table and that my nearest & dearest can say the same.

Happy birthday me!

Friday's Fave Five - 26/6/20



Friday's Fave Five is hosted by Susanne over at Living to Tell the Story.

The idea is to step back and think about the good things from the previous week and list your favourite five.  Then pop over to Susanne's blog and join up with the other people taking part.

Well it's been quite a tough week in some ways but all the more reason to sit back and look for the positives!

1)  It's my birthday!  I've survived another year phew!  And look at the lovely afternoon tea that was delivered yesterday from my daughter and her family.




We managed to polish off the savouries and the scones but there was still cake left for today.

2)  We saw Nathan & Rory this week and hopefully it won't be too long before we can see Noah now that restrictions are being relaxed gradually.

3)  We have emptied our loft.  (Apart from a few Christmas boxes/tree etc)  Most of the stuff we emptied belongs to our two eldest kids.  The boxes are headed to our youngest son's garage soon.  They are not coming to our new house!

4)  Birds at my feeding station.  I spent quite a while this morning just watching them from the shade of the patio.  Plus the bees on my lavender.  Not a great photo and I have got a video of them fighting over the food but Blogger won't upload it!



5)  My hubby.  He's my rock.

Well I am just having a really lazy day today.  Not going to be moving or packing any boxes.  Hubby brought me breakfast in bed and now he's cooking lunch.  We'll have tea and cake later and then probably go for our usual walk.  Had a nice long chat with my eldest son and family earlier.  He's currently got 5 stitches in his foot from a mishap yesterday involving a concrete slab but thankfully no broken bones.  Just wish they were nearer to us particularly as he'll struggle to walk his greyhounds while his foot is so sore.  But things could be so much worse.  All my kids still have jobs, homes and food on the table as do we.  We'll be celebrating a lot of birthdays properly when things are easier.

Have a good weekend all.


Thursday, 25 June 2020

Review - The Dilemma - B A Paris

The Dilemma

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s Livia’s fortieth birthday and tonight she’s having a party, a party she’s been planning for a long time. The only person missing will be her daughter, Marnie.

But Livia has a secret, a secret she’s been keeping from Adam, her husband, until the party is over. Because how can she tell him that although she loves Marnie, she’s glad their daughter won’t be there to celebrate with her?

Adam is determined everything will be just right for Livia and the party is going to be perfect… until he learns something that will leave him facing an unbearable decision.

I read this in just over a day. I found it to be a real page turner. There were no really clever twists but I kept going because I wanted to see who was going to reveal their secret first and how the scenario would unfold.

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Review - Sycamore Gap - L J Ross (DCI Ryan Mysteries #2)


Sycamore Gap (DCI Ryan Mysteries, #2)Sycamore Gap by L.J. Ross (DCI Ryan Mysteries #2)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan believes he has put his turbulent history behind him. Then, in the early hours of the summer solstice, the skeleton of a young woman is found inside the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap. She has lain undiscovered for ten years and it is Ryan's job to piece together her past.

Enquiry lines cross and merge as Ryan is forced to face his own demons and enter into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who seems unstoppable.

Murder and mystery are peppered with a sprinkling of romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular scenery of Hadrian's Wall country in Northumberland.

Another good crime thriller. I'm liking this series.

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Sunday, 21 June 2020

20 in 20 - May Update

Well we're nearly into July and I realised I haven't done a May update yet!  That's what happens when you've spent so much time in lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic and everyday feels like groundhog day!  But yes life does go on so here goes:

1. Fill out weekly/daily planner
I'm still doing this and it does help to keep organised and focussed.


2. Garden projects: Get window boxes for front garden plus big planters. Stepping stones for rear garden.
Well we're keeping the grass cut and doing bits and pieces but now we hope we'll be moving there will be no more projects here.  As for the garden at the house we're hoping to buy - there will  be a lot of projects!


3. Plan a lunch date/date night with Nick once a month (theatre/cinema/meal/outing)
I think I need to think outside the box for this one!


4. Eat at 6 new-to-me restaurants
With restaurants closed this might not get completed any time soon.  
There are plans to try and reopen them to some degree in July but we won't be rushing anywhere until things settle down a bit more.

5. Complete the A – Z blogging challenge

Done

6. Plan Family weekend for my birthday
Given up on making any plans right now although my daughter might come for a picnic this week.

 

7. Take up an exercise class
Well I might if I could!  Yes I know you're probably all shouting "what about all the online ones?"  but I really can't find the motivation right now.(Yep no change from my March update.)


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 9 books in May so I'm still on track for this and quite a few of those were from my TBR pile.  I did also get a few for my Kindle app. Full details can be found on my Goodreads page here.


11. Keep a gratitude diary
March April May was not a good month for this.  Improvement needed.



12. Blog at least once per week (plus regular memes)
I managed 28 posts May although a lot of those were either regular memes or book reviews.  There were a few original posts so not bad overall.


13. Take a photo each week and blog about it.
Going to plan although the commentary is sometimes short and sweet.

 
14. Read 12 books on my TBR pile.  

I read 6 books from my TBR pile during May bringing my running total to 11.  Only 1 to go! 

15. Finish knitting WIP (blanket of squares)
Still not finished the WIP but 2 blankets finished for the Grandkids on the way - 1 more to go.



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

Well I'm going to  stretch this one a bit.  We are still having HelloFresh deliveries and also Simply Cook from time to time and many of those are new recipes to us.

17. Visit/see Noah every month
We haven't seen him since 29th February so this target definitely won't be met this year.  


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. 


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 50%  ✅ in May.  It was still a difficult month thanks to Covid-19.  At the time of writing things have been eased a bit but we are still being very cautious, particularly with pregnant DILs to consider.  We have seen 2 of the Grandkids though and it looks as though we will be moving at some point so lots to get my head around with that but definitely feeling more positive.


20 in 20 - Weekly Photo #25 - 21/6/20





As mentioned yesterday, we've started emptying out our loft!  It might take us a while lol.



20 in 20 - Weekly Photo #24 - 14/6/20




Spotted this latest grafitti on one of our evening walks.  The NHS heart has been there a while but the other one is new.

Review - The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

Start here.

The Book ThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

HERE IS A SMALL FACT:
YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.

Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with her foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

SOME MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH.

It's a small story, about:
a girl
an accordionist
some fanatical Germans
a Jewish fist fighter
and quite a lot of thievery.

ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW:
DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES.

What a great book! Interesting narrative and so well written. Different to read about WW2 from a German perspective too.

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Saturday, 20 June 2020

Friday's Fave Five (on Saturday 20/6/20)


Friday's Fave Five is hosted by Susanne over at Living to Tell the Story.

The idea is to step back and think about the good things from the previous week and list your favourite five.  Then pop over to Susanne's blog and join up with the other people taking part.

Well I'm a day late AGAIN! But things are getting hectic around here:

1)  We found a house!  We saw the house on Saturday and we both really liked it.

2)  Our offer on the house, which we made on Monday, was accepted the same day!  The vendors have already exchanged contracts on a house so our chain is now complete.  And we all breathed a sigh of relief.  Of course we still have to get surveys done and searches etc but hopefully there will be no major glitches with any of that and the solicitors can just get on and do their thing.

3)  We visited Grandson Rory and his parents and took a walk in the park.  He was so excited to see us.  It was lovely to have time with him (and some cuddles).

Apparently he's fascinated by the hoover!

4)  Things are gradually easing here - non essential shops were able to open this week as long as they can maintain safety and social distancing etc.  Our numbers are still coming down but I do worry that the events of the last couple of weeks will cause a spike in cases.  Time will tell.  I personally won't be rushing to go shopping.  I want to continue seeing the Grandkids and families without risking their health, or ours.  I just wish we could visit Noah some time soon.

5)  Quite a few phone calls this week catching up with people, especially a long chat with my cousin, who's more like a sister to me.

Knowing that, all being well, we will be moving house at some point has made me feel a lot better this week.  I feel like I have a purpose again - getting ready to move!  There is a lot of decluttering still to be done and of course lots of arrangements to be made nearer the time.  We also have to get our kids to sort out what they left behind - we have a lot of their boxes in the loft.  We made a start on that today by bringing some of the boxes down.  It's going to take a while - long story short hubby is having to decant the contents into bags to hand down to me which I then put back into the empty boxes he then passes down. (Yes it would be easier if the kids could come and help but.....Covid-19!)

Enjoy the rest of the weekend all.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 17/6/20


Wednesday's Hodgepodge is brought to us courtesy of Joyce at
From this side of the pond 

If you want to take part or just see what others have posted pop over to Joyce's page - the Linky List is at the end of Joyce's post and don’t forget to visit at least your neighbours on the list.

1. Saturday marks the first official day of summer! Whoohoo! Your favorite thing about the season?
Longer days.

2. Love it!, labor of love, not for love or money, no love lost, love handles, love does, love-hate relationship, misery loves company, tough love, love will find a way...pick one and tell us how it applies to your life right now.
Love it!  We've found a house to buy.  Just got to keep our fingers crossed now that all goes smoothly with the purchase and the sale of our house.

3. What's one thing currently causing you to seethe? One thing currently making you smile?
The thing making me seethe is anyone not being sensible about social distancing and following the government guidance.  I know we're all fed up with this situation but the thought of a second peak and going back to stricter lockdown rules for the sake of staying sensible makes me really cross.
Seeing my Grandbabies (I've seen 2 of them in person this last week) always makes me smile!

Rory with one of his favourite toys.

Nathan studying his caterpillars - they're growing butterflies!

And with Noah we're having to make do with photos and videos:


Noah is not too impressed with home working though.  (Actually none of them are! lol)

4. Of the following to-dos found on a summer checklist (here) which three would definitely make your personal list of summer want-to-dos?

roast marshmallows over a fire, go berry or peach picking, dangle your feet off the end of a dock, sit on a porch swing, watch the sunset from a beach, nap in a hammock, go barefoot in the grass, collect seashells, play tennis, go fishing, build a sandcastle, catch fireflies, eat a soft serve ice cream cone, make a pitcher of Sangria, swim in a lake, stargaze, ride a bike, paddle a canoe or kayak, make a summer road trip, throw a frisbee

My 3 are: watch the sunset from a beach, nap in a hammock and stargaze

Do you make an actual list? Nope!

5. Thursday is National Splurge Day. What might you splurge on in order to celebrate?
Not splurging on anything at the moment but if we succeed in our move to a new house there will be lots of splurging.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
Having found a house I'm feeling much more positive this week.  At last I know which direction we're going in so I can get to work on my moving "to do" list which as you can imagine is quite long!

Monday, 15 June 2020

#WDIIA - Monday 15th June 2020

#WDIIA - it's the day we bought a house!  Well we've started the ball rolling.  We saw the house on Saturday, liked it, put an offer in earlier today and by the end of the day it had been accepted. 

Now the fun begins.  Lots of paperwork to be completed, surveyors and solicitors to instruct and removal men to find.

Oh and just the small task of packing up the belongings etc we've accumulated over the last 20+ years.

Whose idea was this?  Oh yeah, it was mine.  What was I thinking lol.

#WDIIA - What day is it anyway? was started by Linda - the host of #SoCS and One Liner Wednesday. You can find her posts here.