Friday, 31 July 2020
Wednesday, 29 July 2020
3. What have you been doing to make yourself move (aka stay fit-active) during these strange times?
Hubby and I have been going out for a walk everyday. We've missed a few days and hubby opted for bike rides on some days but we've been keeping it up. Our new house is near forest and parkland so we'll have no excuse when we move to change our routine.
National Coffee Milkshake Day (Sunday), National Creme Brûlée Day (Monday), National Milk Chocolate Day (Tuesday), National Chicken Wing Day (Wednesday), National Lasagne Day (Wednesday), National Cheesecake Day (Thursday), and National Avocado Day (Friday)
Which one on the list would you be most inclined to celebrate? Which would you be most inclined to skip?
Tuesday, 28 July 2020
Monday, 27 July 2020
Saturday, 25 July 2020
Monday, 20 July 2020
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Kerry Hayes is single mum, living on a tough south London estate. She provides for her son by cleaning houses she could never hope to afford. Taken into care as a child, Kerry cannot ever forget her past.
Noah Martineau is a successful barrister with a beautiful wife, daughter and home in fashionable Primrose Hill. Adopted as a child, Noah always looks forward, never back.
When Kerry reaches out to the sibling she lost on the day they were torn apart as children, she sets in motion a chain of events that will have life-changing consequences for them both.
Seriously, have tissues to hand as this book will make you cry but it's also uplifting. I couldn't put it down.
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Sunday, 19 July 2020
Saturday, 11 July 2020
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “song.” First, find a picture–the closest one to you. Your prompt is the title and/or the lyrics of the first song that comes to mind when you look at the picture. Have fun!
The song that comes immediately to mind is: "We are Family" by Sister Sledge.
Friday, 10 July 2020
Wednesday, 8 July 2020
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.
4. Spill here the secret ingredient in one of your favorite recipes?
Monday, 6 July 2020
A few slips ups but mainly I'm still doing this and it does help to keep me organised although it's harder to stay focussed some days.
2. Garden projects: Get window boxes for front garden plus big planters. Stepping stones for rear garden.
No projects until we move.
3. Plan a lunch date/date night with Nick once a month (theatre/cinema/meal/outing)
Well in theory we could get out now - restrictions have eased a lot over the last few weeks but we are still being very cautious.
4. Eat at 6 new-to-me restaurants
Maybe at some point we'll feel brave enough to try and make progress on this. Not just yet though.
5. Complete the A – Z blogging challenge
6. Plan Family weekend for my birthday
We have a lot of celebrations to catch up on but no immediate plans.
7. Take up an exercise class
8. Plan a road trip/holiday with hubby.
Hopefully one day!
9. Visit the beach
At some point!
10. Complete my reading challenge (52 books for the year)
I managed to read 6 books in June so I'm still on track for this. Some were from my TBR pile including The Book Thief which I really enjoyed. I added a few more to my Kindle app - books are about the only thing I'm spending money on right now! Full details can be found on my Goodreads page here.
11. Keep a gratitude diary
I'm still failing at this but I do try and do the Friday blog post relating to this each week.
12. Blog at least once per week (plus regular memes)
I dropped down to just 16 posts in June with hardly any original posts so not a good month overall.❌
13. Take a photo each week and blog about it.
I might have been a tad late with some of these but still trying to keep to the plan.✅
14. Read 12 books on my TBR pile.
15. Finish knitting WIP (blanket of squares)
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!
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 café, 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.
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Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
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.
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