Friday, 13 May 2022

Friday’s Fave Five - 13/5/22

Composing this on my phone and racing against the click for it to get posted before midnight! Currently babysitting Nathan and Ella - see #2 below.

Anyway it's Friday so time to link up with Susanne and other grateful bloggers here.  These are my 5 for this week:

1) the weather was nice for our yard sale- warm and sunny. We didn't get rid of lots of stuff but it has focussed us on things we need to deal with. Hopefully we'll be able to donate some things to charity.

2) my daughter. It's her birthday today. She is definitely a blessing to me.

3) following on from last week the door in the freezer is fixed but it seems that iron manufacturers don't want you to replace the flex at least not the brand we had. Getting in to the iron proved very difficult. So one problem solved but thankfully the iron has now been replaced 

4) a lovely albeit brief visit from hubby's sister and husband last weekend. This is the couple that live in France so visits had been limited during the pandemic and we hadn't seen them since last November 

5) a successful trip to a new to me retail park. I was able to get presents for grandsons Noah and Rory who will both turn 4 in the next couple of weeks, some glue for a jigsaw puzzle I want to frame and a new handbag.  I love it when things go to plan.

Have a good weekend all.

Friday, 6 May 2022

Friday's Fave Five - 6/5/22

Is it Friday again already?  And May as well.  Time seems to be flying by.  But Friday is the day when we take a breath and look back on the week to find 5 things to be grateful for.  Then it's over to Susanne's site here to share with other like minded bloggers.

Here are mine for this week.

1)  A family party.  One of hubby's nieces had organised a surprise party for her partner who turned 50 last Saturday.  We were dithering about going but so glad we did.  The guest of honour was very surprised to find so many people waiting for him when he arrived home.  The weather was lovely and although we were the only ones there from our generation it was good to catch up with some of the younger generation.  

2)  Decorating finished (for now!) and rooms are back to normal.

I still need to get curtains for the second room but they're now on order.  We had a good outing to IKEA this week and picked up the bedside tables you can see in the picture above plus the lamps in the other room and of course a few more bits and pieces we weren't even looking for!  We also managed to move one of the units out of the bigger bedroom and have put it out in the garden room.  This meant that the storage unit we had out there that was very similar to this one:

 is now redundant.  It was taking up a lot of floor space so that will be going out in the yard sale we're doing on Sunday.  It was very satisfying getting everything straight and doing some organising and decluttering at the same time.

3)  Cygnets on the lake.

Hard to see the cygnets in these photos as they were in quite a sheltered area of the lake and I couldn't get very close but there are 4 cygnets.

4)  Lots of things sorted out with internet shopping:  for example our iron needed a new flex - it's got very twisted in places and Hubby was concerned that the coating on the wires might wear away and cause a hazard.  Of course he left it to me to actually resolve the problem.  Likewise with a shelf front in our freezer.  Hubby managed to break it a few weeks ago but I managed to order a replacement this week.  I love him dearly but he's not good at practical things like that.  (It will probably be me that fixes both of these when the parts arrive lol.)

5)  Another productive shopping trip today - I didn't get the curtains for the bedroom as the store didn't have the right size but I picked up a few other bits and pieces plus plants and compost for the garden.  I then spent time this afternoon potting everything up.  There are no flower beds in the garden but we do now have some pots on the patio with plants that will hopefully add some colour when things bloom.

As mentioned above we're doing a yard sale on Sunday so we'll be busy tomorrow getting everything sorted and ready to put out and we also have overnight visitors tomorrow - Hubby's sister and her husband are over from France.   It's been an age since we've seen them so looking forward to that.

Have a good weekend all.

Thursday, 5 May 2022

A-Z 2022 Reflections post

Reflections 2022 #atozchallenge

Alice, I need your help.

And why would that be Wendy?

Because I've got to do a Reflection post for the A-Z challenge and it would be good to have your input.

Oooh goody!  It's about time you did a new post.  Your readers must be thinking you'd fallen down a black hole and taken me with you.

No such luck Alice.

Anyway the A-Z team have given some pointers on things to include so I suggest we just work our way through them together.

Hmm that sounds boring and a bit like hard work Wendy.

Don't be rude Alice.  The A-Z team put a lot of hard work and effort into making the challenge a success and they are to be appreciated. Anyway this is the list:

  • Give consideration to how the A to Z Challenge impacted your blog.
  • View your stats to see how the last 30 days changed your blog view numbers.
  • Make an observation about how many comments you got on your April posts.
  • Contemplate what you learned from making posts during the Challenge.
  • What gave you the idea for your Challenge Theme, if you used one?
  • Did any blogs you visited in the Challenge make a lasting impression on you?
  • Perhaps meditate on how to express your thoughts about the Challenge this year.
  • Give an opinion on any of the three #AZchat events from this year.
  • What impact did the Challenge have on your social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)?
  • Rumination about the A to Z Challenge can help the team improve!
  • This year included a deliberation to find another graphic person after the loss of Jeremy. Muse about the imagination and talent of Anjela.
  • What is your impression of the A to Z Team?
  • After much cogitation, let your pensiveness reflect in your post.
  • Did any dreams or goals you set come to fruition during this April Challenge?
  • Please tell everyone if you picked up any sweet merchandise this year.
  • Hmm well some of that is easy Wendy although there won’t be any meditating going on here.  And the challenge had no impact on your social media as you don’t do Twitter and you keep your blog completely separate form Facebook and Instagram.

    As for chats?  Do you mean to tell me now, when it’s far too late that we could have been chatting with other people about the challenge during the challenge?

    Well yes Alice but I felt that was a bit beyond me and I’m not sure if the timing was right.

    You just didn’t want to let me have a voice did you?

    Well that might have been a bit tricky Alice as only I can hear you.

    Ok.  Point taken.  Now what about your stats whatever they are?

    Short for statistics Alice.  The blogging platform provides details on things like page views, comments etc and mine were definitely up for April but as I really only blog for my own satisfaction I never really take any notice of them.

    Right.  Moving on.  I think the new graphics person did a good job.  Hard stepping into someone else’s shoes.  Actually Wendy you’re right.  The whole team do a great job.  But how do they find the time?  You’re retired and have lots of time but still struggled to get the posts done on time once you caught up with yourself.

    Well taking a holiday during the first week of the challenge wasn’t ideal and yes I was winging it most days after that.  And once again I haven’t managed to visit as many other blogs as I feel I should have.  I did manage to visit people who’d left me comments and I have started working my way through the sign up list.  There just never seem to be enough hours in the day.

    Gaining more grandchildren hasn’t helped Wendy but at least you had me to provide your theme and give suggestions, even if I was just resurrected from 2019.

    Yes but now I’ve resurrected you I don’t think you’re going back into the recesses of my mind anytime soon Alice. 

    Oh no Wendy.  I’m here to stay which I know will please many of your readers.

    So there you have it.  A reflections post done in the style of my A-Z posts.  This is my 8th completed challenge, once again by the skin of my teeth on quite a few days.  Forward planning is still not my strong point.  However, enthusiasm for blogging has revived and satisfaction gained from doing more than just waffle or doing regular memes.

    Thank you to everyone, old and new, for your visits to my blog and the lovely comments.  Apologies if I haven’t made it back to your blog yet, I’m working on it.

    As for Alice…..well you definitely haven’t heard the last from her.

    Links to all my A-Z posts can be found here.

    Saturday, 30 April 2022

    A-Z challenge 2022 - Z is for Zany, Zappy and Zingy

    #AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter

    Welcome to the conversations in my head with my friend Alice, previously seen in my 2019 A-Z posts and loosely based on Alice in Wonderland.  At least that's the plan.


    Are we still talking Wendy?  You went very quiet on me yesterday after our discussion on youthful.

    Of course Alice.  And to a degree you are right.  I’m never going to be youthful again but I don’t need to be old.  And of course I will be old but that will be easier if I’m fitter and in charge of my mind.  I can certainly work on getting fitter and being healthier.  Not sure about the mind thing with you inside it.  Time will tell on that front.

    Right so do you have a word in mind for the letter Z?

    Actually I have 3 Alice.  I chose them to sum you up.

    Oh dear.  Are they nice words?

    Definitely.  I wanted the challenge to finish on a positive note.

    Ok.  What are the words?

    Zany, zappy and zingy.

    Do you really think they apply to me Wendy?

    Yes.  Zany means silly or amusing.  You can be very silly at times Alice but you are also, according to our readers, amusing.

    Oh so you don’t find me amusing then?  Bit of a back handed compliment.

    Yes Alice sometimes I do find you amusing.  Anyway the second word, zappy, means energetic or lively which you definitely are.  You have much more get up and go than I have which is good although if you could curb your enthusiasm first thing in the morning it would be appreciated.

    I’m trying Wendy, I’m trying.  And this week you seem to have been getting up earlier anyway.

    The decorators are here working in the spare bedrooms so I’ve had to be.

    Well you should try and keep to the earlier rising and work on going to bed a bit earlier.

    We’re digressing Alice.  The final Z word I’ve chosen for you is Zingy which means striking, attractive or appealing.

    I don’t go around striking anyone!

    Striking as in your looks Alice which are also attractive and appealing.

    Oh, now you’re making me blush.

    Well Alice, despite being a grumpy, overweight, non-youthful, waffling idiot at times I have appreciated your help with this challenge.  I’ll even go as far as to say I couldn’t have done it without you.

    Oh stop, you have me crying.

    Well that would be a first.

    Hey, does this mean we can do it all again next year?

    Ask me in 6 months’ time Alice.

    You’re not expecting me to be quiet until then are you Wendy?

    Well that would be like asking for the impossible Alice so no.  And I’m definitely working on ideas for keeping you involved in my blog.

    Oh goody we could….

    Alice, don’t start getting carried away.

    Yes but I have some great ideas….

    Alice!  You have to learn when to stop which, as we’ve finished the A-Z challenge, is now!

    Well there’s still a reflection post to be done Wendy so readers definitely haven’t heard the last of me yet.

    Ok Alice, you get to have the last word.

    Thank you Wendy.

    Friday, 29 April 2022

    Friday's Fave Five - 29th April 2022

    It's Friday again so time to reflect on the week and find five things to be grateful for and join up with other bloggers here at Susanne's site.

    1)  A birthday party for Grandson Nathan.  He turned 5 back on 31st March but his party took place last weekend after the school holiday so that his school friends were more likely to be around and able to attend.  His last two birthdays were during lockdowns so were much quieter events.  This one was a go kart party and took place in a nearby school sports hall.  Unfortunately my daughter went down with Covid a couple of days before so she wasn't able to be at the party but our DIL, Nanny and Grandpa were there and my son, his wife and boys were there too.  Plus the staff providing the go karts and other activities were very helpful with setting up and clearing away.

    Everyone seemed to have a good time and Nathan certainly enjoyed himself.

    2)  Lunch with my youngest son Michael.  On Sunday I met up with Michael for Sunday lunch at a restaurant in the city.  It was my Christmas present from him and his family and it was a 3 course meal, including the traditional roast dinner.  I had mackerel pate to start, roast beef for my main and a lemon posset with raspberries for dessert.  The nicest thing though was just being able to spend some quality with him.  Too often when I'm picking up Vinny or dropping him off we're like ships that pass in the night and when the whole family come here it's hard to chat with the kids running around.

    3)  Some decorating done!  Not by us I hasten to add.  Our neighbour used to work as a painter and decorator and although he is now retired all his 3 sons are carrying on the business.  Anyway 2 of them were here this week and our 2 guest bedrooms are now looking a lot nicer.  We haven't got the furniture back in yet but once I'm organised I'll post some pictures.  Really pleased with their work and they were such pleasant workers to have in the house.

    4)  Good news from an extended family member who has been undergoing chemo recently.  Her blood test results were a lot better this week so now she's having a break from chemo.

    5)  I've made it to the end of the A-Z challenge and haven't missed a day.  This is a blogging challenge that lasts throughout April (excluding Sundays) and involves doing posts based on each letter of the alphabet.  The last day is actually tomorrow but my post is already done and scheduled to post early tomorrow morning.  I'm thankful for all the nice comments I've had on the posts and apologise for not doing so much commenting of my own during this time - it's been a bit hectic.

    Have a good weekend all.

    A-Z challenge 2022 - Y is for Youthful

    #AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter

    Welcome to the conversations in my head with my friend Alice, previously seen in my 2019 A-Z posts and loosely based on Alice in Wonderland.  At least that's the plan.


    Well Alice, what’s today’s word?

    Youthful Wendy.

    Great.  That might work for you Alice but it doesn’t apply to me.

    Well this challenge, or anything come to that, isn’t all about you Wendy.  You have to consider the wider world, think outside the box and all that.

    It’s hard to think outside the box Alice when you are contained inside my head.

    Yes well maybe if you did think more widely you wouldn’t feel so restricted at times.  You keep talking about how things are opening up now and it’s easier to do things but you’re not actually doing them.  It’s very limiting for me too.  How can I help you with ideas if you don’t give me any new material to work with?


    Yes I know, I have a point.

    That wasn’t what I was going to say.

    Are you sure about that?

    Well…. Maybe.

    And it’s all very well keep going on about how the grandkids keep you young but from my viewpoint all they seem to do is tire you out.

    Yes but it’s a good tired Alice.  A satisfied tired.

    You still need to up your exercise and lose that extra weight Wendy.

    This is turning into a lecture Alice.  I lost a pound last week.

    Yes but prior to that you’d gained another 3 so you’re still behind.  And I’ve seen you sneaking pieces of Nathan’s birthday cake when you think no one is looking.

    Well it’s there!  I tried not to let Vicky give us such a big piece when we came home, I even tried to leave it behind but she spotted it and made sure we put it in the car.

    You could just put it in the food waste.

    But I hate wasting food.

    You hate wasting anything but sometimes we have to think of the bigger picture.  In this case the bigger you and how you want to be smaller so you need to bin the rest of the cake!

    Maybe….but Becca and Vicky sometimes read my blog and I don’t want them offended.

    Given the choice of visiting you in hospital after a heart attack or having you around to babysit their kids I think a bit of wasted cake is the least of your worries.

    I think that might be a bit of an exaggeration Alice.

    Really?  When did you last check your blood pressure?


    I rest my case.

    Oh thank goodness for that.  Now I can have some peace and quiet and maybe a cup of tea with a piece of cake.

    Not if you want to stay youthful Wendy.

    Oh Alice, that ship has already sailed!

    Thursday, 28 April 2022

    A-Z challenge 2022 - X is for Xenopus

    #AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter

    Welcome to the conversations in my head with my friend Alice, previously seen in my 2019 A-Z posts and loosely based on Alice in Wonderland.  At least that's the plan.


    Right then Alice.  What is the x word you’ve chosen for me?


    What?  Are you sure that’s a word Alice?

    Definitely is.

    Hmm well according to google Xeno - means “alien,” “strange,” or “guest,” and is used in the formation of compound words so is it an alien cat Alice?

    No, try again.

    Strange octopus?

    No it’s actually a species of frog.  Also known as the clawed frog.

    Here’s the link to its Wikipedia page Xenopus - Wikipedia

    A frog?!

    I wanted something unusual.

    Well it’s certainly that.  But it’s not a pretty thing.

    Things don’t always have to be pretty Wendy to be interesting.  One of the things about this frog is that it uses its fore limbs to eat because it doesn’t use its tongue like most frogs do.


    It’s also very useful in scientific experiments.


    It was used in the 1930s to 1950s in pregnancy tests.


    You’re not the least bit interested are you Wendy?

    I’m always interested in what you have to say Alice.  But a frog? 

    Well surely it’s more interesting than some of the other words on the list?

    Can’t we just talk about x-rays or xylophones?  At least everyone knows what they are.  Frog should have been in the first week of the challenge not the last.

    But it’s a xenopus. 

    If you say so Alice.  Hopefully we haven’t bored our readers to tears and they’ll be back tomorrow.

    I’ve got a great word for tomorrow Wendy.

    Hmm we'll see about that.

    Wednesday, 27 April 2022

    A-Z challenge 2022 - W is for Wrong

    #AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter

    Welcome to the conversations in my head with my friend Alice, previously seen in my 2019 A-Z posts and loosely based on Alice in Wonderland.  At least that's the plan.


    Are we talking about xylophones tomorrow Alice?

    No we are not Wendy.  That would be very boring.  I’ve thought of a lovely word for tomorrow.

    Thought or found Alice?  As in a word you already knew or one I’d looked up previously on the internet.

    I’m not giving you any clues.  And no googling X words.

    But that’s what you probably did isn’t it Alice?

    Well of course you might have done to find an interesting word and then I shall just be the messenger.   After all I’m not able to use a computer like you Wendy so I just have to rely on you helping me out a bit now and then.

    Umm I thought you were the one supposed to be giving me inspiration Alice.

    Then you’d be wrong.  All of this is completely down to you Wendy.  I’m just you’re sounding board.

    I’m not sure that’s actually true Alice.  You definitely seem to have a mind of your own most of the time.

    I definitely have a mind of my own Wendy but it’s of your creation so really it’s yours too.

    I see you’re in one of your argumentative moods Alice.

    Well it would be boring if I agreed with you all the time.  Where’s the fun in that?  And boy do I need some fun sometimes.  Being stuck in your head is no picnic Wendy.

    No definitely no food for you Alice.  Goodness only knows what damage biscuit crumbs could do.

    Now you’re just being silly.

    That’s right Alice.  Sometimes I like to have fun too you know.

    Yes but it’s often at my expense which is very unfair and unkind!  You should be more appreciative of my help.

    Now you’re sounding petulant Alice.  I’m assuming you know the meaning of petulant?

    Ha ha very funny! Not! 

    Tuesday, 26 April 2022

    A-Z challenge 2022 - V is for Vinny

    #AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter

    Welcome to the conversations in my head with my friend Alice, previously seen in my 2019 A-Z posts and loosely based on Alice in Wonderland.  At least that's the plan.


    Right so it’s Vinny’s turn to be in the spotlight today Wendy.

    That’s right Alice.  Grandson Vinny is #4 in the order and he was the first to arrive during lockdown on 22nd September 2020 weighing in at just under 6 pounds (5lb 15oz) but he was over 3 weeks early.  He had an infection as well so was in hospital for about a week on antibiotics so it was a bit of a stressful time.

    Yes because you had just moved house too.

    On the day Vinny was born.  We had just arrived at the new house and were getting unpacked etc. when our son Michael rang to say I was needed to look after Grandson Rory as the baby was on its way.  I didn’t even get to sleep in the new house that first night.  I had to instruct Nick where to find the bedding for our bed and leave him to cope on his own.

    Did he find the bedding? 

    Of course.  I was very organised with the move – we’d had a long time to prepare.  But I’m digressing.

    Vinny is a lovely little boy and I have him every Wednesday now both parents are back at work.

    Is he good?

    Well he usually is for me.  Last week for instance, the only time he got upset was when I asked him if he was ready for his lunch and he realised that, although he was ready, I hadn’t actually got his lunch on a plate yet.  He was not happy about that!  Otherwise he was fine all day, playing with the things here, napping for over an hour and enjoyed seeing the ducks at the lake.  Even the nappy changes were easy although sometimes he is a bit of wriggler and tries to escape the changing mat.

    You’ll miss him in September when he goes to nursery full time.

    Well of course Alice although that’s not completely certain yet.  Currently the nursery don’t have a space on Wednesdays but hopefully it will be okay by September.  Of course I will keep having him until the place is available.  Plus in September Vinny’s brother Rory will start school and the settling programme for the school means I’ll probably have Rory some days or part days at least, otherwise Michael will have to use up a lot of his leave.

    September’s going to be busy then.

    Yes, I won’t be taking on any blogging challenges then that’s for sure.

    We’re almost there for this one Wendy.

    I know, but I’m still worrying about what you’ve cooked up for the last couple of tricky letters Alice.

    No need to worry Wendy.  All will be revealed.

    Any hints or clues?

    And spoil my fun at watching you squirm?  Definitely not!

    Monday, 25 April 2022

    A-Z challenge 2022 - U is for Unbelievable

    #AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter

    Welcome to the conversations in my head with my friend Alice, previously seen in my 2019 A-Z posts and loosely based on Alice in Wonderland.  At least that's the plan.


    Hmm what are we talking about today Wendy?

    Something I heard on the radio the other day Alice.

    Which was?

    That when self-drive cars become a thing, as in being used on the roads by ordinary people, there is a proposal coming forward that it will be ok to watch TV while the car is driving itself.

    Umm that sounds crazy.

    I know Alice.  I mean you can get fined and points on your licence for using a mobile phone in your car at the moment, or basically getting caught doing anything they can claim meant you weren’t driving without due care and attention but, when you let the car drive itself you can relax and watch TV.   I never heard anything so ridiculous.

    You’re not planning on getting one of these self-drive cars are you Wendy?

    Absolutely not Alice.  I like driving and I certainly like to be in control.

    So, if you have an accident when the car is self-driving and you’re watching TV, who are they going to blame?

    Good question Alice because apparently, even when the car is self-driving you have to be ready to take back control whenever necessary.  I really don’t see the point!

    Hopefully the powers that be will see sense before this gets passed but on the Government’s recent history I’m not hopeful.

    This is the same Government that’s planning to send anyone who arrives here illegally, trying to claim asylum, off to Rwanda for processing.

    Yes.  I think the world is going mad Alice.

    Says the woman who talks to a voice in her head.

    Yes Alice.  You’re pretty unbelievable too at times.

    That’s not nice Wendy.  You know you can believe everything I say.

    Everything Alice?


    So when I asked if my bum looked big in my trousers today you were telling the truth when you answered no?


    I didn’t think so Alice.

    I was just being considerate of your feelings Wendy.

    That’s a first Alice.

    I thought we were talking about cars, not being unkind to me.  After all I wasn’t unkind to you.

    No Alice you weren’t but it’s unhelpful if you’re not honest with me.

    Right.  Well if we’re being honest, yes your bum is not as small as it used to be but you are your own worst enemy Wendy.  You did not need to bring home 2 cupcakes from Nathan’s party yesterday and you know that Nick probably won’t eat his so you’ll end up eating both of them.  Yes I know you’ve already eaten one, and finished off the cheesecake from the lunch with your in-laws and that was after you’d been out for a 3 course lunch with your son!  Shall I continue?


    How many steps have you managed today?

    Just over seven thousand three hundred.

    Well you need to get off your bum and start doing some more steps.

    But it’s almost bedtime.

    You’re the one who’s unbelievable Wendy.  You witter on about how you need to lose weight but do very little to achieve that aim.

    La la la la la can’t hear you Alice.  Night night.

    Like I said, unbelievable!

    Saturday, 23 April 2022

    A-Z challenge 2022 - T is for Tardis

    #AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter

    Welcome to the conversations in my head with my friend Alice, previously seen in my 2019 A-Z posts and loosely based on Alice in Wonderland.  At least that's the plan.


    So what’s the T word Wendy.  Thankful?

    No Alice.  I was going to use thankful and combine it with my regular Friday’s Fave Five post but then I realised T will actually be Saturday’s post so that wouldn’t work.

    And plan B is?

    Well my original word was Tardis.

    What’s a Tardis.

    Well many people will know it from the television programme Dr Who.  It’s a time travelling machine but the big thing about it is that from outside it looks quite small but inside it’s huge.

    Hmm ok you lost me at time travelling Wendy.

    Anyway that’s how I think my brain is sometimes Alice.  It feels like I keep putting all this information into it and it feels like it should explode but of course it never does.

    That’s because you don’t retain all the information.  Lots of it gets forgotten.

    Are you accusing me of being forgetful Alice.

    No, just stating a fact.  I mean you often forget about me and poor Rory and Vinny are still waiting for their Easter eggs!

    Well hopefully I’ll see them tomorrow and they can have them then.

    As long as you don’t forget to take them with you.

    Good point Alice.  Try and remind me won’t you?

    That’s not what I’m here for Wendy.

    Hmm I sometimes wonder what your purpose is Alice, to help or to hinder?

    Well you’re currently hindering me by not letting me sleep.  It’s gone midnight Wendy so you need to finish this post and go to bed.

    Yes Alice. I’ll close up the Tardis for today.

    I hate it when you talk in riddles Wendy.

    Friday, 22 April 2022

    Friday's Fave Five - 22nd April 2022

    It's Friday so it's time to link up with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and look back on the week and find our five favourite things to be thankful for.

    Here are mine:

    1)  It was Easter!  The significance of Easter does not escape me although I might not proclaim it loudly but it is definitely something to be grateful for.

    2)  A day with my son and his family on Saturday.  They came here for lunch and later dinner and in between we walked down to the lake and park.  The weather was lovely.

    Rory and Vinny are on the middle 2 swings being pushed by Daddy and Mummy.

    3)  A lunch out at a country pub with our daughter and her family on Easter Sunday.  We all had a typical roast dinner and my sticky toffee pudding dessert was delicious.

    4)  Lunch with Hubby's brother and his wife here today.  Because of the pandemic it was the first time they'd been to our new house.  It was nice to be able to sit and relax and chat and catch up.  Often we only see each other at bigger family gatherings and you don't get the chance to really chat.

    5)  My to be read pile just got huge!

    My brother-in-law was clearing out some books and he has a similar taste to me in crime/thriller books.  Some of the books he brought over I'd already read but these I haven't.  Many of the authors I'm familiar with but there are some new to me ones in there too so we'll see how I like those - eventually!

    Watch out for the reviews.

    And as a bonus I'm thankful still to be on track (just) with the A-Z Challenge!

    Have a good weekend all. 

    A-Z challenge 2022 - S is for Short and Sweet

    #AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter

    Welcome to the conversations in my head with my friend Alice, previously seen in my 2019 A-Z posts and loosely based on Alice in Wonderland.  At least that's the plan.


    Short and sweet Wendy?  That wasn’t the plan.  We were going to talk about sarcasm.  At which you and I can both excel.

    Well yes Alice but I’ve been busy today catching up on chores and planning the shopping order and now there is very little time to get this post updated before it automatically posts tomorrow morning.  So it’s going to have to be short and sweet.  But I also want to talk about success today.

    Success?  What were you successful at?

    Finding things.

    Oooh what did you find?  Buried treasure?

    Well I did find a £1 coin down the back of the sofa.  Along with a couple of the toy cars that I didn’t know were missing but also the red racing car that has been missing for a couple of weeks and is a big favourite of Grandson Rory.

    Oh he’ll be pleased.

    But the thing that pleased me most was find the missing jigsaw puzzle piece from the Thomas the Tank Engine set.

    Where did you find that?

    That had got pushed underneath the sofa.  It was very satisfying finding that.

    Yes we all know how you hate pieces being missing from toys or games.

    Well there’s nothing more annoying than doing a puzzle only to find there’s a piece missing.

    Oh I can think of lots of things that are way more annoying than that Wendy?

    Really Alice?  Enlighten me.

    Umm I think I’m going to quit while I’m ahead.  After all you did say short and sweet tonight.

    Hmmm maybe I should have stuck with the original idea of sarcasm.

    Thursday, 21 April 2022

    A-Z challenge 2022 - R is for Right

    #AtoZChallenge 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter

    Welcome to the conversations in my head with my friend Alice, previously seen in my 2019 A-Z posts and loosely based on Alice in Wonderland.  At least that's the plan.


    Alice, I don’t remember choosing this word.

    That’s because you didn’t, I did.

    Umm Alice, who’s in charge here?

    Well I don’t think either of us should be in charge.  This should be a mutually beneficial relationship.  And before you start trying to remind me of my place, yesterday you commented on how I was right about something, twice!

    Well yes Alice but that doesn’t mean you can stage a takeover.

    Why not?  It wouldn’t be the first time.   But I don’t want to takeover Wendy, I just want to be treated fairly and for you to do what’s right.

    I’m trying to Alice but you don’t always make it easy.  Keeping me awake in the early hours of the morning or just waking me up too early won’t get me off to a good start.

    I didn’t wake you up this morning, your alarm did.

    Actually Alice I was already awake.  That always seems to be the case when I have to be up early for something, it plays on my mind and then I’m awake on and off all night panicking about sleeping through the alarm.

    Well it might help if you went to bed a bit earlier.

    Yes well then my A-Z posts wouldn’t get done.  I’m really winging it at the moment.  With Vinny here all day today there was no chance of getting this post done earlier.

    What about while you were watching senseless TV for 2 hours?  You could have done it then.

    I could but sometimes watching TV is just what I need to be doing.

    Not when you then down to write a post and you’re tired and then grumpy.  Especially if you try and blame me for you being grumpy.

    Much as it galls me to admit it you are, Alice, once again right.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do about you when this challenge is over.

    Yes well we need to talk about that.  You keep avoiding the subject.  I am not prepared to be hidden away until next year’s challenge.

    No I definitely need to think of a regular item that I can involve you in Alice but at the moment I’m trying to get my head around some of the trickier letters still to be covered in this challenge.

    Oh don’t worry about them Wendy.  I’ve got them sorted.


    Yep.  We’ll talk about them nearer the time.

    Oh, we will Alice we will.  But if I don’t agree with your choices don’t be surprised to see a different word in the post title.

    Well I would be surprised Wendy because that just wouldn’t be right!

    Alice, just because I accepted you were right about a couple of things yesterday doesn’t mean you are always going to be right!  I’ve already decided on the word for W.  Can you guess what it is?


    No Alice, wrong.

    Hmm I can see you’re already gearing up for tomorrow’s post.

    Yes Alice you might be right about that but let’s not spoil the surprise for our readers.  Goodnight.