3 weeks MIA. Definitely time to look back and think about the things I'm grateful for and join up with others at Susanne's site - "Living to Tell the Story".
Susanne has a Christmas themed picture up on her post but the snowy one is apt for me right now - we had snow! Lots of it (well for London) at least 5 inches fell from late afternoon and into the night last Sunday.
Tonight my garden doesn't look a lot different (although a few more footprints) because it has been so cold that the snow hasn't melted. It's supposed to be a lot warmer by Sunday so we'll soon be at the slushy messy stage but for now it is still very icy underfoot.
|Nathan and Ella were happy to be outside in the snow
|Vinny wasn't so keen
|The park near my son's flat.
Of course on Monday it caused total travel chaos and many schools were closed. This country seems to come to a standstill every time we have more than a dusting of snow.
However, I am grateful for:
1) Being able to stay at home in the warm and not worry too much about the cost of heating the house.
2) Delivery drivers who are still working and delivering parcels and food.
3) Living on a main road - we had to scape snow and ice off the drive to get the car out but once we get on the road it's all good - helps that we're on a bus route too - the road was passable fairly quickly on Monday.
4) Grandchildren - seen 4 of them this week including time with just Rory on Thursday as he had an early finish at school. Don't often get time with him on his own. I had Vinny on Wednesday as usual and he had a very rare tantrum with me. I told him that he could have one more episode of whatever show he was watching before he had to go home, not realising that the episode contained 2 stories. I stopped the show after the first story and he had a complete meltdown - turns out the credits rolling after both stories signifies the end. Silly Nanny! Well he was not a happy bunny. He ended up in the car with no shoes on and very grumpy. I won't make that mistake again lol.
5) A productive day today - I finally got round to making a Christmas Pudding and my Christmas cake now has marzipan on it. Hopefully I'll get the cake finished tomorrow. I also made a banana loaf using up the bananas that were very soft. Yes I'm sure that some of you will have made cakes and puddings weeks ago but I can't remember the last time I did homemade ones so I'm grateful that this year I've found some motivation. My Christmas tree was also up just after the 1st of the month.
Have a good weekend all.