Saturday 31 December 2022

Friday's Fave Five - 31/12/22

And I'm a day late....again!

I am actually struggling a bit at the moment.  Tests indicate I haven't had Covid but I've definitely had something for the last couple of weeks.  I am still struggling with a cough and generally feeling under the weather's been a full on Christmas.  Today is the first day that we haven't got any company here or anywhere to be so I'm definitely resting and trying to recharge my batteries.

But, as always, there is lots to be thankful for so a big shout out to our host Susanne for reminding us every week to sit and reflect.  Find out more here.

1.  A lunch with friends on the Monday leading up to Christmas.  It was my turn to host our "Ladies Lunch" and I really enjoyed catching up with my friends as I'd missed the last one.  I'd made an effort with my cooking but nearly had a disaster with the main course - I was layering the food into a large round pyrex dish when I knocked it and the whole thing broke in half!  Cue total chaos and panic for a few minutes as I scrambled to salvage everything.  Fortunately I coped and my friends are the sort that when they arrived mid chaos they were all keen to pitch in and help so I'm extra grateful for friends that I don't have to stand on ceremony for.

2.  More motivation this year - I actually made a Christmas pudding, a Christmas cake, mince pies and sausage rolls.  I'm usually relying on shop bought ones but it was good to be productive even if at one point I didn't think the cake would get iced!

3.  A lovely family Christmas.  We had my daughter and youngest son and their families here on Christmas day and they all stayed over for boxing day.  Our other son and his family arrived late on Boxing day and stayed until yesterday so of course it was lovely having all the family together. They were all here on Thursday and we just about managed to get a picture of all the grandchildren together:


They do like playing a game together.

Ella was not going to sit with all those boys on her own!

The television provided a way of calming them down lol.

4. A pantomime trip - on Wednesday Nanny and Grandpa took the 3 older grandsons to see Aladdin at a local theatre.  (We took one parent of each too!)  

They all seemed to enjoy it and it wasn't too scary for them.  Not sure Grandpa was fully engaged though lol.

5)  A get together with extended family yesterday.  We met up at the social club we're members of.  It was lovely to see most of hubby's siblings and some of their families in a nice relaxed environment.

And that's Christmas done for another year!

We will probably do our usual thing of staying home and watching a countdown to the New Year on the TV tonight.

I hope you all had a lovely festive time and wish you all a Happy New Year!


  1. It sounds like a wonderful Christmas! Love those 'sofa photos' with little ones all lined up. We try to do one when we're all together, and I love seeing how the photos change over the years.

  2. I'm sorry you have been sick for two weeks but it seems you were able to enjoy Christmas with your sweet family! The kids are all getting so big!! Time flies and I hope your 2023 will be full of blessings, Wendy!! Rest and get well now!! Happy new year!

  3. Happy New Year Wendy. Your week sounded hectic but fun.

  4. Happy New Year. Hope you feel better soon. Cute kids!

  5. It does sound like a full but totally wonderful week of Christmas. The pics of the kids is so cute. Sorry you've not been feeling 100%. That is hard when it's such a busy season but hopefully the rest this week will do you some good. Happy New Year!

  6. What a wonderful Christmas and fun time with the family! I hope you feel better soon. My grandson tested positive for Covid, but we're not sure that's what he really had. But he did have fever and a cold. Thankfully no one else got it.

    I love the kind of friends for whom things don't have to be perfect and who pitch in and help when there is a disaster. Sounds like they made it fun.

    Wishing you all the best for 2023!

  7. Oh what a bad time to be sick. I'm sorry. Hope you are feeling better now.
    The best friends are those who don't care if things are messed. They come to see YOU.
    What a sweet time you had with your family. I'm glad you were able to be together for the holiday.
    We watched New Year's countdown in LONDON from our Ohio home--on TV. The five hour difference means we can go to bed whenever we want.
    Happy New Year to you!

  8. I hope you're feeling better. I think i'd rather have a cough and cold than this constant neck and head pain!! It's so odd....I haven't been truly sick since 2018...just this weird unexplained pain. (good news: i should be getting into seeing a neurologist sometime this month!! fingers crossed!!).

    That's a great photo of all the grands!!
    How fun to take some of them to see Aladdin!



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