Sunday 27 January 2019

Last Sunday in January

A lazy Sunday here, the last Sunday in January!
 Sam's working, just Jeff and I at home all day, such a rarity!

It's freezing out, super windy but perfect weather to dry Sam's white t-shirt collection1

I've not done much other than work this week. I did spend my day off sorting through a box of old photo's that's probably patiently waited to be sorted for about 3 years!

We haven't aged a bit!! (I wish) 
Parga, Greece 1995

My love of Doc Martens goes way back x
London 1995

Still trying to brighten up the grey January days with a burst of yellow!
I really do think it makes a difference to my mood, just having a burst of yellow brightens up everything no end. That and playing my fave tunes really loudly, whilst drinking copious mugs of black coffee - could do a lot worse!!

Saturday 19 January 2019

A working week in January!

Not much to report here this week, just a regular working week in January. It's been my Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday week and I swapped in 2x 7am starts on Wednesday and Thursday, so enjoyed a much needed lie in on my day off on Friday, after 2x 6am alarm calls. I've nothing in the diary really for the next few weeks, just a case of head down and get through January, my least favourite month.

My hyacinths are now over, will keep the green in for as long as it looks half decent. So happy to see my £1 bunch of daffs are back in the shops now to replace them. 

The cheeriest £1 you will ever spend x

Have a good week

Friday 11 January 2019

5 weeks and counting!

So yesterday was the day, the day Sophie returned to Reading!
We drove back, car full again! Stopped off a huge Sainsbury's, the far side of Reading to do a food shop, unloaded the car, defrosted her freezer the best I could! Reorganised her freezer shelf, fridge shelf, food cupboard etc then had lunch, before heading home.

It was so much easier to say goodbye x
I now know she's happy, got good friends, feels settled, so it was so much easier to leave this time and it is only 5 weeks until our half term/her reading week, when we'll either visit for the day or she'll come home for a couple of days. I will miss her terribly, it's been lovely having her around again but as long as I know she's okay, I can deal with her being away and we do chat often, which helps.

As always, I've been filling January with bulbs, they've smelt heavenly. The first daffs were sold last week, so once these pass their best, my £1 a bunch favourites, will be taking their place.

Even outside, they're making a head for the light. 
I really do hope we have a reasonable spell of weather now, get through the next 5 weeks as best we can, bit of a tick off affair. I do find Winter tends to linger longer than I'd like but as Sam and I were saying the other day, it's got a little lighter in the evening's, he is now walking back from the bus in daylight!

Saturday 5 January 2019


HOW is it already a week into January? Where does the time go? I know it's said 'that the older you get, the quicker time flies by' but it's so true. I worked all week, my Monday through to Thursday week, glad I'd taken all the decorations down before New Year, although am leaving the stars up, until they feel like they should come down!

Day off on Friday and Sophie and I grabbed our final chance to go to Bath for the day, meet up with my sister and niece for lunch, before it's back to school for them and Uni for Sophie. It was lovely but blumin chilly!

Would have loved a lie in this morning but got up with the alarm and went over to Slimming World. I help set it up and then weigh all the members. I bought a 12 week countdown, I'm realistic about my weekly losses but was pretty chuffed to come in with a 3.5lb loss this morning and only 13lbs to get to target! I'd like to be there by the end of March, Sam reckons it'll be more like the end of May - he of very little faith!

I'm pretty focused at the moment but will honestly be happy with a weekly loss, even if it's just half a pound, as long as it's coming off and going in the right direction, I don't mind.

It's not a chore when you can still eat delicious food like this......

....although my willpower is often tested, baking this for everyone else!

Hope your January is starting off positively x

Tuesday 1 January 2019

Hello 2019!

Pinch and a punch.......

.....hello 2019!

We welcomed in the New Year together. 
Sam's plans changed, so we spent the evening having a family meal, playing Cluedo, Sophie and I watched Mamma Mia and then we saw in the Bongs of Big Ben and the fireworks together.

This morning I'm the only one up and awake. I'm off to work in a bit!
As always you chat about your hopes and dreams, plans and wishes for the year ahead. Jeff will be turning 50, so would like to enjoy his big year, injury free (well he is getting old!!) I'd like to be a little selfish and give myself a little time and attention - nothing major but I would like to get back to Target this year, get back to being as healthy as I was a year ago or is it two now!?! Sam will start to learn to drive this year!!! And Sophie? When asked she said "nothing really, stay as I am, happy" What a great way to start the new year x 

Here's hoping 2019 is a happy and healthy year for us all.