Saturday, 26 May 2018

This is a baby free post! (Almost)

Having a cold that also includes an annoying cough and lack of sleep from a husband who can still manage to rumble and grumble despite his CPAP machine working flat out has left me well out of sorts today.

Mainly because I don't have the energy or inclination to tackle my very long (and seemingly never decreasing) to do list.  I usually make myself an immediate list each day and I do like the satisfaction of crossing things off.  Not today.

Today is a "let's look after myself (or feel sorry for myself) day so I'm whiling away time either here or with a book or knitting.  (Oops that could have led to a baby reference.)

Except the book (Dancing Over the Hill by Cathy Hopkins) is, so far, about a marriage that seems to have stagnated and hit difficulties when the husband is made redundant.  Good Housekeeping states it's "Funny and feel-good".  Not so far.  Hopefully it will get better as it's making me thing a little too hard about my own situation.  Of course my hubby is still working, although only 3 days per week, but my being at home full time has taken some adjusting too and just when I start feeling like I'm on track to get some projects underway I go down with another cold.  It's frustrating.  Although of course it feels like I'm working 2 days per week now (not mentioning the baby word) but this work is a joy if somewhat exhausting.  Heaven help me when the baby becomes mobile!

Anyway I will persevere with the book for a little bit longer to see if it improves.   I actually gave up on a book earlier this week which is unusual for me but I really wasn't liking it and decided life's too short to be doing things you don't have to.  Especially when your "to be read" pile resembles the Leaning Tower of Pisa and could collapse at any point.  I did cull some books from there yesterday.  I'd kept several (well maybe more than several) books that hubby had read because they looked interesting, but on second glance I just thought No!  I'm not going to enjoy reading that.  I have plenty of other books that I will enjoy reading so time to get rid.  Of course this now means I have a pile of books to take to the local market stall bookseller.  The stallholder raises funds for charity so I don't mind passing them on to him especially when it will more likely be hubby that takes them.

That doesn't mean I've totally given up on the BBC reading list I'm working through but I'm currently stuck on Wuthering Heights.  I started it so long ago and put it down I'll probably have to start again.

I've decided I need to invest in some vitamin C and some early nights with a book.  I tend to go to bed quite late but recently I've been waking fairly early so the amount of sleeping time has suffered.  Of course if I could just resist the urge to make one last check of my social media or whatsapp etc I might not be quite so tired!

What I should be doing right now is going through my e-mails and dealing with all the ones relating to the recent changes to Data Protection.  Hopefully it might result in less e-mails finding their way into my inbox.  

Of course I could do the Pub Quiz in the weekend paper first.  Yep, that's another good way of procrastinating!  Especially now I'm done with waffling.

Friday's Fave 5 on Saturday! (26/5/18)


Friday is time to look back on the week and find five things to be grateful for. Drop in to Susanne at Living to Tell the Story for full details and other participants.

1) Well one thing I'm not grateful for this week is another cold! Again courtesy of Nathan. He's been runny nosed all week and wheezing but he was still cheerful so I'm thankful for that.

2) Warm days. Even some sunshine. I did a lot of walking on the two days with Nathan. It was good not to have raincovers and blankets.

3) A hubby who can cook and doesn't mind shopping. Thursday with Nathan was hard this week as I was feeling the effects of the cold but at least I didn't have to come home and cook - hubby took care of that and yesterday too.

4) The Royal Wedding. Definitely a good distraction although I didn't watch it until Monday because:

5) This:

Grandson #2 Noah Henry. He arrived 3 weeks early on Thursday 17th and I was itching to write about him on last week's Friday Five but hadn't got Mummy's permission by then. We spent the weekend up in Nottingham having lots of cuddles. Mummy and baby are doing well but of course he's feeding very frequently at the moment so everyone is tired but my son is now on leave from his job so he's doing a great job of keeping everything under control.

Of course we'd love to have gone again this weekend but not with this cold but hopefully next weekend, unless of Grandchild #3 decides to put in an early appearance too! Watch this space.

Apologies to regular readers for the repetition of the baby news but I am besotted so expect lots more pictures and updates.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 23/5/18

Wednesday's Hodgepodge is brought to us courtesy of Joyce at 
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1. The last place you visited/patronized where you felt like you were given 'the royal treatment'?
We stayed at the In-laws of our eldest son at the weekend and they really made us feel welcome and provided a lovely breakfast before we left the next morning.
2. The last task you completed that was a 'royal pain'?
Cleaning the lawnmower blades.
3. How have your strengths helped you succeed? How have your faults hindered you?
I’m quite a patient person and I’m also determined – I hate leaving things half finished or admitting defeat so that’s been useful over the years.  Lack of confidence has probably been the biggest hindrance.
4. If you found a remote that could rewind, fast forward, stop and start time, what would you do with it?
I’d rewind it so that I could have conversations with my parents and ask them things I never had the opportunity to ask.
5. Any special plans for the Memorial Day weekend? Will you in some way honor or recognize the meaning of this day (remembering people who died in service to their country)? Have you ever been to Arlington National Cemetery? Does your town do anything special to mark the day?
No because we honour this day in November.  There is a Remembrance service organised by the local council and of course a big service in London that’s televised.
6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Look who's here:   

Grandson #2 arrived 3 weeks early last Thursday, weighing in at 7lb 1oz this is Noah Henry.  Of course we're besotted and spent the weekend in Nottingham enjoying lots of cuddles.

Wedding? What Wedding?

Of course living here in the UK it was impossible to avoid being aware of the recent Royal Wedding.  I've lost count of the number of TV programmes dedicated to all things Royal and how they met, where they met, how weddings are planned and so on and so on.

Don't get me wrong, I love following the life stories of our royal family, unlike my husband who thinks it's a great drain on public finances.  Not that he has any idea of how the finances actually work.

However, I did not watch the wedding on Saturday.  What?  I hear you scream.  The biggest event of the year and you didn't watch it.  Well of course I watched it, in full glory, but not until Monday!

I had more important things to be doing, like travelling to Nottingham to meet this little man:

Introducing Noah Henry, born 17th May and weighing in at 7lb 1oz.  Grandson #2.