Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Some random thoughts that I've had lately. Part Six!

I like to write my random thoughts down, those thoughts that don't fit into a blog post but I want to mention them and share them with you. You can read my previous mind dump here.

Question marks on card

I could kick myself. I was stupid to lend someone a little bit of money, my money not from the household kitty but they made excuses on top of excuses not to pay it back despite being able to afford meals out and takeaways. Grr! It's a lesson learned for me and I have got the money back now.

I miss my friend from Ashington. I've spoken to her a couple of times over the last couple of months and I miss her, the fun we used to have and all the gossip we used to share.

Perfect by Ed Sheeran was a Christmas song?? I had no idea. lol I saw it on a Christmas countdown and had to Google it. It was actually the Christmas number one in 2017.

The postman knocked at the door on a Saturday morning just gone half 10 and I came running downstairs to get my parcel. I opened the door, he handed it to me and said sorry I woke you up. I was all defensive saying "oh no, you didn't, it's OK. Why? Why shouldn't I have a lie in?

I keep getting into bed with my fluffy, fleecy socks on and fall asleep in them then end up waking during the night sweating! I must remember to take them off.

Putting the new fence up is great and has given us more privacy but 2 panels fell down in all of the wind over the weekend.

Becky is obsessed with a new game that she bought a few days ago. Bus Simulator. I chuckled when she told me about it but it does look fun. You drive the bus, plan the route and the timetables.

Despite having most of the presents and lots of the food bought I am still stressing about Christmas. It must be a woman thing, I remember my mother being the same.

Exercising in the summer was great but it's not much fun now it's cold and grey. I am pushing myself though but no sun equals no motivation.

I shouldn't dye my hair and just accept I am getting old or so I have been told. OK... Maybe I dye my hair because it's fun not because I want to look young. If you knew me I have always struggled with looking my age. I got ID'd in a shop a couple of weeks ago, Becky didn't. lol

A friend of my family got bad news about their health. They probably won't make it to Christmas which is so sad. Life is too short for some.

Ellie didn't like the smell of the living room when she came in from school. She said the Christmas tree smelled. I asked what of and she said trees. She was imagining it, it's a fake tree. lol

Apple pie Baileys is not that nice. Hmmf. It is drinkable but not enjoyable like original Baileys.

Ellie has no concept of money. If I give her money to go out with friends she thinks she has to spend it all. There is no need as I always give her more than she needs, I don't want her to go short. It is very frustrating.

The kids have said this year they don't want to make gingerbread houses so I have bought myself one and will make it myself. There will be no sharing it our. I will sit here and eat it all. I bet they want to do one next year. lol

I love putting the Christmas decorations up but hate that we have to move things like the clock. It's too near to me now and the ticking is driving me crazy! It will have to be moved.

It's taken me almost a year to take interest in Ellie's Switch. I've started playing Animal Crossing and I love it. It's such a relaxed game.

I hate the cold weather, love the snow but not the drop in temperature. 

It's nearly Christmas!!!

What random thoughts have you had lately?

Monday, 29 November 2021

Our weekly meal plan! 29th Nov - 5th Dec. #MealPlanningMonday

Our weekly meal plan

Last weeks meal plan went well. We did have a couple of changes over the weekend as our plans changed and we went to see the Christmas lights being switched on locally on Friday and didn't bother going to the Scunthorpe one on Saturday as the weather was awful. Rain, sleet and it was ever so cold. We ended up making home made pizzas on Saturday night and of course made too much so there was leftovers for lunch.

Last week I had the food shop delivered on Monday and it really knocked me off with what day it was, at least it felt like a short week. We did get another food shop on Friday and as we only had one a few days earlier we didn't actually need that much so I bought a few more things for Christmas. Asda has an offer on with the wine, if you buy 6 bottles you get 25% off so I got 4 to put away with for Christmas. I also got the Advocaat to make Snowballs and some of the Glitterberry J2O's which the kids love.

I can't believe this week we are into December. This year has flown over! We have nothing on this week which I am glad about as next week we have parents evening for Ellie and a check on her ears at hospital which I am dreading as I didn't get on well with the stand in doctor last year, I really hope it's a different doctor.

On the menu this week we have:

Monday - Mince, dumplings, mash and veg.
WednesdaySausage, egg and chips. 
Friday - Pizza.
Saturday - Fake KFC. Chicken bits, fries, coleslaw, garlic bread and salad.
Sunday - Pulled pork in buns.

What are you eating this week?

I am linking up with Karen over at Cat's, Kids, Chaos who is now hosting the meal planning linky.

Sunday, 28 November 2021

Baking Christmas cakes. #MySundaySnapshot

I have been thinking of my great Aunt over the past week. She passed away earlier this year. She used to make 3 Christmas cakes every year. One for her daughter, one for my dad and one for me. Last year because of Covid was the first year that she didn't and she joked that I would have to learn to make one for myself and I did last year, she was so proud of me despite me ringing her a few times and asking loads of questions. Early this year when she was unwell she said I had to take over making my dad a Christmas cake and I have taken up the challenge.

 During the week I baked a couple of Christmas cakes. I just used a kit, I wouldn't know where to start with making them from scratch and they turned out pretty well. They probably aren't as tall as they should be but once I've added the marzipan and the royal icing they'll be great.

Christmas cake

My Sunday Snapshot linky

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Week 47 of #Project365. 20th - 26th November. A photo every day for a year!

 We have had a good week, a really good week. It was my birthday on Sunday and I had a weekend of treats and celebrations. Now we're going into Christmas mode. I have just about all of the presents bought, I have wrapping paper to start wrapping them, we went to see the Christmas lights being switched on last night and the decorations and tree are out, ready to be put up over the weekend. We are starting to feel very festive!

Now for a photo every day!

Harry Potter Pjs and drinks
Animal Crossing on the Switch and pans on the cooker
Youngest doing homework & a letter from hearing support
Wrapping paper

324/365 - 20th November
New pj's for my birthday, an early present. This is the 3rd year that I have got Harry Potter one's. It's a shame but these are my least favourite. The top is a cropped one and is really short on me. I have to pull the bottoms right up. lol They are so comfy though. I think they came from Primark.

325/365 - 21st November
My birthday and I had a brilliant day. Stu and I went out for a couple of drinks on the afternoon and it was such fun just to chat and play a few games of pool.

326/365 - 22nd November
This week I have finally got around to playing Animal Crossing on Ellie's Nintendo Switch. I'm hooked now. It is such a relaxing game. 

327/365 - 23rd November 
The start of making Bolognese for tea.

328/365 - 24th November
Despite the dining room table being clear and Ellie having a desk as well she still chooses to do her homework in the most awkward of places. I suppose she is at least doing her homework.

329/365 - 25th November
We received a letter from the hearing support worker who goes and see's Ellie at school every few months. (Ellie is deaf in one ear) It was all positive, a big change from the last letter where Ellie was struggling to understand people because they were wearing masks. Ellie doesn't rely on lip reading but it helps. Now things are getting back to normal she is doing so much better. The school have been amazing, she has been put in smaller classes and all of the teachers know to make sure she has heard everything they've said.

330/365 - 26th November
The wrapping paper is bought. I am hoping I have enough. I think I got a bargain with a few. 10 meters for £1 where everywhere else seems to be selling 4m for £1.

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