Tuesday 5 March 2024

365 Days Of Gratitude. In February I was grateful for..

February wasn't the easiest month for me, we had some things going on in real life but I am glad to say everything is resolved now, I am not constantly on edge and life feels back to normal. Some days it was hard to be grateful and I had to dig deep then other days were easy. I am sure March will be better for me.

I have seen many people on social media list something every day that they are grateful for and thought I would join in and have on my private Facebook account every day and I thought I would share here too. I did this for the whole of last year couple of years and it has really made me realise that even on the bad day's I have something to be grateful for. 


Day 32 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful that I stopped the smoke alarm from beeping, it needed a new battery! I did fear for my life climbing up the step ladder. lol

Day 33 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for good soup for tea and plenty to go in the freezer. It was curried winter veg soup. Full of potatoes, onions, parsnips, sweet potato, carrots and butternut squash.

Day 34 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for a lovely catch up with my nephews mum. 

Day 35 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for the Iceland chicken and bacon pies. We had them for tea and they're so tasty considering they're only £1 for 2.

Day 36 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful that the nights are a little lighter so I worry a little less when Ellie misses her usual bus home from college. 

Day 37 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful for lip balm.

Day 38 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful that we have made some great plans for half term, most of it involves food but that's something which makes us all happy.

Day 39 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful that I didn't have to go out today! The weather has been rotten. Snow earlier but it didn't settle.

Day 40 of #366DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful that I've just noticed that it's not 365 days of gratitude it's 366 as it's a leap year. 

Day 41 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful for a few glasses of wine.

Day 42 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful that the cafe is back open on a Sunday so I could get my Sunday dinner.

Sunday dinner

Day 43 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful for a Monday which has felt like an extra Sunday with us all being home.

Day 44 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful for pancakes!!

Day 45 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful for a good fella! Stu spoilt me rotten today even though he was at work. Ordered flowers and left me a hamper of my favourite things. Bath bombs, pj's and lots of chocolate. I treated him to an afternoon tea for tea.

Day 46 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful that Ellie's good ear is still good, she's still deaf in her bad ear but that will never change. She's been discharged from the children's department and is back in 2 years as an adult for her next check up.

Day 47 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful that Ellie had a good day working with my dad.

Day 48 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful for a fun day out at Hull shopping and going to the all you can eat place!


Day 49 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful for a quiet day at home, it was needed!

Day 50 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful for home made pizza.

Day 51 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful that Ellie's boots didn't completely fall apart today! I told her not to wear them as the sole was coming off, of course she didn't listen. A new pair has been ordered!

Day 52 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful that the new Sky Router has arrived ready for it to be upgraded on Monday!

Day 53 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful that there's leftover Bolognese for tomorrow so I don't have to do any cooking!

Day 54 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful for a nice afternoon with my dad, he even made us lunch! 

Day 55 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful that the kids cleared all their stuff out of the living room while I was decluttering and cleaning. I may have said anything left in here which shouldn't be would go in the bin.

Day 56 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful for a day in my pj's

Day 57 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful that today went smoothly. The new superfast broadband was installed before Stu had to take an important phone call. I hate having to deal with people in the house.

Day 58 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful that Newcastle United won! Watching them play was stressful with it going to penalties.

Day 59 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for a day with Becky. She's so busy so it's nice to spend some time with her.

Day 60 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful that February seemed like such a quick month, it flew over!

What were you grateful for in February?

Monday 4 March 2024

Our weekly meal plan! 4th - 10th March. #MealPlanningMonday

Our weekly meal plan

Last weeks meal plan went well. We did swap a couple of days around but ate almost everything. On Friday we really fancied treating ourselves to a takeaway. Stu and I got an Indian takeaway and the girls got food from the chip shop as they didn't fancy a curry. It worked out well as I wasn't complaining that the kids were wasting food that we paid for, everyone was happy especially Stu and I, it seems ages since we had a good curry!

We don't have much on this week and I am really looking forward to it. I have a really long to-do list of fun things on it like dying my hair, Lego set, crafts, jigsaws, some baking and things like that I haven't got around to or had the motivation to do so far this year which I am going to make a start on. I also do need to get out into the garden to give it a tidy but the weather hasn't been great lately but according to the weather forecast today is looking good and Stu has his day off work to help so we might get some of it done.

On the menu this week we have:

Monday - Red onion and bacon tart with new potatoes and salad.
Tuesday - Sausage casserole, mash and veg.
WednesdaySesame pork & egg fried rice. It's a Gousto recipe that we have had in the past. It's quick and simple to make.
ThursdayThai style pork patties with sweet potato wedges and salad. This is in our top 5 meals that we've had in the past from Gousto.
Friday - Pizza.
Saturday - Hot dogs in buns with fries and onion rings. 
Sunday - It's Mother's Day so I won't be cooking. Hopefully I will be dragging the girls out with Stu and I for lunch out.

What are you eating this week?

Sunday 3 March 2024

Week 9 of #Project365 25th Feb - 2nd March. A photo every day for a year!

Hello there and happy Sunday! We have had a good week, a really good one. Getting lots of things sorted and improved which has made me happy. As I am writing this I am sat here watching The Matrix and for the rest of the day I am catching up with some blogging and watching the next two Matrix films. I do love them but don't fully understand them. lol I also have some housework to fit in. I really shouldn't have had a lazy morning scrolling through TikTok with Ellie. lol

I don't know what we are doing today. We had planned to go out for lunch but I think that will be up to the weather. I am sick of this rain. If it's not absolutely chucking it down it's that fine rain which seems to get you even more soaked that the heavy downpours.

Now for a photo every day!

Cooking Fever gem win
Sky router and living room
Phone book and Nutella dip
Pink nails and daffodils

56/365 - 25th February
I always think to myself that I have had enough of playing Cooking Fever and then I go and win gems and they keep me hooked for a little while longer. Gems are what you use to upgrade things and are hard to come by.

57/365 - 26th February
We got the new and improved superfast broadband installed. We weren't happy that we couldn't have the router where we wanted (in the dining room) and Stu had to run a cable all the way from his computer in there to the router but we can't complain, the speed is twice as fast and we have 2 months of Sky movies.

58/365 - 27th February
Since I moved the furniture in the living room around on Saturday I have been annoying myself. I can the reflection of myself in the mirror on the fire. That fire is only there for decoration, it does work but it's too expensive to run. The central heating works out cheaper and stays warmer for longer.

59/365 - 28th February
How tiny is the phone book now?! I did the whole speech to my girls about how big it used to be. I said it used to be the size of the xBox and they didn't believe me so I had to find photos to show them. They can't get their heads around the fact that most people used to have their names and addresses in it. Ours is just over 100 pages now.

60/365 - 29th February
These Nutella things were such a let down. The sticks were too thin to scoop the chocolate out and they weren't that nice. I won't be buying them again. I remember the KP Chocolate Dip things which were similar, they were the best!

61/365 - 1st March
New nails, this time a pale pink. They look a little more brighter in real life. I reckon a couple more washes of my hair, washing the bright pink out and my nails and hair will match. hehehe

62/365 - 2nd March
I was going to order some more daffodils to come with the food shop on Thursday but last weeks one's are still going strong! They are such a cheap flower and last so long.

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Saturday 2 March 2024

This week my Word of the Week is: Happy! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:


I have a nice and simple word to describe my week this week as it has been just a happy week and I have found my happy again!

I have had a stressful start to the year, one thing after another seemed to be happening and it left me feeling pretty anxious. We have had a big thing going on since the start of February which took time to resolve but on Monday everything was sorted and my worrying could stop and it has been such a relief! (It wasn't anything health related or like that, it was to do with money.) In hindsight I needn't have worried as much as I did but it's over now. Phew! 

Since Monday I have felt happy, I have been sleeping better, eating better and enjoying normal things like playing online games, doing my nails and soaking in the bath instead of doing them just to pass the time. 

I have been happy to have lots of movies to watch as Sky gave us the movie channels free for a couple of months when we upgraded our broadband. I have watched so many films which I wouldn't normally choose to watch, the latest being the new Top Gun movie and Elvis which I really enjoyed. 

I am happy that Stu is finishing work earlier, he's still working the same hours but only having a half hour lunch instead of an hour and he is happy he's getting home almost about an hour and a half earlier! It means he can actually have some time for himself instead of getting home, having a bath or shower and then thinking about going to bed. 

A few weeks ago there were some issues at the place where Becky works but she grinned and beared it and everything is good again. The issues weren't resolved but they have gone away and her work place is a nicer place to work which makes her happy and therefore makes me happy. I knew things would come right again, it was just a matter of hanging on in there. 

I was happy on Tuesday to see Newcastle United go through to the next round of the FA Cup after beating Blackburn Rovers. I was so tense watching the match though and that was just on the TV, I couldn't imagine going and watching football matches at the football ground every week, I would be a nervous wreck! They play Man City in the next round so I am not holding out much hope of Newcastle getting much further in the competition. 

Yesterday I was happy to get in put my pj's on and the heating after being out in the rain. I had to go to my dad's to help him out with some paperwork but he did give me a lift back home but by then I was already soaked. I was very happy to be sat back in my armchair. I even decided that we were going to have a treat and get a takeaway for tea which my family were very happy about. I didn't have to cook and there were less dishes for the kids to wash. hehehe

I have decided to start my year from yesterday, the first two months of this year are one's I want to forget. I had a big list of things that I wanted to do starting at the beginning of the year but up until now didn't have the motivation to do them. Now I am feeling happier I feel like making a start and already have some plans for the next week!

How has your week been? I hope you have had a good one!

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