Sunday 3 December 2023

Ice in the garden! #MySundaySnapshot

It certainly has got colder over the past week, each morning has been frosty but yesterday there was the most frost I have seen without it actually snowing! I thought someone had been through my back garden with silly string as all the spider webs had frozen! It looked pretty amazing! 

Iced cobwebs
Ice in the garden

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Saturday 2 December 2023

A photo every day for a year! 25th Nov - 1st Dec - Week 48 of #Project365

These weeks seem to be flying over and now we're in December and the last few weeks of the year. I am feeling pretty prepared for Christmas. I've still got some things to buy but I'm feeling organised. One of the highlights of our week has been opening our advent calendars. Who doesn't love a bit of chocolate first thing on a morning. hehehe

We have had a good week, Ellie has been loving college and has been learning all about conduit's and piping to do with electrical engineering. It was my Word of the Week because that is all I have heard about this week.

We have a quiet weekend planned, we will of course be watching Doctor Who! Wasn't last weeks brilliant! I love that Donna is back and The Meep really tricked me, I thought it was so adorable until it wasn't. lol

Now for a photo every day! 

Bubble bath and TV
My youngest on her computer
Christmas dressed and Spotify Wrapped
Bottles of wine and stone

329/365 - 25th November
I always used to tell the kids off for putting too many bubbles in the bath now it was my time for a telling off from Ellie. She said I should know better. lol

330/365 - 26th November
The girls had me watching Squid Game: The Challenge and it didn't take me long to get hooked! Wow! It was so good, I have watched it all apart from the final which is released in a few days. It was brutal, the bridge episode especially! He should not have been eliminated, he was one of my favourites!

331/365 - 27th November
Ellie on her computer. She is not liking this weather as when she leaves the house it's frosty and when she comes home it's dark and extra cold.

332/365 - 28th November
Saw this fabulous dress in one of the charity shops in town! It would be hilarious to go to a fancy party dressed as a Christmas tree.

333/365 - 29th November
Spotify Wrapped! I hardly use it but Ellie obviously does with our top artist being Oasis. I love that The Glee Cast is still on the list, I prefer their versions of songs to some of the original artists.

334/365 - 30th November
I bought a good chunk of the alcohol and fizzy pop for Christmas. Stu saves up his bonuses from work and at this time of year converts them to supermarket vouchers which is really helpful. 

335/365 - 1st December
Advent calendars were opened and Ellie was very happy with her first rock from her Crystal calendar.

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Friday 1 December 2023

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

This week my Word of the Week is:


Conduit, conduit, conduit. That's all I've heard this week. lol This time last week I didn't even know what a Conduit was but I have heard all about them from Ellie. She even had a good chat with my dad and brother about them, they are into things like that. 

A conduit is "a channel for conveying water or other fluid or "a tube or trough for protecting electric wiring". It's the electric one we've been interested in as Ellie has been learning all about them in college. It is something she will need to know all about as she is training to be an electrician.

She has been working with steel and PVC conduit's and they have both had their own challenges with learning how to bend them. With the steel one's there is a machine which bends them which sounds easy but it's hard to get the bend in the right place and with the PVC one's you bend them by heating them up which is easier said than done when the weather has been so cold, the college workshop is not the warmest of places. You rub them until they are warm and flexible and then shape them how you want them. Ellie said she was glad for her gloves and it was the only time that day when her hands were warm. I am sure trained electricians have some sort of heat gun to help them out, I said to Ellie when she is qualified she'll need to have a hair dryer in her tool kit, that would do the job of heating them up without burning them. lol Ellie came home from college on Wednesday with aching arms and legs where she had been pushing on the pipes to bend them. She feels like she is really learning lots, especially over the last week. There is way more to electrical engineering than just wires.

Ellie had an assessment this week, it was a resit from one a couple of weeks ago which she failed. She doesn't have an exam at the end of the year, she has these assessments throughout the year. Her and a few others were told if they didn't pass this they couldn't move on to learning new things and potentially run the risk of not passing the course. I have been worrying but of course she smashed it! Phew! Now she can move onto the next topic. 

She is now one step closer to completing the course and it really is flying over. When she breaks up for Christmas she will be almost half way through. She is loving it, everything about college apart from getting the bus each morning. It's dark when she leaves and dark when she gets home now. She's even started wearing a coat now which is unheard of for Ellie. She is one of those teenagers who thinks coats are for wimps but she's given in and would rather be warm than look good. lol I am not liking this cold weather either, I hate being cold so I am living for fluffy socks, hot water bottles and blankets.

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

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Thursday 30 November 2023

What I loved in November!

November might be my favourite month of the year. The excitement for Christmas starts to build and there is no stress like what comes in December. It's also my birthday month. November went in a flash and it was a really good month with lots of fun, family time and special moments. These were the things that I loved!

Heart drawn on paper in crayon

The Big Bang Theory!
I am so late to watching it. I kept seeing bits on the TV while waiting for one of the shows I usually watch and always laughed at it so thought I would take the plunge and watch it all off Netflix. I am about half way through and I love it. Sheldon is of course my favourite, what a character he is!

Christmas Pudding Flavoured crisps!
I bought these not expecting to love them so much! They taste just like Christmas. A little bit sweet and with a hint of cinnamon.

Xmas pudding flavoured crisps and pigs in blankets

Pigs in Blankets!
Sausage and bacon is good separately but put them together with cranberry sauce and they are just amazing! I predict I might have eaten a hundred of these tasty morsels by Christmas day. hehehe

My blog turning 11!
I have been blogging for 11 years now. It's crazy to think how far I come, when I started I didn't have a clue what I was doing, sometimes now I still don't but I can say my photos and what I write about has improved. I wrote about my favourite blog posts from the last year, one for each month.

Evenings out! 
I go months with no nights out and then have 2 in the space of a few weeks. My girls went off to the Bonfire night event locally and my fella went to the local pub with a couple of friends and then we went out again for my birthday to a different pub. Lots of fun was had, it was fun to get dressed up and I even rode one of those rodeo bull rides. It's not a usual thing at the pub, it was someone's birthday and she had hired it and was letting everyone have a go. It was so much fun but I did have a sore hip the next day. 

me dressed up and riding a bull

My birthday!
I turned 44 and I had such a lovely day! I was truly spoilt and felt very loved. I received some amazing gifts. Trainers, make up, lots of Harry Potter things, pyjamas, slippers and a couple of winter jumpers which I really needed. We had a nice family meal out and there was of course cake! 

My eldest spending wisely!
A few years ago when Becky started full time work and got a full time wage her spending was a bit reckless. She was forever buying silly things that she saw on TikTok or a ridiculous amount of takeaways. Over the past year she has done well at reining in her spending and actually saves more than ever. Over the last month she has splurged and treated herself. She went to see the Dirty Dancing stage show with her friend and they stayed in a hotel as it was cheaper than getting a taxi home and more recently she bought herself a new bed and 2 matrasses. She wanted to upgrade from a single to a double bed and the reason for 2 matrasses is that the first one she bought was just a memory foam matrass topper. Oops. She's learned a lesson, to read things properly!

My Harry Potter tree!
I usually leave it to my family to put the tree up but I took charge this year with some gorgeous Harry Potter tree ornaments that I got from Primark! The tree looked amazing for about 10 minutes before I felt guilty that there was none of the decorations on that my girls have made over the years. They have now been added too.

Our Christmas tree

The Crown!
I love watching The Crown off Netflix and I of course had to watch the new episodes when they were released. I was rather annoyed that there was only 4 of them but Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana was just perfect. I remember the news about Princess Diana's death and watching the funeral, I know The Crown isn't real life but it's like watching it all from a different perspective.

Time off work.
My fella took a few days off work for my birthday and with his normal days off he had quite a bit of time at home which was lovely. He works hard and deserves a break. We had time to relax together and to get some jobs done around the house. Becky also took 2 days off work which meant the way her shift pattern worked she had a full week off. It was fantastic to have a lot of family time.

What did you love in November?