Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Smile - Gifts to make someone happy! #Blogtober20

I am taking part in Blogtober20 throughout October and today's prompt is "Smile".

It has been a rough 6 months for us all with Coronavirus affecting our day to day lives. Sometimes we need some little reasons to smile and one thing that is sure to put a big smile on my face is receiving surprises in the post.

There are gifts for every occasion and some out there that are just meant to be sent to make someone happy and better about themselves.

Here are some ideas and as a bonus they're all under £10.00.


Send A Little Hug - £6.00 - Coco Chemistry. 
Grow Me Be Happy Sunflower Kit - £5.99 - Bee Cycle
Tea and Biscuits CubHug - £4.99 - Bear Hugs Gifts
Hang In There Notecard set - £7.95 - Bread & Jam
Thinking Of You in a Matchbox - £7.50 - Postboxed.


30 Day Challenge, Girl Power - £8.99 - Prezzybox
Checking in card - £3.00 - Etsy
Personalised Sunshine & Rainbows Chocolate Bar - £6.99 - Getting Personal
Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect - £8.99 - Amazon. 
7th Heaven Face Mask Pamper Hamper - £9.99 - Argos

Do you know anyone who would like to receive any of these gifts?


Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Never Ever - Things that I just don't understand! #Blogtober20

 I am taking part in Blogtober20 throughout October and today's prompt is "Never Ever".

There are a lot of things now that I look at or hear about and I just don't understand them and I don't think I ever will. I think it's because as my girls say, I'm getting old. lol Sometimes I think the world is mad.

Woman shrugging her shoulders.
 
This is a tongue in cheek blog post. I am not going into political and matters that are going on in the world at the moment. These are the silly, things that don't really matter things that I will never ever understand!

Freakshakes.
They look amazing but once you've taken your Instagram photos it's all going to start collapsing and melting all over the place. How do you go about eating them?

Algebra. 
A few weeks ago Ellie brought home Algebra homework and thankfully she understood it perfectly and I didn't have a clue. Becky said it was because it was that long since I did it at school but that wasn't it either. I didn't understand it at school, even the simplest sums. I tried to get Ellie to explain it to me but she might have been speaking in a foreign language.

Fortnite.
I understand how to play the game and the point of it but I just don't get the obsession that my girls have with it. They really are obsessed and will play it all the time given the chance. I do hope the novelty wears off soon.

Long nails
 
Long nails.
When people go for a manicure and get long, false nails put on. How do they function? I am one of those people who have to have short nails because I just can't manage to live with long one's. My biggest wonder is how do you manage to wipe your bums with long nails and also how do you stop dirt from getting under them?

Online hate threads.
We all know about those websites full threads slating bloggers, Instargrammers and YouTubers. I think they're pretty shocking not so much for what people on them say but for so much time they dedicate to tearing others down. If you don't like someone, don't watch them. It is that simple. If there is something on the TV that I don't like I will turn over. I wouldn't sit there an pick every fault with the TV show then go online and moan about it. I really do have better things to do with my time.

Ripped jeans.
When I was a teenager if you ripped your jeans you threw them out or in my case cut them into shorts which my dad disapproved of. hehehe I wouldn't dream of wearing them with rips in. I know they are fashionable now but some of them look ridiculous. The one's with no knees in or the one's with more rips than actual jeans.

Ripped jeans

Expensive baby clothes.
I really don't get people who will go and spend a small fortune on a day to day outfit for a baby that they may wear just a handful of times. Designer clothes for babies is just a waste of money in my opinion. When my girls were babies they could easily get through at least 3 outfits a day and sometimes the stains from food and poo explosions left the clothes good for nothing.

High heel shoes.
Especially those which woman wear when they're going about their day to day life not just for a night out. I'm not on about a couple of inches, I'm on about those where the women look in such pain and struggle to walk. It can't be doing their feet any good!

People on Facebook!
Those who say they're so peed off but won't say why, check into a hospital but then go silent, ask questions like what time does the local shop close, Google it! Eesh!

What normal things don't you understand?


Monday, 19 October 2020

Our weekly meal plan! 19th - 25th October. #MealPlanningMonday

Our Weekly Meal Plan title

Last weeks meal plan went well. We ate just about everything. The new Turkey Twizzlers were good but I'm not sure they were as good as I remember from years ago but the kids enjoyed them and I will get them again. The Richmond Family Sausage Casserole ready meal was so good. It says it serves 4 but it only served 3 of us. Stu, Becky and myself. Ellie didn't fancy it so she just had sausages and mash. I didn't cook the roast dinner yesterday, that has been bumped to today. I do love a roast dinner on a Monday. I get to cook it throughout the day in my own time and on a Monday my family always come in so hungry.

This is what we're eating this week:

Monday - A roast turkey dinner.
Tuesday - Leftovers from the roast dinner. I will either put it them in a pie or make bubble and squeak.
Wednesday - Pizza fries. We usually have it with the lattice fries but it turns out Sainsbury's don't sell them. Eesh!
Friday - Pizza.
Saturday - Burgers in buns with corn on the cob.
Sunday - Some sort of casserole cooked in the slow cooker.

What are you eating this week?

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Don't Look Back in Anger - Why you should forgive them! #Blogtober20

I am taking part in Blogtober20 throughout October and today's prompt is "Don't Look Back in Anger".

People have done things to me and hurt me in the past and I held on to that anger for a long time and it wore me down. It wasn't good for me or those around me. I have learned to forgive but to me forgiving doesn't mean that I will forget. I am still wary of people that have wronged me in the past but I have forgiven them and let it go.


Forgiving someone that has hurt or wronged you is easier said than done but there are many reasons why you should:

Everyone makes mistakes.
It is rubbish when someone has wronged or hurt you but everyone makes mistakes and can get caught up in misunderstandings. Sometimes in the middle of an argument things can seem or sound worse then they are and don't try to tell me that you haven't said something in the heat of the moment that you wished you could take back. I know I certainly have.

Living in the past makes you miserable.
It is much better to live in the now than think about the what if's and what you could have done differently. When my mother up and left my dad I spent years thinking I could have done something to change things. I might have been able to stop her leaving with her and my dad's life savings the day she left but I doubt it would have stopped her leaving altogether.

Forgiving does not mean you forget.
When you forgive someone you are letting go of the negative energy inside of you but you don't have to forget. If someone has for example lied to you or stole from you they could easily do it again. You are well within your rights to be cautious with them.

It doesn’t excuse what they did.
When you forgive someone it doesn’t mean that what they did to you is okay. It doesn’t mean that you deserve to be treated like that and they’re free to do it again. Instead, it means that you’re choosing not to carry that anger around with you anymore which is better for your mental health.

Be the bigger person.
It’s tempting to play the blame game and it's easy to be angry at someone when they've hurt you. I have said in the past that I won't reach out to someone because I was so hurt but now I've realised that I was placing the ability to heal in someone else’s control. By being the bigger person, you hold all power. 

You will be happier.
Letting go of negative emotions will free up space for more positive ones. Instead of being angry, sad and feeling down you will have more energy to feel positive emotions.

Life is too short.
Life is too short to be mad at people. I found this out when my mother passed away a few years ago. We never spoke for years and I ran out of time to forgive her and her me. I'd like to think she'd changed as a person and regretted some of her decisions. Don't go through life holding a grudge, everyone makes mistakes.

Do you hold a grudge or do you forgive?


Sunday, 18 October 2020

Somewhere over the rainbow. #MySundayPhoto

 The weather hasn't been great here. I think it's rained every day this past week and when it hasn't been raining it's been grey and cloudy but there was a moment on Thursday afternoon where the sun was out and some rainbows appeared.

Rainbow

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Some Might Say - The Controversial Parenting Tag. #Blogtober20

I am taking part in Blogtober20 throughout October and today's prompt is "Some Might Say".

Lots of people have different opinions about parenting. Some people are all for one thing when others can be totally against it and vice versa. 

A long while ago I saw the controversial parenting tag with some of the most argued about topics in parenting. Some might say you're wrong to have an opinion differing to theirs and go against how they would raise their child but it doesn't matter. You raise your child how you want to raise it. These are my opinions and how I have raised and are raising my children. Everyone parents differently, I would never judge anyone on their ways so please don't on mine.

Baby in crib
 
Pro-life or Pro-choice?
Pro-choice! Every women should have the choice what they want to put there body though. I have never had an abortion but I wouldn't judge someone if they had or wanted one, it is their choice.

Baby wearing?
I never did baby wearing with my girls but had planned to with Becky but then I had a c-section and I was so sore I never actually used the baby carrier/sling thing I had bought. If I had another child it is something I would want to try.

Circumcision?
With only having girls it's something I've never really thought about but now thinking about it, it would be a no unless there was a medical reason. I just see it as putting your child through unnecessary pain.

Adoption?
YES, I am all for it! There are too many children in the world that need loving homes. I think it's so sad that some children unfortunately will never know the love from being part of a family. Once my brother and I had left home my mum and dad used to foster children. They were short term foster carers and it was so heart breaking to see all the kids going through the care system. I always thought to myself if I could have adopted them I would have.

Baby piercing?
My girls haven't got their ears pierced, I chose not to pierce their ears when they were younger as I think they are dangerous with babies and toddlers. I had my ears pierced when I was a teen and they didn't stay in for long as I was always catching them on things. I know piercing ears only causes a little pain when they are done but I wouldn't want to put my children through any pain that isn't necessary. The girls have asked for their ears pierced but at the moment it is out of my hands. With their heart conditions the doctors don't recommend it as it could cause infection. 

Breast VS Formula?
Does it matter as long as the baby is fed. The breast is best nonsense has to stop. A fed baby is best!

CIO (cry it out) VS other?
I left my girls to cry for a couple of minutes to see if they would settle themselves but leaving them for longer is something I couldn't do. The majority of the time a baby cries because it needs something, sometimes that could just be a cuddle.

Smacking?
A tiny tap on the bottom or on the hand yes but just a tap, not a smack, I did when my girls were little and they were out of control but that seemed to stop when they were a little older at about 5 years old when I could reason with them. Sometimes saying no is not enough when they are determined to touch or eat something they shouldn't. Obviously now my girls know the rules and we have set boundaries.

Co-Sleeping?
My girls were great sleepers and when Becky was little Co-Sleeping wasn't a thing in fact I am sure midwives didn't recommend it at all. When Ellie was little it was just starting to happen but it never crossed my mind to co sleep. I would have been terrified of rolling on her. Sometimes when the kids were poorly they did sleep with me and Stu was relegated to their sofa but I felt like there was enough room in a double bed for me and a poorly child and plus if they were ill I hardly slept anyway. I have nothing against it but it wasn't something I really did.

Home VS Public VS Private schooling?
I think as long as a child is educated then it doesn't matter. Before lockdown I thought that home schooling would be amazing but it is hard ruddy work. We discovered it's not for us and we're not rich enough for Private schooling. lol We are lucky in our country to have public schools and thankfully Ellie is in a great one.

Vaccinations?
Yes, I don't understand why people wouldn't vaccinate. It's like they are happy with running the risk of their child catching a disease which could hurt or even kill them. 

Medicating children?
Yes, as long as its not over medicating children. I try not to take medication even things as simple as paracetamol for a headache. Thankfully my girls are rarely poorly but if they needed medicine they would have it. When Ellie was little she used to really suffer with chest infections and the only way to clear them was with antibiotics, that was always a last resort though.

Cloth VS Disposable nappies?
With both of the girls I used disposable nappies. Cloth one's weren't popular then even though my mum used to use the Terry's ones with my brother and I. Cloth nappies have improved a lot since then, with no safety pins in sight and if I was to have another child I would consider using cloth nappies. They are better for the environment after all.

Store bought baby food vs homemade?
When my girls were little I used a bit of both. The girls would eat porridge or something similar for breakfast a jar, store bought for lunch and usually what I was eating for tea. Like with breast V bottle it doesn't really matter as long as the baby is fed.

How do you feel about these controversial subjects?

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Week 42 of #Project366 - A photo every day for a year!

 I didn't have a great start to the week. I caught the cold that the kids had. They're over it now and thankfully so am I. It was a rough couple of days with me coughing so much that I wasn't sleeping properly. Before you start to worry I know it wasn't Covid, I had a full on cold with all the sneezing and snot to prove it. With not feeling great I've not been up to much, it's been a pretty quiet week here.

Now for a photo every day!

10th 11th October
12th October
13th 14th October
15th October
16th October

277/366 - 10th October
It was a big day on the game Roblox that Ellie plays. Don't ask me what happened exactly but there was a big update and there was more people playing than ever before. Then of course the game crashed with everyone playing which Ellie was not too happy.

278/366 - 11th October
After a wet couple of days I was glad to get some washing out on the line.

279/366 - 12th October
I think me and the rest of the country were watching the news on Monday to see what Boris had to say. At the moment we're still in tier 1 but I don't expect that to last with cases rising here.

280/366 - 13th October
After seeing nearly every hour during the night thanks to my cough I decided to go back to bed once Ellie had gone to school. I slept until near enough lunch time, had a soak in the bath and felt like a new woman.

281/366 - 14th October
I got an Iceland shop delivered over the weekend and saw this family sized sausage casserole ready meal and decided to give it a try. It was good. A lot better than I expected and we will be getting it again.

282/366 - 15th October
We had a lot of rainbows on Thursday and they were so pretty. Shortly after this it chucked it down!

283/366 - 16th October
The flowerbed in my garden is looking very sorry for it's self. All I want is one dry day to sort it out!

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Saturday Night - I'm all for staying in! #Blogtober20

I am taking part in Blogtober20 throughout October and today's prompt is "Saturday Night".

I used to love a night out, especially on on a Saturday night when I had all of Sunday to be lazy and recover but now I am much happier staying in. 


Before Coronavirus started to shut the pubs early I hadn't had a night out since February when I went to see a Bon Jovi tribute act, the time before it was before we moved house so July 2019. They were quite civilised nights out, no shots were drank, there was no dancing on stages with bands and I was home before midnight. lol

The thought of having a night out now seems like so much effort.

I'd have to find something to wear. I don't go out often so have nothing new to wear. It would be black jeans, a smart top and boots! Gone are the days where I wear heels. The last time I did was on a night out a good few years ago. By the end of the evening my feet were sore so I took the heels off on the way to the taxi and of course I stepped in some glass and ended up at A&E. At the time, after a few cocktails it was funny. The day after and the next week was not so funny especially when I had the school run to do. If I could have hopped all the way I would have. lol

Then there is the getting ready part. I am not good at putting make up on and wear it once in a blue moon so chances are most of it is out of date. My hair will never go right and I will feel fat and frumpy and obviously hate what I've chosen to wear.

Where we live there is a choice of a couple of pubs, they seem the type that if you walk in the locals will look at you like you have 3 heads. I've never been out to them and going into town would be OK but getting home would be the problem. I am sure the last bus from town to home is just after 7pm and a taxi would cost a small fortune.

I am one of those people who always say I won't drink too much or get drunk on a night out but inevitably I do. I am easily led astray and just one more drink will turn into more. I get a bit of freedom and I will totally take advantage.

By the time I get home I will be a little bit tipsy and of course I won't wash my make up off which always causes problems the next day with my face feeling yucky. I will sleep and will wake up feeling rotten too and not just because of the alcohol but because I've probably been singing, I'll have a sore throat and sore legs from dancing too much.

It really isn't worth the effort. A night out can easily cost £40 or £50 and I would much rather stay at home, with my family, in my pj's, watching TV, eating crisps and drinking a £7 bottle of wine. Strictly starts again tonight so that's even more of an excuse to stay in.

Do you like a night out?


Friday, 16 October 2020

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

This week my Word of the Week is:

Grotty text

Grotty is a word I use all the time but I don't think it's a well known word around the world. It means unpleasant, of poor quality or unwell. I think Grotty sums up this week perfectly!

I finally caught the cold that the kids have had. It was inevitable and have felt pretty grotty. I had all the snot, sneezes and have been left with a cough. I have tried to keep myself to myself at home. I was at the shop and had a coughing fit someone said "it isn't Covid is it?". I know it's not but it doesn't stop other people looking and judging. I felt I needed a big sign over my head saying it's just a cold. 

I did worry myself on Monday night. Every time I dozed off to sleep I woke myself up coughing which was no fun. It felt like I couldn't get my breath just as I woke but I know that was just because I was half asleep and panicking. I saw every hour until about 6am and I was up just after 7am to get Ellie ready for school. lol As soon as Ellie had left for school I went back to bed and caught up on my sleep and then went for a soak in the bath. I felt like a new woman! 

Of course I have been watching a lot of news over this week. I was feeling quite worried thinking that where we live would be put into tier 2. Reading the online news it sure looked like North Lincolnshire was heading that way with all the statistics. Even when Boris announced the 3 tier system it still wasn't clear as Yorkshire and Humber was one of the areas that were still in discussions about what tier we went into. It was a few hours later I read that we were in tier 1. Phew!

Things feel uncertain here. From what I can gather we are being grouped into the Yorkshire and Humber region which covers a massive area. All to the left of us on the map is already in tier 2. I don't think it will be long until we join them.

Becky is taking it quite well. I thought she would be upset and angry that her girlfriend wouldn't be able to visit here but they are both dealing OK with the prospect of a tier 2 lockdown happening. Ellie just doesn't care, not much for her will change but she is hoping for the circuit breaker lockdown where the school will be off for 2 weeks. We only get a week for half term here. lol Ellie did have a little tantrum during the week when she realised that there will be no trick or treating. I have said we'll do something at home but she was in a foul mood for a few hours.

The weather has been a bit grotty this week. Stu works outside most of the time so when it's wet and damp there is less work to do. His hours are all over the place at the moment. He finished early one day and had a day off because of the rain but yesterday made up most of the hours he didn't work and hopefully will be working more today.

How has your week been?

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Holiday - Where I would like to visit! #Blogtober20

I am taking part in Blogtober20 throughout October and today's prompt is "Holiday".

It has always been a dream of mine to visit America. Stu and I have always said if we won the lottery we would go on a massive holiday and travel around America seeing all the sights.

As well as seeing all the sights I would love to visit some of the places that are featured on TV, the food shows like Diners, Drive-ins & Dives. Stu and I used to watch it on an evening in bed and it would always make us hungry.

Plane

The places we would want to visit are:

Disney World.

Disney World

I think that's just a given for most people. When I was a child my great aunt used to go with her children and grandkids and they always seem to have the best time. With having the internet and seeing programmes about it on TV it has made me want to visit Disney even more. It looks such a magical place.

The Grand Canyon.

The Grand Canyon.

This is top of Stu's list of places to visit. We've all seen the photos but I know they don't compare to being there. I have read about the The Grand Canyon Skywalk which Stu would love to do. It's a horseshoe shaped bridge with a glass walkway. Eek! You wouldn't catch me up there, I'm a little scared of heights and looking down into a canyon is not my idea of fun. 

New York.

New York

I've seen it in the films and on TV, I've read news stories and blog posts about it and New York looks amazing! We would have to stop a while with all the things I would want to do. Visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the Metropolitan museum of art, have a walk around Central Park, see the Empire State building, spend time in Times Square, see the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, the American Museum of Natural History and go on the Staten Island Ferry. We would have to sample a lot of the food and see a show. 

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

Another one of Stu's top places to visit is Washington, D.C. He is all about the history and it has plenty of it there. Capitol Hill, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. I would just like to see the White House and maybe get a glimpse of the idiot Trump.

Las Vegas.

Las Vegas.

I would love to visit a proper casino and where better than Las Vegas! We could even pair it with seeing the Grand Canyon as I've just read they do helicopter rides from hotels there. Wow! I think we would have to stay at Caesar's Palace. It has to be one of the best known landmarks in Las Vegas. We could always do the whole Elvis wedding. hehehe

Where would you most like to visit in the world?

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Thursday, 15 October 2020

All That She Wants - A birthday wishlist! #Blogtober20

I am taking part in Blogtober throughout October and today's prompt is "All That She Wants".


Next month is my birthday and now is the time where I think about what I want present wise. Even though it's not a big birthday (I'll be 41), I still have a few things that I would love to receive and I have already been dropping hints to Stu and my family.

I think it's easy for them to buy for me for my birthday because the shops and online stores have all the Christmas gifts in. hehehe

On my wish list this year is:


When I was looking for a laptop tray for Becky's birthday I saw an amazing one which I quite fancy for myself. The Laptop Tray with Cushion, Built in Mouse Pad & Wrist Pad for Notebook up to 17" with Tablet, Pen & Phone Holder! It looks so cool and has room for everything. (£39.99) I could easily buy a 2nd hand desk for that price but I am comfier in my armchair with my laptop on my knee. The cushioned tray I use a the moment only has enough room for my laptop and mouse.

I have spotted the new Lindt Lindor Assorted Chocolate Selection Tin in Tesco and they are my all time favourite chocolates. With them being so expensive they are always a treat and a tin of them would make them very happy.


Every year I always get some new pj's and I do love the one's from Primark. They're cheap and cheerful and they always have some lovely fleecy one's which I love to wear in the winter.

My favourite bath bombs come from from Lush and they always have some fab gift sets. I quite fancy the Happy Daze one (£22.99). It has my favourite bath bomb in, the Intergalactic one. It is amazing!


The darker nights are just about here and I do like to burn candles and wax melts. I usually just by the cheap one's from Home Bargains or the pound shop but sometimes it is nice to have some fancy one's like the Clean Cotton Fragrance Set from Yankee Candle. (£24.99).

I couldn't have a birthday without having a little drink and like other years Baileys would be my drink of choice. By my birthday the big bottles always seem to be on offer in preparation for Christmas.

After getting the kids some wireless earbuds I quite fancy some for myself too. I like the one's from the Range, the Rechargeable True Wireless Earbuds - Black. Ellie has the same one's in rose gold and considering the price (£5.99) they're fantastic! 


I could do with a new coat especially with winter coming and I need a warm one with a hood and spotted this one on the Asda Geroge website the Black Hooded Longline Padded Coat.

My favourite jeans are the Eva Bootcut Jeans with Stretch (£19.50) from M&S and I could do with a new pair. They have a good stretch to them and they're so comfy. 

What would you put on your birthday list?


Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Wannabe - The summer of 1996! #Blogtober20

I am taking part in Blogtober20 throughout October and today's prompt is "Wannabe".

We all have a song that when you hear it you are taken back to a time and place and when I hear the song Wannabe by the Spice Girls it takes me right back to the summer of 1996. It really was the best summer!


I had just finished my GCSE's and had left school and had all of the summer ahead of me. My best friend and I had no plans apart from having fun! 

I lived in Stockton on Tees and each year they had a massive festival which used to last a week or so including street theatre, acrobats, parades, bands playing music, lots of stalls, a fair and lots of different vans selling food. The majority of the shows were free and it was a very exciting time. Now it's called the Stockton International Riverside Festival and it still happens every year.

In the summer of 1996 part of the festival happened right on my doorstep. My families home was next to Trinity Green, we used to call it "the churchyard or the chuggy. It was a big field with a burnt out church in the middle.


Just before the festival started the performers set up camp in the churchyard and the tents started going up and my friends and I started to make friends with them. We were a cheeky lot of kids especially my brother and his friends and in no time he had got us all free tickets to the circus which was performing. It wasn't a normal circus though it was The Circus of Horrors. I am sure they just wanted to keep the locals happy.

The Circus of Horrors is a British contemporary circus, combining horror, black comedy and rock and roll with circus acts. The circus uses goth and steampunk imagery and references victorian freak shows and burlesque.

It was a fantastic show. By rights my brother and his friends shouldn't have been let in without an adult but I guess my friends and I counted as that. lol 

On about the 3rd or 4th day of the festival my brother had made friends with people on the stalls and had got himself a job helping out. He was about 14 years old. He was nice enough to share the money he got with me which meant there was plenty of hot dogs and treats for us to eat.

There was a band on one night in the circus tent and my friend and I met them even though we had no idea who they were. They were called Dodgy. We scored ourselves free tickets to the show and only knew one of their songs. Good Enough.



I think we earned the tickets listening to them practice and do their sound checks all day because of course we weren't going to stay inside when the sun was shining and there were lots of things to see with the festival going on.

Usually I had to be in by 9pm on an evening, my dad was super strict but while the festival was here I was allowed to stay out until I got bored. My friend stopped at my house for the whole time the festival was on and my dad knew we'd be OK as there was plenty of police, security guards and people we knew about. I don't think we made it back into the house before 11pm each night. 

Before we knew it the festival was over and everyone was packing up and leaving. This was where my friends and I had a great idea, to walk around and pick up all the money that had been dropped. My friend and I must have collected about £30 which was a lot of money for us at the time. So we got on the bus and took ourselves off ice skating. The disco at the Forum in Billingham was where all the cool boys hung out. lol

When was your best summer?


Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Fame - I don't want it. #Blogtober20

I am taking part in Blogtober20 throughout October and today's prompt is "Fame".

I write about my life and share a lot of it online here on my blog and social media. I am happy for people to read what I write but I would never want to be famous for it or have much attention. People noticing me too much would stress me out. 


It does sound stupid being a blogger and not liking the attention considering I write my blog for people to read it but that's only part of it, there is a lot that I write just to preserve the memories. There are plenty of times I've written something on here and have looked back to find a date that something happened, like the old washing machine breaking and we needed to know how many times it had broke so the insurance cover would replace it when it got to the 4th time or what year we visited a certain place. Then there are blog posts about special occasions which I probably wouldn't remember as well unless I blogged about it.

The closest I have come to any fame is when my girls and I shared our heart story on the Chronicle Live website a few years ago. I won a competition to give a cinema room to the Freeman hospital where they had their open heart surgeries.


I have heard of bloggers sharing their stories with the press and some get horrible comments so I am quite glad it was just a local newspaper that ran our story and it didn't get much attention.

There are also the bloggers which have made it big and have been targeted by a gossip websites. I have looked at it in the past and some of the comments are just plain nasty. Judging everything from what they wear, eat and how they parent their children. They can take something innocent and twist it in the most horrible ways.

Whatever happened to "Be Kind" that was all over social media after Caroline Flack took her own life. Yes, she did assault her then partner which I don't agree at all but in my opinion the press and social media didn't help matters with her frame of mind. The press do like to stir things up and it's not good.

I am quite happy plodding along, doing my own thing and having no fame at all from blogging.

Would you want to be famous?