Thursday, 21 October 2021

Our Autumn family bucket list. 2021.

 I do love this time of year. It's cold but there are some days when the sun is shining so I can still get the washing out on the line, I like the dark nights, cosy oversized jumpers, half term, comfort food and all the best TV is on. It is tempting some days just to stay under a blanket but I want to make some memories and have some fun. I have came up with a few ideas of things which I want to do before winter arrives.

Pink sunset

Go for a walk to the next town over through the fields, on the footpaths of course.

Buy some more autumn scented candles.


Find some conkers and have a conker fight.

Make some homemade soup from scratch.

Drink lots of hot chocolate.

Run through a pile of leaves.

Get some new boots.

Have an Autumn picnic with hot chocolate, pork pies, sausage rolls and cake!

Buy some new blankets.

Make a recipe using pumpkins.


Get some new jumpers.

Give knitting a try.

Go to the cinema.

Bake an apple pie.


Watch some scary films (not too scary though)

Make Halloween cupcakes.

Put some Halloween decorations up.

Carve a pumpkin.

Get us all some thick, cosy socks.


Take a walk on a foggy morning.

Go to a Fireworks Display. The one locally is back on again this year along with the fairground and food stalls. We can't wait.

Start watching Christmas films.

 It's half term next week so I think we will get a good start on our Autumn bucket list and I already have a few things planned as well as a couple of lazy days.

Do you have any fun plans for Autumn?

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

(Ad - Gifted) Reusable sanitary pads from Trade To Aid.

Disposable sanitary products contribute millions of tons of plastic to landfill every year. Each woman can use between 5 and 15 thousand pads or tampons during their lifetime, the vast majority of which end up in landfill or polluting the oceans. Most disposable pad brands are over 90% plastic and contain synthetic additives, many of which are damaging to both women’s health and the environment.

Reusable pads are much better for our world and ourselves and recently I have been sent some to try out from Trade To Aid.

Reusable sanitary pads from Trade To Aid.

Reusable pads and the Trade To Aid reusable pads are designed in the same way as disposable sanitary pads and are used the same way too. Instead of throwing them away reusable pads can be removed, washed and reused. The whole process is quick, easy, clean and comfortable.

Made with a super soft bamboo charcoal layer, a highly absorbent microfibre core and a recycled waterproof membrane. The pads are free from the synthetic additives and nasty chemicals found in disposable pads, they are kind to your body. 

Trade To Aid pads

I was sent the Reusable Sanitary Pads (Pack of 6) box to try out which contains 2 heavy flow pads, 2 medium flow pads and 2 light flow pads and a waterproof wet bag. 

These pads have the same tried and tested design as standard disposable sanitary pads and work the same way. You fix them to your underwear via the two small clips that are attached to the wings, a lot like the sticky wings on disposable pads. Once you have finished with a reusable pad, you remove it and fold it up and place it in the sealable waterproof bag until it is time to wash it.

Sanitary pad washbag

Many women put off using reusable pads because of the thought of washing them. If you are out an about you can put the pad in the wash bag supplied with the pads or if you are home just place it in a bowl of cold water to soak. Cold water helps lift out bloodstains. Soaked pads can be washed in a standard dark 40-degree wash or by hand. You can use light detergent but fabric softener will leave a residue on the pads, which you don’t want. If you are worried about disinfecting the pads then you can add some white vinegar to the wash too which is perfectly safe and fine for your washing machine and great for other clothes too! Apart from the soaking washing reusable pads is the same as washing any other clothes! Drying them on the washing line in direct sunlight is ideal but when this isn't possible drying them in front of a radiator is fine. The pads are designed to be absorbent so they’ll absorb a lot of water and will take a while to dry.


These arrived just at the right time. I had been on my period for a couple of days so it was the perfect time to try them out because I didn't have such a heavy flow. They were so soft to touch and when I tried them on they were so comfortable. Way better than plastic, disposable pads. I liked that they came in different sizes depending on what your flow is like because not every day on your period is the same. I didn't have to change them quite as often as disposable pads and towards the end of my period usually my skin is started to get irritated with these it wasn't. I do at least one load of washing a day so washing the reusable pads has been easy. I have a bin in the bathroom half full of water and that is where I have been soaking the pads. Stu did roll his eyes when he noticed the pads hung on the line, worried about what the neighbours would think but to be honest I don't care. 

I have realised that to use these for all of my period I will need more than the six that I was sent and I do intend to buy more as I have got on so well with the one's I was sent to try. The average woman in the UK spends some £13 a month on sanitary products. That works out to over £1,500 a year so once I have bought another couple of packs I will actually be saving money.

Period pads

Trade to Aid have joined the fight against period poverty. For every pack of reusable pads sold, Trade To Aid donate a pack to someone in need of a better period. Trade To Aid is a non-profit social business and they use every penny of the profits to donate packs to a woman in need in a refugee camp, a conflict zone, or a natural disaster. The profits also go towards funding menstrual education and hygiene programmes.

The pack of 6 reusable sanitary pads cost £29.97 and I think that is a fantastic price considering how much you will save in the long run. Reusable pads will last 5 years or more and also vastly lower your carbon footprint and contribution to landfill.

Have you tried reusable pads before? How did you get on?

I was sent the pack of 6 reusable sanitary pads free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

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

 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.

These are some of the things that I have been thinking about.

Question Marks

Getting a cold worries me so much. We've all had a bit of a  snotty nose here, it was just a cold lasting a few days but in the back of my mind I was always thinking could it be Covid?

The petrol shortage made me so glad that neither Stu or I drive. It was something which I didn't have to worry about.

It's my birthday next month and I am excited! I am hoping to go out for a meal and hoping that the pub has started selling their Christmas meals. Fingers crossed!

Do you know what's worse than the kids leaving and empty loo roll in the bathroom? Them just leaving a couple of sheets on the roll! So annoying especially when we keep the new rolls in the cupboard at the other side of the bathroom.

Squid Game was amazing, watch it if you haven't!!

Making new friends is brilliant! I have a new friend one of those where you just click and chat about random things.

Ellie is going to have her Covid vaccine at school soon and it is an understatement to say I am worried. I have read about the side effects and one is swelling of the heart. Her heart needs no more pressure than it has. She has had open heart surgery and has leaking valves. But, if she doesn't have the vaccine the outcome could be much worse for her and the way things are at school it feels like it's a matter of time before she catches it.

Spiders and daddy long legs are set to take over the world or it feels like it at the moment, there are tons of them in here every night! 

Just don't lie to me, someone who I trusted has and now I doubt everything that they say. It was a silly lie that they didn't need to say but that lie has me wondering about everything they have ever said.

The Strictly results getting leaked every week is annoying. I always seem to see who's leaving on Twitter. Grr.

We had the chance to go away over Christmas but we have decided just to stay home. I don't want to run the risk of catching anything. My dad is sure he caught the virus the first time a couple of years ago when he went away.

Shopping for the kids Christmas presents is so much harder now they are teenagers! They just want clothes and money but I want them to have presents to open which are a little bit more exciting.

I have got such a dodgy hip. Exercising is great but my hip is not a fan. It comes from when I slipped on some water in the kitchen about 10 years ago. I am working through it but it's a sign that I am getting older.

Becky gets paid for the first time from her job soon and it will be more money than she's ever had for herself. She got her child trust fun money but that has been set aside for driving lessons. I am really hoping she is going to be sensible with it. She has said she's buying everyone Christmas presents and I hope she doesn't get too carried away.

Winter is coming. We've had our heating on a few times already over the last month or so. I don't want it to be cold. I liked the weather a the end of September when it was chilly but still warm enough to go out without a coat.

What random thoughts have you had lately?

Monday, 18 October 2021

Our weekly meal plan! 18th - 24th October. #MealPlanningMonday

Our weekly meal plan

Last weeks meal plan went well, really well. We did swap a couple of meals around but ate everything that I had planned. Hooray!

We should have got 3 meals from the two chickens that I cooked on Sunday but I forgot to put chicken into the pie with the leftover veg from the roast dinner. My family didn't question it and enjoyed the pie and it meant there was more chicken for the Irn-Bru chicken which I cooked in the slow cooker. It went down really well. It reminded me a lot like the diet cola chicken we've had in the past. We are going to try it with Dr Pepper next, my youngest has suggested Tizer but I think that's pushing our luck. lol We ended up making our own pizzas, well putting toppings on pre-made dough and treated ourselves to onion gravy with the sausage and mash! Yum, yum!

When I was doing the food shop for some reason I thought that Becky's girlfriend was coming to visit and to stay for tea tonight so I had planned to cook spaghetti bolognese as I know she loves it but I was wrong, Becky is only coming back from her girlfriends today after being there for a couple of days, it's next week she's visiting. Oh well, I have the bolognese stuff so will still make it.

Monday - Spaghetti bolognese & garlic bread.
Tuesday - Leftover bolognese in Old El Paso Stand ‘N’ Stuff tortillas covered in cheese.
Wednesday - Chicken and bacon pie with mash & veg.
Thursday - Heinz Original Beanz Burgerz with potato wedges.
Friday - Pizza.
Saturday - Burgers in buns with corn on the cob. 
Sunday - Mince, dumplings, mash & veg.

What are you eating this week?

Meal planning linky

Sunday, 17 October 2021

Bargain chocolate. #MySundaySnapshot

So it begins, I have started buying some of the treats for Christmas. First up is the tubs of chocolates. I spotted them on offer in Tesco, 2 tubs for £7. I can't see them being any cheaper in the run up to Christmas, I will kick myself if they are.

I think the Quality Street and Roses are my favourites. They have been put away, in the cupboard under the stairs and I do hope they are forgotten about until at least the beginning of December. This might be the year where I don't have to keep buying them.

Tubs of chocolate

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Saturday, 16 October 2021

Week 41 of #Project365. 9th - 15th October. A photo every day for a year!

 Another week has flown over. A couple of weeks ago I was feeling quite lonely. After having 18 months with either Stu or at least one of the girls here I was feeling a little lost being by myself but I have got used to it again and I have been keeping myself busy, probably too busy because some days it feels like I've had no time to myself. I need to find more of a balance.

The weather sure has changed. I got up yesterday morning and had to go back upstairs to get my dressing gown. It was so chilly. I think we are going to have to think about putting the heating on, on a morning.

Now for a photo every day!

Poundland Monopoly
Fixing up my dressing table
Me with blue hair and veggie pie
My finished dressing table and new soil on the garden
Reusable sanitary pads

275/365 - 9th October
Becky has started collecting Monopoly sets so when I saw this in Poundland I had to get it. It was £15 which is quite cheap for a Monopoly set. 

276/365 - 10th October
Stu sanded my dressing table down and we got on with painting and sticking the sticky vinyl on.

277/365 - 11th October
I put a blue dye over the washed out purple and it went on well although I can't have washed all of the dye out as I ended up with blue hands and a blue pillow when I woke up the next day.

278/365 - 12th October
Leftover roast dinner pie but it ended up just being a vegetable one as I forgot to add the chicken. Oops. lol No one noticed or questioned it and it meant we have more chicken for the next day in Irn-Bru chicken. Just like the diet cola chicken but nicer. 

279/365 - 13th October
My finished dressing table and I love it. It looks so much better with a lick of paint and the vinyl on it. It cost about £12 in total. The cost of buying it and the stool and for the vinyl. I had leftover paint to use and one of the kids old hoodies to put on the stool.

280/365 - 14th October
My dad delivered a trailer full of soil to put on our garden. It's been on our to do list for a while but why pay for soil when you can just wait and find some builders who are finishing a job and want rid of it to give it away. hehehe We've put some grass seed on so hopefully it will look even better in a few weeks.

281/365 - 15th October
I was sent some reusable sanitary pads to try. The review post will be up next week.

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Friday, 15 October 2021

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

This week my Word of the Week is:

Fixing

I feel like I've been so busy this week and I can't quite believe it's Word of the Week time again. This week has been about fixing things and making some things better. 

On Monday we had our yearly gas safety check. We told the man that whenever it is windy the boiler goes off, we've noticed it over the last month or so and don't want it going off in the middle of the winter, it was bad enough a couple of weeks ago when we had to reset the boiler about 7 times to run a bath. Grr! The man found the fault with the boiler which needs fixing. It's nothing major, just an air pressure switch which has worn out. Easy to fix but a bit harder to get the part as our boiler is quite old. If the part can't be found it looks like we need a new boiler. Eek! For the time being the boiler is fine to use but we will just have to faff about with it if it's windy before the man comes back which should be next week.

Over the weekend and the start of the week I was fixing up my dressing table which I got from the local auction. Stu sanded it down, I painted it and stuck the vinyl on. I am so chuffed with it. I bought the stool & dressing table for £5 and the vinyl cost £6. I used paint that was in the garage and an old hoodie to cover the stool so all in all it cost about £12. Such a bargain.

Dressing table before & after

When we moved in here the front garden was a mix of little stones and grass. It was a right mess and has been on our to do list to sort out for the past 2 years. My dad came with a trailer full of soil yesterday and we got on with fixing it. He got the soil free from a builder he knows, it was going spare so cost nothing. We raked it out, put some grass seed on, watered it and it looks so much better already. I just hope the grass grows this late on in the year. 

My dad also made us some planters which we put down the side of the garden and the front. I think they look lovely but it did cause a little drama with our neighbour. They didn't like it. I don't really care what they like but it brought our arguments to a head. They have agreed to stop taking the mick with where they park and we have agreed to move the planter over. I don't expect this argument to be over forever but the issues are fixed for the time being.

Planters

How has your week been? I hope you've had a good one?

Word of the week linky

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Ghost cupcakes for Halloween - Recipe!

Summer is long gone and now we're heading towards Halloween. She shops have been filling up with Halloween goodies but we always like to make some of our own especially with half term always being around Halloween. A few years ago we made shortbread witch fingers but this year I was sent this recipe as a suggestion to try, Ghost Cupcakes!

Ghost cupcakes

These are a brilliant addition to your Halloween party which would look fantastic on any table. Made with only 10 ingredients, these chocolate cupcakes topped with fondant icing and marshmallow ghosts are a crowd pleaser!

Makes 15 cupcakes

Ingredients:

175g self-raising flour
150g granulated sugar
50g cocoa powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
150ml vegetable or sunflower oil
150ml milk
2 eggs
100g dark chocolate
15 marshmallows
White fondant icing

Equipment:

Microwavable mixing bowl
Whisk
Cupcake/muffin tray lined with cases
Spoon
Rolling pin
Round cutter or tumbler
Toothpick

Method:

Preheat the oven to 160°C (fan).

In the mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda with the whisk before adding in the oil, milk and eggs. Whisk until a smooth batter is achieved.

Divide the batter evenly between 15 cupcake/muffin cases and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until risen and springy to touch. Allow to cool completely.

Wash the original mixing bowl and use it to melt the dark chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments (being careful not to burn it). Dip the base of each marshmallow in the melted chocolate and affix one on top of each cupcake. Pop in the fridge/freezer for a few minutes to set.

Roll out the fondant and cut out rounds (approx. 10cm). Drape the rounds over the marshmallows on top of the cupcakes to form ghost shapes.

Dip one end of the toothpick in the melted chocolate and use to dot two eyes on each ghost and enjoy!

You could cheat a little any buy ready made cupcakes or even use a packet cake mix if you are short on time.

Will you be doing any baking for Halloween?

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

(Ad - Gifted) Vegan and eco-friendly candles from Vegan Bunny!

I love candles and I love burning them in my home despite my family not being keen no matter what the scent. It's a good job they're out at school, college and work more, I have time alone to enjoy my candles now, in peace without them moaning. Recently I was sent a couple of candles to try out from a company which was new to me. Vegan Bunny.

Vegan Bunny Candles

Vegan bunny are a family owned small brand focused on Vegan and eco-friendly products. It was born with a vegan mindset evolving into a plastic free, carbon neutral & reduced marketing concept. Their candles are made with natural ingredients, natural waxes & pure essential oils free from toxic artificial fragrances, Zinc & pesticides. The main ingredient on every tin is love!

I was sent two of their best selling candles to have a look at and I must say I am impressed. They arrived packaged well using eco-friendly supplies: shipped in boxes made from recycled cardboard, all wrapped in recycled paper and the extra touches are lovely. The parcels are decorated with locally sourced dried flowers and are sealed with their signature motivational paper tape.

Chai Latte Soy Candle.


Chai Latte is Vegan Bunny's ultimate signature candle. A wild selection of natural oils blended in-house to recreate a warm, sweet and spiced cup of Chai.

This scent is strongly spiced and yet sweet enough to hit every note expected from a Chai latte cup with notes of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, vanilla and black pepper. 

Mulled Wine - Christmas candle.


The Mulled Wine Christmas candle has a fruity and spiced scent to replicate the Christmas special cocktail. It is a handcrafted soy wax candle infused with essential oils.

Both of the candles come in really pretty tins and they both smell amazing! If I had to pick a favourite it would have to be the Mulled Wine one but that is just because I am getting in the Christmas mood. 

The candles come in two sizes. The smaller one's burning for about 25 hours and that costs around seven or eight pounds depending on which you buy and larger candles which I received which burn for about 50 hours and they are around £15 each. 

All of the products from Vegan Bunny are approved vegan and cruelty free by PETA. They are a completely plastic-free company and instead of investing money in social marketing strategies such as Facebook/Instagram ads they use their social platforms to promote tree planting! For each candle sold one tree is planted in the Eden Projects, Madagascar. I think that is a fantastic idea and really good for our planet.

Tree planting

As well as the trees Vegan Bunny donates 5% of their profits to Viva! Charity - the UK’s leading vegan campaigning charity and their charitable contributions don’t stop there, their first charity candle was launched this year for the charity Rise which supports women in situations of abuse.

I think Vegan Bunny is an brilliant company with the most amazing smelling candles. Now is a great time to think about Christmas gifts and I think these would be fantastic for someone who loves candles and buying these candles does a little bit to help our planet.

I was sent these candles from Vegan Bunny free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

How I have been getting fit & losing weight.

I want to say that over the lockdowns I have put on weight but it's not true. I have been putting on weight for years, probably since having Ellie. Clothes have been feeling tighter so I bought bigger sizes. I was happy at a size 18 before the pandemic hit. I probably wasn't as thin as I should be but I was comfortable. I was walking and riding my bike. 

I have put more weight on over the last year and am now in a size 20 clothing. A few of months ago I weighed myself in the first time in years. I was just over 15 stone. That is not a good weight to be. I wasn't happy with it and I certainly wasn't happy with weighing more than Stu.

My weight on the scales. 15st 1.

I haven't felt great about my weight and lacked motivation. I didn't like how I looked and knew I had to do something about it but didn't have the motivation until a cross trainer came up for sale in our local auction. I had gone to the auction to buy a couple of different things but didn't win them and had money burning a hole in my pocket. I bid on the cross trainer and got it for £15 which seemed such a bargain. It was 2nd hand but worked perfectly.

That was the kick up the bum I needed. I went on it every other day working my way up from huffing, puffing and sweating on the first day to easily doing more than 15 minutes. 15 minutes doesn't sound like long but going from doing no exercise to that was pretty good. Then I got my 2nd piece of fitness equipment, the treadmill, also from the local auction and also for £15.

Crosstrainer & treadmill

I started eating better. Porridge and fruit or banana and yoghurt for breakfast then for lunch I decided to go with a meal replacement drink, one of those that you add the powder to skimmed milk to then I would eat a normal tea but a smaller portion. I cut out snacks and pop and drank juice. I now eat like this Monday to Friday and I go easy on myself over the weekend. I did try calorie counting but it became a bit of an obsession. I know when things are good for me and when they are not and this wasn't good for me. Eating well is not easy, especially when the kids were on their summer holidays. I didn't do well throughout August with 3 birthdays but I am back on track now that the kids are back at school.

I had a good idea of downloading the Couch to 5K app and I stupidly thought that I would breeze at least through the first day, well that didn't happen even with the encouragement from Sarah Millican who is one of the voices you can pick to tell you when to walk and when to run. I made it halfway through the first day before I thought I was either going to throw up or pass out, on Monday. It didn't put me off though, it made me even more determined. I tried again on the Tuesday and on the Thursday I had to give up on the run before the final walk but that isn't bad considering I'd been out all morning, walking.

Couch to 5K

Since then I have learned to set the treadmill to a running pace and when it's my time to walk, I walk around the garden and when it's time to run I jump back on the treadmill. Going on the treadmill stopped for a while, my knee was sore. I don't know what I did to it, maybe over doing it on the cross trainer and treadmill but I have decided to just use it once a week for the time being.

I have been using the Wii a lot with my fitness and weight loss. I have a few Just Dance games and some of the songs are quite the work out when you put the effort in. I have also been following various work outs on YouTube. There is lots on there for all abilities and you can even get various one's with your favourite songs. I have found Dirty Dancing, The Greatest Showman, TikTok, and rock work outs.



It hasn't been easy going from doing barely any exercise at all to what I am doing now. I spent the first 2 or 3 weeks aching but I pushed through. I hated exercising and running more but now I am liking it or at least liking the feeling afterwards.

Oh and after all the exercising and eating better I am losing weight. I am now under 15 stone and I'm heading in the right direction despite all the meals out and birthday cake in August.

Do you like exercising? What are your tips for losing weight?

Monday, 11 October 2021

Our weekly meal plan! 11th - 17th October. #MealPlanningMonday

Our Weekly Meal plan

Last weeks meal plan went OK. The Bolognese sausage roll. didn't go too well, it was too soggy and the pastry turned into mush. We still ate it though and it was something different. lol We skipped the roast dinner yesterday, I just couldn't be bothered to cook it, for no reason apart from the fact I was having a lazy Sunday and didn't feel like spending time in the kitchen cooking. We're having it today and I am looking forward to it. I am going all out we're having everything. All the veg, stuffing, pigs in blankets and Yorkshire puddings.

I have been busy preparing for Christmas. I ordered quite a few presents late last week and they have started to be delivered. Stu and I went to town over the weekend and got some more presents and last week I sorted out the freezers to make room to start filling with Christmas food. I'm thinking pigs in blankets, party food and stuffing.

I don't think we have much on this week, well not much that I can think of. I am going to find some time to dye my hair. The purple is starting to wash out and it is all different shades with blonde showing through. I am thinking of putting a blue over the top, it should be OK.

On the menu this week we have:

Monday - A roast chicken dinner with all of the trimmings including pigs in blankets.
Tuesday - Leftover roast dinner pie but I will just be using the veg and the stuffing and saving the chicken for the next day.
Wednesday - Slow Cooker Irn Bru Chicken and rice.
Thursday - Tuna and sweetcorn pasta.
Friday - Pizza.
Saturday - Scampi, chips and peas. 
Sunday - Sausage, mash and veg.

What are you eating this week?

Meal planning linky

Sunday, 10 October 2021

An afternoon snack. #MySundayPhoto

Yesterday Stu and I went out and did a bit of Christmas shopping. We left the kids at home, had lunch out and stopped for a snack and drink from Costa. The black forest hot chocolate & cream was so good but I couldn't finish it as it was so sweet. Stu and I got a muffin each too, me the lemon and him the gingerbread one. It was a lovely treat!

black forest hot chocolate & cream
Muffins

My Sunday Photo Linky

Saturday, 9 October 2021

Week 40 of #Project365. 2nd - 8th October. A photo every day for a year!

Week 40 sounds so close to the end of the year, I know I keep saying it but where has this year gone? I have started preparing for Christmas buying some presents, the kids advent calendars and next week I am starting the food shopping, stuff to go in the freezer.

Becky did her first night shift at the care home this week and survived. She spent most of the night watching people sleep. She came in full of energy and wide awake but within 10 minutes of getting into bed she was sound asleep. lol I am so proud of her. She has another night shift tonight and is looking forward to it.

Now for a photo every day!

Crisps and Christmas music on the TV
A win on Fortnite
My eldest & packed lunch boxes
The sun in the sky & pears

268/365 - 2nd October
Ready salted crisps are the simplest flavour but I always fancy a packet after a glass of wine.

269/365 - 3rd October
It's that time of year, Christmas music is back on the TV on one of the music channels. I love it but will of course be sick of it by Christmas.

270/365 - 4th October
A win on Fortnite! Hiding still works for me. hehehe

271/365 - 5th October
Becky was off to college for half a day and to pick up a laptop. They have plenty going spare and asked if anyone would like to borrow one while they are doing their course to save taking theirs backwards and forwards to college. I would rather the college one gets damaged than Becky's.

272/365 - 6th October
Packed lunches all round. I wish the kids would stick to either packed lunches or school/college dinners instead of swapping and changing.

273/365 - 7th October
After a wet couple of days the sun came back and I got some washing out on the line.

274/365 - 8th October
I went to my dad's and picked some pears of his pear tree. I will be making something with them over the next few days. 

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Friday, 8 October 2021

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

This week my Word of the Week is: 

Preparing

As I am writing this yesterday afternoon Becky is in bed, she's not ill or anything she's preparing for her first night shift at work. She went to bed late on Wednesday night, slept until about 10am and then went back to bed at 2pm. Hopefully that will be enough to get through the night shift. It would be easier if her two night shifts were on 2 consecutive days but her next one is on Saturday night. Ugh. Next week is better they're on Thursday and Friday.

I have started preparing for Christmas. I have ordered the advent calendars to come with the food shop later today. I want to get them before they sell out and if they don't deliver I still have chance to keep ordering them. I have also bought the first of the presents for the girls making an order from Amazon and Home Bargains. I could have gone to our local Home Bargains and picked the stuff up but they don't have half of the stuff in our shop that they have online and plus I would have to carry it all home. I would rather save my arms to carry stuff from shops which don't deliver like Primark. Becky was in there early this week and said they have a lot of new things in, all of the winter stock. I am going to start buying Christmas things for the freezer next week. There has been so much talk about food shortages, I really don't want to be without the pigs in blankets or the party food. I might even buy the turkey.

I have started working on the dressing table and stool that I got from our local auction for £5. I found one of the kids old hoodies that was due to be thrown out which is the same colour as the paint in my bedroom to put on the top of the stool and I have given the legs their first coat of paint. It's not going to be finished anytime soon but it's a start.

The stool before and after painting

This weekend we are off to town. If there's on thing the kids love more than Christmas it's Halloween, Ellie especially. We have a box of decorations upstairs but we always want more so we're going to have a look in the pound shop and see what we can pick up. I did think about going to Hull, the big town near us but after spending all the money for the kids Christmas presents cheap and cheerful is the way forward. Hull will have to wait until next month.

Usually I write my blog posts over the weekend for the following week, well up until Thursday. My WotW post is always a Thursday job but over the last 6 weeks or so our weekends seem to be getting busier. We are either at the auction most of Saturday or out and then on a Sunday I try to stay off my laptop until late afternoon. I am now trying to write one blog post every afternoon so I have plenty to fall back on when things are busy, especially in the run up to Christmas.

How has your week been?

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