Monday, 9 January 2017

A Good Start

After the last post on how horrible 2016 was 
I thought it would be nice to start 2017 on a positive note.

Last weekend saw the three of us, me, hubby and the 'almost not a teenager'
take the train up to York to visit hubby's son P and his partner K.
When I say visit them, I really mean visit our new Grandbaby.


He is such a sweet boy.
Happy to sit on your knee or be passed around.
Happy to watch the world go by and happy to sit in his pram.

Everybody got cuddles but not everyone wanted their photo taking.

I had to content myself with one of all the Lee boys.






Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Goodbye 2016


Goodbye 2016.
You have been a strange year.

A year of sad times but also happy moments.
A year of upset and re-thinking.
A year of uprooting but not setting down new roots.
A year of unkindness and also unexpected kindness.
A year for crying but also laughing.
A year of loneliness but also of belonging.
A year of starting again but also waiting to start.
A year of feeling loved.

Goodbye 2016.  
I am not sorry to see you go.






Saturday, 1 October 2016

Long Story Short

It's been quite a year.
But here we are.  
Back in the UK.
Ready for the next adventure.

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Saturday, 9 July 2016

Hong Kong Market

John's ongoing search for Prawn Crackers took us to Chinatown in Houston
and to the Hong Kong Market.


The smell inside immediately took me back to Kowloon in the early 1970s.


There was strange fish in buckets.  I think these are Cuttlefish but I'm not sure.


Lots of interesting looking vegetables


and roots


and three whole isles dedicated to "Noodles"


We spent ages looking around and trying to figure out what things were.
We came back with veg, fish and sauces.

No Prawn Crackers :( 

Friday, 8 July 2016

Houston Museum of Natural Science | Sugarland

Teenage one was working again today and I didn't fancy doing the ironing
so hubby and I used a Groupon voucher for a local museum.
Yes!!  I know.  You have to pay to get into a museum here and it's not cheap!! 

We went to the Natural Science Museum in Sugarland.
Thankfully we didn't pay much as we were in and out in an hour and that was with us having a go on all the touchy feely exhibits for the kids!!

There was Petrified wood, which is amazing.



Strange looking crystals.  I like this one as the bit on the right looks like a Hedgehog.


These Citrine geodes were huge (which is why that lady is sneakily on the left so you can see how big!!)


 There was a T Rex


 and a Stegosaurus


and I had great fun with sound waves and polystyrene balls



After spreading it out over an hour we picked up a coffee and a sandwich and had lunch in a nearby park.  We weren't there long as the temperature was 98C.
A bit too warm and humid for a picnic!!



Monday, 4 July 2016

Happy 4th of July

This was our third 4th of July in Texas
and this year was a lot quieter.
The Teenager was working an 8 hour shift
and hubby and I just pottered around all day.

 John made BBQ ribs and fried chicken along with corn and salad.


followed by cheesecake.  (He didn't make that!!)
I was going to make 4th of July cupcakes but the ribs were in the oven for 4 hours!!


We had dinner once the Teenager was back then sat out on the porch 


listened to Luke Bryan and waited for the sun to go down.


We watched the neighbourhood fireworks 


and I managed to get the second photo of the Teenager this year.


All in all a good day.


Thursday, 30 June 2016

Stress Buster

It's been a bit of a stressful two days.
What with the teenager being sick and off work,
John doing something to his shoulder/neck and being in a lot of pain,
and waiting to hear news that will determine what happens in the next few months.

Then we get this photo from John's son in the UK.

Welcome to Grandbaby Lee.
Born 27 June 2016,
weighing 9lbs 2oz.


How could this cute wee thing not help get rid of your stress?