Wednesday, 17 January 2018

The Young Man is 21

Everyone says that times flies and boy it's true.

How did this wee cutie grow up so quickly?


One day I blinked and he had grown into a toddler.


Then he was grown up enough to catch his own fish (with no help from Dad)


He was wanting to be as tall as Granny


And starting High School


then he was taller than Granny


and Graduating from High School in the USA.



I'm sure I've blinked quite a few more times in the past 21 years so for now I'll be happy with the memories I have.  Before I know it another 21 years will have flown by.

Happy Birthday Young Man.  Dad and I are proud of you xxx


Monday, 15 January 2018

This Weekend

This weekend was one of tidying up and unpacking the last few boxes still left from our move in May 2017!!.

That meant a trip to the tip with the cardboard

and a bit of an early spring clean in preparation for visitors on Friday.



Not a very exciting weekend but they can't all be fun and games now can they?  Still the boys had fun with their new gadget!!



Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Apple & Raisin Muffins

Tom Kerridge is a Michelin Star chef who has a new TV series out about a group of people in his neighbourhood  he is helping to lose weight after he himself lost 12 stone (168lbs).

This is one of his recipes from the first episode and taste delicious.


Ingredients

Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6 and line a 12-hole muffin tray with large muffin cases.
  2. Place the honey into a small non-stick saucepan over a medium heat and heat for 2–3 minutes or until it turns a dark golden-brown and just begins to smoke.
  3. Stir in the apples and spices and cook for 3–4 minutes, or until slightly softened. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  4. Beat together the eggs, sesame oil and milk in a bowl. Mix in the mashed bananas.
  5. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sweetener, bicarbonate of soda and raisins. Make a well in the middle and pour in the egg mixture. Stir in the apples and any liquid from the pan. Spoon into the muffin cases.
  6. Mix together the oats and sugar and sprinkle on top of each muffin.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer pressed into the centre comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack and eat warm or keep in a airtight container for up to 3 days and warm for 5 minutes at 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Happiness is .................

Line dancing!

Off to my first class in over a year.  Hope my feet remember what to do.




Monday, 8 January 2018

This weekend ........

This weekend was a little chilly to say the least.  We had our first hard frost but it didn't stop us heading outside.

Saturday after doing the ironing in readiness for the return to work on Monday I cut back the plants and bushes in the front garden and picked up yet another huge pile of leaves.  It looks so much better but won't be like that for long.


It rained in the afternoon so it seemed like the perfect time to do more tidying up in what will be my craft space.  A little helping of Pick of the Pops on the radio helped too.


I found my crochet project whilst tidying up so did another few granny squares.  This has been on the go since 2015 but was overlooked for the last two years.  Maybe 2018 will be it's year!


Sunday found me, bright and early, ironing hubby's work shirts (the ones I forgot about on Saturday!) followed by me dragging him out for a brisk 3.5 miles walk along the prom.  Boy it was nippy in the shade but the sunny patches made up for it.

We walked past the pirate ship, with Liverpool in the background


and watched the tug boats manoeuvre this big container ship into to port.  It was really something to see.  They literally turned it 180 degrees on a sixpence.


Then back home to bake some muffins.










Saturday, 6 January 2018

5 in 5 - January 2018

In an attempt to get back into blogging I am joining in with Sandi at Itchifingers and her "5 in 5 on the 5th."

The idea is that on the 5th of each month you post five photos you have taken in 5 minutes.

I basically had no idea what I was going to take photos of .  There is only so much you can snap at when you're doing the housework.  Luckily the opportunity came whilst in the store buying green beans!!

 I turned my back for 5 minutes and found hubby lurking in the reduced isle.

::  Christmas sweets reduced for a quick sale


:: Christmas cards and crackers half price


:: And wrapping paper for a bargain.


BUT................ on the other side of the isle...................

::  Easter Eggs!!  What?


::  Surely not.  It's far too early.


Thursday, 4 January 2018

Moving forward

Stress/Mild Depression/Emotional Upset………… however you see it, it is a real thing.  Unfortunately, most people (me included) don’t know anything about it and think people who say they have it should “Cheer up” or “get on with it”.

That is until it happens to you!

It comes out of the blue, when you’re not expecting it and it hits you like a ton of bricks.

Mine started in early 2017.

I’m not going to go into the reason why or what triggered it let’s just say that when you feel sick everyday at the thought of going to work or you burst into tears at the drop of a hat, spend hours sitting on the sofa watching trash on the TV, aren’t bothered if you wash your hair or not, have the same thoughts going through your head over and over or feel that you don’t want to talk to anyone at all but have to put on a “brave face” just to get through the day …………………….. that’s when you need help (if not sooner).

When you find yourself on your 51st birthday crying all over the lovely Dr (who is not much older than your own child) it’s time to make some changes.

So what to do?
I got the Dr to sign me off sick for two weeks at a time (something I’d never done in 34 years of working).

I went for walks, to the cinema, cleaned the house from top to bottom tried reading, stopped blogging and did anything that wasn’t stressful.

I talked to friends who had also suffered from the same thing themselves and realised I wasn’t alone.

I also started job hunting again.  When your boss tells you to “stop being so caring” it’s time to move out of the care sector.

I started to look forward to Christmas and I finally got around to sorting out a craft space for myself.  Somewhere I can go to de-stress if it all gets too much again.



After three months off sick I have started a new job (in a school this time) and now work with some really lovely, caring people.

I won’t ever apologise for feeling like this as it’s part of who I am but I will be more understanding of others and not be too quick to judge.  You never know what is going on behind someone’s smile.

I am moving forward and hope that 2018 will be a better year than the last two.



Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Happy New Year


It's been a while since I posted but now is as good a time as any to try again.

I'm hoping that 2018 will be a better year.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Sunsets

We try to walk every night, after dinner and it always amazes me how different the sun is when we get to the prom.


I love the view.


It's relaxing after a busy day at work.



Monday, 1 May 2017

House Update

The house was on the market less than a week and we've sold it!!

The first thing my Uncle said was "Where will you go?"

That's the burning question.  We can move out any time but trying to find a rental is not as easy as it sounds.  Some estate agents give all the applications to the landlord who chooses the tenant.  Some only take one application per house and most of them have houses on their websites that haven't been available for rent for weeks.

We have viewed a few so far and they are all smaller than this one (if that's even possible).
A few more lined up to view this week so fingers crossed one will be ours.




Friday, 14 April 2017

March 2017

And so to March.

John is still applying for hundreds of jobs.  30 March was the one year anniversary of being laid off.

I'm still working in Hoylake

The YM still loves his job.

We had dinner out one night accompanied by a gorgeous sunset


and Mother's Day was just perfect.  A walk along the Prom, gorgeous blue skies and dinner made by Hubby.