Happy New Year

So ends 2016, here’s to a happy, healthy 2017. Onwards and upwards. 

Love and best wishes to all 

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2016

What a year, it started filled with promise, hope and adventure which very quickly became sadness, disappointment and dread.

So I started the year with the news of redundancy, scary enough but with family and a good friend by my side it was nothing I couldn’t handle. We started making plans, holidays, adventures, new job ideas.

Then March arrived and I lost my best friend, very suddenly and it was devastating. Very quickly life and plans changed.

May and redundancy came round even quicker, and with no Phil around, the adventure plans and short breaks were shelved and the job applications started. The job hunt was one of the most demoralising experiences I have ever had. Over 1000 applications made with around 50 acknowledgements and 15 interviews.

With no job in sight I spent the summer doing fun things with Oscar and trying to get some happy back into our lives. It worked, a little.

Finally in October it seemed that things were turning around, first my brother got married and then I was offered a job but with only a small number of hours a week. It was something at least, I had routine and felt useful again. It was an enjoyable job, but with such few hours I needed to keep looking for something else, and it came along. Again only part time but it’s keeping me busy and bringing in a little money whilst I keep looking.

December and Christmas arrived in a flash of colour and chaos, family time and quiet time whist Oscar is away with his dad. A time for reflection, organisation and planning.

Even though there have been a few very high, good points overall 2016 will go down as the year of sadness, loss and disappointment.

 

 

Proud Mama moment

Sorry but sometimes you just have to brag. My beautiful boy has a love of reading and writing, even with dyslexia and concentration issues, he ploughs on through.

Earlier this year he heard about a creative writing group and wanted to join. So off we went and it was fantastic. They talked, played games, made notes, wrote poems and stories but most of all he made friends and built his confidence in his ability.

His story was published in a book, which we gave to relatives as a present. img_5734

Don’t let anything hold you back. If you enjoy it, then do it (as long as it’s legal)

One thing being a parent has taught me is that children just do. It’s only as we get older that we let fear hold us back, but fear of what ? Usually failure or looking stupid, well don’t worry about it because whilst you think you look stupid, other are watching thinking how brave, I wish I could do that.

Make 2017 the year you have a go..

Another silly list

There’s another one of those lists doing the rounds again, but after reading a few different people responses I thought it would be a good one to do on here.

So here goes…. (and it’s only a bit of fun)

  • Tattoo’s – I don’t have any or plan to get one
  • Piercings – I have the standard ear piercings (when I remember to put them in)
  • Marriages – Just the one
  • Divorces – Just the one
  • Pregnancies – Just the one (see a pattern ?)
  • Children – One perfect one, in my eyes anyway.
  • Surgeries – at least 4, not counting the ones on my ears as a child.
  • Shot a gun – No but had one pointed at me.
  • Quit a job – Only once a long time ago.
  • Flown in a plane – Yes
  • Flown in  a helicopter – Yes, over the Hoover dam and the Grand Canyon
  • Gone over a 1000 miles in a car – Yes, but not in one trip
  • Hit a deer – Thankfully no
  • Gone zip lining – not yet but it’s on the list
  • Cried over someone – Yes, often
  • Fell in love – Yes
  • Skipped school – not that I remember
  • Watched someone give birth – No, not even myself, I slept through it all.
  • Watched someone die – Yes, unfortunately.
  • Been on a blind date – Yes
  • Been to Scotland – Yes, but only Edinburgh
  • Been to Wales – Yes, a few different places.
  • Been to France – Yes, a few places but it’s not my favourite European country
  • Been to America – Yes, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York, Memphis, New Orleans and Hawaii, although I’ve also passed through airports in many other parts of America.
  • Been to Disneyland (America or Paris) – No
  • Visited Legoland – Yes
  • Been on a cruise – No
  • Ridden in an ambulance – Yes, several times with my clumsy brother as a child and myself during pregnancy.
  • Sang karaoke – No, I like to sing in private, usually in the car.
  • Laughed so much you cried – Yes, especially at the silly things my son says/does.
  • Caught a snowflake on your tongue – Not that I can remember but next time it snows I will try it.
  • Served on a jury – No
  • Played in a band – No
  • Had a pet – Yes, dogs, fish and even a cat.
  • Been sledding on a big hill – Yes
  • Been downhill skiing – No, it doesn’t appeal, holidays should be sunny and hot
  • Rode on a motorbike – Yes
  • Rode on a horse – Yes, a few times
  • Stayed in hospital – Yes, 6 weeks was my longest spell, 4 weeks before I gave birth and 2 weeks after.
  • Donated blood – I am not allowed but would if I could.
  • Driven a shift stick – Tried but very uncoordinated, I drive automatic
  • Rode in the back of a police car – Not yet but there’s still plenty of time.
  • Ridden a camel – No
  • Ridden a donkey – Of course, in Blackpool as a child
  • Jumped out of a plane – No
  • Been on TV – No
  • Been scuba diving – No
  • Lived on your own – Yes
  • Had a speeding ticket – No
  • Had stitches – Yes and staples
  • Travelled alone – Yes

So now you know –  what about you, how many have you done ? Anything on here you’d like to do, would never do or do on a regular basis ?

 

The A-Z of me

  1. A – Age – 44
  2. B – Biggest fear – something happening to my son
  3. C – Current time – 10.48
  4. D – Drink you last had – Tea
  5. E – Easiest person to talk to – It was Phil, and possibly still is, as I talk to him everyday.
  6. F – Favourite song – I don’t really have one, I’m not a huge music person, I listen to the radio and enjoy a variety of songs, but never know who the artist is.
  7. G – Ghosts, are they real ? I do believe in ghosts, but not in a spooky sense.
  8. H – Hometown – Liverpool is my hometown, where I was born and bred.
  9. I – In love with – Oscar
  10. J – Jealous of – I’m not jealous of people generally as the richest people are often the ones with the least. Someone always has more than you, but someone always has less,so enjoy what you have and not what you wish you had.
  11. K – Killed someone – not that I’m aware, but my cooking can be a bit hit or miss !
  12. L – Last time you cried – I’m always crying, everything sets me off.
  13. M – Middle name – Louise
  14. N – Number of siblings – 3 blood siblings but many more non-blood siblings.
  15. O – One wish – For peace around the world and all children to live without fear.
  16. P – Person you last called – Home, to tell them the brake light wasn’t working on their car.
  17. Q – Question you’re always asked – ‘whose picking me up from school?’
  18. R – Reason to smile – My nutty family
  19. S – Song you last sang – Brown eyed girl – Van Morrison – it was on the radio whilst I was writing this.
  20. T – Time you woke up – 6.55 a.m.
  21. U – Underwear you’re wearing – Bridget Jones underwear, sod pretty, I’d rather be comfortable.
  22.  V – Vacation destination – nothing planned as yet, once again it’s finance based so probably not abroad. If we win the lottery then it would be India, Italy or Canada depending on the time of year.
  23. W – Worst habit – overthinking, and worrying about things that might never happen.
  24. X – X-rays – I can’t remember having any myself although I’ve been with both my brother and son when they’ve had them.
  25. Y – Your favourite food – I’m not overly fussy but love spicy tasty food, I don’t like plain, bland food especially mashed potato.
  26. Z – Zodiac sign – Sagittarius

So that’s me summed up in 26 easy steps. What about you ?

 

The Christmas tag

I saw the Christmas tag as on Bookfandom1001 blog and thought I’d join in.

  • When do you put our Christmas tree up ? Take it down ?

We put it all up yesterday, 4th but it can be as late as a week before, and usually take it down around the 2/3rd of January.

  • What is your tree topper ?

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She looks a little scary but she’s a good angel, she belonged to my nan and has celebrated more Christmas’ than I have.

  • Is your tree real or synthetic ?

We have had real tree’s in the past but for the last 10 (or so) years we’ve had artificial ones as they are easier and although the initial cost is expensive, they’ve saved money in the long term.

  • Favourite Christmas scent ?

I love the cinnamon spice and mince pie smells of Christmas. A warm mince pie at any time of year reminds me of Christmas.

  • Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer ?

Dasher, Dancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Rudolph, I’ve missed one but can’t remember it !

  • When did you stop believing ?

I don’t remember stopping but since becoming a parent the magic is still there.

  • White or Coloured lights ?

We have white lights on most of the trees, but Oscar has coloured lights on the tree in his bedroom.

  • When do you open presents ?

Christmas day morning, when everyone is awake and downstairs.

  • Have you ever had a white Christmas ?

Yes, the best one was a Christmas day at my Aunties house in Yorkshire, tons of snow and a power cut. We cooked chops on a grill rack over the open fire.

  • Are your wrapping skills Pintrest worthy or ‘Lets use a gift bag’ worthy ?

I’m a pretty good wrapper as long as I have time and allowed to get on with it without interference. I don’t go overboard though and I’m not into ‘trendy’ expensive paper, kids don’t care what the paper looks like, and it all ends up in shreds in the bin.

  • All time favourite Christmas song ?

Christmas songs should all be banned before the 1st December, my favourite is Fairytale of New York, The Pogues and Kirsty McColl.

  • Have you ever made a snowman ?

Yes, many times. The last one was a few years ago now though. I’m not sure it’ll get cold enough for snow this year.

I’m not going to tag anyone, as everyone is busy at this time of year, but feel free to participate if you wish.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to you all.