Monday, 1 February 2021

Catching Up And Finding Smiles In (Another) new Diary...

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products, just wanted to share a Potter smile and catch up a little x

Hi Honeys,

Happy New Year πŸ’–  I know, today's the first of February, I'm a little late. Where have you been Rosie?  I'm sorry I've been missing dear ones.  A lot's been happening and, even though I knew it was going to happen, well, I'm finding it really difficult to deal with is all.  I've lost my job honeys and it really hurts because I love my job, I really do but the arthritis in my spine is now so painful that I can't stand for too long and this has affected my mobility terribly.  As the old saying goes, I'm "neither use nor ornament" 😩 

I have to believe that everything happens for a reason.  I don't think 2020 will be a year that many of us will remember too fondly, it's been a very stressful year living through a world-wide pandemic after all, but we have to find a way to be positive somehow.  I'm praying it will be a better year for all of us dear ones.    

I'd mentioned in my last blog post that my own little act of positivity was to buy a diary for the year ahead. I've already started to fill it's pages with projects I hope to complete this year, with hopes and even some little dreams I've had for some time now.    

Well, having decided not to allow negativity to get the upper hand honeys, I've now found myself with two diaries instead of one 😊        

What's inside the Harry Potter Collectors Edition Box Set

For a second year I've been lucky enough to find a Harry Potter Collectors Edition Gift Set under the (imaginary) Christmas tree πŸ’– I say imaginary because we didn't actually have a tree up (or decorations at all actually.)  Anyway, I thought I'd share what was in the brightly coloured Potter box... other than another diary that is 😊 

Why not go grab a cuppa dear ones and maybe a cookie, and I'll meet you back here in a few minutes?  See you after the page break... 

Saturday, 26 December 2020

Choosing Hope For The Year Ahead...

Hello Honeys, 

Happy holidays everyone πŸ’–  How are you today?  Staying warm I hope?  This has been a year, hasn't it?  In fact, looking at the world around us, and listening to the news, it's still very much "being a year."  

So much has happened in the past 12 months that I could never have imagined this time last year.  My biggest concern in the run up to the holidays of 2019 was having enough energy to get through another busy, busy Christmas in retail.  

Who could have seen the chaos and heartache caused by a worldwide pandemic, lock-downs and everything else that's happened as a fall out from covid19.  I've lost two lovely co-workers and the world is a much colder, darker place without their kindness, gentle natures and never-far-away smiles. 

This has been a frightening year dear ones. Everything has changed. Everyone is wearing masks and every day in the media there are constant updates on infection rates and the fear of mutations.  I keep telling myself that every TV channel and newspaper needs us to watch or read and they do this by competing with each other for our attention.  Unfortunately, right now, they appear to be competing by trying to scare us and I'm not ashamed to admit that it's working... 

Choosing Hope For The Year Ahead...

Somewhere though, in the non frightened, trying-to-be-sensible part of my brain, I keep telling myself the world has faced so many adversities, that it's gotten through them all and that we'll get through this one too. 

I've decided to be hopeful for the year ahead and, do feel free to laugh, but the best way I knew to show this new optimism was to buy a diary (in actual fact I've ended up with two but more on that in another post) 😊  

It may only be a little A5 book of days but I intend to fill it with plans and dreams and hopes πŸ’–  I had so many plans for this year that never happened because of this horrid virus, so this year I want to tick off some boxes on my to-do list.  Among my planned, and dearly hope to be completed, activities for the year ahead are the following:

Choosing hope for the year ahead and making plans...

1. To finally control the clutter in our home.  

To work on each room in turn, have a proper clear out and to then re-organise everything.  I know honeys, what have I been doing since March? Well, not coping terribly well, if I'm honest. 

2. Planning my future.  

I know.  Maybe I should have started with this one, huh?  I tried, it felt very... well.... selfish if I'm honest.  I know, I can't help it, honeys πŸ˜–  Well, anyway, early on during this current situation, I took the decision to stop taking my rheumatoid arthritis medication.  It works by deliberately preventing my immune system from working and, as you can imagine dear ones, that's not what you want during a pandemic. 

By mid September I was in so much pain I was forced to re-start them but I'm very worried that I've caused serious damage to my spine.  I can't have x rays done yet, because we're not having face to face consultations at the hospital clinic, but I'm in constant pain and have lost so much of my mobility that I not only can't walk any distance but I can't stand for any length of time either.  

I've finally been forced to admit that all of the doctors I've seen at the hospital these past few years have been right.  All of them who have each asked me at some point, in a (too) surprised tone, "are you still working?"  So, I might not be much use to my employers, in a very busy retail environment, but that doesn't mean I can't do something.  I just have to figure out exactly what that something is... 

3. Planning our garden.  

I had so many plans for our beloved garden this year honeys.  I wanted to put in some more lavender for our lovely visiting bees, another blueberry shrub for our feathered guests and to plan out a pretty little seating area near the back door.  Hubby will be helping and, thanks to my now almost constant spinal pain, doing most of the physical work too, bless him (love you sweetheartπŸ’–)  

4. Concentrating on improving my health.  

As I already said, the arthritis is winning dear ones, and I can't allow that.  I need to start from where I am and try to reclaim what I've lost.  With Hubby fully on board, I've already changed how we eat. We're trying a low carb diet with lots of yummy steamed vegetables making up rainbows on our plates 😊 

We use a menu board every weekend to plan out the dinners for the week ahead and I'm loving finding ways to adapt our favourite recipes to make them lower in carbs and much higher in vegetables.  We just bought a vibration plate, which I'm hoping will help my circulation and will (along with my yoga) help to get me back to where I need to be. 

On to the future...

These are my resolutions for the year ahead.  I'm not coping with the losses of this past year so well honeys, so I have to find a way to keep moving forward, no matter how difficult that is.   It really does feel to me as if this year has sped past so quickly.  It's almost gone now.  I find myself wishing I was dreaming because then I could wake up, go to work and tell my friends about my weird dream.   

I remember hearing once that if we knew what was in store for us, we'd never get out of bed.  I prefer to think that life has more good than bad in it and we just have to reach the good parts is all.  Things will get better, they always do. We just have to stay positive and fill our diaries with plans and dreams and yes, all of those hopes πŸ’–   

What are your plans for the year ahead honeys?  Have you bought a new diary yet?  Let's make those plans for 2021 and then let's tick off those boxes as we make all of them happen πŸ’– If you'd like to download a menu board for meal planning you can find two downloadable printable menus here and,for planning ahead, you can find a cute little "to do" printable here.   

Why not either laminate them, or place them inside a glass frame and use an erasable marker to write on them?  Enjoy honeys πŸ’–  Till next time dear ones, wishing you the best, brightest, happiest holidays ever, hugs always xx

Be you honeys, you matter. Hugs always x

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Thoughts On My First Trip Out Into The World in 8 Months...

Disclaimer: I haven't been paid to recommend any products, just wanted to share my first trip outside since lock down x 

 Hi Honeys, 

Well, yesterday was an adventure! I was only out of the house for a little under an hour but it raised both my blood pressure (ended up with the worst headache) and anxiety levels, left me feeling completely drained and, to put it mildly, it knocked the stuffing out of me honeys 😨  

Rosie's adventure and the lessons learned by a spoonie on her first trip outside in 8 months!

If you've ever read this blog before, you'll know I don't do "pity parties."  Nothing good has ever been achieved by sitting in a corner feeling sorry for yourself. I know, because in the past (until I learned better) I did it and determined to never, ever do it again.   

Now, sitting in front of a beautiful canvas and meditating (even when you're completely unaware, until a lovely person tells you, that's what you've been doing) can be life changing.  You can find out what I mean here, honeys x

So, what happened yesterday then, Rosie, and what have you found out? I hear you ask 😊  This is quite a long post, so it might be worth while fetching a cuppa (and maybe a cookie or twoπŸͺ) I'll meet you back here after the page break, see you in a mo...

Saturday, 31 October 2020

Blogtober Day 31: Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years?

 Hi Honeys, 

Well, we did it! It's the last day of Blogtober for another year.  I'm always sad to reach the end, 31 posts in 31 days really is a challenge, but it's a fun challenge.  It sweeps the cobwebs out of my head and this year it's (nearly) managed to distract me from what's going on with this dreadful virus.  

On to today's post then, where do I see myself in 5 years time. That's one of those dreadful questions they used to ask in job interviews years ago, but with all of the uncertainty in the world right now, it might be quite apt.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What are your dreams, goals, and wishes?

Of course none of us really knows where life will take us, not really.  "The best laid plans o' mice and men..." to quote our national bard, Robert Burns himself.  I've certainly never really felt as if I was in the drivers seat, more that I was being buffeted along by a series of random happenings.

It's not that I haven't ever had plans, it's just that I always seem to have set them aside because there are other things to do and I rarely seem to get back to them.  Maybe I'm just not at all great at achieving things?  OK, I think I'll address the question from a different angle then and share where I'd love for  Hubby, Jade and I to be in five years?     

In a perfect world, Hubby, Jade and I would be living on the south coast, somewhere by the sea. We'd live in a perfect little bungalow.  Moving there would be the last time we ever moved house because we'd love it so much. 

We'd have a little garden, smaller than we have now but still big enough for Hubby to build leaf piles in the autumn with Jade and for me to have my much loved roses.  There would be a little conservatory looking out onto the garden where we'd all sit in the evenings, Hubby & I reading and Jade having a nap.  Like now, we'd have an apple tree, because I love gathering the apples in every year and making apple crumbles and apple turnovers. 

I know it's not the most exciting dream ever, honeys, but it makes me smile 😊  I've pictured our perfect little bungalow so many times I can almost walk around in it, in my mind's eye anyway πŸ’—  Over to you, honeys. Where would you like to be in five years? 

Till next time dear ones, wishing you happiness, hugs and all good things, stay warm and safe everybody, hugs xx

Hugs always, Rosie xx

Friday, 30 October 2020

Blogtober Day 30 : 7 Easy Ways We Can All Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to recommend any products or stores, I'm just sharing what we've learned so far on our journey to a more sustainable life, hugs x

 Hi Honeys,

How are you today? All well I hope and staying warm. It's downright chilly today so our furbaby Jade and I are settled on the sofa, one of my favourite Cary Grant movies is on TV right now (Penny Serenade) and we're not moving, you can't make us 😊  

It's the nearly last day of this year's Blogtober honeys, how did this month go by so fast? Actually, this whole year has been a blur really.  I'm just praying for this awful virus to disappear and for the world to be normal again.  

Our recent experience with really obscenely excessive packaging has had me thinking and looking a little closer at how we live and trying to find any little tweaks that might make (even a little) difference.  We really do try our best to avoid being wasteful.  

Earlier this week I shared six actually very delicious ways to use stale bread and ripe bananas and today I thought we'd look at seven tiny changes we can all make to lower the impact we're having on the world around us.  

7 Easy Ways We Can All Reduce Our Carbon Footprint, tiny changes all add up and here are some super easy suggestions that can save money too.

This turned into quite a long (although I hope interesting) post honeys so it might be good if you go fetch a cuppa (and maybe a cookie or two?) and I'll meet you back here in a few minutes?  See you after the page break...

Thursday, 29 October 2020

Blogtober Day 29: Halloween Fairy Cakes And A Frighteningly Fun Free Printable πŸŽƒ

 Disclaimer: I haven't been paid to promote any products or stores, just hoping to share some Halloween fun x 

Hi Honeys,  
How are you today?  All well I hope and looking forward to Halloween, even if it does seem to have had the fun drained from it...  

No trick or treating in Scotland but we can still have fun on Halloween.

No trick or treating this year, because of this horrible virus. The advice is different depending where you live in the UK, but here in Scotland going door to door is "not advised."  You can read the advice in the press here honeys.  

This will be the first year in over 20 years that we haven't made up treat bags for our visiting trick or treaters. This time last year we were surrounded by boxes of sweets, toys, balloons and even little bottles of Halloween bubbles, with Hubby and I each filling bags as we do every year.  It's the most fun, it's one of our traditions and we spend ages choosing things for the wee ones bags.  

It can't be helped with this virus situation though, so on Saturday night Hubby and I will make some popcorn & snacks and watch the Charlie Brown Halloween special and maybe choose a few other favourite Halloween themed dvds.  

It'll be fun, because when Hubby, Jade and I all watch dvds it's like an episode of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 at times 😊   We pretty much talk all through the movie, which we'll have seen a million times anyway, and laugh our heads off πŸ˜„ if you haven't seen MST3000 (surely not!)  you can see a trailer here) Like I said, it'll be fun but it won't be the same without tiny ghouls and ghosts visiting and the fun of making up all of those treat bags.  

We might have a laugh in the kitchen and do some baking 😊 We still have Halloween supplies left from a couple of years ago.  I had bought two packs of tiny Halloween themed fairy cake cases and toppers when they went on sale back then, then after Halloween they ended up in a clearance bin so I bought some more and even though we've used lots of them we still have a few left. Maybe another couple of Halloweens and I'll have to buy more 😊 Do you remember me posting about them honeys?

Baking fun for Halloween and a free frighteningly fun fairy cake recipe printable.

The "silhouette" candelabra is still pretty fabulous and gets brought out every year 😊 I found it in Asda (Walmart) along with the rectangular paper serving plates and those adorable little webbed fairy cake cases with the matching "spider wearing a party hat" toppers I was just talking about. The goblet came from Poundland.
My favourite item though is still the silicone muffin mould, it came from Poundland too, you'll probably still find it there (or in Dollar Store) the cakes always turn out perfectly and I think they look pretty awesome dusted in icing sugar...

Baking fun for Halloween and a free frighteningly fun fairy cake recipe printable.

Of course, if we do end up baking I'm sure Hubby will want to use the Doctor Who moulds again too πŸ’– We'll end up eating muffins for days 😊

Baking fun for Halloween and a free frighteningly fun fairy cake recipe printable.

Those fairy cakes really are adorable though, with the spiders in their party hats 😊  They make me smile every time I see them 😊  You'd never believe I used to have such a fear of them, would you? Spiders that is.  I once woke up,  opening my eyes just in time to see one run off my face and across my pillow away from me... I woke the house up (and the neighbours lol) Now if I see one, I wish him a good day and be extra careful not to step on him.  It costs nothing to be kind πŸ’—

Baking fun for Halloween and a free frighteningly fun fairy cake recipe printable.

Speaking of fairy cakes, I thought I'd share a printable I made a few years ago, it's just a basic sponge mixture but it still makes me smile, so I thought I'd share, in the hope that it makes you smile too πŸ’– 

A Frighteningly Fun Free Printable πŸŽƒ

Halloween Cupcakes And A Frighteningly Fun Free Printable πŸŽƒ

If you'd like to download a copy, you can find it here.  Set your printer to "print to fit" and it should print in A4.  Enjoy x 

Maybe next year this awful virus will be gone and the world can go back to normal. I'm praying for that to happen honeys. Don't let it spoil your Halloween honeys. Trick or treating might be out, but there's always fun you can have at home.  Plan a movie night, make snacks, everybody dress up anyway! Whatever you're doing, have fun 😊 

Till next time dear ones, stay warm and safe, hugs always xx

Halloween baking and a frighteningly fun free printable recipe.

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Blogtober Day 28: 6 Delicious Ways To Use Those Ripe Bananas 🍌

 Hi Honeys 

Following on from yesterday's post, with delicious ways to use our leftover stale bread, I thought we'd have a look at another much wasted,but super healthy ingredient in our kitchens, the simple banana 🍌     

Six delicious ways to use up those ripe bananas, with recipes and tutorials.

There are so many fabulous ways to use bananas and the riper they are the better!  Here then, are six of my favourite ways to use up those ripe bananas, including one kitchen experiment that turned into the perfect treat for Hubby's birthday πŸ’–

Why don't you go grab a cuppa then honeys, I will too and I'll meet you back here in a few minutes when I'll share all, see you after the page break...