Wednesday, 31 January 2018

January 2018

2018 started quietly for us, a meal, some bubbly, watching the fireworks on TV and at Thomas' request jigging around the lounge to Auld Lang Syne. After the meal Amy went off to a party at her friends, so it was just the 3 of us again.
       
The decs and the decks have been cleared and the house is back to normal. The dark nights still call for candles being lit and it seemed a shame to relegate the ornament Mum bought me to a box in the shed for a year so I've kept it out. I'm not ready to relinquish winter just yet, but with the slightly longer days and the blossom tree that Sadie embroidered for me in full view, I'm reminded that spring will be here before we know it. 
      
I'm trying to consciously eat a bit more colour and the post Christmas herbal teabags are featuring heavily although you can't beat a good cup of tea and a piece of Christmas cake. And even though I'm happy for Mark and Amy to eat some truffles in the interests of my weight, that's not to say I've had the willpower or inclination to totally abstain.
      
The one and only planned job for the year has already taken place with the lounge being decorated. Our decorator is out of action at the moment with a bad shoulder and after a rather eye-watering quote from another we decided to do it ourselves. I was on glossing duty and we both did the painting and wallpaper. We've also had to have the shed roof re-felted thanks to a visit from Storm Eleanor.
                                     
I made a NY resolution this year to make myself more of a priority and to do the things I like doing. 2017 slipped through my fingers and I don't want a repeat in 2018. There are some behind the scenes things I'm doing but I'm also re-embracing the jigsaws and books which I lost interest in. So far I've read 3 books and completed a jigsaw. 
  
The crochet is always a constant and I've posted 6 baby blankets off this month. The hexys are out again and I'm in the throes of making flowers. I've finally mastered how to sew a heart on the machine that looks like a heart and made some tiny baby quilts.  
  
The family are all well and touch wood, so far we have all remained flu-free. Amy has just finished her mocks at college and has officially accepted a place at Salford University. Thomas is still enjoying school, made all the more fun this month by him dissecting a sheep's heart in biology. And Sienna is now mobile with the help of her walker. 

   
The weather has been cold and I've spent a good part of the month in battle with Mark over the central heating dial! Thank goodness for cosy crocheted blankets. There has been the odd dusting of snow and a lot of wind, rain, hail and even thunder.   
Flowers are still a weekly treat - roses and the first of what will no doubt be many bunches of daffodils. There is also a primrose sat on the coffee table. They always remind me of Mother's Day. I know I gave my Mum plenty when I was younger and I've received a fair few myself from Amy and Thomas. Such sweet little plants.
    
I've also been baking cakes for those cold but snuggly 'glad to be inside' afternoons
                              
So, is this the beginning of blogging again? Well in a word Yes. After a break of 4 months, writing my Christmas post and having a chat with you all, felt like coming home. Pus I needed to look something up on the blog and got engrossed in how much we'd done and how much Amy and Thomas have changed over the past 5 years and suddenly it seemed a shame not to keep a note of things. So I thought I'd do an end of month round up this year. Life pretty much ticks over the same each day but it'll be nice to make a note of a few things each month. And of course if you do stop by it's always lovely to have a catch up. 

And in my typical fashion of all or nothing, I've also set up a new blog called Snapshots of Number 38. It's just a daily photo of something that makes me happy or that I have a thought on. There are no comments switched on, it's more a photo album with a tiny bit of blurb to go with the picture.
Hope January has been good for you all. I know a lot of people are glad to see the back of it, but it's become one of my favourite months mainly because it's a long one and follows the rules of time by going slowly :) Come February and the days just seem to fly by. 

Until next time. 

xxx

32 comments:

  1. So lovely to see a blog post from you and to read about all you have achieved this month already. Wow! Congratulations to Amy getting a place at the University of her choice and I hope all her exams go well. Those cakes look delicious.

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    1. Thank you Serenata, it's good to be back and it's lovely to come on here and see people have stopped by to leave a message. Amy was thrilled to get an offer from Salford. We're just waiting for accommodation to be released now so we can book her room. Chocolate cake isn't my favourite, but I still managed to force a slice down ;) xx

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  2. You can not beat a bit of ME time, that is definitely on my New Years resolution list. You are a fast reader. The Angel at no 33 looks intriguing. The cakes look delishous and flowers always cheer me up xxx

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    1. There's a lot to be said for 'me' time Faith. The main thing I wanted to do this year was get my interest back for the little things I love - it seemed to desert me during 2017. I do most of my reading in bed and get so engrossed in a book I end up staying up much later than I intended to and then struggle to get out of bed in the morning! Flowers always cheer me up as well. And so does cake and chocolate! xx

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  3. What a wonderful surprise to see a blog post from you today....and such a lovely colourful post too with some gorgeous photographs.

    I am loving January this year and am sticking to my plan to make more time for myself.

    Those cakes are tempting me to get in the kitchen and get some baking done....but I think I will do that tomorrow.

    Hugs-x-

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    1. Hello Sheila, lovely of you to stop by :) I am a big fan of January. I know a lot of people can't wait to see the back of it but the longer it goes on for me the better - of course I'm not waiting to be paid so that helps haha.

      Good on you for sticking to your plan of making time for yourself. I bet a lot of people think how can Suzanne not have any time, she's at home all day - but as I'm sure you know, some days just disappear in the never ending circle of family life and jobs that need doing.

      Ooh yes, go bake a cake, put your feet up with a brew and enjoy it. I'd not baked one for so long I had weevils in my flour! xx

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  4. What a nice surprise to see a blog post from you! I have so enjoyed your blog and had missed you, though I did take a peak now and again at your snaps. Looking forward to your monthly updates on you and yours! Dawn P. Albany, Georgia USA

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    1. Hi Dawn, hope you are well. What a lovely thing to say you've missed the blog. I honestly thought I'd hung my blogging hat up for good last year, but after posting at Christmas time and getting so many lovely comments I started to feel homesick for it. It feels good to be back and I'm looking forward to doing a monthly post. Hope to see you again next month :) xx

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  5. lovely to see you back here again :O) You have had a busy month.
    January has certainly flown by. I'm not ready to stay goodbye to Winter yet, as you say, the afternoons are so cosy! xx

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    1. Sadie, we may have been in touch behind the scenes but having you visit Number 38 again is lovely :) I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to winter either and I don't think winter is ready to move on just yet - we've had a lot of hail and a little bit of snow here today. I've loved every minute of January, I just need to slow February down now. It always seems to go by in the blink of an eye, what with it being a short month, pancake day, Valentine's day and Amy's birthday. xx

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  6. Great to see you and hear all your news. Lovely photos of the family. Glad to hear your decorating is done. We’re about to start our bedroom soo having ordered a new bed on Sunday. Fingers crossed. Catriona

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    1. Catriona, it's lovely to hear from you. I've not been on Instagram since NY - was getting a little bit too addicted for my own liking and found myself constantly checking my phone!

      The decorating went a lot better than we expected. We used to do it years ago but then decided it was easier to get somebody in, but after the quote we very quickly decided we'd go back to DIY.

      Guess what Mark is doing this Friday? Pitching our van :) We can't actually stay until the 16th but we can put it on a bit earlier so it will be all set up and ready for us. Have you managed to get out and about much in the motorhome and are you enjoying it? xx

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  7. Welcome back, what a lovely post. Loving all the photos and its good to know you all well and everyone is ok.

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    1. Thank you Tania, it's really nice to be back. Glad that you and your hubby are better now. After reading about how poorly you've been I've just been waiting for Amy and Thomas to bring some dreaded lurgy home with them from school/college, but touch wood they seem to have been OK. BTW I didn't get any Iceland vouchers - feeling very left out :) xx

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  8. Hi Suzanne, so glad to see you back here. I stumbled upon your 'snapshots' last week and was so disappointed that I couldn't leave a comment!! You have been busy! Love all the pictures and so pleased for Amy to get into Salford. Lots of wedding planning going on around here, Kelsey will be 27 next week. She's been sick a couple of times in the last month but she is very pleased that she was able to 'manage' it herself and stay out of the hospital. It's been a long 8 months with Garry's spinal stenosis but he is making slow progress so that is good. I have another spot on my face and will be having it scraped and checked on the 12th, hoping it amounts to nothing! Winter is a long way from being over in our neck of the woods, it's been snowing for a few days and it's -18CSnow will be around until May!! Looking forward to your next post.

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    1. Hi Janice, lovely of you to stop by. Amy is pleased about getting into Salford Uni and is just waiting to apply for accommodation. The rooms should be released soon so hopefully it will be sorted by the end of the month.

      Sorry to hear that Kelsey hasn't been well again but what a big improvement being able to manage the illness herself. I've seen some photos of her trying on wedding dresses and she looks absolutely gorgeous. Has she chosen 'the one' yet?

      There's nothing worse than back pain, it really can start to get you down, so I hope Garry continues to improve. I have my fingers crossed that your spot is nothing serious, it must be very worrying for you though.

      I love snow but can't imagine it being around until May and I certainly don't like the sound of -18C! I think I'd have to hibernate :) xx

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    2. Yes, 'the one' has been chosen and bought and is in for alterations at the moment. They require 6 months for the alterations if you can believe it, I guess they have to justify the $550 alterations charge!!!

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    3. Ouch! That's a fair chunk of money for alterations. I wonder why it takes so long. Sometimes I watch "say yes to the dress" - I love seeing all the different styles chosen by the brides to be. xx

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  9. It's so lovely to see you back here blogging again Suzanne. You're right, it's good to have a record of events and happenings, life goes by so quickly. I've made it my mission to enjoy the Winter months this year instead of wishing my time away. X

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    1. Thank you Jules, it's lovely to be back. I got so caught up in how Amy and Thomas had changed and what we'd done that I'd forgotten about that I decided I had to start to keeping some sort of record again. Plus, all the comments on the Christmas post made me miss everybody.

      Glad to hear you've enjoyed winter this year - your blog certainly shows some stunning photos of the season when you've been out and about. I'm not sure I'm over keen on the weather, unless I don't have to go out, but I love everything else that comes with it, candles, blankets, cosy evenings and of course the never ending month of January. Wish all the months were like that. Hope you are all keeping well. xx

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  10. Lovely to see you posting on your blog again. I've been checking for you on Instagram but a monthly wrap up blog post accompanied by your lovely photos seems like a great idea. Sounds like everyone at Number 38 has enjoyed a good start to 2018! It's been very cold here (lots of days in the -20"s and the usual snow and ice .... a typical Canadian winter). Cheers, Nanny Anny in Canada

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    1. It's lovely to be back Nanny Anny, I'm looking forward to doing a monthly round up this year. I've not been on Instagram since NY - found I was checking my phone too much! It's been a cold winter over here but nowhere near as cold as -20C. It's hard to imagine that sort of temperature and even more fascinating is people still go about their daily lives in it. Not sure I'd set foot outside the house until it warmed up a LOT! Hope to catch up with you again at the end of February :) xx

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  11. Good to see an update from you, good thing you said or I would have missed it. Look forward to your sunny holiday photos - hopefully!

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    1. There's definitely a good chance of sunny photos, the weather is generally a lot better over there than where we are. We can set off with it pouring down and there's blue sky and bright sunshine by the time we arrive. Hope I've not just jinxed our trips!

      Just got back from a visit to an air raid shelter over in Stockport. Very interesting. I love that sort of thing. xx

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  12. I enjoyed reading your update! Sounds like you had a good January. I can't believe that little Sienna is walking! You have to keep posting if only to keep us up to date on her! :D

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    1. It was a good month for us Bless and it didn't fly by either which is always nice. It's good to see Sienna using her walker but she's making no attempt to go it alone just yet. I'm looking forward to doing a monthly round up, who knows she may be walking on her own by the next one. xx

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  13. Welcome back Suzanne. So lovely to read your post and catch up on the happenings at no'38. Gosh you have been busy with all that crafting and baking. Looking forward to your monthly posts.

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    1. Thank you Alison, I'm really glad to be back and looking forward to updating the blog every month - the break must have done me good :) It does look like I've been busy doesn't it, but the blankets have been crocheted over several weeks, not all in January and as long as certain people don't want to 'help' me bake I can have a cake whipped up in no time. It can become a major event if sous chefs are involved lol. xx

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  14. I've missed your posts and glad to see you back! Nice to catch up on life at Number 38! congratulations to Amy! Glad Thomas is enjoying school and I am amazed at how much Sienna has grown! LooKing forward to your next post!

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    1. Thank you Lynn, that's really kind of you to say. I didn't realise how much I missed the blog myself until I did the Christmas post and saw all the comments. It was lovely to 'speak' to everybody again. I'm looking forward to doing the end of Feb post - especially as Amy is celebrating her 18th next week so there'll be some photos on here from when she was younger that will no doubt embarrass her lol. xx

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  15. Thanks for the update. I do enjoy reading these posts about life being lived. And yes, they're a good record for looking back on, especially when you're as old as me and can't remember what the book you've just finished was all about! Hope you've been having a good Feb.

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    1. Hi Liz, lovely of you to pop by and thank you for the comment about life being lived - I try hard to make every day count, although I don't always succeed.

      I'm terrible with books lately but I think it's because I mostly read a certain type - fluffy novels that don't require too much thought. Trouble is they're all starting to blend into one and I'd be hard pressed to go into too much detail about one I've read! Hope you are keeping well. xx

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