Monday, December 28, 2015

This much I know......

I am glad that I booked time off work for this week..it is so good to be able to sit about in my jamas with no time agenda.
I put very few decorations up this year  - still had a real tree and  decorated both mantels but other than that just a bit of this and that here and there and I liked my home all the better for it....not that the place is usually festooned with lights and doodads ......
My Pa is finding it difficult to get up and down from an armchair, and when some months ago, I saw one of those rising/recling motorised chairs in very good condition in a local charity furniture shop and told him about it, he was adamant that he didn't need one. Then on Christmas day he asked me to get him one 'if you come across one at all'.
My son and daughter in law invited us to their house for Christmas lunch, so in all there were 11 of us and they did a marvelous job.....it was really enjoyable to spend the day with loved ones and we were able to skype the 'American family' later in the day .. isn't technology wonderful.
A solid week of Christmas food and drink that includes all the treaty stuff you wouldn't normally eat and drink is enjoyable and I know how lucky I am to be able to have it, but I will be glad to get back to normality...and let's face it nobody is forcing me to eat box after box of baklava.
We have booked a weekend in Gothenburg in January...it doesn't matter what the city is like we will just do our touristy wandering about and thank sweet baby cheesus that we are able to step off the hamster wheel once a month.
This post is more 'listy' than I intended it to be .... but so what...'tis my post.
I have learnt a lot from blogging and virtually 'meeting' people..you live you learn.
The world keeps turning.
My Ma is a very different lady at the moment......now she is sometimes not the angry bitter person that she usually is ... she seems less ggrrr and more sanguine....which is great and we are all happy about it ... but sometimes it does feel a little odd....sort of like waiting for the other shoe to drop.
This year we are hoping to build an extension and a new kitchen..this is very exciting for me and very boring for you to know but then I acknowledge that I am a middle aged suburban lady with an ordinary life ... and that is ok by me.
Both of my children are working and happy and have partners in their lives.
Fargo was brilliant. The Bridge was brilliant.
I would like to read more this year.
The new year is approaching and this time I will not be afeared of it.....although it does make me feel a little scared to write that down.
I didn't go to Church this Christmas...but I say my prayers each night.
This much I know....be yourself, try to be kind.....it all works out in the end.




Thursday, December 24, 2015

For you.......

I wish you all a Happy Christmas and a contented, peaceful and healthy New Year........X



Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Bath.......

You need never be without a mug in Bath.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Had a shower..had some breakfast.....had the right usb cable.......

Not great pics I admit but I did it!




Porto was really fun...we had blue skies and fantastic weather.



A river cruise, a cable car ride, a bus tour, a funicular ride, lots and lots of walking and some fabulous port and fish.







See that middle left photo below?  I do wish I'd looked at the name on the american passport for sale!


And the custard tarts! oh the pastel de nata! How much do I love you? let me count the ways....but I'd better not count how many I ate..........they are so so good....and who in their right mind would worry about eating and drinking a little too much on a weekend break so close to Christmas? I hold up my hands and admit that all thoughts of dieting and saying no to tasty food and drink is just not what I am about.....whatever the time of year truth be told............I truly think that a little of what you fancy does you good!


Frustrated......

I wish I was competent with technology.
For the last hour I have been sat here in my dressing gown trying to work out
how to get the photos from my sony 'phone on to my laptop.
I seem to just be going around in circles and duplicating this and neo reading that and
failing to link this to that and bloody nora I'm an idiot..........
I've just had a long weekend in Porto and t'was great................can't show you a pic yet though.

This is the break where I think I will go and get dressed/have some breakfast/reconsider and then
return and ace this fucking thing.

Sometimes this is just the right thing to hear......

Gavin Bryars...Jesus' blood never failed me yet.........look it up on youtube. I love Tom Waits and the one time I saw him live in Lon...