October 1st …… i’m doing it !!! STOPTOBER

Ok so I don’t smoke so can’t join that challenge but I am going to challenge myself.

For the month of October I am going sober and cleaning up.

Stop….. drinking alcohol

I don’t drink a huge amount but yes I drink most evenings and can quite easily empty a bottle of wine on my own in an evening. Looking at my social calendar there is very little booked but the 2 events that are already scheduled I will part take in just a glass or 2 on one of them and the other I will volunteer as the named driver 🙂

Stop ….binge eating

Food is another downfall I have …. if I fancy it I’ll eat it even if I don’t really need it. My eating habits run closely alongside my emotional state so if my mood is good then my food is normally a healthy choice…. but if I’m down or have emotional issues then my biggest comfort will be food. Just like many others I’m sure. For the following month I plan to tidy up what I eat … not starting any diet but stopping and thinking about what I’m eating.

Looking back at my blogs I’ve done this before and found blogging as I went a useful tool in which blogging helped me stay focused so I may pop in more often this month.

So as I empty the last drop of prosecco from the bottle I’m off to bed feeling positive for the coming month and months to follow …

BRB xx

adventures · grandparents · life changes

Running out of time ……

There’s never enough of it and I’m always running out….

Everyday seems to be a battle, despite getting up early and going to bed late …. there’s still never enough hours in the day. On a daily basis (mainly days off ) I plan the night before what I want to get done and most days I stick to it, giving me that sense of achievement at the end of the day. I try and do a mix of chores and ‘me stuff’ which then means I actually end up enjoying both.

So I shop, cook, clean and tidy to then reward myself with time in the garden (weather permitting) or with my sewing machine which is a priority at the moment with a craft fare coming up in October I need to build up my stock. I buy fabric from charity shops or at sale prices which I then turn into small bags and fabric tubs then in turn sell them to make enough money to replenish my fabric stock. Much more rewarding and healthier than taking medication to keep me sane.

So both hubbs and I have changed our jobs reducing the hours that we are out at work, this was done to start having quality time and work on our bucket list and refreshing are home enough to be able to sit back and enjoy rather that always having something that needs doing.

At the age of 50plus I’ve never owned a passport or been up in a plane … I’d like to see some of those sights I’ve only ever seen on the telly …. canals of Venice… the northern lights …. are there seas really that blue..

Like I said at the start…. time is running out and so precious …. so much I want to do …. I treasure every moment I get to spend with my granddaughter and look forward to meeting my next grandchild in February. The children are grown adults now and finding their own individual way.

So watch this space … follow my adventures …


Here’s to a new chapter …..

Tomorrow is not only the beginning of  new week but the beginning  of new chapter.   I am starting a new job that I’ve been working towards for the last 4yrs, although a bit slow I’ve made it at last.

Way back pre.kids I had qualified as a nurse and worked in the children’s unit at the  local general hospital for nearly 5yrs and I must say I enjoyed every shift.  By this time I was about 27yrs old and ready to start my own family… along came my first born followed 22mths later by my 2nd.

This is when I gave up work to be a full time mum and through the next 20yrs that followed I moved house twice, became a single mum shortly followed after by meeting my soulmate and to stop him escaping married him.   For many years through lots of ups and downs work was a dream.

Once settled into our own home and as the children flew the nest and returned… I began to think about work again.  As I had let my registration lapse it wasn’t possible to return to working as a nurse, not that my confidence level would have allowed it, so  I started as a carer in an elderly care home.

Over the next 4yrs I progressed to senior carer in a different home then home trainer which actually helped hugely,  helping me to regain a better level of confidence academically.  In February of this year I finally received my registration  status again.

Now tomorrow I return to work in the original care home as a qualified nurse and I’m so excited.   At my stage in life I think and hope to have a good work and home life balance, with my 2nd grandchild expected in February ’18 things just couldn’t get any better.

Working alongside me and supporting me all the way has been of course my soul mate, with my change of career I have also managed to persuade him to reduce his working week so we can both enjoy and prepare for a more relaxing and enjoyable future.

Walks, nature and cheltenham pic-001

So never give up on a dream work to make it  a reality 🙂

Night night xx


Monday musing…….

Weekend is over and we start a fresh new week … I love Mondays ..to me it signifies a new start and full of all good intentions…… so what if by Tuesday they have all gone out the window … I always start the week well.

Today I have a day off work and as usual a list as long as my arm of things I want to do and get done.  It is also payday today so bills have been paid and later Maya (my daughter )  wants a lift to go and get some shopping of course I don’t mind at all as I get to spend some time with my gorgeous munchkin Ruby.

Ruby Rose ….. on a mission

So as well as that I have already made a start on the household chores that didn’t get done yesterday and really want to get up into the sewing room at some point even if I only get some fabric and patterns sorted it would be a start.

Over the weekend Hubbs and I had a short conversation about how he’d put the rubbish bin out for me …. I normally say ”oh thank you ” but this time I replied … ”for me??” he then hastily reworded the statement to ”I put the bin out for the family ”.

This got me thinking about the chores that I do …some things are really chores, things I really don’t like doing…like sorting the recycling or clearing away dishes.  There are also the chores I like to do like straightening up the front room, vacuuming, dusting and clearing the clutter that gathers from nowhere.  I enjoy sorting washing and actually doing the ironing too but hate putting away those piles of fresh laundry.  I get a great feeling of achievement when all the kitchen sides are decluttered and clear again.  I’d like to think I keep a good house, I would like to think I’m  house proud but not to the extreme. So today will be a mix of liked and disliked chores rewarded at the end of the day with some time in my sewing space.

Each Sunday or Monday I also like to do myself a plan of things to do for  the week making sure I have a good mix.  This week I’m working tues/wed/thur  so normally pencil some nice things to do before or after my shift.

Looking at the weather forecast it doesn’t look like I need to pencil in any gardening time I’m desperate to get out a clear a carpet of vine weed that has appeared overnight but that won’t take more than an hour so will run out between showers.

Oh dear I’m starting to waffle so better get off ….. good timing 🙂 as the washer is on spin.

Have a good week peeps what ever your up to 🙂







Wednesday … To Do’s

Already running behind today but not a huge problem as I am on a day off.  Each Sunday evening I look at the week ahead and plan my  To Do’s, so obviously 4 days are automatically taken up with work.  Occasionally on my late shifts I may have 1 or 2 things to do before work those of which I try to make nice things for me then on early shifts I try and Do household chores.   Then there’s my days off,  priority would be Ruby time obviously fitting around what her parents are doing, from then I see what times left and think about what I want to do.

Planning my time off helps stay focused and I feel at the end of each day that I have achieved something on days that go wrong or I don’t achieve what I wanted I often find myself in a very low mood or right excuse the saying ”pissed off”

It all sounds a bit controlled but I want to do so much after years of not being able to afford to do a lot now we are a little better off we have less free time.

So back to today …. To Do’s ..

Household chores = laundry …got a huge pile of ironing and may risk putting some washing on the line after I’ve checked forecast then a general tidy up.


Sewing =  I need to tidy up and clear some space then decide on what to make …the list is endless so i’ll probably chose 1 or 2 projects and cut fabric starting with a small project then as I get back into the swing i’ll find a more challenging project.

Garden =  Check on everything in the greenhouse and then some much needed dead heading of the hanging baskets

At the same time I’m thinking about work and where I want to go and what I want to do…..

because I’m very proud and excited to say (its still early days) but it looks like I’m going to be and grandma again, I would like and need to be able to support my daughter and her little family.


So here’s to a sunny happy day to everyone …enjoy what your doing what ever it maybe.



Still in construction …..Monday to do’s

So I want to blog again … not sure how i’m going to plan my blog and what the content maybe but for now ….

This is my to do list for today .

Due to the awful down pour yesterday i’m behind on my laundry so will be delayed in test driving my new iron.

New steam iron 🙂

I know not many people like ironing but I do …sad I know.. but it has to be a nice good steam iron and for some unknown reason my old one died so I asked hubbs to get me a new one.  So later today I will be putting this one through its settings 🙂

Whilst the rewashed washing is out drying on the line for the 2nd time ( do you rewash washing that’s got wet??)  I’m off to do some food shopping …. oh so boring 😦  but on my list is tracing paper in preparation for me next sewing projects so its essential I go out.

When I get back i’m out in the garden for a few hours of dead heading, cucumber taming and have to decide weather to keep my sweet peas a little longer or pull them and replace them with something else.  At the moment i’m getting so much pleasure from the garden and can’t seem to get out there enough.

Right i’m off for now may pop back later …

Have a lovely day peeps 🙂 and thanks for popping in.