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.






Oh Dear ……

Where has the year gone ….

January was taken up with spending as much time as I could with my new granddaughter.  Ruby Rose is now nearly a year old and brings so much pleasure to all that meet her.

February, I had my big   50th  birthday bash…. was nerve wracking and will probably never do a party like that again.  what to wear?? How much food to make?? Will people  turn up ??img_0003

It turned out to be a brilliant night,  people I didn’t expect to turn up did and others that said yes they’d be there weren’t, but most of all… those that did had fun and made some special  memories.

Also in February I made a slight career change from Senior Carer to Training Coordinator at first wasn’t sure but then as the job role developed and I caught up, the job became a good decision and became a good move.

March was a  quiet month catching up with live and finances.  As the weather changed and got warmer our thoughts turned to the biggest and never ending  project the garden.

By April we were finally able to start work on our new design and hopefully it will be Ruby friendly garden.


Moving rubble and soil to level off the area we planned to put a greenhouse started with a slightly raised flower bed this seemed to grow higher every time we worked out in the garden.

May, the month of Hubbs birthday celebrations …. his birthday wish was granted by spending a weekend in Cardiff exploring the sights of Cardiff Castle and of course a trip to the Dr Who museum.


June and every spare moment until September was filled with spending time in the garden, we purchased a polycarbonate 8” by 6” greenhouse this needed its own corner of the garden which needed a retaining wall to be built, the ground levelling and a hard standing built.  We also replaced 3 fence  panels on one side of the garden making the top part of the garden now much safer for the dogs.

July we had the pleasure of attending a friends wedding in Glastonbury, this meant another nice treat of staying over in a hotel.  Really should do that more often.

In August, Ruby now aged 7mths came for her first sleep over …. reminded me of how much hard work small babies are but I loved every minute of it.  Over the following months Ruby came for more sleep overs not as many as I’d like but that will get better in the new year.


September we ticked off something else on my bucket list which was a trip to Westernbirt  Arboretum.   The trees were just starting to change to their glorious autumn colours, they have a great collection of Maples which showed this off to the best.

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November I ventured on to what has become the biggest challenge of the year.  I managed to secure a place on the Return to practise course which will eventually enable me to practice as a qualified nurse again.  My place has been supported by Glos  Hospitals NHS Trust so I have been very fortunate in being employed whilst taking the course.

Returning to the NHS after what must be nearly 20yrs I’ve seen some huge changes, some things obviously haven’t changed and with some great people to support me I feel I’ve settled back well into what has become a very fast paced daily routine.  The practical ward placement has been easy compares to the academic side of the course, writing reflective assignments is very new to me although I suppose you could call what I’ve done in this blog …reflective.

This brings me to December ….. nearly a year since my last blog….   I have lots more adventures for Hubbs and I next year ..there’s still a huge amount of work to do on the garden before it is totally safe for Ruby.

So I end this entry by wishing everyone that should take the time to read it




50th birthday · Being a mum · grandparents · Uncategorized

New beginnings

Yesterday something very big in my life happened …. I became a very proud grandparent.

A great start to what I hope to be a very memorable year as it is also my 50th birthday in February, my darling hubbs is also 50 in May… my  or I should say our plans are to live a bit this year.  The children are all old enough to manage without us for a few days freeing us up to travel a bit.

This is hopefully going to be the first of many new blogs following my 50th year and our adventures and also the odd trial and tribulations of life.   I’ll pop back in a few days to perhaps do an outline of our celebration plans for the year, just felt as the dogs had got me up at some stupid time before I had to go to work i’d make a start.


Not a greatly flattering photo but need to take a few more and download to new laptop…. but this is Ruby my very gorgeous granddaughter.

Well be back soon better go get ready for work  🙂

Have a lovely day and thank you for taking the time to read my blog …it will get better I promise 🙂




Through my kitchen window …..

Today i woke in a bland mood … weather is wet …. so can’t go out in the garden…. was going to spend a day on the sofa and watch my ‘catch up’ tv  but wanted to do something a little more productive.

So many sewing projects i want to do and will probably go and make a start on them shortly but first i’d like to share what i can see from my kitchen window …..

my garden
my garden

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Thats what i can see today …tomorrow there my be other things and as time goes on the garden will change from and organised muddle to a haven of colour, piece and hopefully a thing of beauty.

What can you see from your window ??

Have a lovely day 🙂