Reflecting on my week #13

The good news is I survived our supermarket shop without being rammed by the trolley. This has to be the first time I think this has happened, but don't worry going to an actual supermarket is unlikely to become something we do regularly, it's still something that I think should be avoided as much as possible.

Although I did drag a hungover MOH to the larger M&S this Saturday too, but that's because he needed polenta to accompany the venison and sloe gin casserole he promised to cook later that day. I'm not a huge fan of polenta, and that hasn't changed, but the venison was good.

We'd both had Friday off, but spent them differently. He went out for lunch, a lunch of the longest kind, arriving home much much later on and more than a little tipsy. I had a day of catching up and pottering planned, which I was looking forward to. I knew I had too much on my list, but managed to make a good indent in that. 

I thought I was starting to come down with a cold, or worse, but a lemsip seems to have staved it off, for now anyway. Well actually I hope for quite a while, I've too much to do to be ill, perhaps it was the colder weather catching up with me.  Keep your fingers cross for me.

As well as the polenta I was after some new socks, the ones I have seemed to have lost their staying up powers and I could take it no more. When there I realised it'd be a good opportunity to stock up on other fundamental underwear items and as a new bra was on my list, it made sense to get measured.

Apparently 80% of women wear the wrong size bra, and I was one of those. Saturday put that right and almost £50 later I'm wearing the right size - it's definitely worth getting measured, as as I said on social media at the weekend, it's just too expensive to get wrong.  And a correctly fitting bra, is way more comfortable.  I was in the 70% of women that were wearing a bra that was too small. That's shocking stats really isn't it?

I managed to finish my Advent calendar this weekend too, just a few days late (I got there in the end, I wasn't surprised it wasn't finished on time - see the Early prompt below!)  - and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I'm also really pleased it's filled with all sorts of chocolate...

Assembling my advent calendar

December Reflections 2017

This year I'm taking part in Susannah Conway's December Reflections again, I hope to have a picture for most days but if I don't then that's ok too. I've done it before and it's a great way to look back at the year, and to find some new blogs and people to follow on instagram. There's also a Facebook group, so whichever way you want to take part you can - it'd be great to see some of you join in too, if you're up for it?

A handmade christmas ornament

Day 1: Early and Day 2: Red

Well, let's just say anyone that knows me will know that generally early isn't my thing. I'll get there, but mostly I won't be early. Unless I am and them I'm super early, because I don't want to be late. There's no happy medium it seems.

And true to form Friday didn't start early and I had no idea how I'd fulfil the prompt of the first day. And nor did I. 

Not until the next day anyway, when I had more Mum-post. Inside the small jiffy envelope was the red ornament - it couldn't have come at a better time!

Mum's a lacemaker and made the ornament last week, and so I had it for when my tree goes up sent it in the post. I've added the tea light to the centre to give you an idea of its size - but actually it works equally well like this doesn't it?

balloons from our 110th party this summer

Day 3: Best day of 2017

Initially I thought, how do I choose just one day? 

But then it was obvious which day it would be - the day of our 110th party earlier in the summer.  While there was a lot of work to get our home ready, it was well worth it as we welcomed as many of our friends and family as we could muster to help us celebrate our fiftieth birthdays and ten years of marriage.

It's funny how in the everyday haze of life you forget what happened just six months ago, as it blurs into the year as a whole. 

But it really was a great day - the weather was a bit too good, as pizzas from the pizza oven were postponed - and it was great to have so many of our friends and family celebrate with us.

There were many that had celebrated our wedding in the exact same spot ten years ago, but there were also plenty of new friends helping us celebrate too.

Day 4: Circles

circles in the grass

You really couldn't make it up, could you?

It's the perfect prompt for me and our garden work this year, and it couldn't have come at a better spot immediately following on from the party, which was the driving force to finally get on and sort out the circles in our garden

It was a lot of hard work to get these done, and we needed to be bravest to make the first cut, but once we got going we wondered why we'd not done it before. 

And now?

Well there's still a bit more to do as we still need to lay slate on the left hand side of the garden, but now we can't imagine our garden not having the definition that these have brought.

I'm already amazed that just by some simple prompts I'm already reviewing my 2017, as I'm sure is everyone else who's taking part. I've not looked too much further ahead for the prompts, but I'm sure they'll throw up some interesting memories.  My plan is to share as many as I can as part of these weekly update posts, so now I've typed that I'll have to make it happen...

This week looks to be quite a social one with work based drinks receptions, launches and a Carol Service, and my new intern starts today too, I'm very much looking forward to that, although it's the kind of work week where I'll still need to deliver results, so it'll be a bit of a whirlwind start for him.

Definitely a hang on to your hats kind of week, which reminds me, I still need to dig my hat out...