Good Morning Lovely People
Tis Friday - the 3rd Friday of January and time for my
Well the time has come to actually start doing something about my New Year Resolutions, which means commencing on some healthier meals than we've been having previously! Apologies in advance I apparently enjoy photographing food!
So we really enjoyed the stuff peppers!
We tried the protein pancakes and whilst they were OK, I really don't like artificial flavours so can't see us repeating this one if I'm honest
My Mum, sister and niece popped over for a natter on Saturday afternoon, which was fabulous and the boys went to the shooting range, said 16 year old happy to get rid of some of this weeks stress - they came back quite happy and chipper! Whilst us ladies put the world to rights which was brill.
We had fun at the weekend making granola - the quantities were crazy and I was struggling to stir it, we even had to find a bigger pan out! So grateful hubby gave me a hand, otherwise I might still be stood there trying to stir it!
The salmon tea was fabulous though - so I have to thank Mr Wicks AKA The Body Coach for some pretty awesome meals this week, lets hope it actually makes a difference - you can take it from that note that I'm more than a little skeptical
Sunday night me and hubby had a date night, unfortunately I'd started with weird dizzy spells. The gig was a band called In Flames, then Disturbed and then Avenged Sevenfold, it has to be said that we are not a fan of Avenged and I bought the tickets purely on the back of hubby needing to see Disturbed (bucket list band). So we toddled off for the gig.
In Flames were interesting, I enjoyed the odd track so it was nice to hear new music.
And Disturbed were amazing - I mean AMAZING - live, pyrotechnics, awesome singing, fabulous guitar work - what more could you want!
And they sang the Sound of Silence - which was breathtaking - I loved all the lit phones in the Stadium
Said 16 year old cracking on with the art homework - which is extensive at the moment because he is on countdown to his exam.
He is also in the middle of mock exams which are mighty stressful, but he has a heads up of what is to come now. I suppose I'm a little concerned that there are subjects that are still being taught the syllabus if I'm honest, whilst others are in full revision mode. However, its telling when there has been a quality teaching gap which hopefully is raising the alarm bells for teachers so they can do something about it!
I always love to see all the new year new me posts that filter down my news feed at the beginning of the year, in particular I love reading the 'word' of the year posts which always get me thinking.
Not that I'm ever decisive enough to work out what my one word would be if I'm honest. I think the odd time I've found a word - I've always presumed it could be misinterpreted so I've never voiced my one word as it were!
I think I like to live in the comfort zone that I'm in, I've often crept into that zone quite happy to plod along, but then occasionally I end up doing something outside the zone and realise that my happiness is sometimes an illusion that I've created so I don't have to make changes.
I've been like this for a while, in particular I'm concerned about the long term health implications of not being fit and healthy. But then I thought what would it mean in real terms if I was actually fit and healthy.
I always loved making my own clothes when I was younger and being a little bit different (who wants to follow the crowd), in essence I'm no different now I just carry the marks and scars we all suffer as we wander through life, but I'm stronger and happier for the things I've learnt.
I'm always grateful for the friends I've made, in particular a lot of my friends live inside the computer, I've never met them in person but feel I absolutely know them as a person and I think that is a fabulous way to be.
So this year I don't have a word - I have a statement, it just so happened that a bold statement was required by the week 1 - Wanderlust course - so now I've even written the statement down.
I don't for one moment think the external change will happen quickly, but I'm hoping I can make a real difference over a year and then rather than knowing who I am on the inside I can also reflect that on the outside
So it's time for me to
The rest of the week has wobbled along - dizzy spells have given me some grief, I've gone from it just being when I turn in bed, to it being occasionally when I put my boots on, or tip my head back too far. So a call to the Doctor's yesterday meant I was sat in front of him within the hour and back home with a pack of tablets to alleviate the problem a little after that.
I actually enjoyed the walk around to the surgery - not too wobbly and I spotted favourite tree because it creates an awesome reference point for great photos, remembering it covered in snow a few years ago.
It was lovely to hear the birds singing and seeing them dart in and out of the hedges on the way back.
I also saw a few of them eating the red berries from a shrub on the way back.
Grateful that Docs are checking hubby out, the lung xray was clear - yay - but they want to just do a health MOT - cue weight loss and exercise regime!
A phone call with my cousin was lovely, it is always great to touch base with people.
And a thank you card from another cousin was lovely to receive, we really must touch base more often!
A letter from the hospital saying my mammogram was normal - always a positive - as we have a lot of history in the family I go for annual check ups in my 40's so they can keep an eye on me.
My final grateful this week, is the second part of the Wanderlust course, despite my reservations of letting go and painting and painting and painting - thus covering all the previous work up - I actually did find it pretty hard to stop with this one and I'm really happy with the result.
The statement reads
And actually came from the beautiful gift I received from Chris on UK Scrappers who sent me a belated birthday gift in December, having spotted my pinterest boards on bullet journals. There are little cards and statements throughout the book to stick in where I need them and this statement simply appeared, when I wasn't sure what I was going to put in the centre!
It seems strange to consider a time when art didn't feature in my life, I have never been a natural - put off at school at my utter inability to drawer a lifelike version of the bowl of fruit in front of me, I spent most art lessons, cleaning the stock room. If only I had known then that the joy of art is simply the process itself, not the outcome and who the hell wants a drawing of a bowl of fruit anyway! I wonder where art might have taken me without the constraints all those years ago.
So for those of you that took art in school I envy you - but my question is - when was the last time you let go with your art and painted or drew something? And if your excuse is you don't have the supplies - well that is what it is - just an excuse - so this week, why not find your creative side - you never know where it might lead!
If you fancy joining in, pop a post together, if you can mention the Rocking post along the way that would be fab, you never know we might attract a few more to join in, pop back, link up and we can come and visit!