Thursday, 22 November 2012

When I Needed Sunshine I Got Rain

 Random picture of a water lilly, taken on our honeymoon

Yesterday morning the rain came down as if someone had left the tap on 'upstairs', but by the afternoon it was brilliant sunshine. Yesterday morning I didn't even really feel like getting out of bed (I had too - toddlers are pretty effective at dragging you out), but by the afternoon everything was right with the world and I felt like I could actually get something done (the reality of having two small children is very different, but hey, the thought was there!). Today, the good old 'can't be arsed' fairy is fluttering round my head and yep. it's windy, grey and cold out there.
I've never been diagnosed with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder),  but like many people I do get very down in the winter due to the lack of sunlight. I have thought about investing in one of those UV lights, but to be honest the ones that actually work cost a lot more than I can justify at the moment.
The house is frankly a disaster zone, with so much needing sorting, but with the fairy of can't be arsed in near-permanent residence, that's way down the list. In fact, I don't even particularly feel like doing anything I actually enjoy as something started usually ends up as something never finished!
Even this post was going to be longer, but I'm not really managing to put my finger on what I actually want to say. I'm not even sure what I am trying to say, really!
Our situation isn't great at the moment (not that we are any different from many others) and we just seem to be in limbo, unable to make any kind of move, which is what's so frustrating.

Anyway, hopefully I'll be back soon with happier things to say and share. Thank you if you've made the effort to read this x

Monday, 5 November 2012

When Saturday Comes

Back to the old routine of not blogging very much! Unfortunately myself and the JBs have been suffering with nasty colds for the last couple of weeks and I haven't felt much like blogging or commenting recently. JB1 and I are pretty much recovered now, but JB2 is still hanging on to his cough and is showing teething signs as well so isn't the happiest camper at the moment.
I set myself the challenge of making the majority of the boy's Christmas (sorry Vix, it's that C word!) presents this year, so that's also going to take up a fair bit of time. Lots of ideas for JB1, but JB2 is a little more difficult although he won't have a clue what's going on!

Anyway, despite having this cold, I went on my first blog meet-up the Saturday before last. I headed on up to Walsall to meet Vix, who is just as lovely in real life as her blog would suggest.

Up bright and early on the day, I still managed to only just make it to the station in time. Throwing myself onto the first train, I quickly realised it was the wrong one and I couldn't get off until the next stop which was Swindon! After heading back to Bristol and catching a later train to Birmingham (thanks to the nice conductor who let me use my ticket for that train), I eventually then made it to Walsall, only an hour and a half late! In the meantime, Vix had been ringing me, except I'd left my phone at home!

Never mind, we headed for coffee and chat, then on to Second To None, probably the best vintage shop in the country. I think if that shop was closer, I wouldn't even bother with ebay any more as the prices are so reasonable and the stock so fabulous! We tried on lots of things, but I was very good and just bought 3 things (all pointed out by Vix, she has such a great eye).

Next was lunch in the less salubrious Wetherspoons, a lovely veggie chilli and a bottle of rose between us (purely medicinal, of course).

 Hmm, I almost match the carpet here! 

 A turn around the charity shops, sadly very little to be had here, though we did have a giggle over one or two things!

Then back to Vix's for tea and a tour of the house. What a fantastic house, so many lovely things and really homely and welcoming, thanks to my fabulous hosts Vix and Jon (who very kindly made the tea).

Sadly it was time to catch my train all too soon and then I was off home (without incident, I'm glad to report).

I had been a bit nervous about meeting fellow bloggers, but I'm so glad I did! Hopefully it's the first of many.