COFFEE TIME // I just couldn't get motivated to go to the gym yesterday, so I swapped it to today and it's been a success. ✳️🏊✳️🏊✳️🏊✳️🏊 . I did 45 mins on the cardio equipment, had a good swim & totally enjoyed the jacuzzi, and now all squeeky clean I'm enjoying a latte. 🏊✳️🏊✳️🏊✳️🏊✳️ . I didn't end up posting yesterday, and on the one hand I start nagging myself as I'd committed to do it each day of Advent to find my #1goodthing. But it really doesn't matter, does it? ✳️🏊✳️🏊✳️🏊✳️🏊 . I'm forever saying to other people, it's your insta, do what suits you. So I need to take that advice too! 🏊✳️🏊✳️🏊✳️🏊✳️ . So yesterdays #1goodthing was getting loads of presents wrapped and today's is a well earned coffee after my workout. Perfect for #10amwithtea ✳️🏊✳️🏊✳️🏊✳️🏊
Yesterday’s #10amwithtea involved the following: 1 skip I garage 1 shed 90 years of memories 1 mummified mouse 5 people 3 cups of coffee 1 cup of tea 1,578,439 mouse droppings 2 wardrobes (dismantled) 70 cobwebs And a gas mask Granny’s gas mask. We knew it was in there somewhere and everyone was on high alert to check every box and bag before it was thrown in the skip because we knew it was in a plain cardboard box. A sobering sight to see it and to read how it was to be used, which I assume it was. GG was in her late teens / early twenties at the end of the war so I’m guessing it was used. Unlike the 28 bottles of cleaning fluids, three shopping trolleys, 50 dishcloths and 4 cartons of longlife milk with a best before date of 3 years ago. Operation Granny Garage though is done. 👏
Current feelings ... hibernation and nostalgia. I am hibernating in my bed as feeling unwell today and had insomnia until 3am but woke up at 8am, ugh sleep why do you abandon me? But the sun is shining out there and I’m snuggly with a very good book by the wonderfully talented writer Jennifer Worth. This really is a glimpse into a long lost world ( and one that seemed far less complicated ) no plans today, how good is that? Happy Sunday! #sunday#bookworm#abookishbakerbookclub#callthemidwife #jenniferworth#bookclub#bookworm#lazysunday #mylife#brimfulofcurious#letters #10amwithtea#widn#sundayvibes#myhomevibes
I haven't taken even one photo today and that's today's #1goodthing. 💫💛💫💛💫💛💫 . We headed up to Herts to see my husband's family and lots of friends, as we lived there for 14 years. 💛💫💛💫💛💫💛 . We've chatted, shopped, ate and visited the annual Christmas tree festival. It's been fun. 💫💛💫💛💫💛💫 . The photo is one I took at home a few nights ago and this is where our cat is roaming right now. It's the first time we're leaving him & we're super grateful to Nico for checking in on him. 💛💫💛💫💛💫💛 .
10ᗩᗰ ᗯITᕼ t⃒e⃒a⃒ ᒪᑌᑕOᘔᗩᗪE And a bacon butty. And nurofen. Successful office Christmas party done ✅ Chilling all the way to Christmas now with only 6 working days before I’m off until 7 Jan 👍🏻 thank you to @dinachauhan14 @mpchappell @diary_of_a_landlord, Nadya and Alicja for helping to organise it. We started planning in February and then all of a sudden it was over and done in a few hours. My last Company Day, I will miss everyone very much when I leave. ❤️ #10amwithtea#christmasparty#hungover#keepingitreal
Time to begin. I'm on my own again this weekend, but unlike last Saturday when I cried for hours, I'm in a much better place. Writing cards, with a fountain pen (of course) and quaffing tea. #feelingslightlyfestive#10amwithtea#communitea
I had plans to go to the gym today, but I don't think my chest will take it, so I did some shopping instead. 🛍️⚡🛍️⚡🛍️⚡🛍️⚡ . Then I stopped in for a lovely coffee and rocky road on the way back home. Of course I had to enjoy a couple of chapters of my book too. I do love the Comfort Cafe series by Debbie Johnson. ⚡🛍️⚡🛍️⚡🛍️⚡🛍️ . This afternoon I'm off to the doctor's to see if I can get my chest sorted out. I think I need an inhaler. I was diagnosed with asthma about 4 years ago but haven't had any symptoms since. Until the last 3 weeks when I can hardly get my words out at times. 🛍️⚡🛍️⚡🛍️⚡🛍️⚡ . Wish me luck! I can't decide if the coffee or doctors is my #1goodthing, I know which is my #10amwithtea!
The wreath is up! It’s a bit more ‘rustic’ this year, due to some time pressures for me on the eve of the annual organised wreath making event.... but it’ll do! So much to get on with today, but I did just treat myself to an early sit down for my #10amwithtea. I finally caught up on the #xfactor Final to watch my boys @takethat perform. LOVE them so much! They always put a smile on my face. Even with a tache 😄 It’s made me even more excited about going to see The Band musical next week, and then the TT concert tour next year (which I may have two lots of tickets for🤩😍). Isn’t it amazing how music can lift the spirits? If you’re having a down day, please go and put a tune on now xx
This morning I helped with a Christmas wreath workshop. It was so much fun! 🍊🌲🍊🌲🍊🌲🍊🌲 . I also got to make one for our front door. I kept it quite plain and I suspect that before too long it will be taken down and Miss E's more elaborate one will go up! 🌲🍊🌲🍊🌲🍊🌲🍊 . This is today's #1goodthing and also #10amwithtea as I had plenty of cuppas as I worked. 🍊🌲🍊🌲🍊🌲🍊🌲 .
Can I let you in on a secret? I’m not feeling at al Christmassy. We don’t have a single decoration up, not one present bought and no food ordered. Could I get away with shoving money in cards, doing turkey toasties and spending a week watching telly? Probs not. So I’ve taken myself off to bed, yes mid morning, with a cuppa and a pile of magazines that scream about festive ideas, “magic, nostalgia and fun” and “supermarket showpieces”. I’m hoping it might start getting me into the festive mood by some kind of osmosis. Or tell me that turkey toasties are absolutely fine. Am I the only one? #10amwithtea#notfeelingit#christmaschristmas PS who knew that last one was a legit hashtag with 2000 uses?!!
#10amwithtea and here’s my #socksie for @cr_uk and @tkmaxx. It might be just me, but I found it incredibly difficult to get a photo with both my socks and my face in 😂 Still, all worth it for the money which will be donated for using the hashtag #socksie. Heard about it via @tessdaly and @lorraine this morning. So come on, join in, show me your festive socks and use the hashtag! Just be careful it doesn’t autocorrect to dockside like mine did 🤣
I have a whole day ahead of me, and except for a school club pick up, I don't have to go anywhere. 🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉 . I love days like this! I have lots I want to get done, as that's always the way with me, but that's ok 🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈 . Today's #1goodthing is having this little fella sat next to me as I do some work and wrap presents. 🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉 . I'm sat here right now with a cappuccino, watching Greensleeves as I plan my day.
OK, I’ve got a confession. Or two. I was too busy to do a #10amwithtea post today. And yes, I am one of THOSE mums. Who decided it would be a good idea to do the #elfontheshelf thing. Our first Elf (Pepper) arrived a few years ago now, and the girls loved him instantly. I’d already decided before he arrived that there would be very few rules - living in a house with #pda meant I knew that imposing rules would be a bad idea! Elf Pepper is just a friendly Elf; he doesn’t sit on a shelf, he can be cuddled, he doesn’t watch the girls to see if they are naughty or nice, and he doesn’t report back to Santa. He gets up to silly antics most* nights and I think the girls enjoy finding him in the morning. Of course now they are 13 and 11, they swear that he’s not real... but I mean, how does he move if he’s not real?! Elf Pepper brought a friend with him last year, and she has been given the glamorous name of Salt. This year, the elves brought the girls a letter from a friend of theirs back home. He’s called Pip McJingles and he has taken on the role of pen pal, with a new letter appearing every day. The girls were really loving these letters but became a bit confused today when Pip started asking them if they remembered something which had happened to him previously. He then signed off with ‘not long to go now!’ which left us all wondering whether Pip had been on the sherry a little too early or whether Day 4 was in fact Day 14. Or Day 24. The next few days could get interesting 😂 I think I’m starting to feel festive now, anyone else? We’ve done the tree decorating and tonight I’m off out to make a wreath for the front door. This is one of my traditions, linked to Sasha’s old school, where there has been a wreath making event for several years. So I’ll get to see old friends and enjoy a mulled wine while hopefully listening to some Christmas carols! What traditions do you have? 🎄🎅🏻🤶🏻 *most = when he’s not too tired and
"A butterfly can't see its own wings, therefore it can't see its own beauty". I read that quote last week and thought "hang on that can't be right" and funnily enough it isn't but it would be a lovely quote if it were true. ⠀ ⠀ In butterflies that just comes down to physics, because its eyes can't see behind it, but our eyes can see behind us, yet we often can't see our own beauty. Refuse to see it in many cases. When it is pointed out to us we dismiss it and refuse to believe it, hear it, accept what we are hearing is true. Why is that? What has happened to make us blind to our own beauty? To not see in ourselves what others see in us. ⠀ ⠀ Society? Media? Childhood experiences? Thinking it might be seen as arrogant?⠀ ⠀ That's a deep question for a Tuesday isn't it? But I have been sitting here this morning pondering this butterfly fact/non fact as I drink my tea. ⠀ ⠀ Maybe we should have a #bemorepeacockday and all strut round showing off our best side knowing we’ve smashed it. ⠀ #10amwithtea #mummybarrowsbrainisinoverdrive #butterflies ⠀ ⠀ 📸 : @anniespratt @unsplash
GOD TIME // I'm pretty good at carving out 30/60 minutes a day to be still & focus on God. It's a discipline I've been developing over the last few years. 📖🖋️📖🖋️📖🖋️📖🖋️📖 . I've tried all sorts, as I want it to be meaningful time and not just me ticking another thing off my to do list. 🖋️📖🖋️📖🖋️📖🖋️📖🖋️ . Today I got my Max Lucado Bible in a year back out as, in truth, it's been a while since I've been reading it daily, it had just become words that I flew over, and that's not right. 📖🖋️📖🖋️📖🖋️📖🖋️📖 . Having the freedom to openly read my Bible is a privilege much of the world is not afforded and I need to treat it as the #dailygift it is. 🖋️📖🖋️📖🖋️📖🖋️📖🖋️ . My regular time in the prayer centre opposite my house is today's #1goodthing
To paraphrase my favourite film “I carried a shepherd’s pie”. Technically I didn’t even carry it, I drove it. 200 miles north because, well because I wanted to support the Barrows this afternoon and feeding people in times of meetings and discussions is what I do. I can’t really contribute an awful lot so I make tea, bring biscuits and cook dinner. Even if that means getting up at 4am to leave the house at 5.30am. Something else I also appear to do is to buy too many potatoes (see yesterday’s stories”). God knows why. Something to ponder on the M6 south this evening. #10amwithshepherdspie#10amwithtea By the time I get home at 11pm tonight I’ll have done close to 1200 miles in a week which is probably enough
For my #10amwithtea I’m having a very quick cuppa before I dash out to the shops. Sasha is in school and I have to go return some things I bought in the Black Friday sale which didn’t fit. Approximately one hundred things 😣 Well, OK, maybe only about 20, but 12 of them are puffy jackets so I’ve no idea how I’m going to carry them all back into the shop! Yesterday was a great day, if I try to forget about the wobbles at bedtime... Sasha told me a week or so ago that she would like to go see Wreck It Ralph 2 at the cinema. This brought me much joy as Sasha rarely sits through any movie at home and we’ve only been to the cinema a handful of times with her. She loved Trolls and Inside Out but is very particular about what movies she wants to watch. It’s a lot of effort for her to sit down and stay focused for so long. Teen girl was out all Sunday afternoon doing her Gang Show rehearsal and said she wasn’t bothered about seeing it, so just Sasha and I went to the cinema. The film was pretty good actually, quite funny, and although she nearly didn’t make it through the loud chase scenes towards the end, Sasha hung on in there and enjoyed it all! If you swipe for the video, you can see Sasha enjoying the credit scenes music at the end 😍 Personally I’ve always loved the experience of going to the cinema but I so rarely get the chance these days. It’s one of those family activities which I’d love to be able to do more often, but it’s generally not an option for us. That makes these kinds of times all the more special though. Yesterday was made even more special because after tea we got to decorate our tree together whilst playing Christmas music (a family tradition) and we also unboxed and introduced ourselves to a new toy member of the family... review coming soon on the blog!
Don't faint. It's an actual cup of tea at 10am. Not that I am drinking it right now, mind you. Right now I am somewhere on the north circular, or if I get lost again like I did yesterday morning, it could be the south circular. This cup of tea was presented to me yesterday evening by Ellie and is the best cup of tea I have ever had. I was in the arse end of somewhere picking her up after she had done a full day of training to pursue a long held career. I offered to drive (poor Ellie had to go into work at 7pm last night) which has meant two days of 200 mile round trips and last night's pick up point didn't quite go to plan. Fingers crossed for today's then, hey? Tubes not working, me missing a turning and having to do 8 miles the wrong way down a dual carriageway to get back, using WhatsApp location to track where each of us was, in the dark and rain. Ellie was a trooper, as always, and when I finally got to her, there she was with a vat of tea for me. Nothing for her, no reward of a hot chocolate after a full on day of meeting new people, navigating round a strange college, learning new skills. Just a cup of tea for her mum. Couldn't be more proud right now. Or more in need of a wee. #10amwithtea#mumtaxi#vatoftea#whereami
ONE GOOD THING // It's the 1st December and that marks the return of my #1goodthing hashtag. 🌈🎄🌈🎄🌈🎄🌈 . Just as the rest of the world ups their game & goes crazy with a commercial Christmas. I try to pull back, slow down and focus on Advent, a time of preparation for the birth of Jesus. 🌈🎄🌈🎄🌈🎄🌈 . Join me by posting your #1goodthing any time you fancy, or when your photo fits the prompt and I'll be over to comment. 🌈🎄🌈🎄🌈🎄🌈 . My #1goodthing today is making a couple of shoebox gifts to be given to people living locally to us. Ones for a 7 year old girl who has lost a parent and the others for a Syrian family resettled here. 🌈🎄🌈🎄🌈🎄🌈 . Happy Saturday friends X
The absolute only reason I’m eating this is because I need a wee. I’ve driven into Regents Park to drop Ellie on a course and I’m about to drive home, but I need a wee. #standard. I did contemplate knocking on the door of the house next door to ask if I could use their loo. To be fair I do know the owner. Sort of. 24 years ago I worked for him so I figured it wouldn’t be weird at all to ask the nice security man And then thought better of it So this happened. #10amwithtea#andeggsbenedict
ᗪᗩY 39 ᖇOᑌᑎᗪ ᑌᑭ Thank you to everyone who joined in yesterday, you can tell yesterday’s photos were an eclectic mix from how I’ve grouped (or not grouped😂) them together! We have holiday memories, Christmas, crazy animals and a some DIY too ❤️❣️ This week’s contributions have been fewer but don’t forget this is a no-pressure tag, you can join in as and when and your photos are about what makes you smile not how artistic you are (although creativity is most welcome. I enjoyed taking the title photo myself today instead of having to rely on a stock image😊) so don’t worry about that when you’re submitting your smiles 😃❣️ If you’re not sure what to post take a look at the #100thingsthatmakemesmile and see what others are posting. Also read the posts that go with them, they’re usually accompanied by a great story! #onfridaysweeatcake #onfridaysihavetimetotakemyownphotos #100thingsthatmakemesmile#10amwithtea
#10amwithtea A coconut Flat White actually. 1st time I’ve been out since Monday as been feeling rough all week with a chesty cough. Going to finish my Christmas shopping this morning - just a few bits & bobs left & one more thing to order online. I’ll probably start wrapping though & think “ooh there doesn’t look much” but am determined not to buy more!! #christmasshopping#coffee 🎄🎄
Oh my. Last night I decided to catch up on the most recent episode of School, the BBC programme following daily life in some schools. I haven't seen any of the other episodes yet, but thought I'd jump in with episode 4 as a few people have mentioned it, saying that there might be a child with PDA in it. Honestly, after the first ten minutes I was in tears. I'll admit that thanks to a lot of broken sleep lately, and the fact that I went to watch A Star Is Born at the cinema the day before (which really should have come with a trigger warning, was too close to home in a particular way for me), I probably am over-emotional just now. Watching the mum take her boy with Asperger's to school and seeing his anxiety as he desperately didn't want to get out of the car made me cry. I felt for both of them; she was trying not to force him, and trying to do what she thought was the right thing by getting him to school, but it was obvious how much he didn't want to be there. More than that, different than that, he couldn't cope with being there. For reasons he was unable to voice. Could have been bullying, feeling different, the pressure of performing or the pressure of failing. I don't know what, I'm just making guesses.. I watched further and saw Poppy, a girl who is 2-3 years behind her classmates aceademically, trying to keep up in a science class without any extra support, other than an able student who was admirably trying to help her. I felt for both of them too. And the teacher (although I wasn't too happy with her choice of the word 'needy'). I know there's much more to this series and it is trying to highlight the real crisis of lack of funding in schools and the increase in what they are expected to achieve - both the schools and the pupils. I just feel so desperately sad that the system seems to be so wrong in this country. How can any of the politicians in charge of education hold their heads up and say it's working? It's clearly not. For so many. I'm not sure I
10am with tea.... “ How about no” @frompaperchase I am not going to have one of those frazzled over stressful, over stretched , harassed over committed busy month of December. I am saying no to anything that will not bring me joy, happiness and contentment/ enjoyment. I’m being selective and keeping December quietly festive but full of cheer. Saying no will be empowering and it’s self care... I cannot allow myself to get mentally and physically fatigued, I’ve done that before and it serves no one 🖤....#10amwithtea #selfcare #life#mylife#cfs#lessismore#brimfulofcurious#myhomevibes#december @lovewilko new 2019 diary @oxfamgb new Pom Pom Xmas deco #fairtrade#therebelwomansclub
I love that these two are still happy enough to have their picture taken with Santa. 🎄🎅🎄🎅🎄🎅🎄 . They do know this Santa though and were helping at a party for Syrian refugees who have been resettled in East Sussex. 🎄🎅🎄🎅🎄🎅🎄 . I'll be sad when the time comes that they're too cool to have fun! 🎄🎅🎄🎅🎄🎅🎄 . Having my #10amwithtea whilst I browse my pics for the last week after a great workout at the gym. #100thingsthatmakemesmile
#10amwithtea time and I’m just making my banana pancake breakfast whilst listening out for a call from the sick room next door. I’ve switched over sick girls today; big one has gone back to school and now Sasha is off sick, sigh. Yesterday I was really proud of her though. A week or so ago, Sasha invited a friend from her new school over for a play date. She's hardly had any friends round to play since leaving her old mainstream school last summer. She started at this school in April so when it came to her birthday in June, she didn't feel she knew anyone new well enough and so she invited her old mainstream classmates to ours for her party. It was lovely to see them all again, but she did really struggle with their chatter and not being able to converse with them on the same sort of level. Boys, make-up and pop groups are not her kind of thing and none of those girls really want to hear about Pokemon ad-finitum 😄 Despite knowing the basics of a good friendship, such as give and take, Sasha really struggles to put these into practice. She has a need to control everything and whilst she knows that makes her bossy, she can't seem to reign it in and she can get extremely upset if others don't want to watch what she wants or play to her rules etc. Yesterday though, she made a huge effort to amuse her guest and find things that they would both enjoy watching or doing. She even came to eat at the table with her, which is a huge concession as Sasha generally eats on the sofa. Despite thinking I'd need to help things run smoothly, I barely had to intervene or encourage at all. Just one or two quiet words, but everything went so well without much input, and it was really lovely to see. As the other girl left, Sasha decided that they should upgrade to a sleepover the next time... watch this space! So that was another post on 'how our children can surprise us' for this week. How about your children, are social activities something they enjoy but find difficult,
#10amwithtea and I’m waiting in for the Hive man (finally sorting this after a year and a half in our house!). I was going to share a photo which popped up in my Facebook memories yesterday... but I discovered that once you move on a day, it's not so easy (i.e. nigh on impossible) to access those Facebook memory photos any more 🙄 It was a photo of Sasha from around 6 years ago, when she was at a birthday party for one of her old mainstream school friends. I know the party was run at a local gym, some sort of general gym activities I think, maybe with a little bouncy castle. I'm pretty sure Sasha struggled to cope with the instructions and the joining in, but somehow I did manage to persuade her to stick around long enough for the party meal which was being held in a different room afterwards. The photo was one I took, possibly whilst in shock, of Sasha with a brown bread ham and cheese sandwich in her mouth. It was not something she had eaten ever before, or ever eaten again since. I know for sure that if I put one of those sandwiches in front of her right now she would call me an idiot and tell me to take it away. She's eaten white bread (only Hovis brand, she can tell the difference) Dairylea sandwiches every day for at least six years I reckon, and other than toast (which she no longer eats) and the odd baguette (without anything on it), I can't think of any other type of bread product which has passed her lips. I have no idea why, on that day, she decided she would not just try one of those sandwiches, but also eat it as if she was a child who ate anything. She selected it herself from a tray of party sandwiches which was going round and I probably nearly fainted. This photo is Sasha on a horse, taken 7 years ago (so cute!). It tells a similar tale - this was the one occasion when Sasha agreed to do some horse riding. I'm pretty sure there's no chance she'd do it again now. I mean, I've asked her a few times, but it's always met with a resounding 'no
#10amwithtea Pondering whether to get a real Christmas Tree or get our 20 yr old one down from the loft....Lots of pros for the artificial one (money, no mess, no cats slurping the water in the stand 🤢)only downside is persuading OH to go up in the loft on Saturday to get it down🙄. Regardless of what tree we have, I expect to find a cat or two having a climb 😂😂🎄🎄 #christmas#christmastree🎄#mydrawing#art#illustrations
It's such a grey day here today so here's one I took earlier...and by earlier I mean a few weeks ago. Too pretty not to share. • This was one of the last early morning jog pictures I took before I had to stop running with a hamstring injury. I'd set myself a goal to reach 5k three times a week by Christmas. Now I just want to walk without pain! • It would've been so easy to have slipped into despondency about not being able to reach my goal, and I'll admit there were a few days when I felt pretty sorry for myself. But the thing about goals is that they don't disappear, they wait for you, they alter slightly to suit where you find yourself. They don't want you to beat yourself up for not reaching them, they want to embrace you when you do and celebrate the hurdles you've overcome. See your goal as on *your* side...willing you on, often in different guises you may not recognise. • So if you've a goal you haven't met yet, engage with it. Talk to it in your head, ask it what you need to do, picture it as an encouraging friend. • My 5k goal has several disguises now....first to get to walking without pain, then to manage stairs without pain, then restart my running programme alongside some other strength training. • Success isn't about the finish line, rather the hurdles you've overcome to get there. • Are there goals you've set yourself you haven't reached yet? Share them if you feel able and we can cheer each other on. Be gentle with yourself, you're really very special. With love xx • #lifecoaching#alittlebeautyeveryday#cyohappy#inspireddaily#littlestoriesofmylife#thehappynow#todaysgoodthing#stillswithstories#thisjoyfulmoment#10amwithtea
MEETING AND LOTS OF PAPERWORK ON MY DESK That’s how it is today and for the rest of this week I think… Thursday and Friday another audit for one of the business management systems I maintain. I’m in my cubicle in Rotterdam, surrounded by my papers, my laptop and another computer terminal, it’s serious business these days. My last week in Rotterdam for a while, as next Monday I’m starting a new project in Amsterdam for the next 4 months. I already know, that immediately after that in April I will start again in Rotterdam. For a while I had various assignments for which I didn’t need to go to my clients office every day, that changes with this new assignment, and I think I will have to get used to it again, but hey it’s for a limited period and it really helps me reach my goals. My goals? You may remember that earlier this year I wrote a blogpost on my goals for 2018, I may not reach all of them within this year, but I’m on my way! I will write a blog about the subject later this week, will be good for me to take stock on the situation and see how I’ve done this year! #10amwithtea#my10amsquare#10amwithcoffee#ktdstories#solopreneur#onewomanshop#myyearmygoals#balancingact
ᗪᗩY 35 ᖇOᑌᑎᗪ ᑌᑭ Here’s a few of your beautiful photos from yesterday❣️ Do you know about the #10amwithtea tag, the lovely friendly tag started by @mummy_barrow ? you can even join in with coffee 😉 ❣️ #100thingsthatmakemesmile#10amwithtea Happy Monday everyone ❣️
Stir up Sunday they said. The last Sunday before Advent they said. So I did it. I got organised, found a recipe, bought the ingredients on Saturday (having checked I didn’t already have the ingredients because that’s my usual trick and then we end up with 15 packets of walnuts) and I made a Christmas cake. I even lined the tin like a proper baker. Only to then discover Stir Up Sunday refers to the making of Christmas puddings and not cake Still, we’ve got cake. Though I’m actually not sure anybody actually likes Christmas cake in our house. So for #10amwithtea today I’ll be frantically trying to find a pudding bowl as I drink my tea, and looking for more dried fruit. #bakedbyme#looksokay#smellsokay#probablytastessuspect#stirupsunday#christmascake
Sunday chill (well perhaps not as I’m a mum) but here’s something to fit in to your day. Go to your friends' list and send a message to three people on there saying something positive about them. Go on, make three of your friends smile today. #10amwithtea#dosomethingnice
CHURROS // As far as my girls are concerned churros are the best food item and should be served at every meal! 🍩🧡💛🍩🧡💛🍩 . They enjoyed some today at the Winter fayre, which was lovely but I spent far too much money! 🍩🧡💛🍩🧡💛🍩 . Oh well, a number of Christmas presents got sorted! 🍩🧡💛🍩🧡💛🍩 . How's your weekend going?
10 AM ON A FRIDAY MORNING ...which I mistook for a Saturday at 6..30 AM when my alarm went off….That was weird, why would I set my alarm so early on a Saturday? What kind of appointment made me do that? And then it dawned om me that it was’t Saturday yet… Still a whole Friday to enjoy! Out from under my duvet and into the shower I went… Now I’m in Rotterdam, working on information security this week, we’ll be audited next week. This company (my former employer) is proud of their Rotterdam heritage, and showing it as you can see in this meeting room decor. Well, I’m on to finishing some things today, so that I can focus on one project only in the next week. Also looking forward to tonight, when we will be having dinner with 28 old schoolmates… should be fun! #my10square#10amwithtea#10amwithcoffee#ktdstories#workhardplayhard#fridayyyyy
I attended a course on public speaking this week. This is a list of the qualities others saw in me as a speaker. How good did I feel after reading these comments? I decided to make an image I can print off to remind me of this feedback in the days when #impostersyndrome makes its regular appearance 🙄 #publicspeaking#10amwithtea
#10amwithtea and for a change I’m not dashing out to the shops today, I’m staying in trying to get stuff done and waiting for a delivery! I’ll also be scratching my head about Christmas presents for the girls... usually I’m pretty organised and I love buying them presents, but this year I have next to no idea about what to get them. Teen just wants money, and Sasha just wants expensive games. So the tree is going to look pretty bare 😢 I don’t want them to be disappointed though, they are both so excited about Christmas already 😣 This was Sasha as a Christmas angel in her mainstream school play four years ago. It was one of the few shows or assemblies at school which she did take part in. She’s involved with the one at her special school this year but I don’t think she’ll be appearing in it. I might have to try a bit of Black Friday sale shopping today. Anyone else doing that?! A bit later on I’m going to be speaking to someone (news on that later if it happens) about the extra challenges faced by families living with Pathological Demand Avoidance at Christmas time. Last year I wrote a blog (link in bio) with tips to help keep the peace and it’s very relevant again now. Sasha has already had her main present from one set of grandparents because she just couldn’t wait. We don’t do getting dressed before presents, we allow chocolate any time of the day (because, advent) and Sasha is unlikely to join us at the table for our traditional turkey meal. We’ve settled into our own way of doing things, it might not be what society expects, but it suits us. How do you do Christmas? Do you go big with extended family, go visiting? Do you think you are quite traditional or do you think that others would be shocked at your Christmas choices? 🤶🏻🎅🏻
As if by some cosmic magic I have just grabbed a coffee from the downstairs cafe and it is #10amwithtea time! Today I dragged myself out of bed and had to down a sugary espresso before my 6am gym session. I was convinced I was not going to make it, but caffeine and great friends meant it was a breeze. And now have just had the best virtual catchup with my @treat_out co-founders and I suddenly feel unstoppable.
ᗰY YEᗩᖇ Iᑎ ᗷOOKᔕ My one and only New Year’s resolution for 2018 was to read more. To be honest it wasn’t going to be that difficult to beat the number of books I read last year. Social media has destroyed my concentration and I wanted to get that back. That feeling of being lost in another world for hours at a time instead of being cross at what someone had said in 140 characters. Carry on reading at larainthemiddle.com (link in bio) and let me know what you think #blogger#reading#myyearinbooks#booklover#10amwithtea
Today’s #10amwithtea might make you smile... and I know that it will make my mum happy so that’s why I did it. In the middle of a busy shopping centre, right next to where a couple of workmen were having their morning cuppa. I wasn’t feeling brave enough to ask them to take a photo (why not, I wonder?) but then a 3rd workman walked up to join them, saw me looking at this and asked if I wanted him to take a photo of me! My mum has a thing about the Mona Lisa so I knew it would make her day. I didn’t think twice about handing my lovely iPhone over to a stranger. As he had to kneel down on the hard pavement to take this both his workmates started with the jokes about him proposing 😆 I’m sure it cheered us all up for the day! Very unusually, I’ve stopped for a cup of tea out myself right now. I’d dashed straight into town after school drop off (Sasha’s in school again, yay!) and totally forgotten that I hadn’t had any breakfast. So after 2 hours in town I suddenly had a pounding headache which I knew could only be fixed by tea. And a pastry. Except they didn’t have any good ones so I plumped for an early panini. Treating myself! The town trip was just to return most of what I bought for the girls in Primark yesterday. Apparently the pink fluffy coat was not what Sasha was expecting (she wasn’t actually expecting anything) and now I have no idea what kind of coat to get her! I have ordered one on eBay which she thought she might like, but it was khaki when she’d rather have had black, and it wasn’t cheap. And is going to be difficult to return if she doesn’t like it, sigh. Eldest is struggling to find pyjamas and boots which fit at the moment too, so my life is basically shopping and returning. And that’s before I start on anything for me! Anyone else not loving clothes shopping at the mo?!
Working from home has a million benefits. And, obviously some downsides. The main one for me being that my office is chuffing cold in winter. And i am too tight to put the heating on during the day. ⠀ ⠀ So from now until March if you happen to see me at my desk I will be in my coat. And all the socks. And when it snows there will be some fingerless gloves in the mix too. ⠀ ⠀ I do also need to apologise for being AWOL over the last few days. Sometimes things just get overwhelming. All consuming. Where I just can't do anything other than try and hold it all together enough to function as a human being. Where there is only enough energy to do just that and nothing more. Where something has to give so I can focus on what is in front of me and not in the wider world. That was this weekend. ⠀ ⠀ A weekend where we celebrated Ellie's birthday, spent time with Mr B's parents, prayed my dad's minor op would go to plan, and invented a game of "guess the car from the shape of the rear lights on the car up ahead" in the dark on the M6. Not sure I can really recommend that last one if I am honest. ⠀ ⠀ To my #10amwithtea buddies I am sorry. I promise to be a better friend to you all from tomorrow
Hot squash here this morning as I think I’ve drunk my body weight in tea yesterday. Having an unplanned day off work as have so much to think about health wise and quite frankly I’ve no idea what to do #10amwithtea#lotstothinkover#decisionsdecisions
I'm in one of the small prayer rooms getting ready for my day ahead. 🌳🍒🌳🍒🌳🍒🌳🍒 . I've been feeling guilty recently, as I've got quite a lot of time on my hands and I'm enjoying life. 🌳🍒🌳🍒🌳🍒🌳🍒 . Please tell me, where did this crazy notion come from, that life isn't for enjoying? I think I've spent so much of it, so busy that I didn't have time to think, let alone enjoy it. 🌳🍒🌳🍒🌳🍒🌳🍒 . And now I'm just loving the simple stuff. But I slip into this naughty places where I wonder if I'm doing enough. 🌳🍒🌳🍒🌳🍒🌳🍒 . Today's plan is prayer time, house tidy, write a paid post, do washing, sort two cupboards, do blog admin, cook dinner, take in online shop and help kids with homework. 🌳🍒🌳🍒🌳🍒🌳🍒 . It's not like I'm doing nothing, but I suppose the difference is, that in the past I'd have done all that and an out-of-the-home job. 🌳🍒🌳🍒🌳🍒🌳🍒 . I do miss the company & challenge of working with a team, rather than being self employed. I think I might start looking again, but only for the right job. 🌳🍒🌳🍒🌳🍒🌳🍒 . Why is it so many women feel guilty, so much of the time?
#10amwithtea (thanks @mummy_barrow for this prompt which seems to ground me in some way) and I’m writing a blog post. Just a bit of a general update about school and about the good day I had yesterday - I GOT SASHA OUT OF THE HOUSE! Which I know doesn’t seem like much to many, but to me that was an achievement. AND she’s gone to school today, despite being highly anxious and crying about it last night. I’ll be sharing some pics and happiness later 🤩 Happy Monday everyone!