Saturday, 25 February 2017

Celebrate #6

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1) This week, Hubby and I have been going out to the comedy festival in the nearby city. We have some old favourites as well as getting to see up and coming funny folk and in these dark winter nights it's a good thing to get out and about rather than stay on the sofa!

2) Storm Doris was not as bad as I had feared and we got away quite lightly - just a couple of slates off the roof - so I'm happy the roofer was already booked to be coming over Mid March!  Thank goodness we had also got the trees successfully pruned in Jan as I think a few branches might have come down and caused damage.

3) Completed my set of the last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant from a local charity shop.
I had picked up Against All Things Ending in January (in another charity bookshop) but of course I couldn't remember which one I'd bought and they all have very similar looking covers in gold/silver hues (a lot more similar than this picture shows!!).  I hadn't realised that the last series was a set of four so I thought I was buying the complete set and would find out which was the duplicate at home so you can imagine my delight when I found out it was actually the third book in the series and I'd found the other three.

The original series was bought for me as a 16th birthday present by my parents

and I can remember being blown away by the quality and force of the writing - I cried quite regularly throughout their reading.

I bought the second series (the same year) with prize  money I received from my school as the top student award and read them through my summer holidays before going off to my new school and "A level" study.

I hadn't realised another and final series had even been written between 2004 - 2013 so I am looking forward to beginning these 30 years later than the first two series!!

Here's hoping others have had a very good week too - filled with surprises and rekindlings of special memories - let me in on what the week has had in store for you - you know I'd love to know :)

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Celebrate #5

Another week seems to have whizzed by so catching up with everyone via the ever lovely
led by Lexa Cain and her two co-hosts Tonja Drecker and L.G. Keltner.

My week has had its ups and downs - 

1. The exams are over but boy was the first written one really HARD - I truly do not know if I will have passed it and they have both now been sent off to London to be marked (and there was I thinking that they'd be marked on site and we'd know results by the end of the day!) however I do know that I passed the afternoon's practical assessment with flying colours so that is a big relief at least.  Now just have to keep my fingers crossed for the rest!

2. Have taken it upon myself to organise an event to promote local societies and clubs in the deprived area that I do a lot of my Nordic walking.  
This will be a first for me and so equipping myself with an email list of possible clubs etc I designed a poster, wrote an invitation email and sent it off only to have back as my first email reply one that basically said that this venture had been tried before and was doomed to failure. To say I felt slightly deflated was a bit of an understatement!!  However, my email back said I was happy to learn from past experiences f they had any advice to offer - which led to a contact phone number, a chat on the phone and, once they had established I was trying to do this with a budget of nothing, an offer of help and support to promote the venture to the wider public - so it all ended well and during the week other emails have come in to book their free tables for the event so this week I will be trying to expand my list of potential bookings as my aim is to get approximately 40 organisations to attend (10 so far).

3. Expecting visit from No. 1 son and his friends next week has now been put on hold partly by his work and partly by the cost of insurance for the car he was hoping to get (and drive everyone up here in).  As a young driver in London the insurance is astronomical (even my insurer asked me if I'd like to sit down before he read me the quote - £2500!) so he will have to work out if it is truly worth owning a car for traveling out of the city - he obviously takes the tube/bus or bike for inner city journeys.  The upside for us is that we have other friends (from our uni days) coming up to visit this weekend so the turnover of rooms will not be quite so frantic and we'll see him sometime in March after he's had time to think the car thing through properly.

Here's to everyone else and their week gone by and the week on the horizon - hoping that all has been going well or at least balancing out OK - leave me a comment below because you know I'd love to know :)

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Celebrate #4

So sorry to be posting this late but I really do want to stay connected to this lovely linky and hopefully next week I will be on time!
I want to say a BIG thank you to all those out there who sent me good thoughts on how to sleep well on the run up to exams - I am very happy to report that I have found it much easier to sleep than I thought I would and hardly any exam dreams - so restful nights :)  Exam is tomorrow so watch this space for news on whether I'll have something to celebrate on Friday!

This week I have cause to celebrate -

1: I organised the first Cinema Club for those of us who often don't go to the movies - the Silver Screen is only £3 and you get a cup of branded coffee and biscuits included so what could be better? I know it is advertised for those over 55 but no-one stopped me (I probably look haggard enough at the moment!!) The film was The Girl on the Train and it was so much better than any of us thought it would be so a great start to this new venture.  Twelve of us went and for some it was their first trip to the cinema for years - it's just nice to go with someone else so you can discuss the film afterwards - so we'll definitely be going again!!

2: I attended another sports' award evening - this time to take part in a Q&A session up on stage on women going into coaching in sport.  Yet again something I never thought I'd be part of if you'd asked me this time last year!

3: Some lovely weather I feel blessed to have been out and about in - I know it's been snowing a bit over the past few days but nothing too bad and they say this week the weather will get warmer again. My pot of mini narcissi (which were only buds last Saturday) all came out during the week and are now brightening up the downstairs loo.

Here's to everyone - let me know how the week has treated you and what has made you stop and smile - you know I'd love to know :)

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Celebrate #3

It's so simple to join in with this lovely weekly get together hosted by Lexa Cain so why not join the fun yourself and press the button below?

My reasons to celebrate this week are:

1.  The snowdrops are out in my garden and they look so beautiful.  I am now wondering if the bulbs I planted last year will come up this spring - no signs yet.

2.  My revision is going well - I think - just another week left so I am going back over everything hoping some more will stick and I will get more confident before the exam.  No doubt those awful exam nightmares will kick in some time this week - so any suggestions for a good night's sleep will be most welcome :)

3. More new people coming Nordic walking and really feeling the benefit.  It is such a good feeling to know you've enabled someone to walk twice as far as they have in a very long time, enjoyed talking with new people and have got to feel really proud of themselves and what they've accomplished.

This week, Lexa has been asking about housework - I think this pretty much sums up my thoughts on the subject!!
Here's hoping you all had a lot more in your life to celebrate than housework - you know I'd love to know what you've been doing so leave me a comment below :)

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Celebrate #2

I'm determined to keep up and post once a week so here again with the Celebrate crew led by Lexa Cain.  Please feel free to join in by pressing the button below :)
This week I am celebrating -

1.  More things made their way out of the house - including pots and pans no longer needed by my student children or myself  which are now being used by a food group working with refugees locally - what a great idea!!

2.  I have made some headway with my revision for my upcoming anatomy and physiology exam - it is rather refreshing to know my brain still works as I have been wondering if it would be able to retain all this new information - especially so many Latin medical names for things!!  I often find these days I can't remember something simple - like someone's name so I was rather worried.

3.  Meeting more new people trying out Nordic walking and being invited to try out a new route elsewhere that is quite local to me but I had no knowledge about and looks like it is going to be brilliant.

All in all - quite a lot to celebrate.  Now I'm off to see the other lovely things that have been happening in everyone else's lives :)  Please tell me what the hi-light of your week has been - you know I'd love to know!

Friday, 20 January 2017

Celebrate #1 2017

I feel I've been gone for ages - that's how life can be and I'm sure everyone else feels the same with the run up and then aftermath of the festive season!  But it's good to be back and ready to catch up with all of you celebrating this past week.

A big thank you to Lexa, as always, for hosting this wonderful get-together :)  Why not jump on board and join the merry gang?

This week I am celebrating:

No 1.  Having time to return here!!!!!  It feels so good to be back and I have missed having time to be on-line "chatting" with my good friends and reading about what's happening in their many and varied worlds.  Here's to having at least a weekly round up again :)

No 2.  Getting back to normal after departure of DD. It was lovely having the kids back for Christmas but your life becomes not your own again!  My nordic walking groups are back up and running with new members joining for the new year and getting back to regular exercise is also what I've been craving - I need to shed those extra pounds that went on through eating far too much good food - or not so good food!!!

No 3. Sorting out my large linen chest and giving away bed sets we no longer have need of.  Now there is space for everything and the lid closes properly!!  Also the animal rescue charity should benefit either from selling them on or using them for the animals themselves.  A win - win situation.

I'm off to yoga now - first time this year too so I know I'll be wobbly - fingers crossed I don't fall over :)  Have a lovely week and looking forward to catching up.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Celebrate #27

I have been so busy recently that I am celebrating the fact I can join in with the Celebrate crowd led by Lexa and her co-hosts Tonja and L.G!  Click on the button below to join in too :)

This week I attended my local borough sporting award ceremony as a finalist in their adult coach/instructor category.  I was blown away to be on the stage with "proper" coaches as I still don't really count myself as one and it was truly lovely to have been nominated.  I didn't win but I actually know the winner and she is amazing so I was very pleased for her.  It was also really nice that two of the ladies that were my original guinea pigs when I first began teaching Nordic walking could also come along to the awards with me and we had a really great time together.

I am also celebrating getting into a good knitting cycle where I have used up quite a few odd balls of wool from my stash knitting lap blankets for Alzheimer patients as part of a new project at my local hospital.  Using 10mm knitting needles and two strands of double knit they knit up really quickly and look quite good too with the colour combinations I have used.

Lastly I am celebrating and being thankful for the continued good weather we have been having in November which has allowed me to be outdoors so much - autumnal sunshine is just so beautiful :)

Here's hoping everyone else has had a good week and found something to be thankful for too - I'd love to know what you've been up to so leave a comment below!