I’ve got a spare hour and what better way to spend it, than reflecting on my week and pulling out the positives?
I’ve been suffering from muscle spasms in my neck and shoulders this week. Whilst it’s not the end of the world, it has been a tad debilitating and I’ve spent a little bit of time feeling sorry for myself. BUT (there’s always a but) my lovely friend popped by with a beautiful scented candle and a heat patch for my neck on Wednesday morning, and on Monday I got to watch four back to back episodes of Gilmore Girls instead of going to work. You see, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for!
What else has happened in my world? On to this week’s Little Loves.
I’ve finished my book. Huzzah! If you’ve not read ‘Try Not to Breathe’ by Holly Seddon then I would thoroughly recommend it. I read a few pages each night to prolong the ending and it didn’t disappoint, although I did see it coming about three quarters of the way through the book.
I am really pleased to be joining in with an online book group in the new year. If you think this might be something that you would like then you can read more about #bookclub140 here. You don’t have to be a blogger but being on Twitter is helpful – there will be an hour’s chat around our thoughts on the book during that month.
Something I did read and absolutely LOVED, is Katie from Hurrah for Gin’s post ‘Advent Uncut‘ (the above picture is a little taster). If like me, you want to throttle that elf to death every time you see him on social media, or you question why you bought chocolate advent calendars this year instead of sticking with the traditional nativity scene, then you’ll enjoy it too. So wishing that teenagers could still be bribed with the old ‘Father Christmas won’t come if….’ chestnut *sigh*.
What do you think of the John Lewis Christmas advert? I have to say that it’s not my favourite; I’m not sure that they could top Monty the Penguin from 2015. It’s funny how all of the British supermarkets go all out to beat one another at Christmas. My personal favourite this year is M&S with Mrs Claus.
But have you seen this one? It might not be British but it’s a serious tear-jerker. Considering all that’s happened this year with Brexit and the majority of our country seemingly wanting to isolate themselves from the rest of Europe, this is beautifully heart-warming and a great reminder that we need to keep the channels open. Go have a watch.
It’s been all about the Christmas songs this week (again). I’ve been listening to Hansome & Gretyl’s album ‘Wonder’ as well as Leona Lewis’ album ‘Christmas, with love’ – her take on all the old classics are amazing but I particularly love ‘Your Hallelujah’.
This week we christened our Christmas jumpers for the first time. My daughter absolutely adores her Rudolph hoodie complete with bells and who can blame her? At £16.00 from Tesco, it’s a very reasonable price too. Mine was slightly dearer from Fat Face but I love the subtle reference to Christmas and the colour red – the perfect colour for this time of year!
Even our little dog got in on the Christmas jumper action (this one is from Next at £8).
After getting off to an amazing start with cakes, treacle tarts and Christmas wreaths, I’ve failed this week and haven’t really made anything. I have made my house Christmassy though, does that count? Although I can’t really take credit for that either because we went out on Saturday night and when we got home our three little elves had put the tree up and decorated it (my control freak tendencies had a field day with that one!).
One of my goals for this year was to fall in love with my home again. By that, I mean updating some of the decor, buying some new little bits and pieces to give it a face lift and spending time on giving it a good old clear out. I’m slowly getting onto that and in the new year, our aim is to turn what was once a ‘play room’ into a ‘snug’ (my kids hate that word but you know what I mean). Today we are having the chimney swept with a view to putting in a wood burner in January and earlier in the week, I took delivery of a new rug. I’ve been browsing sites and shops for months trying to find the perfect geometric/monochrome combination and I’m really pleased with this one. It also had 40% off it in the La Redoute sale so I call that a win!
Happy weekend one and all.