Sunday, 28 September 2014

52 Lists / Thirty Seven

Joining in with Emma at Made In Hunters and her 52 Lists project.

This week: List the things that bring you comfort

A slightly overdue post written on a morning when I have a sore throat, blocked nose and am in need of lots of comfort. Children's germs have already started to take hold!

Roast dinners with roast potatoes and parsnips

Sitting with Brina on my lap or beside me and stroking or brushing her

Snuggling up in my cashmere mix blanket on the sofa

Cards or letters received in the post

Hot blackcurrant squash or Vimto 
(or even hot lemon, honey and ginger which I'm drinking right now)


Watching costume dramas, Countryfile or the Antiques Roadshow

Crawling into bed for an early night

The sound of raindrops on the windows

Clothes warmed up on the radiator, especially socks and pyjamas

The scent of Olbus Oil

Christmas carols

Any food or drink containing cinnamon, ginger or nutmeg

Picture books by Shirley Hughes



Listening to Radio 4

Isn't it funny how the things which bring the most comfort are those linked to childhood or home. It must be because they bring about a feeling of safeness and reassurance, or alternatively of happy times such as Christmas. Most are related to warmth and being cosied up at home rather than being out and about enjoying the big wide world. I'm such a homebody that these are the things I look for quite regularly if I'm feeling down or unwell. The just help to perk me up a little. (Yes, I've even been known to listen to Christmas carols in July!) 

What are the things which bring you comfort?

Saturday, 6 September 2014

52 Lists / Thirty Six

Joining in with Emma at Made In Hunters and her 52 Lists project.

This week: List your weekly morning routine

Emma had perfect timing with this one as I've gone back to work/school this week and once again. I've had to get used to early mornings and getting up and out of the house as quickly as possible. It hasn't been easy and by Friday afternoon I definitely felt exhausted by the earlier starts.

6.15am - Alarm goes off and I get up

Feed Brina and open the back door so she can go out for a little while before Andy goes to work

Put BBC Breakfast News on the kitchen TV so I can watch the time and find out what's happening in the world

Daily weigh-in

Make the bed


Dry hair, dress and attempt to do my make-up

Into kitchen, empty dishwasher

Make and eat breakfast

Prepare lunch for myself and Andy (we try to take turns to do this or if possible have leftovers so it's ready the night before)

Put dishes in the dishwasher

Fill the washing machine

Check I've got my phone, iPad, glasses and keys

Out the house, in the car, off to school.

I try and do follow the same routine every morning as it means that I should hopefully not forget to do anything. I try to get my clothes and bag ready the night before to save myself time in the morning. Although this doesn't always happen, especially this week when the weather has promised warm, sunny days but I've woken up to cloudy mornings with a chill in the air, thus forcing me to pick something that has long sleeves and can be worn with a cardigan.

I always thought of myself as a morning person as I can usually jump straight out of bed without having to take my time to stir (unlike Andy!), although in more recent years I have found myself wanting to lie in bed for just a little bit longer. Is it because I'm getting older or is it a sign of getting lazy? Hmm!

Do you have a morning routine to do everything in super quick time or do you have the luxury of having a relaxed morning where you can take your time and enjoy the start of the new day?