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Day 2 didn’t even get a peek! I woke up feeling unwell, but was determined to go for a walk with doggie and family, so I made the effort to get ready and we ventured out. Once we’d arrived back home I felt so much worse and spent the rest of the day in bed with a terrible headache, lots of sneezing and feeling sorry for myself. I even started typing for day 2, but gave up after one sentence. However you only fail if you give up completely, not falter for one day, so here is a little something on day 2 and day 3 of the blog challenge!

Day 2 – Something good from last week

Last week we had Christmas (& New Year’s), feels ages away now, which is weird after all the build up to it! There were a few good things, spending time with family and good friends, being able to relax a little after a very busy few weeks at work, eating some great food and getting some lovely jubbly presents!

The two best things from last week, however, were: seeing my teen, who suffers from anxiety, come with us on Christmas day to spend the entire day out among quite a few more people than she is generally used to. This made me smile inside! It has been a reasonably tough year which may get mentioned in future posts, but for now it is definitely the small things which keep us going! The second thing that made me really happy was having my boyfriend spend his first Christmas (& New Year’s) with us, I can’t wait for many more!

 

Day 3 – A time when I was frightened

Not entirely in the mood to be exceptionally personal in today’s blog post, I’ll use the excuse that I still feel unwell and don’t want to upset myself too much further. (Definitely am still unwell, but needed to find some energy so I can sort children for “January back to school” and that, as I am sure some of you know, is a right mission!!)

So spider talk it is. I am a terrible arachnophobe. It is such an awful fear; irrational and debilitating all at the same time and try as I might, I cannot stop myself from being frightened of those small furry eight legged creatures who hide just out of sight until they need to make a dash for heck knows where right at the moment I need to be getting somewhere and then my world falls apart. I often scream, so everyone straight away knows what is going on. Then I freeze and start to shake, usually cry if it is quite a big spider, but often I will call for help. Someone needs to come kill it.  Murder the spider! It is terrible, I know, and I worry that many spider relatives will come find me one day to take revenge due to all the spider murders I have committed or ordered. It’s like I am the spider mafia, but don’t judge, I feel bad enough already.

Back to the story at hand. Every time I go shower I check my towel for any sign of spiders, this is due to a whole other story, which I might tell some day, but it means now I always check my towel, without fail, it is essentially a habit from many years ago!  So about 4 days ago now, I check my towel, and low and behold, a fast black spider….running for its life (I am sure it must have heard about my reputation as spider killer). Anyway, cue me screaming, throwing my towel on the ground and then watching the spider try to run away, off my towel, onto the bedroom carpet and under the cupboard. The adrenalin kicked in and I grabbed my boot to stomp the spider to its flattened end. Important point to note, I never usually kill them myself because I am too scared of them, but that day I just did. My boyfriend came in a minute or so after and could see I was shaken up, towel on the floor and he knew – Spider! He did what he always does, started searching for it, but this time I told him I had already got it, he even had to make sure it was a spider in case I had only seen a bug of some kind and was just freaking out. But nope, I had squished it. Now, I know, it is mean, killing a small little thing which essentially isn’t going to harm me, but it’s my fear and they completely frighten me, so this day was a victory! It didn’t stop me from shaking and feeling horrid to the point I was crying – I did get hugs from my guy to help – but I did it! Hopefully this is a positive step to overcoming my fear meaning one day I can stop being frightened by creepy crawlies of the eight legged kind (and also end my killing spree)!

Thanks for reading, if you stuck around for this long! I got a little carried away with my story; see you tomorrow for day 4, a really good idea!

Have a good Tuesday evening.

T

Interruptions, fears and good things!

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Road Trip – day 4 & 5

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On Wednesday we arrived in a village north of Peterborough just in time for dinner. My beautiful Rhodesian/British friend Flis welcomed us into her family home for our next two nights on the road trip. What a lovely family, all three of us felt so relaxed and welcomed. We mainly chatted, a lot, to catch up on the last three years of happenings. We also made sure the children had some fun, so a trip to the park with a small picnic was in order. Lots of chatty family meals around the table made the stay most memorable, charades and 20 questions brought lots of laughs and silliness.

Flis, hubby and boys, you guys have brilliantly blessed us, we love you lots, till soon!!

Our next destination, north of Stevenage, brought about one broken nail due to a huge spider drama, much happiness about free Wifi (teens) and a surprise for day 6. You’ll have to wait till tomorrow for that!

Enjoy the pics!

 

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On the road grub

On the road grub!

On the road grub!

Road Trip – Day 2 & 3

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Day two and three of our road trip has been rather fun. We’ve been with Daniela and her two children, Jack & Niamh, just chilling out, chatting, playing on gadgets, chatting and drinking coffee. No stress, just a lovely pleasant time.

After a leisurely morning and lunch, we took a walk to visit Daniela’s mom, on the way the kids had a play in the park to burn off some steam. Then a nice hot coffee and chats at Nonna Polly’s house while kids played on the trampoline and teased the fish in the big pond outdoors. Before the rain set in we set off home again to get some dinner. Daniela made a lovely pasta bolognese, yum!!

Day 3 meant it was time to leave and yes, Daniela, we wont leave it as long as four years next time!

Enjoy the pics – day 4 will be up soon!

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Cats sense allergies

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Group Selfie

Time to say bye

Time to say bye

Road Trip

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Time for our annual holiday and this year I have decided to take the girls on a road trip round all the towns we have lived in, in the UK. We have moved a lot and met a lot of folk on our journeys; most of the friends we will be visiting we haven’t seen in four years and miss them dearly, so we are quite excited!

We started our journey yesterday, arriving at my friend Daniela’s at 10:20pm after a 5 hour journey (coffee break was also needed). We then ended up chatting and catching up till about 1am. It’s been a great start to our journey, you know it will when your youngest asks you to tell her all the other places you’ll be going and then says “I think this is gonna be a great holiday, mom!” “Yes, I think so too, sweetie!”

We’ll try post a little something every day so come along on our Road Trip holiday this year, we hope you enjoy the ride!

 

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Starting our Road Trip

Day at the beach

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Right at the beginning of May my friend Sarah asked if the girls and I wanted to go with her on a trip to the beach! We thought it’d be a great idea, and on the day were grateful for the sunny weather!  Bags with extra clothes, some picnic stuff and off we went!

Sarah also has two dogs, Sascha and Pluto, they’re fantastic dogs and completely different to one another. My girls love them though, so we had a great time running around the beach, throwing a stick or stone for Sascha to run after (Pluto is just a bit too grown up to bother with the running now). We also searched for beach/water creatures, didn’t see much other than a few sails, half eaten crabs and a dead frog.

After a very cold walk on the beach, yes the sun was out, but the wind was so cold, we went for ice creams.  All in all, a great day out for all!

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