Is this what you often ask yourself? Feeding a family or even just yourself can become tiresome when you have to come up with something interesting every day. Who wants to spend lots of time trying to decide and then finding you don’t have the necessary ingredients? Another trip to the local supermarket, taking yet more time, could well end up with you feeling tempted to buy something ready-made and compromising your health. How can you streamline this daily task? Here are some tips that have worked for me over the years: (more…)
I am in a challenging time of life. My challenge is how to lose weight in order to journey into the second half of my life in good health. And how to do this when I love baking and- dare I say it- sampling my baking delights? I would normally find it do-able to avoid the sweet goodies when grocery shopping, but surely I’m not expected to avoid my cakes? They might not compete with Mary Berry’s creations, but the smell certainly makes them irresistable!. (more…)
When you are on a budget you can’t always have the latest and best of everything. This year I received a new Dell laptop for Christmas, after “making do” for so long. It all looks shiny and new to me, even though it’s reconditioned. My savvy husband bought and tested it and here I am at the start of a new year, ready to go.
This new laptop is at last reliable and light enough to take around with me. So- (more…)
Yesterday my teenage son invited me out for a drink. How lovely is that? I did go with him and had a great time, but not until I had battled excuses in my mind about how I didn’t have time and the day had almost gone. Thankfully I managed to pull myself together and make the most of a great opportunity to spend time with a son who might not be at home for much longer. I listened to his dreams for the future and was inspired by his enthusiasm for life. He reminded me of how he got his present job and apprenticeship- through a friend. It wasn’t by striving and worrying. Oh yes- will I ever learn this lesson, especially if I believe my life is in God’s hands, where I placed it? (more…)
It’s not always easy working at home, but ideal if it works, for it enables us to be there for our families.
This is my journey which started five years ago when I was full of hope and excitement after attending a bootcamp. I learned so much and was keen to make this work. It is proving a long journey, just as they said, but one which is slowly beginning to bear fruit.
Here are 10 lessons that I have learned in the last year that I want to build upon in 2014. I will be expanding on these steps in further posts. Come with me as we step into this new year. (more…)
Last weekend I was feeling “under the weather!” I was struggling to shake off a tummy bug. My husband and son had decided to jump in the car and visit Grannie, so I decided to catch up with myself and the housework. Thankfully, the housework was sorted by lunchtime and then it was “time for me.” As I was contemplating what to do, a friend, whom I had been meaning to see for some time, popped in for a cuppa. That was so nice to sit and chat and I felt so blessed. As I said good-bye I wondered what I could I do to bless my family and welcome them home.
I then decided to get started with Christmas!
However, the thought of putting up the tree and decorations felt a bit too much. Curling up on the sofa with my favourite Andre Rieu DVD lasted for 5 minutes before it hit me:-
Last year my husband gave me a set of singing lessons for my birthday. I’ve always loved singing, but never had proper lessons, so I was very eager to start. When my teacher asked me to think of a favourite song to work on, I immediately knew which one it would be.