Sunday, 5 November 2017

Date night

It's not often Mr W and I get a night out. With work, the fur babies and life but when we do we rather enjoy  a trip to the theatre. So yesterday we dropped Sam at his Grandpas, drove to Radcliffe and got the Metrolink into Manchester to see The Wipers Times at the Opera House.

Wasn't sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. I am not a huge fan of Ian Hislop, I find him a little opinionated (but then I suppose as editor of Private Eye thats his job) but this was a gem. A witty and satirical take on a neglected historical event with life in the trenches and the war almost taking a supporting role. The way the British find humour in even the darkest of events (and as a nurse I can testify to this) is one of our finer qualities and even in the midst of World War 1 this was evident.

The play is on a Uk tour at the moment so if you get the chance go along, you won't be disappointed. 

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Staying cool

I don't normally do reviews or promotions, this blog has been for like and crafting however like a lot of women, I have hit a "certain age" where a flushes and sweats appear out of nowhere,  hair grows in places it didn't before and goes from places it should be and full nights sleep is a thing of the past.  I can cope with the warm spells and the hair (isn't that what beauty parlours were invented for?) but the sleep or lack of, not a good thing for me or those around me.

I started first with a fan in the bedroom which helped a little, moved to a 2.5 Tog duvet (all year round) then decided to invest in a cool pillow. This was great however I recently had to replace it and despite my reservations, about the efficiency of gel,  upgraded to the Silentnight Geltex pillow. What an absolute treat, no more wet face or hair and incredibly comfortable to boot. A worthy investment.

However, the rest of me was still getting too hot and the foot in, foot out of the duvet method of temperature control not working. So I started to research new mattresses (very expensive) and this led me to mattress toppers (a lot more reasonable).

After more research, both on the products and the prices, I decided on the Silentnight AirMax mattress topper (best value at Matalan UK) and a week in I am sold. The topper is machine washable, soft, a lovely material on the top with mesh venting up the sides, top and bottom and really does keep you cooler. Don't get me wrong, it is still hot where I am lying (gas mark 5) but I am not sweating the other parts of the bed are oh so cool. 

At this price I can afford to change it as and when and is much better value than a whole new mattress. 

So if you find yourself like me, pumping out some serious heat, then seriously give it a try.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Sad sad day

If it should be
If it should be that I grow frail and weak 
And pain should keep me from my sleep, 
Then will you do what must be done, 
For this - the last battle - can't be won. 
You will be sad I understand, 
But don't let grief then stay your hand, 
For on this day, more than the rest, 
Your love and friendship must stand the test. 
We have had so many happy years, 
You wouldn't want me to suffer so. 
When the time comes, please, let me go. 
Take me to where to my needs they'll tend, 
Only, stay with me till the end 
And hold me firm and speak to me 
Until my eyes no longer see. 
I know in time you will agree 
It is a kindness you do to me. 
Although my tail its last has waved, 
From pain and suffering I have been saved. 
Don't grieve that it must be you 
Who has to decide this thing to do; 
We've been so close - we two - these years, 
Don't let your heart hold any tears. 

- Unknown 


Oscar Wan-Sai-Cheong
1999 - 2017
RIP little man x

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Missing in action

I hadn't realised it had been such a long time since I put type to blog and new resolution to get back on track and converse with the world a little bit more.

My life has changed direction since I last wrote. I have a new job that I love, I don't or haven't done any scrapbooking or crafting for quite some time, I bake more than ever, I am back up to 4 cats although this may not last long and I hit a birthday landmark.

So you may well see some of my newer interests on here and I hope some of my older ones but before then a catch up of the missing time.

January - finally gave up smoking and started vaping

April - End of an era. The final season of The Mentalist and a happy ending for Jane and Lisbon.

May - A trip to Krakow and Aushwitz 

August - Upcycling and Indoor skydiving 

September - A week away in Anglesey with Mr W, Dad and Sam

November - Scrapbooking retreat with KathB, Babs and Jackie

December - Arrival of Lily (cat No4)


January - Lily is exploring, destroying the house room by room but also bonding with her big brothers

April - My lovely God-daughter Jenna Cope became Mrs Jenna Allen.

To be continued