Life update

It’s 2 weeks and 3 days since moving into my flat. I’m settling in still as I make appropriate changes.


My new curtains went up yesterday, slightly delayed than planned. This was due to the curtain pole above the larger window. The brackets had been bent round the rod, so the only way the curtains were coming down, were to be completely taken down. I ordered new brackets and re-used the curtain pole. So now the rod can come off the brackets, like it’s supposed to.
I was taken by surprise when my new curtains were up, just how it changed the feeling in the flat. (In a positive way.) They are a grey/silver colour, that are velvet.

My washer was connected by the plumber yesterday and after babysitting it today when it came to being on the rinse, I can safely say it will be fine to be left on its own. 😀 This was because when it was tried out while the plumber was there yesterday, it leaked on rinse. Everything was checked by myself and the plumber, so I felt reassured it wasn’t from the pipe at the back, or my washer. The issue could have been that there may have been a slight block in the waste pipe outlet, to cause that. It was obviously the case with not further leaks. After doing a first load, I adjusted the feet on one corner of the washer, as I noticed my washer was moving a fair amount, which surprised me, as it seemed stable. So I shall be observing what it’s like on the next wash when it comes to the spin.

Christmas will be coming early to some, as those that I post my presents to, will be on their way. I have done this so that I knew I had the money to post them, but also not to worry about reminding myself when to post them.

My Christmas tree will be up over the weekend. The unwanted furniture I am donating, is being collected by a charity tomorrow, so once that has happened, my dining table will be moved more away from my settee and nearer to the window on that side of the room, with my Christmas tree in the corner, or front of the window. (Not decided yet.)

Books and DVD’s

I’m enjoying reading, “The Book Thief,” by Markus Zusak. I’m near the end of it and so I should finish this by the weekend. I shall then start on, “Sea Change,” by Robert Goddard.

I am also getting back to where I left off with “Wentworth Prison” and “The Walking Dead.”
I bought “Wentworth Prison,” season 6 and “The Walking Dead,” season 8, on DVD’s. I have started on “Wentworth Prison” first.

One year today, since you are both gone.


One year today, in the afternoon, since you were both taken from our lives.

I will never forget the day I discovered you were both taken by a careless driver, as you walked home together with your shopping. Finding out the next day via media, my heart ripped apart.
As well as the careless driver to blame, the road is too, for not being marked properly in the direction the driver came, but also for speed limit known for that road, as it has been proven how that road should not be at that speed limit, because you will lose control of your car before reaching it.

The village have got together for you both. Fighting again, to bring the speed limit down and for clear markings, as well as other proposals. As well as the village, I am waiting and I will be proactive also, to see the road speed reduced. I won’t stop until I see it 30mph. It won’t bring you both back, but it means no one else has to go through losing loved ones on that road, like we did.

You may be gone, but you are not forgotten.

Christmas for me, will be like any other year, before you were both taken, which is nothing special, than just relaxing. But Christmas this year for me will be different, as I will be living in Mansfield before then. So when I put up my Christmas tree this year, it will be for you two and to mark a new year for me of further positive changes to come and what ever else it may bring.

RIP Sandra and Michael xxx

“What do you want for Christmas?”

I know, I know, I am discussing Christmas before even the decorations appear in the shop. I feel for you, I do. I am also one that cusses when the Christmas decorations appear in the shop before Halloween has even happened. But you know what? shops are not the earliest people to prepare, because I am and maybe I will discover there are readers too.

I start getting the odd Christmas present early in the year, so that getting one here and there instead of all in one go, means hopefully, I should not feel it in my pocket. I also beat the Christmas rush that everyone else likes to do. But this year has been a little delay in parts with what has happened in my life, so I have been a little panicky about whether I will do it. I think I will though, but that is least of my worries, with the distraction I will have in October.

Also, my mum is always be on the ball, July time, asking me, “What do you want for Christmas?” and I have to say my eyes roll, because I dread this question sometimes, because I am someone who feels they have what they want. I can’t always think what I want.

But after some thought these last two months, I know I don’t want to own things that will cause clutter, this is things like ornaments, picture frames, other nik naks.
But if it’s something I can use, like for example, perfume, clothing, decaf tea, flavoured teas I have been trying, decaf coffee, biscuits, notebooks, A4 paper, pens, pencil crayons, these simple things will keep me happy.
I remembered last year when a friend appreciated his coffee and tea at Christmas and it got me thinking that yes, I would be happy with that. It’s getting used. It’s a simple idea for a person who has everything they feel they need.

Are you like me when it comes to Christmas? Are you realising that simple things we use would be fine at Christmas? Any other comments, do share.



I re-blog this post from Summer Starts To Shine. This post is ideal for you to read, if you are one of those not looking forward to Christmas.

If you are a follower of Summer Starts To Shine, then you will know why Christmas is not a good time for her and if you are not, then I strongly recommend that you follow her for inspiration and learning.

If you have been reading my blog posts, you will know why Christmas is not going to be particular good for me this year. This year, I am learning to break out of the norm and do what is right for me, something which Summer mentions in her post.

Everyone who is not looking forward to Christmas will each have their own reason and if you know someone who feels that way, then please respect what ever wishes they may have through this difficult time of the year.

Now please pop on over and visit Summer’s helpful post and leave her a comment and sign up to her blog while you are there, if you are not already following.

This post is not for the cheerful types who love Christmas, and everything about it. This is for those of you who are like me, and find chistmas hard. I am already beginning to go downhill as Christmas approaches. I can feel myself being sucked down into the Christmas vortex. Difficult memories of christmasses past, […]