In a blink of the eye, February was gone. It really was; it is one of our most dreaded months and is slow moving. But it went by super quickly.
The weather has been wet, and bitterly cold; definitely nothing to be excited about. Thought Snow is expected, we’ll see.
February saw me and a friend on a regular afternoon out, minus the children. We went to a new to you sale; which I usually a success – purchasing pre-loved clothing at low cost; it is always so nice to get out and be people as well as being mums. There was also the majorette bingo, always lots of fun; we’re a really good team – can set up and put away within minutes. It is the best way to be.
February also is the month of Love, where we enjoy Valentine’s Day. I am not a huge fan, and shopping for it brings me triggers to the time I became poorly before Melody was born. I try and make the best of the day, my husband always knows how to spoil me – I am very lucky.
There’s a lovely project knocking around the UK, where you paint rocks and then hide them for people to find and then re-hide. Through the group I run – Little Daffodils we placed roughly 40 ish rocks around our local town. Not sure if they have been found, but the children loved hiding them.
February Half Term
It was a much awaited week off, we were hit with colds again, but we had reasonable weather – well enough to be able to leave the house. We met with friends several times; the littlest was sick one day so we were unable to meet with one lot of friends. We took a couple of trips to our local nature reserve; we hadn’t been for a while. It was lovely, as always.
Heading to the end of the half term we went to a local theme park – Crealy, they had a half price offer on, so took the chance and went, meeting with friends too. We all had a lovely time, chilly but fun. The children are desperate to go again.
The end of February saw our little girl’s birthday. I honestly thought the years would make it easier, but really it only makes it more obvious that we have a missing little girl, who should have been six.
I always found the run up difficult, and I have been lucky enough to have a supportive family and a friend from afar to keep me going through these weeks. We went out for two “celebratory” meals; we both worked too for the first time, we usually book it off – but for me, it helped to keep me focused and breathing.
I haven’t lost much this month, but more than I had imagined if I am honest – but a loss is a loss. I’ve still focusing on counting calories. I have upped the walking and have taken to just dancing it out. Exercise really does make you feel a little happier. It has been a little difficult for me to maintain anything this month with the above event – but I shouldn’t really excuse myself.
This month I have lost 2.4lb
I plan to work a lot harder through March, more exercise, less car.
I am still maintaining a vegetarian diet, which I am really pleased with, and really haven’t missed meat, with the calorie counting it does make me a lot more mindful about what I am putting in my mouth.
Favourite Vegetarian food: Quorn Garlic and Mushroom Escalope. Sweet Potato fries have become a firm favourite too.
Favourite Naughty Food: That would have to be the new Cadbury’s Mint Crisp Chocolate bar- so, naughty but so yummy.
Best Written work in February
Here are my most popular pieces.
Don’t Touch Me – Part of my Flash Fiction Series.
Then She Was Six over on the other blog I run, Melody and Me
My Cheerful list currently goes live each Sunday. And the Flash Fiction is still Friday, due to illness and unexpected extra work I have not been able to do as many as I had hoped, but I am working hard behind the scenes to get some ready.
The fiction is currently my favourite part of my website – it would seem others agree too, so thank you if you have been reading them.
I thought I would share some of my photos each month which do not feature any humans. Here are my favourites.
Have a good March!