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February Favourites.

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.

 

Different Things

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.

 

#ChardRocks

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.

 

Melody’s Birthday

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.

 

February Weigh-In

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.

Being Vegetarian

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.

Not Just For Girls. Boys Can’t Dance.

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.

 

Photography

I thought I would share some of my photos each month which do not feature any humans. Here are my favourites.

 

Chard Reservoir

 

Moon, taken in Chard

 

Have a good March!

My Cheerful List

My Cheerful List #26. Snow.

Welcome back to My Cheerful Post. A place to share cheerful moments which have made us smile during the week. In times where it seems impossible, it can be helpful to find something, no matter how small that moment is. Here is week 26.

 

An Un-Birthday

This week we reached Melody’s 6th birthday. It really never seems to get any easier thinking, or celebrating a birthday without the child who didn’t make it to her first. But it wouldn’t feel right not doing something, not remembering our sweet little girl. If you don’t follow my other blog, here is her Sixth Birthday.

We always try and so something for her, this year has been no different – well a little, it was quieter less company – but it was lovely. On her actual birthday, we went to Wetherspoons, with my in-laws, but without my older two children. We had a second un-birthday meal a couple days later at our local café; it was lovely.

We both worked on her birthday for the first time, for me it helped to keep me grounded; I had a few tears a few days before –  the lead up to her days are usually the worst for me. But I was lucky enough to have a friend from afar hold my hand when I could barely see through the tears; of course our family unit.

 

 

Wednesday Outing

The weather has meant that once again meeting with a friend was an indoor event, miserable and bitterly cold. We didn’t want to venture too far; so made the decision to pop to our local farm shop for a spot of breakfast. It is always nice to get the children together.

 

Snow

We finally have a day or so of snow. For the first time since 2013 we have had snow which has settled, the children were excited but were soon wanting the warmth of the house. The school was open for half day on the first day, where we ventured out walked there, the youngest two weren’t overly impressed. My eldest daughter’s school was closed so we went into town and had hot chocolate and paninis whilst we waited for the primary school to close. It was lovely.

Hours after we reached home, the blizzard set in, and we were put on Red Alert weather warning. The children did end up playing in the garden, but only for a short while.

Friday morning we woke to layers of thick ice on top of the snow, making the ground impossible to walk on – leaving us with a day at home, all of us.

 

 

 I hope you have had a good week and managed to keep safe and warm.