OK, confession time.... I do not like Halloween and I really don't like dressing up. We didn’t do Halloween when I was little, it seems to be an adopted, imported event from elsewhere. It's not a holiday or a celebration. It's just an opportunity to fill kids with sweets ("candy"! Eugh!), pour more money down… Continue reading Halloween (boo humbug)
I do a monthly round up for everything we've read each month. Himself focuses on science articles and forums and news, so he's not getting a section - books only! Large boy The Creakers by Tom Fletcher Large boy is being concise again. He says it was good, same as any old Tom Fletcher. He… Continue reading October 2021 Reading
We're off to Edinburgh today for half term. As in, actually going on a holiday! Away! So, to make sure we all really enjoy this opportunity for adventures and fun, I'm going to just put the blog down for a week. Especially since I felt so good after doing that when we went to Whitby… Continue reading Taking an Autumn Break
The Brainstorms Award was created by Nabeeha Jameel over at Brainstorms. This award is basically for all those bloggers out there, new, or old, who do a lot of work to keep their blogs alive and an interest for other people!Brainstorms Rules Thank the person who nominated you.Tag your post with #BrainStormsAward and follow https://brainsstorms.wordpress.com/ if you’re… Continue reading Brainstorms Award
I think we've established by now that my only claim to any goddess-like levels of domesticity is my habit of making gin, jam, and chutney. Last year (2020) featured a ridiculous 6 gins but just one jelly. The year before (2019) I just did a couple of gins and three jams. This year, the focus… Continue reading Making stuff 19: gin and jam 2021
I'll be honest, not much has changed for me in terms of my reaction to Baby Loss Awareness week since last year. I'm not going to be active on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram talking about miscarriage and baby loss. All I want to say on social media is that I don't want to.... https://www.facebook.com/andsmellysocks/posts/406351987805420… Continue reading BLAW: What does coping look like?
So, earlier in the year I decided to take a little break from the blog while we went on holiday. It was lovely just enjoying some family time and not doing any promotion - either through Twitter threads or Facebook groups. When we came back I decided not to return to the way I'd been… Continue reading What happens when you blog less?
As I said a few weeks ago, we're hosting Christmas in 2021 - my parents are free to travel at last (after my Gran died in April, previous years they always stayed at home so that she could visit them for the day) and my brother and his wife have booked a room in a… Continue reading Christmas Prep: Roast Beef
I do a monthly round up for everything we've read each month. Himself focuses on science articles and forums and news, so he's not getting a section - books only! Large boy Large boy re-read a whole bunch of David Baddiel books this month so that he could do Accelerated Reader quizzes and got points… Continue reading September 2021 Reading