Friday, 26 December 2014

Holidays & Transitions

So its been a while!  As I said in my last post, Mr A’s birthday was at the beginning of November and things always go a little crazy for us after this!  With all the present buying, wrapping, delivering, normal day to day stuff, work and this year added to all this I had my NEBOSH (Health & Safety) exam retake which hopefully I have passed.

We have also managed to fit in Adam and Holly’s beautiful wedding in Lincoln, don’t they make a lovely little family.

Some pre-Christmas visits with our awesome friends, going to see the last Hobbit film with my oldest friend J and putting the Christmas tree up.


These awesome bad boys are my new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles baubles, make by the fair hand of the wonderful Mr A.

We have had a great Christmas so far and have both received some fantastic presents.  Mr A got me some lovely presents including a cutting mat and rotary cutter for making my coat and quilts, and I think that I must have got a million wife points for Mr A’s present (tickets to the Mountain Biking World Cup at Fort William in Scotland).  My little Sister put me together a lovely sewing and quilting kit in a beautiful handy carry case and I got some amazing Hello Kitty shoes from my Mum and Dad, my niece the ‘Cheeky Monkey’ is going to be very jealous!

Boxing Day has mostly been a day of shopping, we are not normally ones to participate in the rush of the post-Christmas sales……but this year we have, not the clothes sales.  For us it was all about the house!!  We went to Sofaworks, where we were looked after by a very nice lady called Abby, and ordered our new sofas (eek!!).  These are the first sofas we have ever brought so it was a big deal for us, in the past we have been lucky enough to have been given sofas by people who are getting new ones.  It is also the most we have ever spent on anything excluding the house and ours cars!!  So it was a bit nerve racking, but we await the arrival of the new sofas sometime in early March with much anticipation!  But in the mean time we have Little Neal to make us smile J

Our other shopping exploits were a new washing machine (exciting I know!) as our old one decided that it had had enough just before Christmas.  We have the spare one that was left with the house, but to be honest that is starting to sound rough too, and with the sales it seemed too good an offer to miss.  The washing machine was from Currys and I have to say the service was a shocking contrast to Sofaworks.  We got told by a women (probably the supervisor) that everyone was busy and she would put our name on a list, funnily enough she didn’t seem that busy!  Then the man she sent over was useless and didn’t really seem to know much!  Anyway the machine was almost half price so we decided to go ahead and get it.  Although there was a lot of discussion over the colour, white, grey or black, the washer dryer (when we get it) will need to match and what size of drum to get.  In the end we decided on the Hotpoint 9kg, as it is a couple of models up from the one we had, and in grey.  Who would have thought it would be this hard to choose, when I was a kid I always thought just pick one they are all the same, oh how your view point changes when you are an adult!

Other Christmas purchases include a tassimo coffee maker and pods from Amazon, which will hopefully arrive soon as I can’t wait to try it and Mr A brought a new electro acoustic guitar.  Luckily he liked it as he may have pressed to far on the buy it now on ebay, but not to worry as it was the one he wanted anyway J

As the year is drawing to a close, it is making me rather reflective and in that I realise how much has happened and how far we have come this year….

We moved out of our first house together in April, which was exhausting, rushed and slightly emotional, as it our first home together, but it was also nice to be passing it on to a lovely couple who are where we were 7 years ago when we brought it.

Then in the August we moved into our Forever Home, and I still can’t quite believe that we are here and it is ours!

I’m also very grateful for the amazing family and friends that we have and the support that we have been given this year during the long journey that was the Council Planning Permission and also the time, blood, sweat and tears that were given to help us move, not once but twice!

This year we have also welcomed (only very very recently) a shiny new addition into our extended family (I must remember to add him to the family tree) and look forward to another addition to the family around the middle of next year, and then there are the two other new little people due next year to some of our friends J  It also seems to be the time for weddings and we have been invited to another two already for next year.  With those and the gigs that we have booked in, 2015 looks set to be a good year and also the year of the house renovation!

So I end with apologies for being so nostalgic but I did worn you that I was in a reflective mood!  I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season and that you have a fantastic New Year.

Thank you for reading my blog, now I just need to work on my New Year’s resolutions.

If there’s anybody out there, bye for now!

Netty J

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