A glimmer of hope


We have been having a tough time. Suddenly, we have a tiny glimmer that we hope might turn into a big shining light. I can’t say much as I am so scared of tempting fate.  It may yet come to nothing. Suffice to say, if the glimmer is more than that, our lives will change … Continue reading

What are my reasons to be cheerful this week?


The week has been challenging. When I realised my husband had interviews across the United Kingdom every day this week, I knew that would mean lots of travel expenses and probably an inevitable overnight stay or two. I also knew that it would make us feel we might be OK when actually he might not … Continue reading

Why won’t I wear a poppy this year?


Why do I feel so bad about poppies this year?  Why will I not wear one and why does that bother me so much? I was brought up to respect veterans and current service people.  My grandfather was at Gallipoli and had his leg shattered in World War One.  My own father served in the … Continue reading

How do I mark my adoption day?


43 years ago today, Mum and Dad set out to meet their new daughter. I blogged about our special day here. I still want the day to be special – remember, remember 5th November.  I think at least one of my children thinks we say that purely because it is the anniversary of me coming … Continue reading

I need to remember ..


Last week, I wrote about a post about how I am struggling with our current situation with my OH needing to find a new job after being made redundant by the Royal British Legion. I then had a bit of an emotional meltdown on Friday night when the car broke down. Just what we did … Continue reading

Pumpkin soup – Halloween recipe


Serves: 10-12 Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 24 minutes Ingredients 2-3 tbsps of olive oil 2kgs pumpkin, peeled and chopped into approx 2.5cm chunks 1.2ltrs fresh carrot juice or water 2 Knorr Vegetable Stock Pots 50g finely grated Parmesan cheese 100ml double cream Black pepper Serve with: Freshly grated Parmesan to sprinkle over the … Continue reading

Struggling a bit


I am struggling a bit. Daily life consists now of me trawling job sites and helping my husband with application forms. It gets tedious especially with no job in sight yet. You can’t take a day off from it because it is sod’s law that will be the day that the right job appears somewhere. … Continue reading

Halloween the affordable and easy way.


Trick or treat? Here is the trick to having Halloween treats for your children on a budget. We visited Poundland and it is an amazing one-stop shop for all your Halloween must-haves. Even better, it is so easy to work out what you are spending with everything costing just one pound. My children loved buying … Continue reading