I can't believe that it is the last week of 2017 and what a year. This blog all started last new year when I decided to start a new project and decided that I would write a little blog every day. This was only a years project and I had no intention of carrying on after this year.
Well that's not happening is it? I can't give up now because I've really enjoyed it. I started off not really knowing what form it was going to take and what kind of things I wanted to write about. It started of as a general every day post but then by April I divided the posts in to a week with different themed names around my favourite topics. I've surprised myself my committing fully to it and have never missed a day. Even going away on holiday back in April didn't stop me. I learnt how to schedule posts so that they were all complete before I went. Fancy eh?
I'm no professional writer and I'm not even going to apologise for any bad grammar or spelling mistakes. This is me, I'm not writing for any other reason than for pleasure and you take me as you find me, duff spellings missing comas and all. What I have realised is that it has given focus, it's made me realise about the world around me and that you can always find something to write about. I've even written about not being about to think of anything to write so there you go, no excuses.
It's been great for positive thinking and mental health, I truly believe by writing this blog I have healed slightly in my mind, not the there was anything bad going on but I have had a few years where I've not known really where I'm going in life but now I am feeling happy and really positive about the future. I think writing helps you get some issues off ones chest, not that I wanted this to be a place to rant but I have let off steam when I felt the need. I've been able to share information about Autism and products which I've bought, I hope this has helped in some aspects. Also I've been to so many tearooms and cafe's I'm beginning to become a piece of the furniture at some places.
I vow to carry on for another year, a sucker for punishment but I think I'd feel lost without it now especially as 'Make a Brew Sue' and 'Sue from the Brew' have become household phrases within my family, I could start my own merchandise, there ya see you were wondering what to buy everyone next Christmas.
If you've read my posts I hope you've enjoyed them, I hope I've helped you a little and made you giggle. I would like to thank you very much and say please keep coming along for the ride. I may get a bit daring and introduce some vlogs next year, that's video posts and I hope to get around to more places and review a lot more events and products. We'll see.
Goodbye to the last Whatever Wednesday for this year and come back for the final Verse for Thursday of 2017 tomorrow.
Right there are two things wrong with the picture above, firstly I purchased a double whammy pack of custard creams from Aldi which I regularly do as they are a favourite with my son. As he grabbed a couple from the tin we noticed that one of the biscuits have been put on the wrong way around. Have you any idea in a house of Autism how disturbing that is?
Was the custard cream maker a bit hungover when putting these together or did they do it on purpose because they were just sick of them looking so neat and well, correct. It's not sitting well as the biscuit doesn't feel right when handling and I need to see 'custard cream' written on both sides, it's scandalous, I have never experienced such faulty biscuit trauma before. I mean yes I have bought the boxes of broken biscuits but that's different. I do think if they had been spotted at custard cream quality control that's where they would have ended up, in broken biscuit land.
I think we'll cope and they have nearly been eaten, so there's definitely nothing wrong with the taste so that's ok, phew!!.
The other thing this picture shows is glitter in food, who the heck thinks is right to put glitter in me food??? Now I am not a fan of glitter at all. I don't like it on Christmas cards, I'm glad that my boys are older and we no longer have to stick it on a creative project and as a florist I have to bite my tongue if someone suggests glitter on flowers. I will provide them because the customer comes first but I don't enjoy it anywhere near me.
It's bad enough that it gets everywhere on the outside of my body and all around the house let alone it coating my insides. I'm just thinking if I died mysteriously after a three course glittery starter, followed by a roast glitter dinner and glittery profiteroles. Can you imagine what would happen during my autopsy? They would open me up and feel not sure whether to investigate my death or get streamers, balloons and have a party. I'm waiting for that to pop up in the next series of Silent Witness.
I've just seen footage of glitter gravy being poured on a dinner and it's not right! It could be quite amusing on the way out though. One's poo would be sparkling wouldn't it? Instead of a fart you could be mistaken for a firework display, the thought of entertainment from a digestive system full of glitter is amusing and the possibilities are endless.
When glitter ended up in food and the toilet it was usually because kids had half a ton of it still on their hands at a party while reaching for a bowl of Wotsits at the buffet, it was classed as a misfortune or accidental, not deliberate. Well maybe it's the season, I know tinsel was making a comeback but this is going well too far.
Let me know how you feel about glitter in your food, there's bound to be those who think it's great and and good on you for embracing the party in your tummy but it's just not for me. To the custard cream factory, I can just cope with the biscuits being the wrong way round but please do not even think about blinging the custard up in between them. 'Pimp my Biscuit', oh the mind boggles!!!
Thanks for reading today, hope you've had a giggle, I certainly have. Please come back again tomorrow for my Verse for Thursday.
Take care for now.
Wow I can't quite believe it, my youngest is looking at going to college next year. Where did all these years go? It doesn't seem long since he was starting school for the first time and now he's all grown up and ready for big college.
I am such a mum, I try so hard not to wrap him and his brother in cotton wool and over protect them but it's so hard, the hardest thing ever. I have to remember that I have to stand back and let the youngest go, let him fly. He does lack a bit of confidence and tends to require that back up from me as a parent but he will get more confident as he goes on I know that.
I remember when he started secondary school at twelve years old and thought how small he looked against all the year elevens but now he is a year eleven, a tall fifteen year old, taller than me. They have to grow up, and it's a whole new education when they start to become these adults in training.
You want to do everything for them, it's so difficult to hold back from jumping in. It takes me back to the times when he made that break from one point to another on his little wobbly legs and we applauded in excitement just before bouncing back on his bottom. It's that moment you teach them to ride a bike and let go to see them peddling away and balancing at last. It's the moment you teach them to swim and let go as they stay afloat and glide through the water.
Tonight I sat at my sons interview for a place at college and although he wanted me to accompany him I had to say no and encourage him to go it alone, he was going to be fine and take the next step alone but it always leaves you wandering whether you did the right thing. I did and he forgave me for deserting him which is what I thought I had done. He succeeded too in getting a place and now I feel so proud.
I know I probably sound like a big softy but these boys mean the world to me which I'm sure some of you understand. I'm not going to apologise for over loving or over caring because that's who I am with anyone I care deeply about. I want the best for my family and friends and see them all happy. As a parent I am always learning, even now, this teenager thing is a totally different stage altogether but I think I'm doing ok so far. I don't always get things right and most of the time I don't know what the heck I'm doing but I'm doing the best I can do, that's what I tell my boys, just try your best. My mum said that to me and it seemed good advice.
I sat with a lot of other parents this evening and we were all probably thinking the same thing.......will they be ok? Will they get a place? I realised I wasn't alone and that's always comforting. I stopped thinking I'd sent my lad into the depths of hell where the devil was going to eat him up and instead felt a nice glow of seeing him proud of his own achievement. Next step - exams!!!
Thanks for reading today and I do hope you pop by again tomorrow for my Verse for Thursday. For now though.......
Oh I love a gadget me so I thought I'd give one of these smart plugs a try. Now there are a few on the market but I went for this one by TP Link. It's so nifty, you can control it remotely with your smart phone or connect it up with Alexa or Google Assistant.
I'm so easily pleased, I thought it would be good while the Christmas Tree Lights are on at the moment and I'm so amused that I can say 'Alexa, turn ON the Christmas tree lights' or Alexa, turn OFF the Christmas tree lights'. I know! I need to get out more but then if I do go out I can set my tree lights to turn on when I'm out. You can set a schedule so they automatically turn on and off when you like.
Yes I do realise it is so easy to cope without this and turn an appliance on at the plug when needed but where's the fun in that? When Christmas is over I may use it with a lamp but you can basically use it with any appliance such as a heater or maybe a fan in the summer. It can give peace of mind at those times when you think you've left your hair straighteners on or the iron when rushing out, well you can check it on your phone and turn it off.
It connects to your own wifi easily and its really simple to set it up with Amazon's Alexa, you just have to make sure the you have the correct name of the device set up in the app. It's no good shouting at Alexa to switch your 'lamp' on if your device is called 'smart plug' on the apps. I did have a little issue when it didn't work at first then had a 'light bulb' moment (see what I did there?) and all is fine.
So give it a go if you like your gadgets and gizmos, I will include a link (affiliated) below to Amazon where I purchased this one from but let me know if you have one and if you like it.
Please join me tomorrow for my Verse for Thursday but for now......take care.
What to Buy Wednesday
From January 2018 I've decided to shake Wednesdays up and review products that I have purchased so we go from random thoughts to important retail therapy for the new year.