Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #195

{Frosty wanders to work are a little bit of bliss}
Do you know i'm still not used to the shorter days and longer nights and how many weeks has it been...?!  This week has so far been about catching moments of light and bright in whatever capacity i can {is it too soon for fairylights?}, eating crispy kale and sprouts at every given opportunity and of taking hot and steamy eucalyptus-infused showers.  It's also been one of those seven day stints at work and this week i'm left feeling a little bit worse for wear and like i should take care of myself a little bit more this week.  I'm off today {It's Tuesday evening as i write this for tomorrow} and Wednesday this week and i'm working the late night shift on Thursday.  Today has been for hurrying and scurrying and tidying up the whirlwind of the last seven days and tomorrow is for being lazy and also for taking a bit more care of myself.  


Even though it has been a whirlwind start to the week; i'm happy to report i've still had time to count the best bits...


1.  Time.  It's precious that stuff i tell you and it's something i am forever short of; constantly chasing and generally complaining that i lose it on a regular basis! It's an overwhelming battle that i imagine i'm not the only one who faces and one of my big, big 'things' for 2018 - hells bells i've already gone there - {i say 'things' as a lose term because i don't like to call them resolutions} is to try my hardest to rekindle that 'me' and 'time' balance.  I'm convinced it's part of the reason i get myself in such a 'tizz' and a 'flap' on a regular.  Where was i?!  YES! Time lately is getting less and less and so i'm trying my hardest to really treasure those odd moments of delicious silence.  Gone are my walk to walk 'stompy full of bass and gutsiness' playlists and walk home 'thought-provoking' podcasts.  Not forever and not for always i'm sure.  But lately has felt so busy and overwhelming that i'm dedicating any quiet time to nothing but utter silenceI try and think about nothing at all except putting one foot {or pedal!} infront of the other and breathing in.....and oooooout.  And it's been really helping.


2.  Time spent all alone.  I'm just one of those people who needs a little time away from it all - even from those i love - from time to time.  I used to feel guilty about it, that i should be spending every second of when i was at home with the Mr with him:  talking, being and spending my time.  But as much as i love sharing my forever with him, i also love my own space.  Even if that's my walk to and from work and my hour in the evening having a bath or a shower with some candles, my favourite music and just me.  It's a time i treasure and have really started to appreciate lately.  


3.  Walks in the rain. Something i highly advocate.  So long as you've nowhere to be and no-one you don't mind seeing you soggy and disheveled!!  'Lately's' weather has been so un-predictable and changeable beyond belief!   So walks in the rain have often been not so much of choice but simply also a 'getter' from A to B.  There's something about being bundled up under a floral umbrella though:  jeans tucked into boots and chin nestled into a colourful blanket scarf and wandering and noticing how different everything looks and smells in the rain.  And the smell?  Well that's the very best bit:  All smoky, damp and heavy with wet green grass and sodden leaves.  It's not quite as delicious as filling your little lungs with a frosty morning BUT you've got to take your pleasures where you can find them haven't you?!


4.  Candles in the morning.  Come this time of year you've got to get your light and your 'sunshine'  fix when and wherever you can.  My grey mornings have been cured not only by tea, sheepskin slippers and a bowl of porridge as big as my head but also by lighting a couple of candles as i get ready too.  I can't bring myself to put on a big light, much preferring a softer lamp light and a couple of candles instead.  I feel like starting my day much more softly and gently is also working wonders in curbing that pre-present panic that's churning away in my little tummy!


5.  Turmeric and split pea hummus.  It's just my favourite lately.  Spread generously on toasted rye bread with as many toasted seeds as i can balance on top  or even spread into the ridge right along a celery stick and with crumbled walnuts and feta on top of that:  I actually think it would go on anything and everything.  Not as harsh and garlicky as some hummus:  All warming, mellow and beautifully yellow.  It's another kind of 'sunshine' i've been welcoming into every corner of lately. 


6.  Wreath planning.  If it's ONE THING i am going to achieve this year it's making some kind of wreath for our front door this Christmas.  It was our first Christmas in our new place last year and i swore that there was no way we could have a red front door without a wreath and yet somehow time got the very better of me and then i couldn't find any anywhere that i liked and i admitted defeat and hung white paper chains and clear fairylights everywhere instead.  This year will be the year of the wreath and the fairylights I'm sure of it!


7.  Layers.  I've never been one for the skimpy and the strappy and so this time of year:  damp, icy or otherwise, is absolutely my jam.  Lately has been all about tucking things in, layering things up and feeling as cosy as can be! Is there anything better?!?  I've also made a sneaky new coat purchase in form of a rusty rose pink teddy bear woollen coat and i am GIDDY AS A KIPPER for it to arrive!!!  


8.   Lemon in warm water.  I'm not going to lie, it'll come as no real surprise to you that my natural instinct is to reach for a mug of hot Lady Grey tea first thing in the morning.  But i got into lemon water in the summer first thing in the morning when i'd have it piled high in a tumbler of ice and torn up mint leaves and it left me feeling all zingy and refreshed.  Lately i've been getting back into it, cold-weather style!  I add the juice of half a lemon to warm water, along with finely grated ginger and a swirl of raw runny honey and it's DELICIOUS.  It also seems to be helping keep those pesky cold and flu bugs at bay too.....


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And with a whizz and a whoosh that's another list of stopping, counting and being grateful for the littlest moments of lovely.  Make sure you hop, skip and jump right on over to  Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's blogs because if there's one thing that 'Lately' needs more than anything, it's all the list of happy that it can manage.  Somebody once said there's no such thing as too much of a good thing and do you know what?  They were definitely onto something there......


Sending so much love!   

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #194


{Fairylights = cosiness}
I'm writing to you this week feeling as if i'm definitely not winning the 'let's NOT get a cold this winter' battle that i seem to get into with myself each year.  My little self feels as if it's throwing all of it's little soldiers at it that it can do, and as a result i'm feeling well and truly cream crackered this week.  I had a long weekend of Friday to Monday this weekend just past and promptly ran out of my usual vitamin cocktail on Friday morning and knew i wouldn't be able to get hold of them until Tuesday at the earliest and so have spent the weekend adding ginger and honey to my morning warm lemon water, guzzling Elderberry and Echinacea tea by the gallon and eating satsumas and clementines until they're coming out of my ears!  Cross everything that i manage to fight off the nastiness because i am definitely far too busy to be ill right now!


But enough, enough of the grizzly and grim because that is NOT what this little post is about at all.  Plus, it's actually not a bad thing to be eating as much citrus as you can manage and drinking as much herbal tea and normal tea either {especially if there's a couple of buttery sultana cookies with my name on here and there too}.  PLUS i have a flowery mug full of the good stuff AND Adele up loud as we speak to keep me company whilst we talk happy.....


1.  Coffee eclairs. I know who am i?!  And not even coffee eclair flavoured hummus or some strangely concocted breakfast porridge flavour either!  Sunday last weekend called for a hearty slow cooked pork casserole and most definitely some kind of dessert due to my under the weather state!  I picked up some coffee flavoured chocolate cream eclairs spread thickly with sticky coffee fondant and dotted with dark chocolate coffee beans and stuffed generously with coffee flavoured creme patisserie.  I don't think i've ever written the word 'coffee' so many times on this little corner.  That just shows you how good they were and tells you how very sad i was when mine ended.....


2.  Breakfast dates.  I had a dental appointment very first thing on Monday morning which meant we were up and out of the house for 8am on a day that we really didn't have to be.  My dentist is a twenty minute drive away and so as a great big thank you to the Mr for driving me meaning that i didn't have to cycle in the iciest weather or get a bus, i said i'd buy him breakfast afterwards.  If you know me you'll know how much i love breakfast.  Me offering to buy or make you breakfast is a sign i like you a lot.  We had the most LOVELY time and ended up quite by accident going to the place where we had our very first date almost SIX years ago!!!  How time flies.  Toasted bagels with mounds of soft fluffy and whipped cream cheese and bottom-less tea were just the ticket.  Breakfast dates might actually be my new favourite thing.  It means there's every chance i'll be in my pyjamas by 9pm too.  It's win win if you ask me!


3.  Harissa.  You know when you've never really eaten something before and then all of a sudden you buy it and then it's so good and so you put it in everything in celebration?!?  Well that was me this week with this dream of an ingredient.  Google tells me it's a Tunisian paste crammed with spices such as carraway, chilli, rose and garlic but i shall tell you NOW that it is HEAVEN.  We first bought it to make lamb koftas a week or so ago and loved the flavour so much that we've been squirrelling it into everything:  Greek yoghurt with pitta bread; through a homemade spicy baked beans concoction; into a last minute 'there's nothing to eat' sort of emergency supper when only a quick-quick Shakshuka will do and i'm even thinking i might whack a little bit in our quinoa spaghetti bolognese supper this week too.  Try it, please try it.


4.  Frosty mornings.  Those that are {mostly} on the right side of the glass because on Monday mornings' early -2 degrees escapade i got so cold that it took me hours to thaw out!  But sunrise dancing upon little tiny ice crystals and pretty blankets of white...?  Give me all of that.  But you know for maybe an hour tops.  Or risk fuelling me with endless tea for hours afterwards.....



5.  Sundays.  It's taken for me to get a little bit older to really and truly appreciate the joy of a Sunday and even of the magic that comes from allowing yourself to move slower and to simply be and to not feel one jot of guilt for it.  Whether i'm lucky enough to be off on a Saturday and Sunday {#retail} or just a Sunday on it's own, turns out however it comes to be it really is to be treasured and loved and relished:  Waking slower and to your own body clock; dilly-dallying over a luxurious breakfast of your favourite things; a long walk in the great and green and filling your lungs with all of the fresh air and then a hearty supper of something warm and rich followed by a hot bath and clean sheets.  That's pretty much a Golden Sunday as far as i'm concerned.....


6.  Lipbalm.  'Cos heavens this gal is suffering from dry lips this year!  Maybe it's all of that 'whishing' and 'whooshing' from here to there on two wheels or gulping in too much fresh air {disclaimer:  pretty sure there's no such thing to be honest} on 'quick-marches' to and from work.  Either way give me ALL of the lip balm-y recommendations please!  You also get extra points for any natural ones!  I'm mostly loving/applying every thirty seconds Dr Lipp Lip and Nipple balm {don't laugh - this stuff the biz}, Lush Cosmetics Ultrabland Cleanser rubbed around my mouth as a cleanser-come-balm-y superhero and not as harsh as some cleansers aaaand Lucas Paw Paw lip balm which is equally the bees knees.  But you know there's always room for more....



7.  Slippers + cardigans = my usual every day at home 'uniform.'  I feel there's no other explanation required.  It's chilly.  Cosiness is more than key for ultimate cold weather happiness. I've actually found myself looking forward to getting changed when i get in as i start my 25 minute walk home from work.....Loser?  ME?!?  Nooooo....
8.   Toast and marmalade.  Which may or may not have been inspired by a certain blue duffle-coated bear you might have heard of..... the heart wants what the heart wants and it's been so long since i have had toast and marmalade!!  It was just as good as i remember and tasted even better when i remembered we'd been given a jar of Christmas marmalade last Christmas and had clean forgotten all about it!!!  Something tells me it won't be the last toast and marmalade-shaped snack i'll be crunchin'....

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And we're all done and dusted!  I feel like this is a good list.  I mean i think they're all good lists but this one, well i'm just nodding my way all of the way down my own list soooo....I JOKE!!  What is making your week marvelous?!  Come on and share!  I love to read what it is that brings you joy and happiness best of all.  Feel free to give me a nudge on Twitter or Instagram {as always i'm @sallytangle} or drop a sweet comment below. Whilst we're here, bob right on over to  Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's blogs because they too write their very own #wonderfulwednesday lists and nothing is better come this time of year than curling up cosily with a cup of something hot and reading happy lists.  Sort of makes you grateful for the small and reminds you that 'things' don't have to be great and huge to mean millions, somehow?!  


I'm off before things get far too deep and philosophical.... 


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