Yesterday we went to a coach trip to Brighton and really enjoyed it. Temperatures were high and reached around 90F so we stopped off at various places and had drinks and bought bottle of water. A nice healthy lunch was rounded off by frozen Greek Yogurt with honey for me as most of the desserts had chocolate in them and I can not eat the stuff.
This is Colin my DH outside the Brighton Pavilion
This is my photo of the fountain in the gardens as you walk to the seafront it is beautiful.
My photos of the flower beds around the fountain
These are buildings overlooking the gardens
The whole day was really enjoyable and we walked miles, so we were exhausted by the time we headed back to the coach to go home.
I have made a blog about our day out and added some history of Brighton and pictures of where we went and what we did.
I have always disliked clutter even as a girl I was always tidying things up and getting stuff organised.
My Dad would say' Paula's in tidy mode again, I can't find a thing'
Now my Husband says 'Oh no not tidy head again, it will take me ages to find stuff around here'
That untidy table has to be sorted out before I go potty.
All those bits and pieces that need putting away or throwing out
Oh trust me I am not a tidy freak I just can't stand clutter I like to know where things are and have space rather than hoarding stuff that is of no use to me.
So one room at a time, one draw at a time and one cupboard at a time my home will be clutter free.
I have dishes that I will never use in kitchen cupboards along with cooking utensils and even pans that are tucked away. I used to use them when family came round but as that is not going to happen I may as well give them to a charity shop and let someone else use them.
Clothes that no longer fit need clearing out why hand onto them I am not going to wear them again.
Books that are taking up space many of which I will never read again or if they are recipe books I can pass them on as they are sitting there unused.
Art and craft stuff that is never going to used. I kept some of it as I thought I could use it later on with my Grandson but that is not happening, so I will clear it out and use the space for other things.
The linen cupboard needs a good tidy up it is amazing how stuff gets stuffed into a cupboard and forgotten about.
The list could on and it is sometimes a question of where to start.
For me it is always the Kitchen as I work in there the most.
So a good old fashioned clear out and declutter is under way, 30 days to get the place clutter free.
So the challenge is on, time to get the place organised and back to normality or what passes for it here.
This humid weather we are having and then the rather hot and humid days are causing havoc with everything.
For one this the bus service is up the creak without a paddle as buses are breaking down due to being over heated. So if you have an appointment to get to you have to plan a head and get a really early bus just in case the one you want does not turn up.
Another bus bites the dust
Three buses were taken off today so I had a rather long wait to get the shopping done. I had planned to do it tomorrow but as it was bit cooler this morning I did it today instead. Just as well with what happened this afternoon.
On a personal note the heat and humidity has made things difficult for me as my dizzy spells have kicked in a treat. So much so that I am tempering the exercise for a while as getting hot during my exercisers means I end up dizzy. Am I drinking water during exercising? You bet I am but it makes little difference.
Then we have wonderful neighbours across the road who decided that it a was a good idea to have drinks in their garden that faces ours during the late evening.
That was fine it was their conversation that was the problem we could hear every thing as they were far from quite.
By 2am I got up and made a drink for myself and DH and we read for a while hoping they would eventually be quite. By 3am they had decided to call it a night and went inside. Hurray peace at last and we could get to sleep.
So a very disturbed night again thanks to other people, as if it is not bad enough being humid at night we get twits deciding to hold conversations outside that everyone can hear.
Other people are moaning about it as well as they too were kept awake by them being so loud. Say something to them? No thanks I rather like breathing, they are not the sort of people to mess with if you know what I mean.
Then this afternoon my plans for tomorrow were shattered as my Sister-in-Law has to go into hospital for a minor Gynae procedure but needs someone with her.
My Brother cannot go as he had agreed to do an extra shift tomorrow and cannot get out of it.
The procedure was planned for today but the surgeon was not available so she was asked to go in tomorrow at short notice.
If she does not go tomorrow she will be put at the bottom of the list and will have to wait months to get it done.
She was in a real flap as she wants this out of the way and did not want to put it off.
So Paula to the rescue, I don't mind as it is important and needs doing, so I have put things on hold and changed things around. Just as well I did the shopping this morning.
So tomorrow I will be in the hospital most of the day, a book will be needed as I sit and wait for my Sister -in-Law and some water as well. It is always far too warm in the hospital and I will melt without some water to drink.
So please tonight I want it a bit cooler and if possible some rain to keep the twits over the road inside so I can get some sleep.
Wish me luck.
I joined in the July Stash Buster Challenge and decided to knit myself a cardigan but with a difference. It was knitted in one piece and knitted sideways.
I have never done anything like this before and it was a real challenge as I had to place markers on the needle, use short rows and graft in the stitches on the sleeves.
All new to me so I was learning new things as I went along.
It needs to be blocked and buttons sewn on but I did it and have learnt how to do new things as well. The grafting of the stitches was something I was dreading but after looking up how to do it on Youtube, as the written instructions may as well been in hieroglyphics, I soon found it was not as difficult as I had thought.
So now I have a new cardigan that I can wear and have learnt new techniques that open up a lot more patterns for me that I was put off trying before.
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Not me I love learning new things and have proved I can do things I have done before.
I get caught up in the home and caring for DH and forget that I too need time to do things I love.
So I have taken some time out of the day to pursue my creativity by embellishing my journals.
Listen to music
Read a book
Relax in the garden
What ever it is make sure you are going to be interrupted so no phone calls, no one asking where is this or that no TV blaring in the back ground, unless you have decided to watch a film you like as your me time.
I have had to take the time for me so that I can cope with everything else. Yes I knit each day but that is not always me time. The time I set aside for me is for something I love to do just for myself. So I am making time to be creative as I have neglected that side of things and I miss it.
Listening to music I love at a sound level I like or reading a book in the garden is something I love so I am taking time out to do just that.
It is not selfish it is important to do something for yourself it has taken me years to learn this and finally I get it.