What makes you happy?

What are 5 everyday things that bring you happiness?

“What are five everyday things that bring you happiness? Here is my personal list.”

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  1. Listening to music.
  2. Getting up in the morning to discover that the sun is shining.
  3. Reading a good book.
  4. Spending time gardening.
  5. Chatting with friends.
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Ideas for leftover Easter Chocolate.

Ok, so some of us (I am usually one of them) will have leftover chocolate after Easter, so I thought I’d try and come up with some suggestions of how it can be used up in other ways.

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  • Melted over biscuits or cakes.
  • To make hot chocolate with.
  • Chocolate bark.
  • A homemade chocolate sauce to pour over puddings.
  • Chocolate Fondue – dip fruit/berries in it.
  • You can even freeze chocolate – make sure you do so carefully, but yes you can.

Here are some websites with chocolate themed recipes if you are still unsure.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/leftover-chocolate-recipes

https://www.jamieoliver.com/features/ways-to-use-up-leftover-chocolate/

https://www.bakingnook.com/creative-things-to-do-with-leftover-melted-chocolate/

chocolate eggs
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Feel Good Movies – My List.

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“Here are my top 15 feel-good movies to watch. What’s your favourite feel-good film? As we all know, movies have the power to uplift our spirits and leave us feeling happy and content. Whether you’re in need of a pick-me-up or simply looking for a heart-warming story, these films are sure to do the trick.

From classic comedies to heart-warming dramas, this list has something for everyone. So, grab some popcorn, get cosy, and let’s dive into the world of feel-good cinema. And don’t forget to share your own personal favourites with me!”

  1. MATILDA 
  2. YES DAY
  3. THE PRINCESS DIARIES 
  4. SISTER ACT 
  5. CHESTNUT
  6. MAMMA MIA! 
  7. HIDDEN FIGURES
  8. LEGALLY BLONDE
  9. WILD CHILD
  10. MRS. DOUBTFIRE 
  11. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
  12. MONTE CARLO
  13. EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE
  14. THE SOUND OF MUSIC
  15. THE SCHOOL OF ROCK
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My favourite sausage rolls.

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Loads of places sell sausage rolls, or you can even make your own.

I have to admit my favourite, eat out sausage rolls are from Greggs.

If I am buying to eat later then it’s the mini ones that Tesco sell.

Yes, I have made them in the past, but prefer these and they aren’t something I eat very often so they are a treat.

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The Silver Lining: How Covid Forced Us to Adapt and Improve

Daily writing prompt
How have you adapted to the changes brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic?

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a significant change in our lives. We have had to adapt to new norms such as wearing masks, social distancing, and limiting our activities including work, family, and education. While everyone has their own thoughts on the matter, I would like to share my personal experience and how it has affected me.

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As a volunteer, I was disheartened when the organisation I worked with had to close its doors due to the pandemic. However, I quickly adjusted to the new normal.

The teenager had the new experience of online learning, and people found ways to break up the monotony of day-to-day life. Although we couldn’t go out to eat, we supported local food businesses by ordering deliveries, which were a real treat.

Wearing a mask was not a big issue for me, but it did pose a challenge when communicating with others as I am deaf and rely on lip-reading. Despite this, I remained positive and grateful for the essential workers who continued to serve the nation during this time. From NHS staff to teachers, carers, shop staff, and refuse collectors, they all deserve our heartfelt thanks.

One wonderful thing to come out of it, is that I do feel that despite people having to keep social distancing and not being able to spend time together in person, this experience has brought communities closer together, and I hope this will be a positive lasting legacy of the pandemic.

The pandemic also made me realise how much I used to rush around before it hit. I have since slowed down and appreciated the little things in life. While it was strange to be so limited in what we could do and where we could go, I have adjusted to this new way of life. However, I am looking forward to exploring more now that things seem to have settled down. I hope that we won’t see a resurgence of the virus and that everyone stays safe and well.

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The Hour that Sets the Tone: My Morning Routine

Daily writing prompt
What are your morning rituals? What does the first hour of your day look like?

I used to hate early mornings, but now I much prefer them. Thus I usually get up about 7.20am.

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Once I’m up and awake, I wash and get dressed. Letting the dog out for a pee at some point during the getting up and ready process.

Then it’s the all essential first cuppa of the day, which is tea (never coffee, I can’t stand the stuff) and sometimes I’ll have something light to eat as well, such as a piece of fruit, a yoghurt or a scone.

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Whilst I’m having this the dog will be eating his breakfast, and generally wanting a fuss and attention.

Once breakfast is over I’ll do any really quick tasks that need to be done, and then it’s off out for the first walk of the day.

Are you an early bird, or a night owl? I used to be a night owl, but now enjoy early mornings and getting on with the day.

I love Blogging, but…

I’m posting this with a heavy heart….πŸ˜₯


As much as I love Blogging and everything that comes with it..it is taking up too much of my time. I am struggling to keep up with the everyday basics of cleaning and cooking and maintaining my home, so something has to give.
I have decided to get rid of my gear.
Below is a list of what is available. Serious enquiries only, and please, no low ball offers.
Thanks for reading and understanding. Here is what I have:

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  1. Vacuum cleaner
  2. Broom and dustpan
  3. Mop and bucket
  4. Lawnmower
  5. Leaf blower
  6. Laundry detergent
  7. Iron
  8. Toilet brush
    Thank you. πŸ˜‰

Happy April 1st Everyone πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

When I Grow Up: A Look Back at Childhood Career Dreams

When you were five, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Almost every child has dreams of what they’d like to be when they grow up, I certainly did. What did you want to be, and is that the job you have now?

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As a child I spent a lot of time in and out of the doctor’s and hospitals, so I think it was only inevitable that at some point I’d desire to work in the medical profession somehow. I dreamt of being a nurse, even at a young age I realised that this probably wasn’t a realistic career path for me, but even so it was one I hoped to attain.

Later on having grown beyond this and taken on board that this wasn’t going to happen, I turned my aim towards working with young children in someway, I wasn’t sure what in form this job would take, and was advised that this would never be possible due to my disability. On this, I am delighted to say, I proved the nay sayers wrong.

In the end I did indeed work with young children for over ten years, as a Nursey School Assistant. I helped them with their reading, writing, crafts, and also to build their computer skills. Along the way I also hope I taught them other life skills such as empathy, tolerance, sharing, listening, and understanding everyone is different but of equal value/importance.

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