I know that February is the shortest month of the year but it truly has flown by this year, I guess time flies when you’re having… fun? I’d love to say that we’ve been having fun and I guess that at some points during the month we have done just that, so why does it feel so wrong?
Anyhow without any pondering any further into the depths of my mind, I will endeavor to list and discuss some of the many things which I (or should I say ‘we’?) have #LikedandLoved over the past twenty-eight days.
Happy Hot Tubbing
Our brand new hot tub arrived just in time for the beginning of half term and despite it being sub-zero in temperature, nothing (other than the twenty-four wait for the water to warm to the correct temperature) was going to stop us from hopping in. Though it was chilly outside, with hats on our heads it was plenty warm and rather refreshing to take a soak in the spa.
Last month I ordered not one but two (thanks to a slip up on eBay) brand new Parker fountain pens. It’s been years since I had a decent fountain pen – the last one I owned was a gift from my Father which I’ve wanted to replace ever since I lost it back during University (and that’s some time ago!). Having now received said pens along with a box full of cartridges, I’ve taken great pleasure in putting pen to paper. There’s something really retro about fountain pens, they remind me of my childhood and I for one believe that they beat any biro hands down.
Our kids each have a high-sleeper bed featuring a pull-out-sofa and a desk which given that the desk is directly underneath the bed makes for a pretty dark workspace. This month my Mother kindly passed on my Fathers desk lamp to our son J, and once we’d seen the difference that it made to his desk in terms of working light, we then purchased a similar item for our daughter E, only in a rather cutesy, bunny, design because, why not?
The kids love using their desk lamps and it’s made all the difference to them being able to work at their desks which has made for happier homeschooling.
Celebrating Sixteen Years Together & Valentines Day
Unlike most people who quite rightly celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 14th February, Paul and I celebrate a day earlier (on the 13th) as it marks the anniversary of when we first met. This year we celebrated sixteen years together and though we’ve had our ups and our downs, I cannot thank Paul enough for putting up with me and for supporting me throughout what has been the hardest year of my life thus far – he has been my rock and I’m really not sure how I’d have coped without him.
A Basset Birthday
Our beloved basset hound Maisy turned three this month – that technically means that she is no longer a puppy and so should therefore begin behaving more like a dog, this is not the case but where would be the fun in that anyhow? To celebrate her big day (which she had absolutely no idea nor care for) we spoilt our delightful but rather drooly dog with plenty of doggy treats and toys.
Clearing Clothes & Clutter
I don’t know about you, but I don’t half find clearing clutter (especially when it’s clothing) seriously satisfying. This month I managed to clear over three bin-bags full of clothes that I no longer wear or fit (thanks to the lockdown lard) from my wardrobe and as a result, I now have the space for some brand new items for spring.
A Magnificent New Mac
It’s been six years since I last bought a laptop and though that doesn’t seem all that long, the model which I last purchased was a mid-2012 Macbook Pro, and so is almost ten-years-old now and quite rightly, was beginning to become a little frustrating to work with given its lack of capability to update.
Having embraced the ‘YOLO’ attitude with full gusto, I splashed out on a brand new Macbook Pro and after stalking the UPS delivery service for almost a week, my brand new Mac finally arrived and boy-oh-boy, I am one happy (and very geeky) lady.
This month I added another three delightful decks to my divination collection; The Dream Raven Tarot, the Luna Sol Tarot (which has become a firm favourite), and the Sacred Creator’s Oracle. Though most ‘normal people’ probably think that I have way too many divination decks at this point, I on the other hand couldn’t care less – I’m a cartomancy collector and firmly believe that a girl can never have too many divination decks.
Home Hair Cuts
Like most of you living in lockdown, this entire household is in serious need of a good haircut, so much so that we’ve taken matters into our hands as Paul very bravely buzz-cut J’s hair. Though my husband isn’t trained nor a professional in hairdressing, I actually think that he’s done quite a good job!
Hooray for Half term
Half-term couldn’t have come soon enough for the kids this time around, they spent a solid six weeks working their little (or rather large in J’s case) socks off and I’ve been so impressed and proud of their efforts. It’s not easy being cooped up within the same four walls day-in and day-out especially when you’re a child yet they’ve blown me away with their maturity, understanding, and resilience whilst living through a lockdown.
Though those seven days flew by, I’m so glad that the weather cooperated and they got to spend some quality time having fun outside, whether it was on the trampoline or splashing each other in the spa – it was great to see them spending time away from their tech, away from their schoolwork and away from their worries.
Thanks again for reading my blog – I hope that you enjoyed reading what I have #LikedandLoved throughout February.
If you fancy sharing some of your own #LikedAndLoved points from the month then why not join in either through your own blog post or by leaving a comment below, I would love to hear what you #LikedAndLoved this month!