Happy and Glorious – 2019 edition

Yet again it has been a year (near enough) since my last Happy and Glorious post! With being back in full-time work, extra study for my postgraduate qualification, the business of moving house and ‘setting up home, there hasn’t been a lot of time or energy left over for WordPressing. I’ve still been completing my ‘line a day’ journal which is a lovely, low daily commitment to journaling with a 5-year overview (once completed), as well as occasional updates to my personal handwritten journal; but writings of the internet variety have been limited to Facebook and a newfound love for Instagram.

Here is my list for the year – in the order I pull them out of my ‘Happy and Glorious’ tin!

Here’s the disclaimer – these lists are really for my reference and reflection but by posting them online it gives me a sense of accountability to keep filling the tin through the year. Read if you wish, ignore if you’d rather. These also only focus on the good bits, there have been not so good bits in between but that is not what this post is for, it’s for tallying up all the good stuff that has happened in the year. I may well have missed some good bits if I didn’t write them down quick enough after they happened!!!!

  • Cormac Maharu O’Beirne entered the world to upgrade some of my loveliest friends to one of my favourite families in the world (other than my own, of course!) : January
  • Seeing Captain Marvel at the Showcase Cinema Deluxe in Southampton (I may have a slight obsession with how comfortable the seats here are) : March
  • Met Cormac after ensuring I was completely germ free ❤️ : February
  • Shazam! Took me a while to get around to seeing Zachary Levi in his first starring big screen role: April
  • Surprise party for Diluki and a lovely weekend celebrating at Bath Festival and getting lots of cuddle time with Cormac : June
  • Reading about Binge Eating Disorder and through that understanding HOW my relationship with food is dysfunctional – this has helped me to manage my eating habits and loose weight : January/February
  • Got the keys to my little [rented] house in Devon : April
  • Moved in (properly) to my little house in Devon : April (a couple of weeks after I got the keys)
  • 6-months in the job.. they’re still happy with me and I’m still happy with them 😁 : June (also noted the same at my second 1:1 in February, I’m sensing a theme)
  • Dublin trip for Cormac’s naming ceremony and having some quality time with Diluki & Alan – a real treat… and proper Guinness too! It involved flying from Exeter airport and a flight path that went over my house : 28 June-1 July
  • Avengers: Endgame. Long awaited emotional couple of hours but overall a good end to the Avengers films : May
  • “I ❤️ my job. So glad I took the plunge and changed career” : Jan/Feb
  • Mum’s 70th Birthday Party. Helping to throw a lovely party, catch up with old family friends I haven’t seen for years (Jo Tanter, Wendy Miller & John & Joy) as well as raising enough money (mum requested donations in stead of presents) to buy a cow through Send a Cow! : June
  • “Having the best boss & employer” : November (supporting me through a tough time being off work with severe acute pain)
  • Baby Salt-Crockford arriving to turn more friends into a family ❤️ : December
  • Stevie Wonder (Plus Special Guest Lionel Richie) in Hyde Park – continuing Mum’s birthday celebrations : July
  • Getting my lovely kitten, Min ❤️ : July
  • The lovely Lucy, who I remember pushing in a pram back in the day, and Dom becoming a family with the arrival of Florence ❤️ : November
  • Romsey Show – being asked back to do the commentary for the sheep grand parade and generally having a lovely day catching up with friends from Mum & Dad’s ringside parking spot : September
  • Catching up with Ruth for coffee – been a scarily long time since we did that either in the parent’s kitchen or hers! : December
  • Catching up with Rosie C (yes, I have to clarify which Rosie!) : December (and possibly Easter-ish? I’m getting old, I didn’t write it down so I’m not sure when it happened!)
  • Catching up with Rosie M (see I told you!) away from all the madness of uni : September
  • Graduation! Made the transition from Graduand to Graduate on one of the hottest days of the year, in the full gear! : July
  • Getting out for a ride on Taoiseach and feeling great after not riding for a loooong time (I did take a precautionary hot bath and am on some hefty anti-inflammatories for the trapped nerve in my neck so it might not have been a true representation of my lack of stiffness post ride!!) : December

Happy And Glorious: 2017 edition

I’ve been keeping this “Jar of Good Stuff” thing going for 5-years now, it all started back in January 2013 – keeping notes of lovely stuff that has happened and allowing you to look back over the year and see what  you’ve done, when you might be thinking “what have I done with my year?”.IMG_8520

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Happy and Glorious: 2016 edition

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It’s a bit late thanks to holidays, puppy collection and generally life being a bit hectic. This year’s Happy & Glorious list ended up in a different place than I had planned but the silver lining is that I’m back in Hampshire close to the family, horse and New Forest – amongst many other things!

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2015 going on 2016

20130122-212603.jpgIf ever there were a “good” time to suffer from random sleep aversion, the kind where you’ll back-to-back dvd (or streamed) box-sets just because you don’t want to give in to sleep, then the cusp of the new year would be it.
2015 has, overall been an “average” year; although it is split in to half good and half horrific. I won’t go into too much detail, not least because I’m a big believer in positive thinking but also because some of the stories are not mine to tell; in summary there has been job hell, family illness, family bereavements and pet-family bereavements to deal with, none of which have been easy individually and collectively have been, to be perfectly honest, rather shitty to deal with.

Still, New Year itself has been pretty awesome so far and there are still 2-full days of partying to go and Sunday is also “puppy day” in the singleton household, a new day of collie ownership and a new chapter in life in general.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy (or healthier) 2016.

I also promise to give updates soon on;

  • My first kinesiology session and,
  • My ‘Happy & Glorious’ update of 2015, the entries for which are currently too far away to be useful!

Honestly, I’m not a nomad*….

…but I’m on the move again.  Due to unforeseen circumstances I’m making the move back to Hampshire from Nottingham, only 8 short months after I moved up.  The only thing I will say about the move is that it wasn’t my choice, and that fact is making packing rather difficult.  Packing to move up here was comparatively easy and a joyful task compared to packing to take what at times seems like a backwards (and completely surreal) step.

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Adventures in raw milk: THICK yoghurt!

I’ve been researching ways to make my home made yoghurt thick & creamy like store bought yoghurt. There were a few options that came up in my internet research, which were: –

  • Ferment/prove it in a natural clay pot; the pores in the pot will wick away the moisture. 
  • Strain through a muslin cloth to separate the liquid leaving the thick creamy yoghurtyness behind. 
  • Simmer the milk for longer at just below boiling point (up to an hour) which denatures more of the proteins and in some chemically magical way makes a thick and creamy yoghurt. 

I went with the third (and cheapest) option and simmered the milk for about 25 minutes before adding my starter (Yeo Valley as I’d run down my home made supplies) and settling it in for the night in the airing cupboard. 

This morning….lovely thick, creamy, tasty yoghurt!   

Adventures in Raw Milk: Yoghurt

Yesterday saw my second foray into the world of yoghurt making.  I had intended to post about last week’s batch but, as happens to most of us, life got in the way and that job didn’t get to the top of the list.  So, forgive me if this post is brief but I wanted to get it ‘out there’ before I head out for a day to the Chatwsorth International Horse Trials.

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The World is a Mirror (or beauty is in the eye of the beholder)

I have come to the realisation that the world is a mirror for how you see yourself.  If you see the world as full of opportunities, full of decent people (with the odd exceptions above and below the curve) and can find something positive in most things or people; then you are more likely to have a positive self image. Continue reading