Monday 26 December 2022

December Musings

For the past fifteen minutes, I have been scrolling through my blog and realised a few things:

1. I only wrote two actual blog posts in 2022 and the rest are filler posts from my Goodreads updates;

2. I urgently need to get back into reading if I want to accomplish my 15 books in 2022 Goodreads Reading Challenge;

3. I am a kind and conscientious person - even through the hard times.

If there's one thing I want to improve on in 2023, that would be to blog more. To write more. Yes, life is busy. Yet I know my future self will thank me for documenting experiences which I may not be able to recall easily in the future. It would be nice to have something to look back to and appreciate my beautiful life that isn't perfect but is a blessing from God.

I am grateful for 2022. I feel that I have grown a lot this year. I am proud of how I have matured and learned how to be happy to be me. Life is too short to feel otherwise. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for your blanket of protection. Thank You for our family and friends. Thank You for being my friend. I love You dearly.



Sunday 3 July 2022

Lovely Sunday in Sunderland

Aaaah, our week long annual leave has finally come!

We are spending the weekend at my parents' in Sunderland prior to going on a lovely coach holiday with them this week. I'm so excited!

Today we attended Mass at St. Mary's RC church. So many cute children there today! It's so nice to see some of the kids all grown up. A nice reminder that I am definitely aging.

We gathered a few essentials for our trip then had a nice stop at Hotel Chocolat in The Bridges Shopping Centre to try out their drinks. Dad had the dark chilli hot chocolate and hubby got the iced coffee shake. I am a creature of habit and opted for the tea - mine was the chai, chilli and cacao tea. Delicious!

We walked home through the nice park at the University of Sunderland and it was lovely just being by the flower gardens. I would love to do up our garden like this someday. My husband took some nice photos and I'm happy at how they turned out.

The sun hat I was wearing is from Solbari. I love it! Been wearing it a lot since I got it. Hopefully it'll stand the winds during our holiday but if not I'll just wear the strap that it comes with. Better to be protected!

I also finished re-reading the first book of the Noodle Shop cozy mystery series, Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien. It's such an enjoyable cozy. I had to re-read it because I bought the next book which is Dim Sum of All Fears and I didn't want to go into it without any recollection of the first book which I read aaaaages ago in 2019. Hope I enjoy the second book, too! So looking forward to reading more this week during our holiday.

I keep on saying holiday. Isn't it obvious I'm so excited? Happy to be spending more time with family. We are very blessed!



Review: Death by Dumpling

Death by Dumpling Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Saturday 19 February 2022

A Restful Saturday

One of the things I love the most about moving on to my present job is that I get to enjoy weekends and actually... live.

I love how my soul feels replenished when I get leisurely time to read a book or a magazine or to even just lounge around in my pyjamas and watch TV.

Today I managed to attempt making flatbreads on my Saladmaster skillet on the hob. Still needs improvement but it was a good start! I am also relishing on the news that my lovely husband was successful on his most recent job interview and I feel so happy for him. His humility and hard work has been rewarded with this amazing blessing.

Thank you for loving us, Lord Jesus. Please protect us throughout Storm Eunice.