Taking hold of anxiety my February goals.

I didn’t make any resolutions this year, there wasn’t much point as I’d forgotten last year’s a week after making them. But if I did it would be to try and control my anxiety.

I saw my friend Tracey (Williams World) write a January goals list which I thought was a much better idea. She’s since updated it with what got done and what’s been carried over.

The beauty of goals is that they are flexible, it’s more about things you want to do and not strict regimes.

This is my list for February, or what’s left of it

1. Attend a work meet up I’ve been invited to:  You may think this shouldn’t be a goal but I get so anxious about travelling out of my normal area I usually don’t go to anything, no matter how much I want to. I’m trying not to put obstacles in my way this time. I’ve organised travel and am keeping it simple. Will let you know what happens.

2. Buy the birthday present my husband wants, instead of what I think he should have:  This makes me laugh, my husband never asks for anything but he would love a generator, a 3D printer or a Soup Maker. He’s finally getting one of them for his birthday this month.

3. Join in the fancy dress for our 50’s themed WI meeting:  We have a very busy and fun WI group. At our monthly meetings we have a theme or subject that the meeting will follow. We’ve just had wellbeing January where we had a Tai Chi lesson. February is 1950’s, a lot of members will dress up and they’re fab at it, I never do, but I’m going to try this one.

Our WI 40’s night.

4. Attend the Commodore standing down night at the boat club: I sound so ungrateful for all the fun events I’ve been invited to but again anxiety takes over. The standing down night is when the present Commodore steps down from their duties and the next one steps up. The Commodore is a bit like a social secretary, organising fun nights and trips out on our narrowboats. It will be packed, there will be a loud band and food all provided by the commodores fund. I’ve said I’m going but I always say that, this time I’m determined to go.

5. Take our old winter coats, scarves and footwear to Scouse Kitchen:  The Scouse Kitchen is set up every Wednesday evening at St Lukes Church in Liverpool, St Lukes is the very well known bombed out church. The Scouse Kitchen share out food and clothing to the homeless, and along with Care for the Paw and Liverpool Vets any dogs are checked over too. I really want to take and donate coats, scarves, boots and dog food, this is my favourite goal.   

They are my goals for February, quite simple but not to someone who can get anxious. They will take me out of my comfort zone but I’m going to try.

Will report back at the end of February. 

Do you have any goals, or did you make resolutions?

Driving – From L Plates to Passes

The L plates are on the car and this time next week my teen will have taken his driving Theory Test and we will know if he can book his driving test, or not.

He’s been revising with an App on his phone and at tea time we have discussions about multiple choice questions and hazard perception. Of course his old fogey parents who’ve been driving for years brought up all our old Highway Code knowledge. Yes, you did have to read the book.

I’m so glad it’s not his actual driving test though as we currently have snow here in the North West.

He’s been doing really well on the multiple choice questions. But one of the questions he mentioned was on stopping distances. Who remembers the stopping distances?

Most of us take this for granted with our driving experience, but do you know them? It was always one of the test questions before the theory test became part of learning to drive.

We were trying to test each other but the teen calculates in metres and we remember them in feet. So we looked at the new Kwik Fit video test.

With the wet wintery weather Kwik Fit have produced a video quiz of speeds, weather conditions & stopping distances. Do you remember the actual stopping distances, give the quiz a try.

It’s astounding the distance you need in snowy icy conditions, of course all of this depends on your car being road worthy and worse if you need new car tyres.

I did very well on the general stopping distances but really underestimated the snowy conditions distance. I think most people will be shocked by how far behind you need to be from the car in front.

We’re hoping all of this information is sinking in with the teen. He doesn’t seem too worried about the test at the moment so hopefully he can stay calm and get that pass. ………stay tuned.


Ralf Reviews: Scrumbles dog food

Our Ralf is really fussy about what he eats, well actually that’s me being fussy about what I buy him. We’ve always checked the content of Ralf’s food and he’s been trying something new, Scrumbles dog food.

Ralf with a bag of Scrumbles dog food

I’ve read so many things about the bad additives and grains that are added to some dog foods. You do have to check the labels if you care about what you feed your dog.

My friend’s lovely dog eats one of the mass produced brands of dog food, he looks good with his beautiful shiny coat but he’s always being thrown out of the kitchen door because WOW he stinks. Apparently this is due to the food he eats, which he may be having a reaction to.

Bad dog food ingredients from petsafe.net

Scrumbles is made by people who are pet owners and know what they want in a food. It has high meat content and quality ingredients, most importantly avoiding bad grains to bulk up the food. It’s wheat free, gluten free and hypoallergenic. Which is great if you think your dog might have a sensitive stomach.

list of ingredients in Scrumbles dog food

Ralf investigated the packaging and then had his first taste…..

Ralf sniffing the Scrumbles dog food package

…….which for a fussy pup was good to see.

Ralf eating Scrumbles dog food


If you would like to know more about Scrumbles, you can find them here.


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Father’s Day gift ideas for outdoor dads

If you’re anything like me then this week will be spent looking for father’s day gift ideas.

When it’s present time for the Dad in our house we always try to find something that he really wants or might not usually buy for himself.  As funds won’t stretch to a 3D printer here’s a few less expensive ideas for Father’s Day gifts.

1.For outdoor Dads who like camping or like us, boating, there’s always a need for decent reliable torches. This Varta indestructible torch and lantern are ideal for boating and camping. The Torch incorporates a bottle opener, which seems to be essential in the summer outdoor life. The lantern has 4 light settings, a hanging hook and is waterproof so that’s an asset for our summer. This would be great in the garden too. The Dad in our house LOVES torches 😊

truprint personalised cushion

2.Something personalised is always a good idea. Truprint and their #swapsocksforselfies campaign are encouraging us to put extra thought into our gifts. Instead of socks for Dad how about something with a family photo or happy memory on. There are lots of items to choose from. I’d choose a cushion with this photo, the day he took the boat over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Llangollen.

pontycysllte aqueduct at Llangollen

3.For Dad’s who like activities how about a traditional skill or craft day. Norton Priory have craft days from willow weaving to fruit tree grafting or the very topical Meet the Bees workshops. I’m sure your local National Trust or Conservation Centre will have information.

4.How about a special day out. A boat trip on The Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire is certainly unusual. Built in 1875 this feat of engineering takes narrowboats from the Trent & Mersey Canal down 50ft to the River Weaver. The visitor centre is also a great family day out.

anderson boat lift

5.This is something I thought of after Dad had been gardening and he was stretching, but it’s also great for any active football, running or even golf Dads too. The Rehab Room for sports massage or rehab, a bit of beneficial relaxing time is not just for professionals. This is definitely a useful present, considering we have pamper days how often do we think of this for the men in our lives.

Hope you find these ideas useful, and although these are Cheshire based there will be similar where you live …but if all else fails the World Cup starts on 14th June so you could always buy him a football shirt.







Puppy power Laurel Animal Rescue

Laurel animal rescue puppies

When this line up was posted on social media in hope of finding a new home over 4000 people replied, and how could you not!

Teddy, Ronnie, Ralf and Oscar were four boys from a litter of seven puppies being re-homed by Laurel Animal Rescue, previously neglected they were now cared for, clean and raring to go.

I came across this photo when looking at information on buying a dog. After 12 years we felt we were ready to get the dog our teenager had always wanted, so I decided to send an email.

I needed my email to stand out so I wrote about our family, our garden, who would be at home all day and how we had seriously considered getting a puppy, and are so looking forward to the challenge.

We got a reply

After a questionnaire and then a home check visit we were invited to visit Ralf, the remaining puppy, at his foster home. Laurel Animal Rescue dogs stay in temporary foster homes until they find a family.

Well, here he is, our new puppy Ralf and we all love him already

Ralf the puppy in his basket  Ralf the puppy running in the garden

Thanks to the non-profit Laurel Animal Rescue for their dedication to caring for animals and finding them new homes with people that will love and care for them.

Laurel Animal Rescue runs on donations and fundraising, if you’d like to help please visit their Facebook page.


It’s now 12 months since we gave Ralf the rescue puppy a home and I can say it’s one of the best things we have done. He’s loving, and so much fun and we think he’s very happy with us.



If you’re thinking of getting a pet please consider a rescue, you may find a little treasure like we did.



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