I will be honest this week has focused mainly on teaching and studying but I have enjoyed both.
So here is what else I have been up to.
Lots of walking this week which has been nice and quite exciting when we saw a low flying Chinook helicopter.
For the first time in about two years I have started knitting again and my first project is a knitting kit of a Slytherin scarf. After a busy day studying and teaching it has been very relaxing to knit in an evening.
The Jigsaw was finished this week. It was only 636 pieces but very fun to complete.
So there is my week. I hope everyone else has had a good week so far.
Another busy week has gone by but still plenty of reading accomplished thankfully.
This week was my husband’s birthday which meant a special meal of pizza and a nice bottle of bubbly.
It has been a while since I have done a jigsaw but a friend of mine has given me a load of jigsaws to do so I thought I had better make a start.
I’m back on my future learn courses to get my brain back in gear for studying ready for my Masters that restarts in October.
On Sunday I went around to my parents’ house where we watched the church service online but before the service started I went for a wander around the garden because the flowers in my parents’ garden are gorgeous so I had to take some pictures.
Happy Thursday Everyone!
Well we are well on the way to the weekend and I must admit this week has been rather busy.
Walking and Exercise
This week we have upped our walking considerably which has been lovely and has also made my Fitbit step count go through the roof. I’m also still doing my exercises and I’m really focusing on strength training so I hope it pays off soon.
I’ve also been doing a bit of flute playing this week and trying to get my skills up. The flute is my main instrument and the instrument that I studied at university for my degree and my masters but sadly my asthma over the years has taken its toll and I can no longer play like I used to. I’m really hoping that one day I can get back to where I once was but it will take a lot of time and will only happen if my asthma behaves. It has been fun to play though and get back into it as I really miss playing.
On Saturday I played for two weddings which was wonderful but very strange. Everyone wearing masks and sitting two metres apart was very odd but it was so nice that the two couples could finally get married and I learnt a new piece for the occasion which was the Wedding Processional from The Sound of Music. It is always fun to learn new pieces for weddings.
The normal day to day continues and Autumn is fast approaching, I must admit I am rather looking forward to cosy fires, books, blankets and hot chocolate.
So here is what the blog has been up to this week.
Posts This Week
Blogs I’ve Enjoyed This Week
Now here is a new favourite for me, I love Marjolein’s blog Url Phantomhive. Marjolein does some fantastic reviews and the stats are just incredible!
Kristen at Kristen Kraves Books is another favourite blog of mine. Kristen writes some fantastic posts and is a historical fiction fan like myself.
So there is another week at Lady Book Dragon! Happy Reading!
We are approaching the weekend yay!
This week the usual antics of teaching, reading, and general chores continue but teaching is now getting busier as people who had August off return for their music lessons. I’m also still trying to sort out all my sheet music in the music room which is taking a very long time to organise.
This week I tried a new recipe off FitOn which is Peanut Butter Chocolate Cups and they are amazing and so tasty. I will definitely be making them again as they are such a nice little treat and not too unhealthy as it is dark chocolate and peanut butter with no additives.
We have gone on some lovely walks this week and I must admit I was fascinated by this tree’s roots, hence the photo. The tree is clinging to the sand stone and you can see the roots and you can see that the tree has been there for many many years.
I’m still practising ready for the weddings I’m playing for on Saturday and I must admit I am rather nervous as it has been a while since I played for a wedding. The Ukulele practice is back as I am now definitely aiming for grade 2 before Christmas but the one piece is a real ear worm so I’m constantly humming or singing it.
So a very musical week really with plenty of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Criminal Minds to relax with.
Welcome to my week!
The cats’ instagram is going really well. They have nearly 100 followers and I must admit my husband and myself are enjoying posting pictures and videos of the cats possibly a little too much. The cats are not bothered in the slightest.
Online Cocktail Parties
On Friday it was my best friend’s birthday and we had planned a cocktail party but because of the current situation we had an online one. My bestie’s husband sent us cocktail making kits and we all made the same cocktails during a Facetime call and had some lovely drinks and a good laugh.
I have two weddings coming up in September to play for so I have been learning some new pieces that have been requested. I have also been looking at other piano pieces for fun and really enjoying playing the piano.
Fish and Chip Picnic
On Saturday we met my family for a fish and chip picnic which was brilliant. It was so good to see my brother and sister and my parents all together after so long. Also we haven’t had fish and chips for ages and my brother had brought ice cream for pudding. It was a brilliant picnic even if it did rain on us.
I also tried a new recipe this week, chocolate banana loaf. I don’t really like bananas but this loaf is rather yummy as it is so full of chocolate.
The usual bits and pieces that happen during the week have happened but it has been wonderful to catch up with friends and family. All socially distanced of course.
Another week is over and we are halfway through August already!
Posts this Week
Blogs I’ve Enjoyed Reading This Week
First up is Evelyn, who writes about all things books on her blog evelynreads. Evelyn does some fantastic reviews on her blog.
Another one of my favourite blogs and one that I have followed from when I first started blogging is Sara at The Bibliophagist. Sara reviews young adult, new adult and romance.
So that is my week!
I hope everyone is well. I will be honest the heat and humidity has rather done me in this week so I haven’t moved much due to no energy and asthma. This has meant a lot of reading though which has been good.
Too much time on my hands ended up with me setting an instagram account up for our cats. Yes I have lost the plot but now even the husband has started posting pictures of the cats. If anybody would like to follow Lyra and Pan their instagram is lyraandpancatz.
On Sundays I am now going over to my parents’ house and watching our church service online which has been really nice to do. The church that I play the organ for has not had a service yet but when it does I will be back and hopefully so will my mom.
Teaching has still been going strong and everyone seems to be enjoying their lessons online so hopefully it continues.
So that is my week, as I warned very quiet but actually I’ve quite enjoyed all the reading I have managed and the cats’ instagram is proving rather fun although I think the cats officially think we have lost the plot.
This week has been a great week. I’ve had another student return and start online lessons and all my students have been working hard learning new pieces and preparing for exams. I am also loving my blog and reading everyone else’s blog and making new friends.
So here is what I have been up to this week…
The exercise is still going strong, I have been using the app FitOn for some new workouts and I gave Zumba a go! I love dance workouts but I must admit Zumba is scarily fast. Also as I was attempting to dance and waving my arms around and trying not to fall over our neighbour walked past the window to post the village newsletter and saw me. I dread to think what she thought about me.
I’ve done my second Belly Dancing session and thankfully I wasn’t the only one in the class today. I learnt some new moves and another little routine and didn’t fall over! Always a plus sign. Eeyore is loving the Belly Dancing hip scarf.
This week I have managed to take my dog Coco for two walks. On Sunday I spent the morning with my mom watching our church service online and then I took Coco for a walk and today I also took her for a walk and had lots of cuddles. Coco is technically my dog but when I moved in with my husband Coco had to stay with my parents because my husband has cats. Also there is no way my dad would have let me take her. This means I have been missing Coco like mad during lockdown as I usually get to see her three times a week so it has been so nice to spend some time with her.
We are still going for our daily walks and this week we drove to a new location for a walk and got horribly lost but it was still a lot of fun.
Finding new exciting ways to eat courgettes!
My dad always grows a lot of veg but this year he seems to have really gone overboard on the courgette front. So I have been researching recipes to use it in. I’ve done courgette chocolate brownies before and using it instead of spaghetti so wanted something different. This has lead to me discovering my new favourite courgette dish ‘Creamy courgette and bacon pasta’ it was amazing! I added sweetcorn because I add sweetcorn to all my food. Here is the recipe on BBC Goodfood
So there is my week. I hope everyone has also had a good week so far.
This week has been a little different to other weeks. We have been planning some house and garden improvements and I hope that in August we can get loads done. I’m still teaching and studying and obviously reading.
This week I have been attempting cryptic crosswords with the help and guidance of my husband who has done loads. It is very fun but really makes you think in a different way. I will need a lot of practice before I can get any good.
I have spent more time on the cross stitch this week. It is still a very slow process but it is getting there slowly. I doubt I will get it finished this year sadly.
This week I also started attending Belly Dancing classes again. The instructor is teaching through Zoom but it is really good fun. I haven’t done Belly Dancing for about 3 years so it was good to get back into it. Might ache a bit tomorrow though.
We have finished watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy and also watched Ghostbusters.
So that is my week! I hope everyone is also having a good week.