This and That Thursday

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.

Flute practice

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.

Weddings

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.

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This and That Thursday

Happy Thursday!

So this week has been a bit more adventurous for me which has been nice.

Organ Playing

This week I went to one of the churches I am an organist for and practiced the organ for a good hour. It was so nice to be back and the fact that I was in the church with no interruptions was wonderful as I could just play until my heart’s content. Thankfully the organ is still working because it is needed for a wedding in September and it hadn’t been played since March. By the way the organ’s name is Bob.

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Walking

This week we have been on two lovely walks which have been really nice as it was somewhere different.

 

Exercise

I have been really getting into my exercise and have been trying out different workouts. This has meant the recent acquisition of a step box, hopefully this will mean some more fun workouts or with my coordination I end up falling off it.

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Cat photos

This week has also involved a lot of cat photos for some reason. Think the cats are getting a little sick of it but they are so cute. Here is my favourite of Lyra.

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TV Series

We are still working our way through our TV series. We have finished all the Absolutely Fabulous episodes and are still working our way through Buffy the Vampire Slayer, sadly the annoying sister Dawn has turned up now and she does drive me insane.

There is my week. Still quiet but I’m still teaching and studying most days so not too quiet. Right now I’m currently frantically watching out for the enormous spider that is running around our living room.

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This and That Thursday

Happy Thursday!

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…

Exercise

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.

Belly Dancing

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.

 

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Dog Walking

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.

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Walking

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

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So there is my week. I hope everyone has also had a good week so far.

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This and That Thursday

Happy Thursday!

I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday! The weeks seem to be flying by.

This week has been rather quiet but this has meant I’ve done more reading.

Studying

I’ve got back into my Future Learn courses and have finally completed the one I was asked to do before I start the second year of my Masters.

Walking and Exercise

Exercise and walking is still going well although all this rain has been causing problems regarding the walking.

New Recipes

This week I made a lemon mouse which I’ve never attempted before and it proved to be very yummy. Sadly I didn’t make the lemon biscuit that went so well with the moose.

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Jigsaw

I have started a new jigsaw today but it isn’t going too well. Yet again I have chosen a jigsaw that doesn’t fit on my jigsaw board so this will now have to be moved to the dining room table.

Well that is my week so far. Very quiet but a good week.

Happy Reading!

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This and That Thursday

Hello!

It is time for another weekly update!

Cats

Yesterday was Lyra and Pan’s 12th birthday. We tried to celebrate but the cats weren’t really that bothered. We had a BBQ to celebrate, Lyra was about but Pan was obviously hiding somewhere cool. Anyway they had some special cat milk as a birthday treat.

 

Paint by Numbers

The paint by numbers continues. I’m hoping to get it finished one day but I’m now on the really small fiddly bits which are a bit off putting. Although you can see more of what the picture is meant to be now.

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Walks and Exercise

This week we have gone on some different local walks which has been a nice change of scene. I particularly liked the yellow flowers we saw at our local nature reserve. Exercise continues but I have been doing more exercise using my Nintendo Switch and the Ring Fit Adventure Game.

 

Cupboard sorting

I attacked my clothes cupboard this week and learnt a few things. Firstly, I have way too many tights. Secondly, 45 pairs of socks plus odd socks is probably not healthy. Thirdly, I won’t have to buy black leggings for a good ten years. In the end I realised that I really don’t need any new clothes for a very long time but that doesn’t include Tikiboo leggings or shorts because I can never have enough of those. I should probably sort out all my sheet music next but that usually takes several days but it needs to be done as I usually try to do it twice a year and it is very overdue.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

We have been binge watching Buffy in the evenings this week as well. I had forgotten just how much fun it was to watch although Faith has appeared now and she never was my favourite character.

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The rest of the week has contained teaching online and studying so the usual antics. When I asked my husband what else we had been up to this week he said we had had a Cornetto which is very exciting as it’s probably the first ice cream we have had for nearly a year.

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That is my week! Please let me know how your week has been going in the comments. I love to chat and hear what everyone has been up to.

 

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This and That Thursday: 18/06/2020

Hello!

I can’t believe it is Thursday again! The weeks are just flying by. So here is what I have been up to other than reading.

 

Exercising

This week I have got back into my exercise and I was quite pleased to move from a 2KG kettlebell to a 4KG Kettlebell. I have also discovered a new type of workout which is called Fit Combat that combines combat moves and cardio to music. It is a super workout that I really enjoyed. I also tried my new Tikiboo shorts and love them so will be saving for another pair.

 

Baking

Yes, I have been baking again! The husband kept asking for another carrot cake so I spent Monday grating carrots and making the cake.

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Paint by Numbers

I’m still plodding along with this and I must admit I do get rather annoyed when I discover I’ve missed a number. I finished number 5 yesterday but also discovered I had missed a load of 2’s!

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Studying and Ukulele

I’m still busy studying and I have almost finished my FutureLearn course on The Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World that we were recommended to do before we start year two of our Masters. I’ve also been practising the Ukulele loads and have now decided that I will attempt grade 2 in the Autumn instead of grade 1.

Tv

Will admit I am getting quite obsessed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the moment. Bringing back good memories of when I watched it when it first came out.

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So that is my week. I hope everyone else has had a good week so far. Drop me a comment if you want to chat.

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This and That Thursday

Good morning everyone!

I hope this post finds you all well. I can’t believe it is Thursday already, the weeks are flying by. I am now doing more teaching online which is keeping me busy for some reason it does mean more prep work for each lesson because it is online. So here is what I have been up to during the rest of my time.

 

Exercise

I am still exercising regularly and have discovered the walking workouts by Leslie Sansone. I have been doing the ones I have found on YouTube and thoroughly enjoying them. I have treated myself to one of her DVDs as well which I am looking forward to having a go at soon. I am still doing my Davina workouts but it is nice to have a change and mix things up a bit.

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Baking

I made a chocolate swirly cake this week, sadly it was a little drier than I would have liked but it was my own fault I left it in the AGA too long. Hopefully my next cake will be better.

 

Studying

The studying continues although I do need to get back into it more as I have fallen behind slightly.

 

TV and Movies

We have been watching quite a few movies in an evening and have just started watching all the Harry Potter films from the beginning. We have also started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer from the very beginning which is bringing back memories of watching it when I was a teenager, turns out I missed quite a few episodes.

 

Cats

I seem to have spent a great deal of time this week brushing our cats because as soon as I vacuum there is cat fur everywhere straight after. Hopefully my efforts are helping!

 

That’s about it for now! I had a present off my friend arrive today which is an enormous Paint by Numbers so that will probably feature in next week’s post. Wish me luck I’ve never attempted one before.

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This and That Thursday

Good evening everyone.

So this is what I have been up to over the past week…

TV and Movies

I’m still watching Criminal Minds and I am now watching all of the episodes of Absolutely Fabulous. We are also choosing films to watch in an evening which is nice because we are catching up on the films that we missed in the cinema.

 

Music

This week I have been busy playing lots of music which has been lovely. I’m slowly doing more teaching online and it is so nice to see my students again. I’m still practising hard for grade one Ukulele but not sure when I will take the exam.

 

Walking and Exercising

We are still going on regular walks which is lovely in this glorious weather but sadly there is no sheep in the fields to say hello to. The exercise continues, some days are better than others.

 

Cooking

We made a musical pie, and some mini quiches. Trying new recipes continues and I have another cake planned now my wonderful sister has managed to get me some flour.

 

That is about it for this week. I hope everyone else has had a good week.

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This and That Thursday

Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone is well and having a good week so far. This is what I have been up to other than reading this week…

 

Ukulele

I have been practising my Ukulele quite a bit in the hope I can take my Grade 1 exam when exams are allowed. This is something I am really enjoying and it is wonderful learning a new skill.

 

Blogging

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying blogging and reading everyone’s blogs. I love to see what everyone is up to and what books people are reading.

 

Exercising

I’m keeping up with my exercise and really enjoying it. I’ve nearly finished season 2 of Criminal Minds whilst using my Elliptical machine. I really enjoy exercising but it has been a struggle in this heat.

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Music

I’ve upgraded my teaching and recording set up so I no longer use my laptop speaker and inbuilt mic. This has already created a massive quality improvement in teaching and recording so I am hoping to have some more pieces up on Sound Cloud soon.

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Baking

I made a new recipe called Whittingham Buttons, they have proved very yummy and I will be making them again as they were really easy to make.

 

Studying

This week’s studies have been fascinating  as I have been learning all about how the ancient Greeks and Romans dealt with child birth and child bearing, it has been rather gruesome at times. Now I have begun learning about the ancient sewage works.

 

So that about sums up my week so far. I hope everyone else is also having a good week, please drop me comment with what you have also been up to.

Happy Reading!

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This and That Thursday

Hello!

Firstly, a big hello and welcome to my new followers! Thank you for following and I hope you will enjoy reading my blog.

So here is what I have been up to this week…

Exercise

I have been really getting into my exercising over the last few weeks and so I also treated myself to some new leggings. I love bright fun leggings so I went for a Sesame street theme this time, sadly the socks don’t match but they are Pokemon so I think they are ok.

Walking

We are still going on our daily walks and this week we found some lovely stones on our travels.

Baking

I made a Carrot Cake! My first ever Carrot Cake and it was wonderful, probably my best cake since baking in the AGA. Now planning my next baking adventure, suggestions most welcome.

Jigsaws

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I finished the Sherlock Holmes jigsaw which was interesting because I had no picture to follow and had to work it all out. I have two jigsaws left to do: a 3000 piece Star Trek jigsaw and a 1000 piece dog jigsaw. The only problem with the 3000 one is that it will take up the whole dinning room table.

TV series and movies

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I have now started the second series of Criminal Minds and have discovered that I haven’t actually seen some of the second series so that is proving to be a nice surprise. We are also still enjoying movie nights, we have watched Absolutely Fabulous, The Fantastic Mr Fox, Chalet Girl and The Colony.

Studying continues and ukulele practice.

That is my week so far. I hope everyone else is having a good week.

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