Hello you lovely lot, you. On a roll now - 2 weeks of Wonderful Wednesday-ing in a row! This one is going to be a longer one than last week's effort, plus I have photographs (*toot toot*) to make it even betterer!
I'm feeling a bit blue today (Tuesday) after getting back to work from a 4-day weekend, which was just the most lovely few days, as you will see. Glad I made a mental note as I went along of all of the good and great things life brought me so that I can pick myself up now in sharing all of the Wonderful with you....
✩ Surprise Flowers. It's easy to get a bit stuck in a lovely comfy rut when you're in a long term relationship, so to be surprised with the loveliest bunch of blooms by the Boy without prompting made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I can't help my female hormonal brain playing havoc with confidence in the strength of my relationship from time to time, so it's most definitely the little things that shine through!
✨ Cody. Everyone, meet Cody, our lovely adorable cuddly labrador. He's not quite a puppy, but he's a rescue dog and still young and entirely lovable. I will let the photos say it all.... (He gets his own very special star!)
I've never ever had a dog before so I'll admit to being quite anxious on the drive to collect him from his foster family on Friday. I know the Boy has had many dogs in the past and his twinkles have also had dogs, but I couldn't help but worry what if Cody sensed my fear and decided he wouldn't like me?! What if he would forget about me and not bond properly given that I spent all week away from home?! WHAT IF EVERYONE LOVED CODY AND NOT ME?! All rational thoughts, obviously. However, the Boy and I arrived to collect him and he was as adorable and laid back as he had been when we first met him and all my worries went away. And that face when he is just so pleased to see you, even though you only went away for a few minutes! It hurts my heart every time I leave to drive 250 miles back to work and this time was, well, SO much worse *sigh*. Still, I can't wait to get home again on Friday even more than normal 😊
✩ Early Starts. With the winter nights drawing in, we've got into terrible habits of staying up a bit later than normal at the weekends and then laying in a bit longer than normal. Having Cody in the house turned that around this weekend and it's amazing the difference it makes. Granted, getting up at 7am on a Saturday does seem a little excessive, but by midday we'd got most of our jobs done and had been so productive, it meant that we could go out for a long walk in the afternoon and curl up in the lounge with a film all before it was time for dinner! I may have to stretch things until 7.30 or 8 from now on, but the principle is one to be repeated!
✩ Being Comfy. I'd love to be one of those women who always puts in an effort all of the time, even when lounging, but seriously, I defy anyone to find anything better than slumming it in a pair of comfy jogging pants. That feeling of getting in after work and taking off the suit, or even simply taking off your nice skinny jeans when you get in from the shops, and putting on the comfiest pair of pyjama or jogging bottoms. I'm doing it now. I'm currently like a newsreader before High Definition graphics: Smart work-suitable jumper on top that I wore to the office; pyjama bottoms and slippers down below.
✩ Wintery Days. It just didn't stop raining at all on Saturday. We still got out for a ramble across the countryside with Cody, but it's the "getting home" part that's the worst - with rain-soaked coats, shoes and socks to deal with, as well as the added wet dog to contend with (even with jacket - see photo). I say that, but it was still the best feeling. Being well prepared and getting out despite the weather - there's something that feels so virtuous about it, don't you think? Then, compare that with Sunday - the Boy's birthday - which was, conversely, just the most crisp and bright day. The feeling was just the same, but not so well prepared - Cody forgot his sunglasses *snigger*.
✩ Pancakes with Bacon. I know pancakes with bacon and maple syrup is a "thing", but I've never tried it myself. Pancakes are for fruit or sugar and lemon, or they always have been until now. Someone wanted bacon for breakfast and someone wanted pancakes, so we put the two together. No maple syrup, but I used some golden syrup and - wow - it was delicious!
✩ Giggles. By this, I mean really silly childish laughing, mainly about bodily functions. Doggy wind is just NOT the one. I mean, it's POSSIBLY the worst thing I've ever smelled and there was a lot of it while we haven't known what agrees and doesn't agree with Cody. If it were a human, we'd be very British about it and keep quiet - perhaps - but we were in absolute fits of giggles as there was simply no escape from it and the little mite just had no idea! Laughter really is a wonderful thing, we know, but silly giggles where you're face gets redder and redder as you're trying to stop are just addictive!
✩ Blueberries. I've always liked blueberries - on porridge, pancakes and even in salads. However, for reasons I won't explain, I've avoided them in recent times as other berries and melons have had preference. However, I read something last week that has meant that they have now made a reappearance at breakfast time. I love these little blue fruits. They go with everything and are so low maintenance... just pour them in and you're done! Yummy!
And with all of that I am done! What a Wonderful week it has been! I'll try to limit the doggy tales next week, but let's face it, he's likely to have a role in all that is good and lovely 😊
Hope you've all had good weeks??