Friday, 4 December 2015

Five on Friday

One | As it's the first week of the month I should be listing my goals for December ... but I'm not going to set any this month.  I have too much to do as it is without adding any more things to the list!  I start again in January, but until then, here's the review of my November goals:

  • Complete three Christmas shoeboxes and deliver them to a local collection point. Success - all done and delivered!
  • Create my Advent calendar, ready for next month.  I'll write about this in a separate post! All done, but a bit late with the promised post - see today's Advent Calendar Door 4 post!
  • Rearrange the living room to see if I like the new placement of the furniture.  This is a 'try it and see' before I commit to ordering the new sofas, chairs and cupboard/unit. It's also about trying to work out how I want to use the room in the future. Sort of a success - I've moved the furniture around to how I thought it should be but then didn't like it, so am tweaking the plan to try to find the ideal arrangement.
  • Complete my Christmas gift shopping and write all the cards, ready for posting. Started but not finished.  I've bought all the gifts but still have to write some of the cards.
  • Investigate 'what's on' in this area during the daytime, ready for when I've stopped work. Success - I've found a few things I'll be trying out after Christmas.

Two | continuing my 'new thing every day' here's what I've been up to this week ...
  • Saturday, I made popcorn in the microwave for the first time (the popcorn maker is broken and has gone to the skip!)
  • Sunday, I went to the Christmas Market in Bath for the first time.  I didn't buy anything - it was the venue for our local photography treasure hunt.
  • Monday, I tried, unsuccessfully, to take some multiple exposure images - I need much more practice on this!
  • Tuesday, I had a meal at the Swan Hotel in Bradford on Avon; their menu always has plenty of good choices and it's one of those place I mean to go to but never actually do, until now ... I've finally got around to having a meal there and I will be going again - they've started specialising in Thai food!
  • Wednesday, I played with the local adult recorder group for the first time.
  • Thursday, I went to a new to me café to meet a friend for lunch
  • Friday, I'm off to the Longleat Festival of Light today.  I missed it last year so this will be my first, but hopefully not last, time at this event.
Three | The Winter Photographic Scavenger Hunt has started so I'll be out at the weekend to try for some photos. We'd love you to join us in the hunt - the more the merrier.  You can find all the details here.
Four | I've had another delivery of books from my sister.  She buys new paperbacks, reads them and then passes them on to me and once I've read them I pass them on to various friends.  We have the same reading tastes so it used to work well.  Then I joined two book groups and it's all gone to pot!  For some reason I only seem to find the time to read the book group choices and maybe a couple of other ones but I'm not reading anywhere near the number of books I used to, even though I supposedly have more time.  I have over 100 books from my sister which I still haven't read.  Somehow I have to change my reading habits and turn this around.  Don't know how yet, but watch this space!
Five | I've changed the CDs in the car as it's time for the Christmas music.  These are my two favourites this year - couldn't settle on just one!

Thanking Amy for organising this weekly link up.


  1. Great fives & what a lovely sister you have I've had the odd book from my sister but our tastes differ so it really is only the odd book. Hope you have a good day out x

  2. That is neat you finally made popcorn in the microwave. It doesn't come out like it does in a popping machine but close enough :) Maybe dedicate time daily for reading? I usually read about 15-30 minutes before I go to sleep and elsewhere during the day as the schedule permits :)


  3. Wow wow wow you are a busy lady, so much going on and such fun. Love that you are trying out new things, don't blame you for not having a list in December, so much to do. You do sound organised, wish I was more so. Look forward to the advent post

  4. The Pogues are always a popular choice round here :)

    We've become a little addicted to a sweet and salty at the same time popcorn which we found in Lidl

  5. You really have been busy and adventurous trying lots of firsts. Christmas music is featuring a lot in our daily activities at the moment but not a lot of reading getting done at the moment. Have a great weekend.

  6. You're good at trying new things! And what a great sister to deliver all those books to you ... but over 100?! I wouldn't be able to get through that pile of books any time soon. Good luck!

  7. You are doing really well with your different personal challenges and plans! I hope that you keep enjoying it. Glad to know that I am not the only one with a stack of books waiting to be read! Thank you for joining Five On Friday. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

  8. I love that song! Good for you, trying so many new things! Applause!

  9. Ooh you devil, not setting any goals :D In truth, I don't blame you December's about having fun and spending time with family and of course getting ready for the big event. have fun!

  10. You sound wonderfully busy. You've done well with your November goals and deserve a break from setting more goals in December!

  11. I ADORE the Pentatonix Christmas CD. I've downloaded it onto my ipad and phone so I listen to it EVERYWHERE! I think the kids might be getting sick of it though.... :( Have a great week!

  12. Wow! How I admire your enthusiasm! And it's still not Christmas! Enjoy your week and don't work too hard. My best to you, Pat