Friday, 26 September 2014

That was the week that was: music, laughter and red shoes

My garden in autumn

I took this photo sitting on the back door step, drinking a cup of tea and enjoying the evening sunshine. It's probably one of the last remaining evenings before it gets too cold and dark, but I love this time of year. Wednesday marked the autumn equinox and so it's time to start thinking of the colder evenings, woollen socks, cuddles on the sofa under cosy blankets, hot chocolate, scarves....yes, I love a good scarf. 

And don't tell anyone, but I bought my first Christmas present last week and two packs of Christmas cards...

Kate Bush The Red Shoes

I've been listening to Kate Bush pretty much non-stop these past couple of weeks. I've been a fan since Wuthering Heights, but after the disappointment of not getting tickets for her live shows (there should definitely have been tickets reserved for fans who bought The Kick Inside when it was first released in 1978. Bit of an oversight there Kate!) I decided to console myself by buying one of her albums, The Red Shoes, which I hadn't listened to in a while. I had it on cassette, but with no way of playing it I bought the remastered CD. Listening to it again was like being hugged by an old friend. Love you Kate.

We've laughed a lot these week too. Real belly laughs. In fact, I've felt happier - and more able to laugh -  these past couple of weeks than in a long time. No idea why, nothing significant has happened but spending time with my girls is the main reason for me laughing like a crazy woman. Particularly The Teenager's impersonations of me which are both uncomfortably accurate and hilarious. Drat that girl!

Watching Modern Family is always good for a belly laugh too and there's nothing better than the three of us watching together. Cam's my favourite. No, Phil. No wait, Cam. Anyway, I love it, makes me snort with laughter which isn't a pretty sight at all.

Now my girls are older and boyfriends are very much a part of life (theirs, not mine) I occasionally like to share nuggets of dating advice with them. Yes, that's advice from me, the woman with the worst dating history every. But apart from that minor detail, and in addition to my previous profoundly brilliant tips, my other solid-gold piece of advice for them is this:  Never date/marry a man who doesn't make you laugh.' I'm with Lena Dunham on this one.  Really, not even worth thinking about. Now, if only I'd listened to my own advice.

Talking of laughing this was my most popular share on my FB page this week.. Number 9 absolutely kills me.  If you already follow my Facebook page, thank you. If you don't it would be lovely to see you there.

Not sure what this weekend has in store for us, but there's definitely some Strictly Come Dancing, walking the hound and lots of cake forecast for me and Tall Daughter, and the Teenager's boyfriend just started at Leeds Uni so she's going to visit him there. This time next year it'll be her turn to go. I'm not sure how I feel about that yet.

Whatever you're planning, have a great weekend x