Friday, 28 October 2016

Five On Friday

Hello everyone!  It is wonderful to be here again with you this week.  As you might have read on my last post, earlier this week Man moved to his new home, several hundred miles away from us, but still with family and to a place that we hope will be safe and secure and allow him to be cared for and live in as good a way as possible for the rest of his days.  I know that makes him sound like a horse being put out to grass, and he isn't a horse of course, but we still hope he will have a good rest of his life.

With that behind us I can move on a little, we still have lots to deal with of course, his house and so on, but not charging around all the time to the hospital driving 100 miles a day will give us so much more time again to get on with life in a more measured fashion.

That has all meant that I can once again join in this week with Five On Friday, and, stop press!!, I hope to actually get round and comment on your posts this weekend!  Thank you SO much for having borne with me over the last few weeks and for still joining in even if I haven't been.  I really do appreciate it.  Hopefully we will now wend our way each Friday to the end of the year without any interruptions or difficulties and I will be able to join in every week.

Today I have five lots of sunshine to share and something that has been bought on by a lack of sunshine, but has had a really good result.

One

My crochet mojo has returned and I finished this project which I started the day after Man had his stroke.  I finished the day before he left hospital.   So it was a long slog for one thing, but I did it.  More details to come in due course.  Of course!  The sunshine is the colour, the return of the mojo and the finish!


Two

Sort of sunshine in the colour of the book - Eat by Nigel Slater.  The sunny moment is really in the fact that I had time and took time whilst waiting for my car to be fixed at the garage on Thursday to actually plan the meals for the month ahead.  I am not finished yet, but getting there and yes, the page numbers relate to the page numbers in the book.


Three

A sunny moment bought on by a lack of sunshine.  As the days shorten and the sunshine gets less it prompts my "Seasonal" cactus to flower again.  Long time readers might remember this was sold at Christmas as a Seasonal  and not Christmas Cactus which infuriated me at the time.  It seems though that the name was right, it will flower at all different kinds of seasons as and when it fancies it!  Looks as though there going to be lots of blooms to bring some sunshine to my life!


Four

A sad and yet sunny moment with this one.  I snapped this beautiful sunset on my phone while we were on the motorway driving home from dropping Man off to his new home - I wasn't driving, I was the passenger.  So it was a beautiful sunset and lovely to see and good to have good weather for driving, but a bittersweet day.  At least with some sun in it!


Five

Sort of sunny in terms of the golden colours of the leaves that are changing colour in the garden, but also sunny in the fact that a mosaic means that I will be joining in Mosaic Monday on Monday and trying to get back to normal blogging again.  So that is pretty sunny isn't it!

In fact I have joined with the lovely Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday!  You can find the other posts here.


Those are my five sunny things for this week!

Thank you once again for bearing with me over the last couple of months and for joining in and carrying on.  Thank you too for joining in this week and for going and visiting the other participants and commenting on their posts, I know that we all really appreciate it and enjoy it a great deal.  You have bought me lots of sunshine and you bring it to others too!

Hope that you have a great weekend and get to do lots of fun things with your loved ones.  Remember to tell them you love them!

Happy Friday!

Amy

p.s. talking about sunshine.....  just to let you know our clocks change this weekend in the UK - we go back an hour - as British Summertime will be ending overnight on Saturday.  So next week the time when the link up appears may be different for you as and when your clocks change too.  I will leave it at 6am our time, I hope that doesn't cause too much confusion!

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87 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your sunny five, Amy. Your crochet is a lovely cheery color. I admire your menu planning! We are so surrounded by trees we can not see the full sky for sunrise and sunset. I enjoyed seeing the sunset you took a photo of on your transitional trip with Man, and I hope that this move will be a blessing for him and the rest of your family. My "seasonal" cactus bloom when they fancy, but I am hoping I can coax them to bloom at Christmastime this year :) Your cactus buds promise gorgeous blooms! xx

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    1. Thank you Gracie for your lovely comment. I am glad I am not the only one with a cactus that plays around with the season it flowers in!

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  2. Good Morning Amy - it is Good Night for me here in the Pacific Northwest! Lovely to see your sunshine inspiration this week and good to hear that things are settling down for Man and for you, too. Your crochet is lovely and looking forward to seeing the final reveal. Glad that the cactus is brightening your home. I think I need to fertilize mine :) Wishing you a happy and restful weekend, if that is possible. Sending hugs xo Karen

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    1. I noticed that I hadn't watered my cactus for ages - a couple of months! - then when I did it burst into flower, so I wonder if the way to make it flower is to keep it really dry for a while? Hope yours flowers. Thank you for the good wishes.

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  3. Hi Amy
    Glad to hear your world is looking sunnier. Your crochet is gorgeous ...love that colour. Won't be linking up this week I'm afraid, just been too busy to get anything organized. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Don't worry about linking up, it is lovely to have people joining in as and when they can. Hope you have had a good weekend!

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  4. A lovely sunny post. Your crochet is lovely, bright and cheerful. Your seasonal cactus will be nice and cheerful too when it flowers - I think we called it an inch plant when I had one many moons ago. I will wish you a happy day even though it is evening here in the antipodes and I am looking forward to bed in a couple of hours.

    Diana

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    1. I can see why you would call this plant an inch plant, it really only grows a little at a time doesn't it. I like that name!

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  5. A lovely five Amy. Good to see that the sunshine has come back into your life. Have a lovely weekend. B x

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  6. A lovely sunny five to brighten a Friday morning Amy! I am so glad your crochet mojo has returned, probably because you have a little head space for it now. Hope you have more time, now that Man is settled in his new home, to enjoy your creativity. Take care and take time to adjust to your 'new normal'. I love your cactus, what a lot of buds.

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  7. What a lovely sunny 5 Amy. Glad that there is sunshine back in your life a bit. your crojo is back which is brilliant and that latest make looks stunning, sending as always continued love x

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  8. It's so nice to hear that finally you found a good solution for Men and you don't have this enormous and time consuming burden anymore ! When I read these things I always hope that I will never be a burden for my son. Unfortunately sometimes it is not avoidable. Now you can start to enjoy life again and have time for yourself I see it on your beautiful pictures !

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    1. You can at least plan for the future, even if it doesn't work out how you might imagine, I would recommend making sure your papers are in order and that will be a great help to your son in the future whatever happens in your life.

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  9. So glad you are able to join in again. Dealing with the house should be a lot easier than what you have been through over the years. x

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    1. You are right, although there is another skip planned for next weekend and probably another one after that too!

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  10. It's good to see you back again and so sunshiney!

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  11. Such a lovely sunny post, that is reflecting your mood. Hope things now start to settle down for you and your husband. Take care.

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  12. Lovely to see the sunny moments from you week and hope things can start to settle down for you again now.

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    1. Thank you. I hope things are OK for you too.

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  13. Dear Amy!
    Nice to hear that life is getting better and better...And that you found a good solution for your Man, and for you.
    Nice fives you are delivering, I give you 5, on my blogpost...
    Happy weekend!
    AnnA

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    1. Thank you Ann and thank you for joining in too.

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  14. Thank you Amy for hosting Five on Friday. I'm glad that things are settling down a little for you. I hope you have more time now to get back into those interests that you love so much and enjoy sharing with others.

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    1. Thank you Linda and for your kind words too.

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  15. I really, really LOVE the close-up of the "Christmas" cactus!!

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  16. I'm glad things in your world are easing up a bit and you are feeling more back to normal--a good sunny post to depict that. Love the color of your crochet project. I admire your meal planner. It's always hard for me to settle down enough to plan out meals, but it's such a good thing to do.

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    1. I feel so much more organised knowing what we will be eating, it helps with the shopping and there is no standing by the fridge dithering!

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  17. A lovely sunny set of five today! So glad you are able to get your life back on track after the strain of recent times. Wishing you lots of sunshine this weekend, Amy!
    Helen xox

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  18. Our clocks go back a week after yours. The mornings are quite gloomy, but the nights will be so early.

    Glad that you're feeling more settled. Nothing is much more unsettling than to have a loved one not well and needing attention.

    Wonderful color yellow on your crochet...almost the perfect shade.

    A happy weekend to you!

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    1. I know you know all about unsettling change, it is tough, but we will both get there won't we Vee!

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  19. Seeing that sunny yellow has really perked my heart up. Funny how colors truly make you feel different. Thanks, as always, for hosting this wonderful blog party. I've come to look forward to a quick "5" hit of what everyone's doing each week.

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    1. It is interesting how different colours make us see and feel differently isn't it!

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  20. Five lovely sunshiney things, Amy, I'm glad things are gradualy getting back to normal for you:)

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  21. So glad you have more time to get back to other things you enjoy. Our clocks don't change till November 5/6 Enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Thank you Linda, hope you enjoy your extra hour when it comes!

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  22. Sunny 5 - love it. I wish I could organize myself to do a menue plan like that - good job.

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    1. If you try a week at first it is easier and you soon get in the swing of doing it.

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  23. It was nice to read your sunshiny post and to read the uplift in your typing voice. Our clocks do the big change on November 6th this year. Hope your weekend has more sunshine in it!

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  24. Amy, so glad you're back with us! Love the Sunny Five. Your crochet looks wonderful. I've so envious that you manage to plan your meals for a month. I'm lucky if I can manage a week. I'm running out of things to cook. It's driving me crazy. I like knowing what I'm cooking so I don't have to keep thinking about it. Ack on the clocks. Ours don't change for another week so I'm going to have to work out time difference so I can Skype Mum at the right time.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Sharon. I know what you mean about running out of things to cook, that is why I plan then I don't have the what to make for dinner dilemma! Enjoy your extra hour and I hope you can still call your Mum this week!

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  25. Welcome back, enjoyed your Five, lovely golden colors.

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  26. I love your sunny five and am so pleased that your life can begin to get back on track. I am so impressed with your menu plan - if only I could be that organised! xx

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    1. I am only organised if I am organised if that makes sense, it doesn't come naturally otherwise!

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  27. A lovely five Amy. The sunshine colour of your crochet project is gorgeous. I'm intrigued as to what it may be. So good to read that man is settled in his new home. X

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    1. Thank you Jules. More to come on the crochet when I can get the pattern done!

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  28. I'd forgotten about the clocks. Dark early mornings :o(. Love all your sunny things :o) xx

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    1. Hope you enjoyed the extra hour and that Teddy and Poppy were not confused by it!

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  29. Hi Amy!
    A very sunny post! Love the color of the afghan. I do have a "thing" for yellow. Beautiful Autumn color in your garden. So nice to hear your life is settling down. Thanks for hosting! Happy Friday!

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  30. Wonderful to have you back and with such good news and positive energy! I love this sunshiny post, especially your crochet finish and the beauty of the autumn leaves and sun!
    Thanks for hosting and best wishes!

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    1. Thank you for all of your kind wishes Christine.

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  31. Glad to hear & see you getting back to 'normal', though I often wonder about that word means, as life changes all the time & I think that we need to really take it one day at a time. There is a song call "One day at a time" by Cristy Lane which I think sums it all up nicely. Love your 5 pics, especially the pretty autumn leaves. Have a good weekend & take care.

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    1. You are right Susan, I have no idea what normal is or means anymore, I guess it means whatever isn't abnormal! I will look up that song. Thank you!

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  32. I like your sunny post! Your cactus is so pretty and makes me think of my Grandma. She died when I was 4, but I still remember the huge Christmas Cactus she had.
    I am glad Man has a new home and hope he is adjusting to it well.
    Your mosaic is very pretty!

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    1. I hope the cactus bought back happy memories for you! xx

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  33. Amy, your sunny sky is so beautiful. I love the Christmas cactus and yellow leaves too. Have a good weekend!

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    1. Thank you Ritta, hope you are having a sunny day!

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  34. Glad things are finally settling down, love your sunshine crochet and sunset.

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  35. I'm so glad you've got things sorted out. It sounds like it is going to be a better situation for all of you. The fact your crochet mojo is back is a good sign that you are starting to recover from the heavy responsibility of being a caregiver.

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  36. Yay my sweet Amy! So nice to see some sunshine back in your life and feeling like your back to your old mojo!! You always bring sunshine to me with your posts and love that things to be falling in place and you can "breathe" a bit more. I love your crochet - gorgeous color!! And the cactus looks wonderful!! Our leaves are leaving (pun intended) so quickly now and I'm always sad to see them go. Looks golden and lovely there yet! ;)
    Blessings on your weekend and all the yummy cooking you have planned ahead. xoxo

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    1. Thank you lovely Carrie, so kind of you. Hope you have had a good weekend too!

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  37. Hi Amy, I loved your post today and that afghan is gorgeous! I'm glad that you will be able to have some time to breathe again knowing that the Man is safe and being well cared for. Be blessed my friend!

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  38. What a lovely 'sunny' post. Hopefully you can relax and find you again now that The Man is being cared for.

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  39. I'm glad that the worst is behind you Amy and your crochet mojo is back, I love your sunshiny post, have a great weekend. :) xx

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    1. Thank you Linda, still lots to do, but getting there!

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  40. Change is a part of life. Sometimes circumstances gear us towards it, other times, our psyche tells us it's time. Your garden's greens are changing, too, for it's the season. Lovely colours, all round.

    Poppy

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    1. You are right Poppy, sometimes I think that change is what normal is! I guess we can't stand still can we!

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  41. Here's to the happy and more relaxed future!
    Lovely photos, Amy, and I so admire your organised menu plan.
    Have a lovely Sunday and a November with many sunny days! xx

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    1. Thank you Sara. I find life easier when I know what I am doing!

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  42. I love your crocheting, the sunset, and the leaves Amy! Hope you are having a nice day. Have a wonderful week.
    Julie xo

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    1. Thank you Julie. It wasn't the best day yesterday - tooth out! - but things are improving generally! Hope all is well with you.

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  43. I'm so glad to hear that there's more sunshine in your days, I can tell from your 5 post that the load on your shoulders is getting lighter too.
    It's good to have your company on Mosaic Monday this week.
    Take care.

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    1. Thank you Maggie, yes, things are lightening up here!

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  44. Life makes it hard for us to find the sunshine sometimes and you have had a hard time of things recently so I'm glad to see it making an reappearance for you.
    Enjoy your month of Nigel!
    Lisa x

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