Sunday, 27 December 2015

Weekly Reflections // Week 64

20th - 26th December 

Favourite Photo.

Top Thankful or Happy Moments.
♥ Finally getting my Hogwarts letter framed.
♥ Surviving a supermarket trip with Jake without getting angry.
♥ My 'North East Story' appearing on the New Girl in Toon blog!
♥ Sleeping through the night after not sleeping well for a few nights.
♥ Eating a whole broccoli for lunch.
♥ Finding a lost memory card.
♥ Feeding the swans on Xmas morning with Baker.
♥ Seeing Baker open his gifts.
♥ A lovely lunch with my family.
 The most wonderful ending to Downton Abbey (as well as the fabulous Alnwick Castle & Beamish being used as filming locations - woohoo North East England!)
♥ Getting all my ironing done while watching Downton.
♥ A lie in.

Best Blogs or Posts I've Enjoyed.
What I've Watched.
[!] How I Met Your Mother S9
[!] Jill and Jessa Counting On
[!] Saved by the Bell: The New Class S1 & S2
[!] The Wizard of Oz
[!] Downton Abbey
[!] Our Cilla
[!] Britain's Favorite Children's Books

Other Articles etc of Interest.
Talking Points.
Without putting a downer on this usually optimistic and happy space, I have to say the world disappoints me at times like this. While some houses struggle to pay their bills, some have no home to call their own and people are living without families and parents, there are people in other houses eating to the point of making themselves ill, posting photos of sofas piled with gifts and after having already spent hundreds - even thousands - for one day still go out the next day and blow more cash. I'll never understand a world where such extremities get looked over.
Don't get me wrong, I am very, very lucky and got to spend the day with my little family, with thoughtful gifts and food in my tummy but I never forget those less fortunate. I do my bit and if I had the money some people do instead of 'spoiling*' people who really don't need pointless trinkets I'd spend it on more important things. 
I didn't mean to waffle on so much, but it's something that has really gotten me down this year. I hope it'll make people think.

*I cannot stand this word. It is not a good thing. Please don't 'hope I get spoiled'.  Greed and gluttony are sins after all and you are actually celebrating Jesus' birthday so....


  1. I know what you mean. I always try to buy gifts that are useful or meaningful, to avoid the waste that an unsuitable gift might bring.

  2. I haven't watched Downton yet but I hope it was good! My mum seemed to be pleased with the ending. I only like to buy presents that people would find useful or have some sort of meaning to them. I've been very lucky but I would never ask to be "spoiled" or be ungrateful!
    I hope you had a good time though! xxx

    1. I only watched it after Cinderella haha! I didn't expect to like it but I addoorreeed it. It was a fab ending, I'm so glad.


  3. Oh my goodness the happy moment "Surviving a supermarket trip with Jake without getting angry", Hallelujah!! I know its going to be a good day when Craig and I can go into the grocery store without arguing hahah Hope your Christmas was wonderful :)

    Renee | Lose the Road

    1. I'm glad it isn't just me! Jake thinks I'm terrible and hates going shopping with me haha.
      Thank you :) and yours


  4. Merry Christmas to you and your family Danielle. My most excitable reaction was to the massive bar of Dairy Milk I got, that's all I wanted lol.
    I'd like to think that people were thinking of others more after the various Christmas adverts this year highlighting the lonely and unfortunate at this time. From a program I heard on radio 2 they have brought more awareness and help. :) xx

  5. Aww I absolutely love that photo of you Baker and Jake! So cute!!! And I loved watching Oscar open his gifts too he went crazy! xx

  6. I've yet to watch the Downton Abbey Christmas special as I know it'll be emotional for me! I'm saving it :D And I completely agree when it comes to Christmas - I'm always very aware of how difficult this time of year can be for some people and it's heart-warming to know that there are others like you out there who feel the same - and thank you for including my post too - I'm glad you liked it! Love the family shot of you, Baker and Jake. - Tasha

  7. Aah, sounds like you had a lovely Christmas. All the best for 2016.
    Happy New Year to you all. Lyndsay xx

  8. Oh gosh I feel awful now...I think I might have said you were spoiled in your last haul post I commented on. I'm so so sorry if I did. I didn't mean anything by it. I used it more to say you received lots of lovely gifts. I didn't mean offence. If I had more money, I get by with the odd treat here and there, I would do my bit to help others. I do what I can now. The odd few quid here and there. But it's nothing. And my other half always points out that there are a select few who have so much money they couldn't possibly spend it who could donate to charities and help those less fortunate but do they? No. They just sit on their piles of cash while the rest of us not less fortunate as such but nowhere near as fortunate as them try to help as best we can. It's not fair. Sorry for ranting. And again I apologise if I used the "s" word in a previous comment :( x x

  9. I love that family photo of the 3 of you! Finding a lost memory card? I can't even imagine the joy and relief, well done! :) xox