Sunday 2 October 2022

Excuse me, I seem to have misplaced September...


Hello folks! I seem to have completely misplaced the month of September but maybe that isn't too surprising given it was quite an eventful month!

The little dude started secondary school, I ended up in hospital with a kidney infection, the Queen died, and work went crazy. I've had to pickle, blanch/freeze and batch cook a glut of veggies from the garden, sort out insurance renewals, and deal with multiple household items deciding to give up the ghost in a very short space of time... 
It was just a month of one thing to do after another and honestly the kidney infection completely took my legs out from under me and made everything feel like I was competing on Ninja Warrior instead of navigating the house with a laundry basket!
I had a lot of help from the husband, obviously, but there are just some things - like pickling or making sauces from scratch - that are beyond his skill set... He loves growing veggies but he relies on me to know what to do with them all! 😂

Anyway, here we are in October! I survived September! I'm fully recovered now and looking forward to my favourite time of the year!
I absolutely adore spooky season through to Christmas... It's just perfect to me. 

I haven't been around much so have missed so many posts, haven't been commenting etc, because September kicked my ass. However, I share some I have managed to read and really enjoyed this weekend!

Sam talks about not feeling bookish enough... It honestly makes me sad that voracious readers like Sam feel like they're not bookish enough because people love to gatekeep and try to slap arbitrary "rules" on everything.

Karen talks about Vintage Cookbooks... I loved this post as it made me think about my vintage cookbook inherited from my gran and the comments section is full of such stories!

FYI, I'll also be around a lot more now as my home routine is finally getting back to normal.

Since my last update, I've read 5 books. It's not much but I'm grateful just to be reading.

Love on The Brain by Ali Hazelwood
Wild Knight by Annabel Chase
Three Dog Knight by Annabel Chase
Deadly Knight by Annabel Chase
One Knight Stand by Annabel Chase

Due to being quite ill then recovering from said illness, I spent a lot of September glued to a screen... And I mostly watched entertaining but mindless nonsense like Australian Ninja Warrior (2019) on catch up TV - I was hooked and refused to look up who won as I wanted to be surprised, lol - before discovering that the British version had resumed and was airing now... So I caught up with that too!

I've been watching Rings of Power (I don't think I like it but I'm watching it anyway) and House of the Dragon (which I'm really enjoying). Lower Decks is back for S3 and that's kept me giggling... And there was lots of coverage after the death of the Queen - including the funeral - that I watched too. The day of her death was the day I ended up in hospital so there really wasn't much else to do but doom scroll and watch in between the meds and snoozing.

I also had another run through of Heartstopper as the little dude complained that he wanted to watch it and I'd committed a huge sin when I watched it without him! So we watched it together and it was just as adorable the second time around! 

Then there was watching For All Mankind with the professor... We're only half way through S1 and I'm still interested in it but not riveted.

In terms of movies... I think I've only watched Hocus Pocus 2 which was our Friday night movie this week.
All in all, I don't think it hits the highs of the original but I liked it! Really not to shabby for a sequel.

And that's it from me! How was your September?

PS - The issues with the new blog url ( not showing up in RSS feeds like bloglovin and feedly resulted in me having to get another new url (.uk) and do a whole load of background stuff on blogger... It was frustrating af, folks! But it should all be fixed now! Phew!

Have a good week!


  1. Sorry to hear you were ill. Here's to a speedy recovery. I cannot believe your son is secondary school. Where does the time go? So good to see you back. XOXO

    1. Thank you Sam!
      I can't believe how fast time goes either... He's so tall! Almost the same height as me and he's only 11! His shoe size is larger than mine, his hoodies etc fit me... It's madness! Time needs to slow its roll! lol

  2. The month did seem to go by fast, didn't it?
    So sorry to hear about the kidney infection. I hope you are feeling better.

  3. Sorry to hear about the kidney infection. I had one years ago and I know they are no fun at all!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. They definitely aren't... Fingers crossed that's the last one I have for a long time!

  4. I'm so sorry about the kidney infection. I hope you are doing well. I loved For All Mankind and binged all three seasons. I hope you have a great week!

  5. I hope you are fully recovered and feeling better now! Kidney infections are horrible!
    I have also been watching LOTR and am not sure I'm a fan of it. It's so slow paced at times I have nodded off. House of Dragons on the other hand.... WOW!!
    Happy spooky season!

  6. I'm so sorry to hear about your kidney infection. That's scary and really takes a toll on your body. I'm glad you're feeling better and that your routine is getting back to normal. My husband and I loved LOWER DECKS. I haven't watched any of the others you listed yet. I hope to get to LOVE ON THE BRAIN this week. :D

    1. I hope you like it! So far, Ali Hazelwood hasn't put a foot wrong for me. :)

  7. Nooo not a kidney infection! I'm sorry friend, your September sounds like a blur.

  8. I agree! September came and went in the blink of an eye! I hope you're doing better and resting after the kidney infection! I want to watch Heartstopper but haven't had the chance yet, I'll try to get to it soon. I haven't heard of any of the other shows (Besides the LoTR one)
    I hope your October is better than September!

    Ash @ Essentially Ash

    1. Thank you, me too! (And so far so good!)

  9. I love this whole time of year too, all the way to Christmas as well. :) Sorry to hear about the kidney infection though! Hope you're feeling much better. I'm watching Rings of Power too and have been debating startig For all Mankind. I don't really want another streaming service. lol

    1. Tell me about it! we have about 6 or 7 now and it's ridiculous.

  10. I BOOKMARKED THIS BLOG! lol I don't know how I kept losing you.

    Thanks for sharing that post. I love hearing everyone's stories too. And I too was shocked that Super Reader Sam would not be considered a real reader.

    It took me two tries to get into For All Mankind. I blubbered a lot over that one lol

    I'm glad you're feeling better.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

    1. It's all my fault! lol. I was at what felt like a million URLs for a while... I'm behaving now! :)

      We still haven't finished s1 of For All Mankind. We jump around on the viewing a lot but so far no crying.

  11. Wow! What a September you had! I am glad you are fully recovered. That must have been awful. I can relate to some of what Sam had to say. Book lovers come in all different varieties. My family and I watched Hocus Pocus 2 and really enjoyed it. It was very different from the first and I was glad for that. I love your new blog title, by the way. :-) Have a great week.

  12. Oh no, sorry to hear about the kidney infection. That's sounds awfully unpleasant. Glad you are feeling better and ready to enjoy Fall. I've watched all of Heartstopper at least twice now and I adore it. It gives me all the good feels and I'm desperate for season 2.


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