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The Big 5-0 : Number 1

It’s a bit of a cheat this one, but I’m grouping together everything to do with my birthday celebrations.  I didn’t have a party or do anything loud and rowdy, which I wouldn’t have done anyway; I’m not a rowdy party person.  But I have had some lovely meals and get-togethers with some very special people in my life, and still have some more to come over the next couple of weeks.

I received so many lovey messages and birthday wishes from family and friends all over the world.  It was great talking to people in China, America, Australia and just round the corner on social media.  And I got some beautiful, thoughtful gifts.  People really have been so kind.  I couldn’t ask for more and I am so thankful for everything.

Although not a girly-girl, as a birthday treat, I got nail extensions. Wow! They’re fab!  I was going to have just French manicured nails but then on consideration you’re not going to be fifty every day so I went for sparkly, purple nails (Cadbury’s purple).  I love anything purple and anything sparkly, so they are fantastic!  I’m very narcissistic over them too: I can’t stop admiring them.

On my birthday itself, it had snowed overnight, quite a lot, so everywhere looked white and wonderful.  I felt well, so me, Jordan and Blossom went for a walk over the field where I live.  The sky was the bluest you would wish for in the height of summer and the snow was the purest white.  It was the perfect winter day.  We decided that I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for my 50th Birthday.  Then, while still out walking, my mam rang to say my dad was being rushed into hospital.  It wasn’t a surprise; he’s been in and out of hospital for the last couple of years, and although he’s still in now, I’m sure he’ll be ok.  Anyway, the next few hours I spent with my mam in hospital, still in my walking boots and wet socks.  And that’s what happens in life.  Things don’t stop because it’s someone’s birthday.  That’s what life throws at us.  So I got to spend hours talking with my mam that I wouldn’t have done, and although I was completely exhausted and drained by the time I got home, I had a lovely cosy evening in front of the fire, with fajitas, tiramisu and birthday cake to celebrate my day with Jordan and Blossom.

Like I say, I’ve still got a few meals, and cuppas and visits yet to come, (I can’t wait to see David, Liz and the kids!) so the birthday celebrations will continue for a while yet.

Lesley xx

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This Is Me

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Hello there.  My name is Lesley.  In ten days I will be 50.  To many people that would fill them with dread.  But to me, no.  I’m really excited.  The most I’ve been excited for a birthday in a long time.  I’ve done all the hard stuff:  I’ve been a kid, and a teenager, I’ve brought up my children and I’ve worked long hours.  I’ve always told my family I’m going to live to 100, so this birthday marks the mid-point in my life.  I’ve done the hard stuff, so now on it’s time for all the good stuff – time for me, time for fun, time for travelling, time for my grandchildren.

When I decided to write this blog I had a specific plan in mind.  That plan still stands.  But I had a little hiccup along the way.  In September I was hospitalised suddenly and was really quite ill.  Gallstones that I didn’t know I had had caused me to become seriously ill with Acute Pancreatitis.  Since then I have been slowly recovering and recuperating.  Some days are really quite bad, other days not so.  I don’t plan on my blog being about Pancreatitis, and I don’t want it to define me or what the blog is about, but because this blog is about my life, my ordinary life, then I will have to write about pancreatitis from time to time, as and when it affects my life.

However, the real purpose of starting the blog was because of my up-and-coming birthday.  My 50th.  The Big 5 0.  What I want to do, to help make this year special is to do fifty fun things over the year that I am 50.  So a page of the blog will be the Big 5 0. Fifty fun things.  What those 50 fun things will be yet I have no idea.  I have a couple of things in mind, but will be looking for ideas along the way.  Obviously, because I’ve been ill some fun things I won’t be able to do.  There’ll be no alcohol or caffeine.  The days or weeks I don’t feel so well fun may need to be put on hold for a while.  But I know over the course of the year I’ll be able to come up with 50.  I don’t want it to be a Bucket List though.  It’s not the end of my life, it’s the mid-point, and after this year I’ll still have plenty of time for more excitement and travel and adventures.

So, before next week I better at least come up with one or two things that I can get up to!  Anyone have any ideas, then get in touch and let me know.

Other things that will crop up in my blog will be my hobbies and passions:  music – I love music.  I always have music playing, in the car, in the house, when I go to sleep, when I wake up.  I love live music and gigs; photography – I still class myself as a beginner, but I love going out and about to old haunts and new places with my camera.  To begin with most of the photos on here will be from photo stock, but I hope over time I can replace these with more and more of my own pictures; cooking, baking and food – I love food.  Who doesn’t? I hope to share some of my favourite recipes, new recipes and my battle with my weight.  Hobbies – I have so many.  I love sewing, knitting, writing, drawing, painting and entering competitions.  I’m hoping to try and get to grips with crocheting this year, as it’s the skill that eludes me.  My family and friends – I am so thankful for all the wonderful people in my life; my sons, my grandsons, my friends and my lovely, naughty dog Blossom.  I’m sure you’ll see and hear much more about her in the blog.

Well, that’s me introduced.  That’s what I’m intending on doing on the blog; writing about my life, my extra ordinary life, but in doing so I know it’s going to be Extraordinary!

Lesley xx

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