The Year That Was 2017

I like to do a review post of the year at this time, it helps me keep focus and it’s always good to look back. I know my health has been a main issue for the past year but I will try and focus on other things in this post, but first a quick run down on my issues. In January 2017 I was re-diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrom with PERM (Progressive encephemyelitis with rigidity and myoclonus.) I immediately went for IV steroid treatment and then high dose steroids for 3 months with little effect (other than making me put on nearly two stone.) I was then approved for IVIG (intravenous immunoglobulin) which I had hoped would be my miracle cure but wasn’t. I did however have some improvement so I’m continuing with this for a while longer to see if the improvements get better. I am still unable to walk very far and in pain every moment of every day. I am still trying to live life as full as I can and make lots of memories for my lovely children.

So here goes, illness aside, this is what we have been up to in 2017.


In January, along with a lot of reflecting on life, I wrote a post of our Christmas presents last year. Reading back I’m surprised at how much fun we had with Lego Dimensions, a game that has hardly been played since last January! The race track has had lots more play time though.


My lovely little chef Boo made a Valentines Cake. It was adorable and we made two lovely videos showing how she made the cake and how she decorated it. 


Here is another recipe for you, a gorgeous Banana Honey and Walnut Tea Loaf
In a reflective mood I also wrote a post about my Dad who passed away when I was very young. 


In April I joined the National Trust and our first outing was to Packwood House. I had hoped for many more visits to different places during the year but we didn’t manage many. My main regret is going somewhere just before Christmas but we had a big snow fall and ended up not being able to go out at all. Still, we did have a few wonderful outings and Packwood house will definitely be visited again. 


My favourite post for May is where I reflect on having a second chance at motherhood. I had two children in my early 20s and mostly raised them alone when their Dad decided to move abroad. But I met my current husband in my mid 30s and he didn’t have children. We decided we’d like a family together but our first child wasn’t born until I was nearly 40! Then we went on to have two more, was I crazy?


We generally start June with a holiday at half term. This year we went to Weymouth and had a lovely time. We usually get some fantastic weather too so I’m a little concerned that in 2018 we’ve chosen to go away in August instead, the weather is much more temperamental in the Summer.
On the way home I achieved something that I’d wanted to do for a long long time. I went to visit a shop in a tiny village. We drove miles out of our way on our way home from Weymouth just to go there and even though the shop was tiny we spent well over an hour in there. I’d set myself a strict budget on what I could spend but I so wish I could have spent more. So here is my story of my Pilgrimage to Wincanton and the Discworld Emporium.


July is Boo’s birthday month and we celebrated with a Dog Making Party. We had some gorgeous dogs from Splodge Teddy Parties that needed filling and then fastening to make a lovely cuddly pet. The girls had a whale of a time and were able to take their new pets home with them. I also made a nifty looking Dog cake, even if I do say so myself. 


We started August with a weekend away in Bridport, Dorset. The place where Broadchurch was filmed. We had changeable weather, pouring down one minute and then really sunny the next. The kids had a fabulous time and I even managed a paddle in the sea.
August is also the month for The Little Man and Star’s birthdays. No parties for them this year, although the Little Man had a couple of friends around to play and Star had her usual meal out at Pizza Hut. 
Then at the end of the month we had another day out at a National Trust Property, Hanbury Hall.


Back to school, and for two of my kids a brand new school building! The primary and secondary school are merging so it will be an all through school from Reception to Year 11. It seems to be working out well so far, but the Little Man is left behind in the old school and they don’t seem to be giving them as much attention as those in the new school. 
We did have a great day out in early September to Stratford-on-Avon. Our picnic plans were scuppered by rain but we ended up in the fantastic MAD museum. This is one of my favourite videos of this year. 


I love the Great British Bake Off but this year I didn’t get much chance to bake along. When I did, it didn’t exactly go to plan as these Chocolate Molten Puddings show. They were tasty though.
We also got the chance to visit a local farm to carve our pumpkins which was really good, at least we didn’t have all the mess at home.


In November poor Star fractured her wrist in an accident at school. 
I also got to write about Autism when The A Word had it’s second series on BBC1, this post is about schools.
Then we had a fun day out at Hatton Adventure world and The Enchanted Christmas Kingdom where the kids got to visit Father Christmas in his grotto and tell him what they wanted for Christmas.


December has been an exciting month with Christmas preparations. Most exciting was my birthday present from my friend which was a trip to the Ballet to see the Nutcracker. It was the perfect start to the holiday season.
I don’t think it’s been a bad year, probably not very exciting but I’ve taken my health issues out of the picture for this post and they dictate a lot on what we can and can’t do. I really hope I’ve created some lovely memories for my children. 


  1. December 30, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    Ahh! I remember reading all of these blog posts throughout the year….
    Illness aside it does sound like you had a good year!
    Wishing you all the best for 2018 x

  2. susankmann
    December 31, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    What a lovely round up to finish the year off. Sounds like it's been a good year. Happy New Year lovely xx

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