School, Snow, Crochet and Reading

Back to School

Half term seemed to fly by so quickly, how long until Easter? The kids went back to school today and I went to pick them up. Hubby had to take eldest daughter to a very important meeting on the other side of town so it was down to me to fetch the kids. I had to get eldest son to come with me as I’ve still not been out alone. It feels strange, that I’ve not been out alone in more than two years, what happened to my independence? I guess that’s something I need to work on, starting with the blogger’s retreat that I’m going to in April.

Anyway, back to the kids. It was so, so, cold, even snowing, when I ventured out in my wheelchair. I had my biggest warmest coat on, gloves, hat and scarf. I took my handbag to sit on my lap and provide an extra layer of protective warmth and of course I had my boots on. I still nearly froze to death! Jeez, how cold it was! The school is one and half miles away. I know this because I measured it when I was trying to keep fit and measuring the amount of walking I did each day..ironic, I know! At that time I was having to pick the Little Man up from nursery so walked the journey there and back three times a day, that’s 9 miles!

The kids were excited that I came to pick them up and didn’t seem to mind walking home, even though the snow had stopped.


I do my shopping online, for two reasons. One, I find it extremely tiring going around the supermarket, even in one of their powered trollies. And two, I find I can budget better online, it’s easier to put things back than it is at the checkout in the store!

I find shopping online incredibly tedious though and I’m often tempted just to fill the virtual shopping trolly with last weeks shop. Still, as I work through it all I’m very prone to make mistakes, so I do it on Saturday and then spend the next day or so editing it until I’m sure I’ve got it right. I remember the time I ordered 4 kg of frozen chips! Or 3 whole chickens.

This week I didn’t do the shop until Sunday and with the going back to school preparations I didn’t go back to edit it. It wasn’t too bad though, I didn’t forget anything (apart from ANY toiletries whatsoever!) I did order an extra loaf of bread, 2 boxes of choc ices instead of 1, and the wrong sausages for the Little Mans lunchbox. I’m thinking there may have been more errors but hubby was shoving it all away at the speed of light because he had a new PS4 game to play.


Can you call it reading when you’ve listened to a book on audio? Well, I have been listening to books for a while but I steered away from fiction thinking I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as a book. The truth is, I LOVE IT, you can listen while doing other things, like cleaning or, my favourite, crocheting. Anyway, the book I listened to was The Girl on The Train, Paula Hawkins. I’ve not read it before or seen the film and I have to say, I loved it. The narrators where amazingly good, I couldn’t stop listening.

Just one thing though. I never, ever skip to the ending of a book, I really don’t see the point of spoiling it. However, while listening I was interrupted by the Little Man and had to pause it. Then when I switched it back on I had somehow managed to skip ten chapters and was near the end. I KNEW, I’d missed part of the story, I KNEW I was near the end, but I was so gripped I carried on listening anyway. Then I had to go back and listen to fill in all the gaps. Why did I carry on when I would never do this while reading? I just don’t know, but I still enjoyed the book anyway. I really want to see the film now.

cover image The Girl on the Train


I’ve joined my first ever CAL or Crochet Along. I’m making a blanket, one square at a time, along with a group of other people on a Facebook group. The pattern is printed monthly in Simply Crochet magazine. I’m hoping it’s not going to be too difficult but I guess I’ll have lots of help if I run into problems.

I’ve also bought a book of cuddly toy patterns that I’m keen to try. You can get these sort of patterns on the internet but I think it’s nice to have them all in one place in a book. These are bigger than the amigurami toys I’m used to making so I’m hoping I don’t lose patience with them. They all have cute little outfits too which you can interchange for different looks.

Rare Disease Day 2018

February 28th is Rare Disease Day. As you may, or may not know, I suffer from an extremely rare condition, Stiff Person Syndrome. I’ve written a post about my story, which began only two years ago, and if you have five minutes you can read it here.

Debs Random Writings


  1. February 27, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    It has been so cold hasn’t it…I would be tempted to cover myself in a blanket with a couple of hot water bottles. hehehe
    Ahh! I am always tempted to just order last weeks shop when it comes to the grocery shopping too. I am always making mistakes. I always forget things and order too many of something.

  2. February 28, 2018 / 12:30 am

    I don’t do well listening to books. My girlfriend loves it. I tend to have my mind wander and realize I haven’t heard the last few lines.

    • February 28, 2018 / 12:30 am

      oops #KeepingIt Real

  3. Catie
    February 28, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    I’ve never listened to books but may give it a try. I read the girl on the train and absolutely loved it!!! I hate it when they give you alternatives for online shopping as they always seem to muck it up and send things we don’t like. #keepingitreal

  4. March 3, 2018 / 5:41 am

    Hi Anne, I can imagine how pleased your children were to see you at the school gate, but I can also imagine how cold it must have been sat in your chair. Just reading it made me chilly. It also made me think of how I hate all the running around that we have to do with our daughter at the moment, but how grateful I should be that I am able too. Now that is food for thought!… Online grocery shopping isn’t a thing here, but I can see how if done carefully like you do (normally) it, it can save money. It is so easy to load up the trolley with bits you never intended to buy… I’ve never listened to a book, but I know people that do and love it. You’ve reminded me that I have The Girl On A Train in book form and can now read it without struggling!.. I have read a trilogy of books out of order, I realised when I was halfway through a book, but still continued, then went back and read the first one so it all made sense in the end… The FB group sounds like fun, I’m not a keen FBer, but it does have it’s positives and your blanket will be perfect for keeping you warm when out in your chair. I bet the animals will make a little person very happy too, they’ll love the interchangeable looks (that’s if you can part with them!… Wouldn’t it be great to have a rare disease month rather than just a day? With a different disease highlighted each day.

    Thank you for sharing your week with the #keepingitreal #linkup.


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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.