Weekly Chat – Keeping it Real Linky

I’m joining in with a brand new linky this week from the lovely Deb over in Sunny Zakynthos¬† (I’m sure she’ll laugh at that, she’s always saying how it’s not always sunny in Greece. )It’s all about keeping it real and not hiding away behind our keyboards making up life as we wished it to be rather than it is.

A Big Gap

The last week or so has been a difficult one for us with the loss of our cat, Salem. He got sick in December and just before Christmas they were sure it was a tumor. He was ill, but he didn’t seem to get any worse, we were just plodding along accepting that he was now an indoor cat with smelly poos, rather than an outdoor cat that fetched us rats.

We took him to the vets every week for check ups and pills and nothing changed. Then he started to get sicker and it was more noticeable. We decided that the best thing to do would be to let him go rather than see him suffer any more, so that’s what we did. He’s left a huge gap in our family. Everyone loved Salem.

Take Out Night

take out night, a cartoon selection of take out food such as a burger, chips, curry, pizza and a hot dog


We decided to have a take-out on Friday evening, that’s always a bit of a nightmare in our house because everyone wants something different. Unless we go to KFC then we just buy the largest bucket they have and a couple of extras. Yes, take outs in our house are very expensive. Anyway, it was not a KFC night Friday, the little ones decided they wanted sausage in batter from the chip shop, then the big ones decided they wanted Pizza. Star changed her mind and wanted pizza too but didn’t want the same as the big ones.

After much debating, the two big ones had a big pizza deal with extras and I bought Star a little individual pizza for herself. Me and Dad decided to have chip shop with the little ones, pizza gives us terrible heartburn. (Deep down we’d fancied an Indian Curry, but we were in the minority and the cost would have been more to buy from a third outlet!)

Dad went to fetch the chip shop food and the pizza was delivered….but, I’d not changed the sauce on the individual pizza and Star wouldn’t eat it. She didn’t like the big kid’s pizza so I ended up giving her my chip shop meal in return for a couple of slices of the big kid’s pizza, while eldest son filled the gap by eating Star’s pizza.

So, this is a little insight to life in the Raisie Bay household. And to think, I always thought that take-outs were there to make life easier!

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  1. February 13, 2018 / 11:07 am

    Oh dear, what a nightmare! We always manage to agree on the same meal but there’s only four of us and it always takes some debate so I’m sure it’s much harder with more of you! Popping over from Deb’s lovely #keepingitreal link up.x

  2. February 13, 2018 / 1:47 pm

    We ended up with pizza last night. My car went crazy and by the time it was sorted it was too late to cook, thankfully Miss. D and I agreed on the same thing #keepingitreal x

  3. February 13, 2018 / 1:52 pm

    Sorry to read about your cat. Take out night sounds fun – not! Pizza, sushi or falafel are the things we all agree on here, but sometimes it’s not worth asking what everyone wants or the arguments begin!

  4. February 13, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    Sometimes take out night gets complicated in my family. Feel your pain.

  5. Catie: Spectrum Mum
    February 13, 2018 / 4:15 pm

    We have the same issue in our house, take outs always involve several options and then someone usually ends up preferring mine ? Sorry to hear about Salem. #keepingitreal

  6. February 13, 2018 / 8:00 pm

    My children dream of having pizza delivered, but we are too far away from town. Only choice around here for takeaways are fish and chips or chinese. Still quite a drive to a decent one. I envy your choice, although it sounds like it comes with its own complications. So sorry to hear about Salem. They leave such a gap, but lots of good memories. #keepingitreal

  7. February 15, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    Hi Anne, I love this peep into your life… I really felt for you when I read that you lost Salem. Losing a pet is never easy and knowing when to make that final call is the hardest. Every time I read that someone has lost a pet, I can’t help remembering the pets we’ve said goodbye to… I love your takeout night, it reads a little like a takeout night in our house and we only ever get from the souvlaki shop (lack of choice). The positive of a circus night is you always get to look back and laugh.

    Thank you for linking up with #keepingitreal.


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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

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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.

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