Wishing Chair

One of the fun things about staying at my parents is that I stumble across things from my childhood. Take this book for example. I grew up reading Enid Blyton. And The Wishing Chair was one of my favourite. Famous Five was my favourite by far! I always wanted a border collie and I was definitely more George than Anne. Oh and I love ginger beer!!

The stories encouraged my sense of adventure, friendship and fun. I’ve often felt like I would have been right at home in one. Let’s face it, I’ve had a LOT of adventures in my life. I definitely plan on having tons more too.

After working most of the day, I headed to the hospital to see my parents. The staff are already recognising me. They ask how the other parent is doing. One asked how I was doing. Being honest, it’s been a really tough few years with my parents health issues. I’ve mentally prepared myself for the worst many times. So grateful every day I still have two parents.

After spotting this book, I made a few wishes of my own. And drank a ginger beer, though mine has alcohol in it…

Chips

I had to drive to Barnet today. On my way back, I stopped at Birchanger services and this made me smile. I loved how neatly they’d parked the bikes. Reminded me of watching ‘Chips’ as a kid. That was a fun TV show.

I bet it’s dated now. It’s funny how we remember things from our childhood. Good, bad and indifferent. Can you tell I listened to some training on healing your Inner Child?! 😝

Pookie

I had to get some cat food for the kittens and saw these treats. As you can see they’re a big hit!

I loved Garfield when I was a kid. And no, it wasn’t just because we shared a love of lasagne. The cartoons used to make me laugh. The characterisation was in point! But also because of Garfield’s teddy bear Pookie.

Why? Well because that was my parent’s nickname for me when I was growing up. So seeing these treats, made me smile.

Childhood comfort

Today was definitely a tomato soup kinda day. It’s always my go to when I need comfort food. It reminds me of being sick as a child, getting back from riding frozen through and generally a hug in a bowl.

It’s been a sad day with two of my closest friends facing losses today. My heart goes out to them both.

Life can be so joyous. And sad all at the same time. Enjoy the ride people.