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You all know how much my family and especially my six grandchildren mean to me, they fill my life with such happiness and love constantly. My two daughters lead such busy lives what with the normal family routines and schedules, they both also help out at the school and go to collage to do their Teaching Support Course.

My eldest daughter has four children ranging from fifteen to five and they are all at school and doing well. She also helps out at the local youth club and does cooking with the children on a Friday evening.

My other daughter has worked a lot as her eldest child is eleven and spends a lot of her time at the horse stables and riding. Last year she had another child and she was a year old last month, so a pretty big gap but they have all adapted and are so happy. This is where the congratulations comes in as we have just found out there is to be another addition to the family in November! Seven grandchildren, more love and happiness spreading through our family. I cannot wait, babies are so adorable and cute.

CONGRATULATIONS BILLIE AND PAUL. xx

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This week I have looked at an awful lot of sofas but I can honestly say that I think I have decided on the one! Well I think I have, lol it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind. My daughter started the sofa shopping and she has bought a lovely one which will suit their family for a good few years. There are six of them so they had to have a big sofa, it is very comfortable though and I think she has made an excellent choice.

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It is so hard making big decisions like large household items and cars as you have to like them for years, you cannot change your mind after a year and think you would like a different one or want to change your colour scheme. I am liking the position I am in though as it is only my choice, I do not have to take someone else’s views into account. That is why I am very lucky and getting a pink sofa, yes a pink sofa it is going to be lovely I cannot wait to get it but am going to have to wait about six weeks.

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I am getting this sofa but as a sofa bed as it’s always good to have a spare bed and it does feel like a normal sofa so comfortable and a lovely big swivel chair and foot stool in this lovely colour.

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My granddaughter came to the sofa shop with me and helped a great deal in deciding which size and what bits to buy, there really is so much choice these day’s in furniture as you have the Internet now but to actually go to a shop and try them out the choice is very small.

This week my jobs are doing more gardening and planting the vegetables and writing a few more chapters of my novel. I must remember to finish of my ten minute play for Wednesday too.
Have a good week everyone x

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I would like to make this post about one of my good friends Jackie, we have known one another for a number of years as we used to work together in an infants school when our children were small. We have always got on well and managed to have a laugh over a number of things during this time. We meet up now about once a month with some other friends for lunch and a few wines and lots of laughs.

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As you all know I am a grandmother to six children ranging from fifteen to one and they just make my life complete. There are no words to describe the deep joy that grandchildren bring you when they enter your life. Tears of happiness when they are born, I was lucky enough to be with my two daughters when they each had their first baby and that is just so amazing, seeing your daughter give birth to a daughter. You may forget the feelings when you have a child if your under the influence of gas and air but you never forget the moment you see your grandchild. Over the years as they grow there are numerous occasions that bring you tears of joy and happiness.

Today I would like to welcome Jackie to the grandparents club, she is now the proud Nanny to Annelise who arrived this morning weighing in at 7lb 4oz. What a little stunner! Congratulations Jackie. xx

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When is an age gap in a relationship ok or is it never ok? Are we getting more acceptable to age gaps in relationships now as they are becoming more common? People seemed to be more acceptable to a man going out with a younger woman and this has been going on in society for a number of years. If the woman is a lot younger and the man past retirement age though then a lot of eyebrows are raised and the woman is then called a gold digger, as she could never be interested romantically in a man old enough to be her grandfather, or could she? We will never know the answer to that unless you are one of the couple. Older men going out a younger woman are not called anything or referred to as anything, well maybe lucky by their friends.

When did cougars appear? Do you have to be over a certain age to be a cougar as if you have a younger man he is then called a toy boy, how old can a toy boy be? Is there a set age for any of this or does it just depend how old or young you look. If your over 40 your a cougar with a younger man. If your under 40 with a younger man the he is a toy boy, can you be a cougar with a toy boy?

Older men or women going out with another person under the age of 20 are called cradle snatchers. Does the younger person know what they want at that age or are they just trying it out? Would a marriage work with an age difference and one being so young with no life experiences?

It seems that what ever the age difference is between people we all have something to say about it even if we agree with it. I have known relationships with age differences and some have worked and some have not but you could say the same thing about any relationship, there is no guarantee that any will work, how ever much you are in love at the time.

My husband was the only person I went out with that was older than me, other boy friends have all been younger! I know which I prefer lol

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I would like to say congratulations and very well done to a friend of mine Jo Birch-Phaure who completed the London Marathon last weekend. Jo has trained for twelve weeks to compete in this marathon, beating her previous times and running at a steady pace she did extremely well. Jo works for UK Youth as Senior Communications & New Business Officer and entered the Marathon to raise money and the profile of the company, they do some marvellous work that a lot of people do not even know about. There are a couple of links at the end of this post if you wish to know more about them.

Jo almost missed the start of the race so had to do a bit of a morning jog to get there on time, this did not surprise me when I heard that as her Mum is a very good friend of mine and I mean this in the nicest possible way, she is as silly as me sometimes and if we are both together all sorts can happen.

Here are a couple of links to UK Youth if you wish to know more or support them.

http://www.ukyouth.org/latest-news-hidden/item/627-london-marathon.html

https://www.facebook.com/Run4UKYouth

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