My 100 Happy Days #Days 20-40

The idea behind 100 Happy Days is simple. Take a photo or find an image of something that makes you happy for 100 days in a row. The idea is simple but sometimes the challenge is hard.

OK I admit that often I am posting a day late, I told that I am rubbish at taking photos, getting better though.

Two-fifths of the way through I have had a few adventures. Here’s a link to my first 20 days and here is a rundown of days 20-40.

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My 101 in 1001 Challenge 10% Update

I can’t believe that I am 10% through my challenge in just over a month. Actually, I can, the last time I attempted a 101in1001 challenge I did exactly the same.

I ticked the one-off challenges quite quickly, pottered along with the midrange ones and then ground to halt near the end.

The idea behind 101in1001 is easy, set yourself 101 challenges to complete in 1001 days, they can be big / small / anything at all.

You can read my list of things to try and accomplish before July 2020 here. here.

So… My first ten challenges are listed below – it is going to get an awful lot tougher from now on…

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Don’t drink alcohol for a month #101in1001 #25

Ten years ago, to give up alcohol for a month would have been impossible. Little Miss Partygirl.

Now, I drink a lot less and I don’t drink at home now, only at social occasions.

Social occasions are few and far between now as well. We are all so so busy, even the notorious Bubbly club hasn’t had a meeting for a long time due to our hectic schedules.

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Give up caffeine for a week #101in1001 #29

In my last set of challenges I drank only water for a week, this was one of the hardest challenges, it wasn’t alcohol I missed, it was tea. I drink far too much of it, but I love it.

None of this namby-pamby flowery tea, Earl Grey, fruit teas or the like, plain and simple English Breakfast will do.

Fairly mid-strength, but I would drink it strong or milky quite happily.

Coffee? Yes, occasionally but tea is my drink of choice.

Here is the rub, it is quite normal for me to have 8 or so cups a day, even though there is not as much caffeine in tea as there is in coffee, this is still way too much.

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Open a cookbook to a random page and cook whatever is on it #101in1001 #20

Ashamedly this was on my last list of 101 things to do in 1001 days and I didn’t ever get around to doing it. I don’t know why. It was such an easy task to tick off.

I have more than a few recipe books. Some are falling apart because they have been used so much, some have barely been opened. I grabbed 5 randomly off the shelf and asked my daughter to name a number 1-5, the book she randomly chose was Jamie Oliver’s Dinners. This was a book bought years ago from The Book People and apart from two delicious pasta dishes (working girls’ pasta and pasta peperonata) the book hasn’t been used much. If I opened this book it would have automatically fallen open on one of these two pages.

Jamie Oliver’s Dinners 307 pages of recipes, I honestly didn’t mind whether the recipe chosen was a main course, a dessert or something else, I didn’t even mind if I had cooked it before, the criteria was that it was completely chosen at random. My daughter chose a page number page 217. It turned out to be:

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A simple hello is always nice.

It is a while since I have done a ‘Dear Friend’ post. They are the sort of posts I write when I find it difficult to put into words what I would like to say to you in person.

I am writing to two people today.

Dear friends.

I am and always have been a social butterfly. I love spending time with lots of people but close friends are without a doubt the best! The kind of friend you could talk to about absolutely anything, you can stay up all night drinking, chatting, laughing and putting the world to rights. You know everything about each other and you would do anything to make the other happy.

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Drink a litre of water every day for a week #101in1001 #21

I  don’t drink enough water. I know it. I never have.

I remember going to stay a week with my Aunt when I was young, and she was very concerned that I didn’t drink anything the entire week. It has always been that way. I just don’t feel thirsty.

I always feel cold though, and that it why I became a tea-aholic. I drink tea by the bucketful. Several cups a day, you will have to read about my withdrawal symptoms when I didn’t drink it for a week. Although I drink a lot less alcohol now than I did in my 20s and 30s I still like a drink occasionally. But water…no.

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My 100 Happy Days

The idea behind 100 Happy Days is simple. Take a photo or find an image of something that makes you happy for 100 days in a row. The idea is simple but sometimes the challenge is hard.

People who take blogging far more serious than me always have a camera ready. Me? I hardly ever take photos so I struggle to remember half of the time, AND of course, some days just don’t go to plan and it is tricky finding something joyful in the mundane.

A fifth of the way through I have had a few adventures. Here are my first 20 days.

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Plant Bulbs #101in1001 #46

If you followed my last challenge you will know that I am not a gardener. I even pledged to learn the names of the plants in the garden and failed that task royally, if I had added that task this time it would be a lot easier because I have killed most of the garden now.

I despair. We have a good size garden and it was absolutely lovely when we first moved in. We do our best in the time we have available but it is half-hearted because neither my husband and I really enjoy working on it. Although sitting in it on a sunny day is nice. We have been in our house 4 years now and the garden is a shadow of its former self.

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My second 101 in a 1001 challenge

Readers of this blog will know that one of my favourite things I have done to date, is my 101 in 1001 challenge.

The challenge is to complete 101 tasks in 1001 and one days. One thousand and one days is just under three years so it gives plenty of time to accomplish tasks. I managed about 70% of the tasks which sounds like a failure, but it wasn’t really as I accomplished many things along the way that I would never have thought of doing if it wasn’t for the challenge.

In 2014 I was I a bit of a rut and I needed a new direction – and it worked.

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