Nurse Penelope,my guardcat :-) 

Thought I’d share this little lovely with you. 

Penelope is normally not one for cuddles or closeness, but since I am home she won’t leave me. Bless her, earlier she was sat by my hip and started kneading it, as if she knew it was hurting me from lying on my side. 


New Year, same old me?

Ok, maybe not old. 42, according to my daughter, isn’t old. 

Overall, I am very happy with my life at the moment. The weightloss has stalled a little, because I had surgery on my foot two weeks ago and I have pretty much eaten what I wanted in that time. Now my stitches are due to come out on Wednesday, so I am hoping to be able to do light exercise again after that and get back to work at GymEtc asap so I can return to my normal day job soon.I need to be able to walk quite a bit to be able to get there.

I have fallen out of the habit of tracking my food on Myfitnesspal, which is definitely something I want to take up again, because it did help me lose so much weight. 

As for nutrition, I will go back to low carb and low fat, because that worked the best for me so far. It will be a hard couple of weeks as my body will go through the sugar withdraw and I really am not looking forward to that, but I will try and keep myself busy with knitting, crochet and of course my new love, drawing!

By the way, I never showed you guys the finished Mad Hatter. Well, here he is!

The Mad Hatter Finished 

I finished this quite a while ago and now there would be a few things I would still tweak, but I am leaving it as it is to keep track of my progress. I have included the link to my Instagram and if you’d like to follow me please feel free and I’ll return the favour 🙂 

So yeah, I guess this year isn’t much about changes, but more about fine tuning the changes I have made last year. However, I have set myself a few little goals I’d like to achieve in 2017, these are:

Be able to wear shorts and look good in them.

Take the kids on holiday to Greece.

Sort out my finances so in the end I’ll have more available money to spend on another holiday just for myself…That reminds me, I have not told you guys about my amazing time in the states! I’ll do that soon 🙂 

And I want to move house. The place where I am at is a bit to of a mess, me and the kids deserve something nicer.

I might not be able to achieve all of this within a year, but I definitely want to work at getting to the last two goals. 

Thanks again for sticking with me! 

What are your goals and hopes for the new year? Let me know maybe you will inspire me!

Love Mona xx


Working through my stash…

…and believe me it’s quite a big one!
The trouble is to decide what to finish first, so I have decided to approach this logically, which is so not like me, else I wouldn’t have the amount of yarn u do have.
Do you ever get this, you sort through it and look at some of the things you have bought and think: “what was I thinking?”
I had several moments like that today and I am now stuck with a pile of yarn that I have no ideas for. They will most likely end up being shoved into a plastic bag and kept for “later”.

As for my first stash busting project I have finally decided to continue this blanket that I have started… wait for it… Two years ago… for my youngest son(11). He is still using the blanket I have made him as a baby and I figured it was time for something a bit more grown up.


I had about 12 balls of Rico Basic Acrylic chunky to get through and now I am down to five and a half. It works up quite fast, but the rows do seem endless at times especially with the single crochet rows. I am hoping that I will have this done soon as my darling daughter now wants a new blanket too and they are both meant to be for Christmas. However, my daughter is being a typical 16 year old and would like a black and white one, which of course I don’t have lol.
So, must do more stash busting before I can do that.

Anyone got any ideas what to do with a bunch of acrylic dk yarn in rather yucky colours? :-/

Here I go…..Again!

Ok, so after starting my full time job in November and getting the ball rolling on sorting out various health issues that make my life difficult ( I have pernicious anaemia and am deficient in about every other vitamin and mineral my body needs), I have finally worked out a plan on how to get exercise and healthy eating squeezed into my 60 hour week. I have talked to my kids and told them that starting next month I will try and get a work out in before I go to work or after work, which will mean that I am home even less for five days a week, but I feel I really need to do this for myself and for my family.

I am tired of being unhappy with myself all the time, tired of looking back at pictures from years before and feeling ashamed of how I have let myself go over the last five years. Yes, I have had a lot on my plate with University, finding work afterwards, finally getting a diagnose of PA and then trying to get better (there were times where I couldn’t walk outside, because I would get the feeling that I am going to fall, due to my nervous system being so damaged), but enough is enough now. I am almost 40 (in November) and I need to get behind this NOW.

I weighed myself on Monday and the scales showed a shocking 124.5kg/274.5lbs!!! My back hurts, my knees are killing me and I just see a fat ugly blob when I look in the mirror. I have not just decided to get back to where I was, I want to get even better, better than I ever been before, simply just the best I can be when it comes to health and looks.

While I was writing this I received a text message regarding my referral to the orthopaedic surgeon, so hopefully my shoulders and harms are going to be fixed soon so I can work out properly again without being in constant pain. Yay!

Anyway, what’s my action plan? Like I have already mentioned before I will work out in some shape or form every day for half an hour and since Monday I have been avoiding carbs to a certain extent. No bread, no pasta, no rice! I love carbs, but I can already feel the difference in my guts and stomach, you simply don’t feel sluggish anymore. When I fancied something sweet ( I have a terrible sweet tooth) I had an Atkins bar and when I did fancy something bread like I had Ryvita. Other than that it was pretty much lean proteins and fruit and veg.

I am keeping this pretty hush, hush at the moment because I really don’t want anyone to know and I really don’t want anyway to watch me fall off the wagon either, which I am sure I will do plenty of times lol. So I really just have you guys out there to talk and moan to (and the kids of course) when needs be lol so follow me and say “Hi” and I will follow you back.


42.3?! OOOppppsss that’s a lot …

All about me :-)


since this blog will be all about the things I like and am passionate about, I thought I would start off by telling you a little about me.

I am a 39 year old single mother of three, who works in the call centre of a big mobile phone retailer and I live near Preston in the UK. My shifts and my commute are long and the kids 20, 15 and 11, are keeping me busy, so squeezing in hobbies and interests has always been difficult. Lately I have become quite stressed with my busy life and figured there was something missing… ME TIME!

I am quite a creative person, have been knitting and crocheting since I was a little girl (in Germany where I come from this always has been a big thing)  and now have become interested in sewing as well as spinning which I have taken up about a year ago. I would also love to do something about the extra weight I am carrying , oh and maybe learn an instrument! As you can see, I am bursting at the seams with plans.

So, I decided that I need to take some time out regardless of how busy I am and soon found out that getting sleep is not all we need to actually chill. I have started getting up earlier or just taking that extra hour at night time, depending on how my shifts were and found now that I can actually explore all the creative urges I have I am far more chilled out and happy.

This is my third attempt at a blog. The other times I kind of let life take over and buried it in the depths of the internet, but now I am a bit more determined to get things up and running and keeping it that way, so if you are into crafty stuff, music, working out and people in general, keep and eye out for me as I will post at least once a week.