January is my birthday month and I was very spoiled... When you have a birthday straight after Christmas you don't really get to have big celebrations. As daughter was working all over Christmas and New Year we had a belated Christmas and Birthday celebration. We had a lovely meal at Nosey Parkers and spent the afternoon catching up and opening presents. My lovely colleagues at work decorated the office and one of them even went to the trouble of making me a lovely lemon birthday cake which was truly yum. Little Rufus also has a January Birthday and he has just celebrated his fourth birthday, you'd never know as he is still such a puppy.
I had enjoyed some family time over Christmas and once they had all returned home I got to have some well earned R & R which meant I could laze in bed to read my book and enjoy a cuppa whilst having cuddles with this young man. When I had to go back to work he still thought he could have a lie in which is fine but I did get the feeling it's all right for some.
I continue to make Snuggle Blankets for all my colleagues at work who are in different stages of pregnancy. Just this week I learnt of another expected bundle of joy when my old next door neightbour informed me that one of her sons is making her a granma this July, these kids are growing up just too fast it doesn't seem that long ago that he was a baby himself.
I haven't set myself any challenges this year. I really enjoyed all of my challenges from last year and if anything it has encouraged me to carry on with those I have set previously Like most of us I am trying to get a little fitter and may be even loose a little weight. I know if I try stopping all treats I will cave in at the first hurdle. I loved my baking challenge last year, getting back into the kitchen and either making or baking things I hadn't made before. This is Mary Berry's Cappuccino cake and it was delicious. I only had one piece and managed to get a few volunteers to finish it off for me.
Lastly I thought I would show you this photo of my furry paws it's rare that you get all four sat still at the same time. I saw a poster the other day that says 'Cavaliers are like shoes, you need one in every colour' that's certainly the case in our house.
Have a great week one & all