Author Archives: aintwegotitmade

About aintwegotitmade

Who am I?.......well, I'm getting to that age where I have to think about that before I answer... My name is J, I'm married to Jay and we live in the great city of London. I started this blog as an update to family and friends when I completely ruptured my Achilles tendon a few years ago (see The first post). I am so fortunate in every possible way...and in all honesty, I'm just using this blog to remind myself... Why is it called Ain't we got it made?: this is a line from one of my favourite songs (Sing Baby Sing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtTgtkDLNys). Have I got it made? Well - I've got a roof over my head, running water right into my house, a fully-stocked supermarket round the corner, free and readily available healthcare; and I live with my lovely husband in a great city, in a beautiful country, where I feel safe and secure.... I rest my case. Fact or opinion: I am not an expert on anything… but I can confirm that everything in this blog is either fact or opinion. I hope to post regularly, mostly about things I find uplifting, positive, amusing, optimistic, important..or perhaps just about regular daily life...but I won't bother you too much. Thanks for stopping by... jx

Blog 134 – 2.6.20. Have I gone a bit….Stepford…?

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Blog 133 – 13.5.20 …ploughing our own furlough..

The (socially distant) WWII Victory in Europe (V.E) day celebration on 8th May gave neighbours in my street a chance to ‘meet’, 6 feet apart (or thereabouts…it was very easy to forget).. in front gardens, have tea and cakes, and … Continue reading

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Blog 132 – 2.5.20. It doesn’t have to be a fairy tale….

At the end of 2019, I quipped in Blog 125 (https://aintwegotitmade.wordpress.com/2019/12/14/blog-125-14-12-19-over-to-you-god/), that the new year might bring us some 20/20 vision… little did I know what was ahead..

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Blog 131 – 22.4.20…Always in the soup

Does anyone know how to preserve fresh coriander? The bunches and packs they come in are far too big to use all at once. Today I had to use up my tired bag of coriander before it got beyond its … Continue reading

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Blog 130 – 20.4.20. Suppose this is a… miracle…

Dunno about you, but weirdly, I’m finding these lockdown days racing by….this is a real surprise.

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Blog 129 – 1.4.20. Food, glorious food…

It’s niece H’s 26th birthday. I sent her a birthday card with an Edward Hopper painting on the front. Hopper is fantastically good at painting silence and isolation…yet somehow, to me, his paintings aren’t sad, exactly. I think they somehow … Continue reading

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Blog 128 – 29.3.20. Yes I know, it’s Sunday again…

Every day is turning into Sunday, both inside the house and outside. This morning, on a street deserted of moving cars (but lots of parked ones), I saw 2 large black crows communing, unharrassed, in the middle of the road…wandering … Continue reading

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Blog 127 – 27.3.20. Flatten the curve…

No doubt others will have described this similarly…but as a young lady from the local children’s nursery said (before lockdown),  ..’This is mad! It’s surreal! I feel like I’ve suddenly stumbled onto a movie set’.  She was clearly both excited … Continue reading

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Blog 126 – 13.3.20. Panic buying goes viral…

Hmmm…husband and I live 5 minutes walk from a major supermarket. We haven’t done a big weekly shop for about 2 decades….we go in every few days..and we aren’t expecting that to change.

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Blog 125 – 14.12.19. Over to you God….

Strictly Come Dancing is one of my favourite TV programmes…guaranteed to make me feel good. Love seeing people blossom and move towards being their best each week.

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