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Monday Links and Weekend Eats | 25 April 2016

Monday Links and Weekend Eats | 25 April 2016 Posted on 25/04/20165 Comments
Ahoy, hello! My name is Jenny. I am a thirty-something human female from Manchester in the north of England. I enjoy rainy days and sad songs, custard donuts and salt & pepper chips and beer, lentil dhal and fried okra, X-Files and Twin Peaks, fierce fat heroines and mental health advocates, dogs and cats and otters and a very special beirdo. To paraphrase Sylvia Plath: "I blog because there is a voice within me that insists on writing lots of ridiculous chuff".

Hello blog chums! And how was your weekend? I sure hope it was whatever you wanted it to be and that you had a super time. I confess that I was tremendously lazy and spent most of my time with my nose in my laptop though I did pop out yesterday to attend my crafternoon which was pleasant indeed.

Something super duper exciting did happen to me recently, however. The background is this: I am a secret genealogy fan, and over the last few years I’ve been building my family tree using Ancestry and a few other resources. I’m estranged from my Father and his family so digging around these branches has been particularly interesting, since I know close to nothing about that side. Recently I discovered a second cousin, once removed, born and raised in Pennsylvania and now living in Massachusetts. Check out her high school yearbook snap…… Ain’t she super?


I found a P.O. Box address and sent her a long letter a couple of weeks ago, giving her lots of information about her Father and Grandfather who were both born here in Manchester. To my DEELIGHT I got an email response from her, and now we are happily batting emails back and forth and sharing lots of family history information; her from memory, and me from all the documents I’ve dug up over the last few years. So much fun!

BUT ANYWAY! I do also have a little link round-up for you here and some weekend snaps. Not a lot of eats, but there’s always room for doggy pictures, right?

Mental Health

Last week was Depression Awareness Week, so I’ve decided to list some of my favourite mental health links here. The first is a piece that I wrote for Depression Alliance.

Body Positive/Fat Positive


Humans & Animals



As I mentioned in my previous post, our sweet little poochums is doing much better now, schnozzle-wise. She is feeling much more relaxed! We had some avian visitors again this weekend too. Also, I roasted some new potatoes with rosemary and garlic and it was good!

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you have a super week!

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    1. Yes! I followed an Etsy pattern for the cross stitch (it took Many Months) and also there’s a small Twin Peaks inspired embroidery underneath too 🙂

      This pooch runs the couch! And pretty much half the kind size bed too…..

  1. Thank you for sharing those links on depression. I find it sadly/ironically hilarious that I was having a depression+anxiety breakdown during depression awareness week and I wasn’t even aware at the time. So, as I’m clawing my way out of that awful pit, I find links that are exactly what I need to hear. Biggest hugs from afar. You made a difference in my life. And now I know about captain awkward!!

    1. Thanks Rachey; I’m really glad those links helped. I think Captain Awkward is such an amazing resource, no matter what the problem! And I do find that paritcular article really helpful. I hope you are feeling a bit better!

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