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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

"What the frig have you been buying from eBay now?" Secret Post Club #2

We've been out most of the morning pricing up carpets for a bedroom and the stairs/landing (*note to self - sell one of the children to pay for the carpet*) and when we returned there was a parcel on the doormat.

      "What the frig have you been buying from eBay now?" asks he.

      "Erm... nothing, love," replies me (whilst racking my brains to try and remember if there is anything I have ordered recently).

He wanders off upstairs, mumbling away to himself and I inspect the parcel.  I notice a code on the bottom right hand corner of the address label and smile...

#spc (click picture for large version)

    "It's my Secret Post Club parcel.  Stop panicking!" I yell up the stairs.

I have a quick grope of the parcel and try and work out what it is but there are no clues.  When I open it, I find that the inner packet is also wrapped in the most beautiful purple paper which has now been stashed for another occasion *innocent face - it's recycling*

In the purple paper is a book and a postcard.  On the postcard is written the following:
Hey look - I got you for my very 1st Secret Post.
I found this in our local charity shop & further to our communication on my blog - it had your name written all over it.
Hope you enjoy it,
Much love
Becky -xxx-
aka Celestial Mother

and here is the book:

So nostalgic, so poignant and probably the most appropriate month for me to receive this given everything else that's going on in my life at the moment.  I'm going to have a read of it in the bath and then it is going on the shelf with all my other "favourite" books in readiness for when my grandchildren are old enough to appreciate the magic of Enid Blyton.

Thank you, Becky - it's just perfect.

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