A Year In The Life Of Mrs A – 2018

Hello everyone. I’ve never been very good at keeping diaries. Usually by March they have fallen by the wayside. But I like to look back on what I’ve done in previous years, so I try each year to write a summary post of the past 12 months.

Now 2018 has been a rather awful year in world terms, but in my own life there has been some rather awesome bits as well, so this was my 2018.


Well, I’ve just said there were some good bits, but January was a bloody awful month that lasted forever. It started off with a very broken car. This was resolved when a lovely friend of mine gave us his old car for free. However we still had the joy of paying finance for a car that was beyond repair.

January also saw another attempt at rehoming a little dog. Although Bella was gorgeous it turned out her needs were more than we could meet living in a flat. She wasn’t very house trained and alas we had to return her to her foster family.

The worst thing to happen in January was the loss of my part-time job. It was my role as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities which I have blogged and tweeted about many times in the past. I wrote this post at the time about what the job ment to me and how I felt about losing it.


February was a non eventful month. It was cold. There was snow. I was grumpy.


March saw the beginnings of better things in 2018. There was more snow which is obviously never a good thing, but signs of spring were apparent too.

In my little crochet world I had been asked to make a rather spectacular item, an almost 5 foot long Hogwarts Express.

A red crochet steam engine and coal truck
This is half of the train

I had been working on it for most of Jan and Feb and by the beginning of March it was ready to go to its new home. Even more exciting was I was going to personally hand it over to its new owner and have my first Tweet-up with the awesome @Spudsghost .

A lady, a small girl and a man sat ay a dining table, another man stood behond, all smiling at the camera

We had a lovely day, and a friendship that began on Twitter was firmly cemented in real life.


April saw my return to the world of paid employment. As is often the way this job came about through a friend of a friend. They knew a family that were looking for carers for their elderly mum. Although most if my care work has been with adults with learning disabilities I was quite happy to speak to the family about the role, and was subsequently taken on.

And I’m so glad they did. The lady is question is called Alice and she is just fabulous. Alice is 101 years old. She is rather frail and needs help getting around, but her mind is in top notch condition and it is a pleasure to visit her every week. She’s lived in the village all her life and often tells me tales of the village. The war years  the decline of mining in the forest and various other subjects. She is a living history book.


May was another month where nothing very significant happened, but it was warm and the bluebells were out  so I enjoyed is significantly more than February.


June saw the second of my 2018 tweet ups. This time it was the turn of the amazing Julie @Pickinguptoys .  Julie lives fairly close to me (in Twitter terms) and we had attempted to meet several times in the previous year, but for various reasons it never happened.

We finally met up in Monmouth and celebrated the momentous occasion with an Afternoon Tea.

Two ladies sat facing the camera, one with long

June also saw the wedding of Mr A’s sister. It was a beautiful day and Mr A was very proud to be asked to escort his sister to the wedding venue.

A lady in a calf length white wedding dress and a man im a white shirt and dark trousers stood on steps outside a building facing the camera, smiling


July saw my favourite steampunk event of the year, at Blaenavon in Wales. Run by my fabulous friends The Wee Crafty Folk this event is always great fun. It gave me a chance to show off my newly dyed blue hair and meet up again with Julie and her awesome kids AJ and Chucky.

A small girl and a lady with blue hair in the foreground, another lady stood behind all facing the camera and smiling


August was mainly rather hot.


September wasn’t a very good month for Mr A and myself. Wr had a rather catastrophic problem with the car which when finally fixed left us with a bill of almost £1000.


I turned 45 in October. Due to the problems with the car the previous month I thought this one would pass without celebration. However I didn’t figure on the kindness and generosity of my awesome steampunk friends. They treated me to a rather splendid steampunk afternoon tea in the fabulous teashop I visited earlier in the year.

A collage of pictures showing a group of steampunk dressed men and women eating afternoon tea


At the beginning of November my lovely old lady Alice developed a rather nasty cough that resulted in a hospital stay. As you can imagine because she is 101 we were all very concerned. I realised I should not rely on supporting Alice as my only income, and looked around for a second part-time job.

Luck was on my side and a role came up for a part-time cleaner at a local pub. I got the job, and whilst I can’t say cleaning is my dream job, the couple I work for are really lovely and the extra money came in really useful for Christmas. And I’m glad to report Alice was back home by the end of November.

November also saw a rather important thing in my blogging life. As well as my random blog posts I regularly post crochet patterns. These posts do quite well, but in November I saw a spike in the numbers of one particular pattern, my crochet viking hat. A search of Moz identified that my pattern was showing up as ranking #2 or #3 in a large number of keyword searches that included the words crochet, viking and hat. This is not a viral post by any stretch of the imagination. It does however mean anyone, anywhere in the world that searches the Internet for a free crochet viking hat pattern is going to come across my post. And I think that is very bloody awesome.


The month of Christmas. It was also the month of coughs and colds, but I didn’t let that hold me back much. This year turned out to be one of the most peopley Christmases I’ve had in years. I had another tweet up with the fabulous Lisa @DellerLisa .
A lady with a white scarf sat next to a lady with a grey owl jumper on
Evenings with friends at out local pub, another tweet up with @Spudsghost and a Christmas day breakfast with my steampunk friends were also among the highlights.

I had another crochet related highlight on December too. Way back in the summer a Twitter friend commissioned a crochet Midge Ure. For those of you under 40, Midge is an 80’s pop icon and half of the writing team behind the Band Aid, Do They Know Its Christmas Song.

Fast forward to December and that Twitter friend went to a Midge Ure concert and following the gig got to met Midge and give him mini-midge. And Midge loves mini-midge.
Midge Ure holding a crochet mini-midge
So much so that during December he’s taken him on tour and tweeted several pictures of the adventures of mini-midge.

Looking back on 2018 the thing that I will take away two things. The first being the amazing range of colours my hair has been this year, brown, red, purple and my favorite blue.
More importantly though is my interactions with friends. For most of my adult life I’ve found making friends (or really trusting that people want to be friends with me) very difficult. Those insecurities still raise their heads occasionally, but I am working on that and the groups of friends I have now make it much easier.

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Thank you, Mrs A Xx


  1. Lisa Pomerantz

    January 13, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    What an honour it must be to care for someone 101, with her wits about her too! Lovely. Mrs. A, happy 2019. May it be filled with all good things: Health, happiness and prosperity! #mixitup

  2. nightwisprav3n

    January 10, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    It looks like it was a pretty good year for you despite the challenges that came your way. Congrats on your new job. I don’t know what it’s called in the UK but here they are called PCA’s. My ex-husband is one and his sister. It can be sometimes unreliable when the person they care for ends up in the hospital and they don’t get paid for that time but other than that they both enjoy doing what they do. It sounds like you are enjoying it too. Good! I’m very happy for you. #MixitUp

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      January 10, 2019 at 3:21 pm

      Personal care assistant?

      1. nightwisprav3n

        January 11, 2019 at 12:13 pm

        Yes a Personal Care Assistant. Is that what it’s called for you? Wait. Did you say that in your post and I missed it?

        1. hooks_and_dragons

          January 13, 2019 at 2:54 pm

          I didn’t mention it, but thats what we’re called this side of the pond too, or sometimes home care assistants😊

          1. nightwisprav3n

            January 14, 2019 at 12:39 am

            Nice!! It’s an honorable profession.

  3. likeherdingcatsblog

    January 10, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Totally agree with February. Mini Midge is great. I read through this and it really warmed my heart. I know you have spoken about anxiety and feeling low but I see a lovely lady surrounded by lovely, caring people.
    Happy New Year Mrs A.
    My mum bought me the Dawn French diary last year and I loved it. I started adding small pohotos of events to turn it into a scrap book but stopped part way through the year. I just kept forgetting.

  4. Rosie Doal

    January 8, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Happy New Year! Glad to be taking part in this linky again in 2019. I love highlight posts like this. I’ve done a run down of 2018 which will be posted later this week but it’s not a month-by-month. This is a lovely way to reflect on last year x #MixItUp

  5. Alice V-DIYerfy

    January 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    I’m glad things started to look up for after January. Alice sounds like an awesome person. Maybe you can tell us more about her in another post. I love hearing stories from people who have seen and done so much in their life, especially where they were on major events such as when we landed on the moon for the first time or when Kennedy was killed. My grandmother still remembers that day and she said everyone was so sad about it. #Mixitup

  6. Laura - Autumn's Mummy

    January 7, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Haha, your February sounds just the same as mine! I love the spectacular Hogwarts Express – you’re so talented! I very much approve of the afternoon teas too. Best wishes for 2019, Mrs A! xxx

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      January 7, 2019 at 6:56 pm

      I think everyone’s experience of February is similar 😁

  7. Laurie

    January 7, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Hello Mrs. A. This is my first time here. Love your blog! Thank you for sharing your year with us. Love the range of colors your hair took this year! So pretty!

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      January 7, 2019 at 5:41 pm

      Thank you Laurie, I’m already planning some new shades for the summer 😊

  8. endardoo

    January 7, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    All in all that sounds like a pretty good year … love the Mini-Midge saga! #MixItUp

  9. Karen, the next best thing to mummy

    January 7, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    What an eventful year you have had, love the February entry!#mixituplinky@_karendennis

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      January 7, 2019 at 2:44 pm

      😂😂 I really don’t like snow

  10. Catie

    January 7, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Happy new year! You have had some truly magical moments, I was so happy to see that photo from Midge and what an honour that he featured mini midge so prominently in his IG. He must have really loved him. #mixitup

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      January 7, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      It was a definite highlight 😊

  11. RaisieBay

    January 7, 2019 at 10:56 am

    I love that Midge Ure loves Mini Midge, how bloody fantastic is that! I wish you a happy new year with better luck with cars and more tweetups x

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      January 7, 2019 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you my dear xx

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