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Emma’s Extras | Things I’ve Been Loving Lately

I’m back with another installment of Emma’s Extras. Since I haven’t done this since January, this one is a combination of the things I’ve been loving lately over the past few months. So here are some of the monthly favourites I’ve racked up during that time.

However, before I get into it all, what’s been happening since the beginning of the year? In a strange way, the new year seems like forever ago but also like it was a few weeks ago.

At that time, I continued shielding, but as I write, this shielding has now ended and restrictions across the UK are easing. I’m taking things slow and doing what I’m comfortable with. But I’m excited at the thought of getting out and visiting places again.

As a family, we have exciting things happening, which I will share very soon. In terms of general plans and future blog posts, I hope to be back to doing more things outside and sharing that with you here on my blog and social media (make sure you’re following me on Instagram and Facebook for updates).

So without further ado, here are some of the things I’ve loved over the past few months.

Becoming Fully Vaccinated

I guess I should start off with the biggest update, but if you follow me on social media then you’ll already know that in early April I received my second Covid vaccine. I’m happy to be fully vaccinated, as it helps me feel a little more comfortable when I start venturing out more. It will also be nice to see and spend more time with family.

Emma a white female wheelchair user. A nurse is leaning towards Emma while giving her a vaccine in her left arm. Emma has long dark hair and is wearing a white t-shirt and blue and orange striped cardigan with blue jeans. Emma is also wearing a black face mask and is looking slightly down towards the floor.
Emma receiving her second vaccine.

Throwing a Cat Party

Our kittens, Arlo and Willow are no longer little kittens. They turned one year old on 4th May and of course, we had to celebrate the special occasion by throwing them a birthday party. Unfortunately, due to covid restrictions, it was a small gathering of just Allan and me and the birthday girls, but we had a good time regardless. They may not have cared, but we did it anyway! We never imagined having another cat after losing Milo (spot him on the cushion cover in the photo below), let alone two cats, but they are the sweetest little things. 😻😻 #MayThe4thBeWithYou

Watch: We Threw A Cat Birthday Party | Celebrate With Us

Emma sitting in her wheelchair in her livingroom wearing a black and white blouse and black cat ears. Her two black and white cats are sitting next to her on the sofa. Birthday banners are hanging on the wall behind them with cat faces on them and balloons.
Emma with Arlo and Willow at their cat birthday party.

Creating Youtube Videos

In the past few months, Allan and I have been back to filming bits of our day-to-day on our YouTube channel. In some of our new videos, we share our thoughts on finding a wheelchair accessible home, getting my vaccine, and our funny hotel disaster stories. We are really excited at the thought of future videos, especially once we start going out more and eventually travel again. Make sure you subscribe, though.

New Jewellery

My Gran always wore gold jewellery so I think that’s where my love of it came from. I’m either wearing one of my Grans gold necklaces or I’m switching between different necklaces I’ve bought from Daisy London over the years. So I was over the moon when they reached out and gifted me two beautiful Daisy London necklaces to add to my collection. The Estée Lalonde Octagonal Necklace and the Estée Lalonde T Bar Necklace are the two I picked, and I absolutely love them. I think they look amazing layered together and have a real 70’s vibe, which I love.

A close up of Emma's two new Daisy London necklaces. Emma is wearing a blue blouse and her hands are clasped in her lap.
Emma wearing a blue blouse and two gold necklaces from Daisy London. Emma is wearing her dark hair down and is smiling at the camera while in her livingroom
Emma modelling her new Daisy London necklaces.

Making Future plans

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I’m looking forward to hopefully being able to do a little more outside in the upcoming months. Fingers crossed the weather will warm up which will make being outside bearable again. I’m already thinking of nature walks and beach trips with my beach wheelchair. If you are interested in finding out more or getting yourself or someone you know a beach wheelchair conversion kit, please check out my review.

Emma driving her wheelchair through a forest nature trail with her nephew walking along beside her.
Emma and her nephew enjoying a nature walk.

Favourite Movie

After a lag in good movie releases, it seems like they are all coming out at once. We have watched quite a few that we’ve really enjoyed. Our favourite is ‘Sound of Metal’ with Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke on Amazon Prime. We loved it so much that Allan wrote a review as a guest post here on Simply Emma. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend clicking the link below and reading what it’s all about and Allan’s thoughts on this powerful, thought-provoking award-winning movie about a drummer who loses his hearing.

Read more: Sound of Metal Review: Riz Ahmed Plays Deaf Drummer

Riz Ahmed with bleached hair is sitting holding drum sticks. Next to him is young deaf students
Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal.

Cross stitch Projects

Since finishing my first cross stitch project back in January, I’ve managed to complete another two. One was a gift to my Mum for her birthday and it was a cute little design of two hummingbirds and flowers in a pink hoop. Then my nephew insisted that I cross-stitch his initial to be like the one I originally made myself, so that was my third project.

I’m now onto my fourth project, which is also a gift, but I can’t tell you anymore just yet. As soon as it’s finished and I’ve given it to the person, I’ll show you. I’m really excited about this one, as it’s the biggest cross stitch I’ve done. It’s taking me a long time to work on it and it is tricky due to the weakness and lack of movement in my arms, but I’m enjoying the process.

New Music

I’ve also been enjoying a lot of new music lately, but my favourite new discovery is Patrick Droney. He is an amazing singer/songwriter from Pennsylvania, and I think he is going to be huge. Watch this space! His song ‘Yours in the morning’ was on a random Spotify playlist I was listening to, and as soon as I heard it, I knew I had to find out who he was and listen to all of his music. I wasn’t disappointed.

He has some major John Mayor vibes. I can’t recommend him enough, and as a little taster, check out his live version of ‘Brooklyn’ below. That voice. That guitar! But I can’t possibly only post one, so I’ve linked to another brilliant track, ‘When The Lights Go Out’ below. Enjoy!

Compression socks

Yes, compression socks have made it into my favourites. But they aren’t just any old compression socks. These compression socks were designed to show that disability and mobility aids aren’t boring. Instead, these socks are made to show our personalities with bright colours and funky designs. I bought the space, dinosaur and sealife theme socks after experiencing a bad eczema flare-up which caused my foot and ankle to swell badly. I also have poor circulation due to having Muscular Dystrophy so these socks have been brilliant. Now, I wear them every day.

Read more: What is Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (and how does it affect me)?

A screenshot from Not Your Grandmas Instagram page showing all seven compression sock styles left to right, organs, floral, unicorns, sea creatures, space, dinos and butterflies

So there we have it. Some of the things I’ve been loving lately. I hope you enjoyed these snippets from the past few months. I’d love to know what you’ve been enjoying or doing recently. What are your hobbies? Leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.

More on this topic…

Emma’s Extras | Monthly Favourites January 2021
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