What Are You Up To This Weekend?

Storm Emma has now arrived in Northern Ireland and we woke up to strong winds and drifting snow. The road out of the village is impassable and the police have been telling motorists to turn round and go back home. There was no chance of me making it into work today and the schools are shut again. So the five of us (six of you include Charlie the border terrier) are holed up in the house for another day. Given the weekend forecast I don’t think we will be going very far this weekend.

I doubt if I’ll stray very far from the sofa. We will just focus on keeping warm and look out at the chilly conditions from the comfort of our home. I’ll be making the most of this unexpected down time and will spend some time working on the book which is flowing quite easily at present. I have a plentiful supply of Diet Coke and various nibbles. And later on Fionnuala and I will no doubt get caught up with our shows on Netflix and Showbox. I’m also working my way through ‘The Bell Jar’ by Sylvia Plath. Not the cheeriest reading material I know but beautifully written.

So an abbreviated blog today. We are stranded so want to know what your plans are for the weekend. Where are you going and who with? What will you be up to? Are you looking forward to it? Or a little anxious? What are you reading? Watching? Eating and drinking? Let us know by commenting below.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

59 thoughts on “What Are You Up To This Weekend?

  1. i’ll be going no where as I am snowed in as well. I’m reading a long way from home by cathy glass. Watching the news mostly so far this morning. May watch some netflicks later on. xo


  2. Stay warm and enjoy the time with your family. I’m heading to a shamanic journey group tonight which is held here in the mountains in a yurt. Always a great experience connecting.

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  3. We will be in the liw 50s, so i can get put walking! Yeah! Going ta a church leadership conference Saturday morning. Will see many who have been praying for the last 2 years for my recovery for the first time. It will be grand!


  4. You have quite a variety of readers! This weekend will probably be filled with puttering around the house. I’m currently reading “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts” by Gabor Maté. Will be enjoying some “fathead pizza dough” this evening as our Friday night keto treat.


  5. That doesn’t sound like a bad weekend 😃
    Tonight, some chores and then (hopefully!) just chilling. Tomorrow, we are going to my grandparents house to celebrate my mom’s birthday!
    And currently, I am reading In This Mountain by Jan Karon. Not my usual read, as I love fantasy, but it’s still really good.


  6. I hope you stay cozy! im not fond of the cold myself but then i’ll crochet a bunch of winter wearables which is always fun. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on The Bell Jar, when i read that it was like you stole it out of my head! i already have a copy at home in FL and i’ve read it twice, along with a lot of other Sylvia Plath (in highschool she inspired a lot of poetry) and i can’t wait to read The Bell Jar again. glad you’re getting through it!


  7. Given the weather situation (cold and rainy announced) I think I’ll have a nice journey from the sofa to the coffee machine (two or three times, just to exercice a bit…), and then back to the sofa, with some stretching my right arm to the remote control… 😀


  8. Since you are stuck at home I will update you on what is going on in St. Louis Missouri, located in the middle of the US. The high this weekend is 10 C and sunny all weekend. We tend to have crazy weather but these temps should hang around for the next couple of weeks. I am off work so I am doing my long run tomorrow. I was thinking about your city being shut down and how the hospital workers are stuck in with no help. In my thirty years of being a nurse I have never gotten snowed in at the hospital. Of course I am going to adult church sunday morning and youth church in the evening. It is the end of the Love, Sex and Dating series which has been really good. Our youth pastor is pretty cool and speaks about it like he is talking about brushing his teeth. Just an every day thing. Have a great weekend writing and enjoying the snow!


  9. Playing catch up here really. Lot’s of homework and work this weekend but at least I get to finish it out with the Newsboys United tour concert! I’m really excited for that but I’ll be on my own this weekend so we’ll see how it goes. 🙂 I’m jealous I want a few good snow days lol one of the downsides of living in a place that’s used to icy roads and deep snow is that we never have snow days. One way or another they find a way to plow just enough and put down just enough sand and salt that the roads stay “passable”. Oh well, 🙂 We’re a week out from spring break!


  10. Stay warm! I don’t have much planned for the weekend. We are dealing with Nor’easter winds right now and so I don’t fancy going out and being blown away, lol.
    I’m currently rereading the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. I’m on the second book. It’s a really great series!


  11. Right now: keeping deliciously cosy and exploring inspiration on the web. I would say enjoy the Bell Jar but instead I shall say I hope it keeps striking your interest. Beautifully written, I agree. She was one talented woman.

    I’m based in the North of England and I’m thinking and hoping that the worst of it is gone. I explain more on my blog post here if anyone is interested about my reaction to the weather and what I got up to, and why (a bit of my psychology). https://myyearofloveliness.wordpress.com/2018/03/02/going-against-your-own-nature/


  12. We have had snow since Tuesday but sadly no snow days! We improvised and took the sled to school this morning but we have mostly had to carry on! This weekend will be spent indoors keeping warm much like you!


          1. Well he was dying to get out because he hadn’t all week, he still only managed about 4 miles so he’s not trained as much as he did for the last one but I know he will still manage it, I’m just hoping there isn’t too much snow by then as it’s still coming down now!


              1. Not this time I’m afraid, T has a ballet exam the same day! I don’t think he would want us to anyway as it’s quite a drive and with this snow we would be little icicles by the time he finished 😂


  13. Weekend I don’t see it much different from last 3 Days:happily under snow siege.writing reading,snow ball fighting,eating….biscuits….lots😉have a good week end


  14. My husband and I just returned from spending a spiritual retreat week in the mountains 4 hours north of where we live in Upstate NY in the USA. Today we are also stranded indoors as have a state of emergency due to Winter Noreastern storm named Riley which dumped quite a bit of snow in our area with high winds.

    During states of emergencies, no unnecessary travel is allowed on the roads so the plows can clear them off and conditions are too dangerous to be out.

    My husband and I just finished watching the movie Allied on our Prime network and it was a teary one, very good. Now my husband is whipping us up some homemade chili for dinner while we settle in for a quiet snowed in evening at home.

    I have been reading a book by Charles Spurgeon, one of our greatest preachers who lived in the late 1800’s and most likely will stay in tonight, eating our chili, along with watching another movie.

    Tomorrow we will venture out for a walk in the snow as long as it is not too windy or too frigid. I enjoy walking in the snow and viewing the tree laden branches, covered in the white heavy snow.

    I have some cleaning to catch up on, papers to sort and some writing to do, but all in all, its been a very good quiet kind of day.

    Some areas have outages as far as electricity, but we are fine at the moment, but have our battery operated lights just in case. We have went days before without electricity but not when it is so cold.

    Times such as these give us both a chance to have some down time, no need to be anywhere and no plans to have to be anywhere. Loving it!


  15. Douglas is off Saturday and Sunday. We will start to prepare for the trip, going to buy things to fill our first aid kit. I will try to find a reasonable insurance quote for medical insurance for when we are in Europe. We are in good health, so my frugal (read stingy) husband would say that we could save by not buying it. But, we are now the proud owners of a $2200, 15-month-old French door model refrigerator that has the compressor blown, and the guy says that although it is under warranty, it would cost another $800 to $1000 to fix and will need fixing again about every 12 to 18 months. Did my hubby want to buy the extended warranty?NOOOOOO. So, we are not taking any chances with health, because his batting average in this department ain’t good. Stay warm and safe. We were nearly 80 last week and took off the heated blanket. I put it back on today. But, still, nowhere as cold as you all must be.


  16. Blogging, celebrating my birthday, visiting my husband’s grandmother, sewing, attending church, attending kids’ 4-H meeting, online shopping. It’s going to be a busy one. 🙂


  17. I have read about your hard winter and about this storm. It seems that Europe is getting the winter that we ought to have here in (southern) New England. Normally, it would be cold here. This last week I saw that my crocus are up and the willow tree in our neighbor’s yard is showing signs of green. Wow! Not sure, but I think that is at least a month early. I tell you what – can we switch back next year? I like a normal winter and don’t mind the snow. I hope you enjoy how pretty it looks. Get out there and have some (being careful) fun with it!


  18. Well, my weekend started yesterday and I started looking for scholarships for college and then today some of my History classmates and I went to Jamestown and it was amazing. We learned so much about what it was like back then.

    As far as blogging wise, I will be off for the month of March but will be commenting on posts and still have a presence despite not blogging for school-related reasons.


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