Ive thoroughly enjoyed this month of Discover Prompts. They've given me a chance to show another side of myself. The less jokey, more introspective side. They've allowed me to consider and clarify my thoughts on many things and have been a source of joy and entertainment whilst I've been sequestered here in North Carolina. Of … Continue reading Gratefully Yours
The I in Team
I love being part of a team. There's no better feeling than having the synchrony of being part of a well functioning group of workmates or friends where everyone has a function and knows what to do to achieve goals. It's true, team work really does make the dream work! The first team you're ever … Continue reading The I in Team
A Kind Of Magic
Sadly I got a bit behind with these. A massive migraine over the weekend put me out of action. I'm still kind of fearful of it rebounding again but here we go regardless! Illegitimi non carborundum and all that. Magic. A ton of different ideas, thoughts and musings and I've come up with, for me, … Continue reading A Kind Of Magic
The Elixir of Life
The Elixir of Life. Allegedly a potion that can grant immortality. Me, I don't think so. Living forever and being immortal aren't the same thing to me. I actually think living forever would be Hell. Can you imagine seeing everyone you've ever loved die? Being left on Earth alone with no one who remembers you … Continue reading The Elixir of Life
They say life imitates Art but it's truly the other way round. In a musical score, the tempo can change from one bar to the next. Sometimes you see it coming, sometimes it's a surprise. Life is really quite the same. Andante - slow, at walking pace I moved house in February and my first … Continue reading Corona Symphonia
I'm not a practising Catholic and I never will be again. With an Irish mother it was inevitable that I'd grow up 'in the true faith' and not a 'Godless Protestant' like my (English) grandmother. My mum was usually one of the most fair minded people but her (mostly justified) hatred of my English Grandma … Continue reading Instrumental Interlude
The Power of Three
I decided to take today's Discover Prompt: Three and write about three things I've done that make me proud. Then I realised just how much I'd shot my self in the foot! Naturally as a Mum, I couldn't be prouder of my three kids. Sadly that's because of who they are, not because of anything … Continue reading The Power of Three
The Distance From My Heart To Yours
Distance is relative. It's a matter of perspective. You can be thousands of miles away from your friends and family but hold them so close in your heart that they're with you. Every minute of the day. You can sleep in the same bed as someone and be light years apart. The cold, empty void … Continue reading The Distance From My Heart To Yours
Slow And Steady Wins The Race
I've always had a bit of a lead foot. Why drive the speed limit if you can go twenty over kind of a thing. To be fair, I never speed on small roads, only motorways. You never know if there will be a person or an animal or a farm vehicle. Whilst living in NY … Continue reading Slow And Steady Wins The Race
The Story Of Your Life
We all have a story in us. We're born a blank slate. The first few pages are filled in by others as we are too small but even as a baby, with no understanding of anything but wanting to be fed or changed or loved - we change the lives of others. We add pages … Continue reading The Story Of Your Life
How Does Your Garden Grow?
I’m down in Poughkeepsie and we’re working on the garden so we can sell this house and move on to the next step of our lives. It’s a lovely house, it’s in a fantastic neighbourhood surrounded by trees and were being serenaded by a thousand birds. Scarlet Cardinals are swooping past hoping to snag a … Continue reading How Does Your Garden Grow?
… That Time I Failed As A Parent..
We all try our best at parenting. Some times we get it right. Sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we feel like we got it right but later, way down the line we’ll, we realise.. maybe not. This is one such incident. I have a funny story from when my daughter was little. She was 5 or … Continue reading … That Time I Failed As A Parent..
On Memorial Day
Thank you to all our troops both serving and veteran. To those who made it back and to those who didn't. With gratitude and respect for your sacrifices, patriotism, integrity and valour. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the … Continue reading On Memorial Day
Be a Virus
I was asked a question recently after spending a great deal of time helping someone with a problem they just couldn’t understand. It was.. challenging and I’ll be honest, very annoying because it was really simple. Eventually I found a way to help them understand thankfully. Afterwards I was asked why I bothered, “it wasn’t … Continue reading Be a Virus
Roast Chicken – the Answer to World Peace.
It really is a wonderful world. I'm sharing this today as a reminder to me that no culture is made up of purely bad people. There are good people everywhere, you just have to look. Years ago when the kids were very small I used to have foreign language students to stay while they were … Continue reading Roast Chicken – the Answer to World Peace.
St Patrick’s Day – and how we can all have a little Irish in us!
I thought since it was St Patricks Day I'd share some photos of Ireland and my Grandma's recipe for Soda Bread. One of my favorite things in the world! Grandma didn’t actually use scales. She used an old tea cup to measure but I wanted to do it properly so I did as she did … Continue reading St Patrick’s Day – and how we can all have a little Irish in us!
The Red Eyed Man
When I was still married to Farquhar Bastardcelot we lived in a house by the sea. It had three bedrooms. Princess PITA had one, Fartichoke had another and FB had the biggest. Our marriage was a war zone and I used to sleep on the couch. Princess PITA would never go into FB's room, I … Continue reading The Red Eyed Man
Contentment, Happiness and why I don’t want to be the Boss of You!
I’ve seen so many posts lately from people wanting to change their place in society. Whilst I don’t think that bad at all, I absolutely do think people need to be very honest with themselves about their motivation. Is it a desire to be a better version of you? A more rounded human being? Or … Continue reading Contentment, Happiness and why I don’t want to be the Boss of You!
A Book Challenge
After reading this, I challenge you to think of a list of books that have made a difference to you. It’s up to you if you explain why or not but it’s a very pleasurable exercise reminding yourself of all your book loves! The hardship for me wasn’t in starting but in stopping. This doesn’t … Continue reading A Book Challenge
I won’t forget.
I was sitting reading a memorial page for a brave man last night. A cop, killed in the line of duty. I didn't know him. I don't know anyone who did know him but I sat here, tears running down my face reading peoples memories of this man who gave his life for our freedom. … Continue reading I won’t forget.
The Horror of Alzheimer’s
You can always make a difference to someone. You can always brighten someone’s day. You can always make someone feel worthwhile. You can always make someone feel cherished ...You just can’t always remember that if you have Alzheimer’s.. I truly didn’t know just how awful Alzheimer’s/Dementia is until my mum had it. I didn’t understand … Continue reading The Horror of Alzheimer’s
The Ever Wonderful Lil
Lil was my best friends mum and today would have been Lil's 96th birthday. She might have been Titselina Bumsqueaks mum but she was as good as mine too. As far as she was concerned I was one of hers. Oh how I loved her and miss her. She had a bloody hard life. She … Continue reading The Ever Wonderful Lil