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Late Night Hold Ups

Another late night, another hold up on the M60. And look at the petrol light… AGAIN! Not good for my nerves…

Home now though.

Goodnight God bless.


Daybook Entry 21st January 2018

For today… 21st January 2018

Looking out my window… it’s pretty awful weather out there. Rain one minute, snow the next. Slush on the ground which is freezing in places and just soggy wetness in others.

I am thinking… of having my hair cut. Or perhaps growing it and having it dyed. Or “under shaved” or something. Anything other than this “in-between” nothingness that it is at the minute.

I am thankful… that there is no budget this month to have my hair cut. I’d end up with something I would regret if I went this side of payday!

One of my favourite things… is knowing my children are happy.

I am creating… space on my bookshelf for … what else? … MORE books.

I am wearing… my favourite hoody, which unfortunately is starting to show signs of wear and tear and is not really suitable for wearing outside the house any more. It’s great for inside the house, but not for “best”, sadly.

I am reading … “Keeping The Dead” by Tess Gerritsen. It is the seventh in the Rizzoli and Isles series and I thought I had read all of them, but this one is one that has slipped my net. I am only a little way into it but it is showing signs of all the excellence of the rest of this series.

I am praying… that my sister in crime is going to be ok.

I am learning… about different ways of leading church worship. Among other things.

In my kitchen… we had home made teriyaki chicken casserole for tea last night. It was absolutely delicious and a fantastic dinner for two of us. Really easy to make too. All I did was put 180ml of soy sauce, 160ml of water, half a tsp of ground ginger, 2 minced cloves of garlic and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar into a pan and boiled it. Then I added 2 tablespoons of cornflour to some cold water to make a paste and added it to the boiling mixture. I think I put too much in because it instantly solidified, so I added some more water until it looked more like a sauce than the stuff they cover roads with. I then put most of that sauce over two chicken breasts in a casserole dish and baked it in the oven for about 20 minutes. I should have covered it with tin foil because the sauce went a bit crusty, but it was ok after the next stage. While I cooked the chicken in the sauce, I cooked 175g of Basmati rice and pack of stir fry vegetables.  I then shredded the chicken and mixed it with the sauce, then added the rice, the vegetables and the rest of the sauce and put it back into the oven for 10 minutes to heat through. It was absolutely delicious, but next time I wouldn’t put as much sugar in it and I will think about adding some more garlic.



Post Script… I have been thinking about making marionettes on and off for a couple of years now, and I found this on YouTube and it looks a fantastic way of constructing them. I will perhaps give it a go over the half term break in February.

A moment from my day… 



When your daughter has been travelling for nearly 7 hours from one end of the country to another, and you are on your way to meet her rendezvous point and this is the view ahead of you for the next 45 minutes. ARGH!!!!!

Closing Notes


A very tongue in cheek comment, but when confronted with this sign at the motorway services tonight, ought I to have been upset by the fact that I am not a lady? Does this sign only apply to those identifying as “ladies”, or is it a polite term to denote the fact there are no stand-up urinals in the room and all the toilets are behind cubicles? Should I have kicked up a fuss with the management that since I am not a “lady” there are no toilets available to me? Or should I just accept the fact that I am lucky I live in the western world where we have ready access to clean and safe sanitation no matter how it is labelled?


Thought For Today

Einstein Quote


“Only a life lived in the service of others is worth living”



A Friday View

It’s been another mixed day today so I thought I’d share a few photos with you.

First, my daughter’s car. It’s a lovely little car, almost a year old now, and perfect for her to run around in to work and the gym and so on. I quite like it myself to be honest, especially all the automated features like windscreen wipers that come on on their own when rain is detected. Or the medianav device that connects to my phone so I can listen to my own music without trailing wires all over the place.

One thing it is NOT good art its opening the bonnet to replace the screen wash. Exhibit A…. my dad helping me work the stupid bonnet out and filling the stupid water bottle.

Next, this headline in the newspaper today: Music is good for dementia, which is great news for most of the people I know because we enjoy so much music we have got a huge pool to choose from in later years in case we need it to keep our little grey cells working.

Now, like every good story arc, there has to be an element of tragedy, or disaster, or downright nastiness. My next picture shows a group of youngsters attacking not one, but TWO buses near home this evening.

These kids were goading the drivers and trying to damage the vehicles. The drivers had it well in hand, but even so, it saddens me to think that this is what passes for entertainment for kids like this.

And finally, the best bit of the day, my other band room – Todmorden Community Brass Band. This its the band I conduct on a Friday and where my poor husband gets a load of stick from me as he sits on the top chair as Principal Cornet.

We are currently in our post Christmas spell and we are looking at potential pieces to play in our forthcoming anniversary concert so and over the summer for our outdoor gigs in and around the local area.

So that’s a little peek at my Friday this week. I also did some studying and some work for church but I didn’t take photos of that. I could perhaps share with you a little something I watched as part of my studies if you like?

Go on then. Here’s a bit of Laurel and Hardy from 1928. I hope you enjoy it.


Amazing Grace

I went to Bible study at my church tonight and we had a great discussion about the readings for the coming Sunday. We read a passage from Jonah (the bit just after he had been deposited by the “big fish”) and a passage from Mark where Jesus told two of his disciples to “follow me”, and he promised to make them fishers of men.

Tonight, I didn’t feel I had much to say and I was content to sit back and follow the discussion around me, listening to what other people were saying and just enjoying the company of my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Our discussion went all over the place – as it usually does! – and from the starting point of whether we thought Jonah’s story was allegorical or a historical truth we ended up talking about God’s grace. In particular, how we either don’t recognise it all the time, or how we fail to understand and appreciate that grace is given for everyone, not just to those who we deem to be deserving of it. We talked about drawing lines around our own behaviour whilst judging others for doing the very same thing, and it was interesting to see how we all reacted to the challenge to look at our own views on that. I’m not sure that I’m aware of the times I judge other people, and I came away from the evening feeling refreshed and changed by the discussion and the prayers that were offered.

The best bit for me was singing the two hymns to top and tail the evening. The first was one of my favourites from Matt Redman – “10000 Reasons” , and the one we closed the evening with was the wonderful “Amazing Grace” which summed up everything we had been talking about and has helped me so much this evening.




Wednesday Hodgepodge

Wednesday Hodgepodge 17th Jan

I am joining Joyce again this week for her Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you want to have a go yourself, click on the graphic below and follow Joyce’s instructions. Here we go.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What keeps you blogging?

A couple of things. First, the contact with friends I have made through my site is a big draw. I love reading what they write and I love hearing from them when they comment on my posts. Second, the discipline of writing something each day. Third, I like a challenge…!

2. Some people like to travel in the winter months. Do you enjoy the beach in winter? According to Southern Living the best U.S. beach towns to visit this winter are-

St Simons Island (Georgia), Hilton Head (South Carolina), Bald Head Island (North Carolina), Seaside (Florida), Bay St. Louis (Mississippi), Cape San Blas (Florida), South Padre Island (Texas), Folly Beach (South Carolina), Chincoteague (Virginia), Duck Key (Florida), Nags Head (North Carolina), and Fairhope (Alabama) 

Have you been to any of the towns listed (in any season)? Which on the list appeals to you most this winter?

I have not visited any of these beaches but I have visited plenty in the UK which are definitely winter-worthy. There is something primal about being beside a body of water, and the ferocity of that body of water in winter is a humbling and invigorating experience to be enjoyed.

3. What’s a song you’re embarrassed to know all the lyrics to? Are you really embarrassed or do just think you should be?

I’m not embarrassed to know the lyrics to any song, but I am highly embarrassed to sing them in public!

4. When you were a kid what’s something you thought would be fantastic as an adult, but now that you’re an adult you realise it’s not all that fantastic?

Being “in charge” of my own life. Sometimes I hark back to those days where my bedtime was set according to my age, and being told to get up for school etc. The days when certain TV programmes or films were deemed too grown up for me seem a long time ago, and I’ll never forget watching “Carrie” after being told not to because it was too old for me. It was.

5. Share a quote you hope will inspire you in 2018.

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” –Albert Einstein

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I experienced my first “thunder snow” last night. Wow! Purple lightning and massive crashes of thunder accompanying a substantial fall of snow and hail. For all the power of its arrival, the snow didn’t stay around for long and it had largely melted overnight. But that thunder and lightning was something awesome to behold.



Black Dog

I was doing some research for a piece of writing I am working on and I came across this video. It explains what depression feels like to those who suffer from it.

I think the phrase “black dog” was used by Winston Churchill to describe his dark moods, which I suppose is an early 20th Century way of politely describing depression. Of course, the significance of mental well-being has become more prominent now, and in today’s world we go a bit further than they did in Churchill’s world to try to understand the causes of poor mental health as well as ways in which to help those who suffer. I feel there is still a long way to go in understanding how poor mental health arises and how to help people, and maybe just by talking about it and sharing things like this video might help a little?