Thanksgiving


In the spirit of Thanksgiving in the US today, I thought I would share with you a list of things I am thankful for in my life just now:

  1. homeThe roof over my head. Yes, we owe more on the mortgage now than when we took it out 18 years ago, and yes there are some fairly hefty repairs that need doing on it, but these four walls and the roof on top are my safe haven. Homelessness and the possibility of losing the family home have been brought home to me recently, which makes me all the more thankful that I have this place to call my home.
  2. The food in our freezer. It was only a few short weeks ago that we were in a position to pool a couple of weeks worth of groceries and do a big batch cookout so that we would be seen through the “silly season” ahead, yet already we have had to turn to those supplies because of an unexpected bill (and therefore massive bank charges for failed payments) and we have very little cash to see us through the next 6 weeks or so. We also have an unexpected lodger too, so the food in the freezer was well timed, and continues to be a life-saver for us. I am thankful that I was prompted to fill the freezer just before the money ran out.
  3. Spiritual support from church friends. Linked to point #2 above, this one is another big one in my life. My faith in God is as strong as ever, but sometimes, the spiritual support of other people is what keeps my grip strong. I am thankful that my faith in God has brought me to such a place that I can be part of a group of supportive and understanding friends.
  4. dsc_0949.jpgMy family. Especially my husband. We are like a tag team at the moment, and we seesaw between being strong and weak. When one is weak the other lifts them up, and vice versa. Sometimes we are on an even keel in the middle, but as anyone dealing with a financial (or other) crisis knows, emotions and ability to cope can swing quite violently from one extreme to the other and it takes a particular type of relationship to hold it together. My kids have been fantastic too, both in emotional support and simply bringing laughter and sunshine into an otherwise bleak and austere existence. My parents too – where would I be without them?!! From my mum “accidentally” making an extra Shepherd’s Pie, to my Dad transferring an emergency lump sum into my bank account over the summer to bail us out (yet again), my parents have been instrumental in me holding things together in the last few months. I am thankful for the loving and supportive family I am surrounded by.
  5. crochet-hookCrochet. A life-saver a couple of years ago when my illness first took hold and everything seemed pointless and without direction, crochet has been an activity that I turn to again and again to help with anxiety and depression. I have started some Christmas projects and I am thankful that I have been able to find a cute snowman which I am working on for our house this Christmas.
  6. Music. Like crochet, music has been a life-saver in so many ways over the years for me. Whether it is listening to it, playing it, writing it, arranging it, planning it, organising it or whatever, I am thankful for the presence of music in my life.
  7. My Kindle. I was bought a Kindle as a gift for Mothering Sunday a couple of years ago and at first, I was a bit sceptical about using it. A lifelong lover of books and reading (notice the differentiation I made there), I didn’t really want to engage in technology like a Kindle but having been given one as a gift I thought I didn’t have much to lose. I haven’t actually looked back since being given it and I have engaged in so many more books and articles than I would have done in hard-print books in the meantime, largely because of all the free books available online. I am thankful that I have got access to such a large, free, library of books to read and the mechanism to carry them all round with me all the time.
  8. bedMy big comfy bed. Might sound a bit trite, but I honestly say a prayer of thanks every time I get into my bed each night. Linked to the point about the roof over my head above, I am so grateful that first of all that I have a place to put my head each night, and second of all that it is so comfy and warm once I get in. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to rest properly each night.

This is not in any way an exhaustive list, and it isn’t in any particular order, but these things are on my mind most of the time and they are the things see me through when times are bad as they are now. I am sure that when the climate changes for me I would come up with a slightly different (and longer) list.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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Share Your World – Week 36


I have Cee to thank for today’s post. You’ll find her at Share Your World

List 2 things you have to be happy about?

Food in my cupboard, and air in my bike tyres.

If you could take a photograph, paint a picture or write a story of any place in the world, what and where would it be?

I would love to be able to paint a picture of water, and my choice of location would be somewhere like the rugged Lake District in England, or maybe the stunningly beautiful Llyn peninsula of Wales. I am not any sort of artist though and any painting I made would probably not be fit for viewing. However, I would love to write about it. And with that in mind, watch this space! I have an idea for a story set in the 6th Century involving pilgrims on a journey through Wales to the holy island of Bardsey.

Should children be seen and not heard?

Hmmm difficult one this! I believe children have the right to be heard, but along with that right they have the responsibility to understand that so does everyone else. Children are naturally gregarious and boisterous, but they have to learn that there are times when that isn’t appropriate and adult time is valuable too. There’s nothing worse than trying to have a conversation with someone only for them to break off to answer their child who is pulling at them with “Mummy, Mummy” going on. Apart from being extremely rude to the person they are speaking to, they are giving the child the message that they are prepared to drop everything and answer them on the spot. Sometimes a quiet “in a minute, I’m speaking” is all that’s needed…so long as they don’t then forget to get back to the child! It’s all about manners and self-awareness for me, but no, I don’t think that children should be seen and not heard. They have a right to mix with company and be noisy if needed, just so long as they know that they are not necessarily the centre of attention and know when to be quiet.

List at least five of your favourite first names.

baby-nameAs a writer I’m forever trying to come up with names for my characters, and it can be a traumatic experience I can tell you! Some names conjure up a set of expectations and I try to match those expectations with my characters and sometimes I like to play around with them and name a character the opposite of what the reader would expect. However, my own personal taste – if I were to have the privilege of naming an actual child again – are very traditional. Here’s my favourites, in no particular order (the first two are my own children’s names!)

Ethan
Emma
William
Elizabeth
Jessica
James
Matthew

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I was very grateful to see a friend of mine who I hadn’t seen for several months. We had been very close for a number of years but there have been a few spanners in the works this year and we have drifted away from each other recently, so I was extremely grateful that we could spend some time on Friday catching up and just enjoying each other’s company again.

Coming up, I’m looking forward to Ethan going back to college and Emma starting her new job next Monday.

 

 

Daybook Entry – 13th July


8598a-simple-woman-daybook-largeFor Today… 13th July

Outside my window… there is still a trace of blue in the sky and it has gone 11pm

I am thinking… about the juxtaposition of tragedy and celebration today

I am thankful… that I have a ministry in the church

I am praying for… Millie’s family, Alfie and his mum, the children of Pike Fold School who came to Messy Church today

I am wearing… my hair loose for a change

I am creating… a jacket for myself. I have cut out the pattern pieces and the fabric for the lining, but I haven’t plucked up the courage to cut out the fabric for the jacket itself yet. I’m letting my knees recover before I get down on the floor to do that!

I am going… to take my son shopping for clothes tomorrow for his band trip to Italy next week

I am wondering… when his passport will arrive

I am reading… I’m in between books at the moment having finished “House Rules” by Jodi Picoult yesterday afternoon, but I did read a short story by Neil Gaiman last night called “Odd and the Frost Giants” which was brilliant. I don’t usually read fantasy stories, but this one was a great read and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants a satisfying read for half an hour or so

I am hoping… I don’t miss the delivery man tomorrow who is going to be bringing me my Dad’s birthday present in the post. I’m hoping my Dad likes it too

I am learning… that the human spirit is probably the toughest substance in the universe

In my garden… we have lavender, strawberries, thyme and parsley growing on the deck and the smell is divine

In my kitchen… we had a bit of a concoction for tea tonight – mushrooms, courgettes, yellow peppers, red onions in a tomato sauce with gnocchi. Not bad for a knocked-together quick meal

A favourite quote for today…

Psalm 139

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

A peek into one of my days…

Dragon in the sky tonight
Dragon in the sky tonight

One of my favourite things… is seeing children singing and dancing in church

Post Script:

It has been a very trying time for me and my family recently and we have survived yet another storm in our lives. It has felt like life was giving us a bit of a kicking but we are on the up again now and looking forward to a couple of things this month now. First of all, Ethan is going away with the music centre for a few days’ concert tour in Italy next week then it will be our 25th wedding anniversary the week after. A few days after that we are planning on going camping although Emma won’t be with us this time and she is staying at home. She has been working away at a High Adventure camp for the past six weeks and between you and me, I think she’s a bit fed up of tents and sleeping bags at the minute! Our change in outlook is because of a couple of things that have come together at the same time and it has made things altogether feel better, even if they haven’t actually solved the problem. With prayer and faith, and the grace of God extended to us through our friends, life is feeling a lot happier and we have some things to look forward to now.

 

 

New Year’s Day-book Entry


8598a-simple-woman-daybook-largeFor Today… 1st January 2016

Outside my window… it’s dark and wintry

I am thinking… about the new slate we have presented to us this time each year, and about the opportunity we are given to recalibrate a few things in our lives. I’m not usually one given over to massive lists of resolutions or anything, but the chance to adjust one or two things is a welcome one.

I am thankful… for the wonderful time I spent in the run up to and over Christmas with my friends and family this year. It is usually a very difficult time of year for me but this year for the first time ever I think, it has been a delight.

I am praying for… God’s hand in my decisions about my next steps; for R and P; for my cousin Steve and his wife Nikki who have welcomed a beautiful baby boy this afternoon and thanks for his safe delivery – welcome Ethan John.

I am wearing… my hair in pigtails (don’t ask)

I am creating… a drama script for my next assignment. Actually, it’s nearly done (I don’t think you can ever say it’s quite done as a writer can you?!) but I have got an idea of how I’m going to adapt it and submit it to the BBC as a spec script to see what they make of it.

I am going… to go for a walk around a reservoir tomorrow to blow the cobwebs out. I’ve been hard at work for the past 5 days solid and I need to stretch my legs.

I am wondering… if the weather is going to be mildly wintry, wintry wintry, or Arctic wintry tomorrow.

I am reading… “Shadow” by Karin Alvtegen. Just started it today but it has hooked me in from the very first paragraph. I finished reading Peter Robinson’s “All The Colours of Darkness” this morning which was a cracker too, and when I have funds I’ll definitely be reading the next in the series.

I am hoping… that we remember to extinguish ALL the candles tonight before going to bed. Last night one was left on and we very nearly had a disaster…

I am learning… that script writing feels more natural to me than fiction writing. Who knew?!

In my garden… we have debris still from Storm Frank who visited us through the week. By debris I mean broken fence panels, an upturned wheelie bin, three footballs all in various stages of decompression and decay and various bits of broken tree, shrub and rose-bush.

In my kitchen… I still have all the makings of a trifle which I thought I would take to my Mum’s for our traditional New Year’s Day meal together. But I forgot I’d planned that and forgot to do the sponge and jelly first thing this morning. In fact, I only remembered I’d planned it when we were on our way out of the door.

A favourite quote for today… “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” C. S. Lewis.

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A peek into one of my days… the burned out candle

One of my favourite things… is eating roast beef with my family.

Post Script: My Facebook status last night (and no, I wasn’t drunk!)

So, my 2015 in a nutshell: I lost my mother in law, appeared on The Chase, dug out my cornet and made it onto Classic FM, played for a production of the Wizard of Oz and played in the Royal Albert Hall. I delivered my first real sermon, avoided hospital all year, learned how to do a decent haircut (including my own), seen Emma graduate her Law degree and sweated through all 5 stages of interview with her for the Royal Navy. I’ve been pulled by Sir Nigel Gresley and nearly drowned in Whitby. I got a hug that is about 30 years overdue, sterlingsop made an appearance and I wasn’t ill on Christmas Day. I have had one or two financial issues and I have laughed and loved and laughed and loved some more. If you’ve survived the journey with me congratulations, you get to do it all again next year!

There was plenty more I could have added to this list, but by cracky it’s been a busy year hasn’t it?! I have made a commitment to myself to record more of the shenanigans I get up to (even the ones I can’t share with you in public dear reader) so let’s see what this list looks like on 31st December. What does your past year look like? Are you going to be with me for the next 12 months? Yeah? Great! Let’s compare notes in 366 days time shall we?

 

Daybook Entry – 29th November, Advent Sunday


8598a-simple-woman-daybook-largeFor Today… 29th November, Advent Sunday

Outside my window… we are in the middle of the wildest storm so far this year. It has a name, apparently. World, meet Clodagh. She’s one wet and wild beast and she has blown a tree and shrubbery down, roof tiles off and fence panels down this afternoon. And that’s just in our garden.

I am thinking… about my daughter who has got a life-changing couple of days tomorrow and the day after. The hardest thing for a parent is to want what your child wants because it will make them happy but knowing all the while that it means they will be taken away from you.

I am thankful… that I have a roof over my head and a warm bed to sleep in tonight.

I am praying for… those without a bed tonight; for my daughter; my mum; for strength to get through the next few days.

I am wearing… comfy tracksuit bottoms, a t-shirt and hoodie.

I am creating… a pair of mittens for myself.

I am going… to get a 2000 word assignment done on “the representation of adult-child relationships in Little Women and Treasure Island” before Thursday. Honest.

I am wondering… when this storm will abate.

I am reading… just rediscovered V C Andrews and have started the first of the Casteel series, “Heaven”. Not very far into it to be honest so no opinion on it just yet.

I am hoping… that I hear from a potential PPI refund soon. Christmas is looking lean (again) at the minute but if I get some PPI refunded then we might be able to relax a little.

I am learning… a new technique to cast on my crochet. Not very enthralling to those who are not into handicrafts, but it is a useful technique and one I can use on lots of things.

In my garden… nature has had a great time giving it a makeover.

In my kitchen… not very hungry today so homemade nachos for tea.

A favourite quote for today…

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Found at TheDailyQuotes.com

 

A peek into one of my days…

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One of my favourite things… is binge-watching TV while doing the ironing.

From the board room…

Post Script:

We are just on the brink of “silly season”. The lead up to Christmas in our household has always been mad, with logistics and planning skills worthy of the SAS, and this year it is looking like it isn’t going to be any different. We have got church commitments and engagements, band concerts and carolling experiences, schools work, Ethan’s music centre band concerts and college bands/orchestra/ choir (yes, CHOIR!) to fit in with family stuff and studying. With this in mind I have decided to commit to a daily meditation and mini-study session through Advent. I need to make space for things that matter, such as spiritual and prayer time, and when things are so busy it is most important to find the discipline to do it. I’ll let you know how it works out.

 

Daybook – 22nd October


8598a-simple-woman-daybook-largeFor Today… 22nd October 2015

Outside my window… clear skies, stars shining like rock hard chips of diamonds. Dampness in the air will mean a frosty morning tomorrow.

I am thinking… about how complicated life can be sometimes.

I am thankful… that when I fell yesterday I didn’t break any bones.

I am wearing… a tie-dyed t-shirt that I did as part of a camp activity with Brigade about 15 years ago. It’s still doing well and doesn’t look that old really!

I am creating… some hats for Christmas presents. Ssshhhh can’t tell you anything else just yet *wink wink*

I am going… to change around the living room over the weekend. We need to move the two seater settee away from the radiator as the room doesn’t really get very warm and we need to sort that out before winter sets in, and I want the TV to go in another corner of the room so we will be swapping that for Terry’s tank. Big job which will involve emptying, cleaning and refilling the aquarium, drilling holes in the wall for the TV brackets, moving two settees, hiding my yarn stash (haha good luck with that…) and moving two Ikea storage units. When I say “we” I mean “Kevin”, naturally.

I am wondering… which assignment to tackle first. I have got one for each module due in next Thursday and I don’t know which one to do tomorrow, and which one to leave until the start of next week. I have a feeling the creative writing one is going to need more revision so I might do that tomorrow and leave it to stew for a bit while I do the children’s literature one. Decisions, decisions…

I am reading… “Flash and Bones” by Kathy Reichs. It’s the 14th book in the Temperance Brennan (Bones) series, and is a nice distracting read away from the essays and critical analyses of children’s literature I’ve been doing this week.

I am hoping… we get a full turn out at band tomorrow night. We have got a few things to rehearse for Remembrance Sunday and then it’s full steam ahead for Christmas.

I am praying… for my son who is having a little difficulty with the transition from secondary school to college; my friend who is worried about his family breaking apart; a friend who is having professional difficulties at work; my church family who are about to start a very busy period of ministry leading up to and beyond Christmas.

I am learning… more about fairy tales than I thought was possible. And I’m loving it!

In my garden… I have had a lot of activity around my bird table this week. Blue tits and Great tits mainly, but the occasional squirrel and robin too. I haven’t been able to take a photo yet, but I will do if I can.

In my kitchen… I want to try some of the delicious recipes I keep seeing on my newsfeed on Facebook, and the one that is top of my list (when I’m brave enough) is the one for “breakfast eggs” which are done in a muffin tin and use bits of bacon and/or spring onions and other bits and pieces. They look gorgeous and I want to have a go.

Breakfast eggs

 

A favourite quote for today…

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A peek into one of my days… 

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This is a slide from a slide show I produced for tonight’s Praise and Pizza session at church. I did three like this, and it’s our version of the old bouncing ball, and it’s how we learn new songs. I love doing these and it’s a great way to have some fun with people because not everyone can read music, but most people can follow the ups and downs of music presented like this.

One of my favourite things… is settling down with a good book and enjoying a bit of escapism for a little while.

From the board room…

I love these! Can’t wait to make one. I bought the pattern last week and they are so cute.

Post Script… I had a disastrous day yesterday – couldn’t settle down to study, managed to give myself an electric shock unplugging my laptop, somehow fell of my chair at my desk (it moved from under me on its own, I swear), developed a big white spot on a very sore tonsil in the middle of a very sore throat – but today has been MUCH better. I managed to get down my “to do” list, I really got to grips with my studies this afternoon, my sore throat has settled down to a dull roar now, and I managed to get through the day without injuring either myself or anyone else. Result!!

 

Daybook Entry – 15th October


8598a-simple-woman-daybook-largeFor Today… 15th October 2015

Outside my window… cloudless sky, frost forming on cars in the street. Brrr… it’s nearly winter alright.

I am thinking… about Greek words for “love” (don’t ask!)

I am thankful… for my best friend.

I am wearing… a pair of dark rings under my eyes.

I am creating… lots and lots of notes and plot lines, story outlines, character descriptions and situations to explore for my writing course.

I am going…  to enjoy a good sleep tonight.

I am praying… to give thanks for the safe arrival of my cousin Kathryn’s son William earlier this week; for healing for my brother’s mother in law who is critically ill will post-surgical complications.

I am wondering… if this scratchy throat and snotty nose is going to develop or do one overnight.

I am reading… “Owen: Book One of the Tudor Trilogy” by Tony Riches. It’s about Owen Tudor and the events that led up to the Wars of the Roses, and even though I am enjoying it I don’t think it’s the best account of this part of history I’ve ever read.

I am hoping… this tiny blister under my thumbnail goes down overnight. It has been incredibly painful for a couple of days now and there’s no sign of it improving. It feels like a cold-sore blister (if it’s even possible to get one there) and is making my thumb very hot, with its own little heartbeat.

I am learning… more about my faith, more about the relationships we find ourselves in and how to incorporate my new understanding into the things I am writing.

In my garden… my beautiful hydrangea is changing colour spectacularly at the moment. It is usually pink, but some of the blooms have been blue this year which means that now Autumn is kissing them gently, the colours are deepening and changing to look spectacular.

In my kitchen… I wanted to cook chicken with chorizo and pearl barley this week but my bravado deserted me and I did it with rice instead. It ended up as a variation on my usual paella instead of something different, but hey ho, it went down well enough with the troops!

A favourite quote for today…

friendship

A photo from this week’s album…

Terry the Terrapin with all feet off the ground. Funny little animal!
Terry the Terrapin with all feet off the ground. Funny little animal!

One of my favourite things… is a well-timed hug.

Post Script: I am finally getting to the end of my latest “episode” and the pain is more or less under control again. I’m at that awkward stage of recovery now where my body hurts – I mean, seriously sore from marrow to split ends. I mentioned the blister down the side of my thumbnail, but to be honest that’s just one little thing that is causing me grief at the minute. But isn’t it always the way that we concentrate on the visible source of pain rather than the bigger (and more painful) invisible ones? I have been working hard on the things I have to do and I’m looking forward to having the time to enjoy the things I want to do when I’m feeling more energetic and positive.

 

Lamb Tikka Masala


Today’s deliciousness, courtesy of the leftovers from yesterday’s roast dinner and a lovely hot brew with which to wash it down.. DSC_1974

 

I did a leg of lamb for dinner yesterday and we had it with roast potatoes (all gone), carrots (also all gone) and broccoli (some left). I felt a bit rash splurging out on a big joint but as it fed 5 yesterday, 3 today and more left for tomorrow, I don’t feel that guilty after all.

This curry was made from some of the lamb and the rest of a jar of curry sauce I used last weekend when I made a chicken biryani, and we had it with the leftover broccoli and some home-made pilau rice. Very nice!

In case you’re wondering how I did it and how much it cost:

Leg of lamb – £8 (8 servings so £1 per serving)
Carrots – 49p (5 servings so approx 10p per serving)
Broccoli – 98p (8 servings so 11p per serving)
Potatoes – £1.50 (5 servings so 30p per serving)
Tin of tomatoes – 50p (bulk buy. 3 servings so approx 18p per serving)
Half jar of curry paste – 64p (3 servings so 21p per serving)
Onion – 16p (3 servings so 5p per serving)
Rice – (bulk buy approx 15p so 5p per serving)

Two day’s worth of decent food at a grand cost of around £2.50 per head. Not bad on the economic front, delicious on the taste front and priceless on the sharing and companionship front too. Happy Pamster.

 

Daybook Entry – 28th March 2015


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Outside my window… it has been a changeable day today weather-wise. Blustery wind and showers one minute, stormy gales and torrential rain the next, bright sunshine and big towering white clouds the minute after that. It’s dark now so obviously no sunshine, but still raining and miserable. Spring is poised.

I am thinking… that this time last week I would never have imagined the week I have just experienced.

I am thankful… for the life of my mother in law who died this week. Without her I would not have my husband and I would not have my wonderful children. She has taught me a lot in the last 30 years – and not all of it positive!

In the kitchen… Kevin made his famous “sausage one-pot” for tea tonight. Onions, peppers, beans, tomatoes, sausages, potatoes, mushrooms and stock. Delish.

I am wearing… my tired face tonight. It has been a very emotional week.

I am creating… time for some rest tomorrow.

I am going… to go and check the clocks round the house shortly to make sure they have been put forward for the hour overnight.

I am praying… for Joanne who is facing the end of her life in the coming days; her mum and dad Ruth and Paul; for her family who are devastated at the anticipation of her loss. For Arthur, who has suffered a major break in his mental capacity and who is now effectively lost to us.

I am wondering… what tomorrow will bring.

I am reading… after the recent death of Terry Pratchett I decided I would give his books a go and so – ironically enough – I read “Mort” the week before last and I began to read “The Reaper Man” this week. I haven’t really had much time to read this week and it feels a bit strange to admit that the time I have had to read, it has been a welcome break to have a humorous look at death through the eyes of Mr Pratchett in the midst of the reality of what’s been going on.

From the boardroom… this is a board I began a while ago and come back to now and again. Please feel free to add anything to it if you see something I’d like!

I am hoping… that a good sleep tonight will help.

I am looking forward to… a week on Monday. All duties done, all funerals held, all responsibilities outside the house suspended for a while. Time for a rest, time for a break, time to spend time with the family in peace.

I am learning… that death is not necessarily a tragedy and in some cases can actually be a merciful event.

Around the house… we have not spent much time in the house this week so it is looking like a bombsite at the minute. We have literally run in and run out again all week and things have been dropped and left all over the place. You may have gathered we lost my husband’s mum this week, but we have also been playing in the orchestra for the school production of the Wizard of Oz (great timing eh?). The days have been filled with things like visiting funeral directors, the registry office, meeting with the minister, ordering funeral flowers and so on, and the evenings have been spent sat in the dark playing the music for the show. It has been surreal to say the least. And to top it off, my long awaited TV appearance was aired on Tuesday evening too which added to the feeling of surreality on Tuesday no end.

I am pondering… my usual ponder – do I have another cup of tea before I go to bed, or should I make do with water?

A favourite quote for today…

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One of my favourite things… is my Mum’s shepherd’s pie, especially when she puts cheese on top.

A few plans for the rest of the week: church tomorrow morning (it’s Palm Sunday tomorrow); roast dinner tomorrow afternoon (a leg of lamb is resting in the fridge as we speak); Stay and Play on Monday morning, Messy Church at the local school on Wednesday; my mother in law’s funeral on Thursday; church on Friday; church on Saturday and Sunday (well, it is Easter!).

A peek into my day…

One of the crafts we did at Messy Church today. It depicts the empty tomb using biscuits, butter cream and a mini egg. It was great fun to do and the kids loved it.
One of the crafts we did at Messy Church today. It depicts the empty tomb using biscuits, butter cream and a mini egg. It was great fun to do and the kids loved it.

Daybook Entry – 14th December


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Outside my window… it is dark and miserable. Rain, cold, foggy, miserable miserable miserable

I am thinking…that the worst is over now in terms of commitment this Christmas and I can start to think about family and home stuff now. There is still quite a  bit to do, but the main bit is over. I think!

I am thankful… there was cheese in the fridge tonight.

In the kitchen… I made a lot of soup yesterday for our Christmas Fair at church and there was a few portions left over, which have made their way into my freezer. My boys had some left over bacon and lentil soup for tea tonight. It smelled delicious!

I am wearing… grey t-shirt and grey slack trackies. Comfy.

I am creating… sadly not very much at the minute. I would like to be creating crocheted gifts for Christmas, cards, table decorations, greetings cards etc for Christmas, and I really need to indulge in some writing too.

I am going… to bed very soon. It has been a MAMMOTH few days and I need my sleep.

I am wondering… whether my wages will go into my bank tomorrow as they should or will they go awry again.

I am reading… “The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman” by Denis Theriaux

I am hoping… it snows soon. I’m fed up of the forecast promising us snow but all we’ve got is rain, rain and more rain.

I am praying for… Rita and David, Emma, Doreen, Eddie, my Dad, and those for whom Christmas is the worst time of the year for whatever reason.

I am looking forward to… some family time over Christmas.

I am learning… that my body can’t take the punishment it used to.

Around the house… it’s still messy and in desperate need of a clean before we can decorate for Christmas.

I am pondering… what to buy for Christmas for my family. Money is tight and so is time so it is difficult to say the least.

A favourite quote for today… “Happiness is different from joy. Happiness is fleeting and depends on circumstances; joy is much deeper than that” (Thank you Eddie)

One of my favourite things… is sleep.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Tots Christmas Party tomorrow morning, shopping with Kevin in the afternoon, concert with Ethan tomorrow night; Tuesday concert for Ethan; Wednesday Emma is having an operation so will be staying with us for a few days; Thursday NO PLANS!!!!!!!; Friday funeral for a dear old man who I have known all my life and who brought me communion while I was in hospital a few years ago – Vale Ernie Armsbey.

A peek into my day:

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Now I know Christmas is just around the corner!