It feels good to be back and I'm back with something new. Although I haven't been posting for a few weeks, I have been thinking about blogging. As we're still going to be very busy for several months I'm going to take a much more relaxed approach ~ this is just a hobby for me and is supposed to be enjoyable so I'm going to try and resist setting near impossible challenges. I'm not against a little ambition but making life hard for yourself is just plain daft!
Things are probably going to get a bit more random around here - I'm okay with that, random can be good. Random is normal - you don't meet your friend and say "well, what shall we talk about today?" and just stick to a themed conversation. So I'm going to steal an idea that I've seen on a few of the blogs I read and have a "Friday Faves" post most weeks (see - I'm learning already - I said "most" not "every") and just share some random things that have caught my attention.
I have just finished reading "The Keeper of Lost Things" by Ruth Hogan and it is a truly charming novel, sad and poignant but also uplifting and optimistic. I loved all the characters and the way the book was constructed to gradually reveal each of their stories and connections.
Please give it a go - you won't be disappointed. I can't wait to read some more of Ruth Hogan's work.
Looking for some treats to lessen the misery of the flu I came across the Feather & Down Breathe Well range. It's a blend of eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, lavender and chamomile. I bought the pillow spray and the bath soak - and even though I'm over the flu, I'm still using it as it smells so good.
Another great way to get through not feeling so great - or just get through winter and the cold, dark nights is to indulge in a box-set. We're nearing the end of season 3 of "Lie to Me" and are loving every minute of it. Tim Roth is superbly eccentrically English and seems to be getting more so each episode. Only a couple more episodes to go and then I can start watching him in "Tin Star" without getting too confused!
Before I go I must share this article with you - it cropped up in my facebook feed this week - and it is fantastic. This woman is inspirational!
The insults of age had been piling up for so long that I was almost numb to them. The husband (when I still had one): “You’re not going out in that sleeveless top?” The grandchild: “Nanna, why are your teeth grey?” The pretty young publisher tottering along in her stilettos: “Are you all right on these stairs, Helen?”
You can read the full article here
I hope you enjoy some of my "Friday faves" and maybe feel inspired to list a few of your own and remind yourself of the high points of your week. Gratitude is good!
Well - where do I start? Probably with an apology that the Christmas Advent posts were abandoned. Quite simply, life got in the way. Christmas preparations, the nasty bug that everyone seems to have had this winter, a family emergency (thankfully all in hand now) and putting our house up for sale all had to take precedence.
At first I stressed about neglecting the blog as I hate not finishing a task. Then I started exercising a bit of self-compassion ( I recommend it to others often enough) and realised that I just couldn't fit anything more in. It's all very well being an idealist but sometimes you also need to be a realist!
I've now reassured myself that nothing bad happened because I didn't post everyday (as if it ever would! - get over yourself woman!). The break has also given me time to step back and evaluate and maybe scale back my ambitions for this blog - I still want to write and share things I hope you'll enjoy and find useful - just not every day.
Another very quick post again today ~ I've much less time to write at the moment and you've probably got much less time to read. However that doesn't mean we should forget about the Self Care Advent ~ you can always find a little time for yourself.
Today's treat is very simple and swift ~ it's basically giving yourself a mini facial. If you haven't tried hot cloth cleansers before, go out and grab one today! They are so easy and quick to use ~ just smooth on some cleansing balm and then gently massage off with a warm muslin cloth. A great pick-me-up for your skin in less than five minutes.
The title and the quote say it all really - I don't need to spell it out today. Just put some music on!