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!