Tuesday, 26 October 2010

I'm So Excited!

I've got TEN people watching my very first item I'm selling on ebay!  Being an ebay virgin, this is all VERY EXCITING for me.  Of course I know that of these TEN watchers, there will be some who are simply doing their homework and seeing what price they will be able to get for their similar items, but hopefully there is at least ONE person out there watching who wants it!  The item closes at the weekend and I know from watching a couple of things myself, that the action all happens in the last couple of hours with a frenzy of activity in the last remaining minute.  It will be interesting to see how my item goes as its a small table and not a beautiful, designer handbag!  I'll keep you posted. TTFN.

Saturday, 23 October 2010


I am content.  I LOVE my life just as it is.  I am GRATEFUL for all I have. I have realised that there is no point in wishing for things that are unattainable and never going to happen, 'cos that is just using up energy; energy I don't have.  There is also no point in harbouring resentment or being jealous of others as this will eat away at you and bring illness and unhappiness.  After many years of feeling down in the dumps and having therapy and reading self-help books I have FINALLY realised that life is just TOO SHORT!  Perhaps its because I have nearly reached my half-century, I don't know.  I have managed until recently to live the whole of this year in positivity, that is until a couple of weeks back when I allowed myself to become very stressed at work bringing health-related consequenses from which I am still recovering.  I was doing soooo well but something snapped inside of me and I let in the doom and gloom.  It is very hard for me to climb back out of the dark hole once I've fallen in.  I am struggling to get a grip on the slippery slope to slowly haul myself back to the top.  However, I feel an air of optimism that is telling me all will be well again.  I just need to keep reminding myself that I am content with my life and that all is good.  As I sit here I am thinking of all that I am grateful for: a loving partner who has shared my life for over twenty years; a cosy little house that is stuffed full of dreams and memories; the freedom of working part-time; a plethora of wildlife on my doorstep in which to delight; enough money to not want or need for anything; indeed I am blessed. 

Monday, 11 October 2010

Orange and Pink

Aren't these lovely?  We have several Sedums (Ice Plants) dotted around the garden, most of which are self-sown.  They are the most intense pink colour and with their light, almost lime green leaves, the contrast is incredible and makes one's heart go skippety skip just looking at them.  They positively glow in the early evening sunlight.

It struck me as I was thinking of what to write about today, that October is the month of Pink and Orange; support for Cancer patients by wearing and  buying all things pink; the shades of orange of the leaves before they fall from the trees; Pumpkins ...

This is my very first attempt at pumpkin carving done last Halloween.  We never had pumpkins as children and I've always wanted to try my hand at carving a lantern, but the price of pumpkins and the thought that I was perhaps a wee bit too old to be doing such things had stopped me until my friend BB said she was going to be carving one (and she's older than me!) and suggested we make a day of it and do one each.  WE had so much FUN and laughed and LAUGHED.  We're going to be doing it again this year on Saturday 30th.  I'm supplying the pumpkins (Tesco usually have them on sale for around £1 these days - perhaps I'll carve two!) and we will be making pumpkin soup for lunch.

Monday, 4 October 2010

The Weekend

My weekend was somewhat scuppered by a Migraine attack.  I had allowed myself to become VERY STRESSED at work last week, particularly Thursday and Friday which resulted in THE MIGRAINE.  I had great plans for this weekend too, as I was feeling unusually full of energy and wanting to GET THINGS DONE.  C was back in the bathroom putting up more tiles (one wall finished top to bottom, yeah) as I sat and rested.  The migraine tablets took away the pain, but left me feeling like a zombie, as always, and I had the usual blurred vision in my right eye and so was unable to read, or watch TV or do anything, really.

Saturday did start out OK with a trip to the bank and a looksy in the local charity shops but by the time I had arrived home I knew I had to sit still for the rest of the day, otherwise the attack would be severe.  So, Saturday and Sunday saw me 'resting', although by Sunday afternoon I was feeling better and able to see OK and so I decided I would start on my next project :: a blanket for the living room.  Remember the cushion I made earlier?  The wool I used goes so well with the other furnishings that I'm going to use it again for the blanket. I cast on 200 stitches and managed two rows.  I am aiming to do at least one row every day so it grows at a reasonable pace.  I'll keep you posted with its progress.

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