Today I choose Joy…

We all love a good quote right? Something from our favourite movie, a literary masterpiece or perhaps a little ditty one of our Nans used to say…and hey, those motivational quotes that spread positive vibes are really quite marvellous aren’t they?! – oh yes we do love a joyful saying or two 😊

So, this being the case I decided to make my sister a mood board for Christmas – with a jar of happy thoughts to choose from every week in 2019…

Because let’s face it, life is tricky. One minute everything is going ticketyboo and the next second we feel like the sky is falling down around us; sometimes we know why this is – it could be a hard day at work, a row with a loved one or maybe our favourite sports team losing a crucial game, other times we don’t really know what’s going on but we feel that all is not as it should be, our light feels dimmed and we don’t know how to change things for the better…

So, for those days when the world’s gone a bit wonky its nice to have a few words to help raise a smile, lift the spirits, give us personal strength and focus on the positive…I particularly love an encouraging mug!

We’re 14 weeks into 2019 and my sister has had 14 messages of joy, motivation, insightful imagery, positivity and general silliness – I’m hoping she’s enjoying them as much as I had fun finding them for her!

And today I choose JOY! Today, I choose to share 14 Quirky Quixotic Quintessentially Quotable Quotes with you, I hope you like them too:

1. Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. Carol Burnett

2. Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. Rumi

3. One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. AA Milne

4. Not all who wander are lost. JRR Tolkien

5. If you look for perfection you’ll never be content. Leo Tolstoy

6. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Dr Seuss

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8. Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. Bruce Lee

9. Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve. JK Rowling

10. You improvise, you overcome, you adapt. Gunny Highway

11. Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from. Jodie Foster

12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsYBtfQ3QDo

13. Your only limit is you. Anon

14. I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then. Lewis Carroll

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In the bleak midsummer…

This sunshine is rather lovely, it makes my freckles smile

I like to walk along the beach and paddle for a while

But my garden isn’t happy, the flowers droop and cry

The grass like hay is yellowing and oh so very dry

It’s the heat you see that’s hurtful, that causes such distress

The plants can’t get to breathe at all and so they are a mess

Too hot to fly in the sunshine, even the shade is warm

Bees and Butterflies gently wilt, what’s needed is a storm

But the rain clouds do not gather, the sky? It remains clear

So I do my best to help out and raise a little cheer

I water every morning time, I water every night

I water in the midday sun, I’ll not give up the fight

Until my plants can dance again and sway in the cool breeze

Until the grass is green again and happy are the bees 🐝

A Spring morning in my garden…

The sun rises and casts its golden light and birds begin their cheerful serenade

The green green grass twinkles with dew and buds are gently coaxed open

I sit with my mug of tea and quietly sip, pondering the day ahead whilst the world around me awakes

I feel at peace

Platform 3: 5mins in the life of…

A view from my carriage window.

A girl running, long black hair streaming behind. Coffee in hand, she gasps at the top of the stairs, gathers herself and steps calmly aboard, relief on her face.

The couple scour the map, fingers tracing the intersecting lines. Animated whispers, shakes of the heads. The man straightens, a decision made, as one, they turn and head to the coffee shop.

He shivers, the cold wind nipping at his cheeks, turning them red. Pulling his grey cardigan close to his body, his gloved hands fumble with the buttons. Giving up, the boy wraps his arms around himself, hands tucked in tight.

She struts and waddles, impervious to the cold, pecking at scraps. Another flutters to her side but he finds no welcome. Feathers ruffle, the intruder flies away, this pigeon remains queen of her platform.

I was born…

I joined in a twitter jape a few weeks ago. The idea was to type ‘I was born’ and then allow predictive text to finish the sentence.

I don’t normally get caught up in such things but the ensuing comments from twittersphere were funny, somber, cheeky, nonsensical and at times downright scary! It was a fascinating insight and I was hooked! From JK Rowling to little ol’ me, everyone was having a go…

This was my sentence:

I was born in the middle of the night with the army of the sunshine and the lollipops officer in the garden.

I wonder what is your sentence?

When I’m tired it’s the little things that get me through…

I woke up a little tired

a little weepy and confused

It’s been a long ol’ week and

sleep is rare and fleeting

I sat and pondered how to lift

my spirits a little higher

To shine a light through the day

and keep my heart happy

Pink socks…

Pink socks beneath my boots

Where only I know that they be

Pink socks to keep my toes

warm and snuggly as they can be

Pink socks…

Pink socks beneath my boots

Where only I know that they be

Pink socks so I may smile

and chuckle through the day

Reading challenge Blog 2…

I confess, I failed at the first hurdle! I couldn’t get to grips with The Silkworm – it just didn’t grab me and I found myself not reading at all rather than read it…not good! So I’ve popped it back on the shelf and will try it again another day.

BUT I will not be defeated!! I’ve got up, dusted off my bruised knees and came up with a cunning plan (…luckily of my own design and not one of Baldricks)

To get myself back in the reading mood I found a book I’ve read before but couldn’t remember – ‘Confessional‘ by Jack Higgins.

Hmmm, I have mixed feelings. It was easy to read, a simple storyline that whizzed along and which had just enough element of a cat and mouse chase to keep me interested. However, it didn’t set my world alight, I didn’t really like many of the characters and it didn’t really increase my pulse or leave me wanting to learn more. It’s not a book I’ll read again – but it did give me the push I needed to get reading again and I appreciate that!

So, being on a roll I headed over to leap a second hurdle and picked a new author and a book that had been sat on my bookshelf for several years without being opened (I know, terrible isn’t it? Worse still there’s more just like it…oh the shame!)

The book I chose was Gatekeeper by Philip Shelby. Described on the jacket as: “An international assassin is brought out of retirement for one last lethal commission…his name is the Handyman”

I had reasonable expectations that this would be a page turner for me as I love a good thriller and I was pleased to discover it was ‘not half bad’ as my nan would say. Admittedly I guessed several of the plot twists and the outcome was kinda obvious but actually I didn’t mind; It wasn’t a challenging read and to be honest I wasn’t in the mood for one of those so this was good! And I found myself becoming intrigued as to how the characters would be developed, even the slightly more minor ones, and it is often this aspect of a book that will get me hooked on a story…take Harry Potter for example; obviously the main characters are interesting etc etc but I found myself time and again coming back to the more minor characters and hoping they’d develop (and they did – hurrah!) so I could understand them better and work out what made them tick: Luna’s perceptiveness, Umbridge’s dastardly vindictive evilness (can you tell I REALLY dislike her?because I do…intensely), Neville’s honesty and bravery – they all intrigued me and hooked me into the storylines (to be honest Neville was always my favourite character from HP & The Philosophers Stone onwards and many of my favourite moments throughout the whole series are where he’s making his gentle but significant contribution).

ANYWAYS back to THIS book…this story is left wide open for a sequel or two – which I usually groan at, but in this instance I quite liked that the author didn’t just try to tie everything up neatly in a bow in one book…instead I’m left wondering what will happen next?how the ‘good guys’ will end up working together again? what will bring them to face the Handyman once more?…yeah I quite liked this book 😉

All in all I’m happy to have read a new author that’s easy to read and I’ve found another one of his books to pop on my reading list which is great!

I’m now off to read a new book but by favourite author, “Jack Reacher: The Complete Collected Short Stories…No Middle Name” by Lee Child.

Happy Reading everyone xx