Friday, 2 January 2015

Spontaneity Working!

Spontaneous tea at the pub with a proven for spontaneity!


I am reading "Relationships a mess worth making" but not sharing my thoughts yet. Very good book.

This quote made me laugh though; sure we can all identity with this:

What is a relationship? The intersection of the stories of two people. The problem is a lot of carnage takes place at this intersection.

Bypass Bites Again

Set off for walk down the river in opposite direction to normal.  Hit massive diversion from normal path. This new road had better be worth the agro!

Still interesting to get a peek at the massive structures emerging like massive transformers.

Windy Hills

Reminded myself this morning why this beauty spot is best visited in the summer months. Exposed to the elements in four directions, today in the case of an icey wind. It was a very brisk and brief walk but full of fresh air!

Maybe some of the inhabitants of the supermarket should have gone there instead of clogging up the car park, store and cafe. Why so many?


When I told my little sis I was planning to be more spontaneous and plan less she rolled her eyes and said: "that'll be hard for you."

Small steps. Nothing (yet!) planned today, tomorrow and Sunday (apart from church). But open to spontaneous suggestions. That is huge progress!!

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Solid Joys

I have had solid joys app on my phone for nearly a year and have grossly underused it! Great gem today.

Grace for the New Year

Some Things Never Change

...and that includes lego. Had a very fun 20mins attempting to build a lego farm at teatime. And that is no mean thing to attempt with about a million pieces and trying to keep up with a 6 year old who is much quicker and altogether capable in such activities! Working out from the plan where the pieces go...finding the pieces in the first place. We didn't get beyond the basic layout before limited combined concentration spans collapsed!

Thinking of investing in a set of my own. There is something very therapeutic about ordering an imaginary world of bricks...a lot simpler than the real one!

Only Crazy People

..go out in wellies and waterproofs in drivinh rain and try to take arty photos!
Feels good to have a dose of fresh air...

Golden Oldie

I am still watching Mary Poppins. Mesmerized; amazing. Big trip down memory lane!

Beaten By The Weather

Not one normally to be put off by rain, even I can't set out in the torrential rain today!

Looks like I'm going to have to endure an afternoon curled up on the sofa with Mary Poppins. Really? Hoping a brew with a friend materializes....

Need to read up on latest Lego because having tea with friends later including their 6 year old grandson. Gives us some common ground to talk about!

Stress Release

Stress makes you believe everything must happen right now. Faith makes you believe everything will happen in God's timing.

That quote came up on Facebook....very encouraging in dealing with the parts of our lives where there are uncertainties regarding the future.

Blank Space Continues

Tried the next stage in the plan: take the battery out and put back in. Nope!!!
Meanwhile reminding myself why a tablet really isn't can't type properly.

So let's hope it's not curtains for Mr Laptop...really not the time of year to be buying a new one. Looks like I'll be paying a visit to the computer shop tomorrow unless my laptop is hit by a bolt of lightening meantime!!

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Computer Failure

To quote Taylor Swift song: blank space....tried switching on and off...twice (learnt from the best!) but still no joy. Whirring away but no screen.


Will This Food Make It To The Party?

Dangerous to have my favourite food in the house, since yesterday evening but it's all getting put into rolls and sandwiches to be locked in the fridge until this evening! Only some has gone missing. 

So enjoying the top 100 countdown on the radio. Pastry made, filling to make...a million rolls to make...better go. 

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

New Year Thoughts

This is the best you're going to get...

Looking back on the past year it's had it's fair share of ups and downs. Some amazing things have happened, some equally difficult things. Made some lovely new friends; managed to keep some lovely old ones!

But through it all, I know God has been good to me, even on the hardest days. He has always given me what I've needed.

And I've learnt a lot of things. The main thing? As I've heard the Bible explained week by week at church the same theme keeps coming up. The most immense thing in my life is that Jesus has saved me. So simple yet incredibly profound. And mind shatteringly important.

Whatever 2015 holds, through the joys, and no doubt some sorrows, I know that God will be with me in everything. And that really is the best thing in the whole world!

Wise Quote

Someone once said this.

Sometimes I sits and thinks.
Sometimes I just sits.

How apt after devoting part of the day to my least favourite past-time: shopping. I did emerge mainly with what I went for but at a cost to my sanity!

Hoping a good dose of U2 can revive me, saved for such occasions...failing that I'm going to have to bake some bread or something to get rid of the frustration. Need to make a load of pastry in preparation for tomorrow but fear I would pound it to oblivion in present frame of mind.

PS I'm OK really. Plenty of poetic licence. But I still really don't like going shopping!

Head Held High!!!

Yes, yes, yes...a pile of papers for the rubbish and only a handful of piles to sort. Come to the conclusion that a lot of paper needs to go straight to recycling when it comes in the house actually!

One heart-stopping moment when I thought I'd accidentally thrown away my driving licence in a previous cull. Many of you will know I like to keep my driving licence close after an admin error on my part earlier in the year caused a separation resulting in getting to work in the country being problematic for a few days! Never again....phew.

Rubber Hits The Road

Can't be fun, fun, fun, all the going to lock myself in a room with a CD Christmas present and my filling cabinet and it's sort, sort, sort because it has to be done and then we can go back to fun, fun, fun. I am letting you "Dear Blog" be my conscience on this one. If there are no more postings it's been curtains on my filing and I'll be rocking in a corner somewhere hanging my head in shame!!


£1.11 to get a Christmas card. Really??!!

But I will, just out of curiosity...

Monday, 29 December 2014

Motorway Services

I actually think motorway services rock!! Can't really explain why but there's something about them I find really exciting.

This has to be the best in the universe. There is a farm shop which is just epic. You have never seen so many different varieties of pies in your life! Worth a trip in it's own right just to see it and right next to J38 of the M6.

Westmorland Services

Beaten By...

This piece of toddler taming equipment terrified me today. With walking about to commence at any day important to have a separation from the rest of the house and the toddler. But the problem was I needed to get through to got to the loo. Not a clue how to move it!!! It was opened once for me but then I had to return. Eventually managed with some guidance. Not from the toddler I might add!

But this is just the tip of the ice-berg. There's prams, baby carriers, buggies, car seats, high chairs. All completely unique and only workable to people with an IQ above a certain ceiling. Today's and past experience shows me it's above mine. I am going to have to step up to the mark if I'm going to have a meaningful part in my future nephew or niece's life. Would be nice to make it further than the sofa! 

Cinema Fix

Got a massive cinema deficit which seeking to address.

Imitation Game was fantastic. Only really went to see Benedict Cumberband; most people don't understand that! He didn't disappoint but Keira Knightly was a fantastic co-star. I am absolutely fascinated by stories from Bletchley Park and the code breakers and I'm sure they'll be more drama to come out over the years. Meanwhile this film is unmissable.

Today In Pictures


Nothing else to be said on this one!! Except pretty cool having friends who live in the middle of Cumbria...


I have long conversations with a certain girly friend about the word compassion. We keep coming back to it again and again. It's about showing compassion to others, allowing them to make mistakes without judging them. But likewise showing compassion to ourselves.

And, having some time away from the usual routine and responsibilities I have realised that I don't show much compassion to myself. I have very high expectations of what I should achieve in all areas of my life even when things are falling apart around my ears! Feel a failure for the many times I fail because the standards are too high.

But particularly when it comes to relationships with those around me. You see others can mess up and make mistakes and I still love and accept them but I can't..not in the Miss Anna rule book! I have to get it right, treat people right, love right...when I don't I kick myself really hard and it hurts. But I'm learning...slowly. That the love of those around me really does cover all the bumps and ugly bits. And more important, that I have a God who isn't a harsh task master. Far from it; he is more interested in a heart that loves and trusts in him than my performance:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 11 v 28-29


Famous last words. Oh yes I'll just go to sleep at usual time , keep in a good routine...and Mills and Starkey really weren't the best company when I woke up. Don't find them easy at the best of times let alone after a rough night!

Good job I don't have a taxing day planned...

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Homeland Finale

I am incredibly excited to anticipate the final in the current series of Homeland. With two more series planned at least the main characters will be kept alive. Or will they? No spoilers here but we all know this can't be taken for granted.

I am literally on the edge of my sofa...if anyone tries to make contact in the next hour...well you'll be waiting an hour for a return call! Or try for the adverts...;)

Sad Case

If I have to organise or sort out anything my first port of call?

Once I've got everything inserted in there, ideally a few formulae calculated and some bright colours then I'm content.

I know standing back from things that is really sad but it makes me so happy!

Plenty more where that came from but that's the most socially acceptable one...

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

What else to do after a big Sunday lunch except relax into a comfy armchair and watch ET? Emotional roller coaster but all ends well. Heart-warming too to know how much BT gained from the film!