Thursday, 5 December 2019

5 in 5 On The 5th

It's been SO long, too long,  since I joined in with Sandie's 5 in 5 On The 5th.  You can find out more about this lovely prompt here:  5-in-5-December-2019

My five today are little handmade, knitted or crochet ornaments I have been gifted over the years.  Each is so very special to me because of the gifter (is there such a word, not according to spell check) & the time it took to make.  Every year when I place out I have a little thought towards the crafter who made (spell check doesn't like this word either).

These five are part of my Christmas Joy

Wednesday, 4 December 2019


In case you have missed it, Eileen at A Bracelet of Days is hosting the 2019 Winter Photography Scavenger Hunt.

The search runs from December 1st to March 31st 2020. The usual rules apply so all photos must be your own work and must be taken between December 1st 2019 and March 31st 2020.

Eileen will be hosting a link up at the end of each month so you can share your finds.

Here's the list:
  1. in the bag
  2. contrast
  3. the way to go
  4. colours
  5. a garden gate
  6. vintage 
  7. I stood here
  8. 11 o'clock
  9. solitary
  10. the little things
  11. industrial
  12. time for tea
  13. a keyhole
  14. flavour of the month
  15. letters
  16. a barrier
  17. a line
  18. a chain
  19. an alley
  20. monochrome, i.e. varying shades of the same colour

If you find any of the above hard to get you may substitute one or both of the subjects below.

Alt A. chequers or chess

Alt B. a community market

Monday, 2 December 2019

Me On A Monday - December 2nd


Good Morning - I hope every one is well.  For the month of December, I'll be back posting on Monday mornings.  Our December started with a winter storm.

Currently it's all a go for the start of the Christmas season.  My two Christmas trees are up & decorated.  I've tempered the overall decorating to simpler.  I no longer want to style my decorating as though Christmas threw up at my house.  I have sorted through a lot of it it & donated to our church Christmas bazaar.  I went through everything with the attitude of "I don't live in a storage container", which is the thought I've been holding in my mind a lot this last few months of de-cluttering V2.5.  

Currently my pocket book & wallet are still intact, no Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales tempting me.  "I don't live in a storage  container" carried on strong as the flyers & email came fast & furious. 

Currently I am struggling to read a book I requested from the library.  I cannot remember who recommended; The Ten Thousand Doors of January.  I'm going to give it one more try before I return to the library.  I've even tried to jump a few pages ahead hoping it might engage me.  I've now got a few of my regular December reads on request at the library; The Christmas Cookie Club & The Stupidest Angel.  Of course reading also leads to watching ...

Currently I (we) are watching Series 7 of Inspector Lewis, all of which we got from the library.  I really like Lewis & Hathaway together - now that is the mighty duo!  We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Series 9 of Vera at the library.  We really enjoy Vera.
 Mr Man is catching up on his Dr Who series. I've also started my Christmas movie watching; always start with black & white version of Miracle on 34th Street, then I move to Christmas Vacation.

Currently awaiting to hear if a course I've signed up for, is a go in the New Year.  It's one of those decisions I was waffling on, back & forth & I've decided, yes, what's the worse that could happen?  The worse would be I'm still older & I didn't take the chance.  The worse could be I don't like it, & that the university registrar was wrong, so I drop out.  The worse could be I fail at it, so I couldn't move on to the next course ... you see where I'm going with this ... it's a risk & I'll survive it, no matter how it turns out.  Lesson one & two from my church Elder - what's the worse that can happen & you'll survive it.  

Currently Eileen at A Bracelet of Days is hosting the 2019/2020 Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt.  Please join in & check out Eileen's blog post about the list & dates; Winter-photography-scavenger-hunt

Friday, 29 November 2019

TGIF - November 29th

Thanks Dr Brene Brown for this new take on an old acronym, TGIF to mean Trusting, Grateful, Inspired & Fun.

Trusting: that one of my sisters, who is traveling in the middle east, gets home safely, soon.  They had an encounter on the seas with pirates.

Grateful:  that the man we hired to rake all the leaves came out on a chance day to get all the lawns & gardens cleared of the wet packed mess that the leaves had become.  He's got all the proper equipment to make short work of this.

Inspired: by one of the elders at church.  She's an amazing lady of 80+ years & has given me some sound advice about taking risks in life.  She openly shared some of her risks taken & some risks she passed on & why/how the outcome of either choice shaped her life.  She's amazing, kind, funny, loving & I think she needs to write a book.  All her wisdom & stories have certainly inspired me to look at some of my own risk(s) pending.

Fun: a wonderfully too short a phone call (3 hours) with my best friend.  Grateful for phone plans!

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Wisdom On A Wednesday #2

Hummingbird sitting in my Birch tree

A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking because her trust is not in the branch,  but in her own wings.

Friday, 22 November 2019

TGIF - November 22nd

Thank you to Dr Brene Brown for this re-take on TGIF; instead of Thank Goodness It's Friday, we now go with Trusting; Grateful; Inspired & Fun.

Trusting: that my book/reading dry spell is over.  I've got 2 books out from the library & two waiting for me to pick up.  The two that I have just started to read, & I'm so far enjoying; Akin  by Emma Donoghue and Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher.

Grateful: for some better quality TV (time well wasted) in a few  series; Press; Poldark (oh swoon over Aidan Turner) both on Masterpiece; His Dark Material on HBO (I've read the books).

Inspired: by some Pinterest posts for Christmas cards.  I've now got all mine made & envelopes addressed.  Just need to get to the post office to purchase stamps for mailing December 1st. 

Fun: we got our online Advent Calendar - this year's location is an online, not real,  little village in the Cotswold, truly a magical place both in reality & an online version.  There are a few fun things in the calendar to do before December 1st.
Source: Internet (Cotswold Village)