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Funny… a smile is such a simple thing

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A smile is such a simple thing, isn’t it?

Have you ever noticed that when you’re in a really bad mood, I mean a ‘the milk’s gone off, my alarm didn’t go off, I needed to wash my hair and the world can bog off!’ bad mood – yes that bad…

Have you ever noticed that when someone’s annoyingly happy and nice, you just want to go ‘grrrr’?!

On the flipside, have you ever noticed that a simple smile can lift your mood?  Even a really bad mood…

Put yourself in a good mood.  Have a laugh at my ‘Smile – give your face workout’ Pinterest board!

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I’m linking up with #TheThemeGame of ‘funny’ at The Reading Residence and Redpeffer with this post.

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Is it someone’s birthday

and you don’t know what to do?

Let me write a personal rhyme,

especially for you.

A personal rhyme from you to them, it’s unique, bespoke and easy.

Get in touch today, waste no more time,

It’s really easy peasy…

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Families speak different languages

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The picture shows the word family in different languages. And just like different languages, families don’t always speak the same language or communicate clearly…

This week’s #TheThemeGame with The Reading Residence and Redpeffer is ‘family’.

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Scruffy the dog

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Scruffy the dog is a fluffy little pooch. I say ‘little’ when, in fact, he is rather larger than the majority of the dogs ‘left behind’ at the kennels. No one really knows his life story but he has found a new ‘home’. Not a family home in the traditional sense but a home at the kennels. Well, it is a family to Scruffy. Funny how he’s nice as pie until someone wants to adopt him. “No,” he says with a bark, “this is my home now and I’m jolly happy here!”

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I stumbled upon this fluffy-looking chap while browsing online and challenged myself to write 100 words for #TheThemeGame.

…you can join in too, with The Reading Residence and Redpeffer

 

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Join me in sending a postcard…

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Paper.  How often do you use it for communicating these days?

There’s social media, mobile phones and even our bills are ‘dished out’ by email and paid online.  Almost everything can be done digitally.

As a lover of writing, I use paper daily.  I have a wad of plain scrap paper held together with a big bulldog clip.  I write notes galore in this notepad.  From notes for writing, to blog notes, they’re all in there.  It’s how I write.  It feels more ‘raw’ to write like this.

Knowledge grew because of paper.  Thanks to the Age of Enlightenment, people began to broaden their literary and reading horizons.  They began to absorb new information.  They found a new thirst for learning about the world.

Novels began as a series of written letters… on paper.  In the 21st century, rare is the occasion when a nice hand-written (or even typed) letter lands on your doormat.  Instead, we are obsessed with digital communication which happens so quickly that we trip ourselves up in the tangled strands of the world wide web.

As we muse on ‘paper’ and its decline in daily usage, take your time and join me in choosing just one friend (near or far) and send them a postcard.  Either from somewhere you’ve visited, or your home town (tourist information is a good source), pop a stamp on it (don’t forget their address – snail mail not email!)  or even hand deliver, and remind them that you are not just a virtual friend…

Then pop your mobile number on the postcard and all your social media links, just for good measure… 😉

This week’s #TheThemeGame with The Reading Residence and Redpeffer is ‘paper’.

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The Garden Gang

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Penelope Strawberry

Benny Broad Bean

Lucy Leek

Gertrude Gooseberry

Out of all the characters in ‘The Garden Gang’ books by Jayne Fisher, these  are the ones that I loved the most as a child.

I found the stories that Fisher wrote to be enchanting.  They really captured my young imagination with the colourful drawings and the cheeky veggie names!  Little did she know how popular her garden gang books would be when she started writing them at the tender age of 9.  She was to be the youngest ever Ladybird author at the age of 12.  What an incredible achievement!

The inside cover of my own well-thumbed copy of ‘Wee Willie Water Melon and Betty Beetroot tells me that Jayne had:

“…her own little garden at home which gave her the ideas for these stories.  Jayne’s bold, colourful felt-tipped pen illustrations are bound to appeal to young children…”

So not only was she a talented young author, she also created the vivid, bold illustrations too.  I wonder what she is doing now?… Perhaps she’s writing a ‘garden’ blogpost for the #TheThemeGame ?!…

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The Theme Game

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Just one thing in your pocket…

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Think of the word ‘yellow’,

What comes to your mind?

Is it the warm sunshine that helps

Cast your worries behind?

We all have them,

these worries of every shape and size;

We all cope in our own way,

but here’s a word from the wise…

Just one thing in your pocket can help remove stress and fear,

With the help of a sunstone, the clouds will vanish,

Behind them the solution will become crystal clear.

Think on this a while,

And I’m sure you will find,

The sunstone’s energies will help you

Leave your worries behind.

This week’s #TheThemeGame with The Reading Residence and Redpeffer is ‘yellow’. Why not join in?

 

The Theme Game

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Ever feel like you need a holiday?

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Or more precisely, ever feel like you need a blogging holiday?

 

Is it ever an effort to write your content, take a photo or just to type and publish?

 

Let’s face it, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t feel it to be a bit of a chore at times.

 

I know that I sometimes feel like taking a blogging holiday or put another way, a holiday from my blog.  So why don’t I?  Well I’m passionate about my blog, I love writing and I get swept away in the momentum of it all.  But I still feel the need for a break away from time to time.

 

Everyday life, everyday necessities, everyday everything else gets in the way as everything calls out, elbowing my blog out of the way.  Everything else pushes my blog to the back of the queue while everything else goes to the front of the queue.

 

But that’s when I realise that I’ve made some great virtual friends through my blogging.  Particularly through the linkys I take part in.  Particularly #TheThemeGame. I really enjoy dipping into The Reading Residence and Redpeffer’s blogs, reading their posts and then scrolling down to see the linked-up blogs.

 

Some bloggers use their profile pictures or headers as their post picture for that week’s linky.  Some bloggers use their blog title as the caption for that week.  Some bloggers use a picture and caption relevant to that week’s theme.  Which I love.  It’s a surprise to see which blog domain is revealed in the browser bar (this usually appears before the page loads!)

 

I’m getting off the point slightly.  What I’m trying to say is this.  If I took a blogging holiday:

 

I would miss my blogging friends

 

I would miss my friends who I have learnt so much about.

 

I would miss reading their interpretations of the theme for that week.

 

I would miss reading the comments on their blogs.

 

I would miss out on all of this and on joining in with this wonderful community.

 

I would miss the writing exercise that I need and love.

 

I would miss the thrill I feel when my ideas morph into a blog post.

 

I would miss tweeting my blog post.

 

I would miss re-tweeting blog posts of my friends and undiscovered bloggers.

 

I would miss it all.

 

Would you miss it?

 

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A slice of cake and a good read anyone?

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Lovely, scrumptious, delicious cake!

Unless it’s for medical reasons or a diet, you’d be hard-pushed to find someone in the stratosphere who doesn’t eat cake.

Almost everybody likes cake.

Whether it’s:

“…just a tiny slither – I’m on a diet!”

or

“Oh go on, just a little bit more!”

or even

“Keep going, keep going… lovely thanks! Can you pass the cream please?”

There is no denying that cake is pretty universally liked.

Cake brings people together for celebrations, for commiserations, for congratulations.  Cake brings people together for fun, for fruitiness, for (over) indulgence, for, “one last one before the diet starts”.

In fact all of this talking cakes got me to realising that a nice piece of cake is like a good piece of writing:

If you take the time to choose the right, good quality ingredients, you’ve got a starter for ten.

You can look through a shop window at the latest offerings and keep walking or give into temptation…

You can gulp both of them down but miss out on some of the best bits if they’re not savoured.

You share them both with friends – or keep both of them all for yourself!

They can both unite people and cause disagreements (who isn’t just being polite when they refuse the last slice of cake if offered?!)

If left for long enough at the right temperature, they can both result in a mouth-watering treat to delight and tantalise your taste-buds!

A  good cake and a good book.  The perfect partnership.  Now all that’s missing is the coffee…

Cake anyone?

This week’s #TheThemeGame with The Reading Residence and Redpeffer is ‘cake’. Why not join in?

 

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The Glass and the Pearls

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This week’s #TheThemeGame with The Reading Residence and Redpeffer is ‘glass’. Why not join in?…

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Penny teased the key out of the glass.  Perhaps it wasn’t the best place to keep a key – any burglar would probably look there first. But still, it seemed like the ‘right’ place to her.

She unlocked her jewellery box and rang her fingers over the sumptuous purple velvet lining, then carefully retrieved her string of pearls like they were a piece of beautiful bone china.

She knew she shouldn’t save wearing her pearls for special occasions but she still did.  And so, the pledge was made right there and then.  She would wear them more often.  No, she would wear them every day.  Every single day.

This was not a special occasion in the traditional sense but she knew she still had to wear her pearls.

The chime of the doorbell pulled her thoughts back to the now.  This was it.  Head up.  Deep, deep breath.  Yes, she looked together.  She looked much, much better than she felt.  She must now answer the door to her friend and hold herself together for the funeral of her dear old work colleague who was also her dear late husband.

Yes, she was a widow now and she would wear these pearls that her late husband had given her every day.  She would put them back in her jewellery box, lock it up and put the key back in the ‘Happy Retirement’ engraved glass every day.  For this was the glass chosen by her dear husband and she would look at the glass daily.  Such bitter-sweet memories of the glass and the pearls.

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What is white and can heal?

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What is white and can heal?

Another question: are you aligned?

 I ask because until recently, I’m certain that I wasn’t…  Until I had my first ever reiki session.  It felt amazing.  I felt more peaceful and more ‘me’.  The experience got me to looking more into the chakras and crystals.
There are many types of crystals, of many, many different size, shape, colour and ‘function’.  Being a person with very much a positive outlook on life, I’m always open-minded with ‘these things’ (as sceptical people may say!).  So please allow me to share with you what I have learnt about some white ‘healing’ crystals.
These are all connected with the crown chakra (more on chakras shortly):
Apophyllite – can help to increase intuition and spiritual connection
White jade – can help with calming, grounding and of course healing
Scolecite – can help with calming, grounding and can help protect the wearer against negative energies
So what about chakras? What are they? Well, they’re colour-coded according to each ‘energy centre’ or chakra, of the body.
But where do you even start?
Let’s start from the very top of the body:
The crown chakra at the top of the head. This is the gateway to the white state of enlightenment, spirituality and wisdom.  The crown is in fact the 7th chakra, so we will go in reverse order…
6th – the 3rd eye or all-seeing eye which is purple for intuition and awareness
5th – the throat which is blue and can open up communication and purity
4th – the heart which is green and of course can open up all things emotional
3rd – the solar plexus which is yellow and is connected to the force. In other words, it’s connected to personal power
2nd – the splenic chakra which is orange and is connected to sexuality and emotional balance
1st – the root chakra which is red and is your grounding chakra
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To learn much more about the different crystals and their ‘meanings’, these sites are a wealth of information
ultimatecrystal.com
healingcrystals.com
 (a google search will reveal many more…)
You see, we all experience various levels of stress and we all need a bit of calm. Whatever your views on the earth’s energy, there’s no doubt that I’ve felt more ‘at one’ and more aligned since encountering this world.

I wrote this post for this week’s #TheThemeGame with The Reading Residence and Redpeffer is ‘white’. There’s still time to join in…

 

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