Birthdays seem to be a big deal in our family. A fuss was always made - they were never allowed to be just another day. I have a brother and a sister, both older than me. My brother's birthday is on 5th November which is Bonfire Night and when we were children there was … Continue reading It’s MY birthday!
About a year ago I made a bit of a silly mistake - I commented, on-line, in response to an article in a national newspaper - The Guardian. The article was something about shopping for clothes whilst fat and I think I was moved to comment because I had been searching for suitable clothing to … Continue reading Who asked you?
January is the month of new diets, new eating regimes and ever more bizarre food restrictions. We are bombarded with articles about lifestyle changes to enhance our health and well-being; magazines are full of meal plans and recipes which promise to ensure we won't die any time soon. It is all very exciting and everyone … Continue reading Another January, another diet
I was chatting with my sister the other evening. We were talking about Christmas parties, family traditions and generally about our low expectations for this time of the year. It used to bother me that somehow I didn't 'get' Christmas, the preparations, the anticipation, the gift-buying. I love putting up the decorations and bringing light … Continue reading Christmas No 1
It only takes a few hours a week in an office for me to be reminded of the vibe of Christmas at work. During the first week of December the real enthusiast brings in a box of Quality Street or a few mince pies. Once the tinsel is put around the computer screen it is … Continue reading Spirit of office christmas
It all started quite innocently. I bought some cat food with a free gift inside the box. A small packet of Dreamies© cat biscuit treats. This didn't influence my purchase - it is first about price and then, will they eat it? They prefer chunks in jelly and are not that keen on fish. The … Continue reading Addicted to love
Being patronized. I hate it. Thankfully it doesn't happen all that often, which is a relief for everyone, believe me. Then it goes and happens twice in one day, within hours of each other. Whilst volunteering I get told, by a manager who has only just met me, that I have a good telephone manner. … Continue reading Whose a good boy?
As a child I was taken to church every week - a Methodist Church. There was a part in the service, before the sermon, when the kids were ushered out to spend time in small groups, divided by age, learning about the scriptures. I remember some of it required us to colour in scenes from … Continue reading Stages of Methodism
I have been going to a Zumba class for quite some time now - enough time for me to have a 'spot' and to be able to chat with one or two others who prefer to dance at the front. I like the class - it is just enough for me to do to feel … Continue reading Shimmy shake
I finished with paid employment 12 months ago and have been celebrating the anniversary this week by starting a couple of volunteering opportunities. Up to now I've avoided the idea of volunteering - mainly because people kept asking me what I was going to do with my time and the rebel in me decided that … Continue reading What are they thinking?