Monday, 15 October 2018

15th October - 31 days - When

http://fiveminutefriday.com/2018/08/30/31-days-five-minute-free-writing-prompts-2018/

In an effort to get blogging on a regular basis it seems I need a challenge. I've opted to try and complete this one as it's only supposed to take 5 minutes each day. Of course it takes a bit longer than that to get the post presented how I want it but the content was done with a timer.

If you want to find out more, join in or just check out other participants click on the image above.

Today’s prompt is When and here's my 5 minutes' worth:

When will I learn not to procrastinate? Probably never. It’s 10 pm and I’m only just getting to this post and I’m tired. I’m not late because of procrastination though. We had visitors today. All 3 grandsons and their parents were here plus my brother and his wife. We don’t get all 3 little ones here at the same time that often and it’s been a while since I saw my brother.

It was a bit hectic getting lunch ready for 10 of us and keeping the babies happy and making sure Nathan didn’t fall over or bang his head on anything now he’s walking but it was also lovely.

I really want to get through this challenge but this week will be hard with extra family in the house, the usual 2 days with Nathan and trying to catch up on daily chores. Noah seems to take up a lot of my attention!

When will the washing get done? When will a few other things on my to do list even get thought about? Don’t know, don’t particularly care. Time with Noah is precious. He will be 5 months on Wednesday. When did that happen?

When is it time for bed? Oh. Now!

Apologies for not returning any visits today - too tired.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

14th October - 31 days - Ask

http://fiveminutefriday.com/2018/08/30/31-days-five-minute-free-writing-prompts-2018/


In an effort to get blogging on a regular basis it seems I need a challenge. I've opted to try and complete this one as it's only supposed to take 5 minutes each day. Of course it takes a bit longer than that to get the post presented how I want it but the content was done with a timer.

If you want to find out more, join in or just check out other participants click on the image above.

Today’s prompt is Ask and here's my 5 minutes' worth:

I’m struggling with this prompt. I was going to start by saying I’m not very good at asking for help but then I spotted that “help” appears as a prompt later in the month so I decided to rethink. So I’m asking myself what to write.

Some days are like that, I turn on the computer, go to my blog and then….nothing! Other days I could waffle on for ages and here’s a bit of waffle. When I started working at a school I struggled to get to grips with everything and would be constantly asking questions. I would start by saying “Ok, question #434”. The number was always random but always higher than the one before. It was aimed at lightening the feeling of being a nuisance although I was fortunate that my co-workers never made me feel stupid or that I was too much bother.

In a different example of questions, one of our favourite activities of the week is the Pub Quiz in our weekend paper. Hubby and I enjoy competing against one another to see who can answer the most questions. He usually does the asking and I probably get more right than him on average, mainly because he checks the answers as we go along and sometimes he catches sight of the next answer and he’s honest enough to admit it and forfeit the point! Just another reason I’m glad he asked me to marry him.

Well I'm going to be honest here too, that took more than 5 minutes.  It's been a busy weekend and my brain is tired.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

13th October - 31 days - Talk

http://fiveminutefriday.com/2018/08/30/31-days-five-minute-free-writing-prompts-2018/
In an effort to get blogging on a regular basis it seems I need a challenge. I've opted to try and complete this one as it's only supposed to take 5 minutes each day. Of course it takes a bit longer than that to get the post presented how I want it but the content was done with a timer.

If you want to find out more, join in or just check out other participants click on the image above.

Today’s prompt is Talk and here's my 5 minutes' worth:

My hubby would probably say that I could talk for England. I would disagree. Yes I can be very verbose when talking with people I’m comfortable with and I will admit to using a paragraph when a sentence would do. I guess that’s the writer in me trying to escape. I don’t condense my storytelling unless the listener looks like their eyes are glazing over and I’m clearly losing their attention. My blog isn’t called Wendy’s Waffle by chance!

But talking to strangers, making small talk in social situations and I’m often the opposite. I know that some people might think I’m standoffish but in reality it’s just shyness and a lack of confidence.

That’s not to say I can’t step up to the plate if necessary. I once addressed the main assembly of people at a conference I was attending. It was totally nerve wracking but I managed to do it mainly I think because I wasn’t given a lot of notice and just had to get up and do it.

I’m doing a lot of talking at a child’s level these days. The two days I look after Grandson Nathan I don’t think I stop talking. He’s saying a few words now and making lots of sounds but I know how much they absorb so I talk to him at every opportunity. We have some brilliant one sided conversations. I find they’re the best sort sometimes! It’s always good to talk.


It was Mental Health Awareness Day this week so that's a good reminder.

Friday's Fave Five 12/10/18


It's Friday again (how did that happen) so it's time to think back on five good things over the last week.

This challenge is hosted by Susanne over at Living to Tell the Story.  Pop over there to find out more and check out other participants.

(Shh I know it's Saturday here in the UK now but it's still Friday where Susanne is!)

Anyway here are my 5.

1)  Last Saturday Hubby and I, along with 4 of his sisters and their partners attended an event in Kingston, south London, to commemorate the daughter of one of their cousins.  Sadly Emily took her own life a few years back and for the last couple of years her family have organised an event to not only celebrate Emily's life but also to raise funds for their local Mental Health charity (MIND).  This was the first time I had been and I really enjoyed it.  There were musical acts as well as comedy and it was a really good evening.  They raised over £6000 so worthwhile too.

2)  We stayed in a hotel overnight rather than try and get home after the event so on Sunday we took a leisurely stroll along the Thames to Richmond where we had a late lunch before heading home.  It was nice to spend time outside - the weather was lovely and the company was good.  I even took some photos!



3.  Sunday was also my best ever step day


4.  I've completed my annual book challenge (52 books) ahead of schedule.

5.  I'm still on track with the 31 days challenge.

Well now I'm off to bed.  Hopefully I'll catch up with your blogs over the weekend although we're a little bit preoccupied - this little man (and his parents) have come to stay for a week!  He also brought the greyhounds.  Going to be a busy week.


Friday, 12 October 2018

12th October - 31 days & FMF - Praise

http://fiveminutefriday.com/2018/08/30/31-days-five-minute-free-writing-prompts-2018/
http://fiveminutefriday.com/2018/10/11/fmf-link-up-praise-day-12/


In an effort to get blogging on a regular basis it seems I need a challenge. I've opted to try and complete this one as it's only supposed to take 5 minutes each day. Of course it takes a bit longer than that to get the post presented how I want it but the content was done with a timer.

If you want to find out more, join in or just check out other participants click on the "31 days" image above.

Today’s prompt is Praise and it's also the regular Five Minute Friday promt.  


Here's my 5 minutes' worth:

Despite the fact that, like most people I’m sure, I like being praised I’m not actually very good at accepting it. I tend to qualify whatever I’m being praised for or complimented on. It’s clearly to do with confidence, or lack of it and not feeling worthy.

Sounds daft I know. I think it partly stems from doing well at school from a young age but not enjoying the attention that came with it. Coming top of the class was an achievement that brought praise from teachers and my parents but didn’t always endear me to my friends. Or the parents of the other kids. I missed one set of exams due to a bout of mumps. A mother of one of the boys remarked to my Mum that she was sorry I was unwell but at least it would give others a chance of getting the top place. I only ever tried to do my best.

Now I’m better at accepting praise and compliments. A simple thank you is usually enough. I also try and make sure I give praise. Being positive is much better than being negative but that’s still something I struggle with. But acknowledging I can be a glass half empty person is a step in the right direction.

I know that I have a lot to be thankful for and definitely worth praise.


Phew just about getting this posted on the day!  My other name must be Cinderella.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

11th October - 31 days - Door

http://fiveminutefriday.com/2018/08/30/31-days-five-minute-free-writing-prompts-2018/

In an effort to get blogging on a regular basis it seems I need a challenge. I've opted to try and complete this one as it's only supposed to take 5 minutes each day. Of course it takes a bit longer than that to get the post presented how I want it but the content was done with a timer.

If you want to find out more, join in or just check out other participants click on the image above.

Today’s prompt is Door and here's my 5 minutes' worth:

I like to think my door is always open. At least that’s what I say to family and friends. If you’re passing feel free to drop in. You will have to take me as you find me but I’ll always be ready to put the kettle on although my fridge might not be fully stocked. Hopefully there will be something I can offer you to eat.

Of course my door isn’t kept open because where I live that would be giving an open invitation to burglars. Unfortunately we don’t live in an area where doors can be left unlocked. I don’t even leave my back doors open if I’m not downstairs – there are lots of cats around and also foxes who might be inquisitive enough to cross the threshold.

But I do like to think that I would always make an unexpected visitor welcome. Although I was once caught out when friends arrived the day before I was expecting them for lunch. And as 3 of them thought lunch was on Thursday I had to concede that I was the one with the day wrong! That was a bit embarrassing but we enjoyed a nice lunch out at a local pizza restaurant.

How are about you? Is your door always open or would you hide behind the curtains and pretend to be out?

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

10th October - 31 days - How


http://fiveminutefriday.com/2018/08/30/31-days-five-minute-free-writing-prompts-2018/


In an effort to get blogging on a regular basis it seems I need a challenge. I've opted to try and complete this one as it's only supposed to take 5 minutes each day. Of course it takes a bit longer than that to get the post presented how I want it but the content was done with a timer.

If you want to find out more, join in or just check out other participants click on the image above.

Today’s prompt is How and here's my 5 minutes' worth:

I’ve had times in my life when my mental health has not been great and overcoming that has been hard. I had times when I couldn’t do anything that was out of my comfort zone, out of my control. I couldn’t use public transport, I couldn’t sit in a crowded theatre, even a crowded room. I would get anxious. I would need to use the toilet. I would panic that I wouldn’t get to the toilet. I had to be in control. Panic attacks are not nice.

Gradually I have managed to improve. Planning ahead helps. Spontaneity is still hard. Being with people I know and who know my situation also helps. They understand why I still take every opportunity to visit the loo when we’re out, why I like sitting at the end of a row and so on.

Talking definitely helps and I’m no longer ashamed of how I am. I’ve realised that it is “Ok not to be OK” and some things are still beyond me and that may always be the case.

However, I’ve also learned not to automatically say “I can’t” and instead ask “How can I do that?"

 
When I was composing this post in my head I didn’t realise it was World Mental Health Day but it’s made it even more appropriate for today.







Review: Anything You Do Say

Anything You Do Say Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Joanna is an avoider. So far she has spent her adult life hiding bank statements and changing career aspirations weekly.

But then one night Joanna hears footsteps on the way home. Is she being followed? She is sure it's him; the man from the bar who wouldn't leave her alone. Hearing the steps speed up Joanna turns and pushes with all of her might, sending her pursuer tumbling down the steps and lying motionless on the floor.

Now Joanna has to do the thing she hates most - make a decision. Fight or flight? Truth or lie? Right or wrong?

 
This was one of my book club choices and I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy the "sliding doors"* idea but it worked really well including the ending. I found myself reading it over one day. 

*The book follows 2 narratives based on the 2 alternative decisions Joanna could make.

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Woohoo!  This was my 52nd read of the year so my reading challenge for 2018 is done!  And it's only October so I'll be way past my target by the end of the year at this rate.  I have 2 books waiting for me at the library and don't intend slowing down.

I also need to get myself another log book.  Although I use Goodreads to keep an electronic log I also keep a paper version.  I got this from Amazon last year and it has space for 100 reviews.  I have 2 spaces left!






The Wednesday Medley on Wendysday.

Today is definitely going to have some Wendysday time. We had a busy weekend including a lot of walking and yesterday we looked after Nathan as usual. Coupled with some broken nights and I am feeling really tired!

Today I will be doing the bare essentials at home and taking time for me. Why? Because I can lol. (Apologies to anyone who had an early alarm set for a working day!)

First off I'm joining in with:


Thanks to Terri for hosting. Her site is here.

1. This week is County Fair Week in my old stomping grounds. The Fairfield County (Ohio) Fair holds fond memories for me, especially of the marching band show on the race track, in front of the grandstand, and of 4-H sewing projects. Do you have a memory to share of a county or state fair!!
We face a large open space that hosts a fair regularly and occasionally a circus. I remember coming here as a child when we lived nearby and the most vivid memory is of winning a goldfish on one of the stalls and dropping it on the bus home. If my memories are correct we managed to rescue it and it survived!
 

2. If animals could talk, which would be the rudest?
Probably monkeys as they're pretty intelligent and would probably be quite sarcastic. 


3. What mythical creature would improve the world most if it existed?
I'm not sure that any of them would when things like dragons spring to mind. All that fire breathing would be quite dangerous.

4. What is something that everyone looks stupid doing?
Trying the latest dance craze when they can't dance?

5. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?
I think wisdom. Sometimes very intelligent people seem to lack common sense.
6. Tell us something random about the rest of your week!
Grandson Noah is coming to stay! (With his parents of course. Arriving Friday for a week!) 



Now I'm off to think about my post for the 31 days challenge. Be back soon!


Tuesday, 9 October 2018

9th October - 31 days - Inspire


http://fiveminutefriday.com/2018/08/30/31-days-five-minute-free-writing-prompts-2018/



In an effort to get blogging on a regular basis it seems I need a challenge. I've opted to try and complete this one as it's only supposed to take 5 minutes each day. Of course it takes a bit longer than that to get the post presented how I want it but the content was done with a timer.

If you want to find out more, join in or just check out other participants click on the image above.

Today’s prompt is Inspire and here's my 5 minutes' worth:


Well I definitely need inspiration here. Just had a long day looking after Grandson Nathan and no words are springing from my tired brain.

Of course there are wonderful people out that inspire us. Many of them famous but sometimes we just need to look within ourselves to find inspiration. I took on this challenge not knowing if I would make it to day 31 (still don’t!) but I am determined. I’m inspired by visiting other participants to continue and also by the comments I’ve received from new and familiar followers. I often quote that this is my blog, written mainly for my own benefit but it is lovely when you know it is reaching out to others and that they keep coming back to read what I’ve written. Thank you for your inspiration.


Ha that was five minutes! Of not much! I really am tired and it's only 8.45 pm. It will be an early night I think. Thankfully I have an easy, responsibility free day tomorrow. Hopefully my post for "How" will be better.