Holy mackerel where does the time go?

I have to admit that I am not sure if this blog thing is going to continue. I don’t feel the urge to keep going right now, mostly because I don’t seem to have anything to write about that may even be remotely interesting for you all to read. Writing a blog of my life and the stuff in it needs to be interesting and quite frankly it isn’t.

Whilst I contemplate the whole blog thing I may as well provide an update on the Worldwich of Sam.

Flipping heck what has happened since February…… Well the summer holidays are upon us. for once the weather seems to be holding up. I am off for the next 2 weeks but there are no plans cos hubby has changed his job and is now a taxi driver. He loves this …. a lot. Maybe my blog can be full of the stories he comes home with… and maybe not! Because of this recent change in work there has been a slight impact on the finances and going away anywhere is off the cards. Thats 2 years on the trot as it happened last year when I changed my job and cocked up the holiday plans. Anyway we are staying at home. Yesterday was a trip to Wingham Wildlife park near Canterbury. Pleasantly surprised actually. Better than Howletts Zoo to be honest and many many more of the animals were actually visible. I guess that the anti caged animals lobby may argue that this is not a good thing and quite frankly I have no desire to get into the semantics of this but we had a good few hours watching the lemurs climb over people and the meerkats standing up on their hind legs and the otters who are quite simply so fricking gorgeous.

I have bought Savannah a sewing machine and am introducing her to the world of sewing but again I am struggling with mojo and don’t know what to sew. we are trying to learn the basics like threading up the machine and winding the bobbin on etc so its early days but she has made a fully lined tote bag with my support and seemed to enjoy it a lot.

Other plans include a maybe trip to London (finances pending), Broadstairs water gala next Wednesday oh and Pokemon hunting. I am not going to apologise for being one of “the masses” playing this game as I am thoroughly enjoying it. I get out of the house gets my steps up for my Fitbit and generally stay fit. I am not running at the moment due to potential arthritis in my big toe and I don’t really know how this is going to pan out but walking is good.

Anyway going to leave you with some pictures of bags and animals until next time TTFN xx

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Day 5

We have nothing planned today. My sister was hoping to move house so we were going to help but it has been delayed so we find ourselves with a day to fill.

And what exciting stuff we have planned. We are going to Westwood Cross to see if we can find Imogen a winter coat and to get Savannah school shoes. I need to pop to Homebase to get some lawn edging to make the edges of my border neater. We bought some solar fairy lights last year that have never been hung out so we have just hung them up. They are not really where I had originally planned them to be but they will be easy to move once we have the garden looking the way we want it to look. I am now on the hunt for a table top patio heater so we can sit out in the garden in the evening and enjoy what little is left of our summer. Although I think that will be something for next summer now as I think our summer may be done.

It really does feel like time is speeding by. The harvest is early this year, according to the farmers on the news, by about 4 weeks and for some reason it feels like the evenings have really drawn in already. It was so chilly the other evening that we even laughed about putting the heating on (we did resist that I am pleased to say, no heating until at least October, jumpers before then 🙂 ).

Anyway I must be off I need to get ready to go shopping. I hope to get some pictures of our twinkly lights later and will post them for you to see.

TTFN x

Mercury in retrograde

And boy don’t I know it. To say that June has been awful is an understatement. The only highlights have been my 2 girls birthdays; 1 at the beginning of June and the other at the end. The rest of this month can go do one quite frankly. Bring on July.

I hope the rest of you have had a good June. I managed to keep up with my running until this week. So far my personal best is 35:59, I hope to be able to knock another minute off that time but I am currently having a brief break from running as the physical symptoms of my stresses are very much present and I am in significant pain. This makes running very difficult so I am hoping a few days off will settle everything down.

Anyway that’s enough of that for now.

TTFN x

 

Music at the gym

I have joined one of the gyms locally in my effort to lose a bit more weight and generally get fit and tone up. When I was at school I loved running and really hope to be able to get back into some running but there is some work to be done first cos I am very out of condition.
So running on a treadmill can be quite tedious so I have my trusty iPod with my newly setup “gym songs” playlist and I thought I would share it with you. 44 songs in no particular order.

Take That – Affirmation
Pet Shop Boys – Always on my mind / in my house
Then Jericho -Big area
They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse in your soul
Soundgarden – Black hole sun
The Hoosiers – Cops and robbers
Pet Shop Boys – Domino dancing
Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t fear) The reaper
Gorillaz – Feel good inc
Coldplay – God put a smile on your face
Def Leppard – Gods of war
The Hoosiers – Goodbye Mr A
Take That – Happy now
Pet Shop Boys – I want a dog
Pet Shop Boys – It’s alright
Take That – Kidz
Muse – Knights of Cydonia
Pet Shop Boys – Left to my own devices
The Killers – Mr Brightside
Electric Light Orchestra – Mr Blue Sky
Muse – Muscle museum
Muse – New born
Jay Z and Kanye West – Ni**as in Paris
Jay Z and Kanye West – No church in the wild
Muse – Panic station
Muse – Plug in baby
DB Boulevard – Point of view
Aphex Twin – Polynominal C
Take That – Pretty things
Pendulum – Propane nightmares
Mika – Relax, take it easy
The Hoosiers – Run rabbit run
The Beloved – Scarlet beautiful
Pendulum – Slam
The Killers – Somebody told me
Take That – SOS
The Beloved – The sun rising
The Hoosiers – The trick to life
Muse – Uprising
The Boo Radleys – Wake up boo
The Hoosiers – Worried about Ray
The Prodigy – 3 Kilos
Sneaker Pimps – 6 Underground
Rob Dougan – Clubbed to death

I am sure that this list will evolve over time but I quite enjoy my work outs at the moment listening to these. Are there any tracks I have missed?
TTFN x

Why don’t we care?

I have just watched a woman park her car in the tiniest of spaces in the street where I live. Now firstly credit to her for getting it into the space BUT….she did hit the car behind 3 times. I watched her get her belongings out of the boot and start to walk off so I challenged her! I asked if she was even going to check for damage to the other vehicle and she told me I should have not parked so badly. When informed that the other vehicle was not mine she asked me why it even mattered. Things got a bit fraught and I ended the conversation by going back into my house. I must have touched a nerve as she returned soon after saying that she had spoken to the owner of the vehicle and let them know what had happened.

There was actually no damage but the principle (in my head) was that she should have explicitly checked for damage and made the effort to find the owner and explain. She only did this as in my mind she had been caught red handed.

Broad sweeping statement coming up but now I am worried about retribution and potential future damage to my car or house.

This has all led me to thinking about fundamental issues in society. We simply don’t care anymore. I am a nurse and I care every day of my life. I care about my patients, their families and carers. I care about my husband and children. I care about my work colleagues and my friends. Even though I don’t get on with a couple of my neighbours I still care. I get upset when the media talks about how uncaring the NHS is and then something like this happens and I realise society and community just don’t care.

Definition of caring: Displaying kindness and concern for others.

Definition of community: a social unit of any size that shares common values.

The sad and awful truth is many people just don’t care. OK big things happen like a person going missing and then we all pull together but on a day to day basis with no extreme situation causing a shared goal we meander along in our selfish lives giving little consideration to those around us. I don’t know how, when or why this has happened but it makes me very sad.

TTFN x

What’s in a name?

So I have been thinking about my blog name and wondering if a more catchy name would work with my readers? This has led me on to thinking about who reads my blog and the fact that I simply don’t know if I have any regular readers or not. I don’t get many comments and I am not sure why that is, whether my posts don’t lend themselves to comments or is my blog not actually being read.
I have site stats set up and can see that posts are being read and where people come to my blog from but it all seems a little impersonal still.
So….what makes you comment on a blog? How many blogs do you read each day? How do you know when I have posted or do you just pop in occasionally?
I would love to get a little more interactive so leave me a comment and tell me how you found me and what makes you comment on a blog post. What things make you visit a blog regularly? How did you find me and if you want leave a little info about yourself and a link to your blog so I can get to know you a bit more too.

I look forward to getting to know some of you a bit more
TTFN xx

The wolf huffed and puffed ……

…….and the house of sticks fell down.

We have been for a walk today to King’s Wood nr Ashford in Kent. It was fairly bracing but very nice to see the sun and blow way the winter cobwebs.

Savannah had this idea to build a shelter from the wood she found. However, this was soon found to be fairly impractical so a small bridge over a large muddy puddle sufficed but such imagination bless her.

I hope you all had a lovely Easter and I hope that the sun continues and we soon get some warmth.

TTFN x

Gotta love this time of year!!

Savannah by Samantha Halliwell
Savannah, a photo by Samantha Halliwell on Flickr.

So here we are 3 sleeps till Christmas and yup, no2 daughter is poorly. It is my fault because only last week I was boasting that she is never unwell and now here we are with a temperature of 38.5, headache and generally feeling appalling. She even took herself to bed for a couple of hours this afternoon. This is unheard of.

I did manage to use the time productively by finally getting some presents wrapped but now cabin fever is setting in. Not with me you understand but with my husband. He cannot stand being cooped up indoors for more than a few hours so a day at home is pure and simple torture. Added to that the fact that the car is on the fritz, Christmas is sooo expensive and the weather is quite simply appalling going out anywhere was simply never an option.
Christmas boredom sets in and it is still 3 days away!!!!

TTFN x

Happy Halloween and things that scare.

In the true spirit of Halloween I am listening to Radio 2 (I know I am old!!!!!) and they are playing songs on the theme of this, the spookiest of days. They have just played Blue Oyster Cult “Don’t fear the reaper” which has set me off thinking bout things that scare you. I am a huge Stephen King fan and his post apocalyptic book written in the late 1970’s called “The Stand” had this tune in the starting sequence and to this day reminds me of this book.
I love post apocalyptic literature. Being a child of the 80’s I remember spending my time being very very stressed about the very real threat of nuclear war. There is something about reading how people coped with the end of the world and the struggles to cope with everyday life once everything we take for granted has gone or no longer works. Most of all though I remember being absolutely terrified by these things.
I have just started to read “Swan Song” by Robert McCammon which I am happy to say is another post apocalyptic novel written in the late 80’s. once again I find myself becoming entrenched into the struggle between good and evil alongside just simply being able to survive day to day in devastated environments. Imogen has just asked me what I am reading as I have disappeared into a little place that I go when I am engrossed in a good book. I have tried to explain what it was like living in the 80’s with the threat of war ever present and bless her she does not get it. Do you know what her fear is?
This generation is dealing with another end of the world scenario but this one is a little more precise. December 21st 2012 to be exact. This day represents the end of the Mayan calendar and is being touted as the end of the world. Imogen is genuinely scared by this thought. The recent superstorm Sandy in the USA has been reported as being a once in a lifetime storm or the storm of the century and Imogen suggested that this was related to the end of the world. She did say this jokingly but as a child of the nuclear threat I detected a nervous undercurrent, of not being to sure if she believed it or not.
What scares you? What memories do you have that shape your fears?
Happy Halloween guys, have a lovely evening, be safe with whatever you do.
TTFN x