Wednesday, 21 March 2018

How does my garden grow?

Springtime in Wales, so daffodils and snow obviously!

Like all my plans, it started with a list of the things I want to grow (input from DS "Peas and whatever else you want").

I was waiting for the weather to become spring-like, but then I got bored and decided (unlike my great grandad, who didn't start on his allotment until Whitsun), to buy the seeds...

I ended up with tomatoes, rocket, salad leaves, radishes, spring onions, beetroot, parsnips, courgettes, onions, peppers, leeks, and spinach. I'll be growing green beans as well, but I'll buy them as plants from the garden centre.

I planted up the things to start inside before the 'mini beast from the east', hit.

I've got a new raised bed for growing the veggies and hopefully I'll get a good crop and be able to do plenty of cooking, freezing and sharing stuff with friends and neighbours.

I love gardening, spending time outside, getting some exercise and then enjoying the fruits of my labours.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Reasons to be cheerful - 15th March 2018

R2BC at Mummy from the Heart

Welcome to the 100th post on this blog!!!!!

This week I've managed to continue planning, and more importantly actually carrying through on the plans. This is making such a difference to my productivity and to actually feeling like I'm moving forward.

Last weekend I went out for lunch with my son on Saturday and then my parents came to us for lunch on Sunday, so the whole weekend turned into a Mother's Day celebration.

The cats continue to rule the roost and dictate the working pattern of most days.

I'm looking forward to getting losts done in the week ahead so that I can enjoy some down time next week... Watch this space...

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Reasons to be cheerful - 8th March 2018

Thank goodness the snow melted!
I've had a great week this week, mostly because I've got my head down and done some work.
I wrote here about how I'd just got too comfortable and I needed a kick to get me back to reality. I've worked harder this week than I have for ages and I actually feel like I'm moving forward rather than just treading water.
So my reason to be cheerful this week is... progress. 
This is short and sweet, mostly because I'm getting back to work on some of the projects I want to move forward... Go me!
R2BC at Mummy from the Heart

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

I got too comfortable...

The Oxford English Dictionary defines "wellbeing" as "The state of being comfortable...", and although I want to write about wellbeing, getting comfortable became my undoing.

I got sloppy. Instead of doing what I really wanted to do I followed the crowd, or worse, took the easy route.

Then I got frustrated.

Then I got ill.

Then I sat about doing very little and feeling sorry for myself.

And after all that? I got real. I did what I needed to do. And it wasn't easy.

I took a good hard look at what I wanted to do and what I was actually doing to get there, and I laughed at how comfortable I had become.

And finally, I took the giant leap that I knew I needed to take, I got uncomfortable:

  • I invested in a course run by some professionals I respect and trust.
  • I took a good hard look at what I needed to change.
  • I got real, and instead of sitting about feeling sorry for myself, I took action.
It will take me a little while to get completely back on track, but at least I have a track to follow now.

What will change here?

This blog, just like the rest of my writing, will become much more focused. I want to write about:

  • Wellbeing
  • Living simply
So that's what you'll see here.

Watch this space...

Friday, 2 March 2018

Reasons to be cheerful - 2nd March 2018

I've been away for a bit, but now I'm back.
Three weeks ago I got the flu that's been doing the rounds and really got knocked for six. On top of that, whilst I was feeling physically rubbish I completely hit a wall of "what am I even doing here?" My confidence in what I'm doing hit rock bottom and I just couldn't get going again once I felt better. And so, instead of just ploughing on for the sake of it, I decided to take a break and re-evaluate what I was doing.
R2BC at Mummy from the Heart
I'm back now, feeling that I know where I'm going. I need to slow down and take my work more seriously so that I get to where I want to be. 
I know where I want to go and I know what I need to do to get there... So here I go.
I did get a fiction piece published, which was so exciting and made me feel a lot better.
I'm cheerful because instead of giving up, I've sat back, thought it through and then got back on the horse.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

All about the cats

First thing I do in the morning? Feed the cats.

If one or both of them are outside for too long? Go and find the cats.

If one of them looks a bit uncomfortable? Move me or them so that they are comfortable.

If one of the cats is sleeping on my side of the bed? I move.

Share my food with the cats? Yes.

The cats share their food with me? Never

Am I a 'mad cat lady'? Almost certainly.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

"You must really love purple"

So said another member of my writing group when I put this combo on the table. And then I looked through my bag and...

Do I love purple (and pink)?

 Just a little bit x

Sunday, 11 February 2018

This week I will mostly be... 11th - 17th February 2018

The last couple of weeks have all been about fiction and blogging and I've neglected my feature writing and pitching magazines for commissions, so I'm going to focus on that this week. Naturally, I will be doing fiction too, but it'll be on the back burner and I won't be beating myself up if it's not filling my every spare minute.

There will be pancakes... We don't only have pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, but we do always have pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. Even though we eat normally through Lent, we always mark the beginning.

Making yoga part of every day... I recently started going to a weekly yoga class and I want to make time to practice more at home, so this is the week that I'm going to make that happen.

Treating myself... To lots of lovely things to show how much I love and value myself.

So, those are my goals for the week. Check back on Saturday to see how I've got on.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Goals for the week update - 10th February 2018

It struck me the other day that I've been posting my goals every week and then not really reviewing whether I've achieved them or not. So, from now on, every Saturday I'll post a review of how I've done at meeting my goals for the week.

You can read my goals for this week here, so how did I do?

Family things...I did get together with my cousins and I watched one win second place with her gorgeous sausage dog puppy at a dog show.

The family birthday was celebrated too.

Fiction... I did huge amounts of fiction writing and even submitted some for competitions, something I've been wanting to have the courage to do for ages.

Feature writing... Hasn't really happened this week as I seem to have been all about fiction and blogging.

Drawing... I've done a bit, not much, but I did write a piece of music

so I have stretched my creativity this wings a bit this week.

All in all, I'm calling this week a win, join me tomorrow to see what my goals are for the coming week.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Linziclip - Product review

I was a bit skeptical when I saw a "new" design of claw clip being promoted by Linziclip, but I'm always on the lookout for good accessories to keep my hair up and out of the way, so I asked if I could have some to review.

They kindly sent me the "midi" size - suitable for medium to thick hair, and the "mini" (which comes in a pack of three), suitable for most hair types.

The first thing I noticed was the shape, unlike traditional claw clips, the springs are hidden to the side, which means the back and front of the Linziclip are flat, so you can lie down with the back of your head on the floor and still be comfortable. In fact, wherever you lay your head, there are no pointy bits of Linziclip that can stick into your scalp.

The other thing I noticed about the shape is that it seems to mean that the Linziclip grips the hair better and stays in place longer than traditional claw clips. Whilst previously I've had to be constantly pinning my hair back up, with the Linziclip I only had to redo my hair twice in a whole working day, and that's a big winner for me.

And last, but not least, because of the unique design of the Linziclip, there's a field at the back where they've added colours and patterns so that you get a nice looking accessory for your hair.

All in all, I'm really impressed with the design and functionality of the Linziclip and I'll definitely be adding more to my collection.

If you want to buy one, they're available on eBay 

I really believe they'll make a great addition to any hair accessories collection.

Disclaimer:  I was sent a midi and a mini pack of Linziclips for the purposes of this review...

Picture Credits: Jonathan Cruickshank

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Reasons to be cheerful - 8th February 2018

Actualy having my #r2bc post ready for Thursday is a reason to be cheerful for me, it's usually late on Thursday or early Friday before I get around to writing it. Anyway, here are my actually reasons to be cheerful this week.
1) I wrote some music...

It's years since I've done this, but it was a challenge set at my writing group. I composed it on garageband on my Mac and, as a bonus, discovered that the software generates and prints the sheet music, so I didn't have to write it by hand.
2) I've started entering my fiction for competitions... I only got back into writing fiction late last year, and I've never looked to entre competitions or get anything published, but this year I've decided to go for it and see where it takes me.
3) Yoga... I started going to a class just recently and am seeing the benefits already. I'm even practicing at home and am absolutely loving the experience.
4) Working smarter (and harder)... I've made a conserted effort to work out a way to plan my work weeks and days nad have managed to start getting far more achieved, so I'm getting closer to meeting my work goals and also creating my perfect life. Go me!
So those are my #r2bc this week, what are yours?
R2BC at Mummy from the Heart

How does my garden grow?

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