How are you this Friday? I’m gulping hard and opening my gas and electricity bill this month… carefully. I know I’m not the only one, because Cost of Living seems to be the words on every other person’s mouth this month. And the ones not talking about Cost of Living are talking about Ukraine, politics, green issues or problems in life in general. The world … Continue reading Book Friday: No-Spend Days (Tips and Ideas to Help You Enjoy Life for Free) by Miranda Moore
This year so far has been an absolute racing drive. Can you believe it’s nearly May? Or that this is my first post in April? That we’ve had Easter? That my daughter is nearly finished in her second year at University, that Second Son is nearly finished completely and that I am still alive??? Actually, today, that last one is a real surprise to me. … Continue reading Catching my Breath
What a great title that is: who wouldn’t want a cottage that is both natural and cozy? The subtitle is “100 styling ideas to create a warm and welcoming home” which is just as good. I have already reviewed one of Christiane Bellstedt Myers’ books, the beautiful Scandi Christmas from 2017, and you can read that review here. Somehow, I seem to have missed reviewing … Continue reading Book Friday: The Natural Cozy Cottage by Christiane Bellstedt Myers
It’s been sunny two days in a row now, there’s now a faint glow of gloaming at seven pm hinting at longer evenings to come and I have started to think about… perhaps… summer will really happen this year. I already have a few things booked this year: I’m not naturally a busy person, simply because I don’t usually feel the need to be, so … Continue reading Really Planning Ahead Now… Including My Amazon Pre-orders!
Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent and, for the first time in a few years, I decided to take action for Lent. My relationship to organised religion is a bit mixed: I am a baptised and confirmed Christian, but I struggle with the history and, sometimes, the attitudes of formal religious bodies. I also can’t and don’t condemn many people who choose … Continue reading Creating Sanctuary: Lenten Hygge
I’m writing this in advance, on the Tuesday before it goes live on the Friday and the sun is streaming in at my office window. It may be freezing outside but my little glasshouse is trapping the light energy as heat faster than I can imagine. It makes such a big difference to how I feel, seeing the sun like that. And, as always when … Continue reading Book Friday: Cozy White Cottage by Liz Marie Galvan
How are your anxiety levels? Mine are quite high, with issue layered upon issue and no control over any of them. What power do I really have over Covid, Ukraine, familial choices, local or national politics and more besides? And I’m a news hound. I read a daily newspaper online (or sometimes two), we have a news channel on as the default background noise at … Continue reading Creating Sanctuary: Take a News Fast now and then.
Storm Eunice is following hard on the heels of Storm Dudley. I’m in work, and watching the sky lowering, the rain start falling heavily and the wind begin to whip up. It’s 11.13am as I start this post, and the centre hasn’t hit Liverpool…. yet. If I wasn’t in work, I’d appreciate the chance to hunker down and shelter. Today is a good day to … Continue reading Book Friday: Home Sanctuary by Josephine Collins