Anxiety

I’m anxious again. Not a thing I can put my finger on and work through. Not a conversation or a meeting I’m worried about. But a slow, creepy, dready feeling, filling my belly and dragging around my soul. My thoughts are racing, my hormones surging in nauseating waves of adrenaline and cortisol. My fingers are rubbing and picking. My forehead creases into an achey headthump which, when I realise, I try to smooth away with my thumb and forefinger I’m full of apology and concern. Not sure if my reactions are appropriate. I’m overthinking simple things and worrying that...

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‘Lightly salted’ dough Christmas Decorations.

The girls and I got started on our Christmas decs today. Salt dough. Except, we don’t like the sore hands salt give you, so we didn’t put much in. If I can find the varnish, we’ll varnish them. I baked them quite hard, so am reasonably confident that they’ll last the year even if they don’t make it into the long term Xmas decs box. Unfortunately, in the dedicated making we worked through today (Sheffield Park inspired garden door painting, a school dinner stylee gypsy tart (bleurk) and said baubles), the clay Nativity hit the floor and Joseph’s head got knocked off. Mary’s fallen off her chair too. So she now appears to be squatting. Perhaps it should be the actual birth scene… Interesting! I got some flour and about a teaspoon of salt (it should be more, but I’m not convinced its necessary – I’ll let you know if my decorations go mouldy). I added enough water to make it into a dough. The girls rolled it out and cut out shapes using pastry cutters mostly. And punched out little holes for the hanging. I baked it at 170 (fan assisted), and took the little ones out soonish, leaving the fatter ones in much longer. When cool, we painted them with lots of gold and spots .           Share this:Click to email this to...

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Blogvember Slacker

It has been a long, long week And I didn’t write As many posts as I planned Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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November Sun at Sheffield Park.

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Food Shopping, brand loyalty (and a ranty bit too for good measure)

I just got off the phone to Asda.  I have paid £24 for a three-month delivery pass, and every single delivery has had something missing (so I have to go to another shop, which I then may as well have gone to in the first place), or is late.  Or both. They can’t refund the pass apparently. I told them they can do what they want – they are making up their own rules.  Yes, actually mate, you can!  I make up my own rules too (can I have chocolate tonight?  I promised myself no, but actually, YES I...

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Feeling Ra!

I suffer from ‘tall poppy’ syndrome. I speak too loudly and too often and stand up for what I believe in. It doesn’t make life any easier. Sometimes, I wish I could just SHUT MY TRAP. I’ve been ‘called in’ to littlest’s school for a rollicking. Just like when I was at school. I used to get rollocked for not wearing the right shade of red. For not singing in our religious assemblies. For being late. Again and again. For refusing to dissect a frog. For having terrible hair. This time, I will be rollocked for telling a scared...

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A Blogger’s Haiku

Sometimes I don’t want to write And sometimes I do So I only write sometimes. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Another personal one

I’ve fluffed a few posts this week. It’s #blogvember and I’ve wanted to stay in the habit, so I’ve done a few posts I might not have published another time. Getting into the habit has been good for me. Finding writing time and getting the cogs whirring. I’m thinking (constantly) about what I might put down each day. But there are also a few posts stitched up deep in me, that I want and need to write (things I need to learn to say). And this is one of them. I have found life very difficult since becoming a...

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Not a beauty blogger (but I do believe in thrift)

Any one who knows me, knows I’m no beauty blogger.  I wear makeup but rely on a very few bits. Even at my richest, I would very rarely treat myself to expensive, premium brands, as I could always find something better to spend the eye-popping pounds on! I’ve used the same liquid liner for near-on 30 years (Rimmel – short brush, very black, lasts forever, cleans off easily, doesn’t irritate). I’ve got ridiculously sensitive skin, and often find expensive brands, including natural products can irritate, so I’m not a big experimenter. However, I ran out of mascara, so thought I would try this one, which I bought from Tesco yesterday for £3! It’s really good, thick, but not clumpy and nicely, very black. Brilliant! Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Foodie fiddling

I made this beany shepherds pie a few weeks ago, along with these special little-uns, for my little-uns.  I did the decoration with a cardboard stencil and some paprika and they both ate it all. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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other stuff

As well as writing about my 40's, I run Do Stuff U Love.  It's a small business, helping other small businesses in Brighton, Hove and Worthing to manage websites, blogs and social media

 

Have a gander

Support Zero Waste Week at the same time as stocking up on these lovely giclee prints (I'm thinking Christmas pressies) by my talented friend, Zoe who blogs over at ecothriftyliving.
For each print sold in September 2017, Zoe is donating £2



Zoe’s Zen Art for Zero Waste week

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