What is my word of the week?

I am joining in with a fabulous new linky set up by the Reading Residence.

I feel it is a powerful and simple concept.  So often these two adjectives go together.

My word of the week is “Glimmers”

In many ways, we are in darkness.  There is so much uncertainty about what the future holds.  It is difficult to know what to do for the best particularly regarding housing.

It is a New Year and there are glimmers of hope – a couple of folks have reached out with potential work opportunities for myself.  Whether they come to anything is yet to reveal itself but they are glimmers at least.

My husband has job applications in and an interview offered already for January .

We have to believe that the glimmers will come to something.  The alternative is a scary place to go in our minds.

So we keep on keeping on hoping the indistinct lights will soon be blazing bright.



Now go forth and check out The Reading Residence’s linky where people share their own individual words of the week.

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I’m a Blogger, Get Me Out of Here!

OK, so I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here has hit our television screens again.

So I thought I would have a little fun with blogger friends old and new and start a new meme type thing. I will tag a few people, hope they join in and pass on the jungle baton to other bloggers.

It is very simple to do and the rules are as follows

1) Answer the 10 questions and consider the mission.
2) Tag a few bloggers to do the same
3) Come back to my original blog post and tell me you have done the questions and answers so I can take a look and promote your post.


1. What one thing about being a parent makes you scream “Get me out of here!”

2. What qualities would you bring to the jungle?

3. How are you likely to annoy people in your were stuck with them for 3 weeks?

4. What is the worst thing you have ever eaten?

5. What  item would you smuggle into the jungle with you?

6. What is the most daring thing you have ever done?

7. Who would you miss most if you went into the jungle with a bunch of strangers?

8. What celebrity alive or dead would you like to have with you in the jungle and why?

9. What would scare you about being in the jungle?

10. After leaving the jungle, you go to a luxury hotel. What would be the first thing you did on reaching your hotel?

11. Who do you think should win the Jungle Crown this year?

12. Who is your least favourite celebrity in the jungle and why?

13. Which celebrity has surprised you most and how?


Your final mission should you choose to accept it is to tell us why the blogger/s who you tag are stars.

Have another look at the guidelines above and get going to have some jungle fun!

I am tagging @AutismMumma @mummyglitzer @smilesandphotos @LJB41 @CupcakeMumma11 @InstinctiveMum @Tamsin_Tweets @goriami @ SarahMo3w @DownsSideUp @ Redpeffer @ knackeredhwife @ KimberleyJTaylor @MummyTries @ nicolacupcake @ Ojosworld @oliversmadhouse @soundinglike


Anyone should feel free to join and obviously if you can link back to this post so much the better.



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Good and bad news on the bargain-hunting quest

Today, the sunshine was appealing to me so I went forth in search of charity shop bargains even though there was a chance of the tradesman actually turning up to fix our boiler.  I had my smartphone with me and town is not far away so I had an excuse.

There was a brand new Marks and Spencer dress in the shop that I have spied on several visits.  It had the tag for £45 and was in perfect condition and was priced at just a fiver.  Now this dress is in a size one or more realistically two sizes smaller than I am.  It is, however, a very special dress and I have lost almost 2 stones recently so I have faith that I can get into it one day.  Every time I have called in, I have picked up the dress and put it back thinking perhaps I was being silly even considering it.

Was it the fact I had done hours of housework?  Was it the sunny weather?  Who cares?  Whatever it was, the dress is now mine!

I also picked up a multicoloured but mainly purple summer dress.

Finally, I saw a brand new table cloth for £2.50.

So I am a happy bunny after a day that started really badly.  Charity shopping is one of the best therapies I know.

I also wanted to share a find from a few weeks ago which is a Le Creuset white fondue set.  It was boxed and not used.

We changed that as you can see in this picture.  I have always wanted Le Creuset in my kitchen so now feel like I have totally arrived (because I am sad like that).

The bad news was that somebody who had said I could collect a clothing bundle via NetMums has now said it is not longer available.  I hate it when this happens but to be honest, think she was overpricing things really so may be good news after all.

Linking up with Magpie Monday over with Liz at the Me and My Shadow blog.

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What are my reasons to be cheerful this week?

You find me in a happy frame of mind. About so-and-so ing time you may say.

What are my reasons for this upbeat mood?

1. I am going to lose 4 stones by the time of BritMums Live. I have decided and will make it happen. Either that or give you a good giggle at my failed attempts so win-win. Seriously, I started Slimming World this week and have stuck to it. Well done me and cream cakes all round.

2. I am looking forward to all the real Christmas stuff starting from the weekend with fairs, carol services, school plays, shopping, planning, Christingle and more.

3. I am going to walk the Great Wall of China and am pleasantly surprised that having raised this only yesterday on my blog, folks are saying they might like to join me. Who knew? The outsider no longer or maybe I have just found a happy band of other outsiders. I need to look into it all more particularly the fitness and financial requirements but at least I am seriously considering it.

4. The meeting at school about my son’s issues with went reasonably well. I have more to say on this but that is for another post. What was really lovely to hear was my husband’s support for his son.

5. I have plans for this blog and blogging generally. Watch this space.

6. I have a cheeky idea for a blog hop. Not quite sure I will go ahead with it but it is making me giggle to myself.

7. We have sunshine in Yorkshire today.

8. We are decking the halls as I blog …

9. My birthday is just around the corner, 44, droopy drawers …

Have yourself a wonderful week.

Now rock yourself around the Christmas tree over to Mich at http://mdplife.blogspot.com to see what other people are jumping for joy about.

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A Kick Up The Bum For Mums

Well, here I sit sobbing that only one person linked up last week to the Groovy Mums blog hop.   What do you mean you have not heard of Groovy Mums?  Read all about it by clicking here http://kateonthinice.wordpress.com/how-to-be-a-groovy-mum/ I know I say you don’t have to join in but when you don’t, I start to think you are all grooving and have left little old me way behind.  No seriously, I know you have your own struggles but one mum has asked for a kick up the bottom so I thought I would do a scolding post to encourage a sense of revival in groovy mums old and new.

Here are your optional challenges for this week.

1. Body – how can you incorporate touch into your life this week?  Massage or more?  You decide but take time out to touch and be touched this week.

2. Mind – your challenge this week is merely to link up a post about how you are attempting to change your life with steps whether like those of a baby or more solid ones.  Any progress is to be celebrated so acknowledge how well you are doing by linking up  a post.

3. Spirit – Lent sometimes involves giving things up.  What can you give up that would help you move forwards in life?  This might mean delegating or accepting that some things or people no longer serve you positively.

4. Blogging – Did I mention that you are supposed to link up with Groovy Mums this week?  There you go, two kicks up your rather lovely ass.  If you are going to Britmums Live, you can also join in the blog hop mentioned in my previous post.

5. Special Days – Mother’s Day is around the corner so why not start planning just how you would like it to go.  Your task is to communicate your ideal day to your nearest and dearest.

6. The Big Question – what needs to change?  OK, maybe lots needs to change but identifying the big thing that needs to change might help you to prioritise what the first baby steps need to be.

There you go.  Hope your bottom is not too sore and if it is you can always return to challenge 1 and look forward to increased participation this week.  Newbies welcome.

Here is the linky

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A Brand New Linky – Blog 101 – Share The Things That Annoy You.

Have you seen Room 100 on the television where celebrities try to persuade the host to condemn their hated things?

As a person who regularly gets frustrated by all sorts of things, I thought Blog 101 might be a good idea as a linky where bloggers can dump all those things that really get to them.

Here is the idea and the guidelines.

1.  You are encouraged to write a blog post about one or more things that wind you up.  That is things not people!

2.  You link up here.

3. I  will promote your blog post on Twitter, Facebook etc.

4. You and I feel better for getting it all out of our system and see the undesirable thing hurtling through cyberspace into Blog 101.

Of course, something in particular gave me the idea to set this linky up.  I will add a couple of others just to give you the idea.

Here are the things I want to send to Blog 101.

1. Resealable packets.   In theory, these are a very good thing in terms of keeping things fresh.   However, I find when you open them, you either find that you can’t get at the food item at all or you destroy the tiny millimetre of packet that will actually reseal.  In my house,  this leads to conflict with Him Indoors who thinks such anal things are a very good thing and pays more for them.

2. Money Boxes that can be opened by children.  I think it is a very good thing to make children aware of the value of money.  I also like to encourage them to save.  Over the years, my children have had so many money boxes but tend to empty them on a whim.  I have just come across the marvellous invention of a money box that children cannot open.  Inspired and one of the very best Christmas pressies this year from my point of view.

3.  Pictures that you buy that you can’t hang up immediately.  I regularly buy prints and paintings. I get so very frustrated when you can’t hang them on the wall straightaway.  What on Earth is the point in a work of art if you aren’t going to put it on a wall.  Therefore, they should come wall-ready with a string or whatever on the back.  Grrrr!

I hope that gives you the idea and that you fancy joining in.   I will post every Friday with a linky.

Surely I am not the only one who finds myself getting stressed out by random things?

You can now imagine me spending the next week with a little notebook so I can record all those nasty things ready for next week’s post.

Join Me?

Blog and link up by clicking here

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What Are My Reasons To Be Cheerful?

Are you thinking positively?  If you sometimes struggle to do so,  why not write down your Reasons To Be Cheerful?

I do this most weeks with Michelle over at http://mdplife.blogspot and it really helps me focus on the happier things in life.

What are my reasons for smiling this week?

1. My son had a CT scan and everything is fine.  I thought it would be but better to have these things checked out.

2. My other son has gone on a “gifted child” register at the grand old age of 6.  I am happy about this partly because it means he will get additional support from school and partly because it probably explains some of his less than ideal behaviour.

3. My daughter has a  new hair band thing that actually holds her wild locks in place.  This is a huge reason for me. I envy those Mums whose little girls’ hair can be put in plaits and ponytails etc. Hair bands is the way from now on and I think I have found another mum who can make some for me.

4. I had a lovely family afternoon out at a free Waterways Museum.  We had a very affordable snack and enjoyed learning lots more about boats and social history.  I am a big fan of all things historical and seem to have passed this on to my children. 

5.  I have had little trips out with my Dad.

6. I got loads of support on my post http://kateonthinice.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/why-am-i-struggling/  I am pleased to report all the wise words have put me right back on track.  I have eaten only healthy things today and feel like my mind is in the right place too.

7. I hope to be volunteering with the Joe Bingley Memorial Foundation very soon.

8. I am booked into Britmums Live and have my accommodation sorted which is probably a very good thing seeing as I am listed as a speaker.

9. Did you hear I am now a member of the Britmums Team?  Yes, I know you did but it did fall within the last week’s news so I am shouting out loud about it again.  Iwill stop now, honest.

10. People have shown generous support for the new Britmums Group called Charity Connections -Blogging It Forward.  There are already 50 members and more joining all the time. If you are a parent who blogs and wants to look at how you can join forces with charity in some way, please do join.  You are not committed to doing anything unless you want to and there are some really interesting discussions taking place on there.  Plus you get to find out just how diverse the voluntary and community sector is both at home and abroad.  You can find out more over at http://britmums.com

11. I am really happy that bloggers are getting behind the Breakthrough Breast Cancer blog hop I set up today.   All you have to do is write a post with 90 words (or more if you want to) about a woman who matters to you and then mention the new fundraising initiative from Breakthrough and Pink Ribbon Bingo.   You can find out more by clicking here http://kateonthinice.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/i-am-looking-for-90-bloggers-to-support-breakthrough-breast-cancer/  I have set a target based on bingo numbers of 90 people linking up so I could do with the support or I will have egg on t’old face.

12.  Him Indoors has had 2 night away.  I have enjoyed having some space and being totally in charge of things here. I am now cheerful that in 5 hours he will be home and we will be an “us” again.

A great week.

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