Pimp that journal. . .

I haven’t posted for a while.  I’ve been caught up in the lovely busyness of being at home full-time for these couple of months between jobs.  To say that I’m having a blast is an understatement, I’m totally loving it!  So much cooking, crochet, reading!! 

I’ve also bought/made myself a new journal that is totally my own design using the ARC system from Staples.  It’s great to make a journal/planner/organiser [call it what you will] that is absolutely suited to your own needs and desires.  It also means you can pimp it up with all manner of lovely papers, stickers and ephemera.  For those, like me, with a bit of a stationery fetish it’s all rather addictive and is growing far bigger than I first thought.  Might even have to split it in the end into a Journaling/Inspiration ARC and a more practical Diary/To-Do-List/Addresses/Contacts type ARC.  The planner will hold up to 200 sheets depending on the size of disc you put in, so it’s expandable. 

I didn’t realise when I started making this planner that it’s actually got quite a cult following.  Filofax, ARC, Smash Journaling ~  they’ve all gone a bit viral, and if you look on YouTube or search the blog world then they’re absolutely everywhere.  I did have a very brief look at a Filofax but the price quickly convinced me that it’s just not worth it.  Ridiculously expensive!

Anyway, here are a few photo’s of some parts of my ARC.  Obviously the cover is bought from Staples and some of the inserts, but I quickly realised that I could add my own things.  I’ve made some of my own dividers and decorated the plain ones I bought.  I’ve also bought an ARC hole punch so that I can add my own things without having to just use the rather plain ones that Staples sell.  These are also sold in the States and, typically, they have a huge and colourful variety of accessories for their ARC range over there.  The UK has a way to go to catch up as our range is rather conservative in comparison.  Hence it’s better to use your own imagination and turn it into a craft project.

PHOTO’S. . . [finally ;) ]

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Hot pink A5 leather cover, with the 200 sheet expansion discs. All decoration I’ve added myself.

Inside the front cover, Gratitude Journal tucked in the left flap.  Favourite bible quote as a fly leaf.

Inside the front cover ~ pretty, flowery ‘Gratitude Journal’ tucked in the left flap. Favourite bible quote as a fly-leaf which I made.

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Post-it’s which I also added, bought them from Paperchase.

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Post-it’s page. Owl sticky post book mark at the top with my shopping lists also poking out. List pages [task pages they're actually called] courtesy of ARC/Staples. Owl sticky book marks from Paperchase.

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Monthly major events so I can see what’s coming up each month at a glance. Also made these, just cut and punched some coloured index cards.  I’ve also added some adhesive ribbon to the blue poly divider to add some prettiness.  These poly dividers are from Staples.

Next comes my ‘Diary’ section, and then my ‘To Do’ lists which are a bit private so no photo’s of those.  The pages for these are bought from Staples, they do generic diary pages which you date yourself and special ‘To Do’ pages.  Each pack contains 60 sheets of each and are between £2.20 and £2.60 depending on the type of pack so pricewise they knock Filofax into a cocked hat.

Blank journalling pages.  Pages taken from an old A5 journal and decorated myself.

Blank journaling pages all ready for my thoughts. Sheets taken from an old A5 journal and decorated myself with journaling cards, washi tape and vintage stickers.

Some of the journaling cards I bought from Hobbycraft and some I downloaded and printed myself. There is a plethora of free material out there if you have a look.  Here is a great blog site that offers some lovely free printables…  Miss Tina, Digital Art

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‘Prayer and Scripture’ section… showing ‘The Mass’..

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Favourite piece of scripture…

Craft Projects section.  Here I write down what I've used to make a particular project and also any ideas or inspirations for new projects.

‘Craft Projects’ section. Here I write down what I’ve used to make a particular project and also any ideas or inspirations for new projects.

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Home-made dividers made from card and decorated with washi tape.

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And again, but this time decorated with adhesive ribbon.

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Next is the ‘Inspiration’ section. Just quotes and images that inspire me or that I simply enjoy. Quotes written on journaling cards and punched with the ARC punch.  Pink sheets taken from an old journal and decorated with washi tape and vintage stickers.

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Art that inspires me!!

Books and Films section.  A list of books I want to read and films I'd like to see.  Also some reviews of what I'm reading or have read.

‘Books and Films’ section. A list of books I want to read and films I’d like to see. Also some reviews of what I’m reading or have read.

The next three sections are ‘Food & Recipes’,  ‘Useful Stuff’ and ‘Contacts’.  There’s not much in the ‘Food’ section and the last two are too private to photograph but you get the idea.

Finally. . .

A little pocket I bought from Hobby craft in a pack of three different envelope/pockets.  There are some little things Ethan has given me over the years and special cards and things that I hold dear.  I've stuck this inside the back cover.

A little pocket I bought from Hobbycraft in a pack of three different envelopes/pockets. There are some little things in there that Ethan has given me over the years and special cards that I hold dear. I’ve stuck this inside the back cover with double-sided tape.

So, that’s quite a long post for me with more than my usual quota of photo’s. I’ve really enjoyed making this journal and it’s a constant work in progress as I keep thinking up new ideas for how to make it better or add new sections. You can see why it’s going to outgrow itself quite soon, and become two journals ~ one practical, one inspirational. I won’t buy another leather cover as I’m pretty sure I can make a very pretty one myself out of card and decorative paper. I’ll share if and when I do that.

Hope you’re all inspired to do something similar.  You can even do something with just a normal note book or journal by covering it, decorating the pages, adding tabs, sticking in photo’s, pictures, stickers etc.  It doesn’t take much imagination and it’s really great fun.  

My day in pictures. . .

Today I managed to take some photo’s of my roasted vegetable ratatouille which I made another batch of this morning.  Beneath that are a few shots of my Chocolate Sundae blanket which has come on a little over the last week or so.  Enjoy!!


Raw veg prepped and chopped. Used some button mushrooms this time.


Dry seasonings and a stray onion lol


Veg after the first 45 minutes of cooking


Time to add the tabasco and chopped tomatoes


Ready to go back into the oven for another 20 minutes


Finished product just waiting for our supper later


Chocolate Sundae blanket with some fragrant Sweet Peas from the garden


Really starting to come together now


Reuben loves smelling the flowers, sooo helpful Reu lol…

Just a tiny bit left

Just a tiny bit left ~ not a great photo but you get the idea

Here, as promised, is the recipe for my roasted vegetable ratatouille.  As with everything I make it started out as a way to use up left over veg that was starting to look a bit sad.  It’s also great for taking advantage of any veg that’s on special offer or cheap in season.  You can use quite a variety of veg depending on what you like and what you’ve got in.  At the moment aubergines are very cheap, 50p each for a huge one in Tesco, so I’m buying them weekly.

Here’s what I used yesterday and this served two of us amply with a tiny bit left over which is in the photo above.

1 aubergine 

1 medium/large red or white onion

3 carrots

1 medium sized sweet potato

3 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed with the back of a knife

1 400g can of whole or chunky chopped plum tomatoes.  Aldi sell the chunky chopped variety which are lovely quality, they also sell them with herbs already added which you could also use.  If you use whole ones then just break them up a bit with a fork as you add them.  Same difference really.

black pepper

garlic salt

all purpose seasoning if you have any [see below**]

two shakes of tabasco [I use a lot of tabasco ;) ]

generous slug of extra virgin olive oil.  I buy mine in Aldi, cheap and very nice flavour.

I have also used parsnips, courgettes, fresh tomatoes, peppers and new potatoes in the past.  I’ve tried open cup mushrooms but not a great result, I think button mushrooms would have been better.

Preheat oven to 190C.  Wash all the veg and chop it into decent bite-sized chunks, not so big that they take ages to cook but not so small that they melt away in the cooking process.  I cut the onion smaller as I’m not keen on great big bits of onion and it caramalises better if cut smaller.  Place everything, apart from the tin of tomatoes, in a large roasting dish.  I use the one I do my roast spuds in. You don’t want the veg too deep, a single layer is best so it cooks quickly but I do pack it in, there’s not a spare inch of tin showing.

Place a good glug of olive oil over the veg, enough to coat it all  but not so much that it’s swimming [get your hands in at this point and give it a good mix].  Give the veg a good shake and add your dry seasonings but not the tabasco yet.  Stir to get the seasoning on all the veg and add a bit more seasoning if necessary.

Place dish in the middle of the oven for about 30 – 45 minutes stirring once halfway through until veg is starting to brown and cook down.  At this point open your tomatoes, add the tabasco to them and stir in a bit.  Pour the tomatoes over the veg and combine well.  Put back in the oven for a further 15 – 20 minutes.  That’s it!!  Enjoy because it’s absolutely delicious.  We eat this on top of jacket potatoes, with roast chicken, fish/fish cakes or mixed through pasta.

You can also add a broken up mozzarella ball 5 minutes before the end if you want to.  It creates a lovely stringy, cheesy texture and suddenly it’s a bit like an aubergine parmigiana.

**A quick note about All Purpose Seasoning in case you’re wondering what I’m on about ;) .  I bought this in the world foods aisle in Tesco and  use it for lots of dishes from potato wedges [white or sweet] to roast vegetables and soups.  I also sprinkle it on my roast chickens before they go in the oven.  It’s main ingredients are: paprika, coriander, mustard, chilli, garlic, onion and celery salt.  It’s one of those things that I bought on a whim and it’s turned out to be really useful for all sorts of things.  There are other varieties: chicken, fish, tropical, caribbean and barbecue being some of them.  I chose ‘All Purpose’ because it contained a lot of the spices I use anyway but in one tub.  Again, very cheap too.

All Purpose Seasoning

All Purpose Seasoning



Image courtest of the BBC.co.uk

Image courtesy of the bbc.co.uk

It’s not often I post an actual recipe for something I’ve cooked but today is going to be the exception.  We had Thai-style fishcakes with creamy dipping sauce and roasted vegetable ratatouille.  All the recipes are my own, they’ve kind of morphed out of trial and error over the years, with a splash of inspiration thrown in from other recipes that I’ve seen in books or on TV.

Sharon’s Thai-style fishcakes

These are Thai-style because they’re not very authentic if I’m honest, but they have overtones of Thai in them because I like a bit of heat.

1lb [approx] of mashed potatoes or any that you have left over which is the best way, as I’m all for using up leftovers. 

1 can of tuna – whatever sort you usually use.

1 large or 2 small fish fillets, cooked, you can use absolutely any fish you like, even smoked.  I used  two small frozen cod fillets today that have been lurking in my freezer for ages.  You could just use one type of fish if you prefer.  I’ve made them with just tuna before and they’re just fine.

4 spring onions/scallions chopped into tiny discs.

3 oz grated matured cheddar [optional]

1/2 teaspoon of dried chilli flakes [cheapest by far bought in the World Foods aisle, usually to be found in rather unglamorous plastic bags, but just as good as the expensive little jars and last a lot longer if you transfer them to an airtight tub]

1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

salt and pepper

whole egg

good slug of lemon juice

flour for dusting

oil for frying

Quite simply break the fish up into small pieces and then mix the whole lot together in a bowl being careful to season to your taste as you go, especially with the cayenne and chilli flakes, heat is not for everyone so you could leave them out.  Try not to mash it together too much or you’ll end up with a paste rather than a fishcake, a bit of texture is good.  Then form it into patties using floured hands.  This made 14 small to medium sized cakes today.  I froze half of them for another time.  I make them small so Ethan can actually pick them up and eat them with his fingers once he’s dunked them in his dip of choice.   I always chill them for at least an hour or so if I have time, as they hold together better when being cooked.  Fry for about 7 minutes on each side.  I served them with roasted vegetable ratatouille today (recipe to follow tomorrow) but they’re equally lovely with a crispy green salad and freshly buttered, brown bread.

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I always make a dip of some sort with these depending on what I’ve got in.  Today’s was…

Sharon’s Thai-style creamy dipping sauce

1 tablespoon good mayonaise

1 tablespoon of half-fat creme fraiche or sour cream

shake or two of tabasco

pinch of cayenne [optional]

generous teaspoon of thai sweet chilli sauce

half a teaspoon of hot horseradish sauce/cream

good slug of lemon juice

Mix and pop in the fridge to allow the flavours to blend a bit.  If you don’t have the thai sweet chilli sauce you could just add a good squeeze of tomato ketchup instead, the tabasco and cayenne will give some heat and spice.

I apologise for not having any photo’s but as I don’t usually post recipes I hadn’t planned ahead and it’s all eaten up now :D.  The borrowed image above is exactly what they looked like though.  Thank you bbc.co.uk.

Today has been just lovely.  One of those days that are hugely productive but in a truly enjoyable way; doing things I love doing especially when I’ve got the time to do them. :D

I ran the gauntlet of Mr Tesco this morning as soon as I’d dropped Ethan off at school.  I was in the store before 9am :) .  Along with the usual fayre I bought a HUGE chicken for £3.75 [half price as sell-by today].  Also got some lovely liquid hand soap for 45p, it was cheap due to clearance and large bottles so I bought two of those.

I put the chicken in the oven the minute I got home as it was at the end of its shelf life, so the house has been full of lovely smells all day.

I harvested some of our rhubarb, after I’d unpacked the shopping, as it’s starting to take over the tub it grows in and needs thinning out.

I love rhubarb, it’s one of my favourite fruits and not one that’s in the shops all year round.  It’s also very expensive even when it is in season, hence we grow our own.

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Rhubarb tub, thinned out

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The ‘crop’

I chopped it up. . .

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Such vibrant pink [and a cuppa lol]

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Little half-moon discs

washed it. . .

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Good job the sink was clean lol

stewed it. . .

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So pretty

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and turned half of it into a lovely crumble, the other half is in the freezer for another day.

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Double mmmmmmmmmm

While I had the oven on [again] I threw in a batch of mini rock buns. . .

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Lovely moist mini rock buns, not a rock in sight

one of which I had [buttered ;) ] with a cup of tea.

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Best part of the day

There’s still half-an-hour left of the afternoon for me to sit and do a bit of Choccy crochet before I fetch my gorgeous boy from karate. See? I told you it was a perfect day.


Sugar Tax? Really? . . .

1940's wifeToday I heard on the news that a group called ‘Action on Sugar’ has suggested that our government consider putting a tax on sugar to force encourage us to eat less of it.   Sigh!!  Don’t get me wrong, in principle I actually do agree with some of the points they’ve raised but really?  Making our food bills even bigger?  That’ll stop people reaching for a chocolate digestive with their cuppa won’t it?  Or will it actually make them reach for the biccy box even quicker? 

I’m getting slightly fed up with being given a constant guilt trip about what we should or shouldn’t be eating.  Maybe if these ‘health groups’ spent a bit more time promoting common sense and healthy living in general, rather than targeting individual food groups, people wouldn’t become quite so defensive and cross.  I feel like eating a biscuit in protest. 

My other fear is that, like with alcohol and cigarettes, putting the prices of sugar laden foods and drinks up will just result in people still buying them but then having less money for the important things such as meat, veg and utilities.  It’s the children who suffer when this happens.  Not everyone is prepared to go without a cigarette or a drink in order to feed their child.  Not everyone has their priorities quite right, but that’s a choice they’re making and taxing sugar won’t change that.  Educating people in finances, nutrition and common sense would be far more sensible.

Also, there are those of us who are constantly trying to keep our family diet healthy.  Cook all meals from scratch; easy when I’m off work for two months, more of a challenge when I’m working full-time and exhausted, even with the best will in the world.  Watching the sugar and fat intake.  Trying to keep up with the FIVE a day, or is it SEVEN a day now?  I’m struggling to remember it changes so often.  So when I hear these things on the news I find myself scrutinising what we’ve eaten this week.  I find myself feeling guilty for that packet of sweets Ethan had after school yesterday.  It’s ridiculous!  I bet those who don’t care, still don’t care and those, like me, who try hard will try even harder. 

The way I see it we’ll be back on WWII rations within ten years.  That won’t be a bad thing either, we’re nearly there already, they’re just using TAX to ration us instead of Ration Books.  We were never as healthy as a nation than during the second world war.  Admittedly things were different then [no imported foods and a very scary German man] but ultimately we’re going to end up with a similar scenario by way of a world food shortage if we don’t eat less, waste less and generally take some level of responsiblity for our space here on this Earth.

It is our job as parents to educate our children to eat healthily and sensibly.  Not to scare the pants off them about fats, salt, sugar, cigarettes and alcohol.  We need ALL our food groups in order to be healthy.  Your body would make it’s own cholesterol if you didn’t eat any, interesting huh?  Your body will also make sugar out of the carbohydrates you eat, TAX THAT Mr Health Group.  It’s about all things in moderation.  It’s about avoiding huge amounts of processed foods but the occasional Mac D’s to celebrate an achievement or child’s birthday should not become a huge guilt trip.

The tricky part is who is going to educate the parents whose parents did not or could not educate them?  Who is going to share the right information with the young mother/father who was raised in care without a parent to love and guide?   Schools now focus some of the curriculum on nutrition and exercise which is great but ultimately this has to be lived out at home to create a long-term habit.  I don’t know the answers but then that’s why I’m not Prime Minister [and we're all grateful for that ;) ].  However, I still think that a general common sense approach would work best.  Once the majority are on board and it becomes ‘cool’ to drink water not coke, ‘cool’ to bake like your Nan did and ‘cool’ to eat fresh produce then maybe the rest will follow.

Finally, going back to what I said about cooking from scratch being more of a challenge when I’m working full-time.  I wonder if this is a contributing factor as well?  The pressure to be all things to all people is huge for working women.  Work all day, spend ‘quality’ time with the children [homework, play, cuddles, bedtime], produce a healthy meal, keep uptodate with the domestics AND stay sane?  It’s a big ask and I can quite understand why you’d shove a pasty in the oven and break open a tin of [salt and sugar laden] beans when you’re on your knees with exhaustion on a Thursday night.   Make the cost of living cheaper Mr Prime Minister, and maybe more women would be able to afford to stay at home and produce this amazing diet the government and other well intentioned ‘health’ groups are telling us we should be eating.  Miracles take just that bit longer I’m afraid and we’re doing our best, we really are but quite obviously it’s still not good enough. 

Found these rules from the war years and they’re actually still applicable today. . . if we all lived by these we’d not go far wrong.

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Choccy delights. . .

Today a lovely window of opportunity presented itself to just be able to sit down and give my Sundae some attention and partake of a cuppa.  [There's some serious rubbish on the TV in the afternoons ;) ]  I’m nearly at the end of one complete repeat of the pattern which is 36 rows in total [10 stripes of colour].  It’s such a huge blanket that a row can take quite a while, but at last I see a hint of what the finished article will look like and I’m rather pleased, even if I do say so myself.  I will try to post photo’s as it grows if I think they’re worth looking at, but until then. . .here I am enjoying the rhythm of four rows of doubles in the delicious Stylecraft Life DK Mocha.

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On the four rows of double crochet in Mocha.

PS ~ It’s the raspberry row next and I LOVE the raspberry.

Tardy Blog-Hop. . .

Sunflowers on my table.

Sunflowers on my table today!

FINALLY I’ve got around to doing my Blog-Hop post, sooner than I thought as it happens.  For those who have no idea what I’m rambling on about, a Blog-Hop is just a way of sharing the Blog love around and giving our blogs a bit of publicity into the bargain. 

I was initially tagged by Kate over at ‘Just Pootling’.  Kate has the most wonderful blog and produces equally wonderful craft items, mostly crochet with a bit of knitting and sewing thrown in for good measure.  The main thing that keeps bringing me back to Kate’s blog is her choice of colours for the lovely blankets she designs and makes.  She’s a neutral/soft tones kinda gal and they’re just so lovely.  Subtle, but perfect each and every time. 

So, what am I working on?

I’m still working on my Granny Stripe, the Ripple Blanket for my daughter and my own design Chocolate Sundae [see below].  I’ve only recently got into making blankets and I’ve discovered that I prefer blankets that are made all in one piece rather than squares that you have to join together.  I think that’s because I’m not keen on blocking and I also have a huge issue with squares that don’t quite match size-wise :( .  I’m a complete perfectionist and squares just don’t lend themselves to that. 

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Blankets, Chocolate Sundae [top], Granny Stripe and Ripple

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Blanket Stack

I’m still finding my way around colour as is obvious from the variety in my three blankets but, so far, my favourite colour combo is the Chocolate Sundae.  The colours can also be found in a chocolate sundae ice cream; vanilla and chocolate ice cream, beige wafer, chocolate, caramel and raspberry sauces.  I’m not very good at ‘random’ :D .  It was through making my colour swatches that found the colours for my Sundae.  I like to use colour combinations that are found naturally in life or that are popular in other areas of design.  It’s interesting also that what looks good [or bad] in small quantities can look totally different made up as a huge blanket.

I’ve used very dense stitches in my Sundae, all single doubles and trebles, which is a complete change really.  I think Kate might have influenced that through her work.  I spend quite a while looking through her photo’s for inspiration.  Previously I’ve made prayer shawls that are very openwork and lacy; see here and here.  I think I’m still at the stage of giving everything a go to see where my heart is happiest.  

I shall finish by saying that this blog has undergone myriad changes over its lifetime.  It was primarily started as a way to record my faith journey and that is still an important part of who I am.  However, eight years on, I no longer feel the need to record every moment of that journey as my faith has settled into a very comfortable, secure [hopefully not complacent] place.  That has made this blog the prefect place to show my crafty side instead ;) , somewhere to share my love of baking, quilting [that's on the back burner for a while] frugal living and, of course, crochet. 

I would like to tag the lovely Debbie at ‘In Pursuit of the Worthwhile’  for the next Blog-Hop post.  As I said in yesterday’s post, not only does her crochet inspire me [she does squares AND they're the same size lol] but I love sharing her international adventures through her amazing photographs.  Go take a look!!


1186684-3-fuschia-fantasy#2Hello lovelies!  I was very kindly nominated to join a Blog-Hop by the lovely Kate, of ‘Just Pootling’ and today was the day I was supposed to post a nice lengthy tome on all my crafty endeavours to date.  However, due to having been poorly all last week and most of the weekend I haven’t been able to compose anything newsworthy at all.  To make matters worse last week was my final week at my old job, so never a worse time to be ill.  I did make it to the last day but came home at lunch-time as was on my knees by then.

So, I will do my Blog-Hop post but probably later this week when I’ve had a bit of time to gather my thoughts and catch up on all the ‘stuff’ I’ve not done domestically speaking for the last week.

I would also like to nominate Debbie from ‘In Pursuit of the Worthwhile‘ to be the next to post in the Blog-Hop which should appear at the beginning of next week unless she too gets taken over by LIFE in general.  Debbie’s blog is one of my favourite reads.  Not only is it full of her wonderful crochet endeavours, but she also takes you around the world with her through her fabulous photos and tales of faraway places that I will probably only ever dream of.

So, my apologies to Kate for falling at the last fence.   Your only consolation Kate is that your blog will get linked twice :D , so not a complete disaster on my part.


My bible and prayer book in my room at my last retreat…..

Just a quick few lines to let you know that I’ve already started the Ignatian Retreat I mentioned in my last post.  I couldn’t wait until I finished work this Friday.  I was looking through the retreat links for Week 1 and couldn’t help myself :D

So this week is about looking back over our lives in a ‘photo album of my life’ kind of way, using mental images.  Rather like doing the daily Examen but of my whole life rather than just at the end of each day.

It’s quite a tricky exercise to do as I have some parts of my life that I’d rather forget or at least not look too closely at, but that’s the same for most people I’d imagine.  Parts you’re proud of, parts you’re not so proud of, happy memories and desperately sad memories.  I’m assuming it’s all part of the process.  We’re also supposed to note if God felt close during any of these moments or whether He appeared to be totally absent.  It may be that, with the benefit of hindsight, we realise that God was in a given moment, but at the time we felt very alone.

There are various prayers and readings to accompany this exercise and we’re encouraged to journal as we go, which I have been doing [I love a written journal :) ].

I’ll keep you all posted. . .

Here’s a rather pertinent Psalm to keep you going…

Psalm 139(138) Domine, probasti

1 O Lord, you search me and you know me,
2 you know my resting and my rising,
you discern my purpose from afar.
3 You mark when I walk or lie down,
all my ways lie open to you.

4 Before ever a word is on my tongue
you know it, O Lord, through and through.
5 Behind and before you besiege me,
your hand ever laid upon me.
6 Too wonderful for me this knowledge,
too high, beyond my reach.

7 O where can I go from your spirit,
or where can I flee from your face?
8 If I climb the heavens, you are there.
If I lie in the grave, you are there.

9 If I take the wings of the dawn
and dwell at the sea’s furthest end,
10 even there your hand would lead me,
your right hand would hold me fast.

11 If I say: “Let the darkness hide me
and the light around me be night,”
12 even darkness is not dark for you
and the night is as clear as the day.

13 For it was you who created my being,
knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I thank you for the wonder of my being,
for the wonders of all your creation.

Already you knew my soul
15 my body held no secret from you
when I was being fashioned in secret
and molded in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw all my actions,
they were all of them written in your book;
every one of my days was decreed
before one of them came into being.

17 To me, how mysterious your thoughts,
the sum of them not to be numbered!
18 If I count them, they are more than the sand;
to finish, I must be eternal, like you.

19 O God, that you would slay the wicked!
Men of blood, keep far away from me!
20 With deceit they rebel against you
and set your designs at naught.

21 Do I not hate those who hate you,
abhor those who rise against you?
22 I hate them with a perfect hate
and they are foes to me.

23 O search me, God, and know my heart.
O test me and know my thoughts.
24 See that I follow not the wrong path
and lead me in the path of life eternal.


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