As most of you readers will know Storm Doris has hit the UK today. What’s a bit of wind and water I thought [don’t go there]? There was the usual howling around the house last night [Doris, not my husband] but then we live in an end of terrace house so that’s a regular occurrence here. I love lying in bed in the dark listening to the wind or rain, it’s rather exciting. This morning all looked fine, a storm in a teacup I thought, literally. However, as I stepped outside at 6am in my nightie to go to the bin, Doris blew my nightie right over my head!! Possibly I’d underestimated her. Good job my neighbours don’t get up early lol.
The trip to school was fine, just a bit blustery but the trip to work was a whole different ball game. The car was pulled and buffeted at every gap in the hedge or break in the trees. I could feel Doris trying to pull me off the road. At one point something blew against the side of the car, I didn’t see it but it gave me a fright as it hit with a huge bang. When I checked there was no damage and nothing to see in the rear view mirror so I’ve no idea what it was, some bit of flying debris I expect.
At work I was in the nursery kitchen and suddenly the huge skylight window above me just took off, blown right out, leaving us with the rain pouring in and the wind howling through the room. That cut short the school day for our little ones, so their parents were called to collect them as soon as they’d finished eating their lunches. Our little trampoline in the nursery garden also decided to relocate itself in the hedge.
The drive home was a ‘two hands on the wheel at all times’ event. Doris had certainly upped her game. Arriving home, I opened the garden gate and a scene not unlike Armageddon met me ~ it didn’t actually look like our garden. Stuff everywhere, bins blown open and contents strewn, flower pots all over, the lids from the worm houses were blown off, shed door banging and Ethan’s basketball hoop had taken a nose dive into one of the bins. Poor Honey was watching me from her bed looking mighty worried at what had obviously taken place in my absence.
I’m meant to be out at a bible study group tonight but I’m probably going to give it a miss as I feel I’ve been lucky so far and I’m not going to push my luck with a fifth trip out. On the plus side I’ve made some headway with my sock knitting in the last few days. The evidence suggests that I’m a novice knitter. . .
. . .and here it is. Using a 2.5mm small circular needle and Stylecraft, Head Over Heels 4ply sock yarn in the Eiger colourway we appear to have the beginnings of a sock. All is going well so far and I’m loving knitting. I’m knitting everywhere and at every opportunity ~ whilst cooking supper, in bed, whilst waiting outside school, when I should be doing the housework, knit, knit, knit. . .it’s addictive!! After years of wanting to knit and months of wanting to knit socks it appears to be finally happening and it’s not as difficult as I thought it would be, so far lol….. I’ll report back when there’s more sock to see.
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Posted in Daily Life, tagged Daily Life on Monday, February 20, 2017|
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Good morning lovely people. Well it’s Monday and it’s all back to work and school. Good bye half-term, hello routine. There’s nothing like a quick slap round the face with a bit of normality to bring you down to earth. When that alarm went off at 5.50am all the cosyness of last week just instantly vanished. How does that happen?? Even the cats looked a bit shocked when I strolled into the kitchen at silly o’clock this morning.
The sun is actually shining here in MK and I’m nursing my usual frothy coffee whilst chatting with you guys. Today holds normal stuff and I’m a girl of routine so it’s easy [if unwelcome] to slide back into the daily grind of early rise, school run, domestics, early lunch aka late breakfast [the downside to working from 11.30am to 1.30pm], work, home, school run, homework, supper ~ you get the idea I’m sure. There’s some comfort and familiarity to be found in those mundane, routine events and I thrive on it even if I don’t always like it.
So, I have a load of wet washing that needs some attention and some dry washing that needs relocating. I might, if I’m feeling super brave, wash the kitchen floor ~ a week of regular traffic has taken it’s toll, ewww!! Supper tonight will involve mashed potatoes, sweetheart cabbage and a steak pudding so I might prepare some of that before I leave for work. Whatever you’re doing today I hope you find some joy and value in it. Have a lovely day!!
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Posted in Books/Reading, Daily Life, Faith, Prayer, Spirituality, tagged Books, Christianity, Daily Life, Faith, Prayer, Religion, Spirituality on Sunday, February 12, 2017|
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The older edition of Joyce’s book, this is the one I bought second hand.
A beautiful cup. . . .
Today’s title is actually ‘stolen’ from a lovely book by Joyce Rupp that takes you on a daily journey of spiritual growth. I’ve had this book since the week of guided prayer that I enjoyed in June of last year. My Prayer Guide, Margaret, suggested it to me as a means of something to continue with after our time together had come to an end. Over a period of six weeks Joyce uses the image of a cup in its various guises to teach us something about our spiritual selves and our walk with God. The open cup, the broken cup. . . you get the meaning. I bought the 1997 version of the book second hand because I loved the cover and the woodcut prints, but it’s available in a lovely new version too and I’ll put the links to that at the bottom of this post. I didn’t actually use it last year but I picked it up a week or so ago and it’s been part of my morning ever since.
Part of the joy of this book is that you have to choose a mug or a cup to travel with you, I have a thing about mugs 😀 . I chose the cup that I use the most, my ‘Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte’ mug. It’s not the prettiest but it is my favourite and it’s the one that’s with me most often when I’m praying and spending time with God. I was sitting this morning with my chosen cup [full of lovely frothy coffee I might add] after my prayer time and reflecting on today’s entry which is about what the cup can teach us. In the past I have often felt that ‘life’ got in the way of my relationship with God. That having to leave for work or do the school-run were distractions that, quite frankly, irritated me because they disturbed my link to the divine. As I looked at my cup I realised that although it has sides that contain and hold my spirit safely, it is also portable, allowing me to transport it with me into my daily life. Influencing what I do, how I think, how I react. Touching all those who enter my life, however briefly. Faith does not have to be reserved for those quiet and often brief moments alone in prayer, at church or in the car. Faith is ‘portable’, a 24/7 gift that is infinite and omnipresent so it doesn’t suddenly stop when we leave the house or speak to someone. I know now that I was wrong to feel so frustrated by the interruptions of ‘life’ coming between me and God, because my life IS my relationship with God and it’s meant to be shared.
Blessings to one and all.
Links as promised . . . I am not sponsored by any of the products linked below.
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We have, what appears to be, the start of a sock!! I’m really pleased with it so far and the pattern has been really simple to follow. See THIS post for the pattern.
It’s been a lovely Bank Holiday weekend. Lots of birthday meals out and time spent with family. I’ve consumed far more than my fair share of chocolate too. I hope you’ve all had a super few days and enjoyed the extra day if you got the Monday off too.
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