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Home delivery

Posted: January 20, 2018 in Food, home improvement, housework
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These days we can get home deliveries for just about anything, at just about any time of day. We can get some takeaways delivered to our homes from early afternoon or evening until midnight, so we can satisfy our hunger.

Or is it? It occurred to me the other night when I really fancied a bit cake or chocolate ad there was none in the house, that cakes/desserts/sweets are about the only things we can place a later night order for and get delivery within half an hour or an hour – Yes, I know we can our some restaurants/takeaways offer a small selection of desserts as part of some their takeaway offering, but it’s not really desserts I’m talking about here, it’s more chocolate and cakes.

Have I just identified a gap in the delivery market? I’m sure I can’t be the only person that’s wanted some cake or chocolate one night but found there was none in the house.

On the other hand, it’s probably better that I can’t get a late night delivery of cake or chocolate, as I’d never lose any weight then, as I’d be ordering chocolate or cake every night! 🙂


Today is all about options again – I’m going to give you two items at a time, and you have to choose either the option that best describes you or which you prefer:

  1. Curtains or blinds
  2. Fitbit or smartwatch
  3. Skimmed or semi-skimmed milk
  4. Straight hair or curls
  5. Visa or Mastercard
  6. Fleece or sweatshirt
  7. Yellow, rose or white gold
  8. First name or nickname
  9. Windows or iOS
  10. Hairdresser or barber


A variety of questions, some about your personality, some about your preferences. Whatever your answers, together they define who you are.

In case you’re wondering here’s my answerslogo_your_preferences_final

  1. Curtains
  2. Smartwatch
  3. Semi-skimmed milk
  4. Straight hair
  5. Mastercard
  6. Fleece
  7. White gold
  8. First name
  9. iOS
  10. Hairdresser

That moment when you wake up, jump out of bed and quickly get ready for work because you’ve slept in…but then realise it’s actually Saturday, so you don’t need to go to work!

Yes, I’ve done that a few times. Sometimes I realised it was the weekend before I actually got out of bed. Other times I’ve got as far as starting to get dressed before I’ve realised what day it is.

How about you, how far did you get? I hope you didn’t actually get as far as leaving the house before you realised what day it was.

Regardless of how far you got getting ready for work on the wrong day, I bet you felt like a fool when you realised you’d got the day wrong!

That moment when you pull your front door shut as you leave your house, and just as the lock clicks shut, you realise that your house keys are still lying on the dining room table!



What do you do?

I guess the first thing you do it kick yourself for being daft enough to forget to pick up your keys!

Next you’ll be wondering whether it matters that you’ve locked your keys in the house:

  • If your partner/husband/wife will be home before you, does it actually matter that you are now locked out the house and your keys are on the table inside?
  • If you expect to be home before your partner/husband/wife – what do you do? Have you a neighbour or friend who has a spare set of keys for your house?
  • If you live on your own, do you have a neighbour or friend who has a spare set of keys for your house? If not, do you have a number for a locksmith, or know where you can find one?

Accidentally locking your house keys in the house, is annoying and may cause you to change your plans, but it is something you can hopefully resolve reasonably easily. So if you are unfortunate enough to lock yourself out your house, try not to panic, it can be fixed!

Last week as I was driving along some of my local streets and was aware that there were a number of unwanted items piled up outside quite a few of the houses. At first I was wondering what was going on, but soon remembered that it in my area it was ‘uplift day’. i.e. the day that our local council collect items we no longer want, and take them to the tip for us.

My main thought was why are people “throwing out” items that appeared to be in pretty good condition, when they could be reused by someone else – Items included several sofas, a couple of tables and chairs, and a wardrobe.

One thing we’ve always done when replacing/renewing items in our home is to recycle items which are in reasonable condition – There is a local community church which helps rehouse refugees, so we know all items we give them will get put to good use. Places like our local church, are always delighted to take items that are in reasonable condition as they are inundated with requests for help, so are always in need of items.

I wonder why these people near me hadn’t considered giving their items away to help people in need, but instead were happy to pay the local council to take away their items to dump in a landfill site.

Just think how many more people could be rehoused and given items for their home if we all gave our unwanted items to organisations who help refugees and homeless people!

Did you know that the bible tells us to recycle?

And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” (John 6:12)

So next time you have unwanted items in your home, please consider contacting a local organisation who can make sure your items are given to people who need them.



When we’re asked a question, we can often give elaborate answers which really tell the questioner nothing. So for the following questions I’m looking for single word answers only :

  1. Do you set yourself goals or targets?
  2. Do you have a prayer list?
  3. Are you still hoping to achieve your dreams?
  4. Is your house your home?
  5. What inspires you?

Whatever your answers, did you answer honestly or did you give the answers you think you should be giving?

If you didn’t answer honestly, can I suggest you try again, but this time be honest with yourself, because if you are, you might get an insight into the areas of your life you need to change.


Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:


Clutter can be a reminder of things that need to be done, spurring a feeling of failure, so cheer yourself and your day quickly by straightening out of cupboard or a bench.

If you want to go a bit further, why not tackle your wardrobe as I’m sure if you’re anything like me, you’ll have things in your wardrobe you kept, “just in case it fits me again sometime“, even though realistically I know, it’s not going to happen.

Even just sorting your things into some kind of order rather than the cluttered chaos it currently is, will give you the illusion of de-cluttering without throwing anything out!



Today is all about options again – I’m going to give you two items at a time, and you have to choose either the option that best describes you or which you prefer:

  1. Gas fire or log burner
  2. Digital or analogue
  3. Living room or lounge
  4. Piano or keyboard
  5. Jumper or cardigan
  6. DVD or Blueray
  7. Morning or night
  8. Urban or rural
  9. Carpet or wooden flooring
  10. Crisps or peanuts

A variety of questions, some about your personality, some about your preferences. Whatever your answers, together they define who you are.

In case you’re wondering here’s my answerslogo_your_preferences_final

  1. Gas fire
  2. Digital
  3. Living room
  4. Piano
  5. Jumper
  6. Blueray
  7. Night
  8. Urban
  9. Carpet
  10. Crisps

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one. So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. wordsDrive
  2. Village
  3. Blast
  4. Pool
  5. Bulb
  6. Fete
  7. Bike
  8. Crash
  9. Poster
  10. Garden


So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Monoblock
  2. People
  3. Deafening
  4. Cue
  5. Garden
  6. Murder
  7. Summer
  8. Fatality
  9. Advert
  10. Midges

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

As I mentioned yesterday (in What does home mean? #1), home for most of us is where we live. However for some, they may consider more than one place or house to be their “home”.

Confused? Let me explain – Home can be the place were we currently live, but it could also be the place where we used to live, where our parents still live, where we grew up.

home-sweet-homeThat was true for me until just a few months ago, as home for me was the place where I lived with my husband, but home was also still the place I grew up in, where my Mum still lived. Sadly my Mum passed away last year, and so we moved back to the home I had grown up in, to my Mum and Dad’s house.

It’s been strange in many ways being back “home”, with my Mum and Dad no longer there, and it now being our home. I still find myself talking about “my Mum and Dad’s house”  instead of “our house” even although we’ve been living here for a few months now, although I guess for me it’ll always be “Mum and Dad’s house” as I spent many of my childhood years here, and this was the house I left from the day I got married.

Strangely it didn’t take me very long to stop calling our flat “home” after we moved out, even though we’d lived there for all our married life. For me now though, there is just one home, and that’s both the home I grew up in and the home I’m living in once again.

What does home mean to you?