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We’re never happy!

Posted: July 26, 2019 in quotes, spring, UK, weather
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Yesterday was the hottest day of the year for many of us, as temperatures across the UK soared above 30 degrees. In some place it was actually the hottest July day ever recorded.

How many times yesterday did you say, or hear someone say, “it’s too hot!”? But earlier in the week when it was dull, cooler and possibly even a little wet, how many time dis you say, or hear someone say, “I just want a sunny day with no rain”?

And a few months ago when it was still Spring, how many times did you or someone else say, “it’s cold, I wish it was hotter”?

All contradictions, as when it’s cold we want the sun to come out so we get some heat, but when the sun is out and we get a hot day, we complain it’s too hot, and want it to cool down!

We’re never happy are we!

Is this just a UK thing, that we always complain about the weather regardless of whether it’s cold or hot? Or do people in other countries do this too?

January, the first month of the year. Jumpers and jackets needed as it’s a cold month where we have mornings and evenings making January a dark moth for weather and for mood.

Just about half way through the year now we’re into moth six. June brings hopefully some warmer summer weather where jumpers and jackets are not required.

January to June, five full months from start of January to start of June. Just as a lot of days have passed in that time, so I’m sure a lot has happened in your life during that time. Joy or pain, delight or tears I’m sure we’ve each experienced it all.

Joy of a new year in January can often turn to fear as life events throw things at you that you don’t expect, and certainly don’t want. Just as the days of the year keep going by, so we must keep going, whatever life throws our way.

Just keep going, we can face whatever the rest of this year throws our way.

You’ve just been on holiday from work for over 2 weeks, it’s the night before you’re due back in the office, how do you feel?

Well this was me last night, Sunday night, and my main feeling was, “Do I have to go back to work tomorrow?” Why is it that just like weekends, time off work, always seems to fly in, but the weekdays when you are working seem to take forever?

It’s on days like this that I wish I could just decide not to go back to work again, but unfortunately that for me, like many of you, is not an option.

During my time off, I’ve managed to completely forget about work, and all the things that are outstanding, or that I have to sort out or organise when I go back to work. Even now (Sunday night), I’m still trying my best not to think about the hundreds of emails that’ll be sitting in my inbox when I login in the morning, or how many of them I need to respond to, and how many meetings have been added to my calendar in my absence etc etc.

Oh I’m not looking forward to going back to work, not because I don’t like the work I do, because I do, but because I’ve been enjoying spending some quality time with hubby. It’s been good not to have any pressing engagements or things to do, and just being able to decide on a daily basis what we wanted to do that day…I could get used to that!

Anyway, by the time you’re reading this I will hopefully have survived my first day back at work; my two weeks off will now seem like weeks ago already; and I’ll already be counting down to next weekend already!

Hope you all have a great week, whatever and wherever you find yourselves.


Posted: February 18, 2017 in flowers, nature, spring
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The weather recently have been very changeable: cold, windy, frosty and then cloudy or wet but mild. I noticed earlier today that some of the pants in our garden are starting to flower even although it’s still only February.

I suspect this milder weather has caused the flowers to think it’s spring time so time to flower. Let’s just hope the weather doesn’t get too cold again or they are all going to be killed off by frost.

I like springtime, as it’s a sign of new beginnings as we see our gardens coming to life again as the flowers and plants start to grow and flower again. It’s also a reminder that summer shouldn’t be too far away, woohoo!

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!

End of a holiday.

End of long lies and late nights.

End of relaxation time and quality time together.

end of holidaysEach time I think about going back to work on Monday I wish I’d taken a second week off!

Even wishing the alarm clock will not go when it’s supposed to on Monday morning…but don’t tell anyone at work!

Each day off, like every other, has had its positives and negatives.

Every day there are reminders of being an outsider, on our own, and not part of any “groups”.

Every day there are reminders of those no longer here, and things we now wish we’d said or done, but it’s now too late.

Each day brings new challenges, and Monday will be another challenge…the first of which will be getting up in time to get to work again.

Even on Monday, there will be challenges, not just those associate with work, but simply further reminders of out being an outsider, it’s just part of every day life…

End of my time off.

End of my holiday.

Enter my “normality”…


Today is the letter “G”

Posted: July 2, 2016 in weather, words
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Grey skies overhead.
Gloomy mood all around.
Groans from the adjoining room when they was the rain was falling down.
Great big raindrops running down the window.
Glad I didn’t need to go outside earlier as I would have got soaked.

Got to go out later but hopefully the sun will be splitting the skies by then.
Grins and smiles all around with the sun bearing down.
Glad to be out in the fresh air away from the same four walls of house yet again.
Great how the gloom soon lifts when the sun comes out…just a pity we don’t much of it even in the summer.

sunshine and showers

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:

Move a meeting outside                                                                                                                                                 

Obviously best to choose the day you do this carefully! However as we’re enjoying what is hopefully the start of a long dry and warm summer, I thought today was an ideal time to suggest you take your meeting outside.


Just by changing the norm without completely disrupting your day, it can refresh you and your co-workers and allow everyone to enjoy some of the good weather.

work outside


4 SeasonsSpring?



Seasons are meant to be different are they not, not all happen on the same day?

Sunshine one minute, sleet and snow the next, what’s going on?

Sleet and snow brings darkness, cold and depression.

Sunshine brings light, heat and happiness.

Sunshine lightens not only our day but our lives, lifting the darkness.

So come on spring and summer, come and join us full-time, not just for a few hours on a couple of days. Sleet and snow isn’t what we want, we want sunshine!

This is allegedly summer-time here, however you’d never have guessed it by our recent weather! Yes, it’s been reasonably mild, but it’s being very wet at times with very few sunny intervals. Not great summer weather at all!

Having said that, it has meant I’ve seen some of my favourite things, rainbows! I don’t know what it is about rainbows but they always bring a smile to my face – maybe it’s the colours, maybe it’s the knowledge that there’s some sunshine around…maybe it’s it possibility of finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

This got me thinking about the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, because I realised I didn’t actually know where this story had come from. So I did a bit of digging around and found that an Irish leprechaun‘s secret hiding place for his pot of gold is usually said to be at the end of the rainbow. This is a place which is impossible to reach, because the rainbow is an optical effect which depends on the location of the viewer. i.e. When walking towards the end of a rainbow, it will appear to “move” further away, so two people who simultaneously observe a rainbow at different locations will disagree about where a rainbow is.

That explains why I’ve never found a pot of gold at the end of any rainbow I’ve ever seen. Oh well I’ll just need to keep looking elsewhere for my fortune!