Life’s Little Pleasures

blaWell…it’s Wednesday. All the days seem to be blurring into one giant conveyor belt of work, work, work and very little play at the moment. I went through a minute wobble yesterday at work, where I thought I was going to burst into tears and cry “I can’t do this anymore!” However, then my manager arrived, and I witnessed her have a horrendous afterternoon and still hold herself together. That made me feel better. Aaaaah! Sigh. Most of patients are great, but occasionally we receive abuse extraordinaire!!!

To cheer myself up, I came home and worked on my SHARE-YOUR-WORLD post. Writing is one of life’s pleasures. I am sure you know that these questions are provided by Melanie, the creator of sparksfromacombustiblemind. This is Melanie’s original post below:


Do you snore?  How do you know it, if you do?

snoI don’t think I am a regular snorer, because nobody has ever mentioned it.

But I am sure that when I have a cold and my nose is all bunged up I have snored. I am sure I have woken myself up with my blocked nose snoring.

I think I have always been on my back when I have been aware of stuffy blocked up nose snoring. Usually I would roll back onto my side and breathe in some olbas oil to try to decongest my nasal passages.

What do you find funny? 

I grew up in Liverpool. Teasing seemed to be a part of daily life. Honestly, I liked that. We laughed at ourselves, we laughed at each other. It’s harder to enjoy nowadays because not everyone likes that mild sarcasm. But it’s still a very dominant aspect of the humour within our family.

comI also sort of find it funny when someone does that fake boasting/showing off thing. For example, a colleague was talking the other day about how she has had to recognise her stress limits. She said that she has come to realize she is not Superwoman. To which I immediately replied, “You can’t be Superwoman because I am.”

Or if someone pays me a compliment (I always feel a little bit cringey when I receive praise), I have a habit of saying, “Well, my father has been telling me I’ perfect for years, and I used to think that’s just Dad being biased. But when other people tell me the same, I start to think maybe I am pretty amazing afterall!” Hee hee! The look on people’s faces!!

I like that kind of exaggerated statement kind of humour. Especially when someone is dramatic along with it. I love physical comedy and impersonations (so long as they are not cruel.)

What was the last furry thing you touched?

coaSome of my friends have pets, but I have been busy these past few weeks, so have not seen many of them. Other than some friends of mine who have dogs (I went up to Hampstead for the day and we walked their dogs), I think the last thing I touched that was furry was the faux fur trim on Jack’s parker. He has an expensive coat, with a big hood. It is useful for him to have a big hood sometimes.

It gets a bit old when strangers recognise him and want to chat to him. One or two in an afternoon is alright. But I think two interruptions to our time together is my limit. After that I appreciate if Jack and I can just be left alone.

How do you handcuff a one-armed man?

I guess you would handcuff them to something or someone else. I don’t know. I have never thought about it. Hopefully this hypothetical man will have enough sense not to get arrested, and not to need handcuffing!


This week I challenge you to list five things you’re grateful for.   

annie asleep swissFive things…I could easily give you five things. There are so many things I am grateful for! But thinking back to this past week:

  • I am grateful for sleep. I have been working so many long hours. I just love slipping into bed and drifting away into unconsciousness.
  • I am grateful for my colleagues. They all work very hard. We are very short-staffed, and it is tiring. But seeing how hard the whole team works does help me to endure. If people were messing around and wasting time, it would be harder.
  • Marks And Spencers Food Hall. I keep nipping in after a long day at work. I have had some lovely M&S food this past month.

  • I am grateful that even though he is away, Jack keeps in contact every day. He is a keeper!
  • I am very grateful for all the wonderful support and encouragement from other bloggers and writers on WordPress. I am grateful to all those who host prompts and challenges, which have helped me to find my own style of writing. This past weekend, my first ever book went live on Amazon. In the acknowledgments, I expressed my thanks to those on WordPress who have made it possible for me to hold a copy of a story I wrote in paperback!

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Thank you to the amazing group of writers and bloggers who use WordPress and have provided support, encouragement and inspiration during my epic writing journey.

Special thanks to:

Kim, whose writing prompt inspired Annabelle’s story


Paula, who helped Annabelle’s story become a real book

I’d Marry You With Paper Rings

happy dayBee, the creator of The Bee Writes…, is hosting a music festival, which I have to say, is pretty darn tootin cool! Don’t you think! By the looks of things her themes for this month long festival are going to rival Glastonbury!

I couldn’t think of a song for today’s theme. Well, “Band Of Gold” came to mind…but I was looking for something a bit different. But when I was looking through Taylor Swifts discography to find a country music love song at the weekend, I found this song that mentions rings – paper rings.

Today’s theme is:

A love song containing jewellery

Check out Bee’s post below to see all the other blogger’s taking part in today’s LOVE IS IN DA BLOG Music Festival:

I think the idea is finding you are in love with someone, and caring about little else. I like the sentiment in this song, and it is very fun too. Great little pop rock beat to it.