Gold Stars, Super Stars, Seeing Stars

heasIt’s a very late entry from me for this week’s SHARE-YOUR-WORLD. This week has been tough. Nothing out of the ordinary – just working too many hours and suffering blinding headaches! But, I keep on telling myself to keep going and if things don’t look as if they weill change – I will give my notice in and find more suitable paid work.

It is always a pleasure to answer the SHARE-YOUR-WORLD questions provided by Melanie, the creator of sparksfromacombustiblemind, and although late, I hope my post was worth the wait!

This is Melanie’s original SHARE-YOUR-WORLD post:


How can someone win a gold star (i.e. win your approval and/or admiration) with you?

Ooooh, great question!

Woman, Old, Senior, Female, ElderlyI guess be human. What I mean by that is I feel drawn to people who are not afraid to admit their weaknesses. I find it endearing. Of course I am drawn to beautiful qualities like kindness and industriousness. There are many people I admire. But of all the wonderful qualities I am drawn to is HUMILITY.

There are some amazing people on this planet, and most of them are packaged in an ordinary exterior that you might easily walk past without realizing how extraordinary they are.

My best friends are those who had struggles and won my admiration by the way they battled with challenges. They found a lifelong place in my heart.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

tearDance! Dance like a superstar! Well, that is the at the top of my list. I would love to have more time to kick my shoes off and dance to my favourite tunes. I manage my time well. I am able to keep on top of work, studying, housework, keeping in touch with friends and family and lots of other important aspects of my life.

If there was a bit more time in the day, I would like to do some of the things I enjoy for pure fun.

There are a lot of things I would love to do if I had more time. But I will have more time! A lot more time. So I am content that right now, I have to give attention to the more important things and make the most of my spare time.

Do you have a favorite type of exercise?

walskSince my head injuries, walking is the best form of exercise for me. I have to be careful with more strenuous exercise. When I have tried running I have blacked out several times. It’s not good. I even have to be careful dancing – yeah, it sucks! Too vigorous and I will be on the floor seeing stars!

Before I was attacked, I ran a lot, an average of fifteen miles every week. I loved basketball which I played every Friday. I also went to a boot camp every Thursday, which was awesome.

I am also a lifelong swimmer. But after a couple of scary experiences (after my head injuries) I need to go swimming with a friend.

Do you sleep with a top sheet? Why or why not?

I do. I think it’s just the habit of a lifetime.

I love making my bed look lovely! Making the bed look pristine and inviting has been an art I enjoyed since I was in my late teens. In my school days, I would not have cared at all.

In the past I had a top sheet and several blankets. I think many people would wash their sheets, pillow cases, and duvet covers once a week. If you used woolen blankets, they would be washed less frequently.

Anyway, now I have a duvet, which is snuggly warm. I have a summer duvet and a winter duvet. Twice a year they have a trip to the laundrette to be washed and tumble dried. I guess the idea of a top sheet is that it is another layer between you and an item of bedding that is not washed as frequently.

This is the official song of bed making apparently:

This is your space to write about anything you’d like

What? Anything? Ooooooh…what do I want to write about? How about Part Two of my LEARNERS AT LOVE Series?

Surprise surprise! WHERE IS THIS PLACE THEY CALL “HOME”? in Kindle format is on Amazon right now! The paperback is on it’s way!

Ashley Is Amazing!!!

Young Woman, Lying Down, Female, PeopleMy rather ridiculous work schedule continues unabated! So I have to admit that due to the lack of time and some mega headaches, I have not been able to write many new posts over the past week.

However, all is not lost! Not only do I have a lot of posts scheduled to be published over the next few weeks (SCHEDULING IS THE BEST FEATURE ON WORDPRESS!!!), my very patient friend has also published Part Two of my LEARNERS AT LOVE Series. Incredible! When it is live on Amazon, I will tell you all about it!

I came home tired on Wednesday evening and found a beautiful surprise waiting for me on WordPress. The amazing Ashley Peterson, the creator of Mental Health @ Home, had reviewed Part One of the series, entitled “We Hide What We Hate About Ourselves”. I can’t tell you how much it encouraged me to see Ashley’s review! Take a look at what she says about the book in her post below:

We Hide What We Hate About Ourselves: Part Of The "Learners At Love" Series by [Finch, Melody]I am very grateful for all of the support and encouragement I have received. I have been making little tweaks to my manuscript over the past couple of weeks, trying to make sure any spelling or grammar mistakes are corrected, and adding a few details that will link to Part Two and Part Three.

Who would have thought that writing longer fictional stories and seeing them in paperback form would be so exciting?

If you have a novel in you, go for it! Please do. Even if only three people ever look at your book, I cannot tell you how rewarding it is to see your story become something real. The hilarious thing is, my friends and family are asking me to sign their copies. They are loving the idea of Melody Finch being a published author.

I am not very technical, but hopefully the link to the Amazon page showing the Kindle version has carried over. Or…if you go to Amazon and type MELODY FINCH, you will see the book available in Kindle and Paperback.

Thank you again Ashley, and all the other gorgeous bloggers who are just so awesome!!!!

This Summer There Won’t Be A Cloud In The Sky

Field, Cereals, Summer, Sun, SunshineAaaaah! How I long for summer! The blue skies, the lush foliage, wandering around in shorts and sandals and eating rip strawberries…aaaaah sigh!

Bee, 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!

Today’s theme is:

A song about love in summer

Check out Bee’s post below for a list of the themes (a lot of love going on as you can see!) in the post below:

Well…I had almost forgotten all about this song. I am so pleased to have rediscovered it. I love the happiness and excitement it breathes! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

I Feel It In My Fingers, I Feel It In My Toes

ftJim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: ANKLES/HANDS/FEET/FINGERS/TOES/WRISTS

As soon as I saw this theme one song came to mind and I have not been able to get past it. It’s a great song. But when Wet Wet Wet covered it (and it was used in the soundtrack for the movie “Four Weddings And A Funeral”) it ended up on The Number One spot in the British charts for a whopping fifteen weeks! So by the end of that summer of 1994, we were all sick to the back teeth of hearing it on the radio!

A lot of us have mixed feelings about that song due to hearing it more times than you should hear a song in your lifetime. But it is a fantastic song. Nobody can deny that. Originally The Troggs of course. The version by Wet Wet Wet has a different sound to it.

But it has been a while since I gave this song a spin. Since I am still in a romantic mood, I present to you “Love Is All Around” covered by Wet Wet Wet.

I feel it in my fingers
I feel it in my toes
Love is all around me
And so the feeling grows
It’s written on the wind
It’s everywhere I go, oh yes it is
So if you really love me
Come on and let it show
You know I love you, I always will
My mind’s made up by the
Way that I feel
There’s no beginning,
There’ll be no end
’cause on my love you can depend
I see your face before me
As I lay on my bed
I kinda get to thinking
Of all the things you said, oh yes I did
You gave your promise to me and i
Gave mine to you
I need someone beside me
In everything I do, oh yes I do
You know I love you, I always will,
My mind’s made up by the
Way that I feel
There’s no beginning,
There’ll be no end
’cause on my love you can depend
Got to keep it moving
Oh it’s written in the wind
Oh everywhere I go, yeah, oh well
So if you really love me, love me, love me
Come on and let it show
Come on and let it show
Come on and let it
Come on and let it (come and let it show, baby)
Come on, come on, come on let it show baby
Come on and let it show
Come on and let it show, baby
Come on and let it show

By bit (bit by bit, bit by bit)….

Written By: Reg Presley