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Like A Little Canine Pal

I have a relationship in my life – a friendship – with someone I am very very fond of. Recently, I was at a dinner with Jack and some other guests we have known for many years…and my friend (who I believe had drunk a couple of glasses of wine at that point) began talking about me.

She said about me:

“She’s like a little canine pal – totally loyal, always pleased to see me, will let me say anything without over-reacting, and is always happy to go out for a walk.”

I was a little baffled at her description…but I think it came from a kind place. Jack has been teasing me about it ever since.

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Looking Forward To Seeing You Soon

When I was around twenty-six, I lost one of my best friends to cancer. She was a role-model, as well as a huge source of encouragement and advice. I was heart-broken when she became ill and deteriorated so rapidly.

This year, I will turn the same age as she was when she died. I have been thinking of her a lot recently. I have been thinking of what it will be like to welcome her back to life.

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Clean earth…without war, without crime, without terror – what a wonderful home, a safe and beautiful home, to welcome back our loved ones. I am yearning to see my very lovely friend (and a long long list of loved ones) again. My heart throbs with the prospect of that joyful period in human history ahead.

Chipped Confidence

I have felt a little wobbly at work lately. I think it is just tiredness and being a bit run down – my nose has been all sniffle sniffle for a couple of weeks. But I feel as if for some reason my confidence has been chipped. I am not always certain I made the right decision.

As a result, I have been noting down every decision I have made that I am not really 100% sure of so I can check them with a senior colleague at toms point.

I need more rest. I need to regain some confidence in my decision making process.

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Tell Your Aunt Louise Anything You Please

Jim Adams aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: COUNTRY MUSIC

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I narrowed down my choice today to three songs – two of them I just love, love, love (songs from Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette). However, I chose the third song, the one that when I hear it sounds so “country”. I have to admit, it all makes me think of line dancing. Not that there is anything wrong with line dancing.

I am not sure when this song was released, but I do remember it being played on the radio a lot when I was younger. I think it must have had some chart success. The song is “Achy Breaky Heart” from a country singer called Billy Ray Cyrus.

You can tell the world you never was my girl
You can burn my clothes when I'm gone
Or you can tell your friends just what a fool I've been
And laugh and joke about me on the phone

You can tell my arms go back to the farm
You can tell my feet to hit the floor
Or you can tell my lips to tell my fingertips
They won't be reaching out for you no more

But don't tell my heart my achy breaky heart
I just don't think it'd understand
And if you tell my heart my achy breaky heart
He might blow up and kill this man

You can tell your ma I moved to Arkansas
You can tell your dog to bite my leg
Or tell your brother Cliff, whose fist can tear my lip
He never really liked me anyway

Or tell your Aunt Louise tell anything you please
Myself already knows I'm not okay
Or you can tell my eyes to watch out for my mind
It might be walking out on me today

But don't tell my heart my achy breaky heart
I just don't think he'd understand
And if you tell my heart my achy breaky heart
He might blow up and kill this man

Don't tell my heart my achy breaky heart...
I just don't think he'd understand
And if you tell my heart my achy breaky heart
He might blow up and kill this man

Don't tell my heart my achy breaky heart...
I just don't think he'd understand
And if you tell my heart my achy breaky heart
He might blow up and kill this man

Written by: Donald L. Von Tress

Why I Take Pictures

I don’t have a smart phone. I have a camera though. I use it to snap memories that I know impact me on a deep personal level. I have photos that lift me up on sad day and make everything alright.

I also take pictures for other people – not just anyone – my nearest and dearest friends, my loved ones, people who I just wish were right here with me. I take photos to share moments that touched me, and I know will touch them.

Now I know that taking photos and sharing them is not an unusual concept -and Instagram have turned it into a mundane lacklustre process. But I was looking at my photos recently, and realized there is a unique quality about them. I have been taking them through my eyes – framed in a way that tells a story.

I am not a great photographer – oh no – but I am learning my own unique language. I need to take my camera out more often though – and take more pictures – and develop this language of photography.

Smokescreen

We choose to conceal ourselves, to remain shrouded in mystique, to plant decoys, to send nosey-parkers off in a false direction.

We have learnt the art of living with the security fence of a smokescreen – a barrier that protects our privacy.

Yet, not everybody gets the point. Jack and I – we have a right to feel safe, to enjoy some privacy, to protect things that are special and sacred to us.

Both of us see and work with hundreds…thousands of people, we see many many many faces, and we love them all very much. But that does not mean we have to share everything with everyone. Does it? Jack keeps saying that it will all be fine.

We Have Come So Far!!!

I think I am around four months or so away from this site being five years old. Now I know there are some WordPress users who have been at this malarkey for much longer, and I know there are others who have only recently started out.

I just wanted to say this…when I started out, I was a complete beginner. I knew nothing!! A friend had to set my site up for me and show me the basics. But somehow, somehow…I find myself five years later considering myself as more than a beginner…perhaps a novice, or even a little bit more.

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I know this might sound a little odd that I am celebrating my slow and painful progress, but I am pleased I have learnt so much about how to use WordPress. When the Pandemic began, friends (who had discovered I was writing) asked for help to set up their own site. I have now helped to set up over forty sites….getting my friends started by adding pages (About Me and Contact pages for example and Pixabay images and helping them to figure out all the basics for themselves.

Five years ago, I never imagined that i would be on my way to being a WordPress guru!! lol – what a turn out!

Such A Domestic Diva!

For many years, I was pretty useless when it came to kitchen tasks. I was not entirely incapable, but I did lack self-belief and confidence in my abilities and potential.

It was not that I lacked enthusiasm. From an early age I really wanted to learn. I adored being with my Mumma and learning from her. However, that did not always translate into me independently navigating the kitchen with success and grace.

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How things have changed!!! I decided not to go shopping last night. I knew I had veggies in my fridge that needed using up. So instead, I came home from work last night and chop, chop, chopped – added garlic and herbs and spices and tomato puree and stock – and after an hour of slow cooking in the oven I ended up with a yummy casserole.

I know it might not sound like rocket science – but I love the confidence that I have somehow accumulated in recent years – I think even more so since I have been cooking for two so frequently. Nowadays, I don’t find it stressful cooking dinners for lots of guests. I have a repertoire, and I love knowledge, experience and technique. I understand timings and temperatures and textures. I don’t know how it happened – but I have become a domestic diva – one who knows how to deliver a delicious dish!!

The Sound Track For My Blue Days

Every day this week, I am exploring my MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID KIT with you. Today is all about songs that are positive or uplifting….or in my own case, songs that I can cope with on a day when I feel I am close to cracking up. I love music, especially uplifting music (top of the list Whitney Huston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”). But on a really rain day, there is other music that would be more effective at soothing me.

I am a human – that means I am capable of a whole range of emotions. I do not live on Cloud Nine all the time. I enjoy very happy days, but I get tired too, especially after being on my feet for twelve hours and dealing with demanding patients at work. I can be a little grumpy. I can also have times when traumatic memories cloud my mind and create challenges for me.

Although I am secure and confident, every now and then flash of anxiety will run through my mind – what if I lose someone I love? what if I made a serious mistake at work and lost my job? what if my little nest was flooded? Those flashes don’t last long, because I know only too well that it is not worthwhile worrying about things that have not happened yet or may never happen at all.

But on days when I do feel downhearted or fed up, music can be a very powerful way to lift my spirits. I think generally speaking….when my spirits are low, I prefer to listen to music that is fairly calm and reflective, but infuses something very heartwarming to me. I am going to give you some examples of songs that I would turn to to lift me and make me feel a renewed sense of purpose. (These songs work for me…but they are unlikely not work for you. You will find songs that reach you on a personal level – and stash those tracks for rainy days! But are there songs that will lift your heart?)

I have found that the song “Yours” by Ella Henderson reminds me so much of the blessings I have in my life right now. Actually, the simplicity of this arrangement and these lyrics – they make tears stream down my eyes…which I love sometimes. I know it may sound silly, but it makes me feel better.

When I am feeling fragile, I actually draw some comfort from being reminded that I am not the only one. I love this track “Unsteady” from X Ambassadors because it captures that feeling of “I know I am not really ok right now, and I need some reassurance from someone who knows me”.

Another song that captures a low patch so well for me is “Numb” from Max Jury. I love this acoustic version because sometimes when feeling low, I feel so feeble, I cannot cope with anything too intense. This is so mellow and sedate, it suits me when I am so exhausted I feel ready to curl up in a little ball and hibernate until spring.

I have one more to mention. I love the track “Not Today” from Imagine Dragons, and I found am animated video that has a tree with a love heart with J&M carved on it – which could be Jack and Melody, don’t you think?

But there are also upbeat, positive tunes that help me too. In fact, I prepared a post all about some of the upbeat tunes that make me want to jump up and start dancing! This is the post – with examples of music that makes my spirits soar!!

MUSIC THAT MAKES MY SPIRTS SOAR