Saturday, 31 January 2015

January Round Up

January is always a non event month for me.  Dark mornings, dark nights, cold weather, feeling kind of crappy with a head cold ( I always seem to come down with a cold in January).  In truth I sometimes wish I could hibernate the winter months and wake up in Spring.

So in rounding up my January, I feel I haven't really done much or gone anywhere, but here goes.

January began with me having to go to work on New Years Day.  How crappy was that!!!
I made a few resolutions/actions for the coming year.  These being * start being more healthier and making better choices when it comes to food, * let my creativity soar in whatever format that takes, * be more sociable and connect with my friends and family more, * look after myself better and start putting myself first sometimes and lastly to not let the turkeys get me down which pertaining see to not letting work and other things get on top of me.

My brother came up two of the weekends in January.  We went out for a meal to the Tall Chimney pub and had a lovely meal.  AJ had the Man V Burrito and R and I had the Megasaurus steak.  Fantastic.  We also went to see Wasps Rugby club play Sale Sharks at the Ricoh arena in Coventry.  It was lovely spending time with R, and I wish we could get together more often.

It was my Father in Laws birthday January 6th and AJ and I visited him on the Sunday afterwards.  It was nice spending a little time with him and his partner Angie.

Spent some time with my friend Sue, and also attended craft club for the first time in months.  I am so glad that I will be able to attend on a regular basis now that one of my days off is a Tuesday. Also spent to with Chris at the craft club.  It was the first time I had seen her since just before Christmas.

I have decided that I want to read at least a book a month in 2015.  It doesn't sound alot compared to some people but I think that is all I can realistically manage at the moment.  I go in phases of reading and some months I devour books and others when I hardly touch them.  The book this month is The Broken Man by Josephine Cox.  She is not an author I would normally pick up but I got this book as a gift from my Mother in Law last year for my birthday.  Please see review posted yesterday

I have been watching lots of You Tube videos this month and catching up on some of the channels I have subscribed to.  My YouTube/ Blog that I have loved the most is Jamie Ridler of Jamie Ridler studios.  I just love her philosophy and energy and she has really given me alot of food for thought of late and I have been formulating ideas that I want to start putting in practice in my creative life.

I have also been listening to podcasts- Creative Living Podcasts from Jamie Ridler Studios and Arting Podcasts from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.  Again they give me alot of food for thought and are so inspiring.

In terms of TV, film etc.  I haven't really watched much although I have taped alot.  Death in Paradise has returned for a new series on the BBC so I have been enjoying that.  I have taped Signed, Sealed Delivered which is shown here in the UK on Movies24 but I haven't got round to watching them yet.  That also goes for Mike and Molly and The Middle which is on comedy Central.  I have been watching Room 101, QI and Only Connect when I remember and that is usually when AJ is asleep and I watch on my playbook.

I have been journalling almost everyday.  I am trying to get into a routine of writing every day and putting a few thoughts done last thing at night before I turn out the light and go to sleep.  So far I have been fairly successful in keeping up with myself and writing.

Overall, January has been a long month.  I am craving the Spring so much and wishing that it would warm up and for the nights to get lighter and lighter.  I am sure I suffer from SAD.  I feel I haven't achieved much.  I definitely haven't done any art or craft of cross stitch.  All the things I would have like to have done this month, but to be fair on myself I have been feeling fairly grotty and under the weather and at times quite exhausted.

I am looking forward to February.  I have a weeks leave coming up in which I am hoping to sort my craft room out.  I am finally getting my carpets/lino fitted in my lounge, dining room, kitchen and bathroom.  It has ONLY been 14 months since the flood in my house.  It will look so nice when it is all sorted.

Good Evening from here in Pickle Land
Lesley xxx

Friday, 30 January 2015

Book Review January - The Broken Man by Josephine Cox

Josephine Cox is not an author I would normally pick, but I received the book as a present from my mother in law.

The main theme is about the consequences of domestic abuse.  It tells the story of Adam, a young boy who had to bear things no little boy should ever see, and also the tale of Anne who was abused by her husband.  Though the theme was about domestic abuse, it was wasn't graphic or gory which I was glad about.  The tale weaved between Anne's story and Adams story which interlinked, and was a fairly easy read.  I was slightly disappointed with the ending of the book and thought it hadn't fully ended the story of Anne and didn't even mention how she would have felt about finding out her husbands childs link to her best friend.  I also found the aforementioned coincidence too far fetched.

Overall it was an OK book.  Not my favourite book of all time, but very readable all the same.  As the first book I have read of hers I don't know if this is the usual type of book to expect from Josephine Cox and I may or may not read another of hers soon
 If I had to rate it I would give 3 out of 5 stars.

Next book to be read is Summer at the Lake by Erica James.

Good Evening from Pickle Land
Love Lesley xxx

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year 2015

Wishing you a very Happy New Year and hoping that 2015 is a very special year full of Joy, health. Love, art, scrapbooking and Project Life.

With much love from me in Pickle Land
Lesley xxxxx