• 2018,  books and reading,  Reading Down My TBR Pile

    What I’ve Been Reading This Week

    Here’s what I’ve been reading this week All That She Could See by Carrie Hope Fletcher This was a brilliant book.  It had a magical feel that kind of reminded me of Chocolat by Joanne Harris and had just enough fantasy to satisfy my “I don’t read fantasy but…” side.  It was a lot more than I expected it to be – in a very good way!

  • 2018,  creative writing class,  fiction,  Flash Fiction,  writing

    Flash Fiction: The Truth About Penguins

    I recently took part in a one day workshop on flash fiction. One of the exercises we did was to write a piece inspired by a picture. The photo I got was of a penguin diving underwater. I’ve typed it up to share in this blog and would welcome feedback. I’ve not edited it beyond breaking it into paragraphs and changing the odd repetitive word. The Truth About Penguins   The penguin took the fish from the trainer. She was giving the talk about “penguin behaviour” yet again. And as always she was getting it wrong. Personally he couldn’t understand how humans could be so stupid. Wasn’t it obvious? Still…

  • 2018,  books and reading,  Reading Down My TBR Pile

    What I’ve been reading

    I thought it might be nice to start posting a semi regular blog about what I’ve been reading again. And to post it on a Monday so I can link it up with the It’s Monday! What are you reading? meme over on The Book Date. This will be a longer list because it’s what I’ve been reading over the last several weeks. And for some reason most of these are audiobooks. I hope that will change to more actual reading soon. And One Last Thing by Molly Harper I’ve had the audiobook on my TBR for years and I’m trying to tackle my audio TBR rather than by new…

  • 2018,  mental health,  snow

    Snow Days No More

    I started writing a blog post on Thursday about how it was a snow day and what I was doing (mostly crochet and audiobook that day) but then my carer came and I saved it to drafts and never went back to it. And now it’s Sunday and it’s finally snow free and I’m out of the house for the first time since Wednesday. So this entry is now snow days no more. If memory serves there were no stuck in the house due to snow days last year. Which is good. I think maybe I coped better this time to previous snowbound times. I don’t know why that is.…

  • 2018,  care

    Five Things I had Forgotten About Having Carers

    According to this blog it’s nearly 9 years since I stopped having carers.  My care package to manage my lymphoedema has been in place for just over three weeks now.  And it’s going well. Most of the carers I’ve met I’ve got on well with (some I’ve only met once so it’s hard to know how I’ll get on with them) and there haven’t been any of the problems I anticipated with getting my wraps applied tightly enough. I am however remembering several things I had forgotten about having carers.  Here are five of them. 1) Your time is not your own. Just because the evening visit is scheduled for…

  • 2018

    Random Bullet Points of Life

    For the little things worth mentioning but perhaps not worth an entry of their own For several months (maybe 8) I’ve been involved in doing social media for CAB. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with it but I do find the twitter feed of who the account is following very interesting. I keep thinking I need to add some of those people to my own personal feed. Also looking at the feed is a bit of an example of how not to do twitter – whoever set the account up followed three local newspapers. All three will tweet the same story at the same time so…

  • 2018,  books and reading,  reviews

    Random Acts of Kindness Part 1 by Victoria Walters

    I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of Random Acts of Kindness Part 1 by Victoria Walters in exchange for this review. This book is being serialised in 4 parts coming out roughly every two months. Part 1 came out in December, Part 2 has just been released (never let it be said I do things in a timely manner), part 3 will be out in April and part 4 in June.  I enjoyed part 1 and am looking forward to reading part 2 tomorrow. I’m disappointed to have such a long wait for the final two parts because I can’t wait to read them! Welcome to Littlewood,…

  • 2018,  care

    Say My Name

    I’m kinda well known for either not spotting people  I know when I’m out and about or for people knowing me but my having no clue who they are.  To be honest, that second one tends to happen a lot – as a CAB adviser I’m often the only person their someone deals with (plus I stand out because of my wheelchair) but if I’m doing drop ins I can see up to four people in a day. For slightly over two months my parents (mostly my Dad) were coming in twice a day to do personal care tasks related to some treatment for my lymphoedema.  However on Tuesday this…

  • 2018,  blogging,  personal,  powerchair,  Quickie Jive

    Telling My Story

    I’ve been disabled from birth and I’m proud to be a wheelchair user. I love my powerchair, it’s scratched and squeaky, muddy but magic.  I’ve dripped pasta sauce all over it and bled on it. I’ve tangled the wool from my crafts under it and had to call for help when a duvet cover got jammed in the wheels.  I’ve drunk cocktails in it, danced in it and carted home heavy bags from the supermarket in it. It lets me live my life and do what I want. Someone described it as my independence but it’s more than that, it’s a part of my body. This chair has taken me…

  • 2018

    Quietly Back

    *blows away cobwebs and looks around* I haven’t blogged for ages – I lost my mojo for a lot of things but especially blogging last year.  And over the last few months I wrote several blog posts and then lost them because it seems my ipad hates my blog.  I’m not sure what’s going on there but I’ve just posted and backdated three entries that I managed to rescue (there are probably another three that were totally lost to the abyss). I don’t want to say that this year is looking like it’ll be better than last because I think it’s too soon to say.  But what I will say…