Friday, 24 March 2017

What Caught My Eye #9

"Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy."
~ Anne Frank

Thursday, 23 March 2017

London | My City, Your City, Our City

We are in shock.
We feel deep sadness and grief.
We are not afraid.
London: a global city.
One made up of a thousand different cultures.
One that embraces those differences.
One that welcomes the world.
One that will continue to do so.
We are not afraid.     

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Describe Your Family in Three Words

I read a post yesterday on Cup of Jo that set me thinking.
How would I describe my family in three words?
The first one that sprang to mind was loud
The Boy Child lives his life on full volume,
and, no, he doesn't have any hearing problems.
If I can't see him, either at home or when we're out,
I only have to listen for a second or two before being able to pinpoint his location.
And I can usually be heard yelling at any given point on any given day.

The second one is enough.
We are a family of three.
The Brainy One and I have a son.
We shouldn't have to justify why The Boy Child is an only child.
Quite frankly, it's none of your d**n business.
For us, three is the magic number.

The third word was left to The Boy Child to choose: brilliant
When I asked him why that word, he replied,
"because we are".
Which made me feel glad that he sees us that way,
because there are many, many days when we are far from that.

What three words would you chose to describe your family?

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Turns Out You're Never Too Old

Call it vanity.
Call it what you will.
After years of disliking my smile,
I've done something about it.
Yesterday, and somewhat apprehensively, I went ahead
with a fitting for upper and lower fixed appliances.
Meaning, by the time I reach a significant birthday in May next year,
I will hopefully have the smile I've longed dreamed of.    

Monday, 20 March 2017

Memos: Mail: Me

I had a fabulous haul of Happy Mail this past week ...
the April edition of The Simple Things
tickets to a concert next month,
and ... ta-da! ...
confirmation that I had come up in the Wimbledon ballot
and was being offered a pair of tickets for Court Number 1
on the first Friday of the Championships.
As for the weekend, we returned to the beautiful Thames-side 
town of Marlow. 
No rain this time, just overcast. 

Friday, 17 March 2017

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life | Amy Krouse Rosenthal

I learned this week that the author Amy Krause Rosenthal
had passed way from Ovarian cancer.
She was just 51 years old.
Thanks to Cathy Zielske's online classes, I produced two albums
based on Amy's book, Encyclopeida of an Ordinary Life -
 Yesterday, I flicked through the marked pages of my copy
of EoaOL and stopped at this:
FLYING: When the captain announces we're beginning our descent,
and we're still pretty high above the city.  I'll think, if the plane goes down now,
we would definitely not be okay.  A bit lower, and no, we still wouldn't be okay.  Maybe now, now we might be low enough that if it crashed, we might be okay.  

That made me laugh out loud, because, you know, who doesn't think that?
Cathy has a piece on Amy here.  Cup of Jo has a piece here.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Los Hermanos

The Colombian is really good at sending us photos
of Los Pequeňos via WhatsApp.
Paired with the photos we have of Cachirulo,
I have enough now for them to have their own album.
I'm calling it Los Hermanos, Spanish for the brothers.

 I've a feeling that this album may turn out to be my most favourite,
{but don't tell The Boy Child}.  

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

If This Is A Few, I'd Hate To See A Lot

The Boy Child may support Liverpool football club,
but the truth is that he simply loves football.
The game, the facts and the figures.
Should he be able to hold down a job,
he'll be in the Sports Department at the BBC/Sky/CNN.
The geeky guy who knows everything there is to know about football.
 You can imagine my delight, when a lady I see every day
walking her dog when I am out walking mine asked 
if The Boy Child would like a few old footie magazines.
A few?
He's like a dog with two tails!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Reducing My Online Footprint

The Brainy One and I have been subjected to protracted anonymous attempts
to gain access to our varied and numerous online accounts
I won't bore you with the details, but suffice to say, 
we are actively taking steps to reduce our online footprint.
I have deactivated my Facebook accounts (personal and the blog's).
I have never been on LinkedIn.
I have never been on Twitter.
I will no longer respond to emails from friends where the body of the text
is merely a link and without a covering explanation.

I will, however, continue to blog and use pseudonyms for my family.
I remain active on Instagram.
I will delete comments where real names have been used.
The internet can be used as a force for good,
and I hope you'll stick with me as I attempt to navigate
a successful route along its many highways. 

Monday, 13 March 2017

Memos; Mail; Me

Last week, the Postie delivered my Defence Discount Service card,
an organisation supported by the British Government which offers discounts
across a wide-range of services for both serving members and veterans 
of HM Armed Forces.   
I was delighted to see many of my favourite brands
 offering substantial reductions.
I also took delivery of a new dog walking hat,
which I bought in the sale here.
As for the weekend, we were at the Science Museum early Saturday morning
for Autism | Early Birds. 
We were thrilled to be given free entry to the Robots exhibition
and The Boy Child was excited to show Dad Tim Peake's capsule.

Every boy needs a hero.