The likeness was so startlingly obvious that I actually gasped. I grew up being told "you look just like your mum!" At the Lakeland Wedding in July, the groom's brother called me Maggie, which gave me something of a moment (although I was grateful he hadn't called me Auntie Maggie). I'm used to that. I … Continue reading A Family Likeness
I had thought that I seemed to be slipping behind with this year long project, but I actually managed a further nine thank you letters over the last quarter, just one less that in the second quarter. As in the previous two quarters, the majority were delivered by the Royal Mail. Two were delivered by … Continue reading A Year of Thanking | 3rd Quarter Review
What am I going to do with all the letters? Paired I'm going to read them. Of course I am. Safe in the knowledge that Mum knew that I would, at some point, and that I have the blessing of our Australian friends-like-family. Over his morning coffee, The Brainy One casually enquired recently, "What will … Continue reading The Original Happy Mail | Those Letters
It was a poor month for reading, just two books finished. So Disdained by Nevil Shute (Kindle): I found this when I was looking through the Kindle's library for something to read. I don't remember purchasing it, so it may be that it was Mum who did, or even my father-in-law. "When Peter Moran picks … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading August 2019
You know you must have done something right when someone from Australia gets in touch to say they'll be in London and wants to meet up. The young lady in question is the grand daughter of Mum's penfriend, Kay, and I haven't seen her since The Brainy One and I visited Australia in 2005. We … Continue reading She Came From a Land Down Under
Throughout May, I continued to crack on with The History Project and can now report that it is finally complete! I did enjoy the project, but it was in danger of becoming a chore. The History Project I've completed some more of the small album about London 2012. This has been about 75% full for … Continue reading The 100 Day Project | Two Months In
Having chosen to use these 100 days of creativity to square away numerous unfinished projects, I've made a promising start. I haven't missed a day, although one day found me adding a photo and embellishments at 10 pm. On day 1, I knocked off a Project Life spread from when I took with The Boy … Continue reading The 100 Day Project | One Month In
I mentioned a few weeks ago, roundabout six, to be exact, that I was giving up crisps, biscuits and sweets for Lent. I survived the whole of Lent without them, but there's no denying it was hard. How I missed them! Here's what I discovered about myself ... I've been consuming those things without ever … Continue reading Did I Give Up on Giving Up?
You may have seen last week that we recently took The Boy Child to see the masterpiece that is Willy Russell's Blood Brothers. The story is a contemporary nature versus nurture plot, revolving around fraternal twins Mickey and Eddie, who were separated at birth, one subsequently being raised in a wealthy family, the other in a poor family. The … Continue reading Blood Brothers
Friend's mum: "Chat, chat, chat … do they live near your mum?" Me: "Mum passed away in early 2016 …" Friend's mum looks both appalled and embarrassed, and reaches for my hand. The Boy Child: "It's okay, we're not as sad as we used to be."