Bed time antic’s of a 30-year-old

You’d think that it might be all about snuggling up with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book. You might think that I would have a man to curl up to. You might think I am so tired I just pass out as soon as my head touches the pillow.


This week I have been playing with my torch. I shine it at the wall and I make shadows. I shine it around my bedroom looking for sparkles and shadows.

You’re never too old to be having fun!

What I hope to accomplish in the next 10 years

Ten years ago (2007) I was being diagnosed with aplastic anaemia and I didn’t even know if I would be here (2017) in ten years time. Well, faced with a different ‘problem’ (or a ‘hiccup’), I am wondering what I will accomplish in the next 10 years.

I found a list that I made in 2009 (eight years ago). Of it, I have done the following:

  1. Return to work
  2. Go to Florida/Disney
  3. See the Northern Lights
  4. Do a degree (started but not complete)
  5. Go on a steam train and have dinner on it with Grandad (Grandad and I made many plans that haven’t come to live yet. This was the best one I wanted to do…)
  6. Write and publish a book
  7. Maybe be a mum (I was undecided, then I didn’t want to and now I can’t)
  8. Learn to play chess so I can play with Rick
  9. Get my driving licence
  10. Quit smoking (I have!)

Now, on my list, of what I want to accomplish in the next 10 years:

  1. Become self-employed/my own boss
  2. Return to Iceland
  3. Go to Venice
  4. Get stairs to my attic
  5. Decorate my home – I don’t want a job-half-done like the beach hut was…
  6. Write and publish more books
  7. Take a photography course/join a club
  8. Learn to use a sewing machine
  9. Go to Harry Potter world
  10. Visit Darrowby (where they made All Creatures Great and Small)

I think it’s a rather doable list. It’s also much the same as the list in the back of my 2009 journal: it involves a vision relating to work, travel and self-improvement. I’m sure I’ll be able to accomplish all of this.

A blog idea fail

I was looking on the Internet (Pinterest) for ideas on what to blog. One idea intrigued me – I could take a photo for every hour in the day. I thought “well, I can do that! No problem!” I like taking pictures. How difficult can it be to take my camera out once every hour?!

Actually, it’s a lot harder than it sounds. I’ve been attempting this idea most days for a weeks, and on Monday, I came closer than I had been before. I took more than one photo. I woke up and I took a picture, which was amazing in itself as I had misjudged the timings of where I had to be, how early I needed to be, travel time and um……. getting out of bed time.

It’s not many, but for the purpose of the blog post, it’s the best I’ve done. These four photos represents how most of my spare time is spent at the moment. I think these pictures capture the honesty quite nicely. I get up. I go to the park and ride (if I have an appointment after 9am) and wait on the bench. Sometimes I hop straight on the bus. I come home, after visiting my friends for a cup of tea, have some lunch and straighten my sheets. I amuse myself for the afternoon before cooking my dinner and doing some knitting in front of the television.

While my routines seem to be quite similar day-to-day at the moment, they do have some variables. On Monday, I stopped to see the recycled teens for a brew. Through the magic of photography, I traveled to Venice, Iceland and (maybe?) Egypt. Yesterday, I had a slightly busier day, so I stopped for a pizza lunch. Today? I might microwave yesterday’s doughnuts to de-stale them, or, I might mop my bathroom floor…