Accepting Real Life….

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I have plucked “Simple Abundance – A Day Book of Comfort and Joy” from my downstairs toilet shelf and picked todays title to ponder on.

Accepting real life is a tough one…maybe accepting what you already have is wise, does bring about a sigh of relief, a lifting of any pressures to have what you don’t have…but does it take away the drive to be better? To achieve your goals? To break away from bad habits?

The internet and social media….now that’s where the unreal image is born….

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Is that me?  It is not…..I am actually sitting at my old farmhouse style table covered in marks and scratches (I like to think characterful, and it’s the table, not me I am talking about here), I am wearing an old blue fluffy dressing gown and pink fluffy slippers….I haven’t put in my contact lenses yet, I look like Olive from On the Buses (Google it), my nails are short, some have left over glittery varnish, one is bright orange, Georgia wanted to see the colour…..I haven’t brushed my hair yet, and  some days I don’t….I work in a warehouse by myself so don’t imagine me Kate Bush style walking like this into some sort of executive office….I always brush my teeth and I always Liz Earle my face and I always plaster myself in coconut oil before sleep…..so really it’s just a messy hair issue for me…..I actually am very happy with this routine, so there is a certain element of accepting real life, would I post a picture of me in my old dressing gown?  Probably not, so there is the non acceptance of real life.

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Real life is that I am fatter than I used to be.  I don’t want to be skinny, I used to want to be skinny, but later life and wisdom has taught me that healthy is the new skinny….I have never smoked, these days I rarely drink, just a sherry at Christmas which throws me into a peri menopausal flush moment…..But, I learned to make cake, which exciting as it was, has tested my will power hugely….I now must stop making cake….the time will possibly come when I am happy to accept myself as larger, that time is not here yet and I am fighting this one….the oncoming menopause might have already stolen my waistline but I am claiming it back, yes I am, from right now….so here is the non acceptance of real life, here is my declaration that real life can be changed….

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I do accept that I have no unique and genius skills……I am moderately good at things, I have a go at things, but I am not brilliant at any one thing…..I envy those that do….I am only human, I feel jealousy like anyone else….I can’t juggle, I have tried…I haven’t tried a unicycle yet, but would give it a go….I am, alas, not a unicorn….I might now be fifty and have accepted my limitations, but this doesn’t mean I will give up searching….it is absolutely never too late to find your “thing”….

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So, accepting real life?  It is like most things just a matter of balance….accepting the things you can’t change….do I like my nose? No I don’t but I will accept it because I am not prepared to have surgery to change it….this nose is staying with me…..Do I like my tummy? No I don’t but I will do something about changing it….So, ultimately it is choice….just choose wisely….and carefully, always respect others and be kind to others when making those decisions…surely you can’t go far wrong….

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Happy Tuesday!!!

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser 100 ml + 2 muslin cloth

Geri xxx

Let the Light Shine..Nick Alexander

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Penny and Victoria are about as different as two siblings can be, one with a smart London lifestyle, the other struggling to make ends meet.

But they are joined by more than blood, and their shared past is affecting the present more than they realise.
When events begin to tug at the fabric beneath which dark secrets are hidden, the resulting chaos threatens to tear the two families apart.
Could there be aspects of the past that youngest child Penny doesn’t remember?
Could the truth of Marge be more complex than the beloved mother the girls choose to perceive?
And could the true story of Christmas 1975 be the key to understanding Victoria, Marge, and much much more?

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In my excitement with my new Kindle and being let loose on Amazon Kindle Unlimited this was my latest read…this story kept me involved until the very end..

It is so, so true we never know what other people have been through, sometimes even members of our own families, maybe if we did know we would be kinder, more tolerant..

This is a sensitive and well told story with interesting and well thought out characters and well recommended by me..my first Nick Alexander experience…now to read some more…

Thumbs up and five stars..

Let the Light Shine: a moving family drama, a tale of siblings, resilience, and hope. (amazon affiliate link)

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Geri xxx

Leave Room in Your Garden for the Fairies to Dance..

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More creating today…..just a little bit, the evening having been taken up helping drag a car scissor lift up the gravel drive aided by a multitude of pieces of flimsy wood….

So, one bookmark for the charity FLEET (Frontline Emergency Equipment Trust) and one very cute dainty bracelet….with you fairies in mind….

We have a little bit of a green theme today….

Pink Cobwebs Etsy Shop…

Tomorrow is blood pressure check day….the whole 24 hour checking thing…that puts my gymnastic aerobics off for another day….

Happy Wednesday!!

Geri xxx

Between the Pages of a Book..

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The book mark making for Georgia’s charity page has been slower this week due to the amount of homework and revision she has been doing…I have helped her out with a couple added to the Etsy charity shelf of the Pink Cobwebs shop….we have purchased some really lovely ribbon trims to make some more….until then we have a couple still available and here some pictures of some of the pretty treasures already gone..

Don’t forget the proceeds go to Frontline Emergency Equipment Trust (FLEET) via Tara Brenton who is running the London Marathon this year…..

Check it out and make her efforts and blisters worthwhile…

Pink Cobwebs Etsy Shop

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Keep reading folks!!!

Geri and Georgia xxx

Look at Your Spending Habits..

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I always, always thought that I didn’t earn enough, that was the one and only reason for my lack of funds….but now, looking back, the smaller my wage packet, the more I used to spend and only a very small of the percentage of my spending was on anything I really needed….I had a wardrobe full of clothes I didn’t wear, shoes I couldn’t walk in, so guess what? They became ornaments, dust collectors…items I actually forgot I had….

I bought DVDs I watched only once….I bought hundreds of CDs and only listened to a handful of them regularly…I bought pictures, cushions, throws, towels, anything that caught my eye and in the end I was unhappy because I was overdrawn….

Even now when I have curbed my spending habits there is still some progress to be made….I spend too much on food…so, this week, with the help of A Girl Called Jack I actually sat down and planned my meals for the week….

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Very impressed so far with the recipe ideas here and my shopping bill was in fact much lower than usual….

Chickpea salad and seafood paella….

A Girl Called Jack: 100 delicious budget recipes

I also spend too much on books….so I finally succumbed and bought a Kindle…I never expected to be saying this but…..I love it!!!

My shelves will only contain books I might read again, and I don’t usually reread books and buying books on the Kindle is cheaper and with Kindle Unlimited on Amazon massive savings….

I bought the Kindle Paperwhite –

Kindle Paperwhite E-reader, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi (Black) – Includes Special Offers really very pleased with it….I am technologically challenged and this is pretty easy to use….AND I love my Kindle case!!

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 Fintie SmartShell Case for Kindle Paperwhite – The Thinnest and Lightest Cover With Auto Sleep / Wake for All-New Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Fits All 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 Versions), Love Tree

So, take a good, long look at your spending habits, do you need to spend all that you do?  Do you need that item?  Can you feed yourself in a more economical way? Do you need Sky TV?  Just little steps can make the world of difference….just try it and see…

And remember don’t worry about what you think others have or don’t have…..concentrate on your own grass….it’s not always greener on the other side….

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Geri xxx

Don’t Keep Buying More Stuff

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I still have boxes and boxes of broken jewellery and I rarely wear jewellery anyway so what to do with it….

I am taking it all apart and recreating new pieces of jewellery, little pieces of unique art are being reborn…brought back to life…

But I still don’t need all of it so watch this space as it becomes available for you to look at if you want to get ideas to create your own….or to buy if you really like it….

Tonight a multi stranded charm bracelet….this was fun to make…

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This one is £15.00 plus postage.  Just click on the picture to investigate further.

So, don’t just go buying brand new stuff when there are so many recycled things to be had….and remember, if you don’t really love it or need it….don’t get it…simple as that…

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My downsizing continues….it has escalated into a grand plan for the next 30 days so I will share with you as things go and how it feels….

Happy Rainy Thursday!!

Geri xxx

The Olde Sewing Room..

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We have loads and loads of beads and bits and bobs for Georgia to be able to make her jewellery and bookmarks for her chosen charity…however, ribbon is running short so a tiny little craft shopping spree was necessary…honestly!!

I found The Olde Sewing Room on Etsy….here you will find a lesson on how it should be done….beautiful pictures and quite obviously quality wares…Stunning embroidery…I already have a massive “must learn how to do” list…now embroidery is on it too….oh dear…will the list ever end…

The package came yesterday…..again, another lesson on how it should be done….

Packaged beautifully…

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Was orginally even better than this, I couldn’t wait to open it so this is the opened version….

Lovely, lovely quality items…

I might have to hide these from Georgia and use for myself….no?? oh OK she can use it for the charity book marks too….

There were a couple of extra unexpected bits in the parcel to make it extra special and a handwritten note from Humayrah..

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So…..hear this all ye crafters….use this shop with confidence for that added extra little “something” so hugely missing from other shopping experiences…

Most enjoyable, thanks Humayrah, I will be back!!

The Olde Sewing Room to check it out!

Pink Cobwebs Etsy Shop to check out the charity items made by Georgia for her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award.

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Happy…..what is it? Tuesday!!

Enjoy

Geri xxx