Stick or Twist?

To stick with what you have or to twist and take a new card – a question from our endless games of Pontoon as a child. As lockdown restrictions ease, the possibility of returning to my old habits and routines arises, so this is a question that I have been asking...

Difficult 2020? – Tools for 2021!

If 2020 has demonstrated anything, it is that the only certainty in life is uncertainty.So, what are the practical tools that could help deal with this?This morning I listened to the news on the radio which left me feeling anxious and a little overwhelmed. Later,...

Christmas Gift for Life

Dexter, Benji, Dolly and Acorn – puppies bringing untold joys every day to my friends and neighbours at this festive time of year.  In contrast the top 5 unwanted Christmas presents are: 1. Clothing & Accessories; 2. Cosmetics and Fragrances; 3. Household...

Christmas – Head or Heart?

‘It would have been simpler for me if the government hadn’t changed the regulations for Christmas, I am really conflicted now…’ commented one of my colleagues.  The discussions have been circulating at work for at least a couple of weeks, maybe longer. There is a...

Habits – friends or foes?

A sharp intake of breath… teeth sink into my bottom lip… my whole body tenses… bracing for the pain!I’m on my favourite early morning run along an unlit country lane with an uneven surface. It’s almost as if my body is braced for a potential sprained ankle as I run in...

‘This too shall pass’

‘Why won’t by Bluetooth headset connect… it was fine yesterday… ‘help’ says problem in airplane mode apparently… found it, sorted that… still won’t connect… Aargh!.. Windows 10 update… thank you very much!’‘This too shall pass’ were the words of a dear...

Accepting imperfection

The monotone cawing of a half-dozen or so rooks pulled for my attention. Loud, tuneless and repetitive, their calls disrupted my otherwise peaceful early morning walk. Frustrated with them for shattering my peace, I began to wish they were elsewhere.Their calls...

Consumed by the Assumed!

Consumed by the Assumed!‘Lying down… every single one of them… how odd… a little surreal… even eerie!’These were my thoughts on reaching the turning point of my run. I paused looking across a field scattered with cows, but on this early morning, they were all lying...

Weathering the weather!

‘Today it looks worse than it did yesterday… and that’s says something…’ was my thought when reading the weather forecast on my phone first thing in the morning.I watch the 2-minute local weather forecast clip which is updated every day. I also have the hour by hour...