Archive for December, 2011

How was it for you?

A little reminder of why I do this. The premise is simple. You donate to a childrens charity and comment on this blog about the donation and what you wanted to be when you were 8. Want to know more? Please read the About Lesley page….

Well, are you all set? Have you dusted off those resolutions that you spin out every year? Will  you be fitter, leaner, healthier, nicer in 2012? I tease a little but we do dance the same dance at the end of every year don’t we. I am the same, I have my resolutions for 2012 too.

Chief among my resolutions is to blog more. I haven’t blogged consistently lately, shame on me. I have been tired and a bit word-blocked. Therefore my resolution is to ignore those periods when my brain is empty; I will simply type words and see how they fall. I am never completely happy with the posts but hope this approach doesn’t let me down; please keep your fingers crossed for me.

My first thought when preparing for the new 2012 me is look at what has gone before. 2011 was an up and down year, some bits good, others not so much. I have re-read some of my posts from this closing year and conclude that I can be a bit random. I like random so that is okay. In the 45 posts of 2011 I have covered jokes, the Olympic torch, super-injunctions, the Apprentice and sheep! I have also covered drought, famine, war, natural disasters and the power of words. The latter are the posts that mean more to me, naturally enough. However, the more random posts help me write, I need to look at the bright side of life as looking only at the dark leaves you numb and unable to write. I had posted recently that I was going to focus on the serious but realise now that this is too much. Without some balance and hopefully some smiles I will lose the ability to write effectively.

Before I start my new 2012, I will share with you my favourite posts of 2011. They may seem eclectic but aren’t we all?

Firstly, my top three not so serious posts:-

My Home – I just had to include this post didn’t I? Anyone who knows me knows my love for Northern Ireland or Norn Iron if you want to say it ‘proper like’.  There are many flaws here and things will never be perfect but it is a genuinely beautiful place. Also, the home of the Tayto crisp, the like of which you will never see elsewhere (except by mail-order!). The other reason I wanted to include this post is the words of others; the opinions of fellow tweeters about my home. They all made me smile.

I Want! There is one reason for including this post, the picture of the bag. Simples:)

Chortles! I have this post in my top three because the jokes still make me laugh. The fun of going through my posts from 2011 is that I have found these. Laughter is so important; true merriment is the stuff of life. On that note, I will share with you the best ever Cracker joke. It came out of my cracker on Christmas Day and I giggle every time I think of it.

Question – How does Bob Marley like his doughnuts?

Answer – With jammin 🙂

Now for my favourite serious posts of the year:-

Imagine – This post helped me acknowledge my own good fortune whilst, I hope, making you think of those struggling with life and death.

Walkies? Oh My. This was my post about me doing something, not just writing about it. It wasn’t for a children’s charity, it was on behalf of those I love who have been impacted by cancer. I will also thank again all of those I know from real life and twitter for helping me raise £285 for Macmillan Cancer.

What is Poverty? I choose this post as it looks at matters closer to home. Local charities are as important as international ones.

I hope you enjoyed my small wander through my blogging 2011. I will now look forward to 2012 and wish you all health and happiness for the New Year. I will clink a glass to you at midnight, may some dreams you dream come true……

I close, as always, with this:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice.
  • Visit this blog and comment about your donation. Please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I still want to collect those tales and hope that some child will read about your words and deeds and want to do the same when they are old enough.

I will:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • Store all comments so that everyone can read them.

Thank you for reading.

Lesley

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December 31, 2011 at 6:40 pm 2 comments

Happy Post!

A little reminder of why I do this. The premise is simple. You donate to a childrens charity and comment on this blog about the donation and what you wanted to be when you were 8. Want to know more? Please read the About Lesley page….

I was at a mini school reunion a week or so back. One of my friends was home from Australia for a short visit so a few of us met for dinner. It was good fun reminiscing and agreeing that we didn’t feel any older even when our children were taller than us.

However, one small comment brought me up short and I have been pondering it ever since. I post this blog on Twitter, Facebook and Google +, you need to get your blog out there if you want people to read it. My friend reads the blog from Facebook and said ‘Lighten up Lesley, it has been too dark for a while’. In my head I think that it is difficult to be light-hearted when I am trying to get people to donate to a childrens charity but in my heart I know Aileen could be right. I need to bring some light into the blog every now and then.

So the theme of this blog is what makes me happy. There are many, many things that make me smile but I will share a few today….

Travel. I love going to new places but I love going back to some places again and again. I may have mentioned this before but my favourite place is Rome and specifically two places, the Pantheon and the Palatine Hill. The Pantheon boggles my mind, such a feat of engineering from ancient times. Every time I go to Rome I go there, I love to simply look around me. As for the Palatine Hill it is harder to describe. All I know is that I feel peaceful there, I will not analyse it further and risk spoiling it for myself.

My thanks to Wikipedia

Cooking. When I want to think about something then I cook. There is something very satisfying about making pastry, if you haven’t tried it then you really should. Sweet or savoury, you choose, you will feel proud of yourself when you have a completed dish. In chilly weather like this soup is also great fun. Chopping vegetables and simmering gently gives the kitchen that aroma of nominess to come. Today it will be French Onion, one of my alltime favourites:)

Laughter. Although the blog is normally serious I confess I am not. Smutty jokes, wordplay and the odd prank will have me chortling.  My daughter has been a source of some inspiration all her life, she will not thank me for sharing but hey-ho, I will take the grief. The daughter is famed for some of her malapropisms and tangental views on life. She was branded the Malteser by her friends, blonde on the inside (apologies to blondes everywhere). The day she told my mother that her brother was ‘such a homophobic’ had my mother quite shocked. When asked what she meant she said ‘He always thinks the slighest wee pain means he is really ill’. I am glad to say that she now knows her hypochondrianc from her homophobic. She also held a firm belief for many years that you shouldn’t eat red apples as they weren’t ripe like the green ones. Eh???? Unfortunately, I know exactly where these tendencies come from. Me. People have been known to look at me quite oddly when I come out with one of my random thoughts. I remember watching Kiss of the Spider Woman, great movie. There is a scene early on when Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui meet. When Molina is asked why he is in prison he says it is for interfering with minors. I was very puzzled and said ‘Why would he be jailed for messing with men who wear Davy Lamps?’. Not perhaps my finest hour but by no means my worst.

My children. They have always made me happy, even at their most naggy and whiny, every parent out there knows what I mean. They are kind, beautiful and funny. They make me smile, I am proud of them every single day.  They are also sarky, lazy and thoroughly messy. I would say I wouldn’t have them any other way but I would love them to be tidy, please!

Lastly, new donations on the blog. I remember clearly the first donation from Lynn who donated five pounds to CLIC Sargent, I smiled for a week. Every new donation, every new charity, produces the same feeling, it never diminishes. I also love the wacky 8 year-old ambitions. So, come on then punks, make my day:)

Hope you like this post Aileen!

I close, as always, with this:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice.
  • Visit this blog and comment about your donation. Please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I still want to collect those tales and hope that some child will read about your words and deeds and want to do the same when they are old enough.

I will:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • Store all comments so that everyone can read them.

Thank you for reading.

Lesley

December 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm 2 comments


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