Obsessions, cats and husbands…

Car 1Youngest has two obsessions – cars and being outdoors. If I combine both, then I can guarantee heaven.

The great thing about these obsessions is that despite his difficulties, he has learned that if I collect my car keys, it means we are going out and he is by the front door in a time that any self-respecting athlete would be proud of. The downside is that this works for every single key for every occasion, so when my friend called over yesterday and rummaged in her bag to check for her front door key, she found herself being unceremoniously dragged to the front door. Not so good.

Because he is at his happiest when in the car, I find myself taking the ‘long way’ home whenever I go out anywhere. This is actually a great thing to do if you are not pushed for time because it gives you the opportunity to find routes and places that you wouldn’t ordinarily find. These photos were taken on one of the roads that I drove on to get home from town today.

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This really is Britain at its best and I cannot imagine anywhere I would rather be when the weather is like this. It is truly beautiful.

Whilst browsing in town I spotted a door plaque with the following quote on it:-

 

My husband said that it was him or the cat. I miss him sometimes.

 

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I must admit I laughed and it reminded me of my first ever post on this blog. You can find it here if you are brave enough…

Hubby however would actively disagree with this quote and he would maintain that he brings much more to the household than the ever sleeping cat. I guess he probably has a point, although when I emptied the washing machine that he had loaded this morning and a pair of trainers fell out in amongst the rest of the clothing, I got to thinking that perhaps it was advantage cat.

C’mon men, jump to his defence, you know you want to…

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Happy week = Happy me!

This is actually quite hard to do, but it is a brilliant exercise. Sitting down and documenting ten things that you are thankful for from the preceding week is a real leveller. It brings all the moans and groans into perspective when you actually look at all the things we have to be happy about.

Here are my ten things that I am thankful for this week.

  1. The survey going okay on our house. This is another step in the right direction with regards to our moving process.
  2. One really good night’s sleep. I can’t remember the last time this happened and I have to say that even though it was only one night, I rather enjoyed it.

    Image courtesy of dan via  freedigitalphotos.net

    Image courtesy of dan via freedigitalphotos.net

  3. Some sunshine this week. Since coming back from holiday the weather has been pretty dire but we finally saw the great big yellow ball again. And just in time before I sent out the search party…
  4. Two full days of work going smoothly. When it is summer holiday time and I have to go in for the extra days you are never quite sure what you will find – but it all went like clockwork. Woohoo!
  5. My eldest learning how to tie his neck tie ready for ‘big’ school on Tuesday – which means that when he takes it off he can put it back on again. I can hardly believe that he is going to secondary school – where the heck did 11yrs go?
  6. Being able to tame Kevin the hamster. I know he’s featured two weeks in a row but if you knew my previous history with hamsters, then you would understand why I am exceedingly proud of this achievement.
  7. A whole day of not sneezing. Oddly enough it was the same day that I had the good sleep – perhaps the planets were lined up properly or something.

    A whole day without this! Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici via freedigitalphotos.net

    A whole day without this!
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  8. Being able to achieve my editing target for the week. And learning yet more about myself as a writer and the whole writing process. I cannot tell you how amazing this journey is.
  9. My thesaurus – see #8. This is (oddly) my favourite book in the whole world and I am so thankful for it. There is no way I could function as a writer without it.
  10. Another week of life, love and happiness on this planet.

Thank you so much to Considerings for this brilliant idea and for hosting this challenge. Why not give it a go?

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Age is just a number…

socs-badgeSo, I am a day late for this one but I was always told that it’s ‘better late than never’.

Age is the prompt for this week’s Stream of Consciousness post and it’s actually quite a pertinent one for me this week.

As I have got older I have become increasingly frustrated with the injuries that my body has sustained over the years and its subsequent inability to sometimes achieve the most basic of tasks. I am stuck in that well-known scenario where my mind still thinks I am a teenager but my body is most definitely begging to differ.

This has coincided with a new television programme here in the UK which is called Tumble and is essentially a show where celebrities are trained and challenged to do gymnastic practices and compete to find the overall winner. The age range of the celebrities is vast, I think that the oldest is a 60 yr old man, and none of them have ever done anything like this before. It is great entertainment but more than that, it is inspiring. Obviously they have the privileges of having their own personal trainer and everything else on tap but it has made me hanker back to the years when I did gymnastics. As a child it was one of my favourite sports and I didn’t do too badly at it. Whenever the Olympic Games is on, it is always the sport that I try to watch and the increased skill and agility of the athletes over the years never ceases to amaze me.

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Image courtesy of digitalart via freedigitalphotos.net

One of the reasons that the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) has commissioned this programme is to encourage general every day people to get out there and partake in some kind of sport. As such their website has many links to various activities and so I decided to do a little browsing this morning and see where it took me. Initially I only ended up at gymnastic classes for children but a little perseverance took me to a website for a local gymnastics centre which does indeed do adult classes for the physically challenged. This is aimed at all adults up to the age of 60 and for any ability. It sounds perfect and right up my street and so I am now thinking about whether or not to try this out.

My main concern is my ongoing neck and back injuries which I know will not take kindly to it but at least I am no longer worried that I am too old to do something like this. I think that I may go along and have a look and find out if they are going to be able to work around my injuries. Because if that is the case then it would be amazing to give this sport a go again and you never know, I may even lose that weight that I keep promising to shift.

Age really is just a number and I for one, am going to listen to my head and try my hardest to ignore the creaks and groans of my body.

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Passion is universal

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Image courtesy of chrisroll via freedigitalphotos.net

Television in Britain can be frustrating. I get little time to watch the television and when I do, you can pretty much guarantee that there is not a lot on that I want to watch. This has happened with increasing frequency just recently which has caused me to turn to other countries for my entertainment. The latest programme that I have been watching is Master Chef, courtesy of our friends ‘down under’.

As I child I remember Master Chef in it’s infancy and it bears no resemblance to how the programme works now. The Australian version has a kind of Big Brother element to it in that the contestants all live in the same house for the duration of their stay on the programme.

Last night there was a masterclass for the remaining five (by the way, I have no idea if this is a current version or not) run by the two chefs who mark their meals etc… for the tasks. Now, not being a great cook, I watched this masterclass, keen to pick up on any useful tips that I could transfer into my limited repertoire. Sadly I didn’t but what struck me was the absolute passion with which the contestants embrace food. They are basically cooking all day long with barely a few hours for sleep and yet they get up the next day, ready and excited to do exactly the same again.

In times gone by I have worked extensively in the hospitality industry and I have known some pretty tough chef’s. Although I enjoyed many aspects of the industry, I can’t say that I ever enjoyed the kitchen side of it, nor did I ever get passionate about what I was cooking. For me it was just hard work with long hours and little pay. To see these contestants so excited about working in that industry, struck me as strange, knowing what I know about how it works. And then it clicked.

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Image courtesy of africa via freedigitalphotos.net

They are just as passionate about food as I am about writing. Even though the work is different the passion is exactly the same. I work long hours for little or no pay and yet every single day I get up and do the same thing – excited and keen to learn and progress. And I lap it up, I drink it in. If I was offered a similar opportunity to MasterChef but in the writing world, you can bet your bottom dollar that I would be first in line.

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Image courtesy of digitalart via freedigitalphotos.net

So for the first time their passion made absolute sense to me and that was actually a defining moment. Realising that I would commit myself to my writing in exactly the same way that they are committing themselves to their food. It firmed up my already strong understanding that this truly is about passion for me.

All we need now is some kind of Master Author competition… Come on BBC!

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The Compass Key by Charles Yallowitz – Blog Tour

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Available on Amazon for $2.99!
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Dive back into a world of fantasy adventure with Legends of Windemere: The Compass Key!

Book Blurb:

Swords will clash and spells will fly in the newest adventure of young warrior Luke Callindor, Nyx the magic-flinging caster, and their friends.

With Sari captured by their enemies, the champions of Windemere are determined to get her back and destroy the Lich’s castle. Little do they realize, their battles in the Caster Swamp are only the beginning of this adventure. Trinity and her Chaos Elves have invaded the city of Gaia in search of a relic called the Compass Key. Rumored to be the key to rescuing Sari from a magical island, our heroes are in a race to find the mysterious artifact.

Which side will claim the Compass Key? And, what will our heroes do when they’re faced with an enemy whose evil power overshadows anything they have ever faced?

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Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

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Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

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Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

“The action is very well written and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Also the story is engaging and it flows very well and it keeps your attention right up until the very last page.” -

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Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

“This book follows a linear path from the last book in the series, and this series has everything; intrigue, battles, romance(but not too mushy), plot intelligence, and great storytelling. Really looking forward to the next book!” -lala

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Enjoy the adventure!

Your World

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I watch you sleep

So still

Eyes tightly closed

Do you dream?

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What’s it like?

Your world

Is there a door

I can enter?

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To spend a day with you

So precious;

Are there colours in your world?

Would I understand?

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What does it mean when,

You cry?

Is it the noise or confusion

Of our world?

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I wish that I could see things

Like you

And laugh at each day

As you do

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I feel sad because I can’t

Reach you

It tears me up inside because

I love you

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I wish that I knew all about

Your world

So that I could journey this life

Along with you

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But for now we must live

In parallel

Yet always in my heart

I am with you

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© Jade Reyner 2014

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Some random facts about me …

041514-sywbannerToday I am participating in the Share Your World Challenge. I was drawn to this one because the questions are so random and I thought it looked like a bit of fun. Each week, four questions are posed – so here goes with this week…

What is your favorite smell? What memory does it remind you of?

Okay – this is slightly odd, but my favourite smell is actually motorbike fumes. There are two reasons for this – firstly because it reminds me of the old 50cc moped that I used to get around on in my youth and secondly, it reminds me of the smell of boat fuel. And boat fuel on the water smells amazing which in turn, reminds me of wonderful boating holidays that we enjoyed as children.

Name a song or two which are included on the soundtrack to your life?

This is easy and anyone that has read my blog for a while will probably know this already. It has to be Don’t Leave Me This Way by the Communards. Not because it has any great meaning to me but because it was playing around the time when I used to go out to clubs and parties and it was amazing to dance to. There is just something about the beat that gets me every time. And I will always dance to it whenever I hear it played.

Do you play video/computer game?  Which one(s) or most recent? 

I am guilty of playing games on my Nintendo DSi (I know – old technology!) every now and again and I absolutely love the Harvest Moon series of games. They are not for everyone as they are long and can be never ending but for me, I love the strategy of them and the need to progress in order to unlock even more special powers and items.

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Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you best?  Plus what would the 8th dwarf’s name be? (Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey)

At the moment I would have to be Sneezy. I don’t know what is going on but I seem to be spending most of my life with a tissue attached to my nose, to the point where it is waking me up in the night. This is not a good look.

As for the 8th dwarf – I think I would call him Techie because then he could come and solve all of my computer and technological issues.

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Thank you so much to Cee’s Photography for hosting this challenge and for the wonderful, random questions!

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