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Taking Stock : October

I have been meaning to do a “Taking Stock” list for ages.  Pip Lincolne posts them on her lovely blog Meet Me at Mike’s and they always inspire me to do the same.  But I have yet to do it.  So here goes…..

Cooking : Curries – I am trying to make a decent one.  I have a delightful library volunteer (she’s Indian) who brings me equally delightful meals and I am pretty sure she uses some kind of witchcraft on them because they are SO GOOD.

Drinking : Yorkshire Tea.  I always drink tea but am finding I need an extra strong brew these days, so Yorkshire Tea it is.  That, or I dunk two regular teabags in my cup. And then walk away, forget about it, and come back to a cup of tea that is so strong the spoon stands up in it.

Listening to: Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton John Seriously – two of my fave artists combined?  Hello!?  Awesomeness. Have you never been mellow, indeed.

Reading: The Little Paris Bookshop  It’s a lovely story about a floating bookshop in Paris and the owner who “possesses a rare gift for sensing which books will soothe the troubled souls of his customers”.

Next read: Haven’t made my mid up yet, because I have SO MANY books to read at home.  But I think I will tackle The Wonder by Emma Donoghue.

Making: Lots of collages.  Which, in turn, means I am making lots of mess.

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Wanting: An electric drill.  It is time I made the commitment to proper DIY projects and got myself some power tools.  It will probably end in disaster, let’s face it.

Looking: For old drawers.  Of the furniture / storage variety.  I don’t mean knickers.  I want to make some groovy storage / shelving thingies from them.  Have a look at some of the ideas HERE

Deciding: On what to do with my life.  This is a recurring theme for me.  But I feel very anxious about it all.  I am thinking about going to a career counsellor.  I can’t work out if they are a load of nonsense or actually quite a good idea.

Wishing: For world peace, obviously.  But also a Lotto win, a flatter stomach, reliable hair and comfortable (yet fabulous) shoes.  Mostly the Lotto win – I really need that.

Enjoying: Strawberries.  We’re in the midst of a bit of strawberry scare at the moment in Australia (some fool has been putting needles in them as some sort of disgruntled-ex-employee protest) but I have been bravely soldiering on and enjoying these luscious little bites of sweetness.  They are so tasty right now.  I could eat a whole punnet in one sitting.

Waiting: For Spring to really kick in.  We’ve had some lovely sunny days, but they’ve been interspersed with very rainy, cold, miserable, ugh kind of days that make me ache and want to hide under a blanket.

Loving: A new discovery, The Rustic Gallery  Full of lovely old and not-so-old STUFF.  Rusty yumminess – everything from furniture to homewares, garden pieces, hardware, tools etc.  Beautifully set out, really well organised and very reasonably priced.  There are treasures around every corner.  You must visit!

Considering: Joining a gym.  It’s a ridiculously scary idea for me.  My physio wants me to start strengthening up and is encouraging me to go to the gym to work on this.  It is freaking me out.  I am not a gym person.  If I could work out in the dark, with no one else around, I would be ok.

Buying: DIY stuff.  Spray paint and house paint and staple guns (!) and all manner of handyman-esque items.  Injury is imminent.

Watching: That should read “binge-watching”.  Because I am overdosing on episodes of Lee Mack’s hilarious sitcom Not Going Out.  I admit to loving him just a little bit.  I have several years of the show to catch up on so it’s nightly viewing for me at the moment.  I’m also watching Jamie Ray Vintage on Youtube.  Her videos make me want to paint and upcycle everything in sight.

Cringing: At my thighs.  Sigh.  I don’t know how they happened.  And also at Donald Trump.  I don’t know how he happened either.

Needing: A hug.  I am not a touchy-feely person and everyone who knows me knows I am not a hugger, so when I say I need a hug, things must be getting tricky.

Smelling: The last remnants of my favourite perfume from Somethin Special.  It’s called Butt Naked.  Which is a horrible name that I am embarrassed to tell people about, but it smells like heaven on a stick.  I must order some more directly.

Wearing: Trousers and jeans.  Ugh, I hate them.  But I have put on weight and none of my skirts fit right now so I have to wear pants.  Many of them with elastic waists.  Which make me cry and want to hide in a cave somewhere.

Worrying: About the future.  A LOT.  Everything seems so unstable and scary, both personally and around the world in general.  I don’t remember there being a time like this, where nothing makes sense and everything seems crazy and upsetting.  The wrong people are in power and it frightens me.  We seem to be evolving backwards.

Knowing: I need a haircut.  Every day I have the same conversation with myself about booking an appointment, but do I do anything about it?  No.  I do not.  I am starting to look like a bedraggled yeti.

Thinking: Way too much.  How do you switch your brain off?  I am attending a Mindfulness workshop next week to see if I can learn to be more “in the moment” and all that stuff.  Most of my health issues are connected to my inability to relax, both physically and mentally so I have to try and do something about it.  Fingers crossed! (and then uncrossed…and relaxed…) 🙂

Sorting: Lots of sorting!  I have just gone through three ENORMOUS boxes of paperwork and shredded/sorted/filed it.  It’s a job I had been meaning to do for YEARS.  Like, why did I have receipts from car repairs I had done 15 years ago?  Why???  I am culling books and clothes and STUFF as well.  Just trying to get in some sort of order.

Getting: Into meditation and mindfulness.  I am trying so hard to calm my mind and stop being so anxious, panicky and sad (usually all at the same time).  I have bought a new little CD player, so I can do some guided meditation at night before bed and I am trying really hard to stay mindful and BREATHE during the day.  It’s not easy.  But at least I am trying.

Coveting: Phil Collins tickets.  I tried to book tickets (the crappiest, cheapest seats I could get) and they had all sold out within minutes.  The next class of tickets was too rich for my blood so I had to bow out.  So sad. *cries*

Disliking: The way people behave on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram.  Who are these people who like to troll and abuse folks they don’t even know?

Feeling: Tired.  Tired.  Tired.  And middle-aged.  That one crept up on me…

Admiring: My dear friend for packing up her unsatisfying life and moving on to bigger and better things in a faraway location where she will know no one and have to fend for herself in an isolated location.  She is so much braver than me.  But I will miss her 😦

Snacking: Way too much.  I recently made these three-ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies and it wasn’t so much snacking as a cram-them-all-in-my-gob-at-once kinda scenario. They. Are. Delicious.

Giggling: At the antics of my temporary lodger, Ella the guinea pig.  She’s my niece’s little piggy and she’s adorable.  I am looking after her while her “people” are away.  She never stops eating.  I believe we are kindred spirits.

 

So, that’s my October.  What are your plans?  Are you looking forward to Spring cleaning, Halloween and the start of Christmas shopping?  Or is October just another month to you – one that flies by like the rest of them?  Whatever you are doing, I hope your month is creative and happy.

Thanks for dropping in x

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Bucket List (or, Things I Will Probably Never Do)

Bucket List (or, Things I Will Probably Never Do)

OK, so I know Bucket Lists are pretty common these days.  Everybody is writing them.  Some people are even following through on their wishes.  Not sure if I can do the same but I do know there are some things I would like to be able to do before I kick the proverbial.  Many of them are very tame, in comparison to other people’s. But that’s ok I guess. Some of them are quite pedestrian.  But you have to start somewhere I suppose, and one person’s dream is another’s reality.  To me, owning a home is a big deal – it seems unattainable, and yet I know people who have bought and sold many houses.  It’s all relative.

Actually, I think my bucket list needs some work.  I think it is supposed to be more spectacular.  I think I’m supposed to write things like “Climb a Mountain” or “Run a Marathon”.  Most of the time I would be happy to just get out of bed on time and not bump in to things a lot.  But, as I said, it’s all relative and personal.

So here goes, in no particular order (and I will no doubt add to this as the months go by and I think of extra stuff I should have included) :

  1. Write a book
  2. Sky Dive
  3. Travel to Iceland
  4. Love myself
  5. Read all the books in one of those “1001 Books You Must Read before You Die” lists, like THIS
  6. Learn to dance
  7. Dye my hair purple
  8. Learn to walk in heels without falling down
  9. Visit Stonehenge
  10. Buy a house
  11. Study something I am passionate about
  12. Find a job I enjoy, not just tolerate
  13. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  14. Stand up for myself when it really counts
  15. Learn to play guitar
  16. Cultivate a viable vegetable garden
  17. Swim with whales/whale sharks/sharks/manatees
  18. Get a tattoo (maybe…I keep changing my mind on this one)
  19. Learn glass blowing
  20. Sleep on the beach for at least one night, under the stars
  21. Go on a luxury cruise
  22. Write a love letter to everyone I know and care about, so they know how I feel about them before it is too late
  23. Perform a random act of kindness on a grand scale
  24. Have my own business – nothing crazy or huge, just something that is my own
  25. Fly in a hot air balloon
  26. Sing with other people (not just by myself, in the car)
  27. Meet Jamie Oliver
  28. Become a morning person (my 6 year old nephew literally leaps out of bed in the morning, beaming and laughing and singing.  EVERY. MORNING.  He is sunshine on a stick.  I want to be like that).
  29. Be medication free
  30. Have dinner on a rooftop.  I’m not going to push my luck by saying a romantic dinner.  Any old dinner will do.
  31. Go on a proper road trip
  32. Learn to meditate
  33. Buy, and use, a hula hoop
  34. Do yoga regularly
  35. Be at peace with myself and my body
  36. Bake my own bread
  37. Stop being an insomniac
  38. Learn to make a “proper” curry, from scratch
  39. Learn to make kimchi
  40. Eat something wonderful and fattening in Paris
  41. Become vegan – or as close to it as I can
  42. Have coffee/tea with a stranger
  43. Go thrifting in New York
  44. Be part of a vintage pin-up photo-shoot
  45. Learn to drive a manual car
  46. Achieve 1000 followers on my blog
  47. Complete an art journal
  48. Learn to sew my own clothes
  49. Stop procrastinating
  50. Teach my craft
  51. Create a Youtube channel (which would require me to achieve points 33 & 49 simultaneously)
  52. Appear in one of my favourite magazines (for a good reason)
  53. Go a whole week without watching TV
  54. Read a book a week
  55. Make and enjoy a stack of pancakes, all by myself
  56. Grow my own herb garden
  57. Take an op-shopping tour of Australia
  58. Get a fringe
  59. Have a market stall
  60. Take a long, cross-country train ride
  61. Send a message in a bottle (haven’t worked out how to do that in an environmentally-friendly way, yet, but I am working on it)
  62. Create a shrine/altar in my home
  63. Be kissed by someone lovely when I’m not expecting it

That will do for today 🙂  How about you?  Do you have a bucket list?  Have you ticked anything off yet or added new things?  Any items you’ve changed your mind about?

Have a great day everyone 🙂