If you’d bear with me…

What a great charitabke idea to start the new year with!

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… I want to ask a favour of each of you.

2015-12-29 21.47.48 The volunteers after the last shift

I love London, a sprawling mismatch of a city with everything good and bad about it that you will find anywhere people, lots of people, live cheek by jowl.

And, as with every city, in amongst its citizens are those who fall through the cracks.

2015-12-29 15.50.25 we have elections for the London Mayor this May so each candidate will be bombarded by Crisis and we volunteers with these pictures. Here we have the Conservative candidate, Mr Goldsmith…

For several years now I’ve volunteered at Christmas to work for a UK homeless charity called Crisis. Set up in 1967 with a view to ending the shame of homelessness it still runs. Indeed it is, and the need for it is, bigger than ever.

2015-12-29 15.50.46 … and the Labour candidate Sadiq Khan

It functions throughout the…

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Bye Bye 2015! Well Hello 2016!!

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New Year fast approaching!

 

Well, as I scroll down my reader there are so many posts, about the new year. There are plenty of the WordPress reports, which I too posted, and then the reviews of the past year, and then those with goals for 2016.

Looking back, 2015 was a pretty amazing year in many ways for me, both with my blog, and in reality!

I went from just starting out, to over 1200 WP followers! I got the courage up to post some of a book I started many years ago, and got so much encouragement from those who read it, that I now need to find time to finish it! I discovered a talent for writing things that people actually want to read! That still surprises me to this day! To think, the goings on in my daily life could interest others! And there is the wonderful community I have become a part of.  The people who I have interacted with on WP have been amazing, and I have found some people who I truly count as friends, and some, closer than that, my Blogily!

In reality, I finally took the plunge, did my Return to Teach course and got me a real Teaching job! I see my children growing up, becoming fascinating, opinionated characters (More blogger fodder for me!), and generally, life has been good!

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So, what do I expect from 2016?

Well, I don’t like to shoot too high, but hey we should all have dreams, shouldn’t we?

I hope I find the time to finish my Wedded Stress novel!

I hope that my first year of teaching ends with success, and that I manage to control that crazy bunch of kids, and teach them something that will help them in life!

I hope to attend the Annual Bloggers Bash this year to meet some of the inspirational writers I have followed and interacted with over this last year.

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Then there are those things… those resolutions… the things you diligently say you will do, then forget after a few days!

Well, I’m not one for making resolutions, but there are a few changes I would like to make…

  • Get a little healthier, you know, no full boxes of Malteasers, just a few, eating a little better, maybe getting back on the exercise wagon. I’ll try, we’ll see what happens!
  • Give more time to my family. I am constantly rushing around, and feel like we have no quality time together. The kids are growing fast, and Lil Man starts Secondary school in September. Hubby and I need alone time too!
  • I want to be better on my blog at not just reading and liking others posts, but I want to be more active in commenting on others blogs too.
  • I shall continue to reblog any awards I am nominated for, as they are time consuming, and my life means I can’t give them the time they deserve, but, by reblogging, I hope to give that person a few new views, and show my gratitude that way. Of course if it is something new,  I shall try my hardest to take part!

And with all that in mind, all that remains, is for me to wish you, my gorgeous Peeps, a very prosperous, and happy new year! May 2016 bring all the things you wish for, and give you the successes you all so deserve! Love and luck to you all, and most of all, many many smiles!

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Spirit Animal Blog Award – A New One For Me!

I wake on the last day of the year 2015, and in my notifications, I am blessed with an award nomination from Susie of Susieshy45. Please if you don’t already, go check Susie’s blog out!

It’s a new, unfamiliar award to me, the Spirit Animal Bog Award!

Rules:

  1. Display the logo… Done!

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2. Write a short description about you and what your blog means to you, oh, and if you were an animal, what animal would you be.

3.  Nominate fellow bloggers to pass the award on to.

So, here goes!

I am a 40 year old working mum. A teacher by day, and for the rest of the hours of the day, I am a mum to 2 crazy kids, and wife to a wonderful hubby, a devoted daughter, and daughter-in-law, and part time blogger! My days are packed with so much stuff, yet I feel I have to come to my blogosphere regularly, to have some me time!

I started this blog over a year ago, on a whim, as a friend had started one.  I didn’t know what a blog was to be honest! And as for followers… who would want to follow me if I didn’t even know what a blog was!

Over time, I started to write, about my life, then I rekindled my love for writing, and my creative side woke up! So all in all you get a pretty eclectic mix of things I blog about on here… from my family, and Kids Logic, to Spidey’s Serene Sundays.  Sonu Singh, my fur baby, is a star in his own right on here too! My opinions and memories flow, when they want, and then, when it hits, I can be poetic! I love to take part in certain challenges, like Ronovan’s weekly haiku challenge, and his Friday Fiction Challenge, and there is Matt the Book Blogger’s Flash Fiction Foray challenge too.

And  I have discovered some amazing people on this platform, some who have become a part of my daily life, a real Blogily, as I like to call them!  This blog is a place to relax, be me, and interact with many likeminded people from all over, who I would never have met in real life!

Now if I was an animal, what would I be??!!  I used to say a monkey, but, much as I love them, no.  I think I would like to be a dolphin… free, in the sea, intelligent!  Or maybe a cat… what a life eh!

And I need to nominate some fellow bloggers too!

Erika Kind   My dear blog sis –  an amazingly positive person who has made my blogging experience so special this last year!

Rich – My Pizzalicious Blog bro! He has recently discovered that he is an amazing poet!

Judy My Kentish blog sis who shares the same sense of humour as me, and has some fantastic comical poetry, as well as some great posts that have stemmed from her work in Nursing.

Rob – I am not quite sure how to describe my Leibster Meister, Rib Rob! But what I can say is that if you follow his blog you won’t be disappointed! What started as a weight loss journey, slowly evolved, and you get music, (his own!) and some great thoughtful pieces, as well as some hysterical Tid Bit Tuesday posts!

Syl – now if thoughtful verse is what you are after, then you should check out Syl’s blog. His poems, and words, are inspirational!

 

 

 

 

 

No Likey!

WP! What are you doing???!!!

I apologise if it looks like I haven’t been reading your posts, but in my reader, as I read and ‘like’ your posts, my ‘like’ is disappearing!

I go on your website and ‘like’ them too, and again, it ‘unlikes’ your post! I want to scream!!!!

 

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 61,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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