One Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds – Read

“Who needs travel, when a book can take you places you can only dream of.”

Ritu 2019

For Linda’s #1LinerWeds Challenge

#SoCS June 22/19 – Leaves

Linda’s #SoCS prompt this week:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “leaves.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Have fun!

What an apt prompt, as I have been thinking of leaves this week!

We are discussing Mini Beasts as a topic, in both of my classes these few weeks, Nursery and Reception, and leaves feature heavily, because slugs, snails and caterpillars like to eat them, black fly like to destroy them, ladybird larvae are often found on them in the playgrounds, etc.

Kids love us. And they love to bring in topic relevant presents, whether it is a dead fly or a leaf with a bug on it, to live snails brought lovingly to us, via their pockets! 🤢 Leaves a bit of a nasty taste…


We are also becoming adept at cutting out leaves freehand for myriad activities too, from leaves ready for them to hole punch, to small ones for them to use in collage… Fun and games!

And there you have it. Leaves. EYFS style!†

#SoCS June 8/19 – Life Balance

Linda’s #SoCS prompt this week is a repeat, but looks, likely to become a repeat offender, in a good way!

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “open book, point, write.” Pick up the closest book to you when you sit down to write your post. Close your eyes, open the book, and place your finger on the page. Whatever word or phrase your finger lands on, write about it. Enjoy!

I am currently reading a coupleof books, which is a bit of a shocker, as I am not am multi-book reader usually, but I have a novel my Karen McQuestion – From A Distant Start – on the go, and a positive thinking book, Unlearn, by Humble The Poet that I am dipping in and out of.

It was Humble’s book that came into my hand first…

… and the words my fingers came to rest upon were ‘balance in life’.

Kinda freaky, as I have been talking to my Hoppalong Hubby Dearest about balance recently. More accurately, work/life balance.

That’s a big thing, nowadays, isn’t it?

The pressure to do better, perform better, get things done perfectly, do it all better… it’s upon us all in some way.

And increasingly, you might see couples not really leading a couples life, but fleetingly meeting in the mornings, and hardly talking in the evenings, busy with work related things, and too tired to interact in more than the most basic of greetings and goodnights.

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You hear of families who, even though they are traditional two parent families, find one parent, often the mother, feeling like a single parent, because, despite working herself, the other half is laden down with work pressures, and is barely able to make an evening parents evening, let alone help with the school run once in a while.

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There are those professionals who haven’t even got either of the above to balance out, as their work takes up so much time, that a social life, or time for themselves is so limited.

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Work/Life balance.

Afre we working to live or living to work?

  • I love my job. I truly do.
  • I love my family. More than my job.
  • I love my writing with a passion.
  • I love my friends.

Why should one have to give?

So, here’s what I do… I compartmentalise. And I find shortcuts!

The first hour of my day is devoted to getting things ready for everyone, then relaxing with a cuppa, watching the news and catching up with notifications and emails.

Yes, I am in work early, very early, by 7.45am. Yes, I can be still there at 5.45pm… but only on three days. The other two, I’m out by 4pm

During the day, I will take a break, but I will also make sure I am doing all that needs to be done to prepare for the rest of the week, to make my life easier.

I make sure that, apart from report writing, and the odd time I need to make resources, I bring no work home with me at all.

At home then, I am wife and mum. I’dd do cooking and housework. I’ll help with homework. I’ll nag (because all good wives do) and I’ll have fun with my family.

Then, once everyone is all set, my evening time is mine to choose what I do with it. Read, write, watch tv, iron (I do love a bit of steam pressing) whatever takes my fancy!

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I will arrange nights out with friends. I will go and see family. I will not let work tip me over the edge, even though it is easy to do.

We were discussing it as an opportunity may arise for Hoppalong, where he could go for a role which is more prestigious than his current one, but will involve more stress and pressure, and possibly more time. He compares himself to his MD who is literally on work mode 24/7.

You know, if it works for his MD then fine, but there is no need to be like that. There are always ways to balance things out.

Sure, when you start hight pressure jobs, the need is there to be a little more work, a little less life… but once you are settled, there is the chance to bring that balance back.

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#SoCS June 1/19 – Silence

Linda’s #SoCS prompt for this week:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “silent/silence.” Use one or both in your post. Have fun!

The Colour of Silence

Silence is golden
I often hear say
But I'd like to think different
That is, if I may
For silence can come
In a total array
Of colours, depending on
What you're feeling that day

That deafening silence
Can feel rather black
When you're thinking that
No one's quite got your back

The silence of loss
Comes across as quite blue
When you're filling a void
Not knowing what to do

When silent anger is simmering
Deep inside your head
No, that's not golden,
You're just seeing red

That silence you hear
When it's late at night
Kids asleep, no disturbances
That's purely white

In the peace of the moment,
When all is quite calm
That silence is purple
It does you no harm

And yes, it can feel, sometimes
Silver or golden
As you accept life
When your body does olden

A rainbow of quiet
See, what I said was true
Feel silence in so many ways
Not only just a few
Cos silence it comes in
In many a hue
We all like some quiet
Which colour's for you?

One Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds – Health Check

Please don’t tell me I’m overweight – I already know that!

Ritu 2019

A little background – the NHS are offering 5 yearly health checks for 40- 74 year olds. What is it?

The NHS Health check will assess your risks of:

And advise you on how to live a better, and healthier life.

I know my Pops has heart disease in his family, it runs high…

Mum and Pops are both borderline diabetic…

Kidney disease and stroke, not too sure.

But I know they will say “Erm, maybe try and lose a few pounds, and trim some inches off that waist.”

Don’t they know I’m trying?!

Still, let’s see what they say, I’m sat here speculating!

If you are in the UK and aged between 40-74, click here to find out how to get yours.


For Linda’s #1LinerWeds challenge.

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