Friday 10 November 2017

Celebrate the small things

Thanks to Lexa and her lovely co-hosts
            L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge 
       Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

A month seems to have somehow slipped by since I posted for this fun and simple blog hop!  Sometimes I think we focus way too much on the negatives so this is a great way to counteract that and remember all those little things that often get lost or forgotten - a kind of hug for the soul. Therefore, I'd like to celebrate and give a little high five to the following things that have happened recently.

* Last weekend we met with the company we are using to supply the marquee for our daughter's wedding in 2019. It may seem like a while off but the best companies get booked up so earlier that we need to get ahead on things! Anyway, having a site visit and chatting about the options made things a lot clearer for us all. We have also had a successful initial meeting with the caterers and they have some great ideas for food choices, so, all in all, we have lots to think about and plan now, just need to keep on saving up! If you've ever been involved with a wedding you probably know how expensive things can be even though we aren't planning anything too lavish!

* We decided we needed to give our living room a refresh. We started to look at the room in a different way and began moving furniture around . . . and well it is amazing what a difference it made! We took down some pictures that had been hanging in the same place for years and swapped them with some others from around the house. We got rid of a rug that we have had since the girls were small and moved the TV to the other side of the room, de-cluttered a few things and finally, we painted the walls a light and airy cream. It looks and feels so different but we would like to get a new sofa to complete the transformation as ours is quite saggy in places now! (Much like me I guess!!)

* The woodpecker has been spending a lot of time in the garden. I think it is enjoying the fallen apples. It's cheery red head bobbing around the lawn always makes me smile.

* The cold, dark evenings make me want to close the curtains and light some candles. I love lighting my scented candles as it makes it feel so cosy.

* I managed to put together a couple of submissions this week. I like knowing that I have writing out there and being considered. You never knew where it may lead.

Well, that's my little list this week, hope you have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday 1 November 2017


Thanks as ever to our host Alex and this month's co-hosts: Tonja Drecker, Diane Burton,  MJ Fifieldand Rebecca Douglass

IWSG Day Question: Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?

I have never taken part in NaNo so this one is not really relevant to me! Having to produce a set number of words in a short time just wouldn't work for me and my writing style at present.

Following on from this question, I am happy to report that work continues on my first draft and I am about three quarters of the way through. I would like to finish it by early December so that I can let it rest a bit over the festive period and then dive back into the editing and re-write in the New Year. 

Easy right? 

The fact is I am feeling anxious about it. My writing is a little sporadic at the moment which means I struggle to get back into the flow of the plot when I go back to the manuscript. However, I do have a plan that will hopefully allow me to schedule some regular writing time. Wish me luck!

Best of luck to anyone taking part in NaNo this month, may the words flow for us all.