Chit-chat November extra

Today was Christmas lights switch on, in my local town of Mansfield. The plan was to arrive about an hour before light switch on, enjoying the music and what ever else prior to then. Now I know it would bring in crowds, but as I have not been to a local event like this before, I did not really know what to expect to be honest. But I was hoping it would not feel crowdy, like a tin of sardines. But it was, so I was down there just 20 minutes, before walking back home.
Back home, I played on a game on my phone I downloaded for free a few days ago, with some reading in between of a book called “Sea Changes,” by Robert Goddard and the Christmas tree will go up tonight.

I plan to avoid Black Friday. I shall stay at home that day, again, avoiding the crowd that might happen for this event.

I have been catching up over the last few weeks on DVD, “The Walking Dead, season 8” and “Wentworth Prison season 6.” I now await next year for the new seasons to come out and carry on where I have left off, once they are out on DVD.

Have you ever been to your local Christmas light switch on?
Do you avoid the crowds on events like I’ve mentioned, or similar?
What have you been doing over the weekend?

Chit-chat November

So we are 13 days into November. Soon be Christmas. ūüėÄ

I learned a bit more about my new doctors since this post, Why do people NOT observe the rule, don’t phone? when I talked about the accessibility that this my new doctors do, that the other did not.
Since making an appointment recently, to see the nurse, I noticed my appointment reminder had a text, or email option, should I need to cancel my appointment. I think this is really great and this is something my previous doctors did not provide, which would have meant me calling into the practice itself to cancel.
My appointment with the nurse is tomorrow. I am hoping my anxiety is minimal, or nil, because I noticed that when I called into the practice yesterday, to say this was second time popping in, I had some anxiety I wasn’t expecting. Hopefully this will all die down, as I get to know the practice.

When it comes to e-readers, should I decide to buy one, I know that the Kobo brand will be best for me. Thank you to everyone that commented in post,¬†E-readers or books? It confirmed for me, that Kobo would be best for me with the comments left in this post and me looking a little further by googling. But as I say, I have not really decided to buy one now and whether I will in the end, I don’t know. I will see how I feel in the coming months.

I am looking forward to my week off work next week. All that week is called for in some way.
Monday will be an appointment with the dentist. Just a routine check-up, then I will meet up with mum while in the area, for lunch. The remainder of Monday once home, will be watching DVD’S, or reading and nothing else.
Tuesday to Saturday, I have kept myself open for a friend who is going through something difficult at the moment. I will see her how ever many times she’d like to meet up during that time. If there are any days I don’t meet up, then I plan to have a lazy days, or maybe a walk in a park, or two.
Sunday will be what ever comes my way, or a further lazy day. I am just going to go with the flow, because the past week has been difficult at times, where I have struggled with energy and having either sore muscles, or joints, or both together. This has made it hard work at times, at work, when my body has felt like this, so I am really looking forward to the week off next week and I am counting it down.
I may, if motivated, put the Christmas tree up, at some point in that week.

Chit-chat October

So the month as you know as been mainly to do with me moving into my flat and getting things sorted and jus settling in. Also finish of with things from the place I moved from.
October has just been a month to settle into my flat, which will continue into November, as I find my feet. The coming months I may tweak a few things around my home, or I may just find I am happy with how I have my things.
I bought some new curtains just over a week ago, but I have not been bothered to put them up yet. I have been drained with trying to get the gas sorted fiasco, which if it wasn’t for my landlord sorting it for me, I would have been another day without heating and water. It was just yesterday that this was all sorted, thanks to him.

Donations to charity

I plan to donate the tv stand, shoe cupboard, bookcase and a work top oven.
After knowing how quickly a pan of water heats up on cooker that belongs to the flat, should I ever be in a situation where I need a cooker again because of moving, I will buy one. I don’t want to use my current one, knowing there are hobs that heat up pans of water better. But it is still in good nick and it would be appreciated by the next person as it has helped me over the years I had it.
I have emailed charity about these donations and they will be collecting them in just over a weeks time.

Books I am reading

I was so happy to get my hands on the book, “The Book Thief,” by Markus Zusak. I love the film as you know and the book was next on my list, to compare. The book I bought second-hand at a coffee morning I went to just last Saturday, at Salvation Army and it’s in excellent condition. I also bought “Forgive Me,” by Lesley Pearse and “Sea Changes,” by Robert Goddard. These three books I bought for a ¬£1. So as you can see, this is what I will be doing over the next couple of months.

Before I closed down my Amazon account, I bought the book, “The Highly Sensitive Person,” by Elaine N. Aron, Ph. D.

Are you a highly sensitive person?

I thought I had not read “The Highly Sensitive” before and reading it, I could not remember, but in my bullet journal I had ticked off that I had read this book. I can’t have been in the right frame of mind reading it the first time round.
I picked up this book to read, because I have always seen myself sensitive, but as a “Highly Sensitive Person,” (HSP) this was all new to me.
A reader commented on this post, “I really wish others knew this about me‚Ķ” about how she is a HSP and wondered if I was too. She said to check out a movie/documentary with Alanis Morrissette called, “Sensitive.” I had a look at that and elsewhere and I found it very useful. I hope that I can watch the film/documentary on dvd. But from a website I visited to learn more about HSP, I discovered I am a HSP. The book I am reading is confirming that to me as well and it is unlocking some memories I had forgotten, that I see are me as a HSP.
I always felt different growing up and as an adult, but I could never put my finger on it. Knowing I am a HSP, puts it into context.

Christmas tree going up soon

In a few weeks my Christmas tree will be going up early as planned. I blogged here on, “One year today, since you are both gone,” on why it is going up early.

The road they were killed on, my friend took me that way recently, so I could see for myself how clearly signed it is now, with the new speed limit of 40mph. Let’s hope this all helps and no other family go through what we went through.

Chit-chat: Are you having another cat?

I thought this question would have stopped now, but it still seems to crop up and it did recently again.

The short answer is no.

But going deeper into the answer why it’s a no, if you are interested, is that I am in no situation to own another cat.

Most private properties, especially flats, do not accept pets, or to the point, definitely not cats, or dogs. Unless of course you are in a council property, they will allow, but there may be a limit as to how many, which varies in different areas. So until I am in a council property, I can’t even contemplate thinking of owning a cat. Even if I was allowed a cat, financially I can’t afford a cat right now.

By the time, if not before, owning a council property, I may go down the route of owning guinea pigs. But again, this is whether I can financially, even though I know they are more affordable once they have their set up. But I want to make sure they have the best. So until I know there is a place in a corner of a¬† room where will have plenty of room in a pen, it won’t happen till I know.

The only connection in my life when it comes to cats, is Cats Protection. I will go every time I have donations to give, from where Miley came from originally. So if you see me near there, it’s because I am donating, not adopting. ūüėä

Chit-chat September

So after looking up further info on riding a moped and looking where the nearest test centre would be, should I find I wanted to take riding a moped further, I have now removed the idea off my experiences list, which was in this post:¬†“More experiences.”
There is no way I am traveling that distance to a test centre.

I cannot believe that there is no test centre for motorcycles in the Sutton-in-Ashfield, or Mansfield area and instead I have to travel to Colwick in Nottingham! Why?

I know that wearing a helmet, I would need to remove my hearing aids for comfort and so to lipread the person I do not know, who would give instructions to me in lessons and then later a different person on my test, as listening through a radio would be a no option for me, would be very tiring and not 100% manageable for me. Not counting also the journey to the test centre. So yes, I have removed it off my experiences list. Mum will be relieved though.

Moving on from this… What else have I been doing?

Finally got round to getting back into my studies.

For those new to my blog, my course is, “Dog Walking and Pet Home Sitting Course.” When I have completed this course and passed, I will receive a Level 4 certificate, from ABC. You will find out more about my course,¬†in this post.
I have not long received results on assignment 3 and now working on assignment 4, as this goes to air. All my assignments I have done so far, I have done well on.

I read this book, over a weekend; “Whispering Hope,” The True Story of the Magdalene Women,” by Nancy Costello, Kathleen Legg, Diane Croghan, Marie Slattery and Marina Gambold, with Steven O’ Riordan.

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Now I have heard about the Magdalene Women, but what shocked me was how long the way these women were awfully treated, went on for. It was bad enough and totally wrong what they experienced to start with, but to discover this was going on until 1996, when the last place closed it’s doors in that year, is even more shocking.

19th February 2013 the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny apologised to the women incarcerated in Ireland’s Magdalene laundries.

I also read, “The Cat Whisperer,” by Claire Bessant.

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A book I bought second-hand from somewhere and I have had on my book shelf for some time. This book will stay on my shelf, for future reference.
It was nice reading this book, bringing back memories I remember my previous cat did, as well as cats I have owned prior to her, while learning new things from it.

And these books I have read too, from the library:

  • “Sisu, The Finnish Art of Courage,” by Joanna Nylund.
  • “New Selected Poems,” by Carol Ann Duffy. (I have been meaning to read more of her poems for sone time, so finally got round to it.)
  • “Guinea Pig,” by Peter Gurney. (I have now bought this book from Amazon, second-hand after finding this a good book.

Also reading, “Forest Therapy,” by Sarah Ivens, which I ordered some months back. (Pre-ordered from Wordery.) I am enjoying this book and I will talk about it more later, when I have written up a blog post.

My plants

My Spider Plant is half its glory, from receiving too much love. (The plant suffered from a bit too much watering.) In the end, I had to re-pot with fresh compost and it is now showing signs of improvements.

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The spiderettes, from this plant are doing great.

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And this is my Forget-me-not.

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My Parlour Palm, (not pictured) is still looking good, as in last photo I shared, in an earlier post.

I have tried a different tea, this one being Asda Rhubarb and Custard. It smells lovely and tastes great.

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I found I could drink‚Äč this tea hot, or cold, but it felt comforting and soothing, hot.

What are your favourite films?

There are many films I like, but the films that stick out for me are:

City of Angels

Starring Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage. This film I like because I think it was well thought out. The emotions in the film for some scenes, you can really feel them and I like how there is no swearing in the film. Meg Ryan plays Maggie, a heart surgeon and Nicholas Cage plays Seth, the angel.
I bought this film on DVD and I have owned this for some years. I have lost count how many times I have played it.

The Book Thief

I love this film, which I bought this DVD from a charity shop for 99p. So after I played it for the first time, I thought I got a bargain and it has been played a few times since. The film stars Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nélisse. The story is set during World War two. A girl named Liesel, is adopted by a German couple, when her mother can no longer care for her. Liesel arrives unable to read, but her adoptive father encourages her to learn. Her words and imagination provide her friends with an escape from the events that is happening around them.

Mrs Doubtfire

I first had this film on VHS. Goodness, can you remember VHS tapes? Who’s feeling old? Then I bought it second hand on DVD. I no longer have this DVD with downsizing some years ago, but I do love this film still.
Robin Williams stars in this comedy drama, as Daniel Hillard, who is a freelance voice actor in San Francisco. His character has to rebuild his life, after his wife files for divorce and gets sole custody of their children. But if he can prove to have a steady job and a suitable home within three months, then she would share custody of their children. This is where eventually Mrs Doubtfire comes in the film.
Although this film is a comedy drama, there are some touching moments.

Over the years I played this film, whether VHS tape, or DVD, it gave me laughter when I needed it.

A great actor that’s no longer here, who gave us laugher in many films and tv programmes.

So if I was to talk about film’s, these are what would come to my mind.

What’s your favourite film’s?

Chit-chat: My day today

My day started off a bit slow, as I was finding it hard to get going. I had a bad headache yesterday and with extra work, on top of my own, I am feeling it.

This post is a bit of a random post, as I am just talking about today, as it is right now I type this. I thought it would make an interesting, random post for some. (Random for me.) So it’s 1.30pm as I look at my watch at this point.

This morning, after getting myself going, I put some washing away, then after breakfast, I aired the blog posts before this one and then I adjusted my computer trolley. The computer trolley I have it mostly so I stand at it, when using my computer. But that was when I had my laptop still, to use the odd occasion sitting down. So with the laptop gone and needing a comfortable choice when it comes to using my computer later, when I type up my coursework, then I needed to lower my trolley.

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The study I have neglected, with the things that have gone on, but my plan was to get back into it. Before I knew it, morning has gone and time for lunch, so the typing up I may more likely do tomorrow. Especially with feeling tired and not quite with it.

For lunch I had pasta, spinach and mixed veg, with a drizzle of mint sauce and now relaxing while writing this and waiting for someone to fix my tap.

The weather outside, as I look up is bright. No sun and no dark clouds. It’s not cold and I am appreciating the fresh air coming through my windows that are open, while I am in. I have had hem open some I have been up.
While I am sitting, I am thinking I would like to call in a nearby cafe to work and, call in there for a cuppa and a cake, before I start my shift. This all depends on if my tap is fixed by a certain time.
A friend has read my mind, as he texted about a cuppa part, not the cake like me as well. So it all depends on the man who will come to fix my tap, whether I get to eat my cake, before work.

What has, or will your day be like today? What’s the weather like?