Living with a broken heart

So I have been absent from Blogland for a few weeks.

After 13 years of love, my adorable 14 year old rescue babydog, Red went to sleep on Friday 3rd June. Hs health had deteriorated significantly over the last few months – advanced osteoarthritis, dementia, liver and kidney deterioration and then symptoms indicating he might have developed a tumour in his nose. Life had become a daily struggle for him.

We found him in a rescue centre as a 14 month old. Scared and extremely thin, having come from an abusive home. We had no idea how much he would transform our lives. I loved Red with all my heart and soul.

I know it was the right thing to do and he went quickly and peacefully at home in my arms.

Life without him will never be the same again. Our home feels empty and my heart is broken.

Rest in peace Red. I miss you so much.

 

The Hearth of the Home

Historically the hearth provided the main source of heat for the home, as well as being the place where most of the cooking was done. Naturally, the fireplace evolved into the central gathering place for the family and the hearth became synonymous with home – especially during the long winter months.

“For me it is sufficient to have a corner by my hearth, a book and a friend, and a nap undisturbed by creditors or grief.”     Fernandez de AndradaRead More »

40 Things From Being 40 Years Old

If you’ve read my ‘About Me’ page you will know that last year I turned 40. So as my year of being 40 comes to a close and becomes my year of being 41,  I thought it would be a good time to take stock.

It’s been a good year all in all. Here’s some of the things I’ve learnt and discovered from being 40 years old –Read More »

Fridays – I need them like oxygen

As some of you know, I started a new job in January. I’m using my skills, experience and expertise while having lots of new challenges. It’s a great organisation and a great team. It all sounds just lovely doesn’t it?

However, I have inherited a bit of a mess with issues and problems, which as a manger it’s my job to resolve. Then of course there is the the huge workload. I can spend 5 hrs a day in meetings, often do not get a lunch break and have to stay late to get work done.

I keep reminding myself,  prior to starting the job, I’d been incredibly ill and stuck in bed for 2 weeks. So it’s no surprise that by Thursday evening my brain and body are totally done in.Read More »

2016 Let’s Do This – Better Late Than Never

As some of you know my New Year plans were scuppered by a visit to Bronchitis Land. Being very ill for a 2 solid weeks was not the best start to a year. However, I tried to embrace the situation. Check out my post in case you missed it – Seeking new year inspiration while surviving acute bronchitis.

Anyway, I am now well into my recovery – hooray, hooray! I have started my new job, which is going well – hooray, hooray! So it’s time to get to grips with this whole New Year thing. Let’s get this show on the road.

So here’s some of my plans, goals, tasks (whatever you want to call them) for the year ahead.Read More »

Let’s Read Heidi, Build a Sandcastle and Celebrate My New Job

 

What was your favorite book or movie as a child?

As a very small child I loved to read the story of Heidi. I still have this book today.

 

 

What is your favorite season and why?

 

I love spring. It’s a wonderful feeling after the long winter. I enjoy spring flowers, nature coming back to life and the warmer, brighter days.

 

Do you have a bucket list? What is number 1?

I don’t have a bucket list. I have a Life List of simple things I have always wanted to do or haven’t spent time doing since I was a child. One of the things on my list is – Build a Sandcastle.

If I am lucky enough to holiday near the beach this year, I’m going to take some time out to build a wonderful sandcastle. Read More »