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Writespiration #69 — December 2, 2015

Writespiration #69

I keep threatening Sacha that I am going to have a go at her Writespiration Challenge but have been a bit scared due to the high calibre of the other writers that participate. However, I decided to jump on in any way, especially as she has dared us to participate this week with the protagonist being LGBT character.  Here goes!

The reflection in the mirror

Told her that she looked just great

The look she had put together

Was just perfect for a date.

The hair so sleek and stylish

The skirt above the knee

The sassy high-heeled sling backs

And the skimpy little tee

She had waited for this moment

For far too many years

Hiding her true feelings

Giving in to all her fears.

Finally she took the plunge

To make her dreams come true

She felt as though she was reborn

And her life could start anew

She sprayed a little perfume

As she walked outside the door

This time as a woman

Not the man she had been before.

 

 

 

Food, Glorious Food! #BeWoW Post. — October 7, 2015

Food, Glorious Food! #BeWoW Post.

I have always had rather a passionate love affair with food, It is, after all, vital for our very survival. For some, though it is just fuel in order to keep the body functioning properly, and not something they particularly think much about. They eat when they need to, and ensure that they consume the right balance of nutrients to keep them within a healthy weight range.

For me, though, food is so much more than that, it is an experience. I love to savour and enjoy; it is a pleasure to be shared with others, whether it be around a huge table, or sitting on a towel at the beach! Give me a buffet and I am in my element; Eying up the selection of foods laid out, enticing me with their irresistible looks, and inviting me to devour them.

Even more than this is my desire to attend a ‘Medieval Banquet.’ Get out of the way Henry, that ham is mine! Just the thought of the succulent meats, tender vegetables, and plump juicy fruits not to mention all of the other goodies that would be on offer, is enough to send me into frenzy!!

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Food is also linked to events, dates or occasions. For me Bonfire Nights as a child were wrapping up warmly against the chilly November night, watching the fireworks, and then eating something warm and hearty, such as a stew and jacket potatoes with chunks of bread. Christmas dinners, of course, with the traditional roast turkey, stuffing, pigs in blankets, sprouts (the only time I eat them), roast potatoes, and all the other trimmings. Once that was eaten, it was either a brisk walk or a slump on the sofa for a nap!

One more food I have to give a mention to is bacon. Just the smell it cooking, can rouse the laziest teenager from their bed to breakfast in record time! For me, it is caravanning holidays with my family. We always had cooked breakfast when we were on holiday, and the ‘full English’ was the perfect start to set us up for the day.

But, my love of food has cost me dearly. Well, actually, truth be told, not my love of food, more so my greed with food. As I got older, and life became a little tougher, I sought out my loyal and faithful love. It was always there for me and made me feel better. It gave me comfort and, for a while, respite. Unfortunately, it also gave me Type 2 diabetes.

My over-indulgence was to blame, I did not heed the danger signs, the weight continued to pile on and I did nothing to counteract it. I used food too much for comfort, paying no heed to the negative effect it was having on me.

However, this is a positive post. I can still have a good relationship with food, but not so much of an obsessive one. I can still eat the foods I enjoy, just in smaller quantities and not as often! The best thing though is that food can still be a pleasurable experience to be shared with others, and as long as I rein in my urges to eat everything in sight, I might even get to that banquet!

Those people who I did not understand who ‘ate to live’ rather than my philosophy of ‘living to eat’ had got it mostly right. However, I do believe that there should be no shame in enjoying food; I can still feel the comfort and warmth that food gives me, but I can eat sensibly so that my body can feel the benefits of it too!

This post was part of BeWoW 

Three Day Quote Challenge – Day 3 — September 28, 2015

Three Day Quote Challenge – Day 3

I have been nominated by Karen of Fill Your Own Glass a brilliant blog, filled with optimism and inspiration, to participate in the 3 Day Quote Challenge which is one challenge that I always love to participate in.

I am going to try my own quotes this time, and will take a leaf out of Karen’s book by using ‘Optimism’ as my theme.

Here are the rules:

Rules for the 3 Day Quote Challenge:

1)  Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2)  Publish 3 quotes on 3 consecutive days on your blog.  It can be your own or from a book, movie, or from anyone who inspires you.
3)  Nominate 3 more bloggers to carry on this endeavor.

Here is my Quote:

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photo by Pixabay

Here are my Nominees (Should you wish to accept)

Vagabond Velda

Myths of the Mirror

An Armchair Perfectionist

Three Day quote Challenge – Day 2 — September 27, 2015

Three Day quote Challenge – Day 2

I have been nominated by Karen of Fill Your Own Glass a brilliant blog, filled with optimism and inspiration, to participate in the 3 Day Quote Challenge which is one challenge that I always love to participate in.

I am going to try my own quotes this time, and will take a leaf out of Karen’s book by using ‘Optimism’ as my theme.

Here are the rules:

Rules for the 3 Day Quote Challenge:

1)  Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2)  Publish 3 quotes on 3 consecutive days on your blog.  It can be your own or from a book, movie, or from anyone who inspires you.
3)  Nominate 3 more bloggers to carry on this endeavor.

And here is my quote:

Be Optimistic

Here are my Nominees (if you wish to have a go)

A Reading Writer

Purple Slob In Recovery

Breathing Life

Episode 358: #BeWow Post: My Favourite Positive Quote. — June 3, 2015

Episode 358: #BeWow Post: My Favourite Positive Quote.

For our BeWow posts this week, Rovonan has suggested we might like to share our favourite quotes on positivity. I love this one:

‘Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.’ Albert Einstein.

To me, this quote speaks volumes. When I was growing up I was not only extremely shy, but also painfully clumsy and awkward. This made for a terribly unfortunate combination, and I know many thought I was stupid. Being shy meant that I did not want to engage much in conversation (even now I am rubbish at small talk), so that gave the impression that I had nothing worth contributing. Added to that, when I did try to join in, I would either stumble over my words or say the wrong thing as I rarely think before I speak (I still do that, and only today had to amend a comment that I realised straight away I had got completely wrong)!

Throw the clumsiness into the mix, and you really have a walking disaster! I have been on the receiving end of many a strange look as I have plucked up the courage, launched myself into a room, only to go flying over something. As a teenager I took part in a German student exchange trip with my school. On my first morning in Germany as I went to go outside onto the balcony for breakfast, I walked smack bang into the glass doors and nearly knocked myself out!

However, this fish can swim, and I found that as I got older and became less shy, I also became more determined to prove that I am not completely stupid (ok so I am no way a genius either), and can do things with competently. (However I know that if I had to take blood from any of my family, they would run a mile at the sight of me coming at them with a needle, my patients though, do not have that luxury)!

The point is, we are all good at something. Just because we might not be dexterous or academic, does not mean that we are idiots, or stupid, and that is why I love this quote, as it highlights the fact that not only should we not judge others on things we consider they should be good at, but also the fact that if we do, it can have a devastating effect on them that can last a lifetime.

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