Sunday, 30 August 2015

The situation

It seems that I have a bit of a situation....  You see there is this.

This is the yet to be read pile.

And this.  Plus about twice as many more.

And three more bookcases full too.  Which between the above and the three bookcases comprise our keeping books.

I have weeded out these for the charity shop.

And when most of these are read they will be heading there too.

More time reading, less time crocheting perhaps?

Or not....

Oh, and I just remembered another bag full that are still to be read.  At least only about half of the three bookcases full in the office are mine.  They are mostly cookbooks in there too.  Which surely isn't soooooo bad is it!!!

I used to read a massive amount, but not so much these days, but as you know from my Reading My Books Challenge (click the label at the bottom of this post to find out more) I am now reading more than I used to.  I do need to speed up though as at the current rate I have 10 years worth of reading here.

I bought two more yesterday as well!



p.s. There is a reason why the books are randomly piled up like this.  More to follow on that in a few days.  I don't normally keep my books in random heaps!!

Friday, 28 August 2015

Coming back round to Fridays

I am so far behind with everything again, it is my own darned fault, there is no one else to blame.  I set myself these targets of things to get done - probably far from practical targets too - and then I just cannot finish them despite my best of intentions.  Not unless I run myself totally ragged that is.

So there are things not done.  I have to just "let it go, let it go...."  You know the words I am sure!

This week has been trying me.  On Wednesday I got in my little car - that just passed its MOT (annual inspection) on Saturday last and blow me down with a feather if the engine management warning light came on.  I have to say I much preferred it when cars were not so clever you know.  You just went until they stopped.  Although I am glad that we don't have to drive on those dodgy old tyres any more and have rust popping up everywhere like a dose of the pox!

Anyway, for those not in the know, if the engine management warning light comes on, that is not a good sign.  Oh no siree!  So I stopped called Hubby.  He says "oh".  Just ""oh".  Yeah, you don't say, bite me!  Really helpful.....  I didn't say that to him, just thought it.  On his suggestion I got out of the car in the heaving rain (no coat, phone in one hand, trying to open the bonnet (hood) with one hand) and checked the oil - yes, I can do that! - oil all OK.  Hubby says that the car will not blow up.  Not that I thought I would, the engine wasn't getting overheated and there was nothing untoward going on so I knew that already.  It was just this darned light.  He suggested calling the AA - rescue service - I suggested going straight to the garage and not bothering waiting to be rescued.  Good idea says he, I didn't think of that....  Good thing that I did then isn't it!

So off I trundle in the heaving rain, driving slowly just in case everything suddenly ground to a halt.  I get to the garage, wonderful man called Matt came out and smiled when I saw him and then frowned when I told him about my car.  He really likes my car and is convinced that it will go on forever!  I hope he is right because I love my car too!!

He gets the diagnostic machine, plugs it in, all OK, turns the light off, sends me on my way and refuses to charge me.  You cannot ask for better than that can you.

Now, I should say if your engine management warning light comes on you must always get it checked, but sometimes it will just come on for no reason and just needs turning off, but don't bank on that and just leave it!

Anyway, that is a long tale of my car and getting it fixed, all OK, but very trying.

OK, you are wondering where this ramble is going and what on earth it has to do with "coming back round to Fridays" or is it Friday's???  I am never sure......

Well, I am behind with everything, one of the things I am behind on is reading blog posts but yesterday afternoon, when I was still feeling rather delicate from the car incident on Wednesday and because of other things, I dipped in to read a post by Countryside Tales - also called CT.  You can read the post here.

CT included in this post a quote that I had included way back in May 2014 in a Five On Friday post.  You can read it here.

The quote was from Maya Angelou and was "Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option".

As I said I am feeling a bit delicate right now and these words, and the others that CT shared, and the whole thought behind her post, and the fact that she remembered that I had shared this all the way back in May 2014, made me cry a bit!

I need to remember these words!!!  I have been feeling rather beat up in an emotional way about a few things, which I have been getting over, but I need to remember this.

So, thank you CT (wish I knew your name!) for the reminder!

Finally, this brings us back to Friday and to Five On Friday because I had shared these words in a Five On Friday post and CT remembered them all this time!

See, there actually is a point to all this endless ramble!!

The point being that Five On Friday will return next Friday.  See details by clicking the Five On Friday page - top right of the sidebar - or the Five On Friday badge - the picture, near the top of the sidebar.

Truly, ANYONE is welcome to join in, providing you stick to the rules such as they are.

I hope that you will all get your own thinking caps on and join us next week to share Five things or to take Five to muse on an individual subject.

I look forward to reading your posts and hope that just occasionally, some of what I, or you, share will be remembered over a year later by someone else!

Thank you CT, for so many things!!


Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Random Odds and Ends

An odd kind of day yesterday for some reason.  You know when you have those days that you just cannot seem to get into anything but you don't know why.  Well it was one of those.

The weather was horrid again - for the third day in a row it rained more than you can imagine.  The driveway was like a lake a couple of times because the rain was coming down so hard and so quickly that the water just couldn't drain off quickly enough.

I sure hope that it clears up soon!

I'm glad you were amused by the squirrel story that I shared yesterday.  I didn't see him at all yesterday - Mr Squirrel - I think the rain kept him inside his little house.

Stuck indoors yesterday I tried to get on with a few things.  I did my meal planning for September and went and got the meat for the month - forgetting a couple of important things!  My mind really wasn't on the task in hand properly at all.

I also started a new project - even though I am trying to finish others, but this is a quick one.  Any guesses???  This is very close up by the way!

After looking out at the rain I took a photo of this combination that I have shown you before, but it looked so good today, even in the rain.  Verbena Bonariensis - the purple - and Choisya - the yellowy green.

I also sorted out the bookcase where I have all my novels.  Yes, it seems that I have enough books to last for about the next 10 years at the rate I am reading them....  Better get faster at reading hadn't I!  I also made a pile for the charity shop of books that I read years ago and am not going to read again.

Some books come, some go, and some stay forever and some only a short time!

One new book has come my way recently though.  Look, isn't it a beauty!

I won this journal in a giveaway held by the lovely Vicky over at 2 Bags Full.  Isn't it pretty!!  I have no idea what I am going to write in it yet, but I will really enjoy using it when I do decide.  Thank you so much Vicky, it really is so nice and so lovely of you to send it so far to me.

Oh, and a funny book coincidence that isn't really funny at all....  As I explained in my meal planning post - here - I choose two cookbooks to cook from each month.  The totally random choices for September.  The Pioneer Woman Cooks and Mary Berry Cooks.  It was the "Cooks" that struck me.  I am daft aren't I!!!  Small things make me smile!

Once again I am late in reading blogs, but I am getting there - slowly!  Just starting on those from Friday, so I will read, but please bear with me!  And once again on the comment replying too!  I do apologise, even though you will all tell me not to and I would say the same to you!

Later in the day I lit my candle, but it died.  No more flame to be had!  So there was nothing for it but to start a new one.  A bit late in the summer for seaside, but we can hope can't we!!

Well that is about it for these random musings.  Oh, and I will remind you again on Friday, but just in case you don't stop by then - or I don't post! - Five On Friday will be starting up again on Friday 4th September.  So start to get your Five thinking caps on ready to join in!  Details can be found on the Five On Friday page via the link at the top of the sidebar.  Or click the badge in the sidebar to go to read my posts.  Anyone is welcome to join in.

Hope you are all having a good week.  Happy Hump Day!  I will leave you with some flowers from Friday!