Sunday, 21 January 2018

#Jusjojan 21/1/18 - Silence

Your prompt for January 21st, 2018, brought to you by the wonderful and talented Willow, is “Silence.” Use it any way you’d like in your post. And make sure you visit Willow at her blog, “Willowdot21” to read her post and say hi! Here’s her link:

To check out the rules, other participants and to leave a link if you create your own Jusjojan post go here to our host Linda's site.

I think silence is definitely not golden and actually quite elusive.  Even when I'm lying awake in the middle of the night there are still noises to be heard.  Our house is old so there are often creaks and groans.  My hubby uses a CPAP machine which although not loud is definitely not silent.  Yes if he's not there I wouldn't hear that and the house might keep quiet for a while but then occasionally a car will drive past disturbing the peace.

Of course you could argue that a house in a London suburb is not the best place to find silence but I could be in the middle of the countryside and there would still be sounds.  Creature sounds that probably wouldn't all be welcome ones.

For the clever clogs out there you might suggest a vacuum or space.  We've probably all heard the tagline from Alien - but I'm not sure I want to put it to the test. 
And anyway, who can silence the voices in my head?  The ones that sometimes keep you awake at night even when you're exhausted.  Wouldn't it be good if our brains had an off switch for a pre set time?  Sleeping might be easier then.  Oh and if a cure could be invented for tinitus then silence might prevail.  But actually I prefer a bit of noise.  Means I'm still alive.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

#SoCS & #Jusjojan 20/1/18

Today #jusjojan combines with #SoCS.  To find the details and other participants go here to Linda's site.
Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “oc.” Find a word that starts with “oc” and use it in your post. Bonus points if you start and end with your post with an “oc” word. Have fun!

Occasionally I have a half decent idea for a blog post but often I find myself resorting to regular memes for posts or just catching up on what's going on in my world.  

Now I know that the idea of a SoCS post is that planning isn't really involved but as it's jusjojan too I thought I would search for inspiration and then just write.  One of the things I occasionally blogged about was a magazine item on the BBC site.  There was a regular feature in the magazine section "10 things we didn't know last week"  some of these were quite interesting, others were just plain daft but they did give something to write about.  Unfortunately the BBC site has been undergoing quite a few changes recently and, shock, horror, there no longer seems to be a magazine page or the 10 things item.  So I'm having to waffle instead.   

I hate it when websites that you're familiar with suddenly change everything.  I'm boring like that.  I don't like surprises.  I don't like the unknown.  I'm not good on spontaneity.  Maybe that's why I occasionally opt to write a SoCS post but usually I give it a pass.

Friday, 19 January 2018

#Jusjojan 19/1/18 - Darkness

The prompts for #Jusjojan and all the rules etc can be found over at Linda's site: here.

The prompt for January 19th, 2018, is brought to us by Kerry, is “Darkness.” Use it any way you’d like in your post. And make sure you visit Kerry at her blog, “Her Headache,” to read her post and say hi! Here’s her link:

I'm not sure that many people would openly admit to liking darkness.  I didn't think I was afraid of the dark though until I was really plunged into total darkness in the darkroom hubby had set up in our first home.  I found it totally oppressive and was very relieved when he was able to put a light on.  My sister-in-law's house in France is the same - they have shutters on their windows and when they are down the bedrooms are in total darkness.  I have to lift the shutters just a fraction when we stay there.  It does explain why her babies always napped beautifully during the day - she would bring the shutters down and the poor babies must have thought it was night time!

I guess living in London, total darkness is a rarity.  There is so much ambient light.  We once went for a weekend stay in a hotel in a country area.  The village was very small and off the beaten track.  It also had no street lights.  We went out in the evening to walk up to the local pub to eat and realised we should have taken a torch.  It was really hard to see as it was a cloudy night so no moon visible.  It was a real eye opener in more ways than one. 

Friday's Fave Five - 19/1/18


Well it's Friday again so it's time to consider our blessings of the week.  Join in here at Susanne's site.

1.  Feeling almost back to normal.  I still haven't shifted the cough but I'm definitely beating the bug.  Thank for all the good wishes last week.

2.  Getting out for walks.  It's been cold this week but mainly dry so I've managed to get out each day.

3.  A visit to the hairdressers.  Definitely a good way of lifting you up when not feeling great.

4.  Trying out a new recipe.  As part of my 18 in 18 (18 things to do in 2018) I'm hoping to try out a new recipe each week.  I didn't do much of the cooking last week but I did cook a new recipe today - Braised pork with soy sauce and cinnamon.  I even managed to take a picture.  (Another aim for 18 in 18 is to take more pictures!)
It's made with pork, mushrooms, spring onions, garlic, ginger, dark soy sauce and cinnamon.  My DIL and hubbie enjoyed it but I felt it might be better with light soy sauce.  I served it with rice and mange tout.
5.  A visit from our eldest son, DIL and greyhounds.  They were here last weekend so it was good to catch up.  Our DIL has quite a growing "bump" and is definitly glowing now she's got past the morning sickness phase of pregnancy.  

So lots to be thankful for there plus I also got a few bits in a sale today.  One of the department stores in one of our nearby shopping centres is closing down.  I picked up some towels, a handbag and some wool.

Have a good weekend all.