Thursday, 17 December 2015

Five things about me . . .

I am a laid back, fairly easy going person.  Not a lot gets me frazzled.    I guess I am more like my dad in that way.  He is fairly easy going also.  My mom is a lot more nervous about things and gets upset and stressed a lot easier then he does.  Don't get me wrong . . .  there are some things which stress me and get me nerved up, but not  a lot.

And that is the first in a five things about me post!

 “We have had for breakfast, toasts, cakes, a Yorkshire pie, a piece of beef about the size and much the shape of my portmanteau, tea, coffee, ham and eggs... and we have eaten all the toast” 
~Charles Dickens 

I like toast.   I might be able to live without a lot of things, but don't ever take away my toaster or my grill.   I adore toast.   Cheap bread. Posh bread.  Seeded bread.  Fruited bread.  Banana bread.   I just like toast.  I could quite happily sup on some toast with butter and honey or jam and nothing else, and sometimes we do just that.   Toast is bliss to me.  Crisp edged.   Slathered with butter  . . .  all of that richness sinking down into those crisp corners.  Yum.  And my favourite bit of toast is what my father calls crispy toast  . . .  the toasted ends of the bread, or the heel as it were!  Oh my . . .  all crisp with butter on it and some honey.  A tiny bit of heaven on earth.

I am a fairly optimistic, half glass full type of person.   I always think things could be worse.  I try to stay away from negativity.  I cannot think of any situation, experience, etc. that could not be made worse by only looking at the down side of things. I prefer to look at the upside.  I believe that every person is at their heart a good person, and that something positive can be taken from every experience.  It may be sometimes very difficult to find the good in something bad, but it can be done.  Perhaps I just have not been truly tested as of yet.  I don't know.   I just think life is better if you choose to look on the sunny side of things.  The only way to get through things is to keep putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward.  Standing still is not an option.

I care.  I truly care.  About the environment.  About child poverty.  About suffering people.   About the sick and the infirm.  The elderly.   The poor of spirit and heart.   The downtrodden.  The weak and the weary.  etc.  I just simply care.   I wish that I could heal every one and every situation, but we live in a fallen world and so I pray.  Continuously.   In my heart and in my head.  There is pretty much a continuous monologue conversation going on between myself and my Heavenly Father.  And I get answers too.   Sometimes amazingly incredibly out there hard to miss answers . . .  and sometimes the answers are no, or not right now, or never . . .  but it does not ever stop me from caring.   We need to care.   Others need us to care.  What a transformation there would be in this world if everyone was just even a tiny bit more caring.


I can be quite serious about some things, but I can also be very whimsical.  I think that this whimsicality comes out in my art work and my creativity.  I may look like an overweight woman who has no sense of style . . .  but on the inside I really have pink hair, toenails painted like ladybugs and I am wearing pretty funky clothes.  I may even have a tiny tattoo.  You may not be able to see them, but I would be the first one to say that just because you can't see something that doesn't mean it's not really there.  A bit of whimsicality never hurt anyone.  ☺

And that is my five things about me for this week!

Oh . . .  and I have shingles.  I wish I had been diagnosed a week ago when I first went to the Docs about my arm hurting so much, but alas I was not.  The rash broke out night before last.  I said to Todd, I think I have a bug bite as a raised red welt had shown up on my collar bone, and I had had to remove my bra earlier in the day because it was irritating me . . .  yesterday morning when I went to take my shower I noticed a rash all up and down my upper left arm on the underside and immediately I thought to myself.  I bet I have shingles.  I made an appointment to see the Doctor and yep.  She took one look and said, you have shingles.  I am on medication now.  I am in a lot of pain and the rash is very irritating, but hopefully I caught it early enough that the ramifications won't be too bad and it won't linger too long.  I would hate for it to spoil my Christmas, in fact I am just not going to LET it spoil my Christmas no matter what.  I just am not.  End of.

A thought to carry with you through today  . . .

If you will call your troubles experiences,
and remember that every experience develops
some latent force within you,
you will grow vigorous and happy,
however adverse your circumstances seem to be.
~John Heywood

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Cooking in the English Kitchen today   . . .  Lamb Samosa Hash.  Delicious leftovers!

I hope that you have a fabulous Thursday!  Don't forget . . .

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And I do too! 


  1. Loving your attitude towards the shingles. You have a week for the medicine to take effect. I pray it does.

    By the way I would join you for buttery toast at any time too. Over the last few months I have lived on toast as I am just not interested in cooking. Sometimes mum will cook but more often that not everyone else cooks just for themselves and if I cook they complain. I love toast and Vegemite. Yesterday I had toast, low fat cream cheese with a little jam.

    God bless.

  2. Sorry you have the shingles. I know they can be quite painful and hope they do go away soon. I never had them but know a few who have had them, and they were very unpleasant to deal with. Take good care !


  3. Poor you..Jacques had it yrs and yrs ago and recovered super well..and much more is done..fingers crossed you will feel like your old self again soon.We both got the injection to not have it ap2 yrs ago.
    But one never knows I guess.. was localized on his this day he is never out w/ out a hat altghough it doesn't can get sensitive.
    Quite a few bloggers have mentioned having it..I can recall one quite vividly..
    Prends bien soin de toi.
    And get the pink hair:)

  4. So sorry to hear you have shingles, Marie; I had it 3 years ago when I was 78. and I can quite honestly say it was the most distressing illness I have ever had. You, being younger, should have more chance of shrugging it off. Keep taking the pills for the pain, and grab any chance you get to rest. Oh, and have an innoculation later, if you become eligible. XXX

  5. Oh Marie you poor thing. I hope your medication kicks in soon and you start feeling better. I've never had it (touch wood) but I know how painful it can be. Well after 15 years of ironing I have retired today, YAAY! It feels really strange, I don't suppose it will hit me till January, once all the Christmas festivities are over. Hopefully I'll be able to keep more up to date with your blog! Lots of love xxx

  6. Girls, would love to comment individually, but can't face it. I am in agony. Yesterday I was feeling pretty good compared to today. I hardly slept all night and today is pretty bad. They haven't given me anything for the pain, just the tablets which are supposed to prevent it from hopefully getting worse. I don't think they are working. blah . . .


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