My Snazzy Walking Stick

My snazzy new walking stick with its blue wood handle and patterned metal height-adjustable shaft – I decided if I have to walk with a stick, I’ll have a fun one! 🙂

PS I also have a plain burgundy stick for when I feel the need to be more sombre… I might even start myself a small collection of different sticks to match my many different moods…

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Snazzy

Not Thick, just Less Able…

When we were young judgemental kids growing up we were always cheerily quick to point out someone else’s inability to do or understand something we found relatively easy, and as kids do, we would scornfully label them as being ‘thick’.

Mum always remonstrated with us not to be so hurtful with regard to the inabilities of others, and that if someone was struggling with something it’s not nice to call them ‘thick’, as it’s not their fault they were simply ‘less able’ than others. We had it frequently drummed into us – it’s not ‘thick’, it’s ‘less able’…

So of course me and my sister and brother took this edict as gospel and ran with it in the extreme, having ‘less able’ soup with a ‘less able’ slice of bread and the like, driving mum nuts with our complete exclusion of the word ‘thick’ from our childhood vocabulary in all contexts, regardless…

Even now, in our late fifties, any one of us can still break into a childish grin with a wicked glint in our eye at the mere mention of ‘less able’ foodstuffs… 🙂

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: A phrase you grew up with

April A-Z: Z is for Zodiac

Hmmm… This post should probably have come under either A for Astrology or H for Horoscope, but it’s a bit late for either of those two letters now, so Z for zodiac is it!

I was born under the sign of Sagittarius, the Archer, and although I’ve never taken it all too seriously I have enjoyed exploring ‘my’ character traits according to celestial planetary positioning at my time of birth. I probably dabble and deliberate, and doubt and denounce in equal measure. I even had a comprehensive astrological chart drawn up once, which I do go back to reading over now and again and I do seem to find something different in it every time, depending on my current stage of life.

I’ve got Tarot cards, too, but it’s been a long time since I’ve taken them out from their protective silk covering and asked a question… Maybe it’s time I tried again…? 🙂

Life events have conspired to pull me away from blogging over the last couple of months, and the idea of taking part in this year’s April Blogging from A-Z Challenge seems like a good way to try to get back into the habit of reading and posting regularly. Originally I thought of just using any old random words to go with the particular letter of the day, but realistically without a clear theme to work towards I’m not sure I’d be able to keep my focus for a full month… So instead I’ve opted for a relatively simple, if slightly self-indulgent work-around: This year I’ll be posting 26 things about me, nothing too taxing to write about yet still fulfilling the brief!

April A-Z: V is for Vintage

I love vintage stuff, we have a couple of beautifully upcycled quality mid-20th Century pieces in the house as well as a few favourite finds from charity shops and the like dotted here and there. We do have new stuff too, it’s not like we live in a completely different era or anything, but there’s something special about the feel of a proper wear-and-tear, real-life-lived patina (rather than the deliberate ‘distressing’ of modern stuff) that really appeals to me. I quite like stuff to show that it has lived a life before and has survived and adapted and is still going strong into the future… In my book shabby chic is cool, it brings hope for all of us that it’s OK to be battered and bruised and imperfect because there’s still a place and a sense of worth to be had in this world however worn or weary you may be… 🙂

Life events have conspired to pull me away from blogging over the last couple of months, and the idea of taking part in this year’s April Blogging from A-Z Challenge seems like a good way to try to get back into the habit of reading and posting regularly. Originally I thought of just using any old random words to go with the particular letter of the day, but realistically without a clear theme to work towards I’m not sure I’d be able to keep my focus for a full month… So instead I’ve opted for a relatively simple, if slightly self-indulgent work-around: This year I’ll be posting 26 things about me, nothing too taxing to write about yet still fulfilling the brief!

April A-Z: U is for Undecided

I must admit I’m crap at making decisions. Being an inveterate people-pleaser I generally don’t like causing upset to anyone wherever possible so as a result I seriously struggle with weighing up what I want against what others want, and it often leaves me hovering and hesitating and effectively indecisive far too often. I hum and haw and haver and agonise over every minute little deliberation… Yup, I’m just crap at making decisions…

Life events have conspired to pull me away from blogging over the last couple of months, and the idea of taking part in this year’s April Blogging from A-Z Challenge seems like a good way to try to get back into the habit of reading and posting regularly. Originally I thought of just using any old random words to go with the particular letter of the day, but realistically without a clear theme to work towards I’m not sure I’d be able to keep my focus for a full month… So instead I’ve opted for a relatively simple, if slightly self-indulgent work-around: This year I’ll be posting 26 things about me, nothing too taxing to write about yet still fulfilling the brief!

April A-Z: T is for Ticking

Ooh, but I do love a ticking clock – thankfully so does my husband! With individual smartphones taking over all things time-related these days it seems so many people don’t even have communal clock-face clocks in their homes any more, or if they do they prefer something battery operated, maybe even silent. We certainly have a couple of retro-style battery wall clocks ourselves – one in the kitchen and one in the dining room, and both of those have a pleasant quiet ticking sound. But I grew up with those old-fashioned proper clockwork clocks you had to wind up regularly, and personally I still love to hear a mechanically ticking clock.

We have an old Art Deco style mantel clock in the living room that you wind with a big brass key – we bought it second-hand in a charity shop – and it not only ticks loudly but it chimes, too, although the chime mechanism can be switched off (with a little lever) if you really don’t like it. My paternal grandparents had a huge mahogany grandfather clock in their hall with a really deep, resonant tick that seemed to be the heartbeat of the house. Maybe that’s why I find ticking clocks so reassuring, to me they’re the living heartbeat of the house, so I find the perpetual rhythm comforting… residual memories of being in the womb, perhaps?

Life events have conspired to pull me away from blogging over the last couple of months, and the idea of taking part in this year’s April Blogging from A-Z Challenge seems like a good way to try to get back into the habit of reading and posting regularly. Originally I thought of just using any old random words to go with the particular letter of the day, but realistically without a clear theme to work towards I’m not sure I’d be able to keep my focus for a full month… So instead I’ve opted for a relatively simple, if slightly self-indulgent work-around: This year I’ll be posting 26 things about me, nothing too taxing to write about yet still fulfilling the brief!

April A-Z: R is for Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

I like to try to do my bit for the planet wherever possible, not necessarily by making grand gestures but more by doing little things, day by day, to help save us from ourselves as we so mindlessly and selfishly seem intent on destroying what nature gave us. I try not only to reduce the amount of what we use at source but also to reduce the level of waste generated from that consumption.

Throughout the pandemic I’ve used washable masks most of the time – and here in Scotland we’d all been legally required to wear masks in certain social circumstances continuously from 10th July 2020 through to 18th April 2022 (only four days ago!), so over a whole population that’s got to have been a lot of discarded single-use masks daily.

I tend to donate any unwanted items to charity shops, and also buy items there when I can – second-hand, pre-loved, whatever you want to call it, re-using stuff is an easy habit to get into. And we always recycle our waste – plastics, cans, paper, glass – to the extent that very little is sent from our home straight to landfill. Individually we can’t do everything to help save the planet, but I believe we can all do something…

Life events have conspired to pull me away from blogging over the last couple of months, and the idea of taking part in this year’s April Blogging from A-Z Challenge seems like a good way to try to get back into the habit of reading and posting regularly. Originally I thought of just using any old random words to go with the particular letter of the day, but realistically without a clear theme to work towards I’m not sure I’d be able to keep my focus for a full month… So instead I’ve opted for a relatively simple, if slightly self-indulgent work-around: This year I’ll be posting 26 things about me, nothing too taxing to write about yet still fulfilling the brief!

April A-Z: Q is for Quiet

I’m not really one for having constant stimulus from deliberately distracting background noise; given the choice I far prefer a quiet environment to spend my time in.

I mean, if I’m actively listening to music or watching TV then that’s fine, but if I’m reading or writing or having a conversation or whatever else I like to maintain a naturally occurring quiet around me, giving me the space to think, to calm my mind and gather my thoughts, to just be at one with myself without any external irritations.

Naturally occurring background noises to me include birds and animals and traffic in the distance and just the regular sounds of everyday life, which I find comforting, letting me know I am alone yet not alone. Too much total silence would be unnatural, I think.

And surprisingly I’m quite partial to having an abundance of ticking clocks in my home, in the same way as waves swoosh onto a shoreline I find the regular rhythm soothing rather than grating…

Life events have conspired to pull me away from blogging over the last couple of months, and the idea of taking part in this year’s April Blogging from A-Z Challenge seems like a good way to try to get back into the habit of reading and posting regularly. Originally I thought of just using any old random words to go with the particular letter of the day, but realistically without a clear theme to work towards I’m not sure I’d be able to keep my focus for a full month… So instead I’ve opted for a relatively simple, if slightly self-indulgent work-around: This year I’ll be posting 26 things about me, nothing too taxing to write about yet still fulfilling the brief!