About gratitude…

Thank you and flowers

It struck me as interesting that in our Valentine's Day cards this year, my husband and I both said the same thing to each other. "Thank you." I think we're kind, caring and openly appreciative of each other most of the time. But this was the first time we'd both felt moved to put those words down on paper, at the same ...

Two years on from diagnosis

The second year after Freddie was diagnosed with serious liver disease

I've shared a couple of posts on this blog about one of my best friends Emma, whose son (and my godson) Freddie has a rare liver disease. She hopes that by talking about her situation she might help other parents thrown into the dark, frightening world of childhood illness. Personally, I just think her story is an inspiring ...

Christmas, and thoughts on 2014

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On Christmas Day there were 10 at our house for dinner. As I've said, getting the house to a state where people could actually visit safely, sit comfortably and eat round a table has been a long, hard slog and there have been times I didn't think we'd pull it off. But even my modest self can't deny ...

When life gets stressful

"What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it

My life's suddenly got quite stressful and I'm not sure I like it. I remember feeling distinctly carefree, blessed and happy pretty much all the time only a few years ago. In fact, I defined myself as laid back - frankly, horizontal at times - and not one for feeling any pressure unnecessarily. I maintained this through getting a ...

Do you say ‘I love you’ enough?

When did you last tell someone who matters to you that you love them? I'm pretty good at telling my husband I love him. As a couple we probably say it most days. (It's funny, as I was writing this he phoned me from downstairs to pass on some practical info and we ended the 10 second ...

How can women help women?

Work hard and be nice to people - Anthony Burrill

The other day I went to a support group for this difficult patch I'm going through, and it got me thinking. First, there were only about 10 people there. It was in Sheffield, and the nearest group of its type for probably half of Yorkshire, and I know there are a lot more than a couple of handfuls of ...

Highs and lows

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Wednesday was good news. Not great, but good, unexpectedly! Thursday we were headed to Northumberland. Thursday was disbelief, relief, excitement, knowing a secret, feeling special, making plans. But by Saturday, everything was black. It came sooner than we thought. This is the cruel flip side of hope: the agony of hope dashed. We were away camping for the weekend, ...

How do you cope in tough times?

A couple of months ago, I wrote that my new year's resolution was to be as happy and positive as possible. I'm not doing too well at that to be honest. So I thought I'd ask you: how do you cope with tough times? There's this thing going on in my life that I do want to share ...

Want to know about my life?

I've been blogging for a couple of years now. I first went online as a way of promoting the wedding table plans I make from time to time. The blog and my reasons for having this strange pastime have changed a lot since then! I'm pretty happy with the way it's evolved and how it fits ...

New year’s resolutions

Think of happy thoughts. New year

I don't usually make a grand gesture of setting out new year's resolutions - after all, most people who made a promise to change something from January 1st will have broken it already. But I do often take the opportunity to have a quiet word with myself about how the year has gone, what I'd like ...