Tickling your fancy

Have you ever had moments of mild temptation where something you normally avoid suddenly becomes very attractive? It may be a ‘naughty but nice’ cream cake, a larger glass of wine or a sudden urge to buy that dress you keep looking at in a shop window. Whatever it is do you find that you quite easily give in to your temptation? Should we not treat ourselves in this way occasionally? Normally I don’t buy ice-cream from a street vendor, in any case I am trying to control my cholesterol levels but once in a while I will give in and treat myself. I believe we are sometimes too hard on ourselves and it can generate feelings of guilt if we ‘let slip’ once in a while. All a question of balance and sensibility I think. Let me encourage you to have a little of what ‘tickles your fancy’ now and then. You’ll feel all the better for it.

Shirley Anne x

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Getting things done

Although we are experiencing good weather just now, I am not spending all my time outside. I did go for a walk this morning and took a few pictures in the town centre. You can see some of them on my ‘Southport’ page. While you are over that side of this blog there are many links to other interesting sites. You might like to take a peek. Anyhow I have spent much of the afternoon on my computer processing those pictures and reading other people’s blogs too. Aside from today I have been getting things done around the house, doing some shopping (I plan more shopping for clothes in the next couple of weeks) and a few other tasks I have been putting off lately have now been completed. I won’t bore you with all the details.
Finally out of my stockings too! Well much as I like them, it is too warm to wear them during the day now. It makes getting dressed a bit quicker…LOL…………..have a nice day!

Shirley Anne x

Beautiful days to come.

Today is a lovely sunshiny day. It is warm and dry, hopefully a sign of more beautiful days to come. Really speaking though every day is a beautiful day, whether it is sunny or not, dry or wet but as always things seem so much better when the sun shines. I often wonder why this is so, why it is we feel we can only enjoy sunny days as much as we do above all other days. Perhaps it is knowing that we don’t have the same freedom in days that are wet and windy or cold. Whatever the reason, sunny days are uplifting, don’t you think?
Today I strolled into town and the place was filled with people doing pretty much the same as I, shopping, walking about in the sun, eating out in bars, cafes and restaurants. The town was alive. Much more so than of late. Over the last few months there has been a decline in the numbers of people actually being in the town centre because of the economic recession but it only takes a sunny day to change all of that. Perhaps today heralds the beginning of an upturn. I hope so. I hope for beautiful days to come whether they be sunny or not.

Shirley Anne x

Procrastination

There are things I know I should be doing and things I think I might like doing before I am incapable! So what do I do? Procrastinate. Yesterday I finally decided to mend the tap (faucet) in the bathroom. It had been bugging me for quite some time and only needed to be opened up, cleaned and adjusted but no, I kept putting it off! Prior to mending it we had to lift it slightly whilst turning it in order for water to flow. How stupid is that? For the sake of twenty minutes investigating the fault I suffered many days, even weeks by leaving the job undone! They say that people who work for others often leave off doing their own jobs at home. Why do we procrastinate? Now getting to things I’d like to do, there are a few. I would like to fly in a helicopter, go up in a balloon, visit unusual places like Antartica, Iceland, Moskow and many other things. What stops me? Well I could make all sorts of excuses from my life at home , my job, lack of funds (when I can actually afford it) or I am not ready yet. Time and tide wait for no man, as the saying goes. Neither do they wait for women! What is stopping me?

Shirley Anne x

Back to the grindstone.

Easter is safely tucked away for another year but it’s message stays with me throughout. Now though, it is back to the grindstone. Did a small job this morning then spent the rest of the day at home doing some Spring cleaning in the kitchen. I had to put our old micro-wave cooker to sleep. Old? Gosh it was only bought 16 months ago! Things just do not last like they used to. Mind you it wasn’t very expensive and the cost of repairing it was, well, not worth it. So out came a machine I had bought for my apartment (one day I’ll finally get an apartment, if I can sell this damned house!). Now this new oven is an all singing, all dancing, state of the art, as they say, machine. You can grill with it, micro-wave with it, use it as a convection oven (like fan assist), use micro-wave and oven at the same time. You can program it to remember up to six ‘favourite’ cooking routines so that you don’t have to calculate for repetetive cooking. It does much more of course but it would take an age to list it all. All I can say is I hope it lives up to it’s reputation! It cost enough! LOL It will probably take me months to figure out how to use it properly.
Next I cleared out the cupboards of all the year’s accumulted junk. Items I had forgotten I had that were well past their shelf-life date. I am wondering how long my kitchen will remain in such a pristine condition.

Shirley Anne x

Easter Day

He is risen! He isn’t lying down in some grave somewhere like Budda, Mohammed and all the other prophets who have ever lived. He is Lord of them all and He is ALIVE. It is only because he died for my sins that I can live. When will people stop searching for the truth and simply ask Him into their lives? It works! It really does! I know.
Praise the Lord.

Shirley Anne x

Embracing Life

I have learned over the years to embrace life and not shun it as once I did. Many people lead one track lives, mundane and lacking interest. I try to fill mine with interesting things. Some people are pre-occupied with a singularity exsistence, a specific goal, to the exclusion of everything else. We can be pre-occupied and tied up with specific things but we must never forget that life goes on around us and it will leave us standing in our isolation if we are not careful. Cast your net further and see what you draw in.

Shirley Anne x

Caught in the act

I regularly watch documentaries on television involving police activity, programs such as ‘Road wars’, ‘Street wars’, ‘Police Interceptors’ and so on. It may seem like boring entertainment to some but I find them very entertaining and like to see the criminals, burglars, robbers getting caught for their anti-social behaviour. Too many people in this world think nothing of living a life of crime at our expense instead of leading an honest one like the majority of us do. I admire the work that the police do, for somebody has to do it.

Shirley Anne x

Had enough!

That’s it, I’ve had enough of this laptop I am using. Too many issues regarding wireless connection, memory size, C drive size and other irritations…..actually it is a good machine and has given me good service but it is very temperamental at times. I am running Xp on it, which I prefer to Vista and it seems you can only get Vista these days unless you switch to Mac. My friend swears by Mac. but I have reservations. Anyhow I shall be exploring the possibility of buying a new machine today and see what is available.

Shirley Anne x

All Good Things

Since my transition, that is my operation, a close neighbour of mine, an old gent, has shunned me. Other neighbours are just fine. Last night we had high winds and it blew down a temporary fence we have erected at the front of our property (we are having another driveway constructed). The ‘fence’ was supported by large flagstones and it was these that had given way. They are very heavy but I struggled to try and raise them using a shovel. I found it hard indeed. I wasn’t exactly dressed for the work either, skirt, high heels and all. This old guy comes over and says, ‘You shouldn’t be doing that love, here let me help’. ‘Oh thank you’, I gasped as we managed to lift them between us. ‘How are you keeping’, he said. ‘I’m just fine love’, I replied. ‘Well you take care now’, he continued, ‘bye’.
Well there you go, all good things come to those who wait……..

Shirley Anne x