Ah, Gentle Readers. Welcome back. 2022 looks a bit grim, doesn't it? January has flown past, and despite having had several post ideas, all of them are currently languishing in Drafts. My apologies. But also not my apologies - I challenge you to find a single person who produced something funny or inspiring during a … Continue reading Acts of Radical Self-Care
Hello Gentle Readers. Apologies for the long silence and lack of posting. I have been moving house, contributing to bid-writing at work and dealing with some personal stuff. In all of that, the ability to post just slipped off my radar. But I woke up this morning and I thought, "Better get back on it, … Continue reading Whoops…I lost track of time.
The most exciting news of this week is that the incidents of new coronavirus cases in the UK has been falling, steadily, for the last two weeks. This is brilliant news, as, despite everyone's worst fears, it does look like the lockdown worked and the social distancing slowed infection rates. Hurray for lying on the … Continue reading Friday? Fri-yay!
-or- Why J.S. Mill and his utilitarianism had a point The bank holiday weekend was lovely, thank you. It was warm and sunny, and I finished knitting all the pieces of YoungerBro's jumper (VERY EXCITING). It was also dominated by news that one person had behaved selfishly, arrogantly and with blatent disregard for the recent … Continue reading Why doing the right thing and doing the moral thing sometimes aren’t the same thing
Apologies, Gentle Readers, I had an unscheduled break last week - my housemates got a puppy and it threw off my equilibrium. The puppy is very cute, and he's not eaten anything vitally important yet, but a new baby in the house does upset one's balance rather a lot. I hope to be more settled … Continue reading Oh, where is my creative writing spirit?
I love the 'On This Day' feature on Facebook. There are so many memories that would be consigned to time and history, mothballed, stashed in the memory attic and never revisited, if not for Facebook. Like, every year on my birthday, Facebook brings up a photo of my brother wearing my pink bobble hat, with … Continue reading [sings] Memory, all alone in the moonlight…
I think it's fair to say that 2016 has been...challenging. Wading through the filth of this year has left me feeling grubby, and more than a little depressed. So this week I set myself a challenge: find things that make me cheerful. Things that made me smile, or laugh, or generally made the day a … Continue reading Things that have cheered me this week
You can read parts one and two here and here. Neither Ma nor I sleep much that night - listening out for any distressed kitten noises makes it jolly hard to drift off to sleepyland. Kitten, however, is absolutely worn out by his evening of excitement (and probably relieved to have finally reached the end … Continue reading Operation Sneaky Kitty [Part Three]
Ma and I are co-conspirators in this secret operation to obtain Grandpa a kitten. We spend days texting each other kitten pictures, and talking about what the kitten will need. After she tells the Major-General that we'll have a kitten for Gramps, we get Ma's sisters in on the plan, and then texts about "Operation … Continue reading Operation Sneaky Kitty [Part Two]
About eight weeks ago, whilst we were driving somewhere, Ma glanced over at me and said, "Hey, Loops. I'm thinking of getting my dad a kitten for Father's Day." I looked at her incredulously for a second. "You're thinking of what?" I howled. "Well," she grew defensive. "The Major-General's cat's had a surprise litter of … Continue reading Operation Sneaky Kitty [Part One]