Where does it lead you?

What does the word “book” conjure up for you today as we celebrate World Book Day?  

I don’t know about you but I certainly would find it extremely difficult to survive without a book.  What am I saying?  Just one book?  Oh no, that just isn’t me.

I have been taking stock of my craft room having had to remove all my paper/card stock together with the numerous items needed to make a greeting card.  All this stock will find good homes but I can no longer work with the card stock.  However, as a result shelf space is gradually emerging.

I think that at long last I may just, find space for a library of sorts.  I am afraid to actually say the word library just in case it doesn’t happen.  However, space seems to be appearing for those books over the years I have not been able to donate, give away or sell.

These are the books which I have read so many times that they have become part of my life. They are many and varied. Some would have been used on a daily basis at certain times of my life.Some are what I call dippers.  Those books I dip in and out of.

Then there are my poetry books which have meandered into my life.  Craft books which have helped me through those endless sleepless nights.  Cookery books which in turn have led me to travel books.  Sports books where I have been led to take part but from a distance.  Computer books in the hope of my mastering my laptop ( which has never happened!!)  Novels which have allowed me to escape: which have allowed me space to imagine.

Authors have invited me into their make-believe worlds and I have gladly accepted those invitations.

I love this piece of art by  Rae Andrews entitled “Comfy Chair”.  It was the book which caught my eye as I wondered what the title was.  Perhaps a comfy chair is what i need in my “library”…..

 

Books: tactile, warming, questioning, inviting….

                                  A Book

by Adelaide Love

A book, I think, is very like
A little golden door
That takes me into places
Where I’ve never been before.

It leads me into fairyland
Or countries strange and far
And, best of all, the golden door
Always stands ajar.

Exercise?

Exercise or the lack of exercise has suddenly hit me in the face.

You see I used to walk every day . Even if it was snowing( which very rarely happens in Ireland) or raining (more the norm here) I walked. Sometimes it was indoors following Jessica Smith on YouTube but I was regularly walking. However during the recent awful hot summer  my exercise routine went out the window and disappeared into the stratosphere or somewhere similar and my quilting increased somewhat.

 

Oh yes I really do need to exercise. These ladies are fitter and slimmer than me. Now it isn’t that I don’t start to exercise. I do. I have given myself the 30 day challenge and have got as far as day 10, 18 and on the last occasion got to day number 23.

Now I have noticed those bat wings , which had trimmed up have now got flabby again so at least I have gone back to those 15 minutes of arm exercises. But really that isn’t enough. When crafting I will make sure to set my clock so that on the hour I will move and do some stretching exercises. But I have also noticed that my the number of WIPs  (work in progress) has steadily increased while my mountain of “to be read ” books is now a small hill. Hmm I wonder is there any correlation?

So any tips on how to keep motivated. I do not do the gym; been there and fled. I detest swimming. Cycling is ok provided there are no cars ( and I live in a traffic congested town). I have tried horse riding but if I tried it now it would be called animal cruelty. I tried line dancing which proved to be fun but the only drawback was that I could never remember the steps from one week to the next.

So seriously any tips to keep going at this exercise lark? What is your motivation?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ironing During Summer Hibernation

So, it’s official Ireland is in the middle of a Heatwave.   Temperatures reached 30C yesterday.   Now this hasn’t happened in a long time.   So many young people in Ireland have not experienced a long period of dry weather never mind a heat wave.

Still the chores needed to be done.   The mound of ironing had morphed into a mountain and the world cup was calling to me so ironing in front of the TV worked well.

That was until the final scores when Senegal were knocked out of the tournament.   They had played well although yesterday their finishing let them down.   I was delighted that Japan had got through.

I then watched the Japan v Poland match.   What a shock to see so-called professional footballers passing the ball to one another with no attempt to play it in the oppositions half for a full 15 minutes.   It was obvious that the teams had decided, that if the score remained as it was with Poland having won by a single goal, then Japan would go through to the final 16 and there was no need to actually play football.

How dare these so-called professionals do this?  Do they not know, that their supporters would have had to save for perhaps a year to travel and purchase tickets for the World Cup?  Do their supporters not deserve to see their national team playing until the final whistle?  I would have been ashamed if the Irish Republic’s team had played in such a manner.

Thank goodness I didn’t scorch any clothes while I ranted and raved.   But it was a very disappointing way to end a football match no matter what the reason.

Summer Hibernation

 

Yet another hot summer day is over.  It feels rather strange to be constantly seeing blue skies.  Eight o’ clock in the evening and the sun is not just shinning but still has heat.  I am glad of our shaded back garden.  Paper, pen and a glass of cool water is a nice novelty.

This afternoon I spent hibernating from the sun and totally enjoyed the time.  A beautiful lunch followed by the world cup in the company of my son.  Now I was sure that Germany was going to win and had a book ready to hand just in case.  The book remained where it was.

The game was great to watch.  Having German friends and just recently back from a short break in Wurzburg I was up for Germany.  In fact, I was sure they were going to win as I think most people were, except perhaps the Korean team.  Korea played football from the very first minute.  It was great to see.  They ran at the German team.  They played as a united team with the determination not to be intimidated by the World Cup holders.

At the same time Sweden were playing Mexico.  Until this tournament Mexico would not have been one of my favourite teams all because they put us out of the World Cup 1994 in the USA by beating us 2 goals to 1.  This year though, they have played great football especially in the match against Germany.

So today I have had mixed emotions while watching the football; sad to see Germany departing while at the same time admiring the way the Koreans played.  I was delighted to see Mexico through  though today they didn’t play well and if they continue in the same vein they will not progress much farther.

 

Image result for mascot of the FIFA World Cup 2018

 

Today’s hibernation took a different root to what had been planned but….