This months books

Whilst it is VERY easy to let everyday life distract you from the things you enjoy, as well as the stuff that is good for you, it is important to make time for non-productive, non-money making, non-thinky stuff. That is easier said than done but the benefits, once you’ve tried it a few times, become…

The last three

I am a person of extremes and happy about it. But balance in all things is the key to contentment, so as well as spending a lot of money in book shops I spend a little money (and get a lot for it) in the book departments of charity shops. The three novels below are…

Side effects and silver linings

It seems that my brain demands that I justify my blogging, to myself and the world (You, Dear Reader), every few posts so yes, this thing is still just for me, still just for me to get these words out of my head, and still just for me to type ridiculously long sentences, just because…

The last four things – part 2

Following on from yesterday… 3: Lush shampoo bar and tin I have started using these Lush shampoo bars as a way to reduce the plastic I buy and because, once I started using them, I discovered how much better my hair feels. They do not seems to leave as much residue when they’re rinsed out,…

The last four things – part 1

I am trying to find a balance between frugality and minimalism. On the surface it would seem that they are compatible but frugality means buying 100 of something if you find it on offer (so that the next 100 times you need that thing you have not paid full price for it) whereas minimalism means…

Don’t laugh, it’s paid for.

This post is due, in part, to another blogger who’s writing I have been very much enjoying (Virtual Brush Box). As part of one of her past posts she wrote what seems like a throw away phrase: Don’t laugh, It’s paid for. This phrase has been sitting in my mind since I read it and…

Round up part four

Part One, Part Two and Part Three. Searching for the curious – Strangely enough, whilst looking for curiosity in others I have rediscovered some of it in myself, which makes me ridiculously happy. (I also find myself struggling to NOT judge people on their lack of curiosity…but that’s an on-going woe for me that I…

Comfort Reading

There are some writers so great and generous that they can change the way you see the world, they can open up possibilities and alter the very way you think.  The best part is that YOU get to decide which writers are great. When you stumble upon a true great you give them the power…

Denying boredom with literature.

I was recently summonsed for jury duty. It was a responsibility I took very seriously, as that is how I would want any juror of mine to behave, and it gave me a new perspective on how the justice system works (slowly…very, very slowly). There is a LOT of sitting around waiting for people to…