Plans and Procrastinations

During breakfast yesterday I happened to mention to Lizzie that I didn’t understand Bullet Journals, and so began a long, animated discussion about what they are, how they work and explanations of examples from Lizzie’s own Bullet Journal. From there I spent the rest of the day researching different styles and approaches. Needless to say I […]

Death by a Thousand Cuts

Less than a week ago I stood in an empty house. There was no laughter, no joy, and certainly no changing the fate of the families who used to live there. The house was the secret annex where the Frank family and others tried to hide from the senseless persecution at the hands of the […]

Rocky (1996 – 2011)

Before my parents had Rory and Cassie, there was Rocky. He was a Collie cross Terrier (we thought) and, as kids, our first dog growing up. He saw me through high school and college before I moved away to London to go to university. He lived with my parents to the good old age of […]

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Poblano Edition

If we were having coffee i’d tell you things are a bit more settled now. My mum is doing a lot better. She seems to be in a good mood overall and is gaining confidence and energy. Day by day she’s more like herself. I’ve been visiting for a long weekend so will be catching […]

My Top Ten Impulse Buys of 2016

Oh dear, it’s a list post, I must be failing at NanoPoblano early.. I’m a sucker for impulse buys. I see things that I think I need to have in my life and I buy them. I like them, I try them, I think they’re wonderful.. but then they get forgotten about and just don’t […]

#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Elephant in the Room

I don’t think my family read the blog but this is now common knowledge to immediate family anyway. I’m sharing it because as a society we don’t talk about these things nearly enough. I don’t intend embarrassment or shame, and there really shouldn’t be any. Either way, whoever reads this, please tread softly out of respect for […]

The EpiPen: A 461% Price Increase – SmashleyAshley

I am a business owner myself. I understand that the bottom line matters, I understand that the point of being in business is to make a profit. However, I also believe that greed is one of the most destructive traits in human beings. There is no logical explanation you can give for raising the price […]

#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Kindness of Strangers

If we were having coffee I’d apologise for my sudden absence this past week. You might not have noticed, but I sure did. I haven’t been in the best place mentally for awhile but things came to a head recently. I’m not one to say anything publicly so I just shut down. I didn’t blog […]

Choosing Friends

My friend Ra is the reason I started blogging again. When I started blogging back in 2005, my posts were sporadic, amateur and without purpose. I was never part of the blogosphere – if such a thing existed back then – and as my first attempt at blogging, ultimately it fizzled out. Literally years went […]

#ThrowbackThursday: An unexpected reunion

After many years of working, I returned to University in 2007 and moved to London. In my first year I stayed in student accommodation on campus where I enjoyed all the new found freedoms of living away from home. Cooking wasn’t my strong point but I was lucky to be living with a generous group of […]

Safety Pin

A Safety Net

I don’t often talk politics online. If you know me well enough, you will know where I stand. When the EU Referendum result was announced I instead posted the following simple message calling for civility and compassion whatever your point of view. I could already see that there was a lot of anger and anxiety […]

#WeekendCoffeeShare: A Misadventure

If we were having coffee i’d confess I didn’t expect to see you again so soon. Today’s post was going to be all about a country walk i’d taken today, prompted by some books my sister-in-law got me for my birthday. Unfortunately I got lost. I’d tell you the day started well with glorious sunshine, […]