The end of 2013 and the challenge of 2014

So it’s the end of 2013. A lot has been accomplished. I planted a tree. I increased my exercise and attempted running! Looking back at what I wrote on New Years Day I mentioned my friend Anne. She died on New Years Day. Tomorrow a few of us are going to gather and remember her.

So I’m writing up my New Year’s Resoloutions/ Aspirations now. This year I’m focusing on challenges! Since I’m now sort of running and I lost a couple of friends to Cancer this year I have signed up to do the Race For Life. The aim is to RUN the 5k. It’s only 5k but if I can run it all it will be an achievement.

The other thing I’ve been doing this year is swimming. So my other challenge for next year is to swim a mile which is 64 lengths.

Over the past couple of years I’ve been influenced by the Vintage look. I really want to master a Vintage Style hair do – another challenge! I’ve found a place that does Masterclasses so watch this space!

Another challenge is one that over the years I have been aspiring to. I’ve been called a good cook however like most people I don’t experiment often. This year is going to be different. Not exactly Julie & Julia but a case of trying a new recipe each week. So 52 new meals to try out ……. And yep I do own quite a few cookbooks! πŸ˜‰

The other challenge is to learn some new crafts! I’ve got a cupboard full of craft kits and I’ve got some annual leave ….. So there you go no excuses! LOL! πŸ˜€

I’m going to try my best to keep up the challenges!

Happy New Year to you dear Reader! πŸ˜€


Keep on giving

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and received lots of presents. One of the best things about Christmas is giving. We can give generously all year round. Want a reason to give something in 2014? Then I suggest you consider becoming a World Book Night giver.

Over the weekend I finally found time to sign up to be a World Book Night Giver. World Book Night takes place on 23rd April. You can chose to be one of two of givers this year. You can chose to be a World Book Night title giver or a Community Giver. The first is giving one of their titles and although I don’t think much to the titles this year I did find one that I had enjoyed and was prepared to give. The community giving means you chose your favourite book to give away… Hmmm to chose one book… Yep a bit difficult for me to chose one.

However if you love reading and want to share the joy I urge you to look at this website

Keep on giving!

So what has a bus stop

Got to do with Advent and the count down to Christmas?

The thing I love about this time of year is that all the Churches have different services on offer. There is usually a few Churches Together events too. Tonight was the Advent service.

The Vicar who gave the Sermon is fascinated with the Real Time bus stops – these are the stops that tell you exactly when the bus is due. Why is this type of stop like Advent? Well if you have an Advent Calendar then you count down the days till Christmas Day. At a Real Time Bus Stop you count down the minutes till the bus arrives.

There is a second meaning to Advent – the looking forward to Christ’s Second Coming. We do not know when that will be. This is like waiting at a normal bus stop with no markers telling you when the bus is due. You know it will come but when? How long will you have to wait? You also have to keep watching and waiting. You can’t pop into the Newsagents near by as it could be that moment when the bus turns up and you’ll miss it. So you have to keep waiting for it to show – and normally in life what’s the betting three will turn up at once? πŸ˜‰

Blessings! πŸ˜€

Faith is like a chair

Today 1st December is the start of Advent. Many of you may have opened the first window of your Advent Calendars and if you were lucky may have received a chocolate! Some of you may have lit an Advent Candle. The tradition in our house is to do both.

The Sermon that I heard at Church today focused on Joseph – Jesus’ stepdad, on his reaction to the news regarding Mary’s pregnancy. To make us think chairs were used to show how we see our faith in God and how we react to when God asks us to do something. You don’t think about sitting down on a chair you just get on with it. But when God asks you to do something I.e to sit on the chair most of us would chose to remain standing. Some may go round checking the chair making sure it’s safe before taking a seat. Some may go up to the chair and then tentatively sit down. Do any of us just go and plonk ourselves down?

We have trust in the chair and never question it. As a Christian I often question my trust in God when I should just trust Him completely and sit in His lap.

Blessings! πŸ˜€