I have to pay attention

Dear Reader

As you know I’m a Christian.  I don’t often blog about my beliefs for various reasons but I want to share with you something that I believe God is doing in my life. It does all tie in with my theme of #yearofmaking.

This weekend in the lectionary the Old Testament reading is taken from Samuel.  It’s a well known reading when God keeps waking Samuel up in the middle of the night. Samuel thinks it’s Eli his master calling him and so goes and wakes up Eli saying “Here I am”.  Eventually after the third time of being woken up, Eli twigs that it is God speaking to Samuel.  He tells Samuel that if it happens again for him to say “Speak Lord, Your servant is listening”.

So why is this passage speaking to me at the moment?  Well God isn’t waking me up in the middle of the night but he is putting people in my path who are telling me to listen. Twice this week I’ve been told “we have one mouth and two ears so we need to listen twice as much as we talk”.

With the passage being heard twice at two different services and churches the light bulb has gone off in my brain. This is something I need to pay attention to.  What do you learn from taking time to listen to God? Direction.  Where you need to go. What you need to do. How you go about doing it.

What do you learn from listening to yourself?  Answers.

What do you learn from listening to others? LOTS!

So as part of my #yearofmaking I’m going to make time to listen.

Blessings 🙂


Week 1 – Review

For me who is supposed to be trying her best to get into a dress for the end of the month I feel Mel’s struggles. Click on the link re:lazy as that is very interesting and helpful.

Good luck Mel – keep thinking of the dress. Luckily for me I have a backup dress.
Blessings 🙂

Mel Anthony - The Quest to find zen

Here comes the results!!! Nothing to be proud of! Unfortunately. OK, it may not be entirely right but looking at the plan from a clear point of view it’s failed.

I was OK with food:


I ate lunches as planned, I ate munchies as planned, no extra naughty bits or extra chocolates, cakes, cookies, etc. I ate breakfasts regularly and a varied breakfast as well. Sort of as I planned. I wasn’t binge eating which is a great success! I feel good about myself regarding food. I have to decrease the size of the portions I eat but I think it’ll come with time.

But on exercise I failed:


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Pope Francis’ suggested New Year’s resolutions

Hence why today I spent time with Hubby going to the cinema to see Night of the Museum 3, followed by a meal at our local Indian Restaurant 🙂

#yearofmaking memories

Blessings 🙂

CNS Blog

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VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis met before Christmas with Vatican employees, mostly lay people with families, he asked them to do 10 things. The list sounded remarkably like suggestions for New Year’s resolutions:

— “Take care of your spiritual life, your relationship with God, because this is the backbone of everything we do and everything we are.”

— “Take care of your family life, giving your children and loved ones not just money, but most of all your time, attention and love.”

— “Take care of your relationships with others, transforming your faith into life and your words into good works, especially on behalf of the needy.”

— “Be careful how you speak, purify your tongue of offensive words, vulgarity and worldly decadence.”

— “Heal wounds of the heart with the oil of forgiveness, forgiving those who have hurt us and medicating the wounds we have caused…

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The year of the sheep (natch)


2015 is, in Chinese astrology, the year of the sheep. Er, otherwise known as the ram or even the goat, but let’s forget about the alternatives and settle for sheep.

sunny sheep

Of course, we’re still in the old Chinese year – the horse – but only just. (Next year is my year; I’m a monkey. As my parents often perceptibly said. And as a monkey I need to avoid bungee jumping in June or July this year, or so I’ve been told. Seriously. No problems there.)

So here, in celebration of the Year of the Sheep and marking the fact that I’ve just got to go and quickly sort through – grammar police, are you watching? – my patterns before heading off to a yarn sale (!), are some shots of sheep to celebrate their year, sheep in my local landscape.

sheep on cliffs

This also gives me a great opportunity for some shots of Ardudwy, my part…

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Happy New Year

Welcome to 2015!  It’s a new 365 page book to write in! So my title for this year has been inspired by a hashtag that I noticed Dee aka littleredyarn using – #yearofmaking.   This is going to be my New Year’s Resolution/Aspiration/Promise to me.

Making me the priority and focusing on my health.  Making the most of my time by focusing on the things I want to accomplish.  Making things as well.
Making the most of life and I’ve made this to help.


I took this idea from Becky aka Poppybead – it’s a jar full of the positive things that happen during the year. At the end of the year you open the jar and read all the pieces of paper. Then you realise how awesome the year was – even if you had a lot tough times.

The notepad was a Christmas present and on the bottom of them it says Happy Days. Happy Days is what I hope that you all have this year.

Blessings 🙂