Thursday, 25 March 2010

Check me out!

I got up early this morning and was in the swimming pool by 7.15am. Yes that's a fitness related activity before work. Admittedly, it was a struggle to get up but well worth the effort. I feel great (and I didn't feel guilty when I had a piece of cake with my coffee at 11am!).
The Smug One

Friday, 19 March 2010

Who's in your garden?

We had a pheasant in the garden the other day.
How exciting!!
Didn't manage to take a photo but this picture is pretty much spot on. Beautiful aren't they?!

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

17th March 2010

I know I'm a day early with this, but tomorrow is a public holiday (hurrah!!) so we're off on a day trip to the wild north west corner of Ireland where "remote access" means a muddy dirt track and the internet is unknown. Bliss.
Happy St Patrick's Day to you all!

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Forgive...and forget

We had a really good home group last night led by me, though that's not why it was great! (On that point, I got an awful shock when I arrived at the lady's house where it was being held. There were cars parked everywhere. Could it be that the whole church had come to the study?! Actually no! There is a primary school near by and the cars belonged to the parents attending the school's concert. Phew....)

Where was I..? Yes, the study. It was on John 21 and the theme of forgiveness and we had a great discussion which I shan't go into in detail here. However I was really challenged by a couple of things which might give you pause for thought:- 1. I find it relatively easy to forgive people but do I actually forget what they've asked forgiveness for or do I store it up in the back of my mind ready to cast up at them (maybe only in my head) at a later date? 2. When I offer forgiveness and it is accepted, do I let the matter go or do I continue to beat myself up about it and refuse to forgive myself even though the matter has been dealt with? I think this is a particularly female trait.

Forgive AND forget. That's the key. That's what I need to learn to do friends!


Wednesday, 10 March 2010

"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."
Mark Twain

This is such a funny picture! I am not sure where I got it from but it makes me laugh and, as Mr Twain, amongst many others says, laughing is the way forward. (Mind you, I am not advocating cigar smoking as the most holistic way of life!)
I was worried recently when I saw feint lines on my face. My carefree youthful 20s are way past!! However it is clear that wrinkles are a good thing. As well as indicating where smiles have been, they reveal a life that has been lived and each line probably has a thousand stories to tell. Also, did you know, you use more muscles smiling than you do frowning? It's official: it's better than a work out. Now put that in your pipe and smoke it!

E xx

Monday, 8 March 2010

“Courage is grace under pressure.”

~ Ernest Hemingway

Hi Everyone!
I've been gone a long time I know but I'm back ready to blog again and cath up with you all.
Hope you have survived the long cold winter. Here's to spring!