Share Your World – Week 52

This is my response to Cee’s Share Your World. Enjoy!

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?

Vanilla. It seems to have become a bad word for boringness, but I love it in both icecream and human form.

If you were to treat yourself to the “finer things” what would you treat yourself to?

I am not one for fancy stuff at all. I was reading one of the First Ladies Detective books and one of the characters was reprimanded for having enough money to employ help but not doing so even though he would have benefited. I think then that if I did have the money I would employ as a housekeeper or chauffeur.

Have you ever been drunk?

Yes. It’s not big or clever and can get you into trouble. Seeing people drunk is also boring. Anyone who gets drunk because they think that it is funny is stupid. Seriously, stop it now. I do not drink anymore as it led me not to be me, and that led to a reputation.

Complete this sentence: My favourite supposedly guilty pleasure is…

Cheesy music. A few days ago I was flicking through the CDs on sale at the charity shop I volunteer at. I found a Village People album and put it at the front where it can be seen. I fully expect it to have been snapped up by now. I admit though that I do actually feel guilt when I sing along to radio cheese though. If others cannot see the beauty then that is their own misfortune.

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the coming week?



Sweet Seahorse

In the past few days I have made a fine collage of sealife out of chocolate wrappers which I am pretty proud of, and today I received a new power pack for an old laptop. Thankfully it works as my newer laptop was the victim of a temper tantrum. I am now Windows 7 and untouchscreenable, but trust me, these are good things.

The coming week brings us the new year. I see this as a time to recreate myself, and leave bad things behind. I am therefore looking forward to things like not recording more television than I can possibly watch, (I have an episode of Beck that I recorded in October 2015). I also look forward to growing my creative side and nurturing my little online shop. Hey, I might be able to afford a housekeeping chauffeur this time next year!

See you in 2017




Share Your World – 2016 Week 50

What is your favourite smell? What memory does it remind you of?

I think that my favourite smell is that of newly cut grass. It doesn’t actually bring any specific memory to mind though.

What type of pet do you have or want to have?

I have always wanted a cat so when a colleague of mine said that her cat was going to have a litter and that the kittens would have to be re-homed, I jumped at the opportunity. I knew that I wanted a female, (I heard that males spray so probably wouldn’t make good house cats), and Agatha came to live with me. Strange, and I was not bothered at the time, (I just wanted to give someone a home), but Agatha is a tortoiseshell, and months later I found a picture book of cats and saw the picture of the cat that I wanted. A tortoiseshell, with the same beige stripe down it’s nose!


A few months later I had the opportunity to get a friend for Agatha, and Maudie joined the pride.


Are you usually late, early, or right on time?

It gives me the heebie jeebies to think that I might be late for anything, and I don’t trust myself to be right on time, so I am usually far too early.

For recharging, would you rather meditate, swim, walk, listen to music, write, read, yoga, qigong, other?

I like to snuggle down in bed and listen to comedy and drama on the radio.

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for the chance to open up an Etsy shop and, (hopefully), make some money from my hobby. No-one else wants to give me paid employment so I shall have no option to be an entrepreneur. I am looking forward in the next week to be twiddling and tweaking my shop settings, creating new ideas, and promoting ZenChildCreations.



I don’t know if my title has a meaning that bears no relation to this post, of if is a word that my mind has given birth to. Nonetheless, it is my entry for Cee’s Black and White Challenge.

The first, and I think best, object that came to mind is my small, carved, wooden box that I keep my earrings in. I tried to make the most of the carved lines by messing around with the camera settings and filters. These, I think are the best four that I took with my trusty Samsung S6.




A few days ago I went back to Facebook. I thought that it was something that I would never, ever do, but I’ve been feeling isolated. Being both an introvert and living away from the family, I do find it difficult sometimes. It’s not that I am lonely, it’s just that I miss the occasional connection with others. As well as sending out a few and receiving a few friend requests I joined the group Introvert Nation. I wonder the collective noun for introverts is?

Anyway, back to this post, which is written in response to the Daily Post Discover Challenge, Mind the Gap.

Now, for us introverts, verbal expression can be very difficult. This is a big, big problem as there are many people out there who judge others on the amount of words that come out of your mouth. They think that you cannot be feeling something if you do not say that you are feeling something. Even worse, they may think that if you are really quiet there must be something wrong with you (some children called me ‘docile’ at school)!

So here we have a really tricky gap between words and feelings; but it goes further. How many people use words to try and fool or control people? How many try to convince others or even themselves about the reality of things? How many people use words when they don’t even feel the corresponding feeling? How many words are wasted in lies?

There is  a secret though known, it seems, only by introverts. Words are special. To be effective they should be used sparingly. Feelings, on the other hand, are constant, and should always be so. The person walking or sitting next to you may be silent, but they are feeling something.

This morning, for the first, and hopefully not last, time a poem came to me almost fully formed. It is dedicated to everyone out there, and I hope it provokes some thought.



Some time ago, late one night, there was a thunder and lightening storm directly over the area in which I live. I got up thinking that maybe it would be a good idea to unplug the television. As I moved my weary body into the living room I heard a loud crash and in an instant lightning lit up the room, and I swear I saw a monster in the corner!

This episode inspired a post on Mirakee. It was created in response to a 15 word challenge, which required me to write a piece which included two specific words. If I remember rightly the words were ‘storm’ and ‘light’.


This post written in response to The Daily Post Prompt, Storm.


I was wondering what I could post for this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge, then I remembered something in the archives.

A while back I bought myself a new camera. I spent ages playing around with it seeing what it could do. Waking up early one morning I spied the apples in the fruit bowl. At the time I had no curtains in the kitchen so the morning light was able to creep through the serving hatch and rest upon the apples. It looked to me just like an oil painted scene. I just had to try and capture it.


Apples at First Light

I then experimented with some of the other shots, using filters to bring some more magic to them. This, I think is the best one. It is reminiscent, I think, of old, hand coloured films.


It’s a Tiny, Tiny Word

This week’s Daily Press photo challenge is Tiny. I am one of the few people that I know who appreciates the smaller creatures of the planet, so I shall celebrate them here. Enjoy!… or not…