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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I paused on my run to take a picture of these gorgeous ducklings yesterday. Watching the ducklings were a lovely couple who were walking with about 6 toddlers all about 3 years old - they had their own brood of "ducklings"!

I will miss the gorgeous parkland I've got right on my doorstep

But I will have the coast within running distance when I move on 28 April, woohoo.

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NELLIEH1 4/16/2014 2:45PM

    GOD grants us His beauty and challenges us in our praise of Him whereever we are. May your move go very smoothly in Him! Blessings, Nellie

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TRUCKERSMRS 4/16/2014 2:20PM

    Beautiful pictures. Look forward to seeing pics from around your "holiday" home.

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CHERIONE 4/16/2014 9:41AM

    Great will have great pictures from the new place too!

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ARNETTELEE 4/16/2014 4:34AM

  Nice photos!

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New "job" - advice welcome

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

I've been accepted to host Calabash dinner party events in the North West of UK, which are a little like party plan, for World Vision UK, a charity. I take the story of Calabash to a group of people invited to the hosts home, with the aim of getting people to sponsor a child living in the world's hardest places (e.g. Myanmar, Cambodia, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Senegal, Sierra Leone)

How successful I am depends on how many events (parties?) I arrange and how many sponsors I can "recruit".

I've never done this before, although I am passionate about the work of World Vision, I've got event and marketing experience, and I've done shop assistant work in the dim and distant past. Has anyone got any top tips for a) persuading people to host an event and b) persuading people to change a child's life by sponsoring them long-term?

I'm very nervous about this, as I'll be self employed (and I'll have to set that up, too) and I'll have to be pushy in order to get the first parties booked for May.

If I can do three a week, that'll mean I don't have to search for regular employment.

Hey, if anyone reading lives in the North West UK, would you book a Calabash dinner party through me?



Wednesday, April 02, 2014

I'm currently "twizzying". A family word that means turning unproductively in circles.

I have started to: clean the freezer (a little task), tidy spices cupboard (a big task) and larder, sort out plastic boxes (a tedious task), find mattress protectors (an easy task).

I am supposed to be wrapping and boxing up glasses, and sorting out what kitchen-ware to pack and what needs to be on hand.

I do need imminent deadlines to keep me focussed: come on Estate Agent, ring to say purchaser have signed their documents (unlikely to happen today, though).

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PUDDLE13 4/15/2014 2:49AM

    I'm an imminent deadline sort of girl myself - i love the phrase twizzying - for me it's procrastinating and I am a champion procrastinator!!

Hope it all goes well!

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1STTHINGSFIRST 4/8/2014 8:42AM

    Did you hear from the agent?

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NELLIEH1 4/3/2014 1:17PM

    Surely wish I lived closer...I love to pack up and organize! (except for paper things)
Know that all your documents will be signed and done in just the right time!!
Blessings, Nellie

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GRANDMA125212 4/3/2014 2:03AM

    I hope things get settled for you. I do not like packing

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CHERIONE 4/2/2014 8:02PM

    I need that phrase too! Thanks for sharing. BIBO - breathe In, breathe out. Take the little jobs first and finish your way up the list. You'll get there.

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SENIMMO 4/2/2014 9:47AM

    Glad things are coming along. I completely "got" the twizzying. Very useful word, I may "borrow" it emoticon

I hope you enjoy your new home (once you get in it!)

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MOJO0607 4/2/2014 9:40AM

    Love the phrase and am going to adopt it immediately, as I twizzy quite frequently and never had a term to label it with! I'll start with cleaning the bathroom, go to get rags, see the linen closet in disorder, start to organize it, remember I need to put a load in the laundry, head to the laundry room, grab a broom to sweep up the dirt tracked in from the backyard, realize I need the dustpan, see the recycling that needs to be rinsed out on the way and grab it...ummmm, you get the idea. Happy Wednesday, and Happy Focusing!!

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5 generations

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Me and DH have just come back from a very successful trip "up North" where we found an apartment to rent for 6 months so we're no longer homeless during the gap between selling our house here in the South and the apartment we're buying being available and doing the necessary refurbishments. It's a penthouse place overlooking Southport's seafront and just an 8 minute coastal drive from the place we're buying (Ainsdale).

Along with a lovely mother's day lunch with 5 generations from 1 to 84 years young at my mum's house, it was a very successful weekend.

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BESSHAILE 4/6/2014 10:27AM


Here in the US NOBODY moves "Up North" unless she has a great job offer or a family member she needs to care for.

EVERYBODY!!!!!! joins us here, Down South. emoticon

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NELLIEH1 4/1/2014 7:12PM

    fantastic that you have a new place while you close to your to-be new home!
love the photo of your five generations!!!

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TRUCKERSMRS 4/1/2014 3:13PM

    Great news that you have found somewhere to move into whilst you wait. One less pressure!
Have you heard about any work yet?

Love the pic of you all together.

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What would YOU get

Sunday, March 16, 2014

If all you got was what you thanked God for?

That's a pretty big question, when you really think about it.

Would I have woken up this morning?
Would I have a house to live in?
Would I have a wonderful husband?
Would I have a wonderful family?
Would I have anything to eat or drink?

The list could go on.

Thank God for giving me His great abundance.

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NELLIEH1 3/16/2014 6:07PM

    emoticon Great question!...We should ask it every day!...Very motivating...Thanks!! Blessings, Nellie

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