Shedding a few pounds of tummy fat…….

I never realised you could eat so much food with Slimming World! I have stuffed myself today with ‘Free’ foods plus a thin slice of cake and I am full.


Do not stand……

I watched a program on BBC called ‘A Time to Live’ which was about several people who had been given a terminal cancer diagnosis. I was struck by the number of them who said they had enjoyed better lives since the diagnosis.  Some had given up work to just do all the things they loved. They made every day count.

I lost my daughter to a brain tumour 21 months ago. It broke my heart. Sadly, she was not well enough in her last couple of years to accomplish much but being diagnosed 14 years ago, was able to live a fairly normal life for most of the time. My best friend gave me this poem when she died and I found it very comforting:-

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

Sonnet by Mary Elizabeth Frye

2 good reads by Natasha Preston

In the last couple of weeks I have read ‘Silence’ by Natasha Preston, and the follow up, ‘Broken Silence’.  I loved them both. They are what I would call an ‘easy read’, meaning they are simply written and you don’t have to have swallowed a dictionary to understand them.  They are, however, hard to put down once started and you feel compelled to read just a few more pages before collapsing on your pillow at 2am!

You need to read the second book to discover the conclusion so they should be bought together.  The theme is abuse, but I won’t enlighten you any more as I don’t want to spoil the enjoyment for those of you who might want to buy them (available on Amazon).  I chose the e books over printed.