Nice Life Reminders Pip-Life Taking Stock

Taking Stock A-Z

November 14, 2022

Argh. I’ve been stuck in bed (mostly) for the last few weeks and struggling to do very much. I’m determined, however, to try to do some of my favourite things … and that includes writing here. My friend Denyse has been the impetus for this post. She’s updated the Taking Stock prompts in the very best way, alphabetising them and breathing new life into something I love. (More about that here – and thank you, so VERY belatedly, Denyse.) So…

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What’s cheering me up …

October 14, 2022
A floral couch and crocheted blanket plus pillows AND a plate of cheese on toast

Inspired by a favourite YouTuber (the brilliantly bookish Gina Stanyer) I thought a post about bolstering things would be a very good idea! Here are some things that have proven cheery this week (and possibly every week!) Cheese on toast It’s really such a simple comfort with a giant cup of tea, especially with lots of freshly ground pepper … perhaps some chutney and a slice or two of tomato snuck underneath the cheese? Or perhaps a special Stephanie Alexander…

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I’m happy for …

October 7, 2022
Georgia O'Keeffe by Stieglitz

Lots of interesting types are doing good things and I thought it would be an excellent idea to BE HAPPY FOR THEM and talk about their cleverness and progress and my bare-faced admiration and companionable feelings. I’m happy for … Hetty who has a brand new book out called Tenderheart. It looks amazing (like her others!) and I have reserved it at the library and can NOT wait for it to touch down! Rhonda who has totally nailed auditing her…

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Good things you might like

October 7, 2022

I’m waking up so early these days. I stare at the gap between the curtains and the window frame, wishing for light, trying not to to shift about under the blankets too much, lest the dogs realise I’m awake and begin a well-intentioned, smoochy pre-dawn onslaught. Here’s hoping this early waking is just a temporary thing because once we’re up the dogs MUST go outside and they can be a bit excitedly barky and don’t care a jot if the…

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Things I’ve been doing …

October 4, 2022

Look. Let’s face it. I have not been doing a lot of things as my health has been down the crapper and I’ve been spending a lot of time on bedrest. THAT SAID I’ve managed to keep working at my creative writing degree because I am blinking determined to finish it and I don’t want to give up on learning … I love it so much! I haven’t been posting here much because I am having trouble affording the hosting…

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Kindness …

August 7, 2022
tea cosy by pip Lincolne

Maybe you know that my boys’ dad died in June? His memorial was in July and I can’t tell you how much it meant to have a bunch of friends and family turn up to support us at such a hard time. Everyone was so kind and thoughtfully checked in one-by-one … and it had felt like such an age since we’d had a chance to be around a big group of people linked by a common thread. When I…

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Sludge & Sparkle

July 14, 2022

Today, I was at the local grocery shop checkout. It’s at the back of the store and is used by people who park in the adjacent rear carpark, beyond the wonky automatic door. I was feeling a bit shit, to be honest, after the loss of another close family member this week. I had a bottle of Ribena, a small container of freshly squeezed orange juice and a four-pack of Limonata on the counter. I was the only person waiting…

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