Thoughts and feelings

Thoughts and feelings I have been feeling very recently, these past few weeks.

Court and ex 😦

As court case gets nearer for the death of my cousin and her husband, the thoughts of the pedo ex not having anything to do with the case, has been popping into my head this week. 😦 I guess this is because of when I originally discovered the awful truth about him, when it was just days from their funeral is why I am having this trigger.

Council properties

I have decided when it comes to bidding for council properties, I am going to start bidding on studio properties. This is because I could have more of a chance hopefully in getting a property with the council, but also, I have been thinking quite a lot about studio flats since I once shown interest in a private one.
I shall still apply for flats, but will now include studio.
I cannot guarantee that waiting and hoping for the right flat, that I could be happy there, given by past experiences, which those who have followed me from a previous blog I used to write, will know what trouble I had there and the effects it had on my health. So I see council temporary, as I hope to save a large deposit, to one day owning my own property, unless of course it turns out to be a much better experience and I am happy to stay there.
As I can only bid on two council properties per week, if this means two studio flats crop up, but I say for example like two flats going on offer as well, I will place my bids on the studio ones.
If I ever find I am in one, I will look forward to the challenge of studio living, which over the past week I have learnt some good tips to survive in one. I am personally looking forward to the challenge, if I happen to be in one.

Blog links

Some comments have turned up in the spam box I see today, that should not have been there. One commenter has left their blog link in the actual comment, even though I make it known on my blog that this practice is not welcomed, unless of course you have something to share to an actual post of yours that is related to what I talk about in mine, then I ignore the rule.
As I do before airing comments, I have removed the link before airing. This blogger has been now told directly in the blog post concerned, for a polite request not to do this. I hope this will in future be respected, as I do when I visit this persons blog, as I do anyone’s blog. I did not like doing this, but after blogging about this on a couple of occasions, I felt I had to raise it. Not that I feel any better about it.
As we know when we leave comments on each others blogs, on the comment form there is a place you can add your blog link, so there is no need to to add it again in the comment box, unless of course the blog post in question at times says so, or where I ignore the rule and allow because something you shared related to my blog post, that related to the same topic on yours.
Thank you to the many readers I have, that have respected this.


Book review: “The Art of Happiness – A handbook for the living,” by HH Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler.

This book is not something I would usually read, but because of the way my path is changing for the better, along with other things that have helped me to get where I am today, I chose to read this book.

This book, my mum is now reading, after waiting patiently. She was very curious as to why I was reading it, as well as interested herself. My mum does not really know everything I have been doing, to get where I am today. When there has been parts I have revealed to her, because I thought they would be helpful to her, she did not take them on board. Maybe she will, when she has read this book herself, although my mum has other qualities already, like easily showing empathy for other people.

This book should be read by everyone, as there is something we would all learn by reading it.
This book is not preaching religion and it doesn’t matter if you are religious, or not, or whatever religion you are, we all have something to learn from this book, to better ourselves.
I have enjoyed reading every page of this book and although I’m doing some things already, I still have lots to take on board.
Once mum has read this book, I shall pick up this again, reading it all through once more and maybe taking some notes along the way. Then later, it will be useful to read in parts where needed.
This book will remain on my bookshelf and prove to be useful, in the future.

Now don’t be put off with the contents of this very informative book, as it is easy to read in small doses and pick back up on where you left off. But that’s if you can put it down.

Contents of this book:

Authors notes

1. The Purpose of Life
Chapter 1: The Right to Happiness
Chapter 2: The Source of Happiness
Chapter 3: Training the Mind for Happiness

2. Human Warmth and Compassion
Chapter 5: A New Model for Intimacy
Chapter 6: Deepening Our Connection to Others
Chapter 7: The Value of Benefits of Compassion

3. Transforming Suffering
Chapter 8: Facing Suffering
Chapter 9: Self-Created Suffering
Chapter 10: Shifting Perspective
Chapter 11: Finding Meaning in Pain and Suffering

4. Overcoming Obstacles
Chapter 12: Bringing about Change
Chapter 13: Dealing with Anger and Hatred
Chapter 14: Dealing with Anxiety and Building Self-Esteem

5.Closing Reflections on Living a Spiritual Life
Chapter 15: Basic Spiritual Values


Sewing fun

I have heard of a magazine called, “Mollie Makes,” for the last few month’s, but this magazine has been going for much longer, as the magazine I bought was issue 94.
I decided to buy this, after Bexa reviewed this issue, where you had everything to make the toucan keyring. See Bexa’s review, over here.

Here is mine that I made.


I have learnt a couple of new stitches making this; blanket stitch and whipstitch. As well as these, I brushed up in some old stitches not used for a while.

I really enjoyed making this and I imagine I will look at making something else with felt soon, as I have felt already and thread’s. I am thinking of looking at making something that involves using bean bag filling, as I have plenty of this.

This will be someone’s Christmas present this year, with money being a bit tight currently. I know this will be well received.

This OR That tag

Over at “Mental Health @ Home,” Ashley was tagged in “This OR That tag.” After Ashley joined in and shared her post, she chose to invite anyone who would like to play along. So I chose to play along with this, as it looked fun.

Words, this or that tag on an image that shows hot air balloons over the mountains


  • Thank & tag the person that has tagged you (Which I have done.)
  • Attach the tag photo (Done.)
  • Answers the ‘This or THAT questions (Done. See below.)
  • Tag a 10-20 friends. (See below, at the end of the post.)

So here it goes with mine.

  • Dog or Cat?
    • Cat.
  • Netflix or YouTube?
    • YouTube a little bit. I am not a regular.
  • Phone Call or Text?
    • Text.
  • Toast or Eggs?
    • Poached eggs, on toast. I know. But I had to have both. 🙂
  • Cardio or Weights?
    • Walking in the fresh air.
  • Facebook or Twitter?
    • Neither.
  • Ice Cream Cone or Snow Cone?
    • Ice cream.
  • Mobile Games or Console Games?
    • Neither.
  • While walking: Music or Podcasts?
    • Neither.
  • iOS or Android?
    • Android.
  • Cake or Pie?
    • I can’t choose. It depends on the weather and my mood for what I might choose, as well as the temptation looking at what is in front of me.
  • Swimming or Sunbathing?
    • A paddle is the closest and sitting on the beach to enjoy looking out at the sea, but not to sunbathe.
  • Big Party or Small Gathering?
    • Small gathering, or just ‘me time.’
  • New Clothes or New Phone?
    • New clothes.
  • Rich Friend or Loyal Friend?
    • Loyal friend.
  • Football or Basketball?
    • Basketball.
  • Nice Car or Nice Home Interior?
    • Nice home.
  • What’s worse: Laundry or Dishes?
    • If I am answering it on the line of when leaving it to mount up, then dishes.
  • Jogging or Hiking?
    • Just walking.
  • Bath or Shower?
    • Bath at the moment for me, as this is all I have, where I live. I like my showers though mainly if I had a choice and just a soak in the bath now and again.
  • Sneakers or Sandals?
    • Trainers.
  • Glasses or Contacts?
    • Glasses.
  • Hamburger or Taco?
    • Veggie burger.
  • Couch or Recliner?
    • Couch all to myself.
  • Online Shopping or Shopping in a Store?
    • Store.
  • Receive: Email or Letter?
    • Email. But it is nice to receive a hand written letter now and again.
  • Passenger or Driver?
    • Passenger.
  • Tablet or Computer?
    • Laptop, or desktop computer.
  • Most important in a partner: Intelligent or Funny?
    • A gentlemen, who can have a laugh. But I shall never have a partner, as I will always live a single life.
  • Car or Truck?
    • Car
  • Blue or Red?
    • Blue.
  • Money or Free Time?
    • Free time.
  • Amusement Park or Day at the Beach?
    • Beach.
  • At a movie: Candy or Popcorn?
    • Neither.
  • Pen or Pencil?
    • Pen.
  • Toilet paper: Over or Under?
    • Over.
  • Cups in the cupboard: Right Side Up or Up Side Down?
    • Up side down.
  • Pancake or Waffle?
    • Pancakes.
  • Coke or Pepsi?
    • I don’t have it often, but when I do, Pepsi. But I prefer it to be sugar-free. I will sometimes go for the caffeine free option too.
  • Coffee Cup or Thermos?
    • Neither.
  • Blinds or Curtain?
    • Curtains. If I had blinds, I would still have curtains, as it makes it feel cosy.
  • Train or Plane?
    • Train.
  • Phone or Tablet?
    • Phone.
  • Iced Coffee or Hot Coffee?
    • Hot coffee.
  • Meat or Vegetables?
    • Vegetables.
  • International Vacation or a New TV?
    • A holiday.
  • Save or Spend?
    • Save. But I like to spend a bit as well.
  • Honesty or Other’s Feelings?
    • This depends on situation and person.
  • Coffee or Tea?
    • Tea mainly.
  • TV or Book?
    • Book.
  • Movie at Home or Movie at the Theatre?
    • Movie at home.
  • Ocean or Mountains?
    • Ocean.
  • Horror Movie or Comedy Movie?
    • Comedy.
  • City or Countryside?
    • Countryside was appealing for many years and still is. But prefer to live in a town now.
  • Winter or Summer?
    • Summer.
  • Mac or PC?
    • Mac.
  • Console Gaming or PC Gaming?
    • PC odd occasions.
  • Soup or Sandwich?
    • I like both.
  • Card Game or Board Game?
    • Card game is the last thing I have played and meaning to do again. Just playing by myself, playing Patience.
  • Camping or Binge Watching Shows at Home?
    • Watching movies preferably at home.
  • Working Alone or Working in a Team?
    • I like working alone.
  • Dine In or Delivery?
    • Eat at home, but not using delivery. I will sort out my own instead. I like to dine out sometimes, as well.
  • Sweater or Hoodie?
    • Cardigan.
  • Motorcycle or Bicycle?
    • Bicycle.
  • Book or eBook?
    • Book.
  • When sleeping: Fan or No Fan?
    • Fan when it’s really hot summer’s.
  • TV Shows or Movies?
    • Movies.


So I have done mine and now it is time to tag. I tag anyone, who would like to join in.

Post re-share: Soaring Temperatures Bring Danger to Cats and Kittens Falling out of Windows — Katzenworld

It’s simple. If you cannot make your home safe for cats, don’t have one.

It angers me when people don’t take advice. You must not have windows open in the summer, unless you have something on them that is guaranteed to keep your cat safe. Or ensuring that rooms are not accessible to cats where there is a window open.

Do not own a cat, if you cannot guarantee their safety.

Read more, at Katzenworld.

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Book review: “Depression is a liar,” by Danny Baker

Danny Baker written this book almost two years after his last depression episode. The book is about everything he has felt and experienced with his struggles, to eventually his triumph over his depression.
Danny Baker wanted to tell his story, so that other people with depression will realise they are not alone and that there is recovery. He also wanted to share his lessons he’d learnt along the way, that eventually led to his recovery.
For four years he suffered from life-threatening bouts of depression, which led to alcoholism, drug abuse, medicine-induced psychosis and multiple hospitalisations. Since his recovery, these days he’s happy, healthy and loves life.

Reading this book you get to learn about what a person can feel when depression takes hold. As in this case, you are learning how Danny Baker felt and his experiences.
For those who have never experienced depression before, this book will raise awareness.
For those of us that have suffered depression of different degrees, you may relate to this book; the struggles getting out of bed, struggling with life, being a huge self-critic and low self-esteem, are just some of the examples.

Danny Baker has a website where you can find out more about him and further books he has written. This can be found at

(This post review is my own personal review. I have not been asked to write this.)

Blog post re-share: The Perks of Being Alone – a Short Essay about Self-empowerment

A blog post re-share, about those that choose to be alone. The benefits of being alone and how we improve our self-esteem. It’s a personal journey for those that choose to live alone and coming across this post in my reader, because I follow this blog. I found this blog post a great, inspirational read. It is nice to read someone else’s positive perspectives on living alone.

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Hello Everyone and Welcome to JGC Blog.

Today, I want to talk about the positive aspects of being alone and how those aspects can lead to self-empowerment.

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