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.

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All things cats

Do you love cats?

I came across the following blog today. (Please see link at the end of this post.) The blog is all about cats and I have been reading quite a few posts on there, this morning. I totally recommend it, if you love cats as much as I do.

https://katzenworld.co.uk

A couple of updates

I wanted to bring attention to couple of updates.

Firstly, have you seen a new page? If you look at the top of the blog, you will find a page marked, “Recipes.” All recipes hat have appeared here on this blog, I have indexed there, to help you find your favourite recipes. I hope this helps.

Secondly, I felt I had to add more to my post: “Coming off my antidepressants.” This is right at the end and is in bold, that I have added.
I felt I had to add this, because of the different readers that visit this blog and although I am aware, it spreads awareness for those who are not, by mentioning how not everyone can come off their medication. This is why it is important that you see your doctor regarding it.

2 years today, since blogging.

This year is flying by and I am losing track of days. But logging into my WordPress this evening and I see that it is 2 years today, since I have been blogging! Where has it gone? It certainly doesn’t feel it. 🙂

Happy Anniversary Blogging, to me.

Thank you, to you, for following.

Day 6 of the #blurtselfcareathon – Support

Support can come in many shapes and forms.
Counselling has played a big part in my life, especially two years ago, that I shared here in a few blog posts. I had a good counsellor who could see it was my past (childhood) affecting now and it had to be treaded on carefully. As I was near my end of counselling with it being on NHS, it meant getting some more elsewhere, with a different provider on the NHS and it was carried on. I did not use all the sessions I was entitled to, as I felt that I would not have got any further than I had and the rest I would be able to do myself in my own time. Which I did.
This blog was my next part of my healing journey, that now helps someone else. Writing a blog on WordPress, I have found a supportive community here.

Away from here, I have support from my mum and friends.

Don’t be alone and find your support, as it really does help.

#blurtselfcareathon #theblurtfoundation #mentalhealth #selfcare

Small living ideas

Although I want to downsize and live in a new area, when I find the right property, the idea of downsizing I am finding a little daunting at times. This is because of seeing properties smaller than they looked on photos and I plan to hopefully see another one soon, which again, from photos, I am sceptic because of possibly space, but also that the property is decent and not showing signs of damp, etc.. because of a previous bad experience when looking at a property some years ago with this particular company that this one is under.
I usually walk into a property open-minded and see it as a blank canvas for how to make it into make my home, but I am finding that seed of doubt creeping in.
I am continuing with looking for a private property while bidding for social housing, because I think I will end up in a private property before my luck comes with social housing.
Anyway, I have found new inspirations when it comes to small living and I like to share those blog links and posts with you. 🙂 So when I do come to hopefully viewing this next private flat, I will remember the ideas and inspirations I took form the links shared, to use what I have and maybe, if I have to, change things around. After all, when I do one day move to my new area, this will be like a new start for me, so why not change the place? 🙂

A blog I am now following for inspiration, that I came across last night; “My Little Empire.” The blogger is Karl, who lives in a social housing flat. His flat is small and he is also on a budget, but he is making his small space home. Karl is sharing his experiences of getting the best out of a small space on his blog and it looks very good and I feel inspired. The first post I came across of his was, “Designing for small lounge spaces.” After reading all his blog, I am now following.
Another blog post I found inspiring of his, is called, “Box rooms.” In this post he showed how he got the most out of a box room in his flat. I hate box rooms and my box room I once had, was a little bigger than this one. But my views of box rooms have changed now, after reading this post.

From another blog, I came across this post; “Five Tips to Maximize Use and Enjoyment Of A Small Space.” This also inspired me when it comes to small spaces and it has changed my mind-set. Although the blog is not from the UK, it has still given me fresh ideas of the possibilities using what I have already, but differently.

If you are looking for inspiration when it comes to small spaces, then check out those links.

I have been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award

This is not the first time I have been nominated for this award, as I was nominated last year. If you would like to see that post, you will find it here.

This year, I have been nominated by Carol, over at https://therapybits.com 

1. Write about how and why you started blogging.

This blog started because I needed to write for therapeutic reasons, which it still helps me for that same reason at times and acts as a release for whatever is inside. But it also gives awareness and I have met like-minded bloggers through this blog, so I never feel alone and that same I hope you don’t feel alone when you read what I share. My blog has also grown, which shows I have as I share new challenges, or learn new things.

2. Mention the person who nominated you and write a short description about them.

As I mentioned before, Carol, at “Therapy Bits” nominated me for this award, which you will find her blog over at the link shared above.
When you visit to read Carol’s blog you will learn about dissociative identity disorder (DID), PSTD and she shares sometimes her therapy sessions, as well as other parts of her life.

3. Choose 15 other bloggers for nomination, for this award.

I am not going to list 15 other bloggers for this award as I find not many really join in, so I will keep this open and if you are reading this post and have never been awarded before, then please feel free to feel nominated. Should you wish to join in, then don’t forget to tag this post so I can come and see your post.

4. Write two different pieces of advice for new bloggers.

Just be yourself, as this will reflect across in your blog and write what you are interested or passionate about, as this will keep encouraging you write something on your blog. Don’t forget to visit other blogs that interest you and leave comments there, as well as replying back to your own visitors.

5. Let the people you have nominated know about you nominating them and send a link to your blog post.

See number 3, for who I nominated.