A to Z Gratitude Challenge

So near the end of the post, “Life is a rollercoaster” I talked about the “A to Z gratitude challenge” I came across in a book, in case you liked a go. The rules for this challenge, was to, as said from the book, on page 71 of “Courage, 50 Mindfulness and Relaxation Exercises to Improve Your Confidence,” by Dr. Arlene K. Unger:

“Write the alphabet on a sheet of paper. For each letter, challenge yourself to come up with something to be grateful for. (When you get to X and Z, just find something that contains those letters rather than words that start with them.)”

I mentioned that when I had done mine, I would share it in a separate post. So here it is.

A – Animals. As long as it is the furry, or feathered kind.

B – Books. There is always something nice to read, or learn from a book.

C – Cats. For the love received from cats once owned.

D – DVD’S. Action, or comedy.

E – Early mornings. I’m enjoying getting up an hour early, than normal.

F – Fruit. It makes me feel good.

G – Gratitude. For practising it more.

H – Hamster. For a little thing, it gave me lots of love, when I had one.

I – Ice cream. Whether it be a bowl of vanilla, or a Ben and Jerry’s. Naughty, but nice.

J – Jelly. Strawberry jelly, with vanilla ice cream and relive a childhood favourite.

K – For the kindness I have received.

L – Lavender. A relaxing fragrance.

M – Music, to reflect my mood; whether to relax, or dance.

N – Nature. Nothing beats getting out and taking a walk, whether the park, visiting a pond, the beach, smelling that flower, or watching wildlife. I just love it.

O – Oranges. I know I said fruit, but there is something about oranges that can perk me up, or just be refreshing.

P – Perfume. I find some perfumes can be relaxing. It’s lovely to find an alternative that can.

Q – Quiet. I like my quiet times, as they help me recharge.

R – Roof. For a roof, over my head.

S – Sanctuary. My home is my sanctuary, just to be me in how I choose. To take my hearing aids out, if I want to.

T – Tea. Nothing beats a mug of tea, throughout the day.

U – Unique. For being me.

V – Vets. For the support in the final days of Miley, my beautiful cat.

W – WordPress. My blog and the lovely community I have discovered here.

X – I can’t think of one.

Y – Yellow. A cheerful colour, that always feels like sunshine, no matter what the weather.

Z – Zzz. Sleep, as it helps me, mentally.

Have you been having a go with this challenge?

Inktober drawings

So I have been joining in with inktober.
To know more about inktober and the prompts for it, you will find out more about it, in this post; Has any of my readers done inktober?

I have decided I will share my drawings over two posts. So, here is the first post and I will post any other drawings I do, at the end of the month. I have chosen just to do a few of them and not everyone of the prompts.

Thank you for showing an interest.

Day 1 – Poisonous


Day 2 – Tranquil


Day 4 – Spell


Day 6 – Drooling


Day 8 – Star


#inktober #inktober2018

Life is a rollercoaster

I’m sure like me, you have heard the phrase “life is like a rollercoaster.” This past year, I feel I can use this phrase. Lots of things have happened, that have been good and bad. I have had to give myself extra self-care more than normal, which for a while has been on a daily basis. After my emotional week recently, that I talked about in this post; “Feeling emotional,” I have had to make sure I do keep giving myself self-care, appropriate for the situation.
Some self-care I have been doing is spending lots of time at the library this week. This will continue into next week on free days I will have, prior to work. I am out of internet as well, until the 4th October, so I am taking advantage of their WiFi too.
Some days have been colouring, or doodling, as I recently shared in a post.
At work, before work starts, I sit in a place away from others on odd days, for some quiet.

Anxiety has creeped in the last couple of days, but I feel I have it under control with slow deep breaths, touching things that help me relax and drinking tea, or hot chocolate.

This morning, while at the library, I chose to quickly flick through a book that caught my eye. The book was called, “Courage, 50 Mindfulness and Relaxation Exercises to Improve Your Confidence,” by Dr. Arlene K. Unger. Flicking through the book I see I am either doing some of these things already, or something I plan to do next.
But there was one thing that caught my eye in particular. I thought I would share it here with you, because I know there are readers like me that write either on their blog, or in a journal what they are grateful for the day and I thought you might be interested. I see it as something we could all give a go at, whether you practice gratitude, or not.
Would you like a challenge? Then keep reading.

This excerpt is from page 71, of the book:

“Write the alphabet on a sheet of paper. For each letter, challenge yourself to come up with something to be grateful for. (When you get to X and Z, just find something that contains those letters rather than words that start with them.)”

So are you going to have a go, with this challenge?

If you do, then when you have a go, either write yours for in a comment in this post.
Or if you are going to write this challenge up on your own blog, then tag this actual post.
Please , if you do tag me, that you make sure you tag using this post and not the whole of my blog, because that way I won’t miss your post. (Realistically, I shouldn’t.) Past challenges where I have found people to have joined in have not tagged me this way and I only happened to have spotted that they had joined in because I was scrolling in my reader far enough. I could have so easily missed.

I will share mine, once I have done it, in a separate post.

Has any of my readers done inktober?

Has any readers here done inktober before?

I am thinking of doing it for the first time this year, but with moving home coming at some point in October, I wonder how much I commit to it. Or maybe should I do it privately and then share in one go what I managed to do, at the end of October, to beginning of November?

I wanted to do it last year, but I can’t remember the reason I did not follow it through. Maybe I did not have a reason. It was also when I had first heard of it, but inktober has been going longer than that.
New prompts for this year in October have not long been shared and you can find those propmts here and the rules if you would like to join in, in the link below.



#inktober #inktober2018

50 things that make me happy

After seeing this challenge over at “hello bexa,” in this post of the same title, I thought I would give this challenge a go. 🙂 But it’s not one I have managed to complete as it airs, so his may be a post I may come back to and edit in my own time, when I can think of more.

1. My Spider Plant and Parlour Palm plant.
2. Miley, my cat, who I miss, since her passing.
3. Family
4. Friends
5. New notebook
6. My present job
7. Tea and biscuits.
8. Watching dvd’s at home.
9. Having ‘me time.’
10. A walk in nature.
11. The beach, watching the sea.
12. Quiet time.
13. Being silly and laughing with family and friends.
14. Watching films.
15. Laughing at comedies.
16. Flavoured teas.
17. My home.
18. Music.
19. Dancing.
20. Holidays, or day trips.
21. Ice cream.
22. Fleecy blanket.
23. Tai Chi
24. Pilates.
25. Zumba.
26. Knowing I have done something well.
27. To be wanted.
28. My yellow fake flowers.
29. Sunshine.
30. Seeing daffodils and snowdrops first bloom.
31. My bed.
32. Making other people.
33. Buying the odd magazine.
34. Colouring.
35. Blogging.
36. If I could afford to buy my own home, then this would make me happy.
37. My cherished memories.
38. A few necklaces I own.
39. Discovering Sharpie pens.
40. The things I have achieved.
41. My freedom.
42. Strawberry, or banana milkshake.
43. Milk with chocolate biscuits, or cookies.
44. Scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream.
45. Reading a book or magazine.

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.