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One-liner Wednesday – Witchy Wisdom

Woman walking in a mystic forest

“A witch ought never to be frightened in the darkest forest, because she should be sure in her soul, that the most terrifying thing in the forest was her.” -Terry Pratchet.

Something to think about on Halloween.


This week’s Wednesday wisdom comes from Linda G Hill’s prompt. Pop over here for more mid-week madness.

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SoCS – The Full Monty

Can you believe the film celebrated its 21st birthday this year? Every time I hear a brass band, particularly slide trombones, this tune springs to mind.


Here are Linda’s rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

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SoCS – paying attention… or not

I guess I’m being reminded to stay in the moment and pay attention to what’s going on in my life. Not only is Linda’s weekly prompt the word “notice”, this morning’s Angel Oracle Card was “Notice the Signs”. Okey dokey!

So what have I noticed? Well to start with, I’ve noticed that our house martins have left to make their way south again.

The nights are noticeably drawing in which means I can light candles earlier and enjoy them.

The UK heatwave is at an end. The torrential downpour and hail storm this morning was autumn giving notice of its imminent arrival.

With a bit of luck, there will be an absence of diversion notices in our nearby town, signalling the end of roadworks and a return to normality. Although judging by the gridlocked conditions I’d say this is unlikely.

This complete load of nonsense was prompted by Linda G Hill’s weekly fun. Pop over to her site for the low down on how to take part.

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Playing a new game…

… well actually it’s not that new. The game I’m playing is Whack-a-Mole! My mallet is a combination of herbs and vitamins and the moles are new and weird menopause symptoms.

No sooner do I have one whacked into submission when two or three more pop up, intermittently, chuckling evilly at my attempts to flatten them. The intermittent ones are the worst. They pretend they’ve been hammered, only to turn up again when you least expect it.

My doc must think I’ve lost the plot even though he said I should call or make an appointment if ever I’m worried about something. I could employ him full time and his work would never be done! And I’m just one person. From my research on various menopause forums I know there’s a whole generation of women out there desperately seeking reassurance and knowledge.

We need classes in our early 40s, classes like we had for personal health (at school) or pregnancy and childbirth. We could do with a menopause doula, a meno-buddy, as we journey towards the big M, as well as afterwards.

We’d also need to be sponsored by Prosecco and/or gin.

I’m on my soapbox today so watch out world, I’m channeling one of the seven dwarves of menopause:







No prizes for guessing which one I’m channeling today!

Oh wait…. I forgot one, Forgetful.

Happy Friday Eve everyone xx

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One-liner Wednesday – know your audience

“Never put a sock in a toaster.”

Once a month I have the joy of reading the bible readings for Sunday morning mass. I live in fear of the Old Testament and its unpronounceable names! Last Sunday I was on reading duty, second reader, so no Old Testament for me. Instead, I got the giggles in case it was a reading from the letters of St Paul to the Corinthians.

As I approached the lectern, I took a deep breath, scanned the congregation, and decided to go with what was written in front of me. I’ve no idea what said congregation thought as I gazed out at them, grinning like a Cheshire Cat. Maybe they thought I was filled to the brim with joy.

A few of them who know my sense of humour were thinking the same as me and wondering if I would go down that route…

In case you’re wondering, this is the source of my barely held back laughter…(my favourite bit starts at 1 min 40 secs.


Today’s mid-week giggle is sponsored by my daft sense of humour, Eddie Izzard, and Linda G Hill


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Nothing is impossible in our all-powerful minds

How interesting that the universe chose this song to wake me up this morning.

And then, waiting for me in my inbox, was an invite to watch some presentations on the Hay House Heal Summit… Dr Joe Dispenza’s Programming your mind for remarkable recovery. Out of curiosity I listened to the presentation. How amazing to hear his story about how he harnessed the power of his own mind to repair significant spinal damage following a terrible road traffic accident.

Defying modern Western medical perceptions, he repaired the damage to his spine by focussing on visualising being healed already and activating his own healing powers amongst other strategies.

It got me thinking about how my own husband is so successful at his job. When I listen to him talking, he describes future events as if they have already happened. Without knowing it, he uses strong visualisation to get what he needs to make things work for him.

I’m going to employ his strategies to help with post-menopause stuff. I described what I had in mind to him and he called it “hippy bollocks!” but to go with whatever makes me happy. He makes me laugh with his description of my practices but he is so supportive. I amuse him most of the time, which is better than pissing him off or having him mock me without humour.

So tonight, me and my hippy bollocks are sorting out some epic hot flushes, wonky shoulder joints, and recurring plantar fascia!

I’ll let you know how I get on.

Happy Friday my lovelies xxx

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End of the working week rituals

In the Dean household we are fortunate that both Mr D and I work from home most of the time. Friday is particularly special as neither of us has to commute home. Over the years we have developed a Friday ritual to slide gently into weekend mode.

1. A tasty curry is loaded into the oven and set to auto cook.

2. Tonic and fruit supplies are checked and amended as needed

3. Gin stocks are checked and loaded into the fridge

4. 4:55 – gin and tonic preparation begins. Beers loaded into the cool box.

5. 5pm on the dot… cheers

…. and so the weekend begins.

What’s your way of celebrating the end of the working week?

Happy Friday everyone

Cath (GnT in hand, weekend mode fully launched)