Hello August…

Only two days into August and I am already behind. I have been having a bit of trouble with WordPress. It is performing very slowly and all my widgets disappeared. I will check that the slowness is not due to my laptop but everything else appears to be moving along okay!

QUOTE FOR AUGUST

Sunshine quote

“Some Days you just have to create your own SUNSHINE”

Well at the moment this quote is very appropriate as it has rained quite a lot over the past couple of weeks since coming back from Rome. Though this quote does not really refer to the weather. It refers to well being and creating happiness in your own life, or at least that is how I am going to view it.

THEME FOR AUGUST

As you know I love a theme and the theme for August will be – TRAVEL

This will also include updates on the Travel Bucket Lists as I did not get round to doing as much as I wanted in June and July. I am hoping to put some holiday photo’s on from this years trips to Rome, Naples and Pompeii.

Future Travel plans may also be discussed as well as past holidays and day trips.

CURRENTLY READING

I wanted to try and read 25 books during 2017. I am 4 books behind target at the moment.

I am currently reading The Bible daily – I am trying to complete it within the year. I am three days behind on my reading schedule at the moment so I hope to catch up with that over the next week.

I am also reading the last book in The Outlaw Chronicles Series by Angus Donald, entitled The Death of Robin Hood. I think there is a big clue in the title there I am disappointed to be coming to the end of such a wonderful series. I just finished the penultimate book The Kings Assassin and had to start this one straight away. It took me years to find a decent Robin Hood series. It has kept me entertained and at times has made me cry. Angus has a nasty habit of killing off characters I like but as much as I dislike it, I also admire an author who knows when it is the right time and is not afraid. Look out for my reviews coming soon.

HEALTH & WELL BEING

I promise my Health and Well Being updates for August will be better than July’s. If you read my update on Sunday you will know I have not been well over the past 2 to 3 weeks with various things. I am feeling much better this week so I am hoping that it continues.

BU-JO

I must remember to do this….

I will get around to taking photo’s of the Bullet Journals progress. Admittedly there has not been a great deal, though I have done some.

SEPTEMBER

My theme for September is Roald Dahl. As I missed the 100 years of Roald Dahl last year…. I am doing the 101 years this year. I am trying to decide on something to draw/create based on his books so if you have any ideas of which book to choose please let me know. One of my favourite books is The Boy so I might do something from that?

 

 

Special & Awareness Days – August 2017

Here is a list of Special and Awareness Days that are marked for August. I hope this post helps inspire your blog posts.

MONTH

  • Happiness Happens Month
  • Romance Awareness Month
  • Anti-Frizz Month
  • Family History Month
  • National Road Victim Month

 

WEEKS

1st – 7th – World Breast Feeding Week

14th – 20th – National Allotment Week / Afternoon Tea Week

DAYS

  1. World Lung Cancer Day/World Wide Web Day/Yorkshire Day
  2. Colouring Book Day
  3. White Wine Day/Clean Your Floors Day
  4. Coast Guard Day/International Beer Day
  5. Sandcastle Day / Marilyn Monroe Died in 1962
  6. Friendship Day/International Sailor Moon Day/Doll Day/Sisters Day
  7. Lighthouse Day
  8. International Cat Day/Bowling Day/Odie Day
  9. Book Lovers Day
  10. World Lion Day/Lazy Day
  11. Son and Daughter Day/Play in the Sand Day
  12. World Elephant Day
  13. International Left-Handers Day
  14. Relaxation Day
  15. Roller-coaster Day/Rum Day/Ecological Debt Day/Elvis Presley Died 40 years ago Today
  16. Thrift Shop Day
  17. Serendipity Day
  18. World Honey Bee Day/Humanitarian Day/Potato Day
  19. World Mosquito Day
  20. Vesuvius Day
  21. Kiss and Make Up Day
  22. Dog Day
  23. International Bat Night
  24. Bow Tie Day
  25. Frankenstein Day/Grief Awareness Day/International Day of the Disappeared
  26. Burger Day / Princess Diana died 20 Years ago 

Special & Awareness Days – July 2017

Here is a list of Special and Awareness Days that are marked for July. I hope this post helps inspire your blog posts.

MONTH

Picnic Month

Water Colour Month

Ice Cream Month

Independent Retailer Month

WEEKS

3rd – 9th – World Sarcoma Awareness Week

24th – 30th – National Parks Week

DAYS

  1. Canada Day / Creative Ice Cream Flavour Day / Second Half of the Year Day
  2. World UFO Day
  3. Disobedience Day
  4. Independence Day
  5. Bikini Day
  6. International Kissing Day
  7. Global Forgiveness Day / Tell The Truth Day / Chocolate Day
  8.  –
  9. Don’t Step on A Bee Day / Teddy Bear Picnic Day
  10. World Population Day
  11. Different Coloured Eyes Day
  12. International Rock Day / Embrace Your Inner Geek Day
  13. Shark Awareness Day
  14. World Snake Day / Guinea Pig Appreciation Day
  15. World Day for International Justice / World Emoji Day
  16. World Jump Day / Moon Day
  17. Junk Food Day
  18. Samaritans Awareness Day / Tell an Old Joke Day
  19. One Voice Day / All or Nothing Day
  20. World Hepatitis Day
  21. International Tiger Day
  22. World Friendship Day / Paperback Book Day
  23. World Day Against Trafficking in Persons / World Ranger Day

 

Pay It Forward…

One of my favourite things is discovering new, interesting words and there meanings. I usually never remember them but this one stuck with me and seems very relevant at this moment in time.

Kuebiko

Kuebiko (Japanese) – (n) a state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence

Lately I am waking up each morning and wondering what I going to be faced with when I switch on the TV. Terrorism and disaster dominates the news at the moment, locally as well as globally. There appears to be no end to the many ways humans can cause others grief. Witnessing it on a daily basis through the media is indeed exhausting and also out of my control.

Their are people I know who have stopped watching/listening/reading the news because they find it too distressing, but is turning a blind eye to the suffering of those around you the right thing to do? I have no idea! I am not here to tell anyone what they should or should not be doing.

There are no words that can explain the sorrow, the heartache, the grief, the tears and especially the pain. The mental, emotional and physical pain anyone who has lost someone or who been affected in some way by the recent atrocities. I can not pretend that I know or even understand what the victims and families of the terrorist attacks in Manchester, London and the terrible incident at Grenfell Tower are feeling as well as those affected by the other awful incidents that are occurring around the globe on a daily basis. I feel completely helpless.

What is wonderfully heartwarming though is how people/communities have come together to help those in need. For every person out there who wants to cause harm their are 10 people at least who are willing to help and expecting no reward in return.

Payitforward

There is a movie called “Pay it Forward”, you may be aware of it already. It is also a novel by Catherine Ryan. The concept of “Pay it Forward” has been going for sometime. In fact there is even a Pay it Forward day, which in 2018 will be on the 27th April. The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it forward.

Instead of waiting till next year for that one day, wouldn’t it be nice if we could put it into practice in our everyday lives, now. The gestures do not have to be big. It could be holding a door open for someone, helping someone in a wheelchair or a pram get off public transport, smiling, helping a colleague at work with something. We may not be able to make the whole world a better place but if it is within our power we should try and make it a better place for those around us.

 

 

 

Even though I try to do this anyway, I know I could and can do better. I have become cynical in my old age. So, as my own personal tribute to all those affected by any terrorist attack or disaster, man made or natural, anywhere in the world. I will be doing my best to make someone’s day a little brighter and I hope whoever I help will “Pay it Forward”.

Bullet Journal Post #1 (again)

I love the idea of Bullet Journals, I have for a long time. I think I may have mentioned it a few times before. I go on Pinterest and look at photo’s of all the wonderful layouts that other people produce. I am not even going to try to recreate what some of them have done, they are so good.  Then I go and forget all about actually doing stuff with my Bullet Journal “BuJo”.

So the other day I was playing with my BuJo… I have re-started it again from June as I missed out May completely. I decided I was going to have a doodle “Summer 2017” Page to start the new bit in the middle.

Summer Doodle Page

I am going to to doodle on the ^page throughout the summer and show you the end result at the end of August. I couldn’t resist using a few stamps to add a bit of interest.

June Page

Above is the start of my title page for June. I found a few scraps of paper that I have had for ages but didn’t know what to do with. I have had a bit of a play with them. I forgot to take a photo of the finished page but I will post that next week. It will give me something to talk about.

I hope you like my BuJo for the summer so far.

lu