Wednesday, 30 September 2009


Many thanks to Debs who kindly passed this "Your Blog is Fabulous!" Award which stands for: Integrity. Commitment to Excellence. Stubbornly Optimistic.

THE RULES:
List five current obsessions:

Well – I'm scratching my head here because I'm trying to send everything to my editor before I go away tomorrow, remember to pack what I need for the funeral in Devon on Friday, and also thinking about what we'll need to take with us when we go on holiday on Saturday. Oh, and because I'll be doing a couple of interviews while we're away, I need to take notebooks, walk books and tape recorder. Plus list of questions for interviewees, spare batteries for recorder – all that sort of stuff.

So these obsessions might be a little distracted. Please help yourself to this award and meme - you deserve it!

In no particular order -

1.Writing. Thinking about writing or writing does, I realise, take up a lot of my life. Not that I'm complaining, but it does. I need it in order to breathe, to function. When I'm upset or confused I write something down to make sense of it. When I'm happy I write about it. In fact, here I am now rabbiting on about it. So yes, that is definitely an obsession.

2.My family and friends – my immediate family is Himself, Bussie the cat and Mollie the dog. I love them more than I can say. And I know you're not supposed to let dogs sleep on your bed, but I do sleep so much better with that hot little body squashed against mine..... As for my friends - where would I be without you all? Thanks for everything. Darn – this is sounding more and more like an Oscar acceptance speech.

3.Cruelty to animals – don't get me started....... just light the touch paper and STAND BACK!!

4.Himself would tell you about my over-sensitivity (frequently concerning how other people are feeling) which causes a lot of agonising. I'm currently thinking of a poor friend who has just borrowed my cat box to take her cat to the vet for The Last Trip.....

5.Walks – I spend a lot of time walking with Molls. As from 1st October the dog ban is lifted so we can go on the beaches – hooray! They are always a good place to think and explore thoughts. I have learnt a lot about friends on walks – it's a good way to share concerns and sort the world out.

6.Enjoyment. I am a firm believer in enjoying the small things of life, not the expensive ones (can't afford those). A good book, flowers on my desk, a nice bottle of wine, a piece of home made flapjack, a weepy movie, sitting in the sun with Molls.

See? Life can be fun on very little money! (Just realised that's six but never mind - you have one for luck.)

I will be back in a couple of weeks – have a good time everyone. It's bound to rain now I've mentioned the H word....

17 comments:

Lane said...

I can identify with all your choices.
And I can't sleep without hot little dogs squashed up either:-)

Enjoy your holiday fp.

Debs said...

Love your answers.

Do they ban dogs throughout the summer where you are? We are allowed to take dogs on the beach from May through to October but they have to be on a lead from (I think) 10am - 6pm.

Akelamalu said...

Great a list Flowerpot.

A good book, flowers on my desk, a nice bottle of wine, a piece of home made flapjack, a weepy movie, sitting in the sun

All good things that don't cost a fortune!

Hope the funeral isn't too upsetting and I hope you enjoy your holiday m'deario. x

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Fantastic post and made me smile. I too would have a lot of your choices on my list. Our dogs kip with us too - who cares what other people think eh?! You know what they say about us out of towner folk, when it gets cold we just throw another dog on the bed! Well done on your award. See you in a few weeks.

ChrisH said...

So very true that it's not about the money but appreciating what you've got - which you clearly do. Have a good holiday.

JJ Beattie said...

What lovely answers Flowerpot. They all had resonance for me.

Flowerpot said...

Lane - oh I'm glad I'm not the oly one who needs dogs to sleep well!

Debs - yes there's a dog ban on public beaches here from Easter Day till 1st october. Private beaches are OK though.

Flowerpot said...

Thanks for all that Ak. Am dreading funeral but it will be over soon.

MOB - another dog bedder! I am so glad!! Good to see you and see you soon.

Flowerpot said...

Chris - appreciation is very important I think. As you know well!

JJ - glad we think along teh same lines!

Amanda said...

Great answers, Flowerpot - be thinking of you over the next few days! x

Flowerpot said...

Mandy - thanks! Will be glad when Friday's over to be honest...

Liane Spicer said...

Love your responses, FP. I identify with all of them. Enjoy your trip!

Flowerpot said...

Liane - good to find another writer who thinks alike!

Ellee Seymour said...

A well deserved award, and have a great holiday.

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Ellee!

MarmiteToasty said...

So thinking about getting a little dog, especially now me lads are older and some gone and I spend most every night on me own.... seeing as how Janet me chicken goes to bed around 6ish so she aint good company LOL

It is the little things that I have to gleam from each day that keeps me going.... sometimes those little things are all I have.... and I am grateful....

Enjoy your break.....

x

Flowerpot said...

Marmie - you sound really down. I am sorry. Dogs are wonderful company I find. big hugs xxx