My Colourful Life – Truly Inspired #52

I took part in Rory’s Truly Inspired series over on his blog – A Guy Called Bloke, please go and check his blog out!!

A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip!

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Truly Inspired Series

Truly Inspired Directory

1] Blog Name

My Colourful Life

2] What is your blog’s specific genre?

I’d say it was a lifestyle blog.

3] How old is your Blog?

Just over 6 months old, so only a teeny baby really!

4] Why did you feel the need to start an actual blog?

I’ve had blogs in the past but they were far too niche for me to add to regularly and, slowly, they all ceased to exist.  I still wanted to write and share things and really sat and thought about what I wanted to blog about and all the ideas running through my head before I started this one.  So, really, in a nutshell, I missed writing.

5] What age were you when you first started to write?

I had a LiveJournal in what feels a million lifetimes ago, so around 18 years ago!

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My Household Cleaning Routine

I know I talked about this on my monthly goals for January and in February , today I am going to share with you my household cleaning routine.

Every Day

  • Wash up
  • Put dishes away
  • Wipe down kitchen surfaces

Each Week

Monday

  • Clean bathroom – sink, bath, skirting, window sill
  • Bleach toilet
  • Mop bathroom floor
  • Fold bedding and put away

Tuesday

  • De-clutter living area/dining area
  • Empty bins – bathroom, bedroom, office, kitchen
  • Put bin and re-cycling out

Wednesday

  • Bring re-cycling bins back in
  • Sweep floors downstairs
  • Wipe over living/dining area surfaces and kitchen cupboards

Thursday

  • Clean desk
  • Tidy up

Friday

  • Wash clothes
  • Hang clothes to dry
  • Change bedding

Saturday

  • Sweep floors downstairs
  • Hoover downstairs and upstairs
  • Wipe skirting and banister
  • Fold clothes and put away

Sunday

  • Wash bedding
  • Hang bedding to dry
  • Clean fridge
  • Clean door handles and light switches

Fortnightly

  • Dust shelving upstairs and downstairs
  • Hoover under bed
  • Hoover mattress
  • Turn mattress
  • Tidy spare room
  • Wash sofa covers/blankets
  • Wash all towels (I have enough towels to last me a fortnight and like washing them all together!)
  • Wipe down doors

Every other month

  • Clean out cupboards
  • De-clutter drawers
  • Wash down tops of cupboards
  • Clean washing machine
  • Wash curtains/nets
  • Clean windows

What does your cleaning routine look like?

K9 Interviews 59 – Roxy

My dog Roxy was interviewed by the lovely Rory and Scrappy over at aguycalledbloke blog! Please go and check his blog out! Rory blogs about all sorts of interesting things!

A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip!

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K9 Interviews

K9 Questionnaire

A] Personal Details

1] Your Name?

My full name is Roxanne Rhianwen.  I get called Roxy mostly but answer to Scoots, Magoo, Puppy Bear, Babycakes and other silly names Mummy likes to call me.

2] What do you call your 2-leggeds?

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Mummy, Daddy, Grumma, Grampy and my Uncle.

3] What K9 Breed are you?

I’m a Staffie crossed with Amerian Bulldog

4] How Old Are You?

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“Me, when really young”

4! My Birthday is the 5th November!

5] Do you live inside or outside and more importantly – do you run your household? 

I live inside, outside is too old and scary!

I definitely do run the household!  Anything I want I usually get!

6] Where abouts in the world do you live?

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I live in South Wales, Uk.

B] Exercise/Play Time/Adventuring

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What’s In My Bag?

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Today I’m sharing with you the things that I carry around with me in my bag on a day-to-day basis.  I believe that a lot can be learned about a person and the content of their bag, plus I thought it would be fun to share the content of my bag.  I may make this into a quarterly post as it may be interesting to see if what is in my bag changes from season to season or from bag to bag, what do you think?

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My bag is from Artsac.  I bought it a few months ago, at the end of January along with another bag (which I wrote about here).  Despite that the bag is nylon it has been my go to bag since I purchased it, originally I didn’t want a bag that was nylon as I was worried about how long it would last and how it would wear but I’m pleased to report that it’s not showing any marks or scuffs at all!  What has surprised me is how much I can fit into it and still have room for more!  There are 2 main zip compartments that span the width of the bag and are accessible from the top, one has 2 little slip pockets inside it, the other has a small, zipped pocket which has a square, red Artsac label stitched to it.  At the back of the bag there is a zipped pocket that runs the length of the bag and would accommodate important documents.  At the front of the bag is a flap that has 2 zippered compartments, the right side pocket has Artsac branding in the form of a colour coordinated rubber square on it.  Under the flap is another zippered section that is about an inch shorter than the height of the bag but runs the full length.

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First is a look into what I keep in the 2 main zippered compartments…

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In the back main compartment is my kindle.  In the other main compartment I have my Filofax Malden, my Kate Spade pencil-case, a Minions Moleskine notebook, and my Bright Side blog and social media planner.

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The front flap pockets usually hold my business card holder and my entry fob for work (not shown).

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In the compartment under the flap top I keep my purse, lipsticks, lip balm, perfume, a pouch with gemstones in it (currently moonstone, blue lace agate, rose quartz and hematite), hand warmers and a lip crayon.  Not shown are my mobile which I was using to take these photos, or my house or car keys.

Front compartment

I don’t tend to use the pocket across the back of the bag very much though I find it useful for letters that need sending, any important info I need with me for the day and for keeping my repeat prescription in before I take it to the pharmacy.  I also don’t really use the inside slip pockets that much, or the zipped inside pocket though they are useful for putting tissues in or my trolley token when I am planning to go shopping.

At the beginning of this post I said that I believed a lot could be learned about a person and the contents of their bag, what do you think you have learned about me?  What could be learned about the contents of your bag?

 

 

Book Review – An Orphan’s War – Molly Green

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This is the second book that I read from my purchase of A Box Of Stories box and I chose it because the description intrigued me.

“LIVERPOOL, 1940.  When her childhood sweetheart is killed in action, Maxine Grey loses more than her husband – she loses her best friend.  desperate to make a difference in this awful war, she takes a nursing job at London’s St Thomas’ Hospital.

A BROKEN HEART.  Maxine takes comfort in the attentions of a handsome surgeon, but Edwin Blake might not be all he seems.  As the Blitz descends on the capital, Maxine returns to Liverpool heartbroken and surrounded by the threat of scandal.

A BRAVE SPIRIT.  When offered a job at a Dr Barnardo’s orphanage, Maxine hopes this is the second chance she has been looking for.  And one little boy in particular helps her to realise that she needs the orphans just as much as they need her.”

I don’t usually read books that are set in the past and tend to skip past them on the shelf, preferring to reach for books that are set in the present day so this book isn’t one that I would usually reach for.  That said, the back of the book really made me want to sit and read it, regardless of the time period setting.

This book covers topics of love, loss, friendship, starting over and overcoming problems that were frowned upon in that time.  From the first page I was hooked and, snuggled up with my dog, Roxy, a blanket and a cafetière of coffee I read most of this book in one afternoon.  So many of the themes running through the book are relevant to the struggles we face today with family and the relationships within the family being first and foremost.

I really liked the way that Molly Green painted pictures with words, you could really imagine the scenes that Maxine, the main character, was confronted with, the way the relationships between Maxine and other characters developed through the book and the way the different characters individual stories were interwoven with each other.  The story itself was really beautifully written and I loved every minute of it.  The only down side, for me, was that the story seemed to finish a little abruptly, I would have liked to know more about what happens next…but maybe that is the best way to end a book?

Have you read this book or any others by Molly Green?  What did you think of the book?

Things I Am Looking Forward To – Spring

A little list for you today of the things I’m looking forward to over the next 3 months, also known as Spring.  There are 2 dates for when Spring starts depending on which calendar you use – the meteorological calendar (1st March) or the astronomical calendar (20th March).  See more on these dates and reasons behind the difference here.

I’m looking forward to

  • Leaves coming back to the trees
  • Lighter evenings
  • Warmer days
  • Fresh mornings
  • Dew on the grass
  • Lambs in the field
  • Daffodils
  • Spending time in the garden
  • Wearing less layers
  • Better weather
  • Walks
  • Freshly cut grass

What are you looking forward to this spring?

The Real Neat Blog Award

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This morning I awoke to several notifications on my phone from WordPress…Nothing unusual there, but one of them was from My Quirky Friend who had nominated me for The Real Neat Blog Award!  Thank you so much!!!!  I’m so touched to have been considered for this award and, just like them, this is my first blog award!

The rules:

Although a blogger doesn’t really need to participate in any award nominations, I don’t mind as it gives me a chance to show my appreciation to other bloggers. Plus, it’s free exposure should you wish to participate. Now, for the rules:

Put the award logo on your blog.
Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc.)

Answers to the questions I got asked by My Quirky Friend

  • What inspired you to start blogging?  I was inspired to start this blog as I wanted to start writing again.  I had a few blogs in the past, and really enjoyed creating content and posting to them though they were a bit all over the place – I never blogged regularly and the blogs were too niche in topic to fully write about everything.  While I was off from work I decided that I would like to start writing again and so, this blog was born!
  • What’s the weirdest food/dish you enjoy eating?  I love so many different foods but I think that the weirdest is strong cheddar and strawberry jam sandwiches (using white bread)!
  • What is your favorite topic to blog about?  I don’t really have one kind of topic that I enjoy writing more about than another, all of the topics I write about on this blog are ones I really enjoy writing about!
  • What do you like to do in your down time?  In my down time I really like to curl up on the sofa with a blanket, my dog Roxy, a glass of wine and watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix, read, work on my blog or do a jigsaw puzzle.
  • Are there any other writers/bloggers in your family?  No, but they are all pretty creative in their own way, my Mum is an awesome knitter, my Dad is really good at painting and drawing, my one brother are really good at technical things like fixing computers and cars and my youngest brother is good at cooking.
  • How close do you live to the town/city you grew up in?  I live about 3.5 miles from the town I grew up in and my parents still live in the house I grew up in too.
  • What’s the best advice you have for other bloggers?  Post regularly, interact with your followers, write about things you love, your hobbies, interests and what you have a passion for, don’t ever get disheartened by stats – they are there to guide you.  And most of all, have fun and enjoy the process!

My Questions to You…

  1. If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
  2. What is your star sign, and do you show any of the signs traits in your personality?
  3. If you had £1000 given to you, how would you spend it?
  4. What is your favorite season and why?
  5. What is your favorite quote?
  6. What is your biggest dislike?
  7. If you could live anywhere where would it be?

My Nominations…

The Old Remington: The Complete Story

For anyone who loves a good story, my friend Beetley Pete wrote this and I really enjoyed it. It’s a well thought out piece with lots of twists, turns and general unexpectedness! Hope you enjoy as much as I did!

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This is the whole twenty-part serial, in one long story. It is for those of you who prefer to read it as a complete work. A long read, of 26,570 words.

Martin had always wanted to write a novel. He imagined his name on the cover, and thought ‘Martin Harwood’ would look good, especially after the words ‘The new bestseller from…’.

He had a solid idea for the story too. It would be about the frustrations of a forty-something man from the big city, a man whose life hadn’t quite worked out as he planned it. More or less his own story of course, but he would change the name of the main character, that was a given. Still, there were a few obstacles to overcome. For one thing, he didn’t own a computer. He had thought about typing the whole thing onto his mobile phone, but he soon gave…

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