Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Share Four Somethings - January

Still on a break but taking time to write this post as I'll be away swiming with seals when it's due. Hopefully, COVID permitting...

Something Loved: Time to read. I'm on to my fourth book since New Year's. The week at the beach has given me plenty of time to do nothing. Such a rare and under-rated luxury these days. I fell much better for it. Tove Jansson's The Summer Book was perfect for the celebration of summer, with it's noisy insects and sudden storms. The book looks at ageing and memory amoung other things, through the eyes of a grandmother and grandchild's relationship, both with each other and the world. 

Irrelevant photo but no one really wanted a pic of dog's vomit...
Linking with #SkyWatch

Something Gleaned:  I returned from holiday to discover the dog had vomitted on the carpet. Bright yellow on a cream rug. Google discovered this method of removal - Bicarb to soak up initially (they say 15 minutes, I left it on all day because I was unpacking and running errands). Then vaccuum up. Mix of  1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid, one table spoon of white vinegar and 2 cups warm water - blot with this solution (I just rubbed it, to be honest) until absorbed. Then sponge with cold water to remober the vinegar solutin.  It worked like a miracle!

Something Braved: Trying to have a fun and relaxing holiday while COVID swirls around and the Government seems to imply that everything we learnt about COVID in the last two years is irrelevant. It's very confusing when the Govt says one thing and my doctor friends say another. I am off to the theatre for the first of my Festival shows so unsure if that's okay or irresponsible anymore.

Something Achieved: Written two super shorts for the new version of Furious Fiction, and will sign up for the New York Midnight contest again. Not writing as intended though - maybe this week?

A short post as I'm off to sign up to the writing contest for this weekend. Offline except Insta probably until the end of Jan.

Wishing you all a COVID free holiday with ease of access to RATS, the new luxury item...

Linking with #ShareFourSomethings 



  1. We use Bicarb to solve a multitude of problems - especially stains! Glad you had some downtime to read x #MischiefAndMemories

  2. Hope you enjoy the writing comp! I wish I was more savvy about using household chemicals for cleaning (I use vinegar a lot but nothing else really). Thanks for linking up with #MischiefAndMemories

  3. Thanks for sharing this post with us on #MischiefandMemories I enjoyed it and I can't wait to hear about the swimming with seals. I hope you got to go

  4. I always love reading your four somethings posts. Finding time to do nothing, or indeed just to read does feel like a luxury doesn't it. Four books already? I'm impressed! Thank you for joining us for #MischiefAndMemories

  5. Fabulous month for you! Thanks for sharing the miracle rug cleaner, I need this in my life!

  6. I enjoyed seeing pics from your beach visit Lydia. It looked lovely. I know I live by the seaside but there's something about a beach view that's very zen-like. And well done on Furious Fiction! I got the email saying the format had changed but wasn't sure what had replaced it.

  7. I’m with you in the covid confusion Lydia. After two years of strict restrictions here in Victoria it seems we can do it all now. Loved your beach photo. I’m happy that the cleaning recipe worked so well and avoided disaster.

  8. Reading on the beach is my favorite! Thanks for linking up!

  9. Glad I didnt see the vomit...such a gag thing for me. It’s been great to see your post in the link up for Life This Week at Denyse Whelan Blogs.
    I look forward to seeing you again next Monday if you have a post to share. Thanks so much. Denyse.