The Boy with the Headache

Once upon a time, there lived a boy who felt like he always had a headache. He couldn’t remember a time when he didn’t have a headache. He lived in a cold, snowy country, and sometimes he would go outside, and catch snowflakes with his tongue, and dance in the snowstorm, coming in cold and […]

The things he does (a poem)

He answers her questions, The same ones every day. A million questions, A million smiles. He walks with Furry Tail, Even when Furry Tail objects. And plays the Furry Tail game. Stops Furry barks. He fixes pens and tries food, Expands his wide-eyed wonder. Reminds me that heartache and hope Walk hand in hand. He […]

The Curse of Should

New Year’s Eve. Of course I should write one of two things: A. A piece reflecting on the year that has been. Lessons learned, dreams fulfilled and all that jazz. Or B. An optimistic future thinking piece about the coming year. How this time I really am going to do the thing, whatever the thing […]

Broken and Christmas

For the last ten years, my Christmases have been bittersweet. Or maybe they have just been grown up, sprinkled with the disappointments of unmet expectations, dashed hopes and unfulfilled dreams. I have always felt that somehow I was doing something wrong that I ended up feeling this way. Even on days where I actually got […]

Overthinking Breakfast

As I type this, I’m nose deep in a bowl of steaming microwave oats made with almond milk. We have precisely three different types of breakfast in this house – chocolate based for Little Person, bran based for The Dude and porridge for me. I eat porridge all year round, unless there’s a heatwave. I […]

The Unexpected Adventures of Captain Dimanche

Captain Dimanche is a teddy bear. Not just any teddy bear. A firmly stuffed, adventurous, homemade and crafted with love symbol of hope and friendship teddy bear. A poem-inspired pirate teddy bear. A gentle furry reminder that even in the worst of times, creativity still lives and there will be another tomorrow. Captain Dimanche was […]

Flunking out on #100daysofwriting (Again)

So I decided to do the #100daysofwriting challenge a while back. A summary of events thus far: – after a strong start, I got to day 21 and then Little Person was ill. – after a break of a week or so, I started again from the beginning. – I have now got to day […]

Over thinking tidying 

I’m turning into my mother. Growing up, she would periodically ransack the house and tidy everything up. I’ve done that a few times but this time, I’m tossing more and arranging less.  So often,  tidying up is just moving stuff around. But sometimes I find the stuff is the problem. Plus we have Christmas coming […]

Overanalysing overanalysing.

As I told somebody yesterday, I’m so overanalytical I over think my over thinking. It’s an easy thing to do, and on the plus side you’re never ever bored because there’s always something to think about. Always another problem to spot lurking on the horizon that will probably never happen. Always another social interaction to […]

Thinking about Planners (A Brief Review)

I need to be organised. Not just in a “oh so many things to do” kind of way but in a “keeping track of everything makes me anxious” kind of way. And since I have a ton of other things that can cause anxiety, anything I can do to reduce the load is good. It’s […]