Animals and birds, Food, Laughter, Uncategorized

Sleeping on the job

What do you expect! It tiring paddling around looking for food, dodging the boats. I’m up early at the crack of dawn normally, its those birds who sing the dawn chorus that wake us up.

Give it a break! The weeds in the water tickle your webs. Whew! And then the fish, swimming underneath you – is nowhere safe?

I came onto the bank to get away – and people throw bread and seeds at me! I can’t tell you how much I’d love something different. The bread – it makes me feel so bloated. I’ll never get back to my youthful figure again, those brown and yellow fluffy feathers made me look so – youthful!

Me and my bird we just want to sleep.

 

 

 

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I’m on holiday.

I’m taking a break with my other half…its his birthday, and what an oportunity to pack a case and jump in the car.

Actually in our case it’s overpack a suitcase, and a holdall, two shopping bags, a shoe bag, and three coats! Seriously, we are only away for 4 nights!

I know the weather is freezing, but that’s not an excuse is it?

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Happy Mothers day.

I have to say that for 28 years going into card shop around Mothers Day has been really difficult and long ago very emotional. How can you see all this celebration when your own mother isn’t here to share it with you?

Time is a great healer. Children and grandchildren fill enough of the void to stem the tears.

But I will love my mother for eternity. And this is a reminder and a celebration of her life.

https://patc44.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/in-celebration-of-a-life/

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I’m still missing something.

Exile from social media….what have I missed?

People talk in a different language when they use social media don’t they? ‘Oh, did you see those pictures I posted?’, ‘reply to our tweet, tell us what you feel’ , ‘Happy St David’s day from your friends in Australia’ .

But of course I can’t do that can I? Talk about feeling ostracized! I should ask my Facebook friends…oh I forgot, I can’t can I?

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Families, Family, Inspiration, real life, social media, Uncategorized, Whatever, women, Writing

Exile from social media….what have I missed?

Its been 11 days since I decided that I would take myself away from social media. I’d read this blog and it has inspired me.

Unplugging and Reinventing

So I signed off from Facebook, my Instagram and Twitter account went cold.  I realised that these things were taking over my life. As soon as I woke up, before I had even put my feet out of bed, I was on my phone scrolling through ‘social media life’ and what had happened while I had been asleep. Every spare minute I was catching up with the life of others, where they had been, what they had eaten, what they were wearing, and who was celebrating a birthday or a friendship!  All the time neglecting my own life. Neglecting my blog and the other more important things – like talking to my long suffering husband. Cuddling my grand children.

At first it felt weird. I kept thinking ‘what is so and so doing?’ and then gradually as the time has gone on that feeling of missing out has diminished. Of course I still get the notifications when I log onto my computer, but I don’t follow the link back into the twisted world of Facebook. It was todays notification that prompted me to write this blog.  Apparently I have 90 notification and I had been tagged in 5 pictures. I know it doesn’t sound very much to some people, who get hundreds and hundreds a day, but its quite a lot for me.

Do you know what I miss the most? Seeing the pictures of my grandchildren that are posted by my daughter in law! I also missed two events that friends had arranged I had forgotten to put on my calendar. There is an awful lot I don’t miss. The sometimes boring lives of others who endlessly post about their pets, the weather, who has parked over their drive, cakes, and what their favourite celebrity is doing. And I’m sure there is a lot that others miss about me…or not!

I have about 4 weeks left of my exile. I know it will teach me something. Remove things that don’t enrich my life. Don’t bother to follow pages that are a fad, or if I do as soon as I fall out of love with those pages – un-follow them. Simple.

Social media in one form or another has a place in anyone’s life, but not as a replacement for real life and communication.

See you on the other side.

 

 

 

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