Peace, Goodwill, Cheery Thoughts and a Charity Single....

Yet again I find that time has run away on me and the last two weeks has flown by in yet another blur. A more tinsel-filled blur, it must be said, yet some time was always found to look around and smell the roses. Here are some of the moments that made me smile in that time -insanely smile even - and some of the thoughts that ran through my head....


We are living in a world that is sometimes  quite worrying. Christmas time is a very special time of year that is about more than a fabulous Christmas Tree, food, drink and the crazy present buying. It is an ideal time of year to reflect; to spread some peace, goodwill and tolerance. Whenever and wherever we can. Even when partaking in the crazy present buying and grocery shopping forays. Tempers fray as queues lengthen, and the blood boiling reaches dangerous levels. Far better to diffuse than fall prey, I thought to myself as I watched one woman flip the bird at another on entering a very packed shopping mall on one very busy morning. She hadn't even got as far as the actual shops, where she'd face even more queues. How else could the rest of her day, and the day of those around her go, I pondered? So, I immediately counteracted this by letting the next person in ahead of me. A strangely mind-blowing moment from such a simple action, I surprisingly found. I tried it again a few days later when approaching some temporary, and hugely inconveniencing traffic lights, by following my muttered stream of obscenities, hurled with fervour at the raging scarlet orb up ahead, with the words 'and smile'. And smile I did, immediately lowering the gradually rising blood boiling levels! Wow. Quite earth-shattering! I henceforth seriously recommend this approach to one and all, most especially if you're under pressure on the road or in shops or eateries. Do spare a thought for all shop assistants and servers too. Honestly, try it. After all peace and goodwill to our fellow man has to start somewhere, doesn't it?


While I haven't had time to fully update you on the healthy eating journey I recently embarked upon I can give you a little snippet of how it's all going. The best news of all is that I finally reached my weight loss goal just over a week ago! Christmas time is both a brilliant and difficult time of year to be where you want to be health wise. Healthier eating is for life though, and not just for Christmas, so I will soldier on as best I can. No doubt there will be a couple of increased pounds over this festive period but so long as I'm back at this point by mid-January I'll be happy. At which point the blood cholesterol levels will be checked and I'll give you a more complete 'Thrilled Skinny' update!
There, that should motivate and keep me in line ;-) 


As sad and all as this may seem, seeing some of the Christmas crafts I've recently  endeavoured to make, start to look like the patterns I follow never fails to fill me with both surprise and joy alike. I was like a big child when I saw these two projects, for example, starting to come together recently. There may even be an update on these Christmas knits and crochets of mine to bore you with in the New Year!


Because sometimes Christmas is all about a fabulous Christmas Tree let me share a photo of mine with you! Well, it's fabulous to me anyway and being adorned as it is with my new multi-function and multi-fun coloured lights, it brings me great joy and a sense of calm. It also brightens the fewer but still existent sleepless nights. Oh, and it's also an oasis of calm and delight for our very pretty and equally curious cat, who has taken to sleeping under it. On one of my crocheted aforementioned Christmas crafts that she seems to think was made for her and her alone! Cheeky cat.....


On the one hand this is yet another charity single brought out at Christmas time in aid of a very worthy cause. On the other hand, for me at least, it is also full of meaning and nostalgia. Let me explain....

This 'When I Grow Up' charity single, featuring Shane Filan and the wonderful Grace Lee, was recorded at the AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) 50th Anniversary show in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on October 25th last. It was a fabulous show featuring the very best of Irish musical talent, North and South, both upcoming and those who have taken the leap from the Irish amateur stage to the bright West End lights of London. The audience was filled mostly with those of us who had performed in various musicals through the years (including those of us who had danced in both the AIMS 21st and 25th Anniversary shows!!), some who are still performing and those who had choreographed and directed them. It was quite the eclectic, nostalgic and hugely entertaining night I must say! We were like an excited horde of children waiting to join in with the chorus, who's stage disciplinary training immediately switched on when the time came to record the single. The stage filled with a children's choir (including, as I later found out, my cousin's child), the wonderful youth and adult AIMS singers before being joined by Shane and Grace for their duet. It was a very, very special moment. Grace is only 10 years old and has had countless operations for a heart condition. She also has a wonderful singing voice......

'When I Grow Up' is in support of  the CMRF (Children's Medical Research Foundation) Crumlin and Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. It is available in HMV and XtraVision stores and can also be purchased on iTunes, GooglePlay and Amazon.

It really is the perfect stocking filler! Do buy this single if you can, to support both of these wonderful charities.....and to get it to top the Irish Charts ahead of anything X Factor might produce!

For fear of time dragging me away from here yet again I will now take this opportunity to wish you and yours a  Merry Christmas and a very peaceful New Year to come.

And remember, like charity, Peace and Goodwill begins at home...... and when you're out and about ;-)


  1. Loving your approach to mental and physical good health in this post. Pretty cat will be sitting pretty under the tree for the duration, I think - it reminds me of long ago when we had a cat and it used to sneak under the fridge! xx

    1. @Looking for Blue Sky: Well, she will until I finally get those presents wrapped and under there! I hope she doesn't tear them asunder! How on earth did your cat get under a fridge? Was it on stilts or something??!! They do adore enclosed spaces..... xx

  2. The knitted nativity figures are awesome. And your tree is truly fabulous. I have to stay here for a bit longer as I'm listening to the song - it's lovely.

    1. @Midlife Singlemum: Thank you..... It's only some of the figures I showed here! Ahh, thanks for listening to the song. It's from the musical 'Matilda The Musical':)


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