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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The Night I Couldn't Sleep!

Have you ever spent the night trying to get to sleep but find your mind is far too busy?

That is exactly what happened to me the other night. Despite feeling quite tired when I went to bed, the moment I got under the duvet, my mind woke up and suddenly everything and nothing began running through it. No matter how hard I tried I just couldn't switch it off.

I wouldn't care if I was thinking about something constructive. Something that was going to make the world a better place. Or even when I was going to get back to the novel I am so desperately trying to put together. Which, incidentally, isn't going well at all. I have got all these characters in a situation and I have no idea what to do with them next....  But there I go again, I am rambling off onto something else.

No! I couldn't focus on anything like that. All I could think about were the stars and the planets hurtling around our solar system. This could have been brought on by a programme I saw on Channel Four a short while ago. The programme was live from the space station and it was focussed on the earth for 90 minutes so we were all able to take a look.

On the other hand it might have been because we organised a star somewhere in the Universe to be named after our nephew, Christopher Swithenbank Dobson. How about that? Somewhere up there in the Andromeda section, a little star has been registered as Christopher Swithenbank Dobson. But whatever the reason, my head was buzzing with thoughts of other planets and whether or not they were inhabited.

I know the 'experts' tell us that the planets nearer to us do not have life on them. They say the lack of atmosphere and no water means these other worlds couldn't support life. But you know, I'm not convinced about that.  The way I see it, we humans here on earth are built the way we are because of our atmosphere and water. Not the other way around.

What I mean is, if we had been born on another planet without these things our bodies would have been built differently - we wouldn't have needed water and air to survive. ---- we would need whatever else the planet had. But then what do I know?

And there's another thing I have a bee in my bonnet about. I understand that NASA has sent out some kind of information about our planet to any passing Alien.  But what Alien in their right mind would want to come here to our world? If they simply took a look at how we treat each other on this planet it would surely put them off from stopping by to say hello. And if I am right, and they are built differently to us, then that's another reason to shoot past earth as quickly as they can. Look at how the different species get treated here. The cruelty to animals on this earth is really terrible.

Anyway all this was running through my mind so I couldn't get to sleep.  Hopefully, now I have got it all oot of my system I will sleep like a log tonight.

Hope I haven't dampened your day, but if I have, then try a glass of wine, which is what I should have done when I couldn't sleep.  Now why didn't I think of that earlier???


Monday, 17 March 2014

Very Quiet!

What do you tell folks when you have absolutely nothing to say?

That is my problem at the moment. I profess to write a blog and I really do try to keep it going, but it seems that when I sit down to write something I find I really haven't any news at all.

The thing about it that is so unnerving, is that I never used to be like that at all. There was a time when people couldn't shut me up. (My husband will probably confirm that if you ask him.)  I could talk the hind leg off a donkey and still have plenty to say. But now, as the years are moving along, I find I'm not really doing much so can't pass on any news at all. (Interesting or otherwise)

Nevertheless, I have one piece of news today. We went to see our gorgeous nephew, Christopher on Sunday. He is nine months old now and what a little cutie he is. He was smiling and happy all the time we were there.
I have added a little photo of him here so you can see what I mean about the smiling part. It was so lovely seeing him again as the time is passing so quickly and I don't want to miss out on any part of it. Though I think he might be walking the next time I see him as he was really trying to get on his feet yesterday.

We had the outside of our house cleaned this week. Yes, you read that right. A man came and washed all the outside walls with suds and then a hose. So it looking all nice and clean for the summer. The problem now is that I should really set about spring cleaning the inside, but at the moment I can't seem to drum up any enthusiasm. No doubt I will get my head around it at some point, but not yet!

Another person called on the same day to replant the little trees we have in pots. We decided that it would be better if they were in the ground as they get dry during the summer months and need me to water them so often. I think they will have a better chance at surviving now they are in the ground. That's what I told them, anyway.  The same man also propped up another tree, which had fallen over in the recent winds. This is the second time he has had to do this, so I do hope it will survive as the birds nest in there during the spring.

Well for someone who had nothing to say, I have certainly rabbited on a bit.  I hope you are all still with me at this point.

I think that is all for the moment, so I will bid you all a farewell and pour myself a drink! It must be about the right time now.   Is there ever a wrong time?

Have a great day,