Bloganuary week 3

Since I don’t blog daily, I’m doing my bit for Bloganuary by posting a summary of the week’s prompts.



15th Jan        What fear have you conquered?

The fear of pressing ‘Publish’.

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16th Jan       Do you have a memory that’s linked to a smell?

The smell of freesias reminds me of churches. Nothing specific, but mu ch of my social life in my early teens was spent in church youth organisations, so it is a memory of youth. Freesias sold in UK supermarkets often don’t smell of anything, so I generally sniff the bunches before buying to find some that smell like freesias (a challenge back when we were shopping in masks).

The smell of Christmas trees sends me back to earlier days as well. Not the kind we mostly buy now that don’t drop, but the ones that shed their needles everywhere and I’d be finding them nestled into the carpet edges throughout the year.

This year, I plan to re-pot the tiny one I have out in the front garden, the roots of which are bursting out of its present pot. It is now big enough to bring in for next Christmas.

Only I don’t recall it smelling particularly strong when I first bought it as a table decoration. I suspect that the smell I recall from earlier days came from the dying branches as our Christmas tree, bought on the first of December, gradually expired until it was taken down after New Year’s Day. I don’t recall one that ever made it to Twelfth Night.

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17th Jan     Describe the happiest day of your life.

No one day immediately comes to mind. Childbirth was too busy (except for the caesarian) to call happy, and since I have four children I wouldn’t be able to choose just one. And, for separate reasons, taking home the first and the fourth was too scary to describe as unreservedly happy.

But when this question came up recently in a Christmas cracker, my eldest grandson’s contribution was the day when his brother (5 years younger) was brought home – which touched cynical old me.

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18th Jan     What’s your favorite meal to cook and/or eat?

Nothing springs immediately to mind; I eat most things and like variety. (Unlike hubby who could happily eat the same food every day – especially if it involves baked beans.)

A favourite would probably involve pasta and a cream sauce. Although I’m fond of a massaman curry…

I tend to make up my own recipes as I go along (often involving whatever needs using up). Since it’s usually only me who is going to eat them, I don’t give my creations names.

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19th Jan    What color describes your personality and why?

I can tell you my favourite colour – at the moment – but you’d probably have to ask someone else what colour describes my personality. I’m drawn to the pinky-mushroomy colour known as taupe, but I also like to wear deep aubergine in place of black (except I rarely find the shade I want). Maybe that does describe my personality – kind of background colours?

Although I also like teal and aquamarine, but shades of turquoise in one’s wardrobe are the devil to match up.

I used to wear a lot of autumny shades until I went to some ‘colour-me’ sessions and learned that yellowy browns and oranges didn’t suit me at all. By then (early 40s) I’d decided for myself to eschew black, which made me feel like a crow, and white, which was too virginal as well as being a dirt magnet. (I wonder if there’s any correlation between those last two qualities…)

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20th Jan       What irritates you about the home you live in?

Lack of space.

When my eldest son was not quite a year old, we were very fortunate to be able to buy a large Edwardian semi . We could (almost) afford it because, i) it was on a fairly busy road, ii) its asking price had been dropped substantially since the owners were about to leave the country for new jobs in America and were, by then, desperate to sell, and iii) because it was badly in need of repair and redecoration.

Mice lived in the cellar and had free rein of the house; electric wiring was downright dangerous; original fireplaces had been boarded up to stop the son of the household taking a hammer to the tiles at night (his room was painted purple which probably did little for his state of mind); and whatever wallpaper had been replaced in the previous three decades was awful.

But it had four bedrooms and three substantial reception rooms (although one of our first changes was to demolish the wall between the breakfast room and scullery to make a generous kitchen/family room). Over the years, when we could afford to increase the mortgage, my husband turned the smallest bedroom into a second bathroom and we expanded into the loft. The ambience was always a tad shabby and the furniture mostly second-hand, but it was a wonderful house to live in with four children (and their friends) and usually three dogs.

Having downsized twice since then, I still miss the space, even though I accept that I would now struggle to keep such a big house (relatively) clean and probably couldn’t afford to maintain it on a pension.

My main niggle is not having a space big enough for a table around which all the family (currently 13, sometimes 14) can sit comfortably for a meal.

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21st Jan       Who is your favorite author and why?

Terry Pratchett – no question.

I love his turn of phrase, and the wisdom conveyed in the guise of humour. I miss having a new Pratchett novel to read every year. I have a file of favourite quotes, which I won’t subject my readers to as a seventh of a blog post, but here are my absolute favourites…

“The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it.” (from Monstrous Regiment).

“A lie can run round the world before the truth has got its boots on.” (from The Truth).

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” (from Diggers)

“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”


Terry Pratchett with model of discworld


I find I’m not editing these as obsessively as my usual posts, so apologies if the odd typo has snuck in.

(Perhaps I should multi-post more often…)

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15 thoughts on “Bloganuary week 3

  1. Taupe and deep aubergine go so well with a multitude of colours so perhaps they describe your personality exceptionally well. Cathy you get on with and are helpful to everybody. I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like and enjoy your company.

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  2. I totally echo Jane’s observation.
    I have just caught up with this bloganuary lark. It’s quite a clever idea. I suspect like most people reading them I thought about how I would answer the questions. Some came more readily than others of course, but I struggled to find answers for them all.
    The colour question did put me in mind of my daughter. On picking her up from her first day in nursery all the children were running out with pictures they had painted. A kaleidoscope of colours, except in daughter’s case, who came turning out, all smiles, brandishing her masterpiece, the whole paper almost covered in black paint.
    It didn’t turn out to be a sign of her future personality however as she is generally smiley and happy go lucky. I just imagined it was because at the time no one else was using the black paint, so she thought she would!

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  3. If you had a large table perhaps you might have the task of entertaining more than you would like. I did laugh at your comment regarding your reaction to what made your grandson happy.
    The most interesting people I know are cynical.

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  4. Happy New Year and a most cheerful bloganuary 🙂
    Very pleased to visit.

    I know what you mean by the scent of freesias, although the classic ones remind me of spring. But it is a kind, the small and stubby one, that is often placed in church around Orthodox Easter.

    My daughter always adapts her recipes as she cooks, but give me a meal with beans any time and I’m happy 🙂

    For favorite author I gravitate nowdays between Tess Gerritsen and Kathy Reichs, for their strong female main characters.

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    1. My husband would happily live on baked beans, but he won’t touch any other kind. At least I’ve weaned him onto the ‘no added sugar’ variety; it’s probabaly the healthiest food he eats (he has an aversion to anything green except peas.)
      Thanks for reading and adding your thoughts.

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        1. Depends on how long it gets. Anyone can comment on bloganuary topics and I for one am always searching around for something to blog about. (I really couldn’t stretch that sentence to 100 words… maybe next time?)

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