7 pieces of randomness and Michael Finnegan

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Michael Finnegan, begin again.

That’s how my blogging life feels at the moment.

Or it’s a bit like the hokey pokey – in and out, in and out.

So a Thursday seems a day, just as good as any to begin again.

  1. I wrote a post, hit publish, walked away from my desk and got caught up in the morning rush only to return 8 hours later to find the dreaded “Did you really want to do that?” message from WordPress. Took it as a sign that was not a great post and left in the drafts folder.
  2. I’ve been reading. My office is next to the local library so I’ve been popping into refresh my books. It’s been such a long time since I read voraciously that many of my favourite authors have new books out, new to me anyway. That’s been my evenings.
  3. I’ve been disappointed to find spelling mistakes in about two out of three books. What’s the world coming to?
  4. The low-carb way of eating has been a revelation. Wondering why I didn’t do it sooner.
  5. I completely jinxed myself by saying my hayfever hasn’t been too bad the past few years. Bet you can guess how that story ends!
  6. I’m slowly making the change from PC to Mac. The shortcuts are what’s killing me ~ not to mention switching between the two for work and home. Complete #firstworldproblem!
  7. I’ve read two things this week that resonated with me during this little ~ shall we say ~ break.

From Leo Babuta of zen habits who talks about “when your plate is full”:

I’ve found that you can do two things well, and one thing really well. With two focuses, you won’t be as concentrated, won’t learn as deeply, but it’s doable. With three or four focuses, you won’t do anything well or learn anything deeply or serve anyone exceptionally.

And by Dannielle who said this in a chat with Angie here:

Your blog should energise you. Write about something you could talk about for years and when the hard days come and you don’t feel like blogging, it will be easier to just get it done because you love what you’re writing about.

Last week, I focused on some freelance work that really needed to be cleared off my desk. Between that and my day job that pays the bills ~ there’s two focuses right there. And it’s true. It was hard to fit a third in.

And I didn’t find the energy to blog. I wanted to but couldn’t muster it up.

I find I have energy for the ideas and the planning but not the execution. I need to balance that out.

And a few more hours in the week would be handy, too.

But it’s Thursday, and it’s OK.

Begin again.


things i’m loving … spring edition

We have roses in bloom. It must be spring!


After a couple of false starts, it appears spring has arrived, blown in by some spring storms and despite the sneezing and sniffling issues [dratted hayfever], I have a soft spot for spring.

  • I’m loving  the lush green landscape that now features out my windows after the barrenness of winter. The changing season is a marvel to watch but after a while, the bare trees are just that, bare.
  • I’m loving the flowers starting to bloom, as they also make great photography subjects.
  • I’m loving lazy, sunny  weekend afternoons ~ not too hot and not too cold, just right!
  • I’m loving the longer days and having that little bit of extra light after work.
  • I’m loving the burst of motivation that comes from all these things. That don’t call it “spring cleaning” for nothing!

Is spring your favourite time of year? What do you love about spring?


taking stock ~ green, pink and sunny all over

It's a yellow and chartreuse kind of day. Hope you've got some gorgeous weather where you are! #hellospring

I thought it might be fun this month to kick off with this list from Pip at Meet Me at Mikes. A little snapshot of what we’re doing, thinking, wishing and wanting here at Casa Lime Lane.

And because I know, while I’m “getting excited about longer days and warmer weather” now, I will be ruing it in a couple of months’ time.

Taking stock ~ green, pink and sunny all over 

Making: Plans and lists
Cooking: Lots of Jamie Oliver recipes

Drinking: Green smoothies
Reading: Mind, Body Green – new favourite website
Wanting: More time
Looking: For the perfect bag … and wallet

Playing: With Instagram’s new Hyperlapse app
Deciding: On a trip to the city
Wishing: For good news on the health front for dear friends
Enjoying: Sunshine
Waiting: For the new chickens to settle in
Liking: The Madden brothers new video
Wondering: If I’ll make it through photo a day this month
Loving: My wonderful husband and awesome little family
Pondering: Life’s little mysteries
Considering: A new project
Watching: Little boys turn into almost teenagers
Hoping: We are doing OK job raising them
Marvelling: At little boys turning into almost teenagers
Needing: To be more organised
Smelling: The scent of blossoms
Wearing: Less jackets and thick scarves
Following: All the inspiration coming out of #pbevent
A carpet of pink blooms ~ on my walk today. #hellospring #pink
Noticing: The signs of spring
Knowing: That Christmas will be here before we know it
Thinking: I won’t be ready
Admiring: Those that can put themselves out there
Sorting: Laundry – what else.
Buying: An endless supply of books for little bookworms
Getting: Excited about longer days and warmer weather
Bookmarking: All the organisation and productivity posts
Disliking: Temperamental computers and slow internet ~ absolutely a first world problem
Opening: Too many tabs in my browser
Giggling: At Have you been Paying Attention? Love this show.
Feeling: Thankful
Snacking: On cheese and crackers – my downfall
Coveting: A gorgeous new bag
Helping: The smalls with projects
Hearing: The birds – earlier and earlier

Pip has a blank list on her blog so you can also play along.

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