Home Alone

Wednesday evening finds me sitting at a desk in the study, listening to Spotify, and wondering how much of today's thoughts to empty into the keyboard. I'm accompanied by a can that was filled with cider until a few minutes ago, and a teddy bear propped on the corner of the desk, gazing into the room with the same silly grin he's always had.

From a Distance

Making friends on the internet is a curious thing. While some of us are open books, posting our daily adventures for anybody to read, many are not. While some leave comments, likes, or find a way to contact those they cross paths with, many choose not to. We know they are out there - the …

Home Alone

It's heading towards midnight, the children are fast asleep in bed, and I'm sitting alone in the study typing up a blog post on the old desktop PC. I can hear the tumble dryer rumbling away in the background, and the occasional clunk of the cat-flap as the cats come and go. I'm listening to …

First World Problems

Given all the things going on in the world, it often feels ridiculous to complain about the situations we find ourselves in. We bottle up our stresses, our concerns, and our frustrations, bury them deep down, and keep moving forwards. We are encouraged to "keep calm, and carry on".We sometimes wonder how long we can …

Powered by Wine

It's heading towards 10pm, and I have acheived very little this evening other than eat a curry, an entire family bag of peanut M&Ms, and drink half a bottle of cheap white wine.I stopped at the supermarket on my way home from work this evening. I didn't plan on buying wine, but my eyes were …

Tuesday Evening

The clock is ticking towards 9pm, and I have done nothing all evening. Actually, that's not entirely true. After returning from work I hung a load of washing on the line, put another load in the machine, cooked a pizza for dinner, ate the pizza, walked to the garage, bought ice cream for a planned …

Alone for the Week

The younger children are at Guide Camp for the week - somewhere on the coast - and my other half is visiting the Lake District for a few days - at the opposite end of the country. For the first time in at least perhaps a decade, I'm going to find myself home alone this …

Dinner for One

The world malfunctioned this morning - instead of deciding to rain, or to be sunny, it got stuck on the "sprinkler" setting, and drenched the world with a fine mist. It was the kind of fine mist that results in a refreshingly different "just climbed out of the river" look when you arrive at a …

Off the Radar

I looked at my mobile phone a few minutes ago - it's still reading over 80% battery charge remaining. This wouldn't normally be that remarkable, only the phone hasn't been on charge since 7am this morning - 15 hours ago. I have received little or no email today, no text messages, no instant messages, and …