Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Blog Hop:Celebrate the Small Things

Good morning, friends, followers and accidental tourists. Welcome to my corner of Robin Hood country. Here's the latest of my wittering rambles in support of the Celebrate the Small Things Friday Blog Hop.

Today I am celebrating my best night's sleep in a long time. I tried Horlicks and the occasional over-the-counter sleeping pill. I tried overnight eye masks in vain attempts to dispel the telltale circles under my eyes. Nothing worked. So I gave in to the irrefutable need to replace my ancient mattress and the new zillion springs, natural fibre, medium-firm model arrived yesterday.

I had booked a delivery slot of between 7 am and 2 pm so, after a sleepless night (again!) worrying that if I eventually fell asleep I might not wake in time for an early delivery, I got up with the birds and started to prepare for the event. By 7 pm that evening I was so tired that I was tempted to embark on my first trial of the mattress. The only thing that prevented me from taking to my bed was my obsession with Emmerdale. There. I've come out. I am addicted to tv soaps. Scoff as much as you like, but good tv soaps, apart from the entertainment value of some ridiculous storylines, draw attention to current societal issues. Once again, I digress. Back to the topic. I eventually took to my bed at 9 pm., popped a pill, and slept for ten hours. Yes!

... the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleave of care,
The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast.
Macbeth (2.2.48-51)

What else? We enjoyed two very mild sunny days this week and I was out in the garden for hours, forking over the flower beds and digging over an area for a new shrub border. Transplanted a couple of camellias and a bay that had been growing in pots, split some yarrow, and popped to the garden centre for supplies. Sadly, the remains of the freak storm that affected New York has now blown in and the weather has become cold again. So I'm going back to my bed for a duvet morning with Nomad by James Swallow. Not the type of thriller I would normally read (too much violence and lots of technical stuff that goes over my head. But with limited time to browse the library shelves before the start of the photography class on Monday evening, I grabbed the book from the Quick Picks rack just inside the library entrance.


Thanks to Lexa Cain for hosting the Friday Blog Hop. Click the link on the right-hand side of the page to find out more.


  1. A good sleep does wonders for making life more pleasant. Having a good mattress is important. I envy your gardening. I have a small balcony for my garden and it is lovely to play in the pots of dirt.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Patricia. I am reaching a point from where a few pots on a balcony seems ideal!

  2. How wonderful that a new mattress solve your insomnia problem. My husband has bad insomnia, so I'll mention this solution to him. You do so much and now photography class? Sounds like fun! Enjoy your full schedule and nightly sleeping like a baby!

    1. Lexa,I have so many outside interests because I have been single for a very long time. There is nothing that I would like more than to be in a settled relationship, relaxing by the fire or in the garden with a partner. Although I share my home with one of my sons I only normally see him over dinner in the evening. If I didn't get out and about I would have nobody to talk to. Loneliness can be a curse on the elderly and so I try to maintain my friendships and some interests.