We’ve made it! Day 10 of the 10 Day You Challenge – 1 Picture


Can you believe it? It’s Day 10 of the ’10 Day You Challenge’
I can hear the collective sigh of relief across the blogosphere 😀
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Thank you so much for sticking with me. Some of you have been kind enough to send a message saying how you’ve enjoyed the series and I really appreciate that.

And so today – 1 picture

I’ve been thinking about this one for a few days now as it’s very hard to pick only one image. What do I go for? My wedding photo? A big sparkly Christmas tree? A photo of that gigantic chocolate fountain from The Vicar of Dibley?

Up until recently I said I was never one for photographs. I love old photos of family and holidays etc, but I’ve never been one to own a fancy camera and I get bored with other people’s photos very quickly. Don’t be offended, I get bored with mine too.
I didn’t join Pinterest until very recently because to me, it was all about images and I’ve always said I’m a ‘words’ girl. Never been too fussed about how stuff looks.

It occurred to me though, that in the last year something has changed. I’ve been wowed by photographs more in the last year or so than in my whole life (that I can remember anyway). Lately I’ve been ooohing and ahhhing at photos of sunsets, snow scenes, kids playing and yes… kittens! I KNOW…. ridiculous right? But I found myself doing the ‘tooooo cuuuuuute’ thing more often than I feel comfortable with 😉

Then a couple of weeks ago I spotted this and I kid you not… it took my breath away.

1. Carlow Fields of Gold, taken by John Ivory

Carlow Fields of Gold

 

I was so struck by the detail of this image. And the depth, it almost feels like inverted 3D – it just stretches back into the horizon. Aren’t the clouds just amazing?
I was surprised at how affected I was by this picture. Then it dawned it me…

It’s because I can see.

You may know that I had a cornea transplant just over 3 years ago and about a year ago I finally started to experience real improvement in my sight. Whereas I had been making everything larger on the computer screen and printing music enlarged, sometimes on A3 paper – now I can read a normal book and music from its proper score. I can see… and because I can see, I’m starting to appreciate images. The reaction I had to this photo has made me realise how far I have come. I thank God for my improved sight and I’m so blessed to be in touch with my donor’s family. Thanks to you too John 🙂

And so the 10 Day You Challenge is over – and I’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who is more relieved than I am! Thanks again for stopping by 🙂 x

1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

Photo credits:
The 10 Day You image above doesn’t seem to come from any central website but can be found on many that have done the challenge. Many use it but there does not seem to be any original source info available
Carlow Fields of Gold, by John Ivory – used with permission
I’ve used other photos of John’s recently, if you’d like to see them just click here.

10 Day You Challenge, Day 9 – 2 Songs


Day 9 of the ’10 Day You Challenge’ 10-days-you-challenge2 copy Today – 2 songs… only TWO?! Why not 10 songs instead of 10 Secrets eh?
That would have been a lot easier (and less embarrassing) – anyway…

Picking 2 songs is nigh-on impossible so I’m going to pick the two most played on my ipod in the Christian and non-Christian categories…

1. Most played song that’s NOT about God… Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
If you read the 10 Secrets post you’ll know about the secret dancing with curtains closed etc. This song is the one that a lot of the jumping around is done to 🙂

2. Most played song about God… I’m Alive – Pete Furler
This is another one to jump around to. As another boppy one has made it to the top of the list, it seems I do more jumping around than even I realised. But this song is fun and lively and brillo pads and unlike the other song…. it’s true!
Because I AM alive and I DON’T have the moves like Jagger!

Go on… have a bop 🙂 

Isaiah 42:10
Sing to the Lord a new song,

            his praise from the ends of the earth,
you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,

            you islands, and all who live in them.

 Photo credit: The 10 Day You image above doesn’t seem to come from any central website but can be found on many that have done the challenge. Many use it but there does not seem to be any original source info available

 

10 Day You Challenge, Day 8 – 3 Films


Day 8 of the ’10 Day You Challenge’ 10-days-you-challenge2 copy Today – 3 films!

1. Steel Magnolias
I love the Southern charm, humour and emotion of this film. It has a stellar cast of strong female actresses and Dylan McDermott for eye candy… Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Dolly Parton, Sally Field, a young Julia Roberts and an even younger Daryl Hannah.
It’s a thing of beauty and has such funny one liners as (when referring to the mayor’s wife’s profile as she dances…) “It’s like two pigs, fightin’ under a blanket.”

2. The Shawshank Redemption
The best film I have never seen.
If you’ve been reading this series, you know I have a fear of false imprisonment. I know that this is one of the best films ever made, but I would honestly not sleep again if I watched it.

3. E.T
My most memorable cinema experience as a child. We all cried like babies… but then we were babies so that’s ok. There was one kid behind me who was traumatised when E.T. was saying goodbye to Elliot. I’d say she is still in therapy!

 

Philippians 4:8  Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 

Photo credit: The 10 Day You image above doesn’t seem to come from any central website but can be found on many that have done the challenge. Many use it but there does not seem to be any original source info available

 

10 Day You Challenge, Day 7 – 4 Books


Day 7 of the ’10 Day You Challenge’ 10-days-you-challenge2 copy Today – 4 books… 😉

cujo1.Cujo by Stephen King
This is one book that has stayed with me since the day I read it. I’ve never seen the film, but the memory of what I read plays in my head like a film reel. I can’t dwell on it too much or I’ll lose sleep. Chilling!

2. MY BOOK, MY BOOK, MY BOOK!
In case you didn’t know, I’m self-publishing a collection of short stories in October. You can find out all about it over on Fictitious Amo. I’m very excited and look forward to getting it out there. It’ll be available on Kindle and other e-platforms, also in paperback.

p&P3. Pride and Prejudice
I can’t count the amount of times I’ve read this book. It is my favourite fiction book in the whole world and I can’t imagine anything topping it. Jane Austen is so clever in how she describes people and their interactions with each other. She also describes her own culture and environment with great humour and insight. She’s the man! 🙂

4. The Bible
Come on you knew that was coming! 🙂 As I’ve mentioned many times before. My handbook for life; one I don’t read nearly often enough!

John 21:25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

Photo credits:
The 10 Day You image above doesn’t seem to come from any central website but can be found on many that have done the challenge. Many use it but there does not seem to be any original source info available
The P&P image was taken by me.
The image of the Cujo book was taken from one of its profiles on Amazon.co.uk

10 Day You Challenge, Day 6 – 5 Foods


Day 6 of the ’10 Day You Challenge’ 10-days-you-challenge2 copy Today – 5 foods… 😉 YUM! 

enchiladas1. Enchiladas with cornbread
I was introduced to Mexican food by some Californians – some of Mexican extraction. I am not into hot hot hot food – but I do like tasty food and mexican is one of those foods that you can get lots of taste without killing yourself with chilies…Brownies

2. Chocolate
In any form, shape, size or texture 🙂
These are my brownies.

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3. Poppy Seed Cake
Thanks to Starbucks and the likes, poppy seed muffins are all the rage now – but I was making poppy seed cake before it was cool. (Not sure whether that’s a good or bad thing…) It is one of my no fail recipes and again was taught to me by an American. And yes – I’m a ‘cups & spoons’ girl. I say ‘huh!’ to your weighing scales.

4. Brennan’s Batch Loaf with ham that has just been cooked, a bag of Tayto cheese and onion crisps and a glass of TK red lemonade Christmas Eve supper in my mam’s house – ahh precious memories

My Bible5. The Bible
Food for the soul. Sometimes not as sweet as my tastebuds would like – but very nourishing.

Matthew 4:4 Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Photo credits: The 10 Day You image above doesn’t seem to come from any central website but can be found on many that have done the challenge. Many use it but there does not seem to be any original source info available. The others were taken by me.

10 Day You Challenge, Day 5 – 6 Places


Day 5 of the ’10 Day You Challenge’ 10-days-you-challenge2 copy Today – 6 places… 😉

1. Dargaville, New Zealand
Spent 3 months there after I qualified as a hairdresser in 1993 (I think). I worked with a former boss for a while and had great fun. Spent some time with Irish family in Brisbane while I was that side of the world.
Spent time with surfer dudes and Māori madsers, as well as the local Irish contingent – it was a great trip

Amo in NZ
Dargaville was very like Ireland, when the sun wasn’t splitting the stones…

2. Slovenia
This was part of a mission trip to Austria with a bit of time in Italy too. Slovenia was the hard part though. The poverty was such a shock to me. I had no idea that people could have so little and still be happy. I spent most of the time terrified and wishing I was at home. Serious comfort zone withdrawal that did me no harm whatsoever 😉

3. Bangkok
I spent 4 hours in Bangkok Airport and that was more than enough!
I was flying home from the above trip to NZ and there was a 4 hour stop in BK. The authorities there didn’t want us to get off the plane but we’d been on it for 10 hours. I, along with a number of passengers, kicked up a stink, and after about an hour of negotiations the passengers and crew were allowed off the plane for half an hour. We were escorted off the plane and onto shuttle buses at gun point with a guy screaming “20 minutes and you back on plane!” every 5 seconds.
It felt like some bizarre remake of Tenko!

4. America
I’ve been to California twice, New Jersey 3 times and Boston once and have loved it each and every time. Almost moved there at one stage but then I met some Welsh guy and well… you know the rest 🙂
Next time I want to go to Indiana to meet my cornea donor’s family.

I'm the smaller one (for a change :D )
I’m the smaller one (for a change 😀 )

5. Sorrento
We went to Sorrento for our honeymoon. It was a beautiful place (until we hired a car – we almost split up because of the stress of driving on Italian roads – but that’s for another blog post some day!) We stayed in a posh hotel, our room had a bell and you had to take a lift with the concierge down to the private beach. Fabulous!
The tour of Pompeii was pretty cool too.

6. Ireland
I love Ireland and being Irish 🙂
I think there’s too much of a downer in our country at the moment. Even though the government and the banks etc have let us down in many ways, it’s still a fabulous place to be from I reckon.
I’ve spent the last few days travelling around the S and SW of Ireland, and it’s the most beautiful place in the world if you ask me.

One of the many fabulous views on our trip around Dingle
One of the many fabulous views on our trip around Dingle

Psalm 24:1,2
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
and established it on the waters.

Photo credits:
The 10 Day You image above doesn’t seem to come from any central website but can be found on many that have done the challenge. Many use it but there does not seem to be any original source info available
The other 3 were taken by me.

10 Day You Challenge, Day 4 – 7 Wants


Day 4 of the ’10 Day You Challenge’
I want, I want, I want… 😉 Yes I’ll enjoy this one

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Today – 7 wants… 😉

This post more than all others will reveal how much like Verruca Salts I am! 😀

1. An iPad with a keyboard
There I’ve said it! I love technology and am quite irked not to have an iPad – but the writer in me needs a keyboard too. So I’ll have both pls! 😉

2. To make you laugh
I know I miss the mark sometimes but I remember being very young when I realised I could be funny. It helped me to put bullying behind me and taught me how to hide sadness. Not always a good thing – but I feel good when I’ve made you feel good

3. To sing on stage with an audience in front of me and an orchestra behind me
I’m not a good enough singer for that and my thoughts of pursuing a singing career are long gone – but just once I’d love to do it

4. To be smaller
I know, I know – this one is doable if only I’d sort myself out – but if you’ve never wrestled with weight and a passionate love for food as if every bar of chocolate is Mr Darcy himself – then you don’t understand!
And if you have well… you do 😦

5. My beloved to be fulfilled in whatever he’s doing
We’ve been in a bit of a ‘waiting room’ for the last few years. There are things that Rich feels called by God to do but those opportunities haven’t opened up yet. But whatever he is or will be doing I want him to be happy and feel a sense of purpose & achievement

6. To be a better writer
I’m a writer. I can say that now without using hushed tones or feeling embarrassed. I might even be a good one, I MAY even be a great one… but wherever I am on the scale, I want to keep getting better and better

7. To be a better Christian
I know I am loved and forgiven and treasured – just as I am; but I would love to be a more fervent prayer and a more faithful follower

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Photo credit: The image above doesn’t seem to come from any central website but can be found on many that have done the challenge. Many use it but there does not seem to be any original source info available

10 Day You Challenge, Day 3 – 8 Fears


Day 3 of the ’10 Day You Challenge’ & I’m still doing this on the iPhone as I’m travelling. But you prefer that I keep it snappy doncha? 😉

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Today – 8 fears… 😉

This post more than all others will reveal what a weirdo I am! 😀

1. Falling over
It comes from years of not being able to see properly. I can see very well now, but it’s taking my confidence a while to catch up…

2. My home being broken into
I’ve only been able to stay in the house on my own overnight for a couple of years. I still have to check the locks numerous times & it takes me hours to get to sleep 😦

3. The Dark
I know… such a cliché but there you have it. If I’m alone the lights stay on

4. Wasps
I’m not a fan if creepy crawlies but my only actual fear is being stung by a wasp. Has happened to me a few times so I tend to do a bit if jumping and shouting when they’re around… bug spray is my friend

5. Balloons
Hate them! Don’t want to see them, touch them or blow them up! My fear is that they will burst in my face

6. That you won’t love me
Didn’t you know I’m the neediest girl on the planet? 😉

7. False Imprisonment
Mentioned this in 10 secrets – so it’s out now…

8. God
‘The fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom.’ Proverbs 9:10a
I’m not ‘afraid’ of God – just aware of how powerful He is 😉

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Photo credit: The image above doesn’t seem to come from any central website but can be found on many that have done the challenge. Many use it but there does not seem to be any original source info available

10 Day You Challenge, Day 2 – 9 Loves


Day 2 of the ’10 Day You Challenge’ & I’m doing this on the iPhone because the Wi-Fi where I’m staying is a bit dodgy… 😉 so… it’ll be short & pics will have to wait til tomorrow!

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Today – 9 loves… 😉

1. Chocolate
Love is not a strong enough word. Yes it’s bad for me… Yes it’s just sweetened cocoa… I don’t care 😉

2. The West Wing
The box set is a treasured possession!
Don’t agree with everything (obvs) but well made, well written and well acted. Can’t say that about everything on TV these days.

3. Being the ‘baby’ of 8
Having a troop of older siblings is more than a bit brillo.

4. Social Media
Twitter, Facebook & even Pinterest lately. Love it & many folk I’ve met through it

5. Reading
Books books and more books… gimme gimme gimme 🙂

6. Writing
My new found love.
What did I ever do before I was writing?

7. My 27 nieces & nephews
I never had babies of my own, so these kids, and their kids – are my kids 😉
So proud of them all x

8. Richard Miles
A patient man who loves me more than I deserve 🙂 x

9. God
What can I say? God is very faithful and merciful to me and I wish my life did more justice to the salvation the death & resurrection of Jesus achieved for me.
Also love that I am loved… by Him!

Ephesians 3:18,19 And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge

Photo credit: The image above doesn’t seem to come from any central website but can be found on many that have done the challenge. Many use it but there does not seem to be any original source info available

Starting the 10 Day You Challenge with ’10 Secrets’


So I thought I’d do the ’10 Day You Challenge’ as it seemed like a cutsie thing to do and you know me… I’m all about the cute
*coughs and searches frantically for a picture of a kitten… nope – not one!*

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But seriously… 10 secrets? I don’t even know if I HAVE 10 secrets. OK I definitely have… more than… but not ones I can put on the world-wide web! Anyway, secrets are meant to be kept aren’t they? I mean if I tell you, then they’re not secret anymore…

My only comfort is that there are no secrets from God – he already knows this stuff 😉

1. Dancing
When I’m alone in the house I often put loud mad music on and dance around. I close the curtains of what ever room I am in – only then can I dance like there’s no one watching;
cos I’ve made sure there’s no one watching!

2. Lip Syncing
Years ago I was in a musical and one of the characters lost her voice on opening night – so I stood in the wings with a radio mic and sang her song – watching her carefully to make it look real. As Michael Caine would say…. not a lotta people know that!

3. Bold Baby sister
My brother was very annoying, so I used to go into his room and hide stuff, move stuff, break stuff  & my ‘pièce de résistance’…I used to turn his radio on but have the volume at zero so the batteries would waste and he wouldn’t know

4. Confession Time
Once I went in the wrong door of a confessional, then someone came in the right door and for a minute I pretended to be the priest, then I ran out the door and out of the church before I could get caught

5. Miss Nomer
My sister-in-law and I share the same name (well we did before I was married). I went for an interview once and half way through the guy let slip that he knew my brother and thought I was his wife… so I kept schtum. (I didn’t get it btw)

6. A third blog
For a good while I had a third blog under a pseudonym. I did it to give me the courage to say all the things that I didn’t have the courage to say here. Also to let me write without the pressure of certain people’s opinions rolling around my head – which were paralysing my writing. When my confidence grew, I slowly retreated from that blog and eventually shut it down.

7. Hiding
I once hid in a walk-in fridge to avoid an over-enthusiastic American missionary who wanted to pray with me

8. Biblical fail
In my 19 years of being a Bible-believing Christian, I have never read the Bible start to finish. I’ve read it all in fits and starts over the years, but I have never successfully completed a Bible reading plan

9. Jail bird
I have a real & terrible albeit irrational  (I hope) fear of false imprisonment – probably brought on by years of watching Prisoner Cell Block H and visiting an ex in prison. I can’t watch stuff about prisons now, never saw Shawshank and probably never will.

10. The biggest secret of all…
One of these isn’t true – it could even be this one!
I’m not telling you which one… it’s a secret :p

Psalm 44:21b …he knows the secrets of the heart

Photo credit: The image above doesn’t seem to come from any central website but can be found on many that have done the challenge. Many use it but there does not seem to be any original source info available