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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.

poppyseed cake

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