MacMillan Cancer Support

I am not one to usually post links asking for donations, but this one is very close to my heart.  I personally know Karen, who sent this email to me.  Please read and where possible, please help.  Any amount, even as little as $1, will help little Alexander to get the help he needs

Lido Challenge 2013

I am unashamedly pimping out this link to everyone I know for sponsorship and donations towards MacMillan Cancer Support

I am sure that there are many people I know who have been affected by this horrible disease and I can’t do much else other than get myself out there to raise a bit of money for this wonderful organisation that is helping my family and several close friends through the toughest time of their lives.

SO – anything – even £1 – you are able to donate would be appreciated more than words can say. The site is 100% secure, and all of the funds plus any gift aid from UK tax payers will go directly to them and I will PERSONALLY send you a THANK YOU as well!

He details for the event I am doing are on the link – or given below.

I hope that you will not be at all offended by my request, and if you are unable to support financially then an email of emotional support that I can send on to Ally would be as much appreciated as she fights LITERALLY for her little boys life!

Thanks and lots of love






Our Story and the reason for taking part in this MacMillan Event:

 I have decided to dig out my swimming costume and get back in the pool after nearly 15 years of being a spectator to raise some money for Macmillan Cancer Support because its THE LEAST I CAN DO!

 My little nephew Alexander was diagnosed with Leukaemia this year and has been having Chemotherapy since March. He is only 4 years old and has been an absolute SUPERHERO through all the treatments. I have never seen him feeling sorry for himself, and no matter how poorly he feels he is ALWAYS smiling and positive.

 He is quite the charmer, and I couldn’t be more proud of him.

     My super amazing (and heavily pregnant) sister Alison is soldiering through the toughest challenge of her life with a determination only a mother could possibly have and she is as much the inspiration behind my reason for doing this as Xander is. I can’t imagine what she has to deal with on a daily basis and yet she always seems to be in a state of controlled chaos! I love her to the moon and back and hope that this bumpy road comes to a positive conclusion sooner rather than later!


 So anyway – back to the business at hand:

For anyone who knows me, knows Alison or my family, I would appreciate your support and donations which all go towards a charity that is worth its weight in gold.

 I know this is hardly the biggest challenge in the world – it’s not the same as climbing Mount Everest in pyjama’s or running a marathon barefoot on broken glass, but it is my small way of Paying it Forward, and I hope that if you can you will donate, even a £1!

 Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now.


Take Care!

When you’re unwell, do you allow others to take care of you, or do you prefer to soldier on alone? What does it take for you to ask for help?

Urgh, I am really bad at this!  Asking for help that is.  I will give of myself until I’m about to fall over, but asking for help.  Eish, that is a problem!  This picture from writeclicksave describes me very well:


You know that saying ‘When you want something done right, do it yourself’?  Well, if you look it up in the dictionary, I’m pretty sure you’ll find a photo of me next to it!  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a control-freak, I just like it when things are done the right way, the first time.  Being self-reliant, stubborn and independent is a quality which drives the people close to me up the walls and have been reprimanded about this on countless occasions.

Take last weekend for instance.  It was pouring down with rain and we were left with watching TV as the only option.  I got bored with this and decided that reading was a better option.  The book I’m busy with was lying on the other of the couch, next to Jacques.  Instead of just asking him to pass it to me, I got up and walked around him to pick it up.  “Why don’t you just ask me?” he said.  I was (again) sort of perplexed.  I simply didn’t think of asking.  Why should I ask if I am perfectly capable of just doing it myself?  A break in the rain and I decided to take a walk to the shop, instead of just asking the neighbors whether they are going.  Result:  me, drenched, getting offered a lift by the neighbor.  “Why didn’t you ask?”  Urgh, I hate asking for stuff!


I get grumpy when I feel like I am not allowed to or am incapable of doing something.  If you want me to do something, tell me that I can’t do it.  It is this very stupid stubbornness which made me take up smoking!  Let me explain.  When I was 18 my boyfriend at the time and all our friends were smokers.  One day I asked him for a cigarette.  He was furious and told me that if I start smoking he will leave me.  Hypocrite!  Not being one who takes well to this, I marched to the shop and bought my first packet of cigarettes.  Not knowing anything about cigarettes at the time, I opted for the nicest looking pack and Gauloises Blonds it was.  I coughed for an hour after I lit up, but unfortunately the habit stuck!  Stupid girl!

This makes me a very, very, very bad patient.  I hate being catered for and am forever getting up to fetch things or make tea or do stuff.  I can’t stand it when people, women especially, say they are incapable of doing something.  Just do it.  Find a way.  There is always a way!

Is being self-reliant such a bad thing really?  Even worse, is it a matter of misplaced pride?  I am a Leo after all!

What’s for dinner – Red pill or Blue Pill

If you could get all the nutrition you needed in a day with a pill — no worrying about what to eat, no food preparation — would you do it?


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Today’s prompt links up nicely with another (overdue – sorry Lauren!) post that I will have up later today.  You are what you eat, literally.  Stay tuned for the facts, you will be amazed!

I have always had a love / hate relationship with food.   How do I put this?  I love good food, but I don’t miss it.  I can quite literally go for days without eating.  I don’t get hungry very often and have to remind myself to eat.  To me it is quite a waste of time.  Honestly, you spend hours shopping, peeling, chopping, steaming, broiling, frying – not to mention the dishes! – just so it can get chomped down and criticized!  What’s up with that?!

Adding more fuel to my “distaste” for food are the horrific facts about our food sources, which have been surfacing more and more over the last couple of months  It’s quite literally enough to make you sick, and going to the supermarket has become a slight obsession for me.  Since Saturday, I have been strictly watching and jotting down what I’ve been eating.  It sounds like a schlep, but with my food relationship, it has been more fun than choosing and preparing the food.  If anyone needs a food journal to be kept, I’m the girl for the job!

The possibility of swallowing a pill (PRESERVATIVE, MSG, GMO ie poison FREE) is one that really appeals to me and I would be the first to opt-in.