My 100 Happy Days #Days 20-40

The idea behind 100 Happy Days is simple. Take a photo or find an image of something that makes you happy for 100 days in a row. The idea is simple but sometimes the challenge is hard.

OK I admit that often I am posting a day late, I told that I am rubbish at taking photos, getting better though.

Two-fifths of the way through I have had a few adventures. Here’s a link to my first 20 days and here is a rundown of days 20-40.

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My 101 in 1001 Challenge 10% Update

I can’t believe that I am 10% through my challenge in just over a month. Actually, I can, the last time I attempted a 101in1001 challenge I did exactly the same.

I ticked the one-off challenges quite quickly, pottered along with the midrange ones and then ground to halt near the end.

The idea behind 101in1001 is easy, set yourself 101 challenges to complete in 1001 days, they can be big / small / anything at all.

You can read my list of things to try and accomplish before July 2020 here. here.

So… My first ten challenges are listed below – it is going to get an awful lot tougher from now on…

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The Taxidermist’s Daughter | Kate Mosse | Mini Review 


Official Blurb

The clock strikes twelve. Beneath the wind and the remorseless tolling of the bell, no one can hear the scream . . .

1912. A Sussex churchyard. Villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will not survive the coming year are thought to walk. And in the shadows, a woman lies dead.

As the flood waters rise, Connie Gifford is marooned in a decaying house with her increasingly tormented father. He drinks to escape the past, but an accident has robbed her of her most significant childhood memories. Until the disturbance at the church awakens fragments of those vanished years . . .

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Don’t drink alcohol for a month #101in1001 #25

Ten years ago, to give up alcohol for a month would have been impossible. Little Miss Partygirl.

Now, I drink a lot less and I don’t drink at home now, only at social occasions.

Social occasions are few and far between now as well. We are all so so busy, even the notorious Bubbly club hasn’t had a meeting for a long time due to our hectic schedules.

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Give up caffeine for a week #101in1001 #29

In my last set of challenges I drank only water for a week, this was one of the hardest challenges, it wasn’t alcohol I missed, it was tea. I drink far too much of it, but I love it.

None of this namby-pamby flowery tea, Earl Grey, fruit teas or the like, plain and simple English Breakfast will do.

Fairly mid-strength, but I would drink it strong or milky quite happily.

Coffee? Yes, occasionally but tea is my drink of choice.

Here is the rub, it is quite normal for me to have 8 or so cups a day, even though there is not as much caffeine in tea as there is in coffee, this is still way too much.

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Open a cookbook to a random page and cook whatever is on it #101in1001 #20

Ashamedly this was on my last list of 101 things to do in 1001 days and I didn’t ever get around to doing it. I don’t know why. It was such an easy task to tick off.

I have more than a few recipe books. Some are falling apart because they have been used so much, some have barely been opened. I grabbed 5 randomly off the shelf and asked my daughter to name a number 1-5, the book she randomly chose was Jamie Oliver’s Dinners. This was a book bought years ago from The Book People and apart from two delicious pasta dishes (working girls’ pasta and pasta peperonata) the book hasn’t been used much. If I opened this book it would have automatically fallen open on one of these two pages.

Jamie Oliver’s Dinners 307 pages of recipes, I honestly didn’t mind whether the recipe chosen was a main course, a dessert or something else, I didn’t even mind if I had cooked it before, the criteria was that it was completely chosen at random. My daughter chose a page number page 217. It turned out to be:

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A simple hello is always nice.

It is a while since I have done a ‘Dear Friend’ post. They are the sort of posts I write when I find it difficult to put into words what I would like to say to you in person.

I am writing to two people today.

Dear friends.

I am and always have been a social butterfly. I love spending time with lots of people but close friends are without a doubt the best! The kind of friend you could talk to about absolutely anything, you can stay up all night drinking, chatting, laughing and putting the world to rights. You know everything about each other and you would do anything to make the other happy.

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Drink a litre of water every day for a week #101in1001 #21

I  don’t drink enough water. I know it. I never have.

I remember going to stay a week with my Aunt when I was young, and she was very concerned that I didn’t drink anything the entire week. It has always been that way. I just don’t feel thirsty.

I always feel cold though, and that it why I became a tea-aholic. I drink tea by the bucketful. Several cups a day, you will have to read about my withdrawal symptoms when I didn’t drink it for a week. Although I drink a lot less alcohol now than I did in my 20s and 30s I still like a drink occasionally. But water…no.

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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared | Jonas Jonasson | Minireview

Official Blurb

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn’t want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not . . .

Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, Allan’s earlier life is revealed. A life in which – remarkably – he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.

Translated by Roy Bradbury.

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My 100 Happy Days

The idea behind 100 Happy Days is simple. Take a photo or find an image of something that makes you happy for 100 days in a row. The idea is simple but sometimes the challenge is hard.

People who take blogging far more serious than me always have a camera ready. Me? I hardly ever take photos so I struggle to remember half of the time, AND of course, some days just don’t go to plan and it is tricky finding something joyful in the mundane.

A fifth of the way through I have had a few adventures. Here are my first 20 days.

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