Compliments

I found this in my drafts from September of last year.  It is very old now.  But when I was having a sort out this morning I found it and felt it needed to be published.

Since then, I have had such lovely comments and I still remain very thankful.

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If you ever happen to meet me you will learn very quickly that I am no good at taking a compliment.  Its something that I have known for quite a while but this past weekend I had two reasons to wonder if I am too harsh on myself.  And the answer was obviously, yes. 

My horoscope had read:

“You can expect your life to change in a fairly dramatic way today, Pru. The change may be subtle, at first, but with time and distance you are likely to look back on this day as a pivotal one. You are likely to receive an intriguing piece of news that sets your head spinning with ideas.  Keep your eyes and ears open to all possibilities.”

Well I think it is changing.  I had a really lovely comment on the blog from someone who had never left a comment before, and who I never knew existed which really touched me, and then Kenn tweated that I (amongst others) inspired him.  I was bowled over – I still am!  I have analysed both of these comments over the weekend and I think I am a bit too overcritical of myself.  So, I’m going to aim to give myself a bit more slack and realise that maybe me and the things I do aren’t always not good enough. 

 

And I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who leaves comments on here, and who clicks on to see what I have been up to.  I enjoy blogging so much and checking in one everyone.  You are my inspiration in so many ways, and if I am ever yours, then I am completely thrilled.

 

xx

 

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Perfecting Pru’s First Award

Darling Ana at Sweet Almond Tree who leaves me such beautiful – and at times crazy – comments has named Perfecting Pru as one of her top ten blogs.  I am truly honoured.  This is the first award that Perfecting Pru has ever received and it came just days before Perfecting Pru’s one year birthday!

To accept this award there were rules.  These rules involve telling you (whoever reads the blog – please feel free to say ‘hi’) seven things about me.  I have thought long and hard about this and whilst you may already know some of them, you won’t know them all I am sure.  Here they are:

1.  My nickname growing up was Boo.  My dad sometimes calls me it and I love it when he does. 

2.  I am named after a hot water bottle in a film.  It is an old TV Drama called ‘Nuts in May’ about a couple who go camping and when they go to bed the wife says to the husband  ‘kiss Prudence goodnight Keith’ and mum and dad fell in love with the name.  But my name is actually Pru and not, thankfully Prudence. 

3.  I am unsure where my life is heading.  ‘Here’ is not where I planned to be at the age of 27.  I always thought that by now I would have a partner and be thinking of settling down.  That seems a very long way off! 

4.  When I am at work and we play the game ‘if the building was closed down for the afternoon where would you go?’ I usually answer ‘Kew Gardens’.  Although I go so infrequently.  I should aim to go soon. 

5.  Sunday mornings are my favourite.  I love the routine of picking up coffee in Richmond at Starbucks (Grande Latte for me and a Tall Triple Shot Americano for my mum) and then heading to the park with Violet.  I need the coffee to make sure that I can spot any deer around – or that is the excuse I use anyway!

6.  I sometimes wish that I believed in something more than my own set of rules and beliefs.  When I read how other people get through life’s challenges through their beliefs it makes me wish that I did have a religious connection. 

7.  I could watch episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and The West Wing all day long. 

The final part of the deal in accepting the award was to name ten blogs that I love (so in no particular order) (and going over the ten as I could have just referred you to my blogroll where all my favourites are listed)

Andrew Ritchie’s Martha Moments – the first blog I ever read.  I have read every post that Andrew has written and I consider him a dear friend as I do…

Kenn who writes Everyday House Blend.  I started following Kenn after seeing his comments on Andrew’s blog.  Kenn mixes lifestyle articles and items on MSLO well.  He is always kind in his words to me and I am happy every time we are in touch. 

Through Andrew and Kenn’s writings I started reading about Eddie Ross and although this is more of a website than a blog, Eddie and Jaithan are always offering inspiring ideas – even though I never obtain them.

 And through Eddie Ross I read about Seleta who has exquisite taste for clothes and design.  I like the idea of leading Seleta’s life or making my life more like Seleta’s.  Living at the beach would be good too!

 It’s amazing how reading blogs helps you to read other people’s work.  Other favourites are Fly Through Our Window, Elements of Style, The Nester and of course, Edie’s Life In Grace – if you want to see someone living a life in grace during a really hard time then Edie is your gal!

And Icould never forget my lovely Martha Mondays Gals! 

I never fully understood what Brette was trying to do at first, when she would change Martha’s recipes (I understand fully now though!).  If it wasn’t for Brette I would never have got to know Lyndsey who is now incredibly managing three blogs, Megan who I can never match in time or expertise cooking, Sara whose newly designed blog I am in love with and of course Ana, darling, darling Ana.  You all make my writing worthwhile – thank you. xx

Thank you again Ana.  I am truly touched.

Life in Grace

Thinking about it, I cannot remember when I first clicked onto someone’s blog.  It just happened.  But with Edie’s Life in Grace blog, I can pinpoint the day – 31st October 2009.  As part of Edie’s 12 Days of Christmas event Darby at Fly Through Our Window did the first post and ever since then I haven’t missed one of Edie’s posts. 

 

Just before Christmas, Edie and her family escaped from a fire that consumed their newly purchased home but not their spirits.  When I first read the news I cried and I have found it remarkable that I cried and thought so much about someone who I have never met, but whose life I follow through looking at a computer screen. 

 

Edie has the grace that I wish I had.  I am ready to admit that I do not think I could have handled things as well as Edie has done.  Instead Edie saw the positives in that her children were unharmed and she was very thankful for that alone. 

 

Friends have rallied around her and that is testament to what a lovely and kind woman she is.  Her blog has been hijacked so that friends can leave messages of support and link their blogs to Edie’s to show how much we appreciate and love her. 

 

Most blogs inspire me in one way or another but Edie’s blog is always full of normal life and wonderful recipes and crafts (admittedly which I never really try).  But I did do one craft that was featured – the  ragamuffin garland which you can see here.  Even though the idea wasn’t Edie’s, whenever I think of Edie the garland is the first thing that comes to my mind. 

 

Edie and her family are continually in my thoughts, but I know for sure that Edie will come out of this time stronger than she was before.

So Many Gifts

The Singer household had a great Christmas this year.  It was very relaxed and things went to plan with the snow and ice melting (nearly) we did a couple of good walks in the park and then snuggled up at home. 

We opened many, many presents throughout the day.  We all had a stocking and then main presents. They were all wonderful.  No returns to be made at all!  My favourite present? – an Oxfam gift of feeding a family in Africa for a week.  It made me think about how lucky I am to have my family and my friends. 

 

Friends have been on my mind more since Boxing Day when I turned the computer and found that dear Edie had lost her new home in a fire.  All her presents are gone as well as all her belongings, but from reading posts from her friends she has said that all that matters is that her family are all okay and that she could not be more grateful for what she has. 

 

Although I have never met Edie (or anyone who has ever left a comment on Perfecting Pru) I count her, and you all as friends.  I hope that you, like me, are counting all your presents, even if they weren’t things that you could unwrap on Christmas Day.