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Holidays may cause you to experienced a blogging derailment.

It is no secret, that after returning from a wonderful holiday, it has been hard to discipline my writing life and keep up with my Blog. Even reading the stories and tales of the people I follow, has had to be squeezed into a time slot that has often been unattainable. So I am sitting at my desk, staring at the computer screen and wondering where this post may take me.

Yesterday it was going to be all about ‘Winning Wednesdays’. A reflection on how all my writerly friends, at the writers group I belong to, are so encouraging and supportive. A local poetry competition had us all putting pen to paper and fingers to the keyboard in order to make a submission before last Fridays deadline. We wrote, shared and helped edit each others work, before meeting the closing date (wow – seven of us submited a total of thirteen entries). Even before the winning entries are announce I believe we are all winners as there is no competitiveness amongst ourselves. It doesn’t matter if we win a prize or not, participation is the goal and we have been cheering each other on, seeing this as a victory for our productive little group.

On Monday, it was going to be ‘Birthday Cake and Candles’. Sharing with you all, the wonderful story of celebrating the 18th birthday of our grand-daughter. She was the first-born grandchild, holding a special place in my heart. Seeing her grow into a beautiful young woman has been a privilege and I am proud of her on so many levels. Finding the perfect gift needed several shopping expeditions, even though I knew it would have to be jewellery.

Last week it was going to be  ‘A Renovation Review’. An update on the renovations taking place, turning our under croft garage into a study, library, office. Is it only me who arrives home from a holiday relaxed and rested with an idea that suddenly turns into demolishing property and building walls? It has been a long job, which has taken four times longer than expected and the cost is still escalating, as I’d like some new curtains, a big rug, two large comfy armchairs, not to mention some other unnecessary miscellaneous stationary items, that are of course a must have. I confess to being a secret stationary addict.

So today post, is a brief summary of what I have been doing in recent weeks. Something always has to give when it comes to fitting in another project and on this occasion, I’m sorry to say, it has been my Blog.

Catch you all again soon – Promise.

(c) Sandie’s Snippets 2013


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9950856-paint-and-cansSettling back to life as I know it, after an extended holiday, has been a challenge. Not helped by a major renovation, turning our double garage into a new office, study, lounge area. As always, when it comes to renovations, my role tends to be one of  ‘Trades Assistant’, running around, fetching, finding, holding innate objects and fuelling the man in my life, with copious cups of coffee and meal time snacks.

I’m not grumbling. The new area is taking shape and after bricking up the gap left by removing a roller door (that was in interesting experience for the two of us, as it came crashing to the ground), rendering walls and a coat of paint, it is fast becoming something unique. Painting is not my favourite occupation, but has been placed in my arena, where I tend to wear as much paint as the walls. That is fine, until I go to the shops and discover all the splashes and splodges I missed in the shower as I go through the supermarket check out. Quite embarrassing fo me and the check out person, who just had to tell me that I had paint down my arm. Not sure who blushed the most.

Unlike the rest of our home, which is filled with treasured heirlooms, family photos and practical pieces of furniture, this has a modern, contemporary feel. Already I envision a couple of my own photos, mounted on canvases adorning the walls. My collection of books which are currently scattered around the house will have a place of honour, huddling together on shelves, creating their own work of art, enticing me to handle each one with the reverence they deserve.

There is an air of expectancy about me, the big move capturing my imagination and creating an excitement, not felt for some time. First though, I have light fittings, a rug and a couple of big old armchairs to find.

Let the shopping begin…….

© Sandie’s Snippets 2013

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Gift listSlowly I am working through my lists.

Shopping Lists,

Gift Lists,

Jobs List,

Special Events Lists

and a

Holiday list, which is slowly growing to epic proportions.

Lists are very much a part of my life as I have a memory like a sieve. Fortunately for me, I’m pretty sure it is not age related, as I have been like this for as long as I can remember.

Struggling through school and facing exams was a nightmare (give me an assignment any day), remembering those odd jobs people ask me to do without noting them down, can make me appear rude. So too can invitations that don’t come into my inbox or on pretty bits of paper.

The start of a new year sees me writing up all the birthdays and anniversaries onto a calendar that is placed in a prominent position. All sorts of things get added over the year and this helps me no end, when I have to write-up a Christmas Newsletter to post out to friends and family overseas. A job I have completed this week – Yay.

My phone also has the ability to remind me of various occasions and keep notes. My problem being, that I forget to use it to its full potential, being completely bamboozled over Cloud technology and worry I will lose my precious electronic gadget.

Then I have my fridge which becomes a magnetic pin board, with notes stuck to every bit of available space allowing me to triple check my schedules.

To many, this ritual and routine would be over the top, silly and unnecessary, yet to me it is a lifeline. We all have our own way of doing things and as we master this journey called life, we need to use every tool available to us. It has held me in good stead for so many years, that while I can embrace change it is often so much easier to stick with what I know.

While Santa has a ‘Naughty and Nice’ list, mine is a much more practical. A good old-fashioned, notebook and pen, which suits me just fine at the moment, but I feel a change is in the air. I have added an iPad to my Christmas wish list. Perhaps if I have been a very good girl it could change my life, clear my fridge, do away with notes stacked upon notes, clear my calendar and become an ‘iBuddy’, whispering all those reminders into my ears.

As all of you negotiate your lists, wether they are mental or physical, remember to set aside some personal time for yourself. Sending off my Christmas Cards and Newsletter was a major achievement this week, so I rewarded myself with a cafe bought coffee and a read of  magazine. It was very enjoyable after all that writing, typing, licking and sticking, just before before fixing a stamp to all that Snail-Mail.

Look after yourselves in the lead up to Christmas 2012.

You are worth it.

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Retail therapy is said to hold great healing powers for many and while it is not one of my obsessions, I do once in a while, see something that captures my eye. A few weeks ago it was a bright orange bag. I gave it the serious once over and even lined up a top that could tie in with the colour, then put everything back and repeated the process again around 10 days later.

This week I was browsing through the junk mail when I noticed summer sandals were on special from Wednesday. Eager to get in quick and check out supplies, I did my assessment of the situation on Tuesday. There before me were orange sandals, a perfect match for the bag. My heart did a little flutter as I took those shoes to the bag and they just cried out to be together, the fact that it was the last day to get 20% off bags seemed like an opportunity not to be missed.

Now I am the proud owner of an orange handbag and pair of sandals, they even match the wonderful spring poppies that are flowering in my garden. I’m realising it’s a colour that brings a smile to my face and as I write this the setting sun has just bathed my dining room in a warm orange glow. Truly spectacular.

I can sense a change is in the air. Is it an act of rebellion from a ‘Purpled Out Princess’, or am I transitioning to a new colour?

Let’s see where this project is going next.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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For new followers of this blog, I decided back in July to set out on a new journey of self discovery. I have found it both challenging and rewarding. Let me introduce you to my first ‘Purple Project Post’, so you can get a bit of an idea.


The Purple Project. Week 1

It is said that purple can represent royalty, with darker hues suggesting magic and mystery. As a woman I would like to be treated as a princess and a little bit of magic and mystery can go a long way, when it comes to achieving our life goals.

What does the princess do though, when she forgets how precious she is? When the regal purple robes turn to drab shades of grey and the tiara that is supposed to be on her head, is lost to the dress up box of childhood memories?

This is the dilemma many of us find ourselves in.

I recently decided to reclaim my rightful throne, dress in something purple every day and reinvent myself, by bringing this rich colour into my life. It is amazing how much purple I actually have in my wardrobe, once I take a look.

Some days you may have to look hard to see it, but it will be there. Sometimes on show, sometimes hidden.

Let ‘The Purple Project’ begin.


As I head into week nine of this adventure, I have experianced a whole range of thoughts and emotions. Things that I percieved might happen have not, yet some unexpected treasures are presenting themselves in such creative ways, that I am enjoying the thrill of expectancy.

I do have one tale to tell though, the day I forgot to wear purple. A recent trip to get my car checked out after a re-call, saw me rushing out of the house early in the morning to allow plenty of time for traffic. It was as I wandered the shops (well a girl has to do something for the two hours wait), that I realized in my haste, I was not wearing anything purple.

Now I knew that the world was not about to collapse on me, but a little panic set in and I just happened to walk past a clearance rack of scarfs. One miraculously jumped into my hands and before I knew it, it was paid for and around my neck. (Well that’s my excuse and I am sticking to it.) Not wanting to make the same mistake again, I have now painted my toe nails a rich, dark purple. If the weather continues to warm up they may even get to be seen.

It is an incredible journey that I find myself on and I am starting to wonder. What would happen if I coloured my world green or orange? But that might be a whole new story.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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