Friday, 23 January 2009

Stress Free Zone

I am informed by the builders that this is the last day of mess! As I am writing this there is a fog of dust in the air as they remove a ceiling and install a steel in the room beneath me. The whole house (apart from one room) has been disrupted as I store the contents of the three rooms they are working on. Friends have been lovely inviting me over for lunch and excursions out and yesterday I treated myself to a day of shopping and bought two pairs of trousers and three tops!

I am beginning to get excited as apparently the new kitchen should be finished in three weeks.

I was sorting through some old papers this week and came across something someone once gave me on ''Stress Management and Ways of dealing With Burdens in Life' (though I have to admit that the whole experience of this building work has been comparatively stress free!)
  • Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days you are the statue.

  • Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

  • Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.

  • Never put both your feet in your mouth at the same time because you won't have a leg to stand on.

  • When everything's coming your way you are in the wrong lane.

  • You may be only one person in the world but you may also be the world to one person.

  • Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

  • We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colours but they all have to live in the same box.

  • A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

  • The second mouse gets the cheese.

  • It may be that your sole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.

  • Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

I hope some of these have made you smile. Pass them on to anyone you think would appreciate them.

Whilst writing this I have just had a phone call from my daughter who is on holiday in Thailand for five weeks and tells me she has some amazing photos. In the absence of any other photos, here she is, camera in hand.


  1. Woooo last day of mess! I hope that's true! Soon all the good stuff will start and it will be turning into your new beautiful kitchen.

    I don't think your children's middle names are bad at all, especially Naomi is lovely. I might have liked mine if it wasn't for its history, but I just can't now!

    Mel xxx

  2. A new kitchen, lovely!
    Love the stress management tips.
    Hope your daughter is having a lovely trip.
    Have a lovely weekend

  3. I like the wise words.....fantastic...have a good day!x

  4. Hello Ruth
    Thank you so much for your enduring visits to my blog.. I have been a bad blogger of late ... partly due to technical hitches and partly due to not having time..same old lament!
    It is lovely to catch up with your news and I was so excited to see the Downland and Weald museum again. I went there with my school when I was about 10 years old and loved it.. I have always wanted to return.
    Your words of wisdom made me smile and I shall have to learn to take some on board.. A few in particular are very apt right now!
    Just remember all this building mess will be a distant memory in months to come and you will be able to think back and wonder how you survived it all when surveying your beautiful home all around you.
    Michele xx

  5. The stress mgmt tips were great, i enjoyed reading them!

    Victoria x

  6. wise words indeed - I need some of those right now! I am not however having to live with builders and rubble, hope things improve for you soon. Take care

  7. what a trip Thailand must be! I am currnently on 'holiday' (if I can call it that) in 1955. I can sympathize with the demolition, as I will be 'doing over' bits of my house to cooincide with the decade I now reside in. I like your blog.

  8. Hi Rosie!
    Hi Ruth. How are you doing down there? Covered in snow? I hope you have pics!

  9. Aw thanks Ruth. How sad that someone has taken out some of the character in your house but I'm sure you are doing it justice. How's the kitchen coming along? Are you now the pigeon instead of the statue?!

    Mel xxx

  10. loving your list of wise words, hope they help with the building stresses and the mess, we lived with that last year, the memories are fading.......... xx

  11. Hi there!... Oh yes! You made me smile- also for the lipstick thing on my blog! Thank you!