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For those not already aware of the #ParcelsOfJoy project on Twitter run by the wonderful Bex allow me to give you a little background.

Initially thought up as a way for her to share her batches of home baking, Bex hatched on the idea of a parcel exchange with strangers willing to share a little happiness with each other via post – be this baked cookies, banana bread, fudge or non edible delights such as books or knitted goodies.  In fact, looking at the pictures posted by participants of the project, there are a variety of items being sent and gratefully received by strangers.

Having participated in some swaps, I can honestly say I am truly honoured and touched at the lovely and thoughtful parcels of joy I have been sent.  Something so lovely about sending someone a parcel of random loveliness just to try and brighten their day.

Leading on from Bex’s recent post on Parcels of Joy blog I thought I would introduce myself and add a little about me.

I’m Kate, a city girl that moved out to the countryside.  I love to read (might give the game away with all the book reviews eh?), I knit when I can, my wool collection rivals my book collection, I love to knit practical things like hats, scarves, wrist/hand warmers, cleaning cloths.  Ok so I don’t like to knit garments because I get fed up before I finish them usually (there’s a pile of half finished projects in a box somewhere!).  I have a daughter who loves books too, it’s great to teach young ones to have an appreciation of books.  
I’m married to a wonderful man who seems to be able to turn his hand to most things – burst pipes, engine troubles, replastering walls, building fences and gates….think I got lucky marrying that one!  

I love going for walks on the old railway line that runs through our village, seeing the history of the line through the old bridges that are still in place and seeing the ever changing landscape always cheers me up.  I also love to sit and watch the sea, something so mesmerising about it.
I have a slight unhealthy addiction to watching tv shows like NCIS, Grey’s Anatomy and The Big Bang Theory.  But equally, I am fascinated when there are documentaries on about the Cold War or mythology, witchcraft and the likes.  
I am a stationary fiend, I cannot walk past places like Paperchase etc without going in to “look”.  You can never have enough notebooks and pens!  
I love candles, something soothing about watching the flickering flame on a candle.  
I’m lactose intolerant, but that doesn’t stop me eating chocolate….it should,  but it doesn’t.  
A big fan of baking and cooking, but sometimes my enthusiasm isn’t matched by abilities, but I can boast an impressive recipe books.  
Interested in local and Scottish history and folklore – it’s always nice to find out things about the places you visit or where you live. 

Can’t think of anything else really to say about myself really, apart from thank you to all the lovely people that have sent me a Parcel of Joy, I have been touched and humbled by your gestures and they have definitely brightened my day.

If you would like to find out more about the project, check out Bex’s blog.

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Where did August go?!  Own up, who stole it!?  Seems like we’d barely broken into the month and this is the last day of it!  Either that or I’ve been that busy I’ve not noticed it flying by.

It’s been a fun month though, I’ve started on a book blogging journey (you may have noticed the cleverly titled entries with “Book Review” in their title – bit of a giveaway eh!?), also been making an effort to continue going to the village cafe every Wednesday morning for a coffee, even more impressed as I swapped numbers with one of the other mums in the village so if I want to go to the Toddler’s Group she’ll meet me and we’ll go together so I won’t be going in alone (she’s a star, so lovely and just one of those people you can’t help but smile at when you see them).  And I volunteered to help out with an #bepbb on Twitter.

#bepbb for those that don’t know was the light bulb moment of Jetta, a lovely lass who has brought sunshine to a lot of people with her use of thinking of something postive that has happened to you that day.  Doesn’t matter if it’s big or small, whether you climbed Everest or you got to the bottom of the ironing pile, it all counts as something good that happened to you and you should share it with the world.   There are a group of people online who will take a turn “hosting” each night for #bepbb, and in a huge step towards building my confidence I volunteered to host on a Wednesday night! 
Seeing the tweets coming in from people saying what has made them happy that day helps me see that it’s not all doom and gloom out there, that there are wee nuggets of happiness out there if you  know where to look for them.  Sometimes my own #bepbb is something as simple as I had a lovely snuggle with my sleeping baby, or I got some housework done, but to me they mean the difference between a good day and a bad day.  Seeing the number of responses to #bepbb is fantastic, there are so many people participating now and it’s wonderful to see.  Why not pop past with your #bepbb any night between 2100 & 2200, just use the hashtag and one of the hosts will pick it up.

I’m in denial at the moment, it’s only 32 days until my daughter is 1 year old, how the hell did that happen?!  This time last year, we’d not long moved out to our wee village, I was waddling about with a MASSIVE bump and we were trying to slowly put some order in the chaos that was our new home, now 1 year on we’re decorating little bits here and there and planning a birthday party for our daughter.  She’s getting so grown up, she’s got 8 teeth, she crawls about and pulls herself up to standing at any opportunity and as soon as she’s mastered balance she will be walking…….I can’t quite believe it!  Part of me wants her to stay a teeny wee baby forever, but part of me is so excited to see what sort of person she grows into.  Who will she turn out like, will she be like her father and be able to turn her hand to most things – fix cars, set up the computer and router so that networks run properly in the house, build walls or just generally be fantastic.  Or will she take after me, who can do a few things well and attempts other things with great enthusiasm but little skill?  Hopefully she takes the best bits of us both and uses them to create the person she wants to be, but as long as she’s happy that’s all that matters.  Doesn’t matter if she’s a brain surgeon, a brick layer or a monkey trainer, as long as she’s happy with who she is and where she’s got to, I will be happy.  Of course, if she becomes a brain surgeon I will remind her that she need to look after her old mam and dad!

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