A brief but cautionary tale and a ditty of old that is very apt this week….

A few Christmases ago I decided a project was in order and having been given some old boxes of wall tiles by a friend I started to create a broken tile mosaic for all my kitchen walls. I had the mistaken belief that this would take me nicely through the holiday and I would be done by new year. My optimism needs curbing sometimes as it took a salutory three months of weekends and evenings to complete and my finger tips were shredded for ages afterwards.

Recently a friend gave me some hessian sacks with the comment ‘I saw these Jane and thought that you would know what to do with them’….mmmmm….I had this picture in my head of shopping bags with flowers on them made from all my scraps of material so I smiled and accepted them. Idiotic girl as what I should have said was ‘Thanks Bob but I have other things to do right now so please take them back to the farm from whence they came’.

You know when you have invested so much time in a project that it’s wise to see it through to the end. Yes, you’ve guessed it, that’s where I’m at with the bags. I have accidentally stuck myself so many times with a needle that my fingers started to bleed yesterday…like the shredded mosaic fingers I need to remember this.

So for this week I have found this old ditty I wrote a while back….

When things go pear-shaped and the going gets tough,
When you look in the mirror and think ‘Oh gawd I look rough’!
When life unfolds with events that weren’t in the original plan
When balance is required but instead you bear a strong resemblance to Desperate Dan….
When your ‘Absolutely Must Do Today’ list doesn’t fit with reality or time
When you look at what’s ahead of you and can’t quite face the climb…..
Keep following your dreams, hold them in your heart and build them bit by bit,
And in the face of life’s treacle, pants over tights, flick that cape and say ‘Bollocks’ to it.



18 Responses to “A brief but cautionary tale and a ditty of old that is very apt this week….”

  1. 1 lostupabove January 20, 2012 at 8:57 am

    “When you look in the mirror and think ‘Oh gawd I look rough’!”, then I put on some more make-up or I go to the hairdresser’s. 🙂
    Lovely post, Jane. Take care of those fingers.

    Love from Stephxx


  2. 3 1smiles January 20, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Sometimes life has a wa of slowing us down just a bit. Be kind to your tender fingers.



  3. 5 IMOM January 19, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Bollocks to it indeed!


  4. 7 lyndarenham January 19, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    What a lovely creative book.


  5. 9 granbee January 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Stand back, Jane, while I flick my own cape back and take off into the wild blue yonder of following my dream, keeping your wonderful ditty clearly in view in my side mirror all the while.


  6. 11 Martin Shone January 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I didn’t know super heroes were supposed to swear 🙂


    • 12 Jane Thorne January 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Martin you made me laugh out loud….bollocks isn’t swearing it’s creative vocabulary and my motto is ‘Keep calm and call Batman’ – trouble is up till now he’s always busy so I have to get myself out of these fixes….I’ve done it again today and yes I had a bollocks moment…this is not how my Mother brought me up!!


  7. 13 thomag1 January 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I love it, Jane. And I’m glad you brought that verse back at the end, too…………”Bollocks to it!” haha



  8. 15 elenacaravela January 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    So you have friends who “gift” you with their finds as well……I’ve a basement full of “potential” too:)


    • 16 Jane Thorne January 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Great isn’t it…stuff everywhere but just because we can create stuff from this little lot doesn’t mean we should..not losing sight of our own creativity is the key here me thinks Elena…x


  9. 17 maturestudenthanginginthere January 19, 2012 at 11:12 am

    A great poem for many of us ladies wading through life’s treacle.


I love to hear from you and having different perspectives are what this is all about.....so feel free to let me know what you think.....

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Jane Sturgeon

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,371 other followers


Erica DeCima

Once a foster child, Always a foster child

Find Your Middle Ground

"Life is a series of highs and lows. Be grateful for the highs. Be graceful in the lows. Enjoy life fully and find contentment in your Middle Ground" Val Boyko

Thrifty Campers

Nature knows no such barriers


Dispensing Compassion through Poetry

Iain Kelly

Fiction Writing

Libby Bell

On life, love and writing!


The Adventures of a Blonde Writer

Destination Humanity

Chasing big dreams one photo at a time

What's Inside a Madman's Hat?

...everything is subject to change.

The Nerdy Lion

Lions can wear glasses too

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Wrangling literary arts for writers: words for people!

Fiction Favorites

with John W. Howell

Unleashing the Cougar!

A blog about the adventures of an online dating virgin

Rachel Poli

I read. I write. I create.

Sacred Touches

Life is a time of purpose and anointed blossoming...

Kobo Writing Life

The craft and business of writing and self publishing


An onion has many layers. So have I!

%d bloggers like this: