Good Deeds Week January 26th – February 1st

Welcome to my weekly roundup of my year long challenge to do one Good deed a day for a year. This challenge began back in April 2013 and is still going strong. My inspiration came from reading “A Year of Doing Good” by Judith O’Reilly. Here is what I’ve been up to this week.

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January 26th – A Good Deed completed and a Good Deed received all in one today. I was invited to write a post for a new feature on Words Unlimited called High Five, where guests talk about their top 5 in any subject. I’ve just sent off a draft all about books I’ve recently read, and of course they get a mention here on the blog. Good Deeds all around.

January 27th – My morning helping out at school today, Good Deed ticked off.

January 28th – Whilst at work this morning a friendly young man came in to the office. He represented an animal feed merchant. He explained he’d been to agricultural college, graduated,this was his first job and he was driving around his patch looking for new business. I gave him the contact details of the relevant farm partners rather that brushing him off because he was one of the lucky ones and had a job, so I wanted to give him a chance.

January 29th – Met a friend for coffee and treated us both. Stopped off at the charity shops on the way home and bought some books.

January 30th – Here in the UK some supermarkets use a system for the trolleys (carts) where you need a £1 coin or similar sized token to release the trolley for use. As I was returning my trolley to the trolley bay I was able to help an elderly gentlemen release his £1 coin which was stuck in the lock, a quick tweak and the coin was released.

Good Deeds received had an amazing write up from John Howell on his blog as a thank you for hosting his new book promotion “My GLR“. Here is a link to his post http://wp.me/p2Qoij-11p

January 31st – The February Issue of Fleet Life is online today with my page of book reviews. This months books and authors are; “The Omega Paradox” by Richard Kellier, “Nine Lives” by Terry Tyler, “The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning” by Hallgrimur Helgason, “The New Granny’s Survival Guide” by Gransnet and “Twelve Days” by Jade Reyner. Go to www.fleetlife.org.uk, click on the online directory and find my reviews on page 26.

February 1st – I can’t believe it’s February already. I have 14 confirmed letters booked in my A to Z Challenge and 2 more that may get booked by the end of the weekend. Many of the harder letters are left to fill. If you know someone who may have a book I could use please get them to contact me. Today I’ve accepted 3 more books to read and review. I shall start on them once I’ve finished my little self indulgent re-read of Twilight.

Today I met up with a lady that I last saw 6 months ago. At that time she had just had a grand-daughter born, who was very ill in hospital undergoing major surgery after just a few days of being born. I didn’t know if the baby had survived, and it was a difficult question to ask, but I’m glad I did. The baby survived.

Bless you all.

February Issue of Fleet LIfe – Rosie’s Good Reads

The February edition of Fleet Life is now available and this month you can find my reviews on page 26. My paper edition hasn’t arrived yet, so here is a shot from the online version. Go to www.fleetlife.org.uk, then click on the online directory and click to page 26 where you can read the magazine in a larger format.

Feb 14 Fleet Life

Featured books for February are below with links to my review posts from the blog where you will find further links for purchasing options;

Nine Lives by Terry Tyler http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-3cC

The Omega Paradox by Richard Kellier http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-33l

The Hitman’s Guide to House Cleaning by Hallgrimur Helgason http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4l4

The New Granny’s Survival Guide by Gransnet http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4lP

Twelve Days by Jade Reyner http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4m9

The New Granny’s Survival Guide by Gransnet

Product Details

The New Granny’s Survival Guide: Everything you need to know to be the best gran by Gransnet

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m not a Grandparent yet, but I was delighted to read and review this book on behalf of both Mumsnet and Gransnet. “The New Granny’s Survival Guide” is a guidebook which will help you navigate your way through the complex role of Grandparenthood. The foreword is written by Janet Ellis who shares her own role as a Grandma.

The book is full of helpful quotes and examples from members of Gransnet who share the good and the bad of being a Granny. I was shocked to learn that there are 14 million Grandparents under the age of 65 in the UK. Gransnet was launched in May 2011 providing support and comfort to a vast network.

Did you know that 5.8 million Grandparents regularly look after Grandchildren for an average of 10 hours per week? It saves parents a whopping £11 billion in childcare. You are either for this or against, but 97% of Grandparents don’t get a penny for the childcare either. The facts and figures really brought home to me how important Grandparents are in our lives.

The book deals with all aspects Grandparents must deal with, from the delight of the “birth” and coping with ever changing advice on feeding, sleeping and clothing a new born. To competition between Grannys and even what name to chose for yourself. I thought the section on Mother-in-Law/ Daughter-In-Law relationships gave some very useful advice and opened my own eyes as a Daughter-In-Law.

When to bite your tongue and when to offer help and advice are discussed with emphasis on taking a deep breath and a step backwards before plunging in with unwanted words which alienate your relations with the parents of those precious Grandchildren. The “Wisdom of Experience” chapter was an absolutely brilliant summary of Grandparenthood.

I think this book offers its advice in a fun, easy to read format, which is up to date and will benefit families of all ages. I have no hesitation in giving it this 5* review.

Find a copy here on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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Good deeds Week 15th – 21st December

Welcome to my weekly update in my year long challenge to do one Good Deed a day for a year.  I didn’t start this on the 1st of January, I began on the 16th April, the day I began reading “A Year of Doing Good” by Judith O’Reilly. So I’ve a few weeks more to go to complete my year. Along the way I’ve met some great people and I’ve made some great discoveries about myself.

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December 15th – 3 Good Deeds today! I loaned a friend a book, helped my Mum with a couple of computer issues and I’ve written a Christmas card to someone that I have neglected for several years. Still trying to get my interview with Judith O’Reilly off the ground have sent her a lovely e-mail, hoping we can get it sorted soon.

December 16th – At school today it was the dress rehearsal for the infants Nativity play, so I helped dress, lambs, Kings, a Donkey and a Christmas pudding to name but a few, They all looked so sweet dressed up. Good news, Judith replied and promised to get on with the interview answers for us, fingers crossed!

December 17th – Nipped back to school to help the children get dressed for the actual Nativity play today in front of all their Mums and Dads, boy were they excited! Tidied up all their clothes and turned them right-side out ready for when they get changed later.  Rushed into town after work for a few last minute presents and made a donation to a street busker. Good Deeds received, had lots of thanks for a guest writer interview that I posted today. if you missed it here is the link to meet Scott Fivelson. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2Xr

December 18th – It was well into the afternoon today and I hadn’t found a good deed to do today, Oh I’d posted my Christmas book on the blog, but nothing else was offering itself to me. I voiced my concerns to the children as we were driving along and they suggested I try and find another road user that I could perhaps be extra considerate to, alas the road was empty! Then when we reached the junction at a busy bridge a lone car came into view, I was able to safely wait and allow him to cross at the turning before me when really it was my right of way, a desperate deed!

December 19th – I’m reading a book for a view all about Gransnet. If you’ve heard about Mumsnet, an online community with invaluable advice for Mums, then you may be interested to know that Gransnet was launched in 2011 and they’ve just brought out a book called The New Granny’s Survival Guide. I must say it’s great reading, full of fun advice and warnings, I’m not a granny, but it also has advice on the mother-in-law/ daughter-in-law relationships which is also useful. Also I’ve been preparing some edible gifts ready to take with me to a Christmas party on Friday.

December 20th – Yay! Donated money to a homeless person whilst out this morning. Off out to a party this evening, taking edible gifts as well as Christmas presents.

December 21st – Just got back from visiting relatives and delivering Christmas presents. Took along some old photographs, books and pictures which we have found and spent a whole afternoon bringing back lots of memories. Read an article in the local StarCourier Newspaper about a book co-written by local author Jenny Elliott-Bennett called “Writers For Animals”, the book contains 20 short stories, all proceeds go to Animal sanctuaries in the UK check out the book here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com Tweeted about it to help spread the word.

And today’s Good Deed to join in with is… Give away 10% of the contents of your purse today with love, blessings and no regrets, to someone during this season of Good Will.