My great friend “down under” MumtoJ has tagged me in a post she has written about the things that she just couldn’t live without, not even for a few days.
So after some careful thinking, this is what I came up with . . . .
1. My family – I’ve cheated on this one a little, because I could have just gone for each member of my family but I couldn’t put them into a preferential order so I’ve just lumped them all together. Family always comes first for me, I was raised with good family values and I hope to do the same for my children. I really don’t go away very often but in the last year I have been away twice overnight by myself and I have really missed being away from them even for such a short space of time. I spend almost every hour of the day with Little Bean and despite only being 2 year’s old, she is one of my best friends. She always manages to make me smile, even on her bad days! Curly only lives with us part-time but even in those few short hours and days, he makes an impact, he always manages to amuse us or astound us, he is growing so fast it makes me look at Little Bean and realise I need to soak up every part of her before she disappears into the school years. My Husband and my Mum hold equal positions on the best friend front but both for different reasons. They are always the first people that I want to turn to in a crisis, or when I hear a funny tale. I can’t imagine my life without my family in it.
2. My camera – I’ve had cameras for as long as I can remember. I think my passion for cameras stems from my Grandad. I always remember he had a cine-camera, a really old style camcorder. I used to love sitting watching videos of me and my cousins playing in the garden. For as far back as I can remember, there have always been boxes and envelopes stacked with photographs capturing my families history. I wanted to carry that on. I think the first camera my Mum bought for me was a little red compact Konica one. It started the ball rolling, most years a new camera would be on my wish list as I always wanted the next new model out. Still today, I have a new camera most years. I currently use a Lumix Digital SLR for holidays and portrait shots. Then I have a Sony HX5V compact which goes everywhere with me in my handbag for those “can’t miss” shots! With children, they are frequent!
3. My health – apart from the odd colds and hay fever, I’ve always been a pretty healthy person. All too often I think we take our health for granted. Without it we wouldn’t be able to live to life we lead. I love nothing more than going for a long walk with the children and seeing what the world has to offer.
4. My home – its my sanctuary. Its the one place that I retreat to when things get too much. I can close the doors and feel safe and warm. Don’t get me wrong, I love holidays but at the end of it I always look forward to coming back. As the old saying goes, home is where the heart is!
5. My smartphone – I currently have a HTC Touch HD though I covet an Iphone!! But my phone goes everywhere with me – I use it for work, play, socialising – you name it. I initially got my phone because I was working from home (well still am – sort of). Having my phone has given me the freedom to check my emails and hop on the internet whilst I’m out and about with Little Bean. If I have loads of emails then I can respond whilst I’m out or make the decision on whether I need to go home and act upon them. I use it as a GPS navigation system in the car and whilst walking. Aside from that I can take more photographs, keep in contact with family and friends, keep a track of my social life with the calendar. On the odd days that I have been so daft as to leave my phone at home, I literally have been lost!
6. Finally, my car – more so now than ever. Whilst we are waiting for our new house to be finished we have moved to a town 6 miles away from our main town. This one has NO SHOPS! Nothing!! I’m sure we’re on some kind of bus route but I love the freedom that having my own car gives me. I can make a snap decision to go and visit friends, or pop out for the day – I’m not reliant upon timetables or other people. I can live my life as I want to do it.
So that’s it, I don’t think that’s too bad really? What about you, what things could you NOT live without?