Creating My Odyssey

Quirky artist / writer / explorer / wild west, steampunk & ghost nut /renaissance soul / mental health & lifestyle blogger

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

CREATING MY ODYSSEY: MADEIRA - AN INITIAL TASTING

CREATING MY ODYSSEY: MADEIRA - AN INITIAL TASTING: MADEIRA - AN INITIAL TASTING Our first positively exciting landing at Funchal Airport, Madeira , took place on a January day four ...

Thursday, 25 July 2019

CREATING MY ODYSSEY: A TAD MOODY

CREATING MY ODYSSEY: A TAD MOODY: Returned to the UK from Madeira yesterday, after a ten-day holiday. A fab trip! Fairly buzzing. I have yet to write about Madeira, and I hav...

A TAD MOODY

Returned to the UK from Madeira yesterday, after a ten-day holiday. A fab trip! Fairly buzzing. I have yet to write about Madeira, and I have stuff half written in 'drafts'. Yesterday I was in pretty high spirits on the flight home, despite the fact that I was rather emotional and tearful, denoting a brilliant trip despite a couple of emotional hiccups on my part - too many days away (no, actually) and me feeling I look older (comes to us all!).

But today, although morning coffee was good and cheerful and the weather is a stonking heatwave, I began feeling 'off'' this afternoon. We had been discussing my plan to enter art competitions and whether or not I should be doing this. Why am I doing this? Win prizes, make money? Achieve fame? It can happen, but highly unlikely, particularly considering the huge number of artists after the same things. So there was a rather negative consideration, but something very much to think about.

I was also typing an article on our introduction to Madeira, including the aircraft landing which is pretty barmy, which I need to print out for our writing group tomorrow. Was I suffering from post holiday blues? And I was rewriting a chapter of my novel, Alias Jeannie Delaney, which Husband has critiqued and I have to fix. The novel, as you may know if you're following me, has caused me years of angst, brought on initially by my perception of disinterested family. So when working on it, I can get pretty gloomy, although I am making progress.

So yes - pretty gloomy. I'll be okay, though. I just have to think about the exciting things that will be happening - steampunk events, an estuary-side holiday in Devon in September, holidays with our twin granddaughters...

Fact remains that, when you've suffered depression, even if you have, like me, been cured, you're not going to have a life totally free of glooms. But at least they don't last for long. I usually wake up the following morning feeling sparky again, thank goodness! 😃










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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

CREATING MY ODYSSEY: WOMAN IN GOLD

CREATING MY ODYSSEY: WOMAN IN GOLD: Woman in Gold I watched this film on telly the other night, and frankly, I was spellbound! I do get gripped occasionally by a g...

WOMAN IN GOLD




I watched this film on telly the other night, and frankly, I was spellbound! I do get gripped occasionally by a good novel or film, and it's fantastic when that does happen. 

Much of the time when watching films, I can't make head or tail of the plot, but in this case, no problem at all, and the acting was fabulous all round. I do love Helen Mirren! 

The link in the title tells the story, but I'll post one here anyway, courtesy of IM0b:

Sixty years after fleeing Vienna, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), an elderly Jewish woman, attempts to reclaim family possessions that were seized by the Nazis. Among them is a famous portrait of Maria's beloved Aunt Adele: Gustave Klimt's "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I." With the help of young lawyer Randy Schoeberg (Ryan Reynolds), Maria embarks upon a lengthy legal battle to recover this painting and several others, but it will not be easy, for Austria considers them national treasures.


Definitely worth watching, and I learned a bit more about WW2. Anyone else seen it? What do you think? 


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CREATING MY ODYSSEY: I'M WORKING ON A NOVEL

CREATING MY ODYSSEY: I'M WORKING ON A NOVEL: I'm Working on a Novel (This image helped inspire my own cowgirl alias persona  Kitty Le Roy)  I'm working on...

I'M WORKING ON A NOVEL

I'm Working on a Novel



(This image helped inspire my own
cowgirl alias persona Kitty Le Roy) 








I'm working on a novel 
Been writing since year dot.
It's really a flippin' epic,
Which means an awful lot.

It's all about a cowgirl,
The fastest gun out west,
She adorns herself in trousers, 
And curses with the best.

She smokes a slim cheroot,
And throws a good hard punch,
She sure enjoys her whisky, 
And all before her lunch. 

She rides a horse called Flicker.
He's assuredly her best friend,
She becomes an outlaw,
She's imprisoned in the end.

There's more than that to tell you. 
She's so beautiful as well, 
Like a very pretty boy, 
She's charismatic as hell.

She's broken out of prison, 
To rescue folks back home.
She is made a deputy,
And kills the baddy alone. 

She's working for the lawman,
Then she gets shot one day,
She decides to be a rancher,
Assuredly safer that way! 

She has a beloved boyfriend,
They have twin boys as well,
All seems good to start with,
But things are not so swell.

Boyfriend is shot and killed,
And the twins are trouble,
Her brother is a threat,
Life is rather a muddle.

To cut this story very short,
She soon becomes the mayor,
She runs her town with iron fist,
And there's a further layer.

There is a happy ending,
Bad brother is dead at last,
Her sons have become her friends,
She can be forgiven her past.

Right from the very start,
I've loved this story forever,
I have found it really exciting,
It is a grand endeavour.

I have written the whole damn tale,
And even written 'The End',
Now Husband is helping me edit,
He is my new best friend!

When finally I have it in print,
And make myself a small fortune,
We'll have a great celebration,
After all these years of absorption!



This is she! 




This is me!


Anyone else working on a novel or poetry -  western or otherwise? 






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Saturday, 20 July 2019

CREATING MY ODYSSEY: BRING ON TECH MAN!

CREATING MY ODYSSEY: BRING ON TECH MAN!: I have a Tech Man. He's called Husband, which is a coincidence cuz I've been talking about him recently. The man to whom I wish to a...

Monday, 15 July 2019

CREATING MY ODYSSEY: HAVE I MENTIONED MY FABULOUS SOULMATE HUSBAND RECE...

CREATING MY ODYSSEY: HAVE I MENTIONED MY FABULOUS SOULMATE HUSBAND RECE...: This selfie was taken some years ago when were young and beautiful in Alresford , Hampshire, UK, just down the road from our home,...

HAVE I MENTIONED MY FABULOUS SOULMATE HUSBAND RECENTLY?




This selfie was taken some years ago when were young and beautiful in Alresford, Hampshire, UK, just down the road from our home, and on route to Winchester. Behind us is a fulling mill (also hereon the River Itchen.





We haven't changed an awful lot - slightly shorter hair and more wrinkles

Turns out that I married my soulmate best friend. Was that lucky or what? At the time - when we got married - neither of us glowed with the happiness and confidence that you're supposed to have when you tie the knot. We were both scared silly, but we were convinced that we were doing the right thing. As it turned out - we had done the right thing! 

At that time of marrying, I was mixed up, depressed and emotional, and, I think, so was he. I'd married a bloke with a brain the size of a small planet, and I love the fact now - although I still get a tad jealous of all that knowledge, and the fact that people think he's amazing. He is, but in my darker moments  - I still have them - I'm jealous of that as well. (He spent his childhood reading dictionaries.).

Husband is funny and has the mind of a ten-year-old schoolboy. But then so have I. We're well matched. Besides that he has a gazillion interests and hobbies, just like me. Like a lot of blokes he loves trains and railways. He also adores narrow boats and canals, and because I was brought up by the river and learned to swim and row at an early age, I would suggest that that was a very good thing.

When I'm down, which can still happen, he helps me with a spot of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which, if it works, and usually does, has me in tears, and he also tells me that because I'm the adventurous one he's done everything exciting because of me. I'm delighted! 

But the main reason I'm writing this is not just to extol the virtues of one's Husband, which I could, but to give him a big fat gong/medal for all the years he cared for me when I was depressed and bringing up the kids and he was working his unsmelly cotton socks off. He was brilliant at it, and knew/ knows just the right things to say. I've told him that he could have been a councillor, but he says he's far too emotional for that.

When I was initially given my CBT 'homework' leaflets and guides, he took one look at them and said: 'Makes absolute sense. We can do this!' And we did. We're still doing it when circumstances call for it. It's taken five years from start to finish - to be almost completely cured.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have met Husband. He's attractive, funny, quirky, brainy, potty, loads of interests, kind, understanding.  Mr.Awesome, I call him. The ladies love him!

To finish up, here's more pics of His Awesomeness in various modes...


This was taken a year ago in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. He was standing on a rock on the beach and I said I'd take a pic of him doing a King Canute as the sea rolled gently in. A freak wave arrived and this was the result!



Tree hugger at Box Hill, Surrey, UK





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Steampunk!

'You 'orrible little man/woman!
Stand to atten-SHUN!'



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Saturday, 13 July 2019

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Hi, I'm Jo, from Hampshire in the UK. 
This blog doubtlessly seems to cover a right old mix, but this is where my renaissance soul lies, with a variety of disparate, disconnected subjects - activities that I longed to pursue in the past but couldn't due to depression and anxiety. 

But good news - five years ago I started on the road to (almost) complete recovery, and I'm happy to report that, together with my brilliant soulmate husband, we're now pursuing that life with vigour - travelling, writing, creating art, pursuing my archery and steampunk, boating, and anything else that captures our attentions. I hope you enjoy the journey along with us. 





           


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