Friday Feel Good- 1

I absolutely adore it when I read a blog and see a list. It could be a list of things people have done that month, a list of things they are grateful for or even a list of their favourite popcorn flavours. Well maybe that last one is just something I would write? But it got me thinking about a having a ‘Friday Feel Good’ list of all those things that happen in life that are perhaps not big enough to warrant a blog post of their own but are nice to share. So here is a list of all the things that have made me happy this week!

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Half Term Holidays (I love my job but a break is nice) — Spending the weekend by the coast with Mr Dotty and friends as part of a surprise weekend away — Mr Dotty taking two days off and spending some quality time with him — Seeing seals off the Norfolk coast — Going to London to meet up with two lovely friends from my time at Uni — Reading lots of books (my Agatha Christie love is still ongoing — David Suchet as Poirot — the anticipation of going to see the finished crochet plants that were created as part of a project I took part in with Cam City WI and Cambridge Botanical Gardens (I hear they look amazing and can’t wait to see them!) – my new Filofax dividers — meeting Cambridge friends Miss Sue Flay and Claireabellemakes for drinks and cake at Afternoon Tease — being inspired every day by real life and online people — Filofax pictures on Instagram — Classroom pictures on Instagram — sunshine and blue skies — a new journal — starting to house hunt, eek!

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Coffee and cake has featured a lot in my life this week!

What has made you feel good this week?

Miss Dotty

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An A to Z of Books

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I first saw this A to Z of books on Planet Millie and after you have finished here I recommend you go and read her great post. You can start tracking back to other people who have blogged about the A to Z list and, if you are as geeky as me and love to read about what people are reading, you will find some good reads! To whoever started the A to Z I have to say thank you so much as it was really fun to fill in. If it was you let me know and I will add in a link to you!

So without further ado here is my A to Z of books!

Author You’ve Read The Most Books From:

There are a few authors I have read several books from but the ones that spring to mind are Stephen King, Roald Dahl, Sue Grafton and M.C. Beaton.

Best Sequel Ever:

I don’t know if this is truly the best sequel I have ever read but again it is the first that springs into mind and that is the rest of the The Dark Tower series by Stephen King.

Currently Reading:

I have a few books on the go at the moment which are a mix of some teaching books, children’s books, The Library Book which is a collection by a variety of authors and Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Water, diet coke or wine.

E-reader or Physical Book?

I use both but tend to buy and read physical books a lot more as my bookcases will attest.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Um…nope can’t think of anyone at the moment but when I do I will update this section!

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Wuthering Heights! I tried it years and years ago and hated it so put it back on the shelves for a few more years and then picked it up again and really liked it. It taught me never to write off a book completely as you never know when it will suit a different time in your life.

Hidden Gem Book:

Last Light by Alex Scarrow. I don’t tend to find many other people who have read it but I really loved it and still recommend it a lot to others.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

1) Getting a library card.

2) Earning money so I could buy my own books.

3) Finding other bibliophiles on the internet!

Just Finished:

The Hollow by Agatha Christie.

Kind of Books You Won’t Read:

I am not a huge fan of romance sagas but generally I like to try a wide variety of books.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

This is probably The Stand by Stephen King.

Major book hangover because of:

Probably a few!

Number of Bookcases You Own:

6 bookcases (one double stacked with books), a variety of boxes with books stored in and piles dotted around my desk and the rest of the house. Plus my recommended box at school.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Some of my journaling books like The Awe-Manac and the SARK books.

Preferred Place To Read:

Anywhere really but at home the bed is most popular at the moment because our sofa is so uncomfortable.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

Keeping a list of quotes is something I always mean to do but never do! Must do!

Reading Regret:

I haven’t read more classics but luckily I have the power to change that!

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

Hunger Games

The Dark Tower

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Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

I hate these questions because it changes all the time! I would have to say at the moment Last Light by Alex Scarrow, Flood by Stephen Baxter and The Stand by Stephen King. And yes I have spotted the theme there!

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

dystopian novels.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Anything by a favourite author!

Worst Bookish Habit:

Reading lots of books at the same time and then leaving one or two to languish on my desk for ages.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

Your latest book purchase:

The Library Book by Various.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller. A book for teachers but it had me awake until the early hours finishing it!

Blogging on the International Geek Girls Penpal Club Blog

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Phew that title was a mouthful! This is just a post to say I written a blog post for the lovely IGGPPC team all about stationery! Check out this link to read about how I deal with letter writing on the move!

In other news school has restarted woohoo so I am getting to know my new class and trying hard to stay organised and ahead of myself! How are you?

Kelly Dotty

Hamster of the Month – September

I’m sorry, September? I think I am saying this everything month but wow this year is zooming! Today draws the end of my summer holidays which have been lovely and low key. Over the next few days I will share some of my summer adventures and day trips(and maybe sneak in some pictures of my classroom!) but for now I will leave you with the summer loving hamster of the month!

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Declutter Challenge Update- The Car Boot Tales

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A few weeks ago I posted about the great decluttering challenge I had set myself this summer. I have found it really satisfying going through everything and although I haven’t stuck strictly to the one area a day challenge (some days I just had to keep going and do more!) I have managed to do most areas apart from the dreaded garage. However, as I look around the house I am aware that there is more I could get rid of so I am beginning to see this as more of a long term project.

I have used a variety of methods to get rid of the decluttered items. Some have gone to charity shops, some have been ebayed or put on Amazon Marketplace but the problem with selling online is that for items the cost of postage meant it wasn’t worth selling them. So I joined forces with some lovely ladies to do a car boot on this sunny Bank Holiday Monday! Myself, Claire from Claireabellemakes, Collette from CraftyGlitten and Katie from Kookie and Krumbs (sadly Michaela was ill – hope you are feeling better lovely!) got up at early o’clock, filled the cars and headed off to our local car boot. The weather was bright and cheerful (if a little warm at times) and we had a morning of chatting and a little bit of selling. Sadly it was quite quiet so we didn’t sell as much as we had hoped. However we have grand plans to try again in a month or two!

I learnt that books don’t do very well and neither did the clothes I had bought so I am going to do a mix of ebay, charity shop and maybe keep some for our next car boot adventure (but maybe borrow a clothes rail to display the clothes on).

The big surprise seller was crafting goodies which all of us did well with, particularly material!

So all in all a mixed day but it was wonderful to spend time with friends, make a few pounds and make some room in the house.
Have you been taking part in the decluttering challenge? How is going? I would love to hear about in the comments!

Swap-Bot- Zombie Survival

I have written before about how much I love Swap-Bot and the mail I received today is an example of why I love it so much.

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A while ago I signed up to an intriguing sounding swap where you wrote from the point of view of a zombie attack survivor. I have always loved (is that a good word to use?) films and books involving zombies but a letter swap, well I just had to sign up! I really enjoyed writing my letter to my partner (you don’t send to and receive from the same person) and I can tell that Sabrina from Canada enjoyed writing hers to me! Sabrina had become a Zombie Hunter Liason officer and in her letter she implored me to help the cause. To aid me in this she sent me the cutest (again a weird word to use in association with zombies!) little zombie survival kit! I am now in possession of a several resources that will help me in the event of a zombie attack!

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I just adored the mini zombie record log! It brought back lovely memories of the Zombie Tea Party Mr Dotty and I went on with Miss Sue Flay!

Thank you so much Sabrina!

Have you received any interesting snail mail lately?