Friday 30 January 2009

Keeping your pecker up...

My grandma has repeatedly said to me to "keep my pecker" up.

This always has the effect of producing a wry smile as I think...hmmmn...things were different in the good ol' days.

I decided to look up the origin of this strange phrase.

Keep your pecker up


Remain cheerful - keep your head held high.


Whilst pecker is a word now associated with American slang the usage here is the English pecker, i.e. nose or mouth, as opposed to the American, i.e. penis. The phrase is equivalent to keep your chin up.

The pecker is generally thought of as the mouth, although the earliest known use of the word in this phrase clearly alludes to the nose. The imagery is of a bird that pecks for food. That citation is from The Times, September 1845:

"Mr. King... misstated the fact in saying that he had put a piece of lighted paper to the master's nose while asleep in that house; it was his hot pipe that he applied to the sleeper's nostrils, at the same time crying: Come, old chap, keep your pecker up."

Today she said my behaviour showed spunk.

Clearly she thinks I am having a better time than I actually am.

Thursday 29 January 2009


I went to see a healer on Switzerland.

Apparently I have four ghosts attached to me.

Now before you burst out laughing, apparently we all have ghosts that settle around us, hand around etc. particularly if you've ever been to hospital!

So - the last time I went to hospital, it was Rome.

I wonder if they speak Italian.

Non ho parole.


The reason I love ski ing is the mountains and the magic.

I pretend I am Alice in Wonderland or perhaps a heroine in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.


Behind the scenes

This week has been weird.

I was promised a job again. By everyone except the very person that would've been my boss. He didn't want me.


I have no idea.

So all sorts of reasons were fabricated why I couldn't do it.

I think the answer is simple -no one likes having someone foisted upon them. They want to hire their own staff and makes their own decisions or mistakes.

Me - I was naive. Thought - yeah - how cool to have someone lined up for you already but the more I thought about it, the more I realised people's egos don't work that way.

We make our choices and we live with them.

Friday 16 January 2009

Colour therapy

I needed to change the colours of the blog -a bit more vibrant. I went for purple. NO idea why. Then I decided to do a google search on colour therapy...I have highlighted the interesting bits and yes, I will get around to writing the funny stuff at some point. Have no fear.

Purple (including Violet) – Inner Sight

Keywords: Mystery, Psychic, Spiritual

Color Energy Properties & Associations: Perception, Psychic Power, Royalty, Transformation, Meditation, Relieve Stress and Anxiety, Spiritual Insight, Spiritual Renewal, Psychic Healing, Balance Polarities, Spiritual Power, Mysticism, Astral Projection, Paranormal Sensitivity, Compassion, Dignity, Mystery, Remove Curses and Black Magick, Inspiration, Active Dreaming, Power, Wisdom

Healing Lore: Mental/Emotional/Psychological Problems, Eyes, Ears, Pineal Gland, Addictions, Alcoholism, Recovery, Stimulate Spleen, Increase White Blood Cells, Decrease Pain Sensitivity, Depression

Color Cautions: Excessive purple can bring an unrealistic and impractical energy.

Related To: Spirit Element, Third Eye (Brow) Chakra

Gemstones and Minerals: Amethyst, Chevron Amethyst, Charoite, Fluorite, Lepidolite, Lavender Jade, Imperial Purple Jasper, Iolite, Tiffany Stone (Opalite), Purple Sapphire, Sugilite, Tanzanite

Saturday 3 January 2009

Blog requests...

I have been requested by some to lighten the tone of the blog and to write up some of my funniest Jo moments for posterity. This isn't a bad idea. So - watch this space next week for the blind dates highlights, the mishaps and the faux pas. It will be a tad more humorous than my morose mumblings...

Friday 2 January 2009


I talk about the flow a lot.

You know when things just come together and things fall into place - that's what I call the flow.

If you believe in divinity, that's a big part of it - that nothing in nature struggles when left to its own devices, that what is meant to be will be, that it shouldn't be a struggle.

I agree with all this.

But happens when the flow has been blocked for a year?

Work fallen through, job interviews disintegrated, money tight, no idea what next, stuff still in boxes from a year ago, holidays cancelled, relationships strained.

I was trying to remember this morning when I last felt happy and secure.

I couldn't.