Word Of The Year – 2023 edition! #WOTY Strength #JusJoJan

Another new year has arrived.

Hello, 2023. And wishing you all a Happy New Year, too!

The last two years I have joined in with Ritu’s Word of the Year post chosing a word to accompany that year instead of setting resolutions..

  • 2021 – my choice was CHANGE
  • 2022 – my choice was PLAN

So, last year I centred my Word Of The Year aspirations on the following:

Planning for Writing

This is the area I think I accomplished the most. I published a #writephoto prompt every week of the year and thoroughly enjoyed the variety of marvellous responses. I also completed my first “proper” nano and hope to get the first draft completed in 2023.

Planning for the Home

With cost of living crisis in full swing, planning for the home was not the easiest challenge in 2022 especially in the financial sense but we have worked within our plans adjusting them throughout the year when needed and were lucky enough to remortgage at a reasonable rate before prices went haywire! Life has a strange way at tricking you with these things, just when we thought we were comfortable with our Christmas spends, our freezer packed in a few days before Christmas. So, we still have a bit more work to do in 2023 to give ourselves a more comfortable buffer.

Planning for fitness

This was probably my least achieved objective. If anything I probably have more pounds on than ever before. However, I have also been on several quite adventurous holidays that required a lot of fitness. In Spring we went to London, doing just under 30k steps in one day! Needless to say over the 4 days I was knackered! In the Summer, we visited parts of Scotland and the beautiful Isle of Skye, we did vast amounts of walking visiting all corners of the island and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This Christmas we took a break in Kielder Forest, enjoying a walking and biking holiday. All of these things, I would have previously thought beyond me but I thoroughly enjoyed them and hope to do more of the same this year.

So, which word do I add to my list for 2023? It’s a simple one for me this year:


  • I HOPE my father responds well to his treatment plan.
  • I HOPE to finish my novel and perhaps my dreams of becoming a published author, will finally come true.
  • I HOPE to explore new parts of this magnificent world.
  • I HOPE that my family and friends find a reprieve in the tough challenges that we all face at the moment.

This post is also part of #JusJoJan

And Marsha’s WQW – WOTY Edition.

“Once you choose hope, anything is possible.”

Christopher Reeve

Little Heroes – Shadows – A Short Story

“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.”

― Helen Keller

“Quick, grab the loot.”

“No, stay in the shadows, I’m sure someone’s coming”.

“I don’t want to stay in the shadows”

“Why? Are you scaaaaarreeeddd? Look if you are too scared to do this, I’ll grab the loot myself.”

“No. I can do this”

“Right, you wait here whilst I check the coast is clear.”

The creak of the door immediately gave away their location.

“Alex! James! Get yourselves back to bed this instant!” The bedroom light switched on startling two young boys. In the doorway stood an angry woman with her hands on her hips.

“Mum… we were only after a midnight snack,” Alex whined.

“You’ve already been told. Any more of that nonsense and James will be going home. You know you were only allowed to have a sleepover if you boys went to bed on time.”

The boys skulked over to the bed, wading through a trail of dolls and cars and toy guns.

“Fine! You can have a quick hot chocolate but then it’s straight back to bed.


“What Alex?”

“Can we have marshmallows too?”

“I suppose…but then bed.”

“Score!” The two boys said triumphantly. It had been worth waiting in the shadows after all.

“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” ― Helen Keller

Originally written in response to:

These two little toe-rags originally appeared escaping their bedtime in an earlier post: Little Women and Little Heroes – A Short Story, I hope you enjoy their return.

Take Care.

Play in the puddles…

When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles

Pooh Bear

Tap, Tap, Tap

Goes the child against the door

Drip, Drip, Drip

Raindrops roll from coat to floor

Wag, Wag, Wag

Tail of the eager dog

Great, big, sigh

This is going to be a slog

Please, please, please 

Says the one who can barely talk,

Even in this weather?

Looks like we’re going for a walk

Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh

Goes the Invasive wind

Splash, splash, splash 

The child and dog grin

Thud, thud, thud

Throbs my beating heart

Smile, smile, smile

Happiness is an art. 

When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles.

Regardless of the weather and whether you’ve been home all day or just walked in, a walk is always welcome in our house, especially a walk with puddles. My little guy and the four-legged old lady both conquered the puppy dog eyes long ago. They have no regard for an imposition the wet walk may cause. However, often those two know better and after we’re home dried and snuggled back under a blanket, I too must succumb to the notion that the walk was a good idea.

Originally written in response to

WQW – Rain

FOWC – Imposition