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Author: Glenn

Living Arrangements

A couple of weeks ago I finally found a property to buy! After looking since early February, and an often frustrating search, I discovered a property almost on a whim. I must have looked at over 25 properties. In that time I only came across 1 house that I put an offer in on (back in April/May time), but my offer was turned down even though it was for the full asking price (turns out that they had another offer that same day at more or less the same time, that was accepted). At the same time I had half an eye on another property but felt the price was too high (and it wasn’t necessarily what I wanted), but over the months the price kept falling until it got to a point where I thought that I might as well go and take a look. I was glad I did. I liked what I saw and that same day I put an offer in. The following day, after a bit of back and forth negotiation, a price was agreed. All things are in place (mortgage, conveyancing etc.), and now it’s a case of waiting for things to happen. The plan is to move sometime in the first two weeks of January 2018. My children and I are excited. Hopefully the move will herald a good 2018...

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63

Today would have been my mum’s 63rd birthday. It will be a strange day because, although Mum and I were never as close as I would have hoped, I still loved her. I will spend some time today reflecting on her life and how both of our lives intertwined. It’s sad to think that both of my parents are gone. Both so young by modern day standards. You would have thought that, having had me so young (Dad 18, Mum 17), that I would have had the luck to have more time with them than the average son. Alas, Dad reached 54 and Mum 62 when they both succumbed to illness. My dad’s was a less-than 6 month ravaging by cancer. My mum’s was a cruelly protracted succession of major health problems, ended by her second bout of cancer. Life has been weird lately. I find myself reminiscing about all sorts of events and people. Along with those memories, come more darker, unbidden thoughts. Memories of bad times and difficult moments. And regrets too. They say you shouldn’t have regrets. Although I honestly feel I did the right things on a lot of the occasions I have been thinking about (as you would expect), it doesn’t make it any less saddening knowing things went the way they did. Well, today of all days, I can allow myself the feeling of...

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Getting Away

There’s a peculiar consequence of going on holiday alone – the fact you are alone is highlighted, almost to an excruciating extent, especially when that holiday was not planned as a solo excursion. For the first day and a half of my trip to Cornwall all I could think – all I could feel – was that this was weird. Just plain heart-achingly strange. But after that initial period things settled down and that feeling of being out-of-place waned a little and I was able to then enjoy the solitude. The weather was rubbish for the majority of the break,...

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It’s Been A While

Hi reader! It’s been a while – I apologise to those of you who may actually read my thoughts on this here blog thingy. Been busy living. I’ve spent a good amount of that ‘living’ time working on music, as well as digging out some of my old stuff. I rooted around in my garage and found a box of 20 year old papers and cassette tapes. This discovery was fantastic and afforded me a very fruitful trip down memory lane. So much good stuff that I can use in my current songwriting projects. Half written songs that I had completely forgotten...

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New Song Started

Tonight saw the beginnings of the creation of a new song. This one already has a title, although not all the lyrics or melody just yet. The chorus is there and one of the verses, but more needs to be done. What I like about this one is that it’s a happier song than those that preceded it. The song is called “Wish You Well” and I intend to record it once I have recorded the four previous songs that I have written recently. Songs so far, either recorded or in the pipeline: “Miles Apart” – written in March/April...

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What’s In A Title?

I’ve written 4 songs in the last year, only one of which is currently finished. That song is called “Miles Apart” and it was a title that came at the time of writing and makes perfect sense to me. It has deeper meaning than first appears although anyone will understand the title – it’s a universal sentiment to miss someone when far apart. Both physically and emotionally. The other songs, though, I’m toying with their titles. One at the moment is simply called “Tired” but that will not be its final name. I can think of something better, and...

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The Beginning

What a day of mixed emotions. Two important events in my life happened today. The first was a very sad, personal event, one I won’t go into on this blog. Only to say that I did what I felt I had to do and at least I know now the outcome and can finally begin to get my head straight. It may take a while. I accepted what I learned with love and kindness towards the person in question. I wish them all the best, especially as this person is going through a very very hard time at the moment....

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Another Song

On Monday evening I was messing around with my guitar and another song appeared. It seems the songs I’m writing at the moment are all about the same subject – love and heartbreak – which isn’t a surprise because a lot of songs generally are about that. I now have four songs in the pipeline. The first, “Miles Apart”, is finished and ready to be put out there for all to listen to once the other three are done. The other three, which have provisional titles at the moment (so I shan’t reveal them just yet), all have a...

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DNA test to help Grace

In late March I am going to Bristol to have bloods taken in the hope of helping my eldest daughter, Grace. Doctors have asked for blood samples from me and Grace’s mum, which they will use to perform a ‘deeper’ DNA test on to see if there’s something that can be done to treat Grace’s ‘absences’ more effectively. I have my fingers...

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New Car

Forgot to mention – as of last Thursday I have a new car. New as in brand new. A Dacia Sandero Ambiance TCe90. It’s a small car, but has a pretty large boot and is perfect for me and my needs. Hopefully this new car will also be followed, this year, by a new home. The hunt for my new home has...

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