I’m quite excited to write this post, because it means I can let my imagination run riot. Yay!!
I was tagged by my gorgeous blogging pal Lisa who writes over at Into the Glade for this ‘If I could…’ meme – it was started by Jocelyn over at The Reading Residence who called it ‘the Walter Mitty’ post. Now I have to admit to not knowing what this meant, sorry Lisa, so I asked good old Google.
For those of you heathens like me, this is what Google had to say on the matter…
Walter Mitty is a fictional character in James Thurber’s short story ‘The secret life of Walter Mitty’. Mitty is a mild-mannered man but with a vivid imagination. He imagines himself as a pilot, emergency room surgeon and a devil-may-care killer. The character’s name has come into more general use to refer to an ineffectual dreamer and appears in several dictionaries – I seriously did not know this. The American Heritage dictionary actually defines a Walter Mitty as ‘an ordinary, often ineffectual person who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs’
Ooooh I love it!
Ok, so now we’re clear on that I can get on with the post in full imaginative mode…
I usually day-dream (or night-dream) and let my thoughts run away with me when I’m trying to get off to sleep. I think of all lovely things, like how our home would look with a mahoosive extension and what it would be like to have a ‘holiday’ home somewhere nice and hot and ……. ok you get the gist. I am a dreamer it has to be said.
So, onwards and upwards with answering the ‘if I could’ questions…
If I could live anywhere…
If I could live anywhere it would have to be somewhere warmer. As much as I love Dorset (we sooooo have the best of everything right on our doorstep with the gorgeous beaches and the New Forest in the other direction) I really don’t like the weather here in the UK at the moment. I mean this summer so far has been rubbish!
I thrive in the sunshine and was definitely made for the spring and summer seasons and if I had that more of the time imagine what a happy sparkly person I would be… *sighs*.
I love Greece and a Greek Island somewhere would be divine.
If I could have any home…
Ok, I love love love our home so I have two scenarios here.
Firstly, I dream of when we win the lottery and can at last afford the extension of my dreams. We’ve done a fair bit to our house, having lived here three years now and completely changed the look of the exterior, decorated and re-carpeted throughout, put a stove in the lounge and plantation shutters throughout (I’ve always wanted shutters, but never had the right house before, but when we moved here it was top of my priority list).
But an extension. Now that would be the piste de resistance (said in French accent obvs).
So, my extension consists of knocking the whole of the back of the house out and having THE most amazing ultra modern glossy kitchen with sparkly silestone tops. There would be a fab breakfast bar with six high stools, a wine fridge that was always fully stocked with Blush (my favourite tipple) and a HOOOGE dining table with mis-matching chairs. The lounge would be extended to incorporate a separate day sitting area where I would while away many an hour drinking tea and looking out at the immaculate garden. Everything would be incredibly shiny and sparkly including the lighting – I love atmospheric lighting and it can change a mood with the flick of a switch. There would be glass bi-fold doors right the way across the back of the house opening out onto decking where my beautiful garden furniture would be strategically placed. The roof would be glass and being south-facing the house would be so light and airy. We would of course have in-built automatic blinds for when we wanted to block out some of the sunshine.
We’d also have a glass staircase put in, oh and I want a big laundry room where all the clothes can be dried properly when the weather isn’t nice enough to put it out *breathes big sigh*.
Now my second fantasy would be the ultra-modern villa in Greece that we either lived in or jetted off to as and when we felt like it (or more to the point, when time permitted). It would be beautifully designed inside with all mod-cons but still have a Greek air about it. There would be different decked and patio areas surrounding the house, for different times of the day, and obviously we’d have an infinity pool with the most amazing view over the bay.
If I could have any garden…
My garden would be beautifully landscaped, again with different areas for different times of the day, for chilling and dining. There would be an abundance of pinks, purples and whites with a very green lawn that was always mowed in those beautiful stripes of which we would be very proud. MrD would no doubt have a ride-on mower. There would be a small orchard in there somewhere too and probably a side paddock for my beauty of a horse. I think there might even be a sloping bit at the bottom down to the jetty where our little pop pop boat was moored up ready to head around Brownsea Island (or if in Greece off to explore coves and tiny little beaches) *sighs*.
If I could be on holiday right now…
All joking aside I think I’d transport us back to our villa in Kefalonia that we stayed in in July 2014. It was absolutely perfect for us with a gorgeous infinity pool and we had the most wonderful holiday.
If I could have any job…
I’ve always dreamed of having my own business with what I call a ‘Sammy shop‘ That’s not it’s name, just how I describe it. I haven’t decided on the name just yet. Now my shop would be a super sparkly wander of delight with a whole host of beautiful desires inside that would become wants to my fabulous customers.
I would (somehow) source the most amazingly different products not found anywhere else and there would be a definite hand-crafted section where I would support crafters with their beautiful makes.
I’m sure there would be a small coffee shop inside too (I’m guessing this is a fairly big shop then) with delicious home-made cakes, tarts and pastries. There would be proper baristas to make to die for lattes and cappuccinos and of course only the best teas served in fine bone china.
Perhaps surprisingly my shop would definitely have a more spiritual side to it too with beautiful crystals and Angel cards.
Gosh I do like to day-dream don’t I?
If I could have any talent…
Years ago, I would have wished to be the most amazing professional dancer. Being a dancer as a youngster at a fairly good level it would have been amazing to continue on with this. However, for right now I think it would be to be an extremely talented crafty and arty person who could put my hand to sewing, art work, designing and come up with THE most amazing makes – that I would then sell in my shop of course.
I sometimes call myself a Crafty Diva as I pretend to be ever so slightly crafty but I’m not really.
One of my crafty makes…
If I could live any day again…
That’s a really difficult one to answer as there’s so many days that I’d love to be able to live and enjoy every moment of again.
But I shall choose the day we brought our baby B home from the hospital. Unfortunately it can’t be his birth because it was all rather traumatic with an emergency csection with a premature baby. We were in hospital for just ten days and the doctors signed us both off and said we could go home.
I remember just crying and crying. I phoned MrD to tell him to come pick us up and couldn’t even speak. Poor boy had no idea what was going on as I was crying so much he couldn’t understand me.
It was the most amazing day to be taking our tiny baby home with us (I had been so scared that I might have to leave the hospital without him) and I literally sat in the back of the car with him and cried all the way home.
When we got home, I cried some more.
I would re-live this day and tell myself not to cry; well at least not quite as much and actually enjoy every moment of that day with my two boys.
It was so amazing and I remember it all so vividly.
Tiny MasterB was too small for his going-home suit
If I could have any super-power…
Oooooh how exciting to have a super-power.
I’m going to be greedy here and pick two – I hope that’s ok.
The first one is only for a day so I think that’s acceptable. I’d love to be able to follow MasterB everywhere with him for one day as he tootles off to school – obviously I’d be invisible. I’m so interested to see how he interacts with his friends and peers and what actually goes on at school (seeing as he never tells me!). It intrigues me immensely. I’d love just a little looksee in for one day.
But my main super-power would be what I like to call my ‘magic booth‘.
My magic booth is where I would pop every morning, or if I was going out in the evening, and I would be magically beautified – showered, hair, make-up, clothes, the lot. It would literally take a few moments. I could even do the wonder woman thing of spinning around a couple of times and then pop out the booth looking A-maz-ing!!!
Actually I’m not sure this is a super-power at all, but an invention… but none the less I dream of having one.
I think that completes the questions and if you think I’ve gone completely over the top with this post, please let me know… ha ha!
Ok, so now it’s my turn to nominate some of my blogging pals, so I shall choose
My lovely Ali over at My Life My Love
Of course Lyn with her super new blog The Adventures of the Bown family
The very sweet Jess from Mummy of boy girl twins
and action packed lifestyle/parent blogger Stevie over at A Cornish Mum
I’d love it if you ladies would like to play along – it’s such fun honest – but understand if you’re too busy right now or don’t want to.
If you do though *jumps up and down* let me know so I can pop over and have a read and a day-dream with you.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my little bit of dreaming.
Why not have a go yourself – let your imagination run wild. It really is such fun.
Have a great day.
Carpe Diem x