Thursday, 27 August 2015

Connecting

It's been a bit of a week or so for it - in the last few weeks we've managed to see most of our family, including some fairly far-flung members. It's been great - Daisyfay has seen all of her various cousins, I love the relationship she has with them all.

We live quite a way from all our from all of our family, and I frequently feel guilty that we don't see them all enough. But life is what it is, often for them as much as us - it's not intentional. My sister-in-law and I have decided we need to plan dates that are set in stone, and then it will happen, otherwise the weekends will fill up. I'm a big fan of Facebook, it's great for keeping in touch. I've noticed that the most common criticism from people who don't is that people tell you what they're eating ... I don't! And that everyone can see ... that's  up to you, you choose who sees what. I love the fact that you can keep in touch so quickly, time is my most precious thing! 

We have my uncle and aunt over from New Zealand, which is great, and I felt quite sad when we left them yesterday. I would so love to go and see them, but I guess that's pretty unlikely ...

We also saw my baby cousin who has babies of her own ...

Connecting is good, but there's lots of ways to do it - and with the busyness of life for lots of us - the technology can be a boon - it keeps you on it! I need easy ways to keep on it!

Just because I didn't tell you lately family - I love you ...

Monday, 17 August 2015

Jezebel

My beautiful cat - our beautiful cat - died.

We got back today and she wasn't here, sitting on the window seat, waiting for us.

It was the 17th July, only nine days short of her 14th birthday. Just before we went away.

Makes you think - that little scrap of fur brought so much joy and laughter and love into our lives ( as well as driving us to distraction sometimes!).

Miss her ...


Thursday, 13 August 2015

Milk

It's a bit in the news, isn't it? And rightly so. We try and buy local, and as unmessed with as possible, but, I have to admit, milk sometimes slips through the net. Thing is, it's so damned cheap - and, hey, that's the point. But where's my point of difference...?

Now, going back a bit, I got some Abel and Cole boxes - breathe deeply - it was frugal (though no one could claim local) and, obviously, organic ... I got a recommend your friend code plus fourth box free deal - would go with this if you get the chance, as it is surprisingly reasonable: it works out as four for the price of two ... and they give you free gifties! You have to remember to do the cancelling thing at the end though ... vigilance is the key!!! 

Anyway, one of the gifties was milk, organic, non-homogenised milk - it was gorgeous. And it wasn't just me, DaisyFay was bowled over, and ever since I've had, " Can we have the creamy milk.....?". And I looked ... I asked in all the farm shops for non-homogenised milk ... Nope! I remember milk on the doorstep as a child, with cream on the top. And, strangely(or not), no lactose intolerance. Apparently, homogenising spins it all around and breaks up all the fat, and makes it harder to digest ... oh, and easier to keep. I'm no scientist, but that makes sense.

We've been buying non-homogenised milk here in Cornwall, even better, made on the farm milk, their cows, their milk - the tiniest farm shop ever - Treleague Farm Dairy - if you're ever down this way ... They've not got a website/FB page (yet) - I'm sure it will come ... but, the milk - absolutely fabulous - and (this might sound odd) what convinced me was: it went off, there was a tiny bit of our litre left after 4 days, it should do that! What do they do to supermarket milk to make it last so long? Sorry, I may be veering into hippiedom, but I want my food as nature intended please.

I've, I think, found a dairy back home that will deliver me unhomogenised milk. I'm not sure how local though. Think I'd rather have less but better - and support dairy farmers - we may need them one day...

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Hair Straighteners

I didn't buy any. I was all resolved to, but then - there's an awful lot of different kinds of straightener, you know ... so I wasn't sure which to buy. And then I thought: the only reason I really want them is to straighten my fringe, because how often do I actually "do" my hair really - and then I thought, if that's the case, is there any reason why the Rapunzel tongs won't work? The Rapunzel tongs were one of Father Christmas' better ideas - they have different attachments and are rather nifty. They aren't straighteners but, after some experimentation, they do straighten my fringe, more or less, albeit with a bit of a flick at the end! Frugality triumphs.

Anyway, now my fringe has grown, and is now summer streaked and salt softened, it is quite wavy, and not very controlled, and feels more me than when it is straight. Maybe what I need is just a longer fringe - the answers are sometimes very simple ...

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Comfort Zones

Funny things, comfort zones ... too easy to get stuck in.

Now, there's nothing wrong with a bit of security - I've been enjoying a period of relative, if slightly bumpy on occasion, security for a while now - and it's been rather nice - especially after the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants period which preceded it. But it doesn't encourage you to think, or change, or write blogs, or do anything except get on getting on...

I've been getting on getting on, and enjoying the moment. Daisyfay is nearly at the end of Year 4 now, and I am still trying to enjoy every minute and not panic about how fast everything is passing. We're a lot further from destitute than we've been in a very long time, though still not very close to the campervan ...  and that's what got me writing this again: I mean to, I enjoy it when I do, but I allow the getting on to get in the way. So I've decided that the enjoying the moment philosophy needs a bit more of me in it ...

I'm feeling all inspired to look forward (as I sit here in the echoing, noisy splendour of Splashzone, watching Daisyfay and the Forever Friend - friends since they were two, she is the calm to the Miracle Girl's chaos - and they're planning on staying friends forever - I really hope they do...) ... yes, feeling all inspired because someone got me out of my comfort zone, twice, in one week - takes a pretty special someone to do that!

So, here goes me, writing this, planning on buying some hair straighteners, and investigating the actual price of a completely untrendy, non-VW campervan (think that's a dream too far at the moment!).

The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and life is full of possibilities ...

Sunday, 13 July 2014

The Slippery Slip

I had to concede defeat ... on the hair, rebellion was beaten by reports! And cakes (guiltily) bit the dust too. But managed the rest, plus nine jars of blackcurrant jam...

And now am contemplating the Slippery Slip - have I mentioned The Faraway Tree before - the slow starting, but gathering speed, descent into holidayness! In two weeks time I shall be sitting next to a barbecue outside a caravan in Cornwall with a glass of wine and a book ...

But before that ... work, well, it's a school, so the normal excess of things to do. Brownies, climbing, swimming, choir - still rolling ... Performing Arts has finished: Grease last night and the Miracle Girl was fab - v. proud.

Need to get organised:

1) invitations for Christening to sort
2) send back booking forms for Village Hall
3) holiday shopping list
4) holiday packing list
5) make blackcurrant compote/ ice cream
6) pick more blackcurrants
7) make blackcurrant cordial??
8) make cakes for climbing
9) BOOK HAIR APPOINTMENT 
10) buy new collapsible BBQ from Go Outdoors
11) book surf school for Daisyfay
12) make gooseberry compote
13) order Tesco vouchers for days out in Cornwall 
14) find National Trust 2014 car sticker which I have somehow mislaid...

Life - a series of events with no gaps - good job it's fun ...

Monday, 7 July 2014

The stretchiness of time

I have added up the hours I need this week. I have added up the hours I have this week. They do not match. I have significantly less hours than I need. It's that gap thing again...

This week is bonkersly busy, so was last week, and the one before ... it should calm down a bit after this weekend ... a bit...

Daisyfay has Grease this weekend ( my mum is coming - no hours allocated for cleaning - eek!) - dress rehearsal Friday (clashing with Summer Fair at my school) - two performances Saturday (clashing with Summer Fair at her school ... I promised cakes in lieu of presence ... not holding out great hopes at present, but am determined to try...). Tomorrow is Parents' Night for her, she should be at swimming for her assessment and it is Brownie Entertainments Evening, for which she is supposed to be half an hour early ...swimming is biting the dust ... hopefully we will get away from Parents Night in time to drop her at Brownies, so we can then arrive half an hour later to be entertained! I also have to finish my reports - getting there, but the hour count, compared with my typing speed, slightly worrying. Then let's add in the normal time slots for : school choir, community choir, climbing, athletics, tutoring ... oh bugger!!

But, you know what, in the middle of my chaos, I am revolting!! On Thursday instead I could gain hours, but I am not, I am having my bi-annual hair-do, hopefully - and I do not care...
...ish!

Next week - many things, but less, especially on the clashing front - but still ... things can only get better... can't they ...?

Monday, 2 June 2014

Yoghurt

Very into yoghurt at the moment - generally for breakfast - and have entered the featured competition to win a campervan several times - you never know - serendipity and all that...!

Been making more money too. Have sorted the Miracle Girl's clothes - her drawers and wardrobe are a place of beauty - the piles of sorted stuff are huge! We have tip, pass on, could we sell ...
Plus window-that-resides-in-the-garden is on ebay and has bids!

And the tax man payeth ... at last... we have paid for the caravan in Cornwall... I can't wait!

Still not truly solvent, certainly not steady, but, you know, we're getting somewhere... slowly ...

Saturday, 10 May 2014

For the first time in forever ...

... there'll be music, there'll be light!
Well not quite, but there will be a sort of balanced bank account at the end of the month - which I have to say is cheering me up more than music and light could probably manage...

(Have you seen Frozen? We have, it was good, the music was excellent! But you can have too much of a good thing - the Miracle Girl loves it - she knows all the songs off by heart - and sings them very dramatically at top volume - all the time ...)

So - the epiphany ... I feel I can't really keep going with it as a theme - it's stretched out far too far to be classed as an epiphany any more ... more a slow ascent into changing things - it's not such a catchy title though! Anyway, so far, I have:
* beaten my cup-a-soup habit and started drinking fizzy water in school instead
* had prunes and yoghurt or grapefruit for breakfast most days
* whooshed fresh beetroot, orange and carrot juice most mornings
* cut down processed carbohydrates (especially bread - no "bought" bread, only from the proper bakery or homemade - and only at the weekends... )
* made healthy salads with lots of nice stuff in for lunch, and taken nuts and dried fruit for snacks
* eaten more fish
* been running ...
* been for walks and just got outside more
         
Next I am planning to:
* go to bed earlier to get more sleep ... so that I could contemplate getting up earlier, and then go running ...
* drink less wine (repetitive refrain ...)


Quite pleased with myself...


Friday, 18 April 2014

Epiphany on the horizon

It is - I've made a plan - and we all know how well that usually works ...

* house - pretty okay - even stretched to a bit of gardening...

* exercise - chest infection improved  (but not gone sadly) - been walking ...

* positivity in place - have created a plan!

Tuesday is the day - new me and all that ... I have a menu plan sorted for a couple of weeks, into May ... Primal, sort of  - still can't get my head round the legumes, and potatoes ... but it's a start... And I have timetabled exercise - again not tons but it's a start... And wine - Primal eating approves (!) - but I'm intending a reduction...

Starting slow - hoping to up the running rather than walking once I feel better - and yoga, I want yoga back ... and I'm contemplating early get ups and going out then ... now it's light and sunny ...

I want it to be achievable, I'm aiming at 21 days, then I can review it ... but if, if (!), I can get that far I should be on a roll ...

Heading for the horizon, full of the joys of spring ...






Friday, 11 April 2014

Trying to epiph

I promised epiphanies, I think. Rather a long time ago. I'm having lots of good intentions in the direction of the aforementioned epiphany, just need my willpower to co-ordinate...

Steps needed for an epiphany:
1) get house into a fit state so that you can think...

2) get going with some fitness stuff...

3) feel all positive...

The sun is shining - that's helping too. I have been for a long walk on two mornings this week. I was going to run but, as always seems to happen when it's the holidays, I've not been well - chest infection - antibiotics - dodgy breathing - hence walking not running!
Step 2 is getting there.

Today the seesaw tipped and I glimpsed the end of the cleaning tunnel - the house is starting to look like I'm in control...well, almost! I have sorted most of the craft stuff, to the point of sorting sequins into separate compartments in a hobby box ... there's something telling me that's probably not good...!  The downstairs is basically fit to allow other people in, and I feel better ...
Step 1 is getting there.

And positivity - I've always been okay at that ( although I wasn't last weekend, feeling all ill and self-pitying) - and with sun and tidy house and a fair wind behind me ...

So, an epiphany ... running - less wine ( yes, again!) - less wheat - more fruit and veg - fresh air ...

And this will lead to feeling good and saving money - which will in turn lead to savings - which may yet, one day, in a post-epiphany life, lead to a campervan ...

Please ...



Friday, 4 April 2014

Keeping up appearances...

A comment recently - about the importance of ... keeping up appearances, no matter what - really made me wonder...

Is appearances hair, and nails, and make-up...? Is it expensive ( or anything above basic, to be honest), designer clothes...? Is it really all about this superficial stuff...?

Oh dear, I hope not, Otherwise I've really lost the plot!

And the campervan, seeing as how that is the point, wouldn't be even a figment of my imagination if I had an appearance to worry about ... not that it's much more than that still!

For the last eight years plus all that has come so far down the list, and Daisyfay has come so much farther up - am I wrong?

Feeling a bit inferior ...


Thursday, 20 March 2014

Cannons to the right of them ...

... cannons to the left of them, Into the Valley of Death rode the six hundred ... At least I think it was six hundred, not so sure now I look at it ...

Told you I was restarting, you didn't believe me, did you?

Cannons - today is the day - I've cleared all the things that normally happen on Thursday out - head start on the washing last night, no reading at school this afternoon (they've got a spelling bee), general    
tidying is shoved to the sidelines ... and now battle can commence - the Battle of the Bedroom! Daisyfay's bedroom that is. It is a tip. Not just normally hideous, but truly dreadful, and I've been putting it off in the spirit of not zigzagging ( I have dented the living room, but then ruined it by having a big sort of school stuff, but it's sort of getting there...) - today I will conquer the bedroom! By the time we go to climbing it will be, whilst probably not a vision of tidy organisation, at least manageable ... 

This is not backsliding into a zigzag - more of an asymmetrical decoration on the edge of the pattern!

So, the school run beckons, then off to dodge the cannonballs ...




Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Restarting again

Yes, I know, I'm pants!
Where has time gone - climbing competitions, musical theatre exams, Joseph, OFSTED...!!!

I'm still dreaming, still not decluttered, still not financed by the sale of my junk, still running round like a lunatic.

Back looking forward, with my butt in gear - I will try to blog more often ...



Sunday, 9 February 2014

Zigzagging

I am a zigzag declutterer. It explains a lot - like why my house is not decluttered. Now I know this, the decluttering can commence, and soon my house shall be a place of beauty!

So, how did I discover this? A friend writes a much more grown up blog than mine and posted this:
http://lifestylebycaroline.com/expert-advice-to-declutter-your-home/ - it struck a chord - zigzagging is exactly me, in most things really - and I wonder why the Miracle Girl has a butterfly brain ...

So ... I have begun ... I am focussing on the living room ... however small the job, it shall be a living room job, until the living room is done ... I am sorting craft alongside, on the basis that there is much crafty stuff, between me and Daisyfay ... and much of it is in the living room, as well as everywhere else!

I have a new mini-plan ... I am feeling purposeful ... Zigzag away, zigzag away, zigzag away ...

Monday, 20 January 2014

Wonderment

I am in a state of wonder.

Or is it shock?

I am nonetheless very happy ... though bemused by my own stupidity ...

I am at climbing - nothing unusual there! Not our normal night so no-one to chat to ... brought the iPad to occupy myself in a gainful way ... decided to try and sort out my emails, as I tend to stockpile them, over months and months... did lots of deleting ... and reading of the unread ... and discovered a wonderful thing ... I paid off a credit card last August! Now you would think I would remember this, but, for some reason I hadn't, and, what is more, thought I still owed a rather hefty amount on it.

Wonderment. Oh happy day! Makes up a bit for the debacle of the car and the phone.

Not sure it's exactly a grassy plateau, but I'm not complaining ...


Sunday, 12 January 2014

Hurdles

I am thinking that the Miracle Girl and I have more in common than I would like to admit. It's like Sports Day - give her a perfectly good flat race and she's in her element - point her in the right direction and shout go, and she's off like a ... I was going to say ferret, not sure why! ... let's go with gazelle, much more graceful image ... hurtling headlong towards the finish line. But then, the flat race is always followed by the obstacle race ... never her forte, engaging brain and legs at the same time! She's still pretty quick, but you can see her thinking why? Why mess up a perfectly good race with ... stuff!?

I have to admit, at this precise moment, I agree with her. I was thinking about hurdle races, who came  up with that idea ...? Let's just chuck a wooden fence every 10/20m to add to the fun! Paff!! It's like life, who needs the complications, why can't it all be a nice grassy, green flat race - I'm thinking I don't need mountains to climb, rivers to ford, chasms to cross - I just want my nice grassy plateau - excitement is overrated!

So why am I rambling on about hurdles and ferrets and grassy plateaus? The campervan  - it doesn't seem to be getting any closer, no sooner do I think we may be getting somewhere in the ongoing battle to conquer our finances than some other emergency pops up and sucks up everything!

Hurdles, you see.

This week, a week of hurdles ... First there was my phone, apparently it is not my excessive storage of stuff on it that is causing problems, oh no: it is a "software" problem. Fixing it involves sending it away and updating it with all the latest software, which will take 10 - 14 days, and which will also wipe all my contacts, apps, navigation routes, etc, etc. On the plus side they think my Christmas photos will still be there when I put the memory card back in. Okay, not good, in fact damned annoying, but that's what you get when you rely on the Technofairies of Doom.  Then there was the car - it started making a noise during the holidays, which got progressively worse, until it turned into a continuous howl ... apparently this is a very expensive noise - a very, very expensive noise - which involves copious time in the garage to fix. We live opposite the garage, they are very lovely people - Heatons Bridge Garage, would link but no website, but another very nice people recommendation. More reliance on technology that rises up to scupper you ... They say it comes in threes, the tin opener broke - really hoping that's the third - had enough now!!

So, hurdles, had enough of jumping - a bit of grassy plateau, please ...

Monday, 2 December 2013

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree

It's Advent. Yay! I like this time of year, always did - but since the emergence of the Miracle Girl it's even better. It's excitement, enjoyment, looking forward, all writ large...

This year though something grabbed me, stopped the headlong descent into December-ness and a life with even less gaps than usual! Someone wrote a comment on my blog - I like comments, they still have a novelty value that gets me all excited - this one asked me to e-mail - hmmmm! Paul has imbued me with a healthy fear of unknown people and vicious, attacking techno-fairies of doom ... to reply or not...? Well I did - I laugh ( well, giggle nervously) at the techno-fairies of DOOM ... how glad am I?

This is what I found: http: http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/#.Up0FPn8gGSM
And it made me think - PLEASE go and look - how lucky am I?
Her daughter is more or less the same age as Daisyfay - I can't imagine it - don't really want to if I'm honest ... but on the being positive front, what could be better inspiration?

So I'm doing my own days of Christmas, or Advent calendar or whatever you want to call it - as a catchy hook I'm going with: Reasons to be happy. On Facebook ( and possibly Twitter if I get going ...) I'm a-posting ...

So far ...
1. Daisyfay and Paul.

2. Jezebel (the cat) - who never once attacked my baby in her cot as her grandmothers were 
    convinced she would, and who makes me smile every day. 

It depends where you're looking from - what you see in the tree - I think I like looking from here ...

Sunday, 24 November 2013

The Overflowing Overflow

Daisyfay the Miracle Girl is at Brownie Camp - well, not camp as in camp ( it is the end of November , that would be cruel!), it's in a big converted chapel. We're due to pick her up at 11 30. She went Friday evening, it's been very quiet here! She was so excited, it was lovely to see, but I don't think there'll have been much sleeping going on - 8 girls in bunk beds in one room ...! I'm looking forward to picking her up now though.

Anyway, back to the point, as the Miracle Girl was absent we decided to venture into the attic. We reached the water tank! There is now a path! We have investigated the overflowing overflow - we are still unsure as to why it is overflowing, but have called in reinforcements - a plumber - I used to teach him - slightly worrying on the feeling rather old front - he was one of the nicest kids I've ever taught though, so may have someone else to add to the very nice man list. The root of the problem is apparently the big ball thing on the top of the water ( the ball cock - see, getting technical now!) - it is all gunked up and Paul says this is stopping it closing a valve properly, thus allowing too much water in the tank ... I'm just nodding knowledgeably ...

So Chris the very nice plumber is going to come and solve the problem, and also fix the leaky tap in the bathroom. This has inspired Paul to resilicone the bath ( after wrestling with the recalcitrant silicone gun) - and the clearing of part of the attic has led to a flurry of selling posts from me - which will hopefully result in enough cash to pay the plumber! And at least when we put things back, there will hopefully be some order in our chaos!

And I have a new bit of plan ...  after the attic foray I am thinking that we have much very good baby stuff ( and toddler stuff, and small child stuff ...) - another little miracle is nigh on impossible ( kept on hoping for a while, as you do...) so moving on and all that, I'm going to do an NCT sale in the new year and take as much as I can carry - which probably won't be all of it!!

Still looking forward ...

Friday, 15 November 2013

No - no - no - November

No - no - no - no willpower!

Again!

No wine - big fail - but less ... better than nothing!
Primal eating - pants!
No spending - ok actually!

The only way is up (baby!) ...

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Substitution

We went to Toys r Us...

Actually we went to Ikea for lunch first - Daisyfay is a big fan of the meatballs, and I'm a big fan of the idea that I too could have a decluttered, organised home which fits in a shoe box - oh the power of marketing! As it is not yet November, we got to the till with: 2 pairs of silicone tongs, 3 washing up brushes in various colours, a food container, a dustpan and brush, a large bowl for salad etc, and a rather large, cuddly elephant! We did need the bowl as we managed to break two over the summer. And Paul did want more tongs and they were only 40p each. And our dustpan is broken...
And the cuddly elephant - birthday money - what more can I say?!
I did mean to buy a plastic box with little compartments to store various tiny bits of Lego in an organised and tidy manner, thus reducing our clutter ... but I forgot. I'm well prepared for washing up though...!

So, Toys r Us - we now (in addition to the elephant) have Teksta and a Barbie puppy race.
The Barbie puppy race is quite funny, you wind the puppies' ears up, put them in water, and they swim! :-) And then there is Teksta, a robotic puppy - this was what she went for - he walks to her voice, barks, sits, does back flips - just like a real puppy...

Only he's not ... he's a substitute ... and I'm feeling guilty again ...


 

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Starting again...

And then I turned around and it was October ...
Feeble, I know, but true - and lots has happened ...but this was always supposed to be about looking forward.

So ... campervan ... no closer I think, but destitution is much farther away, which has to be good!
The plan, Prongs 1 and 2 ... undergoing a revival ... as we speak the plan is underway again ...just need to remember which prong is which...

Aha...
Prong 1: Frugality

* Daisyfay's extended birthday celebrations are now over (except for today's trip to Toys r Us to spend her (considerable) birthday stash - frugality is definitely not part of her plan!) - frugality had limited sway whilst we dealt with that. She had a fab time though - and, though every year it's a lot of work, she won't want this for ever so let's make the memories and enjoy it now. She wanted a horse party, not just as a theme but with real ones. I wasn't sure how we did this and early research showed it to be decidedly unfrugal! Eventually, however, I found somewhere that was, whilst still not cheap, at least affordable - so she picked 10 friends ( weaning her off the marauding hordes in the village hall concept!) and off we went. We thoroughly enjoyed it - they were riding for over an hour, did games on the horses, all sorts - then we came back here, they organised games and dance competitions - had a short discussion about play fighting never being an acceptable activity - did cowboy stylie food - cake and sing - home!! Wine and Calamity Jane followed quickly!!
I'd definitely recommend the pony party - it did feel like value for money, especially when you consider what you pay at a lot of party places. 
www.parboldequestriancentre.co.uk/ if you fancy a look.
Anyway the smiles were worth it.- and excitement doesn't really describe it...

So back to frugality - on top of the birthday, there was Paul's MOT, the expiring television, the overdue coal bill and the traumatic story of the laptop and the lemonade ... have decided to draw a line under it all ... starting again...

* I have a plan for November - it may be a tad ambitious - it  has 3 strands ( I like breaking things down, ok!)
          1. No spend November - frugal shopping - leftovers, using of - no buying of "stuff" (except
                  frugal, on offer, etc shopping for future, unnamed events looming on the horizon! ;-) )
          2. No wine November - hmmm - going to try...
          3. Contemplating a primal eating month - suppose it's not exactly to do with frugality, but it's
                kind of in the spirit ...

Prong 2: Making more money

* have a job - good start!

* have begun the selling stuff/ remove clutter approach again (it's half term - at least for us, not for
the Miracle Girl - don't get me started ...!) - having a mass Ebay session on Sunday.

Campervan for next summer? Unlikely, but you never know...




         

Friday, 9 August 2013

Skyfall

Daddy and Daisyfay are bonding over Skyfall - they watched For Your Eyes Only last night too... she's getting a tad concerned ... am I being a bad parent ...?

Never mind - I appear to have some time - for the first time in I don't know how long. Summer holidays - actually enjoying the break - have power-washed the house ( kind of fun ...), back garden much improved, general getting with the programme...

The bank is acknowledging me again!!! I have a 12 month plan ... which might work... :-)

The Miracle Girl is on top form, freed from the constraints of school, full of energy. We went climbing yesterday, but outside... sheer rock faces ... eek!!


Just So Festival next week - me and Daisyfay getting excited, Paul ... ambivalent thus far... but we're looking forward to it. We have invested in new camping stuff, so pleased with it!

Definitely moving forwards with the plan - how come I don't seem to be any closer to the campervan ...?

Monday, 15 July 2013

Back with the programme

I am back in the land of the living - I have emerged from the avalanche of props, too many days at work, a house sliding into oblivion - and the stress of knowing none of these ( well, except for the work) are going the way they should be...

But, neglectful as I have been of the plan, the plan is movin' on up...

I have a job. A real one. Oh yay!!!

Now to really get with the programme...

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Prong reassessment

Prongs 1 and 2 have got somewhat thrust to the periphery - they need recovering, dusting off and focusing on...

I am hoping to do this this week - so far no work, but aware that that can change in an instant ...

Did some putting of stuff on ebay today - this is a step in the right direction!

I have a plan for the week ... sort of ...

Friday, 14 June 2013

Epiphanies

I think I may be having an epiphany - a measured epiphany - but an epiphany all the same...

Frugal wine has reasserted itself this week, for a few days anyway... and less on other days ...
Also I have been reading a book - called The Primal Blueprint  - MarksDailyApple.com - some friends of ours have been trying this for quite a while. I always felt I agreed with quite a lot of it, with some reservations, but the more I read, the more I like ... and I've felt quite motivated his week ... why... ?

I really don't know - I am now officially in guilty mommy mode. It is the Summer fair at school tomorrow, I should have made cakes but have been working instead! I am doing the name the bear but will be late as I am tutoring in the morning. And the Miracle Girl is rehearsing for the Lion King and can't be picked up until 12.30 ... and she really should be at the community choir's workshop day... why is this day the day for everything???!!

And the Lion King - mark 1 headdress bombed :-(
Mark 2 is getting there ... don't you just love papier-mâché ...?

So watch this space for a bit more epiph-ing - I feel it in the distance - who knows where it may lead ...

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Lions

I am currently trying to construct a lion headdress - it is not easy - but it is beginning to look a little like a lion ...

The Miracle Girl's summer show is The Lion King - hence the headdresses. Once I have the lions sussed, I need to create a gazelle prototype, a wart hog and a meerkat - at that point I will need to contemplate an elephant and some giraffes!!

The joys of motherhood - no one mentioned the making ...!

Daisyfay is at her grandma's - since Monday. She has a two week half-term - we don't! It would be great if we weren't teachers - cheap holidays and all that jazz - but we are - and they aren't.  I am going to collect her tomorrow and I can't wait! I don't half miss her, it's so quiet without her...

So back to the lion - I am modelling it on Luna Lovegood's lion hat.
                                            
                                                           

Don't hold your breath ...

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Recurring themes

There are two things that keep coming back to haunt me. They lurk in the background, making me feel continually guilty and disheartened. They reinforce that "you are not in control, your priorities are all skewed" feeling.

You're wondering now, aren't you? How bad can it be? What nightmare is this...?

The attic and the garden.

The garden - I know what I want it to be, the plan (!) is good - that's what makes it so frustrating!! A couple of years of builders and flooding have put me in the "Where do I start?" frame of mind. I want somewhere to sit and eat, productive fruit and veg beds, and a shed to store stuff ... I dream of potting sheds ... and greenhouses ... patios ... chickens...

The attic - empty the attic... board the attic...refill the attic ... builders ... empty the attic ... refill the attic ... and so it goes on! We need to empty it again so we can get to the overflowing overflow. But emptying it causes chaos everywhere else - then I need to tidy because people are coming - so we shove it all back again... I want an organised, minimal attic - this is also probably a pipe dream ...

I think that, in order to assert control over my life, I need to conquer the garden and the attic.

More plans ..

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                                (How good does this look? Dreaming ...!)






Thursday, 16 May 2013

Reprehensible wussing out!

I am not going to run 10km on Bank holiday Monday. I am a wuss! I am sorry!

Reality is what it is: one of my cousins has an injury and probably won't run. Her husband won't run if she doesn't. My other cousin has family commitments - yay - go you, you know who you are! We can't afford petrol, train fares, etc.

Think I could stagger round but not trained enough ...

My main reason for feeling bad is I don't like Daisyfay seeing me not go through with something - so: going to try and enter a Race for Life - can run 5k already and the Miracle Girl could do that with me too - and going to look for a 10k closer to home, maybe around September.

Feeling bad - but looking forward ...

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Willpower

I don't think I've got any.

Should have been running whilst the Miracle Girl was at Brownies; not for the first time, instead I went to Tesco and bought wine...

This is bad. I know this, you know this, but still I persist.

I will discover willpower ...