Things are still plodding along slowly in the post-flood recovery. Mostly, we are in a normal routine again, albeit in a different house, with less stuff. Sometimes, I miss the stuff, other times, I plan a huge declutter upon our return. I feel an unease, that I suppose comes along with times of uncertainty (we … Continue reading December: Joy and Peace.
I read a post this morning which inspired me to write this. Beth's honest post on why it's okay if you don't enjoy every minute of being a parent mainly focuses on the newborn phase, but I think it's still relevant in this toddler phase. Every stage of being a parent has it's challenges, at that moment … Continue reading Coming clean.
In a sleepless haze of nap-less desperation I bundled the girl-child into the car in the hope she would fall asleep. I wound through lanes and villages around York for half an hour before she finally closed her eyes. Being lost* I carried on driving looking for somewhere to pull in and close my own … Continue reading A visit to Yorkshire Lavender.
This has been a tough fortnight. For the first week, we decided on decorating our living room, which meant 8 days of us shift-swapping childcare / DIY during the daytime, and working together until 11pm every night. This is what stripping painted wallpaper off ancient plaster walls and not being able to find a plasterer … Continue reading Stripping, snapping and surviving todderhood.
I call them 'Reset Days'. You know the ones? Days following on from holidays or illness or just crazy times. Days where you just need to clear the diary and stay at home. Clear the back log of washing, tidy away the little piles of junk. Rid yourselves of the clutter around the place. Open … Continue reading Restoring the balance.
(For tomorrow, of course… Don't anybody say I'm not ahead of the game, oh no!) For years I bucked against Mothers Day (and Father's Day and Valentines Day et al) on the grounds that it was just an over-comercialised money making opportunity for fat cats. Then I became a mother, and now I get it. … Continue reading Happy Rose Sunday!
I've mentioned recently that I've been undertaking an 8 week mindfulness meditation course. It seems to be making a real difference and I will confess that I am feeling a bit evangelical about it at this point (almost 6 weeks in), so I wanted to share my experiences. Life, eh? It gets crazy sometimes. Even … Continue reading Mindfulness and Me.
Mindfulness hit the news recently, weirdly just a couple of days after I decided to start doing guided meditations again. I've used these meditations since I discovered them a few years ago and was having some stress and panic attacks at work. They really helped at the time, and even though I've not always had … Continue reading Where to start with mindfulness.
After the stress-fest of last weekend, we stayed home this weekend, taking a mooch through town and letting Little One lead us around. Bit of decluttering, catching up on sleep (me), movies (him), stirring up some comfort food, sweet treats.... You know the vibe? Easy. 17/52 You are a natural explorer, leading your Daddy … Continue reading Living Arrows 17/52
Camping eh? Immersing yourself in the middle of forests, mountains and Lakes. Idlely swigging on a local ale by the campfire as you strum a guitar. Perhaps a spot of leisurely gourmet camp food preparation to while away those splendid al fresco hours of relaxation? Uh-uh. Not anymore! Welcome to camping with a toddler! Last … Continue reading The one where we take a toddler camping…