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Gratitude Journal #84



I'm grateful we have been able to get his annual boosters back on track. I will be very grateful when they are finished so that I am able to walk him again.

After School Play Dates

My in-laws have collected the girls twice from school this week, once on our normal day and also the same day they collect my niece.  This means that I get another day to myself during the week.  That day is today and they won't be home until early evening when D collects them after work.  So far other than at the school gate, I haven't spoken to anyone whether by phone, text or online. Buddy doesn't count, clearly! It's been bliss.  I've just pottered around the house getting odd jobs done and catching up with laundry.  


I love saying goodbye to the warm weather and embracing autumn.  The cooler weather has been lovely and I'm enjoying being able to wear a cardigan again!


I had a clear out of some of the girl's clothes last week and was able to pass a few on to two of my friends.  I always pass them on saying that I'm not offended if they don't like or want them, they just need to either pass them on to someone else or pop them in the charity shop.  There were two days in a row last week where my friend's little girl was wearing some of the bits I had given her.  R told me she loved to get second hand pieces as they were barely worn for long in between growth spurts. I'm just pleased to be able to pass things on and seeing some of my favourite things being worn and loved again.

Lavender Oil 

I made myself some oil infused in lavender from my garden and recently bottled it up.  It smells absolutely amazing and I'm glad I took the time to do it. It can be used for all sorts of things and I plan on making some more.

Helping a friend out

My best friend, L, has recently been attuned in reiki. I've been putting my skills to use and helped her with a logo and setting up her Facebook page.  It's been exciting to see it all coming together for her and I know she'll be amazing at it. 

Gratitude Journal #83

Gratitude Journal #83

Gosh, I first started writing this gratitude post back on the 18th August.  I didn't intend to be away for so long but here we are.  I think my desire to write about anything disappeared towards the end of the school holidays, it was hard knowing what to write about when we were just staying at home, without any days out.  

So, here's my latest Gratitude Journal:

Back to School

We were all thrilled when the girls were able to go back to school.  Never again will I complain about the school holidays being too long.  I felt a little bit of uncertainty at sending them back to school but I was reassured by everything the school is doing to protect them.  Not only that but they need to be back for their mental wellbeing, E in particular struggled with being at home.

We managed a full 3 days back at school before the first cold hit and it was 6 days when they were sent home from school with a cough and cold.  I shall write more about that fiasco but, thankfully, they were both absolutely fine and after 10 days at home, they are now back at school. Again!

Child Free

Today I'm childfree until early evening.  My MiL is collecting the girls from school and D will collect them on his way home from work.  I've had a really nice day. I've been to the hairdressers, popped to work, done a food shop and had a mooch in the crystal shop on my way home.

Grandpa in Hospital

Obviously, it isn't great that he is in hospital but I'm grateful that he is as he has been poorly for quite some time, in and out of hospital on emergency admissions.  He has had sepsis markers on the last two occasions and today I got word that he actually has an ecoli and is receiving strong antibiotics to help clear it. 

Catching up

A family member and I that had drifted apart have been talking more recently.  I've missed them and I'm grateful that we are getting on and speaking more regularly than we were.  We both need to make more effort and I'm grateful we're in the position where that is what is happening. 


It is so close to being finished. D has put in a new door and frame which needs a coat of varnish on them.  All that is left to do is connect the radiator and fit a window sill. Oh, and for me to decide on what furniture I want!  I have a rough idea in mind, I just need to make a decision.  


As news talks of us edging towards a second wave of coronavirus, I'm grateful that we have stayed healthy up to this point.  Once lockdown lifted, we stayed cautious and we have only been out a handful of times. Other than that, it has been school, work and a food shop here and there. It hasn't always been easy and I've felt guilty for the girls not doing all of the usual things we would during the holidays but it has got us this far. I hope and pray we remain that we continue to stay lucky. 


Sometimes I can feel a little as though I'm on my own. I have a couple of close friends but I wouldn't say I had masses of friends in my circle and I do tend to keep to myself quite a lot.  I was grateful that throughout lockdown and when the girls were sent home for 10 days that people took the time to see if we were all OK and if we needed anything.  Of course, I did the same.  It's nice to know that support is there when it is really needed and I was grateful for all the offers of help. 

Silent Sunday : 9 August 2020

 Mini lop rabbits

Gratitude Journal #82

 Gratitude Journal #82

Lockdown Easing

Life is feeling a little bit easier with lockdown having eased. We are still mostly at home but we have been venturing out to do the food shop and to grab any other things we might need. The first time I took the girls out, we headed off to grab some paint and I then took them for a McDonalds. They were so excited to be out of the house. When I told them where we would be going and that it wasn't anything exciting, E said "I don't care I'm just glad we're going out".  That did make me feel a little guilty but there's nothing I could have done about it.

Parks Re-opening 

This week we met up with one of E's school friends at the local park.  Although it was fairly warm, I was grateful it was cloudy. The park wasn't too busy either so we were able to spend a couple of hours there. It did the girls some good to see someone different and it was nice for us Mums too!

My Workroom

Slowly but surely, it's coming together. Last weekend, D painted it for me. I've opted for a soft turquoise. There's only a small window in there so I wanted to keep it as light and bright as possible. The sockets are done and the lights have been fitted.  The floor is next, first up is leveling it out and then once that is dried we (D!) can lay the flooring.  I know how I want it set out but at the moment I'm still undecided on the exact storage.

I'm itching to get to my fabrics and threads and to get creating again. Being able to just have everything around me and not having to put it away each time I have to stop.  I'm bursting with ideas and can't wait to crack on again.  

Cross Stitch

Over the last few weeks I've got myself into cross stitch and I'm really enjoying it.  Its something for me to focus on and allows me to indulge in some creativity.  The girls love doing it too, which is great to see.

Building Works

We're in the process of having our driveway wall rebuilt. It's been a very long process for various, boring reasons, but it's starting to come together and once it is complete, will really tidy up the outside of the house.

Hairdressers Re-opening

Hurrah! We've all been to the hairdressers. I had several inches taken off and my hair looks and feels much healthier and tidier. The kids had a good tidy up too and are looking decidedly less feral

Helping a friend

My friend L is setting up a new business and I've helped her out with a logo for it.  I'm also helping to set up her Facebook page. Logos aren't normally my thing but I have to say that I've enjoyed doing it and being able to help. I'm looking forward to seeing her grow her business and make a success of it, as I know she will.

Gratitude Journal #81

We had a few bits on last week, more than we have done since lockdown began and it made all the difference to me and the girls

Day to myself
My inlaws had the girls for a few hours and it was amazing.  I haven't felt so relaxed in a long, long time and it did the girls some good too.

Meet the teacher sessions
The girls each had a session with their new teachers last week. E already knew hers, having had her cover for other teachers over the years and she was actually one of the teachers who helped her overcome her shyness in reception.  I think E will do well with her this year. T was a complete surprise, she was the first into the classroom and barely gave me a second glance as she went in. 

It did feel rather strange going into school, being the first time we've been back since March. They've implemented a one-way system around the school and gave all the children a pump of hand sanitiser before they were allowed into the classroom. It all felt very safe and reassuring and I was happy leaving them there.

The break apart from each other did the girls some good too. E wouldn't admit it but had clearly missed T because when we got home, they disappeared to play in the garden for a couple of hours! 

Work Room
This weekend, the plasterer popped out to have a look at my workroom and to confirm he could fit the job in.  Provided we can get hold of some plaster - which is apparently hard to get hold of at the moment - he can come and get it done in the next week or two. Hurrah!  

So yesterday was spent trying to clear the room out.  With renovating, we're finding that we end up moving a lot of stuff about whilst we sort out a room.  Our conservatory (which will eventually be rebuilt) is currently being used as a storage room for everything. Once my workroom is finished it means we can get all of my things out of the garage and then we will have room in the garage for all of the things in the conservatory! 

Plant Pots
I had a happy delivery of plant pots last week. Such a little thing but it's pleased me no end to get rid of the brown plastic pots and add a bit of colour. Plus, faffing with plants is always therapeutic!

School Uniform
Perhaps I'm being a bit optimistic but this weekend saw me ordering the girl's school uniform.  I always struggle to find bits in their size and the right colour so when I had a look on the off-chance I wanted to get them whilst I could.  Both girls have had a bit of a growth spurt with T being a similar shape and size to E, so I've purchased them both E's size and I'm keeping my fingers crossed everything will fit properly!