Hello 2016!

Back in May I posted about my plans for the blog and generally being more creative… well, it didn’t really happen…

A back injury led to needing lots of rest and being unable to sit comfortably for stretches of time, I didn’t even manage to start my drawing workbook. This resulted in me needing  surgery in November. I’m still recovering from that, slowly getting more able to do things around the house though I still don’t know my limits and have very little stamina. Every day is a bit better and I am in so much less pain than I was before surgery. In addition to that, selling our house and finding another one to buy took a lot of time and effort 

I’m hoping that 2016 is the year for me. I plan to be more creative and more organised. I’m awaiting delivery of a notebook to use as a bullet journal which should help me with both of these aims. I plan to be healthier and fitter. I want (need!) to lose weight and I want to incorporate more exercise (pilates for my back and walking) into daily life.

I know that moving house will disrupt everything but I also know that the move is the best thing for our family in the long run.

I found this cartoon on Facebook and in think it’s a good reminder of what I should do through this year and beyond.



Photo 365 – 2 One Word


I have read several posts on Facebook this week where folks are discussing their word for 2016. This is something I’ve never considered doing until I saw the prompt for today.

If I had to allocate a word for my 2016 it would be this. We’re moving house (hopefully soon!) and starting afresh in a new area, there will be new schools, new church, new people and a new area to explore (though it’s not too far from somewhere we used to live). I’m trying to change my health and how I organise myself.

Change can be a good thing or a bad thing. Though it’s not been easy and won’t be easy over the next few months, I am sure that goes changes I currently know about will be for the better, and as for other changes thrown at us through the year, well we’ll just have to wait and see!

Long time no blog!

Hello again to anyone who may still be reading this. It’s been rather a long time since I posted anything. I stopped my photo365 project when I couldn’t stay on top of taking a photo to fit in with the prompt every day, which led to me leaving the blog alone for a long time.

I have come back with another project, however I don’t intend to put as much pressure on myself this time. I’ve always loved the idea of learning to draw but have never settled down to it, with packing the house up ready to put on the market in the next few months most of my crafty things have been put into storage, however I have kept out pens, pencils and sketchbooks with  the intention of starting now. I have bought myself a book and workbook (Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – Betty Edwards) and I’m going to work my way through the lessons in there. I’m hoping to post my progress at least once a week (I did consider trying to complete and post a lesson a day, but that’s not sustainable), maybe up to three or four times but one as a minimum.

I’m also joining in with #sketch52 which is a weekly sketchbook challenge set up by Debbie at Qalballah.com. She has produced a list of 52 prompts to work through and set up a Facebook group and Flickr group for us to share our work. I’m loving seeing what others are doing and it’s definitely inspiring me to do more, though I don’t think mine are very good compared to the others – hopefully the lessons in the book I’m going to work through will help.wpid-wp-1431533927424.jpeg

As we’ve tidied the house ready to sell it, we’ve created a little crafting corner (or den, as the boychild calls it!) under the stairs for me. I love my cozy little corner. There isn’t a lot of natural light (which also goes for most of the house) but hubby has set us a good lamp for me which I can angle to whatever I’m doing when we don’t need it for extra light in the room. My bureau drawers are full of sketchbooks, colouring books, books about drawing, pens and pencils (as well as the cards and gift wrap that every mum seems to need a supply of!). It’s my space – no more sharing the dining table with the children/their meals/general family detritus. Here’s to making more time for creativity!

Decisions, decisions…

I’ve not made a great start to posting two or three times a week… but to be fair to myself it’s not been the easiest of weeks.

I’m still battling the after effects of last weeks flu. I’m easily tired, and when l get too tired my IBS kicks off, which in turn makes me more tired. l was so tired this afternoon that I fell asleep on the monkeyboy’s bed at about 2 o’clock when trying to get him to nap. l didn’t wakeup until 3:30… I was due to pick the monkeygirl up from school at 3:15! The monkeyboy had crept out of the room and was merrily playing in the living room.  When  I arrived at school the monkeygirl was being entertained by her class teacher the head and the year 5 teacher. The staff were very good about it, maybe being a governor and hence being well known by the staff has its benefits!

The monkeyfather and l sat down this morning and made some decisions about the house and moving. We’re going to stay here for a bit longer and use an unexpected inheritance to do some improvements to make the house more saleable/ rentable.The monkeyfather’s office move won’t be happening for another year or more so there’s less of a rush to do anything.

That is definitely a bit of a weight off my mind. The uncertainty was really not helping my depression. I need stability and a clear path ahead rather than something else to worry about. I’m very grateful that we have sorted this before the Christmas break, we really need a proper rest then and not to worry about too many things.

Just a quick one

I’m typing this from my phone since the monkeyfather is changing some settings on my laptop.
It’s been a long day. Counselling this morning brought out more issues about communication and my dislike of change, but my need to know the details of change when I know it’s happening. The monkeyfather and I had a good talk and clarified some thoughts about our planned move, though our destination still isn’t clear. It was useful though.
I’m tired after all the discussions today, but I do feel they have helped a bit. I’ll feel a lot better (I hope) once we have decided where we’re going to move to.