Hello hello hello! Its been quite a weeny while hasn't it? I've missed being here and I've missed you all, truly I have. It feels good to be back.
All is reasonably OK here in the attic, and life continues to be full-on and busy, bright and colourful, creative and homely. Sadly we also have some nasty and unwelcome Germs in residence. Uch. Little Lady was first to fall with a snotty cold and nasty cough, and now Little B is having a bash at it. He also has a chest infection and believe me when I tell you it does not suit him to be poorly. He is the worst patient ever. Grumpy as hell. We've been enduring a lot of crying accompanied by the most eye popping temper tantrums. I had no idea that a 10.5 month old was even capable of Temper Tantrums, but he is certainly giving it a bloody good go. Poor wee mite, I think he is simply exhausted by it all. Poor Mummy too, she is most definitely exhausted by it all.
So my days this week have been very demanding, and I've found that spending more time at home than we're used to has had it's ups and downs. Staying warm and cosy as the cold weather sets in has been good. Sofa-time snuggles have been good. Attempting to do everything one-handed with a grizzly baby on my hip hasn't been quite so good (note to self :: in future don't try and make risotto with an ill baby to contend with, it's more trouble than it's worth).
But hey-ho, he is slowly, slowly on the mend and life will get back to normal at some point I guess. I'm looking forward to getting more sleep that's for sure.
The days feel very loooong and tiring to me at the moment, yet somehow time continues to whizz by. My hyacinth bulbs are growing away beautifully on the mantel and remind me amidst the difficult times to stop and be thankful for life's simple pleasures. On the whole I am pretty adept at doing this, but occasionally when life gets tough it's easy to lose sight of all that is good.
Winter is beginning to well and truly set in here in my patch, brrrrrr it's freeezing here today! In fact, we are forecast snow and oh my lord, it is being eagerly awaited by my two Littln's. They are desperate for it to arrive. Me, I'm thinking that life will get very much harder with snow on the ground, I'll be happy for it to not arrive.
As you can see, the pre-breakfast crafting has gone all seasonal and much snippety-snipping has been going on of late. We have a fair pile of paper snowflakes now, and more and more flurry onto the table each day. I've given up trying to clear it away at meal times so we just sit and eat amongst the paper snow.
I don't really do much in the way of organised craft activities with my Little People, I find they pretty much get on with it under their own steam. I bought this magazine for Little Lady last week, it's full of creative Christmas makes and she is really enjoying taking ideas from it. She asked me to please help her cut out the pieces to make this flying angel, and I was more than happy to oblige....
....she really did a good job, don't you think? Hoping for some more to happen so that we can hang them up for Christmas.
The view from the Attic continues to look as beautiful as ever. Another three days and we'll be marking our third anniversary of living here at number 24. Three years! Can hardly believe it, three years of watching the seasons play out across these hills and I love it more and more as time goes by.
Five more days and I'll be turning my calendar page :: the above image is the November page and I'll be sad to say goodbye to it actually. But Advent will begin and I am quite ridiculously excited about that! You may remember my crochet advent stars from last year? Weeeell, they are still hanging in place a whole year on (I couldn't bring myself to take them down last year), so all I need to do is locate the little felt numbers. Hmm. That's quite a mission. I think they are squirrelled away in the Attic cupboards somewhere, will need to go and hunt them out.
Right-oh, it's been lovely catching up with you, I'm off to make myself a hot cup of tea with a little bit of something sweet to the side. Quite necessary in this cold weather to have some Sweetness to the Side don't you know.
See you soon, stay cosy ♥ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Edit to add :: Thursday 12.30pm. It's snowing. @#$e
PS.... for those of you in the UK, I got the magazine from Tesco and it's simply called "Its Christmas!" It says that the flying angels were taken from a book "The Usborne big Book of Christmas things to Make and DO"... see here.
PPS the snow never stuck (yaaay) and we have blue skies and sunshine today, although it is -2 degrees brrrrrr. xxxxxx