Life here at home right now is busy busy busy. With less then three weeks left until the end of the school year we have entered the annual Blue-Arsed-Fly phase of frenzied, school related activity. A hot, sweaty Sports day and exciting school trips, a very important Leaver's Assembly coming up (with many associated dramas, of which I am struggling to keep up with) and various end-of year transition days, teacher meetings, report days, open-days, celebrations and farewells. It's an emotional time (Little Lady moves on to secondary school in September) and to be frank we are all completely knackered. Roll on the Summer holidays.
I'm struggling with feeling exhausted and full of a chesty type of cold just at a time when I really could do with feeling aMAzing and full of beans. I am struggling not to moan about the fact that I feel like pants, when I am so very, very acutely aware that I only have a trifling cold, and that it could be oh so very much worse.
The weather has all of a sudden perked up and we are experiencing heat and summer sunshine and it is wonderful. My cut-price geraniums are waiting patiently to be potted into bigger pots, but I need a big bag of compost and that means getting J to purchase and transport so it hasn't happened yet. Maybe Saturday? Just maybe.
Thrilling Frilly news on the home front - we have some flouncy, frothy peony action at last!! Oh happy day!!! These flowers have been excruciatingly slow to unfurl but oh my goodness, soooo worth waiting for....
.....absolutely stunningly beautiful, they make me gasp with pleasure multiple times each day.
During the last few weeks I have been taking care of my housekeeping tasks in a surprisingly efficient and dedicated manner, which has made me feel bloody marvellous and accomplished when usually I feel like a complete failure. I totally blitzed the bathroom from top to bottom (be gone cobwebs!), then on a roll of productivity I moved straight along to Little B's room and gave it the same ruthless going over. But more than that, I have been doing a little bit each day to keep it all ticking over (I want to say "ship shape and Bristol fashion" here, but that makes me sound like my Mum). Anyhow, these little daily routines are making me happy I have to say, a little bit of swishing and swiping and I am happy. Who would have thought it?
Last week I managed a little bit of daily de-cluttering and tidying in my bedroom (Zone 4), and made it around about one third of the room. The top of the chest of drawers was hilarious of course, I am too ashamed to show you the "before" picture, but here is a rather gratifying "after" picture, with the 200+ stray objects evicted. It's the Living room this week, are you impressed by my dedication? I'll keep you posted.
I have been planning and writing lists and trying my hardest to keep on top of home, work and family life. All those dates and to-do's and reminders, crikey, no wonder I am under the weather. I've got a story to tell you about my newly discovered love of Planning Activity, I'll share that with you a little later in the week.....I'm ridiculously excited to do this actually (!)
And in amongst all the hectic activity and lengthy to-do lists and busy schedules I have been reminding myself to slow down every so often. To breathe in the gloriousness of summer and remember to walk around with eyes wide open and appreciate the here and now. Life is good. I need to slow down and remember that.