Hello dear readers,
This morning I was a bit slow getting up, no time to walk the dogs before breakfast. Every morning I have to see to it that son 4 goes to school with something in his belly, takes his ritalin and packs all the right books and his lunchbox. He is getting better at doing everything himself but I still have to check to keep him out of trouble at school. They don’t seem to get that ADD is not something that magically disappears when you have a coach to guide you twice a week and that he is not forgetful on purpose. They still think punishment will help him remember to bring the right books or keep an appointment.
Anyway, as I was going to go out with our dogs after he had gone off to school, I was no longer in a rush to get back home. So we took the path up to the dyke and walked along it a bit further than usual. I am still amazed sometimes that I am able to do so, just six months ago I would have needed a wheelchair to go this far and now look at me! Admittedly I am glad to get back home and rest for a bit, because I still feel my back, but I am slowly but surely progressing every day and pushing myself to go al little further every time. It is good exercise and combined with callanetics and healthy eating habits it has made me lose seven kilo’s already.
Looking down on the pond where I usually walk
Binti and Chewbacca have spotted some ducks
It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been too busy picking up the pieces of my life to go online and I just couldn’t face speaking about what’s happened just yet.
What’s happened you ask?
Well it has been hanging over me like a horrible thundercloud for the past 10 years and finally I couldn’t avoid it any more, I had to end my marriage of 28 years and quite abruptly as well. I have tried very hard to win this battle but I just couldn’t compete with my husbands mental disorder any more, the disease has defeated me to the point where I can not afford to live with him under the same roof anymore if I still want to continue to have a roof in the future to live under.
I feel very let down by the mental health care system, for we have been trying to get help for a decade now and still there is no adequate help for him. We are all very sad that this has happened and we are grateful that we are still able to communicate well and do not have feelings of resentment towards each other.
These past days I have been trying to adjust to my new tasks like walking the dogs several times a day. I’m very glad that my back pain is less than before so I can manage with some help from my boys, who are very sweet and caring right now. We are spending a lot of quality time together .
Last weekend son 1 and dear daughter in law came to help put up the new polytunnel in the garden. It was raining but that didn’t bother them. The frame is up and some of the plastic went over it but some adjustments still have to be made to it.
This morning I took my camera with me when I went out to walk Binti in the park at the end of our street, it was still early and very quiet and still to suit my mood, come with me on my daily walk…
I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do!
Today is another sunny but slightly chilly morning. The hens have all had their wingfeathers clipped (for anyone who is wondering: no there was no blood or cutting of bones involved as some seem to think when you speak of clipping wings) Hubby likes it a lot when they walk around him in the garden when he’s working there, but we don’t want the girls to go over the fence into the neighbour’s garden or worse into the street so they have to have their wings clipped. Our Leghorn doesn’t like it one bit, she does not want to be held, although she will sit on your hand like a parrot
The Sussex hens just love the attention, they would sit in your lap if you gave them the chance…
Now they are ready to do some gardening for me…
They are much faster at removing the grass from inbetween the stones
They are also very good at loosening the soil to get it ready for planting, although they make a big mess of it on the paving while they’re at it.
Work is being done on the new roof for their home, more of that later. I’ve been busy sorting out sewing yarns and mending clothes and my men’s-shirt-blouse is ready
I’ve also glued the broken lid of my penbox. I seem to have a “thing” for boxes and tins. It is something old and nice looking to collect and the fact that they are always useful to keep small objects in is a good excuse to buy more of them. But actually it is a bit of an addiction so I now try to be more selective in what I buy. But boy do they come in handy in my ADD household where everything small gets mislaid never to be found again. This way I can at least keep my own belongings safe! But there is still a problem…you just don’t stick a label on such pretty boxes, so I seem to be forever opening boxes and tins when I want something but can’t remember which one it’s in. Any suggestions anyone? 🙂
This one has a lovely lid I think with a little mother of pearl inlay in the middle. I think I bought it on Koninginnedag (our Queen’s birthday) last year.
I’ve also been looking through a few drawers of crafting material, books and patterns and such and did a big cull. One pile to go in the attic for later use. One pile to sell on the internet and one pile to throw away. My drawers look nice and organized now, but there is one downside: I have found some more embroidery kits to finish so my UFO basket is filling up again.
Goodmorning! When I look out the window I see the birds investigating our willowtree. Finally it has been decided that buying a new blade for our treesaw would be the best thing to do and then it was just 20 minutes before all, yes áll the branches were off!
Now the big branches are waiting to be cut to size for the roof of the chickencoop. Once that’s done it is time for the annual tidying-up of the yard and cleaning the pavement.
Meanwhile I have been busy cross stitching
I needed to finish before lunch, because I was planning to do some mending in the afternoon and
with the sewing machine out I could also put the cushion together. Now it just needs filling up with herbs and a ribbon attached so it can go in the closet.
After doing my pile of mending I thought I’d better clean and oil my sewing machine. I have been sadly neglecting my trusty machine and had never attempted to open it up to clean other than the bit where the bobbin goes. So I went online to search for a tutorial and found this usefull video: sewing machine maintenance
After watching I was confident enough to open up the machine and do some dusting. No oil yet, I will have to buy some today. This morning I will be continuing the cleaning because I haven’t yet managed to open the top and the side where the belt is located. My machine is a Brother super ace 3 and a bit more complicated than the one shown in the video.
I’ve also started clearing up the mess in my workroom in the attic. Unfortunately living with three people with ADD means that however hard I try to keep it tidy, eventually someone wíll drop stuff in there when they are looking for something in the attic or clearing out junk from their studio (son 3 – KratosHimself – is studying to be a music producer and has made a studio in the bedroom in the attic which is overflowing with musical instruments and lots and lots of records and computer equipment ) To make matters worse hubby decided to ‘help’ me by reorganizing my workroom when I was ill, and now I can’t find anything anymore. So I guess I will be up there a lot this week…
Yesterday I didn’t get to finish anything. Son 4 had an extra long session with his ADD-coach so that took up some time in the afternoon.
Also I deciced to playPortal 2 for a while and completely lost track of time. I love this game, the only game I play on the playstation by the way, but I will set a timer next time to remind me to stop 🙂
Today I hope to get some housework done and finish my projects. I’ve already dressed for the task:
I’ve found a new, yes brand new, apron. It had the card still attached.
The card looks very fifties in style but I’m not sure if the apron is actually that old. I will have to do some research to find out.
I love the detail and the style of it:
I just love wearing aprons, somehow it makes me feel very feminine.