A week into the new year, the decorations are down, the Christmas tree is looking forlorn on the back lawn and the kids back to school. Well in our case nearly…..the lovely girl returns tomorrow, the middle child returns to university next weekend and the student engineer returned today, just as the UK train strikes started up.
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Our house has been a mad frenzy of coursework this last week – 2 projects for the final year of Engineering involving analysing the use of Boris bikes in London and Deep Learning (whatever that may be!); the lovely girl has been finishing her sketch books and final piece for her art, although any visitors would have thought she was decorating the lounge!! The title of her works – “I, Me, Mine” and “Blood, Flesh, Bones” – so she has focused on our genetic Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I have spent some time modelling for her photographs and I wish I could report that they are super glam….but they are not!!! Instead she wanted close ups of my body parts which looked the most veiny – charming.
Hubby managed the delayed visit to his parents, and whilst he was away I enjoyed reading and sharing a huge variety of blog posts. This is just a small assortment varying from favourite books, to beauty products to a yummy recipe for dairy free ice cream. Two that really stand out, and are poles apart, are Tania’s about her need for a Smartdrive for her wheelchair (I am slightly biased as we share the same condition) and The Bryntin Project’s plea to us all to realise the harm our birthday balloons are doing.
So grab a cuppa and take a break whilst you dive into some fab blog reads. Please comment, like and share!
Welcome to another Monday Magic and some great blog posts to entertain and inspire. The last week has seen both Halloween and Bonfire night – I think that we gave out goodies to about 50 little witches and monsters (I know, this is small fry compared to some of my pals in the USA), and the fireworks seem to have been almost nightly.
I have to give a shout out to all our pets for having to put up with this human fascination with loud explosions, deafening whistles and a sky full of bright lights. Our old boy Samson spends much of the evening barking or trying to hide – at approx 15 he is getting on in dog years and periods of doggy dementia do kick in, particularly with fireworks. The beautiful Chester, our surrogate dog who we look after for friends and love as our own, was also very chilled on Saturday night unlike his best buddy Freddy (a neighbours’ pooch) who also spent the night barking. The things we put them through!
Our house has been transformed into an artist’s studio again this week, as the lovely girl has been putting together her sketch books for an interview at school tomorrow. Having 2 weeks half term holiday has given her even more time to spread her wares from room to room to room……I know I’m biased but she has come up with some great concepts for the project title “I. Me, Mine”. Meanwhile hubby, otherwise known as Mr Intimate Audio, has also been creating as he looks at new and exciting finishes for the hifi horn speakers that he designs and builds. I think that we need a studio…..
I, meanwhile, have found you a mixture of posts this week starting with “November Prompts” from my friend Sheryl at A Chronic Voice – this is a lovely link up, that I will try to put my own prompts to this month. I have found an interesting post about modern racism, some wonderful poetry on Thoughts from Jasmine, a post about social anxiety in children (very applicable for my lot even if they are tweens!) along with a mix of chronic illness posts. Need I say more – grab a cuppa, turn off your phone and enjoy some great reads!
Welcome back to Pain Pals for what I hope will be a great week following a fantastic weekend! Those of you who have read my previous couple of posts will know that our lovely girl has her German exchange partner staying – an equally lovely young man of 15 and about 6 feet 3!! We had a house full on the first night as we hosted all the English girls and German boys & girls to help break the ice; and then when hubby arrived home Saturday evening having collected from ice skating & bowling, I couldn’t help thinking “Bloody hell, my new car really is big” as the front door opened and a stream of teens came in.
There were 16 in total – and no it turns out that the car isn’t really a Tardis – but they were followed by a steady stream of takeaway deliveries from 5 outlets. I can’t remember when, if ever our doorbell has rung so many times on a Saturday night! I just commented on an EDS Facebook group that a huge positive for us this week has been to see our normally angst ridden teen turn into a group organiser and hostess. We had only been expecting 6 back on Saturday, but in order to avoid some breakdowns within the group our girl sorted them all (and took over our lounge ha, ha, ha) with tact and diplomacy to ensure everyone had a good evening. Teenage relationships can be so tricky at the best of times, but throw in different languages, exchange partners paired who ordinarily wouldn’t be in the same friendship groups, one all girls school & one mixed sex, and the probability for issues is huge! It has been interesting to see that the mixed sex pairings – like our lovely girl and lovely German boy – have been less problematic than the all girls – teenage girls and friendships equals another blog post entirely methinks! The mixed sex group – 4 couples – went to Thorpe Park Fright Night on Friday and had a fantastic time. Not my cup of tea but they loved it.
As for me I am officially exhausted, typing one handed whilst in a sling again, but am officially one very proud mum having watched my girl blossom before my eyes. Some might say turning into a chip off the old block – and even her eldest brother commented that the social awkwardness she professes to have is just not evident for the rest of us. Today they have all gone to Brighton – the Pavilion, fish and chips, the beach and the lanes. Whilst the fatigue and dislocation have taken their toll, I have found some more fabulous blog posts for you to enjoy.
So grab a cuppa, kick you heels up and sit back to read some fab pieces, all very different but all inspiring. I particularly love the Lush products review from Katie Cupcake and the beautiful piece about friendship from Happiness and Food. Enjoy!
Hello friends! Welcome to another week on Pain Pals Blog.
It has been a busy week in our house with wedding anniversary celebrations, my last governance meeting at our local primary school, a quiz night and all the usual comings and goings. To say that I am feeling low on spoons would be an understatement, but I never have been very good at pacing myself or saying no! However our lounge currently resembles a florist shop having been bought some beautiful flowers – 2 bouquets contain lilies which are just opening and are simply stunning. The downside is the pollen getting up noses and on clothes.
We are currently living in a state of mixed emotions as we await the arrival of the lovely girl’s German exchange partner later this week. On the one hand she is very excited to see the whole group again and the next minute she is completely stressed as to how they will all get on, will they have a good time…So – this is another fab example of me not being able to say no! – we are hosting the first evening that the German students arrive, that is 26 teens (half British, half German) in our lounge becoming reacquainted over music and pizza. Our girl and her best friend happened to be paired with 2 young men who are also best friends – very handy! They spent most of their time in Germany together and I think that we will have a house full over the weekend as they visit Thorpe Park Fright Night & plan trips to London and Brighton! I have spent this morning fumigating the politics student’s bedroom so that our guest can use it without catching anything. Why do the rooms of adolescent males all have the same aroma? Eau – de – teen!!
Enough of my ramblings – I shall report back on exchange progress as the week unfolds! Before I share my pick of inspiring posts for the week, I am going to shamelessly plug my book review that I published yesterday for Shelley Wilson’s book “How I Motivated Myself to Succeed” – please take a look and keep an open mind. There are some great tips to be found. But now find yourself a comfy corner and curl up to enjoy a really wide variety of posts this week.