Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Ex-Make Bathroom Blues

Haven't had much chance to create lately , so here's a swansong for something I created earlier :)

When we moved into our home 18 years ago - jeepers, 18 years?! - the boys were all under five and Ella wasn't even born! One of the first rooms I decorated was the bathroom. Over the years the rest of the house has probably had 2 changes in decor but I wouldn't let Jeff touch the bathroom. However, as even Ella is 16 this year I have finally relented and agreed that maybe Mickey Mouse and cute aquatic animals aren't really age appropriate! So they are going ....... but not before I took lots of photographs of my well-worn paintings :) The new colour scheme will of course be modern and in keeping with the rest of the house, but won't be as much fun!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

100 Happy Days 1-18

Mentioned on Day 1 I was going to do this, but the other 17 posts so far have mostly been on Twitter and Instagram, so here they are :)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

So....... Child Minding and Fostering

For the last couple of years I've been thinking about going back to childcare, but then my foot put paid to everything! However, ever being positive I'm trying to look forward. I've been offered a part-time job back at the college starting in September teaching Childcare again, which I am really looking forward to. I love teaching, sharing 30 years worth of experience. However, I miss actually caring for them, with Ella even being a bit more self sufficient I feel I am becoming redundant!

So my future - well I still want to finish my writing, make my shoes and make small crafty things. BUT for someone who for nearly 15 years ran 2 day nurseries, had 4 kids, was a governor, PTA bod and actively taking part in Am Dram ..... well,  it's really not enough is it LOL!

When I first started thinking about it I amalgamated the names of the 2 nurseries - Woodpeckers and Little Ducklings and made Little Woodpeckers, registered the web name and then left it. The last few months we've been discussing long term plans, and taken the remaining kids at home feelings about our plans. So today we completed an expression of interest to foster!! We did this 3 years ago but they felt Ella wouldn't cope. So this time we've checked with both SS and her school that we have their support, and we do :) Eeek!

I also decided to register as a childminder. Do you know 3 childminders can work together with 9 children under one roof - any more than 9 and you have to register as a day nursery. So we're toying with the idea of starting a mini-nursery.  As Ricki said to me when we were talking about it - it's what I do well and succeed in - and, let's be honest, love! Would just need to find 2 more people to work with. Anyhow, looked into what I have to do ........
1. Attend a pre-reg course at the end of November - hmmm, that's 4 months wait.
2  Attend a 12 week course which starts in January - so now that's beginning of April, 9 months
3 .Register with Ofsted - so realistically we're looking at around a year wait!!!

Not forgetting......
1. Ofsted charges £35 to register
2. The 12 week course costs £215
3. Need a health check from my doctor - up to £100
4. A Paediatric First Aid Course - dread to think how much that costs!

So 9-12 months and £250+ before I can even hope to start CM! Are they fricking kidding me?! And yet I'm not surprised.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Wonderful Weekend

A fortnight ago we went up North to see Debbie and the latest addition to her family, Amelia Grace, 6 weeks old.

Although not intentional it was the summer solstice, which was perfect as we refer to each other as soul sisters and are both very into the whole mind, body, spirit way of thinking. I made Amelia a dream catcher for her with gemstones specific for spirituality and earth angels :)

We started off in Durham at Starbucks and then spent a few hours strolling around. Debbie led us to a park so Ella and Evangeline could go on the swings. Only when we got there it didn't have a play park! This was a bit of deja-vu as last time we were up visiting she took me and Ella to the castle - only again, when we got there they had moved the castle ;) Sunday we met her lovely hubby and two of her boys.

While we were up there our friends Lou and Mark suggested we meet them on the way home. Not only that they drove an hour to meet us so we didn't have to add several hours onto the journey. And not only that we had a meal in a restaurant and they insisted on treating us as a thank you for the ceremony weekend :) We should have been thanking them for all the help they gave us - if I had to name 5 people that went above and beyond helping us, their names would be in the list :) Love you guys :)




Wednesday, July 02, 2014

IWSG and CampNaNoWriMo

Okay, I know the latter started yesterday, but if there's one thing I'm going to be insecure about this month, it's going to be writing a ton! Especially with a dodgy wrist *rolls eyes*

Anyhow, to recap for the uninitiated:
IWSG -The Insecure Writers Support Group
Purpose - To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It's a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting is the 1st Wednesday of the month and you can sign up and read more on this linky-link :)

And CampNaNoWriMo - an online community that during July encourages you to write like crazy! Okay, that's it in a nutshell - again, more info and sign-up here!

So, the last few months have disappeared in a blur for one reason or another, but I knew July was going to be a good month for really attempting to nail the second installment in the Legacy novel that I've been toying with like forever! The action is just not happening in my head - the third part I've already fleshed out, but this one joining the two - grrrrr! So loads of positive concentration vibes gratefully received I am the worlds worst at procrastinating! .........oh look, paint drying ;)

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

50 Years Young :)

My old man - can call him that now! - was 50 on Sunday and we had a BBQ in the garden, along with a wrecking ball bouncy castle, beer pong, and lovely friends and family to spend it with. Loads of photos floating around, but this one so far is my favourite - Jeff with all the boys. So many siblings don't get on, it's lovely to see how relaxed and happy these 5 are with each other :)

#100happydays #day 5 Sibling love :)

That's all - back tomorrow for IWSG and CampNaNoWriMo xx

Friday, June 27, 2014

#100 Happy Days

Have seen a lot of people doing this 100 Happy Days Challenge and I think I'm going to give it a go. I will probably do most posts on my Twitter or Instagram accounts, but being the devil I am, just to mix it up, will throw some on here as well. So here goes ........

Day 1. Today I am happy that I have such lovely friends, like Debbie. We went up to visit her and her new baby last week - hadn't cuddled a 6 week old for so long - almost made me broody! Almost please note! Apparently I'm baby Amelia's Fairy Godmother :) Loving that title!
Anyhow, she wrote such lovely things about me that I actually welled up ...... which were promptly stopped when Benjamin suggested I was a loser LOL! ..... so that made me even happier. Have a wander over to Debbie's blog right here  - she's 10 followers off of 1,000, so maybe her blog will press your buttons :) Enjoy!