Wednesday, March 04, 2015

IWSG March

http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.fr/p/the-insecure-writers-support-group.html
Yay this month I remembered and scheduled :) I'm going to be busy this month as I'm co-host - Eeek! Exciting! Let's hope I don't screw up and never be allowed to do it again LOL! I was debating what to write about, but then I thought I've subconsciously chosen - time management! When writing, or crafting in any form, we can become so obsessed with the creating. to the detriment of everything going on around - home, health, relationships. It is important to step away from the computer or pen and paper and go have a glass of water - take a walk and get some fresh air - play with the kids.
So, as regulars know, I am a bit of a quote fan, and I think this one says it succinctly :)
The IWSG does exactly what it says on the tin, click on the logo now you've read my post and it'll take you to the linky-list of everyone joining in the blog hop.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Random Acts 6-10

Day 6 - I bought this signed print as a surprise gift for my soul sister as I thought it personified us - she's the sun, I'm definitely the moon :)
 Day 7 - Dropped a tin of food into the food bank collection point at the college om my way to class.
 Day 8 - Bag of clothes sorted for the charity (goodwill) shop.
Day 9 - Went to lunch with Anna and bought the barmaid a drink :)
Day 10 - Gave a bunch of flowers to an amazing mum :)

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Photo a Day - February

Month 2 and still succeeding :) Pretty impressive with everything else going on!
1. Ella on her return from her weekend away - I think she enjoyed it - who knows!
2. New banner I made with Vistaprint for the shoes.
3. Bought this notebook - it's A5 size - for 50p at a charity shop. I loved the outside of it - like an old book. Took out the paper to use as to do lists and plan to use the book for my bucket list :)
3. The only bit of snow we've had in this part of England so far this winter :(
4. Just because I have a bit of a thing about pens!
5. Putting this cheque in the bank on 5th was very enjoyable - apparently the tax man did an audit on my tax payments and found out I had overpaid :)
6. Jeff and I had a date night and went and saw Into the Woods - I think Jeff enjoyed it more than he thought he would!
7. Went to the Enchanted Market
8. Dad and Sandra came up on the Saturday evening and stayed over. Was just great to spend a few easy hours with them :)
9. This is my display at the local craft emporium. Such a brilliant idea to rent just a wall to sell handmade crafty bits.
12. My first prom fayre - was really busy, keeping everything crossed for follow up orders :)
11. Had to take a photograph of how long my hair's got, because I'm thinking it's due a big chop and colour - not completely sure yet though lol!
12. My poor man was so poorly and this was his face when his GP explained what tests he might have to do!
13. Ben got his SAT results. He did okay with English, but struggled with Math - takes after me! - so looks like 2 years in a junior college first, then 2 years in a uni. Not the end of the world, but it was a shame that he was only 20 points off of the minimum needed.
16. How I imagine I look when I'm meditating - lmao!
14. Valentine's card and roses from Jeff and a card from Ella. Um yeah, there's no card from me to Jeff - bad, bad wife!
15. Choosing colours to paint the room for - hopefully - foster children!
16. Went with Josh to see the Blood Brothers play - thought it was the musical, so now need to book that lol!
17. Pancake day
18. Outing for the day to London, no Ben as he was working :(
19. Joshua chilling and me planning to have a stand at the Ascot Wedding Show - eek!
20. Temporary 'new' 20 year old BMW 3 Series while the Galaxy is fixed!
21. Ella's respite place had a party for old and current 'service users' (think that's the pc term!) and it was a Chinese New Year theme - she won best fancy dress :)
22. Went to my first singalong - won't be my last! - to The Sound of Music, with Joy and Niki. Fantastic night, and apparently I can still hold a note, so at least I wasn't screeching in their ears!
23. Quick pair of hi-tops I decorated - thinking this is exactly what Ella needs for her prom :)
24. My poor baby - worried about the dentist :(
25. Continuing with trying to read more, book number 2 of the year, The Memory Keepers Daughter. Okay, yes sad, but nothing on last nights Greys Anatomy episode with Jackson and Kepner :(
26. Signed up for a 4 week free how to create an e-book course for my business - planning looks good so far!
27. Jeff and I went to see The Kingsman - loved it!! And was headhunted on Linkedin and have an interview on Monday!

28. Our beautiful God-daughter Orla's 6th birthday! And Joshua warming up for a cup game (which they lost :( )

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Random Acts 1-5

.... of Kindness Day 1 to Day 5
Day 1 - Ella giving some money to a busker near Waterloo Station.
Day 2 -Meeting with the foster social worker - because this is one act of kindness that will go long beyond 40 days :)
Day 3 - Gave Joshua the money for a taxi to physio so that he didn't have to aggravate his injury any more with 2 long walks :) (okay, so the photo isn't the actual taxi, but hey, perfect choice after our trip to Tower Bridge this week!)
Day 4 - lent Ben some money so he could help out a friend in need.
Day 5 - Putting some shoes in the shoe bin today :)


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Trip to London

As it's half term this week we decided to take a day out of a very busy week and spend a day together in London. Ben couldn't join us as he had to work so it was Jeff, Joshua, Ella and me. As always things weren't perfect. I mean, who would think that in the 21st century you could find a kiosk that doesn't take cards? And it wasn't my fault the bus route had been changed lol! It was a long day, and by the end of it I was literally crying with the pain in my foot and was up half the night with pain - really must go back to the hospital. Just a selection of photographs. The main attraction we were going for was Tower Bridge. Loved the architecture, I am a fan of buildings - but tbh, it's just a bridge LOL! The glass walkway was interesting. I'm sorry but the reason the earth is covered is so that you don't look down at an expense of falling! Everyone else loved it, just me being my usual wimpy tart that didn't appreciate it ;)

Friday, February 20, 2015

To the Institute of Economic Affairs ......

I was pointed to this article this evening. One would expect more from such an organisation. There are actually 2 issues - and maybe another day I'll address the costs of childcare - having run 2 private day nurseries I know a little about that! However, for now, what caused an unexpected Friday night blogpost? Five words  'Informal arrangements such as childminders' ! Seriously, yes, you read that right. So of course, email flew straight out my inbox .......

'Dear Ms Goodwin,

I was pointed towards your short article on the above, dated 19th February 2015.
I am a NNEB qualified childcarer, with 30 plus years experience, have owned 2 private day nurseries, have a Playwork L3, and the DTLLS qualification which enables me to teach childcare and playwork to others. I am in the process of setting up as a training provider and am just completing the process to hopefully become a foster carer. I also have 2 step-children, 3 birth children (one with ADHD) and an adopted child (with complex special needs).

However, as I want to childmind the above makes no difference, not a single jot, not a measly iota. I have to, please note have to it is not optional, jump through a never-ending hoop .......
  • Attend a pre-reg evening with the LA Early Years
  • Attend and pass a 12 week course certifying me as a childminder
  • Attend a 12 hour Paediatric First Aid Course
  • Register with the ICO
  • Create policies and procedures
  • Follow the EYFS in relation to Learning Journals and goals
  • Register with Ofsted
  • I have also completed a Food Hygiene Course.
  • Etc. Etc. Etc.
All this in spite of my experience and qualifications. Could you please therefore explain to me how in any sense of the word 'informal' chilldminding is an informal arrangement as I would love to know!
I await your response.'

Wonder if I'll even get one?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Random Acts....

...of Kindness. Today is Ash Wednesday, and although I'm pretty much a lapsed Catholic for various reasons, Lent is still a good time to make a difference. So starting today I am planning to do 1 act of random kindness a day for 40 days, after all, every little helps :)

So, Day 1, is Ella giving some money to a busker near Waterloo Station :)