Moody

I was in a foul mood yesterday. All day. I was grumpy and resentful with Hubby. Shouted at T when he behaved like the 7-yr-old he is. And yes, I lost my patience with Pudding when he started throwing things again. I nursed my grievances and stoked them until late afternoon. And the last straw […]

Surviving

Did you enjoy the holidays? As the beginning of the new school year is upon us I’m looking back on the last five or six weeks and trying to work out the answer to that question. I suppose the truth is that I haven’t quite retained the boundless optimism of the beginning of the holidays. […]

Summer

I’ve got a confession to make. I’m surviving the summer holidays. Even enjoying it quite a lot of the time. But sssshhhh! Don’t tell anyone because I don’t want to jinx it. Some people might think we’re strange as we haven’t booked a proper holiday anywhere – only a couple of long weekends, and one […]

Not to you

Many times I have laid in bed listening to your nightly party time, and cursing you for my lack of sleep. Last night though I loved hearing your surprised little ‘oh’s and cackles of laughter, the shouts of ‘wha da?’ from your dark room. You see, just before I’d been watching TV and seen a […]

Raining in my heart

Like many parents, I’ve seen Frozen many many times, and to misquote one of Anna’s early lines, ‘The sky’s crying, so I’m crying’. Some days everything just seems too much. Today has been one of those days. Whether it’s tiredness from the long hospital day yesterday and a night listening to Pudding shouting from his […]

Paradise

I have a neck! (How stupid does that sound? Nearly 46 years on this planet and she’s only just realised…) The truth is I’ve been walking around since Monday morning like a swan with an elegant long neck rising effortlessly out from my shoulders. I had forgotten what feeling truly relaxed is like. The norm […]

Kindness

So you may have gathered that the last few weeks haven’t been the easiest – sickness bugs, half term, surgery, virtual house arrest after surgery (and don’t even mention politics!). But I’ve been carried through by the kindness of … well, almost everyone. Of course, there will always be the exceptions, the ones who judge […]

Sleep (again)

So, any regular readers will have been waiting on tenterhooks for an update on how Pudding’s move to his own room went and whether we’re getting any sleep. Or, more likely, will have completely forgotten about it…. After a massive clear-out of the office (which has now taken over our bedroom), Pudding moved in just […]

KEEN

I don’t often think about my time at university. Hey, it was so long ago now that I can barely remember it anyway! Yet recently something has happened to take me back. Oxford twenty-five years ago. At Freshers Fair I came across a stall for KEEN – a student-run organisation that put on sporting and […]

My Valentine

Last year in February, the month of love, I wrote a post and quoted a Wet Wet Wet song ‘Love is all around me’. I read it again recently and I’ll be honest, I had a lump in my throat. The love and support I’ve had from those around me have made so much difference […]