Every day is a beautiful day if you walk on the sunny side of the street

Every day is a beautiful day if you walk on the sunny side of the street
Summer days will surely return.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Flowers and fundraising and finding a new normal ☺

School broke up on Friday. I was still on sick leave.  I won't be going back in September. I am trying to find a new normal. It is weird and wonderful to have so much free time.
The parents of my reception children had these flowers delivered to my home and also a voucher for afternoon tea for two. I was very touched.
My son is cycling 100 miles on Sunday for charity. I was very very touched when he told me that his chosen charity is the Hughes Syndrome Foundation. As you know, I battle with Hughes daily ~ stroke like episodes and memory loss. It means such a lot that he is doing this for the charity that has quite literally been a lifeline to me.
Now the cheeky bit ~ this is his fundraising page should you wish to support him!
With so much illness at present, life has seemed very grey but I am finally finding some colour and hope in my days. Family and friends have visited and helped me to smile again. Am beginning to find and like this new normal.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

A simple evening project.

It is pouring with rain here this morning ~ ideal for playing with thread colours and dreaming of a happy wedding next month!☺
NEXT MONTH!!!!!!!! Still haven't been shopping for an outfit yet!
Looking foward to working on a simple card from this pattern.

Friday, 15 July 2016


I have found some good bargains lately. This little lot of fresh fruit, veg, and hummus should have cost over £12; I paid £3! It was all delicious. The mash is in the freezer and will top cottage pies probably. I also got £6 worth of wholemeal bread and rolls for £3 and it still had two days to run on the sell by date.

This trailing begonia is a bit weirdly shaped and wild but I kinda like that! It was reduced from £6 to £1 ~ I kinda like that too!

I suppose I should trim it up a bit but I can't bring myself to do it!

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Clouds and Silver Linings.

My enforced rest time has got me thinking.

I love teaching but it has completely taken over my life.

 Next term, once the operation is done, I shall just do odd days of supply.

It feels strange to have leisure time back, that worries me, as I realise just what a workaholic I had become.

I did a little stamping the other day. It may become a card. I am in a lot of pain so it's hard to settle to do much.

I have a lot of time on my hands and lots of time to think.

I am seeking greater balance in my life. I am remembering things which brought me joy and am re~introducing them into my life.

It is odd to think "what shall I do today?" Every minute was bound up with school work. Now I am free.

My world had become very black and white but I am beginning to see colours again.

I would never have chosen to be poorly but it has made me take stock.

Even this cloud has had a silver lining.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Saying it with flowers

It occurred to me today that I have my own "language of flowers" going on in my home right now.

This is a bunch of sunshine in a jug. "These are to cheer you up" and the flowers and hugs from my son and his fiancee have certainly done the trick!

I am on sick leave right now. Five weeks of ear infection and three lots of antibiotics has resulted in a lump forming on my ear drum. A stay in hospital and an operation lies ahead. So I am at home taking it easy, taking more meds, and taking time to smell the roses on my living room window sill.

And in the hall a potted plant says "Welcome home!"

I sigh a huge sigh of relief and gratitude as I walk into this space.

I love flowers but I am appreciating them even more this week as I rest.


Sunday, 19 June 2016

Looking for happy

Blinds left open overnight, this was the view I woke to.
Work has been mega high stress since January and I am sick of the pressure and bullying hence why I resigned. Now I am trying to chill a bit whilst I finish up the last minute jobs of school reports etc. Just 25 days left.
We continue to sort out my mother in law's paperwork and effects meanwhile my father in law is very , very ill with leukaemia. Life is grim.
 I am trying to look for the happy in the everyday, as I usually do, anything that will keep me going ☺So I was thrilled with the view from the window this morning.
I tell myself that if I can look for the good I can get through the bad. I have 2 hospital visits this week ~1 involves a heart scan. So I must definitely search out the happy.

Friday, 27 May 2016