Enjoying the colourful flowers in my garden. My dahlias are not as lush and vibrant as Sarah Raven promised but one at least is flowering. An unusual variety at that and I don't remember ordering it but that is probably a reflection of my tired brain. The rudbeckia are just starting to open and the orange crocosima is at its best. It does feel like late summer, that's for sure.
Taking a deep breath - just two more days of school holidays. To be honest, I am totally knackered. I am so done with the holidays. I was working four of the last six weeks and I am lucky to be able to work at home but it is not fun to be there and not present as a parent at the same time.
Struggling with being a confident parent. Don't ask, just too much crap in that corner. For example, my older children think they know best how to bring up the younger ones. The believe in firm discipline, which is rather funny considering the relatively flexible boundaries which they themselves have so enjoyed. I am trying but failing to bring across the message that discipline does not equal humiliation. And so it goes round in circles....
Worrying about James, who is starting secondary school on Wednesday. He is anxious and excited in equal measures, maybe with a sprinkle of panic. It has not been an an easy few months for James but we are finally getting some much needed support. I need to remain optimistic that his confidence grows with time and all falls in place for him. Not helping is the above of course...
Feeling excited for Sam - he found a flat. Fingers crossed all works out. If all goes well, next weekend he'll be staying in his own place. He is currently reading through the 70 page contract, or so he says. I am not sure how I feel about Sam moving out but I am sure I'll miss the unexpected smell of curry/bacon/chocolate cake at random times during the night.
Beavering away on Sam's leaving home quilt. The proportions are epic and the colour scheme not my choosing but I am starting to like it despite the lack of my usual colours. It is coming along quickly. I cut fat quarters into two equally wide strips and then cut these in random length. I am sewing these together without much thought, the only "rules" I am following are that I evenly space the yellows and that I don't sew two pieces of one kind together.
Celebrating Annie's National 5 exam results. She has surpassed her own expectations and is now planning for the future.
Knitting a second Polaris jumper. I wear my first one all the time. I am working my way through my small yarn stash at the moment. This powder pink Drops Alpaca yarn is the last yarn I have a significant amount of. I bought it years ago, on sale.
Loving my couch to 5k programme. I am in week 7 and my knee is holding up. The feel good vibes of slow running are coming back and I know I am on the right path because I feel a bit grouchy when I have to reschedule a running date with Sanjeev Kohli, who is making the pain more bearable. I am finding it quite hard, it is very hilly around here.
Finding new appreciation for the luxury of having a shower room. It was pure joy this morning when I took the first shower in a week. The new shower produces a pleasant jet of water. We also have a rain function through a second shower head but I haven't quite figured out how to use this. The shower room renovation was a success and I am looking forward to the end of this week, when it will be painted. Might sneak in a little trip to Ikea to get some bits and bobs. I am sure Sam will ask to come along :-)
Still waiting for my contract renewal for September. At the moment, only two days of five are in place (I am funded through two different streams). With all that is going on, I am finding this a bit stressful but it is of course not an unusual situation (I have worked at this institution for 20 years with one short term contract after the other).
Looking forward to our October holiday.
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