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taking stock #14

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so, life got away from me….

Taking stock is a month late. In between appointments with the Boy and getting the Girl moved into her new place, the truth is that I simply forgot all about it (even though I have a blog post calendar and ‘taking stock’ was clearly marked for last month!).

When I realized, I pushed it back on the calendar, because I really do enjoy these posts.  They’re a chance for me to look forward and back at what has been happening.  A chance to catch my breath, remember to eat the elephant one bite at a time and know that regardless of how much life gets away, I’ve still got a damn good one, and for that I am thankful.

So, a month late.  Here it is – taking stock #14.

Making: raspberry jelly.  Jelly has been my evening sweet treat lately – and yes, it’s the Aeroplane variety
Cooking: cooking….. arrrrgghhhhhh.  I. Am. So. Over. Having. To. Decide. What. Is. For. Dinner!
Drinking: water, water, and more water
Reading: Smith Journal.  I’ve started picking it up for my Boy because he enjoys the articles, and anything that can get a boy reading is worth buying
Wanting: another weekend on the coast with my Girl
Looking: for….
Playing: the iPod in the dock – music ranging from jazz and the 70’s through to gangster rap and electronic dance
Deciding: that enough is enough
Wishing: I lived closer to my nephews…. seeing video of their hijinks is great, but I’d love to be there in person
Enjoying: the quiet
Waiting: for our next appointment with our new functional medicine GP.  It’s so exciting to have found a medical professional who wants to help and heal you, rather than push pills or tell you it’s all in your head
Liking: that we still are having cooler nights
Wondering: if the weather will ever warm up though!
Loving: that my Girl has settled into her new life in her new town
Pondering: what next year will bring
Considering: the options
WatchingThe Vampire Dairies with my Boy.  Just about finished Season 1.  It’s fun sharing these shows with my kids now that they are old enough
Hoping: for a treatment plan that will halt the progress of my Boy’s disease
Marveling: at how the mind of our new GP works – you could see the cogs turning as she talked to us
Needing: a decent night sleep
Smelling: the raspberry jelly I just made!
Wearing: socks over feet rubbed with Happy Feet cream (it’s a mixture I make myself, and it makes my feet happy)
Following: the news
Noticing: how if I plan my top 3 priority tasks for the day, I seem to get a lot more done
Knowing: that there is always tomorrow to do more
Thinking: about how I haven’t dusted for a few weeks now.  Or ironed.  And how it’s bothering me but it’s not
Feeling: tired a lot
Admiring: the strength of women… mums in particular
Sorting: through stuff in cupboards…. still….
Buying: or bought. A new bed for the ‘spare’ room (feels so weird saying that!)
Getting: ready for after school pickup
Bookmarking: Dear Mama.  A photographic appreciation of motherhood.  Well worth a look for all mums.
Disliking: how this time of year gets so busy
Opening: a can of worms
Giggling: I told you last time… I don’t giggle
Snacking: on crystallized ginger
Coveting: the definition of covet is ‘yearn to possess’ and I really don’t covet anything… I have all I really want or need
Wishing: that it was next weekend already… my Girl is home for a few days
Hearing: the wind in the trees through the open back door

In the comments, I’d love to hear:

Do you ever get sick and tired of cooking!?

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The Weekend Photo Project – Flowers

Today was absolutely gorgeous!

Thankfully the wind had dropped from yesterday (one final wintery blast for the Little Man’s last soccer game – just to remind us all that we live on top of a mountain and are at the mercy of the weather…  PS. his team won!) and the sun was glorious.

So after I’d done all of the domestic chores I grabbed my camera and headed up the street to the tree that has those wonderful cherry blossom-type flowers.  A little snap here and a little snap there, and I’d gotten my photo-fix for the afternoon.

I didn’t manage one for yesterday, even though there were so many things that made me smile

The Little Man’s team winning their final game…. Daughter telling me that she loves our house because I’ve made it such a ‘cool’ place to live in…. Beating Husband at his new PS Vita game after my second try…. Snuggling up in bed with the Little Man….

….and the list could go on-and-on-and-on.

Hope you’ve had a gorgeous weekend as well and that the sun shone on you today.
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Today I am…

Grateful for my friend Jacqui – who is like a second Mother to my kids.  She took them out to her property today and gave me an un-interrupted day of work.

Proud of my perseverance – the blog is finally coming together.  CSS, I will conquer you!

Thankful to have found Tara Gentile’s Website Kick Start course – without her guidance, this blog re-design would not have been possible.


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Thankful Thursday


After a very rough couple of days, with a very sick Little Man, I am incredibly thankful that we have an absolutely wonderful naturopath – who talked me through a fever that wouldn’t break and gave me the conviction to follow through with our method of treatment.

Thanks Pauline.

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