All is calm

Doris is on her way. The latest winter storm is due to hit overnight so I will probably not get much sleep tonight because I just hate the wind. It makes me worry. I get up in the night and look out, even though I can’t see anything! Such a worrier. Tonight my youngest has his cousin over to stay overnight and they are supposed to be sleeping but I can hear them chattering and playing. The older boy is back at school because they had a shorter half term so he’s in bed. If the noise levels increase it’ll be lights out.  I thought they’d be shattered tonight as they both had a sleepover at their granny’s last night and were up later than usual. I had planned on taking them to the beach in the morning so unless Doris has passed us by I can forget that idea. I really hope that she has as I’d love a walk on the beach with a bit of treasure hunting thrown in. 

So I am cosy in bed surrounded by my boys so all is well in the calm before the storm.

Finding the time to blog

I find it quite hard to find the time to blog. There’s always something else to do, but is it always something more important to do? I was thinking again about having a schedule, not a rigid, strict kind of thing but just a tool to assist me make better use of my time. I took voluntary redundancy last March and the past year has been wonderful, absolutely precious and I wouldn’t change it for the world. However, reflection I think I could have made better use of my time. Or am I being too hard on myself? So what did I do in the past year?

  • I spent lots and lots of time with my boys
  • I left them to and collected them from school nearly every day
  • The family had a fantastic holiday in Portugal 
  • I went to Barcelona with some friends and had a lovely time 
  • I had many lunches with different friends 
  • I had a weekend away with my oldest friend
  • I read a lot 
  • I napped  a lot
  • I de-stressed
  • I totally transformed our bedroom from a dumping ground to a de-cluttered, calm space 
  • I cooked from scratch  a lot
  • I tried many new recipes 
  • I threw out, recycled much of our clutter 
  • I finally painted the utility room (NEVER painted since built a few years ago)
  • I became happy and relaxed 

Now I think about it I made excellent use of my time. Much of it was spent on ME which we don’t get to do very well when we work outside the home, work inside the home, have children…

Now on to the next phase … a new job. Maybe this is the ideal time to think about that schedule/ routine planner. 

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

I am currently reading this to my 8 year old. We are reading mostly chapter books now. It’s been so hard to leave the old favourite picture books behind … not for him though … me! I love that he’s growing up and is now doing lots of independent reading but I will miss the old ones. 

Flora and Ulysses is a great read. It’s about a squirrel who gets sucked into a hoover and develops ‘powers’. Oh, and his sidekick a 10 year old girl called Flora. It’s very funny and the chapters are short so there’s lots of “please one more chapter mum”.

I look forward to finding out what happens to the unlikely duo.



A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes

I loved history at school and studied it to A-level. Looking back I wish I had studied history and maybe english at degree level. Anyway I could go back and do another degree but I can’t afford it so decided to just enjoy re-learning history. I’m starting off with the above title, just a few pages per night before my novel. However, it’s very readable and I’m reading more than a few. Utterly amazing. Does anyone else read factual books for pleasure? If so, what is your choice?

Himself – a novel by Jess Kidd 

I loved this book. Debut novel by the talented Jess Kidd. It’s about a young Irish man who having been brought up in care, returns to the village where he was born. He goes with the intention of finding out what happened to his mother and who his father is\was. The village is full of characters, both dead and alive. The author has developed the characters really well and I was totally drawn into the insular, small-minded community. I loved her descriptions of the village’s ‘departed’ residents and their antics. Highly recommended and I look forward to her next story.

The wind 

I can’t sleep. It’s really stormy. Sometimes the wind whips up in such a way that it feels like the roof if going to come off. I hope there’s no damage but I’ll lie here worrying about it for another hour or two I’m sure.My mum told me my granny hated the wind too.

Glenariff Forest Park

A bracing start to the new year. I resolved last year to walk more and see lots more of our beautiful wee country. So I am starting this year as I mean to go on. Did The Waterfall Walk in the Glenariff forest park this afternoon. It was misty and drizzling while we were there but we were undeterred and had a lovely walk, followed by an al fresco picnic. Cold, wet and happy. I loved it.