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Getting my knit on

I have several projects on the go just now (Works In Progress), but I seem to have lost my knitting mojo. Any ideas where I could find it again?

I have beautiful yarn-

And I have the patterns ready. I have time; I waste  that on the internetz at night. I have no reason not to be useful with my hands and my time. I’ve been good in the recent past, I just need to get back into it again. Ask me in a few days how I’m doing, will you?

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Shoes on sale =  happy mummy and happy small one.


Not white for long

And a happy morning in the garden for all concerned.

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I have a new appreciation – for weekends. And for Bank Holiday weekends, at that. I always enjoyed weekends, pre-baby, and during mat leave it was a lovely time to spend as a family. But now that I’m back at work, they’ve become altogether precious. It’s unhurried time to spend with my boys; time to enjoy each others’ company; time to realise again that TWM is an amazing creature who learns new things every day and loves to practise them. I miss so much of his best times while I’m at work, so I am utterly determined to make the most of the time I DO have with him. That means no internet in the short week-day hours we are together, and as much time as I can singing, playing, and generally chatting (although that’s still somewhat one-sided!).

Work itself is bearable; I think not demonising it in the run-up to my return helped with that. In the event, it’s been a relatively easy return and of course I feel as if I’ve never been away. The branch I am in has it’s challenges (don’t they all!) but it gives me an opportunity to put my own stamp on the place and to show what I can do. I have had something of a revelation to the tune of – I actually CAN do this job, I am quite good at it on my better days. I wonder if motherhood has given me more of a focus? Perhaps since I must spend so much time apart from my baby, I am trying to make it worthwhile at least – an area where I can succeed and provide a good life for us as a family, and a better one in the future.

TWM loves nursery, is always tired by the end of the day, but comes home covered in muck and glitter. The former is great because I am glad he is getting out in the nursery’s garden and enjoying the outdoors; the latter is also good as neither my husband or I are creative and I am hopeful TWM will be able to indulge his artistic urges in that setting! He has consistent reports of smiley days and happy boy, which as a mother is all I want 🙂

In other news, hubbie is on the up again. Meds are doing what they’re supposed to and I have him back almost 100%. After one of these episodes I always have a new appreciation for the engaging, humorous, quirky, lovely man he is, since I feel all of that is smothered under a heavy blanket of depression at his worst. It truly is an awful illness. However, I am also immensely grateful for my lovely friends who get me through it each time he goes under. That’s you, Rachel.

My crocheting is coming along, I only really get a chance at it at the weekends as midweek post-baby-bedtime evenings are taken up with answering questions for AQA 63336 . I have completed three squares now of my blanket, and each is marginally more accomplished than the previous. They’re still each a wee bit wonky, but they are full of effort I have put in, so that will just have to do! Pictures shall follow.

All in all, I am quite content for now. There are always things I would like to change, but I feel that in the circumstances I am in, I am making the best I can of them and enjoying it along the way. That’s enough for me.

At a wedding at the start of April

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I nicked this from another blog, who borrowed it from here:

“When I catch myself thinking, “My husband isn’t very thoughtful,” and my mind starts kicking up examples of thoughtlessness, I retort, “My husband is very thoughtful” – and sure enough, I think of lots of examples of thoughtful behavior. When I think “My daughters squabble a lot,” I answer, “My daughters get along very well.”

I’ve been trying to do this to a certain extent with my return to work; if I tell myself I’m dreading going back and am constantly telling other people how awful it’s going to be – that will be a self-fulfilling prophecy. So I’ve been trying to remember the good things about my job, the banter with other staff and the opportunity to use my brain. I need to continue and develop this – remembering why it’s better in the long term for my career, and the treats we’ll be able to enjoy because of the salary. (Y’know, treats like food, and heating, and stuff) I think it’s also something I can apply to my family – I have a hubby who is so kind and helpful in our home, and I never want to take that for granted. I need to remember that and thank him for what he does, rather than focusing on the (very few) things he doesn’t do.

I got my belated Christmas present this week – the comfiest boots in the world, ever (TM). It’s like walking on clouds, as my sister said when she tried them on yesterday. I’m looking forward to breaking them in and making them even comfier!

Also, I finally managed to get hold of the Art of Crochet magazine the other day. It’s something I’ve been looking for for a couple weeks, as I have wanted to learn to crochet for a while. I know there are plenty of books or places online where I could start learning, but I am big enough and ugly enough to admit that I need a ‘gimmick’ to get me started on a new hobby. I enjoy knitting, but a lot of patterns call for a bit of crocheting to finish and it bugged my happiness that I couldn’t do it. So I was delighted when I found the first part of the magazine in our local supermarket – it’s been out of stock everywhere! I’m not going to buy many more issues of the magazine as once I have the basic technique I will take it on from there myself. I shall post pictures of my progress!

Longies (for over night nappies) knitted by me and my mum

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