Friday, 12 January 2018

January decorating the blues

Every year January presents me with the same problem, how do you "dress" the house once the vibrancy of the Christmas decorations have been taken down? Surfaces that a week ago were full of colour, shape and texture (not to mention sparkle!) now look empty. bare and flat.

Green Gate collection 2014

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This year this was not a problem thanks to Santa's generosity.  I am a big fan of the pottery made by Danish company Greengate, I love the vintage patterns and the simple shapes, unfortunately my pockets are not deep enough to have a lot of it and I must confess to using it to display on my Welsh dresser rather than using to eat my breakfast off.


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During my recovery period I had a lot of time on my hands so poking around the internet looking for lovely things to add to my Christmas wish list was one of my chief occupations. While trying to find some reduced Greengate pottery I found the Fine Nordic site which not only had Greengate items in their sale it also introduced me to another Danish brand that produces equally lovely pots called Krasilnikoff.

Stars by Krasilnikoff

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Needless to say that a nice box of goodies were delivered to my home before Christmas and I have added Fine Nordic to my bookmarks!

Happy mugs by Krasilnikoff, coming spring 2014, Syl loves

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No pictures of my lovely treasures this time as the light at the moment is so poor it is difficult to get a decent shot but I will try and remember to take something even if it is just a phone piccy that I pos to Instagram!

Have a good weekend peeps x

Please note I have not received an incentive from any of the companies mentioned in this post.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Calendars, journals and planners ... or just a book?

I have seen a few articles pop up in my Pinterest feed about journals and planners as it is "that time of the year" I wondered if they had anything to offer.

Do you have a morning routine that works well for you? New post on the blog about trying to work these things in this next week. Link in the bio!

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I currently have a kitchen calendar that gets holidays, birthdays, appointments etc written on. I also keep a note book which I write down ideas about all sorts of things as and when they come to me, sometimes I meal plan in it, I list the chores that need to be done and often aren't!, blog ideas, there is  a list of plants that I would like to include in my garden etc etc. It can be slightly chaotic but it generally makes some kind of sense to me.

Bullet journal monthly cover page, January cover page, New Years drawing, fireworks drawing. @studydvcky

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The journals seem to cover everything from well being, religion, health, gratitude, doodles, chores, life goals, spending, saving, appointments, to do lists, how many glasses of water you drink, what you wore on the day etc etc in fact you could spend the whole day filling in your journal and not actually get anything done!

studypetals:  3.16.16+2:26pm // 16/100 days of productivity // a kind anon asked for bullet journal ideas, so here’s a list of what i’ve seen from tumblr mixed with some of my own ideas!  song of the day: “work from home” - fifth harmony

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The planners were more about setting goals over the year or tracking events that recurred throughout the year. Budget and meal planners seemed to be quite popular.

Bullet Journal Tracking Spreads - So many brilliant spreads here from tracking weight loss and water to chores and car maintenance!

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So am I about to bin the book and start a journal? not in the short term but I am going to steal some of the things I liked

Get Messy Art Journal ♥ Caylee Grey                                                                                                                                                                                 More

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  • Give each Month a "front page" with some doodles and possible some seasonal pics from magazines or flyers. I will mark the page with a tab made from washi tape and then I can refer back to things within the particular month.
  • Set myself a goal of the month which can be as big or as small as my time allows
  • List the events and appointments that we have booked in for that month
  • Give myself 3 mini goals for the day and write down a reward to give myself once completed. I thought this was quite clever as satisfaction and reward contribute to personal well being. Currently this would be something like 
    1. complete daily chores
    2. walk X amount of steps
    3. put the Christmas decorations away
    4. REWARD = Mug of milky hot chocolate
  • Limit the number of daily chores I write down to 4, I think this is achievable and I get the satisfaction of having completed my list. My current light duties are
    1. washing in and out
    2. wipe down kitchen surfaces
    3. dishwasher and pot
    4. wipe down bathroom surfaces
  • Put my ideas at the back of the book so they are separate from my "daily page". I like that this will provide a little bit of structure but still allows me to go off at a tangent without causing complete chaos!

I would love to hear if you have any other tips about journals and planning.

Happy January everyone :)

Thursday, 4 January 2018

2018 has snuck in!

Well my best laid plans didn't come to fruition and December vanished without me making any posts at all!  Quite a contrast to last years flurry of activity

It is now a little over 10 weeks since my op and I ventured into work for a couple of hours today. I got a fabulous reception from everyone and it was lovely to be back with my work "family".

The Christmas decorations are coming down tomorrow and I have a few plans to fill the blank spaces to avoid that emptiness that always seem to follow the excess. I will try and get some photos to put up but the lighting at this time of year is so poor I won't make any promises.

I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year, we were lucky enough to see in the New Year at St Ives. They close off the streets, everyone dresses up in fancy dress and there are fireworks on the beach, it is tremendous fun for all ages.  We dressed up as a family of "where's Wally" including baby Esme complete with stripey tights and a body suit x

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Life in the slow lane

Hi All,

Just over 5 weeks since I had my ops and there are moments when I am starting to get back to normal.  I keep a little note book next to my bed and in the initial period I used it to keep a note of when I took my medication and to comment on my twinge,s aches and pains.  This is now used to record all the tiny steps forward that I take like being able to get back into my jeans......if only for about 5 minutes at a time!

Progress is expectedly slow and I am trying not push myself although sometimes I forget and go to do something only for my body to go NO! not yet.

I have managed a couple of small craft projects that I will photograph and put up at some point.  Pinterest is doing a good job of absorbing some of my time and I have earmarked a few projects already for next year.

I hope you are all busy with lots of exciting projects in the run up to Christmas please leave a comment to let me know what you are up to x

And finally don't forget to keep doing those pelvic floor exercises xx

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

I am back

Just a quick update, I had my ops yesterday. Hysterectomy, and front and back pelvic floor repairs (so classed as 3 ops).  I spent one night in hospital and was discharged at lunch time today.

I have been signed off work for 2 months but have been advised by the consultant that the recovery period will be 2 and a half to 3 months! I was told 12 weeks when I agreed to the op but thought that once I could drive (6 to 8 weeks) I would be back at work.

I can't lift anything heavier than a kilo for the first few weeks so even if I am feeling OK I have to resist getting involved with the likes of vacuuming, pushing the trolley round the supermarket, hauling washing in and out of the machine etc. Luckily hubby is on hand to pick up all these tasks, although we have agreed that he doesn't have to do any ironing and I am prepared to go with the flow in the short term.

I am feeling fine so far but I am ready for my painkillers when the time comes round.  I didn't sleep to well last night but I think that was down to the amount of sleep I had had during the afternoon. I am starting to get swelly belly due to the gas that is used as part of the op, I am drinking peppermint tea and sucking mint sweeties in the hope of moving it!

I will keep you updated on my recovery but in the mean time don't forget to do your pelvic floor exercises it may prevent you going through this xx

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Things that don't go to plan

Hi All,

It has been a while since I posted anything and there is a reason for that.  I had scheduled a post about a weekend away we were taking down to St Ives, our usual trip on the sleeper train, pottering about, taking a few snaps, enjoying a cream tea etc etc. However, my body decided that this was all too boring and it wanted to add some drama to the event and I had a prolapse!  My exact words to my hubby were "my insides are falling out!"

After the initial shock I called 111 for advice, I was told this is a common occurrence! (according to the NHS website 1 in 10 women suffer from prolapse). A Doctor called me back explained that many women just live with this, he said I could go to Penzance that evening if I wanted to go to a walk-in centre but I would be OK to just take it easy and not lift anything.  As we were 7 miles away and didn't have a car I decided that I would wait and see my GP when I got home.

My GP confirmed the over the phone diagnosis and arranged an appointment with a consultant gynecologist. At the appointment I was offered either a pessary (a ring that sits inside and holds things up) that needed to be changed every 6 months or surgery.  I have opted for surgery, it will be three ops in one, anterior and posterior pelvic floor repairs and hysterectomy.  I am scheduled in for 24th October, I am going in as a private patient using hubbys BUPA package.  There is a recovery period of about 12 weeks! I fear that after the initial pain has calmed down boredom might be my biggest enemy.

So ladies what ever your age please do your pelvic floor exercises every day, they may prevent this from happening to you and if it does happen the stronger your pelvic floor muscles are the better you will be able to deal with it. I have just downloaded an app from TENA that has a guide on how to do them and a reminder to add to your phone to give you a nudge so you don't forget to do them.

I will let you know how it all goes but in the mean time keep up those pelvic floor exercises x

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Whats going on in the garden?

After a week away in the sun I was a little bit apprehensive about what may have been going on in my garden.

We have invested in some new planting for this year moving the focus away from vegetables and moving towards a cottage garden style.  As we have already invested a lot of cash into the summer house I have been trying to pick up plants without paying too much for them.

I lost 4 Lupin plants to the slugs, I was in a dilemma as to weather of not I should buy some little blue pellets to kill the little blighters off but I know they are harmful to the eco system as they are taking food away from birds and hedgehogs so I decided to sacrifice the Lupins on this occasion but I will give it another go next year and I try to grow them in a pot and see if I get better results.

I have tried to select plants that will either come back again or will shed seeds.  There are some bedding plants that have added colour in the short term and they can be replenished next year or replaced with something different.

  I think that it will be at least 3 years before the garden will start to look something like my long term vision and as it is a garden it will continue to evolve.

I am a self confessed haphazard gardener and like Mother Nature to have a hand in my garden so I am looking forward to seeing what survives and what perishes along the way.

What have you been up to in your garden this Summer? and do you have any tips on dealing with the slugs?