So ends 2016, here’s to a happy, healthy 2017. Onwards and upwards.
Love and best wishes to all
What a year, it started filled with promise, hope and adventure which very quickly became sadness, disappointment and dread.
So I started the year with the news of redundancy, scary enough but with family and a good friend by my side it was nothing I couldn’t handle. We started making plans, holidays, adventures, new job ideas.
Then March arrived and I lost my best friend, very suddenly and it was devastating. Very quickly life and plans changed.
May and redundancy came round even quicker, and with no Phil around, the adventure plans and short breaks were shelved and the job applications started. The job hunt was one of the most demoralising experiences I have ever had. Over 1000 applications made with around 50 acknowledgements and 15 interviews.
With no job in sight I spent the summer doing fun things with Oscar and trying to get some happy back into our lives. It worked, a little.
Finally in October it seemed that things were turning around, first my brother got married and then I was offered a job but with only a small number of hours a week. It was something at least, I had routine and felt useful again. It was an enjoyable job, but with such few hours I needed to keep looking for something else, and it came along. Again only part time but it’s keeping me busy and bringing in a little money whilst I keep looking.
December and Christmas arrived in a flash of colour and chaos, family time and quiet time whist Oscar is away with his dad. A time for reflection, organisation and planning.
Even though there have been a few very high, good points overall 2016 will go down as the year of sadness, loss and disappointment.
Sorry but sometimes you just have to brag. My beautiful boy has a love of reading and writing, even with dyslexia and concentration issues, he ploughs on through.
Earlier this year he heard about a creative writing group and wanted to join. So off we went and it was fantastic. They talked, played games, made notes, wrote poems and stories but most of all he made friends and built his confidence in his ability.
His story was published in a book, which we gave to relatives as a present.
Don’t let anything hold you back. If you enjoy it, then do it (as long as it’s legal)
One thing being a parent has taught me is that children just do. It’s only as we get older that we let fear hold us back, but fear of what ? Usually failure or looking stupid, well don’t worry about it because whilst you think you look stupid, other are watching thinking how brave, I wish I could do that.
Make 2017 the year you have a go..
There’s another one of those lists doing the rounds again, but after reading a few different people responses I thought it would be a good one to do on here.
So here goes…. (and it’s only a bit of fun)
So now you know – what about you, how many have you done ? Anything on here you’d like to do, would never do or do on a regular basis ?
So that’s me summed up in 26 easy steps. What about you ?
I saw the Christmas tag as on Bookfandom1001 blog and thought I’d join in.
We put it all up yesterday, 4th but it can be as late as a week before, and usually take it down around the 2/3rd of January.
She looks a little scary but she’s a good angel, she belonged to my nan and has celebrated more Christmas’ than I have.
We have had real tree’s in the past but for the last 10 (or so) years we’ve had artificial ones as they are easier and although the initial cost is expensive, they’ve saved money in the long term.
I love the cinnamon spice and mince pie smells of Christmas. A warm mince pie at any time of year reminds me of Christmas.
Dasher, Dancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Rudolph, I’ve missed one but can’t remember it !
I don’t remember stopping but since becoming a parent the magic is still there.
We have white lights on most of the trees, but Oscar has coloured lights on the tree in his bedroom.
Christmas day morning, when everyone is awake and downstairs.
Yes, the best one was a Christmas day at my Aunties house in Yorkshire, tons of snow and a power cut. We cooked chops on a grill rack over the open fire.
I’m a pretty good wrapper as long as I have time and allowed to get on with it without interference. I don’t go overboard though and I’m not into ‘trendy’ expensive paper, kids don’t care what the paper looks like, and it all ends up in shreds in the bin.
Christmas songs should all be banned before the 1st December, my favourite is Fairytale of New York, The Pogues and Kirsty McColl.
Yes, many times. The last one was a few years ago now though. I’m not sure it’ll get cold enough for snow this year.
I’m not going to tag anyone, as everyone is busy at this time of year, but feel free to participate if you wish.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to you all.