Dead Triffids and other reasons to be cheerful

There's a plant theme to my reasons to be cheerful for this week...

Flowers


I don't have much time for gardening, which can lead to unexpected problems (see below), so I take great pride in my little collection of pots outside the front door, and this year, they are blooming beautifully!

Help and Support


Myself and Smiley enjoyed a wonderful day out on Sunday, and it was only afterwards that I realised why it was so special: for once I didn't have to worry about logistics, I didn't have to worry about what was going to happen next and how I would manage it with a wheelchair.  There was somebody with me all the time, organising everything.  It was almost like having parents again: someone else taking all the responsibility, just for a few hours.

July Provision


If you're not in Ireland, July Provision won't mean much to you - but it means a lot to special needs families, though we're a bit late to the party...  You see we have humongously long summer holidays here: three months at secondary level, which is a crazy amount of time to fill, especially if you can't go on holidays and your teen won't go to summer camp.  And these days they're not allowed to work either!

My two special needs teens used to have school-based summer camps, but those have been cut, bar one week at Smiley's school.  Instead families can apply for home-based tutors for 10 hours a week.  And this is what we have done here, and it all began yesterday.  Some boundaries were set, but apart from that, it went quite well.  Keeping all my fingers and toes crossed for the next four weeks...

Dead Triffids


Okay so they're not actually triffids, but I had no idea how wild my garden had got until some pruning by my neighbours followed by a night of heavy rain caused half my back garden to collapse!



And the reason to be cheerful?  Friends - and children - who are rallying around to help me to clear up the mess: it's much easier than doing it alone.


Reasons to be Cheerful





12 comments:

  1. Love the title of this post. I'm glad you had helping in clearing it though.
    A special Sunday sea trip sounded lovely, glad you were able to do that without the stress of having to plan and organise it yourself.

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    1. Yes I'm thinking the sea trip will be one of the highlights of the summer :)

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  2. Not sure I could cope with kids at home for 3 months! Glad there are provisions to help you. Beautiful flowers and glad you have friends to help with the garden rescue

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    1. My friends are definitely the best! I'd be lost without them all :)

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  3. The bench looks like a great place to chill out in the sun! #R2BC

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  4. So glad you have good neighbours. Sorry to hear how all the cut backs have affected you, though.

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    1. Yep the cutbacks seem to be never ending!

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  5. Wow-three months is terribly long! *sigh* 10 hours a week seem awfully short! I love that you find positives no matter what. I'm glad you are getting help with the clean up...and even though it is short-I am glad that you can fully enjoy the ten hours..:)

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  6. Great reasons to be cheerful and also good to hear that you are getting a bit of assistance with the home tutoring option. Fingers crossed that it all goes well. Wow to your wall of green, I guess on a positive note, your garden has suddenly got bigger!! xx

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    1. The garden has got bigger, but it still looks like it was hit by a mini hurricane!

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