But today is all about the good stuff...
Back to school
This has been the best start ever to the school year. Everything I did (and didn't do) over the summer seems to have paid off. The mornings are mostly going to plan, no school days have been missed, and homework is being tackled methodically. Of course he's still complaining about it, but what teenager doesn't?
And a break from school troubles is what gives me reasons to be cheerful numbers 2 and 3..
Exercise and photography
Not much exercise was got over the summer, apart from the occasional bit of wheelchair pushing. It suited me not to be aware of my lung problems either. But with an appointment looming, I've been doing my best to make my symptoms as bad as possible so the consultant will take me seriously. That meant lots of strenuous exercise and clearing and cleaning all the dusty stuff in the house and garden.
The exercise has been made a lot easier by my new phone, which has a working FM radio, and a pretty good camera too for when I spot something interesting. I believe that it's a rule that you can stop running to take a photo, if it means you end up running further..
The list is getting shorter.
During the summer I felt completely overwhelmed by everything that needed to be done, from essential house maintenance, to clearing my wrecked garden, to tackling my two in-trays, to entertaining two teenagers with very different interests. But unless I'd left them in front of screens all day, it would've been impossible to tackle the "to do" list. With them both gone for several hours each day I'm now ticking things off the list faster than I'm adding them. And that is comforting.
Exhibit 1: Let there be light
Yep, we had no kitchen light over the summer, but then it wasn't dark until after bedtime and the under counter lights gave great atmosphere. But with winter coming in, changing the light bulb became a priority. One that needed quiet and no interruptions. You see it's not just a simple process of twist and pull. Sadly for a DIY-challenged Mum, the shade comes away in two parts, one of which would shatter if dropped, which could easily happen as you carefully remove the screws that hold the whole thing up. And then there's the need to buy another H-shaped light bulb. You wouldn't find one of them in Tesco! But it's done now.
|No idea why my ceiling looks brown in this photo|
Exhibit 2: I can see the grass at last
Do you remember when my garden fell down? With the help of a friend, the massive clearance job got off to an impressive start, but then the summer holidays happened and the garden was left attractively featuring two enormous dead shrubs and a dozen bin liners of dying leaves and twigs.
Now it looks like this. Not great I know. But it was a lot worse this time last week. And at least I can see the grass that needs to be cut now.
Perhaps next year I'll be able to sit on that bench and enjoy the view. Now there's a cheerful thought.