Sunday, January 17, 2010

Bumbling along

Over the last day or two I've had a couple of lovely emails from fellow bloggers checking why I've been so quiet and if all is well here at Chez Bebbs

The short answer is Yes, things are fine

The long answer is Yes, things are fine, but only just.............

As a family we are okay:

Nick is managing his diabetes quite well - struggling with the psychological side of it, but this might also be the usual 14yo 'Ugg' factor which most teenage boys go through whilst dragging their knuckles along the floor as they grow into their adult bodies. However on the plus side he had the result from his first modular exam towards his Maths GCSE (taken in November and which he was convinced he'd totally fluffed) and he got an A* much to his, his teacher's, and our delight

Sarah is snowed under with work for the January A2 exams in Chemistry and Biology - the Chemistry is hard and she also puts her own pressure on as she's her own hardest task-master. She has an interview at Hertfordshire Uni on 10th Feb and we are still waiting to hear from her other two choices. Rugby has been quiet over the past month because of the weather but we heard this last week that she has been selected for England Colleges again this year

Lou is loving life at the moment - she has settled into her new school so well, works hard, has started to collect a lovely group of friends and enjoyed her first out of school social thing with them yesterday going into town shopping together - we are so glad we moved her

Nigel is well, busy at work (which he loves) and should be heading off to Athens for work for a few days at the end of this month (Jammy Toad!)

My parents are both very well - aging and becoming more frail each time I see them but still doing very well and it is so lovely to have them near - they are nothing like the work I anticipated before they moved down so the plusses are winning in this particular equation

As for me - I feel in a kind of hiatus at the moment - I'm coping well with the day to day marshalling of the troops but I haven't picked up a needle since before Christmas which is most unlike me - my hands are incredibly sore at the moment (along with the rest of my joints) possibly exacerbated by the weather which doesn't help but to be honest I feel very lethargic about life in general - maybe it's winter getting to me - I keep thinking, as everyone else in my care is fine, why don't I feel more energised and positive

Work is as mad as ever - we have a big financial inspection due in March and whilst I know everything is in order the hoops we have to jump through to provide documentary evidence of governor competency and good practice is adding to my already full schedule just as a paperwork exercise - as is usually the case with these things there is no extra recompense and the day to day business all has to be handled at the same time - all adding pressure where there's no need. What I would give for a lottery win!

My sewing room is an absolute tip - so much stuff has been piled round everywhere that I'm struggling to find the machine in the midst of it - maybe this is contributing to why I feel less inclined to stitch - coupled with lack of creative inspiration too. I'd love the Fabric Fairy to come along and magic it all back into order but hey! that's not going to happen is it :o)

As for blogging - I've been quiet for various reasons - computer wise we are a PC down in the house - plus downloading photos is less easy on the one that's working - I'm resorting to using Nigel's laptop for anything I need as the kids all need to be on the house computer for coursework etc. However I also feel there's less to tell - sewing is at a halt etc. But to be honest even the little things I would usually share are seeming to whizz by and we're onto something else before I've had chance to catch my breath, much less write anything down. Annoyingly my list of favourite blogs is also on the out of order computer which makes checking up on all of you and gleaning inspiration from your work more of a pain

I think psychologically I'm ready for Spring but I suspect we have a good amount of winter to endure before it arrives

So there you have it - the world continues to revolve - albeit with me constantly running to keep up with it - I didn't mean for this to turn into a whinge list but it seems to have done so - sorry!

Keep smiling :o)

29 comments:

marigold jam said...

Glad to know the family are all doing well but sorry you are feeling less than 100%. I think it is an ailment we many of us suffer from at this time of year and with all your added family concerns it is not too surprising that you too have succumbed. I did a post recently about the same thing and was mightily encouraged by the responses I got. Take care of your self and don't stay away too long - we miss you!

Jane x

loulee said...

((Hugs)) It's good to see that all is well, I was wondering.....
I hope you're back to your old self very soon, I'm sure you're right and it's just a mid winter/post Christmas lull and your needles will be flying once we see a little early spring sunshine. Take care.

Rosalind said...

So glad to see you back and hear that all is well with you and yours. The beginning of the year feeling will lift soon for you I hope.:o)
I am usually the same for a couple of months in the winter and don't get sewing again till I decide to "tidy" my sewing!!!
That usually fires me up again!
:o)

mereth said...

I'm glad that everyone is well, especially Nick, but it sounds like you're too busy to have fun, and that's not good.
If only I could fly over and tidy up your sewing room, I'd do a fabulous job(just ask Keryn) and then you could dive in and mess it up to your heart's content. I'd better get a lottery ticket too.....

Hedgehog said...

Nice to read your update - best wishes to all of you for a happy and healthy 2010!!

Clare said...

Know exactly how you are feeling. I've got an idea it's to do with the weather. We've had a lovely sunny day here today, but I'm still in the winter doldrums and can't seem to get my head together.

Bring on Spring is what I say!

Hugs

Jeanne said...

So glad to hear from you Anne! This is a droopy time of year, isn't it? It's good to know that everyone in your family is doing OK. Keep your chin up! I'll be keeping you in my thoughts.
Hugs ~ Jeanne

sewprimitive karen said...

Jeanne's right, this is a droopy time of year. Recharging time. Very good news about Nick and the rest of your family. Take care now!

sewkalico said...

Phew! That was an exhausting read, but at least now most of my questions about you and the family have been answered.
I too, am looking forward to Spring!!

Amanda said...

Sorry to hear that you've got a touch of the black dog - perhaps you ought to organise a 'me' day, let your family know you need some time just for you and a bit of looking after. It sounds as if you're doing such a brilliant job looking after everyone else that you've taken a bit of a back seat. Perhaps with the snow on its way out we'll see some snowdrops soon, that always cheers me up.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Glad to hear all the children are well...sounds like they've got lots going on at the moment.

Hope you're feeling better soon...I think January is such a yuk month.

miniaturequilter said...

Glad things are going good with your kids, hopeing you get some energy and motivation (I could use alittle too)Sounds like it has been a busy year with the school changes and diagnosis of diabetes, maybe you need some time to relax and with 3 kids that doesn't happen often. A day out with a friend and a break from cooking and cleaning may help. Hope you feel better soon!

Lindah said...

So good to hear from you again, Anne! Sounds as though the children and hub are doing well. That's a plus. I don't know how it is for you, but here in USA things can get wound to a pretty high pitch --in addition to the normal squeal-- during the 6 weeks of holiday time, and then when Jan 2 hits it is like the bottom falls out. The blahs can set in along with the darker and cloudier days. Just knowing that, somehow makes it a little easier. Surround yourself as much as possible with visual and audible cues of hope and beauty. Soon Jan/Feb will be over and before you know it, the dreaded mid-summer triple-digit temps will be frying us --where I live anyway. Praying the best for you.

Libby said...

Oh so good to hear that things are well in your neck of the woods. I've been terrible about checking in - but you are surely on my mind *s*

AnnieO said...

Glad to get an update, was sure you were snowed under, and you were. I am not surprised you're having difficulty getting your mojo underway again---that's quite a lot on your plate with hubby, kids, job, parents, medical condition to monitor, bad weather, and pain on top of it! Here's to some warmer days and getting out into the sun. Pump up your Vitamin D!

Chookyblue...... said...

maybe because your not dealing with some problem with someone else in your family you have had a slight bit of time for you to switch off for a little bit......take care and hopefully see you back soon.........bring on spring your you I say..........

gill said...

hi anne
welcome back!! i too have a ds doing gcse's this year and another ds doing A2's (biology,chemistry and physics) and we're on the uni trail again so i appreciate how you're feeling!
gill x

black bear cabin said...

ive been struggling with the winter blahs myself...i think its the lack of sunshine we get up here at this time of year...which is why i LOVE winter solstice! A reminder that sunshine is just around the corner :)
Perhaps you should purchase some colorful fabric to cheer you up and get you in a creative mood...it works for me! Glad the family is doing well! hugs~

alice c said...

It is so good to hear that you are all well and that life continues in Chez Bebbs in the normal hectic fashion. I am not surprised that you are finding some favourite projects slipping off the edge of the table at the moment but they will still be there when you are ready to pick them up again and we will still be here to cheer you on whenever you can drop by.

Nines said...

Thanks for the update of things in your world!

Andrea said...

Come back soon Anne - we miss your lovely posts. Love to all the family xx

julieQ said...

Seems like we are all ready for a little spring sunshing! I know I am. I am running to keep ahead too, not far ahead of the pack. Love hearing about your babies...well teenagers, now!

Cascade Lily said...

You keep smiling too - no wonder you've lost your sewjo Anne - too many competing priorities. You'll get back in the swing of things soon.

Meggie said...

So good to see you are ok. I am having the slump of all time, & am beginning to panic a little, that I will never get my sewing mojo back into action.
Glad your family are well, & I know that blah feeling. I cannot believe it is February. Eeek! I will be a year 'older' this month.

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Tanya said...

Glad to know that everything is okay and that you are going along at life's pace. Hope the pain in your hands improve as the weather warms up.

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