Monday, 31 January 2011

meet Kim

(image via)

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Interested in getting to know a lovely lady?

Yea, I thought you would be.

Pop over at Jabblog's to read her interview.

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My son is getting better but I can't send him to school yet so I've taken today and tomorrow off. Thanks for all the comments and 'get well' wishes for him. I do appreciate them.
Hope we're both back at school on Wednesday.
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Have a lovely week!

Sunday, 30 January 2011

late at night


saturday night, past midnight;
i should probably go to bed - little one is ill so i'll be waking up regularly to check on him; the alarm clock is set for 4a.m. so he can get his medication. fingers crossed he won't have a temperature.
yes, i should definitely go to bed. but no.
it's one of those nights when you feel you want more hours before the day finishes; you need time for you.
have you ever felt like that?

have you ever thought of sleep as a waste of time?
i love sleeping; oh, i really do! but how on earth can i sleep, when there's the ice-skating championship on tv - beautiful people dancing gracefully on ice to unbelievable music; swoon!
how can i sleep when there is fabulous yarn to be turned into rows and rows of
cosiness; isn't crocheting therapeutic?

and don't get me started on the books on my bedside table!!!
ah, yes! sleeping is good, sleeping is great... but there's always tomorrow-
after all, tomorrow is sunday; i'm sure i can catch a little nap while the children's shows are on!!!


now, if you'll excuse me, i'll go watch some talented people twirling, while adding another row to my blanket.
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have a great sunday everyone!

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PS. pictures taken on wednesday, the only sunny day of the week.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

at work




~~ enjoying what's left of the snow ~~
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~~ learning how to work with clay by a professional ~~
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~~ feeling content as i get in the car to drive home and put my sunglasses on after many days of grey weather ~~
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Have a bright Wednesday!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Thursday, 20 January 2011

me

if you're interested in getting to know me a little better
i'm off to work now.
take care!
xxx

Monday, 17 January 2011

the sun has come out...


... at last!...
and i've got lots of shadows to prove it!!!












happy days!

xxx

Sunday, 16 January 2011

the weekend

Hello, hello and thank you all for the lovely wishes for a tranquil weekend.
Just a couple of hours before the weekend is over, I'm here to report that it was a good one.
Lots of playdates and coffee dates with friends from here and a most welcome visit from good friends from the city (well, they weren't visiting us; they just happen to come from the village nearby and they were here for the weekend - a true blessing!)
On a different note, the weather has been grey since we got here, nine days ago; only a couple of hours of sunshine on Friday. Fog, humidity, rain ...
In case you're wondering why this sudden interest in the weather, I'll tell you why: I'm not taking any photos! No inspiration at all! The light is horrible! And it's not like that everywhere; no, no. Back in the city they've been having lots and lots of sunshine! Ah, well, but they don't have a river at their doorstep, do they?
Hope you all have a good week!
xxx

Thursday, 13 January 2011

where is it hiding?

my little man has refused to let himself sleep these past few days;
he fights really hard to stay awake and says he's not sleepy though his eyes tell me he is ~
by the time he's finally asleep, i'm so exhausted i can bear no sound at all - i asked my dad tonight to watch something with subtitles; i couldn't listen to the tv for a second - i thought i would scream!
i felt like there was no air in the room; i needed space but the only vacant room was the bathroom ~
~ yes, tonight i've missed my spacious home ~
last night i spent a few minutes looking at my journal before i finally had gratitude thoughts come in; it felt good in the end.
tonight i won't even bother opening it; typing does not require a firm grasp of a pen like writing does, so i'll just say it here: i'm grateful for a healthy meal of fresh fish and salad and i'm grateful (oh, so grateful) that tomorrow is friday!
xxx

Saturday, 8 January 2011

on reflection

~ from home number 1 to home number 2, I'm home ~
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If you've been reading my ramblings for a while, you may remember this post where I wrote about not feeling at home either here or in my city.
I'm glad to report that a different feeling is warming my heart now.
I had a lovely, relaxing time at the city home over the holidays with lots of cosy moments; it really felt like home after a couple of days (well, it is home, isn't it? ). And now I'm here at this little village that at least for this school year I call home; when I left the city this morning I thought I would need some time to feel this place warm and cosy but no, nothing like that. Both my son and I were glad to find all our things here and went about as if we never left!
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I've bought a beautiful notebook to use as a journal and this feeling will definitely make it to the top of my gratitude list today.
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Have a wonderful weekend!
xxx

Friday, 7 January 2011

inspiration and creativity

Have you ever felt that after a long period of doing something with your whole being - you know, being there, focused, body and soul - you are drenched and have nothing more to give?
That's how I've been feeling the last couple of days in relation to the time I spend with my little boy (who, by the way, is not so little any more and says things like "why did you book tickets for The Little Prince? I don't want to go to a play; I'd rather stay with dad"! - hum?)
Anyway, after having made an incredible number of Christmas crafts, read countless Christmas stories, played with play-doh for hundreds of hours (not literally but you get the picture), I ran out of ideas for mum-son time. Of course he spends a lot of time playing on his own but I'm talking about our time here.
Υesterday afternoon, I let him watch a film on TV while I surfed the net for ideas. And I found it! I came across
this illuminating post. Maya's blog is such a great resource!
Not everything needs to be planned and be made with a certain outcome in mind, right? Right! So free expression it is, then! I took out whatever materials we had here and the idea was welcomed with utter delight!!!
Oh, the fun we had!

Take care!
xxx

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

January 2011

Here we are in the new year!
Do you feel that when the year changes it's a new beginning or do you perceive time as a continuation with New Year's Day being just another celebration?
I stand somewhere in between I'd say. I'm not the sort of person who would make a list of resolutions, choose a word or phrase to live by or anything like that. However, I do get inspired by other people's resolutions or goals (Cassie has a lovely list here) and words ( I love Kamana's word here).
I do spend some time thinking of what I would like to change or add to my life, though I don't make any promises to myself. It's more on a 'become-a-better-mum/wife/teacher/self' level; nothing specific.
(Well, there's just one thing I need to work harder on: schedule a very specific day and time for ironing!!! Sometimes I realise that if something unexpected happens, I won't have enough pressed clothes to pack a bag!)
How about you? Do you grab a pen and paper and jot everything down even before the new year begins or do you just go with the flow?

On a different note, our days here at home have been slow most of the time (well, apart from Christmas Eve which was hectic)-
lots of playdates for little one, a bit of shopping, a visit to the cinema with my son's friends, friends over for a glass of wine (or two...), family meals...
and... from all the chores in my list I only managed one: I had my sewing machine fixed. Yay!!!
We're going back to our remote little village on Saturday and schools start on Monday the 10th; so we still have time to see daddy and more friends.
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Have a blessed 2011 everyone!
Spread some love and joy!