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The good stuff in my week

It’s always wonderful to count our blessings in life. Today I woke up feeling ill and now that I am starting to feel a little better, I am also feeling cooped up and a little bored. So to get me in a more positive frame of mind, it’s time to blog about the good stuff in my week.

I have got my application for my passport done and sent online. I did this in the very early hours of one morning when I could not sleep. The website said the photo was not OK. It felt like the world was against me in that moment. How wonderful though to be in touch with a blogger friend online who really got me through that night. The next day I took positive action and got onto the Passport Office via Twitter. It seems the photo is OK after all so the old passports went in the post. Even there I hit a hiccup in progress as the village post office was closed for a funeral. Once again, another blogger friend stepped in to remind me it was not my funeral which helped me get over myself. The next day the post office had opened and the passports were sent off. Very soon I will have options to go where I like.

My healthy eating is going well and I am finding it easy too which helps. People are starting to notice my weight loss now which is always a lovely feeling. I really believe that I will be slim by Christmas. I get plenty of exercise here with my forest walks.

Home education seems very positive at the moment. I am making more use of educational videos and workbooks. We are spending most mornings in the sun room learning French and looking at aspects of French history and culture.  I have also come up with the idea of a treasure hunt at weekends to go out and discover things for real that we have learnt about.

I have been invited to get involved in a community association whose first task seems to be around organising a music festival. I was only writing a little while ago about needing a new role and to contribute in some way to society. It is amazing how cosmic orders work sometimes even when you don’t ask in a particularly direct way.

Yesterday my daughter asked to go to the village and did really well with greeting people in a friendly fashion which she finds challenging due to social anxiety.

I went out with my youngest son during the week. Over the years I seem to have got in a habit of only leaving the house with my husband and that is not healthy really so I am ringing the changes. We had a lovely walk around the graveyard. My  son hates all things religious but treated the place with such respect.

I continue to spend quality time with my 18 year old son all too aware that these times are going very soon when he moves to live with my brother. Precious memory-making now to sustain me in the future.

I have had so much kindness from people online and in the real world too in recent weeks. Despite everything, I have also found it in myself to giggle a lot on occasion. I have faced new challenges and will set myself new ones going forwards. I do believe I am starting to remember and be reminded who I was all along!

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  • midlifesinglemum

    Oh I’ve found the comments. I don’t know why they didn’t appear before. I envy your forest walks. I think in the next life I need to live in the countryside. I also love the sound of your relaxed school schedule – sitting inthe sun room learning French and then walking into the village to practise it. I know it’s not so easy for your DD so big well done to her. Have a good week. xxx

  • Karen Dennis

    The highlight of my week is that I managed to get into town to meet up with a friend using the bus in my electric wheelchair #anythinggoes@_karendennix

  • Laurie

    You are doing great at finding positive things to focus on. And it sounds like your have some great blogger friends who will “talk you off the ledge” when needed, always a good thing! 🙂

  • Jeanna

    It sounds as if you are doing a lot of positive things. I stopped thinking about whether or not people notice my weight loss and only answer to myself (and my Dr I guess) and my Diet Diary. Congratulations and the music fest sounds like a great project depending on who you’re working on it with.

  • Lydia C. Lee

    Great last line. I think we get bogged down in life but it’s quite possible to pull yourself up and out into the world again (not easy, it takes effort but oh so worth it!) Good luck and keep it up! #TwinklyTuesday

  • Annette, 3 Little Buttons

    This is great Kate! Well done on the weight loss, exercise and healthy eating. All positive steps to make you feel like you again. Spending quality time with the family is priceless and can absolutely be done on a one-to-one without a partner in tow all the time. They say baby steps, but it sounds like you are taking leaps and bounds. Sending hugs and thanks for sharing your journey with the #DreamTeam xxx

  • Tracey Carr

    It’s so great to see that you are remembering who you were all along Kate, what a positive way to sign off your post. I know exactly how you feel, I have been facing up to challenges too recently and even though it is slightly daunting and scary at times, it feels exhilarating. And that is what really counts! #dreamteam

  • loopyloulaura

    It is difficult to accept that our little ones are getting older and needing us less and less, so fab to focus on making happy memories. Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama

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