Feels so much brighter all of a sudden, doesn’t it? We actually had the back door open for a bit today and it made such a difference to feel fresh air around my nose.
Today has been a “get set for March” day really, so while i could fake education, there hasn’t been a lot. The girls room was an absolute pit, so last night i went round the whole room, chucked all the loose crud in a heap and gave them this morning to get it sorted out. It took them most of the day 🙄 by which time i had weighed in too, but it is all nice and clean, de-cluttered, dusted and vacuumed and so on now. Maddy’s hell-hole, i mean cupboard, has been sorted out too; she is a funny one, very unattached emotionally to stuff in so many ways, but a complete hoarder in other ways.
In the meantime i cleaned and vacuumed the landing, bathroom, Josie’s room, my officey stuff and did 3 loads of washing, which means i only have one pile of hell left to deal with now and then we’ll be much happier and straighter. I’m designating March as a month for finishing off all the tasks and dreary jobs that hang over me and stop me from getting on with anything creative. I’ve got a pile of stuff to finish off and plenty of ways i could be working smarter that would make my life less of a fight. We had a long talk at the weekend about how i can get to a point where i contribute to the family finances in an actual, rather than slightly “pretend it isn’t happening” way and essentially, i have to be given time and space to work. So we’ve started off by making a positive decision for me to get time in the evening, when Max comes home where i work without the pressure of then going out to post; most days i could post during daylight hours if i worked for an hour in the evening and it would improve our life a lot. Without the pressure of rushing out to post, i get time to think and plan and time to tidy up as i go too.
So that is a start. I’ve been as busy as Christmas this year, the new products have flooded out of the door in a positively scary way. In fact, i’ve already sold out of some of it and my stock room looks a bit bleak – thankfully the next delivery isn’t far away. I don’t actually go a bundle on just sending out boxed stuff, but it brings in the pennies i suppose. Must be more creative this year though. Essential to our life and my sanity as BM is, i never feel like i do anything in my life the justice it deserves.
After we’d tidied and posted, we did at least manage a bit of this and that. Fran played EC and did more handwriting and english 10 minute tests, Maddy did EC and she and i got out base 10 stuff and looked at how tens and units numbers are formed. Liked doing that with her.
Amelie and Josie have played so nicely together again today, they are becoming great pals.
What else of note? Oh, the kids have finally got quite into CBBC and Milkshake, which is ringing the changes a bit in the mornings – CBeebies is one bit of small-child-dom i am SO ready to leave behind!