Sunday, June 3, 2012

Making the most of it

Picture this if you will. It's a Sunday afternoon, the second day of winter - yesterday was beautiful, with sunshine and almost balmy weather. Today Mother Nature has caught up with her responsibilities and it's cold and raining.

I'm sitting on the lounge indulging in a steaming hot cup of Continental hearty beef soup and toasted cheese fingers. The gas fire is humming away nicely and everyone is out. My cats purr of contentment is drowned out by my own purr of contentment.

Today is hubby's last day of work for five weeks, tomorrow he begins his holidays. He gets five weeks every nine months because he's a shift worker. I don't think I've ever had five weeks in one stretch - never.

What does that mean for our family? It means that for five weeks my house becomes like Grand Central Station with comings and goings and activity. Hubby will have a kazillion visitors, will have more activities going on than the 2012 olympics and probably make more noise also.

Do I feel guilty for my couple of hours spent on the lounge indulging in writing amidst the peace and quiet while it lasts - not at all.

Normally we like to go away when he's on holidays, we're not these holidays, besides the fact that we went away in January. We are however, having two nights away (close to home but without the kids, just to rest and unwind) and I'm also having a six day break from work, so not so bad. Five weeks would be nicer mind you.

I'm not a winter person, give me sunshine and warmth any day. If anyone has a direct line to Mother Nature please tell her that a week or two of cold rainy days, open fires and snuggling time is about all that's required.

This week I'm going to be writing, relaxing and doing some reassessment of what I need to achieve to ensure I meet some key goals that I have.

So what are you up to for the coming week?

Cheers, Fi


  1. It's odd to think of you heading into winter, and drinking hot chocolate, when we are heading for summer!

  2. My plans for the upcoming week (and month) are centered on having a healthy pregnancy, which I've written about in a blog post.

    P.S. Never feel guilty about a little quiet time. It's good for us!

    1. It is good for us isn't it Tami - I hope you're doing plenty of it also.

  3. It is so hard to imagine your winter weather when we hit 108 degrees yesterday! I hope your winter is enjoyable.

    Your week sounds wonderful. Relaxing- something I've been forgetting to do lately. As you know, this week I'm starting to teach summer school, will be tutoring my new client, and still job searching. A lot of fun and some stress, too. Have a great week!

    1. I have to stop and do the maths to figure out how hot that is. Nice! I'd swap in a heart beat, although a hot spa in a hotel room is much more enjoyable on cold nights I think.

      Have fun with the tutoring. You know I believe you'll get the ultimate job, these two gap fillers will just tide you over for now. Hope you have a great week also

  4. I used to have her number but misplaced it. If I find it I will give her a ring and let her know. Sunshine weather for me too thanks. I need 5 weeks off in a row too (without it being maternity leave, lol). I hope you guys have a nice time away even if it is just for two days. Sometimes that is all you need to reegnite the flame and/or recharge. Not much going on in our world this week. Hubby will be gone for most of Saturday/day/night up in Seattle at a basebll game. I think I might take kids to grandmas and steal some time for me. We'll see.

    1. Jenn I think you should have some time for you too

  5. I can't imagine having five weeks off like your hubby; it sounds like it could be so very wonderful! It is weird you are having winter when we are going into summer; of course where I live we have some of our coolest days in June when the marine layer socks us in for days at a time with seeing no sun and cool gray cloudy days.



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