Hi everyone how are you all doing, hope blogging is keeping you busy and creative, keep up the great work. So funny how much time you sometimes stare at the screen when you want to write i find myself procrastinating all the time, I will just make a coffee, or check which photo’s I want to use for the blog, run things over in my mind what I want to say and get distracted by many things. I love blogging a lot I find it useful to process how the day or week has been, think about what I would like to change do differently, what I would like to grow Author pages YouTube social media it is begining to pay off in engadment from others.
I have learnt so very much from the people I have spoken too yet still have much to learn about others journey’s the whys their reason their goals, it’s something I have a big interest in. people have a fascinating way of showing the perspective of the world the special interests I find it very intriguing. I have spoken to authors , parents people starting out their online business Everyone has a story of why they choose that path what they have gained by doing it what they lost along the way, A reason they want to achieve it, whether it is for personal growth, for a better way of life, to give their family a life they may not have had themselves.
Maybe they are on a journey of self discovery I mean a lot of these start up beauty business or coaching. Comes from someones self discovery along the way and the more they do it the more confident that get to approach others and maybe sell their products or services life’s experiences definitely top academics sometimes. because you have been there lived it and come out the other side a stronger person. one day you have one follower and before you know it you have an amazing platform of not just connections but some really good friends. you may even get on so well you meet up and build that friendship more.
I have used Facebook for keeping in touch with families for so many years now but it wasn’t until I first joined linked in Then the other social media that i found a sense of self writing
Emo The emotional Elf
Has impacted my life a lot and for the better, It took me from my quite little corner of the world and showed me the possibilities of life outside anything I have ever know before. after Linked In this blog was the second thing i started to develop I could barely use a computer and got very frustrated by all of the tiny details you need to know to grow as a writer but I have stubbornness on my side, I hate giving up it may have taken me a few years to get to this point but I feel the rewards have out weighed the negatives.
I think the thing with personal blogs are you not only here the story of the person writing you get to watch the journey of the writer, watch the methods they use as they learn them watch their confidence in their work grow there style go through many changes.
You see what makes them motivated what their goals are as they change through the weeks, months, years. what makes me smile the most is seeing the same people who first followed you in the beginning still there with you maybe silent sometimes, maybe interactive at other times. sometimes I get people message i haven’t spoken to in a while they always ask do you remember me , sometimes you do by the words they write little tell tale signs that bring the memory of what you spoke about the last time you talked. I am not very good sometimes at remembering faces or Names but I am good at remembering conversations it is a bit like you remember a line in a book or a clip from a movie it flashes in your mind, maybe a little fuzzy at first but the more you talk the more you remember. I am still loving the journey.
I think though I really have to open up that started second book and focus on writing more of that as well I am Miss procrastinator on that front. I am still emotionally invested in the original Emo maybe because it was the most difficult few years of our journey, and that emotion what was made it that little bit more special and impactful. You know some of the best songs , books, and buisnesses have happened from such sad feelings. some how the intensity of what you grow through gives you the inner strengh to change habbits of life times maybe you tell yourself on a subconcious level you cant do something even if it’s a dream or a goal and the years pass and you still have that dream but life gives you that proverbial kick up the butt to venture out of your comfort zone. I mean its five years down the line in my book journey and there isn’t a minute I am not doing something towards reaching that goal, I do still get moments of am I wasting time but I look around me at the changes to my family and I know I have to keep going my kids have a more happier mother who keeps them on the right track to be educated to find thier purpose to find what makes them confident and happy with themselves. I want my kids to live a life that makes them happy find a job adventually that they feel so passionate about. I get that from caring and writing. I get it from being a wife and a mother and now i get it from being who i truly was ment to be.
Challenges this week
After having such a beautifu; Easter weekend things went a little challenging not Just for me but for the families I support, Easter bank holiday Monday started off well and then i got the news little Tom had had a accident and fell off his swing nobody’s fault just a tragic unforseen accident. He was at the hospital his mum and his carer had to rush him to hospital because the abulances would of taken 2 hours to get there. with Toms disabilities you have to act quickly because he cant tell you where it hurts well he can communicate yes and no and use the picture but in an emergency situation he may not be able to communicate what he feels. I his mum had asked me to pick up his feeding tube so they could give him meds, he was discharged not long after. The hospital were good but really I think they should of kept him in given the severity of his disabilities later that night his face swelled up and he was being sick so definatley signs of concussion,and something more was going on. they called me to come look after toms sisters because they had called for ambulance which would be there within 2 hours. It was probally about 1 am Jake and Niki were still awake my hubby took over from me so I could get to Toms house. it was quite shocking to see his beautiful little face like that but he held my hand while we were waiting he had another carer and his mum sorting things ready for the hospital and the ambulance came not long after I arrived bless this kid he smiled at me even when he is in pain he is the strongest kids I know, It was pretty scary for everyone all of us calm and acting like smiling and acting as if we are not worried just so Tom felt calm. I think your mind goes into this survial mode and you no that calm and happy faces make that difference to kids. tom went in his on car with the carer and mum while the ambulance followed behind just incase as it was felt it was better for tom to be in somewhere familair.
I can say I did not sleep at all that night I couldn’t, that’s my little sweet heart the few hours of waiting for news were nerve racking he had an emergency CAT scan which revealed a break inthe bone under his Nose he stayed in the night and most of the next day, so Holly came back to mine.
It was easy to keep Holly occupied and of course my mind occupied lots of fun was had Holly is very lively we spent the day laughing and she spent a lot of time with Jake playing Games they even had a music session together
They were Teaching each other what they have learned. Both Jake and Holly are teaching themselves to play.and they are both getting real good at it. Holly ate real well.
She really enjoyed the juicy Melon
We got the news later that afternoon Tom was coming home and would see the hospital as an out patient next week, I arrived back at thier house with Holly about an hour before tom got home, Holly was still full of energy so we did some pushups star, jumps,sit ups. and games of hide and seek. helped her with her room.
Played with the dogs i didn’t manage to capture a photo with Karma she was very good at communicating she wanted me to go with her , motioning her head to the side of where she wanted me to go yep the food cupboard, Dogs and their food.
They also kept pretending to faint so I would tickle them especaily Mika
Definatley seeking attention, Karma is a jumper an is still quite youg but so strong she almost knocks you flying , Mika is a lot older now more of a barker but she is not as active likes to lay down try taking Mika and karma for a walk karma really walks you actualy probally drags you more, where as Mika will walk and sit down and refuse to move. They definatley have thier own personalities, I would say karma is like this over inthusiatic high energy pup who cant sit still and is always hungry. Mika’s more a slippers and arm chair kind of personality gets grumpy at the slightest thing, actually they are pretty much like the human species. I find it intresting just how much they show the same behaviours as us humans. Food, sleep, attention and play. the only difference is there goal is to get to that bone first they are quite teritoral over foods they also are intuitive to Little toms seisures and moods of the house hold.
We had a new routine with Hayley this week and Monday I didn’t have her because it was bank holiday, Tuesday morninmg she was ment to start her walks out and about with the day center but obviously I got held up so we had to cancel, I picked her up on the way back from Toms she had Zoom in the afternoon so social distancing between her and Holly was mantained with Hayley doing her zoom in my bedroom while Holly and Jake were down stairs Travelling in the car we all had masks on and window open. I dropped Hayley off on way back to Hollys house.
Tom had his Mum and other carers so he was in there care. was so glad to see him home and it has been a week of seeing his face go through changes and colours. not a pleasant thing to see but what made things so much better was his smily picture I have seen every day. we are all avalible if he should need it and I am sending pictures of my smily faces too. we love that it is our special thing we do together selfies Tom loves it and it is one of the ways we have communicated for along time now.
Hayley had a walk on wednesday morning and zoom in the after noon thursday was here listening to music in the morning and zoom bingo in the afternoon and friday she was here in the morning and out on a walk in the afternoon.
Niki and Jake adapted to short notice changes well this time I Guess over the years they are becoming ok with that at home they still don’t like changes in education settings yet but i am sure we will get there once I mean they have spent most of the last year at home so still need to adapt to being back at school properly.
This weekend now Niki’s UC has finally been awarded we managed to get her laptop there was a little stress as the one she spent time researching and choose was out of stock actually we had to down grade a little bcause the one she wanted had had everything she needed on but the other ones avalible were almost double the price to get everything the one she chose had. Still this will help her lots with her course and her creative and gaming things, plus also she can talk to Her Tom now without it crashing every five minutes.
Next I still have to buy to parts to fix mine and save up for the parts to get Jake a new computer, he wants to build it with his dad, maybe about 900 pound bulid price. May take a while to save up. One of his computer friends helped him research the things he will need the graphics card is the most expensive card especailly for gamers, he gets super frustrated with the lag when he plays games on his laptop which we got in the same year as nikis old one I think by the time i have saved up it may just be end of life.
This time Niki wanted to set it up herself, kotana talked her through it when she finnished she got frustrated with the fact one of her folders was laybled wrong and she couldnt change it she started it all again. But she did it herself and she felt super proud, she said I am stuburn I am not asking for help wonder who she gets that from.
Today has been such a beautiful and relaxing day, I Have been with canva and remove and changing backgrounds of Photo’s and alsojust becoming more at ease with using them. I had many music play list going on today three main ones.
I love all kinds of Music it helps me stay focused on tasks and just makes you feel pretty happy too.
Any way thats it for my blog this time.
Good night all Much Love Faye xxx
I Forgot to add I am a proud Great aunty of a newly delivered baby boy Little Jimmy so cute 🥰 proud of our Maria and all she has had to go through to get this little man here safely .
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Good evening hope your have all had a beautiful Easter weekend.
We had an amazing one this year, although what we all would love right now is to have large family gathering full of our children’s laughter cousins playing together adults having conversations and catching up, it still wasn’t the right time.
Thankfully the weather was beautiful here so my dad could join us in our garden for the day Hayley is in our bubble anyway so she was allowed inside due to me being her carer. the kids even came out and spent most of the day in the fresh air too and Jake perticually enjoyed his time with his grandad, he wouldn’t take his mask off even outside, even though his Covid tests have been negative bless him, he said he wanted to keep his grandad safe.
Preparation’s for food started mid week time and the decorating ready for Easter.
I love the pastel colour’s of Easter I am normally a pretty bright colour lover but Easter is about re-birth and from a biblical stand point rising from death. Somehow those pastel colour’s remind us of that and the importance of life and living it with love and kindness.
There was a lot on last week last few days of school all the Preparations for Easter and working with Hayley and the kids.
First came the dying of the Eggs Red is symbolic in Greece the blood of Christ, I am into respecting both our Greek and English heritage that’s why I cook both English and Greek food.
Second was the Reveni
It turned out lovely this year melted in your mouth it had the sweetness of orange the zing of lemon the crispness from the almonds and that kick of aniseed from the ouzo. Defiantly full of flavor.
In between making things there was arts and crafts with Hayley her Zooms.
Appointments and school runs.
Niki and Jake kept with tradition and helped make the Koulourakia
Our own version of it.
Friday we were setting it all up before the kids came for the evening visit. plus i had the night shift at Little Toms house so wanted to be prepared so i could just finish the preparations for Sundays dinner. believe me it looks a lot of stuff but it is almost all gone they tucked into it well.
All set up for when the kids would arrive, warm welcoming and homely, my home is always full of food you never know when you will have extra mouths to feed at last moment. Being a carer and giving respite i am always prepared for those last minute changes you have to be to a make it a calm environment for my own families sake and those that join us .
With most shops closed I couldn’t get an outfit for egg hunt for little tom had to improvise with yellow fleece blankets and some pillows for stuffing. i turned myself into a chicken it made them laugh especially my hubby.
Never be afraid to look silly if it makes some one smile so worth it.
The kids and there dad arrived for the visit together, we hunted for eggs then played card games together before I took the kids home and stayed there the night.
lots of fun.
Tom went to sleep almost as soon as we got home, Holly was full of energy we did some jumping around and excersizes to burn it off, she is always full of energy.Tom only woke up once he just needed his inhayler and to cough but quickly went back to sleep.
He woke about 7 am happy i gave him a bath and he choose his own clothes for the day, meds and some breakfast before settling down to some reading before i went home he choose super cars first, he loved hearing the noises of the engines, and his favorite car was the Red Farrari, i dont balme him its a beautiful car and a great book the school gave him for Christmas
The second book was amazing too and the fluffy puppet attached to it was soft and tickled his face, Calm down boris is a lovely little childrens book.
After leaving Toms i got home about 9.30 am and got cleaned up and had a power nap before sorting my kids and getting on with the rest of the preperations.
So saturdays cooking was Dalmades stuffed vine leaves and yamista stuffed peppers
Easter sunday the day dad and Hayley came to dinner preparing the garnden was my hubby’s job this year our garden isnt at its best yet we havent really done much through the winter and still have to take rubbish to the local tip. on our list of things to do. and i always hand the kitchen over to him to cook the meat normally lamb,, potatoes and veg. while i prepare the salades and table. we are quite a team most of the time i think its when we are at our best when we get to intertain people.
Plenty to choose from and enjoyed by everyone.
I choose a fairy to dress up as for our family Easter egg hunt as you can see i sprinkled a little magic and fairy dust
They loved seeing thier Grandad agian and spending time with him
Hopefully the link works to the family Egg hunt ignor any inappropriate things said we are a tourettes house hole it sometimes pops out unexpectedly. we had fun though and it was all the spirit of the hunt and in our home we are free to not hold things in. We laughed so much.
I think by 8pm we were all worn out, and ready to just rest.
Today was pretty quite day had an emergency call out for Tom this morning he had a body jerk and fall off a swing had to go get his extention peg so hospital could give meds, can’t beilieve it was going to be 2 hours for an ambulance luckily toms other carer and his mum put him in car and got him to hospital, he is ok but has hurt his nose and face. Must have been a real scary experience for them I know my heart skipped a beat when I got the call. my little wonded solider. bless his heart he is home being cared for now.
This afternoon we watched the movie Soul with the kids they loved I loved the story line
Anyway thats my blog for today have a beautiful evening and restful night. Back to work with Hayley for me tommorrow.
Much Love Faye xxx
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We had such beautiful weather here today Mr Sunshine arrived today, it was in the 20’s by afternoon here on afternoon school run Had a lovely relaxing weekend even did a bit of a spring clean, I love that when you can open the windows, declutter, organize get rid of things that have cluttered the house. Being in lockdown you have time to go through things that don’t fit are broken or the kids have out grown. Definatley got some trips to the local dump. It’s that time of year to cut the grass and sort the sheds maybe even freshen up the paint work.
Jake had school today, his Covid test was negative again so that’s always good to know I think for him it eases some anxiety of being a silent carrier he gets worried about other people.
Hayley had her blood test this morning , good veins today, it never fails to amaze me how high her pain threshold is she even watches the needle.. she drinks water before the tests and that really helps .
Me Hayley and Niki were working on a project together today. My hubby’s Christmas presents are finally hung, it was on his to do lists since then he just never got around to it. 😂😂😂
I did make a bit of a mistake which my daughter pointed out which ended up with us painting the whole wall again . Thankfully we had some white paint in the shed. But she and Hayley enjoyed the hanging and painting.
Niki said “look were bonding of paint”
I have a bit of a habit of getting over enthusiastic especially when it comes to decorating, my family are extremely picky and it’s all in the detail but that’s ok I am used to redoing things the way they like it.
But I love how it all looks together and when the paint is dry my daughter will do the notes correctly 😁😁😁
When my hubby used to travel for work I would always do something around the house while he was gone to keep me busy, and to give him a little surprise when he returned. Some surprises took time to grow on him.
He is used to certain styles, but I am a little more bold with colour choices, usually we go pretty plain on the decor and I add colour through accessories , I think the burgundy feature walls in our bedroom and kitchen are more my style then his. Not to much just a splash of colour.
My hubby is pretty good at laying things out so I took some of his previous style with how he hung Phone frames and gave it that slightly uniformed look he likes. After all it was for him.
I was almost finished when I had the idea to do a Tik Tok thought it would be funny if he saw what I get up to when he is out. He was helping someone in our bubble today.
Hopefully that link works ok doing it from phone instead of computer, it is less easy to add things on a phone app. He thought it was funny and he loved the look of how I set them out so was all good in the end .
Now I have got into the swing of day shifts again and the kids being at school I am having a little more free time evenings and weekends to spend with hubby and kids. Which I love.
We will be preparing for Easter too. I am going to make the most of these few days of the kids being at school before they break up for easter holiday’s it’s gone quite quick this second return to school.
And because I love Easter as much as Christmas I am going to get in the spirit and share some photo’s I have shared on here before but I hope I motivates me and the kids to get cooking and decorating the house ready.
The Elves are out helping the Easter bunnies 😁
Anyway I wish you a very good night’s sleep And leave you the link to my book