Monday, 13 March 2017

Monday rambles

Well that was a good few hours spent binge watching An Idiot Abroad and eating maltesers in bed. Holy heck I'm grateful for my awesome room/personal space, the fact that both my children sleep pretty well at night now, having this sense of freedom and peace to just switch off my lamp and sleep knowing I have a bit of control back over my life. I'd be even happier if I woke up tomorrow and this cough and tonsillitis had gone away, and the boys noses had stopped running, but I feel like that might be a stretch. Dear Universe, can my family and I start improving health-wise asap please? It's painful and exhausting for all of us. And I'm REALLY tired of wiping snotty noses.
On an unrelated note.. but also sort of related because of the wiping involved.. I'm going to get into toilet training Master L this week. It's been hard to dedicate myself to it but other mum's I know have managed it so I can too. Teaching Master L to dress himself is the next hurdle as well, putting on his pj pants tonight he got halfway in before exclaiming 'I can't do it!' so I placed his hands where they needed to go and told him what to do. The second time he remembered and got it right. It's a funny age between 3-4. You know they're capable of doing these things but are also very good at not wanting to, or giving up halfway through and hope mummy finishes it for them. And they've learnt how a bribe works and start milking that, and they remember the smallest details! "Two weeks ago you said I could do "whatever it was" so we have to do that now' at which point I think 'Oh fuck, yeah I did say that didn't I' Probably the hardest part at this point is when you threaten something if they don't do as they're asked, or if they don't listen, and then having to follow through on your threat. Which usually means manages a massive tantrum or meltdown and a general testing of patience. And having a toddler-protege in the form of Master B makes it double trouble! L's little brother has certainly been learning all the tricks. Master B knows what he's not allowed to do so when he gets in trouble for one thing, he immediately goes to do the next thing, then the next, then the next etc. I tell you, tonsillitis for a week while trying to manage two amazingly energetic but also sick boys? So much pain. Much pain. For a day there I nearly lost my voice completely so that was fun.
Anyway I just felt like having a ramble and it was too long for a Facebook status.
I hear stirrings from the Thing Next Door in Master B's room (spoiler alert, the 'Thing' is Bryce) that I'll go and suss out before putting myself to bed.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Cleaning my room.

Hello blog!

Let's just jump right in here, this week some stuff happened... big stuff... and immediately following the big stuff I got the flu, so the relief of what happened hasn't really sunk in for me yet as I just feel like total and utter SHITE. I have the weekend to myself this weekend (and too sick and too broke to venture out into the world) so I decided to spend today doing a bit of tidying, my bedroom in particular. Not that it was messy as such but my surfaces were untidy and everything was in desperate need of a dusting. It's also my studio so keeping my desk and space surrounding functional is a priority. I took some happy snaps along the way, some of before, some of after.

My day has just been cleaning thus far, it's 2pm now, I'm starting to feel sick again and my throat is trying to kill me so time to allow myself a break. There is actually a new watercolour painting tutorial up on The Frugal Crafter's youtube {click here to go there!} so I was hoping to try that out later today. My cleaning process has been slow because I have been a) coughing up a lung b) finding stuff that distracts me c) been texting someone but I have done it so big high five to myself! (I'm not actually going to do that).

I should probably mention here that my new fave tea is Blueberry by Celestial Teas. SO good. Plus it's purple which is a double win. Also last night I had a bit of a chill fest (although I REALLY couldn't afford it but anyway) and ordered a pizza to eat while watching Mean Girls. Pretty sure that movie is universally loved. If you don't love it, we can't be friends anymore. I'm sorry.
Oh, that's Ronan J Foxx, he lives on my bed. I can have stuffed toys if I want. Ollie and Spook hanging out in the morning sun (inside because the noisy minors harass them otherwise) and purple tea in my owl mug. 
Some before photos... like I said the mess isn't really heinous but it was cluttered and dusty and driving me nuts. My tumbled crystals were everywhere, the corner beside my desk had become a bit of a dumping ground, there were candles EVERYWHERE (more on that below), just cluttered and yuck.
I literally had candles everywhere. See this photo? That's all the candles I took out of my room. I've put half of them back in, the rest I don't know where to put just yet. I never have an issue when the power goes out. My pride and joys (Woodwicks... are the BEST) live in the lounge room and kitchen. I lit one of them while cleaning up... you'll never guess was scent it is. Seriously, you won't. I'll tell you what it is at the end of the post. I found this book I picked up a Rotary Book Fair ages and ages ago that I'd forgotten I had! I'm not hugely into pencil drawing at the moment but I may have a flick through later and see what I can apply to my felt tip line and wash drawings.
And speaking of other hobbies, found my vinyl floorboard photography background AND my camera tripod! Huzzah!
Then while I was picking up some tissues that Master L had kindly left on the other side of my bed I happened to catch something in the corner of my eye out my bedroom window. These two live on my block but they're always playing in my yard and the neighbour's garden. I stopped to watch them hide behind plants and pounce on one another for a while because they're pretty dang adorable.
And here we are with some after pics. Just brought a little more order to my chaos which I feel was needed to really take in my week.

I set a little loving rose quartz, mangano calcite, rhodochrosite, and rhodonite on my bedside table. I usually keep smoky quartz and some raw black tourmaline there to keep the nightmares at bay but I will try without them for a night or two and see how I go. I may slip them in the bowl before I go to bed tonight anyway.
The eight-legged guy there? That's Larry. He's my bathroom spider and actually has a web beside the backdoor and at a good height above the toothbrush holder over the vanity. He is getting to be fairly large and I don't usually like to let spiders live in conspicuous places however Larry is an excellent trapper, I've allowed him to stay. He's always there, he doesn't move around or anything so for now I have no issue with him.

Did you guess what scent my candle was? It's Krispy-Kreme scented haha I know, right? But I picked it up for $1 I think at the op shop because it was so random and I love it. It's weird, but I love it.
Here's me giving you a dorky webcam wave! 
I'll catch you another time, bloggo. I'm crossing my fingers that I'll have something groovy to show you next week...depends on when it arrives. 
 Til then, ta ta!

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