We just had our 11th wedding anniversary. As his gift to me my husband arranged a house party because he knows I love to host a good old shindig. He does not so much enjoy hosting, so this was a pretty big gift on his part. Of course we have 3 kids and do not … Continue reading Wedding anniversary and 22 kids.
I am a Family support worker (aka social worker, youth worker, counsellor, family therapist, play worker, teacher, negotiator, mental health nurse, and receptionist). I work in a primary school and we've just had the end of school year, and whilst the staff around me receive gifts, whilst I rush around getting the right gifts for … Continue reading Not for the appreciation
I've been thinking about writing this for a while. Then the last few weeks has seen some horrid and upsetting news. The political climate is one that has many (myself included) feeling angry and disoriented. And so I thought I would focus on sharing something positive and representative of the world I want for my … Continue reading Street life: an ode to my road
My daughter is demanding to know how many of the sleep-overs she's been invited to in the next 2 weeks that she can go on. Obviously she wants to go to them all. She's 9 (and 3/4). She still sleeps for 12 hours a night if allowed. Sleep-overs turn her into a shadow of her … Continue reading “It’s soooooo UNFAIR!”
Such violence and pointless death at the hands of human to human is, I find, too much to comprehend. Like so many, I sit hear unbelievably shocked and saddened about the attack and death of MP Jo Cox. Equally the horror of the Orlando shooting has been playing on my mind. I feel weighed down … Continue reading How do we explain?
The responses to my last post, both public and private have been overwhelming. If I ever wonder why I choose to write and publish (apart from the innate need to get my thoughts down 'on paper') it's these reactions. What a wonderful way to feel more positive; to hear that others feel similar, to know … Continue reading The sun came out
My eyes are sore from crying a lot last night. I got in from work and went upstairs (so the kids wouldn't see) and cried. Later, after some wine, I cried more on my husband. Today I feel as if I'm trudging through. I'm tired. I know, I know I'm not even 35. But seriously … Continue reading Life tired
I approached this half term with some trepidation. Not because of a week with my kids; I was rather looking forward to that. I was anxious that ill health would get me again. I've recently had three bouts of tonsillitis (bacterial; the type with raging fevers) in eight weeks and developed tinitus. The last two … Continue reading Health, happiness and half term
Oh man how this 'story line' in the press has got me mad. Here we have an actor. Her dad is dying of cancer (it's even weird that we know that much isn't it?). Since this news in her life she's not done her job some days and now is on what seems a more … Continue reading Taking some time off (the Sheridan Smith debate)
Its Mental health awareness week 2016 and the theme is relationships. This blog of mine is all about relationships. The one I have with the people in my life, the one I have with my own mental health and the one I have with my families mental illness. So many relationships going on, in fact, … Continue reading Relationships