I can’t believe it’s been nearly three weeks since I last wrote!
What have I been up to? Well, the study/spare-room is finally finished and the sofa-bed is in. I’m so relieved and pleased with the result, right down to my Attkinson Grimshaw on the wall. My brother came to stay for the weekend and he said it was really comfy and homely which makes me happy and it’s such a lovely room to work in too.
Greg and I never got around to painting the hallway ceiling when I said we would but the banister is going in as I type! Greg is going to take some days off sometime over the next few weeks to get the hallway done and then the decoration of the house is finished too!
Since I last wrote, I also went back to Yorkshire to see my family and the animals for a bit and went to The Great Yorkshire Show which was fantastic!
My love and I.
Eddie in the cornfield.
India in the cornfield.
I’ve also been keeping up with the gardening and we have produce! My tomato plant is fruiting, my herbs are herbing and are in need of thinning out now which I will hopefully do once the banister men are gone today. I have also been talked into having a vegetable patch and potentially chickens! I’m not confident that we’ll have anything this year but the metaphorical and literal seeds have been sewn and we’ll be working on making it a reality over the winter ready for spring next year.
In DSA news I’ve decided it’ll be more convenient if I source my own laptop and so I’m just waiting for the go ahead from the authorities before I go ahead and buy that. Still waiting, waiting, waiting! I also had my Irlen’s assessment which went really well and my order has been sent off for my glasses. I went for an eye-test too and got the all clear so I chose my frames and they have been put to one side for me.
Last week I spent on the house painting the porch-way and the spindals of the decking, although I haven’t got round to the main floor part as I’ve been waiting for a suitably sunny day when it’s not going to rain for 24 hours … maybe this Friday.
This week however, since the banister men have been here I’ve taken the opportunity to finally get round to some grammar. Yesterday I finished two books and I’m hoping that today I’ll finish a third.
Controversial as it may sound I really didn’t find Lynne Truss’s ‘Eats, shoots and leaves’ very helpful. I found The Usborne Guide to Better English far more useful. Considering I was synthesising three books into my notes I found that The Usborne Guide was very comprehensive and far more clear than the other two. I know I’ll be keeping it around and potentially having it on my desk at school.
I plan to finish off my notes today and then next time I’ll highlight important parts and write them up onto flashcards to learn and be tested on.
I have also found some time to spend on myself reading, cooking and chilling with Greg. I’ve also really got back into meditating again recently and would really recommend you check out Headspace if you’re interested. I find it really helps me to let go of stresses and find some perspective for myself.
Caitlin Moran’s Moranifesto.
Shepherd’s Pie Success!
So, I’ve been in just over a week and I’ve been busy! After the initial sorting out stage I’ve been spending my time in the garage … sanding!This was my Friday and Monday. I managed two bookcases in two days and I’m pretty pleased with myself.
Woman with a power tool!
Before and After. Black to ‘Mother Duck’
After that, on Tuesday, I was able to unpack the rest of my boxes, organise all my books and files and put up my ornaments, like a few new pictures from my old work colleagues and my mirror which I also refurbished to match last minute.
It’s starting to all really come together.
Books, Case and Collage
Desk and View
All that I’m waiting on now is for the curtains and rail to go up (tonight) and for the sofa bed to arrive (next week) and then my study will be all finished!’ve also bullied Greg into painting the hallway ceiling this weekend so that then all we’re waiting on is for the banister man to come and do his thing before I paint the walls and then gloss. Shouldn’t be such a big deal. I recogn I can do that in a week once I get started and then the house will be done!
In PGCE news I’ve emailed the provider of my DSA support and attempted to get things moving with that and I’ve also booked a new Irlen’s assessment so that I can get new lenses and new frames for starting my PGCE. Other than that I’ve not got a lot planned for the rest of the week. I am starting to feel pretty knackered now and I feel like my body is telling me to slow down.
Next week I’m going back to Yorkshire to visit my Dad and Grandad and I’m going with my Mum to the Great Yorkshire Show, which I’ve always wanted to go to – I’m excited! I’ll be away for maybe five days … but when I get back I’m hoping to really crack on with learning some Grammar and making some improvements on my areas of weakness in preparation for September. But who knows, maybe we’ll be in a position to finish the hallway by then.
Wish me Luck. TTFN.