So much has been happening this week!
Gluten free diets, sugar free diets argh!
As some of you might have gathered I have been trying various diets to help improve with pain and also hopefully to lose a bit of weight always a plus right?
So I have been predominantly trying gluten free, a bit of sugar free, but finding recipes with the two seems mission impossible and the ones I have found have resounded with a loud “YUK I HATE THIS WHY DO YOU HAVE TO COOK WEIRD FOOD MUMMY” from my kids. I have to admit on occasion I have had to pretend out of pride that I like it just to keep face as they say.
You know what, also researching a full week of new recipes, cooking from scratch and having them received badly is also quite disheartening. Now I don’t usually have pre packaged but you know when it is food you cook regularly it is easier than cooking something you don’t know, hence this week I am NOT bringing any food to the party because all pretty much a disaster….
I have had some really wonderful things happen this week!
I would like to share some of them with you if you don’t mind…
The lovely Miss Beretta from Miss Beretta Illustrations finished my headers for both Living in East Sheen and this blog if you didn’t notice the new header I proudly show it to you below and you can pop by my other blog if you want to see the other one 😉
I think I must have been her fussiest customer. She also did my wonderful gravatar, which I now think is my alter ego…hehe
So to the party I bring an artist….
Next is that both my children had marvellous end of year reports. My eldest reached target if not above on most. My youngest however who has been struggling a fair bit was over target on nearly everything receiving an excellent for both achievement and effort in science and maths. He even got a on target for english. He has severe dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD for those of you who don’t know and this year we have spent a lot of time trying to work out how to help him.
I had felt that the teacher didn’t really take our concerns on board fully nor understand him yet what she wrote about him really touched me as it became clear she has spent much time with him and ‘gets him’ very well. On speaking to the assistant, her words were “oh Miss Cory absolutely adores your son” and so we end the year with her I actually feel a tad bitter sweet now we are moving on to someone new.
However I am still riding high on the reports yay yipee wohoo
So to the party I bring along some clever children…
Wonderful blogging friends
I also want to say that I really adore all my blogging friends. When I wake up and see all the messages waiting to be read it’s one of the highlights of my morning and always, always makes me smile. Having this form of communication for me having been isolated for a fair while (though now I am getting out), is really cherished.
It is something I don’t take for granted and am mindful it is always a two way thing, but even so with me having been busy the last couple of weeks the comments and chit chat still flows in and it’s really wonderful!
The reason I have been busy is that firstly I have started a volunteering post for Age UK which is going to get me back in an office environment very part time but what a fantastic feeling and to be able to give back to an organization that I am sure in the future I will need and wish to use, they providing such an amazing service, it is humbling at times.
Also I have secured a part time job from home working for Richmond Aid who help people with disabilities. They have been absolutely invaluable to me in helping me return back to work and to also give me the confidence to embrace a career change. I have three roles for them but the one I am really excited about is being a researcher.
They have a stepping stones project which is for youths with a disability of some kind who wish to get some work experience. I get a profile of someone and try to find companies that are willing to support these youngsters and from my end also match them well. I completed my first assignment and wow the feeling was great to get a “yes I can support her” and know that said person will hopefully get out, gain some confidence, some skill sets and have something to help them on with their future.
I also help Richmond Aid on a volunteering basis to write their newsletter, I have just written my first pieces and this is due to go to publication, so it is a great feeling having something independent published.
My other bit of news is I secured a contract to start up and manage a Facebook Account and page for a local estate agent. This was borne through my Living in East Sheen blog.
For me it means finally a regular slim yet useful stream of money going in to my account and feels fab that I can help them out.
My mission is to help them become more Community Friendly as Estate Agents generally have rather a hard lot here as in opinions of them. This is an independent Estate Agent, family run so a little different than a huge conglomerate and the Owner I am excited to work with as he seems keen to embrace my mad erm I mean out of the box marketing ideas, hehe!
It is with the aforesaid ie blogging friends, support, blogging relationships etc that I decided after much time of wanting to, to make a new nomination.
Do I hear you groan? grins…Please don’t.
This award to me is something special, everyone’s comments are like gold dust to me. Everyone has their different personalities, sees your blog and posts in different ways and always has something magical and different to contribute.
There is one person however that always seems to magically catch me with her comments, maybe it’s been on challenging days that she has brought a smile to my face, maybe not, I don’t know but either way, she ‘always’ says the right thing without ever knowing it.
We don’t even talk that much, not like with my lovely fiance Mara who I speak to daily so now I suddenly want to split the award up in to a gazillion pieces and spread to all in thought but the person I would love to start this award to is SammyD from Bemuzin
Most Uplifting Commenter Award
I am making the rules of this award simple
- Please pass this award on to one person only, the person whose comments mean the most to you.
- Please explain why this persons comments have won a place in your heart so strongly.
- Chose a minimum of 3 of their comments to share on your post when you nominate them.
- Please back-link to the person that nominated you & mention something brief about your relationship with them.
- Please let the person know through a link of the nomination post that you have awarded them this.
- Display the award somewhere on your blog.
Here are some of Sammys lovely comments:
She says uplifting things…
You are an amazing writer, Justine. Whatever you are doing, don’t stop because what comes out of you is so special. Sometimes we DO need to tame the kid in the candy store, but you seem to make it work with humor and style and lots of pluck.
She’s a bit naughty…
Justine !!! The last line of your song is hilarious – “keep a generation gap; try wearing a cap”. Ha ha I never heard a song about a condom before LOL
YES, Friday the 13th AND A FULL MOON !! Time for a little mis-behaving if you ask me 🙂. 💋💖💥💥💥
A little bit cheeky!….
You have an amazing amount of energy considering your ailments – kids, photography, cooking, writing, walks, dogs, hubby and now volunteer time!?! sheesh you are a little nuts and a whole lot loveable
*wink wink. 🙂
Oh, sweet Justine, I have such a huge grin on my face. I feel like I’ve been in fairyland with Tinkerbelle. I swear you tell a tale like you are singing a love song and these pictures are so special. Your charming cottage and gardens and family and lunch and …. Pugs 🙂. I love it all. Especially you being a bit of a tomboy *wink
So I bring you a lovely lady also to the party!
I hope your having a fab weekend, enjoying some yummy food, perhaps a glass of wine and something nice in the diary to do or absolutely nothing at all?
© Justine @ Eclecticoddsnsods.com