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  1. Yes - I use an App called The Bible in One Year, which I find really helpful. I'm not really recovered, if I'm honest. Thank you for asking. I have sarcoidosis, which has been pulmonary and musculoskeletal. Just recently, I started having some symptoms of neurosarcoidosis, which is worrying because the prognosis isn't good. Plus, with the current situation with Covid-19, it's harder than ever to get suitable treatment unless you are at death's door. The most troublesome thing right now is daily, frequent nosebleeds which happen randomly, and with no warning. I had 5 yesterday and ended up feeling very weak. I talked with my sarc support group, and a number of them suggested that I look into the link between (peri) menopause and sarc flare-ups - yay me! So yeah - I'm feeling rather overwhelmed at the moment.
  2. Been MIA.. I've been ill. Long story, but basically a combo of physical health problems and then extended family issues. I took a few days off my tutoring, and I'm glad I did. So today's list: Tutoring: a profoundly dyslexic 9yo; a 1hr science session for 10-13yos; and a 1hr English session for 13-15yos Friday's workout with my online group Listening to my bible readings whilst sewing A short walk with DD12 Resting/relaxing in the evening That last one is really important and a new thing for me. I am putting rest and relaxation on my list, because I need to get into the habit of giving myself those spaces. I instinctively don't do that, but it needs to change for my own mental and physical health.
  3. I meant to log in and post here this morning, and ended up having to get my a** in gear quick because I had an English student waiting for me! However, I'm feeling quite achieved today. I managed to do the following: A little Bible study Teach two students - one of them new, who has crippling anxiety, but she did really well My online workout Check and correct DS14 and DD12's schoolwork A little of my cross stitch Order Thai takeaway (in lieu of cooking, haha) I'd like to say that I managed to mark the English homework for my Friday group, but I didn't. It's gone midnight here now and I have no brain, so it will have to wait until tomorrow.
  4. I wouldn't dare! I have very fast growing, thick hair which is best thinned out by an actual hairdresser. Obviously that isn't happening right now, and my hair is a mess. Good thing I'm not going anywhere! I've cut everyone else's hair in the family, and recently DH offered to do mine. But he's got MS, bless him, and his fine motor control isn't what it was.. so I have declined 😉
  5. New week - pick myself up and try again! I've had quite a few setbacks lately, and last Friday I pulled my back. It's still not happy, but it's not as bad as it was. Three English students today - a profoundly dyslexic 9yo, a 12yo on the autistic spectrum, and a 13yo who had a rather disastrous time at school and who hasn't really done any English for quite some time. But then, neither had the 12yo before doing sessions with me and she seems to be doing alright now! I'll need to check DS14 and DD12's work at some point Repot the sunflowers because they're getting a bit leggy Remind DH to pick up the bikes from the place that services them in town, and also pick up a couple more hanging basket brackets for the back of the house Do my Monday workout in the evening when it gets cooler, or if my back is still dodgy, then a Yoga session
  6. It's a Bank Holiday here in the UK, which is sort of equivalent to a North American Labor Day. I gave the kids the day off schoolwork and went out to potter in the garden. Feeling quite achieved.. I managed to give the trees along the side of the driveway a trim, so that we will no longer get out of our cars into holly branches and wild rose claws; Planted up a hanging basket with sweet pea seeds, fingers crossed they will germinate okay; Helped DD20 plant up another couple of hanging baskets with flowers that she had chosen from the garden centre last week; Watered all of the remaining potted flowers and the seedlings I carefully started 2-3 weeks ago; Planted the strawberry plants in a pot and put it out of temptation's reach in the front yard (one of our dogs loves to dig up our pots, so we have gated the front yard to prevent her from ruining them); Had a chat with DD12, who is struggling with lockdown and teenage hormones. DS14 seems to be coping a little better; Went for a walk with DH in the evening just as the light was falling, which was really special as we don't often get the chance to do little things like that. I really hope I am not going to feel utterly wrecked tomorrow as a result of today's activity! Hope y'all are well and happy. 💜
  7. You have way more self-control than me! Snakes - any kind - give me extreme heebie jeebies.
  8. Well - the last couple days have been a washout. Not in terms of weather - it's actually been really nice, for the UK! Back in February, I got Covid-19, and I've literally not gotten back on my feet since. I keep picking myself up and making another attempt at getting life together again, only to fall a few days later, back into what I can only describe as a slump of absolute exhaustion. I haven't been this wiped since I had my first bout of sarcoidosis, 12 years ago. Covid has really played havoc with my health. I would really appreciate some prayer, or positive thoughts.. whatever works for you. Hedgehog x (who feels more like a beetle on its back most of the time)
  9. Missed church altogether this morning, because I had a rotten night. Didn't get to sleep until 4:30am 😭 So.. it's been a very quiet day. I made no plans. I've been sitting in my caravan most of the time, sewing, listening to music (just discovered VOCES8), and having video chats with my MIL and kids. Also played a game of online Scrabble with my aunt on Word Chums, and got DH to move the seedlings onto the windowshelf so that they get more sun.
  10. It feels like it's been a busy day today, and I'm tired. Listened to my bible readings this morning and did some more on my cross stitch Chivvied the kids to do their weekend chores Made curry (this takes a long time, but I had bits of time in between chopping, stirring, and adding spices; mostly spent chatting with my SIL in Canada) Quiz night with church on Zoom: this is usually great fun, but the husband got all serious about it and ended up being rude to all of us, so I am still feeling a little salty about that Zoom chat with my oldest, who I haven't seen in person since February. *weeps* We spent most of it screen-sharing some videos of Newfoundland while chatting. 💜 Hope y'all are doing okay. Is anyone else still effectively under lockdown, as we are in the UK?
  11. Morning, lovely people 😊 I'm beginning to sleep better now, so feeling more human and getting up earlier. Hurrah. My list for today - Have a cuppa with DH and do our bible reading together Order seedling trays online Errands: pick up some tomato and pepper plants from a friend (social distancing compliant! She's going to leave them in her garden for me); pick up some more biodegradable seedling pots from the farm shop; pick up said seedling trays from the local DIY store Check DS14 and DD12's work and go through any mistakes with them Get out for a WALK. I have been stuck at home for several days, as a result of being cripplingly tired. I want to see the fields with their spring flowers, and stretch my legs. I also have a general list for the week - Tidy some of the small caravan, at least so that I can change the beds Re-organise the schoolbook crates Get out for a swim. I'm desperately needing the cold water therapy! All the fibro pain is coming back 😢 Work out with DH how we are going to fit the electric piano into the big caravan a bit better than it is now. It possibly needs to be turned 90deg, but we will have to take out a portion of the lounge seating to do it. - we don't use that seat anyway, it's just a dumping ground, but it will take a bit of DIY skills to sort it so it's not really something I can do alone It's raining, which is a good thing, because unusually for the UK it's been sunny every day lately and rather hot. Our plants needed more rain than they got! And suddenly I can see lots of wildflowers springing up in the yard - mostly in the space that can't be attended to yet and is rocky, because all the leftover earth was dumped there when the extension foundations were built. There's clumps of forget-me-not, buttercups, nettles, yellow poppies, red campion, foxglove. I frequently see our cat slinking through the leaves, intent on his hunting, no doubt.
  12. Again.. no list today. I'm still getting back on my feet. Co-op is now online, on Zoom, and on Fridays; so I was teaching an English session today for 13-15yos, and then Science for 10-13yos Bit of self-care.. hairwash and shower A game of Psych with a few friends online.. Tomorrow is a new day. Hope y'all are doing alright. x
  13. So... my week fell apart early on, and it's taken me a few days to put things back together again. All because of the moon. 🌝 This is totally a thing - being affected by the moon. I get insomnia really badly sometimes, and I have discovered that it's almost always tied to the phases of the moon. I'll be ticking along in life, and seem to slide into a patch of sleeping really badly, and everything goes to pot. I suddenly think.. hang on, is it a full moon or something? and lo and behold, it is. This week we've had a supermoon (I think?) and that seems to have made it worse. I can feel it receding slightly now. Boy, will I ever be glad to get a proper night's sleep again. I am feral without decent sleep! I didn't even set myself a list of things this morning. However, I did manage to: - Teach an English student for an hour without losing my mind - Correct some work from my tutored students and from my kids - Take part in a bible study group with some youngsters.. not too difficult, since they are great and mostly carry it themselves - make tea. Okay. It was store-bought pizza. But I still cooked it. Hopefully I'll get better sleep tonight, and tomorrow will be easier. Hope y'all are doing okay. x
  14. Tell me about it! I had one yesterday. No shame, people, no shame.
  15. I had a better night's sleep last night, and consequently woke up feeling more the thing. We're doing a scaled down version of Co-op on Zoom now, and Friday is Co-op day. I had two classes to teach - IGCSE English prep (IGCSE is the exam British kids take when they are around 16) and Science for 10-13yos. They're a really nice bunch of kids, who make it easy for me to teach. And the prep doesn't take too long for it either any more - I'm getting into the swing of it. The slight hiccup today was DS14 and DD12 were being a bit scratchy towards each other in my English group. Not to mention being a bit embarrassed, I do find it a bit difficult to teach them in a group when they are feeling like that and acting up. Roll on them growing out of it. Aside from that, I ought to kickstart weekly tidying and chores a bit later on. The caravan is a bit of a state. Five people, two dogs and a cat will do that to a place! I could also use popping up to the farmshop and seeing if they have anything appealing for our tea. Otherwise we'll be having bacon sandwiches again!
  16. No problem. I'll see if I can get an answer tomorrow. 😊
  17. Well - today wasn't the best of days. I woke up feeling lousy. So I didn't set myself any list. However, I've checked the kids' schoolwork, driven the husband to the store and back, chatted with DD25 and DD18 on Zoom, did some cross stitch, and I'm just about to do a little preparation for tutoring tomorrow - but it won't take long. Then bed.
  18. Got that done, at least. No tidying, though. My head was not at all in the right place for it. Instead, I did a little piano lesson with DS14. He hasn't played the piano for a couple years - since we moved into the caravan. (We recently managed to get an electric piano, which has its downsides but is most certainly better than nothing! He has anxiety, and struggles greatly with failure, so he has one scale and one piece to practise - hopefully we can do this by little nibbles, every day. Early night for me tonight - I have to get up respectably early and be dressed and in my right mind by 9:30am; the boyo has a new English course online.
  19. The above is done. I have also looked over both DS14 and DD12's work from today, and done a few corrections with them. DS14 has changed his math course - it was getting harder too fast for him to deal with, and he was beginning to have a very negative narrative in his head about math, so that had to stop. I am just gathering some energy to have a look at DS14's science books.
  20. Good morning 👋 Not feeling particularly special today, as I didn't sleep so well. The cookies I ate last night probably had a lot to do with that 🤦‍♀️Fortunately, in a family with kids, there are always people willing to finish off a package of cookies for you. Just to be kind, of course. So today.. I need to video call one of my English students because he is confused with the assignment I gave him last week Go to the farm shop for milk and compost and maybe a strawberry planter if I can find one Mark DS14's Chemistry and Biology work, up to date Do a little tidying in my caravan, if I can cope with that. (I think you guys in the US would call it a trailer?) I find it overwhelming.. there is so little space to move, and so much stuff. We are currently living in two caravans, one big, one small. House is not fit to live in (we gutted it). Most of our possessions are in boxes in the barn, so you'd think there wasn't much left to make anywhere untidy!! I'm sure there's more, but I feel better with small lists!
  21. 🤗(we really need a hug emoji that doesn't look quite so smiley. I'm not happy about your pain!!)
  22. ...and is a common rule across many cultures and religions. I feel very fortunate to have friends of many faiths, and varied ancestry. We have some fantastic conversations about life.. and everything. We find many commonalities and I'd rather focus on those, because it's more likely to lift us all up and leave us with a smile on our faces. What I'm getting from this thread is that most people feel that the point of life is for it to have meaning and purpose, regardless of your worldview. In practice, this can look very similar - improving your own life and that of others; showing kindness, patience, restraint when appropriate, integrity, and being content; for those who have them, raising kids to be decent people; understanding that actions have consequences; etc. etc.
  23. I feel your pain. Was it you that has fibro? (Sorry for my bad memory.) Takeout is totally the way to go on bad days. 💜
  24. I am so sorry for your situation and the choice you have to make. We've had to do the same a few times now, and it never gets easier.. but I don't want to be without a dog, either! It's a little easier when the dog has had a good, long life and you know you have done what you could to give them that. Sadly we had to put a 5yo dog down several years back because he had a brain lesion/tumour and it was causing him to become erratically and unpredictably vicious. It was absolutely heartbreaking. But then, it wasn't that much easier to say goodbye to the others who lived to 12 and 13, either.. I just felt a little more at peace with that in my head. Relatively recently - around 2yrs ago - we decided that we would not wait until one died, leave a gap, and then look for another. We would try to have two concurrently, one older, one younger. This is working brilliantly so far. We have a 12yo and a 2yo (both Hovawarts). The younger one does want to play more than the older one will tolerate the messing, but overall it means that the older one gets a lot more exercise than she would otherwise and it helps to keep her healthy. And the younger one is learning from the older one, what is acceptable dog behaviour. They're also quite a formidable pair when it comes to guarding us and the house. I never feel unsafe if they are with me. And when the older one dies, I still have the other loving, cuddly bear to grieve with. So maybe this might be an option for you to consider in the future. 💜
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