We have been warned about the Beast from the East, an extreme weather forecast with snow, freezing temperatures and all the chaos that can bring!
I received the first text just after 5:30am and got up and left for work at 6:40.
Roads were treacherous in places, the car drifted and flurries of snow were intermittent. By the time I reached school it had been closed to students.
Now we had to see what could be done to clear paths etc if we were to have a fighting chance of opening tomorrow.
More flurries, some quite intense, but the sun shone too.
The site staff cleared quite a bit and in a quiet workplace I was able to do prep for year end and budget planning.
Budget predictions this year are as bleak as the weather!
I made a dash for it when the sky was temporarily blue.
Home safe and sound a quick tidy up and a lasagne and apple pie were comfort foods made for dinner!
My sister in law sent photos of Bella enjoying her first snow experience; how delightful !
More snow has fallen and more is predicted tonight, and another decision will be required whether to open or close. The decision is never taken lightly: teaching and learning is time poor as it is, without closures.
I enjoy snow when it is fresh, but I hate to drive in it, so for me my perfect snow day is snuggled up at home in the warm, baking or cooking!
Fingers crossed for tomorrow and a thaw in the next few days 🤞🏻
2018 has been momentous so far, and January has seemed very long, but February has settled in nicely and hopefully Spring is around the corner!
The last ten days have been very busy at work and there hasn’t been much time to do much.
Last year at this time we were preparing to go to Fuerteventura, and some late winter sunshine, and the picture for my desk calendar reminds me of that time
The six nations began at the weekend, and for the first time in years I won’t be attending any. I intend to go next year and maybe the break will do me good( I doubt it)!
I go to Scotland on Friday afternoon for a long weekend to see my parents, and celebrate my Dad’s 85th Birthday!
Driving home tonight the sky was beautiful and I had to stop to take a picture of it. I find myself always thinking of loved ones who have died when I see the sunrise and sunset. I feel their aura and also sadness that they aren’t here to see them, but I remind myself how lucky I am that I can and I savour those moments and reflect on how blessed I am and have been with the people in my life.
This week has been a strange one, lots of excitement and opportunity and not much time to get things done.
Early mornings and late nights with a foray into the unknown. A night at home with Kevin spending time with his mum, an opportunity for reflection.
This week I’ve been told I’m scary at work, and also intimidating: not really adjectives I particularly care for. I asked my kids if this is the case and it transpires that I have a ‘look’ that can wither and give off an aura of confidence that can appear intimidating.
This has staggered me as I am, underneath all that front, a very unconfident person, a people pleaser and very uncomfortable in certain social situations.
I know my job very well and always strive to be the best I can be, I can be very black and white about certain things, but always take into account the grey areas wherever I can. I also use humour to divert attention.
From these comments this week I have taken on board two things:
1. Very few people really know me at work ( their loss?)
2. I will try to avoid the ‘look’ and smile more!
I did some meditation this week at work and really enjoyed that clearing of the mind, so will definitely be doing more of that.
I’m not sure that I want to change how I am perceived at work, as perhaps keeping the two different me’s apart is a good thing!
We will see, I will try a charm offensive, failing that, buy lots of animal print clothing and be ‘scary’ spice! 😘
And still the surprises keep coming this year!
Some unexpected news at work meaning opportunities and challenge. Great to look holistically at situations.
Watching our children grow into the adults they have become is awesome.
We have caught up with good friends this week, where laughter and food have been plentifully enjoyed.
Good news quite often appears from out of the blue, and all the sweeter because of that.
So many things to look forward to this year!
The year is only 14 days old and it has brought surprises aplenty and excitement too!
A visit to reacquaint my parents with Marion, my second mother in law, after, we guess, 8 1/2 years.
Bouts of “Aussie” flu for me, Kevin and joe!
The decorations came down last week and this past week has certainly been an eventful one.
The space where the tree once was!
Late nights last week culminating in a trip to the Barbican to see RSC Antony and Cleopatra – absolutely brilliant, and Wagamama’s before a real treat!
Today I attended the Christening of Lucas Sydney Robert Pope, and watched as Georgina and Jay accepted the task of being two of his Godparents.
Lovely service, although the Church was freezing❄️❄️
Home and time for some chores, Malaysian curry for dinner and time spent with a recovering Joe and Georgina.
A lovely bottle of red from the Bolney Estate in Sussex and all is well! Plus I made a new friend today if the furry variety. 💕💕
January was supposed to be a quiet month, but with so much going on I don’t think I have a rest until 3rd February, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Happy New Year!
This last year has been well documented by me, but I will post a few photos here too!
As is the way, there has been highs (many) and lows (few), but that is life. How we cope with the lows is the important thing, with support of family and friends.
Reading through my blogs for this year has brought many a smile to my face and I hope that 2018 has as many wonderful moments!
There are three weddings to attend: Kevin is starting to feel all aquiver with the thought of outfits, shoes etc ( for me 😉). Exciting times!
Parkrun will continue as I try to improve my fitness and health.
Perhaps 2018 should have more spontaneity and less planned things, we shall see….
Andrew and Lis are over in April, and that will provide early celebrations for 30th (Andrew) and 60th (Kevin) birthdays 🎂
I wish everyone a great New Year full of what makes you happy, today, tomorrow, forever xxx
Today I arrived at my desk at 7:15. My desk was remarkably uncluttered, so that was a positive.
Emails,signing and seeing colleagues proved a bit of a curate’s egg.
Yesterday was not good as I felt lethargic and off kilter. I have been anxious about returning to work and that is how it was manifesting itself.
There are only 13 working days left for this year and with a renewed positivity, I’m sure I can reach that milestone!
I will have the memories of last month to sustain me and also to remind me what working affords me to do.
There have already been colleagues at my door, but that is for next week, and I have had to offer comfort where needed, and that won’t stop🤔🤗
We opted to eat in the hotel and as it was raining it was a wise decision.
Food was delicious, company great and we toasted the holiday, and Colin’s upcoming big birthday next Sunday.
We again found ourselves talking about our families, the joy the heartache but also immense pride!
It has been awesome and memories aplenty!