Is everything the same or changed?


So apart from my last post, which was the long overdue post to its predecessor, the blogging world hasn’t heard from me in over a year and a half. So has anything changed? Of course.

Bambi is now seven and Cinderella is four, and she will be starting school after this summer. What hasn’t changed is how much I love them, no wait, that’s incorrect. When I learn something new about them it makes me love them even more, and makes me proud to be their aunt, so a year and a half later I love them far more than I did.

2016 was a crazy year for me, well everyone really. My heart broke with a death of a pet, but it was shattered watching the kids go through it. The pet was their nine year old dog, that my brother and sister-in-law had since he was about 10 weeks old. From the maths you’ll realise that means the kids grew up with him. Their dog was there watching over them, playing with them and in a world that changes, having him be there as a constant loving being. To relive it just now describing why and how he died would be too much for me, maybe some other time I’ll blog about it, but it’s been about 8 months, and I still see their grief every time I see them. I know grief doesn’t have a set time to go away, but watching them be torn apart by their dog’s death is heart wrenching. 

In 2016 my health also took a downturn, and as that is a long story to explain what health issues I have I’ll have to address them in another post. I just thought I’d mention it in this long list of changes in my life. 

Without going into too many details, I also, last year, became a volunteer contributor for a newsletter for a charity. I have loved doing this, and can’t wait to keep doing more contributions. The reason I won’t go into many details is my real name is used on the contributions, and for various reasons I chose when setting up this blog to use a pseudonym. To say a lot about the volunteering may lead to putting two and two together, so I hope you understand why I’m not sharing too much.

I guess the major change would be what happened for me in 2015. It happened about 2 months after my last post mentioned above, so although I had been delayed writing my blog entry that I finally posted last week, this just pushed it into impossible to do at this time. So what happened? Excitingly for me I got a home. I had lived with my parents and my dog, but had been looking for my own place. I finally got one, it’s a flat (for those more familiar with American terminology – apartment – though is it technically an apartment if it’s just two floors of homes?). My one bedroom flat is rented from the local authority. Max isn’t one hundred percent thrilled, as people come through “his” main door. If the main door bangs shut, not only do I hear it, but I then have to hear his disapproving bark. I love my dog, but sometimes I wish he had a mute button lol.

I think that’s all the major in my life in the last year and a half, sorry that it’s only a brief review of them. With all them changes though, it means I’ll have to update my About Me page. I hope to be able to do that and post about my health issues soon. If my regular readers are on my blog, they may notice that I have updated the blog slightly. Rather than the image of a field there is now a pen and paper, in the hopes it might inspire me to write more.

For my previous readers, how have you been? For any new readers, glad you have stopped by. Feel free to leave comments and to ask questions.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Changes

Well my app shows the last post I did was in July!
Sorry.

I had started another post after the doggie rice pudding but never got round to finishing it. No point in making you endure a half thought, as I can barely mind where it was headed. If I do, I might at some point finish it.

I think it didn’t get to the completion stage for numerous reasons. One being I’m still working on my cupboard. Well just the finishing touches really and trying to squeeze everything in there.

Two my dear little Bambi turned 5, which means in Scotland he had to start formal education in August. Not that we haven’t been teaching him from day 1. I use every opportunity I can to impart something new to him each time I see him and I try to teach Cinderella too. My sister-in-law works 4 days a week and my brother has his own business and he has Asperger’s Syndrome, which is a form of autism (hence why my mum and I are heavily involved in my nephew and niece’s lives). Therefore they chose to send him to a local “state” school. The emotions and the dynamics of our relationship therefore have changed. I’m getting use to him no longer being a baby or toddler and he is getting use to having to put education first, and our facilitating that, then he gets to play. Monday this week was very poignant for me as I got to help him, after a little snack and play to unwind, do homework. I did my best not to well up as once again I came face-to-face with the change in our relationship. Right up until the day he started school I was allowed to call him “my baby boy” but I was promptly told after his first day of school “I’m your school boy now”. I was glad my sister-in-law brought him to see us after his first day and I got photos of him. I’ll always treasure them. Look at me I sound like he’s an adult and just left home…and he ain’t even my kid lol! So with all this going on I haven’t had time or the heart to focus on my blog.

Adult helping a child with homework, just like I did for Bambi.

Adult helping a child with homework, just like I did for Bambi. Image courtesy of DavidCastilloDominici/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
 

Third reason you haven’t heard from me – my illness has been up and down. I’ve decided I will write about it at some point to help those out there who face similar issues. Just not right now as there is not enough time.

Fourthly I’ve been pondering a thought that has plagued me for sometime, in some ways making me regret the decision to redo my cupboard but it really did need done either way as for the foreseeable future I’m still living with my parents. The decision was in conjunction with my health. I need a place of my own set up to accommodate my illness and although my mum is fabulous when it comes to my illness, in fact accommodating all her kids and their issues they may have, I need a permanent arrangement which of course will be made clear when I finally post on my health issues. So I’ve been taking steps to find my own place.

Finally, and related to the previous two points is I’ve been looking at and started trying recipes for a concept known as Once A Month Meals.I had never heard of it myself to so in case you haven’t heard of it either I’ll give you a basic overview of the concept in a second. I came across this idea when I’d begun looking for recipes that could be easily made and frozen in batches. For example, for years I’ve made macaroni cheese and always made enough to have one portion be frozen for use on another time. I only had to defrost it and then put in the oven to heat it up and give it a lovely golden brown bubbling top. I was looking for those kind of recipes but stumbled upon this Once A Month Meals concept. The basic idea behind it is do all your preparation at same time, freeze “prepped” meals (many do it so they’ll have enough prepped meals for every night of a month hence the name), defrost prepped meals overnight and then put in slow cooker in morning for hassle free meals. It makes getting a nutritious homemade meal easier, as just taking a little longer than your usual preparation time for a meal means you have lots of nights worth of meals prepared and ready to cook. For me it will be great with my health and living alone, as I will have meals ready to cook on days I’m not up to cooking. Also have you ever found a recipe calls for some ingredient that will perish fast but that no other meals you will be making in the foreseeable future calls for that ingredient? It’s happened to me a lot and inevitably it ends up being thrown out. Living alone will mean I won’t be able to afford to do that as much, let alone what it does to the environment. With the Once A Month Meals concept I don’t have to worry as I’d be able to make a few batches of that prepped meal to able to reduce the amount I’d have to throw out. We all look for ways to save our money and this is a pretty good one. I hope to post some of the recipes I’ve tried soon, so far I’ve only tried two but intend to try more.

So to my readers who are still out there a big thank you. Hopefully you won’t haven’t to wait to long to hear from me again. If you want to comment go ahead.

A little update

So yesterday I finally managed to do my post on my views of the winner of Britain’s Got Talent, but other than that you haven’t heard from me for over a month so I thought I’d give my loyal readers a little update.

I’ve been working on my post about my trip to Ikea since May. Yes I know that is a long time to take on one post but as I said in this post I’m not currently doing big posts and as this will be a huge post I’m doing it a couple of paragraphs at a time.

Max, my dog, is a very nervous wee dog and one with quite a few allergies. He is allergic like many westies to chicken, but most westies have a reaction on the skin. Max ends up with vomiting and diarrhoea to chicken, in fact to all poultry and lamb. I refuse to give him rabbit (having pet rabbits in the past and the fact my brother and sister-in-law recently got bunnies for Bambi and Cinderella might have something to do with it). Max may therefore be fine with rabbit, but I’ll never know, that said when we have gave him game before he has vomited that too so he would probably end up sick with rabbit anyway. He can handle a small amount of ham/bacon but too big a portion and he again will vomit. The only meat he is fine with is beef and he can handle fish though he is not particularly fond of dog food with fish, he prefers fresh home cooked fish.

Recently Max had been so unwell we stripped back his diet to sticking to one type of treat (we chose a biscuit brand he likes and is fine with) and put him on hypoallergenic food. Even that didn’t help much so I did what we do when he is really bad and gave him rice pudding. It is a recipe I got out of a dog magazine and I will share it with you in a future post. We use this recipe when we either want to give him a little change and a treat or as I said when he is very sick. The few days with that rice pudding recipe has now settled his poor tummy and we are beginning to reintroduce foods back into diet.

I’m not quite ready yet to go back to my challenge but hopefully soon I will be. As I said earlier I’m working on my post about my trip with Bambi and Cinderella to Ikea. I will also do a post about the rice pudding recipe for dogs. I will also do a post as promised with a 3-D shapes printable pack.

Leave your comments below. If you have a dog with food allergies what foods have you found to work for them? I’m always looking for ideas due to Max being super sensitive.

Challenge: One Picture, One Thousand Words – Temporary break

To find out about the challenge click here.

You may or may not have noticed I didn’t post at all last week, reason is I felt over past week or so like Kermit in this picture.

kermit ill

I’ve been unable to do much and have just been doing one or two things a day (like making my lunch) and watching tv and pinning things on my Pinterest account. I’ve been debating with myself whether to post this on my blog or not, but I’m not going to into details but just say I do have health issues meaning that for just now I’m taking a temporary break from the challenge as I’m not up to it just now. Also I’m suffering a bit of writers block. I will however do small posts on various things, hopefully at least one a week. I hope my followers out there are understanding on the fact I won’t be doing big posts or my challenge for just now. If anyone wants to join the challenge they are still free to do so. I will resume the challenge as soon as possible.

Some things I might post on to be able to still post regularly:
Bambi and Cinderella – things they get up to, say and do. Kids have an amazing talent for providing material to write about.
My dog- he does sometimes provide material to write about too.
Britains Got Talent – I love watching it as it is a variety show (though it is mainly dancing and singing, you do occasionally get a variety act that is very good, like last year there was a very funny teenage comedian). This year there is the bonus of a golden buzzer that each judge can press just once for an act they truly believe should be in the live semi-finals, and they no longer need to audition. So basically if a judge, or host presses the golden buzzer for your act, you’re in the live show. Two weeks of auditions and it has already been pressed twice.
Homemade products- I mentioned in this post that I would tell you about things I’ve tried from Pinterest and I’ve already tried a few and love them so far, but want to see if they pass the test of time and if it is just a novelty etc, so I will let you know of good ones.

Thanks for reading and hopefully understanding.

Challenge : Week 7

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Firstly to my loyal readers, though there is not many of you thank you for reading, unfortunately I lost track of time today and therefore haven’t done my challenge today. Wait! Before you unsubscribe I’m not abandoning my blog or this challenge, for this week only (hopefully just this once unless some other unforeseen circumstance happens again) I’ll be postponing the challenge until tomorrow so if you have been enjoying my narration for the challenge no need to worry it will be here tomorrow.

Actually on that topic has anyone been enjoying this challenge so far? Leave a comment if you wish.

I’m still here

In view of the fact I’ve blogged before about fearing that this blog won’t stick, just thought I’d say I haven’t abandoned this blog. I will be back for my next challenge, but as regard other posts, I’m working “behind the scenes” on them. For example, spoiler alert!: I plan to make available to you a printable pack for preschoolers that I’m going to be using with Bambi and Cinderella. I plan to do another review on a product I’ve been using. There are a few more blog ideas I’m working on, so just bear with me please. It can take some time to put all this information together, and as regards the printable pack, I don’t want to post it until 1) I’ve finished it (got a few more pages to finish off) 2) I’ve “test driven” it to make sure there is no issues that I can find with it.

Will this one stick?

I have blogged before, out there on some websites sit blogs I would do for a month or so, then I’d get a bit of writer’s block or have 0 readers and I’d tell myself to take a break. A few days later I’d forget to go back and by the time I remembered I’d have forgotten the email address I signed up with, or the password or sometimes the website I’d signed up with. Years later out there is bits and pieces of information about me, but I’ve no idea where.

I hope this time my blogging will stick and it should this time. Having an iPad and iPhone means having the app on the homepage as a daily reminder to at least sign in and check out things like the stats, therefore less likely to abandon. Plus I have my musings of Bambi and Cinderella to write about – I believe no chance in writer’s block.

So I plan to write at least once a week even if it’s to report that nothing new has happened in a bid to get me in a habit of blogging.

Has anyone experienced the abandoned blog somewhere on the internet?
Are you now successful at blogging? How long have you been successful? Or do you fear your current blog is just a few non-blogging days away from being another abandoned blog?