A little life update (March 2018)

Well hello there! Can you believe that after the longest January in the history of the entire universe and a seemingly never ending winter, it is almost April? After such a slow start to the year we are already a quarter of the way through. The passing of time never ceases to confuse me. So much is occurring in our lives at the moment that I can’t seem to catch a breath. I thought it would be a good idea to give a little life update to cover what has been happening lately.

A little life update;


Education and learning has been a big theme for the last few weeks. Junior is busy finalising his gcse options. They have changed so much since I took them. Even the grading system is different now. However it is nice to see more diverse subjects available to study that cover different abilities and interests.

Although Peanut doesn’t have a formal diagnosis of dyslexia, Mr M and Junior do and she has very similar issues. School have given her a blue reading overlay to help process what she sees. This has been an immense help and she has progressed 3 reading levels in a month!

OJ has decided to go back to college. He wants to work with young teens who are struggling with autism and their place in society. He feels like he will be able to relate to them in a way that non of the support workers he had ever could. I am so proud of him. He has come such a long way. It’s like he is a different person to the teenager who was confused by his aspergers diagnosis and angry at the world.

I have also decided to learn something new. I have invested in an online course to learn how to use Lightroom properly. It seemed silly to be paying for an app when I was only using the very basic exposure adjustments. The course I am doing is broken down into bite sized chunks and is easy to absorb so I hope to see a great improvement in my photography post production!

Magnolia tree starting to bloom. A little life update (March 2018)


I have been very sporadic blogger lately. Despite the best of intentions life inevitably gets in the way. I think that is the beauty of blogging for pleasure. You can pick it up and put it down as suits. This way of writing is never going to get massive page views but it works for me at the moment.

I have changed my website provider because my back end was super slow (not as rude as it sounds). It’s hard to feel inclined to write when the technical side is super slow. Hopefully my processing speed will translate into writing speed!


Mr M has been home recovering from his hand surgery for 2 weeks and has not annoyed me half as much as expected! He is getting quite bored of being inactive so has tried mowing the lawn with 1 hand and various other one-handed diy pursuits. I’m letting him get on with it but woe betide him saying his hand hurts.

On Wednesday I am going back to the orthopedic hospital to see what my latest MRI results show up. It was apparently a super fancy pants extra advanced MRI. I hope it throws up some easier treatment options than the last one suggested.


The biggest events are the things I want to write least about. Times of crisis show you who you can count on when the chips are down. Is it inevitable that it will not be who you expected? I have lots of questions swirling in my mind that are unanswered for now. Hopefully as emotions settle we will all be able to look at events with a more rational point of view.


So that’ all folks (for now). Mr M has just cooked my tea one handed so I’m off to sample his culinary delights!

Life is never simple is it? But at least it is never dull.

What have you been doing lately?

Debs Random Writings


  1. 3rd April 2018 / 11:50 AM

    You are so right, there really is never a dull moment. I hope OJ does well and follows his dreams. Glad the other too are doing well. I hope your husband has a speedy recovery xx

    • Louisa
      6th April 2018 / 3:16 PM

      Thank you Susan, we have exciting times ahead if all goes to plan

  2. 1st April 2018 / 8:00 AM

    You are so right! There is never a dull moment is there?!
    I hope OJ goes far in following his dreams at college. It sounds like Peanut and Junior are doing so well too.
    Wishing your husband a speedy recovery. At least he can still make you a cup of tea with his good hand hehe! 😉

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC. xx

    • Louisa
      2nd April 2018 / 5:09 PM

      I think if life was dull we would only complain!

  3. 30th March 2018 / 9:58 AM

    So true that life throws us some obstacles to overcome sometimes. Enjoy the photography course and it’s great to see that your child has decided to help others like them. #mmbc

    • Louisa
      2nd April 2018 / 5:07 PM

      Thanks Helena, these obstacles can seem insurmountable at times but we will get where we need to be in time

  4. 29th March 2018 / 12:35 PM

    How awesome for OJ! I bet he’ll go far, and change a lot of lives. #keepingitreal

    • Louisa
      2nd April 2018 / 5:06 PM

      Hopefully he will! It’s wonderful to see him so keen to do something

  5. 29th March 2018 / 5:15 AM

    Hi Louisa, oh how things have changed from when we were at school! For the better too, by the sound of it. It’s good to read that youngsters with difficulties are getting the help they need and how proud you must be that OJ wants to help youngsters like himself!… Good luck with your LR course. I toyed with getting LR as we use it in work but went for PS Elements, in the end, I’m still pretty clueless!… It does get irritating when life gets in the way of blogging, but at least no harm is done when we blog for fun. The other upside is we can take a step back when feel like it, so blogging should always be fun. I’ve been having problems with my back end being slow too. How difficult was it to change providers? I toyed with the idea, but just the thought scared me half to death… Your Hubby sounds like he’s recovering well, but why do men (and my Mum) do that? Why can’t they just relax and repair? Many years ago, when Mum had a hysterectomy she was up moving furniture when she really shouldn’t have been. Luckily there was no damage done after that we used to put her in a reclining chair to keep her put… I hope your MRI comes back with some better answers for treatment, it must be frustrating… It’s when the chips are down we know who the friends and family we can rely on are. I hope that someone stepped up and helped when you needed it and just make a mental note of the people who didn’t so you know not to ask in future. Sometimes it’s just not worth the stress… Hope dinner from the one-handed chef was good!

    Thank you for linking up with #keepingitreal.


    • Louisa
      2nd April 2018 / 5:13 PM

      Thanks for your comment Debbie. I decided to go for Lightroom over Photoshop because PS seems so much more complicated. It is something I may work towards as my confidence grows. Changing provider went very smoothly, much easier than I had imagined. I wish I had done it sooner.
      Dinner was delicious x

  6. 28th March 2018 / 12:24 PM

    I’m currently one handed thanks to arthritis, oh boy that makes me feel old. I hope your MRI concludes with some good treatment and that the one handed meal turned out okay. I know what you mean about the biggest things in life being the ones you don’t want to write about. I hope it all turns out okay. It seems you have a lot to wait for.

    • Louisa
      2nd April 2018 / 5:05 PM

      Thanks Anne, my mri results were unexpected but I do finally have a treatment plan. I think as bloggers we can overshare but some things are best left unsaid don’t you think?

  7. 27th March 2018 / 10:08 AM

    I am glad you my have a dyslexia diagnosis hopefully that will help him understand the way he learns etc. All the best with the results and hope you get to work out what to do with your present situation X #mmbc

    • Louisa
      2nd April 2018 / 5:03 PM

      Her teacher is very impressed with her progress but she does seem to learn in a different way to what is traditionally expected x

  8. 27th March 2018 / 2:44 AM

    I like these update style posts. Sounds like things are going well for you right now. We went travelling in March which was a lot of fun for us. Otherwise everything with us was about the same.

    • Louisa
      2nd April 2018 / 5:01 PM

      It’s nice to get the chance to do a little travelling. Hopefully we will get out and about more as the weather picks up (assuming it ever does!)

  9. 26th March 2018 / 7:57 PM

    One handed cooking could catch on y’know you’d better warn him 🙂
    Take care xx

    • Louisa
      2nd April 2018 / 4:59 PM

      He’s doing a splendid job with the cooking. Sadly one handed ironing seems to be out of the question!

  10. 26th March 2018 / 2:05 PM

    You have lots going on in your family but it sounds like it’s all positive. Hopefully the weather will change into spring w/o snow and life will be sunny for us all. #MMBC

    • Louisa
      2nd April 2018 / 4:56 PM

      Thankfully we escaped snow but did have enough rain to flood our cellar. It never rains but it pours!!! Happy Easter

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