Getting back into a routine after the summer holidays

Well hello there! It’s been a while since I updated. To be frank, the summer holidays were bedlam and social media as a whole was abandoned as I tended to issues on the home front. Yesterday the kids were all finally back at school and this morning Mr M returned to work. Sighs of relief all round from me! Now my thoughts are turning towards getting back into a routine.

What’s been happening?

I’m not going to go into great detail but we experienced 2 personal losses at the start of the holidays that knocked us for 6. We’ve spent the time licking our wounds and healing our heavy hearts.

On a personal level I received some not great health news. The advice I’ve received has been contradictory and the hospital I’ve been referred to doesn’t even do the surgery I need. It’s all a bit of a mess and very confusing. I shall go into this in more detail when the issues are clearer.

Our plans for the summer haven’t all been accomplished but we’ve had a good bash at it and a week in Wales lifted all our spirits. We attended a wonderful family wedding and also discovered we are expecting a new member of the family. Life is changing a lot at the moment.

Orange and red flowers with a bokeh background.  I couldn’t find a photo to illustrate the post, so here’s a beautiful flower instead!

Getting back into a routine

I don’t know about you but everything goes to pot over the summer holidays. Personal issues aside, all routine has gone out of the window. None of my kids are early risers and breakfast has turned into brunch. Bedtimes have been all over the place and my usual routine has gone completely out of the window. I’ve not known what day it is most of the time. My confusion was compounded when Mr M took almost 3 weeks off work. He really does try to help around the house but usually ends up making more work for me. Or he does half a job, gets distracted and moves onto something else. It’s like having a giant, enthusiastic toddler helping you.

Future plans

Now that I am getting back into gear I have lots of plans for the rest of the year. On the home front we have to put a few finishing touches to Bobbin’s bedroom renovation. Most of our efforts will be concentrated on splitting our large lounge into 2 reception rooms. I hope to have this finished by Christmas and if time allows I want to sneak in a mini hallway makeover. I am nothing if not optimistic.

Health-wise we are all on a healthy eating kick (the kids are less on board with this than the adults). Lack of mobility has seen me piling on the pounds which I hope to rectify. I hope to cover this and trying to find a personal style in future posts. What do slightly chubby over 40 year olds, without a huge budget wear I ask you?

In strange but true news OJ’s Dad has been doing their family tree and discovered that his great-great Grandad was one of the original Peaky Blinders! He is thrilled with his minor claim to fame and it has prompted me to get back onto Ancestry.co.uk to see if I can find my own infamous relative.

 

So that’s enough waffling for now! It’s nice to be back and to get back into gear. After a busy summer are you looking forward to getting back into a routine too?

30 Comments

  1. 1st October 2017 / 4:29 PM

    Looking forward to seeing/hearing how the house plans turn out. Any good luck with the healthy eating, thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

    • Louisa
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      27th October 2017 / 3:09 PM

      Thanks Stephanie, you know how much I like a good renovation project so I’m sure there will be plenty to share!

    • Louisa
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      27th October 2017 / 3:09 PM

      Thanks Stephanie, you know how much I like a good renovation project so I’m sure there will be plenty to share!

  2. 14th September 2017 / 1:18 PM

    So sorry to hear of your losses, that must have been so hard for you all.
    It sounds like you are looking forward to your living room revamp. I love a good project like this!
    Fingers crossed that it is all finished for Christmas 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC. Hope to see you next week x

    • Louisa
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      27th October 2017 / 3:10 PM

      To be honest, now time has passed a Christmas deadline is looking rather optimistic!

  3. 12th September 2017 / 10:03 PM

    So sorry to hear about your losses at the start of the holidays; that must have been tough. But it sounds like you’ve had a lot to focus on. I think family trees are fascinating and have always thought I should look into mine as I know part of my family comes from Scotland!
    I admire anyone who can make clothes – my mother used to make us clothes as children and some of the clothes she made were the most robust!
    I hope you’ve enjoyed getting back into a routine this week
    #WoTW

    • Louisa
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      27th October 2017 / 3:05 PM

      There are plenty of resources online now for tracing your family tree now. It can get quite addictive once you’ve started though!

  4. 11th September 2017 / 8:40 PM

    Hi Louisa. I am sorry to hear of your loses 🙁 I am so behind with the holidays. So much to do. #pocolo

    • Louisa
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      27th October 2017 / 3:04 PM

      Thank you Claire. I hope you catch up, holidays can ruin our routines and it can take a long time to get back to normal.

  5. 11th September 2017 / 6:24 PM

    Hi Louisa, the summer throws us out too. Every year it feels like I’ve just gotten used to the change of routine when it changes again! I’m happy with my husband around for a few days, after that he starts to get bored and when my husband is restless we know it. I think after three weeks of him under my feet I would banish him to his garage (which he’d probably love!)… I’m a hopeless dresser so I wouldn’t dream of advising anyone on the clothes front, apart from to say wear what makes you feel comfortable and are you… I’m sure with the right approach you’ll manage to lose those pounds!

    xx

  6. 11th September 2017 / 6:16 PM

    Sorry to hear about your loss and bad health. I hope thinksimprove for you soon and that getting back into the regular routine helps. Family treats are great and fun to do #MMBC

    • Louisa
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      27th October 2017 / 3:07 PM

      Thank you. I always feel more settled when I’m in a routine

  7. 10th September 2017 / 4:31 PM

    Family trees utterly fascinate me! And I know what you mean about routine. It’s a funny old thing – much as we don’t want to get back to normal, I relish it when we do! #pocolo

    • Louisa
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      11th September 2017 / 1:16 PM

      Yes, I was so looking forward to a break and leaving the everyday routine, only to discover I missed it!

  8. 10th September 2017 / 3:04 PM

    I am so sorry to hear you had such a rough summer! The description you use of your husband “a giant, enthusiastic toddler” fits my fellow as well! Thanks for the laugh about that! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    #PoCoLo

    • Louisa
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      11th September 2017 / 1:28 PM

      I’m glad I’m not the only one with such a husband!

  9. 8th September 2017 / 5:09 PM

    Sorry to hear about your losses and health. But is great to have something to focus on with projects x #wotw

    • Louisa
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      11th September 2017 / 1:29 PM

      Thank you. Something to focus on will direct me to much more positive things x

  10. 8th September 2017 / 2:15 PM

    Sending you positive thoughts that the fall and winter are happier months and you get to finish your checklist of things to do. PoCoLo

    • Louisa
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      11th September 2017 / 1:21 PM

      Thank you. Checking off my to-do list always puts me in a positive frame of mind.

  11. 8th September 2017 / 2:14 PM

    Sorry to hear about your losses and health worries. It sounds like the summer wasn’t the easiest one for you. Glad you managed to enjoy some time away though and good luck with all your home projects. #WotW

    • Louisa
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      11th September 2017 / 1:19 PM

      Thanks Louise,I feel better now I’ve something to focus on

  12. 8th September 2017 / 12:44 PM

    Oh dear. It doesn’t sound like the best summer. I am so sorry for your losses and health problems.
    All your new plans and new routines sound great. Good luck. #WotW

    • Louisa
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      8th September 2017 / 1:41 PM

      Thanks Kim, getting back into a routine is helping us all

  13. 8th September 2017 / 10:43 AM

    Sorry to hear you’ve suffered losses and had bad news about your health. I hope you manage to get some answers there soon. You sound energised with your routine returning and your house plans sounds exciting, hope the healthy eating plans go well, too. Enjoy your ancestry searches, too, always fascinating. Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • Louisa
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      8th September 2017 / 1:43 PM

      After OJ has found his claim to fame I am determined to uncover something equally as interesting! It is quite absorbing and finding a new person for your tree is a wonderful feeling.

  14. 8th September 2017 / 9:40 AM

    I love all your house plans. Looking forward to seeing what you get up to. Also looking forward to see what you come up with on the clothes issue. The kimono you were making, earlier this summer,must fit the bill. I’ve been looking at patterns for playsuits and dungaree/pinafores. Had to look up Peaky Blinders. I wonder what you will dig up.#wotw

    • Louisa
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      8th September 2017 / 1:45 PM

      The kimono has been a great success, I’m planning a longer length 1 in jersey as an alternative to a cardy. Making a few things for myself has been so much easier than trying to buy ready to wear. I made a glorious pair of trousers from a playsuit hack. They were amazing but shrunk something chronic in the wash. I need to slim to fit into them again!

      • 8th September 2017 / 2:10 PM

        Popping back to answer your question about tomatoes:

        Good news is that some years, I’m still gathering ripe greenhouse tomatoes in November, so not too late. Try removing some of the leaves which might be blocking light. Keep the tomatoes warm too. If they are outside, it might be worth covering them. Also helps to have a ripened tomato among them, so don’t be too hasty to pick. Same trick works if you pick them, but that is last resort. If nothing else, green chutney is delicious.

        Good luck with your crop.

        • Louisa
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          11th September 2017 / 1:23 PM

          Thanks for the advice. The weather has taken a turn for the worse so I’ve just looked up how to make green tomato chutney and it doesn’t look too hard. I shall make some so my efforts don’t go to waste!

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