New Month, New Goal for the Month

So March is just over, and March was my Month of Gratitude. I really enjoyed it, both for the fact of practicing gratitude, and also for the fact that it keep me posting and accountable to myself to keep posting through the month.

Now that we are in a new month I was wondering what my goal for the month should be. There are some things I want and need to get done at home, and preparing for my son’s communion, but it is also nice to be adding things here as well.

I was thinking what would I like to add to my life this month. I have been proud of myself this year so far in staying consistant with my exercise (possibly too consistant as it is not helping me lose weight!!) and I would like to improve on the rest of my healthy habits, so that is what I have decided that April will be – my Month of Healthy Habits. It won’t necessarily be a post a day about healthy habits, because I want to add them in slowly and implement them and give them time to become habits. I want to do this throughout the house, with myself, with my husband and with the children.

So welcome to April, my Month of Healthy Habits!! 🙂

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Day 8 of My Month of Gratitude

So this is the next thing that comes to me every single time I think about what I am grateful for, I’m just going to put a single umbrella name on it for now…

  1. My Husband
  2. My Children
  3. My Step-Children
  4. My Step-Grandchildren
  5. My Family
  6. My Friends
  7. My Home
  8. Our Utilities

What I mean by our utilities is our heat, electricity and water.

I think that we all take it for granted. But we shouldn’t. A few times in the past year we have been put in a situation where we have been close to losing one or all of these, even temporarily, due to a weather situation like Storm Ophelia which hit Ireland quite badly, and was one of a number of weather events that happened recently. Also in our own house our gas boiler broke last year and we had to wait for it to be fixed. The guys fixing it kinda f**ked us around quite a bit and we were without our gas heating from February (with a three week old baby) until almost May (when the heatwave week was hitting!). During that time there were two sets of heavy snow. We were very lucky because my Dad had a couple of oil heaters that we were able to plug in and keep the house warm, but it was still a difficult few weeks – and an extremely worrying first night with the temperature in the house plummeting and no idea how we were going to heat it again (before we found out about Dad’s heaters!)

We have heat at the touch of a button, we have electricity and light at the press of a switch, we have running water by moving a tap, we have hot water whenever we want it, we have clean toilets time after time by just flushing. These simple things to us that we take completely for granted. These are luxuries to some people. Some of these were luxuries to me even growing up. We are so so lucky to be in a situation where we have all of these luxuries as standard in our homes.

I am so grateful that we are lucky enough to live in a house with all of these utilities, in a country where it is taken for granted that people have them.

Stuff Everywhere…

I just don’t know what to do with it. There seems to be piles of stuff everywhere. When I clean/clear one area, the mess is just moved elsewhere.

We’ve just had a weekend (almost week lol) of celebrating for Little Miss Biz’s 5th birthday. We had a little party with her friends here on Friday and then her family on Saturday for cake and tea. So obviously we needed the place looking nice on Friday, and having space for everyone.

One of the counters in the kitchen, which really should have nothing on it other than the radio anyway (and I always put the desserts and cake on it for occassions), tends to be a clutter catch area so I cleared it – into a big shopping bag. And then hid that in the washing machine room. That sorted that, for the weekend. Now though, I need to do something about it.

There were boxes in the sitting room (happen to be a kettle and toaster for when our new tiles go up in the kitchen, if that ever happens lol, I have the tiles two years now!) – but I cleared them from the sitting room. Into the hall. So now they need to be rehomed, and actually neither place is where they should be. What that means though is that they’ll be moved up to our room. To be stored until needed. As everything else in the house is. Hence why the room is almost impossible to get across at the moment, particularly as the baby sleeps in our room still too – so any time I might have to sort it out, ie when she is asleep, I can’t actually do it, because she is asleep in that room.

I am hoping now to work on continuing to have the downstairs “look” clear and tidy, and improve it more and maybe make it a reality. But it seems to be that the crap is just moved from one place to the next, and the sitting room is lovely and clear but when you step out into the hall and trip over something else. It is head-wrecking.

I know I have to get rid of stuff and make sure everything we do want has a home. But there is so little time that it is hard to do. And then Christmas and birthday add to the possessions and take from the available time too.

Oh well. Just a rant really. But the positive is that my downstairs looks relatively tidy, and that makes me happy. And reminds me to put more effort into keeping it like this, to make me happier!

(And its funny, in the kitchen that one clutter catching counter that I emptied into the bag was the only untidy place in the kitchen because I have been keeping on top of it, but it has made a huge difference, so just goes to show how little areas and details in a room can make a huge difference to the flow, and feeling of the whole room!)

Survey Sites?

Does anyone do any of the survey sites to earn vouchers or money? I think depending on your country you can possibly make a nice amount from them.

Here not so much I don’t think. Still there are rewards available. I love getting vouchers, and I love filling in surveys and earning vouchers. But some of the rewards for the amount of time you put into filling in the survey just is not worth it.

I like the surveys where the reward is clear. Like it tells you that it is for X amount of money. As opposed to for points. It seems like when its for points, the amount of points you need to earn any amount of a voucher is huge. You need thousands and thousands of points to recieve a 5 or 10 voucher – but each survey is 20mins and you get 250 points. So it works out to being hours and hours of your time, for maybe a fiver.

Of course the ones that are actually worth doing are for real rewards are snapped up pretty quickly. And I’m not usually one of the ones snapping them up, as I tend not to do anything quickly lol. So in a year I don’t tend to get huge amount of rewards, but the few vouchers or rewards I get are nice, even if they’re a rare treat!

Procrastination!

Probably already written a post exactly like this, because it seems to be the story of my life!

I have photobook credits I bought last year, which run out on the last day of this month… now 5 days away. I have one made, but still another one to make.

And do you think I’m working on it? Nope. I seem to be doing everything and anything else so as not to have time to do it. I’ve cleaned out and reorganised kitchen presses (surprising how quickly things go years out of date lol) and have done all sorts of odd, non urgent, jobs this week!

Which is just going to result in a big panic on the 30th and 31st of January, trying to make a full years photobook in two days!

Packages Arriving!

The excitement! All my orders from over the weekend and earlier this week are starting to arrive. Its very exciting! I have to wait for a quiet time, when I can be sure that I won’t be surprised by a little person appearing beside me, to open them up.

Just a note to remember when ordering online – make sure to double check the measurements! One of the “big” Christmas presents arrived, and the box is tiny compared to what I was picturing. It is not the end of the world, because really it is about the contents inside – but just when you picture it standing under the tree, its not what I was hoping for. Particularly as it is for my eldest, and all her bits are teeny tiny sizewise but expensive lol.

September, again!

Another September, another back to school, and another fresh start full of plans and hopes – for me! Of what I’ll be able to get done, and what structures and routines I’m going to be able to implement. Which of course never have actually worked out, because life just gets crazy and busy and there’s so much going on.

But here we are, and this time I’m hoping will be different!

See if you see me managing to write some posts, and we’ll see how I’m doing 😉