Eieio & Sewing Bee

Hard to think of many positives when 4 out of 5 children are not feeling well (and neither am I!) but let’s give it a shot!

1) Giggles – Sylvie really giggled at me tonight when I was singing Old Mc Donald to her! Was it my poor ability at holding a note? Or was she genuinely laughing who knows?! I know my singing voice isn’t up to scratch….(Unless I’ve sunk a few glasses of wine and handed a mic, then I like to think I’m a warbling mix of Patsy Cline and Eva Cassidy!)

2) 3 weeks tomorrow since leaving my old Facebook account, I’ve still managed to keep in touch with a few. I still need to reactivate to pass on some contacts, and copy a document and download my data… Then I’m closing it properly. Some people have said they miss me on Facebook, but I’m still here, I’m still contactable if people want to talk to me or email – and truthfully I feel a happier person for making this change. Not many have asked how this decision has affected me, but it’s made a real improvement to how I go about my day and spend my time. I didn’t want to make a big “hey look at me! I’m leaving Facebook!” gesture, nor actively encourage others to follow suit, but I’ve since seen or heard of a few others leaving, including my chap, and most people I have spoken with seem to have a renewed sense of purpose and positivity. Check out these links here and here… I found them quite good reads.

3) Phones I sent back my latest upgrade. I had switched from an iPhone 4 to a Sony Xperia Z but it was too big and clumsy for me after a weekend of trying to get used to it. Great phone but not worth it. In fact, it got me thinking about how I want to simplify my life, so I’m now considering going on a payg account and cutting my bills down.

4) Sewing Bee Watched the final of the Great British Sewing Bee tonight and was pleased with the result! I am itching to start sewing & learning how to make things. I need to lose the fear of making mistakes though… Which reminds me of a great quote by Sir Ken Robinson. (I love him!!)

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”

5) Dandelions My four year old handed me a dandelion this afternoon and told me “I picked you a bootiful flower mummy!” 😀 what a lovely way to put a smile on my face.

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Facebook; and being there for others.

1) Bye bye Facebook – trying to phrase this as positive as possible! Recently, I’d noticed more and more political or religious rants/posts/debates appearing on Facebook, photos of animal abuse, rape discussions, and general negativity, and quite frankly it was starting to upset me & get me down. I was starting to dread logging in & scrolling through endless photos of grumpy cat, rants about the Conservative party, endless discussions about the state of Britain, welfare & benefits… People on their soapboxes rightly upset about things that matter to them. That’s fine, but you know what? Facebook isn’t a fun place to be anymore. I felt like I was swimming in a sea of endless memes’ and debate, & I’m most likely boring them with endless baby photos! I need a break. Call me apathetic if you like but right now I need to be in my bubble.

A friend got in touch with me after I made decision to leave, telling me she completely understood my reasons & how she was reverting back to letter writing. She said,

We know what people have had for their dinner yet not how they feel or what they’re thinking. There is no investment in friendship anymore and the simple yet meaningful art of correspondence is lost.

I couldn’t agree more! I feel sad that I’ve friends/family close by & yet because of the ease of Facebook, there is little real connection outside of it. It gets me down. I’ve deactivated for now, I need to download my content & then close it properly. I will miss many friends I’ve made & the instant fix of catching up, but hopefully we shall stay in touch via other means.

2) Realisations – Another friend sent me a photograph of her 4th baby breastfeeding. She told me that it was because of me, & my support that this time she had managed to succeed. Made me cry! I didn’t realise I’d had such an impact on someone in this way. It isn’t often someone tells you something like this, I don’t even know how I helped, but it has made me smile. Of course, we became friends properly via Facebook which is why the above decision has been hard, but I’m adamant that we will stay in touch.

3) Baby giggles Sylvie has really started doing little chuckles now! She did one a couple of weeks or so ago but I think it was a fluke… But today she’s been beaming & doing little chuckles when I blow raspberries in her neck! She’s wonderful 🙂

4) Upcoming birthday – my third son turns four next week! We’ve ordered a couple of presents, however money is tight so I’m hoping he will love the bits we have chosen. Hoping to have enough dosh to take him to a play place, or if not the local park to play. A friend suggested maybe meeting one day at RAF Cosford, so might look into this.

5) Bed! early night tonight, I came up when the little ones went to sleep. My chap hasn’t been very well the last two days, so going to snuggle & look after him, & watch a DVD perhaps. My little girl is right next to me too… Bliss!

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