Today I am joining Amy on her lovely blog Love Made My Home for her Five on Friday link up.
It's been half-term holidays in England this week and it's been wonderful to have the days to do with as we please. We've had two and a bit days where the sun has shone - England looks so pretty in the sunshine :)
I've also had time to do a bit of sewing and re-stock my Etsy shop. My DPN cosies have been flying off the shelves. I listed some on the 11th of the months and they were all sold out by Tuesday this week. So two days of cutting, sewing and installing snap closures have proved fruitful as I now have a healthy stock of 14 DPN cosies in the shop.
2. Highs and Lows
Just like the weather this week, we've had sunny spells and rather gloomy spells. I'm pleased to recall that we've had mostly sunny with only one gloomy event.
Sunny: A birthday in the house (DD2 is 16 on Sunday), Half-term, friends to visit, reading the feedback from all my precious readers!
Gloomy: We had to have our little hamster euthanized. She had been poorly for two weeks with wet tail. After numerous visits to the vet and daily dosing of two different antibiotics it became apparent that this little fur-baby was not getting better. It's always so sad to have to make a call like the one we had to make this week. The vet was wonderful and assured us that really, there was nothing left too do.
It's nearly time!
Yip it is nearly time to start planting those summer vegetable seeds. This week I picked up three of our families favourite veggies. I'm quite excited about the tomato's this year. Previously having lived further north I have never once had my tomato's ripen on the vine. But this year I have high hopes - we have to have the advantage living so far south in England!!
If you don't already know, I've been a contributing author to two homeschooling publications for some years. One is Barb's Outdoor Hour Challenge Newsletter, and the other is The Curriculum Choice review website. Last year I took a break for writing for The Curriculum Choice - I was just feeling completely overwhelmed with our (at the time) impending move. Happily I'm feeling more in control of my life in general and now feel like I can once again get serious about my writing. The websites owner has been wonderful and welcomed me back as a contributing author with open arms. I love this homeschooling community :)
Next week we are back to our school lessons. January and February have really felt like a muddle with my eldest starting work and my youngest and I adjusting to the change. This week we had a 'meeting' to discuss what it is that she (youngest DD) wanted to achieve and work towards for the future. Her heart is set on going to university (Oxford at that). She has no idea what she wants to study but if uni is where she wants to go then we need to take appropriate steps. So when we start up our lessons on Monday it is with a fresh attitude, renewed vigour and focused goals. I'll spend a bit of time this weekend planning out the schedule of work that we need to achieve throughout the remainder of this year in order to get on and remain on track.
That about wraps up today's post. This weekend is set to be a busy but special one. We have friends coming over to celebrate DD2's 16th with lunch and a milkshake bar! I've been pinning all sorts of delicious milkshake options so I can't wait for that. And now dear friends I'm off to grab a cup of tea and go and wrap birthday gifts :)