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  • Helena Loving these cauldrons. We've got some tissue paper so we may have a go too. #mmbc 20 Oct
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Time to smile

"God has an inordinate fondness for stars and beetles."

- J B S Haldane

Debs Random Writings


This week has been all about focus. Concentrating on one thing at a time and doing it well. Giving myself time. Not being distracted.

It’s worked. I admit to a slow start at the beginning of the week, but I’ve made less mistakes. Ironically, I’ve achieved more.

Sunday, I focused on sewing. I’ve virtually finished my navy wool skirt. Just the waistband and hems to be tidied. This skirt is 100% wool. Very easy to handle and a dream to sew with. I’ve lined it, which was a good choice. It slips on perfectly and moves with ease. In fact, the skirt fits me like a glove.

My next project is hanging beside it. Hopefully, this weekend, I’ll have it cut out and ready to go.

The great part about giving myself time to sew over the weekend was, that I’ve not been tempted to disappear into my sewing room during the week. I’ve buckled down and focused on the more uninspiring admin part of my job, that has been building up. Head in sand approach had not been working.

I am deep down so glad that I’ve hustled them off my desk and on to other people’s.

Another joy this week has been cooking from scratch. Our neighbour brought over her garden surplus. I’ve had unplanned ingredients and the chance for creative cooking.

Nothing like a culinary challenge to shake me out of a rut. Including working on my plate presentation skills. Thumbs up for the family. Even a bit of a squeal as the plates landed on the table. None left for the hound.

This week, we also had an evening of secondary school visits. Two schools in one evening. Although daunting, it turned out to be the right approach. Youngest saw both and could compare. Something that only worked as we saw them back to back.

We saw the second choice first. He came out saying that he liked it and would like to go there. I’ll admit my heart dropped, but I understood. All his friends are going there. The school put on quite a show.

Next we went to the first choice, which his two sisters already go to and he completely, and enthusiastically, changed his mind. Phew! The teachers engaged him more. He said that they appeared happy and friendly to him.

After going through this for the third time, I’m beginning to spot the cracks in the veneer of school open evenings.

Last time we need to do it. Phew.

The autumn equinox today. If there was a poll for the busiest season, autumn would get my vote. A season full of deadlines. I’m tackling it one basket of garden produce at a time. One sewing project at a time. One task at a time. I’ll leave multi tasking to others and learn to focus.

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