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Organized

(January 2017)

It is difficult to feel organized when my laptop refuses to charge and the washing machine is shouting error messages at me, but somehow this week, I feel like I’m winning. Yes, there are looming deadlines to finish before the end of January and also the people around me like to have clean clothes, but it is under control.

I can cope.

Only a couple of smashed plates littering the floor.

It probably helps that we decluttered the shoe cupboard last weekend and turned out three bags of shoes. Sounds a lot, but bear in mind, that we are not talking about shoes to fit toddler feet. Not many in each bag. Clear space is a good feeling.

Finally found a new pair of school shoes and coat for Youngest. Strangely we agreed on the school shoes, but found the choice limited. We’d have been fine if he had wanted Velcro fastening and pie crust shoes. Lots to choose from in that case, but did not fit the criteria of my boy.

(January 2016)

I remembered to add haggis and Chinese ingredients so we can celebrate Chinese New Year and Burns night, this weekend. I even found yummy fortune cookies ahead of time.

(January 2015)

Mr TTC cleaned the bird feeders and filled them, ready to entice our feathered friends to the garden for the RSPB Bird Watch this weekend.

(January 2013)

This week, I celebrated 10 years of blogging with cake and a walk down memory lane, looking back through some of the crafts I’ve tackled in the last decade. Times have changed. I loved looking back.

Another area that has changed is parenting for us, as the offspring grow. Somethings stay the same. They are still enthusiastic and inquisitive. I couldn’t help smiling as everyone gathered around the barometer this week, to witness the extraordinary high pressure it was reading. Listening to the explanation and the significance. They still turn up, when we call, although now they appear from all four corners of the house, pulling ear phones off so they can hear us.

Life changes.

At least there is less Lego to tip toe carefully over now a days.

Steps forward, this week, for them on the various activities. I feel sometimes like I should sharpen my pencils and have a folder labelled “Project Children”, with a project plan on the wall showing critical paths and budget estimates. I’m most definitely in Manager mode, with a team of teens to project manage. Although at times it would be easier to herd cats. I find myself digging deep and pulling out the tricks learnt from managing teams of grown ups in a previous life.

(January 2012 – they still can’t put their wellies away properly)

This week has felt more organized. I could do with my laptop being up to speed, but the part has been ordered. I’m using photos from the last decade of Januarys, as my laptop battery is obviously limited. Always fun to look back.

Joining in with Anne’s Word of the week.  Mine is organized, although it does feel like it is against the odds. I might be a bit late visiting everyone this week. Officially the fastest blog post I’ve written.

 

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10 Responses to Organized

  • Getting organised and having a bit of a clear out is so satisfying. I really need to have a shoe clear-out at some point. We’ve been doing the Big Garden Birdwatch this week. I need to get some decent bird feeders, I think – we didn’t get very many birds visiting during our hour and I’d like to encourage more into the garden. Congratulations on 10 years of blogging – that’s quite a milestone! #WotW

  • Kim Carberry says:

    I hope you get the laptop and washing machine fixed. You do sound so calm about them not working.
    The bird feeders look fab!
    Congrats on 10 years of blogging. It is wonderful to look back on all the old blog posts. x

  • Anne says:

    I think you sound very organized all things considering. My son’s network adaptor broke in his laptop and you would have thought his world had ended! It was speedily fixed with a dongle…funny the kids had never even heard of a dongle but I remember the days when they were quite popular as old laptops and computers did not automatically connect to wireless. How times change. But I’m waffling, and it sounds like you don’t have time for waffling so I’ll leave you to get back to your organizing. 🙂

  • Nice to put things into their right place even if it is in your mind, organised is good.

  • Laura says:

    This was a fun post that I enjoyed reading. I “lurk” on your blog all the time and thought it was time to say hello from Maine in the USA . I really enjoy your photos and stories. I enjoy knitting and cross stitch and used to quilt. My kids are grown but I still work full time and that cuts into the creative time.
    Have a great weekend.

    • Craft Mother says:

      Laura, you have made my day. Thank you. I’m glad you broke out of lurking mode. I love how crafts and parenting can unite across the world. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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