Sunday, September 11

Hello, hello, hello

How are you?  Long time no blogging.  I am so sorry to have been absent from this space for such a long period of time.  In the 6 years (I think) that I have been blogging I'm not sure I have ever left it so long in between blog posts. 
Life has dealt some tricky times since my Nan passed away. There has been lots to deal with.  Sadly things don't always go as smoothly as you hope when someone passes away but I am trying to remember that what happens will be as it is meant to.  It is a little hard to deal with especially when my Nan's wishes may not be fulfilled as she wished, though time will tell.
Lots of great things have happened too.  There has been birthdays and a little anniversary for hubby and I, which we celebrated today on our date; being reunited with my Grandfather which has been a blessing; going to the gym and yoga; crafting; catching up with friends for smoothies and time with my gorgeous family.  My poor camera has been a little neglected sadly, my passion though has ignited today after a visit to the gardens, it was just the medicine I needed.  I am hoping that might mean I will be back to visit this space again soon, fingers crossed.
I hope all is well with you, that this year has been treating you nicely and that you have had some beautiful sunshine to enjoy this weekend.
Thank you for coming by to visit.
Much love.

Sunday, May 1

Helloooo

Gee where do I start.... I didn't mean for it to be so long in between posts.  My goal this year was to be more focussed and place importance on things that matter to me like this blog.  Life though can throw some curve balls and attention needs to be focussed elsewhere. 
 I have mentioned how my Nan was ill when we last spoke.  She went to hospital and got tests done and all was ok, she was on the mend which was great.  Then a couple of months down the track she woke with a terrible pain in her tummy, something wasn't quite right.  She was rushed to the hospital and after some tests they discovered that her bowel was full, something that can happen, I didn't think it was anything to be concerned about at the time.  But as you age and with other health complications it mean that it was very serious.  Sadly my Nan did not make it and she passed away in hospital just days later from a blood infection and her body becoming toxic.  It was such a shock to us all.  She had been unwell but was in great spirits and we thought that we would have her in our lives for more years to come....My Nan, Ivy Bertha, passed away at age 88.  Following her passing in March life has been a bit challenging.  There is certainly the loss to adjust to, the finalising of her affairs and the family dynamics that have also changed as a result.  I just haven't felt up to doing much of anything really.  I have done things of course but it has been an effort.  In time things will improve and this week has been a good one, I'm just taking each day as it comes and feel blessed to have family and friends to talk to and lean on when I need them.  
I post on instagram often but if you aren't there I have put lots of photos up here to catch you up on what I have been up to this last couple of months.  I hope to be back here more regularly now as things are slowly returning to a new normal, sharing a bit of crafting and gardening which I am planning on doing on  Monday as we have a long weekend here.  I hope you are all doing well those of you who still like to visit blogs.  
Chat soon.
Catherine xxx

Tuesday, February 2

First Week Back

Boy did we hit the ground running with our first week back to school. The girls started back at school last Wednesday, year 12 and year 7 so a big year ahead for both of them.  I can't quite get my head around the fact that my little girls have grown so much.  Just tonight my youngest was looking at photo albums and it's hard to believe so much time has gone by...  The first week was short for which I am very grateful, a nice little start back.  I did though have a busy week, preparing for the school year and then for a special birthday.  My youngest celebrated her birthday on Saturday so there was some baking to be done.  We ended up only having a small gathering with a couple of school friends and two grandmas (my Mum is pictured). The birthday girl enjoyed her special day and was full of smiles just how it should be.  Happy 12th birthday my darling.

Monday, January 25

Hello there.... how did so much time go by again between posts, I am sorry.  Life has been pretty good I really shouldn't complain too much although it's good to get things out too. We have done a bit of exploring over the holidays but not too much really, I must book a holiday for next school holidays I think.  
Tomorrow will be the last day of the holidays for the girls then back to school for them.  It's going to be a busy year for us with my girl entering her final year of high school and my youngest beginning her high school journey.  There will be lots of things happening to keep us busy, making decisions about what to do after school, a drivers licience to get wow it's hard to believe that my baby is growing up so much.  So lately this has been on my mind, my Nan is also unwell which is not good.  She is in good spirits and is being lovingly cared for by my Mum which I think is making such a difference.... Ahh life is a journey isn't it full of ups and downs and it's all about trying not to fight them but roll with them. Well sorry for the heavy photo post I hope that you enjoy them.
I hope your January has been a happy one.