Tuesday night fright!

On Tuesday evening, I get a call from my grandmother asking me to come down and visit or stay for a few days.  I almost never get a call from my grandmother.  With my grand dad being ill and my grandmother not being so well herself, this was a scary phone call to get.  I immediately said yes.  After speaking to mum, I slowly got round to realising that there was nothing immediately wrong but we hadn’t been down with the girls in ages and they all just missed seeing us.  Also, if my grand father has chemo, I don’t think the girls are allowed to get too close to him.  Either way, lots of people say that you get very weak once the chemotherapy treatment starts o lots of rest will be needed.  Plus the younger one has a cough and cold nearly every other week so I don’t want my grand dad getting any of that.

However, I have still been able to do my work. I took my laptop with me. Especially as month end is approaching, I need to get all the work done on Friday ideally or at least by Monday.  When I think about the work I have to do, there’s not that much but when I get down to doing it, the time just goes.  But sometimes, the work is not all chargeable.  If I’m looking at how to do something or just trying out say a new accounting package or a new way to do something, it takes time but I can’t really charge for it.  That’s one of the worst thing about working for yourself.  If I add up the hours I’ve spent working this month when I have felt overwhelmed with work, it doesn’t actually add up to much.  So then I think where has my time gone?

There’s the house work which I am streamlining and I know how long it takes.  Cooking is another ball game altogether.  It takes so long!  However, even after taking all that into account, I should still have enough time to do my work.  I do spend some time on social media but its usually in between waiting for things to open or process and I go on my phone for 5 minutes (or so I think).  That is the only thing I can think of that is taking my time.

If that is the case, I can work on that and set times as to when I do that. But I do think that is not fully the whole case.  Maybe its’ the kids, every few minutes when I try to work with them around its, ‘I want this, I want that’ etc. And then there is the belief that I don’t actually work as I work from home, so people just phone for a chat or pop round as they were passing by.  Obviously, when there is a need to put family life before work, its an advantage with my grand father being ill or trying to toilet train the little one but it doesn’t work all the time.

Now that I’ve written all this down, I can see that it is mainly a case of trying to balance family and work. I guess at the moment my priority seems to be family even though I want to work more and earn more. Oh well, its all a learning curve and I guess I need to think about it and do what is right for me. No one else can really tell me what to do with my life and what will and won’t work.

Just a random quote for this week that caught my eye:

Be kind
Work hard
stay humble
smile often
Keep honest
stay loyal
travel when possible
be thankful always
And Love

Tooth Fairy

On Tuesday, my daughter had an assessment for the local private school and she got offered a place, at least verbally. We’re still waiting for all the paperwork to come through though. At least she’s got a school to go to in September, so that’s a relief. I think we’ve almost given up on the school appeal working.

Last night I asked my daughter what she wants to be when she grows up and she said Tooth Fairy! I’m so glad we’re paying for her education. Money well spent! Although she did say she wanted to be a teacher too and a tooth fairy at night. I suppose being a tooth fairy is quite expensive, regularly leaving a pound or more under a pillow. I’m not sure a teachers salary will be enough but she has to fund this hobby(?) somehow! I’m also not sure what she’s going to do with the collection of teeth she will have built up but I guess she hasn’t really thought that far ahead.

My mum lives in another town, about an hour away and last week, she was in a lot of pain with her stomach. So I suggested I could do distance healing Reiki on her, just to try and she agreed to it. After I did it, I called her up again and my mum was saying that the pain had gone down a lot. It was unbearable when she started but after the treatment she felt she could move around again. I was amazed as well. I did it again in the evening, before she went to sleep and the next day, she said she felt a lot better. I’m still a bit wary of it but I’m so glad it worked. Then again, my mum’s my biggest fan! Only child of a single parent and all that jazz!

My grandfather seems a lot better too. For as long as I can remember, he has done yoga. Even before he got really ill, he was doing yoga and the doctors have said that because of it, he is so strong and that he is making good recovery and that they can consider further surgery. It was nice talking to him this week. It always is good to talk to my grandfather. He’s quite inspiring but I might leave that for another blog. There’s always so much to think about after talking to him!

My quote for the week, based on my daughters career aspiration:
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

Friday Morning

This feels like a two week catch up. My daughter didn’t get the school we were hoping for. We’ve appealed but we’re not very optimistic so it looks like the private school is back on the table. I’ve been sitting here working out different plans on how we will fund this and for how long and whether we can do it for both girls or just one. What a nightmare! But as my husband said we are in the fortunate position where we have this choice. There are people around the world who would be grateful for any education and we’re being fussy about which school we want our daughter to go to!

My grand dad’s operation went well and he is making good recovery. My grand dad was bowel cancer and prostrate cancer. The prostrate cancer they are treating with medicine, the bowel cancer they removed as it was giving my grand dad a lot of pain. Unfortunately, the bowel cancer has spread into the liver. He is making good recovery and hopefully he will be out of pain soon but not sure if the cancer will get better. I’m practicing my Reiki on him. That’s all I have to help. I’m not 100% sure what happens next in terms of treatment.

Also, I need to do more about blogging. I don’t seem to be getting many readers to my blog, so I’ve looked into it and maybe from next week, I’ll join some more blogging communities and comment more, as a start.

Anyway, got a busy day so I’m off now.

Here’s my quote for the weekend and to keep myself positive about schools: