Thursday, February 26, 2015

Reasons to be Cheerful

There's a great reason to be cheerful, looking out of the window right now..........I think spring is starting to peak through!

I wrote, the other day, about how stressful my life has been lately. Your beautiful reasons to smile have really kept me going, it's so heart warming seeing how others find joy in the small things.

Here are this weeks reasons, for me to smile:

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1. Hair do! I loved having my hair done this week, I shared the picture the other day. The reaction to the haircut, however, has been incredible! It's been so lovely that so many people 'liked' or commented on it. I am humbled that so many took time out of their day, to say something nice, thank you.

2. Project house. Things are really coming together, my house is starting to look as I want it to. The bathroom is going to look wonderful! especially as it started full of damp, and filled with holes on the walls. I can't wait to share the finished photos with you!

3. A Joes Bloggers event. If you don't follow them on twitter, and you are a blogger, go do it, now! They hold awesome events, this one is with Hillary's Blinds and is a crafting event, my idea of heaven. I'm really looking forward to it, and seeing some lovely blogger friends.

I'm sorry I didn't get around to sharing the posts last week, I did read and comment, I hope that's ok. Please continue to share your lovely reasons to smile with me, in whatever medium you choose. It's lovely to find the good things in life, however small, especially when times are tough.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A New Day!

Today is a very, very, good day!

I'm am really earning my carers allowance these days. Between the youngest 2 boys, and the hubby's injuries, I am running around like a blue arsed fly (excuse the expression).

So when things went right financially, for once, I was in for a treat!

It started at 10am, when I was booked in to Kahuna Hair, my favourite hairdresser, for a cut and colour. The idea of the colour was her idea. She knows I like my funky colours, and being a bit different. She had seen a style where the roots were coloured, but not the whole head, I was definitely up for that!

Here is the finished product:
 I cannot stop smiling! good times did not stop there!

I had a text from the lovely man that we use for all our computer issues, to tell us that RJ's netbook was fixed..........again!
RJ seems to have a knack for breaking it. 

He explained that, although he had fixed it, it was sluggish and slow, so rather than taking it, would I like to replace it with a newer one, at a discounted price.

I thought it was a good idea, but as I do with anything financial, I wanted to discuss it with Mr.Ojo. The reason we work so well is because we discuss all things like this, it's always a joint decision. 

The hubby came up with the idea that RJ could have my current laptop........and I had a new one.

So I did!

I am now the proud owner of a 'new to me' Dell laptop, that works like a dream.

Today has definitely been a good day in Ojo's World.

Monday, February 23, 2015

A lot Going on....

You may have noticed a distinct lack of posting, from me, lately. I apologise for all those that wait with baited breathe for my do, don't you!?

Anyway, I thought I would catch up, with an explanation.

I, sort of, lost my blogging mojo. I haven't been depressed, or down, I probably would've have written about that. I've just had so much going on in my life, I think I got stressed and forgot how to write.

A while back I mentioned, in a post, that my hubby was off work. He has had problems with his knees for as long as I've known him. In fact his first day off crutches, the last time he had a camera in his knee, was our wedding day. That will be 23 years ago, this summer! He has cartilage damage, that can only be repaired with an operation. The problem there is, the waiting list in the UK. 

It could be May, at the earliest, before he is seen. In the mean time he is in pain, all the time. He also has arthritis in that knee, so until his op, we don't know what is causing the pain. He went off work, sick, just before Christmas. Doctors have now agreed that the earliest he will go back is, approximately, 3 months AFTER his op!

As you can imagine, this has led to some financial stress. He is the main wage earner. Thankfully, we have sorted that side now, and are not so panicked. 

While he's been off, he has been a little happier. I think working (driving) in constant pain was seriously getting him down. He's been a great help with the boys, which has been very much appreciated.

Which leads to the other reason I've been a little stressed.

My tween has not settled into the new school environment and routine at all, it's been bloody hard work and utterly exhausting.

All I want to do is sleep.

My health has been bothering me, as I seriously struggle to lose weight, but again, I seem to be getting the balance right there *fingers crossed*.


That is why I lost my mojo. I think I'm back, well, I'm writing this......

I have continued with things like meal planning, as they have been a great help with the financial worries, I just haven't blogged it. So hopefully now normal service will return, especially as I have a real bee in my bonnet about all the parenting orders advice, I keep reading.

I hope you'll stay with me, my mojo is back with a vengeance!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

My Sunday Photo

I managed to get little A out of the house yesterday. It's very rare for him to leave, he even hates going to school, because he has to leave the house!

Yesterday, however, he decided he wanted to come with me, for a walk around a local pond.

During the little walk I managed to snap this picture, on my phone. I'm actually quite pleased with it:

I haven't edited it, because I loved the clouds as they were, and it feels more atmospheric like this.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Reasons to be Cheerful

So Valentine's has now past, and we look forward to the next celebration. If you celebrate it, that will be Easter!? I mean, really! The year is simply slipping by.

I've really enjoyed reading your posts this week, and have shared them all on Twitter. I may share in Facebook next week, unfortunately that means I can't tag you, so we'll see what I decide. 

Her are this week's reasons:
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1. Valentine's. Although I didn't do anything special, I find the prices a bit of a rip off, I did get something this year! I think years of sulking are finally sinking in when this year, unprompted, Mr.Ojo had a beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered:

2. Project house. Mr. Ojo being off work could have resulted in extreme boredom for him, he's not a 'sit around the house' sort of bloke. The first couple of weeks we soaked up each others company, as it's so rare to be alone. In the last week though, he has started to look at the jobs needing doing around the house. I'm not a nagging type so if it's not done, it's not done, or I'll start on it myself. However, making windowsills, papering walls etc, don't stress his knee, so this week he has cracked on.........happy days!

3. Getting Healthy. I've not blogged about it, as the lbs are not shifting, I am trying hard though. I'm mostly hitting 10,000 steps a day, and going over my 30mins high activity, according to my fitbit. I'm trying to watch my portion control and eat more fruit and veg, fingers crossed it will actually start working!

As I said, Iove reading all your reasons to smile, so please continue to share them with me!