The circle of life or something like that. Everything that happens has happened before.
I didn’t expect to be facing severe separation anxiety again, but here we are, some triggering issues set us on this path again. Our school counselor (a fully trained child psychologist, what a blessing that is) and I had a very long chat, we’ve got sessions booked in with our private psychologist as well. Routine, worry ladders, visuals of safe places and safe things, sleepless nights, melatonin, structure, hugs, love and lots of patience. Any and all ideas to help would be most gratefully accepted.
Annie is growing up so fast, soon we need to seriously start looking at high schools, so scary. She is swimming 4 times a week, looking at swimming club next term, she wants to compete. Swimming is her obsession, she feels at one with the water, calmer, happier after a swim. I’m no longer allowed to blog or write on social media about Annie, unless she has read and approved first. This is good, it is her life, her story to tell. I’m so proud of the mature young person she is becoming and I adore the duality that is 11 years old, child and teen, best captured in this image of two books Annie was reading recently.
We got Heidi an early Christmas present, an apple tree, she has been asking for it all year and I thought it would be best planted now, before the hot summer months. Our veggie garden is looking amazing and we are starting to enjoy small amounts of food from it. We’ve got a dwarf lemon tree in a pot, Heidi is already planning her lemonade stand :grin:. I do love that my girls are moving away from wanting stuff and are learning instead to appreciate the beauty of gifts that keep giving, like our garden, and gifts of experiences that can enrich their lives, like travel to see family interstate.
Our Supermarket Less, plastic free (well plastic less) challenges continue. I’ve sacrificed my Sunday morning sleep in so I can get to the market each week. Going early means I miss the crowds and the stall holders still have loads of stock to choose from. I do miss that sleep in though. Between the market, the bakery and our Little Creek Beef orders we don’t need much from the supermarket. A friend has started a coffee bean delivery company so we are giving their coffee a try this month, the Il Caramello Coffee Blend sounded too good to resist.
Our energy saving challenge continues as well. I’m taking daily electricity meter readings and recording the days high and low temperatures, along with what appliances were used that day. After a week without our washing machine I’m curious to see how much more energy we use as I catch up on all the laundry.
So many challenges Hopefully they will combine to make our life better. I will say shopping at the outdoor market is so much more pleasant than being stuck inside the local supermarket, I walk away happy and smiling with my market trolley full of fresh produce.
A rambling post today, catching up on things I’ve talked about over the last few weeks and months. Forgive me for not being more specific, the words flutter around but they are hard to catch and write down.
I hope you are well, I hope life hold good things for you and that when sadness visits you have friends and supports to help.