Back to work after being an 'at home mum' · grandparents · Healthy eating · life changes

Round up of 2017

Firstly a quick follow-up from my last blog ….

I continue to try and be more aware of my mood on a daily basis …work is keeping me busy so the majority of the time I’m keeping to busy to think. I continue to try and forward plan especially when it comes to cooking my meals and fitting in the odd household chore.

This in turn is helping with my weight loss and again that is a great mood boost. Loosing 10.5lb in 9wks 🙂 I’m happy with that. One of the items I hope to feature more in my blogs in the coming year will be my weight loss journey including my favourite recipes, weight updates and any hints or tips I find that work for me.

Spag bol & Curry mince

Well that last week of annual leave flew by an in fact I got very little of the things I wanted to do .. done :-/
but not going to stress over it .. life just sometimes gets in the way of things.

So a quick look over 2017 …. what have I achieved ….

I suppose the biggest achievement has been my registered nurse qualification quickly followed by a job that I really enjoy. At my age the last thing I want is a fantastic promotion chasing career, more of a job that I can grow into and just get better at. I love to share my knowledge and ideals of caring for people so look forward to working with others to do that.

Because of the two job moves there just didn’t seem to be the right time available to do the travelling I had hoped and I still have the chore of sorting out passports for both Hubbs and I which will enable to achieved that travel. So adding that to the top of my list of ”TO DO’s’ for the New Year. Instead we have managed to make a start on the new restyling of our home and garden which will be continued into next year.

Watch my garden grow 🙂

Travel …that will happen in 2018 …. any suggestions where to go ?? Never flown before and not good with too much sunshine and heat ?

Cheers

Going to leave this Blog entry here and

WISHING EVERONE THAT PASSES BY

lOVE AND HAPPINESS AND HERES TO A GREAT 2018

See you soon xx

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Back to work after being an 'at home mum' · Gardening · Healthy eating · keep fit · life changes · Vegetable plot

Happy new year to all my followers ….

Its been ages since i blogged here … but i hope to put that right. I’m not going to make resolutions to do certain things .. i hope to make new routines and achievable goals.

August 2013 after being on the waiting list for yrs we finally managed to get an allotment on a site just 2 minutes walk away from home. So this year we intend to keep just 2 raised beds in the garden vegetable plot and grow the majority of our vegetables down and the allotment. I hope to blog on our progress throughout the coming growing season.
Plot 1a
garden vegetable plot

I do hope to try to do the usual… get fit & loose weight but by concentrating on other things i hope they will just happen.

Later in the year i hope to go to university to study Back to Nursing course which will enable me to practise as a trained nurse again. Until then i intend on improving my maths currently enrolled in a course at college and attending all the study days possible that work arrange.

Also the usual subjects will probably come up are adventures of my dogs … any photo shoots i get inspired to do.

So again happy new year to you all … lets make 2014 a memorable one xx

Back to work after being an 'at home mum' · Being a mum · Black days · life changes

On a personal note ….

Well how things are changing in the last few months i’ve gone from being an ”at home mum” to working full-time night shifts then very recently transferred to-day shifts and even looking into a return to nursing course which will enable me to practise as a registered nurse again.

How do i feel about all this….. loving the job the care home is of very high standard and we are all developing a great friendship between us staff and with the residents.  Physically i’m finding things a little hard going at times and get very tired aswell as the aches and pains of age i suppose.  Mentally i’ve become so much more confident and can see a very clear future, not even considered reducing or stopping my antidepressants as i’m enjoying everything at the moment and don’t really want it spoilt.

Even though i’m working full-time its done in 3 shifts so i get some nice time off, which has enabled us to take on another ambition of ours and that’s having an allotment, we love it and so far with this gorgeous weather managing to spend every spare minute there.  Its so peaceful which is very surprising as it hidden on a small site in the middle of a housing estate.

Sadly not everything is peachy … my eldest son has decided he really wants his own place and sort of put himself into the care system, it makes me sad that he feels like this but if it’s what he wants then i can only support him where and when i can.  I think back now and i suppose i’ve been very lucky up until now not to have not needed much outside help.  After leaving an abusive controlling ex (sons dad) then going into another relationship with step children we’ve got away quite lightly.

I do feel everything is good and will work out for the best for all of us, change can be difficult but soon becomes the norm 🙂

Just going to end this post here as i’m eager to do a separate post on updating my allotment 🙂

 

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Back to work after being an 'at home mum' · Black days

Last night i completed my first ……

Proper shift in more than 15yrs.

After a few training days i became very worried that i’d made the wrong decision in going back to work more so nursing.

But after completing my first 12hr night shift this confirmed i should have come back to nursing many years ago and i don’t think being a carer will be enough for too long.  In time and hopefully with support from my new employer i hope to complete a back to nursing course which will enable me to re.register and use the Registered General Nursing course that  i completed pre.children.

Being a very new venture we were very lucky to only have 4 residents 1 of which was self caring 🙂 this enabled us to get to know each of them a little better than if there was a full unit.

Thankfully i never have  a problem sleeping anytime of day so a lie in the morning before shift and a sleep in the day after was easy. 🙂

I can already feel my confidence growing and enthusiasm running up a close 2nd.   I’ve found myself making more of my free time and fully intend to do a lot more once i’ve been paid.

A headache that  i have found is that since all the benefit reforms there is very little help adjusting from weekly benefits to monthly pay.  Aaawwww well we’ll all have to learn to like baked beans 🙂

My next and 2nd shift is tomorrow night so today with hubbs, we took the ‘girls’ for a lovely walk through the woods and fields of Crickley Hill.  The sun was warm and view was gorgeously clear.  Whilst going through the wooded area we spotted these fungi which i could have photographed for ages but the ‘girls’ get bored waiting.

 

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So heres to a very fun and full filling summer 🙂