Ok so I love this time of year and I am always really busy either with family things or work related stuff. Which is also why I have not posted all week, it has flown by and with the strikes yesterday I had small boy to keep occupied. He went out to play for the afternoon though which gave me time to sort out the tonne of dead stuff I had been given two days before but couldn’t sort them out with my other half here as he doesn’t like that type of thing, it was his birthday too so I wanted to spend the day with him. It is a little stressful because of everything I have to get done while still trying to make stuff to make money. My routine has been over hauled already with the new job my other half has started and with the toads wanting to take lunches to school and college. I seem to have so much less time these days and I have just started ‘teaching’ and emotional freedom course, for free .. Well ok donations. So I am re-jigging all the work I have developed over the years for that oh and typing it up acurrently all hand written. Aghhhhhh yes ok the more I think about how much I actually have to get done the faster my heart is going.
I know I do not have a ‘proper job’ as my other half keeps on pointing out… Thanks!! I hate that term I really do because it makes me feel invalidated and as though people do not understand just exactly what I do all day and of cause because at the moment I am not getting any income from it it’s not classed as ‘real’ not sure how that works but it does piss me off slightly. So here is a rundown of my typical day, well week day term time.
Get up at 7, I say 7 as this is what time my alarm is set for, sometime I cannot sleep so get up earlier.
Make lunches for the kids… always freshly made whether it is past sauce, wraps or rice while also making breakfast for when the kids finally decide to come down stairs at about half seven. They are usually ready and out of the house with much ‘coaching’ from me.
I have to get my house work done by no later than 9 as this is when I should be starting to do work and I usually spend time researching things and note taking until about 12 when it is lunch time. Ok I may multi task and keep on top of the washing throughout the day.
Make lunch for me and make sure I know what I am doing for tea. I give myself an hour’s lunch break although I am usually sorting out washing and doing more house work.
After lunch is writing time until about 2 when I then start on tea.
Things get a little harder when the kids get home, my youngest needs constant one to one to get him to do anything and I am never able to concentrate on things fully and do one things at a time, of cause there is the home work stress, and trying to get to spend some time with them.
I am in bed for about 9:30 in the evening because I do not sleep well and if I stay up longer I get to my ‘second wind’ and then cannot sleep all night.
Doesn’t that sound easy?!! Heck it doesn’t until I then remember that during this time I have to build my stock up for the spring and summer, I also have the opportunity to show case my wears in a local shop, they want art work, crafts bits, hoops, clothes, and other things I make .. I have to get these made during the day too; knitting 1 pair of arm warmers takes 2-3 hours. 1 hoop from start to finish is just over an hour and all this isn’t instead of doing my usually day it is as well as my usually day and I have to fit shopping in there, 3 hours was taken up yesterday just by preparing a few animals to be used for other things. I say a few try 18 partridges and 2 foxes. I go out of the house to actual physical work (3 hours) and try and get some me time in there too. You mums know all about the whole “once you are a mum you are on call 24/7” the whole house doesn’t seem able to function properly without you there keeping things on track. I wish I could just switch off and play computer games or watch TV. I do watch TV of cause but this is usually done while I am knitting or sewing, writing to-do lists, catching up on emails etc. And now on top of all this I have the Yule countdown that started today. So I have gifts and cards to make that aren’t for work but still have to get done. See and people wonder why my house isn’t ‘spotless’ let alone my poor garden which needs a really big sort out. I am starting to get some help off my other half with house work, now he has this new job he isn’t out of the house 17, hours a day 6 days a week, but I still do a shite load. Ok now it sounds like I am up for sympathy when I am not, I love my life even when things are always busy.
Onto the stuff that has to be done on top of my normal day for this time of year. Writing this down I remember doing a lot more with the kids when they were younger and it was much more of a build up, now with school and college their time is focused on other things and I get to deal with the tired grumpy side of the kids in the morning and evening.
1st December sorting out the front room to make way for the tree, this year we have decided to use our artificial tree that we have had for well over 10 years now. I am not too happy about this but I cannot afford a real one no matter how much I have tried to. They are more ethical especially if you get them from a local small business rather than from a supermarket/garden centre.
Find and put up family ‘advent’ calendar and sort through the decoration box to see what we can use this year.
Take all Samhain things off the family Alter.
2nd December – sort out who is getting what for gifts, I am a big fan of lists and have lots of them at this time of year. Order Yule meats form butcher.
3rd & 4th December – take kids out collecting ever greens, Yule log and nature’s decorations 3rd I am working at the towns light switch on event and if the weather is nice the kids will be there too. Add some of the traditional decorations that we put on the tree every year, put gathered things to dry and press if need be,
6th December – Last payday before Yule!!! Finish off lists and work out meal plans lol
7th December – Market day go and buy mistletoe and finish off buying the gifts I am buying and the materials to finish off the things I am making.
10th & 11th December– get the clay out and make decorations out of the things we have dried all week. Make the wreath for the door and write cards.
17th & 18th December- start the baking and deliver them and the cards, and gifts to the family that we won’t be seeing on the day.
19th December – pick up meat from the butcher and anything that I may have forgotten. Make cakes and other things for festive munching.
20th December – Prep all of the veg and rest of the main meal components. Make sure the bird is in the oven over night.
21st December- Yule, open gifts, merry feasting and of cause the huge Yule fire
22nd December – Yule rituals and relaxing. I usually use this time to read and the kids focus on the meaning of Yule, not just for it being the shortest day of the year but also what it would have been like for our ancestors all those years ago and how much things have changed.
If anyone has a few days they do not need send them my way please I think I am going to need them!!