Welcome to this weeks Sunday Sit Down. Grab a cuppa and a comfy chair and sit down to read. I have a genuine fear of the dentist and I’ve already put the job of bringing A to the dentist because I’ll be honest I’d have the poor child bawling crying and I really don’t want to pass my fear on to her. I wrote this short story in 2009. It is about a mother desperately trying to hide her fear as she brings her daughter to the dentist. It’s a simple concept for a story but the imagery is what makes this story sing to me. I hope you enjoy it. I’d love to know what you think about this one.
This week has been an odd mixture of wet and humid weather but luckily anytime we escaped the confines of work or the house, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds to greet us. Unfortunately, the wet weather has meant B can’t cut the lawn which is just too wet. It’s slowly becoming a forest again. I have to say I’m happy he cuts the grass and not me because by the time it’s dry enough to cut it’ll be up around my knees! I’ll admit I didn’t think I would do a Happy Days post this week but there have been enough happy moments to make a list and remember them. What has made you happy this week?
Whoop! I’ve made the longlist for the LWI Blog Awards! Oh, the excitement, the thrill, the sudden anxiety to get my blog up to scratch! The email popped into my inbox on Wednesday evening. The day after my birthday. What an awesome and timely present! I’ve made the longlist for:
The excitement of course was short lived and I was barely able to register what this meant for me and my little blog.
Welcome to another week of The Blogging Best. This week I am focusing on Parental Advice. Over the years as a new mum, I have always gone to the internet for advice. It’s easy, straightforward and no one is going to question you or judge you. But, unknown to me, I would often find my answers from blogs just like mine. Parent bloggers are a fountain of knowledge! Other Mums and Dads who have been there, exactly where you are now. They’ve experienced exactly what you need to know, be that how to help with teething or what cream to use on that itch! And sometimes, it’s just nice to know that you’re not alone and that someone else has gone through the same experience. Parent bloggers are not judgemental. If anything they are unbelievably supportive and we’re always there to talk to our readers.
This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Lorna who works part time as a Community Support Worker. Her passion, however, is her handmade craft store, Simply Felt Ireland. I have found that the parents I have spoken to throughout this series, use their talents and hobbies to regain a part of their identity in the midst of parenting. Lorna has crafted a niche in the market with beautiful wool roving angels and fairies and other felt gifts for children including crowns and quiet books.
I’m 33 today! Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me. Until I became a mum, birthdays were the bees knees. I would count down to my birthday and always have something planned. I would do my level best to take the day off work and if I was lucky, head out somewhere for breakfast. But since becoming a mum birthdays have changed for me. They are no longer as important as they used to be. In saying that though, there are two birthdays that stand out to me. Two birthdays I hold all other birthday days against and compare them too.
Finally, after almost a year, B and I went on a date! After last weeks post on Parenting Can Be Lonely, the timing of our date couldn’t be better. It’s so important to look after your relationship as well as the kiddies. Since time as a couple is now limited, every chance we get should really be jumped at but we’ll be the first to admit that we don’t take these golden opportunities. Luckily, for us, Star Trek: Beyond was just about to hit the cinema and as massive Trekkies, we pushed the parental guilt aside and scheduled the grandparents in for some much needed babysitting. Muchos Gracias! Our date was not without a few hiccups. We’re clearly quite rusty but it had its highlights too.
Who doesn’t need a bit of positivity in their lives! Welcome to Happy Days, a new segment of Over Heaven’s Hill, exploring everything I am grateful for and happy about that happened in the last week. What has made you happy this week?
Welcome to this weeks Sunday Sit Down. Grab a cuppa and a comfy chair and sit down to read. When I wrote the poem Trying to Put Words that Sentiment it was almost a relief. You know those moments in life when you just can’t explain how you feel, or what you mean? When the words are at the tip of your tongue but nothing comes out? That is what this poem is about. It is the emotions, the thoughts and the dreams that settle deep inside you somewhere, unable to explain themselves. I hope you enjoy it.
I’m not talking about when you bring a newborn home and the world suddenly seems very big and very scary. Or when the weight of responsibility for a beautiful helpless human lies heavy on your shoulders. You feel so alone because you think you don’t know what you’re doing (when really you do!) I don’t mean when the excitement of the first few weeks dies down and suddenly friends and family visit less and the house is quiet and looms large with its multitude of tasks. And I’m not talking about the loneliness that comes with being somewhat isolated on maternity leave when you wish after the old norm of the daily grind which included adult conversation and hot cups of tea with colleagues.