Tuesday, 17 February 2009

creeping in, full of apologies...............

............what can I say? For a while there I lost my blogging mojo, no idea why. Blogging does take up a lot of time and I wanted to claim back my old life for a short while. It has made me realise just how much space blogging fills so from now on I will keep it up but just not as regularly as before (hah! I hear you say, I was hardly reliable anyway!) This seems to be a common thread amongst many bloggers at the moment, so I know I'm not alone.

...............bit of mosaic inspiration there from Lucy, one of the many ways I've been wasting time recently!

So..........what's been happening in the VH household? Much the same as ever apart from the FANTASTIC snowy days we enjoyed a couple of weeks back. Much sledging and snowballing took place but I'm so far behind the rest of you that I won't bore you with too many photos, although I can't resist a couple. I love snow with a passion, waking up and seeing that glow through the windows fills me with glee and we had the added bonus of time off school. We managed to find a part of a nearby hill that no-one else had discovered and had a whale of a time. We even dragged a very pregnant friend and daughter along to join in, thankfully it didn't induce early labour, my nursing skills aren't up to much!

I've been filling my child free days with crochet (one baby blanket nearly done), coffee (with my new whizzer) and cakes, half hearted housework, a bit of helping in school and completing orders for a few people. Much the same as ever really. We're half way through the half term break right now and we've had a house full of children for the last few days. Jack and I are grabbing a few moments peace by the fire whilst Kit plays with one of her school friends. Needless to say Jack is engrossed in his latest library book, and at the same time pestering me to play on my new laptop (yippee, now I can watch tv and blog!)
We had a fab weekend with friends from Dorset, hence lots of noise, food and just a little bit of alcohol. Sunday we walked it all off through the (unexpected) rain and when they left we settled in by the fire with "101 Dalmations" and pancakes - the perfect way to end a lovely weekend.

At some point in the week Kit will no doubt ask me to "play schools" with her, a request which I'm reluctant to admit does not fill me with joy. It involves me sitting on the hard floor whilst she tries to remember all thirty children in her class so she can take the register. This has to be done whilst trying to hold three different coloured pens which regularly drop on the floor and have to be retrieved, which invariably leads to the losing of the place in the register and starting all over again. Call me a meanie but I can think of a few other more pleasurable ways to pass an hour, selfless mother I certainly am not!

Meanwhile Jack will be up in his room shaking the floorboards with the latest musical acquisition, no doubt much to the delight of our neighbours. Every Saturday he trips up the street to have lessons from one of the neighbour's sons and then comes home to practice and make sure we're properly awake. I have to admit to feeling a little bit envious, how cool it'd be to be a 38 year old drum playing mum, unfortunately possessing no rhythm makes it slightly challenging for me so I end up sitting there looking a bit dumb and not really knowing what to hit next.
Back soon............................


Sal said...

Who are you ? LOL ;-)
Seriously...nice to see you back! Will you be at the next V&H fair?

tam said...

Good to hear from ya again~ Sounds like you are a very busy girl! Silly girl no apologies needed!
Hope you are having a wonderful week~Tam:D

lucy@atic24 said...

oh you have been missed missy Julia!!!!
I pop in almost every day on the offchance you've posted but for so long nada....glad you're still alive and well, I was beginning to worry.
LOve the mosaic!
And hope that you might share some hooky goodnes with us soon, would love to see how you baby blanket is coming along.

I'm going to be teaching basic crochet at the cafe next month, I'm simultaneously thrilled and papping-my-pants. Any tips/hints would be welcome.
Love to you, don't be gone tooooo long.

prettyshabby said...

yay Julia's back!
(I'm doing the spoon dance there..you know the one) xx

Gill at Lucy Locket said...

Nice to see you back, yes I've noticed a lot of bloggers are losing their mojo, trouble is it can take over your life and I found I was spending more time writing blogs/reading blogs than actually doing any crafting. Thanks goodness for Lucy and others like her who are always a pleasure to visit. BTW my 20 year old has just been given some decks, I'm sure he's blasting them out at full-volume when I'm not at home despite my warnings not to! We could do with living in a house in the middle of a field :)

Things Hand Made said...

Nice to have you back!

MissyP said...

Hi Julia. I found your blog in a very round about way (too long to tell) - and I'm so glad i did. Not much time to look around, but can't wait to come back for a sqiz. It looks beautiful, all those gorgeous photos. Cheers, MissyP.

Lesley (Notesfrommydays) said...

nice to see you back in blogland - it does take up time this blogging lark i could do with taking a back seat myself :-S
looks like you have been having fun and busy days and enjoy the rest of half term! my half term started a bit hectic but has calmed down since i blogged about it just a shame its only a week !
Lesley x

Miss sew n sew said...

So glad to see you back and that your ok!!!! Love your mosaic, can't wait to see your baby blanket. Want one of those coffee whizzer thing majigs now!

Bobo Bun said...

Lovely to see you back and hear your news.

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

Welcome back hun, I think everyone is feeling the same, blogging does take over your life for a while then you realise you have to take a step back and popping in now and again is fine!! Take care....Claire x

Sheila said...

I found your blog and have been reading away, its good that you are wanting to get back into the swing of things...then i can read some more.

JuicyFig said...

I am a 38 year old drum playing mum - it has been a great source of embarasment for my daughter in the past, but then she thinks anyone over 30 is old and should not leave the house ever!!!

good to see you back!


Frances said...

Welcome back!

This is a lovely post, full of the joy of family. As always, your friendly, generous personality comes shining through.

As Lucy says, the mosaic is terrific.

thevintagemagpie said...

Hi Julia, 'lets play schools' has been ringing through my house this weekend too, and I, like you, am not totally enthusiastic!! How funny! I love the mosaic pictures.. so pretty x