I will be at the door waiting for you as I see you come up the garden path. The dog will be doing her crazy, twirling dance to show just how excited she is that we have visitors again. She'll want to be showing off the new fur-cut she had this morning at the groomers! Let's go through to the conservatory, the sound of the rain on the glass roof is somehow relaxing and calming. The kettle's boiled, the cups are ready, how do you fancy some ground coffee that we brought back from a rather lovely Italian deli in Edinburgh? I'll just put a few biscuits on the plate and apologise for the fact that Rachel's birthday cake is long gone!
We have definitely passed from Summer to Autumn haven't we? The temperature has dropped and it's obvious that it's time to dig out those warmer clothes. The change in the air makes we wonder ... Can I ask you what your feelings are towards change? I sometimes find it hard to accept the need for change, yet once changes have been made I wonder what I was bothered about. There are a lot of changes on the cards here and it is not until I contemplate what is about to change that I realise how secure in my routines I am.
Firstly I have got to get my head around the fact that I have to go back to work next week! So things have got to change to accommodate that - I am going to have to get up and get myself more organised earlier in the mornings. No long post-breakfast dog walks I'm afraid. No more leisurely days spent on a sewing machine. But there does come a point where I do feel I need more structure to my days and going back to work will certainly achieve that. I've taken on a few new projects at work and it will be interesting to see how they dovetail into my existing jobs.
This weekend our son returns from Edinburgh along with all his worldly possessions. Where will we put it all? We have had two years of arranging our routines around 3 of us and a dog and it will take a little while to change those routines to factor in another person (who may not want to wait for his dinner until the 6.18 from Tottenham Hale arrives back in town with his sister on board). Grocery shopping will definitely be changing and different ingredients bought to accommodate another person's likes and dislikes.
Trying to make space for all Jon's possessions has led to much clearing and sorting in his room and one half of the garage. I need to apply this de-cluttering to other areas of the house; the study in particular. There is a corner in there that houses two large storage bags of scrapbooking card, a tote bag full of equipment and another bag - I'm not sure what's in that one, it's buried beneath the others and hasn't seen the light of day for quite a while (which probably indicates that I could quite easily live without any of the forgotten goodies inside). I've changed the way in which I channel my creative skills. I haven't scrapbooked for months yet my sewing machine is almost a permanent fixture by the dining room table. So perhaps I need to tidy those unused paper related things away somewhere safe, and replace them with fabrics, ribbons and threads which are being used regularly. I'm not ready to discard them, who knows when I might change my mind about what to do in my spare time?
I've changed my eating habits and that's a good thing. I've now lost 12 pounds at Slimming World and feel much better for it. I'm close to my goal now and am happy to find that my clothes fit much better; those pounds creep on one at a time and it's easy not to notice until all your waistbands are a little snug! Another bonus is that some of my clothes are now too big which means a little retail therapy is in order - happy days!
I guess it is good to shake things up a bit now and again and start of the new academic year is a good place to start. With that in mind, I guess it won't be long until Abi is heading back up north to uni again so let's pop over there to see how she is getting on.