So here we are at the end of July already – it’s strange how quickly time flies by despite us having to battle the boredom of being stuck in lockdown limbo. So without further ado, here are a few of the things which I have #LikedandLoved throughout July.
The End Of Term & The End of An Era
School (or should I say homeschool?) came to a close for the academic year. J is no longer a junior, he has now finished primary school entirely, and come September will be moving on to senior school, whereas E has now finished in the infants and come autumn will be a junior. It’s all change for the kids and whilst I’m hoping we can return to some form of normality by September, I’m just not sure as of yet…
Anyhow – the summer holidays have now arrived and whilst we have absolutely NOTHING planned, I’m hoping that even if we are still stuck inside, that we can at least enjoy some quality family time together.
Consoles, Cases, and Crossings of The Animal Variety
Having spent five months living in lockdown, I decided to purchase a little ‘pick-me-up’ of the console variety last month. I’ve been a Nintendo fan for many years now and having watched J use and play on his switch, I quite fancied getting one for myself. Whilst I’ve only got one game to be going at, it’s absolutely enough for the time being as I’m now hopelessly hooked upon Animal Crossing, so much so that I’ve since purchased the carry case to keep my switch safe and this month I’ve invested in an online account too!
As you may have read, during early lockdown I relit my love for tarot reading and have since collected a number of tarot decks, some of which I have had the pleasure to review on this here blog. This month I ordered and received The Sasuraitbito Tarot, a stunning and rather sassy deck which has been on my wishlist for a little while now.
I have also carried out reviews upon further tarot decks including The Ostara Tarot, The Kawaii Tarot, The Thoth Tarot, and The Guardian Tarot – I feel so lucky to be given the chance to do such a thing but with all these new decks, I had to splash out on further shelving as I was beginning to run out of room!
With it being summer, Paul and I had hoped that we’d have warmer weather and though we’ve had the odd sunshine-day, the weather has been pretty dank, dull, and dismal of late which is typical as after literally months of waiting, our new rattan decking furniture arrived. Whilst we’ve used it once or twice, it’s not had nearly as much use as we’d have hoped during July, here’s hoping that August is a bit better.
Being a fanatical follower of Tori Amos (I’ve literally worshipped her work since I was the age of seven), I was pleased as punch to receive my copy of ‘Resistance’, her recently released book, and though I’m yet to complete reading this, it’s certainly given me something to soak up of an evening.
Hair Today Gone… Five Months Later
It’s been five months or more since the boys had a haircut and though we’ve sheared each of them like sheep with the buzz cutters, it just wasn’t the same. As for E and I, we last had our hair chopped back in January and we’ve both been wearing ponytails as for the past few months as our hair has grown so long.
Paul and J had their hair cut earlier this month, whereas E and I finally had our hair cut today which is timely given that local lockdowns are now looming. I cannot tell you how much better I feel for having my hair back to a bob length, though the GHD’s may now have to come back into action following a five-month hiatus.
Being the organised type, my Mother and I have already ordered and sorted the school uniforms for both J & E in preparation for September. Though we are yet to sort shoes, everything else is all sorted, washed, and labeled at the ready!
Days Out With Dad
Though Dad finds it rather difficult to get out and about since his surgery, Mum and I have loaded the car with his wheelchair, his golf clubs, and masses of medical supplies in order to get Dad up and out of the house for some fresh air.
It’s really hard seeing my Dad struggle with his health, especially his mobility, but despite his diagnosis and the difficulties which he faces, we somehow find strength and even share the odd smile here and there.
I have rather treasured taking Dad out for walks, though I’m not so sure about pushing him up hills in a wheelchair… I am, however, well aware that these will be memories which one day, I will look back upon and cherish.
The Big Boing
As the kids haven’t had a holiday this year, I felt it only right to get them both some sort of treat, and whilst they already had a trampoline, the springs were rusting, the net was ripped and I’m not convinced it was safe for use. Paul very kindly ordered them a bigger and better ‘boing boing’ which arrived earlier this week and just and so fits in our garden!
The kids, as you can imagine, are delighted with their new springs – now we just need some good weather to go with all our garden accessories!
According to the news, Comet Neowise was meant to be the comet of the century. Having bundled the kids into the car just before their bedtime, we set off to meet my folks for a comet hunt which sadly ended in one rather grumpy Grandad and two very tired and rather disappointed children.
Not being one to give up so easily, I took the kids home where they went straight to sleep, then I later went back out to track and locate what was said to be a cosmic marvel. After spending hours squinting and scouring the skyline, I eventually found Neowise but it was nothing more than a smudge in the sky – certainly not as sensational as I had hoped, still – it was an experience that I shall look back and laugh about.
Thanks again for reading my blog – I hope that you enjoyed reading what I have #LikedandLoved throughout July.
If you fancy sharing some of your own #LikedAndLoved points from the month then why not join in either through your own blog post or by leaving a comment below, I would love to hear what you #LikedAndLoved this month!