Here we are, halfway through the year from hell – what I’d do to wake up one morning and to discover that the past six months have been nothing but a nightmare, sadly that’s not the case and so I continue to try and look at the lighter side of things. So without further ado, here are some of the things which I have #LikedandLoved throughout June.
Fun In The Sun
Every now and then (like once in a blue moon) us Northerners get to see the yellowy-orangy ball in the sky and though it’s often hidden behind a cloud, this week there were no clouds to be seen and the temperature shot up to a whopping thirty-something-degrees, leaving us with no other option other than to laze around like Brits abroad. Nevermind hot – it was scorchio! It wasn’t just the kids in the paddling pool, I too found solace in having a splash about to cool down.
Strolls On The Shore
With all the good weather, we’ve enjoyed plenty of strolls along the shore. We’ve made beach art, we’ve collected seashells and pebbles, we’ve adventured around the sand dunes and even brought home a ridiculously oversized piece of driftwood which at some point I plan to make something from.
Tarot Pouches & Acts of Kindness
With my Dad being so poorly, the pandemic pandamonium and my job coming to an end, it’s not been the easiest of times. I really don’t know what I’d have done without the support and the kindness that my amazing friends have shown me over the past month or two – I’ve been sent cards, letters, flowers, incense, tarot wraps and some of the most beautiful hand-sewn tarot pouches that I’ve ever come across (and have since tried to replicate on the sewing machine myself) all of which have cheered me no end.
Raring To Review Tarot Decks
I’ve spent a fair amount of time reading and reviewing a number of new tarot decks for a couple of publishers. It’s really helped to take my mind off things a little and it’s given me something (other than homeschool and the reality that is at present) to concentrate on.
I love working with tarot decks, it’s as if you’re holding your very own mini-art-gallery within your hands, and being able to review such delightful decks has been an absolute pleasure.
A Game of Golf
Following Dad’s first week of chemotherapy, we took him to the local golf course to see if he fancied taking a shot or two. Despite his lack of mobility and coordination (due to his recent surgery), Dad impressed us all by completing a full circuit of the golf course, though bless him he was exhausted for the following week. Still, it was a lovely day and I’ll hold onto those memories for a lifetime.
Switching To Nintendo
About a year ago J bought his very own Nintendo Switch games console with his birthday and Christmas money that he had been saving along with a contribution from us. Having had a go myself, I too quite fancied getting a Switch though thought it might be best to go for a ‘lite’ version of the console.
Following some good news earlier this week, my husband very kindly ordered the latest version of Animal Crossing and somehow convinced me to order my very own Switch (which should hopefully be arriving sometime soon). I can’t wait for my console to arrive and to get back into gaming!
Festivals From The Sofa
Though I’m not sure as to whether festivals will ever be the same again following the current pandemic, Glastonbury still remains firmly on my bucket list. Although we’ve been unable to attend any festivals this year, Paul and I have rather enjoyed soaking up the highlights from both Download and Glastonbury Festival from the comfort of our sofa.
Getting Sorted With Shelving
I cannot cope with mess or disorganisation of any sort and having collected numerous tarot decks over the past few months, I was beginning to feel slightly overwhelmed by the amount of clutter on my desk. I recently sourced some cheap but cheerful shelving which Paul and E put together and as a result, the office is now ORGANISED.
Back in March, we were told the sad news that J would be unable to attend his secondary school of choice due to an oversubscription of numbers. I since appealed and was sadly unsuccessful though very impressed by J’s stiff upper lip as he accepted that he would be attending his second-choice of secondary school.
Earlier this week we received a phone call from the admissions team to let us know that a place had become available and I am very happy to announce that J will now be attending his secondary school of his choice!
Smiles For September
It’s not just J who will be starting at a new school come September, I too have been offered a new role in a new workplace and am now incredibly nervous but very much looking forward to September.
Thanks again for reading my blog and I hope that you enjoyed reading what I #LikedAndLoved throughout June and are staying safe, happy, and healthy.
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!