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Today is day 12 of self isolation or the COVID 19 lockdown. I have to admit that I am actually enjoying this time at home. Normally I am itching to get out and about but hanging out at home with the kids has been cool. Usually we are dropping someone off here or picking up a kid from there. It doesn’t seem to end so this break from the norm is welcome!!

We have eaten really well and I have time for baking and cooking. I am developing a keen interest in the latter and have been trying some new ideas. Not eating out has been fabulous for us as a family. How is it for you?? What do you miss? Me, well not much to be honest. I never really did much for me so nothing to miss there. I am however enjoying my books. I have read the series called The Chronicles of Kerrigan . A real gripper to be honest.

One thing this has done is set up a new routine of balance. I don’t know about you but I have managed to achieve so many things in this time at home. One of my goals was to read more so I think we can tick that off the list. I also started a list of jobs for the week…about 5 items each week. I managed to get through quite a bit but the first few days of lock down were school days so I was online working through stuff with my students, touching base with me and posting in our online forum.

Currently, its our school holidays so I can actually get some jobs completed at home. I managed to complete my list of jobs this week and now I will have to change up my list for next week. Funnily enough, the kids are still working through their daily time tables which include school work LOL. They have been helping a bit but they are so not into cleaning windows or spring cleaning the house. That’s on me. They are just chilling out and getting through their school tasks which is fabulous BUT they are also having fun.

One thing I have found quite welcoming, is having time for me. I reckon once we get back to normal most of us will itching to get our fingers stuck into the good old times. For me, I will be reflecting on what I value the most and start to make a plan soon for the things that are important to me and that I will get back into or recreate. I love that I am getting my fitness goals back and really working towards my goal for each day which is at least 30 minutes a day of something. I dusted off the treadmill, found my weights and stretch bands. The kids have been joining with some of this too but after a few days they got bored with that one so they’re off bouncing on the trampoline or shooting some hoops.

I love that we can just be us for the moment. The best thing is that we are just working out what we do day by day. So for today, I will say see ya soon and keep safe peeps.

Rosie 🌹

Birthday 🎂 Boy

Help me give this kid a shout out!! He is the neatest kid, even though he drives me demented at times, makes my hair sparkly, brings tears to my eyes and is just a helpful little dude! He is my kid after all!!

Happy birthday dude!! Obviously being 11, it’s just too cool to PARTY like you used to. Now we just have friends over and Mum has to come up with some brilliant plan. I love that he likes to do cool stuff like have nerf wars still!!

We’re not having one of those today! Nope, we are just chilling out before Nan and Grandad arrive for his birthday dinner (it’s the rule on your birthday- you choose where to eat). It’s all planned out with a roast, gravy (very important) and potato dish! We have banana cake and rice bubble slice for desert. He will hang out with his friends on the weekend, no doubt play station it for a bit before pigging out on chip pies and lollies. ! The best!!

Well thanks for the shout! Have a fab day and I will chat in a few days when I get over this!!

Keep safe peeps x

Rosie 🌹

Whakatauki or Proverb

I love sharing things that I pick up from here and there. So today, I have going to leave this here. Particular to New Zealand culture but I think we would all appreciate a little kindness!!

Ka kite

Rosie 🌹

Teacher v Mum

I can tell you it ain’t easy being a teacher some days but I don’t know what I was thinking when I brought my son to my school. 😱

Well I do really!

I thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool to be in the same spot? We would hang out a bit each day, have chats and travel together. Wouldn’t it be neat to NEVER miss an event because I can’t get the day off? Wouldn’t it be cool to give myself a reason for talking to myself? (Parent/teacher conference- works every time).

Man, how thick am I?? Honestly, like any parent, I love 💕 my kids and would move heaven and earth to keep them safe but seriously- I used to love my drive 🚙 to work. I would sit back for 10-15 minutes (speed dependent) on my drive and enjoy the quiet.

Yep that’s long gone! No more quiet time. Nope. None. Nada. Zip. Caput. That kid talks non-stop. Yep, it’s constant. He even talks in his sleep! I don’t actually know how to get around it so I have resorted to ignoring. Seems sad really, but honestly, my mind needs to close a few browsers every now and then!!

On the up side (hmm there is one). I get the inside scoop on the happenings in my class! I know Everything and I mean EVERYTHING! The students think I have eyes in the back of my head (I do really- I am a parent). They haven’t yet worked out how I know it all!!

He is also great at giving feedback, like today. We were learning division strategies. I thought we were working away quite nicely. I had started with easy division and then went into long division. I could see one of the kids didn’t quite get it- so I asked what he didn’t get, like you do as a teacher. Well then the boy child (that would be my child) steps up “Mum, you might want to rethink this teaching strategy, I don’t think it’s working.”

And they wonder why we drink 🍷? So not sure where I was going with the story but I think you get the idea! I should maybe go make myself a nice cuppa tea!! You know what they say, a cuppa tea solves all your problems!!

Have a fun night and we will chat very soon.

Stay safe x

Rosie 🌹

Bookaholic

Over the lock down I got stuck into a series. I usually prefer reading a paper book. I love the smell and the fact that you can lay down in a position and your book is just the same!!

However as I have gotten older my eyes are beginning to feel the toll and so I actually like to read on my kindle. The back light flips on and I can adjust the size of the text to suit the mood. If I have had a particularly loooonnnng day, they the font is a little bigger. Lol

Anyway I have been reading this series.

It started with the free books, which is often what I go with! I really enjoyed this set and began to relate a little to the characters. It’s a magical theme but not Harry Potter! There is a magical school but it’s different. Not everyone’s cup of tea but I thought I would share it with you!!

So far I think I have about 12 books. See what you think!!!

Enjoy!! Or you can share your titles with me!!

Rosie 🌹

Chain Posts on social media

How do you feel when you get tagged in some chain post thing? I have mixed feelings about them. I suppose it kinda depends on the chain thing!!

First I got the push up challenge which I declined. Seriously?? 25 push ups for 25 days! Nope, then it was the Being a Mum challenge. Post 1 picture a day for 10 days of your kids. Well I do that all the time so bollocks!

Then finally I get one I like. Post an album a day of music that influenced your taste in music!! This one I liked but decided NOT to tag everyone and sundry!!

So here we are, let me show you some of the albums that shaped my music choices!!

So, here I am just finished this challenge and enjoyed it. Forgive me if I didn’ttag you but if you fancy trying it, find someone who has posted and just go for it!!

Thanks for listening to my rant today!

Be safe out there

Rosie 🌹

Snow Globes

I know this sounds odd but I collect snow globes. Most people collect teaspoons or something a bit more awesome but me, I collect snow globes and teapots. Yes teapots too!! But today I wanted to share something with you that you may enjoy doing at home. I am actually going to test this theory out at school with my students as I reckon it would be a wonderful activity to keep them engaged and they can design and be innovative in their creations.

I thought I would just leave this here. I have saved a few pins to my discovery board on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.nz/rose1827/discovery-ideas/

Let me know how you go with yours and I will share with you my wonderful techniques that the students have come up with!!

Have a fabulous day!!

Rosie 🌹

Back to School

I don’t know about you guys but we went back to school this week. As a parent, my kids are both happy as to return to their semi normal routines of school days. That means getting up earlier, eating breakfast at a reasonable time and actually getting dressed by 7.30 am.

While miss Highland Dancer went off with dust swishing off her feet on Sunday afternoon to boarding school, we couldn’t slow her down. She couldn’t wait to catch up with friends and just ‘get back to school’. Her words were, “Now Mum, its not that I don’t love you and all that and I have LOVED being at home with you these past 6 weeks but I think I really need to get back to actual school work again.” All I can say is this……whaaaaat?? Here I thought i was doing an okay job of this home schooling, cooking, cleaning, baking, fitness instructor, counsellor and teacher. I am quite sure I missed out a few roles there but hey, I actually quite liked the jobs….at first.

The Karate Kid, however struggled a little with this program of change this week. He found it hard getting to sleep. I swear it was like having a toddler again. I felt like I have been on a different repeat. Lately its been “do some work kid” and now its “go to bed”. He’s 10, how hard can this be really!!

Now for me, getting back to school as a teacher is a godsend. I really didn’t sleep good on Sunday night, I saw every hour of the clock! I am not sure if it was excitement or nerves or both. Whatever, I made it to school on time and the kids were sooooo happy to be there. Well most of them. LOL They also had got used to being at home, doing lazy stuff and what not!! I started the day with a fun activity (after we took the role). It was about what lockdown looked for everyone, because we all had a different experience (I will share that with you in case you want to try it out). I know some folks hated it, some loved it and some had mixed feelings. I think if I hadn’t been a teacher, it may have been different but when I reflect on it, well I think, crikey….I actually enjoyed it (not the cooking though).

I managed to get the sewing machine out once or twice to make a few bits and pieces as I was sick and tired of people coughing over when I was doing my essential shopping.

Its been a bit of a learning curve, getting to bed earlier at night, meeting the expectations of meals that have been set these past few weeks (that has been hard) but hubby has taken to the stove this week once or twice. Albeit simplified meals but I didn’t have to cook so that is a blessing in disguise. Now I need to work out how to get the baking completed when I am not at home all day. Ah, I forgot, supermarket here we come!!!

Anyways, I am feeling rather weary as they say so I am going to sign off for today and wish you well. I thought I might have a wee glass of wine but I think I am going to be seeing zzzzzzz’s very shortly so will save the vino for tomorrow’s wine 0’clock!!

For now, hope your week has been fun and rewarding (and your kids are still alive). I made up a few videos while I was on lockdown so you can have a wee squizz at what I have been doing!!

Rosie 🌹

Cleaning 🧼 Tips #5 The Washing Machine

So who would think to clean their washing machine eh?! But honestly, its really easy. I put a cup of vinegar in the drawer on my front loader and just run it empty on a quick wash. This allows the vinegar to run through your machine and descale it. For top loaders, just drop the cup of vinegar in the drum and run it on a normal wash with nothing in the machine. Super easy and freshens up your machine to work more efficiently for you!!

Oh, don’t forget to wipe around the seal as it does gather quite a bit of muck that can stick to your nice clean clothes as they exit the machine. Hope this helps!!

Have a fabulous day

Rosie 🌹

One small positive thought

Did you know that one small positive thought in the morning can shape your whole day? Yep, weird huh! But if you think about it you will realise it’s true!

I used to wake up in the mornings and dread going to work. I wasn’t happy in my previous job so it was hard to find the positives. Then I got inspired by someone close to me who always found the positives in the smallest details. It reminded of who I really am.

I sit each morning scouring social media for something funny to start my day. Usually it’s Michael Macintyre, he is funny. But lately it’s Tom Sainsbury and Gingerbread the cat. OMG it’s so funny!! Maybe not everyone else’s cup of tea but it certainly makes me laugh. I love reading positive mindset blurbs. I know some folks love podcasts but they are not my thing. I usually search up some bits on Pinterest. You can check out my boards. I have two good ones, one is affirmations and the other is inspire me. Have a quick look here. https://www.pinterest.nz/rose1827/.

On Instagram, I searched up some tags and found some cool stuff there too so my feed is full of positivity. It certainly makes the world a happier place!! You can click in the links at the top of the page and have a browse through there.

For today, I am going to leave you with small positive thought in the hope that it makes your day.

Stay safe and be kind

Rosie 🌹

Cleaning 🧼 Tips #4 The Fire

So, when cleaning the fire you most likely cringe at the thought because it’s such a messy job. Well I have a hot tip to help make this manly project move along a lot faster.

What do I do? Well firstly, I procrastinate about it for about an hour but you could always skip that step snd got straight to the oven cleaner. I don’t use when the glass is hot, so just be aware, it’s best when it’s cool!

You know that spray stuff I used to clean the oven with. I spray the glass on my fire door and leave for a while as I procrastinate some more. It may be an hour or so later when I come back, open up the door, clean out the ashes and sweep up the mess off the hearth. I then get a bucket of warm water and an old rag.

Now the oven cleaner has been on the glass for at least an hour so it should just wipe off easily with all the crusty muck. It takes a couple of wipe downs but then the glass is super clean again. If needed a wee bit elbow grease (give it good rub) might be required but within about 5 minutes your fire is cleaned and ready to go again.

Give it a try and let me know how it goes!!! Stay healthy peeps!!

Rosie 🌹

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