I am back from my sojourn, my absence. I needed a break. The last nearly two months have been tiring and stressful amongst other things, and I was already sick of saying all too regularly that I was tired. Not tired of blogging, mind!
The lighter evenings and especially mornings have had Mary-Jane waking early, seeing the day light and thinking that it was morning and time to get up, even when she was really tired and wanted to go back to sleep, she fought it. A very common thing apparantly in young children! Sleep with the lark, rise with the lark. She has been waking anything from 3.30 am, averaging around 5.30. It is getting better now, although the last two nights she has awoken in the night and refused to come anywhere near settling until she is esconced in our bed. The recent heat has been effecting her (and HK) too, we are so not used to it, it has knocked the pair of them about. I have found that I can't tolerate the heat as much as I used to. It is absolutelty pickling it down outside now. I wonder how long it will be before I'm moaning about the rain!
On the work front - I still haven't started yet. I have a provisional start date, but I can see this slipping away. The amount of (justifiable) security checks I have had to under go are like nothing I have undergone before. The thing that is holding the works up now is that the Establsihment want to see a particular identity document, which has been long since lost. I have now had to send off for another, but with change of name and address (don't worry, its a change to what and where I still am now!). That may take a few weeks to come back, I have to send a copy off to the Establishment and they will inturn send it off for their checks. My provisional start date was the begining of July, I think it will be more like the start of August. I have had to do a lot of leg work and running around to move things along, all adding to general stress levels. The interview now seems to be the easiest part of the whole process. I am sure it will all be worth it in the end, hopefully.
Mary-Jane is now two weeks into potty training. I thought she would have had this sussed a long time ago, but the time couldn't have been right for her when we have tried her previously. She is doing very well. I'll try not to go into too much details! She now wears knickers during the day, and is able to tell us she needs the loo before she actually goes. We've not had any wet knickers for quite a few days now. This afternoon was the first time she has been out and about with out her Dora's on (pull up training pants). Even when in the garden she will run inside when she needs to go.
Enough of that for now!
I have started the Clandestine Cake Club Gosforth Cumbria. We had our first meeting on Thursday. It was small and successful. I am planning on having another one in September, once I know what it happening with work and get the main holiday season over with etc. I will tell you lots more about this as time goes on.
Whitehaven Maritime Festival is on this weekend. I ventured into Whitehaven this morning to Tesco for a book signing by Sean Wilson, more of that another day. I got my book signed and found that Tesco were selling jars of Robertson Mincemeat for 20p, with a use by date of somewhere well into 2015. I only got five jars. Same as last year strangely enough.
HK isn't too bad at the moment. He has all his usual aches and pains. This was added to when he dropped a 3' x 2' paving slab on his foot. Nurse Me was there on hand to bandage up his foot. Mary-Jane wanted to learn to bandage and help Daddy, so she has had her first lessons in such matters.
I'm still knitting, needless to say. I'm working on a shawlette KAL at the moment and quite enjoying it. And yes I am still baking. I made a five layer orange and chocolate cake for the CCC. It would have been six layers but... again more later, I'm trying to catch up at the mo. I have also cut a pattern for a skirt for me, based on my actual measurements rather than copy a standard pattern. I am fired up and confident to cut more patterns. However, I do want to physically sew something before I get too carried away, got to make sure the garment construction and fit are good to go. Oh and there is the small issue of acquiring fabric, that will probably be in a few months from starting work, when life is more settled, when I am more settled.
Yesterday saw HK and I's 7th Wedding Anniversary. We kept it very low key. I hope we continue to have many, many more x