I'm hiding out in the bedroom whilst AJ tries to cajole a grumpy Little R into getting dressed. While I'm trapped in here I thought I might as well blog. I have learned that standing on the sidelines and offering helpful parenting skills tips is actually not that helpful.
What a difference a day, and a double dose of amitriptyline makes! It's so lovely when the pain stops. I also had a gentle evening out. Some of my wonderful new neighbours have started an art club. One of them is an art teacher and another is an illustrator and they wanted some space in which to play around with their own creativity. We have so far met in each others' houses but next week will be in the community hall just down the road. It's in walking distance even for me.
The space has kind of been dictating the activity so far and it's been easier to do craft-like stuff. One or two of the women have been making beautiful felt and fabric flowers, others have been making jewellery from buttons. I've been learning to crochet and last week did some watercolour doodles.
It's a couple of hours of gossipy socialising and I love it. How lucky I am to have this on my doorstep. If I had to drive to it I'm not sure I'd make it. One thing I've been missing from my pre-AJ home in Dorset is community and connection with it. Well, I'm all connected up again, and don't it feel good!
The sound of small child wailing has diminished and it may be safe to leave the bedroom again. I think they are off swimming shortly which will give me a chance to get dressed and organised. Have a pleasant weekend y'all, crashes and bad weather notwithstanding.