Tuesday, July 21, 2009


This is only the first week of the summer holidays and I'm already enjoying working fewer hours and having more time to "potter" at home. I'm a huge fan of "pottering". I like being able to potter around in the kitchen, then wander out into the garden to potter a bit there. I like being able to pop in and out to watch some of my favourite TV shows in between some housework and i get a real buzz out of being able to de-clutter and organise stuff that has been lying around bugging me for weeks. Just having a few extra hours each week to myself makes a huge difference to me. I'm so lucky to be able to be fairly flexible sometimes about the hours I work. I am however working an extra day on Saturday as we are short-staffed. With my normal job, the weddings and my volunteer work I usually have about one day to myself in the week to catch up on housework and garden chores and do the shopping. It feels such a luxury to have more time. I know that at some point in the future I may have to return to full-time work so I'm making the most of "now".

I've stopped going to the gym. I was paying £18 a month and not getting my money's worth. I've decided I'd rather do more walking and cycling and exercising at home instead of driving for 30 minutes somewhere to work out and then drive 30 minutes back. I will miss my aerobics class but that's about all.

I'm off out tonight with a friend; we are going to Pizza Express in Heswall. It will be interesting to see if I can stick to my regime whilst eating there; but if I can't I'm not going to stress about it. I am still finding it really enjoyable and easy to stick to and although I don't weigh myself I am finding my clothes are looser. Best of all, I'm feeling SO WELL (with no cravings to speak of!) apart from my lousy aching arm which is giving me hell, especially in the early hours.

I've just been moved to rearrange the dining room; Phil will no doubt hate it but i felt like a change!!

Time to go and get ready ...

6 comments:

JAM said...

Enjoy your gift of time! (and the pizza, my favorite food group)

Kerri said...

Have fun with your friend! I'm with JAM....pizza is a favorite of mine!!
Yum Yum!

Akelamalu said...

Yes day three of the summer hols and already I have got rid of some shoes and handbags. I'm trying to decide what to take with me to Wales next week, clotheswise. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the weather improves. :)

Kim Ayres said...

Just popped by to say thanks for taking the time to visit and comment on my Losing a Hundredweight blog. I also see you have connections to the photographer's corner - what name do you submit under?

Dianne said...

enjoy enjoy enjoy

The Quiet Rage said...

My favorite days are pottering around. I also get a "buzz" over cleaning and de-cluttering.