A Brain Break?

Here I sit, ashamed that I haven't posted good content in a while and I cant seem to explain exactly why. I'll pin in down to one general statement...I need a brain break!

The house sale is finally coming up to the finish line, I am just starting to dip my toes into the wedding planning waters and work is, well, work. It is starting to become overwhelming and before I completely roll into the fetal position, it would be best to take a few days off. 

I have always found that blogging clears the mind and in it's own little way, it can be therapeutic. While this is true (at least in my case), there is a fine line between blogging as a hobby and blogging because you feel like you 'have to'. If you feel like you have to post to your blog, your content may get monotonous and soon you'll feel like you're writing your final creative writing exam. Your posts become long, to the book and unoriginal because playing it safe seems okay.

I am taking a little brain break and my posts will be back up to scratch when I return.

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This weeks reflections (11.07.2014)

This week I am posting my reflections post a bit earlier...just because :)

What lessons did I learn that I could build upon next week? Getting ahead of things can save a lot of stress. Take housework for example, the longer you leave things, the messier the house gets and more effort is needed to clean it up. I mention this example especially because of the new house and the mess I have been trying to avoid, keeps piling up :) Also, blogging these past two weeks had been difficult and I intend catching up soon!

Are my short-term efforts and long-term goals still aligned? Yes

What could I have spent more or less time doing? I feel my time was well spent this week. I would have liked to spend more time blogging but I did other things that needed my attention just as much.

What was my main concern and how did I find a way to put my mind at ease? Malcolm has been away since last week. He is in Mozambique doing some work there. I am jealous that he is enjoying warm weather and I am freeing my butt off. Safety was an issue for me as it was the first time alone in the new house. We have recently had theft in our area so I was worried about being alone. We have a very good neighborhood in terms of friendly neighbors and helping hands. I am sure if I were in any trouble they would help. And we also have alarm systems which offers extra protection.

What is the first logical step for next week? There is no real plan for next week but I would love to post to this blog every day next week. I am taking some me time this weekend to do that. I also cant wait for Malcolm to come back. 
I hope you all have a fab weekend!

Claire

Oh.em.gee! We bought a house

The title of this blog post was inspired (slash stolen) from Mr Kate on Youtube.

It's no news that Malcolm and I bought a house. I thought I would share some pictures of the new place. Many of the areas are not quite set up but we are well on our way to making this house our home.

The front view of our place
We have started working with landscaping the front. This will be our main garden with pretty flowers and shrubs. Needless to say I am waiting anxiously for Spring to come.

Pretty winter pansies
Pansies are the best flowers to plant in Winter because they aren't too phased about the winter chills. Just plant them in a spot that has full sun for most of the day and Voila!

A hand print and marking from 1968.
Finding this gem was so nostalgic for me. My Dad and his siblings did the same thing on my Grandmothers farms when they were small. As the years went on we would measure how our hands have grown compared to theirs. I will definitely be doing this with my kids one day.

Malcolm working hard in the garden.
We had a very old, dead, peach tree in the back garden which Malcolm took out. We then gathered the wood for our fireplace. He is definitely pulling off the "worker" look :)

One of the main focal points on the dining area
This side dresser was Malcolm's grandparents'. The moved to New Zealand a couple of years ago so we shotgun-ed it. This will house all our place mats and other eating equipment because it is placed next to our dining table.

"Mr Meow"
We will always have animals in our home. Malcolm and I are huge Cat lovers. This is "Mr Meow", who I did a post on last month. Read it here.

"Friend"
This is our neighbors cat which we call "Friend". She loves coming into our garden because there are no dogs and she gets some piece and quiet.

That's all the photo's for now. I will share more as the home improvements get completed :)

Claire