I got round to updating this post: 50 things that make me happy.
Originally, when this first aired, I only managed to list of 45 things, but recently I went back to add some more, leaving just one I could not think of.
The problems with Gmail seem to be fixed. As you know, I was having problems with Gmail and I wasn’t the only one having this issue it turned out. I read of a solution that could fix it, which I either seen this suggestion in one of the posts I had read, when searching for the problem via the search bar while logged in Gmail, or in a separate Google search. I altered it accordingly in my Gmail settings, as I shared by updating this original post accordingly, There is definitely a problem with Gmail and I am not the only one with this issue. (NOW WITH A POST UPDATE!) It was then a question of seeing what happens when I written further emails with people, to see if it was fixed. A big smile when I seen that it had. But still strange how this all came out of the blue though.
For those that follow my blog by email meant you seen only half the above post, because it was after that was aired I discovered this possible solution a bit later and so I chose to update that post accordingly.
I have neglected on self-care at times, because of looking after mum. Especially in the early stages. Sleep has been distruptive, as you can imagine with worry and stress.
I’ve not always eating my fruit to the amount I would usually.
Sweet things have crept up more than normal, which I had gone out of my way to get it, regardless of not really being able to afford to.
The ‘red mist,’ had appeared out of no where at times, as you know. But also before revealing, I let out a couple of ranted posts prior.
I have been ranting to myself, or swore out the blue in my own home with frustration, when this has happened, as you know in It’s not all rainbows and fairies. But it’s what you make of it.. This starting quickly out the blue, that I will be definitely quickly stopping, because as you know, ranting and criticising at yourself, can become a viscous circle and not part of self-care at all. I’m not going there again. Why would I be my own worst enemy again? So I am looking at creating a new wellbeing journal again that will chart old things again like my mood, but in a different format to before possibly, as well as charting new things. I have a new journal for this. But until I have played about with some layouts on scrap paper and exactly know how I want it, I won’t be touching this journal. But I am hoping to have something set up soon. I could be already using it as this post airs.
In the long term, I think a journal that is a ring binder type would be best for me in the long run, as it would be more flexible and I can keep everything together. But I will be using this for a year, or less if filled earlier which I think will be more the case as my daily pages are over two pages, before changing to that type of journal.
What’s your preferred journal: Book, or binder type?
I am reading a new book called, “The self-care revolution,” by Suzy Reading, after creating the “vitality wheel” for myself, as part of my new self-care learning, that this book is based on. (I will talk about this sometime later on, over two posts.)
I allowed myself a new notebook for blogging, near the end of last month too. As you know, I was debating this when I written this post: Stopping at mum’s next week. I bought this one from The Works. It was only £2 for this hard-backed notebook, which I am using for my blog, so I did not argue this one. On the front cover of the notebook it says, “When it rains look for rainbows, when it’s dark look for stars.” But with this and my other new notebook I mentioned earlier, I haven’t done bad allowing two books now, after debating over one originally. Lol. I will share my other notebook later when I talk about this new book I am reading and the vitality wheel I have created.
Month of painting
Not a whole month as you can imagine, but in preparation for when me and my mum leave our own places and live together, meant a bit of painting at mine and at my mum’s.
At mine, it was just the painting of my ceilings in the bathroom and kitchen was going to be the same. But in the end, I painted walls as well, because it was difficult to paint the ceiling around the top of my boiler without catching the wall. Luckily it’s small kitchen, which I took my time with, giving walls and ceiling two coats of paint.
At my mum’s, I also painted my mum’s bedroom walls and ceiling, as I mentioned when I talked about the need to be in Nature Heals.
It was also my birthday this month, as some of you will know, if you read last chit-chat post. My birthday being at my mum’s with a small group of family and friends, that my mum organised. But as well as mum doing this for my birthday, she also wanted to give thanks for me being there at the time my mum was unwell, as well as thanking my friend and some family members too.
I had a birthday cake made, that my mum ordered.
One weekend in May, I went for the day to Newark, to catch up with a friend.
The next day, I went to my local library which was holding a free event there. The event was The Great Nottinghamshire Local History Fair. It was well attended and had lots of stalls promoting their own thing related to this event. I found it very interesting.
I finally got round to walking around Southwell. Every time I have gone through this place on the bus, when traveling to Newark, I always kept telling myself that I would get off here one day and have a walk around.
I do wonder though, if I could have been here before in my teens, when it came to Southwell Minster, as when I got to a particular area inside, I felt I had been there before. I think I came to Southwell Minster when I was on Youth Training, as we came with members of our luncheon club as a day out and we took them to something like this building. I couldn’t remember at the time where and I thought we had gone further afield, but now, I think it was Southwell Minster we came to. We didn’t go anywhere else other than the building, because of only having a limited time and with some not being able to walk far.
After spending half a day here, I decided to catch a bus to Nottingham. The number 100 bus from Southwell to Nottingham, I have never caught before and not something I would have jumped on before, because of never being on that bus before and so anxiety would have stopped me doing so. But I did. It was a lovely scenic route in most parts and so a lovely ride. I just had an hour in Nottingham and, picked up my compost there and perlite.
Once home, I relaxed for the remainder of the day and did a bit of re-potting of some of my indoor plants. (My Parlour Palm and Spider plants.) My two Spiderettes, now more grown, I put together in one pot and my original plant where the Spiderettes cuttings were originally from, I re-potted the surviving plant out of three that were in a pot, on it’s own.
My trip to Windsor Castle
I have been to Windsor once before and I liked walking around. But I said to myself, if I ever went back, it would be to go round the castle. And so I did. But after looking round castle, I still had time to walk a bit round Windsor and so I went where I had not been before, while still not far away from coach park.
Here are some photos.
You may remember that my trip originally was going to fall on my birthday, but due to a Royal private event, meant the trip was arranged for the week after.
I wasn’t expecting to find anything in the news for what this might be, but it turned out there was a wedding. You can read more about this, here.
DVD’s I have watched since last chit-chat post:
- Due Date
- Training Day
- As good as it gets
- The Sum of All Fears
- Man of Steel
- Enemy at the gates