Sunday, 22 October 2017

My Sunday Photo - 22nd October 2017

My Little Boy riding a bike at his nursery, in his purple jumpsuit


Not having a photo for this week I've snatched one from my archives. This is my Little Man when he was in nursery school. The school uniform for the nursery children was this purple tracksuit and I loved it. 

It's quite relevant to this week for two reasons.
One is that I'm quite worried about my Little Man, he's having problems at school with bullying, he's having trouble coping at home and he has health issues. He was at the GP the other day and now I have to take him to the hospital for blood tests. He also has an appointment at a clinic in December. It's not really what I need at all and I just hope it all turns out to be something easy to treat.

The second reason is how time flies. Here he is at nursery which was just after we moved into this house four years ago. The time has flown. The first two years seemed to go slowly but it's so hard to believe that I have been sick for nearly two years! When we moved we were dealing with Star's neck so we spent a lot of time at the hospital. We had a nightmare eighteen months, but time seems to have sped up so much since then. My babies are no longer babies. 

I've been pre-occupied with thoughts of my past, all of it, even as a small child I had a lot to deal with. It's been the same ever since and it's let me to not believe in Karma because too many bad things happen to good people. 

I guess over the last couple of weeks I've felt so ill I really believed I was near the end. A Terry Pratchett quote came to mind.
"It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called life."
Life certainly does fly by so quickly, but no worries, I'm feeling better now so I have a lot more to cram into it. I have lots of happy memories too, so it's never all bad. You can't stop bad things happening but it's how you deal with them that counts.

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Sunday Snap

Friday, 20 October 2017

Word of the Week - Frustration

Despite my hopes and wishes the infusions I received last week have not worked. Not only that but I've had the most horrendous side effects and I have decided to not have the treatment again.
I'm feeling frustrated that my treatment hasn't worked and that I still can't do anything.

I'm frustrated with my son's school teacher. He's been having problems at school for weeks now. He was being bullied by two class members, they were actually punching and kicking him. The teacher said she has resolved this but my son's mood hasn't improved so I'm sure something else is going on. Every day he comes home and states that he's been in trouble and has had a caution. The teacher told him off for fiddling with his fingers!! He's also being constantly in trouble for disrupting the class, when he swears he only does it because the other kids won't leave him alone. Something is going on and I need to get to the bottom of it. Which brings me to my next frustration. Despite calling the school and asking for meeting to discuss his problems they have still not arranged an appointment for me and it's half term next week.

I'm also frustrated at home because nothing seems to ever get done. The housework is never up to my standards, but when I try to do more I make myself sicker. I look around and think, that needs doing, and that needs doing, but I can't physically do it. I can ask others to do it but that's not the point, I want to do it myself. It seems that no-one else sees it as a problem like I do and there is no rush to get things done, but I want to keep on top of things. I want to do it the way I used to. Can you hear my frustration?

The Reading Residence

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Space Craft Book - Review and Give Away

This is ground control to Major Tom, are you ready for lift off? You will be after working your way through this fabulous book, The Space Craft Book.

Author : Laura Minter and Tia Williams
ISBN13 : 9781784943653
Binding : Booklet
Pages : 64
Photographs : 170 photographs
Series Title : Little Button Diaries
Publication Date: November 2017

The GMC Group have kindly offered to give away three copies of this book to my readers, aren't you lucky! Read on for my review and fill in the widget below to enter the give away.

First Impressions

I have reviewed a book from The Little Button Diaries before, it was all about Pirates. We had lots of fun trying out the crafts, especially the cake. I knew straight away that The Little Man would love this Space Craft Book but I didn't realise just how excited he would be. He wants me to make absolutely everything in it! Starting with the Walkie Talkies, after all, you need to keep in contact when you are in space. 

We love the bright colourful photos and the easy to follow instructions. There are crafts for all sorts of abilities, from the novice to the more experienced. There are even instructions for party food and a lovely recipe for a Moon Cake.

The Blurb

5...4...3...2...1... blast off! Create awesome space accessories for mini astronauts to pay with.
The sky's the limit with this inspiring craft book, which contains 15 easy-to-make projects for budding space explorers. With clear step-by-step pictures and handy templates, there are also ideas for a space party and instructions on how to build your very own rocket den,  ready for intergalactic missions to explore unknown universes! 

Our Verdict

The Little Man has already given me his list of everything he wants me to make and I'm collecting all the materials. It should be noted, though, that these crafts are mainly for parents to make for their children, rather than children making them themselves. Any child would be thrilled with the crafts though so it's worth it and they will get lots of play from them.
You can purchase the book from GMCGroup for £5.99


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Sunday, 15 October 2017

My Sunday Photo - 15th October 2017

Autumn trees and two squirrels scuttling along a garden fence

I  have often complained about the view from my window. Nothing wants to grow, every attempt so far at cheering it up has resulted in disaster. Maybe I should give up on the flowers and plants and paint the fence bright rainbow colours?

In my old home we had a brick wall at the bottom of the garden and one summer day I gave the kids all the tins of leftover paint I had and gave them free range to decorate the wall. The effect was lovely and it lasted many years. Even when my kids were adults you could still see their art work, faded but no less beautiful.

I wanted to paint the shed (otherwise known as my hubbies man cave.) I envisioned it in light green and then plant pots attached along the side. The shed is the main view from my chair and I'd love it to look prettier. On my worst days when I barely leave my seat, it would be so nice to see something other than a plain shed!

Anyway, I'm digressing and I've not told you about my photo. I like to take photos of the trees at the bottom of my garden. I call them my trees, but they are not really, they line the canal at the back of my house. I love to watch them change colour in the Autumn, lose their foliage in the Winter and then see it grow again in the Spring to full bloom in the Summer. They give us lots of visitors, usually birds. There are owls in there too and we can hear their 'conversation.' On a summer evening if you stand still and quiet in the garden, you may be joined by bats. The past week or two though we have been visited quite regularly by these two squirrels. They are very brave and come right up to my door. I'm pretty sure they have hidden some of their nut supply in my garden as they keep visiting over and over, despite my cats.

I wasn't actually taking a photo of the squirrels, as I said before, I like to take photos of the trees and I just caught the squirrels by chance, scuttling away because I'd opened the back door.

I hope they have all they need now to keep them warm and well fed over the winter.

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Sunday Snap

Friday, 13 October 2017

Word of the Week - Infusions

This week has been mostly about going to the hospital every day to receive my intravenous infusion of immunoglobulin.
Each day I have been hooked up for three to four hours and sitting in a reclining chair on a ward with mostly Multiple Sclerosis patients.
When you receive these infusions you get to see familiar faces and make new friends. I probably won't see them outside of hospital but it's always nice to catch up with someone you've seen before. Some patients are there every month, some only once a year, everyone is different and of different ability. Some walk in as if there is nothing wrong with them. Some look really sick. Some can walk, some can't. But we all have something in common, we rely on these infusions to keep going on with our lives.

The infusion I get, Immunoglobulin, is plasma taken from blood donors. It contains anti-bodies which can help conditions like mine along with other auto-immune conditions.

Today is my last day and I probably won't be back until January for my next session. So far I am not doing to bad, the side effects seem less this time and I already feel like I have more energy. Last night I was feeling like I could do anything, but when I walked it still felt like I was walking through treacle. Still, even if my walking is really slow, if I do have more energy I can walk further than before, fingers crossed. I'm not sure how long the effects will last. Come on little anti-bodies, I believe in you!

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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I've also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I've loved. If I don't love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It's always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I'll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.
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