Word of the Week

This week I’ve spent a lot of time indoors but I’ve been really busy.

Clear Out

I’ve managed to sort out the kid’s wardrobes. It took me about an hour to sort out the girl’s and ten minutes to sort out the Little Man’s. I think I might need to buy him some more clothes.

I was really fed up of all the clothes that no longer fitted them properly so I had a real good clear out, giving a huge bag to charity and saving some of the unworn or barely worn clothes to put on Ebay. Knowing me, these will be in charity bags soon too.

The clear out was quite satisfying but even more satisfying was getting to the bottom of my washing basket. As a family of seven this rarely happens. But I had two days  of regularly filling up the washing machine and making full use of the weather by hanging it out on the line so there was not waiting for the tumble dryer to finish. I bought myself a little washing trolly, it’s like a net bag on a wheeled frame which I can push into the garden and reach my rotary line (which is not far from my door.) It feels so good to be able to hang my washing out by myself.

Blogging and Social Media

Apart from that I’m getting through all those blog posts that I’ve had waiting in draft for far too long and my Pinterest schedule is full up until Sunday evening. I’m afraid that Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are feeling a little unloved but I’ll catch up with them too I’m sure.


I’ve also been very crafty and I’ve crocheted two more squares for my CAL blanket as well as finishing Star’s fox soft toy. I did a couple of small projects too, like my tape measure Jammy Dodger.

I’ve made my first papercraft card and have been busy making the bits and pieces for my next projects. I seem to have loads of ideas but not enough time to put them together so I really need to arrange my time better to fit everything in.

Stiff Person Syndrome Awareness

Finally, I’ve been busy setting up a Twitter account for Stiff Person Syndrome Awareness. This is a collaborative venture between myself and some other sufferers over all social media channels. We are aiming to raise more awareness of Stiff Person Syndrome for lots of reasons, including letting people who are newly diagnosed that they are not alone, giving people an idea of what help they can get or should expect, explaining what treatment is available and hopefully raising awareness among the medical profession as well. I’m thinking there will be a lot more involved and I’m excited to be part of it, but we are still in the talking and planning stage at the moment.

So, that’s my week. What have you been up to?


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  1. May 18, 2018 / 10:31 am

    You have been so busy! A very productive week for you and a real mix of tasks ticked off, lots going on x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  2. May 18, 2018 / 11:06 am

    Well done Anne, you’ve done loads this week ! I always find my productivity and motivation increases in the summer months. Have a lovely weekend x

  3. May 18, 2018 / 10:26 pm

    Ahh! I cleared out my girls wardrobes and drawes last weekend. I ended with 2 black bags to go to the charity shop. lol It’s a good job I bought them a few bits the week before. Hooray for emptying the washing basket! Mine has been empty most of this week because the weather has been great!
    hahaha! I have 67 blog posts in my drafts. Some half written, some with just a title and an idea. I will get around to them eventually.
    The twitter account sounds fab! I hadn’t heard of Stiff Person Syndrome Awareness until I read your blog posts about it. Do let me know about it and I will RT x

  4. May 19, 2018 / 8:15 am

    Thats amazing that you are raising awareness, awareness is is underrated isn’t it, and can do so much good. I know what you mean about having a clear out, Joe has really shot up I have had to get rid of so many of his clothes lately, x

  5. May 19, 2018 / 10:42 am

    Clearing out the kids wardrobes is always fun.. and expensive! LOL! Good for you raising awareness for Stiff Person Syndrome. I will give your new Twitter a follow 🙂

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