The rainy weekend that wasn’t

Like my father I am an avid watcher of the weather.  Always like to know what the weather is likely to be so I can be prepared.  My met office app on my phone is perhaps my favourite app well after the Facebook and Twitter app’s that is.  As my son sings regularly

“Facebooking it’s only Fiona Drane typing on her ifone all day long!”

This weekend rain was forecast.  I am a lover of the sun and have greatly enjoyed the recent good weather as you can see from my last blog post.  https://fionadranesblog.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/sun-garden-and-books/

However I thought to myself all good things come to an end so I prepared myself to resume my spring cleaning which I last did on the 6th of April the last day of rain in the Scottish Borders.  As many a farmer is acutely aware of and I sympathise that rain is needed.  So I looked at the spring clean to do list and thought this was the weekend to tackle some of the big jobs.

But for once although the forecasters got it right and it did indeed rain.  It was more European than Scottish.  Torrential showers and then the sun came back.  So I got the best of both worlds and did some of the little jobs on my list but also got time to weed the garden and indeed sit and read in the garden.  At the end of the weekend I felt that I hadn’t achieved much yet when I looked at the list I realised that actually sometimes it’s the little jobs that make the difference and I had the satisfaction of ticking lots off the list.  I am a great writer of lists and love ticking them off.  And as for the big jobs they can wait till a really Scottish rainy day when it’s raining when you wake up and still raining when you go to bed.  As I am making summer 2011 the year that when I am free and it’s sunny I am out-of-doors enjoying it as it was a long, long winter.  And the house can wait!  It’s a home not a palace.

Along the way I found out that actually spring cleaning in little spurts is much better and more effective than going for it and ending up wishing you had never started.  I find that you stare at the cleaning you started with great intentions at the beginning of the day but can’t now quite finish.  Then you wake up the next day and remember it’s still waiting for you.

Tidying up my children’s books made me realise that they are not just books they are full of memories of happy times, bedtime stories, holidays and days in the sun in the garden.  As someone said on Twitter you don’t get that from a Kindle.  And although I should have had a clear out of the books couldn’t bring myself to do so. 

And finally yes can’t believe it but the Apprentice starts again tomorrow night!  This time no job but £250,000 plus Alan Sugar as your mentor which seems to be to be a much better prize.  Let the fun and games begin.  I will be following it all and blogging on what I think of Apprentice 2011.

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About fionadranesblog

40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. www.brightlightmarketing.co.uk. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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