Last time I felt I looked at the time the kids had just gone back to school and I was looking forward to an Indian Summer and lots of time still to enjoy late summer.
Now I believe in this period I have had one last day of summer. Last Friday and I was working. Though I did manage to enjoy a latte in the sun in Melrose for a precious five minutes and a b-que in the evening which the main thing we noticed was how quickly it got dark. I believe from people I meet on a daily basis that this is it for 2011. We have had all the sun we are getting. All we now have to look forward to is another very cold weather with some cheery forecasters predicting snow this month. Since they got the summer forecast so badly wrong I am going on the hope that they will be wrong on this too.
But I can deny it as much as I want to. It is late summer no more and we are certainly in Autumn. So where has the time gone? It’s now seven weeks till life went back to normal and the kids went back to school. In that time I have been in a whirl wind of activity it seems. Once the kids are in school the days are spent working as hard as I can. Bright Light Marketing has had a really busy period and as I mentioned before there have been lots of marketing plans and reports for me to write which I love. I feel it’s been all go.
Then home is time with the kids, walks with the dog, cooking tea and wondering if it will get the thumbs up or faces for a cooking disaster. Bedtime stories follow. Son and I have discovered the wonderful Cressida Cowell Dragon books which are keeping us highly amused and we had the pleasure of meeting her in person at Mainstreet Trading on saturday. Daughter and I are on the fourth book of Harry Potter and enjoying it immensely though she does object that I just read one chapter a night.
There is checking they have done and understood their homework. Washing and ironing their clothes. What sometimes feels like attending to their every need as well as picking them up and taking them to their various hobbies. Life with kids is all go. Add a mad dog to the mixture and its bedlam. I sit down at night and haven’t even got the energy to read a magazine.
But if I look back at the seven weeks. Much has been achieved. The kids are happy at school and enjoying all their various other activities. In the main most of the food I have cooked hasn’t gone to waste and I have had some hits. Though my daughter still refuses to eat pasta. I was hoping that was a passing phrase. The dog who I have been attempting to calm down has calmed down quite a bit and no longer barks at cyclists and runners. Believe me it’s a huge result. Ok I have resorted to blackmail with treats as he sits beside me as they go by but its a start surely of a calmer dog?
Workwise we have achieved lots in the past seven weeks including lots of marketing campaigns for clients as well as new ideas and also some really interesting and diverse new clients. And I have enjoyed it I love being busy at work and being challenged.
But I still can’t believe that at the end of this week. It’s the October holiday week. A time to truly celebrate autumn in the borders. Enjoy lots of walks, forage for berries and other fruit, eat lots of great food, read a couple of books and enjoy time with the family.
Then it’s back to normality and another couple of months of the bustle of routine before I hate to say it the Christmas holidays. Where no doubt again I will be wondering where has the time gone. Though knowing me at that point I will be counting down the days till spring and believing every word the forecasters say about a warm spring and summer.
For now I am going to get to the end of the week, enjoy the October holiday and live in denial that the forecasters have at last got a prediction correct.
Happy October everyone.