I grew up with a large orchard and I still love growing my own fruit. I don’t have room for many trees so I have them growing in metal dustbins all the way down the drive at the side of the house. This month I’m picking cherries every day – I have 3 cropping trees […]
I am on holiday this week and all 4 kids are doing activities (film and video, drama and sports club) so Debbie and I are able to spend from about 10:00 – 16:00 on our own just relaxing in and around our home town – St Anne’s on Sea. At home I like nothing more […]
Kathy has yet another amazing post on her Creating Passionate Users site about the fact that animals love exercise, and she questions why we don’t. Well whilst I think its a great article with wonderful pictures of her horses if she came around to my house and saw my four girls bouncing on the trampoline […]
As regular readers know I work from home and have a pretty structured workday, partly because of the demands of my job and partly as a coping strategy for a rare form of systemic arthritis that I suffer from. Having recently read a post titled Don’t take orders from your calendar on the Thinking Faster blog […]
I had 10 days off over easter, and we walked every day, and had good weather most days. We didn’t travel very far afield but there are loads of great walks within 20 miles of my house. By the end of the holiday I was feeling great, a few aching muscles from over use but […]
Monday, November 21, 2005
My youngest daughters (twins) have been studying smoking, Tessa has just finished her anti-smoking poster, which I wanted to share with you: Don’t smoke because people out there have died. Just because of cigarettes and people suffered from lots of illnesses. So you will get illnesses. Children can get Asthma if smoke is around them. […]
I am still on a journey of discovery to try and “find what I love doing”, I am fairly content in my work, find it interesting and challenging, but I don’t feel I make a difference, at home I spend most of the time with my family – which is great – but very internal focused. I would like both work and home life to change over time to be more community centred and to feel that I am giving something back to the world and that I live in a more natural and sustainable way. My relatively poor health is currently the excuse I hide behind that stops me taking the risk associated with change.
I do however continue to be on the lookout for advise in this area and I recently cam across these two articles, one by Steve Jobs – You’ve got to find what you love and the other my Dave Pollard ‘Business’ Advice for Young Adults (and Their Parents & Teachers). Check them out if you ever think about your work or worry about how you are preparing your kids to help them make good choices about their future work choices.
As I work from home I tend to make sure I do my share of the housework. My normal daily jobs include:
- tidying the bedrooms
- making the beds
- washing, drying and putting away the clothes
Well Debbie and I have been finding our respective daily tasks a bit of a grind, so on Friday we decided that we would swap jobs every weekend. So this weekend I have been:
- making all of the meals
- setting the table
- clearing the table, washing up, drying and putting away the pots
it’s been a great success, I have loved not having to do my jobs, and really enjoyed my new weekend jobs. By Sunday I had change the routine and made it a lot more organised and peaceful and had written up (stephie laminated for me) a crib sheet that tells me all of the kids favorite meals, vegetables, fruit, drinks etc, as with 4 kids I am always forgetting Hopefully a weeks break from them will mean I enjoy these tasks every weekend, as they say “a change is as good as a rest”.
I have thought for a long time that going paperless was a good strategy. Now I know why, Microsoft has posted 3 great videos that demonstrate the dangers of office stationary. They really are worth watching, preferably with the family as they are very funny. Another tip, make sure you watch them through a few times watching the background characters as well for best effect!
First up, the Elastic Band next the Paper Cut and finally the Bad Pen
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