Sunday, 29 March 2015

Tales of the unexpected

It’s been quite a journey, writing a craft book - a hilly, exhilerating, exhausting hike of a journey. With a scatter of rocky patches. 

The last couple of weeks have been full on: weighty time pressure - the book’s released in August, but I hadn’t fully appreciated that it actually goes to print months before. Like now.  

So, lots of early mornings and late nights. Lots of deep breathing. Everything else pushed to the sidelines - I’ve still had to do all the stuff in the sidelines, I just haven’t done it particularly well. 
You know when you’re driving, and you get to where you’re going and can’t really remember how you got there? I’ve had quite a few school runs like that. Head lost in a cloud of cardboard cut-outs. But I’m out the other side now; nothing more to do apart from trust and pray everything’s okay. I’ve been willing this time to come, and now it’s here I’m not quite sure what to do with myself.

Working flat out has had its advantages though - it’s stopped me thinking about the other major bit of news - that my husband is going off on tour again. And there was me, thinking the last one was the last one. Should have known better. Army life never pans out the way you think. 
So, now my priorities have to change. I’ve got to find ways to simplify things; take some of the pressure off - stay sane basically. 
They’re good kids, our three, but I haven’t found that older means easier. Certainly not when you’re on your own. Yes, they’re more independent and able to do things for themselves, (if they can be bothered), but they can also be argumentative, grumpy, lazy and difficult. Challenging in a word. And challenging is hard when you’re tired and there’s no one to share with. We’re all used to him being away during the week, but weekends are a bit of a game-changer. 

Anyway, not the best time ever to start a kids craft blog. Not just because of impending changes at home, but also because I don’t want to go near another egg box for a while... I’ve got a few things made already, but I’m half-minded to put them on here; to reorganise this blog and stick to what I know. Doesn’t feel like the right moment to start something new.
Keep things simple. Make space. Deep breaths.


10 comments:

  1. Wow - exciting and challenging times. You'll look back on it all and be very proud of yourself, in the end :)

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  2. Your life does sound hectic at the moment Tracey, so time to put your feet up, grab a glass of wine and ....breathe.

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    1. definitely better now - less hectic (though kids off school and haven't planned a thing…) Looking forward to a spot of garden pottering….soon maybe..

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  3. Lots of changes there... Do what you feel most comfortable with. When we move on from here (not quite sure when) I have decided to stick with A Bavarian Sojourn whereever we might be, I just don't have the energy to start all over again... :D Good luck with everything!

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    1. Totally get why you'd stick with it, think that's very sensible - I'd kind of thought having a place solely for kids craft might help, but I'm not good at the setting up/linking up bit and don't think I've the energy to give it the attention it needs, especially now. Thanks Emma

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  4. Sorry to hear your husband's going away again - must be hard. Can definitely sympathise with the kids getting older bit - my 15 year old is certainly 'challenging' at the moment. Was dreading the onset of the Easter holidays, but (fingers crossed) so far it hasn't been too awful.

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    1. Not been too bad here either….though one has been away since the weekend and we had a busy day yesterday which definitely helped!

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  5. Gosh, how busy you've been, and all very exciting about your book. I most certainly will be buying! I can only imagine the tight deadlines you are having to stick to - every spare moment dedicated to getting it all in order. Very sorry to hear about your other half going off on tour again - again, that puts more pressure on you. Do you know how long he's going away for this time? Must be pretty unsettling for the kids too. As for your new blog, keep it but maybe come back to it when life is a little easier again perhaps? Sounds like the main thing for you at the moment is to take a little of the weight off your shoulders.... X

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    1. Thank you lovely! Good advice about the other blog, I've a few posts ready, then probably best to leave it a while. My husband's away for 9 months…. still in denial about that x

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