Things I Am Looking Forward To – Summer

Things I Am Looking Forward To

I can’t quite believe that we are nearly halfway through the year and with that, we are all set to welcome Summer into our lives.  I can’t wait for the arrival of Summer and this post is just a little list of all the things I am looking forward to!

  • Warmer days.
  • Lighter clothes.
  • Dresses and bare legs.
  • Sandals.
  • The scent of sunscreen.
  • Barbeques.
  • Time in the garden in the evenings.
  • Butterflies.
  • Bright flowers.
  • Blue skies.
  • Better weather.
  • Beach walks.
  • Warm nights.
  • Stargazing.
  • Ice lollies.
  • Fruit and salads.
  • Cool, refreshing drinks.
  • Fun.
  • Being outdoors.

There is so much more Summer has to offer us, what are you most looking forward to?  Let me know in the comments!

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Mental Health and Me – An Update

img_4183I’ve been thinking about writing this post since my last mental health update which was back in February.  In that post, I had been to see the Occupational Therapist and was returning to work.  I had been advised to do a phased return into work, starting with shorter hours and increasing them over a period of weeks until I was back working full time.  It was also agreed that I would have regular meetings with my line manager just to make sure everything was ok.

I’m now back in work full time and have been working 37.5 hours a week since 8th April.  My phased return went well and it was surprising how quickly I adapted to being back in work which had been one of my main worries.  My work colleagues have been ok, though I am finding that some of them seem to be acting a bit differently to me.  Whether this is just how I am perceiving things or not, I’m not sure.  I also have not had any meetings with my line manager about how I am getting on which is a bit disappointing.  I know that I could always approach my manager but in all honesty, it makes me feel a bit awkward.  Not only am I doing ok but I also feel like, as it was something that was suggested by my manager then really they should be checking up with me.

I’m still on my medication, it was agreed with the Dr to increase my Sertraline from 100mg to 150mg and that dosage seems to be the one that is working best for me.  I am sleeping a lot better in the night’s now, though I am still not getting a proper full night of rest.  I am still feeling anxiety and stress but it is a lot easier to cope with now.  I have been making sure to utilise some of the things I have learned in mindfulness courses on a day to day basis.

I am also eating a lot better and generally taking better care of myself.  I have times when I need to be alone just to recharge my energy but those times seem to be moments when I take time out to do things I love to do, blogging, reading, thinking…

I have started to expand my hobbies and have started to work in my garden.  I have ideas to turn it into a really lovely space over the next few months.  I don’t really know where this love of gardening has come from but I do know that it is never something I even imagined that I would like let alone enjoy.

I have learned to listen to my body more, and have realised that it is ok to have off days where plans remain unchecked, that it is ok to take a nap in the afternoon and that it is ok to say no when I need to.  I know that these are small steps but they are all helping me on my journey to wellness.

Whether I will be able to reduce my medication or to ever not have anxiety, stress or depression is something that only time will be able to reveal, but for the moment I feel like I am doing ok, and doing ok is fine by me.

A Day In My Life – Weekend

A Day In My Life

I love the weekend, a break from work, lie in and lazy days to spend the time as you want!  Today I am sharing with you what a typical weekend day looks like for me!

9:30am.  Wake up.  I tend to go to bed late on a Friday night as I know I don’t have to be up so early in the morning.   I love waking up on the weekend without having the alarm blaring in my ear, instead, I just wake naturally, or Roxy wakes me up!  We lay in bed and have a morning snuggle while I decide what we should do for the day!

10:00am.  I wander downstairs in my pj’s and make a coffee and breakfast of toast or cereal, Roxy goes to investigate in the garden.  When she comes back in we go and sit on the sofa, she will have a snooze and I tend to catch up on some of the blogs I follow, reply to blog comments and sip my coffee.

11:00am.  I usually get dressed around 11am after I have decided what I will do with my day which depends on the weather a lot of the time!

11:30am.  I tend to sort a load of clothes washing to be done and bung that in the washing machine while the kettle is boiling for another coffee.  I wash up and wipe down the kitchen worktops and put any re-cycling out into the bin.

11:45am.  I begin what I have planned for the day!  If the weather is good then I tend to spend some time out in the garden, doing some weeding or ground preparation work.  If the weather is cold, damp or raining I retreat to my living room with my notebook and pen, diary and my laptop and work on my blog ideas, schedule and upcoming posts that need to be written.

1:00pm.  By this time I am usually hungry and am thinking about what to have for lunch.  A lot of the time, my lunch at the weekend will be my main meal so I will cook something and eat that.

1:30pm.  Once the washing has been done and spun a few times and I have finished my lunch I will hang it all up to dry.  I wash up my lunch dishes and make another coffee.  While my coffee is cooling I like to read a bit of the book I am currently reading or I will read some blogs online.

2:00pm.  Roxy and I head out for a nosey about or have a play in the garden.  She loves to play fetch with her toys or go for a walk down the canal near where I live.

3:00pm.  Around now Roxy and I are back inside.  I usually work on some graphics for my blog for a few hours.  This can be the most time-consuming part of my blog life!

5:00pm.  I call my parents and check in with them!  It’s always nice to hear how their week has been and what they have been up to over the weekend and what they have planned.  A lot of the time I will arrange a day to pop by and see them in the week.

6:00pm.  I re-check the weather and if it is dry out I spend some time in the garden.  I much prefer working in the garden in the evenings rather than in the day.  My garden gets a ton of sunshine all day round so can be quite hot at times so evenings are better when everything is starting to cool down.  In the colder months or when the weather isn’t too good, I tend to use this time to read or work on some projects.

8:00pm.  Shower time!  I have a shower and get my PJs back on!  There is nothing nicer than having a shower and putting fresh PJs on after a day of doing things!

8:45pm.  Roxy and I snuggle down on the sofa, usually with a cup of tea and the blankets!  I will find something to watch, either a film or series on Netflix and we sit and watch that for a bit.  I normally have something to eat around this time, soup and toast is a current favourite!

11:30pm.  Roxy and I start to get ready for bed around now.  Often I will take a cup of tea and my book to bed with me and will read into the small hours!  Roxy snuggles up beside me and is asleep as soon as her head touches the pillow!

What does your typical weekend day look like?  I’d love to know!

Asperger’s and Me

I have Aspergers, or as some would say “high functioning autism”, though I hate the “high functioning” part.  If you have flu, it’s neither described as “mild flu” or “heavy flu” or anything like that, it’s just the flu.  So I have Aspergers, or autism.

Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger’s, is a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.” (Wikipedia)

I was diagnosed back in the autumn of 2017 though I had an idea way before that, back in 2015, that I had Asperger’s.  It was a relief to get my diagnosis, I finally knew that I wasn’t the weird kid obsessed with art and stationery who was easily overwhelmed by things.  And neither was I the loner that was forever seeking acceptance from the other kids at school.

This presents several issues to me – I have a difficulty in verbalizing things and often have no idea what to say, sometimes what I do say can be classed as inappropriate.  I get overwhelmed by certain things, like certain noises or tones of noise and it can be difficult for me to follow a conversation in noisy atmospheres.  I have difficulty processing things like feelings and can bottle things up until I erupt.  I don’t handle stress particularly well, and can get stressed out pretty easily in certain situations.  I have a hard time concentrating if there is too much noise or other triggering factors.  I don’t like being interrupted when I am working on something as I like to focus fully on that and that alone, this means it can be hard for me to switch my focus to something else and then return to what I was doing before.  I talk too much about the same subjects, usually something I’m super interested in which can mean that I monopolise conversations.  I have a hard time deciphering what people can mean and need people to be really clear in what they say.

But, it’s not all bad…. I love arts and crafts and am really creative.  I do something with a high degree of attention and focus and have an eye for details which others may have missed.  When I set my mind to something I will work hard at it.  I’m a really fast learner, probably because I enjoy learning.  I love researching topics and knowing the ins and outs, whys and whats of subjects and will read every book or article about that topic too.  I have a BA (Hons) in Photographic Art and have a job.

Aspergers is just me, or I am just Aspergers and it is part of me.  I don’t really think about the fact that I have it, to me it is just part of my personality.

Once upon a Blog Crime

Keep it alive

A new blog Fiction game by Rory;

Once Upon A Blog Crime ……..

26 – Mar 2019 – Game 5

Good grief, what on earth is wrong with this community of writers, authors and book loving souls?  There has been another most awful, hideous and heinous and utterly horrible murder?!

That’s down to you to decide……

During our investigation the following names have come up in connection to our five main questions ..

These being;

Perp 1

Ursula of An Upturned Soul

Perp 2

Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess

Perp 3

Lady D of 3C Style

Perp 4

Suzi Tench of My Colourful Life

Perp 5

Ashley – Mental Health @ Home

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Fresh out of the Academy is one of our newest detectives Sadje of Keep it Alive, here’s hoping she can keep it together for her first case. I think she has the makings and the…

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My Colourful Life – Truly Inspired #52

I took part in Rory’s Truly Inspired series over on his blog – A Guy Called Bloke, please go and check his blog out!!

A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip!

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Truly Inspired Series

Truly Inspired Directory

1] Blog Name

My Colourful Life

2] What is your blog’s specific genre?

I’d say it was a lifestyle blog.

3] How old is your Blog?

Just over 6 months old, so only a teeny baby really!

4] Why did you feel the need to start an actual blog?

I’ve had blogs in the past but they were far too niche for me to add to regularly and, slowly, they all ceased to exist.  I still wanted to write and share things and really sat and thought about what I wanted to blog about and all the ideas running through my head before I started this one.  So, really, in a nutshell, I missed writing.

5] What age were you when you first started to write?

I had a LiveJournal in what feels a million lifetimes ago, so around 18 years ago!

6] Was…

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My Household Cleaning Routine

I know I talked about this on my monthly goals for January and in February , today I am going to share with you my household cleaning routine.

Every Day

  • Wash up
  • Put dishes away
  • Wipe down kitchen surfaces

Each Week

Monday

  • Clean bathroom – sink, bath, skirting, window sill
  • Bleach toilet
  • Mop bathroom floor
  • Fold bedding and put away

Tuesday

  • De-clutter living area/dining area
  • Empty bins – bathroom, bedroom, office, kitchen
  • Put bin and re-cycling out

Wednesday

  • Bring re-cycling bins back in
  • Sweep floors downstairs
  • Wipe over living/dining area surfaces and kitchen cupboards

Thursday

  • Clean desk
  • Tidy up

Friday

  • Wash clothes
  • Hang clothes to dry
  • Change bedding

Saturday

  • Sweep floors downstairs
  • Hoover downstairs and upstairs
  • Wipe skirting and banister
  • Fold clothes and put away

Sunday

  • Wash bedding
  • Hang bedding to dry
  • Clean fridge
  • Clean door handles and light switches

Fortnightly

  • Dust shelving upstairs and downstairs
  • Hoover under bed
  • Hoover mattress
  • Turn mattress
  • Tidy spare room
  • Wash sofa covers/blankets
  • Wash all towels (I have enough towels to last me a fortnight and like washing them all together!)
  • Wipe down doors

Every other month

  • Clean out cupboards
  • De-clutter drawers
  • Wash down tops of cupboards
  • Clean washing machine
  • Wash curtains/nets
  • Clean windows

What does your cleaning routine look like?