Well didn’t this year just sneak right up and scare the bajeebas out of me!! Seriously it’s June tomorrow, like WTF!!!
Is anyone else feeling like you need to jump on board 2017 or else its just gunna leave you in it’s wake???
So I did a crazy thing and I jumped on board!! I know right and I kind of haven’t stopped since I did. But on a positive note, I’ve got to say, I think I’m actually the MOST organised I’ve ever been!! Bizarre?? YES!! But they do say the more you have going on the more organised you have to be, so that’s how it’s rolling for me.
Yes it has taken me five full months to get my shit together to even contemplate updating my blog. It didn’t help that my beautiful big Mac desktop that I loved ever so much died of a power surge related death in the storms at Christmas time. I just couldn’t bring myself to spend thousands of dollars on a new one, instead purchasing a boring Dell laptop which just does nothing to entice me to use it, it has zero sex appeal, it’s just a machine blah blah blah. So I’m sitting here using the Dell, looking for positives… the keyboard is lovely to use, it’s nicer to type on than my last HP laptop was and it’s rather light too. See I can find the sunshine in any situation.
I’ve also spent a lot of the year reading, researching, listening and attending seminars and praying for guidance and understanding about this thing called Autism so I have a better understanding of our beautiful little girl. Getting her diagnosis has helped us so much as a family in understanding how she is thinking and what she is feeling.
To me Autism is kind of like having a fuzzy road map because you can kind of work out the best way to get there, but there may be some wrong turns along the way as you can’t see completely clearly, if that makes sense… (That’s how it rolls in my head anyway) and I’m also pretty sure I am one of those undiagnosed adults with Autism. Which, now I understand how it works I have a much better understanding of how I work and am learning to honour me a lot more and not expect myself to keep up with and appear as normal and together as everyone else around me.
But you know there are times as a parent I find it really just cuts deep in my heart, fills my eyes with tears to watch my child struggle to fit in and be like the other kids. And there are times I can tell her till I’m blue in the face, it’s better to be yourself and not fit in instead of morphing into a voiceless nobody like mummy did for most of my life. But there are those times when hearing that just doesn’t cut it and all they want is to be “normal” (whatever that is). I remember clearly how it felt, luckily she has a much stronger spirit than her mummy and understands herself a whole lot more than I ever did. So we will do our best to walk by her side and guide her as the beautiful, loving unique soul that she is. We love our baby girl more than life itself and this year has been amazing for her, she is blossoming into such a wonderful person, and her confidence in herself is growing, getting “the diagnosis” has been a blessing for us, and has changed our family dynamic in a very positive way. I’m incredibly blessed to be her mother and learn along with her as she grows.
So what else have we been up to since my last post that has kept us so freaking busy….
- Specialist appointments
- Activities each week day, yep you can tell her confidence is growing, current activities include, drama, swimming, dance, sailing and life saving. Oh yeh I totally deserve that wine on friday arv!!
- Babysitting our 7 1/2 month old niece 4 days a week, lol. I just had to! I love her way too much and didn’t want to see her in daycare when she could instead be here with us enjoying the circus that is our life hahaha.
- and YES I have also managed to start squishing some creative Art time in there as well!! Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Sewing, yep I even pulled out and successfully re-threaded my overlocker (serger), Needle Felting, which I hadn’t touched since last year. ( you can follow my creative happening on Instagram @julieturnerart or on Facebook @Julie Turner Art
Our House Renovations are still progressing along when we have a chance. Most weekends are spent on the house or out in the yard attacking more of the overgrown jungle it was when we purchased it as we get a chance.
We’ve turned the spare bedroom into a media room with guest accommodation (Sofa Bed). Jason also built a bookcase into the wardrobe as we really had no spare room in the house for one, but had a large quantity of books that I’m not at a point in my life to separate from lol. (You know what I mean!!)
Back Patio – Store Room
We’ve also enclosed the back patio and created a mini mudroom and a much-needed store-room which is now absolutely busting at the seams lol, Jason offered to build an extra shelf which I have taken him up on. We’re still waiting on some more of the Cedar weatherboards for the outside from the sawmill so it matches in with the front of the house.
White Washing Bricks
I also temporarily attacked the ugly dark bricks in our Lounge Room with a white wash. I hear you thinking, what does this crazy woman mean temporarily? Well I’m still not sure if I feel like rendering over it or just plasterboard over it… The white wash alone has brightened up the room immensely, I’m just not into the pattern and texture of those bricks at all!! I can’t believe how much light (and life lol) those ugly 80’s bricks were sucking up. I’m still debating whether or not the brick arch stays….It will be a big messy job to get it cut square instead of the arch, it’s just whether my OCD can deal with that hahaha. I’ll do a more detailed blog post on brick finishes as I’ve attacked some other bricks throughout the house with different finishes.
We finally decided to get a couple of goats for the back paddock, so there’s been a couple of weekends of fencing and building shelters for the goats who arrived on the weekend with their bulging tummies, both are expecting, so that should be happening in the next few weeks I believe, not sure how I’m going to manage to get my daughter to get school work done with baby goats running around the paddock, might be a fair bit of outdoor lessons and bribery happening there.
We’re in the process of building an aquaponics (like hydroponics but with fish) set up, at this stage it’s been sitting in limbo the last few weeks while we waited to source some corrugated iron for the fencing as we’re using a kids pool for the fish pond so legally it has to be fenced. I had it in my head that I wanted a timber frame with corrugated iron so I just had to wait a little longer till we found some older iron, I’m allergic to shiny new stuff hahaha, I just can’t help it I love the character of old stuff.
Now you know where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to. Until next time.. Love each other deeply and spread some sunshine. Jules xx