Good evening and welcome to the SRC News Bulletin on this the 8th of February 2017.
It’s business as usual at SRC Head Quarters in spite of the extreme weather conditions and the impending arrival of another ’13th day of the 2nd month’ of the year, which marks the anniversary of the birth of SRC Chief and Founder (aka ‘the big cheese’ around these parts)…..
Geez they come around quick now days don’t they? Every year even! And this year I have reached a milestone. I never could fathom why people over 40 struggled to recall their age when asked. But the day has come. It’s the milestone you never see on developmental charts. Just imagine.
Age 4 months – can roll over unassisted
Age 5-7 years – ties own shoelaces
Age 40+ – unable to recall own age
As I was brushing my teeth this morning and leaning in close to the mirror, checking on my grey hair regrowth as is my daily ritual, I had to do the maths. What age will I be this year? 43 or 44 years? I’m pretty sure I won’t be 45. Eeeeek! What if I am 45?
Not mentally prepared for 45.
Lucky for me, I do still remember my year of birth as 1973. Soooo, prepare to be impressed…
That makes me 44 on Monday. KAPOW!
Age 44 – able to maintain a sound level of cognitive function incl. mathematics…..and probable increased propensity to waffle.
Tick and TICK.
But back to the news.
The regular rythmn of daily life has resumed with big kids now back at school and all of my smaller day care friends back in care and settled in for another year. I have all of the same children as last year which makes for a very smooth start to 2017. No tears! Just smiley happy faces.
We had a great time throughout the school holidays. The warm weather led to mostly indoor activities with the occasional early morning walk and cooling off under the sprinkler and/or hose. Dang it was hot.
In another fine example of cognitive prowess I was able to deduce the following.
2 school aged children + 4 preschool + own 2 children + one sister assisting (my own children in her care) + me = Full House
Full house + too hot to be outside + desire to keep children engaged and own sanity intact = Much Thinking Outside of the Box Required!
So from late December through to the end of January we created a mural in my childcare area, over the top of what was a garage roller door lined with very unattractive silver sheets of insulation.
I know I took a ‘before’ photo but do you think I can find it? I think it might have been deleted by kids playing with my phone.
How do I know?
Hmmmm….taken on the same day as my before shot, which has mysteriously disappeared!
Suffice to say that the entire ‘wall’ looked like silver bubble wrap, very industrial and not at all appealing.
Everyone in the house contributed to our mural over the course of the school holidays, from 1 year-olds through to almost 44 year-olds.
It turned out pretty good! I am proud to be mixing with some very creative kids…
It was a fun, educational and creative way to keep all of the children engaged and continues to be so, as there is still much more to be done.
We will add an eagle soaring high in the sky, a kangaroo and wombat by the water hole as well as reeds and tussock grasses over the next few weeks. There’s been a request for a snake as well!
In other news, my pledge to eat a salad a day fell by the wayside after about three weeks when I gave in to home-made pizza whipped up by the big kids in care.
I’ve been off the wagon ever since. Well not entirely. I’m still eating well but variety is the spice of life yes?
Even my sister politely confessed to being tired of being served salad each and every day. She did tell me that she was loving my salads and even crowned me. ‘YOU are the salad Queen‘ she declared after another delicious meal (I think it was the sliced chicken schnitzel with avocado and crumbled feta cheese on a bed of baby spinach combo).
But maaaayyyyte, the day we had pizza we were both transported to another place. I think it might have been heaven.
And so now I have a salad every other day with a smattering of pasta/bread/potato/rice/ whatever’s beckoning me from my fridge, in between. I don’t eat a lot of sugar or processed foods. If carbs are my only vice, then I think I’m doing alright.
I was going to tell you about our new stock whips! But I’m all out of time. We picked up two during the Tamworth Country Music Festival. That’s a whole other story that involves me getting a little bit cocky about my whip cracking ability and then proceeding to almost strangle myself. I’d like to promise you I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow in another post but pfffft! WHO AM I KIDDING! Making pledges publicly about what I will and will not do is the best way to ensure that I will not…or will….do it…respectively.
And that totally makes sense. To me. Hope you’re keeping up.
On that note it’s time I signed off.
Until tomorrow (bahahaha!) this is Shauna ‘Round the Corner signing off.
Thank you and goodnight.
Do you have to think to remember how old you are?
How are you coping with the heat?
Did I or did I not, pledge to blog about stock whips tomorrow? I’m not sure.
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