Cooking Day

Cooking has been my theme for the day. I really enjoyed it and learnt new things. My first spell in the kitchen was with my mum baking. I made buns, a cake and mince pies.

I’d never made mince pies before. It was interesting to learn. I myself don’t like them but Dave does. So it’ll be nice to make them for him in the future.

My next spell in the kitchen was making a Pork and Apple one pot. It was gorgeous. The flavours were amazing. I really enjoyed cooking from scratch. It does take me longer to make then the times stated in the cook books. Dave helped to prep. It was nice to spend the time together.

Our friends left happy, which was great. See what we come out with tomorrow.

Family Day

We had a day of family. We saw Dave’s sister and the kids. Which meant I met baby nephew. He’s so cute. I’ve now met all 3 of the family newcomers for 2017.

We then saw my grandparents. More for car maintenance. But my grandad showed me how to check my tire pressure and I pumped up my tire for the first time. It seem to have held. Tomorrow it’ll get a tire check all round before garage opens Monday. Just in case new tires are needed.

In August I put on my glance for the month to visit my brother and family. That didn’t happen but today it did. We had a lovely catch up. Dave got to see their place.

A nice relaxing evening in when we got home. During this week holiday I’d like to restore from my burning out.

Family Photoshoot

It was good to have us all together. When I say family photoshoot it was: me, mum, step-dad, my two sisters, nephew and niece and the two doggies.

My mum had booked it so we can give a print to each of our grandparents. It was fun. My 4-month-old niece did amazing. She decided halfway through she needed to sleep.

We were able to preview the photos from the shoot, which was nice. We got to choose our favourite ones to decide which to buy. Grandparents Christmas gifts sorted.

That Responsible Adult Feeling

I feel like a responsible adult tonight. Yesterday, I stopped doggie sitting my two for my parents. I’m now at my in-laws’ doggie sitting their two. It happens to be my weekend to work. Dave worked today too.

It is also the Halloween night out in town. Due to my working hours, my chance to go out wasn’t in the cards. Due to Dave working today as well, he would have missed it to look after the dogs. Seeing as they were at home alone while we were working.

So that Dave could go out and the dogs would still have some company. I decided to stay over at my in-laws’ tonight. When on a normal weekend to work I wouldn’t have done. After dropping some off into town. I’m back with some doggies due to go to sleep.

I do feel wide awake and up for going out. But when my alarm goes off I won’t be thinking that or thanking myself.

To all that had enjoyed celebrating Halloween. Did you dress up? What as?

More Settled being on my Own

Tomorrow will be my last full day before my parents come back from Florida. I’ve coped very well at being at home, doggie sitting, for the last 7 days. The post-it notes for the animals have been helpful.

I have the dog routine down anyways having looked after them on a normal basis. For my step dad’s Axolotl, it’s been a Godsend. Helped me remember which days I’m supposed to be feeding him.

Did nearly miss getting the bin out this morning. There’s me, sat on the toilet when I heard the bin truck. What had I not done? Put the bin out! There’s me, rushing, dragging the bin from the back of the house. In my bed socks and PJs with the floor wet from the rain. All for the bin to be emptied. Thankfully 5 minutes before they came to my street.

I’m usually quite good at getting the bin out the night before. Last night clearly wasn’t my night.

Despite the rushing to get the bin out. I’ve felt better on my own this time around. I think working and the responsibility of the animals has helped me not feel as lonely. Don’t get me wrong, I still had moments of loneliness. At those times I was able to hug a doggie.

It’s been good to have the house to myself. I’ll be glad when they get home though. I do miss them.

Taste of Living Alone

That’s it. I get a taste of living by myself with two doggies for 9 days. I say this like it’s the first time, I’ve been left alone. I’ve been left alone before, some for much longer. Plus there is the time I was living in dorms and houses away at university.

I believe it’s the first time though that I’m being proactive towards bettering my mental health. As I’m taking on more responsibility while my parents are away. It’ll be like a proper taste of living in my own place.

Which, fingers crossed. Dave and I will be looking to start the ball rolling with that in 2018. I may put that on my goal list.

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I’ve got a couple of post-it notes in the kitchen; to remind me if the extra tasks which are usually my step-dads. Luckily, not hard ones. He kindly cut to grass before he left so I don’t have to do that.

Only small jobs but big responsibility on behalf of the animal and house hygiene:

  • Feed Toddles (my step-dads’ Axolotl)
  • Give dogs their second breakfast and chewsticks (my step-dad says we spoil them!)
  • Take the bins out for bin day

I didn’t want to take the chance of forgetting.

Let’s see how I handle not seeing or being able to speak with my mum for the long week. Hopefully being productive will help. Plus, I’m still working. If the weather is alright, wet is our current theme, I can always take the doggies out for a long walk.

Safe flight, parentals.