Why can't holiday time actually be holiday time?

The school year has drawn to a close, and it is time to be in 'holiday mode.'

It's when everyone surely gets to do endless days of doing the fun stuff of life; getting to chill out, rest and relax, right?

The littlies in the household currently want to spend days freely reading whatever books they want to read. They want to have copious hours of fun outdoors in the warmth of summer.

They want to be able to freely engage for hours in the making of huts and a range of dreamt up exciting adventures, role plays and games. There is the general expectation and overall unwritten acceptance that routines and timeframes are more relaxed.

There are requests for endless playdates with their best buddies, and ongoing enthusiastic excitement about being free to do all summer that which is relaxing and fun to do.

There is a sense of greater freedom and lightness, even extra energy about, as the schoolbooks are for awhile no longer able to demand as much attention and time as they usually do during actual term time.

How lovely is a child's joy, that it is now 'holiday time!' How blissful is the innocence of childhood!

Whilst going about dealing to a pile of laundry the other day, I realised that I was recalling,
from childhood, memories of my own mother being in 'holiday mode,' and that the 'holiday mode' being remembered was suddenly feeling somewhat too familiar and too close to the bone.

The 'holiday mode' I was remembering and recalling my mother being in, and my own current adult experience of 'holiday mode,' were not as fun to experience as that 'holiday mode' often felt and experienced when once a child myself.

Like my mother, I too am living out a holiday time and a 'holiday mode' that are actually not so 'holiday-ish' in actual reality!

Memories of my mother washing net curtains....... memories of her digging determinedly away with her spade in the garden as she committed to getting it back into some semblance of long forgotten order, before she had to once again go back to work in the new school term......

Memories of the sorting of cupboards... the sewing of work clothes... the working away at tasks that were obviously on her mind's long-overdue-attention list.......

These were just some of the 'catch-up' tasks my mother engaged in during what was deemed 'holiday time,' and which suddenly all came flooding back into my own conscience memory, while I took a-trip-down-Memory-Lane the other day.

These past memories are so like my own experience of 'holiday time,' and the 'holiday mode' being embraced by us both was and is clearly not so 'holiday-ish' at all!

Why can't holiday time actually BE holiday time?

The realisation that I have stepped into that very role of repeatedly, year after year, term after term, living out a 'holiday' that is actually not at all 'holiday-ish' is not such a thrilling epiphany to have!

For the next 8 weeks, while in 'holiday mode' from schooling my children, I need to get things "done" around the house and garden. Yet to be honest, I currently just don't feel one ioata of enthusiasm for getting up and getting on and facing it.

I just feel incredibly weary, with facing front on the knowledge that each and every holiday time for me actually entails a lot of task catch-ups and facing up to doing a lot of cleaning and sorting, which as usual, is desperately seeking some long overdue attention this holiday time.

Sigh.

Yet, there is a sense of underlying pressure, that if I don't get on and get going, the ongoing piles of tasks that have already been without attention for so long, will just haunt me even further right through into the new year, and at some point there will be some form of reckoning time-wise, financially or resourceful-ness wise.

The way to 'eat an elephant,' they say is one bite at a time. So, bit by bit, step by step, during the holidays my 'holiday mode' no doubt will include a good big proportion of what seems too awfully like what I remember my own mother having to knuckle down under and embrace, holiday after holiday.

Still, part of me does keep saying rather louder with each passing day: Why, oh why can't a holiday actually be just that: a holiday?!



The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge: It Is All Go!

Are you wondering how to go about a Spring Clean? Are you frustrated & tired of seeing too much clutter around the place and want to really do a serious declutter that will potentially make a significant difference on a number of levels for you & your family?  

If you are ready to do some serious decluttering, then join us for the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge that is happening here at Household Logistics!

I am currently up to Day 8 of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge, however you can join in anytime. There is a list of suggestions over on the Household Logistics Facebook Page to help you approach this challenge, so why not go on over and check the list out.

My 40/40 Challenge focus today is on Tools. After a number of projects lately on the homefront and in the garden, the tool situation is... well, quite honestly a big messy jumble! It is time for a sort, purge & re-organization for sure!

The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge typically happens for a number of people during the season of Lent, but you can actually do it any time of year. Why not jump on in and start now?

For 40 days, you commit to decluttering one bagful of items from your home each day. Sometimes it may work out that you do more bags one day, and not so many the next, and that is okay! However you approach the challenge of decluttering 40 bags of items, after 40 days you will have achieved a serious declutter for sure.

Does this sound like just the challenge for you? Do you feel like joining in with a group of others also taking up the challenge? Join in & participate along with others who are taking up this challenge, over the next little while! 

Daily updates about the challenge are being shared over at the Household Logistics Facebook Page.

Here is the link to the Household Logistics Facebook Page: /https://www.facebook.com/householdlogistics/

Let's encourage & inspire each other as we take up & complete the challenge of 40 Bags in 40 Days!

40 Bags In 40 Days Challenge: A Great Way to Declutter!

Are you frustrated & tired of seeing too much clutter around the place and want to do a declutter? Are you keen to do a deep clean now that is finally Spring? If you are ready to do some serious decluttering, then join us for the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge that is happening here at Household Logistics!

I am currently up to Day 7 of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge, however you can join in anytime. There is a list of suggestions over on the Household Logistics Facebook Page to help you approach this challenge, so why not go on over and check the list out.

The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge typically happens for a number of people during the season of Lent, but you can actually do it any time of year. Why not jump on in and start now?

For 40 days, you commit to decluttering one bagful of items from your home each day. Sometimes it may work out that you do more bags one day, and not so many the next, and that is okay! However you approach the challenge of decluttering 40 bags of items, after 40 days you will have achieved a serious declutter for sure.

Does this sound like just the challenge for you? Do you feel like joining in with a group of others also taking up the challenge? Join in & participate along with others who are taking up this challenge, over the next little while! 

Daily updates about the challenge are being shared over at the Household Logistics Facebook Page.

Here is the link to the Household Logistics Facebook Page: /https://www.facebook.com/householdlogistics/

Let's encourage & inspire each other as we take up & complete the challenge of 40 Bags in 40 Days!

40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge: It is Underway!

Are you frustrated & tired of seeing too much clutter around the place and want to do a declutter? If you are ready to do some serious decluttering, then join us for the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge that is happening here at Household Logistics!

I am currently up to Day 6 of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge, however you can join in anytime. There is a list of suggestions over on the Household Logistics Facebook Page to help you approach this challenge, so why not go on over and check the list out.

The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge typically happens for a number of people during the season of Lent, but you can actually do it any time of year. Why not jump on in and start now?

For 40 days, you commit to decluttering one bagful of items from your home each day. Sometimes it may work out that you do more bags one day, and not so many the next, and that is okay! However you approach the challenge of decluttering 40 bags of items, after 40 days you will have achieved a serious declutter for sure.

Does this sound like just the challenge for you? Do you feel like joining in with a group of others also taking up the challenge? Join in & participate along with us over the next little while! 

Daily updates about the challenge are being shared over at the Household Logistics Facebook Page.

Here is the link to the Household Logistics Facebook Page: /https://www.facebook.com/householdlogistics/

Let's encourage & inspire each other as we take up & complete the challenge of 40 Bags in 40 Days!

40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge

Are you frustrated & tired of seeing too much clutter around the place and want to do a declutter? If you are ready to do some serious decluttering, then join us for the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge here at Household Logistics!

The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge typically happens for a number of people during the season of Lent, but you can actually do it any time of year. 

For 40 days, you commit to decluttering one bagful of items from your home each day. Sometimes it may work out that you do more bags one day, and not so many the next, and that is okay! However you approach the challenge of decluttering 40 bags of items, after 40 days you will have achieved a serious declutter for sure.

Does this sound like just the challenge for you? Do you feel like joining in with a group of others also taking up the challenge? Join in & participate along with us over the next little while! 

Daily updates about the challenge are being shared over at the Household Logistics Facebook Page.

Here is the link to the Household Logistics Facebook Page: /https://www.facebook.com/householdlogistics/

Let's encourage & inspire each other as we take up & complete the challenge of 40 Bags in 40 Days!

Trauma

How much trauma can a child's heart take? That is the question that runs through my mind often at present.

As a parent, I feel angry. I feel frustrated.

At present, I struggle to not run on to the farmland I daily see, just out there on the horizon, past my own home. I struggle to not run, and not gasp at air and not fall down heavily to my own knees, out on that farmland. To let a wail creep out from my own heart, and burst out, pouring from my own lips.... it is becoming something of an inner personal struggle.

How much trauma can my child's heart literally take?

I will always remember this child's face contorted with anger at being thrust into a world of harsh light and cold, having been incubated in the six star hotel of my womb. Having not grown for a month, within that very warm and perfect-for-her-hotel, she appeared angry and wild at being thrust out into another whole new world that potentially could, and would, prove to be not so perfect.

This same child, in turn and in time, would have significant respiratory issues lurking in her Pandora's Box called Life. We would face together: the grief of classmates lost because she no longer was able to attend school and needed instead to be schooled at home, and the constant repetitive issues that respiratory weaknesses would thrust upon her. Missing out on regular or even special events because of her respiratory health issues, would often create another heartache for us both.

Somehow amongst these losses, a love, a sense of kinship even, would develop for animals. First a cat, then another became part of our family. Some rescued chickens, then a family of rabbits... then a kitten, then a rescued dog. They would all become companions, become family members, and this child would grow stronger gradually healthwise with time also.

Yet trauma. Ugly, revolting trauma has kept lurking quietly. Ready to bite. Ready to hiss and spit at this very child. This very child, who is my child.

From the farmland no doubt, would come what looked to be a planted disease. A disease that would wipe out a whole family of much loved English Angora rabbits, one by one.

One by one.

So quickly. So tragically quickly. One by one each, so terrribly, terribly quickly, would they weaken and quietly suffer. They would weaken and seek the freedom given by death. So horribly and so revolting quickly.

I stayed out that Watch, such a horrible Watch, and was there when some would finally move from this life to the next. My child too, several times, saw this happen and was gently talked through it. Love makes you not abandon.

It was all too quick this particular trauma. This horrible, disgusting, revolting firsthand experience of repetitive, far too quick trauma wounded my child terribly. Deeply. Dreams are still dreamt. Words are still spoken now. Even now, words and artwork reveal and tell how much her heart literally still often aches for her beloved rabbits.

The death of each chicken, five out of a brood of six, over time due to age or just some natural cause over the years would add some heartache also. Why does this thing called death, which so unrelentingly attached to life, have to touch that which we each love and cherish so deeply when we are in the season of childhood?

As a parent... Sigh, I try to guard my words from become profane. It is a struggle, not too rain down revolting words within the universe, because my own heart aches with its own grief and despair plus that attached to seeing my child's heart ache with grief also.  My heart aches for my child, who so deeply feels each of these traumas that keep coming her way. She loves so fully, so deeply, each and all of her furry and feathered friends.

Now, it is her cat. Her beloved, much loved cat. The one that would sit close at hand, wrapped up, still and quiet resting close to her, that is now missing. It is her cat, that has and is becoming a source of another potential horrible, aching trauma.

No sight. No familiar sound. He has disappeared. He is gone.

We wait.

With each and every passing day, we wonder, both silently and not so silently about where he is. I watch her face contort again, every so often, with the pain of heartache. The ever underlying worry. The ever underlying anxiety passes seen. It shows me that it is there, as she wonders about where he is; what is happening for him.

My own mind tries to keep doors shut. It tries to keep doors from opening. Doors that have images that are dark, horrid and undesired.

I simply don't want to explore the thought that he has or is being tormented, because there are stories of such happening for real. I don't want to see or consider that he is being held against his will by some sicko. I just plain don't want to think there is anything dark or sinister behind this much loved pet's current absence from hearth and home.

As I bush-bashed my way yesterday through tall overgrown grasses on farmland, with a towel at hand, I called out and named this feline, who is essentially for us a missing child. I sought to find even a body, to it bring home, so my child's and my own heart could properly grieve if need be.

The lurking sense of dread and lack of closure builds with each passing day.

Prayers keep being sent.

Some measure of whispered hope keeps being spoken, as I stand so often in the cool of night listening and wondering at present.

Come home, Cat. Come home.

Lemons, lemons. lemons...What shall we do with them?



A wonderful perk associated with having a healthy garden is the abundance of fruit that is produced.! We have so appreciated having our lemon trees laden with fruit these past months. Yet, I have been wondering what can we do with them?! We often squeeze them for drinks, but what else could be done with them besides the usual lemonade, lemon curd and lemon flavoured desserts?

I am sure there MUST be some super delicious recipes and possibilities out there in the wide world that could be the perfect solution..... so, I thought I would ask for ideas from you the readers of Household Logistics!



Perhaps you have a delicious recipe other than those previously mentioned? 

Perhaps you have a helpful household tip that involves lemon juice or skin in the ingredients? 

Maybe you can provide a link to something online, that you think would be a superb way to make the most of the bountiful collection of lemons in our backyard?

It will be fabulous to hear your suggestions. I look forward to hearing your ideas!

Blossoms & Bees

The plum tree is just so stunning with all the clusters of blossom on it at present. It is a source of delight & joy to see it so laden with beautiful white blossom on every branch. 

Out in the garden with my camera once again, I just had to capture some more photographs of this wonderful reminder that it is indeed now Spring.



The plum tree with all its boughs of blossom has been a magnet for local bees. I have found their activity fascinating. I managed to capture this image of one very busy worker, going about their task.



Spring is such a pretty time of year. Creation's beauty is so evident in Springtime, isn't it? I am looking forward to seeing more and more evidence of new growth in the days ahead. It will be nice to have the days becoming warmer also.

 Spring is such a picturesque season, full of wonderful promise.