Friday Focus 01/04/22 – Tough

This week has been quite a tough one. Sophie and I tested positive for Covid on Saturday, then Thomas completed the set on Sunday. Other than Sophie having a high temperature and being very tired one evening and Thomas having a bit of a cough and runny nose, the children haven’t been particularly unwell. I seem to have been hit the hardest and had a few days spent mostly curled up on the sofa feeling rubbish.


The word 'tough' in grey


Being unwell with two children going a bit stir-crazy from not being able to venture out anywhere other than the garden has not been fun. Thomas in particular has been full of mischief, particularly at bedtime. The clock-change and lack of exercise hasn’t helped with that. My energy levels and patience levels have both been rather low this week. It’s also been one of those weeks when it feels like each day has thrown another curve-ball at me. There have been various things I’ve not had the luxury of being able to switch off from that have been stressful to resolve. We’re currently without heating and hot water due to a leaky valve in the airing cupboard resulted in water collecting above the living room ceiling. Thankfully we noticed the bulge in the ceiling and were able to drain the water before any further damage happened.


There’s also been the extra weight of grief at this time of year, especially with it being Mothers’ Day last weekend. I’ve struggled a lot this week and spent a lot of time crying (and shouting too if I’m honest – grief for me expresses itself mostly through sadness and anger). I’d like to say that I hope next week will be better, but the next couple of weeks are going to be tough ones and I think the best I can hope for is not to have the additional stresses on top of having to ride the storms of grief.


On the plus side, we’ve had good support from friends this week. From phone calls checking in on us and doorstep deliveries of things to help make this week easier, to just knowing we are held in love – I’ve been thankful for having that support network around us. We’ll get there.



What I’ve been grateful for this week:


Toddler pants drying on the washing line; two positive Covid tests; a vase of daffodils; Thomas playing with toys in the tuff tray in the garden; me, Sophie and Thomas having snuggles on the sofa; hubby holding a saucepan under a hole in the ceiling with water coming out of it; Sophie and Thomas playing with Happy Street toys - "#365daysofgratitude 2022 - Week 13"


  • Day 84 – I am grateful for the realisation that now Thomas is dry at night, we are completely done with potty training! Hooray!!!


  • Day 85 – I am grateful for paracetamol and for friends stepping in to cover my jobs at church tomorrow.


  • Day 86 – I am grateful for a delivery of daffodils from church.


  • Day 87 – I am grateful to be feeling a bit better today and for being able to sit out in the garden and enjoy the sunshine.


  • Day 88 – I am grateful for snuggles on the sofa.


  • Day 89 – I am grateful that I noticed the slight shadow on the wall alerting us to the bulge in the ceiling and the water leak in the airing cupboard. 2 litres of water now drained from the ceiling. Leaky valve now wrapped in towels. We have no heating or hot water but we thankfully still have a ceiling in situ.


  • Day 90 – I am grateful for amazing friends dropping off heaters and a box of Happy Street for the children today and a lovely bag of goodies yesterday. Thank you so much for helping make things feel a little easier.




Other things that have made me smile this week:

  • Discovering pressed flowers from last summer in the flower press when Sophie went to press some of the spring flowers.


Daffodils on a table with a pressed yellow cosmos on a flower press


  • Sophie’s joy over having some snow showers.


Sophie standing in the garden with snow falling around her


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22 thoughts on “Friday Focus 01/04/22 – Tough

  1. I’m sorry you’ve been so poorly, I really understand your frustration of not being able to get on with things. It was lucky you noticed the leak before it did any more damage. It sounds like you have some lovely friends and family, I’m sure you will weather this storm.

    1. Thanks Anne, it was a week of trying to deal with a few too many things at once and grief does make that harder. I know we’ll get through it though.

  2. Sending love and hugs. I hope everyone is feeling better now and I hope that your heating is fixed too. What a rubbish week.
    Hooray for being done with potty training and well done Thomas. x

  3. Sorry to hear you’ve all been sick. I hope you’re feeling better now. I can’t imagine how stressful it must have been stuck at home with a small child. Hurrah for the potty training being over :o)


  4. Covid and a leak, that sounds like a pretty unpleasant week. I’m glad to hear that you are feeling better now.

  5. Not the best week for you…sorry to hear you all had covid. Hope you are all better now!

    Yay to being done with potty training! I am not looking forward to going through that again

  6. Sorry to hear you have all been poorly, although it must be a relief that the kids brushed it off, even if they did go stir crazy. I hope this week is easier for you

  7. Sorry to hear COVID hit you hard. Hope your on the mend now. I was lucky and had it quite mild, but my youngest had a really high fever for a few days. Well done Thomas, so lovely when they get the hang of potty training both in the day and the night! Sounds like you have a lot of support from friends and the church which is great for getting through a tough patch.

  8. So sorry to hear you’ve been poorly with covid, hope everyone is now fully recovered. I really hope you have the boiler sorted now and the heating and hot water is back.

    1. Thank you. It took a few days to get the heating and hot water back again but it’s all fully working again which is good.

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