Friday Focus 10/12/21 – Fragile

I’m feeling quite fragile this week, both physically and emotionally. I had my Covid booster jab on Tuesday and I’ve woken with vertigo each morning since. Not sure if it’s due to the vaccine or purely coincidental but it isn’t much fun. Thankfully it was fairly short-lived on Wednesday and Thursday but today has been much worse and I’ve been struggling to function.


The word 'fragile' in blue


Emotionally, it’s been a tough week with the anniversary of my dad’s death and all the emotions that generally come around this time of year, coping with grief during the Christmas season. Some of the triggers have been easier to anticipate than others. It’s not been helped by a challenging week with Thomas behaviour-wise. He can be such a little sweetheart but he’s also a big bundle of mischief too. The parenting techniques that worked well with the girls are proving to be less successful with him so I’m having to find new ways of dealing with the challenges. We’ll get there though.



What I’ve been grateful for this week:


Sophie at the Christmas tree festival; a card from my husband to mark him being with me half his life; Sophie inside a barn at the Chiltern Open Air Museum; my year in review stats from Duolingo; me with my Covid vaccine card; me and my dad on my wedding day; Thomas sitting on Daddy's shoulders - "#365daysofgratitude 2021 - Week 49"


  • Day 337 – I am grateful for a walk down to the church to look at all the beautiful trees in the tree festival.
  • Day 338 – I am grateful for the little romantic gestures that my husband occasionally surprises me with. This morning he gave me a little card to mark the fact that today is the point at which he’s spent half his life with me. What a journey that has been. Thank you Michael George for travelling that journey with me. I’ve still got a little way to go until I reach that milestone (20 March 2022 apparently according to my husband)
  • Day 339 – I am grateful that we managed to pick a few more Christmas gifts at the craft stalls at Chiltern Open Air Museum.
  • Day 340 – I am grateful for Duolingo.
  • Day 341 – I am grateful to have had my Covid booster vaccine.
  • Day 342 – I am grateful for all the beautiful memories of my dad and the time I had with him. It’s 12 years today since he died. Love and miss you always Dad.
  • Day 343 – I am grateful that Thomas had a good morning at preschool and enjoyed having a ride home on Daddy’s shoulders.



Other things that have made me smile this week:

  • Sophie receiving a Sportiac award for excellent skills with map reading during orienteering.
  • An afternoon seeing a panto with Sophie and bumping into one of her Von Trapp siblings from The Sound of Music.


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32 thoughts on “Friday Focus 10/12/21 – Fragile

  1. what a mixed week, no wonder you are feeling fragile. I hope the vertigo has eased a little now. I had the same with my Little Man, he was different to care for after having two girls. You do get used to it though. x

    1. Thank you, the vertigo is much better. It has certainly been a learning curve with Thomas, but reassuring to know that we will get used to it! x

  2. Oh no! Sorry you haven’t been feeling great. Sending love and hugs. It sounds like a rough week.
    Your husband is such a sweetheart and what a beautiful photo of you and your dad x

    1. Thanks Lisa. It was such a surprise that he’d worked out what the exact date was and remembered it!

  3. Life can be tough in cycles. Take Care and be kind to yourself as you are always kind to others. With love to all of the family.

  4. Sorry to hear you’re feeling fragile. Christmas could be a tough time, as it we miss our loved ones who are not with us any longer. I don’t know much about parenting girls (only from observing my two nieces), I think it has to do more with the personality rather than gender.
    Hope the side effects of the jab will ease for you.
    The photo of your Dad and you is beautiful. Hugs.

    1. Thank you Galina. I’m sure personality plays a bigger part than gender – my two girls have been very different too!

  5. So sorry it has been a tough week.. I’ve had vertigo and I know how debilitating it is so take care! Congrats on your Duolingo report and what language are you studying? #project365

    1. Thanks Laura, the vertigo has gone now thankfully! I’m studying French, German and Welsh on Duolingo.

  6. Sorry to hear that you have not been well this week. I didn’t feel great after my booster, I hope you are better now. What a lovely gesture from your husband that card is so sweet. I found that the parenting techniques I used with Charlie do not work with Harry he is far too stubborn. I hope you are feeling less fragile this week. Sending hugs.

  7. Sorry to hear you have had a tough time of it since having your booster. I was worried about having mine, but just the sore arm so far. Fab tree festival picture. How lovely that your husband surprises you like that! Well done Sophie on winning your award.

    1. Thanks Karen. I’m feeling much better now. Hope the sore arm has been the only side effect for you.

  8. I only have boys, but I can certainly see our Granddaughter has a whole different set of issues, from that of our neighbours son next door who is the same age. Love your Gratitude list this week, even though it’s a difficult one for you with the anniversary of your dads death. Love the photo of you with him on your wedding day. Your husband sounds a lovely man. x

  9. Oh no! I am sorry to read you were unwell after you booster jab, I’ve never had vertigo but hope you are feeling much better now! Hope Thomas managed to rein it in (see what I did there!) before Christmas Day! 🙂 Sim x

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