Friday Focus 12/03/21 – Productive

Sophie is enjoying being back at school and it’s amazing how much more productive I’ve been now that I don’t have to supervise and help with remote learning! I’ve managed to catch up on various jobs I’ve been putting off and keep on top of other things as well as having more time to get outside with Thomas. I do miss having Sophie home, but I definitely haven’t missed all the extra juggling that came with remote learning.


The word 'productive'


What I’ve been grateful for this week:


Sophie doing her school work; tidy toys in my living room; me doing a reflection for the church service; Thomas at Langley Park; pretty pink and white flowers at Jessica's forever bed; my arm covered in red itchy hives; my arm looking much less red and itchy - "#365daysofgratitude 2021 - Week 10"


  • Day 64 – I am grateful that school is out as far as remote learning is concerned!


  • Day 65 – I am grateful that the toy mountain in the living room is back to more manageable proportions.


  • Day 66 – I am grateful that we managed to stream the church service this morning even if it was a little late, having arrived to discover we only had two working sockets in the chapel and no lights due to a power cut affecting part of the building. Made me smile when the lights came back on midway through the final hymn!


  • Day 67 – I am grateful for getting out for a walk with Thomas and knowing that our favourite spots weren’t going to be too busy.


  • Day 68 – I am grateful that my flower delivery arrived first thing this morning so I was able to share them with Jessica.


  • Day 69 – I am grateful for piriton and calamine lotion.


  • Day 70 – I am grateful that my arm is much less red and itchy today.



Other things that have made me smile this week:

  • Sophie choosing ‘Jessica has a heart operation’ as her favourite book to share at her Girls’ Brigade Zoom session because “my mummy wrote it and it has my sister in it.”


  • My husband having his Covid vaccination.


My husband cuddling Sophie and Thomas


  • An after-school walk in the woods.


Sophie and Thomas sitting on a fallen tree in the woods with daffodils in the foreground


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30 thoughts on “Friday Focus 12/03/21 – Productive

  1. I’m glad Sophie’s back to school has gone well. Having an after school walk just seems to suggest a feeling of back to normality. Well done for getting so much done. Satisfying to have so much ticked of your list. Your poor arm. It looks uncomfortable. Hope it continues to improve. #wotw

    1. Thank you Cheryl. It is nice to have so normality. My arm is much better now, thank you.

  2. Ahh! I have been busy too doing all the jobs I never got around to when I had my youngest at home doing her remote learning. It’s good to have time to get stuff done.
    hehehe! I remember having a pile of toys in the living room when my girls were little. I actually miss it now.
    What pretty flowers for Jessica.
    Ouch, your arm looked sore. I am glad it’s feeling better now. x

    1. It has been nice to have time to get jobs done! I don’t mind the pile of toys when it’s manageable but it was taking over the front room earlier this week!

  3. Your poor arm, I hope it is better now. I’m glad Sophie’s return to school went well. This lockdown learning really has been hard. I have been working so get to catch up on my jobs today. I’m glad you were able to use your new time so productively #WotW

    1. Thank you, it’s much better now. I’m glad you’ve been able to catch up on jobs too.

  4. It’s nice to be able to get on with all those jobs done that you can’t do with kids at home! Nice to have a little bit of normal. Hope your arm is better.

  5. Lovely to see/here that you’re spending as much time as you are outside. Hope your arm is fully recovered now, looks nasty. Whoops to the church service lights, but glad you were able to hold the service and at least the lights did come back on

    1. Thank you, it is much better now. It was a relief to be able to hold the service even with the partial power cut.

  6. Glad to hear that Sophie going to school has given you a chance to do things that have been postponed. Your toys look so tidy now. Ouch, you arm looks sore and inflamed. Lovely photo of your two in the park, and Sophie and Thomas in a big hug with their Dad. So sweet that Sophie wanted to share a story about her sister in school.

    1. It has been nice to be able to be more productive again! It meant a lot that Sophie chose that particular book.

  7. We’re all creatures of habit so getting a routine back does feel good. Although I’ve still got the toddler at home, it does feel like we can start to get more organised 🙂

    1. Same here with a toddler at home, but it is nice to be able to be more organised again.

  8. Oh wow your arm really looks sore there! Glad it had calmed down by the next day! Nice you were able to share the flowers with Jessica x

    1. Thank you, it was more itchy than sore but such a relief that it calmed down so quickly.

  9. Goodness, what happened to your arm?! Beautiful flowers to share with Jessica. I’m back to full hours again so my to do list is as long as ever! #project365

  10. I am also surprised by just how productive I have been too. Glad that Sophie is enjoying being back at school and that your husband got his covid jab. Great that you were able to stream the service. Sorry to see your arm so poorly hope it is fully healed now.

    1. It’s amazing what a difference it’s made not having to supervise remote learning, isn’t it?!

    1. Oh I’m sorry to hear that Kara, hope he is feeling better now. Mine was fine – thankfully didn’t seem to have any side effects.

  11. What happened to your arms? Was it a burn? I am glad it is getting better
    and so exciting the kids get to go back to school and yes we will become a little more free that virtual learning is not there!
    how was it for your husband afterthe covid jab?

    1. It was hives, probably caused by an insect bite that time although I’ve come out in them again this week. My husband was fine after the Covid jab – didn’t seem to have any side effects at all.

  12. I am glad your husband has had his jab, how did he feel afterwards? Hope your daughter has enjoyed her return to school, I am looking forward to mine going back full time after Easter. Juggling the homeschool work is a lot at times isn’t it.

    1. Juggling homeschooling and work is difficult – I can imagine you are looking forward to your boys being back after Easter. My husband was fine after his jab – didn’t seem to have any side effects at all.

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