|Andy and I had morning tea with Sophie this morning.|
My husband Andy looked at the white chocolate and blueberry scone on the plate in front of him. I knew what he was thinking, so I said, “We’ll go for a run this afternoon. We’ll work off all those calories. Enjoy!”
Unfortunately Andy remembered my words. Mid-afternoon, just as I was thinking, “Coffee!” he announced, “Time for that run!” and so I had to pull on my running gear and go with him down to the bush tracks.
Unfortunately there were quite a few families using the tracks where we like to run. There were little kids on trail bikes and older kids milling around after a soccer match. And lots of mums and dads chatting. The only deserted track was the main fire trail. I’m not surprised no one was using it. It heads down and down and down. Of course if we run down the trail, we also have to run back up again. Which we did. Several times.
Sometimes I wish we lived somewhere flat. Running would be so easy if we didn’t have any hills to negotiate. But it’s no use wishing. We have to work with what we’ve got. It’s surprising what we can cope with if we have to. I suppose challenges are opportunities and they make us strong. And I’m not just talking about running and my legs.
But my legs won’t be running up any hills on Monday. They’ll be walking around the Australian War Memorial instead. Andy and I are taking the girls to Canberra (our capital city) for three days. (We had a similar holiday two years ago.) We’re going to be doing a lot of walking as we explore museums and science centres.
|Haven’t the girls grown since their last trip to Canberra, two years ago?|
This morning I woke up very early because Nora our puppy was barking loudly. I didn’t want her to wake up the rest of the family, and our next door neighbours as well, so I climbed out of bed to investigate. A cat was sitting right up against the glass sliding door grinning at the dog who was on the other side. The cat knew she was safe so she was teasing Nora. I distracted them all by feeding them. (Food solves a lot of problems.) Then I made a cup of tea and had some quiet time before everyone else woke up.
|Surely this sweet cat wouldn’t terrorise the dog?|
I checked the mail and did some clicking around the Internet and discovered a few interesting things…
My children’s novel, The Angels of Abbey Creek is now available on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It’s at a good price too. (At least I think so.) I’m not going to make my fortune out of this book but that’s quite okay. I’d just like children to read my book. Someone suggested it would make a good First Holy Communion present. Someone else said it would be a perfect Christmas present. Can I agree?
After I’d spent some time absorbing the fact I’m now on Amazon, I noticed I have two new followers on my Sue Elvis Writes blog. Well, that was big news. I haven’t had any new followers for months. I’m not surprised. I haven’t written any new posts for weeks. Perhaps I should. Or maybe I should stick to this blog. I definitely have too many blogs. Sometimes it’s hard to decide what to do.
This week’s podcast was my fourth. I have already recorded the fifth. I did it ahead of time because of our holiday away next week. I persuaded my daughter Imogen to chat with me. She’s doing a professional writing and publishing degree at university and so I invited her to discuss unschool writing. During our conversation, I mentioned a couple of panicky moments I once had, related to unschooling. (Perhaps all mothers panic at some point?) Anyway, if you’re interested, watch out for the podcast which I’ll publish next Thursday (25th September).
By the way, Sophie also interviewed Imogen. She asked her some out-of-the-ordinary questions and then made a great video. It’ll be published next week too.
It’s Saturday. You know what that means, don’t you? Sausages for dinner! Time to go and enjoy them.
I hope you enjoyed your week. You could stop by and share what you’ve been doing. I’d like that!
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