Spidey’s Serene Sunday #413 – Self Care

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few mintues, including you.”

Anne Lamott

Thanks, Spidey. I think we all need that timely reminder. I’m sure we have used this quote before, but it is such a good one!

There have been days, recently, when I have felt as if I am scraping the barrel to get the enthusiasm and energy required for daily life with a bunch of 4-5-year-olds, and then to deal with home life too. Oh, and as Perimenopause to the mix, along with not being able to get my HRT!

It’s not been easy, I have to say. Without going into details I have to say that sometimes, it feels like going in to work has been the calmest place, and if you have ever worked in the Early Years, you’ll realise the enormity of that confession.

Still, here I am. I’m still functioning. Still doing what I need to do.

I get asked by those of my friends and family who know the ins and outs, how I am coping.

It’s simple. To me, anyway.

There are times when I have to put myself first.

Not selfishly.

But I need to make decisions that will help me get through.

The first is to lessen the unnecessary pressures I put on myself.

I want to write. Sure I do. But with my brain not having the bandwidth to create, right now, I don’t force myself.

If I haven’t cleaned the house from top to bottom, I don’t beat myself up.

If I have had to order a takeaway or stick a ready meal in the oven, so be it.

And the second is to make time, even if it is only a short while, to do the things I love.

So I’ll read (lots, as you know). It may only be for a few minutes a night in the week since I am physically and mentally exhausted from work, but I’ll make up for it on the weekend.

I’m exercising, for me.

I have my weekly soak in the bathtub.

I try to meet with friends, away from the family, once in a while.

I’ll spoil myself with a little gift.

Because I need to feel that I am worth it, too. Only then can I get through everything else.

So, Peeps, what is your favourite form of Self Care?

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 408 – Hppy New Year!


“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”

David Bowie

2022 was a bit of a year, wasn’t it, Peeps?

I can, hand on heart, say that I didn’t think things could get harder than 2020 and even 2021, but how wrong was I?

There were good, great times, but equally, I have had to face some of the toughest situations in my life, too.

Still, we got to the end, and, here we are, embarking on another year.

Another year where my son will make me the mother of an adult… gulp! And book baby 2 will be born, too…

I have plenty of hopes, which I will keep alive in my mind. I won’t start a bucket list of things to do this year because I find that never works… but, I’ll be back in a short while with my Word Of The Year, 2023, where I let you know exactly what I want to do next year!

So enjoy your day, Peeps, and may this be a wonderful year for us all!


Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Sunday, Peeps!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 407 – Merry Christmas!


“Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.”

Polar Express

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas, filled with family, friends, food and festivity!

So enjoy your day, Peeps!


Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Sunday, Peeps!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 406 – Festively Appreciated


“May you be proud of the work you do, the person you are tand the difference you make.”


The first Sunday of the holidays, and exactly a week to Christmas!

I won’t lie. I am relieved the holidays are here. It’s been a tough term from September up to now, peppered with huge ups and downs.

The children were ready for the break, my team were ready for the break, and I was definitely ready!

It’s a tougher time this year for many families with the cost of living crisis going on, and yet families still found it in their hearts to stretch to gifts for the staff looking after their children.

I was touched, and even more so this year, all things considered.

A card would suffice, over even a Merry Christmas at the door, but still, we left feeling spoilt.

And I am filled with gratitude. 🙏🏽

I have to give a special shout-out to my Secret Santa who gave me a beautiful plaque for my writing room too! It is already up, in pride of place!

Now we just need to prepare for the big day itself. I still have presents to buy and foodie bits to purchase. Christmas Day will be with the in-laws, then Pops and Mum are coming on Boxing Day for a few days, so I will cook a round two Christmas dinner for when they are here!

So, tell me, are you finished and prepared for Christmas, yet??


Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Sunday, Peeps!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 405 – Feelings


“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.”

Edna Ferber

Sorry I’m late, Spidey, and my Peeps!

I’m still in bed, trying to rest up as best I can… Because we only have a week left of school, and though it’s the last week of term, and filled with festive fun, I am also battling a horrid cold, and I cannot be off!

I felt much better yesterday evening, and went out with friends for dinner, but woke up with a sore throat still very much there, an achy ear, and a bin full of tissues by my side.

Hubby Dearest is just about recovering from his lurgy.

Lil Princess left one virus behind the other week, but has a cough again now, which sounds like what I’m battling with.

Only Lil Man, and Sonu Singh appear to be healthy…

Yes, the Christmas feeling this year, is definitely ill!

So, tell me, have you kept safe from these horrid bugs that are doing the rounds?


Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Sunday, Peeps!

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