…for colds and coughs. Household is turning into a sanitorium again!
‘Tis also the season for home ed Christmas planning and like many I’ve been thinking about how to make December fun and creative, bearing in mind Emily’s recent acquired aversion to crafts and my lack of skills in that area.
In terms of fun, we can do that. Emily has a little advent calendar with drawers, in which she normally gets a choccie and teeny tiny something each day; last year she also found surprise days out and activities in it too, which went rather well and I suspect may be repeated this year if the good old Advent Fairy gets off her bottom in time 😉 We’re planning a sleepover and day out with a friend too, nearer Christmas, so that will be nice.
In terms of home ed work – well, we can hardly do less work in December than we’ve managed in the last month or two, so anything which gets done has to be a bonus 🙂
That leaves me with the arty-crafty issue. Hmmm. It’s not that we don’t have a ton and a half of craft materials – it’s a question of whether we can find what we want on any given day, how difficult crafting in the morning becomes with a screeching parrot in the mix 😉 and how much enthusiasm anyone can muster. But we’re going to try. I was going to go for a hugely ambitious craft a day scheme thingy…but bearing in mind that Mondays are already taken, there are days out to fit in, someone’s bound to be ill, Christmas and New Year adult work deadlines abound and we don’t tend to “do” weekends….I’m thinking that a loose list of ideas would be a better bet.
I’m hoping we can:
- Make pomanders
- Do some Christmassy encaustic wax work
- Create wrapping paper
- Do something fimo-y but pretty basic as our skills there are… lacking
- Do some of the paper and fabric crafts from here – particularly ones to go on our poor, neglected seasonal tree.
- Create some beautiful little winter people using ideas from this gorgeous Felt Wee Folk book from the extraordinary Sally Mavor. We did some of these a few years ago (eeeek, nearly 3 years ago!)and they were a lot of fun.
- Bake and decorate a gingerbread house from scratch – last year’s was scrummy!
- Create Christmas cards for relatives
…..and, um, that’s probably it – doesn’t sound like much for a whole 24 days, but if we achieve all of the above I’ll be a very happy bunny. I suspect we’ll discover we can’t find or no longer have little fiddly bits like the right size wooden beads for the felt doll heads….but with money being tight this year we’ll have to improvise or pop out to get just what we need on the day we need it. Not going to buy any kits or bits in advance this year. We have nearly seven year’s worth of accumulation of that lying around!
So, that’s the future. As to the past, it’s been a successful few days. Emily had a brilliant riding lesson on Monday again. Her control of a headstrong horse at a fast rising trot is brilliant now and she spent quite some time doing intricate turns and shapes around the school. Both she and Blue were pretty muddy by the end of it as it had been raining hard. She was due to start cantering on Monday, but they discovered that she was not quite sitting deep enough in sitting trot – mainly because she was never taught that in the previous place, so was bouncing around all over the place. So they worked on correcting that, and she’s now hopefully going to have a go at canter next Monday. Even though of course cantering is a big thing when you’re learning to ride 😉 both Emily and I are pleased that she’s being taught properly now as that will stand her in good stead in the future.
Yesterday afternoon, Emily and Gramps carried on with their complicated ruby puzzle programming, apparently with great success. Emily still has the written part of that project to work on in the coming week.
Today Emily’s off out with Nana and Gramps to sift through the treasures in a huge antiques centre, so she’s looking forward to that. We still haven’t made it to the cinema to see HP Deathly Hallows, but I’m working on it.
Meanwhile, yesterday we made the final payment of a five year loan, which was a huge weight off our shoulders. As a delightful suprise, this morning we discovered a substantial pay into our account from the bank, labelled loan cashback – we don’t remember any kind of cashback agreement on this loan but hey, we’re not going to argue 😉
Jon’s making fantastic progress with his mediumship in the weekly closed circle and has had some excellent encouragement from senior teachers. He’s scheduled to work at quite a lot of paranormal investigations in the New Year too, so he’s very pleased about that. Emily went with him to the Sunday service at the spiritualist church this weekend (I didn’t go because we had too much work on) and I think she’s secretly quite enjoying attending. Jon did the reading that night, so she was very proud of her Daddy 🙂 Three times in a row now Jon’s been singled out by the visiting demonstrating medium on a Sunday for his huge talent and potential.
The church Jon is working with bills itself as a Christian Spiritualist church and I’m very uneasy with the Christian aspects of it — Christianity and Spiritualism don’t actually sit well together at all, imo, and Jon is not a Christian and nor am I. However, they are lovely people; I just wish they’d sort their ideology out!
As for me, I suppose I’m a spiritualist too these days, rather than an agnostic. I do believe the spirit continues after death, although I still find more questions than answers in that concept. I’ve seen a great many rubbish mediums and mediums who are clearly cold reading, whether intentionally or not – but then I’ve also seen what Jon does and I have no explanation whatsoever – apart from genuine mediumship – for the extremely specific, meaningful information he provides. There is no way he can know these things about total strangers and their deceased loved ones, on the spot, never having seen or met them before and, in the case of investigations, having no idea where he’s even being taken until he gets there. My husband isn’t Derren Brown, with decades of experience in trickery, endless time to plan and a helpful back up team – and nor does he, or most spiritualist mediums who work for free, have any motive to deceive.
Jon doesn’t do the generic “little old lady with white hair, she sends you her love” stuff. I’ve seen him give messages about a specific, accurately described box, in the right location in a stranger’s house, and exactly what object it contains and the significance of that object. I’ve heard him singing to a bereaved teenager; exactly the (obscure) song her father used to sing to her. I’ve seen him describe in detail and name a one armed man and exactly where in a pub the man would sit, and exactly how and when he passed. I’ve seen him describe terrified children being frightened of the fireworks in a room in a house where two children died after an arson attack, using fireworks, on their home – which was unknown even to the owners of the house until it was later proven correct. I’ve watched him time and time again draw faces which are recognised by the people he’s drawing for. I’ve watched him unconsciously adopting the exact, quirky mannerisms of the spirit he’s working with, instantly recognisable by that family but meaningless to anyone else. Hundreds of instances where the only explainable way Jon could have got this information is via spirit.
I’m extraordinarily proud of my husband and I love him to bits 🙂