Thanks for dropping in.
Apologies for being so late on Mindful Wednesday.
but you would be proud of me!
As you know, both kids, Grace and Mark,
came home from the States for Christmas.
We have had the BEST time!
Hampered by work? Nope.
Despite having 7 hours of live TV to prep for this coming weekend,
I made a decision to park the prep and enjoy the kids.
My rationale was that, after 25 years of grafting at crafting,
I should be able to wing the TV with a minimum of prep on this one occasion.
Also, I probably won’t see either of them for at least half a year again, so sod it. I’ll take my chances on the telly.
Now that, my mindful friends, is serious progress,
coming from this people-pleasing, perfectionist workaholic!
I am NOT going to worry or fret about my performance,
or about impressing you, or about whether I screw up and haven’t got a “here’s one I did earlier” to fall back on.
Provided I have got the stamps and a few props,
I should be able to think on my feet,
or I shouldn’t be in the game!
I have been getting up with the lark, doing as much as I can.
But as soon as the kids surfaced each morning,
I kicked Wurka and Hollick,
those two scumbags who torment me daily,
to the kerb,
and made the most of our time together.
Yesterday, Grace and I hit the sales in Tunbridge Wells,
then had Afternoon Tea at Woods, in the Pantiles.
Today, the three of us hung out all morning,
had a real meaningful conversation about growing up.
They are good people, both of them.
They have strong ideals and dreams,
and they are figuring out the way it works,
paying bills and making a living abroad,
without leaning on others or losing their way.
I am very glad and proud of the way they are handling life.
Then we went out and found a Christmas Grotto!
Took selfies shamelessly,
Hung out in Lapland with the reindeer,
gatecrashed Santa’s pad.
It was innocent and fun.
Who needs to go to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland,
when you’ve got the Winter Wonderland Grotto at
The Garden Centre at East Peckham!
That’s what I love about them.
Most people their age would have told me to take a hike
when I suggested going into the Grotto.
Grace whipped her purse out and paid for all 3 of us!
And Mark didn’t flinch either.
It was a bit dark for photos,
but here we see Gracie climbing the fence to the stables.
It was fabulous !!!
In fact, when my Dad turned up to meet us and take them home with him for the night,
I insisted on showing him too!
They wanted to spend a day with their grandparents,
so that’s where they are tonight.
I think that’s pretty special too.
As far as the TV goes,
here are the hours:
Sunday 3rd October, 2-4pm and 8-9pm
Monday 4th October, 9am, 12noon, 4pm and 7pm.
When do the kids leave?
So the only way, and I mean THE ONLY WAY to do this gig
is one day at a time.