Humdrumness had infected me badly, very badly, so I ran away to my wonderful friend, D for a much needed reboot...and wow, it was an amazing 2 weeks. Rye was in 7th heaven. D's son and Rye were inseparable; when we weren't out at home ed events/activities they were engaged in the most intense playmobil and lego games, building and imagining for hours and hours. Warmed the old cockles to see Rye so accepted for who is he and to have found a friend who just "gets" who Rye is.
On mornings at home, the kids would do some table work. A bit of writing and math mostly. Including, drawing and writing post cards. Rye sent one to Rose Howey and to his dad.
Fabulous 2 weeks for Rye, especially as my humdrumness has meant I'd become a bit of a hermit and we were rarely leaving the co-op - mostly it was my housemate taking Rye out for me. Rose Howey life does tend to mean Rye is off doing his own thing a lot...but it also hit me, that its made me very lazy too. All the crafting, the trips out etc this was life pre Rose Howey; living in a co-op with friends we live with, activities that go on in the house, a large, very large garden, backing onto a park...naturally changed our routine and dynamic, and while it is good that Rye has more independence and such a large space to play and be free in - a park he can now go to on his own (with his friends)...it has made me lazy.
Once back at Rose Howey, I had resolved we would go out to home ed activities more, just the two of us would go out on trips too, I'd have quick crafts that we can do together some evenings and so forth. It did start that way, then I was hit with a virus and was bed bound with fever and horrendous headache, feeling sick and achy for 2 weeks, then I caught Rye's cold...we've also been slowly shifting our rooms around to make them more functional and peaceful to be in. It's December now though, so our usual Yule crafting will commence, and I'll arrange some trips out too (swallowing my hatred of crowds lol),
The visit wasn't all about Rye of course. D and I sat and talked, she took me to some private woods, and while Rye was engaged with the home ed event there, she took me to the spiral, which I walked, it was grounding and uplifting at the same time. We also spent the day at a Samhain event with other likeminded women, which was wonderful. Dancing, singing, crafting, sharing of good food, meditation, cleansing. Wonderful stuff. I also went to a yoga session.
I'm sad my mobility has decreased so much, but hopeful I can reclaim movement back. To that end I've purchased myself a yoga mat, my wonderful housemates have freed the gate to the park - in the winter, the path through the copse gets too muddy and slippy for me to traverse. However, we do have a gate that opens into the park, bypassing the path.
I'm already enjoying slightly increased mobility and reduced back pain. I'm looking forward to 2017 seeing me being back to the level of fitness I had BEFORE I bought the Zafira, when I lived in Folkestone and use to walk everywhere!
And a big Thank you to D and her family for welcoming Rye and me into their home and being such wonderful friends :D
I love my tribe.