January Week 4 – Knitting, Snowmageddon, Newcastle and Motherhood

Each week starts the same, my morning walks and a weekly schedule of working 9-5, it’s how I fill the rest of my time that changes the mix. Whether it be my yarn projects, kids, work or dare I say the challenges of the weather that mixes it up, somehow the norm is different. Somehow.

On Tuesday it snowed and caused chaos it as does, I mean, how can it be such headlines news? It’s what happens in winter yet each year we are unprepared and caught out. So Tuesday it snowed and the roads were gridlocked.

My friend David chose a hat, black with a blue bobble and loved it, wore it walking to work in the snow and survived what The Daily Star insinuated would be a life changing and apocalyptic event and snow storms plunging the country into minus 15 degrees. Thank god for the bobble hat, because David is a dear friend and needs saving from snowstorms.

And so I too survived the snow storm and I lived another day to knit more hats, like you do. Look in the shop if you fancy a life saving bobble hat.

I am a mum to two children; a son just turned 19 and in his first year at Uni, and a daughter nearly 17 doing her A’Levels. Like all mums they are incredibly special to me and define what we do as parents. I want nothing more than my children to be happy, healthy, and independent. My eldest is living in the city I grew up in and for that I feel so happy as though somehow the city will look after him. He’s loving living in Newcastle and I love going there now having a reason to go back. That is until I realise he isn’t coming home with us. It’s weird and it’s me who needs to adjust. Motherhood is a funny old thing.

And so, sock progress as the socks are for the boy. Socks are ace travel knits, long journeys prove productive for knitters. When my girl goes to Uni she too will be inflicted with hand knitted socks.

Visiting my boy’s uni halls reminds me of college days and the friendships and the fun we had. I am so lucky that I am still in close touch with my best uni friends and the stories we remember are just hilarious. When you’re in your child’s flat it’s odd; half of you wants to grab the hoover and clear up, the other half wants to play Cards Against Humanity and pour a drink. So when we looked at the kitchen cupboards my husband asked if that was our son in a photo I took a double take at what I thought was just another night club promo poster. It was him, face down on the photocopier, doing only what his mum would have done and having a blast. I want my kids to have fun, be kind and considerate, succeed but to be very, very happy.

In reading / listening / watching; well Michelle has fallen in love with Barack and I’ve discovered Better Things on BBC Iplayer, who knew Cecilia Imrie was in this American drama and plays such a hilarious part.

And so to a new week. Have a good one. We adjust to three at the table and await further apocalyptic snowstorms.