Wednesday, 23 November 2011


Two of my kids have an ADHD diagnosis (after 10 years of trying) and I have just had mine confirmed as primarily innatentive type.  I am trying to explore in a less desperate way than I did when seeking diagnosis to see if I can learn little things that can make a big difference.

Getting diagnosed was a traumatic struggle (and that is no exaggeration), the cards are stacked against you if you have ADHD due to the incompetence and tendency to lose things of the NHS.   I may blog about in another post if I find I can without endangering my blood pressure, not there yet.

One of the items I watched at the beginning of my journey to diagnosis was this Horizon episode from from 2005.

It both helped and hindered as it is mostly about hyperactive types and although one son has that I and my other son present very differently. I find the single mother with two kids charming in this, to have kept such an open attitude despite the unfair blame she has been subject to for most of her life is wonderful.  Maybe I had it once but it has been totally knocked out of me at the moment due to the intense struggle and lack of support and understanding I have experienced in getting this far.

We are going around the houses with the NHS at the moment for a diagnosis for my last child, she presents unusually as well but is almost as a carbon copy of me.  But it wouldn't do to really listen to the parent would it so on with the endless tests we go.  And I have to say it is an improvement on the blame the parent attitude I experienced first time round.

Anyway, I am going to go looking for a video on innatentive type although that may be less easy to find as wandering round the house saying why am I here, what am I looking for, makes far less dramatic TV.

Friday, 21 October 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.


Saturday, 3 September 2011

I can read

There have been many steps on Beth's autonomous journey to learning but reading a book that she had attempted and failed to read many times in three hours today needed celebrating.

It definitely required a cake!
And you couldn't possible read just on book when this new leap is happening could you!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Well that stopped us in our tracks!

Our busy week ended when Beth banged her head on the kitchen surface by standing up into the overhang of the breakfast bar, ouch!!!  Composite stone looks great but doesn't feel to good on impact!

So sadly our HE trip to Wicksteed was off, and we had a quiet few days while her head recovered, allowing the scratches and bruises gained playing in the trees at Mora to heal as well.

Since then I have been trying to sort out all the washing, find last years list and generally prepare for Hesfes so that the packing is not the usual torture.  Beth has had a sleepover and friends to play so it has not been too boring for her.  She has been downloading drawing programs on to her ipad and rapidly producing some lovely artwork.

Ice skating tonight, Harry Potter tomorrow and The Sound of Music on Saturday, followed by more preparation for going away.  Must decide whether we are taking two cars, one being the Bambi or putting up with the usual stress and panic of all we want to take nearly not fitting in the car.

Ds1 went off to Scotland to get the keys to his flat for next semester so cooking became a bit simpler and baked potatoes could go on the menu with no guilt.  Not that I am eating much carb at the moment, fighting the fatigue caused by my thyroid issues has lead to a mainly organic diet with much more protein, second mortgage time soon!

Ds2 has finally finished school so no more school kids here, hurray!  Seriously his school had gone from a non uniform school with an emphasis on pastoral care to a fenced gated prison with a uniform that reminds me of Playboy when I see the girls!  Trying not to read too much into that.

His BTEC A level equivalent media film was entered into a local competition where it won best soundtrack and was shown at the leavers event and enough other events to make him totally bored of it and his Mum very proud.  I am impatiently awaiting the youtube upload so I can link it here.  It took the mickey out of the school in a way that delighted the pupils and many of the staff who may well not be enthusiastically behind the recent changes.

His GCSE equivalent film won the school showcase a couple of years ago.

Now he just has to sort out what he is doing next, but he is tidying his room as a female friend wants to come round to play computer games.  I have wished for this for a long time (the room tidying that is) but genuinely was giving up hope.  So maybe more miracles will happen : )

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

A lovely day at Moira Furnace with a talk about Victorian laundry day and a tour of the furnace.  It was nicely balanced and kept the little ones attention without patronising the teen!

A picnic followed and when I just couldn't tolerate the hot then cold weather any longer Beth found a friend to take her home and I came back to a lovely refreshing hot bath.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Swimming at Watermeadows

What better to do on a hot sticky day than wild water swimming, wished I had bought my own costume it looked such fun.

I took my camera with a telephoto lens on to try and get some bird photos but I hadn't taken Sophia into account, it was a full time job preventing her from bouncing over picnic blankets, stealing food and being far too loving to the little ones. 
I did manage to capture a swan though!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

More on Reborning

The baby is finished now and has a hastily constructed tiny vest, more sewing to be done soon. Beth has really enjoyed the project and is loving the doll which is very different to her other dolls as it is weighted with tiny glass beads and therefore much closer to the real thing to hold. Thankfully though it makes no demands, a puppy is enough!

Monday, 27 June 2011

Friday, 29 April 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember post.

A little bit of creativity

Pottery again today, it is my weekly therapy and we both love it.

We are beginning to decorate our creations, this week with coloured slip which will be glazed with a transparent glaze.  No one knows how the colours turn out as they have not used them before so I have taken a couple of before pics to remember the differences.

And Beth's apple is coming on well and attracting a lot of admiration.

We are holding our breath that everything survives the kiln.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011