Day 353: A Chaotic Day Means More Self-Care is Needed

As if I haven’t got enough to do, I gave myself the added challenge today to write 18 Christmas cards in 30 minutes and take them to the postbox just before the last collection for second class post before Christmas. I recall doing this last year and the year before. Good job I can write at speed! I wasn’t even going to send any cards this year, but some starting arriving through the door and I thought that I might as well keep up the Christmas spirit and send a few.

Then I couldn’t find the stamps that had arrived in an envelope with my shopping this afternoon. In amongst the mess in the kitchen, I was looking for a white A4 Tescos receipt with an envelope attached to it and it turned out that it was printed on red paper. That confused me. It also wasn’t even in the kitchen, I had taken it into the conservatory. Anyway, I quickly stuck the stamps on my written cards, and drove to the postbox as the postman was getting out of his van and opening the door of the postbox.

The only option was to hand him the cards to put directly into his bag and then I noticed so many people walking up to him handing him parcels and envelopes. When I got back in my car, not only did I leave half of them on the car seat and had to go back to him, but a lady pulled up in a car behind me with her hazard lights on too and ran to give him her pile of cards. Glad I’m not the only one racing against time, but then again, the postman was 10 min early!

The whole day has been chaotic like that. I dropped my daughter off at school early this morning, and then had to pick her up at lunchtime because it was half day being the last day of term. I’ve also had such a pressured day with work calls etc. and I’ve only just finished for the day.

Our decorator has worked on the hallway, stairs and landing all day as well and she still has more to do over the weekend. I think all of the undercoat and some of the gloss has been done now.

Something funny happened earlier… she was painting the outside of the door in the study and when she went to close it, something fell behind the door. I was busy working so she didn’t disturb me, but later she asked me what was behind the door as it had fallen and her lunch was in there and she couldn’t get to it.

I managed to prise open the newly painted door without getting any paint on me and somehow move the 3 heavy items – large picture, a game and a whiteboard – that had wedged itself in the gap. I got her lunch out first though which she was pleased about. I glanced at the stuff (junk!) in the study and wished I could have some time to sort it all out.

One thing at a time!

Time for some Me-Time

I need to rest again this evening as it’s all feeling a little overwhelming again. I’m just trying to do what I can when I can – keeping kitchen, bathroom and washing duties afloat. I benefited from going to bed early last night, so I think I’ll have an early bath and try and repeat that again.

No more school runs for two weeks now so that should help, although getting out of the house for a drive is actually quite nice in the mornings.

I might start my early morning walks again instead, as I haven’t done any exercise for a while. I think that’s a good plan. I still have to work but it will clear my head in between everything else.

Hope you’ve all got a lovely weekend planned.

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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