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Wednesday, February 6th, 2013


We are really in the thick of mid-winter here. It is snowing off and on all the time. Sometimes we get a couple of milder days or some rain and the snow melts a little and then the next wave comes. It doesn’t really make much difference to our lives as the Swiss are always supremely efficient at clearing the roads and keeping the trains running. I’m actually quite blasΓ© about the temperatures, as a degree or two above freezing feels pretty balmy and I don’t get my hat out until we get down to about minus 10!

Today is my very precious day off from work – but actually by the time I’ve done all the shopping, cleaning, ironing, errands and translations that need doing, as well as taxiing my son to tennis and French, it actually seems busier than a work day! I’m sure once I have settled into working again, and stopped feeling like I’m living someone else’s life, I’ll get myself organized and into a routine and hopefully will have more time to do the things I want to do…like sewing…for instance…. Today so far the best I can do is look longingly at my Siblings Together quilt top….and fantasize about the next step….BASTING!! Maybe I would rather be doing the ironing if I’m completely honest with you!!

I’m definitely still in a transition stage and with waking early (I leave for the office at 7), going to bed late and waking in the middle of the night because I’ve got so many things going round and round in my head, periodically the adrenalin that’s keeping me going runs out of puff and I collapse into an almost comatose heap. Like last Friday when we had friends round for dinner and I frankly felt worse than a wet dishcloth and I’m sure I degenerated into speaking gobbledegook instead of German as the evening went on. This week I’ll be out on three evenings – all organized before I started work – and I know before I start that it is too much. I may just need to take to my bed to recover on Friday….which makes me feel about 90!!


I’m still trying to fit blogging into the whole scheme of things….I don’t seem to get to it when I’m working, but I’m certainly not giving up and I’ll be here as often as I can, so I do hope you’ll bear with me! Next time I might even have something to show you rather than pictures of snowiness!!

have a great Wednesday



14 Responses to “Winter”

  1. Steph Says:

    Fab snowy pics. We keep getting snow but it isn’t lasting so the farm is a permanent slushy disaster zone at the moment! The bulbs and buds are starting to come through, a sure sign the weather’s about to get really bad and clobber them as usual. Way too early for proper spring still. I’ll be glad when it gets here this year.

  2. Susan Says:

    Fit in what you can when you can and don’t feel guilty about what you can’t do. And teach your kids to drive as soon as they are legally old enough.

  3. Julie Says:

    I agree with Susan above – we’ll enjoy your posts even if they’re not as often as they used to be, Helen. Make sure you take time to rest! We’re getting snow right now too – makes me feel like hunkering down and watching a movie, but I have to run errands and then actually prepare food for the people in my care. I keep wishing they would all go on a 40 day fast, but no. πŸ™‚ xxoo

  4. Catherine Says:

    its such a fine art juggling work life and home life: I am usually in bed reading by 9.30 every evening!! The snow looks lovely, if only things ran as smoothly here when the white stuff appears!

  5. MelD Says:

    Are you really only 50km away?!
    All our snow is rained away and although it has snowed lightly all day today, not a single flake stuck… it’s just grey and wet wet wet

  6. Flying Blind Says:

    Bugger teaching then to drive, tell them to get a job and pay for their own taxis!!
    Day’s off are good and not for housework!

  7. Elisabeth Says:

    Loving your snow pictures. We had about two days of snow and then just ice and freezing winds. Not very nice. I actually feel a bit jealous of your snow right now πŸ™‚
    I hope you can start enjoying your days off soon. Get your kids to help with the housework (she says, not being able to get her daughter to pick up her tights and put them in the laundry basket…)!

  8. Kathy E. Says:

    I love your snowiness pics! Don’t apologize for posting them because they are a wonderful gift to share with those of us who don’t get to see this in real life.

  9. Leanne Says:

    Welcome to the life of working mom. It is great but requires some organizing. Also some delegating, and getting either help or teens or dad to do some of those chores. My family likes me better when I sew, I think it makes me less grumpy so they seem less unhappy about pitching in a bit too. Oh and crash every Friday night, no events are ever scheduled then. You will find your stride. I love the snowy pictures.

  10. diane stanley Says:

    I know you know what is important and you will do what is best for your family. We will be here when you want to share and when you need to vent. Take care of yourself. Sending you a big hug!

  11. MelD Says:

    PS I am too impatient – a few hours on and hey presto, winter wonderland ;)!!

  12. Dianne Neale Says:

    I love seeing your snowy pictures! And I love hearing from you whenever you can make it. Just make sure you keep enjoying it all!

  13. Katy Says:

    As Leanne says, make the kids work! My parents both worked and we all had our chores to do – I dusted and hoovered, set and cleared the table and did some washing up, my mum did the cooking, loaded the washing machine (we brought the washing down to her) and the ironing, and my dad made breakfast on Saturdays and most of the washing up. If I didn’t do my bit I didn’t get any pocket money, amazing incentive πŸ˜‰

  14. Annabella Says:

    I’m sure things will settle down soon and spring and the longer days will help πŸ™‚