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Rollercoaster of Emotions

This past week or so has been an emotional rollercoaster to say the least. I’ve had lots of highs and quite a few lows but am feeling much stronger now for dealing with the lows. The oppressive heat and not sleeping well hasn’t helped my emotional wellbeing but I know Autumn is just around the corner and we are all looking forward to cooler days. I honestly can’t remember a Summer this bad, and I usually LOVE Summer. Though I hear it has been really hot everywhere, not just out here so I shouldn’t complain.

Despite a lot of tears and stress, I’ve had a very positive week. I have done some voluntary work in Alice’s classroom helping with some literacy tasks and then was asked to come in for a paid day’s work as one of the Primary Teacher’s Aides was away sick. I really feel like this is the job for me and am so happy I made the decision to study while I’m here. I’m now halfway through my Certificate III course and am really enjoying the current subject I’m working on.

The girls attended the District swimming carnival and qualified for two races each. They were both very excited to receive a ribbon. Lucy for 2nd place in the 9 year girls 50m freestyle and Alice for 1st place in the Junior Girls Relay. We were all very excited to receive letters to say they have both made it through to Lismore Zone carnival this coming week for the Junior Girls Relay.

Thankfully, today has been cooler so I spent the morning in the kitchen doing some baking. Among other things, I made a huge batch of pasta sauce using fresh produce from the garden – loads of cherry tomatoes, zucchinis, basil and a small pumpkin. The girls are not great vegetable eaters so it’s a fantastic way to get some veges into their dinners without them realising what’s in it as well as a good way to use up some of the masses of produce we are getting from the garden.

It seems the wheat fields around the area have now been replanted with corn, chick peas and soy beans which make everything look really lush and green. There are also lots of calves in the paddocks heading out to the racecourse.

Friday morning was our Branch CWA meeting and we had lots to discuss for the upcoming Blueberry Day. It’s not until May but that will come around so quickly and there are lots of things to organise. I’ve decided to make blueberry/banana bread, blueberry monte carlos and possibly blueberry/coconut bread for the stall to sell. I’m looking forward to it and hope it’s a successful day. I’ll be sure to share photos of our day. I’ve also set up a Facebook page to share all the fun things we will be doing. The link is here if you are interested – CWA Tabulam Branch

I hope you all have a lovely week and if you are struggling or feeling a bit low, reach out and chat to someone. It makes a huge difference to your mindset to know that there are people who care.

Until next time x

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