Another road bump

You know how there are all these metaphors that can mean different things in life? For example; left up the creek without a paddle, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush… the list goes on. One that I particularly like is ‘another bump in the road’. It’s so obvious and clear as to what it means. There’s no guessing or wondering what it’s referring to. We’ve all experienced a bump in the road in some way. Some have experienced more and much bigger bumps than others. Then there are also other instances where the bumps we experience are a lot more literal, like the one I experienced the other day. I was driving along the coast, coming home from a week in South Australia. At some point on this drive, I ran over a very definite bump on the road. I’m at a bit of a loss as to what this bump may have been, but I could definitely feel it. For the rest of the drive, I could feel my car buckling. This was just one of many signs my car needs a tyre service. I’m just glad that this happened not too far out of the city and that I was nearly home. Had this happened while I was closer to the South Australian border, or somewhere in the middle, I’d be a bit concerned. The last thing anyone wants is a flat tyre or a breakdown in the middle of nowhere.

I’ve arranged for next Wednesday to be the day that I take my car to the mechanic. Brunswick station is right next to my house so I am not overly concerned about not having my car. I don’t really have many excuses to leave my area most days anyway as I work from home, and whenever I go out I tend to go out in Fitzroy. Besides, no one drives to a night out. That’s why rideshare services were invented!

A flower addict

I think it’s time that I come to terms with my addiction. It’s a weird feeling, realising you’re an addict. It’s an even stranger feeling admitting you’re an addict. That’s why I’ve turned to this blog. Right everyone, I am going to finally come out and say. I’ve got an addiction… to flowers! I love flowers so much. I love how they smell, how they look, and how they grow when you care for them. Whenever I’m looking for new flowers to plant I tend to buy flower seeds online as I find websites have a lot more variety in terms of flower selections. Plus, I don’t really have to make a huge event out of finding a florist that has the seeds I want.

The only downside to my flower addiction is that I have terrible hay fever. My hay fever is triggered by grass and plants, so whenever I spend lots of time in my garden I just know I’ll be in for a day of itchy eyes and sneezing. The allergies may wear me out, but I refuse to let them get in the way of working in my garden. My latest addition to my flowering garden bed was some miniature roses. I wasn’t sure when the best month to plant miniature roses in Australia was, so I ended up letting my excitement get the best of me and started planting them anyway. I’m glad I did because now I have these beautiful miniature roses to admire every morning when I have my first cup of coffee for the day.

My mum is also a bit of a garden fanatic, sometimes I’ll go over to her house just to help out with the gardening. It’s always a lovely time. We plant seeds, we pull weeds, we talk and we water the plants. It’s a really great bonding activity, plus it keeps us active and in the sun for that healthy dose of vitamin D.

Awkward kid

My child is the awkward kid in their class. I know it is probably bad to say, but I find it adorable. My son is eight years old and he’s a little nerdy kid who already wears a retainer and has glasses. His school uniform is also a hand-me-down from his older brother who was a lot taller and bulkier than him. That’s not to say my youngest son is short, he’s just shorter and a bit more on the lanky side. Unfortunately, that means he’s swimming in his clothes. I don’t mean to send him to school looking like a nerdy, but sadly we’re not in a position right now to buy a new set of school uniforms. Besides, I’m sure in the next year or so he will grow into his uniform. 

One thing I’ve started to notice in my son is that he is starting to angle his feet quite weirdly when he stands or walks. He will also have a tendency to walk on the sides of his feet. It’s absolutely bizarre! It doesn’t look one bit comfortable, yet for some reason, this is how he chooses to walk. I can’t get my head around it. I spoke to the highest-rated podiatrist in Cheltenham for some advice. I’m really worried that this way of walking will really affect my son’s physical development long term to the point he ends up having muscular or skeletal problems. The podiatrist gave me some really helpful advice to try to rectify this issue. We’re going to avoid sending my son to a rehabilitation clinic just yet as we feel he is a bit young for this and the issue isn’t serious enough. Instead, we’re going to look into some children’s orthotics. Cheltenham’s best podiatrist seemed to be under the impression that this would be enough to help the issue. We’d only consider rehabilitation if we saw the issue persisting or getting worse. I just worry for my son as I worry these shoes will make him look even more nerdy! In my eyes, he will always be adorable of course.