All The Big Decisions

I went for a walk yesterday afternoon, as I missed my usual morning run. Oooh, it’s so different mixing up the times. Afternoon exercise feels so different to ‘fresh new day, up with the sparrows’ morning exercise. I sort of don’t like it really. I am not as motivated … and I’m too tired, because I’ve generally been up since the sparrows got up. I start to fade about 4pm so afternoon exercise is a real challenge.

My mind is tired at this time of the day too, so my thoughts aren’t that constructive … although I did decide that our next house is going to be a cute, little cottage like that one …

… with a nice fence.

And I did come to the massive conclusion …

 … that for me, and houses … it’s ALL about the windows.

See? … so much better.

And I did give myself permission to stop beating myself up over the fact that my little boy had been so unhappy at his previous school for so long … now that he is joyous … and can’t wait to get to school … and is telling me that all his classmates are allowed to hug his teacher when she reads to them … and is showing an interest in drawing … and is wanting to download Michel Thomas’s Japanese lessons on the iPad so that he can get ahead in Japanese and ‘have interesting conversations with my Sensei’.

Built-in senescence. 4 years, that’s all I got out of it.

And I did decide to take my poor, less than 4 years old, ‘spontaneously collapsing in the middle of the night’ table to a French Polisher/Restorer and just give up on the non setting liquid nails once and for all.

Nope, didn’t take. Collapsed again, 48 hours later. Dang.

So maybe big decisions can be made at the setting of the sun? I’m not completely convinced though …. so I’m off for a run, in the ‘almost dark’, with the kookaburras, to plan my day and hopefully make some more big decisions!

Happy Wednesday!

A-M xx


This is where I muse about home design, interiors, life with my boys and other stuff that stops my heart. I own my own Real Estate agency, 'Cape Cod Residential', through which I stage, style and sell beautiful homes all over Brisbane, Australia.

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  • Priya
    November 14, 2012 at 5:48 am

    A house with beautiful windows is a completely different story …. Thanks for pointing that out , I would have never understood otherwise . I am a “beat myself ” person too at times especially with my munchkins , but you are one of the best moms I have come across …. Your love for your kids flows over from the blog :) Please don’t be hard on yourself , treat yourself to something for understanding him so well :)Priyaxx

    • A-M
      November 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Oh the windows are everything! They can change the total look of a home. I think it’s par for the course, being a Mum and doing the whole Mother guilt thing. I don’t think it ever stops! xx

  • Karyn
    November 14, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Im so happy to hear little son is enjoying his new school. Art has been lacking at my daughters school in year 4 ( and thats her thing , she has a creative mind ) Hard decision to know if changing to a school that supports art would change her learning experience.
    I love how you pointed out the windows & doors , what a difference they can make. Hope you got your morning run in today.
    Karyn x

    • A-M
      November 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      Oh yes Karyn, he’s a different little boy. It’s amazing. Guilt, guilt. Yep, got my run in! … and didn’t even know about the eclipse! xx

  • Deanne
    November 14, 2012 at 5:59 am

    The little cottage looks so cute! I can just imagine you and your family living in one!

    • A-M
      November 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Yes, I think it would be perfect for our downsized, simpler life! I’m on the lookout! xx

  • Faux Fuchsia
    November 14, 2012 at 7:00 am

    happy your son is happier now too x

    • A-M
      November 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      You were right…. years ago! xx

  • debra@dustjacket
    November 14, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Totally agree about the windows…and so pleased little one is super happy! xox

    • A-M
      November 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      I think I am obsessed with windows and doors. Yep, it’s amazing how some schools are just not one size fits all. He is thriving now. xx

  • Alexandria Emporium
    November 14, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Shame about your gorgeous French table, that is very sad. It’s a nice table. I am happier that the new school is working out well. There is a house in our street you would love, with the windows you love. Will take piccie and send to you. Mxxx

    • A-M
      November 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      I’ll come down in the New Year and you can show me. Any excuse for a trip down south! xx

  • Melody
    November 14, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I, too, am a morning person. Always have been, and no doubt, probably always will be.
    Us mums are always beating ourselves up about the things that might/could/should have happened in relation to the kids. In the end though, we do the best we can and that is that.
    How long until you jet off on your adventure?

    • A-M
      November 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Yep, you’re either a morning person or you’re not! I live with 3 non-morning people. They hate it! Heading off in 4 weeks Melody. xx

  • Miss Gingham
    November 14, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I always think windows are the eyes of a house, the front door is the nose and the garden is the mouth. And that’s how I always drew houses when I was a young girl. I was obsessed with drawing chairs, tables, rugs and lamps too!
    You would think when my parents packed me off to that selective school (I thought I’d fixed it so that I’d failed the exam) and art was the the only subject on offer that I wanted to take, that maybe it wasn’t the place for me!

    • A-M
      November 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Me too, the eyes of the home! I have always thought of the front door as the mouth and a gable of some sort as the nose! I wish I could draw. xx

  • engineerMum
    November 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I hear you about the school change. I can’t wait for the new school and the new year. It’s uniform shopping this week for us! Yay

    • A-M
      November 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      Oh you are changing schools too, yes! How exciting. My big one is going on a camp in 3 weeks with his new grade for next year. They are doing all sorts of team building stuff out at the Uni. He can’t wait. Will make starting next year much less daunting! xx

  • Virginia
    November 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I’m definitely a morning exercise person. I can only manage a leisurely stroll after that! How do you manage to get up so early A-M? I’m up before 6 but can’t do much earlier than that (i could try going to bed earlier!). Agree 100% about the windows – they’re like the soul of the house (like peoples’ eyes). Vx

    • A-M
      November 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      I naturally wake just after 4 Virginia, but I do go to bed early. I’m in bed no later than 9pm most nights. Oh the windows! I put a lipstick kiss on every one when they were delivered to the last house build. I’d schemed them from the very beginning. It was so exciting seeing them in real life and then watching them go into the frames was the most exciting part. A-M xx

  • Siobhan
    November 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    It is wonderful that little one has his school mojo back!

    • A-M
      November 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      He has the most beautiful, loving, serene teacher. Pity he only got her for the last term of the year! Oh she’s good! Xx

  • Renata
    November 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I love little ones drawing, its fab :) He’s a budding artist and Im sure you can draw too ! You are right about the windows, so much better ! We are away in 4 weeks also, to the US

    • A-M
      November 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      I can’t draw Renata, I can’t! It’s so frustrating! I am artistic but only in a musical way. I so can’t draw! Have a great holiday! Are you going skiing? Xx

  • Julie B. [Holland]
    November 14, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    A-M, Im with you , Im super motivated in the mornings, when it comes to the afternoon not so much.
    We have lots of windows in this house, and I just love it.
    So happy the little one is happy with his new school, as they say “differnt strokes for different folks.” It sounds like everyone is doing well at this point and time! xo

  • B is building a house
    November 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    So happy to hear that the little one is enjoying school <3



About ‘A-M’

This is where I muse about home design, interiors, life with my boys and other stuff that stops my heart. I own my own Real Estate agency, 'Cape Cod Residential', through which I stage, style and sell beautiful homes all over Brisbane, Australia. I have an unrivalled staging inventory which enables me to present all manner of homes in their absolute best light for sale. The complete Real Estate Package! I have an online store, 'Cape Cod Designs', that features some of my most favourite styling pieces ... AND I am currently scheming 'The Next House That A-M Built'.
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