Which is how I like it. The kids are settling into the school year. Emily has surprised us with her enthusiasm and determination to do well. She is ahead with all her assignments and the teachers are very impressed. As are we, and so proud. The hardest part of seeing what she has gone through in recent years is knowing the potential she had. I always believed in her, and even though it was so hard at times, knew she would come good eventually. And she has. A happy side benefit is sticking it to the people who had written her off, ie my side of the family, who I am not in contact with at present and may never be again. I am making it a point to avoid judgemental and negative people. If Emily and I had a physical illness there would be care and love and sympathy and support but it seems that if one has a mental illness, which is something we can't help, we are written off as "crazy". Well we aren't, and we have helped ourselves and are doing really well, both of us.
I am really enjoying my Meals on Wheels work, I did my first proper run last week, my permanent offsider, who I haven't met, got her dates mixed up so I had to rope Phill in again to drive me around while I delivered the meals on my own, and managed quite well. We had our monthly outing on Monday, to a lovely restaurant at Murrumburrah. The clients had a lovely day, one of them was celebrating her 90th birthday and we had a cake and a gift and card for her, which she insisted on everyone signing. I love the clients, volunteering with MOW is the best thing I have ever done. I missed out on getting into my aged care course, but then I found out it's going to cost me $1440 so it's just as well. We have to get the car registered which, with third party insurance, is so expensive these days, and then we have Em's 19th birthday in a couple of weeks, and the present she wants isn't cheap but I am determined to get it for her.
I have to drive Josh up to Young to see his counsellor today. They keep making appointments for him during school hours and that is just not on this year. The kids have Wednesdays off so it's worth the drive up there to avoid missing school.
The council is holding a pet day tomorrow in a local park. They are doing free microchipping so we will take Scout and Sox over there. Should be interesting getting them into the cat carrier. They are also offering a discount desexing voucher which will be perfect for Sox as he's getting towards that age now. Luckily Phill will be home to help me, as the kids will be at school.