Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Time Out!

A lot is going on, and I'm not managing with the stuff that I need to do. I'm taking a time out until March 27th, after I've taken my next driving test. To be honest, it's the driving lessons that are breaking me.

I will be back with the usual stories then. Hugs to everyone as you are all awesome.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Biggest Tesco I've Seen

I was on a driving lesson, and instead of our usual Morrison stop, we called in at the Tesco nearest to bear's school.  I need to pass my test so I can visit it on a regular basis.  It is huge. It has two floors with clothes and housewares as well as all the groceries, and there are bottles and clothes banks, a dry cleaners - all sorts of goodies! I swear I was standing at the checkout with my small fresh orange with a grin on my face like a country girl in the city. I was staring around at the size of the place.

Today was not a major success, but everyone is fed, clean clothes are ready for tomorrow and we are all still moving. I'll take that as a win. Also I chased up a lot of stuff with mortgages and finance and stuff, so I managed to get a little more than the basics. My joints are very sore, but I'm putting it down to the weather. I am now off for an early night. Hugs to everyone.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Darn it to Heck (Again)

I'm finally pulling myself out of the pity party (I've been feeling very under the weather but absolutely nothing serious, thank you for the good wishes, they really help!) when I went over what I had in store next week. 

I have four driving lessons this week as I missed the last two weeks and I have a driving test in sixteen days. I could possibly get by with fewer lessons, but I am desperate to pass and get all this over with and I am nearly there.  Each one is a good few hours. My awesome driving instructor (who is completely awesome) gives me a good rate and is very tolerant, but there is a lot of money as well as time spent on these.

I have to pick bear up from school events three times - none of which coincide with a driving lesson so I could get dropped off and at least two are likely to involve taxis. I really need to pass this driving test. Bear has a climbing thingy, and two nights of house drama. That is, two rehearsals for a play put on by his house in school, rather than the normal drama that follows a 12 year old with strong views around his house.

Speaking of bear, I promised that I would sort out some blackout curtains for him as he was being woken up by the light now the sun is rising a little earlier. I don't have much I need to do, but I need to clear a good space (possible moving furniture) and finish off the Doctor Who curtains I made. They are actually two themed duvets (perfect length for our windows) and if I glue and stitch some fleece on the inside then I think that they will be quite light resistant. It's not a long job, but it will take long enough, especially as I'm making it up as I go along.

I'm still getting to grips with the physio exercises and they take a chunk of time, and I am supposed to be going for a daily walk. It takes me half an hour to psyche myself up to leave the house plus any time I take on the walk. I may just ask to be dropped off a little way from the house after a lesson.

I feel like if I do not get the kitchen and ironing sorted out soon I will die. I'm fairly confident that nobody has died because of an ironing pile, but it's becoming a hazard to what's left of my mental health. And can I mention getting the house cleared? DH took a full car to the tip and charity shop this weekend, and I need to be sorting stuff like that out on a daily basis. All the lights went out on Saturday because I switched the kettle on while the washer and dryer was going. I'm starting to twitch whenever I turn something on. I have been needing to get that re-wiring sorted for months and now I can finally move with purpose, I have to get started.

And I need to sort out some writing. I've got some ideas which I could submit but which are time sensitive. Also, White Hart stuff is backed up. I need to get cracking with that.

Challenge accepted!

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Waiting for Spring

It's meteorological spring, which starts on 1st March. I'm not sure what 21st March is, possibly astronomical spring. I'm waiting for when I spring into action.

Jill - I hope you feel better soon. I'm getting rid of stuff. DH very kindly moved around a lot of boxes I couldn't manage, so now whenever I go to the bathroom, I go up an extra flight of stairs and spend only a minute or two looking over stuff. I ask myself, do I want to pay for storage for this? If the answer is no, then no matter how pretty it is, I get rid.  It's only crumbs, but they are mounting up!

Bear pulled out the cord of his headphones and the cord came out but the jack stayed in. This means his computer has no workable audio. DH has been investigating with pins, tweezers and matchsticks with superglue on the end. Nothing has worked so far, but apparently sticking a matchstick with glue from a glue gun on the end works. All I need to do is work out where the glue gun is as I have a worrying feeling that I put it safe.

I had physio today. It hurt. I have exercises and then I need to to go back in a month. 

My brain has almost completely switched off, and I realised that I had let the emails creep up again, so across the board I have around 2000 emails to sort out. Back tomorrow.

Monday, 4 March 2019

Is it only Monday?

Eloise - I love this apron. I've been wearing it on and off all day and it's just so solid. You know, decent weight cotton and incredibly practical.

Wherethejourneytakesme - I'm not swapping bear for a mum. My late mother could drive a saint to drink, especially if she was let loose in the kitchen. Whenever bear has been sent out with someone else they always report that he had impeccable manners, well spoken, polite and was a fount of unexpected bits of information. Last time he got involved with someone scribbling the proof of something to do with prime numbers on a napkin in a restaurant (it's not just me who thinks he is bright). However he will say what he thinks, usually politely, and is very clear on what he wants and what he doesn't want. If he doesn't approve of something, you find out about it. It's unnerving, especially when he corrects you about science or maths or something.

Today bear didn't go in to school as he had a runny tummy. It wasn't good. DH had a day off as well, as he is using up the last of his annual leave. This meant that any housewifery I managed was a miracle, but it was lovely to spend time with them. We caught up with the Great British Sewing Bee and generally took it easy. Bear is getting too old to cuddle better, so we just took our time with him. I'm feeling a lot better and I've finally finished my second lot of antibiotics.

Eloise - it may be that a warm winter hasn't killed off bugs.  I've heard of quite a few people that have had similar bugs to me and they have all been flattened. I've had the windows opened, but it has been so warm out that it hasn't really had a chance to get rid of the bugs. I'm feeling a lot better, though, with only a few coughs, though I'm still shattered.

Despite all that, I've been clearing stuff out of the walk in cupboard. We are going to have to get the wiring sorted soon, so I've been looking at the stuff in there and asking myself whether I really want to keep it. There are loads of bits that I think would come in useful, but I'm wondering whether they are worth paying to store during a re-wire.  For example, I've got some of those curtain wires which I picked up at an extremely low price.  I can think of a few places I would like to use them, and they are useful bits, but are they worth paying storage or should I lose them and buy again only if needed? How about paint? I'm likely to pay to get the place decorated, so it seems a waste to keep the paint and I know there are places I can donate it. So far I've got three bin bags and a stack for the charity shop. It's a start, I just need to keep up the good work. 

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Lovely and Quiet

wherethejourneytakesme - having bear around can be a source of great entertainment, but I'm confident that all twelve year olds have the same struggles.  He is such a sweetie, though, and great company.  Though today he has an upset stomach.  I'm confident that it's nothing serious but bear had a cookery theory lesson last week which went into all the perils of slack food hygiene.  I shall be getting up extra early to make sure that he has all the ingredients when he leaves the house at @ 6.20am. 

I'm feeling a lot better, with a few moments, so I think I'll have an early night (if I can sleep through the storm - though once again we are getting off lightly) and try and be raring to go before the first cough of the sparrow.  Thank you for the good wishes.  I swear they have helped get me better. 

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Dark and Stormy Night

We've caught the edge of some of the stormy weather.  The day was quiet enough but the wind is getting up.  We are lucky and will probably only get the edge of it.

Today has been mainly writing stuff as I've been running over some stuff and getting things set up.  Bear has been hanging out with DH and I, and it's been pretty good. 

And that's it.  A lovely, quiet, calm day, apart from the weather.  Cough continues so I think I will get a nice, early night.

Hugs to everyone.