Friday, 24 March 2017

Turtles Wanted

I slept really well apparently, though Huffle didn't because I was all stuffed up and snored. Whoops. Sorry Huffle. My throat has turned into a full blown cold now. I can cope with a cold. Smallest also has a cold. Let's get rid of these bugs before Grandma and Grandad get here.

Kids went to school, Huffle worked in the loft and I went off to knitting. I spent the majority of my time helping other people as I threw my ball of wool into my coffee. Well to be fair it jumped off the table and into the mug. I have never blocked a sock before I have knitted it. I had to wash the wool and dry it. This is where I learned that Kitchen Roll is not a word here as the table giggled at my use of the words. Paper Towel is the correct name. I didn't tell them that in our house we called it Poly Roll which was from a school friends name for it. That then started a conversation about loo Roll and what everyone called it. Toilet Paper here.

Suffolk and I went for lunch, a quick shop and then back home to work out what had to be done next on the blinds. The silly billy left her phone here and the only way I could contact her was through her daughter and Snapchat. I knew it was useful for something other than making silly faces and voices.

I sewed until the kids came home and when Huffle finished work we went out for dinner near where Suffolk lived and delivered her phone back to her. The boys had played in the basement before we went out and had an argument and a fight and were sent to their rooms. They apologised to each other but both are bickering and picking at each other constantly at the moment. They sat in the car in silence not looking at each other at all.


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Shirriff vs Angel Delight

A good night's sleep for both of us and I woke up still feeling a bit poorly and groggy but a bit better.

I had a FaceTime with Yahoo while I finished my morning coffee. We had a nice chat and catch up.

Suffolk came round for a cup of tea and a bit of a sew. She pointed me in the right direction for the next stage of the blinds and helped me unpick a side I had sewn too wide, measure and hold material up to windows. I spent the rest of the morning and afternoon sewing, ironing and pinning ready for the next stage.

MrBasement came and did a few 'fixings' for us and looked at what job we are going to get done this year. After lots of discussion, we decided on the main bathroom. Huffle and I have to look for what we want and let him know once we have chosen or purchased. We are finally taking our bathroom out of the 1980's where it has firmly been since it was last updated and bringing it into the present. How exciting.

The boys came home, climbed the wood chip pile (I got told off the other day for moving some of them as it has ruined their structure!), played basketball and finally came in to say hello and tell me about their day. Smallest has joined the basketball team but couldn't go to the first tournament because it clashed with his football. Hopefully he can play in the next one, at least he will continue to practice with the team. Small keeps forgetting his Graduation Photos that have already been taken despite him not graduating until June.

Small vacuumed all my material bits and thread up and Smallest took all the laundry up and they played on the XBox together while I cleared away and made dinner. Huffle came and helped when he finished work.

Moo and Grandma and Grandad bring the boys a supply of Angel Delight as we can't get it over here. It's not something we have regularly (you'll be pleased to hear Yahoo!) but the kids like it every now and then. The other day while I was out shopping I saw a box of Shirriff Instant Mousse and it looked very similar to the stuff of the 70's that we were brought up on. This evening after dinner, Smallest decided to make some. We played a game of Ghostly Galleon (a very old favourite game) while we waited for it to be set. Angel Delight it was not. Mousse it definitely was not although Smallest took it out of the fridge before it stated you should. There was nothing Moussey about it at all. It was very sweet and artificial tasting. Oh well, keep the supplies coming FamilyUK please.

Smallest and Huffle played FIFA this evening and Small and I watched TV, wound wool and played on tablets.

Huffle and I watched The Pottery Throwdown and I stupidly looked at Facebook and ruined who had won. I was so annoyed at myself. I should know better. Won't say who won in case I ruin it for Aunty A. Going to miss this programme though.


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

3 hour wool winding

I had a terrible night's sleep. My throat was so sore and the wind outside was horrendous all night. I got up at 2:30am until 3:30am drinking hot lemon, honey and ginger. I was so tired this morning and felt so ill that Huffle sent me back to bed and looked after the boys' lunches and sent them off on the bus. I tried to stay in bed and sleep but all I could do was rest. In the end I got up and had some breakfast and hot water. I can always judge how bad I am by whether I can drink coffee and today I couldn't, though I did manage a cup of tea late afternoon.

I was supposed to be sewing with Suffolk today but we cancelled it. She told me it was my body's way of telling me to stop and watch TV all day. I didn't but I didn't do much. I read by the window with the sunshine coming through which was lovely. I never get a chance to just sit and read in the house (I promise I will make more time for one of the things I love).

I did make a chilli which was easy because I threw it all in the Slow Cooker and let it do its thing and put a jacket Potato in the oven for me for dinner.

Huffle and I had lunch and watched a Gotham episode before he left me and went back to work and I went to bed to try and sleep. I got up before the kids came home and we sat and watched the England v Germany game and had our dinner watching it.

Smallest and Huffle went off to Smallest's first practice for his new club. He hasnt got his practice t-shirt yet so he went in his England shirt. We have had so much correspondence from this new club, they seem very organised. Today they wanted us to fill out the measurements for Smallest so he gets the correct kit. Huffle is impressed so far with how the practice went. Much better than the old club.

Small stayed at home with me and we tidied the kitchen and emptied and filled the dishwasher before he played on his tablet and I watched DIY SOS whilst winding wool.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Whittle me some drumsticks

Boys went to school. Huffle worked and painted whilst listening to a very long call. I went off to the Greenhouse and potted on loads of succulents. For coffee break Jan made us a lovely Decadent Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake with Pecans. OMG Heaven. I ended up leaving earlier than normal because we ran out of things to do and Jeff was out. So instead, when I got home, I collected ten wheelbarrow loads of wood chips and filled the paths on the front garden and a couple of the veggie beds paths. Looking better. It's going to take much much more but I stopped for lunch with Huffle.

We watched a Gotham while eating. I FaceTimed Moo and pinned together my blinds, caught up on all Moo gossip and shared mine and then I sewed two of the three linings to the main material. I ran out of time as the boys came home but I am pleased with my progress, despite it taking me since Autumn to get this far.

Before the boys came into the house, they played on the woodchip pile (well why wouldn't you?) and then played basketball with Smallest's football until Huffle came down and gave them their basketballs and pumped them all up. They had a good play, came in, sorted their bags, chatted, chored and played on their tablets and Xbox while I made dinner. Tonight I made omelette. Not had one for ages. Yum

After dinner Smallest and I made his percussion music centre as a project for school and Huffle whittled two drum sticks. What an excellent job.

Huffle made monogrammed drum sticks. We had three drums filled with chick peas and decorated with rubber bands and drawings and stickers. A guitar of rubber bands. A scratcher from the inside of a pizza box and a shaker from a can with dried peas in it. All beautifully decorated.

The boys played on the Xbox and Huffle and I tidied and cleaned the kitchen and did some paperwork.

I am not feeling 100%. Very sore throat, tired (too many late nights and early mornings?), weary and achey (exercise?). Going to bed early to get some rest.


Monday, 20 March 2017

No Fizzy Water

Back to school. Back to a routine. Back to being busy busy busy.

Before Huffle and I went to bed last night, we rescued Smallest's new alarm clock as it was going off at 9pm. We tried to reset it but it seems to have a mind of its own. We changed the batteries, changed the time, changed the alarm setting but it goes off when it wants. This is the second one as well as the first one didn't tell the time at all. Oh well, back to the shop it goes.

When Smallest woke up he wondered where his clock was but still managed to get up in time, then he woke Small and then he woke me. Lunch was prepared, bags were packed and tablets played on while they waited for their bus. I think Maurice is back as the bus was on time and she waved at me. I couldn't see it was her but none of the others ever waved.

I left Huffle working and drove off to pick up Di for a morning of Crochet at Mim's beautiful house set in 100 acres. I should call her Winnie the Pooh. She had baked a Banana Loaf with Skor bits in (note for future it was yummy). Today we did some monkey crochet and I started Miche off with a small basket. We are actually making baskets next week but she won't be there. Mim's finished a beautiful blanket and started a new one. Di managed to finish her monkey head and was working on the body. They are doing so well.

I had ten minutes to spare to get my exercise stuff together and had my one on one session with ExerciseNic. We had a week off so today hurt and I tweaked something in my leg. We worked hard.

This afternoon Huffle went off to the dentist for a clean and check. No cavities though he did bite the dentist when he asked him to bite down and forgot his finger was still in his mouth. I iced the second lemon cake. Buttercream inside and a lemon drizzle on top. I chopped up fruit and put water in bottles. All for the Gaden Club Meeting this evening. I then made a Carrot and Lentil Soup and used some Chilli Oil to sautée the onions. It made a nicely warming soup which we had for dinner.

The boys came home and ran up and down the wood chip pile before coming in. Smallest had a drum to make out of cardboard and cans and made a start as soon as he came in. Small just sat and ate his yoghurt and chatted to me about his day and mine. He is such a nice person to talk to when he isn't mumbling. He is always interested in what I have done. It seems natural for him to ask about my day which is really good. Hope it continues. He also asked me lots of 'what is the capital of....' and was amazed at how many I knew. We asked Huffle the same ones and he knew plenty too.

MrsPiano came and the boys had their lessons. Both have new pieces to practice and she left us with a CD of some Monestry Choir to listen to. That's when we realised we don't own a CD Player anymore. We have the computer and we have our cars, but thats it. We have our IPod and blue tooth speakers or radio. Never thought of it before.

All the boys played FIFA on the XBox while I went to the Garden Club. Tonight was a talk about Bees. It was very good and the speaker was very passionate. We got to try honey, feel a bee suit, hold a frame and look at a smoker as well as find out which plants were beneficial for our gardens and hear lots of interesting and funny stories.

Garfunkel and I were in charge of refreshments. My lemon cake, melon and lemon water (we should have brought fizzy water but Garfunkel asked me to get it and I thought she was getting it and Huffle said he would carbonate our water with his own gas!!!!), however they liked the idea of lemon water in a nice glass jug. Garfunkel made an apple cheesecake and oatmeal cookies. Very good cheesecake, I didn't get a cookie. I met a new vegetable Gardener who moved in across the road and was asked to make a cake for a lady's Mum this weekend. I declined because of having too much on right now but I am going to make one for her in April.

During the Summer there is going to be a Garden Tour and we had to volunteer for tasks we would be willing to do. Someone inadvertently volunteered Huffle for three tasks (one of which was hostess). We found out it was the person whose name was above his. I sorted it. Also because I added Grandad to my membership his name was down for volunteering too. I volunteered him for hosting the tea party (actually I scrubbed his name out).


Sunday, 19 March 2017

Can you get that in Canada?

Last night I had dreams of espionage and government secrets. Huffle didn't sleep well. Today was the last week of the boys March Break so we wanted to make the most of it and go out and enjoy the sunshine. The temperatures were in the single figure positives. Off we went to the lake, Small's choice, Rouge Hill. We didn't follow the map or go the way we normally go so we ended up at the wrong end of our normal walk which was different. We started without our coats but it was a little bit cooler than we thought so Huffle walked back to the car to get them for us.

The lake was sparkly and the sky was a deep blue, hinting at a promise of Spring on the way. The bright sunshine created my favourite type of shadows everywhere too.
We wandered along the beach picking up beach glass and a stone or two. We tried to escape the tide coming in by running along the rocks but it got me. Luckily I have waterproof boots.

Halfway, we stopped for a sit on the rocks. We watched the water and Smallest ran up and down. Today we took two bouncy balls and played with them, bouncing, throwing and bowling. We had a few near losses.

We walked all the way to the station but walked back the other way towards the car when we all started to get hungry. By the time we got back we were starving and opted for the pizza place we found when we were walking New Years Day. We had a lovely well needed dinner and came home for a play on the Xbox and a FaceTime with Grandma and Grandad.

With a cup of tea and slice of lemon cake, we sat and finished Harry Potter (order of the Phoenix) and then watched a Robot Wars (very funny, man walked off in a huff!). When the boys went to bed (a little bit earlier - school tomorrow) Huffle and I watched the final of the Big Painting Challenge. It was in Greenwich Park. Lovely, I've been there with Aunty A.


Saturday, 18 March 2017

Got things blown at me!


I didn't sleep well because my silly mind was on cakes. How I was going to construct them, what I was going to make, what tins etc etc. BORING!!!!! What a Wally!

This morning we had Stoke v Chelsea (2-1 lost) on the main TV and Leicester v West Ham (3-2 win) on Huffle's tablet while I made a cake. As I have been asked to make a lemon cake for a Liverpool Supporter I thought I would try a new recipe from one of my Great British Bake Off books. I baked it in a Swiss roll tin hoping it would be big enough to make it into a football shirt. Unfortunately I couldn't get it out of the tin without it falling apart but it tasted very very nice so much later I sandwiched it together with some lemon buttercream and we had some for our tea. Huge success. Everyone loved it, even Huffle who is not a Lemon fan. I made a crochet basket too.

For dinner we went out for a burger in the local town. Why is it that everywhere we go, it's always my meal that's wrong. I asked for mayo and I got mustard. They were very good and made me another one. I think it was a combination of my accent and it being written down wrong. I like their burgers because they are made of beans and rice and no soya or pretend meat and it's not a chain. We even fit in a very quick game of Monopoly Deal.

While we were out we picked up some baking ingredients for another cake and wandered around Walmart while the boys played on the gadgets. We were looking for ideas for Smallest's birthday which is soon but he doesn't know what he wants. I picked up a new crochet hook (a mahoosive one) and some big wool.

At home we emptied my car of rubbish (been meaning to do that for ever) and put our shopping away. The boys all played FIFA and I made cake No2. This one is for the Garden Club Meeting on Monday where I volunteered to help Garfunkel make the refreshments. I made another lemon Sponge but this time in a square tin. It looks okay, obviously we can't try this one but tomorrow I will attempt to cut it in half and add buttercream to see how well it stands up so I know whether it can make the birthday cake in it.

I crocheted another basket with my huge hook and wool and we all watched Robot Wars and Saturday Night Take Away with a slice of cake. No photos of this one because it was not aesthetically pleasing but was sooo tasty. Possibly one of the best cakes I have ever made. So lemony.

This evening Huffle and I watched Snowden. WOW!