Sunday, 22 January 2017


My morning, with Smallest, started with two games of Robin Hood which was hard because we haven't played it for a while and I couldn't open my eyes properly after Huffle rudely woke me with his snoring.

Sunday..........a time for relaxing and sitting around enjoying the weekend? Well that's what we thought we were doing except that I seemed to get the urge to DO today. After a lovely waffle and fruit breakfast, we went into the basement to sort out the games shelves. I wanted to see if we could get rid of any games that we didn't play or want anymore plus clean the shelves while they were empty. We only got rid of three games in the end but the rest are sitting in a clean place and are nicely organised. We had a pile of games we weren't sure about so put them out to try later. While we were down there we swiffed and cleaned the rest of the basement and organised the XBox and TV cabinet. Looking smarter.

The boys did such a good job that we allowed them XBox time while Huffle and I moved a huge wooden blanket box from downstairs to our bedroom (ready for me to bump into on my way back from a middle of the night bathroom trip no doubt). Because we moved the box from the Sun Room we started talking about the need for some kind of shoe storage as we have a lot of footwear and it all looks a mess. We had a general tidy up and then the kids came up and we played Pictureka card game. It was very silly.

For a mid afternoon dinner, we made our own pasta which was delicious. The boys helped to roll out the dough in the machine. Someone posted, on our local buy and sell site, a huge shelf unit that was perfect for our shoe needs. Unfortunately it was too large for us to get in my car so we asked for DonNoQuotey's help. He was more than happy though had to help much more than we originally anticipated. We gave him beer for his help in carrying it from the other house, putting it on his truck and helping us carry it into our house. He only wanted one beer but we gave him four as we felt guilty. Much later Huffle and I put it in place and put our shoes on it. Perfect.

The boys had a couple of games of Chess (which didn't end brilliantly but was good while it lasted) and then we worked our way through three different Lego games. One of them we decided we would sell and the others we kept. We ended the day with another Pictureka! card game but this time whilst relaxing in the living room. It was even sillier this time and took forever.

I forgot to put my step counter on this morning and despite being on my feet and 'doing' most of the day, it seems I have only done 7,000. Well I know I have done plenty today. Tired now!


Saturday, 21 January 2017

Decorate the forest

Another lie-in. Lovely. We had heavy fog and localised fog warnings until tomorrow morning.

After breakfast, all the boys watched Stoke draw against ManU BOOO! I sat upstairs and watched the end of The Queen which was disappointing.

For lunch we went out and had a lovely dinner with rubicks cube solving and a game or two of Monopoly Deal. We wanted to go to the cinema to watch Fantastic Beasts but it was only showing at 7pm so we went for a walk instead.

Huffle drove down to the lake and we started walking at The Mushroom House. Smallest took a bouncy ball and we bounced and then Huffle and Smallest started playing Human Bowls where they rolled the ball towards Small and I and it had to get close without hitting us. We ended up on the beach again (my fault this time). It was very eerie as the fog was coming down quickly. The boys threw stones and sticks in the water and we wandered along the beach until we hit a river coming in to the lake and we couldn't cross.

Along the way we spotted some random things:-

Decorations randomly in huge trees, an abandoned kids wagon and a fully decorated Christmas tree

We played Pooh Sticks and turned round to walk along the other way. It got too stoney and rocky so we went back onto the trail and continued playing with the ball. Eventually we turned round and walked back. I think we walked over 3.5miles and I definitely did over my 10,000 steps.

Back home we watched Pete's Dragon, had tea and watched Ninja Warrior UK.

After th kids went to bed, Huffle and I watched the film Arrival. It was really good once we figured out what was going on.


Friday, 20 January 2017

3 miles in the kitchen

I had the best lie-in this morning. I woke up before 8am but just snoozed on and off until just after 9am. Lovely. The silly boys were waiting for me to have breakfast with them. Huffle started work at the kitchen table, then moved to the computer room when we joined him and then into the loft when Small joined him.

Today Small had an essay to do on Marine animals in captivity. He worked very hard on it. Smallest and I played two games of chess. One stalemate again and one I won without even realising. Smallest and I then decided we would go out and do a quick shop. He was my handy pick up man and I dodged all the silly people in our way. I left my debit card in the car and had to leave Smallest behind with the shopping half scanned while I got it. He was a very helpful young man and very good company too. We laughed a lot.

Back home he helped me to put away with Huffle's help too. Small came down for lunch with us (Huffle had to disappear back in the loft) and we watched a bit more of Toystory2. Small carried on with his essay while Smallest and I played Mastermind and StackEmUp. I did washing and drying and left Smallest playing on his tablet. I put the bread machine on to make some pizza dough and then thanks to JacknJill I did my first 3mile walk video in the kitchen. I knew I wouldn't get my walk in today with the kids at home so I thought I would give it a go. It was excellent and increased my steps and my heart rate and I felt like I did a good workout.

Small finished his essay and rewarded his hard work with playing on the XBox with Smallest after they finished laughing at me 'walking'. I watched a Great Interior Design Challenge and then made a start on dinner when Huffle finished working. Between us we made Personal Calzones and we all sat and watched Ninja Warrior UK.

I've had a lovely day with the boys home today, though mainly it's been Smallest because Small has been hidden away on the computer working on his essay which was really good.

The boys like to shut themselves in the corner cupboards. Silly b*ggers
Small thought I had stopped taking photos of him but I caught him in the act


Thursday, 19 January 2017

Driving on water

I was woken by Smallest crawling in to bed and trying to warm his freezing cold hands on me. Brrrrrrr. He had already had breakfast and collected his stuff together but was looking for someone to squeeze the toothpaste for him (it was at the end of the tube). Small didn't want to get out of bed this morning apparently. Too many early mornings for him lately. Oh well, it's another PA day tomorrow so kids are off from school. Really? They've only just got back from Christmas.

I really really ached from yesterday. Shoulders, bum, abs, quads. OUCH OUCH OUCH? The only thing that made me feel better was that ExerciseNic also felt sore! I had a lovely slow easy morning as the bus was running so I didn't need to get dressed (though I did take Small to school yesterday in my PJ bottoms, eeeugh, not just my bottoms). I waved the little darlings off, had breakfast, cleared the kitchen of everyone's debris and watched Unforgotton. I even had time to straighten my hair, make my packed lunch and a mint/chamomile/ginger tea to take with me later. I also finished off the family Christmas Jigsaw all by myself WHOOPS.

Late morning I drove to school and collected four Dodgeball kids (Small included) and headed to Port Perry for the tournament. Their first game was at 12 in a small gym split into two. Our school had two teams and they played on different ends and different sides so it made it quite difficult to watch. It was extremely noisy and there were not enough seats for everyone to sit.

Therefore, I left and walked around the lovely town of Port Perry. I happened to text NoCustard just to see if she was around and luckily she was sitting having coffee, so I joined her. She was with some friends but I scared them away and we sat and chatted for a while before she left and went home for lunch. I decided to stay and walk around, say hello to MrsM, buy some British items for the kids, visit the wool shop, peruse a couple of other shops and walk to the lake to take some photos. The lake was frozen with huge puddles of wet on top. I wasn't sure whether it was pure ice underneath until I saw a car driving on it. What an idiot! I watched for a few minutes and then left as I didn't want to watch them fall through the ice!

I went back to the tournament to see the team play their last game. They came seventh out of fourteen. It was their first tournament so it wasn't a bad performance. I drove them all back to school where they had around 30minutes left of school and I came home for a cup of tea. I'm feeling a bit fed up (probably hormonal), I don't know if it's because I find the other mums distant and not overly friendly or if it's because I don't feel like I've done much this week, I don't know!!!! I had a FaceTime with HB and Aunt Pear which cheered me up.

The boys came home and practiced piano for HB and Aunt Pear as HB decided that would be their chore for going on the XBox. I made dinner and Huffle and Small went off to football practice. Alfie got 1 goal. The goalie was CoachOlDHead. Huffle has sent an email to a different club asking if Smallest can try out for their team and we are hoping to go on Monday. Smallest and I stayed at home and played chess (it was a stalemate) and finished watching Paddington and started Toy Story2. So busy.



Wednesday, 18 January 2017

More ice, more cancellations

Small woke me early and once again I got lunches ready while the boys got themselves together. I took Smallest to school for his 8am basketball practice and we bundled in his Dodgeball kit for the tournament and Snowboard stuff for Ski Club later. However, there had been a freeze on top of the melt yesterday so everywhere was covered in a film of ice. I dropped him at school and met the Secretary who told me there would be no Ski Club and no Dodgeball either (I should have driven the kids there today for their tournament which was postponed from yesterday).

I brought his Snowboard bag home and parked towards the end of the drive thinking it would be safer to walk close to the grass (or where the grass is when it's not under four foot of snow) but I couldn't move or get a grip and for every step I moved forward, I slipped backwards two more steps. It was very frustrating but Huffle was still in bed and Smallest was inside with the blinds shut. I was almost in tears because it was just impossible! Once inside I found out the bus was officially cancelled and I had two phone calls saying Ski Club was cancelled and then a call later from Small officially telling me Dodgeball was cancelled but on for tomorrow if I could drive. (I can but I had to cancel other things!).

I drove Smallest to school and sat in ExerciseNic's drive catching up on emails, Facebook, etc until she turned up. Today I gave out my lemon curd, though one of the ladies wasn't there so I delivered it on my way Home. It was tough today as I didn't get much sleep last night and I feel exhausted physically and mentally, from all the cancelled clubs and rescheduling etc. Still, we did well and I'm glad I went. So glad in fact that I signed myself up for another session on Mondays. I may regret this ha!

At home I facetimed Moo while Huffle went out and renewed his Health Card. All news caught up on, I had a shower and then lunch with Huffle when he returned.

This afternoon I tidied the loft. It was a huge mess from Christmas present wrapping but it is all ship-shape finally. While I was up there I listened to my music very loudly and Facetimed HB. It was nice catching up with her. Recently we have had lots of silly snapchats but not proper talking. Unfortunately I lost the wifi signal in the middle of our call but the boys snapchatted with her when they got home.

I jigsawed until it was time to pick the kids up and I drove again, which they were pleased about. Homework was done, dinner was eaten and Smallest and I played a game of Chess and he beat me (the little stinker).

I took Smallest to football practice tonight to give Huffle a break as he has been very busy working this week and I feel like I have mainly sat on my big bum waiting for things to happen that have been cancelled or postponed. This evening, our fired coach appeared to be coaching the team and the newly appointed coach was texting on his phone and asking fired coach what to do next!!!!! Interesting. At the end of the game, fired coach called me over and said he had been approached by another club (and here I am unclear as to whether he has been approached to Coach or just bring his child and others from our team). He said he would call Huffle to discuss as I thought the club he mentioned was a little to far for us to travel to several times a week. He also gave Smallest and Small an indoor football ball (with a tennis ball coating) - maybe we are being "buttered up".


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Frozen talking stew

Small woke me early this morning. The bus was cancelled due to the threatening freezing rain which was due at 8am with a 100% chance. I made lunches for all three of us and Small decided he wanted to walk this morning in order to get to his basketball practice. I was kind of happy not to have to drive him in my PJ's but also a bit worried that he would get there. I know he's 13 but I still worry about him, despite him being very sensible.

At 8:45 I decided to drive Smallest and MissMoll to school. The freezing rain did indeed arrive at 8am as forecast and although we have had it before, it truly is THE most weird thing to happen to the weather. The rain falls like normal rain, but everything it touches turns to ice. Everything in fact is encased in ice. The drive was a pure skating rink and even though I had my snow boots on, I had to slide in order to get to the car without falling over. The car was covered in ice and the windscreen iced over every time my wipers moved. I had to get the ice scraper out between here and MissMoll's house which is three houses away. Crazy! I managed to get the kids to school safely and watched them help each other in. I then parked the car and went into school to check on the Dodgeball situation that I was due to drive to later. It was cancelled. I spoke to Small's teacher about the conflict between ski club and basketball and we agreed Small could miss a few games and not be off the team. However, later, the basketball had to be moved to accommodate the Dodgeball and then the Dodgeball was moved to accommodate the Ski Club. Arrrrrrggh I can't keep up!!!!

I also made a decision not to go to work in the Greenhouse today as the roads were incredibly slippy and scary to drive on. I came home, called in to say I wouldn't be there and agreed to go in next Tuesday instead.

For Christmas (before I got ill) I was going to make treats for the ladies at exercise but I ran out of time. So today I made them Lemon Curd. I got six small jars made which was perfect and decided to take one of them to MrsRoyal as I never got a chance to make her anything either. The walk there was treacherous and the road was even worse than when I drove earlier. I was just in time for coffee and stayed until lunchtime chatting with TheRoyals. I had to borrow MrsRoyals YakTraks (ingenious things that go over the bottom of your boots to stop you sliding on ice) to get home and later on used my own to take her boots back and get my own back, plus deliver the newspaper that gets thrown onto their drive.

Huffle and I had lunch and watched another First Dates Hotel and then I cleared up the kitchen and made dumplings for the stew and blended the soup I made for Small and I which had Carrot, Butternut, Potato, Lentils and cumin. A kind of veggie stew soup.

I picked up the boys and MissMoll from school. Piano practice, collecting of bonuses on IPads, chore and XBox.

Smallest and Huffle went off to Football practice and Small and I stayed at home.



Monday, 16 January 2017


Small woke me this morning and I made lunches and got them mixed up and sent the kids off to school. I read a fascinating article on Autism written as an assignment by a friend. Clever lady MrsG. Mid morning I went off to Costco and met up with Suffolk. We shopped and browsed and stopped for tea and a banana at Starbucks before browsing a little more and finally coming home (she went off to school).

Huffle had waited for me to have lunch so we managed half an hour watching First Dates Hotel before he had to go and answer many emails and telephone calls.

I made a Tuna Bake for tonight's dinner and started on tomorrow's dinner. Tomorrow is busy as I have to get Small to school for 8am for basketball practice and then to work in the Greenhouse for 9am. At 12 I have to take Small and his team to Dodgeball and bring them back later in the afternoon. However, all this relies on not getting the 1cm of frozen rain we have had forecast.

At 3pm I went for a walk with ClownRose and LittleFin. It was a beautifully sunny day but cool. We walked until the bus came and brought our kids back. I finished off dinner while the boys had their piano lessons and prepared a casserole for tomorrow plus a soup.

After dinner, we took the boys to Cubs and Scouts where they had a demonstration in First Aid and learned what to do themselves. When I asked Smallest if he could save my life he said "yes if you are unconscious". I asked what he would do and he said "turn you over". Oh well that's okay then!

Huffle and I walked for an hour and a quarter on really icy paths and roads. It got very cold very quickly but we persevered.

Steps for today 21,000+. Wow.