Friday, 14 May 2021

Blog Update

Here's another bloggy woggy update! I've some what cheated as i've written this over 3 nights! I usually do it all in one go. A good job though - as whilst not as bad as last time - I am feeling somewhat ropey from having my 2nd covid vaccine today! Just mostly body aches and head feeling light headed and off - a bit of a headache but tbh it's mild over all. Took some cocodamol initially as my back was hurting so bad and I thought it was the sciatica mucking around. But once the pain spread around my body I realised it most likely wasn't that! Still i've had a good tea and a jam donut hubby got me from Waitrose so all is good with the world all in all!! Now onto last weekends action: 

Saturday 8th May:

Well today was a blurgh day! I am well and truly into Sophie's cold. I wake up sneezing 1000 times and nose running like a tap. My head is pounding and I feel like to death so reach for the beechams capsules. 

I give them an hour or so and then drag myself up to get my summer clothes out and put my winter ones away. I don't get on with my mother in law - like so many wives don't lol - so this is my way of keeping myself to myself and avoiding conflict. Call it self preservation for my mental health! When we got back from MIL's house at Easter I moved my case to Jessica's room in a "I need to do this job later" fashion. However I am now forced to do it! A) for the above reasons and B) Because I need to move my case back to my room so I can sleep in J's room - and there is no room long term for it to be a job "sitting in waiting"! By the time i'm done it's time for a lemsip and a sit with facebook. I'm not even sure drugs are touching this I feel so rough but I chuck them down any way! Sophie comes to sit with me and wants to do some knitting. She doesn't know how to knit and soon get's frustrated! 

After this I check on my seedlings I put in a few weeks back (or was it last week?!) I forget now! Any way this is where we are at ...

So it looks like we have a couple of Tomatoes popping up, Sweetcorn, all 3 Cucumbers (I only want one!), Beetroot, Lettuce and Brocalli (in all my years gardening I am yet to get one survive!!)

In the evening I write to the blog :-)

Sunday 9th May:

Well today is hubbys birthday. I slept in the big bed better than I thought I would for being poorly! Got up to hear hubby being forced to open presents in Jessica's room so thought I better relocate. 

After all the excitement we got dressed for the day and I headed into the garden. I was feeling miles better than Saturday. Still streamy but much less deathlike!

First job was to put some more wire about these raspberries as they are now showing fruit and going a little wild!

Second job was to get hubby to bash down fence 2. It was hanging and flapping around and getting in people's way. The junk in the back is the neighbours in the passage way! 

Mother in law brought a plant at a train station. She doesn't know what it is or if it's for indoors or out. I think outdoors but have no idea where I am going to put something that is going to grow into a large bush when we are trying to make the garden borders smaller.

Now onto the blinking stoney area. I am sick of this now but if I want to grow veg on my new veggie patch with nice bark instead of stones then I need to make it what I want. Here is the current progress. I am going up to this line of the sleepers as around here will be where the new path will be. My flower pots are the rough boundary line lol!

Here we go ...

These big boxes are trampoline boxes that my neighbour gave me and do the job really well!! Right up to my line - Perfect! 

It starts to rain lightly on me but it's not too heavy so I keep at it. I now want to cover the board in all the bark that I have. There is one 100 Litre bag outside the front door that was left over from last year. This took me 3 trips last time. I had to open the bag and take out 1/3 into my fold up wheelbarrow and wheel it round the street and down the back passage way! Did this 3 times. By the end it was pouring with rain. But I wanted to complete the job lol! I thought oh well i'm already wet so a bit more rain won't matter! I soon realised the wood was growing some kind of mould from being in the bag and out all winter but it looked furry like it would dry out so I chucked it down any way! 

And here's the end result. Need to buy or dig from old veggie patch - More bark!

Here I am at the end of it! All soggy doggy and muddy! 

Sophie was playing with a balloon that she insisted hubby blows up for his birthday lol! How on earth this didn't pop i've no idea!!

Right that's it all caught up! Hope your all well as surviving! Nothing else to update on here so i'll trot off! Lots of love to all. From The Mad House Xx

Monday, 10 May 2021

Pigeon Obsession!

Hello All!

Time for another update. I'm almost caught up - Yippee! ... 

Monday 3rd May:

Today is bank holiday! Yippee! No need to get up! Unfortunately the weather is pants so we end up spending the day indoors doing nothing but playing computer games! Sophie is absolutely full of cold so it's a good job today is not a school day! However this did not deter her from the following ... Sophie ...  who wanted to catch a Pigeon for Jessica. They are apparently her favourite animal so Sophie set up a little system. She had string from the dining room all the way up the garden. This was tied to a plastic box which was wedged above a plate of bird food. The plan was to yank the box down on the bird when it came under the box. She got bored of holding the string indoors in the end and that was the end of that LOL! Good idea though!!

Tuesday 4th May:

Today is inset day so no school til tomorrow. Sophie is still full of cold and has a bit of a fever but not as bad as yesterday. We dose her up with calpol and she really, really wants to go to town! We go for a late visit to town leaving at 3pm with the plan of having Mcdonalds for an early tea in town. We got off after the train station and walked round to the library. We looked at a few books and chose a couple to bring home with us. Then we went to WHSmiths for birthday cards for daddy at the weekend. Then we had a look in poundland at garden stuff. But mummy had forgotten what she wanted to look in there for! So we went off to the toy shop and brought 2 toys each. Sophie brought a boy LOL Doll. And Jess chose - what mummy thought - was a sea dragon that you put in water and it grows bigger and then you have a toy. Well we got home and it seems that this sea dragon is lots of sea dragons and they are some kind of pet that grows and you have to feed food!!!
Whilst in here mummy's tummy started to feel somewhat queer so we ran for the loo's downstairs where mummy was held up with an IBS attack for a bit. Couldn't sit long though as the girls were literally killing each other outside the loo door. So I got up pronto and ignored the tummy ache and marched us off to Mcdonalds. Needless to say mummy ordered food but didn't eat it until we got home just in case! Kids at some whilst waiting for the bus at the bus stop. This soon stopped however when some pigeons marched by and the kids tried to chase them. Jess seemed obsessed with chasing pigeons round town lol!

Wednesday 5th May:

It's Wednesday and it's back to school day! On the way home from school the girls collected blossom from the blossom tree and handed them to me as love gifts lol. Unfortunately I had to get them to carry them as my hands were full of school bags. Once home we put them in water.

Speaking of water and kitchens - Who likes my kitchen roll? It's very me don't ya think?!

Today is also swimming day. The kids are in the pool getting wet and i'm in the car not getting wet ... in pouring rain and hailstorms!

The evening was spent on here writing another post!

Thursday 6th May:

Mummy has the start of a sore throat .. Oh joy! ... It disappears a bit so I manage to enjoy my walk home from school run. Jessica also has a sore throat! Look at these gorgeous Tulips, blossom and bluebells! 

Friday 7th May:

Waaah my throat is as raw as a brillo pad! I'm so coming down with kid germs! I was awaken at 3am by Sophie whose leg was hurting and she had tummy ache. Tummy ache scares me as I immediately think vomit! I was dying for a pee so we went to the loo together and that seemed to sort that bit! Then she wanted a hot water bottle and to sleep downstairs with me. So I had to sneak into Jessica's room (who had had a hot water bottle at bed time for comfort) and steal the bottle. Unfortunately I woke her up in the process of doing so. She leapt up and told me not to leave her! I had Sophie waiting on the sofa so I told her to go and sleep with daddy lol! So she then woke daddy up to sleep with him so that's the whole house awake at 3am ..! I moved the old cot mattress down for Soph to sleep on and bedded down on the sofa. Here she is in the morning - aaah! In the morning Jess felt worse with her throat and had a headache so I opt for letting her stay home, It's borderline as she would probably be ok but Sophie had this as a heavy cold, it might get worse as the day goes on and well it's Friday and Jess is hardly ever off sick so I let it slide and she stays home!

On the way home from school Sophie wants to climb a tree. Or attempt ...!! As it's just me and her I let her! 

4:30pm and the doorbell rings. I answer and low and behold it's the mother in law standing there suitcase in hand saying she is coming to stay! She wanted to surprise us as it's hubby's birthday on Sunday. I wasn't impressed at all as I much prefer to know when people are coming! This is where she usually sleeps and as I couldn't be bothered to rearrange the whole bedroom she ended up sleeping on the sofa! 

Oh here are the sea dragons I was on about earlier! There is a video of them here: - It's a bit jerky as my phone camera was having issues with the macro lol! But they are clear enough to see!

Right that's it for this week! Plan to get in the garden this weekend but we shall see what the weather does! Hope your all hanging in there as usual! Lots of love The Mad House Xx

Friday, 7 May 2021

Last weeks catch up!

Well my weekend has started with the biggest shock on the world with the doorbell ringing. I answer it and there standing before me is my mother in law complete with suitcase in hand! She had come to stay without being invited or asking before hand. This is not how I planned my weekend to be. But will shall try and get some stuff done any way! As we had had no time to prepare anything and the house is one big bomb site we have said she will have to sleep on the sofa! It's not the best of timings either as me and the girls are poorly with a cold so feeling pretty rubbish and hubby has his covid vaccine on Sunday so could be joining us on the feeling rubbish! Hey ho never mind on to this weeks update: 

Monday 26th April:

Stopped to take some pretty Spring flower piccies on the way home from school run today! I love cute little flowers. And the blossom is so amazing and dangles down so that it touches my head as I walk underneath it!

Ended the day by writing a blog post up here.

Tuesday 27th April:

Little people refused to get up this morning! Sophie ran out of bed and jumped into Jessica's bed!
And Jessica wanted me to photo her hair to show to the world ...

Wednesday 28th April:

Getting ready for school wasn't going well! Jessica was in one of her sensory moods. All her socks were uncomfy ... She was whining like mad and said she had nothing to wear! ARGH!! Many discarded socks later ... We eventually made it out the house!

Thursday and Friday nothing done of note to post about! So that brings us to the weekend ...

Saturday 1st May: 

I go out but don't get a massive amount done. More carding down and add some bark to the top. I had one half opened bag and the rest I dig up and transfer over via a large bucket! I then have a go at growing some seeds indoors as nothing is happening to the ones I put in outdoors! My plant labels are too big though and I confuse myself over what everything is!!

Sunday 2nd May: 

I wake up and having my much needed morning caffine! Then we go out and attack bushes! Hubby has dug them up this morning and carried out front. And he digs the holes whilst I fill them with compost, vericulite and growmore. We have watered daily since so hoping they survive!! Although it is the wrong time of year to move bushes around so we shall see ... We have moved them from the top of the garden around the compost bins ready for the shed to go up. Here is the placing of bushes to see what they look like ... Followed by digging and getting them in.

At the end there is a small little runt one that I manage to give away free to someone on facebook.

And a little look around when done:

Now that the compost area is exposed I go up and empty my darlick plastic compost bin and come away with around 100 litres of compost from last year!

Whilst we are busy ... Sophie rides her bikes up and down the street. Or tries ... They are too small for her!

In the evening Sophie makes a spa/salon which I am demanded to visit. I get my make up done and glitter hair gel ... What do you think?!

Right that's it for this weeks - or last weeks as it now is - update! Still plodding on as normal here. Plan to get out in the garden again this weekend so we shall see just what I do - or - don't get done! Hope your all well! What have you been up to??! Anyone going to book a holiday now we are allowed to? We'll stay in this country for this year again me thinks! For the 3rd year running for us! Right off to bed I go. Lots of love to all from The Mad House Xx