Thursday, 2 December 2021

My beautiful field!

Oooooh i'm doing well! This is post number 6 stacked up ready to post up for you all to read on the catch ups! I'm trying not to bore you all by posting too often so i'm putting them up about every 3 days right now. I keep having ideas of posts I want to write about - topics - so it's less diary like with some more variety. But think that won't come this side of next year with all this catching up going on! Right lets dive in ...

Monday 4th October:

Today is a wet day. It always rains on school run right!? So here's my wellybobs and all the brollies at the ready. How on earth I have only recently discovered wellybobs i've no idea! I still can't make out if I love them or not. They feel very welly like - yea what do you expect woman they are just short wellies! But I am used to Bogs which are not rubber but made of neoprene so have a different feel! Either way they are for a short trip and do the job! And yes my living room floor is well overdue a hoover!! So not just you if yours looks anything like mine!

Once were home from school the rain had stopped - obviously!! So it was straight out to get the chickens for Sophie. Here is Peachy in for a cuddle. And here is a really funny video of Sophie holding them outside. The way she carries Peckers is sooo funny with those dangling legs. Here look for a giggle!:

Tuesday 5th October:

Today we were a little late arriving at school so I had to go out the main gate home instead of the side gate as it was already closed. One positive of this is I get to look at this gorgeous view as I walk down the hill. I could stare at that field in the distance all day! It's beautiful. It makes me feel so happy to be so close to the country where we are. We are lucky. So I couldn't resist a snap at it to show you all. 

I was sat on my laptop after my lunch time nap and realised this box of sanitiser has been sat here since we got the chickens! I really need to get round to getting some more storage outside to move this into. And the bedding that is in the garage!

After school run I sorted through this basket and bag. Random tosh that had come down from upstairs. It's mad the amount of rubbish that ends up there that is mean to be downstairs. Shoes, brollies, and play food from the play kitchen to real things from the real kitchen like sauce pans and tongs! I do some washing up - yes there are potatoes on my draining board! And then I clean around the sink and leave it to dry. I end the day by having a quick declutter of the coffee table.

Wednesday 6th October:

Jessica got sent home with this form to fill out for school. I thought it was far too intrusive so this won't be filled out and sent back!! Could just be me being over sensitive but why on earth do they need to know her sleep times, screen times and everything she does on and off it?! I dunno doesn't sit well with me so i'll ignore that!

In the evening Jessica set up a shop and wanted me to go and buy things. But I had to have my own bank card. I was somewhat scared when she came to me to ask for my credit card! I was like what on earth do you want that for! But she wanted to copy it. No those are not my real card numbers before some random man in Nigeria gets excited ...

Thursday 7th October:

As the days get shorter and the weather gets gloomier I find my mood drops. I suffer from SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder and really notice it. The sunnier days are ok but the never ending cloud gloom is sooo doomy! So when I saw this notice on facebook it really echoed how it is for me! 

Friday 8th October:

Today is tackle Jessica's bedroom day. Man look at the sight of that! lol. So here are the before and afters. The suitcase is actually left over from when we were away last month! Yes i'm one of those I tend to leave it, walk around it and forget it's there! But it is on the to do list! The clear boxes are for the loft. The clear boxes on the landing are to sort through and put more stuff in. But mostly all to sell to go up in the loft in a few weeks when sorted. Looking into Jessica's wardrobe there are clothes all over the floor too. But I can't be bothered to deal with them today so they can wait til Monday!

Right here endeth another wind up of another typical week in the mad house! To current times and we went to the Christmas light switch on today. The girls sang in the choir and i'm guessing did well. I only say guessing as we couldn't see them due to too many children there!! There were 75 children on stage in total so it was very busy! We didn't stay for the light switch on as it was another hour and 15 mins later after the kids had finished. Just too much waiting around so we went home. Tomorrow is children in need day. So this marks non school uniform and pizza hut for tea as our celebration! I'm sure you will hear all about it in another update! Right bed time calls! Keep looking up. Lots of love to all from The Mad House Xx

Monday, 29 November 2021

Baking Home Made Courgette Bread!

Hiiiiiii!!! Did you spot the mistake in my last blog? I put Friday 31st September. There are only 30 days. But I couldn't be bothered to change it lol! I see you now going back to check LOL! Any way here we are starting October. I'm quite excited about that as it means i'm now only about 6 weeks behind - Doh! Still we are catching up and that's the main thing! So let's jump back in to a weekend ... Hello October!

Saturday 2nd October: 

Yay it's the weekend! Today I need to sort Jessica's clothes. Summer ones away and winter ones out. So here is an action shot.

After the clothes are done I decide I need to cook something to use up a big remaining courgette I picked from the veggie patch. So I dig out an old recipe my neighbour gave me and make courgette and cheese bread. Sophie wants to help so we set to it

Whilst it was cooking we set about playing monopoly. As you may remember from my last blog entry we set up a game but didn't finish it. So we are back to it ... Sophie is out first. Followed by mummy. This leaves daddy and Jessica to it! And daddy wins ...

The bread is then ready so we try a bit. It's nice but a little too strong on the herb front! We leave half out and freeze the other half.

Sunday 3rd October: 

Today I plan in a relaxing down day. I push hard at the weekends in summer in the garden and in Winter try and aim for the opposite. This is the season of down time, recouping and hibernation! That said ... I didn't clean the chickens out yesterday because it was raining so I need to do it today.

First I start the day with a cup of coffee. This is my Sunday mug as it has "religious" things on it. It's always good to have some positive affirmations/wordings to remind you of your worth!

After being fuelled by caffine I head out into the garden. All the below is washed and drying..

Here is a pic of the tarpaulin. After that torrential rain we pulled it right down to protect this side more. 

We then topped up the run with some new woodchips. 

And I scattered the old bedding on the - what was grass - that is now turning to mud!

Once I was done with the chickens I had some lunch and then it was time to commence with some crafting. I am starting to make some Autumn leaves. The eventual finish will be lots of leaves and some acorns all stringed out on a garland type thing! So I can hang it up - somehow! However this is me and I have such little time for craft so this won't be finished for some years - If at all!!But I need something to keep these fingers busy. Last year or even - the beginning of this year - you may recall I started to learn how to crochet. I should do some of this too as I want to crochet a simple but pretty square to use as a dishcloth. I know, I know - So old lady-ey but gotta start somewhere!! So I might take that up again soon. Any way for now here is the start of my leaf garland. All ready to go with my first pattern. There are 2 types of leaf and I am going to knit both types of mixtures of colours. So here I am snuggled up in my favourite blanket. I love everything about it. The fur edges, the cream chunky knit and the inside is a nice fleece. It's luuush!

Here we are! Leaf one is complete. A nice medium green colour. I timed myself and it took me 17 minutes. May have included some child interruption time but I can't remember! On to leaf number 2 in orange. Whilst listening to some relaxing hymns for Sunday on YouTube. 

Leaf number 2 is finished! I start leaf number 3 on a darker shade of green but stop there as it's tea time.

We have restarted our winter tradition of having candles at the table once again. There is something so nice and homely about it. I do sooo love candles! The light is so calm and relaxing with it's gentle flickery flick of light.

At bedtime Jessica decided to dress up as a ... well ... a "thing"! That is all I can explain it as LOL! Mad child!! I had a quick shower before bed. Usually this is a morning thing for me but got side tracked by rushing out to the chickens! So got showered ready and came out to this notice on my pillow from Jessica. I've never had a congratulations on having a shower before! I've not had that many showers in my life though LOL!!

Right that's the end of another round up! Hope you found it interesting and/or fun. Definately a few odd moments in the weekend! To current times and tomorrow is the Christmas light switch on in town. Both girls will be singing in the choir. They are due on stage at 430pm. Jessica is excited and Sophie is nervous. I'm sure it will be fine though so longs as the weather stays dry! It's meant to so fingers crossed! Friday will be children in need (almost wrote chicken in need then!) and the girls have to go in in non school uniform. Florescent colours. We don't have any! So i'll send them in as bright as we've got! They don't really care so longs they get their £1 donation i'm sure!! Right nothing else new so i'm going to sign off here. Keep looking up! Lots of love to all from The Mad House Xx

Friday, 26 November 2021

Uh oh the chickens are locked out!

Hello Worldlings! Welcome to blogland! Here we talk about a load of random every day tosh! Today we have a week full of standard fare. Shall we dive in? LETS! ... 

Monday 27th September:

Well here we are on a Monday again. My least favourite day of the week! I am sooo not a morning person and there is something hard knowing there are 5 of these early mornings ahead. But we plod on!

Nothing of note happened today except when Sophie let the chickens out Peachy decided to jump/fly! up on to the food bin. Well this is a new one! They haven't been flyer upper-ers until now! I guess she wants something aye??!

Tuesday 28th September:

Today is another day of standard fair with an interesting ending! This is the life of mummy with a hubby that works from home in the bedroom. Anything that needs to go in must be pilled by the door to dash in quick when the door opens!

Today is attack Jessica's room day. I'm a day behind as I usually do her room Mondays and Fridays and Sophie's the days in between. I am wondering whether to change it though as Jess seems on the whole to be messier than Soph! So here's the before and afters.

Now the excitement of the day comes from a torrential rain shower. It was mad! It went literally black as night in the day time and absolutely threw it down! Here is a video of it:
The street lights came on and everything. Our patio was well flooded.

If you watched the video above you would see that the chickens were all huddled up under the middle to try and keep dry. The rain was blowing in. I think we need to amend the tarp so that it covers the other side which is the western side to stop that as much. We looked at the cam later when we thought the chickens should be in bed by now. Wondering what on earth they were all doing. They had gone up on the bar of wood. We have never seen them up there before so something was up. I donned my wellies and raincoat with a brolly to battle the elements. (This is when I took the above photos). I then realised that the coop door was already closed and they had been shut out! Now our door is set to auto close based on daylight settings. So here we have our first fail! Oops! We have now amended it so that it closes 30 minutes after the light goes! So I had to press a few buttons - say hey presto - and open the door. Then crawled into the run and lifted them into the coop for the night then shut the door!

Wednesday 29th September:

The only excitement in the mad house family today is ... A game of Monopoly after tea time. Jess dragged it out and has been wanting to play it for a while so we start the game. We left by taking some photos so we would remember who was where ready to restart the game. None of the houses are mine! They are all hubbys and Jessica's!

Thursday 30th September:

Sophie invented her own magic trick. See here:
As you can see she stuck it on with sellotape LOL! She is so inventative? Is that a word? Creative - I love it!

Friday 31st September:

Weee it's the end of the week! My favourite day! Friday always has such a happy feeling about it!
I have no photos stored up to show you all so it must have been a standard fare type of day! Oh I must tell you ... We have booked in a long weekend trip next month. This is in honour of my 40th birthday. It won't be on my birthday but will be on the 2nd weekend of half term week off. We have booked it Friday - Monday. So the plan is the girls will return to school Monday lunch time as it's only in the New Forest so not far!

Right that rounds up another update! Quite exciting we are knocking on the door to October now! That means my blog is only 6 weeks behind ... Ha! Back to current real time and I've had a nightmare of an evening! Trying to work out what to feed Jessica who seems to be becoming increasingly difficult to feed! So thought pasta and fish fingers with the obviously to be ignored veg. Well apparently she no longer likes fish fingers?! Since when! Last time she asked for more! ARGH! Ah well ... And then they wouldn't sleep. Took 2 hours to get Sophie to drop off. She is my nightmare sleeper. Has been since day dot! One of the ran into the others bedroom. There was a lot of faffing, stamping and moving around. Went up to find they had both moved all their bedding and were trying to sleep on the landing! I would have found it very cute if I wasn't in such a bad mood from I-won't-eat-my-tea-gate! Just been reading up on my weather forums and lots of people are getting excited about the impending cold next week. Going to get very cold with frosts and ice. But the golden question is always ... Will it snow?! I'm guessing not but either way will be nice to see some seasonal temps to help one get more in the mood for Christmas! I'm still putting off getting the folder out. Maybe at the weekend! Right i'm off to beddies once again! Keep looking up. Lots of love to all! From The Mad House Xx