Monday, 13 May 2019

Me on Monday

It's amazing I've found time to write this post.  I have a new guilty pleasure.  Any spare half hour I find when I have the house to myself.  Honestly, I can't help myself.  What is this thing?  A new series I've discovered on Netflix.  My daughter's friend recommended it to her and for some strange reason she hasn't found time to watch it.  Honestly, just because she has an energetic toddler and a 5 month old baby, surely she must have all the time in the world to watch tv, right?  🤣 It's a series called 'Dead to Me'.  First of all I thought it was going to be a 'chick flick' kind of thing but it's so much more than that.  It probably appeals more to women than men but it's not your average rom-com girly series.  I have just one episode left to watch and boy is the action heating up, so many strands of the same story.  Just to let you know how much I have been finding excuses to watch tv, my ironing pile is non existent.  Not a thing left to iron.  Nada.  Never been known before!  Have you seen this programme?  

I have that certain little toddler coming later this morning while his sister goes for a check up blood test so there'll be no watching tv in peace once he gets here that's for sure.  The sun is shining so I feel sure that he will be in the front door and then straight out the back to pick up his trowel and dig for 'wood smouses'.  It fascinates him to lift up a pot, watch the woodlice scuttle away and curl into a ball.  There may even be time to head over to the lake to feed the ducks.  

These white ducks are the noisiest, bossiest ducks on the lake.  They move twice as fast as the brown ducks and they are so loud, and quite intimidating!  They've been over the other side of the lake nesting in the last month or so but when we went for a walk at the weekend we saw they were back.

Then this afternoon a quick visit to my sister's to pick up the keys to her holiday home in Portugal.  Yes folks, Leo's first trip on an aeroplane is imminent. Better start taking my multi-vitamins ... 

Monday, 6 May 2019

Me on Bank Holiday Monday

It's hard to keep track of Bank Holiday Mondays when you're retired as every Monday is a day off - but here we are at the first of two Bank Holidays in May.

I'm checking out the list of things on the Photo Scavenger Hunt list that is run by Mary-Lou.  You can find the list here and it would be great if you could join in too, the more the merrier!  I am already thinking that there may be one or two I may struggle with but I've never let it beat me yet so I fully intend to find 'a funny or meaningful bumper sticker' even if I have to make one myself 😂. I was thinking that this might cross off number 13 but I think the white lettering of Leo's letter blocks may count as a third colour ...

We've had an injured pup here this weekend.  Coco's main job description involves protecting her family from squirrels and it's a job she takes very seriously.  Those pesky squirrels know how much they wind her up and take full advantage of their ability to climb.  Saturday morning we were walking down the lane that leads to the lake and a squirrel suddenly jumped out of a bush and ran up a fence panel.  It then tightroped across the top of the fence and then hurled itself, above our heads, to a tree on the other side of the lane.  We all held our breath to see if it would manage the distance or whether we would suddenly have a grey furry bundle of angry squirrelness fall on our heads - obviously Coco's worst nightmare.  So she threw herself at the fence panel, twisted and we think she must have fallen awkwardly as she started to limp a little.  We carried on a little further, but cut the walk shorter than normal and she just laid around all day.  Sunday dawned and it was as if nothing had happened, maybe we won't have to go to the vets today after all.

I've been tentatively thinking about what to pack for our holiday to Portugal next week.  As most of what I will take won't have been worn since last September, there will have to be a 'does this still fit?' session later today.  Which could end up in a frantic buying spree for larger size clothes, re-thinking what we'll be eating for the next 10 days or smugly walking around knowing that I'm still the same size as I was last holiday.  Place your bets now!

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Sentence a Day in April

Also posing as Thinking Out Loud Thursday.  What I'm thinking today is ...

A quarter of the year gone already?  Surely not ... 

And yet here we are in May.  Time to do a sentence a day for April.

Day 1 Went to my first yoga class which, for someone with no sense of balance and limited flexibility, was a brave thing to try.

Day 2 Not a particularly nice day outside so spent quite a bit of time catching up with tv programmes I've recorded while doing more of my knitting.

Day 3 Paul was out for the day doing his volunteer work at our local country park so I went into town, window shopped, caught up on some chores in the afternoon and did more knitting.

Day 4 Zumba in the morning then popped round to a neighbour's house in the afternoon for a cup of tea and a chat.

Day 5 Meal out in the evening with friends to our favourite Thai restaurant, then back to theirs for drinks - it was a late, late night ...

Day 6 ... and we both felt tired most of the next day, luckily we had a quiet day at home and weren't going out in the evening!

Day 7 Went to Rachel's for a belated birthday Sunday lunch - she had also arranged for Jon and Sophie to come which was a lovely surprise - I felt very spoilt.

Day 8 Went back to yoga, I think I'm going to enjoy this!

Day 9 Hair cut day - that was so overdue, when I looked in my diary it was 10 weeks since I last went to the hairdressers (and it really showed!)

Day 10 Such a lovely sunny day I was able to hang my washing out to dry in the garden for the first time this year

Day 11 After a visit to the groomers Coco was looking and feeling great, and so was I until I realised I'd spent as much on keeping her look neat and tidy in the last couple of months as I have on myself!

Day 12 Looked after Leo while his sister had a hearing test this morning - how does one small boy cause so much disruption to my house in just two short hours?

Day 13 A day full of pottering around in the garden and long dog walks

Day 14 Went to a surprise 50th birthday party - I have never seen our friend speechless before, she really was totally shocked!

Day 15 Sticking with the yoga classes - I've even invested in a proper yoga mat 

Day 16 Went with Rachel to take Leo to our local theatre to see a production of 'Pongo's Party' - his first experience of a live show and he loved it!

Day 17 My friend Denise came over for the morning to discuss craft related projects, catching up on grandchildren news, and generally putting the world to rights.

Day 18 Zumba! Followed by a good old house tidy up because the next day we had ...

Day 19 ... Friends over in the evening for and Indian takeaway - 'twas a late night 😴

Day 20 Glorious sunshine - a good excuse to spend a long time 'gardening' (mostly sitting back in a chair looking at the flower borders thinking about what needs to be done) (unless you are a dog, in which case you spend most of the day in the middle of the lawn dreaming of squirrels)

Day 21 The worst Easter Sunday ever with Rosie taken into hospital with a serious blood disorder.

Day 22 Rosie having more tests and the possibility of more invasive treatment at Gt Ormond Street in London.

Day 23 Rosie still in hospital, we are still looking after her brother and putting on extremely brave faces so he doesn't suspect anything is wrong.

Day 24 Rosie was discharged late yesterday evening so our little house guest has gone home and we are trying to get over the trauma of what has gone on.

Day 25 Trying to get back in the old routine, Zumba class helps to get a few endorphins flowing.

Day 26 Went to a Friday yoga class, then had lunch at a new Italian restaurant that has opened in our neigbouring town.

Day 27 Invited to friends for drinks in the evening, the lovely weather of the last week has definitely finished and we walked there wrapped in winter coats and wearing boots.

Day 28 A 'normal' Sunday, and greatly relieved to have this little one sitting at the table with us this week. 

Day 29 Yoga class, I think I may be getting slightly better at balancing on one leg!

Day 30 Rosie had follow up blood tests which were within normal range - a great way to end a month which definitely had a lot of ups and downs #nowonderihavegreyhair  

Monday, 29 April 2019

Me on Monday

This Monday ...

... I am happy to report that we had a certain young lady joining us for Sunday lunch.  That same certain young lady who scared us all to pieces just one short week ago.

She has her next set of blood tests on Tuesday so we are all crossing fingers that they are ok.

I spent a lot of Sunday checking this route on the computer

Checking the progress of a couple of people I know who were running in the London Marathon.  One of them was the lady who is the head of the Drama faculty at the school where I used to work.  She has never run in a race before, has three young sons aged between 6 and 1, has only just returned from maternity leave to take up her full time teaching role and who did not particularly enjoy sport.  How did she find the time or energy to do all the training?  Her inspiration to run was to raise money for a charity that supported one of her students who died in 2018 aged just 16.   (You can read the full story here.)  It took her a long time but she was absolutely determined to finish and she did so well. However I suspect she may never want to wear a pair of trainers or go for a jog again! When my ex boss ran the marathon last year she lost 7 of her 10 toenails 😱 

So what does this week hold?  Well, that young lady in the top photo is coming round for the afternoon on Tuesday while her mummy has some well deserved pampering time.  Don't tell her brother, he'll be very miffed to find that Rosie's been round nanny's house without him!

Thursday we have voting in our local elections - which is very inconvenient as they use the hall where I do Zumba as a polling station so no exercise mid week for me.  Which is why I fully intent to hit the yoga mat again later today.  Which is why I should stop typing this and jump in the shower, class starts in 45 mins!

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Thinking Out Loud Thursday

How can it possibly be Thursday again?  The weekend went by in a blur and suddenly here we are.  So, joining in again with Penny, this is what I'm thinking about today.

I'm thinking how lucky we are in the UK to have such a wonderful National Health Service.  The care that our daughter and family received when Rosie was taken ill on Easter Sunday was amazing.  Scary stuff, but reassuring that things were being thoroughly checked out by not just our local hospital but the amazing Great Ormond Street.

I'm hoping that I may have finally recharged my batteries after having Leo come to stay while his sister was poorly.  He's a bundle of energy

and my house has never been so glittery

I'm wondering if I've got enough energy to go to Zumba this morning, I think it will do me good to have an hour of dancing.  Get those endorphins flowing again!

I'm in awe of all the people about to run the London Marathon on Sunday.  So many charities will benefit from their run - last night I saw on TV an article on the oldest lady who will be running.  83.  EIGHTY THREE!  And there's me, a mere 61 year old wondering if she's got enough energy to do an hour of Zumba.  Oh the shame.

Short and sweet this week - do you have a few minutes to share what you are thinking about today?

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Missing on Monday

I missed my Me on Monday post.  Even if I could have found time to do it, my mind wasn't on blog posting.

We had a pretty traumatic Easter.  We ended up having Leo come to stay with us for 3 days and nights which normally would be lovely but he was here because his baby sister was in hospital.  I've kept brave and strong so far because that's what you have to do when you're in charge of a toddler who started to wonder where Rosie and Mummy and Daddy were but now that the crisis is over I think there is a chance that I may dissolve into tears at the slightest most random thing.

I won't go into details but after a blood test which had very irregular results, there were many consultations with Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and a real chance that she would be sent there for a bone marrow biopsy under general anaesthetic.  

However, later blood tests showed a dramatic improvement and they were allowed home last night with follow up tests next week.  It is possible that it may have been a virus which attacked her immune system but no conclusive answers at the moment.  I don't think any of us have been so scared, whilst putting on brave supportive faces.

I'll be back for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.  Meanwhile, I think a day of doing not very much at all is on the cards.