Monday, 16 January 2017

Writing About Writing

Please, please, please - Sue and whoever the lovely Anonymous person is - please nitpick!  As you no doubt know, these are written and posted almost straight away.  I am annoyed with myself for missing stuff, but very happy that mistakes are pointed out.  I am grateful for any feedback and I've corrected the points.  Thank you both!

I'm doing an online writing course and failing on an epic scale and it's only week two.  I'm not getting too stressed.  Uncle has been in hospital and been discharged.  I think he is failing.  I want him to get better, but I know he won't as he has vascular dementia.  Sometimes I don't think he recognises me but is too innately polite to say so.  Bear has been up all night with a poorly tummy.  This poorly tummy has been going on since before Christmas.  Sometimes it's worse, sometimes it gets better, but it never seems to go away.  The GP suggests that we wait and see.  Bear and uncle are reasons to get stressed.

I think I'll take a break and go do some knitting.  That's bound to distract me.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

More Writing

I've been writing again.  I'm having far too much fun.  For those interested I have posted the short (514 word) version on Always Another Chapter here and the long (3192 word) version on 'At the Sign of the White Hart' here or you can read the story so far here.

And if you feel like having a quick go at writing yourself, feel free to have a look at the Light and Shade Challenge here.  All welcome.

Clean up Continues

Today I cleared the last of the debris from the lads and poured cleaning fluid down the steps into the kitchen.  They don't get sunlight at this time of year so algae grows and they can get very slippery.  I gave it a limp scrub with a plastic brush but I'll have another go when rain is forecast.  I usually pour the cleaner or bleach over the steps, leave it to work and let rain wash it off.  Fortunately I live in the UK so I can rely on regular rain.

I'm trying to catch up with cleaning and sorting in general.  Today I got bear to empty out his school book bag.  This is what should be in the bag...


 The envelope in the top left is his lunch money that should have been handed in last week.  He also had this little lot


 Which included a selection of scraps of paper, Christmas cards, notices of events and a letter from school.  What can I say?  My handbag is far worse.

Tomorrow I am planning to catch up with the laundry because if the ironing pile gets any bigger you will be able to see it from space.

Sarah - I have no idea why you aren't in my blog roll as I always enjoy reading your posts.  I hope you're okay.

JustJill - I have been drooling over your awesome pictures, they are amazing!

If anyone else reads this and has a blog that isn't on my blog roll, please can you let me know.  I also want to say, thank you so much for dropping in, it's great to see you and I hope you are comfy here.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Are You in My Blog Roll?

Quick shout out - if you have a blog but I haven't got it in my blog roll, can you let me know.  I feel like I have made so many awesome friends on here and I'd love to give other people a chance to 'meet' you.

I Survived

I survived bear and his pals.  At one point we had a movie going LOUD in one room, bear playing with a pal on the xbox, a YouTube video belting out and one of his pals having a random go on the piano in the other.

They played football, ate cookies, fruit, pringles, doughnuts and muffins before getting pizza followed by cake for dinner, argued goodnaturedly, goofed around and appeared to have an awesome time.  One pal fell on bear, so the pal hurt his wrist and bear knocked his head.  Both appeared fine by the end.  Another landed face down on the street and I had to scrape the dirt of him.  I may never get the dirt out of the bathmat - and I don't care.  The lad was fine and that's all that matters.

The house was okay, but all the way through the afternoon I kept spotting dust traps that I hadn't noticed.  I suspect all that I've done is make a clean spot.  I'll have to keep going next week.  The sofa survived, so that was a result.

Here is a poor picture of the remains of the birthday cake.  The phone I used is getting very elderly and is about 108 in phone years, but I've lost the other one.


You can see the marks left by the watermelon fingers in the background.  If bear wants the same again next year, I'm happy.  

Now I am going to drink some wine.  

Friday, 13 January 2017

Deceitful Weather

There hasn't been much snow here, hardly anything at all.  It's cold and blustery, but we are not suffering from snow drifts like parts of the UK and we are not threatened by the massive storm surge that has been forecast for some parts of the coast.  I wasn't exactly thrilled when I stepped out to take bear to school but I wasn't worried.  These are my front steps...


Do you see the faint, semi frozen, semi melted layer of snow?  I didn't, which is why I nearly went skating all the way down to land on my dignity.  I made a mad grab at the hand rail just in time.  Bear thought it was awesome.  I didn't.  I try and keep this family friendly so I'm not saying exactly what I thought but it was roughly 'darn it to heck'.

To be honest, it's been a 'darn it' sort of day.  I have several young lads coming round tomorrow to eat pizza and I am trying to get things in some sort of shape.  They are all lovely, all quite polite and well behaved, but the youngest is nine, the oldest is twelve and there is only so much you can expect.  My poor sofa.

Reading the comments of everyone else's experience was very comforting.  I've seen the bed slats here and they are less expensive than a new bed, though I quite like ravylesley's idea.  We can manage that.  What I don't want to have to manage is a new sofa.  The one I would like as a replacement is @ £340 linky and I really need to save up for that and as the bathroom is in a dreadful state, the windows all need doing and every floor in the house needs recovering it is not at the top of my list.

Today has been a high gravity day, and I am writing this instead of sorting out the house.  Two of the lads coming have asthma and there is a lot of dust.  I climbed up a ladder to the top of the big fireplace and realised it has literally been years since I dusted there.  I used a damp microfibre cloth but honestly I could have used a snow shovel.

I had better get back to work, but thanks for the encouragement.  I resigned myself to things happening to furniture on the day I had a boy, along with muddy football kit, scraped knees and toys I couldn't start to understand.  It is a constant delight to me.

Also, here is a gif that I found which made me laugh out loud.  I suppose worse things that some young lads could happen to a sofa

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Bear in Trouble

Bear is in trouble.  Since he was able to walk I have been playing war about him bouncing on the bed and on the sofa.  As DH was digging around for a lost toy he moved the bed and found four broken slats in the bed.

I have been unamused.

The bed is holding out, and bear is bearing up under my opinion of what has happened, why it happened and how much a new bed will cost.  I had a quick look at IKEA's website and I didn't see any highly reinforced beds guaranteed against bears.  I did notice that they sold the mattress base separately for some beds, so we may get away with only replacing the slats.

I'm more concerned about the sofa.  It's had ten years of hard wear, including me sleeping on it for a few years and bear hurling himself on it regularly despite everything I said.  So far it's stayed very sturdy.  Please let it stay sturdy for a while longer.