20 March 2017 is the first day of the astronomical spring

The astronomical spring begins on 20 March 2017 and ends on 20 June 2017.

Who cares it means winter is over…….   Roll on 26th of March when the clocks go forward and we go into BST ,  I have spent the majority of this winter ill,  will be so glad when summer comes,  I also reserve the right to complain in summer about being too hot 

Spring equinox 2015

It’s Monday… Roll on Easter break

It’s Monday morning and that can only mean one thing! Back to school and back to the drama!!
Making sure uniforms are washed, ironed, bags sorted and we actually have some bread to make their packed lunches! 

We have had such a nice chilled weekend, apart from Alex’s football we haven’t had to go out at all. 

I am slowly getting better, well enough to drive around, sort bits out etc.  I took Alex to his football match yesterday, and have to admit after being out for a couple of hours in the cold, my chest was getting quite bad,  Alex has been a star and done most of the cooking while I haven’t been well and Allan’s been working.  Not even any meltdowns from Ali in the last week. 

Alex has been really stressy the last few months, there has been a little bit of bullying at school but after calls and an email to the teachers, It seems to have settled down.
One of the problems with a kid being 6ft 1inches tall at the age of 13 and 3 months is that all the older kids seem to pick on him. especially when he is with his mates who are half his size,  this has caused Alex to be stressy,  the other problem is one of the kids in the road has picked on Alex since he was about 9, following him on the way home from school and calling him names etc,  this kid doesn’t even go to school now for whatever reasons, he is a couple of years older than Alex and just as tall but big like my Ali,  ok he is overweight the same as Ali,  anyhoo, as I was saying this has been going on for years with the name calling, etc and I am sure Alex is no innocent and gave as much as he got,  this finally came to a head not long ago when they got into a fight. Not that Alex actually did fight he just protected himself from being hurt and when the other kid was separated from him there wasn’t a mark on Alex, since the fight though there has been no more trouble and I think in a way Alex has learnt that if this is the best the kid has to offer then it’s nothing really to worry about.  less stress again. 

Ali, on the other hand, has had a brilliant week, we haven’t had one meltdown.  I don’t often blog about Ali and what happens but let’s say, life can really be hard at times having an autistic kid in the house, we all know about it and have the broken doors etc to show for it. Maybe it’s because I have been ill that he has been so chilled the last week or maybe its the fact that when he has got home from school he has spent the majority of the time on the Xbox one out of everyone’s way. 

But saying that I can tell the kids are tired,  they kind of get run down the last couple of weeks of term. they break up for Easter on the 31st and I think they will be ready for the two-week break,   I love the Easter breaks because it is not too long that Ali gets out of his routine. there used to be a time when even a week off school would upset him but as he has got older he is more accepting of the school holidays, although the long summer break is always a challenge. 

Allan has booked a week off work as well for the first week of the break so we are hoping to be able to actually spend some family time together,  get some stuff done around the house. and most important, we can all chill. 

Today my superpower is standing up!
After a hectic few days with very little rest, I am going to call on it many times today also!
My other superpower is gratitude
I am grateful for all the fun I had over the weekend watching Alex play football and chatting with the other footie mums .
I am grateful that I don’t actually have to leave the house today so doing very little else I can catch up on my washing. 
I am grateful that I am just a little bit stiff and achy, but I am alive!
I am grateful that I am finally starting to feel better and all the pills I have been popping have been doing their job and I am finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. 
I am grateful for my family.
I am grateful for amazing friends.
I am grateful for coffee and water todaI as I will be rehydrating lots today.
I am grateful for the peace today, no one around and just chilling between the washing loads. 
I am grateful for the fact that Alex remembered to take something out the freezer for dinner tonight but I am missing my kitchen so may actually cook dinner myself today. 

If I am honest, this time two weeks ago, I honestly thought I was dying, well not literally but you know what I mean,  I felt ill, very ill, it’s bad enough being sick without the problems being a chronic asthmatic can bring. We all take breathing for granted until we struggle to do it. 
I have never been a fan or a sympathetic ear of those who post multiple status updates on facebook saying how ill or depressed they are every day. I, of course, have sympathy for those who have a genuine illness or disability,  they can post away, I am talking about those who are just miserable fuckers who are just after attention every day, seeking sympathy for every cough and cold they have, because let’s face it, the rest of the time no one talks to them or comments on their status.  So when a friend said to me the other week before I was diagnosed with pneumonia, can she come around and I said that I wasn’t up to a visit because of being unwell, the first thing she said was she didn’t believe me because most normal people let everyone on Facebook let people know they are ill.
Which just goes to prove one thing.  I am not normal and never have been lol 

Now lets do Monday 👌👊😍

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Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry has passed away :(

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39318602

There have been so many celebrity deaths the last year or so and all worth a mention if I had the time, but to me, Chuck Berry was rock and roll,  he will be missed.
He is probably off playing with his own ding a ling as I type

Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry has died aged 90, police in the US state of Missouri report.

The singer was found unresponsive at lunchtime on Saturday, St Charles County police said.

Berry’s seven-decade career boasted a string of hits, including classics Roll Over Beethoven and Johnny B. Goode.

He received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1984 and was among the first inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

In a statement on Facebook, the St Charles County Police Department said they were called to reports of an unresponsive man at 12:40 local time (17:40 GMT).

“Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26pm,” the statement continued.

American rock 'n' roll singer, songwriter and guitarist Charles 'Chuck' Berry in 1965Image copyrightHUW EVANS PICTURE AGENCY
Image captionBerry, pictured in 1965, had his first hit in the 1950s

“The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry.”

Motown legends The Jacksons paid tribute.

“Chuck Berry merged blues & swing into the phenomenon of early rock’n’roll. In music, he cast one of the longest shadows. Thank You Chuck,” they tweeted.

Singer-songwriter Huey Lewis described him as “maybe the most important figure in all of rock and roll”.

“His music and influence will last forever,” he added.

Berry was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1926, and had his first hit Maybellene in 1955.

Last year, he announced he would be releasing his first album in nearly four decades. He dedicated it to his wife of 68 years, Themetta “Toddy”.

iPhones and my hatred for them

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I have never been a fan of apple products, we have had the iPods in the past and I borrowed an iPad for a while and disliked that, I used a Mac at work and hated that so when Allan was due his upgrade on his mobile contract last year, put off by the problems the Samsung 7 was having and he decided to get an iPhone instead, I told him they were pants but he didn’t listen to me and got one.  we have always had Samsung in the past and have never had any problem but this iPhone has been a nightmare from start to finish.  

I have never seen what everyone’s fascination about iPhones is, to be honest,  you have to piss around with iTunes, just to get music on them.  most of the apps for them are crap compared to Android. you can’t customise them as much as you can an Android.  Personally, I am a big fan of GoSMS Pro for all the funky text themes and background pics you can get.  anyhoo.. back to this iPhone. 

For the first few months, it was fine. He used it but his work app kept crashing so he had problems logging on and off. then the phone started turning itself on and off while charging.  then it started doing it all the time.  so we took it in January to Stormfront in Maidstone.  they checked it out.. which took over a week, and told us it was a fault, so replaced it. with supposedly another unlocked phone.  we had got the original one unlocked because Allan decided Alex could have it and Allan we going to go back to his Samsung.  So again we had to go through EE to get it unlocked.   that took a couple of weeks for them to sort out. which brings us to last week.  finally unlocked and Alex puts his sim card in and sets it up, and within a few days, this one starts crashing and going to the apple logo constantly.  we call up ee they arrange for me to take it to Stormfront in Maidstone again. I get there.  they tell me that its a software problem and I have to pay £10 for a hard reset. or I could go home and try it.   well, I figure it cost me more than £10 to get there in fuel and parking so if it doesn’t work at home I would have to come back anyway. so I paid up.  she reset it and says there is nothing wrong with it.. so I bring it home, Alex gets in from school, puts his sim in and yep it does it again within half an hour.  resulting on one very stressed kid, So Allan phones ee again,  they tell him to contact Apple support.  this time they said to take it to Bluewater apple shop.so the next day off I go and they check out the phone. and its a fault with the actual phone.  resulting in getting a new replacement. which reminds me I still need to call Stormfront in Maidstone and bollock them and try and get a refund of the ten pounds. :/ 
Anyway, I get home with the new phone.  now because we don’t want a pissed off teenager should any problems happen again.. I give Allan the choice.  he either has the iPhone, I have his Samsung 6 and Alex has my Samsung 5, nope he doesn’t want the fucking phone as he hates them now.  Alex doesn’t want the iPhone as he prefers Samsung as well, he loved his old one before it got smashed by his mate being stupid.  so guess who ended up with the iPhone.  yep me… Allan is happy as a pig in shite as he has his Samsung.  Alex is happy as he has my old Samsung. and I am stuck with a piece of shite iPhone. until Allan’s next upgrade and then I will have his old Samsung.. his new upgrade will be SAMSUNG! 

I have only been using this poxy phone a day and already I hate it even more.  they are so boring and limited compared to Samsung and android.  

I don’t even feel any  satisfaction out of telling Allan “I told you not to get an iPhone” because he now has realised.. I was bloody right. 

Never again will an Apple product enter this house… 

It’s official, I AM OLD!!

As if feeling like death and rattling like a maracas with a number of pills I am taking isn’t bad enough, I have just gone to take a bag of rubbish out to the wheelie bin and tripped on the curb,  you give that quick look around in the hope that no one saw you go arse over tip, and instead of seeing people laughing, the guy from across the road comes running over to you, to make sure you are ok and ask’s if you think you have broken anything 😦   

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