Back to school and we have our lodger back :)

Well, the boys went back to school last Tuesday,  as a treat, we took them both to see Fast and furious 8 on bank holiday Monday. I have to admit it was a great film and I even managed to stay awake through the whole thing. afterwards, it was back home for burgers as finances didn’t stretch to a takeaway but hey hoo it is payday soon 🙂 
Both boys were happy to go back to school and catch up with friends, and probably to get away from sorting bedrooms out as I have been on a spring clean mission lately,
Wednesday Alex had a friendly football match with his team at 6 pm and they won 10-2 so he was happy as the other team were a year older. 

We are just about in the normal school routine now, and while all the other mums rejoice about their kids going back to school, I love having the boys at home.  roll on May day bank holiday when they have a nice long weekend. 

My brother is off to the south of France tomorrow so we got our lodger back, we babysit his budgie while he is away,  Bertie is lovely though but very old, so rather than have him and keep taking him back and forth while they go to their boat and then come back for the odd week here and there, we have his stay with us until they are back for the winter. so he will be here with us until at least October.  in fact, when you work it out, Bertie spends most of the year with us lol so we have “Shut up Steve” upstairs in Ali’s room  *Ali’s budgie* and Bertie downstairs, both tweeting to each other. 
I have to admit I have missed having Bertie over the winter, so it’s nice to have him back with us.  I just hope he doesn’t pop his clogs of old age while we have him here 🙄 

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Happy Chocolate Egg/ Easter Day to all

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Being none religious, It would be hypercritical of me to celebrate Easter as such, but of course, the same as Christmas, there is no way I would want my kids to go without for the pure fact of my none beliefs, and one always has to respect the beliefs of others. 
The same goes for Christmas, we have Santa/ Christmas day.

Having replaced the kids chocolate eggs, about three times in the last two weeks, because we have eaten them  🙄 😎 The kids do actually have an egg and a bunny to munch on this morning,  in the past I have always done them a basket with loads of eggs and bits in and in the past take them on an egg hunt, I never could understand how they could search through castle grounds, park’s, wood’s etc and every other vast expanse and find loads and loads of eggs, but couldn’t find a missing shoe if it was 3ft away from them 😆 but, much as I hate to admit it, they are too old for this now, last year they refused to go on an egg hunt and told me in no uncertain terms that they were not little kids and when I mentioned about baskets this year, they were not bothered at all,  but I did put the baskets and other bits on a free group so now someone else can use them and hopefully they will get many years of use until their little one has grown up.

I will miss making these baskets up every year but when Darren and the girls are a bit older I can start again.  (I never did full baskets for little ones as they tend to pig out until they are sick on all the chocolate lol ) it’s once they got past five that I start.   PicMonkey Collage

Ever have one of those days? well I am having one today

I have a mountain of washing again,  I swear that it breeds in the washing baskets because I have done loads in the last week,  the cause of this washing is a teenager who seems to think that he needs to get changed about three times a day. He will go out and play football come in muddy or dusty as it’s not rained in a while,  strip off, and then an hour later get dressed and go out again to play football, yep in clean clothes. and repeat! 
Much as I miss them when they are at school, the one good thing is they wear their uniform, come in and strip off,  if they are going out it’s only for a few hours so they get a few days out of their clothes, and if they are not, then its change into lounge pants and for some weird reason I have to beg for those to go in the wash after they have been worn for days.  And I thought having teenage girls was bad….
And then there is the ironing of the uniform ready for Tuesday…..  


How can a walking stick disappear in to thin air?

Things vanish all the time,

Keys, change, wallets, you know all the little things that you absentmindedly put down and forget where you put them, you end up searching the whole house looking for them to find the car keys in the fridge..  go on admit it, you have all done it at some time, No???  maybe it’s just me then after all.
Anyway, I woke up this morning and can’t find my walking stick anywhere,  now this is not something I use occasionally, I have to use it all the time, I use it to go from the sofa to the loo, I struggle to walk without it. So where has it gone,  I have no idea, I curled up on the sofa last night and I was sure it was at the end but when I woke up this morning it wasn’t there.  I still can’t sleep upstairs for three reasons,

1. it takes me forever to get up the stairs,  getting down is even scarier

2. we have a downstairs bathroom so in the middle of the night if I need to go it would mean waking Allan up to get him to help me downstairs. and finally

3. I am an insomniac so spend most of the night awake,  now Allan works 12 hr shifts, sometimes with an hour travel each way making it a very long day the last thing he needs is me either waking him up or keeping him awake most of the night. 
Anyhow, the stick, we have searched everywhere, even under the sofa. I am having to use a crutch at the moment which is a pain as I hate using it.  its bad enough having to use a walking stick, not being able to walk far, not being able to stand up for more than 10 mins. It was quite funny really, at our wedding reception we saw some friends who we hadn’t seen for a long time, probably about three years and they were shocked at how immobile I was, the last time we saw them was on a scouting hike of 3 miles, and here I was hobbling around with a walking stick, even on our first dance, I had to hang off Allan to hold myself up, no shoes or I would have hit the deck as the floor was slippy, even then it was just a quick slow dance before I had to sit down again. wedding

We explained to them about my accident and shattered foot, we left out the back problems having, Degenerative disc disease, arthritis, the Fibromyalgia,  Osteoporosis, in constant pain all the time,  Jeez I sound like I am falling apart, wait I am! 
They asked how I get about then and how I managed with the kids,  I explained I thankfully could still drive as I have an automatic car,  I have or have not as the case is now, a walking stick for getting around the house,  we have a wheelchair although I dislike going in it because, to be honest, I have a fat arse and it’s just uncomfortable, and I have an electric scooter when we go out to places for the day. I use either the electric scooters or trolleys as zimmer frames in the supermarkets.  but I will not let this beat me and I will not be trapped indoors. 

Anyway, back to this walking stick, it has apparently magical powers, it can become invisible. but on the plus side, I have just remembered on the mention of zimmer frames, that we still have the zimmer frame with wheels and a seat that was my mums up in the loft.  hmm maybe that is an option for short distances.  

Everyone else has Easter egg hunts at this time of year, I am starting a new tradition. 

The walking stick hunt.
The prize apart from my eternal gratitude will be a fruit and nut bar 😆 

Sesame Street’s first autistic character, has made her debut on the show.


Most people who actually know me and my family, know that my youngest son Ali is Autistic, granted he is HF but that is not to say we have not had a lot of problems over the years,  some are getting easier as he gets older, some are getting worse,  and we are getting new challenges as well nowadays there were not a problem when he was younger.
Of course like the majority of parents of a child that has been diagnosed with something, you do everything in your power to find as much information as you can, you follow website’s, join forum’s, and follow blogs,  It is through this following that
I have known about this since the first concept of the idea, one of the people I have followed for years, actually works for sesame street and his son is severely autistic, I will say that not only has he been very informative in the past, he is also very funny.  well worth following

Catching up after a busy week

So last week we went to Alex’s football presentation,  I baked 120 cakes, they all went, I made two trays of egg sandwiches with a hint of paprika, they all went.  I was the designated driver so Allan could have a drink as he had the last week off work,  two pints and he had, had enough, in fact, he left the majority of his second pint grrrrrrrrrrr 😡 😡
If I had known he was going to be a lightweight he could have driven because with it being two years since dad passed and being busy baking, making sandwiches etc I could certainly have had a drink, oh well I made up for it once we were home and had a couple of G&T’s 🙄 😯 anyway it was a lovely evening and as always Alex made us very proud. 😀

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The rest of the last week we have been having a major declutter. and I mean major, we went through our bedroom, sorted stuff into piles, of either put away, get rid of or put in the loft, or give away,   we gave away the cot bed and all the baby related bits, such as clothes, walkers, travel cot, potty, you name it, that we had for when we had the adopted granddaughters ie, Shelby, Shannon and Georgia, stay over and then when Darren our grandson was born all the stuff we had for him.  all passed on via the free groups on facebook,  we even had bought a new cot bed mattress after the girls for Darren but it was never used as he was still in the travel cot when we last had him sleep over.   

We even had a declutter of the front room getting rid of a nest of tables that were taking up room, sorting the boxes of wedding stuff that was left over that I hadn’t sold, into another two piles of to keep and put in the loft. or give away on the free groups, the junk that was for some reason kept by Allan as it may have a use and a broken coffee table went on the front garden with the old desk, a chair, a ripped PC chair, and one of my year old kitchen hydraulic kitchen stools that Alex had used and that had broken , 😡 that was in Alex’s room along with all the black sacks from the boys room of old toys, ripped books and very old and tatty stuffed toys that Ali could finally part with.  oh and the packing from the new tumble dryer I had to buy a few weeks ago.  needless to say, the front garden was piled high with junk and rubbish, and next door was starting to moan,   😳 The original plan was Allan was going to take it to the tip on Friday but despite him being on holiday he was called in, the same for today and tomorrow. so yesterday while he was at work Alex and I broke everything up,  we filled the car with the 15 bags of rubbish first, and the second tip run we took all the bits of wood and broken furniture.  This evening, before Allan gets in, the plan is to get as much as possible up in the loft, well get Alex to put as much as possible in the loft. 

This week, well until payday on the 18th we are skint after direct debits and bills are paid, so I am trying to use as much as possible out of the freezer so some of our dinners will be a little funky, to say the least, sometimes there are a few bits of everything but not enough for all so I will be mixing it up a bit and there will be no trips out for the boys in their second week of the Easter holidays, not that they actually want to go anywhere.  maybe if Allan gets a day off we can go to the country park for a walk if the lovely weather holds out.  it’s like a lovely summers day out there today and tomorrow promises to be even warmer hitting 21°


How did I manage to get so much done in the last week, it’s simple,  my FB jail term was extended to 7 days 😡 for trying to comment on something when I thought my 3-day ban was up, now the only thing worst than not having internet access to get on facebook is to actually be able to see and read everything but not being able to comment, like or post,  hence actually getting on with things in the house 😆 although If I am honest, I could do with a 30 day ban to get this place sorted right out and do a major spring clean 🙄  😕 😆 😆