Isabella formally known as Gwen is no more

Yesterday a friend of ours asked Allan if we could look after his two snakes one is a snow corn snake a bit bigger than Sid and a bit smaller than Honey our corn snakes and his small ball python. Allan agreed but as I pointed out we had nowhere to keep the vivs so they would have to go into the Exo Terra Faunarium and go on top of the wall unit. So Allan brought them back and up they went. This morning I can down and went to see if the hamster needed any water. Her cage is on a shelf on the wall unit.
Instead of a hamster looking out at me I saw this big white snake. At which point I suggested to Allan it may be a good time to get the boys to go upstairs to play while we clean out the hamster. Allan is looking at me like I have gone mad as I only cleaned her out the Day before, I pointed to the cage where the snake was and he told the kids to go up.
We got the snake out and checked it over, the was not a mark on it so it must have had the hamster while she was sleeping as nothing is even disturbed in the cage. How the snake got in the cage I have no idea as its way bigger than the gaps in the bar’s but anyway it got in 😦
We returned the well feed  Snake back to his house and we have now taped up the doors on the Exo Terra Faunarium and left the hamster cage back on the shelf.
I know its only doing what came naturally and of course snakes eat furry little creatures  but there is a big difference between the frozen mice we buy to feed them and Isabella, she was cute and part of the family.. more importantly she was Ali’s as he got her for his 5th Birthday 😦

Now all I have to do is pick a time when I can tell Ali his hamster has passed away, 😦 For the time being I am leaving the cage in its place and hoping he wont notice…. maybe we can say she escaped  But if we have to tell him she passed away, I will skip over the details on how she came to be no more,  Maybe say it was an age thing and they don’t live long.  as I don’t think he needs to know that she became dinner to a snake that isn’t even ours .

We had previously joked that when Isabella formally known as Gwen finally passed away she would become snake food but we never thought it would be self-service.
R.I.P Isabella formally known as Gwen
I’m hoping we can get away without having to replace her but If Ali wants another one I guess we are going to have to.

Picture of a snow corn snake… (not the evil one we are looking after)

Picture of a ball python… I have to admit I don’t like them as I prefer the pretty colours on corn snakes more..


Day 3: Letting them burn off energy before they destroy the house! Priceless


The start of a new week and being Monday we decided that we should take the boys and Amber somewhere for Lunch… The place chosen by the boys was Morrison’s… No really.. They love the kids Ham sandwich boxes with the drink, the frube, the puzzle and pencil, the freddo chocolate bar and the bag of fruit… but we My dad and I were also told to get the fish and chips… granddad has beans with his and I have pea’s . Amber chose a quarterpounder cheese burger and chips.

The boys scoffed theirs down before ours even came to the table…   As soon as our fish and chips arrived they are like vulture’s  both love the crispy ends of the cod so Ali had granddad’s and Alex had mine.. and I’m not talking a little bit im talking a good 1/3 of the fish each… they then have the middle section each as they like the white meat.    (they love cod)  leaving us with the rest… Ali eats both the pea’s and the beans…… Alex scoffs more chips…. Amber can’t believe where they put it all says she will never managed to eat all hers but even her plate was empty by the time it was time to leave… and she had no help from either of the boys. 

We get home and they have some cream cake that we got from Morrison’s each as well .. Granddad goes home to sleep off his dinner and we sit… the boys are getting more and more bored now… we can’t swing a cat in the front room as all the stuff is in there from the hall way as we are waiting for Ambers bed to be delivered tomorrow.

Now they are throwing a ball up and down the stairs asking if Adam can come round… I decided the best way to cure this is to take them up the park so we get Jo and Adam and all go up King Georges… We Sit in the shade while the boys play and play and run around for a couple of hours… shame the little cafe is shut on a monday they would have made a killing today.. As it goes I took a bottle of Apple water so at least the kids had a drink. ..  It is hot and sunny out… Summer has officially started.

we get back making a quick stop on the way back at tesco express to get some scones and have some tea with scones and fresh jam and cream on them.   Allan hoses the dog down and he loves it… fingers crossed the hosepipe ban doesn’t come back on..  as the dog smells so much better.

End result is two very tired boys go to bed and fall asleep straight away the only downside of the day is Ali has cut his foot on the training cones for the football set when he was messing around with them in the garden.  I have cleaned it up and put a bandage on it as Ali hates plasters……… plus it’s actually quite a big cut…

Fingers crossed that is the only Owie we have in the summer!

Where do they put it all?

There is an “Eating as much as you can in one day competition” in this years Olympics,isn’t there?

Otherwise My boys have wasted most of their life getting in practice!

Seriously If I didn’t know better I would swear they had tape worms. I have never known two kids eat as much and still not be the size of the Goodyear blimp.

Life is just not fair at times!

Day 5 of the new me! -8lb



Please feel free to totally ignore me but I have to say I am pleased with the way things are going Diet wise

Day 5 now and I have lost a total of 8lb… Yes I know that the first couple of weeks in a diet you lose mostly water but who cares…

I am 8lb lighter………. I have been really good and am surprised at how easy it has been so far..

breakfast a 30g bowl of low-fat cereal with skimmed milk

Lunch a bag of Kellogg’s mini bites which are 100 cal

(Bearing in mind I never do breakfast and lunch really)

Diners have been either a jacket sweet potato with a thin spread of light Marge with a very lean piece of pork chop and salad or a normal type dinner but with smaller portions.

I have changed the plates we use around.. I have put away all the larger size ones and got out the old cheapo white ones which were small.  smaller plate = less food

again with the bowls smaller bowl = less in it.

I think Allan is struggling when it comes to his late night sugar fix as that’s when he used to fill up on chocolate and crisps.

I am actually a tad proud of myself… on the school run this afternoon Jo went into the co op and came out with some cheese straws  .. I turned one down… we used to be able to do 2 very easily lol

I have done my Wii exercises twice now… in all fairness its the only chance I have had to do them as the father figure has been round most of the day all week

But yesterday I told him that I have started to do exercises every morning and not to come round before 10.30… today he came round at 11am but I have no doubt he will forget about it and start coming round early again soon.

Fingers crossed I can keep this up…

In reality my aim is to lose about 3lb a week. 

And after all I can’t let Allan lose more weight than me lol

This is going to be a long haul so expect to be bored stupid.