Hahaha Katy, that really made me laugh. Thank you. Just what I needed. I've found this week difficult. No holidays booked for July/August - for the first time ever when I was looking forward to MORE holidays. Also, OH is already getting on my nerves and the thought of this being the rest of my life....!
I hope you are going to get the tattoos to go with the frock? I've found the perfect shoes to complete the look:
high heel crocks! Perfect!
ooooh yucketty yuck yuck................fleas................
Never knew that JCJ, will never feel the same about a hedgehog again, did know they had fleas but had no idea that could happen..........
GS was bitten a few weeks ago, only on his face around 20 bites so whatever it was, it had a field day!
Thank you for dinner, roast beef is my fav.
Sounds similar to YD's birthday celebrations but they were not in a real pub haha.
You will def be busier and will wonder how on earth you managed before, it's oh so true.
Purchased some very lifelike artificial trailing plants, love them they are so realistic but none of the work, living room resembles a garden now, cause remember I have that tree. Once everyone goes home will be able to see what everything looks like properly.
Hair done on Mon, can't wait, it's been a long time coming, my hair will soon be the length of yours haha.
A party?? woo hoo, what shall we wear?? It'll have to be something extra special.
It's not chemo cream this time, Prof was only going to give me this cream for 3 weeks at 3 times a week dose because of how people tolerate it, so she changed her mind and said only if I can manage it, what the heck??? At the moment I am feeling nothing..........
Went into town today, so busy haha, not used to it at all after all the quietness, am feeling the effort of walking though, it'll soon be better, hurrah. xx
10 days down, 20 to go, Katy, you're a 1/3 of the way through. Hang in there! Is it like RT that the SEs continue for a while after treatment ends? Docs always warn you of the worst SEs - I remember them terrifying me when I had my trigger thumb op - it doesn't mean you'll get them all! I have my fingers crossed. Remember what my doc said about HT: "Don't LOOK for SEs, or you'll find them!" Good advice.
Fattening up the alligators ready for my retirement party, but I'll wait until your chemo is finished so we can celebrate that as well at the same time! 🤞🏼😁
Roast beef dinner in shed along with mixed berries (including our own handful of blackcurrants off the birthday bushes!) raspberry sorbet, ice cream, shortbread biscuits and chocolate sauce. I might spare 1 or 2 of the strawberry and white choc biscuits to sh...sh...share. Or not! 😛
YD's birthday (33! How did that happen?) last Friday, so they are in a pub garden today - for the first time in a very long time - to celebrate. They were going to have friends round to their garden for a BBQ but they've had an infestation of fleas! Fleas! Of all things! Apparently, they've come off a hedgehog and survived in the long grass (a patch left deliberately as it's better for wildlife. Too much better, obviously!) Both DIL and GD susceptible to bites so they've not been able to go in the garden until YD cut the grass and burned it. Problem seems to be sorted now but too late to send invites.
I didn't do my usual Sunday chores of stripping the bed and ironing. I decided they can be done on a Monday now; it's a bit of a mad dash with getting the dinner and going out somewhere for a "walk". However, I've just realised that the lawns usually get mowed on a Monday and I'm desperate for a supermarket shop, so I'll probably go tomorrow instead of Tuesday. Going to have to pace myself: can't do EVERYTHING tomorrow. What will I do for the rest of the week/month/my life?! Lol.
Oh yes, must book the car in to have the air con fixed too. Busy. Busy. Busy. Snzzzzzz.
Enjoy everything now, no alarms, no enforced commitments..................
Pottering around garden, reading, baking and having the time to actually do what you want when you want to do it................as long as there is a dinner in the shed each week haha.
Sounds really lovely, lots of thought went into it all, am so glad you did have a proper "send off".
MMU def, though goodness only knows when? but we do at least have a plan, we will be there!!
Have GS here, YD celebrated her birthday yesterday with friends, only slightly postponed. A fake pub was set up in friends back garden and they had a barbeque. She comes back tomorrow, early as she is missing her "little monkey".
Treatment..........bit nauseous now and then, it's so far making no difference to mark at all, says should see something happening in 2-3 weeks, week 3 is Mon, my skin erupted with chemo cream literally haha.
See what goes on next week, prof gave me so many warnings am assuming there is a lot worse to come?
I don't know..............xx
It's done. I'm now a lady of leisure! Better reinforce the CBA bench - and make the FB bench even wider due to all the biscuits and chocolates I've been given!!
Yesterday, was very emotional. The last day with Y6 always is, but this year, as both their teacher and I were leaving too, it was even more so, especially with the added weirdness of Covid-19. We couldn't have the usual leavers' assembly so we all stayed in our classrooms and had one over Zoom. So strange. There was another TA retiring too: she's been there for 27 years, and they put together a montage of video and written messages from the kids, both in school and at home, wishing us luck and thanking us for our help. It was incredibly moving and even more special because of the extra effort involved. During the Zoom assembly, we were each presented with a large bouquet of flowers (by the other adult in our respective Covid "bubbles") and a card signed by all the staff, whilst all the other staff and children cheered and waved on the screen. More tears. My card was a picture of silly knitted toys. They know me so well!!
I had lots of gifts and cards from colleagues and kids, despite the message going out that they shouldn't be allowed due to risk of infection!
So now the great void looms ahead. I unplugged my alarm clock last night: now I can plug in both my phone and tablet at the same time! Such decadence?! We have nothing booked for the summer as everything is still so uncertain - if it was up to me I'd be driving to Norfolk, to see the girls, some time in the next few days, but that's not going to happen! - but we have booked a cottage Monday to Friday of the first week of September, so we will be away when I would have been going back to work. That will, hopefully, make a difficult time easier to cope with.
In the evening, I had a surprise visit from a teacher who retired from our school years ago, who lives just around the corner from me (but I never see her). She brought me a lovely retirement card and vouchers, for two adults, for a local hall and gardens and a cream tea. I was soo surprised!
Thank you, KTC, for your card and gift. I will treasure them (once I've scoffed the biscuits!) I am really hoping we can do another MMU before too long. I hope your treatment is going OK. xx
Ooooh yummy yum, all eaten thank you😀
The beach?? How lovely.............we are all still on holiday, NOT, doubt if I will be near one this year, hopefully "magic Nana" will be building sandcastles very soon.
It's worth a thought JCJ, keep you in the loop, maybe one day a week? or even a half day??
This week is kinda exciting for you, the end is near and you will be free to do what you want when you want, well socially distancing and/or mask wearing................
I tried making the non sewing mask, mmmmmmmmmm, went to a shop nearby and found some really pretty masks so am well pleased. Everyone is wearing them here.
Face cream has finished and looks maybe slightly less red. Bought a super duper magnifying mirror so I could see mark more clearly, awkward because it's where the legs/arms of my glasses are, so I can now see it better, have also found a mark on my lip so am phoning doc either tomorrow or day after. ED has taken pics.
The good news, my lido appt is at the end of the month, woo hoo!!!
And am having hair sorted the day before, double woo hoo.
It's ok but fringe is in my eyes constantly haha, am hoping it's long enough for a new style, exciting!
Oh the beauty of having long hair JCJ.........xx
Roast chicken dinner in the shed and woodland fruit strudel (bought) with raspberry sorbet and ice cream.
I got everything ready to cook on the timer, so we could go out, as usual, then he didn't want to go out! I pottered in the garden (lovely sunshine today) and made some face masks for us just in case we need to use public transport - or Boris declares we need to wear them in shops! OH had a bit of a panic wearing his for 30 seconds, so I can't see him coping on a train journey for 4 hours, yet he's still suggesting we go over to Norfolk soon! I'd drive, but he wouldn't cope with the long journey on fast roads - doesn't even like the A5: our local main road!!
My back is OK now, thank you, although it shouts at me from time to time when I bend or twist but then decides it's alright again!
I'm in a weird mood tonight because it's the last week of term. My last week. Normally, I'd be all excited with only 5 more "get ups" before the big holiday with trips booked to look forward to. I'm looking forward to not setting the alarm - ever again - but otherwise it's a bit "meh" as we've nothing booked and I'm dreading saying "goodbye" to everyone! School wants me to go back as a volunteer, in the library, and I'd like to, but OH is not keen on the idea; it can't happen in September anyway because visitors will not be allowed as social distancing will still be in force. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.
I hope your treatment is going OK, Katy. At least you have distractions with YD and GS staying with you. Enjoy their company.
My YD sent me photos of the three of them on the beach yesterday. I'm so jealous. YD said she is going to make it her mission to "Get Magic Nana to the beach soon." 😁🤞🏼
I really hope so too, it's 2 hours travelling so difference would be amazing!!!!
They have been trying to have a clinic here for years, at least 8, fingers crossed this time.
Funnily, I marked calendar yesterday, haha, thank you for your kind words.
Is your back ok now?
And what is your official leaving date?
Weather still same here...........
Have been listening to lots of crime podcasts, had one playing when ED and family arrived the other day, she says what are you listening to?? sounds horrific haha.
YD informs me yesterday that she is staying with me for the next 2 weeks, surprise haha, it was her birthday yesterday so I just smiled enthusiastically.
Reading has gone by the by again.........
Went into a cheapish store yesterday and purchased some play clothes for GS while he is here, bought 3 vests, 2 pairs of joggers, pair of shorts and 4 t shirts price was £16, couldn't believe it, stuff looks good will see what happens when it's washed.................
Fri is the day for mandatory face masks here, ED bought a fancy one for me and was wearing it on Mon, found it awful, could hardly breathe so she is bringing some cotton ones, def can't make one not that creative................xx
Brilliant news about the lido. I hope, even when the backlog is cleared, that they continue to do it locally for you.
I've been thinking about you and hoping the leg treatment isn't too horrible. 30 treatments: do what I did for RT and put them on the calendar - or a piece of paper - so you can tick them off and see the end getting closer. I hope it sorts it once and for all and the SEs are manageable. 🤞🏼xx
Weather is ridiculous here too: mostly grey with occasional sun and frequent showers - usually whenever we try to go out! It's not very warm either!!
We had a fire drill at school today. The first time we've all been in one place at the same time (safely, socially distanced, outside, across the playground) and it was very sad to see just what a small school we are at the moment. We had zoom meetings with the kids who aren't in school (though most didn't bother to join us) last week and the kids have zoom meetings this week with their new teachers. We have picnics, on the school field, for the year groups not back in school, planned for next week too, so the kids can get together before the summer holiday. I hope the weather holds off for us. What an odd end to the year. And my career!
Happy to hear your back is a little better, fingers crossed it's completely back to normal now.
Mmmmm strawberries and cream, yummy yummy and scones happy days............
Brilliant you are loving your new glasses, arms and legs and all hee hee.
Had a mediocre dinner tonight so am on the hunt again and will be hovering around the shed for any leftovers.
Weather has been pretty yuck here, torrential rain and sunshine, very unpredictable, games of dodge the showers.
Am feeling really tired tonight so am going to bed soon, can't stop yawning, wait till you see it'll be one of those nights where you can't sleep, no matter what you do.
Starting the magical potion tomorrow, side effects sound pretty awful, 5 nights a week for 6 weeks, will just have to wait and see.
Good news, had a call about lido, it's restarting and instead of going to the other city I can have it here, woo hoo scooby dooby doo. Probably to get rid of the backlog, just have to wait for an appt letter, hopefully not be too long. xx
PS back much better now, thank you. It just twinges every so often if I bend or twist - nothing major: just enough to give me a second's panic that it's "gone" again!
Just had some strawberries and clotted cream. I was surprised to see that the strawberries (bought yesterday in S********'s) were from your home county, Katy! We had to finish them up today because they were starting to go over a bit already - we decided it must be because they got frost on them when they were growing. 😁
I bought the cream because I fancy making some scones. This idea was before YD sent me picks of some she made at the weekend, but that settled it! Now we've opened the cream, we've got 3 days to eat it so I'll have to make the scones tomorrow.
It's very weird that there's no green tennis - only repeats of old matches. Just not the same!!
Huge relief that ED let off the hook. Phew! (uncrosses cramped toes)
Glasses: arm AND leg. But I love them and, hopefully, they'll last for years as my prescription doesn't seem to be changing much. (famous last words? Got to go back annually to check on Tapoxyfen damage!)
Glad your hay-fever sorted. Tablets? Or the rain? Hehehe.
Hope your back is better now JCJ, nothing worse and so easily done, ouch!
Ooooh yummy yum have eaten everything in sight haha, thank you.
Your glasses are here, woo hoo, bet you are glad, arms or legs?? hahaha.
ED has been saved no phone call, today was the last day she could be contacted, it's over, whew.
Hayfever stuff is giving me great relief, especially at night time, fabulously brilliant.
Torrential rain and sunshine here, so it's dodge the showers.
No reading, intensive cleaning or any other leisurely stuff, busy is beginning to creep it's way back in so am off to bed very shortly, zzzzzzzzzzzzz xx
Of course I left you some fish supper in the shed, Katy, as always. When I ate mine, I was actually thinking about eating fish and chips in the cafe on Norecambe prom. Happy memories!
I have all my hand digits crossed that your cream isn't TOO unpleasant and that it does the trick. Hopefully hay-fever will be sorted too. All foot digits are crossed that ED doesn't get a call and she can get safely back to her planned routine.
I finally had a call from the opticians (should have gone there!), on Friday. Those new glasses that I ordered, back in February, because they couldn't fix my old ones. I had an appointment to pick them up and have them fitted on 23rd March. Phone call on 20th to say they'd arrived scratched so were going back to be replaced. Then lockdown happened so the lab closed. And the shop. Anyway, I was worrying about how they'd manage to fit them whilst observing social distancing and not touching faces, but they gave me the option to just collect them from the shop and only make an appointment if there was a problem. Phew. Had to ring the bell and be handed the package through the door. Inside, with the glasses, were some freebies (3 different sized bottles of lens cleaner and a cleaning cloth) to say sorry for the delay!! They seem to be fine but they sit higher on my nose than my old ones. I expect I'll get used to that. They are soooo light I hardly know I've got them on!
The weather here has gone mad. Thursday was so hot and humid. Then we've had 3 cloudy days with quite a few heavy showers and today it's been positively chilly with a lot of blustery wind.
Yesterday, I put my back out looking to see if the cheese had melted on my cheese & ham toasties under the grill. I felt it "ping" with that sickening double spasm of pain. It's been ouchy all weekend but keeping moving and ibuprofen have improved it a lot. Should be OK in a day or two. I hope.
Roast duck leg for dinner with roasties, Yorkshire pudding, braised red cabbage with raisins, carrots, leeks, broccoli and a port and redcurrant sauce. Black forest tray bake (a recipe YD found that uses jam instead of sugar in the sponge mixture!) with ice cream for pud. In the shed as per... Help yourselves.
Nothing worse than a soggy bottom.............
Hope you went to chippie tonight and there are some leftovers, please.
Am very unorganised tonight arrrrrrrrrgh, my pompoms have arrived and suitably attached hahaha!!
Hayfever have been given sprays, cream and tablets, hurrah, hopefully there will be a difference tomorrow.
Mark on face is sun damage so have cream for that too, have to use for so long to see if it makes a difference if it doesn't will have a face to face appt.
Also sent photos as requested of leg had a phone call this morning from professor it's not gone, arrrgh, so have intensive course of cream which she says will be hard going but if I can cope it should get rid for good, perhaps another session of PDT, she would rather do this than have me go under the knife. Am ok about it all. Have an open appt with them and can phone any time I need to.
It was terribly, terribly humid here today, YD started work in prep for opening on Mon, had GS and he had a hairy fit in shop, it was so stuffy and hot no wonder. He was doing what everyone else wanted to do haha.
ED has been recalled back to her own job, thank goodness, ended up it was palliative care she was doing, if she has no phone calls next week she will be finished, if she does, that means she will work over school holidays which will cause many issues for her..........a case of wait and see. xx
Have your pompoms come yet? Are you sure they're for your lamp and not for your exotic dance outfit? Hehehe
It looks like the sunny weather is heading down this way this week. It's been sunny today but the breeze is still quite cool. Much hotter weather forecast.
We got rained on, again, when we went for a walk by the canal yesterday but by the time we got back to the car it was sunny again! The plastic, padded cushion in the wheelchair had a puddle in it. I had to remove the cushion (world's strongest velcro) so OH could sit down without getting soggy-**sed jeans!
Trip sounds lovely despite the rain, always fabulous to watch while you are in the comfort of the car slurping tea and munching cake. AND a chippie thereafter???? What are you two like??
It's pretty sad that children will leave primary school that way, very unfortunate.
Am on the "happy" bench, just had word our holiday is cancelled, the relief is immense. Have been worrying since airline said they were flying in July...............worry is over, woo hoo!!!
Have said it before who would have thought you wouldn't want to go on holiday??
When I eventually make an appt with doc, will ask about hayfever then.
My pom poms have still not arrived, sigh...........
Been a lovely day here, sunshine and more sunshine xx
Everything crossed for your ED. I hope she stays safe and well. Remember though that even if she gets the dreaded virus she will most likely recover - if she even knows she's had it!! Nearly all the fatal cases are people who are elderly and/or already have other conditions.... so as long as she stays away from you!! (what am I implying? That 40 is elderly?! 😛)
The hay-fever tabs were S*******y's own one a day cetrizine hydrochloride - but it's irrelevant what they are as it seems to be just buying them did the trick. OH can't take these ones because pharmacist says he should take Loratadine (spelling!?) instead due to his other meds, so they'll just sit in the drawer by my bed in case I have another cough, itchy-eyed, snotty-nosed night.
Went to our local water park (as in lake, not slides etc!) today, despite me swearing never to go there again because they charge £3 per hour (or part hour) despite the toilets and other facilities not being open at the moment. Last time we were there, we were there for 2 1/4 hours and it cost £9. What a rip off!! However, OH loves it there because there's a flat, grassy surface to walk on around the lake, some strategically placed benches to rest on, lots of water birds to watch and it is really peaceful - and it's not like we're spending money on anything else at the moment! So I agreed to go there again today. We sat in the car drinking tea and eating chocolate brownies, in a thunderstorm, watching the rain lashing down onto the lake for just under 2 hours (it was sunny when we left home!) paid £6 parking then drove home via the chippy to console ourselves.
I've not been sleeping well (Tapoxyfen inner wind turbulence!) and the 7am starts to the day are excruciating, especially when I then have very little to do when I get to work. Ah well, only 22 more get ups to go.
We're going to have a "Zoom" meeting, in a couple of weeks, with the rest of the kids from our class, so we can say goodbye as half the class (The Year 6s, less than half of whom are coming in at the moment) their teacher (who's moving across to our sister school) and I will all be leaving before school reopens properly (unless Boris changes his mind. Again) Strange times!
Nothing worse than "clock watching" JCJ.............
Well thank you for dinner, was wondering what I was going to munch? Yummy yum. No custard or ice cream pour moi, please!
Am on the "I have turned so crafty" bench, it's near the "hysterically laughing" bench. Purchased a plain floor lamp and have changed it into a pretty girly lamp, nearly finished am just waiting for the pom poms to arrive. What am I like? The girls will faint when they see my efforts haha.
It's raining here and the heating is on, brrrrrrrrrr!
The hayfever tabs I have basically knock me unconscious, good way to beat hayfever, just sleep it away. So what are your ones? You can puzzle me again with your synonyms, hee hee.
ED starts this week...........we were hoping that it wouldn't start at all. xx
Oh good grief! It's a whole week since my last post. A week of not very much happening. School is still very quiet and the mornings pass VERY slowly. We expected more children today as more shops are open, but most of the "missing" pupils have siblings in other year groups who can't come back yet, so parents, understandably, don't want to bother bringing them.
Lemon cake was delicious, thank you. The hay-fever tabs were just Supermarket one-a-day ones and I think it's like booking a dentist appointment when you have toothache: just the act of booking it/buying the meds solves the problem. 😁
The raised bed is finished and the blackcurrant bushes are in. Yay!
We've had a week of much cooler, wetter weather - they even had to put the heating back on at school: unheard of in June! because it was freezing in the (much emptier than usual) classrooms - but it's sunnier and warmer again today. We had unexpected thunderstorms over the weekend and very heavy rain for about 10 minutes.
Roast pork dinner and pineapple pudding with ice cream and/or custard in the shed.
Yummy, you have such lovely dinners😀!
Glad your hayfever is under control with 1 tablet, WHAT??? What did you buy??
Garden also under control, has wood etc all been put in place?
Have been super busy, ordering more stuff.........one foot on the "naughty" bench. Liked bookcase so much have added a couple of other things, so that meant clearing bits away from living room. In the bathroom I now have a console table looks very rustic with vintage stuff on it. Chopped up old bookcase hurrah, great to see back of it haha. Had another unit that really looked out of place so it has been painted and is in YD's room. Used a paint that meant I didn't have to sand or prime, just slap on the paint, how fabulous is that? I didn't want to get rid of it because it is ideal for storage. It looks completely different now. Would have never thought of doing that before, maybe am finding my very hidden artistic talents????
Good you are enjoying book. Some books are def worth a re read😀
Some shops here are re opening, don't now why they are open as we are still under the non essential shops rule unless I have missed something haha.
Away to slurp a muggatea and eat a little lemon cake, will leave some in shed. You can munch on returning from school xx
Just buying hayfever meds made a massive difference. I only took 1 and haven't needed to take any since! However the weather has decided that it's no longer summer. It's been wet and windy and quite cold for the last several days. It's been freezing in school: so much for keeping the doors and windows open to ensure air flow!! Not a chance! We'd risk hypothermia! At least the water butts at home are full again and the lawns are green.
Dinner last night was beef stew in a red wine sauce (because I didn't have a joint of meat to roast - put off doing the supermarket shopping until I'd settled into the new working routine; going tomorrow) with roasties, Yorkshire pudding, creamed leeks and mini corn on the cob. Followed by chocolate brownie, chocolate sauce and strawberries. Yum. Never had roasties with stew before. Definitely going to again! Help yourself to the usual supplies in the shed.
School mornings are loooong, mildly stressful and mind-blowingly boring but this morning did seem to go a LITTLE bit faster than last Monday, so maybe I'm adjusting. 6 down 29 to go.
We went to a garden centre this afternoon - a little one because the big one locally, I've been told, looks like it's been ransacked it's been so busy - to get yet more top soil for the raised bed and some summer plants for my pots. Hurrah! I thought I was going to have to give the pots a miss this year: wasn't going to risk crowds for a few plants. It's just not worth it. The raised bed is nearly finished and the blackcurrant bushes, still in their pots, already have fruit on! Only about a dozen berries on each so not enough to do anything with, but a good sign for next year.
I'm glad you got Lynn sorted out. Virtual appointments are the way forward. Shame about the lido though, hopefully it won't be too much longer until you can have it.
I'm really enjoying re-reading "Round Ireland with a Fridge" by Tony Hawks. I'd forgotten just how much of a 'feel good' book it is, although I did remember how funny it is in places.
Woo hoo for the hayfever meds!! Makes a massive difference.
Glad school is fine, will take a lot of getting used to, from what we hear on the news there doesn't appear to be that many actually open?
Have eaten the whole cake, munchy munch.
Had my first ever virtual hospital appt this morning, all went well, very easy to use. It was about lynn misbehaving, have a little lumpy bit that is hardening and top of arm is a little larger so new sleeve ordered, glove can stay the same. Lumpy bit should disperse with new fitting sleeve, fingers crossed.
Also spoke to lido unit, not much hope at the moment.
I asked if the patches would help and she said no cause you have so much of it haha, aaah well.
Am reading another boring book, had a look on the big river and as it was free...........thought might as well try it.
Gosh it was chilly here today and we had really heavy rain late last night, brrrrrrrrrr xx
Hay fever stopped as soon as I bought the meds. Of course. Still a teeny bit sneezy and phlegmy (sorry, too much info?) but the irritating cough went as soon as I took a tablet. Which is just as well: don't want that cough now I'm back at school - they'll be packing me off to get tested and quarantining the rest of my group!
School is very odd. We had just 8 of the 15 Year 6s yesterday, and 7 today, and that was the biggest group in the school! Everything is tightly timetabled so that the different groups never come into contact with each other, including the staff - although staff do pass in the corridors occasionally, and chat from a distance. It's not the same as sitting in the staffroom together (which is banned at the moment, even that's on a rota!) but it's better than never seeing them again.
Did you get that ironing done, Katy? Or is it still piled up under the CBA bench? 😛
I didn't think much of The Chain either. Certainly not the most gripping read and it definitely didn't stay with me for days - other than being annoyed by it's predictability! I've started to re-read Tony Hawks' Round Ireland With A Fridge which OH bought me (ebook) for my birthday because I read it before and loved it. It is very funny, if memory serves me right. I hope I'm not disappointed reading it again.
It is soooo dry here. The "lawns" are just dusty yellow weed patches. It is forecast to rain overnight and tomorrow and I really hope it does, even though school will be a bit trickier if the kids can't go outside (the mornings already feel incredibly long!)
I made a cake - Victoria sponge with homemade blackcurrant jam - to put in the staffroom at school because I promised when it was my birthday. I feel we need the comfort food in these strange days. I'll put some in the Benchland shed too. Better get there quick before the spiders eat it! 😄
Glad you are much better now JCJ😀!
Aaah school sounded fun, do you expect most pupils will turn up on Mon? Not too long before it's a done deal for you.
When are you raising the beds or have you already started? You will have to get that hose that never kinks.......
Finally finished tidying up, all that polystyrene managed to go everywhere so ended up having to hoover arrrrrrgh!!
Also finished book, thought it wasn't up to much, think I will stop looking at recommendations and just decide for myself as last two books have been pretty dire.
I started having hayfever about 4 years ago, mild at first, last year awful this year not great, spoke to chemist after trying everything they had to offer and he said doc will have something stronger so will try doc eventually.............
Think I may possibly iron tomorrow, have had two pairs of trousers needing ironed since lockdown started, what am I like?
Don't know what we are, stay safe, stay alert or stay in haha xx
Where do the weeks go? Friday again already!
Get the face "naughty" seen to NOW, Katy, not "soon", that's an order! My loony head disappeared (the looniness, not the whole head! 😛) the next day, but I do seem to have hay-fever now. Never had it before. (Must be reaching the magic age of 40??! 😉) Or it could be that it's been so hot and dry for weeks now: only one day of drizzly rain since lockdown started 10 weeks ago! I bought some one a day hay-fever tabs so, hopefully, that'll sort it.
I had to top up our little garden pond, again, yesterday: the tadpoles were panting! That emptied both water butts so I had to refill them with the hose from the garage tap. It's still only May!! And we had the wettest February on record! I flippin' hate putting the hose away! It's like wrestling a filthy, hyperactive snake!! (Too many exclamation marks?!!!!!!!)
School was fun yesterday. Great to interact with some humans, other than OH, neighbours or shop workers! There were 6 kids in and we spent the morning doing some crazy weaving with all different yarns, fabrics and materials. They seem to enjoy it. I did. We're definitely back on Monday. Scary but exciting. 35 more get ups until the end. I wrote my resignation (with effect from August 31st) letter, when I got home yesterday, and will email it to HT on Monday. Then it will be official. Ooh er.
Had to get up at crack of dawn again today because OH had arranged to get the local sawmill/wood shop to cut one of the W***** (candle strings) delivery pieces of wood cut in half because they are way too thick to make the raised bed with. We had to be there at 8:30am 😱 They were very busy! Nightmare trying to social distance from a load of builders (especially with OH who's a dozy oik at the best of times!)
Need a long sit down now and a large coffee.
Stay safe everyone.... oh sorry, it's stay alert now isn't it?!
At least it is organised to some extent, now you just have to wait and see how many children actually arrive? At least here parents know it's not until Aug but plans are being put in place for their return.............who knows?
7 books for 99p? How good is that? I seem to be using lots of question marks???? What's that all about? hee hee.
Another glorious day here, lovely to at least have the sun shining.
Am not sure but think I have a little naughty starting to grow on my face, ED took some pictures so I can send them to dermatology, thought I had a little graze, from a scratch but it has started tingling, have been given their emergency number so will contact them soon. Was told to look out as you will most likely have another during a 5 year period. Maybe just sun damage so can't be bothered.........
GS is off, it really has been a joy and has kept my mind off other things.
ED starts on Monday, really concerned she has been given full PPE, visors, face masks, gown, goggles and gloves, youngest GD will go to her own nursery and other two will be in a hub.
My hair is now officially a mop, what a mess, it's at that half and half stage, yuck. That's the beauty of having long hair JCJ.
Hope you are feeling better today, maybe the heat? If you are still not right, phone doc, that's my order for tonight! xx
To answer your Qs:
1) They're a bit fiddly but not difficult. You don't need to be able to knit or sew or anything. It's like magic the way the fluffy wool goes into a solid shape just by stabbing it repeatedly with a barbed needle whilst you mould it - a bit like clay modelling. I might have to buy some more wool to experiment a bit more.
2) I bought Ashley Gardener's "Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Volume Three" 7 books in one for 99p! I've read some of the earlier ones aaages ago and enjoyed them so this book has been on my wishlist for years. I also got "The Little Big Things: The Inspirational Memoir of the Year" by Henry Fraser. He was a rugby player and he had a diving accident and broke his spine. Paralysed from neck down, yet he's taught himself to sit up and he paints amazing pictures.... with his mouth! I feel I should read his book because then I should realise I've got no reason to feel sorry for myself!
I've started The Chain. Got to chapter 16 so far. Not sure I'm in the right mood for it - feeling a bit weird today - it's not as gripping as the reviews suggested.... yet, but it's OK.
3) I'm on the rota to go in on Thursday morning (it's half term here, but the Keyworker and vulnerable kids are still going in: maximum of 6, usually only 1 or 2 (none today)). IF we go back on 1st June it will be just Y6 (15 children), their teacher and me in one "family group". Y1, Reception and Nursery are being split into groups of 8 - 15 with 1 or 2 adults. Each family group will have their own classroom and there'll be no intermingling (I should think not! It's a primary school! Lol) so all the classrooms and all staff (except vulnerable) will be in use for less than half the school. Playtime, lunchtime, drop off and Collection are strictly timetabled, with military precision, to try to maintain social distancing between pupils, staff and parents. Even the use of the staffroom has been timetabled! It is strictly NOT a social space now. 😢 The children will have their own workspace and Lunch table, 2m apart, and won't share resources. It will be very alien to them. I don't know how many parents will send their kids in, especially those who have siblings in other year groups. We await Boris' announcement on 28th to see if we're returning. I can't really get my head around the possibility of being back at work (even though not as I knew it!) this time next week!
Goodness only knows what we'll do when/if the rest of the pupils return, in 3 weeks time, as suggested, so they have a month before the summer!!
Aaaah they are cute, are they difficult to do??
What other books did you buy?
Have started book, at the moment am not overwhelmed, fingers crossed it gets better haha.
Do you have to go into work earlier than June 1st? Do you know how many pupils will be in and is it staggered classes?
Enough questions haha.
Bought another 4 frames and ordered another 4 photos, am very impressed with YD's idea😀
It was a beautiful morning here, had a wander round the park, thank goodness because by afternoon it was really quite chilly.
We are still on the concerned bench about our holiday...............everything crossed that it doesn't go ahead, gosh who would have thought you would want a holiday to be cancelled? xx
Lost a long reply in the middle of typing it last night (deleted the whole thing instead of just the picture I was attempting to add. 😡) CBA to start again then, so here goes now...
You do realise that different screens make colours look different, Katy? (Hehehe now she'll be worrying about the new bookcase.)
I finished Florence II and she's in nextdoor's upstairs window. Luckily her daughter didn't want one as well: I don't enjoy knitting the same thing several times in a row. I've got another baby blanket planned next because the pattern is intriguing. I'll use up some more of the donated wool.
I looked on K (start a fire) book shop and The Chain was only £2.99. I bought it so I can read it too. I also got 2 other books that have been on my wishlist for a while, each reduced to 99p. 3 books for under a fiver - Bargain!
OH in a grump at the moment. He won't admit it, but I know he's stressing about me going back to work. He was bad enough, in September, when I went back after 6 weeks off; this time I'll have been at home for 10 weeks! Fingers crossed the better meds prevent us from having that nightmare again.
I have found a new hobby/addiction: needle felting. OH bought me a kit, for my birthday, to make a little fox and I made him and then made a tiny teddy with the leftover wool. I only stabbed myself about a dozen times with the (very) sharp needle! I would include pictures, but that's where this post went pear-shaped last night....!
It's been hot and sunny here for days now, but today is cloudy and much breezier so I'll probably be on the CBA or Reading bench. Need to rest the aching bones because I walked too far on my Thursday night "swimming walk" yesterday!
Glad your meeting went well😀 am also glad that you aren't going to just fizzle out, would have been sad to end your career like that.
Not a good day yesterday but am on a roll today...........bookcase ordered, woo hoo! Am well pleased have been looking for months and months. Spoke to guy to order and asked him around 50 times if second picture online was def the colour of the bookcase?? He has assured me it is, I wanted a dark oak, if it's not then there will be a problem haha. It is a little larger than the one I have now so with a bit of maneuvering it should fit. Also purchased an ottoman that will store GC's toys am really pleased because I had 3 basket things that were full and taking up lots of room, now I have a nice box😀 You know by now how minimal I am, no clutter.
I also managed to sort photos and frames and they are all on the wall, looks brilliant, such a great idea from YD.
All windows open here but it's a little windy which means it's chillier in the house than outside.
Have you read The Chain, JCJ? Am about to start it soon.
Chariot makes me def more steady and can walk a lot further, a total lifesaver for moi.
Isn't it funny that the chair gives me the fear and your OH it's the chariot.............
Did you finish duplicate Florence?
Podcast was crime related forgot to say xx
So sad about YD's friend. Doubly tough for YD so soon after losing her grandmother. 😢
I have given up trying to persuade OH of the benefits of a chariot. He just won't have it. He still sometimes talks about getting a mobility scooter.... but I won't hold my breath.
The team meeting went ok: we were all unsure what to do and we had to restart it due to weird echoes, but it was good to see the other TA's faces and hear their voices. It's been a long time. We now know what the routine will be IF we go back on 1st June - that announcement will be made, by Boris, on 28th May. Everyone in school will stick strictly in their own little group of up to 15 children with 1 or 2 adults. The groups will be kept separate at all times. We won't be allowed within 2m of any other adult and the staffroom will not be a socialising space. There is even a rota for breaks and lunch to limit who is in there. It will be extremely odd. If anyone has symptoms they will be tested and, if positive for Covid-19, the whole group - children and adults - will be quarantined for 14 days. I am confident that it will be reasonably safe.
Although next week is half term, there will still be key worker and vulnerable children in (so far no more than 6) and I am on the rota for Thursday, morning only - I don't think OH would cope if I was out all day; he's already getting anxious about me going back.
I shall probably end my career with the weirdest 7 weeks in school ever, but at least it won't have just fizzled out.
I also washed my car today and did the supermarket shop at 4pm - walked straight into the store and got everything on my list, no problem. Still no flour except bread flour, but I didn't need any because I got lucky on Saturday and found some SR flour in the local shop when I went up to sort out OH's newspaper delivery (2 weeks without one and then they sent the wrong one!)
So much achieved in one day - after 2 consecutive nights with hardly any sleep: I may have to lie down for the rest of the week! 😁
Dinner was delicious, thank you😀
That sounds like a nice walk, now if he buys a chariot, OH can walk and sit where ever he wants to...........
We started using whatsapp but have changed to google duo, kept having sound issues so much better now, would recommend. Good luck with your meeting.........
YD's friend unfortunately has died, she was on a trial that seemed to be working brilliantly, then it stopped working, so very sad just a young girl. She was married at the end of last year and a couple of weeks ago all her friends at a safe distance applauded her in the back garden, she thought it was hilarious, sad times.
Finished the photo frames yesterday and photos delivered today, am not even going to start placing them all the wall yet, cause I will have to THINK and PLAN haha.
Nipped to supermarket very early this morning and purchased essentials, no queues, I honestly hate queueing..........
Still on the hunt for bookcase, it's beginning to get on my nerves, either wrong colour, wrong size or exorbitantly expensive, have hung on to this one for a long time so will just have to wait.
ED has not started redeployment yet, whew, all things are in place just waiting for the call☹️.
Still chilly here, brrrrrrrrrrr xx
Good to see you back, Katy. There's a roast beef dinner with raspberry and apple crumble and either ice cream or custard - or both - in the shed.
I've put extra supplies of chocolate, cake, tea and tissues by the CBA, CSL and FF benches just in case you need them. Throw any guilt in that lake. We need to fatten up the alligators ready to celebrate when lockdown ends (although I am having to remind myself not to get too excited about that: OH will still have PD, so we won't be getting back to full freedom!)
We went, in the car, to a canal-side pub nearby. It wasn't open, of course, but we took the wheelchair and walked through the woodland by the canal. OH didn't ride in the chair - just sat in it whenever he needed to. It was good to be somewhere else for a change.
I knitted a little nurse doll, "Florence Knittinggale", and put her in my kitchen window so people can see her as they walk by. My neighbour saw it and I've had to knit one for her too.
Next Tuesday, we are going to have a virtual staff meeting using Microsoft Teams. I'm already on the anxious bench about that. I struggle to handle WhatsApp video calls with YD, never mind 20 of us!
Will you or won't you? Will there be any children in? Seems to be a lot of controversy JCJ.
Finished the little bookcase, it's lovely, woo hoo, so bright and funky haha.
Now have a new project.............picked 8 of my favourite GC photos, purchased frames and am busy painting, 2 yellow, 2 purple, 2 orange and 2 turquoise, smallish frames going onto hallway wall. I was going to put them in straight lines but YD says no Mum put them higgledy piggledly ah ha am trusting her advice and judgement.
It's a little chilly today, brrrrrrrrr, still feel as though it's winter.
How is your new phone?
Am really hoping there is something tasty in the shed tonight, can turn a blind eye to the graffiti........
Big thank you JCJ, your kindness is much appreciated and has helped me greatly, no words can truly express how grateful I am xx
So, we're definitely back in school on 1st June. Probably. Email from HT today outlining how the school will run to try to enable social distancing. I don't envy the senior leadership team: they have had a right mare trying to organise everything and everyone following - ever-changing - government guidelines! It's all a bit scary, but thank goodness I can drive to work and don't have to use crowded public transport!
And, however weird it will be, I know it is only for 7 weeks until I finish for good (unless we have to have kids in school through the summer holiday like at Easter and half-term, in which case it could possibly be 13 weeks!) Who knows. Watch this space. But from a safe distance, obviously.
Oooh! It seems to have stopped flipping the page upside down even when it's signed me out. Hurrah!
The coffee cake has coffee butter icing in the middle but just a dusting of icing sugar on top - we don't like it too sweet. You're welcome.
Had an email this morning to say someone has bought the safari mobile in my Etsy shop. At last! That's the first thing to sell since I put loads in there before Christmas! So I had to parcel that up and get it to the post office today. Also had to visit the paper shop (opposite direction from my house) to see why OH's paper, that I ordered, 2 weeks ago, to be delivered every Saturday, still hasn't appeared. The lovely guy in the shop doesn't speak very good English so we struggled to understand each other. Hopefully, the situation is resolved and OH will get his paper next week. But I won't hold my breath!!
It's been HOT today. Like mid summer! I don't know if it was the weather, people expecting restrictions to be lifted in BJ's announcement tomorrow, or, as YD suggests: the VE Day celebrations have made people think this war is over, but nobody seemed to bother with social distancing in the village today. It made me look like a complete mad woman dodging about trying to avoid groups of people walking straight at me! Grrrr!
We had bacon, egg and mushroom sandwiches for lunch. Yum. Can't remember the last time I had that. Needed some comfort food: I'm so fed up with being at, or within walking distance of, home!
Well, they made a tidy profit, greedy, greedy😡
Just laughing at you and workman...............did you have coffee icing? Love coffee cake, that underwear shop used to sell it but they don't any longer☹️
Nipped over to supermarket this morning for milk and bread, and it was very busy, was before 8am so am not sure if it was health workers etc?? Was really surprised.
Paint arrived last night and was very tempted to start there and then, but sensible head says wait until tomorrow, listened for once sooooooooooo first coat now applied, am NOT loving it haha.
Think I must be the messiest painter ever, splotches on rug, sofa, floor and all over my hands, honestly don't know how I manage it, have always been like that.............
Should have done a proper shop today but couldn't be bothered a great excuse to have a takeaway night, hurrah, other excuse have been painting all day haha.
Other dress arrived with 2 pairs of trousers that just slipped into my bag, like them all so very pleased. Won't need anything else for a long time.
Muggatea made, "CBA" bench here I come xx
Mmmmmm delicious tea, thank you Katy. I've shared our sausage, mash and onion gravy with everyone too. 😊
Memory is rubbish - but I'm very good at updating my calendar, keep it on the back of the kitchen door, and look at it every day. Also have reminders set up on my phone!
I made a coffee cake for OH today - belated birthday cake, as we had my sherry birthday cake to eat first. I was very messily scraping the bowl clean and licking the spatula when I looked up and saw one of the workmen, who are digging up the road outside our house to install a new water main, standing on our drive looking straight at me with a big grin on his face. So embarrassed. (wipes coffee cake batter off nose, eyebrows and chin)
Definitely a good idea to wait for the perfect bookcase at the right price. I was sooo annoyed to be grossly overcharged for DIL's birthday pressie. I saw she'd put a (used) CD she wanted on her (big river) wishlist. It was £15.95 + £1.95 postage. A bit pricey for a CD, but if it's what she wants, I don't mind paying it. So I ordered it. It arrived today and the seller hadn't even bothered to take off the original £9.99 price sticker OR the charity shop £1 sticker. What??!! That's really taking the ****. So angry.
Glad joey is doing well and you had fun at your virtual party haha!
Happy birthday FF😁
Gosh you have an amazing memory JCJ, can hardly remember my own birthday hee hee.
Lots of nothing done here today, though my shower screen now gleams with that new to me cleaning product. Found a book I haven't read, woo hoo!
Mum had a fall today and has a bump on her forehead, spoke to her earlier and all well. Blood pressure was a little high so that maybe the cause.
Not going to buy bookcase, it's really not the colour I want so will wait until the one that is perfect reduces in price because at the moment it's at a ridiculous price, have seen it £130 less than the price they are charging at the moment.
Have been getting bombarded from my supplier electric/gas with emails for readings was feeling furious as had given readings when I received first email. On my online account money had been deducted so am thinking what's going on?? Phoned company and after a half hour wait managed to speak to someone. He explained that the readings I had given were hypothetical, WHAT??
No bill but account reduced by amount of hypothetical bill, I'm thinking I am up to date seemingly I am not on his system mmmmmmmmmmm, so readings given today not hypothetical and should have bills soon. What they are doing is because of the virus and people being at home for longer times bills will be higher than usual so they reduce your account. It should have been explained when putting in readings, it's not and it should also be people's choice grrrrrrrrrrrr.
Tea on me tonight, cottage pie and broccoli in cheese sauce, no dessert though.
Was runner up in family quiz, woo hoo xx
Don't know if you still visit Benchland, FoxyFeret, but Happy Birthday! I've been thinking of you a lot lately and hoping you're staying well shielded from the proxy virus. Hugsxx
Just had a virtual party with a mate of 50 years standing - me with ciggies and Prosecco, him with rollies and cider!!!! We've sorted all the world's problems and our dogs health problems, so tomorrow the planet will be fine...
Joey's wound is healing nicely and he is so fit with all his walks - food consumption has increased.
Onwards and upwards!!!
Hurrah for fixing the shower, well done you😃, a new career???
Not decadent at all, especially as it was a birthday. I am all for takeaways the more the merrier haha.
What did you have???
Bet you were all prettied up for the call hee hee!!!
Popped into town yesterday, less than an hour I was back home and oh my dearie dear was a little/lot pained. Was difficult to remain upright and sitting wasn't happy either..........my face was even more contorted than usual. So will phone clinic on Mon, don't think I will be successful as I have tried every medication known to man.
YD had a small surprise windfall, extra special during this time.
ED will not be at mum's unfortunately, only council run homes.
Tonight is Quiz Night, woo hoo, we have all decided easy questions to start with, thank goodness!
YD and I already have our questions ready.
Bookcase in the living room, cannot make up my mind as the colour is slightly lighter than I would like? Still pondering. Paint job is bedroom.
As I am on the "CBA" bench indefinitely/permanently as the case may be I unfortunately will be unable to tidy Benchland in the foreseeable future, am hoping the alligators will munch the rubbish and when my paint eventually arrives I may paint the shed?
Let's hope no one wanders around the shed in the meantime.
Think the birthday girl got up to mischief.............xx
I. Have. Fixed. The. Shower! It was really simple after all my anxious fretting and OH's catastrophising. I talked myself in and out of that job so many times, but feel really proud of myself that I found out what the problem was and fixed it. The part cost £11 including postage, so I've probably saved about £100 by not getting a plumber in! (You watch, the *****y thing will probably break again next time I use it!)
It was OH's birthday yesterday, so we ordered in Indian takeaway from a shop 5 minutes walk from our house. That felt so wrong; so decadent. Of course, we had Friday chippies today as well, so that's 3 takeaways in 5 days. Goodness! That's a record for us! The chippy collection wasn't so dramatic tonight: I went down at about half past 4, without bothering to pre-order, and only had to queue for a few minutes.
The pension advisor rang me yesterday, but after all my stressing about the video call, it was just a normal call. This was fortunate because when I answered it, I panicked (the first call I've taken on the new phone) and automatically put the phone to my ear. That would have been a weird video call? My inner ear! 😛 The guy was really helpful though and advised me to ring LGPS and talked me through what I need to ask them for. I'll probably do that next week.
Hurrah for YD's super good news (I'm all agog!) and I'm glad that Mum is doing OK. Fingers crossed that ED stays safe. Might she be going in to your mum's care home? That would be good!
I thought you were going to paint that bookcase yellow? However a new, ready assembled one sound good - but would they be able to deliver it into your room?
I hope Joey is on the mend.... and staying out of trouble!
PS. I deny it all. I know nothing about the rude words burnt onto the shed roof with sparklers, or the fact that the alligators appear to be wearing tiaras. Hic!
Have you done it???? The shower?? The you tube videos are brilliant.
It's exciting getting a new phone, have always had a boy's name, a singer, courtesy of ED who gave me her old contract phones, the last one had issues with sound so she searched for another not too expensive one, changed brand phone is bigger really like it only slight problem is photos aren't so brilliant but can't complain.
laughed regarding your hair...........am so glad it's only the girls I have video calls with cause i'm a mess every morning haha.
Day started well YD had some extra superly good news, spoke to carers about Mum, all well there, then there was ED.................she has completed all course work and had a meeting today which means she is now ready to start her redeployment, which puts me straight onto the "worried sick" bench.
No date yet but she will either be in care homes or visiting people in their homes.
Finished the trilogy, read it years and years ago and couldn't remember the whole story, enjoyed.
Am also on the pondering bench, have a bookcase in the living room which I am not too fond of, have seen one I do like, ready assembled, woo hoo do I order???? mmmmmmm xx
Will you attempt chippie tomorrow? xx
I had great intentions to fix the shower today. I googled it diagnosed the problem and ordered the part. The YouTube video looks simple enough. The part arrived on Monday, but I was starting to chicken out of it, especially as OH was not very supportive or confident in my ability to do it! After speaking to YD on phone last night - she basically told me to stop being such a wuss and just do it - so that was the plan for today.... BUT the new sim card for my phone and its case arrived this morning, so obviously I've had to spend most of the day sorting the phone out.
It's a S******* (boy's 3-letter name - he was singing) G***** (stars, planets etc.... or chocolate!) A40. It's fairly basic, not too huge, as modern phones go, but a bit bigger than my old one. It will let me do more... Like access Wi-Fi in hotels and use banking apps which my old phone wouldn't do any more.
I was in the middle of transferring everything - including my number - from one phone to another when I had an email from my pension advisor asking if we could have a video call! What? I've not brushed my hair properly for days! (In fact, I had serious bed hair when I set up the face recognition on the new phone!) I've put him off til tomorrow - said it might take 24 hours for phone transfer (which wasn't a lie!)
What podcasts do you listen to? I like No Such Thing as a fish Susan Calman's Brightside and Off Menu. Sometimes when I'm knitting or making cards it's easier to listen to a podcast than watch tele.
Oh no! Joey in the wars! I hope he mends soon.
Aaaah poor little boy, hopefully this is the last.........xx
Well, JCJ what a night! Cannot actually write anything about party as am positive it would be deleted by moderators. Such very bad behaviour........
Had been sitting on the "CBA" bench for hours and thought better get moving, post office, small supermarket, then bigger one. No queue at po, no queue at smaller and tiny queue at bigger, so was well pleased. Something happened, loads and loads of sweet stuff fell into my chariot, couldn't believe it! Was at checkout before I realised couldn't take it all back so ended up paying for hundreds of sweets, oh dear!
Now will just have to eat them.
So now back home and back on that bench. Soooooooooooo can't be bothered xx