Monday, 29 December 2008

Festive Round Up

Did you have a good Christmas?
Did you?
I am having a very different Christmas. Not bad, just different.
First of all, even though I love having my Hubby home for the two weeks, he has taken over the house and is like a man possessed. He always cooks etc, but he is doing all this huffing and puffing whilst washing, etc. BUT all he does it put it in piles and shove it upstairs.
I have given up and am concentrating on tidying upstairs and then keeping out of his way.
I invited his parents around tomorrow for a Lasagne and salad... suddenly he is baking and cooking all these little canapes. He is a great cook though and if I am honest he relaxes whilst cooking. ME? I hate it.
The insurance cheque has finally come through and It will go in the bank tomorrow. The garage that I bought my old car from have lined up another one for me. Slightly smaller engine, but that is not a problem to me.
The Mum and Dad issue is brewing again. I will not go into it but to say that cos I was ill and bruised, I forgot all about writing their Christmas cards for them. Did they remind me? NO, Did they write them themselves? NO, I am being blamed for them not sending any Christmas cards... and for not decorating the house for them.
I start back in my old job next week I can not wait. I love it and am looking forward to it - although I have a lot of preparation to do between now and then.
Steph worked from the Saturday after the schools broke up right up to close of business on Christmas eve, even the Sunday, - the florist was very busy. She then got loads of Christmas money and is rolling in funds now!
Matty, got an ear infection two nights before Christmas and he and I spent an eventful night in the lounge trying to settle him down - being in so much pain he was screaming. In the morning, hubby took him to the docs who said he had the most horrendous infection. So he has spent the holiday dosed up on Antibiotics, paracetamol and ibuprofen. A week on he is still getting twinges of pain. BUT is better
I am looking forward to my In-Laws coming round tomorrow. On New Years Eve, we have a friend around too. Steph is going to a party and I am missing her at times like these.
But she is growing up.

Have a wonderful New Year Everyone.....
Best Wishes for 2009

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Well school has broken up
The insurance company have offered me a final figure that is £60 more than what I paid for the car. Then minus the excess of £250.00. But am happy with that.
I wish that everything would hurray up, but with Christmas I realistically think I will get a car in the new year.
Car prices have dropped, and the garage I bought Bella from are desperate for my custom.
Fish eat fish babies
I have spent £200.00 in Asda this afternoon..... granted it included a lot of gifts
Best friend coming around tomorrow evening to have our regular special party :)
I have a quandary, I have bought an 18 piece drinking glass set for my parents for Christmas as they like a tipple , but are terrible for breaking their glasses. So I know they want this gift. However, it is made by ASDA's cheap budget range and cost me £2.40 .... YES £2.40 for all 18 glasses. SO do I wrap it like it is , OR do I unpack it and wrap it in something else so that it looks like I have spent a bit more on them?
I am making mince pies with orange pastry this afternoon. Hairy Biker Recipe.
I also have all the Xmas cakes to decorate.
I also want to make these..... I saw them being made on TV yesterday..... mmmmmmmm
Now do I make truffles or not?
My daughter works on a Saturday for a florist in a Green grocer's shop, she gave me the most beautiful bouquet yesterday, all different kinds of flowers, some are the ornamental cabbages that have been sprayed gold on the edges of their petals..It looks wonderful..... it smells of boiled cabbage!
Had to get a taxi home today from asda, the driver reckoned that I should leave the beer in the car as payment! I reckoned I should leave Matty in the car to save my sanity!! he did not agree. I rang my Hubby and asked him to be ready to help empty the car when we got home as the driver was after his beer! All very funny -except he would not let me leave "that kid" in the car, not even for an hour or so!!!
I did try.
Well have waffled enough.
Will try and take photos of the food if I can.

Monday, 15 December 2008

Sunday's Round Up... 24 hours late.- AKA Why I am NOT festive.

Normally I write a post on a Sunday morning rounding up my week.
WHAT a week last was.
Phew so here is the round up.
Sunday last: Well we left it where I was bruised and bashed and my poor car....
By the middle of the week I had Flu. I am very careful to use the "Flu " word, as I feel too many people call a common cold, flu. But I had temperatures, both hot and cold, shivers that felt so hot and yet had me shaking. At the same time the bruises became worse. The most painful part was my left leg from my knee to the top of my foot. I am not a nurse, but think that the bruises knocked my immune levels and so my poor body just decided to complain about everything. Worrying about money, I accepted work but in the end my Hubby rang in for me, by whihc point i had lost my voice. My family were worried that apart from looking at the car on Sunday morning, I had not left the house and was becoming a recluse. Truth be I probably was, but I also slept a HUGE amount.

Then I began to feel better and decided that a bit of pampering would be in order, kick me in to moving myself. So I had a long bath the other morning, "borrowing" some of Steph's girlie bath products. Looking at my legs I decided they needed so attention. However shaving over the bruises was not a good idea I thought, so I used some cream. I have used it before on my legs. But for some reason, it burnt my leg. BURNT the sore bruise on my leg. I spent yesterday in more discomfort.

Ooo and the iron broke, by which time I was laughing hysterically......

It was a long wierd week.

This week has started off better, I got myself some work this morning in a school I have worked inbefore. All fine and dandy, meeting old friends, etc. Until a 5 year old threw up infront of me!

Friday, 12 December 2008

Jo, my bloggy buddy....has kindly tagged me with this meme. Apparently she should have tagged SIX people but being so close to Christmas felt this unfair, so tagged ME.

Anyways, it goes something like this -
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they've been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

So here are SIX random facts about me.
  1. I do not put milk on breakfast cereal. Always eat it dry.
  2. I never wear socks unless it is really really cold and then I have to raid my Hubby's drawer.
  3. My MIL has three twin sisters.
  4. I have dark brown curly hair which I have streaked with vivid red.
  5. If I have the choice, I will always watch The Hallmark Channel
  6. My tastes are changing as I get older. I find that instead of choosing really chocolately options I will opt for lemon options now.

NOW do I tag or not?

I know that PBS likes memes.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008


The Good news is that I have been paid today, I have had to walk to the nearest cash machine at 5:30 am to get the money that I owe my daughter as she if going to the Birmingham Clothes Show. She had saved her birthday money for today, but as she saw us struggling lent it to us, however we should have paid it back last week, but I did not get paid.

I rang around the insurance and police yesterday and the actual "making a claim" proocedure was pretty painless.

My bruises are doing wonderful colour changes, I can not wear a bra just yet as it is uncomfortable. My knee is wierd though if I turn over in bed,m I hit the roof if I catch it in such a way. However I do not have a problem walking on it.

I had a drunken phone call from my Dad last night, where he was rambling, saying things that I know are true, but actually using words that were not nice/subtle

I can not get any enthusiasm for Christmas now. Really struggling,

I am sure that once I know whether the car is a write off or not, I can make some decisions. I am not sure that the money I will recieve if it is a write off will go let us replace it like for like. I am just hoping that she can be mended.

I am supposed to be available for work today, however last night I went to bed with a huge temperature, coughing and shivering and burning up......I am now just laughing at everything!

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Updated Sunday midday
Just been to see my poor car!
OOO I cried.
I am still really shakey. It looks that on impact the air bag inflated, but my seat belt broke with the force, which must account for all the bruising I have from my shoulder to my waist. I do not remember that happening. I think I am very lucky.
We got home, and then Dad turned up to tell my that my Mum is back in hospital and in emergency awaiting an X-ray.

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It has a pretty dismal week really.
I have been incredibly worried about money and lack of work. Although I am not able to substantiate it, I have felt that the lack of work has been due to me making a fuss about not being paid correctly. I finally got some work on Friday morning... a morning. However it was in a school that I worked in for about 18months and so I was really happy about going back.
It was in FS1/2 Jo!!!
I then went home by way of the shops, treated myself to a nice lunch on the way. Then once home I received a phone call from a colleague who was looking for an important document and wanted to know if I had a copy(Ofsted panic). I did and offered to take it into school. After leaving I drove home. On the way I stopped to turn right and ...the next thing I knew there was an airbag inflated and smoke, and chaos... People were coming round me, but I could not speak. They asked me questions but I could not speak, only once to scream "I want to go home". I just sat there. A passing off duty policewoman stopped to help and I gave her my phone, but once she put my purse in my hand I refused to let go of it. She asked me my name and all I could say was "F F F F F F F F F F F "
So I ended up in hospital.
Was checked out.
Still refused to let go of my purse.
Eventually my Hubby arrived and they let me go home, badly bruised and very shaken.
I am not allowed to do anything, I have had to ask to stand up and potter around!
I have a huge black bruise the from my shoulder to my hip in the line of my seat belt. And my already dodgy knee is worse for wear after ramming the dash board, but apart from that I have come off really well. I still can not remember what happened.

So this is another worry, I am really not in the festive spirit of things at the moment. I just feel that everything is going wrong. No work, no money, falling behind with the odd bill, no phone that I can ring out on, we already owe my In-Laws some money, now a car to sort out .....
My lovely car...

Tuesday, 2 December 2008


Last night I discovered that when I put my glasses on, I can actually see a lot better. It is ages since I wore my glasses. Am wearing them today.
I had the best nights sleep that I have had in ages last night. Hubby mentioned this morning that I looked really rested and left me in bed as he went to work. I did not get up until 10:00am !!!! What a lazy mare I am.

Argued like crazy with my agency who only paid me £400 of the £1000 they owe me. Burst into tears on the phone. I cried on the phone! Feel a prat. However, they promoised to the get the manager to ring me back.... have not done so far! I also am now not getting any work from them.

Am now feeling really low.

I have a prescription to fill.... think that I need to get it done asap as I have run out of happy pills. Have been without them for a couple of weeks now. Felt that I could manage and use the money on xmas etc.... discovered I was wrong.

Well we have three different sets of baby fish now. It turns out that we must have bought them pregnant.... I will give the pet shop people a stern look over the top of my glasses when we next go. Discovered a new use for my glasses.

I am really cold and my silly mood is making me not put the fire on, as I am the only one in the house. Stupid Fizz. Put the bloody fire on!

discovered that I have taken to talking to myself.

Discovered and justified a trip to the chemist.

When I finally made it downstairs this morning, discovered that it had snowed over night.

Yesterday I was conned into taking the children to school and drove in sleet for the first time. I discovered that car windscreens get muckier a lot quicker when it sleets.

I discovered that my water spurty thingme bob that spreays clean water on to the windscreen was frozen.

Discovered that I still do not know where to put antifreeze to stop that happening again.

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Sunday Morning

I have not had the text saying "I am still alive" and it is nearly 11am. I guess it was a good party last night. However, on the coldest night of the year so far, I am taxi-ing Steffi dressed as Jesse from the Toy story, only wearing short shorts, to her party with her boyfriend and his friend.
There are lots of things wrong there.
First of all I thought Girls took their friends along
Second of all, I should have been saying, "you can not go out dressed like that, you''ll catch your death..." instead I was thinking " I wish I had legs as long as that"
Thirdly... oh well I will not go into that.

Mum is out of hospital now, but weak and forgetful. popped in last night and went back this morning. My Aunt was also there so it was nice to see them all. I have been to pick Steff up this morning and the countryside was so pretty, Bright brilliant sunshine but so cold. There is frost on the ground and some of the fields are white and crispy. The others are bright green from the wet dew. The trees are all bare now too. Such a lovely sight. The tired 16yr old that hobbled into my car was not such a pretty sight. LOL lack of sleep and a lovely bright blue bruise on her knee, and a mark around her neck where the cowboy hat had been.

I am cooking again tonight, that will make it Four nights in a row and FIVE times this week!

No matter how pretty the scenery is today, I am not going out again.... am even considering putting my PJs back on.

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Domesticated ...Me?

Not that I don't know what has to be done, it is just every time I start to do something or even complete it, someone comes around and mucks it all up. Very demoralising I must say. Hence training to be a teacher, where BTW I have a reputation for cleaning cupboards out and throwing junk away!

So imagine Hubby's surprise when today started off with me prepping the beef and Guinness stew whilst still wearing my PJ's at 9:00am. Oh and the fact he caught me emptying the last two tins of Guinness in to the pot HAHAHAHA.

This afternoon I prepped a cabbage (savoy if you will) and THEN ...... I know this will knock your socks off, I made cherry crumble using ground almonds in the crumble mix as well!!!

I played around with a recipe!!!

I hope it tastes OK.

Ohhhhhh I have actually gone through all my shoes (to make room for new ones obviously, shhhhhhhh you did not hear that thought). I was actually smiling as I looked at each pair. What is it with shoes?

I have done all my washing but can not hang it up to dry, as I dry it all indoors and Matty has a friend around who is Muslim and I do not think it is a good idea to hang racks of underwear around the place! A lovely lad, so courteous too, he actually offers to help me unload the car without me having to threaten my kids with a bedroom invasion, black bin style if they do not help!

I am supposed to be sewing Xmas cards. HAHA whose idea was that?
Only 13 left to go..... THIRTEEN , yeah righ like that is going to happen.
Righty off to stir a stew.

Friday, 28 November 2008

Just found an internet site on "How to breed Guppy Fishes"
Just bung 'em in to the tank together et voila!*

* impressed Jo?

What I want to know is, a part from putting the hair greying son on sentry duty to tap the glass everytime they get amourous, can you STOP them bonking?

Is there a fish equivalent of a contraceptive you can put in the water?

Can I continue to ramble..Please??

  • Grrr son still off school glued to the loo!
  • Fish had MORE pigging babies, it will be exactly on week tomorrow when we bought FIVE guppy fish and in those 6 days we now have at least 15... FIFTEEN fishes.
  • Eating cake for breakfast - not bothered if that sounds disgusting or not.
  • THe hallmark channel has thrown a dippy fit on my box this morning and not working, even on the new station it is moving too, that has buggered up my cleaning schedule.
  • Had to use antifreeze for the first time this morning. Did not know what to do, grumpy "I hate mornings" Hubby huffed and puffed spraying it everywhere. I then drove about 50m down the road and the whole windscreen misted over, ended up on the kerb! Now have new routine for cold morning driving.
  1. Count fish in the morning.
  2. Do not make jokes about flushing new babies down the loo to the "I hate mornings" grumpy hubby.
  3. Do not sit in the car looking useless wondering if that is ice or not. Just spray the deicer.
  4. Wait for the mist to clear before trying to drive.
  • The domesticateness that I have been feeling for a while, is slowly ebbing away.
  • The enthusiasm for the fish has Ebbed!

Thursday, 27 November 2008


  • Talking to Matty by MSN even though he is sat behind me.
  • Doing Hallmark cleaning..... (watching hallmark programmes and clean at a furious pace in the long advert breaks.
  • So far have 4 fish babies.... only bought the fish on Saturday! This is my Hubby's new hobby, I take the blame as I arranged the second hand tank as an early Xmas pressie. I never thought they would have babies. Hubby meanwhile, is already planning the next Bigger tank and how to remodel the lounge to fit it in, Geeeeze it is not even Xmas yet!
  • Have wrapped all the pressies I have in the house now.
  • When Hubby was in his last school one of the Teachers, who has a love of all things Christmas, bought Hubby and his colleague an advent calendar on Dec!st , then every school day til the end of term gave them a Xmas related pressie. Now he is in his new school I am trying to arrange this for him and his new colleague. However, I have a pressie from this other Teacher, that she sneaked into the house the other day!
  • Does that all make sense?
  • I got a pressie too! I am being a good girl and NOT opening it!
  • Need to sweep the garden.
  • Need to make dinner,
  • Mum getting better, but hospital desperate to release her too early, Dad refused.
  • Bad hospital, Bad hospital!
  • What is a gestation period of a guppy?
  • Still making Xmas cards
  • Son still off school
  • It is sunny this morning
  • Need to clean my windows too----- dam sun!
  • I have quite enjoyed being a housewife this week..... very weird.
  • paying not so "poorly sick" son for every odd sock he finds in his room (aka pit)
  • OOH advert break ... got to go!

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Grumpy post - The Festive post is below.

Wake up- turn on TV -See a snake (phobia)
Check e-mail - Have not been paid - bank balance of 88pence.
7:15 ring agency - COMPLAIN.
7;30 HG son, comes down stairs... ILL
Ring agency - call in sick
Ring school apologise, only to be told that my servic es would not be needed for the rest of the week as the jury service I was covering had finished.
Through the day I....
Rang the agency as periodic intervals with increasing levels of anxiety/ anger, listened to excuses and refused to accept blame for them chaning thier payroll system and expecting the royal mail to play ball!
Looked after poorly sick son.
Stressed relieved with some FRANITC housework (an unheard of event)
OOOo the fish had babies!!
I am a MUM of quads! (we only bought them on Saturday)
Told off by Dad for not visiting Mum in hospital!
4:35pm Agency refuse to advance money
%pm pick hubby up after work - his colleague has taken him to the pub so he agrees we would take him home (when was I consulted?)
Took him home
Went home
No food
No Money
Poorly sick son
Daughter gone to boyfriends
Rang in-laws
Went over, where kindly they lent us some money
Took poorly sick son home
Mercy trip to ASDA for dinner
Went to pick Daughter from boyfriend's
Ended up giving boyfriend a lift to his mate's house.
Came home
Had dinner
Hubby went ot bed shattered
I stayed up for another hour watching CSI
What was the episode about?
A frigging snake!

I would read the post below if I were you

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Baking Christmas Cakes The Fizzy Way (8 at a time)

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Take one large plastic washing up bowl.
Weigh out 12 lbs of mixed dried fruit.
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Pour on two bottles of cooking brandy
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Cover with tin foil and leave for about 48 hours
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Meanwhile, collect the above items and a selection of cake tins.
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Draw and cut out a piece of grease proof paper, the size and shape of the tin.
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Cut strips of greasproof paper as above.
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Brush oil all over the inside of the cake tin.
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Line the tin as above.
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Only reapeat for 8 tins. ( I hate that part!)
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Weigh out all the dry ingrediants into one bowl.
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Place the butter and syrup in the same pan.
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Crack 24 LARGE eggs into another bowl (or in this case a pan) with the milk.
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Melt the butter and syrup over the a low heat.
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Mix the dry ingrediants
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Disgard the spoon and mix the dry ingrediants with the fruit.
*Note to self... Next time remove Engagement ring first.
** Hubby walked in at this point and saw me mixing with one hand and taking photos with my right, who says women can not multi task!
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Hubby took over the photography now.
Add all wet ingrediants now.
Mix well.
It is very wet and very sloppy and rather disgusting
BUT the smell is WONDERFUL!
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Wrap in tin foil and keep until nearer Christmas before decorating.


Sunday, 16 November 2008

Round Up

  • Worked 4.5 days this week Yeah
  • Got a contract in another school for two weeks
  • Supposed to be planning right now!
  • Hubby got his Xmas present early - a second hand fish tank... is now acting like a two year old... it is set up in the lounge, it is arranged nicely and he is treating the water ready for getting the fish during the week.
  • We told Steffi there were fish in the tank but they were shy... although logically she knew we were fibbing she kept checking a lot of times.
  • Matty did not get his legs waxed - all in a good cause. The stupid boy called the bluff of a some giggly girls who thought it would be funny to ask him. After he agreed to do it for the charity he began to realise that this could actually hurt!
  • Got the car washed. First time we got it washed since we bought it ..... in July!!!! Amazingly I can see more than just blurred shapes in my mirrors! I thought I needed an eye test. I can actually see the whites of the eyes of the drivers behind me!
  • On Friday night in Rush hour traffic I was behind a lorry with a sign that says " if you can not see my wing mirrors you are too close" so I dropped back until I could see his mirrors leaving a gap big enough for TWO cars to then over take me and get in between me and the lorry!
  • I have been treated to breakfast in bed two days in a row!!
  • The bad side of not having any money is that when you do, you end up spending nearly £200 in ASDA filling the cupboards again
  • Diet gone out of the window.
  • Mum in hospital again, she is away with the fairies, last night told me that she had stood on and crushed 7 rats, that there were fleas on her face, that her picture was on the front page of the evening post, because she got stuck in a lift. However, she did not recognise herself in the picture! Apparently this morning, when my sister rang to see how she was, the nurses informed her that Mum had just landed at Manchester Airport!
  • Hubby is mortified that he was asked to leave a pub last night. Apparently one of his friends put their head on the table cos he was tired and the bar staff felt he was now fit to be served so ALL THREE of them were asked to leave!
  • Having my hair cut and coloured at 8am next Saturday morning... I CAN NOT WAIT!
  • Matty is having his mop cut on Wednesday evening ....I CAN NOT WAIT!

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen

Today is Steph's 16th!
BOY that has flown by!
one minute I am holding this little 3lb 15oz baby..... on life support because she was born 9 weeks early
NEXT I am discussing Boys, exams, part time jobs !
PHEW ..... 16 years!
Happy Birthday Steph.
Love you Loads

Friday, 7 November 2008

Christmas Cards

I decided that to cut down on the xmas expensive (the credit crunch/no job/ blah blah) I would have to cut down on some of the pressies I give out. That, of course, does not mean I do not think any less of those people I just can not run to all those pressies. So I decided I would cross stitch some cards and send those instead.
I have quite enjoyed doing them, but found that the thought of sending them quite hard!
*Stupid I know*

So when my Hubby bought me a camera for my birthday I have been taking pictures of them.

This is a celtic design, and really not a Christmas card, but I think the colours make it very Christmassy. I am giving it to my lovely in-laws.....shhhhhhh do not tell them.
This mousey design was a freebie kit from a magazine.

A Jolly Snowman, really simple, I am supposed to embroider snowflakes around him in silver thread but as I have done it on sparkly fabric I do not need to.
OOOOO I love this little Robin.
I like this design, but not sure it is are clear as some of the others.
This is a Art Nouveau design and I really like it, but not too sure what I want to do with it. it is too small for a picture and yet too large for a card or coaster.

This is a celtic design of a Salmon, it going to be a birthday card for my lovely Father in Law. I think it is quite a jolly fish! Usually fish mouths go down :(

This was another free kit from a magazine and I really like it. I may do it again and agin with different colours.

Grumpy Duck

It is miserly out side. Quite bright now
There is barely any light. Ditto
We are running out of money fast. Went shopping so that feling has intensified- it was a cheap shop too
Only worked 1 day this week! Have hounded the agency and got TWO days so far for next week

SO in an attempt to NOT sink into despair....
Today I will:
  • Finish writing my xmas cards- not done so far
  • Sew some more xmas cards- LOOKED at my project
  • Put more washing on (Matty discovered his washing pile after denying he had any for two days!) DONE
  • See my parents. Done- nice to see them came away with their recycling my car now looks like I am the alcoholic! - going to the tip as soon as I have done this.

I went to parents consultations last night and out of 8 teachers that I needed to see, only FOUR were there!!!! that means I did a 30 mile round trip to see FOUR teachers! I found the form teacher and make my opinion clear. GRRRRRRRRRRRR. NOBODY has e-mailed me to apologise yet!

Righty better go and get dressed, it is cold as well. If I put the fire on I will never leave the house! Well I got dressed went out came home, put the fire on and now I do not want to leave to ge HUbby from work!

Thursday, 6 November 2008

The day after bonfire night.
How come I am the only one that did not drink (as driving) and yet I am the one that slipped on the wet grass, and paving stones, twisted my knee on my left leg and trying trying ot steady myself braced my right leg before lying flat on my arse on the ground?
If I had had a drink it would not have happened, but then I would not have been able to drive.
No work today, so the excitment of the day so far has been seeign hte bottom of my laundry basket and going out to top up the gas and electricity cards!
There is further excitment to come, as I now have to go to Steffi's parents consultation evening. Being that it is her big exam year I am already unimpressed that one Teacher has a more important engagement, one teacher is not coming as only been there two weeks, and one teacher is ill today!
Maybe I am just in a grumpy mood!
Matty is grating cheese!!!!
*note to self* count how many fingers he has left before eating dinner!

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Rounding Up - (AKA a snapshot of my mind)

It is Bonfire night.... it is cold.... I am expceted to go "ooooo" and "Ahhhhhh" without letting the shivering make my voice all wobbly!
Hubby sulked all the way to school this morning because he caught Matty eating his Cocoa Pops. Matty even let him drink the chocolately milk out of the bowl!
I went on a course today but will be unable to use the new information until January. Will I remember it then?
I am missing my old job ... LOTS . Working as a Supply/temp teacher is not fun anymore. Just how do you personify a black bin bag and make it interesting for 11 year old children?
I only got lost three times getting to the supply school yesterday :)
I only told Hubby I got lost once going to the supply school yesterday :) :)
Having a car after 15 years is brill. Filling the car with FOUR teenagers can get smelly.
Having both children in the car can be fun. Having Steffi sit behind Matty can get violent.
And noisy.
Note to self-> investigate car seats for Teenagers!
What are you supposed to arrange for a nearly 16 year old's 16th birthday when she will not tell you what she wants to do? She does not want to go out for a meal. She does not want a party, she does not want to have friends over. She will not tell you what she wants for a presant.... she will not comit to anything. So I have got her a lovely presant - a silver bangle. and have this sneaky suspicion that in later years she will feel we have let her down!!
Have written half of my xmas cards
Have wrapped all the presants that I have in stock in the house
Have written a list of things to get and make for Xmas presants, cakes, etc
Have wondered if I have a problem as I have colour coded my Xmas to do list!
Have lost my diary.
Back to Bonfire night..... only three of us going to my Lovely IN-Laws and the nearly 16 year old has other plans with her friends.
It is cold
Matty is excited and driving me potty with his silly antics!
Just discovered how to sell books on Amazon.
Thought for the day, can you enter in to the spirit of Bonfire night by watching through firmly CLOSED double glazed doors and windows?

P.S. Note to self, find the dam recorder and take it away from Matty, may be I could mail it to someone!

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Tuesday, Wednesay & Thursday

Three posts in one, arn't you lucky.

Tuesday ...
Was Cleaning but also a trip into town. With the HGS!!!
We were returning some trainers that I had ordered online for him. They arrived all packaged up but no paperwork. So I rang the company (who also have high street stores) and they e-mailed me an invoice.
I took it too town and explained that I wanted to change these trainers and told them the story of the invoice.
OK I thought this was OK and I was speaking clearly. But the invoice had the word INVOICE on the top and not RECEIPT!!!
It took 5 memebers of staff to realise that there was all the detail they needed on the invoice and it really was a reciept with a different name!

I went to the market and bought 16 meters of fabric for £16 - I now have enough fabric to make about 5 or 6 pairs of trousers for work!

All hands were on deck. Final cleaning took place as my friend was coming round for the afternoon. I do not think that she would have minded what state it was in, but I did. I only have hald a bathroom and the tools are in my bedroom etc.

We had a great time - a really great time. WE were discussing how to organise a cheap Xmas and I mentioned that I fancied buying my Hubby a fish tank but not sure now. She had one with all the equipment.... so we picked Hubby up from work and told him that we were going for his xmas presant and I took her home. He genuinley liked the idea and even borrowed a book from them and took it all home and investigated everything that was in the tank. Pumps, etc. all we need to do is a bit of cleaning, and buy gravel and fish!

Today I am popping in to see a friend and then I do not have much else so am going to do a bit of relaxing this afternoon.

Monday, 27 October 2008


I braved it
I plucked up the courage
I drank an energy drink
I girded my loins....
YES I went to tidy the bedroom no read pit of the Hair Greying Son!
Family tradition deems that on the first day of the school holidays and BEFORE they are allowed to do anything else one of them will get thier bedroom emptied, gutted and sanitized by yours truely. Yesterday was the grumpy teen, today was the pit!!!!
Mind you he must think the same 'cos as I was about to climb the stairs to my doom I am given, NO ordered with a set of three rules which I was told I had to agree to before I was allowed in!!
He is 12 years old for Gods sake!!
So I agreed.....
Do not give me that look.
For weeks I have been trying to get in there. If I had to agree to those three rules it was well worth it.....

Anyway do you think I actually stuck to them?

What rules do you think he set me?

Sunday, 26 October 2008

I have been set a goal to post every day this week!!!

Where is your mobile phone?-In the car
Where is your significant other?-Sat behind me
Your hair colour? -should be different shades of brown and vibrant red.... actually a mess and grey
Your mother? - MS
Your father? - managing
Your favourite thing? - family
Your dream last night?- didn't have time, spent all the time going to the loo!
Your dream goal?- a clean and tidy house
The room you're in? - lounge
Your hobby? - internet, cross stitch
Your fear? -snakes
Where do you want to be in 6 years? -content and settled
Where were you last night? - lovely in-laws
What you're not? - slim, assertive
One of your wish-list items? - blackberry
Where you grew up? - Yorkshire
The last thing you did? - eat a bacon butty
What are you wearing?- clothes Durrrrr!!!
Your TV? - Rugby league world cup on it.... it is 10;30 AM
Your pets? -none got enough with Husband, two kids and two fish in the classroom.
Your computer? - my solice in times of sport overload
Your mood? - determined
Missing someone? -erm.... a mum to talk to
Your car? -called Bella
Something you're not wearing? -footwear
Favourite shop? - Evans, Pier, leRedoute
Your summer?- hot and lazy
Love someone? - yes
Your favourite colour?-Greeeeeen
When is the last time you laughed? -This morning
Last time you cried? Last night- teenagers!

I will pass this on to Ex Shammikite,

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Written whilst normal ....(what is normal?)

ooooo I am in more trouble for not blogging.
Well I have always hadda reputation for blogging whilst under the influence ... I am sorry.
SOME people find it funny!
Life is chaotic.
I have joined Weight Watchers online and am doing ok. I feel that I may have lost more than the silly doc's scales say! Certain clothes are slightly looser. ANF more importantly, I can stand still for longer without being in so much pain. I think it is the pain that has spurred me on. I just thought that this is it.

I have never eaten so much fruit!
What is even more worrying is that even though I was drunk , I was still sat infront of the computer and typing in the points for every drink I had!!!

To try and stop the cravings and nervous fidgeting (when I would normally eat) I am trying to find things to do, I play silly games on facebook and have got my cross stitiching out too. Funny I do not want to spend the time doing housework!

We have half a new bathroom. My Hubby is very methodical first the new loo, then we had a hitch where we were without a washbasin/sink for over 2 weeks. last weekend he sorted that and started tiling on that wall. When that wall is complete he will turn his attentions to the new bath - which has been sat patiently on my landing since August. The pile of tools and clutter in my bedroom is going down slowly AND I am so glad that no longer have the new loo in the lounge!

Today I have been told that I am the tightest parent ever cos I will not let a certain 15 yr old go to a concert at the local university, on a school night. Apparently I am the only parent who does that AND it makes her look stupid!!

Oh Joy!
Tell me I am right .... -please

Friday, 10 October 2008

Written WhIlst pissed

Well LIsa this is aimed at you .... DRunk ... welllllllll and truely..... so forgive me. BUT I miss your input in my life. SOOOOO here is what is happening.... (forgive the typing I am trying very hard to make it work)

I am drunk.... cos I love Bacardi..... and coke
I have joined weight watchers... and already lost 8.5 pounds.... I have so much further to go... .it scares me.
I have been in so much pain with my knee joints and worried that I have permenantly injured them. . Since I have been driving I have been taking 4 pills every morning and two are pain killers and ibuofren.
BUT since dieting the pain has subsided.... not gone away but is more tolerable. I have been so scared Lisa.... really scared.
I thought that this was it.
I think it was it.... I am 41 God dam it and in so much pain and discomfort.
I doubt that I will meet my goal weight as that mean loosing over 111Kg ... not obtainable... but loosing a at least a lot of that will help me.
Think I can do it???
I am not sure.... I just want the pain to go away

Then the other reason for bieng this pissed is TEENAGERS.... i know you understand this one.... why od they make you feel so shite?
Why od they make you feel that you are not in control over your household?
Why do they make you feel that you are the baddy?
Why do you feel that what ever angst they are feeling , you are feeling twice as much?
It is really good that Hubby and I are in agreement. I did think it was just me. I was sick of being lectured by a 15 year old. My friends and collegues all say "thank goodness we had boys"..... easy option I think. I am being ruled by a 15 year old who turns 16 next month and thinks that she KNOWS EVERY THING!!!!
I am scared for her.... and yeat I admire her ....
OK I am rambling ... I am sorry to dump this on your all.

Sunday, 17 August 2008

The Thing of Nightmares

or another title should be - Do not order Singapore Fried Rice!

I did. I ordered it . Had it before but last time they must have forgotten to put the chillies in. RAW LUMPS of chilli. Big enough to cause discomfort.....
but small enough to hide amongst all the rice.

I ate it ..... nearly died of chilli burn
What i had not bargined on though was the nightmare at night.

The end result was that ....
well here is the point.
I was face to face with this person holding a gun.
Everytime I dodged the gun it found me
Eventually I dodged and double dodged and with a right hook punched the assassin.
in my case my Hubby who screamed
Swore loudly
and I woke up.
His poor jaw!!!!!
there is not a mark
However he did move to the settee for his saftey.

Thursday, 7 August 2008


well the final stage of the plan is complete, the bathroom has been choosen ordered and the final bits are being delivered tomorrow. Hubby has just started working out the electrics before putting up a false ceiling into which he will recess two spot lights.

The floor was a bargin. The floor is small but even so all the big tile places (we want ceramic tiles) were quoting £100-£150 for it. Ridiculous. In one tile place we found a bargin corner in a dark store room and there were the tiles. Just enough mind you no room for mistakes. They were slightly lighter than we wanted and had a blue taint to them but with white walls and suite we could make that alteration. The cost £20 for the WHOLE floor!!!!!

Then we looked for the bathroom suite and after a tremendous amount of shopping about which we would never have been able to do before with out the car we found out that B&Q had the best offer -40% off. We saved shed loads.
So we are doing quite well.
The hot damp humid weather is not helping the work though poor Hubby.

Thursday, 31 July 2008

2/3 complete

Well I still love my car but am finding city driving really hard. I am not sure you know but last year we went on holiday to Scotland and a friend lent us a car and I drove it there, the first time I had driven in 15 years. Then we drove around the lake district two weeks later.
This year I hired a car and drove back to Scotland. That was the first time I had driven since last year. I have come to the conclussion that holiday driving on motorways and around pretty lochs and scenery is VERY different to Leeds on a wet humid day at rush hour.

We have been driving around showrooms looking for ideas for a new bathroom. We have a very small bathroom that is a perculiar shape. SO Iwant white . White suite, white tiles silver fittings and a dark grey to light black floor tiles and work surface. We drove miles to a warehouse that was crap and found all that we needed at the DIY store at the end of the road!!! Typical.

I bought a yellow duck watering can!

Yesterday we had all the guttering renewed on the house. We also had a new flat roof put on the small baywindow in the lounge. We also got all the guttering linked to the correct downfall pipes (including paying for our neighbour's fall pipe to be renewed!!!!). Today we have had LOADS and LOADS of rain, thunder, heavey downpours. horrendous. And do you know what? I did not need to put the bucket under the baywindow at all! NO LEAKS!!!!!
I am so happy.

A couple of weeks ago we took a loan out to pay for three things - a car , the guttering and roof repairs and a bathroom 2/3 completed and the bathroom project is now in the planning stage.

WE have NEVER been so organized.

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

OK OK >>>>>

I am getting grief... OH I have so missed getting grief from the other side of the world!
The reason that I have not updated you is that I have been out on picnics.
On the First night we went to a park that we both like but find really hard to get to on public transport.... noted and famous for its ducks hehehehe
It was only the three of us as my daughter was going to a party. Anyway we walked and talked and then went to look for a picnic place we decided to drive a bit further before we ate, only we got a bit lost and ended up on the road going to home and so went home, where my daughter was because the party had been cancelled, so we all ate the picnic in our front room!

Yesterday I did shopping without a taxi, and visited my parents -without a taxi. My Dad walked around the car, sat in the front seat, and I took him "for a spin". He directed and I drove, surprisingly we arrived at my Uncle's house (my dad's best friend). Dad wanted to brag about MY car to HIS friend!!!

THEN last night we went a reservoir up in the Yorkshire Dales, the city had been really muggy all day and so being up high was lovely

This time we ate our picnic outside and it was lovely and cool and FANTASTIC

Now the down side is that not driving that often has lead me to discover muscles in my thighs ans shins that I have not used for a while so by the time we got there I had jelly legs!

Monday, 28 July 2008


ooooooooo in less than an hour my FIL is picking me up to get the new car.............

I was so excited this morning that I threw up!!!

It is worse that waiting for Santa in Christmas Eve!

Sunday, 27 July 2008

We got a car!!!

I got seriously told off by Hubby and his friend for insisting that it were green..... so it is BLUE

Blue is good.

It is a funny shape but we are looking at touring Scotland next year and even going camping (if the tent we have been given is fit for use) so we wanted something biggish.

As I am rather large ins shape and the kids are tall and getting taller we wanted a lot of leg room.

SO what we looked for was soemthing that has lots of leg room, head room , storage. A bonus was that it has really really low mileage (19000) and is only four years old.....

OK want to have a look at the kind we have got?

I looks very French to me. I should be driving home grown produce around continental country roads in it .

Thursday, 24 July 2008

I am trying to write a post every day

Really writing a post first thing in the morning is not a good idea, you would think that I did not have anything to write about.

HAHA wrong, I can witter for Britain.

Exciting things are afoot.
Years and years ago we got into debt. Unfortunately we have not been able to get any kind of credit for years -now we are in a mcuh better position and the bank said yes!!!!

We have got a three point plan.
  1. A Car!!! (cos we do not have one)
  2. Guttering and work on the outside of the house (yeah the pan can go from under the window)
  3. a new bathroom suite (we will look in the bank holiday sales and buy everything but Hubby is not fitting it until October holidays)

The car is the MOST exciting thing as I am the only one that can drive. We do not know an aweful lot about cars. A friend was going to help us look for one, but he is going on holiday this weekend and he will not cancel it - I did ask him! So my FIL is taking us to look around at the weekend..... hehehehehehe

We sat in the garden last night and picked cars we wanted. A friend came past and laughed at us.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Family "Fun"

Last Friday school broke up for Myself, Hubby and the two kids.
Saturday saw me in town buying/treating the HGS* . We bought a pair of long shorts, a hoody, and two pairs of school trousers for the Autumn term. THe agreement was that he was only trying on the School trousers.

We got home and he went to try on the new shorts and informed me that they were broken and needed returning. Apparently the zip was missing...... yes you guessed it - they had a button fly. He had never heard of such a thing. Worse still he could not do the top two buttons!

Ten mins later Hubby and his Best Friend came home and all three were pushed into the kitchen and instructed to have "Man to Man" time to solve the problem!


Now my Daughter have taken to coming downstairs every morning and the first thing she does it bop the HGS around the head. Apparently it is to get ahead for the day!
Mind you he has worked out that the best way to get on your sister's nerves is to give her huge cuddles.
Yesterday the HGS had a bath first thing in the morning, he came downstairs and his hair looked like a haystack- he is growing it long! My daughter took him upstairs dried it, covered it with some sort of serum and then straightened it... the HGS did not have a choice. It looks good, although he is now walking looking at the ceiling all the time so he can see out from under his fringe.

*HGS= 12 year old Hair Greying Son
My daughter is now 15+

Monday, 21 July 2008


I had a blog.

I loved my blog

I deleted my blog

I missed my blog

I recreated my blog


Normal service will resume ... may be just for the summer holidays though.

Come on I am at home with a 12 year old HGS and a 15 yr/acting like my mother teenage daughter. I need blogerpy* and fast.