Sunday, 19 August 2012

Lazy Days...

I am always up early, I can't help it. I am usually awake before the alarm goes off. When the holidays arrive I take delight in going to bed on the first night and turning the alarm off, so it does not wake me in the morning. I still wake before it should have gone off anyway. :)

This morning I was awake before 5am but drifted in and out of sleep until I pinged awake at nearly 6am. I slowly got up and came down and had a large drink of water. I was still wearing my dress from yesterday. Lol. My head still feels very fragile and bruised. Yesterdays temperature was 31 degrees and by late afternoon I had the beginnings of a migraine. I get that tell tale sign of a tiny little pain behind my left eye and a gentle ache in my head. 

Along with chocolate, cheese, wine, too much sleep, not enough to eat, bright lights, strong smells, late nights, no sleep, too much coffee, dehydration and stress, hot days tend to set off a migraine too. (aren't I lucky) I took my tablets with plenty of water before it really hit and lay down in the relative cool of my bedroom. Jim bought me the fan and I drifted in and out of a painful and hot sleep. I had left the washing up as we had only just eaten tea, the children were still busying themselves in the evening, but I thought a lay down and rest would do me good. I could wash up later.

When I woke, it was dark and the house was quiet. The clock read 00:7 ( I call this "James Bond O'clock) I searched my head for the pain, only to find that it was still there, beating away behind my eye and on my temples. Arcing across my brain in it's sadistic rhythm. The more I searched for it, the more pain I found. I took more tablets, drunk more water and lay back down in the hope of finding sleep. I was grateful that this time, nausea had not played it's part. I know that it takes about 20 minutes for the pain to be overcome by the tablets. I waited patiently and with each wave of pain I knew that soon, they would start to ease. By 12:39am a wave came but this time it felt deadened, not as intense, not so piercing as the one before. Finally...

This morning the sun is already warm, 22 degrees at 8:49am...

I have done a couple of loads of washing and hung them out, unfortunately the washing up still needs to be done... I shall wait a while for the children to wake and get them to give me a hand today. 

We have had a very lazy holiday so far. We haven't done much at all, but I think the children have enjoyed the freedom of vegging out and doing as they please. They will have enough to keep them busy come September. Today will be another lazy day, possibly 33 degrees here. It is too hot to do anything much in that heat, it is energy draining. What must be done, must be done early or left until late.  

But there is a small pain in my head that tells me, 
this is not over. :(

Thursday, 9 August 2012

This week...

It has been a bit of an all sorts kind of week, lots happening and nothing at all. The internet came back on as mysteriously as it went off and peace was restored to this house. 

The flea problem seems to be well and truly under control, the cats have new flea collars and all the rooms have shown no further signs of the little invaders. 

The children and I spent afternoon and evening watching Jurassic Park, followed by The Hulk and then The Fantastic Four. 

Charlie had found a new sleeping place and Jim helped with the washing up. Sort of...

The rabbits have been cleaned out and then loved, when putting Jason back in his hutch he gave an almighty kick and scrammed my arm quite badly. Ouchy...

We had never eaten "Fruit Loops" before and probably never will again, for all the "Americanism" of them, they are pretty dire. Every other film of the 70's and 80's that was made for children seemed to have this cereal playing a cameo role, therefore becoming a desired object, in this house anyway. So we decided to try them, just to see what all the hype was about. 

Our unanimous verdict... MEH...

As a result of not eating the strange fruity loops (meh) the children, as always, were still hungry. I appreciate that they are still growing and need constant feeding but it has become a bone of contention in this house. 

Food arrived and was quickly snaffled away before the end of the week, ingredients for meals obviously remained, but all the nice picky, snacky bits had gone and everyone, at one stage of another, stood at the fridge and declared "There's nothing nice to eat" to which I would always reply "eat some fruit" or "have a drink instead"...

 The food especially disappears at night... Something to do with the teenage residents I would assume, more than any other.

And they have no regard for the notice I lovingly leave them when I have gone to bed... 

Still it could be worse, Not sure how, but I'm sure it could...

Anyway, as always, leaving the best until last, Jim is massively pleased with the grass that is growing now. 

He is like a proud father, showing every visitor and guest to the house his new offspring...

Friday, 3 August 2012

Garden Transformation

On Monday we made a plan to just clear this area of our garden. It had become overgrown and was really depressing to look at knowing that I could not physically work hard enough myself to put it right and get it clear.

So I called in the cavalry (AKA : my children) and we set about clearing away all the weeds and detritus. We could then decide what to do next.

It was really bad !! 

There was so much to do, the ground was solid and the weeds were really hard to budge. Their roots were deep and so difficult to get out. The spiders were huge and there were lots of slugs and snails.

Years ago we had a vegetable patch but as time has gone on and my back problem has worsened, the area became more and more neglected. Fortunately I covered most of the ground with an old carpet and so suppressed the weeds to a large extent here.

This is a very rare picture of me with my large bottom facing the camera (sorry). Jim fixed up the fence the best he could. Katie helped to clear the rubbish with me as she is more bendy in the middle.

Jim and Sam really worked their socks off and lifted the slabs and cleared the weeds. I was surprised at just how strong they are now and although it took some effort, they worked hard and matched or exceeded the work done by any grown man. What also surprised me was that they actually enjoyed themselves, despite getting dirty and working up a sweat.

All afternoon we cleared and re-cleared the area, going over and over until it was done. Jim thoroughly enjoyed this. He was given full reign to decide what went where, who did what and what the plan would be. I think he liked this bit of responsibility and took it on well. Sam was so eager to help and there were few arguments.

Jim has been doing construction at school lately, he has enjoyed the tiling and has done an awesome job. 
He got a distinction in his exam for his coursework. He has learnt how to make cement and use grout and adhesive. I think this project has given him the chance to show that he can use his new found skills in the garden too. The boys have also been able to use their strength to do things that us mere mortals cannot do.

We removed all of these slabs and stacked then up to be used again once the area was clear.

Jim marked out where he wanted things to go, we will plant shrubs at the back along the fence. Steve, our tree, will go in this box once it is fixed and filled with soil. The bench will be at the back but placed on slabs so it wont sink into the soil.

Jim spent over two days getting to this point and was not going to give up. On the first day we worked until it was too dark to see properly any more. The next day Katie and I went into town and bought dome grass seed. When we got home Jim had got to this point and had already planted Steve. He seeded the ground and within half an hour it rained and watered it for us.

Over the little park near us someone had dumped some wood from their garden. It had been there for a couple of months and I had seen it hidden below the bushes.I thought it would look nice in our garden. Jim and I went over there yesterday and brought the wood back. We put it behind the small wall that Jim had built. We will plant our shrubs behind the wall and use the wood in this area.

I particularly like this bit of wood. I think we will be able to go and get some shrubs this week. We need something that grows in partial shade and is hardy, we would like something that flowers too. 

We have spent only £5.08 on grass seed so far, the rest of the things we have used we already had laying around the garden. The wood we found for free over the park. The box Steve is planted in we already had. (The box does not have a bottom and so his roots will go straight down into the soil below). Steve was a small twiggy thing growing in our front garden by accident, Charlotte planted him in a bucket three years ago and he has been replanted twice since.

Jim has also re positioned my rotary airer and will finish off the garden this week. He has layed some slabs in front of the shed for me too. He is only 15 years old but he has worked as hard as any man this week, I am so proud of all of them. They have worked so hard and have been amazingly helpful for their dear old Mum...

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Dear Internet...

Dear Internet

We are sorry... What ever we have done to offend you, we are truly sorry and wish so much that you would come back to us. We have not seen or heard from you for two whole days. We know we had taken you for granted and had not treated you as you deserve. We used you whenever we wanted, we Googled and blogged and played on-line games without a single thought for you and how you were feeling. How can we make it up to you? Please tell us and we will do what ever it takes, we have even paid the bill and our TV and phone still work, we have checked the wires and connections and the man from Virgin Media said we still "have connectivity", so what do we have to do to have you come home again?

All our love,

Rachael, Charlotte (even though her wireless internet still works), Jim, Sam and Katie... xx