Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Weight loss shopping list

I totally forgot to write down my weight loss shopping list from this Monday.

I went to weight watchers and I lost a further 3 1/2 lbs.
This is equivalent to:

Two bags of flour
One bag of rice
One bag of sugar
Two tins of cat food
One small bag of ground almonds
One small bag of sesame seeds
Two Jamaica ginger cakes
A six pack of jammie wagon wheels
A golden syrup cake
A double pack of Jaffa Cakes
and a pack of Oreo's...

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Loving autumn...

Today is a gloriously sunny autumn day, yay!! 
tomorrow it will rain, booo!
But I love autumn so much, I don't care.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Weight loss shopping list...

Just a quick post to add some more things to the weight loss shopping list.

Last night at the "whale weigh station" I stood on the scales and I have lost a further 2 1/2 lbs. That means so far I have lost 1 stone. :)

This is the equivalent of :

Two bags of flour
One bag of rice
One bag of sugar
Two tins of cat food
One small bag of ground almonds
One small bag of sesame seeds.

Our leader gave me a green glass pebble to represent my stone. The first of many I hope :)

Our home now belongs to us...

Yesterday was a very important day. It was the day that I signed the tenancy contract for our home. We live in a council house and we have been tenants here since January 29th 2000. 

Since my marriage ended, my ex husband has had his name on the tenancy with mine. He had not removed it when he moved out. For the past 5 years his name has been on the tenancy and, in the beginning, his thoughts were "I could move back in if I really wanted to, and you have no right to stop me."

The council needed a letter from him, relinquishing his rights to the tenancy and stating that he agrees to me being the sole tenant.

Five years later, he has finally done just that.

It took a lot of persuasion and I trod very carefully over this matter for a long time. 

In the end, he said 
"Fine, you write the letter and I will sign it"

At the end of the day he has not lived here for 5 years, he lives in his own home and he would be liable for any rent arrears (there aren't any) if there were to be any.

Our tenancy office has been an absolute star. She reminds me of Folella Benjamin.:) 
She has been such a kind and helpful Lady.

So at 12:45pm I arrived here.

I came out just 5 minutes later at 12.50pm. 
I am now, legally, the sole tenant of our home...


So, here it is, the contract. 

Basically it states that you should pay your rent, behave yourselves, be nice to your neighbours, look after your home, garden and pets. 

They will, in return, take our rubbish, fix things that go wrong and deal with our neighbours if they are naughty.

Yay, Our Home :) :) :)

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Weight loss shopping list...

I thought I would share my weight loss with you guys. 
I have been going to weight watchers every Monday and have done so for four weeks now. 

In that time I have lost 11 and a half pounds. 
This is just under: 

Two bags of flour, 
One bag of rice &
 One bag of sugar.

Every week I hope to add to my shopping list. I thought this would be a different way to visualise the weight loss and keep me motivated. 

A lady at weight watchers has lost 33 lbs so far, this was the equivalent of the three tyres that she had in her garage. 

Just imagine walking around with that all day !!! 

The trouble is I still walk around with all that extra weight, no wonder my feet ache and back hurts at the end of the day.!!

I weigh in tomorrow, so fingers crossed, lets hope there will be more on my shopping list  :)

Friday, 14 September 2012


How can it be possible that after less than eight days at senior school the bullies have chosen their first target.   

Katie had really enjoyed her first few days at school but at the end of the first week the bullying had begun.

On the first occasion the group of three or four girls thought it would be fun to pull Katie's hair and then to poke her hard in the back while they called her names and swore at her.

Over the next few days they would sit in front of her at the lunch table and kick her under the table and call her names.

They have sworn at her, pushed her, poked, kicked and punched her, pulled her hair and made her cry.

She has now told me and has told Sam. Sam is on her campus and he had looked out for her the next day. These girls did some of this in front of him too, they are two years above Katie and are in Sam's year group. He stood up for her but they took no notice and were gone before a teacher saw what happened. He knew who they were and was able to tell his head of year. Katie told her English teacher who then got her to identify them by using the photos displayed on the school walls.

Many years ago Mr Patching (Katie's English teacher) helped Charlotte with a very similar situation and it was actually Charlotte who suggested that Katie told this particular teacher. She knew he would help her and get it sorted out. The school has a zero tolerance approach to bullying.

The girls in question have been identified, teachers have been informed, The Almighty Mrs Anderson has been told and is now on the warpath 
(even Jim quakes at the sound of her name).

When Katie went to the reception area to identify the photographs, the receptionists asked if Katie was Jim's little sister. When she replied that she was, they joked that it was fortunate for the girls that Jim was on the other campus as they knew he would "find them and have a little chat" as they put it. 

Jim has be bullied off and on throughout his whole school life. Whether it be right or wrong, he always stuck up for himself and fought back, he never let them get to him and he never went down without a fight. He would never stand by and watch anyone else get bullied either, he would always intervene, even if he got into trouble for it himself. He would never let his little sister take that kind of abuse. So I guess the receptionist ladies are right. They know him well.

Katie will be fine, she has done the right thing by telling her teacher and she still loves school. I will watch carefully to see if she wants me to intervene at the school myself. At the moment she is happy with the support she has from school. I am glad that she tells me what worries her and feels that she can talk to me about anything. As a team the children have all spoken to Katie and supported her, they have all comforted her and told her how much they will "kick their butts if they do it gain" (Jim's idea) 

I am sure she will be fine, 
I will make sure she is fine !!!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The last days of summer...

The summer holidays are over and the children have returned to school. I have begun college and now, the relaxing days of summer are but a distant memory.

Many things happened this summer but over all the children just vegged out. They were not bothered whether they went here or there, they were happy to lay about and just chill...

For most of the summer Katie wore her pyjamas and chatted to her friends on Skype. Jim played on-line with his friends as did Charlotte. Sam went out and about, mostly to the skate park or into town.

School takes so much energy from them, they really just wanted to recharge at home and actually, they enjoyed each others company.

We spotted this little fella the other day. I have a picture of myself somewhere, about age 15, holding a hedgehog just like this.

 He did not eat the slug as he had just eaten a saucer of cat food. After everyone had looked at him we let him go under the bushes where we found him. The slug was let go under a different bush.

 This little sauce pot has had so much love, 
I think she will burst...

I don't know who loves who the most...

Unfortunately the ironing was not a priority and yes, Jim is wearing a school PE top... 

 This was a different hedgehog we think. He was snuffling about in the garden late one evening. He was so loud we could hear him even though we were watching television.

For many nights the children slept downstairs if they wanted to. They often spent time with each other and the house was quite a happy one this summer. And yes, Jim is under the coffee table.

They love each other really...

 Jim also mowed his new grass twice this holiday. It looks lovely and he has done such a great job :)

We had two barbecues. We cooked burgers and sausages and chicken. We had salad and rolls too. I have also joined weight watchers and so far I have lost 11 1/2 lbs. I chose the salad and chicken.

This was devoured in no time at all...

And yet more food. This is the packed lunches for all four children. Now they are back at school they all need lunches everyday. All holiday my food bill has been astronomical. The children have had lunches and snacks at home which they would normally have at school. Up until now they have had free school meals, but this term they all begged for packed lunches as the school meals are not particularly nice. Often, when they got there, the best choices we already taken.

Not everyone can stomach food early in the morning. Jim can manage a little bit like scrambled eggs and Sam feels sick if he does not eat. He eats a small sandwich and then feels he can eat more. Katie is a slow coach and so breakfast for her is eaten just before she heads out the door. Charlotte gets stomach cramps if she eats too early or is rushed and so breakfast, for her, must be taken slowly.

Sam's breakfast had the word "poop" written on it :)

Asda gained a few hundred pounds from us this term as everyone was desperate for new uniforms. Katie is 11 and has size 8 feet, Jim and Sam have man's size 10 feet (did I mention that Sam is one inch off of being 6 foot) and Charlotte has size 11 shoes. You try finding a sensible school shoe for a girl in a size 11...

This does not include the PE kits and Charlotte's uniform. Sixth form now has a dress code. They are no longer allowed to wear what they please, they must were clothing suitable for an office environment... 

It's a good job I have money to burn...
(that was me being sarcastic)

Jim was happy to return to school. Who cares if you are 15 and have an image to maintain, you can still take cookies in for your mates. He has no shame :)

And this September Katie went to senior school, so far so good. She is really enjoying it there and most of her friends have joined the same school too. 

This is on her first morning. She has gone in with the attitude that, she will start as she means to go on. Doing her homework as soon as she gets it, packing her bag the night before, being organized, checking her planner and lessons the night before school. 

I hope things will stay that way but I know how easy it is for them to be overwhelmed and loose interest in school. So, so far so good. 

When she came home from school for first few days, 
she fell asleep on the sofa, 
even before tea time.