Saturday, 5 March 2011

Cuppa Time

I admit I am typically British and love my tea - hot, sweet with milk. Though I DO NOT drink out of china teacups with a saucer, neither do I use a teapot, my tea comes in mugs varing in size, colour and style but mugs all the same. Preferably Tetley teabags, but at the moment PG Tips (they were on offer in Tesco last week when I needed teabags) Anyway I can't function in the morning without my morning cuppa (or 3), I need a cuppa before I start anything, part way through the task and of course at the end. I admit I drink waaaaay too much tea. Someone (can't actually remember who) advised me to switch to decaf tea as I drink so much of it. I tried it and I didn't like it! I need not only my tea fix but also my caffine fix. I occationally drink coffee, but I have to have that uber strong and black with no sugar, when I say strong I put 2 teaspoons of coffee in my mug, not just one. {TH} likes strong coffee too, so if I'm having a coffee day I will put the coffee machine on and {TH} and I will drink coffee all day. Unlike a lot of people coffee does not keep me awake or give me that 'kick' people claim to get (what coffee do they drink?)

So why this random post about tea and coffee? To be totally honest I don't know lol. I am part way through my task of tackling those awful hot spots and taking a (well deserved) tea break. {TH} is playing COD, so I can't watch TV, {S} is playing on the laptop at the table, {B} and {LM} are colouring at the table (on paper not my table I hope) so that leaves me sat at my desk, staring at a blank screen, not fun. So I may as well blog about my boredom lol

What did I do before I blogged? I know the answer to that, I used to make tags for people to use on social networking sites/forums etc etc, but since I got bit by the decluttering and organising bug I just don't seem to want to do this anymore. It makes me quite sad as I have a (paid) website with hundred of tutorials to teach other people to create tags. I have on numerous occations opened my PaintShopPro programme and stared at it, nothing. I also used to play Warcraft, but that took over my life as it does alot of people so that had to go. I only started playing as both {TH} and {TB} played. In the old house we had 3 pc's in our lounge/diner and they would be waffling on about Warcraft, so I decided to play too. I played on and off for 2 years but I just couldn't take it anymore. In fact when {TH} got me a new pc it, we spent days finding one we could afford that would be handle Warcraft, it's very graphics intense and needs quite alot of uumph lol. So I've left my Warcraft and PSP (paintshop pro) days behind and am trying to become more organised and clutter free. In the few things we have done so far round the house, its made me feel better in myself. I know where things are (not everything) but most things are getting a home and learning to live there. The kidlets are learning to put everything most things away after they have finished using the, like all kids they need a poke and reminder sometimes. I am increasing the things I make them so, like putting their own dishes in the dishwasher when they finish their meals. I'm feeling so much more relaxed at home as I'm not sat in a room filled with crap clutter the whole house has a more realxed feel to it, lived in and loved not unloved. I still need to learn to do some things straight away, like laundry. I do my washing daily, sometimes 2 or 3 loads per day (I wait till we have a full load to wash towels) but I hate folding and putting away, no I don't hate it, I completely detest it and will choose to clean the loo over that! So I end up with baskets piled high with clothes waiting to be folded and put away, I have to root through baskets to find things and then spend twie as long ironing them as they've been screwed up in a basket for a week. I really need to remedy this, but I'm not sure how to go about? 

If any of my readers/followers have ANY idea's on how I can force myself to fold and put away that washing straight awy I would love to hear them. This is my biggest downfall and it annoys everyone in the house yet before anyone suggests getting {TH} or one of the kidlets to help me - no chance. If {TH} helped I'd end up redoing everything as he can't for toffee and doesn't know which girl owns which clothes!

Hot Spots!!!

Every house MUST have these. One of my best friends has an immaculate house (I hate her lol) but the little table she has in the kitchen is her hot spot. My aunt also has a super tidy house, with the exception of the table in the hall, her hot spot. Me and my house, we have 2 hot spots, well probably more but 2 hot hot spots

  • The Butcher's Block
    This should live in the kitchen but it doesn't fit, so it lives in the hallway just outside the utility room (it actually hides the sockets and wires). Now the has one wooden draw and 2 basket draws. Veg and spuds live in the basket draws, the wooden drawer is yet another junk drawer. The top however, well thats a hot hot hot spot! On top of that at the moment
    • {TH}'s jacket
    • One of my many handbags
    • A carrier bag filled with rubbish
    • A can of lubricant
    • Tub of sudacrem
    And that is just what I can see by moving my chair over!
You want to see it? Really? Ok then...........
on closer inspection I found a collection Sims games, some of {S}'s tops, screwdriver bits, darts bits, my cash tin and lots of other crap!

  • The Kitchen Side next to the Toaster
    This area has, since we lived in this house been a hot spot. It doesn't matter what piece of kitchen equipment I put there it attracts crap.
    • A carrier bag (empty)
    • A tub filled with crap
    • Battery charger
    • {S} wallet (also empty hehe)
    • A pencil
    • A jar of tea lights (my fault)
    • A duster
    • A christmas card from {TB} to {TH} 
    • A tin (containing little glue sticks)
    • A certificate 
Now the only things that should be on that side are the toaster and bread bin!
So where oh where does this other crap come from and who puts it there? Yes I am guilty of putting the jar of tea lights there. The tea lights used to live in another jar, but they didn't all fit, so I moved them to another jar (and re-used the other one) I was wandering round with them in my hands thinking where was the best place for them to live where they ere easy to find and access (should we suffer a power cut). The door bell went while I was thinking so I popped them down and answered the door, then in my normal manner totally forgot what I was doing before the door and went and did something totally different! 

So my personal challenge to myself today is to clear these 2 areas and put everything away (or find homes for everything). I'm hoping if I do it people will stop dumping stuff, I doubt it but it's sure worth a try. Hopefully later I will be able to share pics of beautifully clear hot spots

    Utility Room

    It seems I don't have the pics from the utility room before the washer was moved, I remember taking them but I must have deleted them before I moved them to my pc. Or it's possible that were accidently deleted when I cleaned my hard drive(s) up the other week. Although I am still annoyed with myself for doing this. Oh well lives and learns I guess.

    So no before pics but I do have some after pics and can talk you through how it was before.
    I found one!!! Just one before picture but it's one

    This is before (excuse the washing) My dryer is tucked into the corner with just enough room for the ironing board next to it. Opposite the dryer is the bedroom door and tucked away next to the door is our wardrobe.

    After we moved the washer the utility room looks like this

    My washer is now where the dryer used to be, but due to the pipes it has to face the doorway to the utility room. Next to the washer is my wardrobe and in the place my wardrobe used to be is my dryer. My washer and dryer are in a right state, we have no idea how our washer got so rusty on the front, but {TH} is going to treat it and give it a makover with some spray paint. My dryer, as you can see in the pic has a huge chunk missing off the top of it, this is where {TH} spilt battery acid on it! Again {TH} is going to fix it and makeit look pretty again.
    {TH} added the extention lead part way up the wall, as the sockets in the hallway are hidden by the butchers block and it can be a royal pita moving that each time I need to plug the hoover or iron in. 
    The curtains are the old ones from the dining room, the fit there really nicely and although don't keep the noise of the washer or down out they make sure it's hidden from general view.

    I don't know if you remember a few weeks ago my hoover bust and we bought a nice shiny new Dyson, well when {TH} went to the auction the other nigt he picked up a dyson city vac for just £10!!! ($16). It's in excellent condition, a little dirty and some of the tools are missing, but it works brilliantly and is great on my wood and tiles floors. We are going to keep them both he got the city vac to make it easier to do the stairs and it now lived on top of my washing machine. Once I get my shelf (bucket) above the washer the city vac will move to living above the dryer instead.

    I'm (we're) getting there slowly and I'm feeling a happier person for it all, now if I could just get those 'hot spots' sorted (forever) I'd be even happier lol

    Friday, 4 March 2011

    Lounge Pictures

    As promised here I am with some of the many pictures I owe my blog, I will try to get the others taken and posted tonight.

    Ok lets start with some before pics, these first two are taken from another blog post, the 2nd two are what I took before {TH} started on the door refurb. You can see why we so desperatly wanted to get these doors refurbed!

    And after the doors had their makeover

    How much better do they look now? I know they are still not 'quite' right but I am trying to work out exactly what to do with them, whether to paint the wood effect parts or whether to try and get some colour/pattern onto the white parts. I was thinking maybe those decals you can get from ebay, but not sure yet.

    The fire place after it's make over and chimney breast painting

    And some more pics

    {TH} went to an auction the other night and picked up these candle sticks for £4($6.50). The candles on top are fake, they have batteries in them and little LED light that flickers, those were from the local PoundShop. They also smell of vanilla, yummy!

    It looks like (at some point) someone has tried to fill over the pattern on the candle sticks with plaster, we think it adds to the charm
     {TH} picked these blue cabdles up from the PoundShop too, they also smell of vanilla and the colour picks up with the flowers sat witning the fireplace.
    These are the vases {TH} and I put together last week

     A close up shot of the beads, they are green and red but match up quite well
    {TH} picked up 2 of these canvas pictures (again from the PoundShop) we have one in each alcove until we get the shelves put up. The purple is just a few shades darker than what we used on the chimney breast.
    Another of {TH}'s bargains! Though I'm desperate to replace it with the clock in my last post

    It's all coming together quite nicely now. We need to get some paint and paint the other 3 walls and ceiling. I also want to replace the red cushion covers {TH} got a few weeks back with purple or blue (teal) ones. Then the curtains are to be replaced but as my window is quite big it's going to cost a small fortune. However I was told the other day I can get a pole that I can bend to the shape of my half bay window and then that awful track can go and I can get nice curtains. {TH}'s aunty suggested layering the curtains, which means buying 2 pairs in 2 colous and putting them up together but overlapping. Not sure exactly how, but she has offered to help. She suggested getting a solid dark colour and then a patterned curtain with a hint of the solid colour in.

    Hopefully I'll be back later with more pics


    Some days it's nice to dream about the perfect home I want to live in, that has room for everything and everyone, reality is never normally far away with a beep of the dishasher or the washing machine trying to escape its confines while on a fast spin. I love to watch Homes Under The Hammer on BBC1 (I now record to watch in the evening) and I also love Grand Designs. I like taking ideas from some on the results and concepts I see of these shows, some people are just barmy (in my opinion) with what they do with some wonderful spaces, yet most give me little ideas.
    This morning, before school - yes I had time to play n the internet before we left for school, I think someone put fireworks up my kids bums this morning lol they were so organised and fast at getting ready (I wish every morning was like that!) anyway, I was looking on the Ideal Home site {here} and they have some lovely inspirational idea's. Some there is no way (until I win the lottery) I could incorporate them into my busy home, but others, little things are just too fabby for words

    I love this clock! {TH} will say that for a clock it's a tad expensive at £34.90 ($56.71) inc delivery, but I think it would make a lovely feature if put on a wall on its own. Of course as it's got clips the images can be changed to match the season or with updated pictures of the kidlets. It's got so many options. You can find it {here}. Lots of other goodies on this site too.

    Another idea I think is just fabby and could be applied anywhere in the home (within reason of course). It's just jam jars with covered lids, the lids are then glued to the shelf (or whatever) and you simply unscrew the jar to get at the contents. A great space saving idea

    Another great idea but am unsure exactly how it was done. They are round magnets stuck on a piece of glass. I just like the funky-ness of it. Not sure it's something I could (or would) place in my home but I do like the overall look of it.

    Totally impractical for my lot, as I would find this stuffed with god knows what but I do think it looks great

    I've spent ages on ebay looking for these today, I think rather than a shelf in my new utility room one or two of these would look amazing. Although my walls are quite light in colour I still think this would look great. Now if I could just find some for sale....It looks like something I might find at a garden center and as spring is on its way I'm going to ask my mum to keep a look out as she loves to wander round garden centers buying more plants to fill her already rather full garden.

    Now this image as really got me thinking. I want to make my own blackboard based on some idea's from blogs and magazine, but now I've seen this, well this is what I want lol. For me it would need to be a little bigger or it would look lost on the wall I have planned for it. It will work out cheaper to make too.

    Beautiful room, but it's the mirror I want/need. So I feel some more searching this evening to see if I can find something similar

    So that was dreaming for today. Just waiting on my camera to be fully charged and I can finally take those after pictures! Will explain the missing lead with my post later on. I have to go to school early today ad {B} has been involved in the building of a tudor house today and parents are invited to go along and see it from 2:30 onwards. So need my camera for that too.

    Tuesday, 1 March 2011

    Pictures, Pictures, Pictures

    Pictures for my huge blog post below will be coming soon. I always, repeat always, charge the battery for my camera in the lounge. The socket is a bugger to get to, so I leave an 8pin plugged in all the time, this way I just need to plug my battery thingie-me-jig in and away I go, or {TH} can plug the camcorder thingie-me-jig in to charge the camcorder. It's lived there, well for ever. I took a few shots of the doors before the refurb and I have pics of my pc (or already on the blog) of other areas that have been worked on, so all I need now are the after shots. However, my 8pin has grown legs, unplugged itself and wandered off. {TH} claims to know nothing about the missing 8pin and neither does {TB}. I know I didn't move it, why would I? So one of them has moved it and I have no idea where it has gone. I've checked the obvious place - The Man Drawer. Out of the (what felt like) 100's of leads in that draw none of them are an 8pin. The only other one I know of is plugged into the back of {TH}'s PS3 and as he's currently (obsessed with) playing COD - Black Ops I can't pinch borrow that one. It's now almost 10:30pm and I have PJ's to iron (the kids & I have pj day at school tomorrow) so I don' have time (nor the energy) to turn the house upside down. I will unplug the PS3 in the morning before school and charge my camera so I can take some after pics and fingers crossed will get them posted tomorrow evening.

    Who Stole My Posts?

    .........Ok so no-one actually stole them, I didn't write them. I have NO idea where last week went, well yes I know where it went but who'd have thought a few small simple DIY jobs would completely eat up my entire week and we're {TH} not done yet. Although I have no cash to complete the last few things I want done *sign* we will get there, eventually.

    So where exactly did my week go and what did we (it's a small we) achieve? I shall start at the beginning......

    Monday - {S} was unwell, so no school for him. {TH} had already made plans to make a start on refurbishing the doors for our lounge and dining room, so even though we had {S} off school, we decided it was still possible to at least make a start. After checking (and double and triple checking) that I had got the math right and we did have the money we thought we had, {TH} and his cousin (roped in at the last minute to help) took a trip to the DIY store. They were gone for hours, what is it with men and DIY stores? Now bare in mind that Monday's for me means college. So while they took their time wandering round the DIY store (most probably checking out every power tool in the place!) I got myself sorted for college, while trying to keep {S} entertained. {TH} arrived home just in time for my to run and get the girls from school. I quickly got the girls and {S} fed before running out the door for college. I had no idea what {TH} had bought to refurb the doors with, nor how much he had spent. A fact that annoyed the hell out of me while I was at college, so much so that during our 10 minute coffee break I rang him to find out. Now {TH} is used to be calling home during my break, normally to remind him to put the uniforms in the dryer so I can iron them when I get home. So when he didn't answer I was a little annoyed. I tried several times during my break calling both his mobile (cell) and the home phone. We are not allowed our phones on during class so on my way back to class I put my phone on silent, still rather grumpy over the whole not knowing thing. I don't do surprises very well, in fact I hate them and am a total nightmare at christmas time (but that's another story). When I finished college at 8:30pm I checked my phone, {TH} had sent me a message apologising for not answering the phone, but he was busy with the doors, would I grab KFC for tea please. The text actually said 
    'sorry no answer busy with doors grab kfc pls cba cooking can u c u l8r x'
    KFC is literally over the road from college, so I trudged over there, stopping at Tesco on-route for bread, milk and 2 blueberry muffins. Grabbed a variety bucket and headed home. It was a little after 9pm when I got home, {TH}'s cousins car was still there which meant they were still working on the doors. I stuck the KFC in the oven and made a cuppa for us all. {TH} and his cousin had completed one full set of doors while I had been at college! They weren't hung but they were complete.
    Turns out they bought cupboard backing, which is white on one side and a rough wood on the other but it is very thin. The old perpex we took out of the doors was approx 3mm thick so we needed something of similar thickness or it wouldn't fit the gap in the doors. {TH} and his cousin had covered the woody side with white Fablon (a sticky back plastic) so I had total white panels in the door. Even though they weren't hung they looked a million times better than the yucky 70's perspex that was in them originally. If we'd have had the money we would have replaced it with clear or frosted perspex but oh my that stuff is so expensive to buy. With 16 panels needing to be replaced it would have been cheaper to replace the doors with new ones! So we went with a cheaper option but the result in brilliant.
    {TH} and I hung the doors after his cousin left, which was pretty much as soon as he drank his coffee, poor guy was goosed and his mrs was not a happy bunny either. They had done the doors from the dining room to the launchpad area and once they were up they really did look great. That was pretty much it for Monday, we ate the KFC chilled for a little while in front of the tv watching who knows what lol and headed to bed, knowing that we had to do the other set of doors tomorrow

    Tuesday - {S} was still not well enough for school, so another day of him being home, yet he was quite happy to lie on the sofa and watch his cartoons with his duvet and Scooby teddy. I had work I needed to do for college while it was fresh in my mind from the night before, but {TH} wanted the doors done. His cousin was not able to come and help him so I had no choice but to roll my sleeves up and get on with it. I did move my keyboard and get my note paper and pencil out, working on the theory I could make notes for my college work while helping {TH}. I actually managed that quite successfully. A lot of the time I was just required to 'hold that steady' or 'pull that down' or 'pass me that screw/fitting/whatever he wanted' so I plodded on with my college work and helped to refurb the doors at the same time. A prime example of multi-tasking lol. It took us all day, (not helped by my nipping out to collect the girls from school) but eventually the doors were complete. I had a governor meeting at the school at 6pm, so the doors were going to have to wait to be hung, I had to feed the kids and get myself cleaned up. Crawling round the floor leaves you dirty and not how you turn up to a meeting, although {TH} didn't understand this when only a few hours earlier I had been to collect the girls dressed that way.
    I got back from mymeeting a little after 8pm. Neither {TH} nor I had eaten so I refused to help hang doors until I had eaten something. Between the 2 of us we rustled up somethinge edible and relaxed for a while. We got the doors hung at about 10pm that night. 2 days, 2 sets of doors completely refurbished. Although now I decided (much to {TH}'s annoyance) that I wasn't quite keen on the solid white panels.
    You see, we only replaced the panels where the yucky perspex was. The pretend wood panels (dark wood) remained in place and I think this is what was upsetting to the eye. However, I promised {TH} I would 'live' with them for a while and if I still dislike them in a few weeks we will work out something to improve them.
    There was some left over fablon from covering the doors and {TH} set about covering the fire surround in the lounge with it. The fire surround (like everything else it seems) is dark wood. Although we have some dark wood furniture (a small coffee table and unit to house sky box, ps3, wii and games/dvds), it still makes the room feel closed in a dark.So {TH} decided that while we had the left over he may as well put it to use 

    Wednesday - {S} was still not fit for school, at this point I wondered if he would make it in at all this week! He wasn't the only one, my throat was scratchy and very sore so I called in school and explained I wouldn't be in for my placementthat morning. There was no way I could have done that. I poked {TH} and told him I wasn't well, he got up and sorted the girls out. {TH} took the the girls to school and I went back to bed, {S} came and snuggled up with me while I went back to sleep. {TH} woke me again a little before 11am, after a cuppa I was actually feeling much better. {TH} thinks it was just of me being drained and needing more sleep, I think he was probably right. 
    Now I don't know how it came about, I think {TH}and I were watching an old re-run of the gadget show, but anyway, we both decided that we had to get the washer out of the en-suite (it doesn't fit in the kitchen unless I get rid of my dishwasher!). We went, tape measure in hand and tried to figure out if there was any tiny way we could get the washer into the kitchen. It can't go next to the dishwasher as the pipe work for the sink is in the way (the washer is about 20mm to wide). We could take a cupboard out but that would still mean ripping apart a kitchen we don't own and wouldn't be the easiest thing to put back right again if/when we move.  The only, even slightly viable option was to put the washer where the dryer was. Remember I have that 'small room' that I moved my dryer and wardrobe into?
    It would involve drilling and making a 3" hole from the small room to the en-suite in order to plumb the washer in. We already had very long pipes from when we plumbed the washer into the en-suite. {TH} spent at least 2hrs making the hole and carefully removing the tiles off the bathroom wall so he didn't shatter them (and more) when drilling through. Finally we had a hole. We moved the dryer into the hallway and humped the washer into the corner of the small room, posted the fill and drainage pipes back through the hole in the wall and got them all hooked up. Turned the washer on to check it was filling right and ACK! we had a leak. So quickly turning the water supply off and the washer we hunted for the leak. As we found out {TH} had loosened the pipe on the back of the washer when humping it round, accidently of course, so once that was tightened up and the water mopped up (luckily not much water) we tried again.....NO LEAKS!!! So we got the washer into the position we wanted it. 
    We got the dryer into position next to the washer but it didn't leave much space for us to get through, so we put the wardrobe next to the washer and the dryer where the wardrobe was. 
    Now all that's left to do in there is get some shelves above the dryer and washer. I want 2 shelves above the washer and 1 above the dryer. I'll be putting my washing powder box, stain removers and softener on the shelf above the washer, leaving the actual top of the washer free to hold folded wet washing. Not sure what I'll put on the shelf above the dryer but I still want a shelf there. I'd also like to redecorate, as the room used to be mine for my pc it's painted baby pink and baby blue with matching floor tiles. I think I'd like it bright yellow and the floor replacing but that will have to wait. I really like what Jen over @ IHeartOrganizing has done with her laundry room {here} with the painted pegs of the wall. I'd love to have something like that.
    While we had some left over fablon from covering the doors so {TH} decided to cover the fire surround in the lounge, it was (like pretty much everything else) dark wood in colour which neither of us liked. So {TH} set about covering it. It took him a fair few hours but looked so much better afterwards. It used to have 2 glass shelves that sat either side, but I talked {TH} into only putting one on each side and getting some vases and silk flowers to put under the shelf.

    Thursday - {S} was finally better by today, so all 4 of us had a nice walk to school, I had my placement today. The weather was actually lovely this morning, and the flowers are all coming up in the gardens on the way to school. The kids love pointing at the pretty gardens and asking what the flowers are. I only did 2 hours in school today, so I was back home by 11:30 and ready to catch up on some serious housework, it's been seriously neglected these past few days. {TH} was going to visit his uncle and grab the vases & flowers I wanted to finish of the fireplace.
    When he got home he'd bought some glass beads too, so we build the vases up with glass beads and put the flowers, finishing my fireplace off lovely.
    I remembered that I was visiting my cousin this evening with my sister, so after the kids got home and had tea, we did homework and I went off to see my cousin.
    I was only gone a few hours but on my return I was in for a shock! {TH} was part way through painting the chimney breast in the lounge. As I was leaving with my sister, {TH} was in the garage looking for something. I never bothered to ask what as we were running a little late, turns out he was looking for what paint we had left over. He was actually looking for the terracotta originally used on the wall to patch up some bits.
    However we didn't have any but he did find a lovely shade of purple and away he went painting. It's looking lovely and really brightens the room up, espcially with the fire surround now being white.

    Friday - I got up a smidge late this morning, but luckily we managed to get to school just as they were blowing the whistle for the kids to line up, both me and the kids hate it when they are late. It doesn't happen very often, I think last year they were late maybe 4 or 5 times in the whole school year. It really annoys me when people are late, as a governor I see the numbers of lates and the repeat offenders. Seriously how hard is it to get up 10 mintues earlier and get to school on time? Some people really annoy me
    Anyway, as my housework has been neglected (we kept finding other things to do hehe) quite a bit this week I decided that when I got home I would get stuck in (and record Homes Under The Hammer I love this show lol) I popped the kettle on when I came in and went to lounge to pick up the kids clothes they left abandoned there, I noticed snake skin on the bottom of the tank, I know one of our snakes is ready for shedding so I opened the tank to pick the skin up and check on the snake. What greeted me I did not expect. As you know I have 3 corn snakes. They are little buggers and like to climb and lie on the glass shelf at the top of the tank. When I opened it, the red snake was there at the top (although he hadn't shed his skin)  and the white one was there too, along with 2 eggs! I was shocked, I knew we had a female (possibly 2) but I didn't know she was pregnant. I ran to wake {TH} (who I'd left sleeping as it's easier to clean with him out my way) and tell him we had 2 eggs. About 10 mintues later, {TH} wanders out of the bedroom and armed with a cuppa each we go to investigate the snake again....ANOTHER EGG!!! although it was very much smaller than the other 2. I sat and looked up some info on the net and we decided we would try and incubate the eggs. According to what I read depending on the age and size of the snake they can have as few as 5 eggs and as many as 30! We kept a close eye on her all day, removng the eggs as she had them and placing them in our homemade incubator (an ice cream tube, filled with damp bedding to keep the eggs moist) by about 8pm she had, had 8 eggs! We were so proud of her, we fed the snakes (who should have been fed Friday morning but they had to wait until she was done laying eggs), neither the black nor red snake would eat. The red snake was due for shedding so we weren't surprised he didn't want his food. However this the 3rd week the black snake hasn't eaten.

    Weekend - No idea where this went lol, we didn't do any DIY or clean up or anything like that, I think we just had a lazy weekend 

    Monday (yesterday) - I was a bit poorly today so didn't do very much, no that's a lie I did lots and lots of college work. I called into college to tell them I wouldn't be in as I wasn't in tip top condition. I picked the kids up at 4:30 today as they had after school clubs, {B} did choir, {S} did rugby and {LM} did gymnastics. {LM}'s teacher told me she hadn't been feeling well most of the afternoon and hadn't been herself, but she had wanted to stay to do gymnastics. I made them egg on toast for tea, as they have a cooked proper lunch at school. {LM} ate a little of her egg and sbout 1/4 of a piece of toast and was promptly sick. I got her cleaned up and changed and got her the bucket. I gave her some calpol and not 5 minutes later she was sick again. I cleaned her up again and got her changed, {TH} said to just settle her down on the sofa with her duvet and eeyore (that ended up being eeyore, kitty, monkey and several other cyuddlys). We left her on the sofa dozing till about 9:30 when I took her up to bed. No DIY and no cleaning today. 

    Tuesday (today) - We kept {LM} off school today just to be safe. She didn't want breakfast so I didn't force her, I just settled her down on the sofa with her duvet and all the cuddly's (there was more than last night!) I had a tutorial with my tutor today, so I got myself ready and off I went. I won't deny I was a little worried about how I was doing on my course, I have an assignment due next Monday and even though I did alot of work yesterday that assignment had me stuck! However, after speaking with my tutor, I feel alot better, I was just looking at the assignment wrong.
    I nipped into town on the way home to get some decaf coffee/tea bags for my friend. I also wanted to pick myself up a notebook to jot down all the design and DIY idea's I keep having before they leave my mind forever lol. I also saw this lovely square marble tea light holder, which I just had to get. I grabbed some Lime and Sexy Strawberry & Cream tea lights, I thought they would look nice on the dining table (need to clear it of junk the kids stuff first). I am so not sure when I am going to get my housework caught up on, I have my placement tomorrow morning and again on Thursday morning, an appointment with the head on Thursday and of course this assignment I need to do. I also have to go into school Friday for an event they are having, although {B} is taking part in the event I am going in my role as governor.
    At some point I will have the time and energy to catch up on everything that needs doing.

    Monday, 28 February 2011

    Meet Me On Monday

     I will do a full and proper post tomorrow, there's been quite a lot going on this past week. For now just my Meet Me On Monday and then I must crack on with my college work :)


    1.  What are you wearing right now? jeans, trainers and a pink hoody
    2.  Do you have any freckles? nope {TH} & {B} have enough for everyone in this house
    3.  What is your favorite Lifesaver flavor? my what? oh right they are sweets hehe erm at the moment I'm loving Cadbury Creme Eggs
    4.  What is the last movie you saw in the theater? I have no idea it's been that long since I went to the cinema, I watched The Terminal on tv last night does that count?
    5.  Would you rather live without tv or without music? tv, when I first moved out of home, I couldn't afford the tv license so didn't have a tv for about 6 months, was quite happy with the radio :)