Friday, 21 July 2017

Photo 53

Second day of the summer hols and Thomas is full of a cold. Sienna started with a sticky eye yesterday afternoon so I'm wondering if she's passed something on to him. Not that he really went near her but they were in the car together on the way to park. Mind you, it could be the fresh air and outside germs that he's not used to!

Anyway, it was Middleton today with Mum and he wanted to come with us. He sold some games and skylander figures a couple of weeks ago and got a voucher for them so he took that with him. He wanted to go off on his own while we did our shopping which I was fine with, so off he set with his voucher, £2 and my phone. When we met up he'd bought a poster, a Wii U Game, a sausage roll and a drink. The fact he's confident enough to do all that is brilliant. Before anybody has visions of him wandering around on his own in somewhere like The Trafford Centre, Middleton shopping centre is very small and a good place to start your first solo shopping expeditions.

Back home I very conscientiously entered all my expenditure on a spreadsheet I set up at the beginning of July. I've been meaning to do this for years - no exaggeration. I start off well but within a few days I get bored and stop or lose receipts and don't know where I'm up to, but this month I've stuck to it. 

Oh. My. Goodness. I've bought 'nothing' but have so far managed to spend £362 and the only proper bill in there is 2 weeks of shopping. What an interesting exercise and what an eye opener. If you asked me what I spend at Lidl I'd reply about £70 but not really think about the top up shop I do at the butchers, Iceland or the bits I buy from Bury. If you asked me if I've bought anything out of the ordinary, I'd say no, because already I've forgotten about the teacher's gifts, Thomas' prom outfit and bits for his bedroom when we decorated. If you asked me have I been out, I'd say, just for a meal with my friends, but that meal, plus coffees with Mark, Amy and Mum has seen me hand over £50 this month. 

It's very interesting when you think you don't spend any money how much you do actually spend and on what.

There have been a few 'no spends' as well, she says, feeling all virtuous. No flowers this week because we're at the van and the lisianthus I bought a couple of weeks ago have been cut down and are still pretty. Plus I keep cutting what seems to be a never ending supply of sweetpeas from the garden.

No chocolate because after happily munching my way through all my birthday treats I've decided to take a break from the sweet stuff for a while.

Nothing from The Works because as well as having a break from crafting, I also have several books in my reading pile that I need to work through. 

And no wool, because I've two balls in my stash and that's all I need at the moment to finish my poncho.

Actually, if we could all just forget about the £362, I'd say it's been quite a frugal month so far!

Do you keep a tally of what you spend, try to and fail, or not bother at all? 


Thursday, 20 July 2017

Photo 52

First day of the summer hols YIPEE! No lie-in because we were on baby-minding duties BOO! - to the lack of lie-in not Sienna. 

I made a point of not organising anything for the next few days, I was just going to let Thomas enjoy the first few days of the holidays at home. At 12.30 he came out of his room and said those fatal words "I'm bored". 

Sienna was asleep so we spent half an hour trying to make an origami swan, as you do, then resorted to good old fashioned paper aeroplanes. After she'd woken up and been fed, I made him get dressed, bundled them into the car and we went out to Heaton Park for a couple of hours for some fresh air. He's hard to get out of the house but enjoys himself when we do go out although I'm not sure he'll tell me he's bored again any time soon.

We had a lovely walk around, went to visit pets corner, made a plan to go back and hire a boat on the lake when we don't have Sienna, picked up a leaflet for treetoptrek which he's really keen to do and treated ourselves to ice-creams.

It was a really nice afternoon and I'm hoping there'll be lots more fresh air next week over at the Fylde coast.

Thank you for all your lovely comments yesterday, you are such a lovely bunch of bloggy friends.




Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Photo 51

It was Thomas' leavers assembly this morning. We'd been warned by the Head to bring plenty of tissues and he was right, it was quite an emotional hour. 

They were all presented with a hoodie with the names of their class mates on and a USB stick with a copy of their play, Pirates of the Curry Bean, photos from their bowling trip and photos of them at their prom which is a lovely memento.

There were special achievement awards and certificates and attendance badges. Ironically, after receiving a D for attendance on his report Thomas managed to get a bronze award for not being absent for a full term. 

It started at 10.45pm and finished at 12 noon. And that was it. Primary school was over. It hasn't been the easiest ride for Thomas but the best thing we ever did was move him to a new school in Y3. He's come on a treat since then, not least because the staff have been brilliant with him. 

Unfortunately, there were no extended celebrations because we had to rush home and get changed for a funeral. My Uncle collapsed in his garden a few weeks ago and never regained consciousness. The consultant told my Aunty that the bleed on his brain meant he would probably never come round and he didn't. But it took 12 days of her sitting by his bed before he slipped away. The last 72 hours he was moved to the hospice my dad died in and me and Mum went to see him which was very emotional.  

My Uncle was my Dad's sister's husband. She's in her mid 80's and has outlived all her siblings who died young, 24, 46 and 47 and now her husband. Her son was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago so she is also dealing with that. I just hope and pray she doesn't outlive him as well. 

We all went to the funeral, Amy and Thomas included. They were given the choice and decided they'd like to go. I've been to plenty of cremations but this was a burial and I've only been to one of those before - my cousin. 

It was a lovely service in what I suppose could be called the family church. My grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles all got married there. We were christened there and it was where my dad and grandad had their funeral service. As is usual at these events it was a chance to meet up with relatives who sadly we only seem to bump into at funerals these days. It doesn't help that nobody seems to get married any more so we don't tend to meet up under anything other than sad circumstances.

We've just got in and I'm having an hour before I'm off out again to meet my friends for our end of term catch up. I'm looking forward to it actually. I could do with a good chat and a bit of lightheartedness and the only tears I want to be shedding tonight are tears of laughter. 

   Taken in his first term in                                        Taken on his last day of primary
      reception class 2010                                                             19.7.2017


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Photo 50

I'm feeling back to normal today thank goodness. One day of dragging myself around is more than enough for me.

Not that I've had to drag myself anywhere today as it's been one of those days where I never seem to have been out of the car. 

First was a trip to the doctors for an appointment Amy had. Next was a trip to Sainsburys which was a waste of time as I couldn't find what I was looking for, then it was down to Middleton to drop Amy at work, then back down to Middleton to pick her up. Mark got Thomas so at least that was one journey I didn't have to do. 

Thomas asked for an autograph book this morning at 8.40am! I can conjure up a lot of things at the last minute but an autograph book isn't one of them. Not that it mattered because he said a shirt would be fine. That I did manage to come up with. It was for him to take into school for teachers and friends to sign.

I remember Amy doing this and I've also signed a fair few myself in my school office days. 

I vaguely remember taking an autograph book into school on my last day of primary and getting it signed. In High School up here throwing flour and eggs at each other seemed to be the speciality, while down South they were much more refined and ties were tied to the school railings and set on fire!

Miss Bevan was his Y3 teacher and we'll always remember her. Mrs Greenwood is his TA and the message she wrote was lovely.

Anybody remember doing anything similar on their last day of school?



Monday, 17 July 2017

Photo 49

I've not felt 100% today. I have days like this although thankfully they are few and far between. Even walking round the house seems hard work and my arms and legs feel like lead. I'm not coming down with anything, sometimes I think the medication just affects me.

There were still things to do though and one of them was sports day. I think Thomas is glad this is the last one he'll have to take part in as participating isn't compulsory at his High School. Luckily his races were over within 20 minutes of us arriving and he motioned that we could go, so we did. 

He came home with his report today. A's in everything apart from attendance where we have a rather sad looking D due to the fact he was marked absent because he's been to physio a lot and missed registration. There was a time when this sort of thing would annoy me, but he's leaving and I'm past caring about percentages and numbers that seem to rule every aspect of school life lately.

It was his 'school do' tonight, which although billed simply as a 'leavers party' has somehow morphed into a mini prom regarding dress code. Thomas wasn't sure he wanted to go this morning as I think there has been a bit of pairing up with the opposite sex over the past week for the event and it put him off. But he changed his mind at the last minute which I'm glad about, not least because I have a lovely photo of him for the album. When we dropped him off all the girls were in their sequins, sparkles and heels looking beautiful and the boys were dressed up to the nines as well in their suits, waistcoats and ties. Some of the lads had roses and chocolates with them which I assume were for their 'dates' which I thought was lovely. A girl is never too young to receive gifts and I think it shows the boys as being real gentlemen.

I'm just going to make myself a brew now and sit in the garden for a while before we pick him up at 8.30pm. I don't think I'll be long out of bed after that. 

I'm hoping tomorrow I will wake up feeling a lot better. This sort of feeling rarely lasts more than a day thank goodness.


Sunday, 16 July 2017

Photo 48

Thomas is allowed to stay up with Amy at weekend and last night we went to bed leaving them both playing a game in the Xbox room. 

Suddenly, he came barging into the bedroom all of a dither. Amy had stood up, knocked his laptop on the floor and as he'd leaned forward to catch it, the dish he had on his knee dropped onto it and crack the LED display thingy leaving a lovely rainbow effect on the screen.

You have to be careful with Thomas, even a normal reaction of  'bloody hell' can reduce him to panic and tears, so we told him to turn it off, go to bed and we'd deal with it in the morning. 

Luckily we took out a care plan when he bought it, mainly because it wasn't cheap and he'd bought it with his own money that Tom had given him. I was against doing it as we don't bother with any plans or insurance for anything like this normally, but Mark insisted and I'm glad he did. We've already had a hardware problem with it and we just took it back and handed it over to be fixed. Same this morning. We handed it in and we can pick it up again in a week.

On the way back we stopped at the shops and I picked up the last of the gifts for his teachers. 

When I asked him how many I needed to buy for he said 4. Then there's the 2 office staff, a lovely man who goes in and listens to them read every week, a teacher who runs lego club, plus his Year 3 teacher who I will never be able to thank enough for helping Thomas through a difficult time.

We decided on bottles of wine for the office staff and his Y3 teacher as I know they're partial to a glass or two of vino, biscuits for the man, and a little goody bag of wine, chocolates and stationery for the rest. I favour nobody staff wise. I know what goes on in schools and everybody works hard.

The rest of the day has been spent doing bits and bobs. Amy has been in work and Thomas has been practising skipping with my dressing gown cord for sports day tomorrow. He's also in the 3 legged race which makes me and Mark smile. He walks with a little bit of a limp so it will be interesting to see how he fares trying to run with one of his legs tied to a friend's. But he volunteered for both races so he must think he's capable.

After raining all day yesterday, it's been lovely today so Mark has been re-grouting the patio. He found some filler on line where rather than mixing cement and having to work your way around on all fours, all you have to do is wet the patio and brush the filler into the gaps then leave it to set. 

I've spent the day doing not very much, which has been rather nice. 

Hope you've all had a lovely Sunday. 



Saturday, 15 July 2017

Photo 47

Over the past couple of weeks I've been aiming to get all my charity projects done and dusted before Thomas finishes school and more importantly I've made a point of not starting any new ones. 

After the dresses and ponchos had been sent off I just had the angels to finish for the Tigerlily Trust, so for the past few days in between everything else that's been going on, I've made a concerted effort to work on them. 

Bodies have been knitted, heads have been stuffed, wings have been crocheted and sewn on and halos have been attached. I just need to buy a few more of these and they will be finished. 

And here they are. A heavenly host of 50 angels who will be winging their way to Cumbria by the end of next week.

With everything finished this means while I'm at the van I can continue crocheting my poncho and also the cute little sunshine Sadie sent me. I'm also taking a cross stitch that Sue from Suffolk posted to me and I'm hoping to make a start on Sienna's (whisper) Christmas card. 

I've really enjoyed making the angels, but it will be nice to be rid of that niggling feeling of having to finish something off.

So, do any of you have projects on the go at the moment that you need to get on with. Knitting, crocheting, quilting, gardening, decorating - the list is sometimes endless isn't it. And are you enjoying them or like me is the fact they're hanging around beginning to get on your nerves?