So, what's been happening at Number 38 over the past few days.
Well, Amy's GCSE results came though. She did really well with A*, A and B grades, but in all honesty the maths grade totally outshone all the others because she got her much coveted C, which means that she never has to do a maths exam again. YIPEE! I don't know who was happier, her or me.
She'd chosen to have her results e-mailed to her and after a fraught morning they finally came through early afternoon. Within half an hour of receiving them she'd been up to her bedroom and gathered up all the maths paperwork she could find read to throw in the bin.
She enrolled at Manchester College yesterday and now embarks on 2 years of A Levels in English Lit, Psychology and Creative Writing. Tomorrow we're going out for a meal to celebrate her success.
We managed to sneak in another break at the van for a few days. We went last Friday and came home yesterday. It started fine with our usual swingball and connect 4 challenges.
Then it all went a bit skew whiff. We bought Thomas a scooter and within 15 minutes he'd fallen off it, twisting his ankle. An hour later when he still couldn't put his foot on the floor we made our way to A&E. Thankfully, after an X-ray the verdict was a bad sprain. As he was struggling to put any weight on it this meant we were pretty much based at the caravan for the final 2 days. We're pretty hard core at Number 38 though and not being able to walk is a minor issue, so we converted the back of the van into a 'sick bay' and turned the TV around for him to watch.
Then me and Mark set ourselves up outside and watched the world go by over tea and cake. He's still struggling a little bit when he walks but it's getting better every day.
I'm not sure whether he'll look back on the summer of 2016 and think "ooh, I remember all those lovely days we spent at the van" or whether it will be more along the lines of "flipping heck Mum, do you remember the summer of 2016 when you kept dragging me off the Xbox to go to the van and I ended up in A&E again".
On the crafting front ponchos have been washed, buttons sewn on and they've been sent off.
I also crocheted a twiddle muff which is a double thickness muff with buttons, ribbon and beads sewn on the inside and outside.
They're given to Alzheimer sufferers so they have something to fiddle with, giving their hands and minds something to focus on. I sent this off to Knit for Peace but when you type twiddle muff in the search engine it's surprising how many hospitals use them.
My hands aren't used to being idle and after a couple of days off I was itching to get something on the hook again. We managed a trip to Cleveleys before Thomas sprained his ankle where I bought some wool including a lovely ball of multi-coloured yarn.
We also had a walk around the garden centre just down the lane and I've decided Budleia is definitely on my list of plants to buy next year. No shortage of butterflies or bees over on the Fylde coast. This buddleja davidii 'White Profusion' was covered in them.
I've also taken to my books again and have read 2 since my last blog post.
On the house front, I've been keeping to my daily rota when I've been here. There are no more breaks on the horizon now until the end of September and with Thomas back at school on Monday my routine should be easy enough to keep to from now on. I've decided to do regular clear outs for the charity shop and this is the first haul. I think it will be mostly books and clothes I donate and I don't expect I'll have something every week but I'm aiming for regular drop offs rather than letting stuff build up.
I fear I may have tempted fate with my last post. I needed to have some blood tests done last week and unusually the Doc rang me with the results. Apparently my cholesterol, liver, thyroid, sugars etc are OK but my kidneys seem to be misbehaving. I have to go and see him next week where hopefully the first thing they might do is change some tablets around. We'll see. I refuse to google anything to do with it. Ignorance is bliss.
And apart from that all is well at Number 38. I have a lot of catching up with blogs to do again so I'll be popping by to say hello to you all over the next couple of days.
Thank you for all your comments. I haven't really been on here very much which is why I've not replied but I will be popping on now and then so if you want a 'chat' drop me a line :)
Until the 30th September......