And the sort of cold that meant we finally had snow, even though it was short lived. We had a fluttering Thursday and Friday evenings but it was all gone by the mornings. Ah well. I think I'll just have to accept that once again, my yearnings for snow days aren't going to be fulfilled.
We've had some lovely moonlit evenings as well. This tree is just a couple of houses down from us. It's a bit spooky looking but it also reminds me of The Magic Faraway Tree and I'm sure Moon Face and The Saucepan Man would be right at home living here.
The days have quietly ticked over this week with the usual routine of school, housework and hobbies. The slower pace of life is very welcome and for a change the days are stretching out nicely rather than whizzing by.
I had a trip to The Range one afternoon where I toyed with the idea of starting a family scrapbook but the thought of playing catch up overwhelmed me so for the moment I'm shelving the idea. Instead I bought myself a new cup and a couple of trays which will be perfect for sandwiches when I do an afternoon tea.
Jigsaw fever has taken hold again and I make no apologies for the fact a lot of time has been spent at the dining table doing this which I finished on Friday.
I knew I'd want to start another one so bought this set of 4 from The Works when I was in Bury. They're only 500 pieces each and I've passed one on to Mum for her to do. I was going to use my Christmas gift card but I had enough points on my loyalty card to buy it and I still have a few left over. Mum chose the cottage and I think I'll start with Bicycles in Amsterdam.
The truffles have been re-stocked.... by both of us! Great minds think alike and all that..... At Number 38 getting the chocolates out is the equivalent of cracking open a bottle of wine and we even have dry days :)
One of the things on my 2017 list was to keep track of money and I've done a mid-month calculation of what I've spent so far. I could probably break these headings down further but for now this is fine.
Food £173 - My main shop is at Lidl but I top up with some things from Iceland and Tesco and I keep the £1 shop in business buying cheese & onion crisps for Thomas! I budget around £350 for food a month so I'm pretty much on track here, which is good to know.
Household items £39 - So far this month I've bought a new iron, shower curtain, bed sheet, a small kitchen knife, sandwich trays and some cake forks. The forks and trays should probably go under personal treats as there was really no need for them, they just took my fancy!
Medicines & Family toiletries £16 - I don't usually spend anywhere near this much in a month let alone 2 weeks, but I needed to re-stock a few medicinal items. I also bought vitamin tablets to give Amy and Thomas a boost and there's a small pack of nappies in this for Sienna.
Personal treats £25 - I have a certain amount each month for bits and bobs. So far I've bought a couple of make-up items, shower gel, chocolates, a new cup and been out for a coffee with Mum.
Vets - £75 for Sparky to have his bald patch seen to!
So, in 2 weeks a total of spend of £348. I'm hoping the next two weeks will show £0 for household, medicines and vets, although Sparky needs a haircut. It's been interesting seeing where the money has gone and I'll try to make it a fortnightly job. Having the index box to just shove receipts in so I can keep track is a big help as well.
* Add another £4 to personal treats for wool I bought yesterday. I have a project on the go again!
On the family front, Thomas isn't too well. He has a hacking cough and although he says he doesn't feel too bad his chest and ribs are hurting. Hope it isn't what Mum had, she was really poorly with hers for a couple of weeks.
I've not seen Amy since Friday evening as she's stayed at her friend's house all weekend. Her first week back at college went well, especially as she had an extra two days off because one of her tutors was ill.
And that's about it really. Just the usual humdrum days of family life. But humdrum is perfect at the moment. I like a bit of excitement and drama in my life but the older I get the more I think it's far too overrated!
Hope you've all had a lovely week, whether it be humdrum or otherwise.