As much as I love being at home and looking after the family there are times when I get fed up of the monotony of it all and this week has been one of those weeks. Usually when Amy and Thomas return to school I'm raring to get started on sorting the house out but after a good start on Monday my enthusiasm for all home-making activities vanished. In fact, I have internally and more often than I care to admit, externally, grumbled my way through the washing, ironing, cooking, shopping and pretty much everything else house related this week. I can only hope my love of pairing socks, dusting, mopping floors and changing beds returns soon!
Anyway, moving on from the mundane what else have we been up to this week.
Well, there was snow on Tuesday although after wishing for it since December I was glad it came and went pretty quickly this time as I needed to go out.
There's something about sticking your hand out of the door to try and catch snowflakes isn't there.
And of course it was pancake day. Mark, Amy and myself ate 3 each and greedy guts Thomas managed to put 6 away.
We are on a bit of a healthy eating drive at the moment, if you don't take the pancakes into account, and salad features quite a lot at lunchtime. This one was extra tasty because Mark made it.
Amy has taken to drinking proper tea so I bought her some English tea leaves and a strainer. It's a bit of a faff actually. The tea leaves are too small or maybe the holes in the strainer are too big, but either way leaves end up in the cup. It doesn't seem to bother her though.
Just while we're talking about tea this was my Nanna's tea strainer. She was born in 1910 so I reckon if she bought it when she was setting up home it could be around 80 years old.
Wednesday was Bury where I restocked with wool, lace and angels for the cribs and halos for the angels. Mum has also passed on some wool so I have plenty to keep me going probably for a good few months.
I had a look for some wool so I could have a go at knitting some socks but couldn't find any so I think I'll have to buy it on-line. As every pair I've got seem to have holes in them I treated myself to some new ones
Thomas wanted to play a board game one evening so out came the roulette table - a stocking filler - and we spent an hour gambling our coloured chips away. I'm not sure I should be encouraging this sort of thing really but we did we have fun playing it.
I've been to the hairdressers for my usual wash and cut. I enjoy my visits here. It's a local salon, although salon really is too fancy a word. The chit chat and gossip is always entertaining and clients and staff always end up talking across the room together about something or other that's happening in our lives. It's like something you'd see on a TV programme.
Thursday was World Book Day at school. Thomas wasn't keen on dressing up this year, I think he feels too old now. Amy suggested going as Percy Jackson which was perfect. Normal clothes, a sword and a bolt of lightening. He wasn't even bothered that the sword would probably have to be stored in his locker. So there we have it. Our final book day. I admit I feel nothing but relief that these sort of events are finally coming to an end. We heard this week that he got into his High School of choice so that's a weight of our minds. He seems excited and ready to go and not in the least bit concerned about the change. Primary hasn't always been easy for him but he's come on in leaps and bounds lately so my only worries are those every Mum probably has about their child moving to High School.
Broadchurch has returned and after not enjoying the last series at all, this one has grabbed my interest from the start. I'm willing to overlook the fact that Hayley (I don't even watch Corrie but I'm afraid whatever role Julie Hesmondhalgh plays I will only ever think of her as Hayley), wasn't taken straight to hospital even though she had a head wound and seemed to be suffering from memory loss, but apart from that little oversight, it looks like it could be a good story line.
On Friday I had the house all to myself so I indulged in a film called Florence Foster Jenkins. It's based on a true story about the most awful opera singer (the term singer is used very loosely) and it had me rolling around laughing and also crying at the end. Definitely worth a watch especially if you like Meryl Streep.
Amy finally remembered to tell us her results from her psych test. She's terrible for not keeping us informed. It's not that she's trying to hide bad grades she just lives her life in a "oh that's been and gone and I've moved on to the next thing" kind of way. I'm quite envious of her ability to do that actually. She really doesn't over think or dwell on very much at all.
And today Matthew, Sophie and Sienna came for lunch. I did roast beef with all the trimmings and Sophie kindly provided dessert - homemade chocolate brownies with vanilla ice-cream. I'm not over keen on chocolate desserts but these were lovely and pretty much melted in your mouth. The jar was packed full when they arrived and the fact there's only 3 or 4 left is testament to how delicious they are.
Sienna sat at the table with us although she has to sit where Thomas can't see her because he can't eat his food if she's got hers all round her mouth! She had some of Granny's vegetables and finished up with some rice cakes. Seeing babies sat at the table eating with adults gives me a lovely "family" feeling.
They've not long gone so I'm just about to put the old PJs and settle down to a bit of TV. I've poured myself a gin with raspberry and lemonade as recommended by Rachel and have to say it tastes pretty damn delicious. I think a second one could well be on the cards.
Reading back, this post is a bit all over the place which is exactly how I've felt this week.
Hope you've all had a lovely Sunday and as always, thanks for popping by.