Tuesday, 12 December 2017

DPP Day Eleven And Twelve

Day Eleven ~ Wrapping

 Dave took charge in organising some of the present wrapping.  Yesterday was a really weird day.  Benedict's cough virus took hold and he spent most of the day coughing and spluttering in bed.  Thankfully his blood sugars have remained reasonable and for that I am grateful.

I also had an emergency dental treatment.  I chipped a hole in a tooth as a result of inadvertently biting onto a date stone!  The dental surgery were great in fitting me in last minute, what was not great was the adrenaline in the injection.  I had forgotten to mention that I react really badly to adrenaline and so spent the rest of the day feeling quite unwell.  A note has now been placed on my file for future reference.

Day Twelve ~ The Cat In The Bath

 Poppy was pretty epic this morning!  We all totally love that cat ;-)


 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

DPP :: All The Days!

Day Six ~ St Nicholas Day













Day Seven ~ Mum and Son Time

 A well deserved treat after a full day of maths and English including a comprehension test.  Regardless of the result, this was his first time in sitting a test and he is still smiling :-)


Day Eight ~ The First Batch Of Mince Pies


 Our home school friends came for lunch on Friday and so it was an excuse to indulge in some festive baking!


Day Nine ~ Flakes Of Snow


It didn't last but it kept the kids happy watching it fall.



Day Ten ~ Happy Feet


A coffee treat with my very dear long standing friend (of 34 years!) and avid reader of this blog.  As always Rondie, you never fail to cheer my spirits and it was just lovely to give you a great big hug :-)  Hope you have found somewhere nice to house the cyclamen x 

There is still ice on the ground and the temperature did not rise above 1C today.  It is Benedict's last week at college but he is currently dealing with a nasty cough and sore throat, so we will see how things pan out.  Although the college routine is great at setting the tone for the day, I will be glad not to have the commute over the next few weeks.  The challenge will be to keep my body clock in order otherwise I will be in a "pickle" come the New Year :-)

Happy Second Sunday Of Advent x 

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

DPP Day Five: Decoration Woes

Missing a day already!  Never mind such is life ;-)  

 This girl - soon to be nine and all the changes that brings!  Life can be hard when you are at an in-between phase, feeling all the feelings and not quite big enough to strike out on your own.

She was frustrated that we do not have any Christmas decorations up and yet thet world and his wife seems to "party on dude!!"  And she also was priceless when she saw a mother and child carrying a "Santa Stop Here Sign"

Pip:  " Poor kid, they haven't even realised that it is their mum and dad that give the presents!"
Me:  " Oh that's interesting!  How did you reach that conclusion?"
Pip:  " Oh well, I didn't want to disappoint you but that letter from St Nicholas last year had writing that looked suspiciously like yours!"
Me:  "Well tomorrow is St Nicholas Day, so it will be interesting then to see what happens :-)"

I couldn't help but chuckle to myself.  Benedict was two years older than her before he finally asked me about Santa Claus.  As my nanna would have said, " That girl has been here before!"    

Sunday, 3 December 2017

DPP Day Three: Sock Knitting For Dad

Well after the debacle of knitting socks but in the wrong size since they fit me!  I have almost finished a long overdue pair of birthday socks for my dad, Yay :-)  Dad, I hope you will be happy with your socks and that they keep your feet toasty warm this winter :-)



 

DPP Day Two: Spa Day With Kathryn

I had a wobble about doing the December Photo Project this year hence no first of December!  I do sometimes wonder about the real value of social media and a life lived online.  This has really come home since I began my work managing The mindfulness for Christians Website  and I have seen first hand how social media has impacted on my day to day mental health. However, I also know that the internet is a force for good.  I have made some really lovely and caring friendships online and I know that my family and one friend in particular always enjoy reading and seeing what we have been up to.  So without further ado here is the first installment of this year's DPP:

 Yesterday Kathryn and I had a spa day.  Not only was it a welcome break for us all but most importantly it was the first time ever that we had done anything together!  I still cannot believe it, that Kath has reached the age of 30 before we have had one on one time.  It's at times like this that I really realise how much sickness and disability has over shadowed our lives.

Mary-Grace had a fab time with Grandpa, Ben and Pip whilst we enjoyed a jacuzzi, sauna, scrummy lunch and some beauty treatments.



If you are looking for self care suggestions as a way of coping with the holiday season, then my recent blog post over on the mindfulness website, might just help: 


Advent Blessings x 

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Check Mate

We had a visit from MG and Kath today. The kids had fun playing all sorts of games but MG's favourite was a chess game with Grandpa :-) 






 

Friday, 17 November 2017

Film Fun

Quite unusually for us we have managed two trips to the cinema in the past fortnight.  Dave and I went to see this film:


I must admit I am a David Suchet 'Poirot' fan and so it was interesting to see Kenneth Branagh portray his interpretation of the detective.  It was a stellar cast and we were not disappointed.  The cinematography was astounding and Dave had loads of fun viewing it all from a railway civil engineering perspective :-)

Today we took the kids to see this film:

   We enjoyed the first film and were not disappointed second time round.  This film is a real family winner and raised loads of laughs, Pip is quite raucous once she gets going ;-)

Both films are worthy of a viewing.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

A Picture Post

Visiting Sara and Tom:






Black And White






Garden Work






Field Trip



 Searching for clues.


 Waving in the breeze.


 "You can't find me!"


A red robbin bobbing along :-)


 An unusual sight ~ the lesser spotted siblings actually working on an art project as a result of said field trip!

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Finally Catching Up

We were doing quite well until my Dad had another heart attack just over three weeks ago!  It all ended well and with the help from a pacemaker he seems to be doing just fine :-)

Dad being in hospital did mean some extra running around in the first few days and so for once, I decided to be eminently sensible and rest for the remainder of the week.

We have managed to keep on with basic homeschooling of English and Maths, thanks to Dave pretty much running the show at this end!  My health has not been great and with that and my job, I'm often run ragged by the end of the day :-) 

It has been a half term break in these parts, so we celebrated All Hallows Eve with some friends, had a visit from another family on the Wednesday and then pootled around at home in between. I managed to catch up with some outstanding work this morning and have rejigged my work hours to prevent having to work on a weekend.  Home schooling and content writing naturally use a lot of brain energy, so I'm grateful for the knitting projects that sit by my chair.  

As always I'm ever hopeful that I can pop by here on a more regular basis.  Whatever you are doing and wherever you may be, I hope you have a lovely weekend xx

 Little Miss Happy!  After years of buying milk in plastic cartons we have finally found a replacement milkman.  Pip was so excited to collect the milk from the doorstep, she has never seen milk in glass bottles :-)


 Dave has been taking part in a black and white photography project and uploading his pictures on faceache.  This is one of my favourites :-)



All Hallows' Eve

 Saint Paschal Baylon helping in the kitchen ;-)



 St Michael watching over the proceedings.



 A Saintly Tea.



 St Kateri Tekewitha



 Son and Mum



Back Row: St John The Baptist, St Paschal Baylon, St Brigid
Middle Row:  St Nicholas, St Michael, St Olaf, St Elizabeth of Hungary, St Kateri
Front Row:  The Infant of Prague



 St Paschal and St Brigid

Thursday, 5 October 2017

On The Hour

Our unit study this past week has been on time.  Pip has copied poems relating to the months of the year and the number of days in each month.  Today's challenge was to take a photo on the hour from rising to retiring.  In this way we would not only be tracking time, but activities throughout the course of the day.

7:00am ~ Pyjama clad Pip having fun with magnetic tessalations.





 8:00am ~ Post breakfast spelling test with a little bit of help from Maisie Mouse!


 9:00am ~ Multiplication worksheet en route to college.


 10:00am ~ colouring in said worksheet at Barton Grange.  I nearly took a photo of their completed Christmas displays but recanted, the whole thing is just ridiculous :-(


 Pip being silly, Moi very tired!


 11:00am ~ Dad using the flip screen function on my camera, whilst I popped into the GP surgery to deposit a whole slew of Diabetic Sharps Bins.





12:00pm ~ Now home and working in her English book, followed by copywork of The Harvest Moon  poem.





 1:00pm ~ Working on the water clock.


 2:00pm ~ Having a well deserved coffee break after having prepped a fruit bread and whilst waiting for it to rise.


 3:00pm ~ One Harvest Moon Scarecrow all decorated and waiting for his second proving in the oven.


 4:00pm ~  Round two of the college run and  looking just a wee bit tired.  All I can say is thank goodness Dave did not take a picture of me at this point!  I was feeling well and truly wrecked ;-)





 5:00pm ~ Almost home, just stopping by to post some letters.



6:00pm ~ An almost empty plate.  Salad, pate and rice crackers were demolished fairly quickly :-)


7:00pm ~ One Harvest Moon Scarecrow completely finished.  If you look closely you just might see, a tiny mouse like nibble at the very bottom!!  I wonder was Maisie Mouse the culprit or could it have been Little Miss PJ?!

We searched high and low but no Harvest Moon could be found, so this treat was a welcome supper just before bed.