JCJ, have solved the mystery, ta dah!!!
It is either:
"the donkey on ice outfit?" or "You know I hate shopping! "
Both are extremely emotional.
Hope you had a better sleep last night.
Was about to have tea and realised I didn't put the oven on soooooooooooo much longer wait!
Just learned my favourite takeaway has burned down to the ground, oh no!! xx
Absolutely **** night last night. ( Just testing emotional content theory )
Still trying to catch up on recorded Paralympics, dozing in front of tele, but I forced myself to turn it off and go to bed at 11, to ensure my 8 hours. Wide awake. Still awake at 3:30am. Woke again at 5:30, for no apparent reason - grrrr - then fast asleep for alarm to rudely jar me awake at 7 - and again 9 minutes snooze later!!
School is really stressful at the moment, although today wasn't as bad as expected, so hopefully I shall sleep better tonight - wishful thinking??!
Are we still emotional, JCJ???
Was emotional yesterday, GS decided to be TROUBLE............first time ever, is it the terrible twos early??
Will see what happens tomorrow!
Off into town later, was going to have hair chopped but have decided I can't face THAT mirror, because at the moment I have turned into "spotty dotty"! It was thought the tabs I've been taking for a hundred years were making my skin itchy so was advised to stop, ok for first month then skin lumpy, mmmmmmmm have gone back on tabs and spotty dots are dying down already, woo hoo!!
Am buying new kaftans for my hol, yes already...............throwing old lot in the bin!
Went to our usual place for muggachoc, machine still not working, didn't even have tea, WHAT???
So we went off to new place instead, muggachoc so rich we only managed one, goodbye old place, hello new xx
Just stop with all the emotion! I can't take it. Do we laugh? Do we cry? I'm actually roflmao!!
Seeing as you have booked both times Katy, I will wait until you have returned home to know where you have been.
I've only been a bridesmaid once before, 40 something years ago (and it's still the only photograph of myself that I like) ooh..... you're making me remember happy times. Thank you for that.
School? Why do the kids want to draw on the tables with felt tip pens? There is paper available! It takes a lot of time and elbow grease to get off.
Oh for goodness sake! WTF is that "Warning: Emotional content" about??
Is it the 4 asterisks? Did they trigger it? Who knows?
No, I don't have my dress yet! It's 8 months away!! I may use the "Personal Shopper" Voucher YD bought me for my birthday and get her to help me choose something when we go to Norwich in October. Mind you, I doubt either of the brides will be getting their outfits before at least April! And the invite clearly stated "onesies and white tie equally acceptable". I could just reuse the donkey on ice outfit? You know I hate shopping!
Must drag my lazy **** into the shower and get my hair washed.
Yep this time I def know where I'm going haha!!!
I booked it, but then again I also booked it last time???
Unfortunately dates do clash with THE WEDDING, so will fly in using Revcat's broomstick, I can do it........
was thinking if the dresses are still emerald green and we are wearing the orange footwear, think I will look spectacular with a lobster red face ( my suntan) and the special attire!
We will be gorgeous FF, does M of the B have her dress yet? xx
Do you know where you're going Katy? Or will it be a total surprise when you get there? Definitely something to look forward to and if it clashes with THE WEDDING Benchland will make it possible for all the bridesmaids to attend.
I like sleep and usually manage it with no trouble but there are the the odd nights when it just doesn't happen and it's b****y annoying. Since starting to take magnesium tablets, leaping out of bed at odd hours with cramp seems to have ceased, thank goodness.
Had a lovely weekend, very quiet, completely pleased myself as to what I did and have recharged batteries and I'm ready for the next week.
Bring it on.........
28th May. The Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend (in England, anyway, don't know about Scotland!)
I'm on the kn***ered bench. Been taming the vegetation in the garden. May have to stop, even though the bush is only half shorn, because the garden waste wheely bin is full! Will just have to sit here with a mugatea instead. Shame???
Better sleep last night whew! Am lucky that it only happens once in a blue moon, great sympathy for those who cannot sleep.
Am on the "woo hoo scooby/booby doo" bench, hol booked for next year, sooooooooo excited already!!!
Think it clashes with "THE WEDDING" though..................if so will jump on the broomstick, can't have a bridesmaid not turning up, can we???? Can we check dates please JCJ?
Lovely that you will have some time soon with the girls, outfit picking, cake, suckling pig all testers ofcourse xx
Oh, how well I know those nights, Katy! Dozing off in the chair. Really really tired. Into bed and WIDE AWAKE!! Grrrr!
Traveldodge and train booked for half term trip to Norwich to see the girls. Slightly annoyed that I booked hotel first - before I realised that one of the trains will be replaced by a bus, on the Sunday, making a 3 hour journey into a 4 hour one! YD only wants to take 1 day off, so it makes sense to travel Sunday (OH won't travel Sat!!) and Tuesday (we just travel home while she's at work). Ah well. Considered driving, but as I deliberately chose a hotel close to the station, with no car parking, instead of one near to their house, decided that would be too much of a pain. Not to mention the fact that it's a pretty tedious 3 hour drive!!
well, last night I decided I didn't need any sleep, what????
Still wide awake at 3.30 this morning aaaargh.
Then had a frantic call from YD saying she had slept in and flight was in an hour, another what???
Mad rush into taxi and off to airport, they made it whew................
Can't deal with the stress of it all haha!!
Then ED phones and says check out the hols Mum on this website..............
Not recovered from YD's anxiety, sooooooooo am away to nip over to the "it's nearly one and feel as though I've been through the mill" bench, quick sit down then onto "may have a nap, if I can unscramble my brain" bench xx
Oh and I burnt my toast, boo hoo xx
So the forecasted storms and flash floods have not happened here. Nothing.......just two lovely sunny days but I'm aware that other places have not been so lucky. Near where I used to live has had floods, I've seen pictures and it's not pretty.
Glad you had a good holiday Ali, glad you waved to Hump and Dink, they are just working in the circus to earn enough money to finance their next excursion into Benchland. They don't get paid for the havoc they cause in here.......they just enjoy it in their time off! But I think they were in Norecambe this year, remember I told you about my noisy neighbours girls? Perhaps it was Hump and Dink?
I've already got the knee high socks but I'll be ordering the shoe lights asap.
A double buggy then, grumpy???
You get those crate things now on wheels saw a child in one recently, they are low on the ground but are horrifically expensive.
Ali glad you had a lovely holiday, nice to eat, drink and be merry, guilt free, well, till later anyway haha!!
Was it really H & D??? they have been sooooo quiet recently.
JCJ, that catalogue is "pinching" our ideas...............
If lycra and tiaras are in the next one...........
Went to a pet store yesterday with GS, he was superly excited as there were rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and dekus all running around, his little face was a picture, loved every moment. (me too just watching him), lovely, lovely. xx
Returned home 2 hours later after also watching the window cleaner and checking every wheel in the vicinity xx
Back from hols, it was lovely, ate too much, got slightly tipsy tasting champagne on a cellar tour and got the giggles.....embarrassed my 22 year old son which made me giggle even more...had a surreal moment one day driving into a large French town to see three camels nonchalantly eating grass by the side of the autoroute. Waved in case Hump and Dink were in disguise and working in the circus tent pegged up on the edge of town. Back to a mountain of washing, daren't get on the scales....... X
O....M..G! Just browsing a catalogue that comes through the door, trying not to look at the C-word STUFF (It's not even October yet!!) - and these 2 sale items were on the same page!! Starting to wonder if its name should be changed from "Bett******" to "Benchland"!
We can definitely work 2 dogs in a pram, one of which is "singing" along to a Highland pipe band, into our next grand production. And I insist that they are part of my reception committee in "Calais".
We are going to try Meg in a Pram ........ she can't (won't???) walk far now, bless her. Joey no doubt will want a ride too cos he doesn't like missing out......
Silly old woman with dogs in a Pram may be my new look.
Hot and sticky here too! Manic day, for once made stressful by the adults in it, not the children!!
Going to "chill" (fat chance?!) in front of the (recorded so I can skip the waffling and the ads) Paralympics.
Is it nearly Friday?
I dream of Rita's grumpy, hope your pain eases.
Did far too much yesterday....................feeling rough and ouchy, silly me!
It's House of Puzzles jigsaws and Bizarre was a Ravensburger book one which had me completely bamboozled, they do say patience is a virtue............didn't have it for that jigsaw haha!!
Feel as though YD has been away for months, think it's cause her hols were one after another, back at the weekend with a ton of washing etc, but have missed her.
Have been checking hols for next year already............xx
We have had incredibly hot, no air whatsoever and sooooooooo clammy weather here, yuck x
I am training myself to say NO in a very firm voice. It's rather liberating!!! The world will not stop turning if I don't do everything.
Went to Norcambe for a muggatea at Ritas and walk on the prom - lovely in the sunshine.
Joey has had 5 teeth out and Meg had 3 out, expensive, but that's dog ownership.....
Bought a new toy, lightweight, cable free vacuum cleaner, sounds likes Bill Bryson, so now my carpets won't be all fluffy - fingers crossed!
Seen rheumatologist about achey joints. Probably osteoarthritis - pooh, knickers and other rude words. Got to see physio, occupational therapist, and have MRI scan on knees and ankles. Tried various painkillers but can't tolerate side effects. I suppose I could try Meg's loxicom..... but I might begin to bark!!
Book club tomorrow and I haven't finished the book cos it is BORING
Well girls, you told me post about the weather if nothing else was happening. So here I go. Thunder and lightning at 9am, torrential rain and it was the same, on and off until about 3pm. So six hours of storms, good job I'm not frightened of them. However the lightning and the crack of thunder together did make me flinch and say naughty words!! My DIL is probably a basket case, she's scared stiff of thunderstorms and would have had to do both school runs at their worst.
I have been sorting through the paperwork for shredding and came across a letter dated February 2012. As I was diagnosed with bc in February 2012, I can only assume that my mind was elsewhere and I filed this letter without reading it properly. It says that my state pension is not payable until November 2019, so suddenly I realise that I have longer to work than I thought I had. The government has moved the goalposts yet again. Eighteen months longer than I thought. But if school stays as clean as it's been for the last few days it won't be a problem.
Not sure that I get your jigsaw refences Katy, H of P? Bizarre? Hope your hosp. appt. went well and you are pain free.
Woo hoo JCJ, Mr Futon did his job!!
Am well pleased with your easy step by step guide. Sooooooo many, many thanks xx
Went for our usual muggachoc, horror, machine not working so ended up with a muggatea instead...........consoled myself by munching a bar of choc.............
Have an appt at hos tomorrow, pain related, in my town, thank goodness, no venturing to another city, woo hoo!!
Love H of P jigsaws, did try a Bizarre one but thought it was really hard, FF xx
Tent and bike both successfully sold, both for more than I thought, and both collected yesterday. Camera and recorder posted today and most of the stuff I gave away on freecycle has either been collected or will be soon. So a very successful weekend! Raised £34 for MacMillan too, so I'm well chuffed!
Today has been manic. Teacher away, (I have never known her to take a day off, so she must be ill!) I had to run around getting resources and do photocopying for supply teacher. Then my timetable has been changed for afternoon cover - already! - so the day didn't pan out as I expected at all. It's a good job I've learned to be adaptable!!
Scoffing gooey chocolate pudding and chocolate sauce with my mugatea to give me the strength to cook dinner in a bit. Help yourselves, there's some in the shed!
KTC: If you have an email address, please PM it to me. I have made you a lovely instruction manual for google photos. I tried to PM it to you, but it includes lots of pictures (of the various icons/buttons, which makes it easier to explain!) so it doesn't work in a PM!
Failing that, I'll have to print it and post it to you - or try and explain without the pictures!
Mr Futon just sold OH's treble recorder for £52 and his ancient (non-digital) camera with lenses and cases and stuff for £31.50. 25% to Macmillan Cancer Care. Tomorrow, the auctions for his ancient, tatty old bike (currently on £19 with lots of people "watching" - (= waiting to bid at the last minute??)) and the small, 3 man tent he foolishly bought 2 years ago, to use while YD and I had the big tent. He used it for 2 nights, came home early because we did (the year I was ill - when my gallstone first raised its ugly head!) and has never looked at it since! It's probably not a good time to sell the tent, being the end of the camping season, when all the shops have bargain tents, so it's only on £5 - the starting bid - so someone might get a real bargain!
Right: Back to the Paralympic Bench - with a large glass of something, so it might soon be the Paralytic Bench?? - to catch up on some I recorderd earlier. I will also continue to knit a Santa Bear!
Lobster and prawns, decadent or what????
Could not manage a pudding...............
Thank you JCJ! Are you allowing Mr Futon to sell exciting things for you?? Sooooo intriguing, what are they? and are you making a small fortune? hahaha!!!
FF, yep it's incredibly funny how things that really matter, DON'T and things that DON'T matter DO according to H & S.
Lights off in Benchland, torches and head torches order of the day xx
Where am I???? xx
What did you eat, KTC? Was it yummy?
I will give you a photo downloading tutorial later, when I turn on the 'proper' computer (so I can remind MYSELF how to do it! )
My tablet is going mental at the moment because I have 4 auctions ending this weekend, all of which are being hotly contested. 25% to Macmillan, and of course Mr Futon and his pal, PAY (get it?) will take their cut, but it's still turning unwanted stuff into CASH!!
FF - perhaps you need to ostentatiously carry an enormous torch - then after a week or 2 you could put in an injury at work claim for RSI? Or perhaps one of those miners' helmets with a lamp on the front. Do ALL your work wearing it? Make a point!
I would casually mention, to as many people as possible, that you nearly fell down the steps in the dark. Try and get the phrases "injury at work" , "health and safety" and "compensation claim" into the conversation - discreetly, of course, don't make it threatening! Lol. They may realise that a light would cost them a lot less than a lawsuit! (Which, let's face it, avoidance of which is all that H & S is really all about?!)
Oooh! Ping. Ping. Ping. More bids coming in.
Oh dear! This post seems to be all about money. Mercenary? Moi?
Seventy lengths? I haven't been swimming for ages and I seriously doubt if I could do two! My hat is off to you. I can't remember what I offered to do for the celebration party in Calais. Must look back, it's getting close.
Katy - my meals were so delicious I ate the lot so none left for the shed - sorry! Hope yours is as good tonight. Jigsaw is Ravensburger, The Kitchen Cupboard. I don't do landscapes or pretty pictures. More into cartoon jigsaws, I have most of Mike Jupps "I love........" series. Google them and you'll see.
Halved consumption is really good, well done. It is a matter of trusting *it* to keep you happy. Believe me, if I can do it, you can do it.
School has had a health and safety meeting. Well, goodness me, after seven years of not being bothered , suddenly they are so worried about me because of lone working, that I now have to text HT when I get home so my safety is assured! Nothing has been said however about the fact that my shed is round the back of the school and from Oct half-term to Feb half-term there is no lighting whatsoever. It is dark, very dark. In fact it's pitch black. And there are steps! If I fell and broke a leg I could sue them for thousands!
I provide my own torch and I have been asking for an ouside light for the last four years! I'll keep on until they get tired of me moaning and put a light in but I'm not holding my breath. I'm just buying new batteries for my torch! They pretend they are so into H&S but really??? As long as it doesn't cost them anything.............
Not got anything planned for the weekend, |I've been really good this week and the house is clean and the garden is sorted (thanks to the new gardening gloves) not a weed to be seen.
So i think I'll sit on the " I deserve a rest and I'll read this book" bench.
Oh my 70 lengths???? Wowee!!!
You are fabulous, hahaha
Out for meal tonight, yum yum so having a stay at home, tidy up day, will start when I can get off the "CBA"bench, which is firmly attached to my botton at the moment..............
Have google drive sorted JCJ, how to I move some photos to my pictures on computer?? xx
Hahahaha! Not *fats* lane (that was the one where all the really slow swimmers were??) but *fast* lane.
Told you I was tired!
Calais is getting closer! Swam another 70 lengths tonight. Now lying semi-comatose somewhere near the knackered bench! The pool was so full that I was forced to swim in the fats lane with the 2 ladies who are uber fast swimmers. Trying to keep up with them/stay out of their way nearly killed me! Not sure I'll be able to walk tomorrow!! Just over 6 1 /2 miles left to swim - might just make it by half term.
Hahaha FF, a bargain indeed, nice to treat yourself..........what jigsaw did you buy?
I have halved consumption which I am superly pleased about, so will see how it goes!
Glad you enjoyed your meals, was there any left for the shed??
If children are nicer perhaps the 10 years may not feel sooooooooo bad JCJ.
Horrible grey day here but sooooooooo hot and humid so yucky feeling.
YD had eyelash extensions before she went off on hol, oh my absolutely beautiful, so pretty ED is also having hers done, both girls blessed with long eyelases anyway!! Said I would love that done too but not sure how a wrinkly, stumpy eyelash person would look??? Perhaps ok as long as I didn't go near a hairdresser's mirror xx
Bear with me girls, this might be an essay! I posted last night, or I thought I did, I typed it and hit post...... and....nothing. Better luck today, I hope.
School much as usual but still clean from holidays so not too hard. Two days down, six weeks, three days to half-term, counting? Moi?
Son had a slight cash flow problem on Friday so popped over to lend him some money, they fed me lasagne and it was really, really good. Yesterday I went over to receive the money back and they fed me spagetti bolognese. I told DIL that SB was 10/10 and L 12/10. I hope they need to borrow again!
Went to store in town for gardening gloves on Sunday, waited in line to pay........and waited......and waited..... (two tills open out of eight) after twenty odd minutes I'm afraid I threw the toys out of the pram, left gloves on till and told cashier that I had better things to do!
Went to garden centre with daughter today, she wanted spring bulbs for her garden. I needed the gardening gloves. Got them at £6, same price as town store on Sunday. However did I really need the jigsaw puzzle, cardigan, two outdoor plastic plants? Of course I needed them, I spent £80. Expensive gardening gloves!! Thank heavens daughter paid for lunch!
Congrats on purchasing *it* Katy. How are you getting on? Persevere, a lot of it is psychological.
Yep, I had my steak. Yummy yummy delicious. But shock! Horror! 8oz rump with chips, peas, mushroom, grilled tomato now £6.75 instead of £5!! Had to have lemon cheesecake for dessert to get over the shock!
Ist proper day of school today and it's lovely that a lot of the 'characters' have left - many of them to Secondary school, but a couple from other years have moved to new schools too! Some nice new children joined us. (Usually, at our school, We lose the good ones and gain the ones no-one else wants!!) We have some 'big cheeses' from the Academy visiting this week, so I spent the morning titivating displays. Quite enjoyed teaching this afternoon too. Feeling positive about the year to come.... It won't last!
Sounds like Benchland, minus the testy stuff, grumpy, hahaha!!
Don't wash all of Scotland away...........
10 years???? With all those little darlings???
Slurped 2 muggachocs yesterday, muggatea just now waiting for GS to arrive soooooooo quiet half hour before singing, reading, clapping, feeding the ducks all the usual then??
Was going to go into town but will wait until tomorrow, no rush.
YD off on her hol, ED's OH birthday this week, all out for a meal at the end of the week, had a peek at the menus so know exactly what I'll be munching.
Did you have your steak, JCJ?? xx
Last day of freedom. Spent it listing things on freecycle and on Mr Futon's website.
One of the giveaways was a pair of camping strip lights with clips to attach to a car battery. We don't use them any more - too much faff to rootle around under cat bonnet and we no longer take the spare car battery with us. Anyway, the lady who came to pick them up, just happened to be camping locally, for one night, and they didn't have any lights! Timing?!
I was moaning (me????) to OH about training day starting at 8:30 tomorrow"so much for breaking us in gently!" and OH suggested we go, for dinner tomorrow, to that hostelry, to in the next town, that does a delicious rump steak meal for a fiver. Done!! That'll help me get through the interminable waffle that is a training day.
Roll on Friday!! Did I say? Pension letter came the other day: I have to work for another 10 years before I can claim my full pension! TEN YEARS! :'( I don't think I can even work part-time for some of it, as the pension amount is now worked out on final salary. I shall have to look in to it. There's no way I can stick another decade of this!!
The village is on virtual lockdown today and tomorrow, due to Brathey triathlon today and THE Tour tomorrow. So staying at home to clean Scotland out of the van and attack weeds........
Lovely day so it's no problem to be outside!!!!!
Aaaah haaaaaaaaa JCJ, that's where I have be going wrong then???
No wonder readings were unusual.............
No KTC, you don't do your BP in your ear!! Morning and evening - same time every day, if poss. Don't eat, smoke or drink caffeinated drinks beforehand and try to sit relaxed and comfortable.
Been switching between reading (Rainmaker, John Grisham - very good) and CBA benches today and yesterday, although I did get of the latter long enough to clean the windows!
Just been back to opticians for field test. All OK. Afterwards, she told me I was "Free to go", so I took her literally and left without paying - again! Honestly, if they can't get their act together to take payment, I'm not going to force the issue!!
You will look gorgeous JCJ!!
Are you doing a shortcut to Calais via the hole in your road???
Can you please remind me when to do BP, obviously went in one ear then straight out the other, hee hee xx
Road still blocked, but it looks like progress has been made today in filling in the hole.
I'm just over another mile closer to "Calais"! Having trod water in The Channel for nearly 2 months, I was surprised I could still swim at all! You are going to need your thermals for the reception party - it'll be October or November before I get there. I'm knitting up that pattern you gave me, KTC, to wear under my cossie.
Went in to school today and got a lot done in the library. I can't go in tomorrow as nobody is "opening up" - so I just shoved all the stuff I haven't done out of sight and will try to sort it when I get time - though goodness knows when that'll be!!
Oh no JCJ, that puts a spanner in the works???
Fingers crossed rooms are available for two nights.
Has road been fixed yet?
grumpy you're home woo hoo!!
Had GS for a while today, his vocabulary is really coming on, we were reading a train book choo choo and there was a yellow car, he said taxi so that was our favourite word today. ED says she has no idea where "taxi" came from and he says it so clearly haha xx
It occurs to me that hairdressers' mirrors making us look older/greyer is a deliberate ploy: trying to make us think "good grief! I'd better get my hair dyed/expensively cut to make me look younger." Not sure how effective that is though, when clients look in the same mirrors after the alledgedly rejuvenating work?
Road still blocked. Massive trench down one side and huge pile of the contents of said trench and assorted other detritus on the other side. I did contemplate "accidentally" damaging the water main up the road from my house so that it had to be blocked that way too. Then I couldn't possibly get out to go to school today! Naughty bench? Moi?
Did go to school for 5 hours. Got loads done without the pesky kids there, getting in the way! I shall have to go in again tomorrow because I've got a massive amount to do in the library, but hopefully I won't need to go in Friday.
Tried to book hotel room for 2 nights for YD's wedding, but ALAS! - hotel is fully reserved for the Saturday night because there is another wedding on the Saturday! That puts a spanner in the works!! Wedding deliberately planned on the Bank Holiday Sunday to allow far-flung relatives to travel on Saturday & Monday. Obviously, there are other hotels in Norwich, but we've got to pay for 6 rooms on the Sunday, and I don't suppose many of the other guests will be prepared to spend the 2 nights in different hotels?! Grrrrr! Hotel has promised to get back to me if any of the rooms are not required by the other wedding party - fingers crossed. Knew they should have had it at Norecambe!
Well, got back home safely, and spent the last few days washing clothes and bedding etc, sorting out the jungle formerly known as the garden, just need to hoover out the campervan, and take dogs to vet for dental work.... more expense.
Must catch up on sleep now