Calling all steppers old and new, fancy joining me ready for the September thread

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CatsInChaos Sat 25-Aug-12 23:18:43

Come and sign in here ready for September and the return to school.

Where we attempt Flylady babysteps or whatever we can get done! wink

Where are you all? Zoo, Carrots, bessie, Adora, Scout, Camper and any newcomers who would like to join. smile

CatsInChaos Sat 25-Aug-12 23:19:45

<Hopes she hasn't forgotten anyone>

CatsInChaos Sat 25-Aug-12 23:25:47

I guess you all in bed this time of night, Will come back to check if anyone around tomorrow --as long as I can get near computer--

AdoraBell Sun 26-Aug-12 04:45:17

I'm here, vino in hand having cleared detritus from DD2's cupcake makinggrin

So, TA Das

Up and sorted coffee while OH cleared DW from last night
Roused DDs, we needed to get things in town.
WM on twice
S&S'd main bathroom
Cleaned hob
Reloaded DW & switched on
Hung washing
Went out
Lunch out
Got errands
Dropped DD1 at party
Sorted shopping
Had discussion refrained from killing OH
Cleared away, OH went to collect DD1
Loosely supervised DD2 whilst leaving her to get on with decorating cup cakes.
Cleaned kitchen floor and new carpet, foot prints.

loads more laundry, we bought new bedding for DDs.
Make brownies
General tidy up
Feed everyone
Plan Monday's packed lunch
Water plants
Retain sanity
E-mail friend
Set up Skype on new PC
Print Ins. claim forms
Walk dogs

Not neceasseraly in that ordergrin

CatsInChaos Sun 26-Aug-12 08:04:45

Morning Adora smile,

You have been busy! My list would just contain something like this:

Ta da's:
Make bed
get dressed
sort some stuff for charity shop (decluttering)
one load of washing
recycle bins
referee several arguements etc between DC

Now having Coffee brew trying to "wake up"

Can I join? I don't know much about Fly but I've looked at the website a little and it seems like a good way to get things done. I'm a SAHM with a 3.1yo and a very demanding 8mo. I have a chronic spinal problem which makes movement painful and so I often end up vegging with the kids instead of doing housework. We only live in a 2 bed flat but it's a pit. sad

CatsInChaos Sun 26-Aug-12 08:16:39 Here is the link to flylady. smile

I think I will be doing minimal though till the DC are back to school! wink

CatsInChaos Sun 26-Aug-12 08:20:41

Hi TheJoyfulPuddlejumper (great name) (smile)

Yes, all new and old members welcome!

I am trying to get organised for when the DC go back to school nursery. I have a 3 year old too so know what a challenge that can be.

DD starts preschool on the 5th [sob] so I'm hoping I may get a little more done around the house. Atm I'm trying to sort out all the clothes the kids have outgrown so that I can sell them and raise a bit of money - great idea, but it means I have binbags of clothes all over the place! The flat is rented and has no storage space so there are just piles of stuff everywhere. sad

However so far this morning I have done a load of washing and hung it out, cleared the living room floor and hoovered the entire flat. smile

bessie26 Sun 26-Aug-12 11:36:10

<opens biscuits>

CatsInChaos Sun 26-Aug-12 12:53:51

<Puts kettle on to go with biscuits> brew anyone?

How are you bessie?

I did wonder if everyone had abandoned ship. grin
I find it hard to get much done with DC underfoot but thought I would like to try again once they are back to school. I am trying to do bits here and there but it is quite hard.
Can't spend the whole time cleaning and tidying anyway but it's trying to find a balance that works.

CatsInChaos Sun 26-Aug-12 12:56:45

You have done well Joyful (hope you don't mind me shortening your name)

I have:
made bed
Showered, got dressed
done breakfast
and not much else yet blush

That's fine, I'm usually known as Joyful around here. smile Cats that sounds like a perfect Sunday morning to me!

AdoraBell Sun 26-Aug-12 14:47:47

Hello Joyful and welcome

I'm just getting started, laundry's under control, clean stuff put away, but nothing much else is going on right now.

<leaves brownies to nibble with the coffee/tea>

pokes nose round the door and leaves a box of chocs

CatsInChaos Sun 26-Aug-12 18:16:47

Hi all, Hows it going?

I have done some hoovering and some paperwork shredding. Just cooked and ate dinner. Now having a coffee brew.

<Eyes up chocolates> smile

<hides chocolate wrappers behind back and looks innocent>

I have the most unbelievably shiny kitchen sink today! I decided to wash the cushion covers from my rocking chair and they're handwash only. So I chucked some non-bio detergent and some Vanish in the sink to soak them in. And now it's sparkling! I'm very impressed. grin

AdoraBell Mon 27-Aug-12 03:38:08

Right, all but 1 load of laundry got done today, plus breakfast, vacuuming, shopping, dog walking and dinner. I think I did 6 loads of washing. All dry and ready or ironing. I'm going to burn the current contents of DD's linen baskets, it'll be quicker than washing

OH finally did the kitchen windowsill today - 4 years after telling me he would do it. Stink of silicone prevented me from cooking lunch, so we had naice sarnies out. I've just swept and mopped kitchen floor. Dried DD1's hair and packed them off to bed, tomorrow's packed lunch is prepped, DW is on and I'm enjoying a vino before I retire for the night.

6 loads? Wow. Sounds like you had a busy day!

My target for today is the kitchen. I've been ill for the last few days and while DH has been fab taking care of me and the kids, he hasn't had the opportunity to do much in the kitchen. As a result it looks rather like something from a student house - dirty pans and dishes stacked haphazardly everywhere. confused So first I need to tidy it, then do all the washing up (and I do mean all) then I can clean the surfaces.

I also have a load of washing to do today and I still have several binbags of baby clothes to sort through if I get the chance.

RhubarbCrumbled Mon 27-Aug-12 09:39:14

Hello, can I join too please? I've had a look at fly lady before but really need to get my backside in gear! I was all sorted with a routine and then fell pregnant with DC2 and it all went out of the window. I need to do some decluttering and get a daily routine before I have the baby and before DH goes completely spare with my slatternliness. So, so far today I have...

Done 2 loads of washing
Got DS up and sorted with breakfast (about to wrastle him into clothes...)
Up and dressed myself!
Decided where we're going for the day as it's sunny here

To do
Hoover at least the downstairs
Put away washing
Make dinner

That's all doable right?!

Rhubarb that is definitely doable.

Welcome to all the newbies. Hopefully you can all infect me with your enthusiasm. My dcs went back to school last week and I seem to have lost all interest in keeping things looking good.

I forced myself to declutter the lounge this morning and I have hoovered the open plan kitchen/diner/family room, hallway, vestibule and lounge, which was a massive job, despite having been done on Saturday. It was dog hair city. Why do I have beige floors and 2 black dogs?

I have loads to do so any pointy sticks and gentle boots would be gratefully received smile

How about brew?

I have my second load of washing on and am having some quiet time in bed with DS. I'm still not well and he's a bit grizzly so I think he may be feeling rough too. sad

I am rewarding myself with a brew and a cookie having unloaded and reloaded the dw and cleaning and polishing the worktops. The place looks considerably better already. smile

LackaDAISYcal Mon 27-Aug-12 10:34:23

Lurks quietly.

have fly-ed before with modicum of success, but we are drowning in a sea of clutter. I have three DC, and Too Much Stuff. I'm starting a 2day/week college course in Sept so hoping that having less time to do stuff will focus my mind. I feel, that once it's sorted, then I'll be able to whizz round in no time, but it always gets blitzed, then ignored.

I also battle a chronic illness, so have good days when I can do loads, and then other days when I can only lounge about feeling ineffectual

Hi DAISY, come on in! The regulars on this thread all go up and down for various reasons as well so we will encourage on the good days and nurse you on the others. zoo is our resident baker for those occasions. grin

I have made banana muffins (had an bunch of very ripe bananas), decluttered the coffee table in the kitchen and cleaned it and decluttered a lot of the kitchen table too.

How is everyone else getting on?

Bit of a mixed bag... I have the second load of washing in the tumble dryer (it's a washer/dryer sadly so I can't do both at once) which is good.

However, I decided to sort through my clothes to see what can be sold or given to a charity shop, and everything smells musty. I am going to have to wash every single item of clothing that I own. sad Is there a way to stop that happening (preferably without involving lavender!)? Fair enough, it's been a while since I wore non-nursing tops (DS is a voracious feeder) but they shouldn't smell that bad!

Is the smell coming from your wardrobe?

If you took everything out and aired it would it help?

Bicarbonate of soda might help in the floor of your wardrobe. You can leave it like shake and vac and then hoover it up again.

You could also put cotton wool with an essential oil that you like somewhere not too close to your clothes (you don't want the oil to damage them) and hope that that smell permeates instead.

Are your shoes in the bottom of your wardrobe? I always worry my clothes smell of my stinky trainers and things like that.

AdoraBell Mon 27-Aug-12 13:26:32

Morning all, and welcome Daisy and Rhubard

I'm just getting started

Family has breakfasted
Assembled packed lunches
Ushered family out the door
Cleared up mess in kitchen from puppies. They snuffled the last bit of banana cake and a washing up sponge while my back was turned.
Made a coffee
Checked MN

Still need to clear DW and put away a bit of washing up
Clear last of breakfast things
Have some breakfast myself
Feed dogs
Find my sanity it's around here somewhere
Go out and buy birthday presents
Vacuum upstairs
S&S bathrooms

< can't leave any cake 'cos the puppies ate itshock>

carrots I don't have a wardrobe, only a chest of drawers. I like the essential oils idea though, where can I get them?

CatsInChaos Mon 27-Aug-12 13:54:25

Hi all, Welcome all newcomers smile

I haven't been able to get on here all morning. The DC were playing their games on the computer. They then started climbing all over each other and hitting and kicking so are now separated.

I haven't got much done today yet. Been painting for most of the morning.
We did say earlier we might try and have a family game this afternoon which is quite entertaining with a 3 year old!
We tried monopoly the other day and DD pinched all the dice so I had to find another one so we could carry on with the game.
You might be thinking why didn't I just get the dice back - this would have caused a massive meltdown by DD so sometimes we just have to keep the peace and do whats easiest!

I can get them in my local chemist's shop Joyful, you can also get them in garden centres sometimes.

WW3 seems to have broken out here. Dd is in a foul mood and taking it out on the rest of us. Help!

LackaDAISYcal Mon 27-Aug-12 16:02:47

Do you do gluten free Zoo? grin
Thanks for the welcome smile

Today, I've managed to clear out my chest of drawers as I swapped with the DSes and in doing so lost a drawer. I had over 60 pairs of socks shock How is that possible? Now for the clutter that is my dresser top!

DH is laundry king in this house, and for that I love him dearly.

I'll get started properly once school goes back next week.

CatsInChaos Mon 27-Aug-12 21:34:03

Daisy That's what I'm waiting for too as there's only so much you can do when you also need to keep the DC entertained.

Carrots Hope things have calmed down a bit now.

I am a bit undecided whether to stay up for a while and have a bit of "me time" or whether to go to bed and get up early --before the DC if I'm lucky--
It's so quiet at the mo --DC in bed-- I am tempted to stay up and enjoy it! grin

It did calm down thank Cats. I put ds on the bottom step of the stairs for using dd's stuff without permission and it all seemed to settle from there.

AdoraBell Tue 28-Aug-12 00:59:02

Evening allgrin

I'm also getting back into my habits now both DDs are ff the ik list and back in school.

So this afternoon I have

vacuumed throughout
Bathrooms done
Soap bottles refilled
Clean and ironed clothes put away
Birthday presents purchased
DDs collected from school, and friend's DS dropped at home
Shopping done
Dogs fed and watered
Today's clean washing brought in, by DDsgrin

Still need to

Boot dogs out
get dinner, but I'm not hungry
Send DDs to bed
Prep packed lunches

CatsInChaos Tue 28-Aug-12 08:15:59

Morning all, I think the weather might be better here today so hoping to get some washing done and get it dry outside. smile

Need to try and venture to the shops --something I dread doing with the children-- <keeps fingers crossed that it will go well> hmm

I am trying to bring back some routine so next week and the return to school won't be such a shock. --I will be getting DS out of bed soon-- <Evil cackle> wink He needs to get out of the lying in phase that he has got used to over the hols. DD is quite young so gets up earlyish anyway.

booksandchoc Tue 28-Aug-12 08:26:05

Ooh can I join in. Need to get into a decent routine as I'm back to work next month after my mat leave finishes sad.

Today I'm going to:
Get some washing done because its nice and sunny here
Get the kitchen cleaned
Sort out dry washing which is piling up
Get DH to Hoover when I go out

Can't get started till DH is out of bed tho so sitting watching toons with dd just now.

Morning all!

I feel a bit more energetic today. smile

I have little pockets of time today so will need to use them wisely.

I also need to get jewellery making as I have been asked to have a stall in about a month. I thought I had until early December. I have orders in the book to make up as well. grin


Dw loaded
worktops cleaned
various debris picked up
I got the hoover into the hall - haven't managed to plug it in yet wink
I also need to put the wm on.

Then is it jewellery until Twilight's appointment at 10.45 (leaving at 10.30).

pinkhollie Tue 28-Aug-12 10:10:14

Hi I'm going to jump in been following fly lady for years and while I have absorbed some knowledge I am very bad at having a consistent routine. I have a 6mo DS, 2 dogs and a DH who is self-employed and works incredibly irregular hours over all 7 days of the week.

We moved house 3 months ago and I am on mat leave until Dec so my aims are to have a reasonably well functioning house and a good routine in place before I go back.

Today so far I have
Put one load of washing away and one in the machine
Swished and swiped
Cleared up breakfast things
Both of us are showered and dressed

I need to
Ring GP's
Run errands in town ( bank, watch battery, chemist etc)
Menu plan
Hoover new carpet in lounge
Walk dogs

So far today I've:

Got everyone up and dressed
Fed everyone
Did a load of washing, now in the tumble dryer/on the drying racks
Took DH to his doctor's appointment

I still need to:
Do at least one more load of washing (I'm having to wash all my clothes after yesterday's unwelcome discovery, I don't normally do this much washing!)
Clean the cooker and oven
Cook dinner
Sort through some more outgrown clothes

But in a little while we're going off to the local wetlands in wellies and waterproofs with my mum - she's a teacher so we're making the most of her last week off!

carrots what sort of jewellery do you make?

LittleBlackDress Tue 28-Aug-12 11:23:40

Hello everyone - please can I join? I am a beginner but desperate to get the house under control. Need some motivation and this thread looks like just the thing I need to give me a kick up the bum. So far I have loaded the dishwasher blush

pinkhollie Tue 28-Aug-12 12:05:05

Well done joyjul have fun at the wetlands my mum is also a teacher as am I but she went back today and I'm still on mat leave grin
lbd well done for the dishwasher! Just by writing out what I needed to do helped. So I've done all the errands put in another load of washing and moved the Hoover to the sitting room. Not used it yet though.

Hello everyone! Welcome to more newbies smile It's very motivating to see some more people jumping on the wagon.

Joyful I am learning to beadweave, pearl knot and do chainmaille jewellery. I have also done a little bit of silver work but I don't have a kiln so I can't realistically make silver jewellery unless it is chainmaille.

I mostly beadweave though. I am very much a beginner but learning new stuff all the time. I have sold a few things and made quite a lot to order over the summer.

Pekka Tue 28-Aug-12 12:33:48

Can I join as well? I have just started FLYing, I feel like this could really help me keep my house nice and tidy.

hollie I have actually used my hoover now and whizzed round all the dog hair downstairs.

The washing machine is on now too and I have made lots of bead stars grin

CatsInChaos Tue 28-Aug-12 13:18:31

Hello all, welcome to all new people. smile

I got DS up (DD was already up and got them both breakfast and dressed by 10.00am
Yay! grin This is progress (we have been in holiday mode for ages) blush
Need to work on making it earlier in time for next week!

We have made it out to 1 shop --not as early as I would have liked--
We also had visitors this morning so not got much in the way of housework done yet. blush Off out again soon so will try to do something when we return.

CatsInChaos Tue 28-Aug-12 13:22:22

DS is in and out of the house like a yoyo. hmm He seems to have turned our hallway into a meeting place for all his friends. I will be kicking them all out soon! grin

pinkhollie Tue 28-Aug-12 13:27:40

My Hoover has also been used now grin. I forget how quick it is to Hoover if you do it regularly and as we only had our sitting room carpet fitted last week and have been very good about shoes, dogs etc. it was really easy.
Just had lunch and now feeding DS so have the kitchen to clear up again. Baby led weaning is messy!

AdoraBell Tue 28-Aug-12 14:57:49


Hello ldb, pinkhollie and books and welcome.

It's taking me a while to get going today, late night as OH went via the clinic on his way home last night, got home just because before midnight. Nothing major going on.

So far all I've done is made sarnies & assembled packed lunches.
Breakfast, OH made his own as I was busy
Calmed over excited birthday girls so they could leave for school
My breakfast and top up for OH
S&S main bathroom

DW still needs emptying so that I can clear the breakfast things and the sleeping beasts need breakfast. There's yet more laundry and I'm waiting in for a delivery. I hate having to wait in. I like to have the choice to go out and being stuck in waiting for people to turn up bugs me.

Well, I'm going to have brew, anyone want anything? Then I'll rouse the beasts so that I can feed them and boot them out. After that I need to get started on the birthday cake, heavy on the chocolate.

Shares round homemade chocolate fudge

AdoraBell Tue 28-Aug-12 15:39:33

Ooh, fudge- one of my favourites, ta very much.

Carrots, how is twilight doing now?

I've now done the DW and put the WM, not much to wash today.
Beasts are fed and out and I'm trying to decide which chocolate cake to make for DDs, so many recipesconfused

LackaDAISYcal Tue 28-Aug-12 16:20:20

Today I have:

Cleared out my wardrobe
Shone my sink
Done a full load in the dishwasher and put it away... well as taking the kids to the park with a picnic, dropping off my weekly timesheets at my office on the other side of town and collected my new glasses from the Optician.

My DH will still go hmm because I haven't put the laundry away or sorted out the teetering heap of crap that always accumulates on the work top between the kitchen and dining area, the twunt

Pekka Tue 28-Aug-12 18:07:42

carrots ooh yes please!
Well, I am proud of my 1st day of official stepping. The house is still tidy! I have delegated grocery shopping to DH, now I am off to update my CV.

Well the cooker is cleaned and although I haven't cooked dinner yet I did do the food shopping so I think we'll call today a win. smile

<Tops up pot of brew, snaffles some fudge>

carrots that sounds amazing! Do you get many orders? My only craft skills are basic knitting and crochet. I'm good at hats, blankets and scarves... grin

Well done Pekka!

AdoraBell Tue 28-Aug-12 19:31:47

Daisy my OH is an expert at the hmm attitude. There have been words and I even went on full strike for a couple of months once. A couple of weeks ago he actualy asked me to write a list of jobs he needs to do on Sat. morning.

And if he pulls the "I go out to work" like my OH did, point outt the fact that you facilitate him doing so by doing everything else and there's more than 1 adult living in the house. Then badger him relentlessly about his pile of toot on the kitchen work top.

Pekka some god steps there, well done.

I'm currently making ganache, it's in need of stirring, so I'm off

<slurps coffee on way out, wipes up spillage>

AdoraBell Tue 28-Aug-12 19:36:59

good steps, not Godblush

Adora Twilight has improved enormously since her injections last week thanks. There is no denying that she is 15 years old, which for a big dog is a "good age". sad She loves her new haircut though and was very puppylike today grin

<Puts on pot of brew>

After a dreadful night with DS (I got approximately 2.5 hours sleep and have been up since 0430) and already wanting to throttle DD I think I'll count today as a success if everyone's still breathing at bedtime. To-do list for today:

Yet more clothes washing
Wash bedding
Bake and ice 30 dairy-free fairy cakes for breastfeeding group tomorrow

I don't think I can cope with much more today.

bessie26 Wed 29-Aug-12 07:47:12

Hello everyone & welcome to all newbies <opens more biscuits>

DD1 has stopped napping & DD2 has started (wobbly) walking, so haven't has as much time to MN as I would like!

I'm posting as I saw this steam mop on groupon today - it's not the one I have, but it looks like the same kind of thing

CatsInChaos Wed 29-Aug-12 08:11:57

Morning all, --keeps fingers crossed that computer will stay working-- (it has a funny five minutes every now and again)

Both DC are still asleep in bed shock grin I'm gonna leave them to lay in today as I don't need to go anywhere. --enjoys peace-- They were both awake in the night so probably need the sleep. DS was having some kind of bad dream.

<Wanders off to make coffee brew and get breakfast>

Will return later --unless I have more computer problems--

pinkhollie Wed 29-Aug-12 08:12:18

Good Morning everyone!
Sorry about your bad night Joyful I feel your pain. I had a relatively good one only up at 2.30 but the 4am wake ups are the worst.

It was so lovely to come down to a clean kitchen this morning. grin

Today I am going to
Go to Asda <shudder>
Make turkey burgers and banana fritters for my little'un
Wash a load of towels

I might also manage to
Ring the nursery about his place
Order some blinds for the kitchen
Send my friend a birthday present
Email work

But let's not get ahead of ourselves as I'm back in bed bfing and having a cup of tea!

Cakebot Wed 29-Aug-12 08:18:29

Hi all, Just checking in! ( Blimey you're all very early for September) I joined in very late for the August thread, went away for a week so it all went to pot, o will start again for September. Have child starting school and am also going back to work so all help/advice gratefully accepted!

CatsInChaos Wed 29-Aug-12 08:40:51

Hi and welcome Cakebot smile

I have become very "out of routine" over the summer hols so I though I might need to prepare for "back to school" and getting things done (hence starting this thread early) wink
Hopefully it will help others too. smile

CatsInChaos Wed 29-Aug-12 09:31:13

Anyone got any hints and tips about trying to feel more awake/motivated?

Struggling this morning. --too much coffee-- now have a headache! hmm

Lots of water will help you stay awake and should help clear the headache. smile

Morning everyone!

I agree with Joyful that the best solution is water - put some lemon or cucumber in it if you have some. Jif lemon works fine.

Fresh air also helps so open a window.

A shower also helps if you haven't already had one - keep it on the cool side.

Not that I know anything about sleep deprivation... coughs I sense that I am not alone here.

I have been overwhelmed by the urge to clearout today. It started with trying to sanitize the washing machine. Ours seems to get smelly very quickly. My dmum got me stuff from Kleeneze which seems to do the trick and I felt it was time to do it. Could I find it? Dd eventually found it in the boot of the car in amongst the mountain of horse riding gear hmm

Anyway I have decluttered the utility room and hoovered and mopped the floor.

That led on to me tackling the study. Those who have suffered me for the last year or so will know this is my area of extreme horror. I couldn't actually get into the room without moving things blush

When I got going it wasn't as bad as I feared - just all badly stored. I can now walk in freely and the sofa and floor are clear. There is one pile in the corner of things for jumble or ebay. I have no idea where else to store it. Other than that it is not too bad. It needs a day or two of filing and it will be sorted. grin

I think that is enough for today apart from the basic dw, worktop, hoover, wm routines.

I will also have to do some ironing.

I am relaxing for now though as I have a meeting at the school at lunch time. Eeeeek!

Oooops! Sorry! I wrote a dissertation blush

CatsInChaos Wed 29-Aug-12 12:26:51

Well done carrots! smile Hope the meeting goes well!

I have done naff all this morning. sad Still feeling a bit ill but at least my headache has gone now.
--hopes motivation will return soon-- hmm

Hows everyone else?

Thanks Cats. The meeting went really well. I am so proud of my boy. He is still having trouble in the playground but he seems really happy in his class. grin

That's good to hear carrots, how old is he?

The bedding is washed and dried, the cakes are baked. Now for lunch, then icing the cakes and bunging another load in the washing machine.

Oh and the kids are both still breathing just about grin

Hi Joyful, He is 7 and has had a lot of problems at school, stemming from a hideous bullying incident, which has led to anxiety problems. He is now in a separate class from all three bullies (and their families) and seems to be off to a good start. Fingers crossed nothing brews.

He is still having problems in the playground but the school are aware and keeping an eye out.

I have sorted out the recycling, emptied and reloaded the dw, cleaned the worktops and washed out a plastic drawer unit and hoovered through downstairs (apart from the spare bedroom which needs a good declutter and tidy up).
I feel I have made good progress today.

Oh, I did a bit of ironing too!

AdoraBell Wed 29-Aug-12 15:33:35


Glad to hear that DS is happy in his new class, that's fantastic news.
Also good that Twilight likes his new hair cut grin and is feeling better.

Well done, you've achieved a lot considering your lack of sleep. Some days having the DDs still breathing at bed time is all I can hope for too. Although I am, alegedly, passed the night wakings stage. They turned 11 yesterday and DD2 set her alarm clock early to have time for pressies before school. She was then roused by a tremor around 3am, got up, woke her sister up, started getting ready and then looked at the clock. 4am. Luckily she didn't run downstairs squealing with birthday excitement and wake me up too. I slept through the tremor.

I got off to a slow start this morning, took DDs out for dinner last night and so it was yet another late night. Of course the pisco sour I had hasn't impacted my ability to leap into action at the crack of dawn, much. Anyway,

Got up, roused DDs
Tea/breakfast for DDs, OH did his own again
Made sarnies and packed packed lunches
Ushered family out/dogs in
WM on
Cleared kitchen
Emptied and reloaded DW
Swept around dogs
OH returned from school run, tea and toast for him
My breakfast

Still need to,

Feed and boot out the beasts
More laundry, having bought larger beds for DDs I am giving their old bedding to my ironing lady to go on the bunk beds she very kindly helped me to decluttergrin
Hang washing out
Re-arrange carpet fitters- they can't come tomorrow as we now have a funeral to attend in the morning.
Remove bleedin' heavy Xmas gift from car and hide it in the house
Plan meals
Get shopping
Go to Dr
Collect DDs and drop friend's DCs home
Start-again-reading the book I plan to gift to someone who loved it but didn't have time to read when I lent it.

<leaves birthday cake to go with brew>

Your poor DS carrots, but good that the school are on the ball. Hopefully a fresh start will do him the world of good. smile

Tremors Adora? Where in earth do you live? I'd realised it wasn't the UK but wow. I hope the DDs had/are having a good day at school.

I'm good at lack of sleep, I haven't had an unbroken night in over 3 years! But 2.5 hours is too little even for me. confused Still, the cakes are baked and iced and ready to go tomorrow morning. DH is in charge of dinner tonight and hopefully DS will have a better evening as I want to watch the Paralympic opening ceremony!

AdoraBell Wed 29-Aug-12 19:14:37


I'm in Chile. We get a lot of siesmic activity, but a lots of tremores go unnoticed.

MusicToMyEars Thu 30-Aug-12 06:48:40

Gosh, I so need to join in with this.

My kids are older than some of yours, but the house situation actually seems to have got worse rather than better.

Over the next week:
- I really want to get on top of the paperwork which is really out of control
- I want to declutter some big items (like the TV that hasn't worked since digital switchover!)
- get a routine going for shopping, cooking, washing, cleaning and tidying

reading it back that sounds over ambitious!

My distracting children will be at home today so I will aim to:

- hoover everywhere
- wash-up and clean kitchen surfaces
- spend half an hour clearing stuff from the front room that doesn't belong

CatsInChaos Thu 30-Aug-12 07:58:08

Morning all, Welcome aboard Music , sounds like you will fit in well! smile

I have an ongoing paperwork mountain --which started around 8 years ago-- blush Thankfully a lot of it is hidden in drawers. What I am trying to do is do little bits here and there. It is going to take a while to get it all sorted but I feel I am making some progress!

I have a nearly 9 year old and a 3 year old. They are both very active so have been a handfull over summer. I do love them of course but some days are a real challenge! I have a variety of health problems which seem to come and go. Some days are better than others.

Yesterday I managed to tidy and hoover the living room --but it didn't take long for the DC to start untidying again--
I will have another go at the tidying today also need to tackle the kitchen (not too bad at the mo) and get some washing done. We have sun at the mo! grin

CatsInChaos Thu 30-Aug-12 08:08:18

Here is the link to this weeks Flylady zone For those who would like a go.

I probably won't do daily links to Flylady but I think you are all probably quite capable of finding the website. wink

If you need any help, just ask. smile

Thanks for the link Cats. I loved this bit: Zone 5 is the living room, family room, or den.But, only focus on one this week. After a few months, you will have them decluttered them all. My entire flat only has 5 rooms! Which is why it's so cluttered. sad

My back is having an episode today so I don't think I'll get much done. I need to:

Get a load of washing done (still slowly working through all my clothes)
Get a parcel in the post
Go to my breastfeeding group and the lunch afterwards
Get back on top of the washing up

bumponboardagain Thu 30-Aug-12 09:52:33

Hello, wondered if I could join you all? School resumes Tuesday. I have a 6yr old, 4yr old and I'm 15wks pregnant. I have let everything go over the summer what with playing with the kids and trying to cope with constant nausea, house work has been at the bottom of my list of priorities!

I have so much to do! Before Tuesday my main priority it sewing name labels onto all the new uniform.

Ds2 is 4 and starts in reception on Tuesday, so I have plenty of uninterrupted time to get things done. Just not sure where to start. I want to get.the house into really good order so on into an easy routine for when the baby arrives in the new year.

I think my bedroom will be the priority for Tuesday. It's been badly neglected. Loads of mess clutter. Clothes that don't fit and stuff to be ebayed or sold at carboot. I hope if I wake up to a lovely clean tidy room it may motivate me to tackle other parts of the house!!

Other than name labels need to return a parcel, pay a cheque in and buy some eggs to do some baking with the ds's.

CatsInChaos Thu 30-Aug-12 10:25:19

Hi bumponboardagain, anyone can join! smile

I have:
had breakfast (also fed DC and cat)
cleared a worktop in the kitchen
got dressed
and put one load of washing on.

Just gonna have a brew now before I start anything else.

For the newcomers to this
What we did --before summer holiday CHAOS-- was start Flylady babysteps on the 1st day of the month but it's up to you how you do it.
I will try to link about babysteps in a mo.

CatsInChaos Thu 30-Aug-12 10:29:40


Morning all!

So far I have:
washed and dressed
taken dcs to school
dusted and polished the living room
loaded the dw and put it on
loaded the wm and put it on
cleaned the worktops in the kitchen
hoovered downstairs

I have been fiddling around with beads since I did all that grin

CatsInChaos Thu 30-Aug-12 13:19:23

Hope I haven't scared everyone away! shock

I have been tidying my living room again and for now it looks quite good. --The dining room looks quite cluttered though as I seem to have moved a lot of toys into there-- blush

CatsInChaos Thu 30-Aug-12 13:21:49

Please feel free to pop in and chat (this is a combined chatting and stepping thread for now) wink

pinkhollie Thu 30-Aug-12 14:50:52

Not had the best day been stressing about the fact that my DS only feeds to sleep BUT the kitchen is clear and a load of washing is hung out (indoors) to dry. We have also ordered a carpet for DS's room so operation move out of our room can begin.

He is now asleep on me but DH has buggered off with the iPad so can't do a load of online stuff I need to do sad

stephlib Thu 30-Aug-12 15:05:13

Hi, back again. Everytime i say i'll make an effort to be more regular on here but....well i'm not gonna promise now lol.

Anyway today i have:

got everyone up, fed and washed
went to tesco and done the shop for the weekend
given both toilets a squirt down of harpic
hoovered downstairs
made lunch
put some washing in the machine

I am about to collect ds and take him to get his hair cut. He hasn't had it cut for a very, very long time and it is like a very long mop. He wants to keep it long but it needs something done to it. I am really worried he ends up with a really dodgy haircut eg a mullet as it is called up here (maybe throughout I have no idea). I am hoping that the young girl doing it will be able to do something a bit more stylish with it.

I will report back later. Eeeek!

Housework wise I have put a goulash, which turned into a curry, into the slow cooker for later and decluttered a dog cage from the garage and a jewellery drawer as a sort of stock take.

I've had a rubbish day today - only got one item on my list done, and that was to go to group! I also cut DD's fringe as she was starting to resemble an Old English Sheepdog. confused

I have made a picnic lunch for tomorrow though as we're going to the zoo.

carrots how's DS's hair? Non-mulleted I hope? grin

hollie how old is DS? My DS still feeds to sleep at 8mo and DD fed to sleep at night until 21 months.

pinkhollie Thu 30-Aug-12 19:04:00

Hi* Joyfull* he's nearly 7mo I'm not so bothered about the feeding to sleep at night but he does it for naps too. I'm back at work 4 days a week in December and he's going to have a combo of DH, IL's and nursery so I really need to get him into some sort of consistent routine. I hate routines! blush

CatsInChaos Thu 30-Aug-12 19:09:54

I need to go shopping in a mo --don't really feel like it-- I would rather stay in and watch telly but we need things like bread, milk etc.

CatsInChaos Thu 30-Aug-12 19:19:15

<Boots self out of chair> Right if I go now I can slob out later! wink

pinkhollie Thu 30-Aug-12 20:02:18

I am going to go and clean the kitchen and time myself how long it takes. DW is already on so it's just the grill pan and surfaces. Ready steady go!

AdoraBell Thu 30-Aug-12 23:24:35

Hello all, hello and welcome to bump, and congrats on the new bump

Not much achieved here other than my normal morning routine due to attending a funeral. Friend's elderly father who had lived a full and happy life. The last 6 months were not good, but the preceeding 92 years were, which is the main thing.

I still need to sort dinner and collect DD1 from a friend's house, joint study for a test. Then think about tomorrow's packed lunch. Laundry is done so I can give away the old bedding tomorrow.

Tomorrow I need to book carpet fitters, book dogs into kennels for our week away, and have a general clean up before the weekend.

Can't see it now, but someone was suggesting starting flying with sorting the main bedroom. Just wanted to say YY, give yourself a haven to sleep and wake up in. Makes a huge difference to me and my OH.

Oh well, DW calls, TTFN

Pekka Fri 31-Aug-12 11:50:27

My household has descended into chaos yet again. DS is sleeping poorly so I am tired. But I don't want a messy house, so I will do 15 mins per room today and shine the sink smile

CatsInChaos Fri 31-Aug-12 12:26:49

Hi all, How are you today?

I had a bit of an accident last night and fell down some stairs. shock I am o.k. though just quite achey in places so I am not going to push myself too much.
Just having some lunch before I go sort some washing.

Cakebot Fri 31-Aug-12 15:58:37

eek! Take care of yourself. I fell down the stairs a few months ago and it's surprisingly painful!
Havent really done anything today apart from put a wash on. Took DS to see Brave instead!
I will do my sink tonight again though. I need to get a wriggle on next week for labelling/hemming etc of school uniform and kit. Can someone tell me a good new school routine? I'm going to practice next week, althoughhe's only doing half days for 2 weeks so I've got plenty of time before 'proper' school!

AdoraBell Fri 31-Aug-12 16:43:50


I hope you feel better soon, I know know that kind of pain.Rest as much as you can today, have a brew and put your feet up.

Well, we had mayhem this morning <goes one up on pekka's chaos wink >, as DDs were leaving the puppies shot passed DD2, knocking her over and nipping her arm. Then OH did the "OMG what's this on the brand new cream carpetshock " speech. Anyway, they are en route to school and the beasts are
slumbering in the kitchen, I'll leave the muddy paw prints to dry and vacuum.

Apart from that my morning routine went as normal

Today I need to,

Vacuum, upstairs as well as paw prints
Do some general organising now that lot's of crap clutter is gone
Pop into town to get a few things wot can't be bought locally
Cook and organise the veg I bought yesterday.

Oh, drat, looks like t'internet has abandoned me. Will have to post this later.

<leaves biccies and a fresh pot of brew

<sneaks in with a box of chocolates and wine>

We went to the zoo today so my only achievement was not feeding the kids to the tigers making our picnic lunch!

<sneaks back out again>

<sticks head round door> Just popping in to say hi and that I have been reading this thread and it has inspired me to fill up the dishwasher and put on a load if washing! Sorry I've been absent so much recently. I need the inspiration an help from places like this but then I end up spending too much time on MN and not getting on with work. I need a happy medium!

AdoraBell Fri 31-Aug-12 23:04:14

Joyful that was vair restrained of you, well donegrin

Artie I know what you mean about the happy medium. I logged to see if my Internet connection was back and spent two hours going through the newsblush. All I've managed today is lunch with OH, a bit of shopping, refuelled car, collected DDs, arranged carpet fitters, back home, vacuumed muddy paw prints, made drinks. The shopping is still in the car, expect the fresh fish, and I feel exhausted.

Loads still to do, but this brew is essential, so I'm drinking it before I do anything else.

Cats are you feeling any better yet? Do you have any antinflamtory to take? I normally use them when I slip on the stairs or do something else to mess my back up

CatsInChaos Sat 01-Sep-12 08:01:44

Morning all, Welcome to September! grin

Hi arti, welcome back! smile I know what you mean about MN becoming addictive! I used to spend hours on here and not get anything done but over the summer hols I haven't been able to as the DC want a turn on the computer too.

My back is still quite achey but I am getting around o.k. If the pain gets too much I will take paracetamol, I know they are o.k. with my other tablets. Not so sure about which other ones would be safe. confused

I still need to work on the getting the DC bedtime and waking up routine sorted but I have until Wednesday to work on that (DS back to school). At the mo they are not falling asleep till 10.00pm and waking around 8 to 8.30 so this really needs to change!!!

CatsInChaos Sat 01-Sep-12 08:14:29

Here is the link for ***babystep day one*****

Shine the sink - I reckon I can manage that! grin

I probably won't be doing too much else today as walking round the zoo has exacerbated my back pain to the point where I can't walk without crutches. Which isn't unusual but it is unfortunate because we're going to an airshow tomorrow and I need to be able to walk round an airfield all day! So I need a fairly restful day today:

Wash up
Hang up washing (done one load already)
Build crib for DS
Go to the supermarket for a few bits
Pick up ear defenders from a friend

CatsInChaos Sat 01-Sep-12 09:11:51

Hi Joyful, back pain is horrible! I put my back out earlier this year when I was trying to lift DD (she was mid tantrum) and found it was hard to walk for a few days after that. This time I don't think it's that bad but it's the top of my back that hurts this time.
Must be pretty bad if you need crutches!

Yes, I have a chronic condition (the current diagnosis is degenerative disc disease). It could be worse though, at least it's only crutches and not my wheelchair this time! smile

Lifting kids can be so tricky can't it? I hope you feel better soon.

Morning everyone!

Sorry to hear about all the aches and pains and Adora's carpet disaster. Hi Arti - good to hear you are still with us in your own way.

I am not getting much chance to post but I am getting loads done around the house. Hopefully someone is coming today to take a few pieces of furniture away which will help. I am also working up to doing a carboot sale as I am hoping it is less time consuming than ebay.

Nearly my whole day is timetabled today carting children to various activities. It is a bit depressing for a Saturday but it won't be every Saturday. Next Saturday I am running away and leaving them all to do a silver work course for the whole day grin

Cats I hope you are making sure you get lots of time to paint.

I will try to pop in to see all the hard work this evening. xxx

Oh, my ta das are:
washed and dressed
carpet unrolled roughly over hall so we can move furniture
furniture I can move moved
dw unloaded and reloaded
worktops cleaned
kitchen decluttered a bit

That will have to do for now.

CamperWidow Sat 01-Sep-12 11:25:32

Well, good morning all!

Here's to Stepping in September!
Am starting anew with enthusiasm and vigour! (We'll see how long it lasts grin)

Ta Das;
Shiny sink
up and dressed
hoovered up and down
washed breakfast stuff
dry clothes sorted and put away
'party' on the carpet
DD2 down for nap
colouring with DD1
wm on

To Do;
get through the rest of the day without a nervous breakdown!

Hello folks. I am back again. I should be off feeding a pony by now but the person collecting furniture has not turned up yet. I really hope they are coming as I have all the stuff in my hallway now and I am wasting precious time waiting for them when I don't have it today. I am swinging between worried that something has happened and annoyed that they are leaving me hanging around.

Camper I will also be happy if I can just get to the end of the day without a nervous breakdown.

mumof2wildteens Sat 01-Sep-12 12:28:46

Can I join?

I've hung the washing out & plugged the hoover in. Just having a quick email/fb/mn browse before actually turning it on.
On second thoughts, won't I need to do it tomorrow anyway?

Cakebot Sat 01-Sep-12 15:37:06

Are there two September threads? Are we in competition? Which one do we use??

Cakebot Sat 01-Sep-12 15:38:49

Oh and I have labelled all the school clothes. Do I do pants/socks/vests? Frankly if my DS has lost his pants, I would have thought I'd have other questions to ask, but is there something I haven't thought of?

CatsInChaos Sat 01-Sep-12 16:36:02

Hi all.

mumof2wildteens Yes you are very welcome to join! smile

Cakebot There are two Flying threads. Ours is mainly focused on those starting out with Flylady. We mainly try to do babysteps. --Or whatever you can manage-- wink
--some of us have been here for a year, others are just starting out--

No it's not a competition! grin

Every month we start again so if you miss anything don't worry!

I think on the other Flying thread they try to do more (missions, zones etc)

There is No pressure on anyone to do it - just do what you feel you can! smile

CatsInChaos Sat 01-Sep-12 16:44:34

Cakebot I don't label pants, socks and vests. I just label the other things - shirts, jumpers, trousers, shoes, PE kit PE bag and plimsolls. And lunch box. Don't forget coats.

I have been checking we have school uniform today for DS. Most of last terms still fit but I had to buy PE shorts and plimsolls and need to get a few more pairs of trousers.

CatsInChaos Sat 01-Sep-12 16:48:13

Some days you might find you just can't fit in some of the babysteps but please don't fret over it!

Life has a habit of throwing unexpected things at you.

--I haven't shined my sink yet-- wink

CatsInChaos Sat 01-Sep-12 16:50:44

Welcome back Camper smile

I'm so pleased, I managed to get everything on my short to do list done! I need to put a picnic together tonight though, we're off to an airshow first thing in the morning. smile

How's everyone else done today?

<hands out cake>

Cakebot Sat 01-Sep-12 23:07:53

Thanks Cats, I think I'll stick with you lovely lot then! I did my sink, now I'm going to toddle off to bed!

<scoffs cake>

I have NOT had a nervous breakdown and therefore consider today a success. Yay!

I hope everyone else got through ok too grin

My friend arrived and collected the furniture (I am sure that counts as a declutter)and we got the animals fed and all the various children (not all mine) to all the various places they needed to be and the recycling that they won't collect from the kerb to the recycling centre enroute to somewhere else (also a declutter in my book).

<lays out some nice croissants and fancy teas and coffee for the early MNers>

AdoraBell Sun 02-Sep-12 02:52:38

<sneaks in for a midnight snack>

Had a nice day, mostly. Out this morning, back and did some cleaning then went into town for DDs to spend birthday money / pocket money.

OH is now still busying himself rearranging furniture despite being tired enough to fall alseep in the clinic yesterday. His choice.

Scout19075 Sun 02-Sep-12 07:48:32

<<Waves from holiday.>>

Well, we're back from the southwest coast but have stopped mid-way for a day or two at my in-laws (to break up the journey, you see, and to delay reality for another 36 hours).

So much to do! So much to sort! So much to read up on! grin

<<Passes rock around to anyone who'd like sweets at this time of morning.>>

Hi Scout! I hope you had a good time.

Adora out of nosiness, if your dd is a similar age to mine, what does she like to spend her birthday money on? I am beginning to plan the budget and think about Christmas and all I can think of for dd is horsey stuff. She also needs a new bike and would like straighteners/tongs (although I am reluctant on that front). They are pretty big requests and I will need a couple of smaller ideas.

I am still in my pjs and feeling groggy. I need a brew and a shower and I will be with it again.

Going to be joining with VVV baby steps as 11 week old takes up most of my time but need to get a few more bits and pieces done each day currently have 3 damp loads of washing that need hanging up/tumbling and have stuff and more stuff just everywhere!! Ahhhh

Hang up washing
Wash and sterilise baby bottles
Do rest of washing up

CatsInChaos Sun 02-Sep-12 09:27:39

Morning all, I am also trying to wake up with a coffee. DD had me awake at various times in the night. sad

I will be with you all shortly with today's babystep.

Argh! DS has just found my secret Chocolate. So I had to give him some!

Those who are new to motherhood will realize you don't often get many things for only you --so I and DH have resorted to an occasional Secret bedtime stash of treats (chocolate)-- grin

Welcome to blondiedollface smile. I understand what a challenge it is to get the washing done although my youngest is now 3years. blush It is quite hard to get anything done when you have a young baby so make sure you don't try to do too much. I also guess you won't be getting a full night's sleep either so don't be too hard on yourself! You are very welcome to join us anyway. smile

CatsInChaos Sun 02-Sep-12 09:37:56

***babystep two*****

I am aiming to do this by 10.00 am today. wink

AdoraBell Sun 02-Sep-12 19:05:31

Afternoon everyonegrin, that's a too-much-coffee grin.

Carrots the best word to describe DD1's shopping preference is tat, she loves the cheap costume jewellery and accessories from the likes of Claire's and Accessorize. Also clothes and expensive sports wear. Everlast is apparently the only place to buy a track suit. She also likes to read, mostly young ghost stuff, Skulduggery Pleasant books and similar. Perfume is another essential item, the more expensive the better. champagne taste and tap-water money

T'other one is heavily into art and anything to do with gymnastics. She also likes clothes, but pretty feminin styles as opposed to her sister's jeans, boots and the right top. Another thing she really likes is making jewellery, beads sets etc.

Both feels it's perfectly reasonable to wear make-up of course and cannot understand why I disagree.

Today I've done the laundry wot never got done yesterday and am halfway through cooking roast 'taters and veg to go with griddled chicken. Our clocks changed last night and I'm now confused, so I'm just trundling along sorting clean clothes and prepping food. This "upside down" business still confuses me. Sept and spring in just beginning, new blossom on the trees, our roses have new shoots and DDs are about to finish the first semester of school. But there won't be lambs or calves. Here they arrive with autumn because the summer heat is so intense all the grass burns off.

Well, best get on or lunch will become dinner.

Welcome back scout and welcome to blondiedollface cangratluations on your new baby. I agree with Cats, don't push yourself to get housework done while baby is still so young. Enjoy the time with her and look after yourself.

Thanks Adora - your girls both sound very different. I am aiming not to buy too much this Christmas and to make what I do buy very carefully chosen. Your suggestions are very helpful.

I am increasingly aware that I am a bit in denial about her age and what is appropriate. She starts High School this time next year and I don't want to make a fool of her by keeping her too young but also don't want to hurry her up into adulthood either.

Hello to all the newbies. smile

CatsInChaos Sun 02-Sep-12 19:23:53

Adora is it spring where you are then? confused
We are near the end of our school summer holidays here (in England)

How is everyone?

I have been out most of today and did manage babystep 2 by 10.00 am (pleased) grin
I just need to bring it earlier from now on though and get everyone dressed nearer to eight! hmm 2 days off left now.

CatsInChaos Sun 02-Sep-12 19:42:00

Just thought some people might find this link useful Near the bottom of the page there is some helpful links for parents. smile

Scout19075 Sun 02-Sep-12 21:15:30

I'm itching to get cracking again. blush

CatsInChaos Mon 03-Sep-12 08:54:20

***babystep day 3*****

Just wondered has anyone ever tried joining? <Curious>
I just tried but couldn't confused

Some people warn against joining cause you get loads of emails.

I joined ages ago Cats. You can choose to get one daily email. I have to admit I don't read it though. I waste enough time as it is.

Ds is off today with a fever. I also have a fever so I cleaned out the gpigs and hoovered before my shower which meant I could anticipate a nice cold shower afterwards.

I am now dressed and have put a lot of stuff away that dh didn't know what to do with. I have learned that it is a bad idea to do the food shop when you are tired and premen. I seem to have bought loads of junk blush I will have to hide it. I don't want it now but late Saturday afternoon it seemed like a good idea.

Today's main task is to get through the day without feeling too rank. I need to get a wash on, the dw on, the kitchen table decluttered, Twilight to get her toenails cut and deal with all my friend's ponies. I think that is more than enough for the way I feel right now.

I hope everyone else is healthier.

CatsInChaos Mon 03-Sep-12 10:34:48

Trying to join Big tent.....
What on earth is image text? When I try to copy what is says then send it won't accept it! --unless I'm doing something wrong-- confused

Can anyone help?
<I am curious>

CatsInChaos Mon 03-Sep-12 10:45:51

I have just posted on the Fledglings thread to see if any of them can help about today's babystep.

<wonders where everyone is today and what has happened to Zoo> confused

Morning all

So far I have got up, showered, dressed, dried hair, had breakfast and got a load of sheets in the washer. Then I've been wasting time catching up with friends news on Facebook blush. I haven't even started any work yet! blush blush OK, so now I am going to make a cup of tea and get an hour's work done before lunch!! Any encouragement and kicks in the right direction appreciated!

CamperWidow Mon 03-Sep-12 12:24:18

Cats I really wouldn't bother. It's full of adverts for their cleaning stuff and gushy testamonials (that doesn't look right no matter how I spell it!) about how Flylady has changed Florence in Alabahamas' life, like, forever!!!!
Seriously, this is waaaaaay more support than the e-mails.
Will post lists in a minute, just doing my lunchtime wizz round while the girls are asleep!

Arti!!! Get mooving girl!!!!!!! Ten minutes per room......ready.....steady.....GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello! Sounds like you're all far busier than me today! My mobility is still poor after the last few days though so I'm trying to take it easy.

Ta Das:
Everyone up, washed, dressed and fed
Met my parents for coffee
Lunch made

To Do:
Washing up (I wish I had a dishwasher, I seem to spend so much time washing up!)
At least one load of washing
Parcel to the post office

carrots I hope you feel better soon!

pixiestix Mon 03-Sep-12 13:07:12

Hello! I am a complete FLY newbie and would like to join if you'll have me. My life and flat are a tip but I am determined to get on top of everything.

Today my sink is shining and I am dressed to shoes. smile The only other thing on my list is to make a decent dinner for the family - very small babysteps for me! smile

Scout19075 Mon 03-Sep-12 13:09:06

I managed to not strangle MrScout this morning. We drove home this morning, via the petrol station, Starbucks, the car dealership, MrScout's office and Tesco. Toddler and I only got enough stuff to get us through dinner this evening and I will do a full shop tonight -- I was not about to take Toddler for a full shop (and I mean we have NOTHING in the 'fridge apart from some water, chocolates and condiments) after three hours in the car (it normally takes just under two but all of the extra stops meant more time). We'll need to collect MrScout from work later so early dinner & late bed for Toddler.

I'm slowly unloading the car. I've taken one bag of clothes -- the laundry I washed at the in-laws -- upstairs but haven't put it away since Toddler's having a "I want to be downstairs with my trains/tracks" afternoon. I've brought in his tracks but not his box of accessories (bridges, tunnels, bells, etc). He's happy enough for the moment so I can unpack the other toys/paperwork bags. I managed to get a lot of planning/prep done for our preschool themes and projects/activities for the next few weeks so I need to get them all out and put onto the shelves for easy access.

I'll need to finish downloading all of the holiday pictures for Mom & Dad and harass MrScout about downloading all of the video he took (he took some good shots/movies of Toddler at the beach and on the miniature steam railway -- M&D will be over the moon to see Toddler's expressions and hear how much/well he talks).

I am tired.

Scout19075 Mon 03-Sep-12 13:16:39

Just curious -- is this the list thread, the chat thread or the both thread?

CatsInChaos Mon 03-Sep-12 13:29:47

Hi all, For the mo Scout This is both chat and lists unless we fill it really quickly then we might think about two threads again. wink It's just things went quiet in August so I thought one thread would be o.k. We will see how it

I think my curiosity about today's babystep has gone. --I gave up on it--
I think maybe as others have said there is enough information on the site without joining and --getting drowned by emails-- getting the emails. grin

Welcome pixiestix Just jump aboard. smile

CatsInChaos Mon 03-Sep-12 13:40:19

I am just on a lunch break. --while I try and find some motivation--

Today I have:
Made bed
got dressed (Me and DS)
breakfast (all)
sorted through some paperwork
made lunch for all

Scout19075 Mon 03-Sep-12 14:02:32

I think TS is enjoying being at home & quiet (as in not surrounded by his older/noisier cousins).

CatsInChaos Mon 03-Sep-12 14:07:51

Yes Scout, I can understand that as we had problems with DD when we were away from home. She seems a bit better now in the home environment.

I'm off to see if I can rescue my kitchen. --looks like we nearly used all the cups/plates etc-- blush CHAOS seems to take over after the weekends. hmm

CamperWidow Mon 03-Sep-12 14:09:26

Ta Das;
Up and dressed
beds made
shiny sink
Mother and Toddlers - my snack
2 loads washing in and out on the line
10 minute blitz in kitchen, living room and dining room
What's for tea? - Toad in the hole
hoovered downstairs
Beaver e-mail sent

To do;
sort out plans for Lols b'day tea party

A hi to Puddles and Pixie!
OK - so I did manage an hour of work ( as in work - work, not housework) made and ate lunch, got sheets out on line and another lot of washing into washer ( I'm washing my winter coat- think I may need it far sooner than I'd like to!). Ive empties bins and recycling bags. Everything still feels very slow and I am very achy today. I've got one lesson prepped for this evening and have another to go. Heads down for another hour of work-work!
Pixie and Puddles - it sounds like you are making a great start. Hope everyone gets the stuff done that they need to today!

AdoraBell Mon 03-Sep-12 15:34:39

afternoon all

Cats it is indeed spring here, we are almost exactly the opposite side of the planet .

Carrots yes, my two are like chalk and cheese.

not much done yet today, its only 11.30 here.

normal morning routine
Dw emptied and on again
WM on service wash
descaled the kettle
made fruit jellies for pack lunches
top up breakfast for OH
checked news on line
my breakfast

really must get on and clear the kitchen and futility

i shall update later, hello to Newbies and well done to Scout for not strangling MrScout.

Scout19075 Mon 03-Sep-12 15:37:46

Toddler feels warm and has pink cheeks. He's desperately gnawing on everything he can. He's also been on my lap for nearly two hours. We're gorging on cuddles and cartoons.

CatsInChaos Mon 03-Sep-12 15:48:19

I have rescued some of the kitchen, will get back to it in a bit! grin --after a coffee break--
I have also fed cat and cleaned out and refilled cat litter tray.
I have even cleaned some of the cupboard doors so going well today!

CatsInChaos Mon 03-Sep-12 15:55:45

HERE** are the zones for September if anyone fancies having a go. smile

<allowing myself to be distracted from work>
Scout - have you tried peeling a carrot and letting him gnaw on that. It works really well if it has been in the fridge and is really cool (tip I learned from a friend who is a paediatric nurse!)

Scout19075 Mon 03-Sep-12 16:24:49

Thanks arti. I'll try again but every time I give TS a raw carrot to eat he looks at it like it's just landed from the moon despite loving steamed carrots. I'm going to Tesco tonight so I'll get a carrot to try tomorrow.

I asked him if he was happy to be home and he said "oh yes." He seems content to be by himself again. I think by the end of the week with his cousins he was fed up (they are load, overbearing, grabby and not very gentle with toys and the only toys they played with were Toddler's).

I feel like I have so much to do but don't know where to start. I'm going to shine my sink & stove tonight and start with a proper to do list tomorrow along with some flinging, etc.

I didn't manage all of my to do list, I didn't get to the post office. But that's because I had to run (metaphorically speaking, obviously!) to the supermarket and while there I discovered that they were selling raspberries reduced to 50p a punnet. So I bought loads and spent the last part of the afternoon making jam! I now have a dozen or so jars cooling in the kitchen. smile That'll do us over the winter.

Scout I second the carrot suggestion, it always worked a treat with DD! So did sticks of cucumber, might he prefer that?

carrots how are you feeling now?

I am feeling like I am on the mend thanks smile Hopefully it will either go away or just be a cold brewing.

I got all of my to do list done except decluttering the kitchen table and hanging the washing that I have washed blush

In my defence the plumber appeared and was here until 8.45pm (poor man) so it was a bit tricky to get some things done.

I also got quite a few jewellery making bits and bobs sorted out and mostly made so that was progress too grin

Scout19075 Mon 03-Sep-12 22:51:06

I am not off to a good start. sad

Tomorrow is another day Scout. Today was a tough day to start to be fair.

I am getting myself pampered tomorrow (haircut and eyelash tint). I haven't had my haircut since early May (possibly April) so it is loooooong overdue and my eyelashes are invisible (true blonde).

Is getting your hair and eyelashes done a flylady something? I am sure she had a section on personal grooming wink

AdoraBell Tue 04-Sep-12 03:12:30

Hair and lashes, that's two job surely Carrots wink

I didn't leap into action today, felt too weary. OH has a "probably virus" and I'm beginning to feel a bit under the weather too now.

So, kitchen and futility still need doing, but I did make a cake and get shopping and refuell the car and feed the dogs and do the school run and make dinner. Also found time, at last, to e-mail friends. Tomorrow I realy must get some real cleaning done, and try to go the gym.

CatsInChaos Tue 04-Sep-12 03:23:36

Morning all, (knows it is far too early)

carrots How did you cope with years of sleep disturbance? (Hope I have this right). DD has had me up 3 times so far tonight. sad

Does anyone else with a 3 year old or older child still get woken up every night?
Not sure if this is common or if it's just my DD. confused
It could be separation anxiety, or it could be eczema or just that her nappy has disturbed her (might need to be changed). She has now gone back to sleep but I am awake. I have put her cream on in case it was eczema. If she wakes again, I will change her nappy.
I will try to go back to bed soon. No school run today but I was going to get up early to practice for tomorrow. --I think I will forget about that now as I NEED sleep--

If anyone gets on here before me (after this post) pleases could you do today's link, thanks.

Hopes everyone is o.k.

CamperWidow Tue 04-Sep-12 08:24:15

OK, Babystep 4

Ta da;
up and dressed
breakfasted all 3 of us
beds made
shiny sink

To do;
sort out playdate
pack a picnic
invite little people for Lols party next week
rescue the living/dining rooms again
Todays Mission
Any 3 from the detailed cleaning list
start collating Beaver details
write out detailed weekly plans for Beavers
what's for tea

CatsInChaos Tue 04-Sep-12 08:33:25

Thanks Camper, smile

<gets large coffee followed by orange juice>

<tries to get head round what needs doing today>

pixiestix Tue 04-Sep-12 08:38:55

Morning all. Crappy sink and still in pjs so I need to up my game a bit today confused

Oh dear Cats. It's torture. I really sympathise. I coped by putting on loads of weight and becoming addicted to Pepsi Max. I wouldn't recommend the same course of action grin

Adora sorry to hear you feel ropey. I hope you didn't get it from us. We all have a cold now so it was obviously that horrible bit at the start of a cold working on us.

So far all I have done today is to make the dcs and dh scrambled eggs and toast and got myself washed and dressed.

I have also heard ds do his reading which was an exercise in extreme patience and I got dd to put the gpigs out on the grass for the day.

I am off to hunt out a vest top as my top is a bit lower cut than is polite shock

cakebot Tue 04-Sep-12 08:49:12

Hi all,
So far today I have done tabletops and floors in kitchen, hung load of laundry up outside in the hope of sun, had toddler follow me outside and tread loads of wet grass all over newly swept kitchen so am about to start again. I did sweep the ceiling in the kitchen before I looked up todays mission- I must be psychic! I'm too scared to look on to of the fridge just in case I'm growing mushrooms up there or something!
Oh yeah two of us are washed and dressed. Toddler (yes, again) has taken all his clothes off, so is sitting in his nappy, but he'll be dressed in a minute!

Might do a bit more in kitchen today. Do we need to stick post it notes all over the place? I might just write it down in a book!

Scout19075 Tue 04-Sep-12 08:53:34

Cats, Toddler regularly wakes in the night, too, after months of sleeping through. And when he was sleeping through I was on drugs that kept me awake/from decent sleep (it made me exhausted but an insomniac at the same time -- stupid drugs, not looking forward to those side effects again). Nights like last night I think Toddler was sleep-walking -- he came RUNNING into our room and bed like he was being chased and was promptly asleep curled up practically under me. Other nights it's two hours of up-and-down. I must admit I get cross and crabby then but am usually okay-ish in the morning if I can get more than two hours of sleep in that period.

Have realized that next month my baby turns three. Three! shock I do have until the end of the month but still, it seems funny to say "oh, TS will be three next month" when asked how old he is.

Back in a minute to post lists.

Cats DD is 3.2 and still wakes up in the night, usually from nightmares or because she's dropped her teddy. What with her and an 8mo DS who rarely sleeps more than 90 minutes at a time I'm shattered!

Ta Das:
Everyone up and fed
Washing up done
Sink shined

To Do:
Bath the kids
Dress (in that order, bathtime gets a bit splashy!)
Put nametapes in a t-shirt, leggings and knickers for DD to take to preschool tomorrow
Put nametape in her bag
Do a load of washing
Put dry washing away
Prepare dinner

Scout19075 Tue 04-Sep-12 10:30:15

To Dos and Ta Dahs:

Toddler & I up
Toddler & I dressed
Toddler breakfasted
dishes washed up
pots & pans washed up
stove top washed
large clothes bag, trains accessories box and new star poster brought in from car
postcards hung on Toddler's door
star poster hung in Toddler's room
Ss pictures created; collage done and two coloring pages (start of alphabet reinforcement since he already knows his alphabet we're making things that start with each letter to do informal phonics because he's showing interest)
Ss pictures hung
Ss pictures have photo taken and uploaded for grandparents
holiday pictures uploaded for grandparents
emails sent to MrScout: perfume link, wedgits link, pictures printing question
call for hair appointment
follow up with hospital (re: drugs)
take out recycling
empty clothes bag (put away clothes, put away bag)
fling: downstairs, upstairs
declutter 15 minutes: downstairs, upstairs
town: collect package (we have a mystery package that arrived while we were away)
what's for dinner: take sausages from freezer
what's for dinner Wednesday: take chicken from freezer
emails: HE friend re: meet-up, Guiding friend re: meet-up, grandparents re: photos of holiday, grandparents re: photos of Ss

I swear there's more but can't find my hand-written in my notebook list at the moment (I think it's buried in art supplies from this morning's project making with Toddler).

We're a one-car family at the moment and I told MrScout to take the car since my work at keeping Toddler awake until regular bedtime was ruined within five minutes of being in the car at 5:30 which resulted in TS still being awake at 9 p.m. last night. Town will require walking and I think Toddler has caught his cousin's cold so will be breaking out the stroller in a bit.

Morning all! Yet another slow morning for me, but not quite as bad as yesterday. I'm just off to make myself a cup of tea and do an hours work. I really need to do at least 6 hours of actual work-work today. Only one student to teach, but more lessons to prep, tax return to complete [yawn] and want to watch a bbc programme about dyslexia ( on iplayer) as well as reading some stuff on business plans in an attempt to plan how to extend my business [exciting but not sure whether what I plan is viable financially]

Scout you probably know these websites but just in case:
Starfall and Kent literacy

Loads of early phonics activities - and free too!

CatsInChaos Tue 04-Sep-12 11:35:17

I feel like I am failing big style today. (Still sat here in pj's)
I just want to bury my head under the duvet and ignore today --ain't gonna happen--
All I have done is eat and drink and feed the DC.

Sorry all, don't want to drag you down. Just having a down day.

Please feel free to ignore!

I have far too many days like that too Cats. Don't beat yourself up about it. Is anything the matter or are you just having a tough day?

I've just seen Scout's to do list - I feel like I'm slacking! shock

CatsInChaos Tue 04-Sep-12 11:46:26

Just over tired I guess but also worried about how on earth I will get everyone up and ready for the school run tomorrow morning especially if DD won't let me get enough sleep.

CatsInChaos Tue 04-Sep-12 11:48:26

Joyful, some of us have been doing Flylady for month's so please don't worry if you don't get much done.

I certainly won't be doing much today wink

CatsInChaos Tue 04-Sep-12 11:54:28

I have just about decide "What's for dinner" tonight --cause we don't have a lot off food left-- (need to go shopping later) and I have made my bed but that is about all I have done.

I will make myself get dressed soon. DS will have friends calling for him before long so I like to be dressed before he goes out of the house incase anything was to happen.

Cats - can you spend some time today getting as many things possible organised for tomorrow - uniforms laid out, your clothes laid out, bags in hall with PE kit etc, packed lunches ready in fridge; you could even put out breakfast things in readiness (may be a step too far). Allow extra time tonight for baths/ stories etc so that you can do it in a relaxed way but still get them to bed early? If you have a shower tonight you won't feel like you need to have one first thing tomorrow? I'd scrap flylady today and just do the stuff that will make life much easier for you tomorrow morning. IT might help you to feel calmer and less stressed about it?

pixiestix Tue 04-Sep-12 11:59:40

I'm having a down day too Cats. Well, not down so much as panicky. I feel really overwhelmed by everything. Not even sure what to put on my to do list as there is just too MUCH to do. Its making me feel quite ill.

That is a very impressive list Scout!

Sorry for everyone with a cold. DD has one too. It doesn't feel right having a cold when the sun is shining! confused

Ta Das
Me and DD dressed
Sink shiny
Dinner in the slow cooker
A load of washing done and on the line

To Do
Take DD to the park
Buy more cleaning products!
15 min declutter of my bedroom which is my most terrifying hotspot

CatsInChaos Tue 04-Sep-12 12:03:24

Must go - world war 3 has broken out between the kids sad

<confesses> Just allowed myself to be distracted on MN for 30 minutes again

Refocussing to try and "get on!"

Hello everyone!

<flutters eyelashes and flicks hair>

<hugs Cats and shares chocolate>

CamperWidow Tue 04-Sep-12 13:45:12

Oooh! Carrots!!! Looks niiiiiice! Loving the purple and orange streaks.....and how did you get your eyelashes that vivid green??? grin

Ok, have sorted through the girls toys and de-cluttered a load upstairs into the wooden chest. Wanted to 'lose' a few on the way but Lol spotted me. Also, play date friend wanted to paint so now the dining room table is de-cluttered too! Bonus!!

Don't know what to do for tea. About to trawl MN for inspiration!!

Scout19075 Tue 04-Sep-12 14:06:52

<<Sneaks some of carrots chocolates before Cats can eat the entire box>>

Loving the streaks, carrots. wink

I am quickly running out of steam.

I've baked brownies... It wasn't on my list but it only takes 5 minutes to bung together and I needed the motivation of having something nice to go with my mid-afternoon cuppa!

Clocking in again to try and get another hour of work done!
Have had lunch and tidied the kitchen a little and watched time team

PS - I think carrots eyelashes are more of a dragonfly turquoise than green, but the half-shaved, half-permed look for her hair is pure genius!!

Scout19075 Tue 04-Sep-12 14:20:19

To Dos and Ta Dahs (Updated):

emails sent to MrScout: pictures printing question
call for hair appointment
follow up with hospital (re: drugs)
take out recycling (with Toddler help)
empty clothes bag (put away clothes, put away bag)
fling: downstairs, upstairs
declutter 15 minutes: downstairs, upstairs
town: collect package (we have a mystery package that arrived while we were away)
emails: Guiding friend re: meet-up
good play on the playground on the way home from the post office
lunch made and eaten (though really should go wash up)
email sent to organizer of 20 year high school reunion (I am NOT that old, I refuse to be!)

I am tired.

Toddler needs a bum change so think I might convince him he wants to play upstairs for a while so I can sort through the clothes from holiday. Not only do we have our usual stuff but my MiL spoiled Toddler with lots of new clothes, some of which we knew would be too big and are to be put in the "grow into" box (we always have some things in the next size for when they're needed). She also wants me to check that Toddler's new robe/dressing gown fits and to try his winter coat (she bought it two winters ago and we got two years of wear out of it but think he'll need a new one this year and she's offered to get one if he does). How I wish Toddler would nap so I could rest but if he were to nap now bedtime would be shot.

Some pointy-stick me, please.

AdoraBell Tue 04-Sep-12 14:38:26

<pokes Artie with pointy stick>


Don't look at as one big mess, break it down. Do one small area and move to another room.

I'm off to make brownies for later

AdoraBell Tue 04-Sep-12 14:40:13

<Realises mistake, redirects pointy stick in Scouts direction, sorry Artie>

S'alright, I need a pointy stick too! Just compiling Verbal Reasoning questions for an 11+ student and messing on MN

i will just jab pointy sticks at everyone. glad you like the lashes. i do have friend with the half curly half shaved look. her hair is naturally really curly and she lives in a hot climate so has it shaved underneath round the neck. you cant tell unless she ties it up as it is so thick. we used to go to the rock and metal clubs together about twenty years ago and the hairstyle has stuck.
i bought two big plastic drawer units in asda today to store the stuff i have gathered for a car boot sale. i figure that once this lot is sold a new lot will appear so having a specific place for it might help.
ds was given a bag of a friends sons outgrown clothes so we have some bigger things and can start weeding out more small stuff without leaving him withi nothing.
other than sorting that out not much has happened and i am out now until about seven i think.

Scout19075 Tue 04-Sep-12 16:22:17

Toddler's flagging. I'm grateful the Train DVDs are still in the car (with MrScout) or he'd be on my lap asleep watching them.

Scout19075 Tue 04-Sep-12 16:25:26

Toddler's new robe is lovely and fits and should last the winter. I slipped it on and he said "ooooohhhhhh, fuzzy!" in a very appreciative way. grin Tried on his winter coat. I'm not sure. It seems to fit now but I think if I put a sweatshirt on underneath in January it might not. I had him put his arms out in front of him and the cuffs inched up past his wrists (not much but it was noticeable to me). To those with older-than-Toddler children, do I say "yes please" to the new coat or try to eek the current one out another year? (It was big the first year and fit last year with room for layers.)

CatsInChaos Tue 04-Sep-12 16:50:41

Just checking in while I have a brew.

Feeling a little better now. (Sorry about my moaning earlier) I don't cope well with lack of sleep.
DD and I have stayed awake all day so no naps yet. I may have to get her dinner done soon incase she falls asleep early.
DS did go out to play so I got dressed too.
Anyway I found a tad of energy and hoovered the living room and done some more paperwork shredding/sorting.

I will probably spend the rest of today preparing stuff for tomorrow.

Not that I have children, Scout, but from observation/experiences of friends and family, I think you have been lucky to get 2 years wear out of one coat. How about maybe taking a raincheck on the new coat until December or January, if you think the old one will do till then and then seeing if you can get him a new one (maybe in the sales!) that will hopefully last him the following winter as well?

AdoraBell Tue 04-Sep-12 18:11:02

No need to apologise Cats, sleep deprivation is a form torture you knowwink.

I can't vacuum, OH is asleep. I'll have to go out for the school run soonish. Laundry's done, half the kitchen is clear. OH polishes the granite with car polish, leaves it nice 'n' shiny I don't like the idea, so I clean and he polishes.

Currently eating brownies <leaves brownies to share> will pop back in when I've made some actual progress.

Hurrah! I've done everything on today's list! I have also discovered that I have bags and bags and bags of secondhand and outgrown baby clothes, as well as 3 years worth of DD's clothes. confused I shall attempt to sort through it all over the next few evenings but I have some mending to do tonight so it will have to wait.

arti that's a really good suggestion about the coat. And thanks for the reminder Scout, I haven't got DD a winter coat yet. Her old one lasted 2 winters but she has very definitely outgrown it now!

Cats don't worry about it, I don't think anyone copes particularly well with sleep deprivation.

pixiestix Tue 04-Sep-12 20:01:09

Glad you are feeling a bit better Cats.

I would say yes to the coat Scout if it is being offered. If the size you have got now fits him at a push then the next size up should do this winter and next too.

Scout I tend to buy Winter coats too big so that we get two Winters out of them and then buy a new one but hang on to the old one for one more Winter. They make a handy spare if the new one gets really wet or you know you are going to a farm or similar where you know it will get filthy. It buys you time basically for drying things out over the Winter. I would say, "That would be so helpful! Thank you!" to the offer of a new one and buy it on the big side, which it sounds like you do.

I am on a mission to buy as little as possible for my children for this Winter. I have been horrified by the immaculate condition of the clothes I have sold on ebay this year. I would rather buy less and it look like rags, fit only for the recycling, than feel the shame of the wasted cash again.

bessie26 Tue 04-Sep-12 21:04:05

Hello everyone! I am totally failing to keep up with the thread these days, but thought I had better show my face!

scout I only buy new anything coats when they no longer fit so would stick with the current one as long as possible - could they get TS one for xmas instead?
btw, will TS soon be known as PSS (Pre-School Scout?) grin

Thanks for the links arti - they look great

<waves at all the new people>

<admires carrots new look>

Sorry, I have forgotten everything else that has been said - hope the back to school thing goes/is going well for everyone? I have a year left before that stress!

DH & I are off work this week to decorate the living room. The girls were at their GPs today so we got loads done. I managed to fit in a really good clean of their rooms - moved all the furniture to vacuum etc - also finally got round to putting furniture polish on their curtain rails so the damn things don't stick any more! <yay!>

Scout19075 Tue 04-Sep-12 21:31:28

I think MiL is thinking of getting a coat around now to ensure selection and size availability. I'll have her go big again so we can get lots of use and I'll keep hold of his current one in case (it's a case of it fits now, in just a tee-shirt, but not sure how it would fit with a sweatshirt underneath seeing as we've gone up a size in shirts/sweatshirts and don't think it'll fit with anything more than a tee in January). The hood doesn't cover his head any more. I feel guilty that I have yet to buy Toddler a coat -- MiL always seems to get there first and it makes her happy. His first coat, when he was BabyScout, was one I cooed over in a catalogue while pregnant and she gave it to me as one of my birthday presents. I'm still impressed we got two good, full years out of his current winter coat.

MrScout came home unwell so hasn't eaten his dinner. I think it's cooled enough now that I can wrap it up and Toddler & I can eat it for lunch tomorrow (sausages & mash).

Bessie, I'm thinking on Toddler's birthday of starting to call him SmallBoyScout (SBS or SB for SmallBoy). I affectionately call him Small Boy now (in RL) so it would be an easy transition for me. However, like I said, I'm waiting until his birthday because I think at 2.10 I can still get away with calling him Toddler and I'm not ready to admit my baby is no longer a baby or a toddler.

I think I might go to bed before 10 tonight a rare treat.

bessie26 Tue 04-Sep-12 21:38:14

SB sounds good scout - I love campers names for her little ones too - I have tried to think of ones for mine, but nothing ever sticks apart from monkey1 & monkey2 - which are hardly original! grin

I love all the new name options for TS. My ds is called "WeeMan" very naturally by the majority of the family and he is 7. I suspect he will be "WeeMan" even if he is a 6'4" 40 year old man! shock

I think you can't consciously name them bessie. Names just happen over the natural course of things. My parents call me "Sunshine" and "Chicken" and no one can remember why. The chicken is affectionate not a reference to being a coward btw.

My dbro was occasionally still "WeeMan" until ds came along - although there were protests by then - he was 35 or 36. He has other nicknames too but they would well and truly out me as they are widely used and distinctive.

Scout19075 Tue 04-Sep-12 21:46:46

I like BoyScout since that's what they are in the US -- Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts -- so I giggle whenever I see it. But Toddler is still a little boy or a small boy so SmallBoyScout seems to make the most sense to me.

He really grew up on holiday -- he seemed to physically grow but there were leaps and bounds in his vocabularly, sentence structure, thought process and confidence (though he's always been fairly confident). So really I should stop calling him Toddler because he doesn't behave like a toddler any more (bar the occasional tantrum) but I'm just not ready to give up the name!

Scout19075 Tue 04-Sep-12 21:48:35

MrScout and I are the only ones that call Toddler "Small Boy." Everyone else uses one of the three variations of his name (including his proper Christian name). MiL calls us all various terms of affection like "Ducks" and "sweetheart."

I knew I was getting on a bit when my dMIL switched from calling me "flower" to calling me "hen". shock

CatsInChaos Wed 05-Sep-12 06:47:34

Morning all, smile
babystep 5

I have a busy day lined up today so might not get on here much.

Hope everyone has a good day!

I love the nicknames! My two have nicknames but they're fairly distinctive so I shan't disclose them. I get very odd looks when I call them in the supermarket though! grin

My to do list is rather short today - after an abominable night with DS I have lost most of my mobility and am back on the crutches. So my list looks something like this:

Make sure everyone has breakfast
Get everyone dressed
Take DD to preschool for the first time
Try not to cry (at least until I'm out of her sight)
Go to friend's for coffee
Pick DD up from preschool
Do a load of washing
Possibly visit DH's nan
Prepare dinner

I hope you all have a good day!

Scout19075 Wed 05-Sep-12 08:48:03

Toddler was up most of the night with this stupid cold that I blame his cousins for. He seems chirpy enough but I can see the "I'm so tired" look in his eyes and movements. We're meant to be going to the playground with a friend but I've given her the option to cancel if she doesn't want to expose her two to germ-ridden Toddler (though her two seem to have had it last week). I think a bit of fresh air will do TS good, though, so will go out at some point.

Morning everyone! Sorry to hear about your bad nights and joyfuls mobility. I hope the day improves for you all.

Ta Das:
washed and dressed
fed dcs porridge for breakfast <shines halo>
got dcs to school
fed two ponies and put them out for a few hours
got guinea pigs onto the grass
tidied up kitchen a bit
cleaned worktops
cleaned vanity in bathroom
went to weekly market in village
cleaned out veg drawer in fridge
made chilli - now in slow cooker
roasting apples for apple crumble as I type
put a wash on

To Dos:
fold and put away dry washing
Hang washing and decide if there is room for another load
declutter kitchen table - MUST be done as it is driving me mad
after school madness of ponies, music lessons, kids haircuts etc
finish crumble - making it - not eating it - although I might do that too grin

Scout19075 Wed 05-Sep-12 14:28:57

We went to the playground this morning. Came home for lunch and TS is asleep on my lap. He's stuffed up and wheezy. I'm tempted to lay him in bed for a proper rest but I love holding a sleeping Toddler.

CamperWidow Wed 05-Sep-12 14:45:10

Howdy doodee all!!!!

My two have variations on their names; Lollipop/Lolliboo/Lols and Muddles/Maloo, but they also get sweetheart/darling/pet/oi you/doodle-bop/noodle

Ta das;
Up and dressed - all 3
beds made
breakfasted - all 3
shiny sink
wm on
washing out to dry
new 'Wendy Club' visited! Run at the local school, it's like a pre pre-school!
both girls down for sleep
kitchen cupboard doors wiped
kitchen floor wiped over
swipe and shine in the bathroom
Beaver e-mails sent
Beaver plan for September typed up

To do;
hoover at some point
what's for tea
go and see if we can find any elderberries this afternoon

I'm sure there's more stuff I need to do, but am taking it chilled and relaxed at the mo, no need to add stress where there ain't none!!!

We ate round the table last night for the first time since Muddles came along! I had slowly been de-cluttering the table and yesterday our playdate wanted to do some painitng so the table had to be completly cleared and so I just put everything else away!!! It was soooo nice! Would have been better if Muddles hadn't gone 'ping' (as in past it, like ping, the microwave's done!) as we then had to scrabble a bit but it was lovely.

Had a big clear out of Lols toys too. We have a big wooden chest in Muddles room so I put Lols toys that are too young for her but too old for Muddles in and tidied up what was still downstairs. Scout I know what you mean about birthdays! I can't believe Lollipop will be three on Monday! Scary stuff, especially as Muddles will be one next month too!!! shock

Scout19075 Wed 05-Sep-12 15:32:50

Toddler napped for about 15 minutes. I bet if I tried to put him into bed he'd still be asleep. I hope those 15 minutes didn't ruin bedtime. He looks so tired and unwell. sad I'm considering not going to the first swimming class of term tomorrow if he still looks/sounds like this in the morning. Though, to be fair, Toddler was fine this morning and at the playground. It's since lunch that he seems to be struggling a bit.

We still did "S is for snail" today and made a snail out of foam (using the letter S as the main shape). Toddler seems to like it.

Hello again!

Sorry to hear TS is struggling Scout.

Dd came out of school in tears - she got into trouble for chatting at school. She hasn't really been in trouble much (I can only think of one incident which was last year and totally out of character). I spoke to her teacher and she is obviously starting out with a sharp shock tactic to get them in order. It has certainly shocked dd. I am right behind the teacher though. [evil mum] grin

AdoraBell Wed 05-Sep-12 19:10:08

My not so little anymore little ones are either Cherubs or Munchkins.

Other than my normal routine I've been out all day running errands. Just seen Dr re my recent check-up and he said I'm perfect. So it's official nowgrin , of course being a cardiologist he was only interested in 1 muscle, but I'm still very pleased with the verdict.

Still to do

Collect DD1 from school
Another couple of errands
Collect DD2 from school
Dinner, OH has instructions to defrost fish - if he forgets we'll be having rice n veg.
Prep tomorrow's packed lunches
Navigate BUPA's website to get claim forms
Walk dogs, Dr's orderswink

Scout19075 Wed 05-Sep-12 21:11:01

I am tired.

CamperWidow Wed 05-Sep-12 21:17:31

Go to bed then! grin

bessie26 Wed 05-Sep-12 21:47:32

I am in bed blogging & drinking wine grin - as we are on holiday, DH decided we were allowed to drink all week! <hic>

We got the woodwork painted & the first coat of paint on the living room walls today - a couple more coats tomorrow & we should be done. Just need to find new curtains to match (suggestions welcomed!)

Scout19075 Wed 05-Sep-12 22:18:57

I've just done the washing up. I'll do the pan in the morning when I can face it. Still need to pack up for swimming, just in case.

I love the paint colour bessie. What colour is the furniture in the room? That would also influence my curtain colour/pattern choice.

I am getting jumpy about dh putting things on the newly unearthed kitchen table. He has been warned. Ds's homework is on it and I will tolerate that but dh sorts his paperwork into piles and just leaves it. I think he has got the hint though wink

I was hoping dh would do the dw tonight but he hasn't [boo emoticon] I really can't face it now so I will have a stinky morning making a packed lunch with a pile of dirty dishes around me. hmm

AdoraBell Thu 06-Sep-12 02:24:02

Carrots hope DD got over her upset, teachers are rotten aren't they?wink last year one of mine got a written warning for speaking during a test. The teacher was very apologetic as she's normally such a goody two shoes model pupil, but he had to do things properly.

Well, dinner has been eaten, two dogs walked, Pirate and Teddy Bear. They have become a little chubby since the puppies arrived, too many biscuits because it turns out all four of us have been giving them treats instead of just me or OH. Shopping has been brought in but not sorted, at least the non-perishables are yet to be sorted. DW will go on when I've had my half a brownie. The costumes I bought are small which means I have to drive all the way back on Friday to change them. Tomorrow will be a full on cleaning day so that I can just whip round on Friday and have the house nice for the weekend. Bathrooms were S&S'd but need a proper clean.

Forgot to say, DDs are also at times called, depending what's happening Horrid Children, Cheeky Monkey, Mad Scientist and their particular favourite - savage! That's in addition to the usual, darling, honey, sweetie pie type references. When I am particularly tired DD2 gets called by OH's name, which always gets a laughblush

<leaves fresh coffee/tea and banana cake for brekkies>

CatsInChaos Thu 06-Sep-12 06:45:48

<Drinks coffee and munches banana cake> grin

<Leaves chocolate for everyone>

CatsInChaos Thu 06-Sep-12 06:52:05

babystep 6

I am gradually getting the hang of this one but I still have a few piles of stuff that need sorting. It is a never ending problem as far as I can see.

All went well yesterday! smile

bessie26 Thu 06-Sep-12 07:24:34

Glad you like thecolour carrots! It looked great before I went to bed last night, hopefully it will still look at good in the daylight today! the carpet & sofa are both a kind of creamy-beige colour. We don't want to replace either as they will just get trashed by the kids (DD1 has just discovered the joys of drawing on the furniture angry) The current curtains are red, so they are going to have to go!

I'm also hoping I get chance to do some serious decluttering today as it's my last day at home without the DC.

bessie26 Thu 06-Sep-12 07:59:50

Hotspots are defo never-ending cats <sigh> I am trying to keep mine down to two downstairs - one in the kitchen & one by the front door. Anything that gets left elsewhere gets moved to one of those places. It might mean that I have a tower of crap by the front door (*carrots*, I put all DH's abandonded paperworkinto a box there!), but at least it's just in one place!

CatsInChaos Thu 06-Sep-12 09:17:05

I started the day feeling like this grin and in the space of 2 hours DD has reduced me to feeling like thissad.
She was walking at slower than snails pace on the school run and also fell over and put her teeth through her top lip. Poor little dot! sad My nerves are shattered and I have a head ache.
Her lip seems to be fine now but bled a little when it happened.

<Wanders off in search of chocolate>

Morning all. I got off to a good start today by really sitting down to organise myself, make comprehensive to-do list for both work and home (I had loads of random bits or paper with different lists on that needed consolidating) and setting up a concertina file for personal paperwork that is still "pending" in some way, rather than leaving it all lying around. I now feel really organised so have celebrated by spending the last hour procrastinating! blush

Scout19075 Thu 06-Sep-12 13:02:57

Took Toddler to swimming. It was a long, hard work home of every third step it was in the stroller and every fourth step out again. ARGH! I only took it because I thought he'd be tired after swimming (and he's only about 90% instead of the usual 100%/happy-chappy that runs). He was VERY excited to be back in the pool (and had been begging for swimming all week).

CatsInChaos Thu 06-Sep-12 13:39:19

Headache gone now, and DD is o.k.
I have cleaned some windows and got 1 load of washing on the line.

Scout glad TSenjoyed swimming. Walking with a toddler can take a while can't it.

arti Glad you are doing well

How's everyone else?

bessie26 Thu 06-Sep-12 15:49:17

Glad DD is ok cats

scout it usually takes me 15min to walk to the Drs - last time I walked with DD1 it took us 45mins! I swear we must have looked to see if there was a ladybird in every single garden on the way!

arti - your concertina filing system might be just what I need to try to stop the beside-the-front-door hotspot expanding any more!

We have put 2 more coats of paint on the walls. When we cleared away the dustsheets we realised that the carpet is a bit pinker than we realised & may have to go <bugger> DH is painting the radiator now & I have collapsed on the bed - I am exhausted! I wanted us to pop out & look for curtains, but I don't think we will get chance before we have to pick the girls up from nursery.

Scout19075 Thu 06-Sep-12 16:12:02

It took 15 minutes to walk two houses and cross the street. ARGH.

Scout19075 Thu 06-Sep-12 17:06:33

Toddler is COVERED in paint. He's had a whale of a time.

CatsInChaos Thu 06-Sep-12 19:09:28

Scout I hope toddler is o.k. What kind of paint was it?

Would someone be kind enough to temporarily take over the thread?
We have had a family bereavement (not an immediate relative) but still someone who I have known all my life. He was elderly so it was kind of not a big shock, still sad sad though.
I'm not quite sure that I am thinking clearly.


bessie26 Thu 06-Sep-12 22:14:33

Sorry to hear your sad news cats sad - I'm sure that someone will manage to do the linkies - I would volunteer to do it every day, but I'm off on holiday next week & then back to work so won't get time to join in the thread as much.

Is anyone any good at interior design? I've posted a pic of my lovely green living room on my profile - any suggestions for colours/ideas for curtains/carpets would be welcomed. We're thinking maybe dark grey-ish or dark-red curtains & a light grey-ish carpet (with perhaps a colourful rug) - does that sound awful? (I can handle the truth!)

Oh Cats sad I am very sorry to hear of your loss. ((((hugs))))

I am not very reliable on the popping in and links just now. I will be in everyday eventually though. Why don't we make it the first person who gets to it each day for now?

bessie I am off to look at your profile. My instincts make me want to suggest something leafy but I haven't looked yet.

Back again! What a fab room bessie. I would def be inclined to choose something fresh like cream or beige background with tones of green leaf on them.

I think the green is too yellowy for red myself. I do think the grey sounds good but I would do grey with greens and would make it quite a pale grey.

Our living room is a similar green with a very pale beige carpet. Our sofa and curtains are dark green. I find it too much solid colour and really wish my curtains had a pattern to lift and lighten it.

Oh, oh, oh!

Would dark chocolate brown go with the green bessie?

I am not generally a brown fan but I think it might work here.

bessie26 Thu 06-Sep-12 23:45:03

thanks for looking carrots! I am thinking the same as you - I think with walls that bright, you need something quite plain-ish coloured, but with a green pattern in to link in to the walls.

I did suggest chocolate brown (I once had a green & brown bikini which I LOVED because & it always reminded me of mint aeros <yum>), but DH poo-pooed it! - when I google "living room ideas, green", loads suggest a chocolate brown, but DH is not so keen, although he said a more "earthy" brown like this sofa (which I think is grey) would be ok.

He liked the colour of this sofa, but although I would be happy to have a rug in that colour, I think curtains like that would be OTT! I was hoping to drag him around Next /the Range to look at curtains today, but ran out of time so will have to wait until we get back from hols. The other annoyance is that because of it being a bay window we can't do the easy tab-top curtains & will probably end up having to get made to measure ones <sobs>

AdoraBell Fri 07-Sep-12 01:14:37

Sorry for your loss cats

CatsInChaos Fri 07-Sep-12 18:27:21

Thanks for your kind words. I am o.k. Think it was a bit of a shock although we new he was ill for some time. My head was in a muddle yesterday but I feel a little better today.

How is everyone else?

I'm gonna check out today's babystep in a mo as I haven't looked at Flylady yet today.

CatsInChaos Fri 07-Sep-12 18:33:31

babystep 7 This is one you do in the evening anyway so that was good timing!

CatsInChaos Fri 07-Sep-12 18:37:54

Today I have been to art class, and done some more paperwork shredding also the usual stuff like cook dinner.

<Reminder to self: Must wash DD's Nursery uniform>

bessie26 Fri 07-Sep-12 21:41:48

Have you washed it yet cats? How long has she had to wear a uniform for nursery? I bet she must look very cute in it?! grin
I'm not sure if I'm pleased or not that DD1 doesn't have to wear one for her pre-school - it would (possibly) save us having the endless discussions on what she is going to wear (I make my fly-baby pick her clothes out the night before, but she often changes her mind in the morning <sigh>), but perhaps it would cause even more arguments!

I am glad you are feeling better Cats.

I have been on the go all day. I am shattered but it has been a good day.

bessie Next have curtains a bit like the sofa you linked to. I love them. They would be pretty full on though - lively rather than sanctuary in atmosphere. We have a bay as well which is why I am stuck with our plain dark green boring curtains. They are in great condition and cost a bomb so I have to live with the boredom.

AdoraBell Fri 07-Sep-12 23:55:48

Cats glad you're feeling better.

I've had another day running round doing errands. Started off with some me time (coffee with a friend), then had to go back to the capital to change a dress, get tights, look for tri-colour hair accessories (nice lady at the haberdasher's is making something for me -very cheap) quick bite the eat followed by a quick coffee with OH, then more running around after collecting DDs & a friend.

Other than that I've done my usual morning routine, vacuumed all round and S&S'd the bathrooms. Dinner will be easy tonight, I bought pizzas. Need to prep eggy bread for breakfast tomorrow and try to sort out the dog's ear. Teddy Bear clearly has something irritating his left ear. The person who should have been viewing the house tomorrow has gone travelling, so I didn't bother doing the deep clean things. I will do it, but not this evening.

My friend told me she had a fire in her house, put the heater on before going out and forgot to take the decorative candles off the top of it. When she got home she smelt smoke and opend the lounge door, which provided a nice big burst of oxygen and instead of vacating she tackled the fire herselfshock, because she couldn't face the thought of her "D"H shouting about his house having burnt down - double shock I'm speechless.

CatsInChaos Sat 08-Sep-12 08:07:05

shock about your friends fire! Was she and the house alright?

My back is giving me trouble this morning.

I was too tired --couldn't be bothered-- last night to do the washing. I will have to do it today.
bessie The uniform at DD's nursery isn't compulsory but everyone seems to send their DC in uniform so I just wanted DD to "fit in"

The kids are attacking each other this morning sad. DS is on the wind up and DD bites every time. hmm

CatsInChaos Sat 08-Sep-12 08:15:29
bessie26 Sat 08-Sep-12 20:02:25

shock at adora's friend! My SILs house recently caught fire - she & the baby got out ok, then she thought she would just pop back in to get the laptop... Thankfully she got out again a few mins before the roof collapsed in.

I am so tired today that I just had to check I had actually taken my thyroid meds this morning! No idea why, but I did have a mad morning. Swimming lesson with DD2 at 830, then rushed back home to arrange an out of hours dr thing as she had gunk oozing out of her ear. Then leg wax, then sat for an hour waiting to see the dr (yet another ear infection sad) then get prescription, then lunch. Finally got to sit down quietly with a brew around 2pm by letting DD1 play on the iPad!

I need to print my control journal out again as DD1 & DH thought it would be hilarious to put ticks all over it <rolls eyes>

bessie26 Sat 08-Sep-12 20:03:54

My back aches too cats - does stretching help yours? I'm going to have a soak in the bath & then do some stretching and drink some wine grin

liveinazoo Sat 08-Sep-12 20:32:50

<pops head in door>

been chaos here.i have builders in again<sobs>...
cracks appeared in most of the ceiling and a chunk of plaster feel from the alleyway connectig my house with next was part of ds room above that so until the surbeyor had assessed he was sharing with teh girls
turns out teh house has suffered from the stresses of having the subsidance and rewire/new heating having new ceilings in all and cupboard that was a larder at one time.luckily they tink the ceilings are sounds<except larder> so are just boarding and skim rather than rip down ceilings but thursday i had to have both dcs roome empty and ready for action by 8amshock

im still only half way through relocating my bed<lobbed most of it on that> and have been sleeping on the sofa.sadly i have to finish it tomorrow as they want my room mondaysad

little zoo starts big school monday,initially just for 2hrs in the morning<sob> back now and shall be popping in and out every day looking for a bit of banter and a few laughs<maybe the odd pointy stick if anyone has a sharp one handy>

cats heat helps my backwink

CatsInChaos Sat 08-Sep-12 21:39:35

bessie No I don't think stretching will help my back. My lower back I hurt earlier in the year trying to lift DD and since I fell down a few stairs a week ago I have had an achey pain on and off in the top half of my back. I slipped off the top step and landed on the top of my back/shoulder blade area.
I will need to visit doctor before long about my meds so if it still hurts then I will mention it. It's not absolute agony but hurts enough to notice. I wonder if I cope well with pain cause when I gave birth I only had gas and air.

zoo Glad to have you back! smile I missed you!
Sorry to hear about all the chaos you have been going through at home.

My DD starts nursery again on Monday (not old enough for school yet although she will be 4 this year.)

I am stuffing my face with chocolate! and drinking chocolate grin <old gimmer>
Ooops --just realised some are older on the thread-- blush grin

--would prefer alcohol but not meant to drink--

CatsInChaos Sat 08-Sep-12 21:44:20

wine brew Cheers!

<Wonders if anyone is lurking>

This "old gimmer" is here but just off to unpack shopping!

bessie26 Sat 08-Sep-12 22:30:04

I am here - have been watching last week's Dr Who, then the 400m & trying to write a meal plan/online order ready for when we get back from hols.

zoo sorry to hear about all the chaos - is yours the last room for them to do?

cats when I fell down the stairs a few years ago (bounced down on my arse!) it took about a month for my poor butt coccyx to recover. Personally, I would go see your GP about it ASAP - my friend hurt her back & it took at least 6 weeks for her to get a referral to a physio through her GP.

AdoraBell Sat 08-Sep-12 22:38:54


My friend is okay, thanks for asking. The fire was contained in 1 room, so she was able to douse it with a fire extinguisher, but as she opened the door the room ignited. It had been just the few things close by the heater, but the curtains, rugs and furniture caught with the influx of oxygen. I still maintain that she should have gone out and left it to fire fighters tough.

I'll back later, hi Zoo

Grief! It has all happened here today shock

Adora and bessie I am shock at people's behaviour during a fire. Yikes!

zoo I am so sorry to hear about all the upheaval. That sucks sad

AdoraBell Sun 09-Sep-12 03:58:59

So, little up date. All I've done today is coffee, laundry and dinner.

Last night DDs had a friend over and so forgot to tell me about the party today. Lucky they had bought skirts and got one free, so that got wrapped up as the gift. We've put our flag outgrin, Sept 18 is independence day and they make a week's holiday out of it.

Cats hope your back gets better quickly.

Zoo what a nightmare! Hope the work gets done quickly and properly.

Bessie I know, sometimes it seems like people just don't understand how dangerous fire can be. I'm quite sure that if my house were to catch fire there is nothing I couldn't either replace or live without.

liveinazoo Sun 09-Sep-12 06:40:00

bessie sadly my room isnt last...
on tuesday its the front room<has tobe ready for 8amshock>
wednesday the kitchen<again,ready by 8am>a pipe has to be cut to fix a wall crack too so i will be without water wednesday<excuse to have pizza hut delivery for dinnerwink
im tired of the last 12months 8 of those had tradesmen trailing through banging crashing and getting under my feet/making me feel invaded<sigh> at least the dcs are back at school so im not going to have to contain them from getting in their way
going to be trying being ready for 8am and getting ready for school though.thank goodness the zoolets are early risers<yes i am up before 7 on a sunday...dd2 was up at 5.30,rest up just before 6>

its meant to be hot again here today,but humid

i nneed to go shopping and prepeare my room<gulp>

id like to take the zoolets out for a bit making the most of the final warm days before autumn but we shall have to see

Scout19075 Sun 09-Sep-12 08:03:31

<<Waves>> We're at the in-laws again for my MiL's birthday. Going home tomorrow morning.

Still a one-car family so days like tomorrow means Toddler's bedtime is shot. I shall leave MrScout to cope with bedtime since he's the one insisting we leave tomorrow morning and I deliver/collect him to/from work rather than go this evening so he can have the car tomorrow.

Cats, I'm sorry for your loss and hope you're feeling better.

Hello zoo, I was wondering where you were.

Andora, people are stupid when it comes to fire. They're either petrified or have no fear. This comes from years of experience teaching/building campfires of all sorts with G.S. and G.G.

I have been going a bit mad on Pinterest this weekend when I should be doing other things like tracing and cutting out things. Toddler's in heaven with his trains, the cats and cuddles from Nana. We went to a N.T. place for cream tea yesterday so he was smile but then we got to ride the buggy from the entrance up the hill so he was doubly grin. He only needs two more stamps in his book to get a certificate (he'd have had it long ago if we doubled up on stamps every time we went to certain places that we frequent).

I wish I had a Ta Da list but I don't. sad

CatsInChaos Sun 09-Sep-12 09:15:37

**babystep 9****

bessie26 Sun 09-Sep-12 09:20:26

I realised at breakfast that I left some washing out on the line last night. And it was misty here first thing, so it will all be damp <argh!> and I have more stuff queued up to go on the line! I may have to put the TD on today to get everything dried in time - it is forecast to be 25deg here today!

zoo hope all the work goes smoothly

scout I will checkout your pins later! Off to Tesco's in a min to complain about the things they missed off our order and get my money back!

CatsInChaos Sun 09-Sep-12 11:34:31

Am showered and dressed now so feeling a bit more awake. grin

I also have washing to go on the line in a mo. Decided to do some last night after DS got mud on his trousers playing out.
DD's nursery clothes are on the airer so should be ready for tomorrow

I need to go shopping today but we are on a tight budget. I will need to be creative again when it comes to meal planning. Need to try and sell some more things in the local newspaper. wink
Hoping I may sell a painting next month.

bessie26 Sun 09-Sep-12 13:52:27

I hate packing.

Scout19075 Sun 09-Sep-12 17:40:22

I feel flat.

CatsInChaos Sun 09-Sep-12 18:30:06

What's everyone up to today? <curious>

I guess you are getting ready for your holiday bessie

I'm just having a bit of chill out time before I sort the clothes etc for the morning.

I will do tomorrow's link now as I might not get time first thing.
* babystep 10 *

Scout19075 Sun 09-Sep-12 20:31:56

We had an "at home" at the in-laws day. I went to HobbyCraft, though on my own, leaving the boys home.

How about you Cats?

bessie26 Sun 09-Sep-12 21:27:23

I have done washing & packing & cooking <grumble>

I am still sitting here waiting for the wm to finish. Twilight's bed is in there. I will have to sanitise the wm afterwards.

We have had a very busy but lovely weekend.

bessie26 Sun 09-Sep-12 23:09:50

glad you've had a good weekend carrots - and thanks for reminding me that I have stuff in the WM!

we're off on our hols tomorrow - fx the weather stays nice!

Where are you off to bessie? And how long are you away for?

We are going to Wales in a few weeks. It's a very cheap and cheerful cottage holiday but I am looking forward to it. I have to get away from the house to stop feeling guilty about what I am not getting done in the house now and again.

bessie26 Sun 09-Sep-12 23:45:49

Just a few days at CenterParcs carrots - we are taking my parents, so DD1 is VERY excited!

I will have free wifi & no chores to do, so will probably be online more than usual! confused

AdoraBell Mon 10-Sep-12 02:57:26

Evening everyone, or possibly good morning unless you all log in really late

bessie I hope you have a good holiday.

It's been a busy old day here, OH got loads of things done DIY-wise. Estate agents want to do updated photos. Carpet fitters came back to change the damaged carpet and managed to get glue on the walls, which now have to repaintedangry. I did 5 loads of laundry, DW has just gone on for the 3rd timeconfused and the dogs have been walkedgrin. I've decided to take the black bag approach with DDs, especially Señorita Stroppy aka DD1.

All I need to do before I can go to bed is put the salmon, currently cooling, in the fridge for tomorrow's packed lunches, and boot the big dogs out.

This week I'm going to the dentist. I'm a scaredy cat at the dentist so I didn't go backblush and as a result I've lost the temporary filling and the sharp edge is rubbing on my tongue, which is now swollen and quite sore. My own fault entirely, she told me to go back the following week, back in February.

Sorry about your tooth Adora. I am not a big fan of going to the dentist either.

Have a great time at Centre Parcs bessie. smile

I have got loads of jobs done today. Mostly my usual routine but a few extras thrown in. eg cleaning out the seal on the wm, stripping beds etc.

Dh is muttering about setting up a bead room for me so I thought I should control the beady chaos a bit too. blush

Morning all.

Zoo _ hope things are not to chaotic with all your building work! All of you seem to have been wonderfully busy with stuff over the last few days. I had a really rubbishy week last week where I was really listless and just couldn't motivate myself to get on. This week will be different! I am telling myself that all I need to do is just keep going from one thing to the next. I was telling myself that last week too. I think I was having trouble with my inner teenager just saying "yeah, whatever!" all the time. grin
I do think that my Fibromyalgia is at least a part of the problem, particularly in how hard I am finding it to get going in the morning and in how easily I get distracted! However, Fibromyalgia or no Fibromyalgia, I still have to earn a living, eat and have a reasonably clean home ( reasonably is not a very high standard btw) so I don't want to start using it too much as an excuse. I have an appointment about my Fibromyalgia at the hospital tomorrow, so we will see what that yields!

I hope all you going on autumn holidays have a great time [jealous].

Carrots, I do have a craft/DIY room ( double as my guest room occasionally!) but it doesn't stop chaos everywhere else. The craft room is in the most chaos though! grin

Scout - I hope Toddler demonstrates to Mr Scout the wisdom of your advice about bedtimes so that he learns how important it is to listen to you isn't too difficult at bedtime grin

Now I must get on

Feel free anyone to check up on how focused I have been later today! My inner teenager needs I need the accountability!

Off to dry hair, make a cup of tea and work!!

CatsInChaos Mon 10-Sep-12 11:21:25

<Cracks whip> grin I'll be lurking on and off Arti wink

I have had a nice peaceful morning --apart from the before school chaos-- and am feeling refreshed again! smile DD is back at nursery (only in the mornings though) so I will be off to fetch her soon.

I wandered into town earlier and got wet in the rain. Looks like it might start raining again soon. hmm

Hows it going zoo?

I might pop back in this afternoon.

CatsInChaos Mon 10-Sep-12 11:25:34

Meant to say, I have an arts and crafts corner in the dining room, it helps keep me organised --kind of-- . I share the storage with the DC ,they keep felt tips etc there and I keep all my art/painting stuff there so I know where it is. smile

Scout19075 Mon 10-Sep-12 11:58:50

Back home -- Yay! Not much actual proper flying will happen today as I unload the car, unpack, sort out the weekly menu/shopping list/shopping/shopping away. Plus now that schools are in full swing activities here are starting up again and today is the start of the new Children's Center schedule. They listened to the uproar reinstated the indoor/outdoor active group on Monday afternoons and after mentioning it to Toddler he's been pestering reminding me all trip home morning that today is B.B. We'll go to that, come home and chill for a bit then TS will have an early dinner before we have to collect MrScout.

I tried to convince MrScout to drop us at home then drive himself to work but because he got a late start and we hit traffic trying to get out of the town/suburb where my PiL live we didn't get to YOUT until 10:30. He thought if he dropped us off he wouldn't get into the office until after 11:00 and "that would be cheeky." Grumble, grumble. I tried my hardest, especially when he said he might go back to YOUT in the evening for a lecture to which my response was "You're going to leave with Toddler who won't sleep until 8:30/9:00 because you don't want to take 20 minutes to drop us off?!" I got "But I don't know if I'll go to YOUT tonight." Grumble, grumble, grumble.

AdoraBell Mon 10-Sep-12 12:33:02

Hi everyone

I'm having a slow start, think my inner teenager is in right stropwink
OH We bought new big beds for DDs, I told OH to make sure you get mattress protectors he got mattress covers. DD2 wet last night.

Beddingnis in the WM, mattress has been sponged, breakfast things are still strewn around the kitchen and the dogs are looking at me like - it wasn't me, honest. DDs have been packed off to school with fresh salmon sarnies.

I'll report back when I feel I've achieved something, like chocolate cake, TTFN

CatsInChaos Mon 10-Sep-12 13:29:08

So far today:

made bed
get dressed
get everything (and DC) ready for school
School run
home, chill
charge up phone
cat litter tray and feed cat
picked up DD from nursery
decided "what's for dinner"

To do:
washing up (boring)
potty training - ongoing saga
buy some bread
collect DS from school
trim DD nails
cook dinner
get DC ready for bed
hot spots

CatsInChaos Mon 10-Sep-12 13:35:50

*This weeks Zone*

Popping in to say - not too bad so far, but need to not get distracted again now!!

Scout19075 Mon 10-Sep-12 20:06:46

Um.... just found an elementary school teacher of mine on FB. She was my homeroom teacher for fourth grade but I had her for various classes from third to fifth. A couple of my friends from school (or the siblings of friends) are FB friends with her. Do I dare send a request or just pretend I didn't see it? I had an unusual surname before I was married (though my FB is only in my married name) so she'd probably remember my surname if not me.

Scout - why not - she can always ignore it if she doesn't want ex-pupils as "friends" and it seems as though she is hapy about it, given that other ex-students have "friended" her!

Not to bad today - done nearly 7 hours work, though spent more time on some things than I should have done! Nearly zilch housework though!

AdoraBell Tue 11-Sep-12 02:51:23

Scout I agree, as she already has ex-pupils it's clearly not a boundary issue, and she can always ignore.

I haven't achieved much at all today, not even chocolate cake <wails>

Clean washing has been put away, everyone has been fed and watered and tomorrow's packed lunch is halfway done. I did clean the kitchen floor right after breakfast, I'm getting fed up with having hair and dirt from the dogs on the kitchen floor constantly, no matter how many times I sweep/vacuum/mop. I think I'm just getting frustrated in general. I have to bring them in to take the car out, but OH doesn't want them in the house , so they live in the garden, so they are appropriately grubby, even with hose-pipe showers.

This week's Zone is exactly what needs doing here anyway, so I'll get some of that done tomorrow between dentist, dropping puppies off to be neutered and collecting DDs. Walls need washing too, but that may have to wait until Wednesday. Tomorrow afternoon I am making a chocolate cake no matter what happens, I bought butter and everything today.

Carrots thanks for the tooth sympathy. Hopefuly it'll be sorted soon, I have the second appt booked already so all I have to do is turn up.

CatsInChaos Tue 11-Sep-12 06:50:14

babystep 11**

Hope everyone is o.k.! smile

<leaves some chocolate>

Popping in again briefly. Did loads of work yesterday but not as much (hardly any) housework - need to do some today as I have parents waiting while I teach students and the dust in my living room has reached highly visible proportions!

Fibro appointment was OK - no startling breakthroughs in treatment but they will write to my GP and suggest she could start me on a particular drug that might help (Something the consultant said he would do in May, but didn't!! angry ) Don't have much confidence in the consultant tbh as the letter he wrote my GP really didn't match my memory of the consultation in several respects! Saw a nurse on his team today who was better though! The consultant seemed to think I didn't have much to worry about as I was still working and I wasn't depressed! Er, hello... I'd hope I wouldn't be depressed as I'm taking anti-depressants that are actually working!! Doesn't mean that everything still isn't a fight and a struggle though!!

<desperately ignores chocolate>

CamperWidow Tue 11-Sep-12 14:35:41

Afternoon all!
The weekend kinda disappeared in a round of visits/picnics/relatives/walks/ parties then it was Lols b'day yesterday so she is still in manic mode.
Not got any lists but checking in to say 'I'm still here!'

Afternoon. Hmm - place seems kind-a deserted! I haven't done too badly on work-work today (2 3/4 hours worth plus a hospital appointment) so just aiming to catch up on a bit of housework and personal admin before first student comes! Feeling slightly more structured and organised this week! smile

AdoraBell Tue 11-Sep-12 18:17:59

Artie did you tell the consultant about your anti-depressants? I know he should be aware but sometimes you need to point out the bleeding obvious.

I'm out running errands, dentist, bank, vet and shopping before pick-up.
Did the usual morning routine plus washed my bedding, fed dogs. Later I need to get curtains down to wash, then I'm baking because my inner teenager still wants chocolate cake.

I'm a bit miffed with school. There's a hockey match coming up, too far to drive in 1 day. So, plan is each DC stays with a family locally. No info as to who the family is and they want an answer today, on the phone without sending any info home. Because I'm an awkward foreigner they are going to send the info today but I must answer tomorrow. I'm not comfortable with being pressured.

Adora- of course - gave him a list of all the medications I am on and actually had a discussion with him about the possibility of ADs interacting with other drugs!

Scout19075 Tue 11-Sep-12 20:28:17

Insane day. Back in a bit!

AdoraBell Tue 11-Sep-12 21:10:39

And he still didn't add the two things up artie, the mind boggles at times, doesn't it?

Scout19075 Tue 11-Sep-12 23:08:32

Arti, my cardiologist seemed to do something similar this year when I went for my annual check-up. Though in my case I think it was a matter of one accent not understanding the other. grin We often have trouble understanding each other. blush

I am going to need swift kicks tomorrow.

AdoraBell Wed 12-Sep-12 03:13:27

I'll be a bit late reporting in tomorrow, I have to do the school run as OH has a very early meeting. So I did some laundry this evening, and prepped the packed lunches. DDs had friends over today so I didn't get all the curtains down for washing, will do that in the morning. Puppies have been collected for neutering, that confused the big dogs.

I still need to put the clean sheets back on my bed, only 1 set, before I can crawl into it.

<leaves coffee/tea and hot toasted crumpets with jam for breakfast>

Scout19075 Wed 12-Sep-12 09:51:01

I was on fire but Toddler has decided sitting on my lap is the place to study his train catalog.

liveinazoo Wed 12-Sep-12 10:30:28

<hopes there is a little chocolateleft that cats put out the other day>

IM IN HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i have enough plaster dust in here we are all scratchy and nose running
ds had a runny bum monday night and every time eats 20mins later tummy hurts and hes on the lav<tmi sorry!>

ive done in my back dragging furniture around so rooms are workable for 8am each day

todays meant to be the last day but plasterers need a plumber to seal a pipe while they work behind it<after they have gone back ito ds room which they delared dne monday so i deplaster dusted and un packed his things grrrrr>and so far he is elusivesad

i want my home back!<sobs and rocks in a corner>

oh and little zoo is now at big school every morning<doubles sobs>

anyone got industrial amount chocolate?

CatsInChaos Wed 12-Sep-12 11:10:40

<Passes large amounts of chocolate in zoo's direction>

I am down in the dumps!

Just wasted an hour waiting for the HV who didn't turn up. I Phoned to check if she was coming and she has got today off! This is after she arranged to come today. <Grrr>


I have a bad case of CBA so if anyone cares enough give me a boot in the right direction.

Joins zoo in sad corner.

Scout19075 Wed 12-Sep-12 11:50:33

<<Sets out chocolate -- chocolate fingers, chocolate biscuits, chocolate cake, hot chocolate, chocolate with liquor in it, chocolate with nuts, chocolate bars without nuts>>

<<Gives Cats a gentle socked boot>>

My lovely camera seems to be having issues. sad I feel naked without it (not that I wear it all the time, mind, but part of my to do list was to photo certain things, post them and email the folks to say the pictures are up). Gah!

I'm motoring through my list today but can feel the crash coming. Toddler is being whingey -- I think he's hungry but I simply cannot cook pasta any faster.

AdoraBell Wed 12-Sep-12 12:24:34

<adds chocolate IV to scouts already comprehensive list, for emergency back-up>

I had to drag myself out of bed, currently loitering in car park avoiding the peak rate road toll and sipping coffee. I have a looooong To Do list to tackle when I get home, starting with washing net curtains.

CatsInChaos Wed 12-Sep-12 12:35:53

<Downs some chocolate and sips tea brew>

Trying to get motivated to do lunch --pathetic I know-- Just really struggling today.

Need to phone doc to see if I can get an appointment or I will run out of meds.
Funeral is next week. sad

I think I am also down cause before we got bad news last week I was making a good recovery. Life -- and death-- give you a good kick in the wrong direction for a while!!

Don't want to drag everyone's mood down so feel free to ignore!

Zoo you have my sympathies, must be very hard to try and carry on with "normal" life with all that disruption!

liveinazoo Wed 12-Sep-12 15:01:22

despite feeling horribly queasy from doing ds stool sample<boak> i will valiantly attach iv and consume offered goodies
<thanks to allgrin>

plasterers have chuffed off for the day sighing the plumbers are on a training idea when kitchen is being done<grr>

ds has done sample to be tested at school this week as even if recovers today im informed by gp neds 48hr after illness abates before allowed to return.
school were whining about his attendance after a shocking 67% last be fair he had chicken pox at beginning of the year,3 ear infections,tummy troubles,flu and a number of colds that started with fevers and lethargy so had a few days off for that.when i spoke to school this morning they require him to see gp<hence the call today and colection of sample pot> as,and i quote,"his immune system is shot"
as a result of informing gp their concerns when he has recovered from this he will be referred to the hospital for a barrage of bloods to be taken to test his immune system and see anything unterward is going on<more frigging worry>
he has a genetic problem and from birth he had a few health problems,whether this is related or not remains to be seen as prognosis with these things is sketchy at bestsad

sorry for being such a grump.either kick me firmly up the arse,slap me with a wet fish or tickle me into submission!!!!!!!!!

AdoraBell Wed 12-Sep-12 15:43:59

cats I find that a death always brings me down, I think you should expect to feel rough on that front for at least a few days after the funereal. In other words, try not to worry about feeling bluegh, you have good reason to. I hope you can get to see the Dr soon.

zoo shock- bloody builders -<generic term for anyone and everyone who has left zoo with an unfinished kitchen>

I do love it when the school gives and expert medical diagnosishmm, I hope the test show good results.

As I was out I popped into the supermarket, nearest loo, so shopping has been got and put away, dogs are fed & watered, nets are in the WM and DW has been emptied and refilled. Few more jobs to do then I need to head out again.

Scout19075 Wed 12-Sep-12 21:16:05

Be kind to yourself, Cats.

Hello everyone. I am not meaning to ignore you all. My phone is on the blink and this is the first time that MN has loaded all day.

I will try to catch up tomorrow. Hugs to you all. leaves chocolate

CatsInChaos Thu 13-Sep-12 06:50:00

Thanks everyone. Feeling a little better this morning as I almost got a full nights sleep (rare).

babystep 13

liveinazoo Thu 13-Sep-12 10:33:24

cats its amazing what something as simple as a few decent hours kip can do!smile

today i have got the girls off to school,ds is still at home obviously.poor lamb has to wait until the girls are in school for breakfast as if ate first chances are bum exploding would have stopped the girls getting in!

no sign of the plasterers/plumber so i am not intending to pussyfoot around anymore waiting for them to get their ideas together.the washing machine is on<and they can bloody wait til the end of the cycle if the turn up and want to turn off the sodding water!<stamps foot defiantly>>

i am now heading upstairs to attempt to start sorting the bedrooms properly and eliminate the plaster dust that is still everywhere despite damp cloth wiping abound!
we are currently tripping over the cardboard boxes of belongings stashed everywhere so it will be fairly slow and meticulous as intend to have a good sort out<while the zoolets arent around to retrieve and hamper proceedings>

it is long overdue mind-you know how itis,stuff things in cupboard and "ignore" it.befoe you know it cupboard is full and stash next available spot etc....i suspect there will be a few binbags broken toys and quite a stash stuff no longer age appropriate to pass on etc but i need to do it as their dad is all but guarenteed to buy too much at christmas!<swears at self for mentioning the "c" word before halloween!ha ha

will pop back a bit later and see how everyones getting on
<kicks self off computer as have to collect little zoo in an hour and i need to crack on in the mean time!>

CatsInChaos Thu 13-Sep-12 13:58:23

Hi all, I have sorted washing to go in machine --but it's not made it into machine yet-- will do that in a mo.
Have sorted recycling stuff and put out as today is collection day, also done 15 mins in the kitchen.
also done:
made bed
get dressed
School run
nursery run (there and back and there and back again)
shopping (for essentials)

Having a late lunch now.

CatsInChaos Thu 13-Sep-12 13:59:41

Hows everyone else?

Scout19075 Thu 13-Sep-12 16:57:38

Not much flying but just about everything on today's to do list has been ticked as "done."

Good swimming session. Toddler is the only boy in his class this term (last term there was another who only came about 35% of the time). He had a whale of a time, as always.

liveinazoo Thu 13-Sep-12 18:47:05

its ratherhere today!

well done cats
sounds like you have been quite productive!smile

scout lovely to hear TS had fun despite lack other kids

ive managed to get 2 loads washing done
1 load ironing
rebuilt a playmobile fairy castle<very time consuming>
cleared a a space 2foot square in the girls room-doesnt sound much but its nice to be able to see a patch of floor!!!

dd2 bought home her flute again<on loan from school> she was very excited to see it again-she started lessons just after the start of last term last school year so just learning to play a few notes at the moment!

last year<year 3> she had just a writing exercise and a sheet maths homework on a thursday,plus read book every night

this year the first home work has come home and im shock
she has-reading-50minutes
writing-make sentences from a list of adjectives
research school topic<romans> and write up notes

she has to hand it ll in tuesday morning!

is it just me or is it difficult to type on here text keeps freezing<grrr>

hope everyones ok

liveinazoo Thu 13-Sep-12 18:47:47

that should ve said rather quiet at the beginning!blush

Scout19075 Thu 13-Sep-12 21:16:02

That should be Toddler's the only boy surrounded by girls. He doesn't care I just find it interesting watching the population demographics of various groups/activities.

AdoraBell Thu 13-Sep-12 21:58:31

I've had a lazy old day here, think I'm hiding from the fact that DDs are off school for a couple of weeks from tomorrow. Normally it would be a good thing, but a new estate agent is taking photos Sat morning and the existing agent needs to update photos too. So with the 2 of them here and at each other's throats it feels like an impossible task to get the house in order, so I'm making like an ostrichblush. Laundry's under control and the lounge & dining room and spare rooms are presentable, I just need to run the vacuum cleaner around, but upstairs- just don't look.

DDs did their presentation today, the whole school does traditional dance in costume. Chile has a few traditional dances from different regions, including the Easter Islands. My two did cueca, ladies wear a floral dress and men formal cowboy attire.

Cats glad to see you are feeling a bit better.

Zoo well done on getting on with things and not waiting for the plumber to turn up.

Scout glad Toddler isn't fazed by the boy/girl ratio. My friend's DD has just discovered a boy who is different to all the others, she's 8, but that's because he's not a boy, he's her friend.

Carrots hello <waves>, thought you'd gone off for another holiday

Hello again everyone!

I am having a bit of a rough run.

We are back in touch with the psychologist as ds's sleep pattern has gone to pieces since the bullying incident last Thursday.

Twilight is also having health problems and is weeing everywhere. I have spent a large part of the day following her with a mop and bucket of disinfectant. I have had to order her doggy nappies. It would be funny if it wasn't so incredibly sad. We thought the treatment had sorted it but it seems not to be the case. sad

liveinazoo Fri 14-Sep-12 08:22:47

big hugs for carrots and lots good vibes in twilights direction

i discovered scooby doo is on at 8am on bbc2 so the zoolets sort themselves at warp speed so that they can watch it<tv normally banned before school>
dd2 lunch is packed along rest her bag,they are all dressed,hair ready,teeth brushed etc.....
we just have throw on shoes and we good to goshock
little zoo has a tendancy to need chivyng along but s.d seems the answergrin!!

ds is still unwell having "bottom problems"sad his results are back monday-if he still not well then i think will have to actually see the gp.

no idea if plumbers/plasterers are going to show faces so washing is on,should be ready to come out when i get back from school run

ok,iys finished.i need to stop pratting around on here and get them off to back later!

CatsInChaos Fri 14-Sep-12 18:17:41

Hi all, this is the first time I have got near the computer today. shock

Just off to read the thread.

CatsInChaos Fri 14-Sep-12 18:29:22

Zoo hope things are a bit less chaotic with you now and hope DS is starting to get better.
Did the plumbers/plasterers turn up?

How are things with you carrots?

Adora well done on your laundry and good luck with the estate agents.

Scout glad toddler enjoyed swimming.

Scout19075 Fri 14-Sep-12 19:22:39

No flying done today sad but Toddler and I had a wonderful day.

bessie26 Fri 14-Sep-12 21:37:19

Sorry to hear DS & twilight are having a bad time carrots sad, and that DS is still poorly zoo

We came back from holidays this afternoon, cases are all unpacked & back under the spare bed, and WM on it's third load.

What happened to all the new people?

AdoraBell Sat 15-Sep-12 01:53:34

Carrots so sorry to hear that DS is suffering again. I hope the psychologist can help him. And poor twighlight too.

Welcome "home" bessie hope everyone enjoyed the holiday.

Well, got the house sorted, DDs even tidied their spaces, and the estate agent has cancelled. She's sick, as is her DH and baby. On the plus side OH was introduced a couple of days ago to the owners of the other agent and so now that he's been formerly introduced by a mutual friend they are going to look into selling the house themselves. He's a jammy sod at times, my OHgrin

DDs are on holiday now. It started off badly, Señorita Stroppy was on formangry. I'm hoping for vast improvements over the weekend.

bessie26 Sat 15-Sep-12 08:41:05

<brrrr> it's cold here this morning! I've just been getting the girls to try on some of their warmer clothes to see what fits!

CatsInChaos Sat 15-Sep-12 08:59:47

Welcome home bessie hope you all had a good time.

I honestly don't know where all the new people have gone. sad
I hope some of them come back! it was nice to have some "new faces" around.
--Perhaps I scared them away with my talk of grief--
--or maybe they just couldn't handle it-- wink
<no offence meant if anyone is lurking, I have a warped sense of humour!> grin

CatsInChaos Sat 15-Sep-12 09:03:26

Yesterday's babystep

Apologies, I had a busy day so couldn't post it early on.

CatsInChaos Sat 15-Sep-12 09:05:29

***Today's babystep Day 15***

liveinazoo Sat 15-Sep-12 15:16:55

werent you cats it was probably the pinty sticks that scared them off!ha hagrin
how are things now?

bessie glad you got back envy at your organisational would take me some time to get on top of washing etc.....

im feeling a bit proud of myself today..
i have spent 4hours removing plaster dust from eery inch of my front room,wiping all paint work as i went moving all furniture and deciding"does that really belong in here?" on every is now the most tidy i think it has ever been and its lovely to sit in here and admire it though i suspect it wont stay this pristine for long if zoolets arent reigned in pretty hard

sadly,removing all their treasures <think junk> out it is now residingaround the rest of the house so this is the only room that is presentable but i dont care..its the first time ive had even one room thats so lovely and tidy.even the tv hasnt got grubby fingerprints on it and is gleaminggrin

in other news ds exploded again after tea last night.he is reluctant to eat much and i think by the way he tries to explain himself is feeling bloatedsad
we had to pop to the very local shop this morning for bread and he was complainng his legs were aching poor lamb,he obviously isnt gaining any goodness from what little is going in
his results are back<hopefully> monday pm and if they dont give us answers he may well be back at the doctors again tuesday

its a beautiful sunny afternoon here and i wish we could go out and enjoy it but none of the local parks have tiole facilities and when ds wants to go he wants to go NOW!

Hi everyone.

I am sorry to hear that ds is still having trouble zoo. sad Can he drink? maybe some flat, high calorie juice would get some calories and hydration in him at least. Poor kid.

Twilight is still with us and hasn't wet herself yet today. FX. She is moving around more again and getting up to mischief here and there so I am daring to hope.

Ds is a bit nicer to know today. He is still volatile but nowhere near as bad as he was. Hopefully the sleep pattern is recovering and he will be better rested.

Having been cold enough to warrant the heating two days ago, it is roasting here today. 22C would you believe?!?!

We are trying to have a really peaceful day - psychologists orders for ds.

The place is messy and dirty but I am trying to keep things calm so just letting it be for now.

bessie26 Sat 15-Sep-12 22:37:39

zoo - when we are away I put all our dirty laundry into plastic bags, so when I get back I just have 3 or 4 bags beside the WM to get through. Everything unworn gets chucked into trugs & treated like clean laundry. The main thing for me is getting the cases away ASAP otherwise they just clutter the place up.

Your deep clean of the front room sounds great - hope you manage to keep the room under some kind of control even if it means a huge pile of crap some mess elsewhere! When I had things under control I managed to push all the crap into one room (the dining room), but it has crept out & scattered itself around the house again <sigh>

Hope DS's sleep is ok tonight carrots and that twilight is ok

I've almost finished next week's meal plan <yawn>

AdoraBell Sun 16-Sep-12 00:57:15

Carrots I hope DS sleeps well and continues to improve. Hang the house work for a day or two, concentrate on getting him fit and ready for the coming weak.

bessie I like your holiday laundry plan, one thing I don't understand though. The phrase -anything that hasn't been worn - what does this mean confused

We've had a quiet day, OH walked the dogs this morning while the three ladies slept in. Upon his return I did breakfast, ordered the DDs to get out of bed, showered, WM on, bit of hand washing, made lunch and then we popped out to get walking trews for DD1 OH likes everyone to "proper" clothing etc<yawn>. Just after we returned, playing ball with the dogs, the vet turned up to collect them for kennelling. He'd confused himself over dates but we agreed they go today so that he doesn't have to drive back again tomorrow. So my dogs are gone shock temporarily.

I was looking forward to walking my teddy bear <sniff sniff> he doesn't give me lip and flounce off when I tell him he can't have more biscuits.

Anyway, vet says puppies are fine, been snipped and are recovering nicely. Tomorrow I need to go out early and get salad for a BBQ on Tuesday, nothing will be open on Monday even though the actual holiday is the 18th.

liveinazoo Sun 16-Sep-12 08:05:21

morning all
carrots hope you and ds got some sleep

we are preparing to go shopping.the girls are driving me nuts cooped up indoors so we are walking down to morrisons<40min>ds is staying with dad

i couldnt sleep<worry>so have already done a load of washing and hung it up to dry.cant do anymore till have been shopping as am now out of soap powder!

dd2 is being very difficult.i suspect she senses concern for ds and hates anyone else getting attention,especially as its been ngoing for a few days.i have had to get ds and lil zoo to play upstairs everynight after school so that she gets at least an hour of my undivided attention and put them to bed first so she gets another hour watching tv with me.anything else is futile and results in tantrums and fighting with the other twosad
its becoming very strung out and need some time out,but that aint gonna happen!!!

adora must be weird be pet free-any chance the kennel man couldve taken kids/dh?grin

cakebot Sun 16-Sep-12 08:07:36

Hi all,
I've got lost in the new school/nursery/job chaos, but I'm emerging into some kind of vague routine, so I'm back on board! Hope I can catch up!

liveinazoo Sun 16-Sep-12 08:11:09

we dont even try to catch up,just haul back onto the wagon and press on regardlessgrin!!!!!

bessie26 Sun 16-Sep-12 08:38:43

Hi cake, welcome back! Like zoo says, don't try to catch up, just start slowly from wherever you are.

zoo DD1 is having tantrums atm too. Think she is struggling to adjust back to normal life where she doesn't have the GPs around to give her constant attention! She needs some new warm clothes, do I'm hoping to take her to the supermarket later to get a couple of tops & maybe get a frothy milk in the cafe.

CatsInChaos Sun 16-Sep-12 12:57:45

Hi all, Sorry I'm a bit late on here again this morning. (Now afternoon)
Welcome back cakebot smile Just do what you feel you can! I only manage to keep a few babysteps going most of the time, the rest of the steps seem to fall by the wayside. blush
Today I failed getting dressed first thing but then it is Sunday wink. I have made my bed and done some hoovering and done some drawing. --The kitchen is a tip but there's noting new there--

Will link babystep in a mo.

CatsInChaos Sun 16-Sep-12 13:04:35

***babystep 16
This is a bit meh unless you get the emails. I think I will just have a look at the fly site.

CatsInChaos Sun 16-Sep-12 13:10:13

DD is having a meltdown so I will try to pop back later on.

Scout19075 Sun 16-Sep-12 21:30:28

I feel so flat and unmotivated.

bessie26 Sun 16-Sep-12 21:34:02

what's up scout?

Scout19075 Sun 16-Sep-12 21:43:12

Dunno, bessie. I'd blame PMT/hormones except I've only had one period all year (TMI, sorry). I think it's the Sunday-night blahs despite the fact that I don't have work or a school-aged child to deal with.

bessie26 Sun 16-Sep-12 21:58:44

<passes chocolate> Just to contrast - since starting on Cezette (sp?) I've been having a small bleed most weeks - at totally random times angry

When I CBA I often make a list (my answer to everything blush) of everything I'd like to accomplish & prioritise it. Then just try to do the top one!

AdoraBell Mon 17-Sep-12 01:13:25

Zoo I was tempted to ask, 'specially as OH hasn't had the vasectomy he mentioned a decade agowink

So, did some more laundry, breakfast, DW etc, went out to buy salad to take to Tuesday's BBQ, been out for a bike ride (me) and skating (rest of the gang) felt wrong without the dogssad. OH and I sorted garden, cleaning and re-planting cacti. The large ones are preducing loads of little ones so we're saving heaps of money on that frontgrin and removed 7 wasp's nests. He also booted out a neigbhour's dog who thought she'd move in as ours are not here. Had a cat wandering around the garden last night. A cat. It's outrageous, even the rabbits are invading.

Welcome back cake and as has already been said don't try to catch up, I never dogrin

Scout19075 Mon 17-Sep-12 08:24:51

I have a to do and a ta da list already. I can't be bothered to type it in yet. blush

I have one of those "woke up with" headaches that's hovering just on the side of annoying. I'd like to go back to bed/sleep but sadly I am on my own with Toddler today as I am every other weekday and it just ain't gonna happen.

CatsInChaos Mon 17-Sep-12 09:19:47

Morning all, Today's babystep HERE,

Ta da's so far:
made bed
got dressed
got DC up and ready for school and breakfasted
got them to school

Make a drink and write out a to do list.

Scout19075 Mon 17-Sep-12 10:43:18

To Dos and Ta Das:

get Toddler & me up
get dressed (Toddler, however, is not)
Toddler fed
indoor/outdoor Toddler activity (starts at 2 so need to leave around 1:30 since carless so walking there)
grocery shop
put groceries away
laundry (wash, dry, hang, away)
bag up clothes for donation
10 minute declutter: living room, kitchen, upstairs/bedroom
15 fling thing: living room, kitchen, upstairs/bedroom
put bags (suitcase type) away
Toddler Aa project: colored, hung, photo, post photo
hotspot: entryway still needs a bit more but Toddler has his trains through to the front door so didn't want to keep getting in his way
hotspot: lower stairs (stairs to upstairs in entry way)
start to attack MrScout's side of the bed
charge phone
top up diaper bag: snacks, drinks, diapers, wipes, bags, clothes
update calendar with activities we've done (I'm starting to keep a school diary and each night just list what we've done such as coloring, playing, groups, shopping, etc -- not detailed, just bullet points of the main things)
call for haircut appointment!
keep up on today's washing up so far so good
wash up scary pan from last night
scrub down stove
download pictures from weekend adventures
email parents with details of new album
uncontainer the birdseed cakes for the Bird Picnic
chicken: separate, freeze
burgers: -- separate--, freeze

I'm sure there's more but that's so far.

liveinazoo Mon 17-Sep-12 15:03:04

just a quick catch up before i rush down to collect dd2
this morning i was woken at 4.30 by dd2 with ear ache<sobs>
i got in her bed and lay there being kickedtil 5.i got up,she woke everyone else at 5.45-definately attention seeking!hmm
sent her to school.ds has had a normal poo<blows klaxon excitedly> results are back and his sample was normal.i suspect anxiety as he has complained pain and tummy feeling big and hard a few times.he will be returning to appointment has been booked for 1st October to see gp regarding having bloods taken to test immunity

on the flying front my WM left the towels unspun<why is it always the sodding towels-wet and heavy grrrr....

after a phone call to dd1 dad<mechanical mastermind> i discovered WM has a filter and it was full of fluff wrapped round a lolly stick!!!!!blush
fixed it and now on 3rd load washing<yay.go me!grin>

also 2/3 of way through de plaster dusting the girls room
hot spotted front room
did school run,and collected lil zoo at 11.30
usual making of food for everyone

i am having a sneaky clear out.tomorrow i am being taken to the tip and i have earmarked a lot of zoolets stuff that isnt played with and isnt good enough to sell.i will make some space if it kills megrin!

if i get a chance i will pop back later
hope everyones ok

cakebot Mon 17-Sep-12 18:07:54

Thanks for welcome back all! Yes, I think I'll just do what I can from the list. I did mop my disgusting floors today, as well as clear away a few cobwebs. I'm going to write out a wall plan for everyone again this week. Worked quite well last week. Hoping once school routine gets sorted out everyone will know what they are doing and I won't have to do it anymore!

Bessie The same thing happened to me on Cerazette, had a coil fitted which apparently has smaller doses of the same hormone in it and I now have small bleeds, but at sort of 'period' stages, so a bit more predictable.

liveinazoo Mon 17-Sep-12 18:51:53

me again
the kids are off to bed in a minute.i managed to burn the delicious smelling black eye bean and mushroom risotto whilst refereeing WW3
they are all exhausted and irritable<<and dare i admit i am toosad>>
dd2 wined at teacher this p.m ear hurt,but as was only 30mins before end of school that complaining started to irk the teacher they didnt ring me to get her.
we ended up with wraps with butterbeans and ketchup and mullericesblush as i CBA to make anything else amongst the fighting!

i have managed to do a bit of ironing and clean the cooker top since we got back from school as well as listen to ds read and clean dd2 lunchbag<she didnt get her reading diary back after handing it in as had finished her book>

little zoo managed to sit in homemeade playdoh at school as well as get glue and glitter on her jumper so her uniform is having to be rewashed despite only having had it on for 2.5 hours!shock

Scout19075 Mon 17-Sep-12 19:26:48