Stepping through August, shall we?

(52 Posts)
AdoraBell Wed 31-Jul-13 17:37:08

As the other one is so two months ago.

Ta Dahs

Up and breakfast plonk on table, we all over slept
Made sandwiches for packed lunches
Chopped and acidated apples for packed lunch, they won't eat them if the go brown
Shooed family out the door
WM on
Cleared breakfast things away
My breakfast in peace
Dressed for Pilates
Second breakfast for OH
Swapped loads in washing machine
Went to Pilates, survived grin
Back home and collapsed in a warm bath
Caught up on MN

Need to

Cook pasta for tomorrow's packed lunches
Decide what to eat for lunch
Pop out for errands
General tidy up and whizz round
Collect DDs at 6
Eat out
Attend meetings at school at 7.30
Come home and go to bed.

Um where do I start.

My house is a complete tip and the holidays don't help what with kids traipsing in and out and their friends too. Today I have only managed too

CLean the kitchen
Tidy front and back room which now is upside down again.
Go food shopping.

Need to..

Catch up with washing
Blitz girls room
Put clothes up in loft
Tidy porch
Sort socks (mammoth job, I have 2 binbag fulls
Tax car

There's loads more!

AdoraBell Thu 01-Aug-13 00:05:35

Just take in in small steps.

I've almost cleared the laundry, had a sunny day here, 5 loads plus some hand washing.

Cleared kitchen so that I can cook, which I'm just about to start.
Collected DDs
Corralled the dogs when we got home, one keeps escaping
DDs have had a snack
DD2 is making fresh lemonade and DD1 has sloped off to watch TV

AdoraBell Thu 01-Aug-13 00:08:04

I also have a sock mountain, two laundry baskets, which DDs and OH will have to go through under duress as they are old enough to sort their own sockswink

Rummikub Thu 01-Aug-13 00:13:27

I want to join in but need to think about the many many things that need doing. blush

AdoraBell Thu 01-Aug-13 02:47:50

Dinner's finished and DW is on. DDs are supposed to be in bed but I can here them nattering.

Kitchen has been cleared, still need to put some pasta in the fridge, I'd forgotten about that blush.
Dogs have been fed
Tomorrow's packed lunch is planned, just need to assemble it in the morning
Washing has been piled up ready for ironing, I have someone who does that for usgrin

Is it Saturday yet? do I really have to get up in the morning?

AdoraBell Sat 03-Aug-13 04:15:26

Not been doing much the last couple of days but we have people viewing the house in the morning so this afternoon/evening I have;

Cleaned kitchen
Cleaned bath rooms
Put new loo rolls in bath rooms
Vacuumed upstairs
Prepped an Apple crumble To pop in the oven in the morning
Mopped kitchen floor
Set dinning table
Put DW on

Currently waiting for DW so I can put missing cutlery on dinning table, but I'm getting too tired.

In the morning I need To vacuum downstairs and wipe kitchen surfaces again, very dusty here.

Hercy Sat 03-Aug-13 14:31:38

So far today I've:

Dusted and polished living room
Washed and dried bedding
Washed towels
Hoovered and shampooed living room carpet and stairs
Wiped skirting boards and walls on ground and first floor

Still to do:
Hoover and shampoo ground and second floor carpets and second set of stairs
Dust/polish second floor
Ironing bedding and make bed
Clean downstairs loo
Clean bathroom
Towel dry and put away
Go through fridge/freezer and wipe down*
Go through kitchen cupboards and wipe out*
Clean kitchen
Clear out spare room*
Clear out garage*
A few hours of work

Never all going to happen today, some will get done tomorrow.

The ones with the *s have been on my list for months and I never seem to get round to thm!

AdoraBell Sun 04-Aug-13 04:11:43

Hercy I also have a very long term list of To Do's that never seem to get done. I'd say tackle one job at a time and larger ones like spare room and garage break down into smaller sections.

This morning OH cleaned up outside prior to people viewing the house, that went well but we are trying not to get our hopes up.

I vacuumed downstairs
Cleaned bathrooms again, just a swish and swipe
Cleaned kitchen surfaces and dusted light fittings, pictures frames, grandfather clock, all the fiddle bits than get forgotten
Picked up detritus left by DDs
Put that apple crumble in the oven

Then after they'd viewed the house we collected DD2 from a sleepover and headed into town.

Tomorrow we, me and DDs, need to get laundry done ready for school on Monday. They do their own because of pre-teen attitude problems. Also need to check the garden fence as dogs escaped and one isn't big enough to have gone over the wall. Sort some of the boxes in the garage. Meal plan for next week, might cheat and copy one of Sainsbo's ones as I'm struggling to get my head around things ATM.

AdoraBell Tue 06-Aug-13 03:14:48

Started a post yesterday and don't know what happened to it confused

Anyway, had people back for a second viewing today so after pilates I -vacuumed and dusted again,
S&S's bathrooms,
did 4 loads of laundry, 3 of towels and one hand washing, I have no idea how we manage to use so many towels.
Cleared garden,
wiped garden furniture,
cleaned kitchen,
baked apples,
did pm school run,
dropped freind's DCs home,
back home,
brought dry things in and put away,
did dinner,
cooked tomorrow's packed lunches,
snack for DD who had been at a classamte's working, she got home just after 9pm.
Put DW on,
made tea and collapsed.

Still need to do tooth fairy duty before I go to bed.

Scout19075 Tue 06-Aug-13 09:16:05



bessie26 Tue 06-Aug-13 18:47:10

<marks place>

AdoraBell Tue 06-Aug-13 22:15:00

Phew, had a day off! other than morning routine and emptying DW to reload and flick the switch I've done diddly squat, and shall continue to do so as we're going out. DDs will have pizza with the baby sitter, leftovers for lunch tomorrow, and I'll actually do something tomorrow.

Hi Scout sorry you're still feeling bad, hope that improves soon.

Scout19075 Wed 07-Aug-13 08:13:30

For those who were on the old thread and may (or may not) remember my boiler problems.... well, they're about to be sorted. New boiler and parts delivered yesterday and plumbers will be here today & tomorrow to install. They need to rip up flooring and reroute pipes. They need to get to all nine (yes, NINE!) radiators. MrScout, is, as you know, a hoarder. He has been sorting through, pitching stuff, boxing up other bits. It's no where near perfect but it's a major start. And I think he sees how happy it makes me. Fingers crossed it can/will continue. I've told him what boxes/storage I want, which new bookcases to store books/DVDs/SB's toys, how I want to arrange the closet (how does a house only have one closet?!?!) and the dresser. He's given the "okay" to get rid of baby things that we don't need/want/use that are only taking up space and collecting clutter.

MrScout's staying home today & tomorrow to deal with the plumbers and so I can keep SmallBoy out of the way (otherwise he'll want to be in the boiler closet and in the tub to watch the men pull up the floor and pipes in the bathroom). I'm taking advantage of the car and going to the tip and to donate stuff (though I've been taking stuff by foot into town with SB and no stroller so hauling it all myself).

I'm frustrated but elated at the same time. WAHOO!

We're away this coming weekend for my FiL's birthday. We're away next weekend for my birthday (EEK! and WAHOO! in equal measure). The following weekend, August Bank Holiday weekend, we're off for our annual holiday to the south coast. I hope to kick ass between now and then.

Someone asked on the other thread how's SmallBoy. SmallBoy is wonderful. He's so big now (3.9). He toilet trained in under a week, all himself with very few accidents (mostly poo ones, so easy to clean up). He's also 99.99% dry at night (he had a little accident last night but I think something's going through him because he had a very unlike-him daytime accident, too) so is in "big boy daytime pants" at night, too. We've been enjoying the weather and have spent days just at the park/playground having picnics, playing Pooh Sticks and playing on the playground. He grew potatoes, marigolds, cat grass, lavender and sunflowers this summer and thoroughly loved it, going outside to check his plants and water them every day.

I went through a bout of serious homesickness at the start of the summer. It's still there but faded a bit (the clearing has helped, to be honest). I can't wait to go home again in November. I had a biopsy back in the late spring and the results were really good but because of the awesome results means I'm on the bottom of the list to start my treatment again and won't be starting until the first quarter of 2015. Oh well, at least I know when it will start and can plan accordingly. We're still planning on HE SmallBoy so knowing when I'm due to start I can plan that accordingly as well. He's so grown up when he goes along to the hospital with me (for all my medical stuff).

Right, best crack on -- plumbers due in less than two hours and still have stuff I want to do before I take SB out for the day. I've promised him the far-away park that we need the car for -- the one with a playground, paths and ducks & swans & geese to feed. He's very excited about it.

AdoraBell Wed 07-Aug-13 18:44:48

Hope you and Small Boy have a good time at the park Scout and well done for getting MrScout to relinquish crapula things, that's not easy. Also well done the Small Boy for his self training.

I've completed my morning routine
Been out to pilates
Back home and changed
Emptied DW and refilled
T'internet research
More coffee

I'm feeling a bit sore from the Pilates so am going to do the minimum today, which includes grocery shopping before school run this afternoon.

Scout19075 Fri 09-Aug-13 12:54:22

There is heat coming from the radiators and pressured hot water flowing from the taps. Plumber still here but I could kiss the very grumpy man.

AdoraBell Fri 09-Aug-13 16:26:04

Nooooo don't kiss a grumpy man -eeuuuwwwww!

Glad the boiler is working again.

Morning routine
Made sandwiches for school lunch
Coffee stop

All done so far, still To Do -

Sort dogs
Empty DW
Plan snack for hockey match in the morning
General tidying and cleaning
School run

AdoraBell Sun 11-Aug-13 03:01:40

Early start today, DDs played hockey at 8.30

Made their breakfast, cheese on toast, inhaled my coffee while getting ready to leave.
Drove to school
Watched from the car,mt'was freezing
Got petrol, back home
My p
Made lunch
Cleared away
Sat down with a coffee
Fed dogs
Messed around with DDs, ended with DD2 and I bumping heads- ouch
Put a movie on and brought cheese and biscuits upstairs

Sent DDs to bed, sill need to put DW on. DDs ignored me telling them to get their washing done and I am not going to engage with tantrums come Monday morning if they have no uniform.

Need an early in methinks, eyes are aching.

liveinazoo Mon 12-Aug-13 06:55:22

sorry for my absence-internet crashed then my MHsad
scout yay for plumbers and a sticker for mr scouts efforts<has he earned a shiny one?grin>glad youre doing ok.small boy sounds like he amazing-so grown up now!

adora a 2nd viewing-fingers crossed for you honey!

so the place can only be described as a total shithole and with zoolets maurauding its total chaos<sobs>.I have to start reclaiming or I will never get depression in check as the mess is now getting to me.i did 2 loads washing yesterday,bins are still overflowing so that's a project thts gune take at least a week to reboot but its a I am just guna put out the recycling I failed to put out last week<and is overflowing everywhere>
if I don't check in tomorrow I shall def return Wednesday as I need some encouragement and company to get well and get tidy<sharpen your pointy stick please!!!!>

<waves to Bessie-bin stalking your blog --and thieving ideas--wink>

hello to the new faces too<hope you stick with us!>

bessie26 Mon 12-Aug-13 13:56:06

Hi all,

Great news on mrScout's decluttering, and on SB's toilet training!

Hope your head is ok adora - I smacked my head on a climbing frame yesterday & i have a bruise!

zoo can you lock them all outside in the garden while you have a clear out? I'm loving this nice weather & the reduced mess indoors!

We went round a friend's to play this morning, just got DD2 down for her nap, so I had better go see what DD1 is upto downstairs & do something useful.... Mopping the kitchen floor is quite high on the list!

AdoraBell Mon 12-Aug-13 18:02:01

Thanks Bessie we both have small sore bumps.

Zoo well done on the washing, that's a good start.

Done my morning routine
Assembled packed lunches
Had breakfast in peace
More t'internet research
Back home
Put shopping away, only frozen veg and a norty mid morning treat for megrin
Brought dogs into kitchen as I could see rabbits practically strutting around on the empty plot next to us.
Had a coffe and my snack

Need to have a shower, I feel the breakfast things looking at me from atop the DW, I'll get round to it in a minute. Raining today so no point washing anything.

These peeps who like the house are being put under pressure by their adult DS to invest in a new business venture of his rather than buy a house of their choice, so they still haven't made a decision.

Scout19075 Mon 12-Aug-13 23:05:48

We have hot water. WAHOO!

Home for two days and hope to kick ass. Wish me luck.

AdoraBell Mon 12-Aug-13 23:34:25

Good luck Scout, it's always nice when the hot water comes back!

DW has been emptied and reloaded but not much more done, I definitely have a cold now, as does DD2. I'm not making any grand promises for tomorrow.

<goes away to sharpen pointy stick and prepare chocolate IV for Zoo>

Scout19075 Tue 13-Aug-13 08:54:38

I am a failure. I didn't go to Tesco last night and so we have run out of cereal, we have no yogurt and the bananas are "messy" so I have one VERY unhappy three year old.


Scout19075 Tue 13-Aug-13 15:47:51

I'm very tired. It doesn't look like it but I have attacked today.

liveinazoo Tue 13-Aug-13 17:14:15

scout if you are a failure im past help lovelywink!-no milk/bread/yogurt n the mornings is all but as standard at chez zoo.i blame the locusts childrengrin

so today I have done another load of washing and relocate half the front room before I ran out of steam/lost the will to live

against my better judgement I have a greed to have dd2 friend for 2 hours tomorrow as her mum has an appointment.shes not a bad kid,but im not in a great place and she is undiagnosed as low grade Asperger.on a good day shes fine,catch hr on a bad day and she tantrums/bites etc if things aren't a certain way<shes 9>.our local childrens centre is having its annual community playday which is free with bouncy castles etc so im hoping for good weather and the courage to take them there!<takes deep breaths and downs half bag revels>

im going to trawl through some recipes looking for some food inspiration as my apetites up sticks and left mesad-I need some thing super easy,comforting and good for me!

hopefully I shall got a bit donr tomorrow before dd2 friend arrives and will have time to come and ta dah it

AdoraBell Tue 13-Aug-13 17:36:32

There are no failures on this thread Scout, just people who can't bleeding do everything at once, Small Boy will live, I promise.

So far I have,

Done morning routine
Hollered at DD1 to get her rear end downstairs and eat something before school, then eat faster than that and get ready to leave
Assembled DD2's packed lunch, DD1 did her own last night and left her cheese and ham sandwich in her lunch bag rather than the fridge- do you think she'll live to regret it?
Coffe in peace
towels in WM
OH's post school run top up
T'internet research -again
Toast and coffee
Took yucky bits out of the freezer for dogs, I'm moving them onto raw food
Walked dogs
Watered dogs

Need to think about lunch as that walk has made me hungry.

Hope you have a good day Zoo <leaves homemade choc cookies as reward for looking after friend's DD>

Scout19075 Tue 13-Aug-13 20:38:16

In SB's eyes I was a failure (though I don't think he knows the word failure). Even offering alternatives (like oaty bars, which don't get offered until mid-morning, normally) wasn't cutting it. Ah well, I'm off to the shop tonight.

AdoraBell Wed 14-Aug-13 00:54:44

Washing completed - apart from DD's which they'll put on in the morning- and most brought back in. One load of towels were too wet still so can sit there until they dry <stern face>

Dinner is underway and dogs have been fed and booted out. I have no clue what DDs are having for lunch tomorrow as I haven't shopped yet.

Have taken a leaf from another MNer's book (thread in Chat, can't remember who now -sorry) and DDs are going to be responsible for the evening meal one day each week.DD1 has chosen Tuesday would I be cynical to think that's because I'd already started dinner tonight?
but DD2 can't decide yet.

<leaves fresh coffee, I'll need it, and pastries for breakfast>

liveinazoo Wed 14-Aug-13 09:36:18

<inhales coffee,biscuits and pastries

kids are fed
cats fed
litter tray sorted

washings on
bathrooms been scrubbed and now shiny,not toothpaste smeared
relocated rest living room

it still needs polishing and floor washing but looks soo much better.have lit a scented candle as my rewardsmile

kitchen is next on my to do list

I may be absent for a few days as I don't have on line banking and the internetsdue a payment and ive not had the bill yetsad

If im uiet for a couple of days I will be returning asap and I pledge allegiance in my absence to fly like the wind and have plenty to post on my return!!!!grin

Scout19075 Wed 14-Aug-13 20:24:42

Soooo tired!

AdoraBell Wed 14-Aug-13 21:19:41

Me too Scout I swear my Pilates teacher tried to kill us this morning. Despite that I've done 4 loads of washing, two hand washes, hung everything out. Fed dogs, fed kids, offered OH food but he declined (not my problem), I've eaten, bathrooms have been S&S'd, kitchen skimmed over, emptied DW and refilled it, including the salt.

Hope you get your t'internet sorted quickly Zoo

Scout I hope you feel less tired now

AdoraBell Thu 15-Aug-13 04:20:55


Shopping pre school run
Quick coffee
Dropped freind's DCs home
More shopping
Brought clean stuff in but it was just after dark so slightly damp again
Made dinner while DDs started on a movie with OH
Watched end of the movie
Sent DDs to bed
Brought shopping in and put the car away
Had a tea and updated on MN

No school tomorrow so we're getting up late grin

Scout19075 Fri 16-Aug-13 22:47:16

Yesterday was spent travelling from Scoutshire to PiLShire via the Big Smoke. Three trains and a very happy SmallBoy. Took him to the optician as I've noticed he's been struggling and they're referring him to the hospital for more tests (and probably glasses).

Today has been spent being spoiled, taking SmallBoy to the cinema for the first time and eating cake. Birthdays should happen more often.

Flying is out the window this weekend as we're away. However, MiL said to bring our laundry (since we're only home for a half-a-day next week before we go away) so will do that tomorrow (MrScout brought it down with him tonight).

AdoraBell Sat 17-Aug-13 05:07:25

Hope all is well in PILshire and good luck with SmallBoy's eyes.

Today has been spent running around so not much flying. DW, breakfast, tea, dogs fed and not much else.

Scout19075 Sat 17-Aug-13 09:19:41

All fine in PiLShire, thanks Adora. We came down so my SiL & her fiancée could join SB and I for a trip to the cinema. It was also my birthday so there was plenty of spoiling, presents, cake, lunch at the flying club/airfield (a real treat for SB, too, so he can see all of the planes), etc. MrScout joined us last night after work and joined in the spoiling. I feel really very lucky and a tad overwhelmed.

SB has been up since half-past stupid o'clock (read, just before 6 a.m.) when he woke desperate for a pee. So far we have:

both had breakfast
cleared up breakfast dishes
put out breakfast stuff for my PiL (SB likes to help get out the bowls, spoons and boxes of cereal for them)
two loads of laundry done
one load of laundry in the dryer, the second on the line
third load of laundry loaded in the washer but not set going yet
played with Brio
played with Lego
played outside
updated my diary (I have a diary that I write an overview of what SB has done each day -- helping me to prepare for when I start to HE)
reigned in the presents that seemed to have spread out and made a tidy pile, ready to be packed up later

AdoraBell Mon 19-Aug-13 02:53:01

Aaah, so nice that you've been spoiled, and a belated Happy Birthdaythanks

We went out yesterday so nada in terms of flying. Today we popped out but local so DD2 was able to get her laundry done. They were using too many resources by refusing to cooperate so now one washes all the lights and the other washes all the darks.

Lunch was eaten out so I've done breakfast
tidied away,
Showered and treated little mold patches
hand washing and put all washing on the line, DD2 can't reach,
chivvied DDs to get ready so we could actually leave,
sorted dog's food,
watched a movie with DDs & OH,
cleared away,
packed up pasta for tomorrow's lunches,
DW loaded and switch flicked
made tea,

bessie26 Mon 19-Aug-13 15:59:48

Happy belated birthday scout!

We have been down in Devon for the weekend & back to work tomorrow, so this evening will be spent doing laundry & unpacking cases!

AdoraBell Mon 19-Aug-13 17:01:18

I struggled, bravely, through breakfast etc this morning. My back had seized solid but after an hour of stretching it this way and that in pilates I can move againgrin

New bed sheets have been washed and are hanging, dropped over the banister because I can't reach up. Tried to get a few bits in the supermarket but had to abandon it as my international card causes confusion.

Back home, breakfast in peace, I wasn't hungry earlier.

Currently parusing t'internet for dinner ideas.

Hope you had a nice weekend Bessie

Zoo how are you doing?

AdoraBell Tue 20-Aug-13 02:17:50

So much for dinner ideas, DD1 has a bug and I now realise why my digestive system has been so active these last couple of days.

I collected DD1 from school just before midday, back home, didn't want to eat, back out to collect DD2 and got the shopping I wanted from a different store. Other than that it's been wiping up and changing bed sheets. She's sleeping now so I'm hoping she'll stay asleep.

Tonight we've eaten plain chicken with rice, OH and DD2 added condiments and DD1 isn't eating.

Tomorrow we start training OH the dogs, provided DD1 is okay to be left or come with.

AdoraBell Wed 21-Aug-13 03:24:58

DD is improving but apart from getting her showered, then myself and washing her clothes and bedding I haven't had time to do much. I have done food though and even fed the dogs as OH apparently doesn't have time. We missed dog training today so hope to start on Thursday now. There was mucho confusion though as after I texted the vet to change the chap turned up here, but we're doing it the vet's. I need to speak to him tomorrow. No Pilates tomorrow as DD won't be fit for school.

Scout19075 Sat 24-Aug-13 14:12:28

We're on holiday right now so no flying is being done. I do have a to do list, though, but mostly consists of catching up on emails, cards and letters, writing postcards, helping SB write cards (I write them, he signs his name), going to the post office, etc. It's a hard life, really. wink

AdoraBell Sat 24-Aug-13 15:03:53

Hope you are not to tired from all those jobs Scout wink

I'm busy watching DDs play hockey, they won the first match.

Did breakfast and set the DW to run before we left.
Need to nag help DDs to get their laundry done when we get home, then lunch then dog training.

AdoraBell Wed 28-Aug-13 20:45:23

We are having a few hot sunny days, so I've done laundry, 5th load in now, plus hand washing. Towels are dry and folded. Not much else achieved as went to Pilates and have been trying to persuade dogs to do as I command not going very Well Today

DW has been Emptied and reloaded, need to spray some anti mold in the shower. Vacuuming can wait for now, just need to clean the kitchen floor as dogs have been inside.

Hope everyone else is doing well.

AdoraBell Thu 29-Aug-13 00:39:48

All the Washing is in, tea towels and hand towels put away, t'other stuff pilled up in kitchen. Shopping bought, DDs collected and brought home.

Scout19075 Thu 29-Aug-13 10:33:18

Holidays with the in-laws can be hard work.

I'm tired.

AdoraBell Thu 29-Aug-13 17:59:26

I've vowed never To holiday with the ILs again Scout, hope you feel better soon.

Scout19075 Fri 30-Aug-13 15:00:25

Sometimes I wish I had that option.

AdoraBell Fri 30-Aug-13 19:58:21

DW needs emptying.

I cooked breakfast today, DD2 asked last night for scrambled eggs. This morning OH asked for porridge and I said I was doing eggs etc, he said "well, can you do porridge as well" I didn't do porridge as well

Then I fed the dogs,
went to Pilates,
supermarket and then back home.
Hosed down dogs as they'd escaped again.
Had brunch, mushrooms on toast, as the cereal I'd eaten didn't last me long.
Gave dogs a snack, puppies have lost a lot of weight at the kennels
Had another tea and caught up on MN

DW still hasn't been emptied.

Later I need to take DDs out, after school.

I really must empty the DW, think I'll put the kettle on.

Scout19075 Tue 03-Sep-13 10:06:36

We're finally home!!!!

Taking it slowly or I'd cry.

Scout19075 Tue 03-Sep-13 21:10:43

Strange day on the flying front. Think I will attack properly tomorrow.

liveinazoo Mon 09-Sep-13 11:50:17

at last ive found you!!!!!!!!

I couldn't find the damn thread so I started a new one-babystepping into September.i hope you will come and join me

<<rattles sweetie tin and hopes>>

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