Episode 34 - The Tearoom moves to New England(999 Posts)
At this time of year New England is famous for its glorious foliage as billions of leaves change from green to a kaleidoscope of colours. The air is crisp and cool ? perfect for hiking, biking or a drive along back roads, where farm stands are piled high with crunchy apples and orange pumpkins.
Everyone is welcome. There are tea, cakes and wine aplenty so pull up a comfortable chair and join us.
The usual rule applies - no fisticuffs please!
Welcome to the New England tearoom. The kettle is on and Mellors is making sure that everyone has what they need.
Thank you Bean. good whisking us away there. loving the fall colour.
How about a stack of pancakes with maple syrup, and a nice cuppa , of finest Boston tea ? Snap to it, Mellors ! And bring me my lovely shawl would you, there's a good chap ? - these autumn nights are getting quite chilly !
<follows trail of breadcrumbs to New England>
What lovely fall foliage! Gorgeous at sunset.
I must say Mellors improves the view even more
Welcome, Juggling (if you're a newcomer). If you're a namechanger, I'm being dim because I don't recognize you
that may be because I'm not in the Tea Room as often as I wish I could be.
It's definitely o'clock here. Anyone else?
Scout -- massive (((((((((((((((((((*HUGS*))))))))))))))))))) for you. Grrrrrrr.
Ah, Hi Jacksmania ...
I just wandered in here the other morning - with my two DC's - without thoroughly reading the terms and conditions of the establishment
- I see Mellors has been told to only admit one, well behaved child, with each family, and doesn't really encourage war-ing siblings like my two
But we just snuck in under his radar anyway
whilst behaving nicely for 5 mins
lured by the smells of stacks of pancakes with maple syrup and other goodies.
Lovely to meet you all in any case
Have name changed a bit recently going into the Olympics and afterwards, but you'll find I'm always Juggling with something ... possibly goes with the territory if you have more than one !
May linger a while if Mellor doesn't kick me out as I could do with some peace and quiet sometimes !
Juggling - whilst most of us have onlies - one of us is expecting a second soon (how many more weeks now Thumb????)(eeek!!!) and some people have two anyway... so as long as you're tolerant of those of us with only one and the resultant complaints about the comments of teachers on occasion etc, you're very welcome!
Went to a different bike shop today where mc (that's mistlechick, Juggling, he's my ds who is 7.5) happily rode round the shop on a 24" wheeled bike and could happily fit on a small 26 except that his knees came up a bit far when he cycled (backwards) whilst it was being held... Need to find out the weight of the 24" though as it was possibly quite a bit.
Dog is feeling depressed because we're not talking her out for a walk because of her limp. She's going to see the vet again on Monday and possibly staying in for an xray.
Thanks for not kicking me out mistlethrush
I have been a teacher at times too but perhaps I'd better keep that quiet ?
DS has decided he wants a fancy modern pogo stick for his birthday. We think he's going for the complete collection of non-petrol propelled means of transport
Well as long as you don't look down your nose and say.. 'yes, that's what we expect from an
only child. You must make sure that you arrange play dates after school and at the weekends' for a child who makes friends easily, is popular with both sexes, and you can drop at a summer sports camp knowing no one and will have sorted out a gang to play with for the week before lunch on the Monday, you'll do fine. There are a couple of other teachers here too to keep you company!
I'm sure you have the same problem but with comments about 'youngest' children or 'oldest' children....
I'm busy writing my report at the moment (as you can see!!!)
Your mc sounds really like my ds mistlethrush - maybe just the sociable type ?
though secretly I am a little proud as well, and sounds like you are proud of yours too ?
I'm working as a pre-school practitioner these days - or "a teacher of 3 year olds" as ds puts it (so, not a "proper" teacher - and promise not to say annoying things about onlies)
Good luck with the report - we've got secondary school application process to tackle for ds this month so I think I know a bit how you feel with school related stress
plus ds got himself in trouble last week for using his karate skills at the wrong moment and I had to go see the head (raised eyebrow !)
Morning <huge yawn>
Is there any coffee?
Hi Mistle... How can MC be 7.5 already?
That means this Tea Room has been going for about... FOUR YEARS!!!!
Juggling, two or more are allowed. We had a mum of twins visiting briefly when I used to crash the Multiples threads because I have a friend on there.
DH just brought me coffee in bed (7:30 am here).
Yes, its astounding that he's 7.5 already. And he could fit on a 26" bike (which is adult sized!!!!)
He is very sociable and will talk to anybody. We used to adopt grandparents as we walked around the park (they were somewhat bemused). Normally the problem is trying to get him to not tell our/ his complete life story... What age is your DS?
What sort of karate is he doing? Ds loves his - he's doing a non-contact version and has got to green stripe (although he could apparently have done his brown grading at the end of the summer, but really doesn't know his form well enough)
My DS is 10 & probably not quite as chatty as yours but extremely sociable in a cool, boy, sort of way. For example when we bought his new skate-board helmet yesterday he had two older boys in the shop asking him where he goes for his s-boarding and recommending their place to him. Also we go away for trips with a group of friends and I don't see him from beginning to end as all the other (mainly slightly older) kids just take him under their wing and he hangs out with them. Generally we don't see the DC's for dust once we arrive at the hostels !
He got his black belt in karate just before he was 10 (easier to do with some schools of karate than others I gather) Also plays the trumpet !
< ponders, what other boasts can I think of - loves his Mum, gives me some great hugs >
We're talking about the possibility of being in the US for a month. A month! At least three weeks of that would be at home/with my parents.
After last year I'm afraid to get hope but I so desperately want to go home.
I'm so cold. I put Toddler in his next-size-up
because last year's were starting to be too snug by the end of the season feety fleecey pjs tonight. I wish I had a pair. Toddler looked very long in the new size (though they were a bit saggy in the leg/bum but they usually are because he's all torso).
It's wet here. I don't mind chilly but I don't like wet -- I won't be warm again until the summer.
hello my dears! Nice tea room Bean
welcome Juggling! I have been here since the birth of the first tea room, about 4 + bit years ago now!
I don't post much but like to keep up
I have one DS who is now 6 and, weirdly, turn out to have been at school with Thumb. I am not a teacher
<quick clasp to the bosom for oxeye>
Scout - I hope that the visit comes off (at a nice time of the year over there!!!)
Juggling - ds is still at the 'very' chatty stage - and now knows it! Losing some 'golden time' because of it is one of those things that gets shrugged off now... He is on the precocious side too.. to the extent that he was riding a bike in the bike shop with complete confidence around the very narrow walkway (not designed for bike riding!!!!)
Four years already? Wow!
::general and promiscuous bosom-claspage::
BTW, Juggling - just because the tearoom's being going 4 years now, we're not at all exclusive and are very happy for people to join us. Particularly if they bring cake. Or homemade Icecream. Or alcohol. Whilst a lot of water has gone under the bridge you can always ask what on earth someone's on about if its not clear. Some might assume that there's quiche on offer here - but I've never seen it and we tend to opt for soup at lunchtime - much healthier and easier to do a big potful to share.
Talking of which, I've brought DIY hot and sour soup to make for lunch at the office... I shall let you know how it goes!
<waves> It is manky here, and I feel yuck. Have moved into the wristwarmers UniS made me and my fleece mittens from JM as my body has declared it to be cold.
I'm doing leek and potato soup for lunch, so will pop back later
Gah. I hate the cold and wet. It's one of those days I'd stay inside and hibernate but I promised Toddler we'd go to the indoor/outdoor active activity today and he's been
pestering asking all morning if it was time to go yet. Unfortunately MrScout has the car so I have to trek us to the other side of town in the rain. Goodness knows where my raingear is -- I think it's packed away with all of my other Guiding & camping stuff. Bah!
Scout have you got one of those all-in-one waterproofs for toddler? We always had them when mc was little - and they were superb (apart from when potty training!!!). MC has, before now, fallen face down in a puddle whilst wearing one. The only bit that ended up wet was a really small triangle up at the neck. Add a ladybird umbrella to complete the rigout and you have your own mini walking mushroom. Which is enough to bring a smile on even the most wet and grey days.
Add a bit of puddle jumping and you'll both be feeling better for it.
MT, yes, Toddler has the all-in-ones. Well, right now his are two-piece -- coveralls and then a rain jacket. He won't walk in his willies so when we go puddle jumping I put him in his crocs (with socks) and then dry his feet/warm & dry socks after. Toddler's rain coveralls stay in the nappy bag. It's my gear I can't find.
<peeks in> Afternoon ladies, may I join you? I've lurked for some time, but am finally taking the plunge and saying hello I have one DS aged 3 and a half. He's an only by choice and we are very happy with our little family of three.
Not many of our friends in RL have just one, so it's nice to find a group of people who (mainly) have onlies. Are yours mostly pre-school or older?
Hello Banderchang. Well done on taking the plunge and delurking.
My one and only child is quite old
as am I. We're well past the toddler stage.
I have ToddlerScout (aka: Toddler or TS) who will be three next month. He's an only for a lot of reasons but I love having just one. On his third birthday he will become SmallBoyScout (or SmallBoy or SB) -- he's not very toddleresque any more.
Ease-dropping on MrScout's work call (he's working from home this afternoon) and I am a bit more hopeful that an extended trip home may be in the cards. Fingers crossed.
Maud, how is Girl? Is it this week she moves?
Hello Banderchang - my ds is 7.5 - sort of towards the higher range of smalls, but there are some largers too... and even one adult at least!
Tea and crumpets dripping with butter anyone? Must do something to improve the mood on such a grim day.
Ooh, yes please mistlethrush - rather nice with maple syrup too I've discovered (greedy grin) They'll go well with my before taking DS out to band practice. A warm welcome to Banderchang from me too
It is a grim day isn't it? Autumn is definitely here. DS and I went to a cooking class this afternoon and got soaked just walking 100 yards from the car.
Lovely to hear that there's a wide age range of onlies amongst people on this thread. I've recently been giving away DS's outgrown clothes/toys to various people or toddler groups and soooo many people have said to me "Oh you might think you don't want another now, but it'll be different when he's older". I've been hearing this since he was born (and haven't changed my mind!) - does it ever stop? I smile and nod, but it's beginning to annoy me now that DS is old enough to understand.
ohhh crumpets. Fab, and a roaring stove... just what I need. I havent managed to get logs in from shed yet or lay the fire, so I guess I'm putting off, for another night , the first fire the year at home. Dh is out at A PCC meeting tonight :-( I shall go and get another jumper soon.
Boy is 6 and a half. Rather keen on sport, keen rather than skilled in most sports except cycling which is is really rather good at for a 6 year old. pround mum moment. He will be presented with his bikeability cert in assembly at school on Thursday.
Banderchang, Toddler's just younger than your DS but I've noticed the questioning has started to lessen. Either that or I must run into the same people all of the time. I have a had a few ask if we want another/are trying for another in a "I'm very sorry you only have one and I'm afraid to ask if you want another in case your burst into tears" sort of way lately but I'm very
blunt up front and say "Medical issues and I'm not going to mess with perfection! Toddler's wonderful." There are lots of reasons for us to have a singleton but playing the "medical" card stops questions and conversations in their tracks.
Hi Banderchang, glad you de-lurked and joined us
DS is 4.7. I'm the Tea Room's Canadian Contingent, on the West Coast of Canada near Vancouver. So I tend to post at odd times.
Our weather has taken a downturn, too. I think I'm about to spend stupid amounts of money at The North Face just so I can stay warm this year. I have my eye on this and this. What do you all think?
JM, the first link took me to a home page. I like the second one. Is that CAN or USD? Just curious.
Oh, and JM, if MrScout does do some work in the US before going home for Thanksgiving we'll be in your time zone for a bit.
Oh, Banderchang and Juggling, I should probably explain -- I'm an American living in the UK. MrScout is British (Toddler & I are dual). We go back to my parents' every year for Thanksgiving
and so I can get my fill of cheesesteaks, decent pizza and root beer to see my family.
Hi Jacksmania, I like the pink jacket too. And it doesn't look too bulky which is always good. North Face stuff is lovely.
I wore my (lighter) winter coat today which is always depressing when it's only September.
I don't generally like The North Face - a bit too functional-looking - but I like that coat, JM, and I imagine that in your climate it's worth the outlay.
Inspired (although that's hardly the word) by the current weather, I have just bought The Girl a proper waterproof jacket. Scout - She has been a Guide for a week.
Ooohhh, Maud, how was it
for both you and her?
ooooh, I've heard Minnesota has had snow already. Kind of glad I don't live there any more. Brrrr.
We can ask CheerfulYank if that's true
BTW she announced some happy news on a Baby Names thread
JM, I still have friends back in Minnesota. One of the girls commented on her FB that Duluth had flurries. Brrrr. Don't think it stuck but still -- snow. Brrr.
I saw CY's thread and sent her wishes on it. Another American baby NOT called Madison. Wahoo! Not that it's not a nice name, mind, but it's so very American in the sheer numbers. Then again, when Toddler was recently one and we went for Thanksgiving we took him to see Santa. The Santa is lovely -- I remember him from when I was a bit younger -- and he commented to MomScout that Toddler was the first of his name he had ever met. It's NOT common in the US at all (though my sister works with a guy with the same name but she met him after Toddler was born) though it's slowly creeping up in popularity here in the UK.
Sunny here today but there's a bite in the air. Toddler wants to "scoot" today -- he's finally seems to have worked out how to propel himself forward. He's by no means a boy racer yet but he's so excited that we got the scooter out of the car before MrScout went off. We're also going to try a new group today (group only started this term and we haven't had a chance to try it yet). AND I'm going to steam the first Christmas pudding of the year (I'll do it in the slow cooker, though, so I'm not tied to the house for six hours).
That's very well prepared Scout - I've done nothing! Have you got a balance bike for him - sounds as though he'd do well on it.
Mistledog has something that looks like a tumour on the bone of her leg which is not exactly good news.. she's nearly 12 so I don't think I can put her through any nasty ops as she won't have enough good time even if she does recover OK.
Flooding here today (North East). Had to evacuate work and only just got through to DS's nursery before the river banks burst. Living on the edge!
Now we are home and watching cartoons so I can pretend to be working from home (though clearing I am MNing!). Scary amounts of water, though luckily our street is not in a floody part of town.
MT, no he doesn't have a balance bike yet. I tried him on one at a shop and he thought I was nuts. Then again all day he wanted to scoot and all he did was walk the scooter. He wouldn't even stand on it for me to push him.
Banderchang, that sounds scary!
So.... if I wanted to do a treat basket of typically British treats what should I include? Treats can be anything -- chocolate, sweets, drink, biscuits, etc.
Scout, is the basket for adults or children? I would suggest shortbread biscuits of some type, earl grey tea bags, tunnock's tea cakes and ginger beer (all of which are a bit treaty). If you want more standard but very British stuff, maybe a jar of Marmite, a bottle of Ribena, some salt/vinegar crisps?
Was that the kind of thing you were after?
I always think jaffa cakes are a bit different and nothing like any US produce, creme eggs (the ghoulish sort this time of year), marmite for sure, HP sauce, and a tinned syrup pudding
Marmite, shortbread biscuits in a tartan packet, Hundreds n thousands. Burts crisps ( or Sea brooks) . Clotted cream fudge or Tablet. Luscombes fruit drink of some sort. Or cider if for an adult who indulges. Tea.
Marmalade maybe .
I'd say Marmite, shortbread, tea, tea cakes and salt & vinegar crisps.
Mistle, that 's about mistledog. I hope it's nothing serious.
A gorgeous autumn day here today
We've got to decide whether to put her through a biopsy or not - the downsides are that it will be painful and another day in the vets and the recovery from that. The upsides are that there might be some sort of chemo or something she could have if we knew what it was - but major surgery isn't going to work with her (she's nearly 12 and a bit arthritic) so it might just be palliative care anyway - having put her through that. I really don't know what to do.
I think it would be worth finding out what it is, at any rate. But at putting the poor old girl through a boopsy.
A boopsy might be more fun - whatever that is
I think if we don't have it done we'll possibly be thinking for ever 'I wonder' and 'what if...'....
A boopsy?! HAhahahahahah!
Thanks for the food suggestions. They are for adults
who act like big kids. I'm struggling with what to get my siblings for their birthdays/Christmas this year (sister's b-day is 4/5 weeks before Christmas and on Thanksgiving Day this year and brother's is 3/4 weeks after). They're a lot younger than me so we've always been at different life stages and now that I live here and they live there I've realized that in a lot of ways I don't know them any more. I love them -- they're my siblings and generally good eggs -- but because I see them once a year presents can be tricky. I've been thinking I might make them a movie care package each -- a couple of DVDs and lots of British snacks, drink, etc. I just need to figure out what to put in and if I'm able to smuggle take it through customs.
Poor Mistledog .
That sounds like a lovely idea Scout - don't forget the jelly babies please!
We have been persuaded to go on a family ice skating session in a few weeks with friends. I am far too old for skating and haven't 'skated' for about 20 years [at least not since I had a crush on a guy called Mike that went to the local ice disco on a Thursday night]. DH is even older and has never skated. Small Bean has never skated. This is going to end badly isn't it???
::waves at everyone::
bean, I think they might have "toddler" or "training" skates. At least they did at YOUT winter outdoor rink when they were still doing them. They were strap onto the shoe skates with two blades instead of one. Good luck! I take Toddler roller skating but parents are expected to put on skates, too.
I have suddenly realized my wedding anniversary is on Monday. Oh crumbles.
Small bean will be fine as he gets a penguin to hold onto. As an adult you don't ! Ds went whizzing off to the middle of his rink as I tottered round the edge...
At our local ice rink, you can book a teacher for parties and groups. Could that be an option? We don't, alas, have penguins.
To risk sounding stupid -- a penguin? How does a bird help you to skate?
::ponders over a possible substitution for an 'adult penguin'::
::wonders whether taking the wheely bin to cling onto would work::
::considers filling wheely bin with to take the edge off the experience::
Scout - The penguin is a large (compared to a child or even a real penguin) frame-y kind of thing that the child holds onto as it skates. I'm not sure that every ice rink has them, though.
Bean - I think you will find that Mellors is, amongst his many other attributes, a gifted figure-skater and will be delighted to accompany you and twirl you around the ice
while MrBean (oops) gnashes his teeth.
Penguins and adult polar bears in telford.
But I think I'd prefer Mellors.
That's it... I need a Mellors and a polar bear... sorted!!! I'll pop Mellors' appointment on the Tearoom calendar.
CMOT - that brought back a few memories, that's where I learnt to ski
in a manner.
Rushing past on my way to bed before huge complex special school day tomorrow, blowing kisses and leaving a trail of home-made jam and tomato sauce ....
Jam and tomato sauce? Delicious!
Lovely to see you, LaBelleDame.
Toddler and I watched his first feature-length Disney film
and it was a lovely break from train DVDs (though we did it over two days). There was drama, suspense, friendship. He clearly enjoyed himself. However, the parts I thought would scare him didn't bother him in the least and a part I thought he'd like he didn't. But he was able to tell me what was happening and indicate when he didn't like something so it's all good.
Aww, Scout. Which one was it?
The first film that The Girl saw in the cinema was The Incredibles. I thought we might have to leave part-way through but she was entranced by it.
DS just got into Disney films when we went to stay with my parents and my mum had recorded Aristocats and Beauty and the Beast for him to watch. He loved both and seemed to understand the stories, so that was nice. Like Scout, I found it a lovely break from Thomas or Jake and the Neverland Pirates.
Now I want to buy some of my favourite Disney films to watch with him, but was shocked how expensive they are on DVD. Think I will keep a look out at the TV schedules and record them!
We watched Cars -- there's no real scary characters, dark parts, etc. And it's about, well, cars. He didn't seem fond of the tractor-cows -- when they go "cow tipping." Other than that scene he was a happy chappy and spent the film having a cuddle and talking to me about it.
well done scout - boy still refuses to watch Cars as its too scary. He HATES teh bit where lightning gets lost. Lightning is scared and so is boy... he has prehaps too much empathy with story characters. Thought we were in for a refusal to finish a reading book last night as teh story was " too scarey".cliffhangers.... Boy doesn't like them at all.
I know Toddler is scared or doesn't like something on television when he gets off of my lap and distracts himself. He started to do that with the cows and I asked "Do you like this bit?" and he said "Too scary." So I forwarded it past the tractor-cows and he climbed back on my lap and kept watching. I just have to make sure I don't end his viewing there but let him watch the next bit so he's calm/happy again.
Cars was the film where we had to leave the cinema because The Girl found it too noisy (very small cinema with the sound cranked up).
Ah Scout, we LOVE both Cars and Cars 2 and I know far more about Lightning McQueen and his friends than I should probably admit to. Cars 2 does have some shooting scenes in it but we saw it at the cinema and Small Bean wasn't phased by it.
I find a lot of the Disney films a bit hit and miss when it comes to scary bits and/or enjoyment. Small Bean hated Finding Nemo when the fish was captured but likes Pocohontas. Won't watch Jungle Book but quite liked Beauty and the Beast. He also has a current fascination with Top Gear (particularly the Bolivia special) and Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat. No pattern at all but makes a nice change from the usual tv favourites.
Would anyone like a cheeky Wednesday ?
Boy was rather taken by Top Gear when he saw it on our holiday - he struggled a bit with the concept of TV rather than iPlayer.... Wanted me to pause things when he went to the loo.
Can Mellors bring me over a nice warm shawl please? tis a bit nippy. Not lit the fire as didn't get home till 8. We all 3 went to Brownies tonight. DH and I ran a circus skills workshop and boy joined in with it all. There were 14 girls and 3 boys. Organized Chaos and shrillness for 40 minutes! DH was reeling by the end.
The joy of watching films at home, Maud, volume control!
I have to admit Cars was a nice change from Peppa Pig, Ben and Holly, Here Comes a Train and all of the adult/grown-up train DVDs he has. That's what he likes. He doesn't seem fond of children's television -- cartoons are okay but things on CBeebees makes him go but give him a documentary about The Flying Scotsman or any other steam train and he's in heaven. He is a bit of an old soul that way.
We own Cars 2
and most of the other Disney and/or Pixar films but I haven't watched it yet so would probably want to preview it. I really like the Toy Story trilogy but seeing as Toddler is starting to pretend play with his toys, especially his Bunny & the rest of the warren, I'm not sure if T.S. would freak him out at this stage.
Warm shawl coming up Unis...
Would you like to come and do a circus skills birthday party? Sounds fab!
Oooh, UniS. Come and run your circus skills workshop for our Brownies!
::Totally impractical suggestion::
Would anyone like a super deluxe hot chocolate with sprinkles and optional marshmallows?
<<Hopes I'm the first in the queue for Maud's hot chocolate>> Is it made in the special Guide camp way?
MC liked Monsters Inc at quite an early age - although it often resulted in tears near the end (very empathetic)
::pours hot chocolate for all in need::
tis weird what films they like isnt't it? Here we luurve Cars and Cars 2 but still find the Aristocats too scarey! I mean what is that? cats lost, cats found, all is well but apparently Edgar is too too much and the barking dogs are a bit freaky!
love finding Nemo, love Wallace and Gromit, UP is scary (and so sad I sobbed from start to end) love Despicable Me (which I am a bit obssessed with) and Dumbo but that is quite scarey too apparently
mucked up toys in Toy Story totally freaky but TS 2 and 3 ok.... you never can tell with Oxboy!!
MistleDog I still miss OxHound....
wave to all and slurp of hot chocolate!
I have just ordered Hotel for Dogs on Amazon. I will report back on it next week!
::proffers cinnamon muffins::
Mmmm muffins for breakfast
Mmm, muffins for a late night snack
We're in Seattke this weekend. DH, DS, MIL and I. Going to the top of the Space Needle tomorrow. DS, entertainingly, calls it the Space Pin
Not sure where Seattke is
Bloody autocorrect. I told a friend of mine to "feel Bette" earlier. She replied "who's Bette and are you sure my husband would be ok with me feeling her??" .
And then of course there was yesterday's "boopsy".
Gah, just wrote a long message then lost it! 'Twas mostly waffle anyway, so no matter.
Hope everyone has nice plans for today. Ds and I are off to toddler group this morning, then might do some baking this afternoon. I want to get our garden tidied up a bit, but after all the flooding earlier in the week it's a bit of a quagmire out there. We have tentative sun today, so hoping it dries out soon.
Hoping for a calm day in the midst of mayhem. Having major car traumas which are now finally resolving (car with dangerous intermittent fault which the garage couldn't diagnose), and our department are moving offices next week on the first day of term! An ideal time for everything to be unplugged and out of action!
Today will involve cake I think
We're off to swimming this morning. Banderchange, TS and I have been swimming since he was about 4/5 months old. It's very much part of our weekly routine and
we he loves it. His BFF is in our group/class too so it's general fun and mayhem every week.
Toddler has made (read: colored) ten Christmas cards for me this morning. Wahoo! Christmas Pudding number three is steaming in the slow cooker with number four to go in this afternoon (each batch makes two 2 pint (or four 1 pint) puddings so I always steam in groups). This weekend I'm ordering the last bits needed for Toddler to make/finish making his Christmas presents. Also this weekend we're going to make a batch of mincemeat (need to make two batches in total, I think, but only making one this weekend) and bake the Christmas cake (the fruit has been soaking for a week). Christmas is well and truly underway here in ScoutCamp!
Oh, and this weekend we're going to the in-laws to see the Tornado as it's running a special from Paddington to Devon (stopping near where the in-laws live) and then on to the Bluebell Railway for a treat.
Still no word yet on whether we're going for Thanksgiving early or not. MrScout wants to book our flights this week so hope to know by the weekend.
Our wedding anniversary is on Monday and I still don't know what to make/do for MrScout. Any suggestions?
Oh crumbles, I need to go make lunch for swimming and get into my suit so must dash!
Gosh scout you guys do get around the country don't you! I seem to stay within 50 miles of home most of the year but you chat about popping down to devon and finishing off in Sussex!
Went for a little bike ride today, was fun. about 12 miles and tea and tea cake at a National Trust Castle.
No, we're not going to Devon. The train is but it's stopping in Berks so we'll see it in Berks then head to Sussex. But yes, we do get around the country.
How close are you to the place with the nice pier and the water clock on said Pier Scout?
any one for crumpets and hot chocolate? I'd like honey on my crumpets...
Oh yes please, UniS. Honey truly is the nectar of the gods.
MT, I think I know where you mean in which case an hour (approx.) but not 100% sure my mental picture/map grid is the same as yours.
I could go for a hot chocolate, thanks.
Not long home from stopping to see a Guiding friend. Why is when I leave there I always question/doubt myself when it comes to Toddler?
Scout - its a rebuilt / new pier. We'll be around that neck of the woods at Christmas...
What do you mean - 'doubt yourself' ? is she questioning your parenting skills, does toddler act up there or do you get the impression she's looking down her nose?
Do you know when around Christmas?
Doubt as in... um, how do I explain? Right, so we know Toddler is 2.11 (one month today until his birthday) and he's a boy and boys are "typically" (not always but compared to some girls can be) "behind" or "slower developing." I think Toddler has really good verbal skills, concentration (when hit on the right thing, of course), fine motor skills, etc. I am not in any way shape or form saying he's advanced -- I think he's perfectly average and lovely and I wouldn't change him for the world. Everyone compliments him/us about his attention span, his verbal skills, his general sunniness, etc. He is, as MomScout calls him, a Happy Chappy.
People that don't see him often typically don't have trouble understanding him -- they might not always get the gist of what he's trying to say but his annunciation is pretty good (heck, the boy uses words like "pendolino" and "derailment" with clarity and correctness). He doesn't use filler words (and, the, but, a, an, or, etc) but that's normal for his age and development. He says "please" and "thank you" even if I have to remind him sometimes. He asks "May I please" (again sometimes I have to remind him but he does it). But he's a toddler. He's two. She always, ALWAYS seems to give him a look and then give me a look like "WHAT is the WORLD is he saying?! HOW do you make sense of that gibberish?!" Like I said friends that see him every few weeks don't have trouble. My PiL who are in their 70s (and MiL is slowly going deaf, I think) and in a typical few weeks might only see Toddler every six weeks or so don't have any trouble. But after nearly 90 minutes of getting "the what is he on about look" I worry.
It just makes me wonder if his good speech and good behaviour (I think a lot of it comes from the ability to
basically communicate with us and we take the time to listen and talk back/respond) and sunniness is all in my head.
Sat before until boxing day...
I could come and give you a frank assessment of his verbal skills if you'd like?
Does she have much contact with small children - because when we're used to hearing small children talk, its pretty easy with most of them to work out what they're saying. But if you aren't used to them and what they might be expected to be talking about at that particular moment, it can be more difficult.
However, (although I doubt this) you could be very tuned in to what he is saying and therefore not notice that things are not as clear as they might be - a bit like learning a foreign language - if you know what it is its easy, but if you don't its completely indecipherable.
What I suggest next time is that you explain to toddler that she's not very good at understanding him, and if he wants her to understand he needs to go slowly and clearly for her - make sure he realises that this isn't anything to do with him - just her. I bet toddler would grasp what was necessary
Big bowl full of spicy lentil soup and hearty homemade bread?
I'll check when we're going to Berks.
The thing is that MrsGuider used to be a nursery teacher (only retired at 63 or 64 and just turned 66 this month), volunteers weekly at the community Toddler Group (the one we go to Wednesday mornings when I have a car) and helps run two Rainbow units (used to be the leader of the one until she turned 65 and Guiding regs said she couldn't be in charge but could still help) so I don't know if it's the "not in tune" bit.
I know I got a face when Toddler kept saying "MrsGuider in attic. MrsGuider in attic!" when she went to the loft to get things for me. He knows loft but prefers attic -- he got that from a British cartoon, not me since I emphasis the British vocabulary as his main/every day language since he lives here (though he does understand a lot of the American words and in the case of caboose/guard's van uses both equally and interchangeably).
I know she disapproves of our decision not to send Toddler to nursery this year (we haven't ruled it out completely but have decided that based on him and our situations that it now is not the time to send him) and am wondering if a lot of what I'm getting is that vibe.
Then again I could be reading it all completely wrong and she still thinks he's as lovely as the first day she met him when he was a teeny tiny newborn. Well, I know she thinks he's lovely but I mean more "where he should be" or whatever.
I can always tell when the Americans have gone to work for the day -- my Facebook news feed gets busy again.
I bet you're in Berks when we're near your home - and we'll move to near Berks just as you go in the opposite direction
I've explained to DS that an attic is like grandma has - proper stairs going up to a real room - whereas a loft is what we have - hole in the ceiling and pull down ladder.
DS thrived at nursery - but if I'd been at home with him I'm sure we would have had an equally good time and he would have learned as much if not more....
Oh no, this was a hole in the ceiling with a pull-down ladder. And here (in our house) we have an even smaller hole in the ceiling and need to put a step ladder at the base to get in. He just seems to like saying "attic" more than "loft." His prerogative, I guess.
Based on what people have told me of nursery, and from reading various boards and the EYFES goals, besides learning to play there's an emphasis on life skills (using a fork, learning to dress/undress, etc), alphabet recognition, counting to 3/5/10 (depending on the age) and general getting ready for school skills like lining up. Well, Toddler's been able to recognize all the letters scrambled up (as in, not in alphabetical order) since he was 22 months old and once he could speak he was shouting them out to us. He can count into the 30s without missing one (though he sometimes drops 14 for some reason), recognizes written 0-10 and has the understanding of "one chip" or "two bunnies" or "three triangles of sandwich" etc. Earlier in the week I gave him two mini chocolate fingers and said "one for each hand." I then gave him two more and said "no more chocolate fingers after these." He gobbled those up and said "Five Six!" I asked "Five Six? What's five six, Toddler?" "Five six! Toddler wants five six chocolate fingers!" I didn't do any counting activities with him in regards to those chocolate fingers but he seems to have counted his chocolate fingers and wanted numbers five and six. (He didn't get them, btw.) He knows his shapes and colors. We use cutlery at home. He knows how to queue at the shops, at the playground for the slides & swings, etc. and he's just now showing an interest in trying to dress/undress. He helps make his bed and fold his PJs and generally helps out (his job is bottles to the recycling bin and heaven forbid if you forget and do it for him).
I'm not knocking nursery and some people need it. I went to nursery school a couple of days a week when I was young to give my aunt, who was in her 70s and was caring for me in the week, a break. I used to "teach" three year olds at a day care. But given TS's needs, what he can already do and the fact that I'm a SAHM we can't see the point in paying a lot of money to go do what we already do at home/with friends/at toddler groups.
To each their own (but friend has put a lot of pressure on me to send him since Toddler's second birthday).
Gah, apologies for the stealth boast. It really wasn't meant to be one. I try not tell other parents what he's doing/has done. I should go report myself.
Sorry, MrsGuider just seems to have an ability to make me doubt myself/our decisions/Toddler's abilities.
I hold no illusions as to what he can and can't do and am very up-front about what he doesn't do yet (like getting dressed/undressed -- he can't be bothered and only in the last week or so has started to say "Toddler try!" whereas his BFF can more-or-less dress/undress herself).
Don't be silly!
I was shocked when ds pointed the first letter of his name - particularly as he'd not really become sufficiently verbal to make me understand clearly the first time and had to say it several times (he struggled with his name to start with to be fair which made it doubly difficult!) - bit like saying " ' for 'om" instead of 'T for Tom'... I think he was about 16 months.
I would be comfortable with your own decisions and not worry - as long as you're enjoying things together and he is having some contact with other children (which he obviously is at toddler group) he's certainly not missing out on anything.
On a separate but tea room fitting sort of way, in the past week I have found out about two new pregnancies. Both have children Toddler's age (one is three/four weeks older and the other is six weeks younger than Toddler) and both already have a younger sibling.
I can't imagine having three under three!
Then again they (the other women) are a lot younger than me....
I just had a "form" email from one of the parenting groups I'm on with a subject: "Toddler's 3rd birthday is just around the corner" Um, duh!
It's like a toddler group volunteer who saw Toddler at the start of the month, made some comment about "how big he's getting" (it had been a while since she had seen him) and I said "oh yes, he's three next month." Her response was "Are you sure?" I laughed and said "Positive, I was there. Drugged up and feeling no pain but wide awake and fully there."
Yes please Scout. Can I pour you a Friday ?
No good advice about Guider friend I'm afraid as I constantly doubt myself when in the company of other parents
who seem to find parenting far more natural than I do. I spend half my time wondering whether Small Bean is doing ok, behaving ok, as advanced as his friend, demonstrating stereotypical 'only child' behaviour... The list goes on and I think there are some people that have a knack of making you feel inadequate in some way.
It's strange, bean, it only seems to be one friend I feel that way around. Put me in a group of peers/Toddler's peers and I'm very "they all do their own thing at their own time" sort of person. In fact I'm rather fascinated watching a group of Toddler peers to see how they interact (if they do interact), what toys they go for, how often do they seek out their moms, etc.
<<Passes over a plate with a large slice of cake.>> I hope it's the type you like.
Tornado journey has been cancelled due to industrial action of some sort so no trip to the train station early in the morning. However, still off to the Bluebell Line tomorrow and I have a very excited Toddler and MiL. We found the Thomas book about Stepney and the Bluebell Railway tonight and Toddler's eyes were wide with excitement as we read it at bedtime.
We have a book about a steam train at one of the little local steam lines near us and at the end the driver yells "Steam trains are magic!" Did YOU know?! Toddler has been going around talking about "Steam trains are magic! I love steam trains!"
Tomorrow will be his last steam train ride until November. Mom & Dad are planning on taking us to Lancaster to the train museum/line out there so Toddler will get to ride an American steam train.
I like any cake - thank you! Don't let Guider Friend bother you, it sounds as if it's unintentional but just not very emotionally intelligent.
We had fun today trying to decipher Small Bean's
fictional day at school...
SB: We all went to a field.
Me: OK, who went to the field?
SB: All of us. My class stood in one field and Mrs X's class stood in the other.
Me: And what did you do in the field?
SB: Nothing, we just stood there.
Me [Suddenly remembering something we'd see on tv]: Erm, was it a field trip?
SB: Yes - it was a field trip [excited]
I am losing hope of ever knowing what happens in his day and how much is just stories!
Small Bean would love the American steam train - would you like an additional passenger?
Just planning ahead but would any Tearoomers like to try to meet up in half-term week, possibly in the South? I am planning to take Small Bean to London on the train, haven't worked out any details though.
Hello everyone! Was going to just launch in but then got intrigued by the discussion about what is acceptable/OK/normal at 2 .... am at present embroiled it what is normal/acceptable/behind at 6 ... please just ignore it. It will just move on to the next milestone.
And don't be pressurised into going to nursery if you don't really want it.Inless there is an amazing preschool in a garden like the one Wriggle went to one day a week. ie something much much better than home.
Anyway, back to us .... We have just had the most lovely day, out in a local garden-to-a-big-house-open-to-the-public. The house isn't open, just the garden, very casual; Wriggle paddled in the stream, climbed trees with her very very best friend, ate a picnic, posed the Sylvanians for photos ...
First time since Thursday that my headache has gone. On Thursday AP may have had a small stroke. Something definitely bad happened, although the gp doesn't know what. We have moved into a new stage of living with an Aged Parent.
<<Waving hopefully to Maude or Oxeye, the only ones, I think, who have similar experiences. But v. happy to see everyone.>>
::clasps LaBelleDame to her ample bosooom::
Oh dear about the Aged P. Will there be a scan? It seems to take a while to differentiate a stroke from something else. But how lovely about the garden and the paddling.
Shall we open some wine?
ummmm the perfect accompaniment to free range 6 year olds.
<<UNiS waves encouragingly to LaDame from the other side of teh county boarder>>
6 yr olds are HARD work sometimes arent they, but delightful little people at other times. Boy enjoyed a bike ride this morning, came all unwilling to a wedding this afternoon, but thankfully sat quietly and read the beano all the way through the service.
That will be wonderful ... when she can read!
Maud, GP said (and I agree) we could do a scan, but it would be very unsettling and scarey and what is the point? Somehow, we have to learn to manage the situation as it is.
Lovely to see you, Maud and UniS ...
I'm not sure how much READING of the beano goes on.. but he does sit and look at it intently for a good long time :-) He doesn't get the jokes and if he does read one aloud he tends to read it so wrong its makes no sense at all.
I agree that a scan is unlikely to help you help AP BelleDame. My mum has just had a load done for 'the pain in her legs that she thinks is her knees but is undoubtedly her back', and she's found it v difficult to process. Not that a lot makes sense these days
Scout, did you enjoy the Bluebell ? We lived in the town end of it for some years, and loved the Bluebell line
UniS - mc can devour the Beano in about 20 mins now.... and will read it going round the supermarket - so you have to steer him around....
Based upon how well 4 (then) onlies got on in Leeds earlier in the year, I don't think any of them were showing particular only traits - all got on really well with each other under the circs!
Sadly, Wriggle is demanding, unreasonable and hates sharing. We are working on it.
AP is so worried about 'being a burden'. Presumable I was quite a burden to her for the first few years ... why on earth shouldn't she be? And, apart from the emotions involved, she isn't. Just so worried that my sister will somehow not come here for our annual one-week holiday in France. Even last year, I think AP would have coped; this year, I don't think so. CMOT, how do you cope with saying the same thing at half hour intervals?????
Lovely day today in Salisbury, featuring a little but not quite enough cathedral and a bit too much TKMaxx. And lunch at the cathedral with lovely roast pork, but sadly no crackling and they had forgotten to cook the vegetables.
I have come to a sort of peace with it LaBelle by just accepting it. Sounds weird, but since I stopped being upset, and upset by her loss of language, I feel so much better about the whole thing. But was still in tears when ds's name started going from her vocab a few weeks ago. I don't know if I've recommended it before, but theres a book called 'Contented Dementia' which is great.
But think of us on Christmas day when we spend the day in their house with someone who has now developed an obsession on hoarding half eaten food, and has about 10 mins of conversation ability a day. And though she remembers more about the far past, she can't express any of it. Might be interesting.
Oh Cmot. I'm upset on your behalf.
I wasn't recommending a scan - I'm not sure how much value my mother's had, as I doubt it told them much they didn't know - simply asking whether it was on the cards.
and for everyone
and for all. We've got DH's GM with dementia and that's hard enough (mainly we're supporting his DM as she's having to shoulder most of the responsibility.
Christmas - I think the most 'interesting' Christmas was the one where we ate the nutroast that my mother had prepared and brought down to my grandmothers with us (as by then it was too much to do the whole meal preparation) and were relying on my grandmother's Christmas pudding - it seemed to be taking a long time being served and I went to see what was happening. It turns out that (because she had used 'recycled' tin foil etc on the top of the pudding) it came out of the saucepan with a nice green fringe on top.... which my parents were carefully removing, cleaning around the top of the bowl, removing a good lump of pudding from below the fringe zone and then turning the remnants of the pudding out to serve. My grandmother commented 'ooh its condensed down a lot this year'.
We also had the problem that it wasn't until she was well over 80 that she got a fridge, so never really got the hang of it - we regularly would turn up and find the butter and milk in the larder (where they had always been) and tins (unopened) in the fridge. The trouble was, whilst she used to keep the house really cold (think thermals and thick jumpers for any visit) she obviously needed it warmer when she was older and this wasn't conducive to things staying cold enough in the larder.
How we didn't all end up with food poisoning I don't know!
Mistledog is not at all well - mistlechick is really sad, as are we all. We're going to try to get a substitute hound asap, but want to make sure that its the right one rather than simply one that's available (been there, done that, not prepared to do that with mistlechick in the picture).
I'm sorry to hear that Mistledog is ill - and my heart goes out to those who are having to cope with dementia in loved ones. I wish there were some wise words that I could say to help.
I know I haven't been around much lately, and no that my post graduate diploma has started, I will have even less time, so...
I am giving up MN for a while (2 years? Aargh!). Maybe not completely, but I don't suppose that I will be popping into the tea room much (although I will still be around in the RL tea room, at least reading posts from time to time). So I thought that I had better wave goodbye. Adieu!
<<Sweeps out the hay pile, and takes it down to Earl and Lady Grey>>
<<Hangs up the galvanised bucket in case it is needed>>
<<Checks the carrot sack - thankfully, it being a sack of requirement, the remaining carrots are not mouldy - and gives it to Mellors for the horses>>
<<Takes a last glance around the tea room (for a while, anyway)>>
<<Shut door behind self>>
Oh, Donki. I understand why you're leaving/stepping back, but I'll miss you. All the very best for the diploma and, well, everything.
fare well donki,
fare thee well donki,
The carrots will still be fresh when you come back.
there will forever be a slightly hayish patch on the tea room floor.
<puts hay net and bucket in the packing case to bring along >
Does anyone know which is the body to write to to complain about your internet provider?
Wriggle's teacher asked me how I was today. She won't be making that mistake again (pushing me bodily into the Head's office, frantically searching for tissues) I was just trying to explain why Wriggle might have dissolved into tears twice in one morning. AP had got completely lost upstairs in her own house and Wriggle and I sat down and cried for 10 minutes before we washed our faces and went to school.
However, one problem at a time. Is there a particular body one can use to
hang draw and quarter and publically humiliate complain about your internet provider?
Sorry to hear so many are having a hard time with loved ones at the moment. And bye to Donki - best of luck with your diploma!
LaBelle I don't know who you would write to in order to complain about your internet provider, but I have always had some success tweeting the actual company so that your complaint is visible to all and sundry. I had results from our local council re bin collections and Boden re deliveries when I tweeted them after days/weeks of frustrating emails and phonecalls about bad service. A coincidence? I think not!
Hi all. Warm (((((((*HUGS*))))))) to all who need them, who are struggling with problems, have aging parents or ill parents to support, whose dogs are ill, who are being made to feel insecure by friends, and anything else I may have forgotten when I skim-read quickly.
I am now going to retreat to the priest hole. I have just yesterday been to the GP and have been diagnosed with shingles. I hurt and do not feel at all well. Going to go lie down now.
(Hugs) to all those that need and/or would like one (or more -- I'm not stingy when it comes to hugs).
We've booked our tickets home -- YAY! -- but not for an extended trip -- Boo! Still a chance we might be going early thanks to MrScout's work but nothing confirmed yet. Very sad about the lack of extended trip.
Yesterday was MrScout's and my wedding anniversary. The three of us went for pizza when MrScout was done work. Toddler saw balloons in the restaurant and kept asking for one. I played the "if you eat your pizza nicely we'll ask if you can have one" card (I didn't fancy being balloon bounced for the entire meal). He did, so we did, and he clutched that red balloon (it had to be a red one) like a treasured old friend. He held the ribbon all the way home, even in his full, overly-tired stupor he didn't let go. When we got home I came in and went upstairs to get Toddler's stuff ready for changing/bedtime while MrScout got TS out of the car. He told Toddler to keep the balloon inside the car until he got out so the balloon didn't get blown away. Sadly the balloon got blown out of the car and I could hear the sobs from inside "Balloon! Red balloon! Get it Daddy! Get red balloon!" The whole changing nappy/clothes he just sobbed "Red balloon! Red balloon gone! Want red balloon!" The last thing he mentioned to me before I left his bedroom and the first thing he said to us this morning was "Red balloon." All day (and I do mean ^all day^) he spoke of nothing but "Red balloon sad. Red balloon away. Red balloon see sun. Sad red balloon. Ask for new red balloon?" Even in bed tonight, having kisses and cuddles goodnight, the last thing he said was "Red balloon sad."
This is going to be one of those things he remembers into adulthood, isn't it?
all round by the sound of it.
Remember so many balloons going off on adventures, which of course need to be described ... at length.
Do you think that ballon might be on its way to a windmill or maybe to Deon... If ist devon it rather wet and windy so balloon had best seek a friendly engine shed to spend the night in.
<a muffled voice is heard from the Priest Hole>
If there's any wine going, I'd have some. And an Indian takeaway.
Left work early. Thought I could just soldier on as usual (with obvious safety precautions in terms of asking everyone if they've had chickenpox, and rescheduling my pregnant patients) but apparently not. The meds (acyclovir) are kicking my arse. I'm so tired.
Came home, no-one here, got into my PJs and fluffy robe and am curled up on my bed in the late afternoon sunshine. West-facing bedroom. Bliss.
All that's missing is some wine and Indian food.
lowered down in teh dumb waiter to JM in her hour of need. Mellors is just off to pick up your takeaway and will serve it to you shortly. He has no fear of shingles or chickenpox being but a figment of our imagination, but he is stunningly good looking.
Well, that always helps. Ask him to bring an extra pillow, would you? I can't believe how ouchy this is
I love the sound of your fluffy robe and west-facing room, Jacks.
Mellors also brings soothing nice things to ease your discomfort.
And of course choclate and s
I really love our new house, LaBelle. I'd like to be sitting in the garden right now, it's the most gorgeous sunny October day. My yellow begonia is still blooming madly away. I think I'm going to plant a bunch of them next year.
Trying to rest a bit before its time to pick up JB at preschool.
Toddler still mentioned the lost red balloon today. Not as frequently or with such gusto but he still talked about it
We will never live down the lost balloon, will we?
Probably not. JB still talk about the one we lost after his birthday party. It was pirate balloon. FFS, this was back in March.
No, a black balloon with a white pirate face. Went out the car window as we drove away from his birthday party. Oh, the tears...
Toddler's was a red latex one. You know the type -- barely make it to the ceiling in the restaurant, hover mid-height by bedtime and are sad & sorry & on the floor by morning.
Can I tease Toddler about his
overreaction when he's a grown man?
::Passes more down to JM and tops up the glasses for everyone else::
Only been away for a couple of days and I have missed so much.
Poor Mistledog (and for Family MT)
Sorry for TS and the missing balloon, we had similar with a green balloon over the summer - it was forgotten as soon as the next one arrived thank goodness. Good news about your trip home though Scout, it must be nice to have it booked finally?
JM, I hope you make a speedy recovery.
And Donki, we will miss you. Do stick your head in occasionally and good luck with the studying.
SarahStratton was talking about cake on another thread. Now I want cake.
I'm so tired. Am sat at the playground while JB is playing. It's gorgeous and sunny and I want to lie down and nap. JB wants to ride his bike to the Mac's which is like a gas station store and get a slurpee. It must be 3 km there and back to our house. I feel like such a weenie but I don't think I can do it. Bugger.
Cake- you want cake. Then you shall have cake.
"Mellors" bellowed UniS " The lassy wants cake, chop chop"
would you like a windsor tart? I can recommend them, a local speciality .
The mistledog situation is still on-going... But not for long I think - she has been in pain but happily eating - we got something for the pain and now she's not eating, and that was one of the few things that she was still keen on. I hate seeing her in pain.
We've been talking up a 'new dog' with mistlechick - not that even he wants to lose mistledog, but at least it distracts for a bit at least.
Nice and sunny here this morning. I've got lots of work to do, but I'm going to have to walk into town at lunchtime because I forgot to bring my soup in with me today.
Three a.m. -- talk of the red balloon. ARGH!
How are you today, JM?
I've decided that maybe, perhaps, the NHS is annoying and I can see why people struggle with it. I had a letter today from the hospital and in it is said that I wouldn't be starting round two until 2014. Originally spring 2012, then spring 2013 and now 2014. ARGH. They did say they'd keep my appointment that is already booked for January 2013 and we'd discuss/review things then. Double argh!
What??? Scout, that's ridiculous
I'm so sorry to hear that.
And the 3 am wake-up call for the red balloon
Here, have some tea and cake and a ((((((*HUG*))))).
And another hug for the Mistle family. Poor Mistle Dog
I just came back from the GP. She gave me a prescription for some type of non-addictive sleep aid, and something to calm down the itch. Pain not too bad. Since I stayed home and did almost nothing yesterday, it didn't hurt as much. So I believe I'll be doing more of the same. Although I have to admit, I'm bored already. Sigh.
It was also time for my annual pelvic exam (what fun) and I promise not to TMI but she found something that needs to be looked at (benign but unpleasant), and that, coupled with some ongoing concerns regarding my ability, or lack thereof, to, erm, clench, means she's initiating another gynae referral. Fun times.
Wasn't that a fabulous lack of oversharing? I did well, I think!
I'm nervous about waiting
and quite frankly a bit pissed off about being flubbed off for two years when they wanted to start round one asap. MrScout says I should talk to my GP to see if I can find out what the priority criteria is, how can I bump myself up on the list and who (which PCT) is paying for me (I live in one but the hospital is in another) which may affect my place on the list. I hate fights discussions like this but if I don't fight for myself no one else will. (Why is it I can fight for Toddler without hesitation but won't stand up for myself?)
I hope, JM, you're taking it easy! Your
oversharing TMI stories always make me wince (in pain, usually, not by the oversharing) but smile at the same time. I hope everything is okay.
I've just made a batch of tangy onion chutney for Christmas time. It's cooling before I jar it up.
Mom's getting very excited about our upcoming trip and we've been planning our days/trips out. Now that Toddler's older we can take him out, do things, have adventures. It looks like, so far, we have a day out to the train museum/steam trains, a day at the outlets, a trip to the Crayola Factory and a trip to the Please Touch Museum. Wahoo!
Scout - You could also check where all of that fits with the guidelines on waiting times. I know that hospitals have dodges to get around the guidelines
I was prey to them myself, but I outsmarted them but I find it hard to believe that such a delay is within them.
Ouch, JM. You have made me have another go at my PF exercises. Get well soon and good luck with the further exam.
Oh and Crayola Factory sounds like my notion of heaven!
I'll join you in the queue for the Crayola museum Maud!
for red balloon, it will pass, honest.
Grandma and Grandpa Bean are with us for a few days which is lovely and Small Bean has been so excited to see them.
Picked Small Bean up from school today...
Teacher: Small Bean has been telling us all about his trip to X, and the plane ride, the hotel, and the rugby games he saw including all about the players and the badges on their shirts ...
Me: Erm, but we've never been to X
Teacher: But he was so convincing.
Creative writing classes, here we come!!!
Anyone for ? Tomorrow is the first day this week I haven't got to get up before 5am - hurrah!
<<Ponders how to sneak Maud, Girl, bean and SmallBean into the Crayola Factory along with the ScoutCamp>>
I have a feeling this trip home is going to cost us a small fortune in goodies for Toddler.
Oh, yes please bean! I could go for a RL but it's too late to have one.
Hey, there was no oversharing in my post at all! [hmmpff]
I didn't say there was. I was just saying I do love your TMI/oversharing posts (as well as those when you don't).
some kids do tell VERY good stories don;t they. One of boys mates regaled me with a tale of watersking on holiday, I thought it unlikely for a 5 yr old....
JM you were very restrained and we're all sending .
mistlechick is very good at stories - including ones about knights and dragons etc but seems to be completely unable to get them down on paper. He can put huge amounts of imagination and description into telling a story verbally and it comes out in short stilted sentences when down on the written page, lacking most of the detail. I'm not sure he's got over his Yr1 experience yet.
In the summer I had some sort of premonition about mistledog I think - and went out of my way to get some nice pictures of her and mc playing on the beach together - got some nice short videos of her playing too.
Has anyone seen the billboards with all the James Bonds on it? Mellors is wearing just the glowering expression he does when someone puts the lawnmower back in the shed without refilling it with petrol.
Sorry to hear about Toddler's balloon Scout. Can someone explain Mellors to a newbie?
Aha. Mellors is is the tea room handyman, gardener and general factotum. He is adept at serving cocktails and champagne to those in need or distress, and does a marvellous aromatherapy massage when one is feeling tense. He can also give riding or swimming lessons, depending on the tea room's current location. He is always immaculately dressed, whether in jodhpurs, swimming apparel, a tuxedo or his gardening garb (although the Tattersall check shirt may have to be removed in very hot weather). He looks just as you would wish him to look, which might be Wesley Snipes, Cameron Diaz or (to me) Daniel Craig. He seldom speaks.
His only fault is that he gets a teensy-weensy bit jealous of the cardboard cutout of George Clooney which we
nicked liberated from outside an Odeon very many tea rooms ago.
Sending love to your lady parts and shingles JM.
I am tired today - the 2 hr time difference to Helsinki really messes me up, but its always nice to visit the team.
Anyone for sticky cakes ? Calorie and allergy free of course
Hello Bander - good to see you again, I was just hoping we'd not managed to show anyone the door already
CMot sticky cake would be lovely thank you.
I'm now completely all over the place. Tuesday evening mistledog was so bad I told DH that we either needed some more pain killers or we needed to get the vet over - but Wednesday was quite a bit better, and we have got some more meds. Meanwhile the puppy I'd thought might be a goer went. And this morning 2nd choice puppy is also reserved. I don't know what to feel - should I be sad that we've not got them or happy that we still have mistledog even though she's now in pain, am I being hard hearted looking before she goes or simply practical? (We don't want a big gap - we would like something to keep mistlechick (and ourselves) distracted as much as anything else). How will we know when its time?
Thanks for the Mellors explanation Maud. Sounds like a useful sort of chap to have around!
Mistlethrush that sounds like such a difficult situation with mistledog . PILs had a similar situation with their labrador a few years back. They ended up with around a 4 month gap between dogs, but I don't know to what extent that was planned or just how long it took to find a puppy. The original dog went downhill very fast so there wasn't much time for a "handover" for want of a better word.
I've just had an afternoon off after a manic week at work. DS and I baked a carrot cake and made lemon/vanilla cream cheese icing to go on top. Anyone fancy a slice? Only virtual calories, so they don't count!
My new theory Mistle, is that when you think 'tomorrow will be the day' then today is probably the day. But you do know when it comes though
When the last cat to go needed to be pts, we actually stopped at the Cats Protection League on the way home, and came out of there (previous adopters) with a kitten. The house way going to be way too empty without him.
On Tuesday, we are being assessed by Greyhound rescue to see if we are suitable !
Carrot cake would be lovely. Today has felt like a long day as I started off with a conf call to Oz, so they were off for a beer when we finished !
Fingers crossed for a positive Maud!
I like greyhounds - a friend has a pair of ex racers. However, I think we would like something that's a little bit smaller (sort of collie sized) and possibly a little less 'independant' in the house (ie liking to curl up on your lap / foot / somewhere near you...) I was looking at Greyhound gap though as they have some lurchers too....
I thought the day was Weds - because she was bad on Tuesday night - but Weds was better and we picked up some more painkillers and she's not been as bad. She's still enjoying food and going for a very short (although time consuming) walk and woofing down the garden.... We will definitely get the vet to visit though - she doesn't like the vets and I hope we will be able to get by without taking her in again.
Cake would be good. As would
Here, mistle, have both cake and .
I agree that you will know when the time has come. I doubt you will all remember but my poor old Bucky-cat died end of August 2009. I knew he'd been extremely poorly for a few days and when he was unable to walk on the Saturday morning, we knew it was time.
I'm so sorry. It's so hard.
CMOT - thank you, and your post made me <snort> "sending love to my ladybits" - I don't think anyone except DH has ever said that
I'm starting to feel a bit more human. Still tired, but the blisters are starting to scab over (sorry to be disgusting) so they don't itch as badly, and I'm actually really not hurting much at all. Back's still a bit achy but that's it.
I'm hoping to persuade DS to leave his Lego for a short bit so we can go to the garden centre and buy a half whiskey barrel. I'd like to half bury it in the front and plant something pretty and colourful in it. I suspect that will be the end of my energy for today but it's something
more than I've accomplished in the last few days
Glad to hear that you're doing slightly better JM - but don't try to do too much too soon.
Cake- yes please , a slice of carrot cake and maybe one of sticky cake too. Can I offer you coffee cake with nutella frosting in return.
Sympathy MT, glad you got some nice memory photos in the summer.
Did someone say Nutella frosting? How do you make that?? YUM!
JM.. surely you just open a jar and spread it on?
Nope, plain nutella tends to slide off cakes. but mixed with glace icing it sticks better, and tastes yummy. I did also use cocoa powder - so now boy is refusing to eat it . Tragic. All the more for ME ... <<Unis gives an evil cackle>>
Mistle, I thought that , but someone mentioned there is actually frosting that has Nutella as an ingredient.
UniS, how do you make glace icing? I probably know, but we often call things by a different name here in Canadia.
Glace icing - icing sugar ( powdered sugar) and water.
I make this bit on the runny side, then stir in a good dollop of nutella till the whole lot stiffens up a bit .
Stop sniggering at the back.
Ok, that's what i thought. Thanks! Must try with DS.
You see, I don't know this sort of thing as I don't do things with chocolate (for obvious reasons)
Ooooohhhh, that sounds yummy!
I have a batch of this on the stove at the moment. Thought I'd try something new this year (it seems like every year since my pregnancy I add something new to my Christmas cooking/baking repertoire). My house smells loverly!
Only one mention of "red balloon sad" today and thankfully Toddler waited until MrScout and I were actually awake and able to talk to him about it. I managed to get out of him (though how accurate it is I don't know) that he's not sad about the balloon but that the balloon is sad at being blown away from him.
MomScout sent me some links of some of Toddler's birthday presents (she's keeping them there for him to open and have toys to play with at their house). TS saw some of them and while he doesn't realize they're presents waiting for him he seemed quite keen on a couple of the bits he saw. Bad Scout, I know, and next year I'll have to watch myself much more carefully.
MT, what kind of dog is MistleDog?
JM, are you actually resting? <<Gives JM a stern look>>
Does anyone need a top up?
mistledog is a proper mutt.... We got her as a whippet cross - but she's got more greyhound than whippet - max of 1/8th! Bit of lab or retriver, possibly bit of alsatian and or ridgeback.....
I had an unexpected burst of energy today so we went to a garden centre in Abbotsford (about 30 km away) and I found my much-longed-for half whiskey barrel
They had hanging baskets of white geraniums for a song (CDN$ 5.00) so I bought a pair to hang on the planter hooks at the front of the house. It gets sun all afternoon which is perfect for geraniums. I also got some pansies just to add some colour.
Now I have to decide what to actually do with my barrel. Knock holes in the bottom, half bury it and use it as a mixed bulb planter? The depth means it would make an amazing bulb "lasagne". Latest bloomers on the bottom, earliest on top.
Or, turn on its side and half bury it (tipped back a little) and plant pretty colourful things in it and make it look like it's spilling out?
We also went to Costco (Scout will know) for bulk shopping, and then to our local supermarket to buy our Thanksgiving turkey, since its Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend.
Erm, and I washed and folded a load of laundry. All this between about noon and 6 pm. Like I said, a surprising burst of energy given I've been lying around the last few days. I'm a little tired now. Actually I'm parked on the couch and DH can pretty much pick up from here.
But in my defence, JB and I sat and lay around most of the morning, until about noon. He played Lego and I read/ MNd.
<JM tiptoes out, leaving an assortment of , , s and other snacks for late-night tea room visitors>
See you all tomorrow!
Why does it need half burrying JM? I like the sound of the bulb lasagne though.
Please don't try to do too much - shingles is nasty!
Oh not to worry - it was loathsome, I do NOT need a relapse!! <shudder>
You half-bury whiskey barrels because they're HUGE. Or a third could be enough. Basically would want enough of it underground so you have something to plant pretty things in. That's if they're on their side.
As a bulb planter I suppose I could just plop it down.
JM - As your transatlantic garden design consultant, I have to say I looove the idea of the barrel at an angle, planted with soft things that tumble out like water.
ouch to your ladybits JM and yes rest and yes flowing waterfall like flowers from barrel
Mistle so sorry about dog. You will know. Even though OxHound was ill on and off for 2 years we knew when it was time. gaps are hard. we are still dog free but it is deceptively easy....
Maud, yes, I have even touched the life size Skyfall poster since I just happened to be close to it at the cinema and couldn't help a quick stroke....
Oxboy lives in a parallel universe, often things that haven't happened are totally true - but I think on balance his world is better than mine "oh mummy I am sorry I wasn't listening but my head was just so full of jolly plans" - and yes,he is part Enid Blyton
I am longing for another baby, aching, gah I can't seperate why or emotion from practical but a few friends have just had babies and Oxboy is begging for one.... it is too hard - do I say "no" because it is impractical - technically hard - inconvenient - because we were shattered by the end of the journey that led to Oxboy and I have forgotten?? hard indeed to answer and not possible even to voice in RL - I am normally very good at placing things and recognising feelings for what they are but this makes me flounder!
::Clasps Oxeye to her ample bosooom::
You stroked James Bond? You hussy.
I have no idea what to say about the baby hunger. For very nearly all the time, I have felt that we were so fortunate to have The Girl that it would be greedy and presumptuous to hope for more, but I did have that sort of wobble when my antenatal group started announcing second pregnancies. But, faced with the reality that for us the journey would be (as you say) impractical, technically hard verging on impossible (as it was first time) and emotionally shattering, the wobble soon passed. It is odd, and disorientating, and very hard to voice in RL. What does OxBloke think?
Have some and, if you wish, some further [clasping].
Oxeye, how difficult to still have a choice. I agonised about trying again; it failed, which was heartbreaking. Would it have been better not to try ... I don't know. Wriggle was too young to understand; would Oxboy understand? (Yes, we are trying to have another baby/No, we don't want to have another baby) Probably the person who helped me to come to terms with this most was Maud.
Really, LaBelleDame? I'm humbled to think so, but find it hard to beleive that my wafflings and ramblings help anyone.
You are absolutely right that it's the element (or not) of choice that lies at the heart of the difficulty. What helped me was the realisation that, realistically, we probably had only the illusion of choice, because we could choose to set off down the path again but the chances of arriving at the destination were vanishingly small - we'd managed it once, but the odds really were stacked against our managing it again. So, really, our choice wasn't baby/ no baby but gruelling journey to uncertain destination/arriving spontaneously at probably the same destination.
((((oxeye)))) Been there, done that, know what it feels like. Getting over it is tough. We could, I suppose, have continued down that route, but for us there was so much angst associated that it would have torn us in pieces... DS would have been a wonderful big brother... and he has asked if he could have a sibling. More recently though, he has commented that he would have to share our time - and that its not necessarily all roses with younger siblings - so there is hope.
MIstledog has had a reasonable weekend, but is in pain this evening - don't think it will be long.
Oh oxeye, no words of wisdom but lots of and ((hugs)).
I'm useless in situations like this.
I always felt like the decision was taken from me
even though I could have chosen to put things off and try for another and was okay with it but when I got the letter from the hospital saying they were putting things off until 2014 my first thought was "Bastards! We could have tried/had a second BabyScout!" Not a very positive thought. My nieces/nephews have apparently been talking about when I have another baby which makes me a bit I guess lingering resentment over a statement my BiL made two years ago. I dread Toddler asking about a brother or sister but am hoping that maybe because he doesn't like babies (never has been interested in them when all of the other children were/are) that maybe he won't ask too much.
That must be very hard, Scout.
Have some and [bosooom clasping] yourself.
Have you made any progress in checking whether the hospital is 'allowed' to defer you for so long?
Thanks, Maud. I tried not to dwell on that thought regarding the letter and haven't mentioned it to MrScout as he's happy with our family of three (so am I but when peers of Toddler's are about to be big brothers/sisters for the third time it's hard to not feel a bit about it). To be honest I think Toddler's happy and likes having not only the one-on-one attention being an only provides but the peace and quiet it provides. He enjoyed holiday
with his cousins, the balls of noise they are but seemed visibly relieved when we got back to my PiL and then home where he was a solidary child with control over his toys and the ability to just sit and think/ponder/explore/play at his leisure.
I have calling the GP on my list of things to do this week, Maud. To be honest I was spittin' mad last week and if I had contacted the GP or the hospital I might have said something I would regret.
How's the lovely Girl, Maud?
Right, who would like some chocolate?
I have ice cream, sauce, sprinkles, bars, drinking hot & cold, biscuits and cake.
I'd love a hot chocolate, please.
The Girl is (obviously and naturally) fabulous. She has a badge for you, which I'll mail in the week.
I think I have chocolate marshmallows somewhere, Maud, would you like some with your hot chocolate?
Oooohhhh, a badge. I like badges. I have "go to the council shop and buy badges" on my list of things to do next month when we go home.
Yes, this one is a new badge and a goodie!
No thank you to the marshmallows, but I'll have the hot chocolate as I'm on my way to bed now.
::rock and roll lifestyle::
<<Hands Maud her hot chocolate which is just the right temperature for drinking.>> Don't forget your warm fuzzy blanket -- it's a chilly night tonight!
I'd love a hot chocolate too please!
Just enjoying half an hour of peace. GPs are still here and we've had a great weekend but sometimes I just need a bit of time to myself to think. Mr Bean is away all week so from tomorrow it'll just be me and Small Bean in charge.
No good advice Oxeye I'm afraid as we did, in theory, have a choice as to whether to have another child but for all sorts of reasons it wouldn't have been the right thing for us. I love being a little family unit but I do occasionally get the 'what if?' pangs and also the 'is it really too late to change our mind?' feeling. It happens less as Small Bean gets older and the hypothetical age gap increases, I just can't imagine trying to entertain a 7year old and a 2year old for example. Small Bean did announce tonight that he would have four children (apparently single-handedly ). I also second LaBelle in that I find Maud's wise words very comforting.
<<Passes bean a hot chocolate, again the perfect temperature for drinking.>> Marshmallows are here on the side if you'd like some.
::Waves to Bean as she climbs the wooden hill to Bedfordshire::
Yum, thank you Scout. I do hope you get some answers from the hospital/doctor this week.
(((hugs)))) all round - thank you my dears, just your immediate understanding makes me feel better!
sorry not to post but MN has been on go slow.
Bean you hit the nail on the head, I think technically possible to make another attempt but impossible for all sorts of other reasons, but a friend has just had a very late baby which suddenly makes me think am I just living a safe life and avoiding the issue? And Oxboy is so very keen - although with the idea I think rather than the reality - but like MC he would be a great big brother <sigh>
I too find Maud very comforting - thank you all
Scout how frustrating about the treatment
and yes, I stroked the full size cut out lying down Bond <drool>
with that thought I am off to bed
<joins line of those who gratefully soak up Maud's words of wisdom and comfort>
I'm tired. I overdid it today. Didn't want to but being Canadian Thanksgiving, I sort of had to. Cooked our turkey dinner for DH, MIL and me, and cleaned up after. Doesn't sound like much but turkey, sour cream and garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed veg and giblet gravy is pretty much an all-day, almost-every-pot kind of affair. MIL makes the loveliest stuffing ever so she brought that, and a lemon pudding cake.
I am proud to say I did not eat too much. I didn't even eat close to too much. V v v proud. Normally at this time I'd be in a turkey coma.
Night everyone. Sweet dreams.
Mmmm, turkey coma. Happy Thanksgiving JM!
BeanandSpud - you're very welcome to use mistlechick as a quasi older-sibling... we're not that far away. I suppose we too could have continued trying - but I think it would have been detrimental to our mental health, possibly marriage, if not physical health... Enough was enough. Buggy sold to a mner now which sort of puts a good line under the whole thing.
If anyone knows of someone with medium sized cross breed puppies that might be suitable, please let me know. Willing to travel to get the right one to fit in (will need to be able to keep up with mistlechick and want to play hide and seek in the woods and generally become part of the team)
Again, we could have tried to have another, but decided that we couldn't put ourselves through the possibilities of repeated miscarriages again, and the possibility of another prem birth. Although I have the occasional pang, I know that was the right choice, and now physically I couldn't manage, so thats that.
On another note, Maud, could you advise on suitable bulbs to layer in our new big planters (3 x 6 ft by 2 ft) which form a retaining wall in the garden. I'd like to put them in at different depths to give as long a display as poss without me doing anything with them
Toddler woke up this morning talking about the "'venture in my sleep" (dream). So we asked what adventures did he have and he said "Balloon blow away. Got it! I got it!" So I think in his dream he managed to rescue/save the blowing away balloon. He was smiling talking about his dream and I think
hope he's now made some peace with his blown away red balloon. He also fell overboard almost off our bed this morning and hit his head on the bedframe. As he sobbed he said "Feel better! Make feel better!" Normally he tries to shrug off most attempts at hugs/kisses/rubs better.
I noticed this morning how long he is. The 4T pajamas I put him in last month had a bit of a sag to them (all-in-one footy PJs with zipper so bum down to his knees) and this morning the bum is more where it should be
in the bum area. He's been impossible to keep full this past week and on Saturday evening ate almost an entire individual pizza (I don't push food and normally just cut up what I think he'll eat but he kept saying "More cut pizza!" and then scoffing what I cut). I'm going to try to get hand prints, foot prints and height measurement of him on his third birthday (isn't it the third birthday they say measure them on and times it by two to get their full-grown height?).
I think Small Bean would love having MC as a quasi-brother - we should try to get together before Winter sets in?
:: makes for everyone and passes around warm scones::
::waits (notebook ready) for Maud to come back with bulb advice::
That would be lovely Bean, yes please - we could see if Donki could spare an hour or two from her studies too (I have her phone number).
I have been trying to get some long-sleeved school shirts for mc (he's still in summer uni at the moment with short sleeves). I go for the version in the renowned store that indicates that its very non iron (as I try to avoid ironing).
We got him some 'standard' 10s - and also some 'long' 10s and have discovered that, even though he's only 7.5, we really need the 'long' 10s if there's any chance of the sleeves being long enough by the end of the Easter term! I know DH is large, but this is ridiculous!!!
scout- glad TS had a dream about red balloon he was happy with. Measure at 3 sounds plausible. I just look at the centile lines in Boys red book. he has stuck very neatly to the same line since age 1, so I think its a reasonable guide. Boy will be a 6 footer, which is not a surprise as all the men in my family are 6 ft or more.
I have just spent 40 minutes hunting for my house keys :-( we had to walk to school ( in the rain ) as no house keys means no bikes out of garage. I found them, eventually. under papers on the desk. Why I put them there I do not know.
yes please to virtual choc in celebration. a bar I think.
Choice to be small family here. I don't seem to get broody , in fact I have very little desire to even visit friends with tiny babies and find my self thinking " you mug" rather than "congratulations " when people announce subsequent pregnancies. Even if we did change minds, its too late, have taken irreversible steps.
Boy is in long trousers for school for 1st time this term today. Also had central heating on for 1st time this morning. Tis very dismal and soggy today.
It is grim isn't it ? DS wears shorts all year round, which is a good thing based on growth velocity - yesterday we went to a donutting party at a dry ski slope and his age 7-8 leggings were so short he needed to put on knee length socks to cover up. Red book says he'll be 6'5, which is about right based on his cousins
Anyone for calorie free hot drinks and cakes ?
UniS - I'll force mc into his trousers after half term. Not sure when I'll win on trousers rather than shorts at home though! DH has a tendency to wear them from March - November....
Toddler also keeps asking for a balloon at Nana & Grandpa's house for his birthday. I think I'll have to go and get him a mylar one to wake up to on the day (his birthday is on a weekend day and we'll be at the PiL to celebrate).
I'm lucky that Toddler still wears what I put him in. He rarely protests.
We have a different plumber coming on Wednesday to sort out our boiler. I last one last winter was rubbish. He kept saying "I'll order this part and be back" and never did despite MrScout
harassing calling him regularly. I'm hoping this means our hot water will be properly hot and we won't be at risk to waking up with no heat. We haven't turned the heat on yet this winter and I think we're trying to hold out until the boiler is fixed.
GP appointment to discuss hospital stuff booked. Gah. Why am I nervous about this?
Because dealing with authority figures is always a bit unnerving, Scout
especially if you're a wimp like me.
Right. Bulbs. First some questions.
Is there/will there be anything else in these planters - shrubs, ground cover etc?
What sort of look are you after - bold and architectural? Pretty and dainty? Modern and funky? Classic cottage garden?
What sort of colour scheme? Again, bold and bright or pastel and restrained? Any colours you definitely do or don't want?
Oh and what direction do the planters face and how much sun do they get?
Are they rendered and painted? If so, what colour?
Nothing else in planters, though might put some bedding plants in in the summer.
I'd like funky, but bold or cottage garden would be ok too. Bright colours, and no definate nos.
Roughly east/west, lots of sun apart from right at one end which gets less.
They are not painted, just natural oiled light wood.
Scout, I'd just go with the tack that you need to understand what has changed that it can be put off so far as no one has told you the clinical picture.
<seconds request for job advice>
West-facing front bit.
For Cmot's gorgeous-sounding planters, I would suggest any of these:
1. Cheerful, tasteful combo: lots of different narcissus - start with early varieties such as January or February Gold and then add other, later varieties to extend the flowering season. Smaller, daintier varieties like Minnow and Pipit are lovely, too - browse one of the bulb websites like van Meuwen or J Parker. Underplant the narcissus with forget-me-nots and something line green - euphorbia Polychroma or any of the lime green heucheras (Stoplight is a nice one, as is Key Lime Pie). All very low maintenance. Other bulbs that will flower at about the same time are anemone (blue would be best but also available in white) and muscari. The pale blue muscari is rather bleurgh but muscari latifolium is deep purple and truly gorgeous. Pushkinia and triteleia are both very pale blue and very pretty.
2. Bold and funky - purple tulips (Ronaldo and Couleur Cardinal are lovely) underplanted with wallflowers (best colour combination is Persian Carpet).
3. Bold and beautiful - orange tulips (Prinses Irene or Ballerina) under planted with lime green heucheras. Dark purple violas to fill the gaps.
4. Fresh and pretty - Any yellow tulip, forget me nots, blue geranium (Johnson's Blue or similar) for ground cover.
5. Art deco - black tulips (Negrita or Queen of Night) and white forget me nots or geranium or white tulips and geranium phaeum Mourning Widow, which is black. Fill spaces with Alchemilla mollis and small white bulbs (eg anemone blanda).
6. For later in the year - various varieties of allium and gladiolus Byzantinus (magenta). Lots of lilies - Lilium regale is gorgeous - and gladioli if you want to channel Dame Edna. Much later in the year, cyclamen coum - very bold in shocking pink or delicate in white.
I'm suggesting all these things for ground cover because it'll be hard to get the planters to look full with nothing but bulbs - at somd times of year there'll be nothing to look at - and empty soil will invite weeds. Everything I'm suggesting is very low maintenance. Low-growing grasses would also plug gaps - carex buchananii (bronze) would work with the b&w plantings and Elijah Blue with any of the others.
I can't do links because I'm on my phone but you can probably see everything I've named on www.rhs.org.uk.
I am a bit obsessed with tulips. Other lovely varieties are
Carnaval de Nice
Another summer bulb (very hip, very designer) is nectaroscordum.
I love the parrot tulips....
Ah, you see, I don't, which is why they're not on my list ....
Thank you, thank you, thank you Maud . I will be on the bulb websites shortly
You're right - its something else that I like.... not the big fat ones - much less blousey.....
My pleasure, Cmot. I love to talk plants. Let me know what you choose!
I should also have suggested heucheras in other colours - Palace Purple or Obsidian (nearly black) as ground cover. The little white flowers on heucheras are pretty but unspectacular - it's their coloured leaves that make them so interesting.
If its in the front of the house - and you want something that's good in the summer, and around which some bulbs would be fine in the spring, something like catmint might be rather nice - good for the bees and butterflies and flowers from spring right through (and likes relatively dry conditions). I love agapanthus - but I understand that its best to grow them in a pot and raise it in the winter and put them somewhere dry (eg a garage) so that they don't get wet and cold at the same time until they're well established - when they can be planted out and left with more sucess.
Yes, agapanthus like root congestion so flower better in pots. There are some nearly-black varieties which, with their white counterparts,would also suit an art deco planting.
thank you all for cheering me up yesterday, lovely just to drop in and have supportive words of advice - and then brilliant bulb tips! I think I shall have to channel my inner Maud to try and find a couple of corners in our teeny tiny garden for a bulb and heucheras session
good luck Scout you are nervous because it matters to you. Glad Toddler having great dreams he sounds a sweetie
love idea of tea room siblings
I had given up red book and forgot to measure Oxboy on 3rd birthday but I suspect he'll be a tall bean pole like OxBloke
Love the nectaroscordum. May be looking for some.
::Clasps Oxeye .... etc etc::
How are you feeling today, my lovely?
I was thinking today that I should dig out The Girl's red book and see if I can calculate her eventual height. She seems to be going from quite tall to smaller than her peers, but maybe that's because they've had growth spurts.
Maud, Toddler does that too. He started out more on the average side then crept up in the percentiles where he hovered for a while and then, apparently, at his 2 yr check (which was closer to 2.4) he was creeping back to average but seeing as she couldn't get TS to stand on the measurer thing I didn't believe her (especially since I had measured him taller three months before). Toddler is definitely having a spurt, though.
MrScout is 6'5", I'm about 5'5"/5'6" (depends on how bad my scoliosis is acting up when I'm measured), one of my SsiL is 6', the twins are 5'10", so I anticipate Toddler will be at least 6'.
Oxeye, you wouldn't have thought Toddler was sweet if you witnessed his <<ahem>>
way out of character tantrum he had this afternoon at the toddler group. To be fair all of the kids seemed off kilter today but he just had an almighty meltdown to the point where I took him out and we left.
Nectaroscordum is indeed les genoux de l'abeille. I saw a garden on Gardeners' World where they were complaining about how easily it self-seeds and having to grub up the seedlings, but it doesn't do that (sadly) in my garden, probably because of the heavy clay.
Scout - I think we've all had those days when the only thing to do with a stroppy toddler is beat a more or less dignified retreat!
Yes, there were a few of us at various points who just said "forget it, let's go home." Shame, really, because today's group is Toddler's favorite group and he looks forward to it all day/week.
At breakfast I was told "Red balloon so sad. It blowed away. Toddler cried red balloon got away. Go Pizza Hut lunch new red balloon?"
I don't whether to laugh or cry at this point!
Oh, Maud, GREAT new badge! Thank you!!!
He's a smart boy! What a cunning plan!
I'm so glad you like the badge - it was designed by one of the girls (not one of mine, though)!
It is, indeed, a cunning plan. But the closest ones are in YOUT and I am carless today. The bus, surprisingly, is stupidly expensive and can take up to two hours to go 17.7 miles. I told him that we couldn't go today but maybe another day.
I think girl designed badges are some of the best.
Well, it'd be a great plan for another day when you have the car. Are you likely to be in the big bad capital city any time before your trip home? I'm hoping I might get to YOUT soon.
Yes, that's what I told him. I'm hoping to meet up with the Seniors for a pizza hut lunch one day soon so I'll take Toddler and he can see his girlies, eat pizza and
hopefully get a new red balloon.
I don't know about the Big Smoke but do hope to get to YOUT once or twice before we go to finish off the Christmas and birthday presents shopping.
Wow, you lot have been very chatty over the weekend. Just read through all the posts I'd missed and now it's nearly time to watch the Bake Off semi-final so I have no time to post!
Skimmed over the bulb conversation - I am about to plant a few last spring bulbs (prob crocuses) under our maple tree. Hoping I've not left it too late in the year - I was scraping ice off the car windscreen this morning and the weather is definitely turning!
I am in the process of giving/selling Banderchanglet's baby stuff now that we have decided once and for all not to have any more. Whilst I have some nostalgia for some items, I'm generally pleased to see the end of that phase. We were waiting to really "want" another one, and that feeling never came and so we figured that meant we were happy with one. So that's that and the stuff is being sold! Like some of you, I think the age gap would be too big now even if I did get broody later on. I do wonder sometimes "what if", but not very seriously.
I ate dinner at Toddler's dinner time. I am hungry. I've just finished the tub of ice cream (there wasn't much left). What else can I have?
Toddler is definitely nearing three. We had another major, un-Toddler-like, meltdown at group this afternoon. There are two things I can think of that were the same as yesterday -- a trolley/stroller that a number of children wanted and a boy named P. Toddler and P were actually sort of "sizing each other up" (that's what P's mum said, anyway) and they had a few minor clashes yesterday over toys, too. The first time I took him away from the situation, the second time we went outside of the room for a calm down and a conversation (and I did tell him that if he screeched
and I really mean scream the place down in a temper again we would go home) and after the third time I scooped him up, quietly said "We're going outside and going home because we agreed if you screeched again we were going to leave." Surprisingly he stopped almost immediately upon leaving (which is what he did when we left the room the first time) so I think he realizes I mean business and will follow through with my threat promise to take him out of the group. He had a ride most of the way home, which makes me think he was tired after his tantrum/s but when I put him to bed tonight I noticed his cheeks were going bright pink so maybe he's coming down with something which caused the outburst/s?
This is the first week he's really done that in a big way. I'm wondering if I should not going to these activities for a while or keep going and keep doing what I'm doing (remove once, remove from the room to talk/calm down, remove from the room & go home). Anyone have any thoughts?
But don't be shy about keeping a few treasures, Banderchang. I have a little box of babygros and tiny cardigans, that I will weep and coo over when I;m an old lady.
Bulbs. I should have mentioned crocuses and also hyacinths. I always do hyacinths for indoors but they can look lovely in borders. Jan Bos and Woodstock are both good strong colours.
I have more than just babygros. At each season, when I bag up the clothes that he's outgrown or will outgrow over the next season, I sort through and keep one or two of my favorite things. I have a box of tee-shirts, pajamas, overalls, etc. along with newborn babygros, blankets, etc.
Oh yes, I'm keeping some bits - I'm not totally heartless! I have a few of his littlest vests, plus the outfit he came home from hospital in. Also his first shoes and , like Scout says, a few random bits of other sizes that I am particularly attached to.
Hope Toddler doesn't end up being poorly, Scout. It sounds like you're being really consistent when dealing with his behaviour which must send nice clear messages to him. If you had a break from the group where he's acting up, is there something else nice you could do instead? When we've had this kind of thing, I've usually done an alternative activity for a week or two to break the cycle, then gone back. Hard to know what to do though.
It's his first pair of proper Oshkosh overalls that get me every time. Especially when I look at him in his current ones. Once upon a time my baby was really a baby!
Banderchang, yes, at least on Tuesdays there's an alternative activity. Unfortunately not for Mondays and it's the Monday group/activity he absolutely LOVES. He was devastated when they didn't run it last term and he nearly burst when he found out they were running it again. Every week he asks if it's that's day yet and when it's Monday I spend all morning repeating "No, Toddler, it's not time to go to BB yet. Why don't you do/play with xyz and I'll tell you when it's time to go?" I use the "three strikes" method at home ("No, don't do xyz" then "Toddler, I said we are not to do xyz. If you do it again there will be a time out." then "Toddler, I have said you're not to do xyz and you did it so now there is a time out.") and I rarely have to get to the consequence stage but when I do I do it and the time out works well for both Toddler and myself. I have seen what not following through with statements & consequences does to the parent/s and the child/ren and I cannot live like that. It's hard work, this parenting and consistency lark, but I think the end results will be worth it.
Consistency is a good thing... well done scout.
arrrr over tiny baby oshkosh. I have only kept 1 t-shirt and 1 bib from boys small baby days. heartless mother that I am ( and we have moved house twice). He's still wearing a pair of shorts that he had age 1, but now they are PJs and a bit indecent. They used to fit over a bulky terry nappy.
hello my lovelies ::hugs Maud back:: and anyone else who feels like a ((())))
Banderchang, sorry, are you relatively new? I am old but erstwhile so we may not have chatted much yet!
I have kept a few baby things, as each pile grows I find some of the earlier stuff less sentimental so it sort of wittles down quite well - I do get a pang seeing friends in hand me down clothes that were Oxboys - watching the trousers still being toddled in more awww than lying in a drawer iyswim - certainly I feel particularly tender to the recipient of most of the clothes, he must be a dear boy because he looks like my dear boy!
Scout you sound awesomely sorted and consistent. Me, I am a pushover
pathetcially whimpy at confrontation I suspect I am always slightly trying to make up to my poor boy for the inadequacies of having me as a mum! There you go.... will now rush out and buy bulbs and think of you all!
Sometimes I hate children. Grrrr. Not my own and not the lovely Tea Room offspring just children where I live. Grrr.
Toddler's lovely new steam train hat got blown off the stroller (he had taken it off so I tucked it into his chariot) on the path on the way to the playground today. I was thinking about this hat, wondering where it was, on the way back from our play and I saw two school kids, one wearing a hat that was clearly too small for him and in the same color as Toddler's. I wasn't sure and I watched this kid climb a tree and stuff it between two branches. Toddler's hat is clearly a toddler's cap, not one for an older child or adult. WHY would he do that?! Unfortunately I wasn't sure it was Toddler's hat until I got close to the tree and the kids were gone. So, after walking two miles to the playground, running around for two hours and walking back one mile at that point I, Scout, climbed a tree to rescue my son's lovely new steam train hat. "Mommy, hat in tree! Get it Mommy!" And when I got down it was "Mommy get hat from tree!"
I am tired
and sore and in need of an adult beverage.
And yes, I know the kid probably thought it was fun or funny or whatever. But really?! Did he HAVE to put a toddler sized cap high enough into a tree that even my 6'5" husband would have had to climb for it?!
That is just mean. but at least Toddler was impressed with your arboreal feats!
Yes, I did get a lot of "Mommy getted hat tree!" on the way home as he held on to this cap. But climbing trees is not what this mommy does best.
No, I'm afraid I would have had to leave it where it was, because I am too
old, fat and unfit ladylike to climb trees!
Well done with the tree climbing Scout! Hello oxeye, yes I am a newbie. I've lurked for a while but only recently gathered up the courage to join in. I don't always keep up too well with the speedy conversation and am still trying to understand Mellors, but I think I'm doing ok!
We're viewing primary schools tomorrow as we need to apply for Banderchanglet ready for Sept 2013. There are 3 closish to home, but only one is walkable so I hope we like that one. We're taking Banderchanglet with us to see how the schools relate to him as well as what we think in general terms. We did view one about 6 months ago which is near work (but not near home) but the headteacher was very odd. Hoping that these ones are more normal! I can't believe my baby will be at school this time next year! He's excited about it though, which is great. Hope nothing scares him at the visits tomorrow - fingers crossed it was the right idea to take him! (Too many apostrophes in this post, sorry).
Gah - not apostrophes - exclamation marks!!!!
Trust me, if I hadn't wanted that hat back I wouldn't have gone tree climbing. It was neither pretty nor graceful.
MrScout is going to California. He's leaving on Toddler's birthday. Unfortunately they need him home/back the following week so he goes for a week, comes home for a week, goes back
to Pennsylvania for two weeks. Gah! And because he's gone for half term I'm stuck on my own with Toddler because all of our groups & activities run to term so won't be running that week. Gah!
I'm more worried about MrScout and all that flying/time changing.
Yes, it doesn't sound fun from anybody's point of view.
Adult beverage coming up Scout...
I think you deserve it after the tree-climbing! And I love the train jumper. Although Small Bean is still train mad he just wouldn't wear things like that now as they're not 'cool' - whatever 'cool' means to a 4.5 year old
I think I may join you in the . My day went like this: drop Small Bean at breakfast club for first time keeping fingers crossed that he'd be ok; drive 2.5 hours; sit through meeting; drive back 2.5 hours; pick up Small Bean just in time and then home for bath/bed etc. Repeated tomorrow as Mr Bean is away.
:: waves at Banderchang ::
Sorry I haven't really said hello. I have a DS who is 4.5 and I am usually running around like a loony whilst drinking wine in the tearoom and eating the cake which is permanently on offer here. I do remember the schools dilemma well (Small Bean started in September). Until then I couldn't understand why people spent so much time talking about/comparing/debating/criticising schools. Now I know!
I will read your bulb recommendations properly later Maud. Do you tend to buy on-line? Can you recommend anywhere to get good bulbs?
I wish we were going and then going straight from California to Pennsylvania for three weeks but there's no point in whinging.
::smiles at thought of you being married to Mr Bean::
I buy most of my bulbs via my gardening society, but otherwise I use J Parkers (mixed results - some of last year's weren't in tip top condition - but otherwise OK and pretty cheap) or Crocus. Van Meuven have a very good reputation but I've never used them.
How annoying re the hat - but at least you got it back - good climbing Scout!
I'm also a bit about other children... Mc was lovely to a new starter in his class at the beginning of the term. He told me today that this one child organised lots of other children to attack him at lunch time - and a teacher intervened and asked them whether they would want to pay for a new uniform for him....
Revolting things, other people's children.
I'm frequently staggered at how RUDE some children are to their grandparents ( who pick them up after school). If I got wind of boy talking to his GPs like that he wold be in big trouble and all PC privileges withdrawn.
however I am a proud mum today, Boy managed to earn extra golden time this week for extra good behaviour - he got team points too so it must have been good. Extra golden time apparently means you can go in early from afternoon break and get first dibs on the activities. I expect he will chose to play on the PC ... ho hum.
Egads, UniS. Toddler isn't even allowed to get away with talking to adults like that and he's two. Well done, Boy, for extra good behavior.
Grrr at MC's angry new starter friend.
Bean, I'm going to get that sweater for Toddler and put him in it as long as he'll let me. He doesn't care what he wears
unlike a lot of girls of the same age I know.
Hello Banderchang, glad you jumped in. I fear lurkers look round
work out think we're mad and run off! I am Oxeye I have one boy aged 6 and one DH who is lovely but Manly so he goes away on Expotitions up the Limpopo etcetera
I have been at work for 12 hours today, now home, supper and more work albeit at home this time ... I am feeling so tired I am a bit (tea room special)
Mellors is easy to understand - he is heaven on a stick so for me right now he is plumping up a lovely duvet and bed with clean sheets, making me a lovely cup of tea and he is going to read to me because I long for some reading time but am too tired to actually do it and then, well because we can, he is going to give me a massage which I will enjoy even though I will fall asleep ....
Scout hats off for the tree climbing - if that's not a sore point!
Bean beware the fickle taste of a child, when we looked at schools one school (damn their eyes) gave Oxboy a cup cake. I ASK you - he still says he wants to go there three years later!!
DH thinks boy may have been away with the fairys while rest of class were rampaging noisily, and thus was rewarded for " being quiet and sat down" . This is possible.
Gah! In a minor strop (as in, I'm not 100% happy so I will throw Bunny on the floor to show you!) Toddler threw Bunny down and he landed in the toilet. Thankfully it was a "clean" toilet (as in flushed but I haven't scrubbed it this week). Now Toddler doesn't understand that Bunny has to stay in the shower cubicle until after swimming when he can give him a bath. He thinks because Bunny got wet in the toilet he's already had a bath. Gah! I can't handle the whinging for Bunny. He has Dopple for this reason but no one -- not Dopple nor Creamy (his second favorite behind Bunny) nor Chocolate nor Baby Bunny nor Baby Creamy Bunny (the newest addition to the warren and he arrived this weekend) -- will do. Gah! And a bit (Tea Room Special).
Poor Bunny. And poor Scout, having to deal with toilet-drenched bunny.
Poor toddler and bunny. Its never funny having to retrieve objects from the loo.
I am having a vvvvvv not fun day. I tripped over yesterday, sprained my ankle, skinned my knee and hurt Bad Hand. This morning I went to minor injuries who extensively x rayed me, no fractures found, but am seeing hand bloke tomorrow to check tendons as v swollen and painful.
And this morning my mum collapsed again and has been whisked to A&E - dad is at home, I'm 70 miles away, and A&E are impossible to get on the phone.
Poor dad is in a right tizz.
and for all.
Sorry to hear about hand and mum CMot
Scout - DS has an elephant. When he was small, sometimes the elephant would (strangely) be found in the top cupboard in his bedroom. However, then it was noticed that sometimes the elephant's sister came to visit - and then went away again. Now, regularly, both elephant and her sister are carried around / tucked into bed together (luckily its only an evening and early morning thing now). If one is missing, that's just about OK - but if both are missing, not his dog, the other two nearly matching dogs, the ferret, the 3 teddies, duck or polar bear is adequate substitution.
CMOT that sounds bad about your hand and your mum. Is your hand a long running problem? I've had lots of surgery on my right wrist following a fall about 15 years ago so I can sympathise. Hands are so fundamental, aren't they? I had trouble brushing my teeth or hair using that hand at one point and it was awful.
We viewed 3 schools today, with Banderchanglet in tow, and we're shattered now! I LOVED the one which was furthest away (typical), and the 2 close to home were fine but I didn't get excited about either one. The further away one was brilliant and I could totally see DS there and having a lovely time. Although it's furthest away of the ones we're considering, they're never oversubscribed and currently have lots of children who live a lot further out than us. So I think we will get in. We'll just have morning hassles because it's the opposite direction from work. Worth it though - I would have paid to send him there.
Mum is now in their 'not quite admitted, but longer than A&E' dept. Nurse is phoning me after docs have seen her, but have told them about her dementia and lack of comprehension/speech.
The hand/arm is a long running thing Banderchang. My hand is pretty much non functional, my wrist is fused, and I can't rotate at the elbow. Its a PITA
Sending you lots and lots of love.
And everyone else. Busy day. Will try to pop in later.
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Hi Middy, welcome to the tearoom. Its just about teatime, so can I offer you a and a calorie/allergy free sticky cake ?
I have a 6 year old livewire ds, live in the middle of england, have a mad job and many animals. And elderly/frail parents.
shuffling in from the rain
Hello, please may I join you in your lovely snug tearoom? I am a mum to a 7YO DS, definitely an only child & was planned to be that way.
Anyone got tips to deal with sibling rivalry between DS and DM (Daft Mutt!)? Thank you.
Welcome, Middy and QueenofLouisiana! Two more new members. Wahoo!
Would you like some virtual champagne. We drink
an awful lot of it here.
::Asks Mellors to hand round the Veuve Clicquot::
I say Mellors, I do like the waiters outfit, but is it not a little chilly in just the apron and bow tie ?
I am dumping the diet tonight and having a takeaway. Mum is being admitted to the ward proper till at least tomorrow which is a relief.
How is the sibling rivalry expressed between ds and dmutt Queen ?
That sounds good(ish) about your mum, Cmot. When my dad had to be admitted, he was in that betwixt and between unit for days, which did him no good at all.
::Hands Mellors one of the fluffy white bathrobes usually reserved for his massage clients::
I would love a glass of champagne, are there
out of season and so very expensive strawberries to go with it? They would finish off my own take away meal rather well!
The sibling rivalry is particularly intense today as DH is working late- DS has draped himself all over me, DMutt is pawing and sticking her head on my knee! I read with DS, DMutt wants the garden...I walk DMutt, DS insists on coming to play football!
residents tea roomers! Welcome Middy and QueenofLA. I'm Scout. Toddler will be three in 2 1/2 weeks.
CMOT, I second goodish about your mum. I hope everything is okay with her, your dad and your hand/arm. Ouch.
Banderchang, when do you have to choose a school for Banderchanglet? Will you be able to visit them all again?
MrScout was supposed to go to Geek Club tonight which meant I'd had have an evening alone watching cheesie television and making chutney but he's just messaged me saying he's coming home. Boo.
I managed to wash and dry Bunny without Toddler seeing
though he knew it was happening but oh the joy and happiness at the reunion! You'd have thought he had been lost for years not just out of commission for four hours.
QueenofLouisiana - The joy and delight of Mellors is that whatever you want
within some fairly minimal standards of taste and decency he will provide. So fresh strawberries coming right up!
Yay, more newbies! Welcome from another recent newbie Scout, we have to submit the school application by January 15th so we have a bit of time to think about it. We could revisit some schools (or look at more different ones to confuse ourselves further), and I do want to visit the after school clubs in 2 of them to see what those are like. It's just typical that the school I love is the furthest away. But only a 7 min drive so not hideous, just 7 mins the wrong way from work.
Jealous of all you having takeaways tonight. DH is out at choir tonight, so Banderchanglet and I cooked mushroom pasta. He chopped all the mushrooms really well [proud]. We're in a cooking phase atm with our Sure Start cooking classes each Monday and have just discovered I Can Cook on CBeebies. Hoping this enthusiasm continues!
Oh, we have newbies! How lovely! Welcome!
Just remember we're all a bit mad and most of us drink a lot of not necessarily imaginary wine and champagne
And are you resting
young lady JM ? Hmm ? No, thought not. You don't want those shingles back do you ?
CMOT, how was your take-out?
<<UniS strolls in and plonks herself on the big squashy (chintz) sofa in front of the roaring log fire>>
I'm cold tonight. got wet and cold working outside again today. more wet n cold working outside tomorrow to come, and a VERY early start to the day. Bah. I am dropping boy off with a friend at 7.10, then DH at the city train station ( 7.45, 20 mile drive ) then I start work at 8( in city centre) .
We have hit Mr Majeka books from school at last - hurrah. And boys homework writing came back with only a positive comment, not a reminder about his targets as well. Hurrah.
<<UniS passes round teh choc box of requirements>> would you like one?
note to the new or bewildered- the Choc box of requirements holds exactly the chocolates ( or other treats) you would like most right now.
Ohh, a coffee cream, perfect.
Take out was luuvvverly. Didn't go too mad as don't want to blow the calories budget.
Mmm nougat, thanks UniS. Tomorrow sounds grim.
Evening. Bit of a dilema....
Vet booked for mistledog tomorrow sometime. Do we tell mistlechick before school so that he can say goodbye, or on the way home when (hopefully) its all over?
And does anyone know of anyone with some nice medium sized puppies available?
I think give Mistle chick the chance to say goodbye and take a last photo/ paw print etc . and tell his teacher that .
His teacher already knows we've got the issue - and we'll email in, definitely....
(welcome to everyone new!)
Peanut M&Ms and Veuve Cliquot - an underrated combination - cheers!
MT, I'm sorry about MistleDog, I think I would give MC the chance to say goodbye. I am guessing that he already knows that she really isn't well and from what I know of MC it sounds as if he is old enough to understand. Are school supportive if he has a wobble tomorrow?
JM and CMOT - get back to the sofa and relax please!!!
Hello to Middy and QueenofL I have a DS (Small Bean) who is 4.5 and very loveable but has a tendency to tell very long, complicated and mostly made-up stories. I am married to Mr Bean which Maud finds quite amusing
Yes, they are - he had a wobble last wednesday already as last Tuesday she was bad to the extent that I thought we wouldn't be able to keep her going longer... He does know how bad she is because it was not sensible to hide it from him - particularly as we're upset anyway.
I am resting!! Errr actually no I'm not, I'm having a very busy day at work. Can't lie to the Tea Room.
I'm actually feeling ok. I have injectable B12 and am supposed to give myself a jab every other day, and today was Jab Day. It's my new crack. I love B12. It makes me feel like my petrol tank is full. But not all horrible and jittery. Just like a normal person
whatever that feels like.
Sorry, meant to say, mistle, I'd let MC have a last hug of mistledog.
Oh, I feel so for you.
Yes, I think one last hug and paw print too.
Veuve Clicquot and twiglets. The ambrosia of the gods.
I'd do a last hug and say goodbye too. Love to you for tomorrow.
JM, could you jab me ? I'd love to have a full tank
Mistle - I would definitely tell MC and allow goodbyes. I still remember the trauma of my guinea pig dying and my not saying goodbye
CMOT about your wrist and your Mum - I hadn't realised you were left with such poor function - are you going to see our favourite man?
Welcome newbies! I'm old both in years and tearoom years (like dog years) and raddled and mother of one lovely DS who is both nicer than me and than I deserve!
JM - go and lie down!
Bean - would you have to drive to school? Another way of travelling might make it easier than fighting the tide?
B12 jab sounds like Heaven too!
mistle I am sorry to read about mistledog. Will be thinking of you tomorrow.
<ponders how to get B12 to the Tea Room>
Here, you can just buy it, and syringes and needles, at any pharmacy, without prescription. I'm guessing that's not the case in the UK?
Nah. I'm pretty sure you can buy B12 as a supplement (as opposed to mixed B vitamins) but I don't think syringes and needles are ever sold over the counter - prt of the UK's drugs policy, as far as I know. I'm trying to remember, when I had injectable drugs, whether the syringes were actually part of the prescription or just came with the drugs, IYSWIM.
My needles come with the drug as part of the box of drugs.
That's what I can't remember, Scout. I remember having them (and the sharps box) but it's so long ago I have no idea how I got them.
Mine weren't a separate prescription but for each dose of medicine there was a needle next to it (4 doses/4 needles per box). Sharps box(es) weren't on prescription, either. At least I don't think so -- when I had my first appointment they gave me a box which I carried around the hospital to the various tests, the pharmacy counter, etc.
When I had my needles in the US I didn't take my sharps box (didn't want to carry it in my carry-on luggage and didn't want to leave it in my checked luggage for various reasons) but my former GP surgery (the practice where my parents still go) agreed to take my needles and destroy them for me. They're also the place were we take Toddler if there's an emergency when we're in the US.
Fracture clinic confirm no actual fractures, which is great, and advised back to hand peeps if the extra stiffness persists.
Mum is still in hospital, and they still don't know what is wrong. I am hoping they may investigate fully this time - last time they just blamed it on her pain relief patches, which have not been changed this time.
Oxeye - your lovely, lovely man said there was no more he could do for me alas. I would recommend him to anyone though. Up here I have someone I've been seeing for my elbows, and who does hands too.
Sending (((((hugs))))) to CMOT and MistleFamily.
Would anyone like and fruit cake?
::rolls up sleeeve hopefully for miracle B12 injection::
I'll have some of that please Bean. We are now dogless
I'm so sorry.
Here, have some cake, , , or some of my B12 <offers jab> if it will help.
That's so sad. I missed the rest of yesterday's posts, but did MC get to say goodbye to her?
So sorry, MT . Hope you are all as ok as you can be if that makes sense.
So sorry MT. Hope you find a lovely MistlePup soon.
((Mt)) love, , and sticky cake coming your way.
Mum out of hospital now, which is a relief
Cmot - I hope that they've worked out what's wrong? Or at least given you a bit more of an idea?
JM - yes, I told him this morning so that he could say goodbye before going to school - I came back from work to be with DH - and then went back to work. I've really been struggling this week with work - couldn't get the concentration or flow.
Its silly little things - like the empty space in the hall where her basket was, and the lack of bowls in the utility room, and the lack of movement when getting a packet of butter out of the fridge....
I've been through all the rescue centres websites in the country (it feels like) to try to find something that has somewhere along the right lines of potential - its much more difficult this time as we've got DS to take into account - so whilst we could take on a 'needs an experienced owner' dog last time, this time I don't think its a good idea, just because mc is less predictable and whilst he's really good with dogs, he's still not dealt with a troublesome issue with one....
I think alcohol may be needed this evening
And, of course, mistlepup has very big shoes to fill and its going to be a struggle to find a dog that can hope to come near.
I'm sorry, MT.
CMOT, any ideas on what's happening with your mum?
MT - we have an RSPCA centre round the corner but they only have one puppy on their website. I am guessing that it is better to wait and find the right dog than make a hasty, and possibly wrong, decision?
Can I have a tearoom boast? Small Bean came home tonight and given that he couldn't read at all when he started school five weeks ago he is reading and spelling all of his flashcards, beginning to read simple books and writing simple words and sentences. I still can't quite believe how much progress he's made and I am so proud of him, particularly since he had to settle into a school where he didn't know anyone.
It's Friday night and I have on the go if anyone is still up?
Thanks Bean - have just been out for dinner with local MNetters which was great.
Dr told dad that mums collapse etc was due to constipation. Which she was (long term opiates, won't take the laxatives), but I'm not sure that it is. Dad is terrified she'll have a turn in the bath or out, and I can't blame him
Well done small bean!
I can't believe how many dogs I've looked through - if we wanted a staffie or staffie cross we'd not have any problem. Or indeed a small hairy thing. Might manage to get to see a pointer/spaniel cross puppy which sounds interesting. If we'd wanted more than one that would also have made it easier.
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How lovely! Well done, Thumb!
Should we not, though, delete that post as it might out her in RL?
I will ask for the name to be deleted, sorry didn't think (too little sleep last night)
lets hang out the lanterns and bunting for thumb and micro thumb. Hurrah.
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Oooh. Fairy lights. That's brilliant, Unis!
Mistle, the empty spaces where the litter tray used to be, or food bowls, or basket, were the hardest to bear after my little old man cat died.
After a minor panic that they might be discontinuing the one thing Toddler "really really likes" when asked what he might like for a present for his birthday or Christmas MrScout & I have managed to purchase it today. Whew! "Big" Christmas present sorted!
ooh I missed the deleted post - what's the Thumb News?
Mistle - so sorry it's terrible to lose them isn't it
CMOT vibes for your hand - does acupuncture help or is that too woo for you? and hoping your mum is sorted out soon
well done mini bean
inspired deco UniS!
Thumb's had a baby boy! So must now have small thumb and mini thumb!! Small thumb looks very happy in the picture I've seen.
My sleeping pattern is all over the place at the moment - once I've woken up I can't get back to sleep - Saturday morning came downstairs at 1am and got perhaps another 2 hrs broken sleep from about 4 onwards - this morning I woke at 4am (so better...) and came down at 4.45am - which isn't good with a week of hard work ahead.
cakje?? any one. It;'s offical- UniS is having a day of domestic godnessness and has made a Victoria sponge. Chicken pesto mayo and will be going onto try and make a chocolate ganache... I may even manage to vacuum the house, but don;t hold your breath.
I think I'll need mellors to help me clear up after all this activity.... perhaps he could bring the fluffy towels and the massage couch with him.
Victoria sponge would be great please UniS.
oooh sponge and coffee for me
no help with vacuum I'm afraid - I am proper Allergick
Goodnes UniS, don't get carried away !
Oxeye, acupuncture is great, but its sooo expensive to do regularly, as well as the time to go and have it done.
Yesterday we went to pony club for the first time (run at the stables, new set up) - ds and 10 little girls who he bossed around in spite of the fact they were 10 years older. It was fun, and dpony enjoyed being fussed by them while they were doing their grooming badge practice
gosh, CMOT I know, the price is high isn't it! Glad pony fun was fun
Thumb - just caught up! CONGRATULATIONS that is great news
cooking done... other housework abandoned. Chocolate ganache not cool yet, but VERY scrummy.
I heard a rumour that birthday bunting was required in the Tea Room
Happy birthday CMOT xxx
(someone who can actually do bunting please take over)
I can only and .
We really need a cake emoticon. Especially a birthday cake one.
I can do bunting.
Is it today or yesterday that that was for for CMot? If today, happy birthday!
How about birthday cake for breakfast ? Tiddler flung presents at me in bed at 6.50 <yawn>, so its all over now. But dh is making a cake and getting a Thai meal for tea which is a right treat
Happy Birthday CMOT!
Can't do bunting on phone but have , and breakfast
I had a very understated birthday yesterday - although as I'd said I would like something (rather expensive) for art, DH got it as a birthday present - and we had a takeaway for supper (first one in about 3 or 4 months!)
Ooh, happy birthday for yesterday MT and for you too
Its a nice time of year for birthdays I've always thought - brightens up a gap between the summer and Christmas....
, and birthday for you too MT. Sounds like you had a lovely day.
Oh Mistle - sorry - I missed your birthday!
Here, have more wine and flowers snd cake!
Just wanted to pop in and tell you about our afternoon at A&E yesterday . DS ended up with three stitches in the back of his head. He went running to the loo right before skating lessons, slipped, fell over backwards and hit his head. Cue buckets of blood as per usual scalp wound behaviour. Poor DH (I was at work) came over all otherwise and had to sit down at the sight of so much blood. Fabulous First Aid Person got the bleeding stopped and a fetching bandage in place, complete with pirate skull sticker
DH phoned me at work and because he still sounded all otherwise I left work and met them at our local A&E. Wait times are reputed to be horrendous usually so I was happy that we got in and out in three hours. Everyone was very nice. No hair needed to be shaved and because DS takes after me in the hair department (lots of it) you can't even see the stitches. He refused to take a shower to rinse the rest of the blood out of his hair so he has two small spikes that are an interesting shade of maroon now, but really barely noticeable unless you know what you're looking at it.
Well, that was exciting. DH and I were like deflated balloons when we came home. Completely exhausted even though it really wasn't a big deal at all. DS, of course, is his usual self - you'd never know it had happened.
I would love some but have to go into work for a few hours today, so will make do with some . Anyone else?
for you jm, hot and sweet. hope it helps you get over yesterday.
Belated happy birthdays CMOT and MT. Just finished parents' evening, another one tomorrow. anyone? Mine's a light Pinot grigio tonight.
That sounds nasty JM! I hope all heals well.
I was really cross with DH when we ended up in A&E with mc when he was only 9months - we were getting ready to go out for a walk, so DS was 'starfished' on the hall floor, having been zipped into his winter suit - dog was sitting on the stairs behind us, full of anticipation - DH sees a cat in the front garden, opens the front door and encourages the dog who races down the stairs and over mc.... She caught his scalp with a claw in passing - very luckily its just within the hairline - but it was a very close run thing. Luckily we have a minor injuries unit and they have a separate 'queue' etc for children and we were seen very quickly - they washed it out some more but said they couldn't stick it as they would do normally as it had been done by a dog claw. Luckily it healed very nicely, but I was furious with DH!!!
QoL - mine has magically turned into a rather nice shiraz, cheers
(((hugs))) to you all JM.
QueenofL would be lovely thank you. I was up at 4:30am for work so flagging a bit now but have a RL glass of sauvignon on the go. Have abandoned the assignment I should be doing and am watching rubbish tv with DH.
Are you working half-term week?
I'm bored. I want to go out but I'm stuck waiting for the plumber who didn't give me a time range for his appearance. ARGH!
Happy belated Birthday to CMOT and MT!
What needs plumbing Scout?
Do you remember last winter when my heating kept going? We had a very useless plumber who kept saying "I need to do this/order that and I'll be back." Well, MrScout kept
harassing calling him and he never came back. So we have a new plumber in to sort out the leak in the boiler and to service it.
He's come. He's gone. He'll be back next week. He did one thing to hopefully stop the leak but he can't get into the boiler (someone put something on too tightly) to service it so he'll come back with a special tool to try to get into it.
Unfortunately it's too late
and too wet now for Toddler and I to go into town to pick up my package from the post office because parcel collection shuts at 2.
And I'd like to thank the plumber for being lovely to Toddler who talked his ear off and was trying to climb into the little boiler closet with him to see what he was doing.
YES. Please I am grumpy. I had a bad lunchtime at work ( never good when you get bitten and covered in some one elses blood - 2 separate incidents ...) seem to have been chaseing my tail all afternoon and now have a head ache.
I shall go to teh pub later. This may help my mood.
Yes please too. I started work (at the office) at 6.40am yesterday, and stopped at 11.05pm. Today I started at 6.45. I've run out of steam - but can't go on holiday until I've finished my proof of evidence and got all the appendices into order. Oh - and I've got to write a summary too, just for kicks. I think I will be picking up the first few paragraphs and conclusions from every section and putting them in..... I think I'll give up for this evening as I'm unlikely to achieve much - and go to bed at a reasonable time so that I can start bright and bushy tailed (yeah, right!) tomorrow.
Good luck with tomorrow CMOT!!!
Have a and twiglets UniS and MT. Guaranteed to lift the mood of anyone, and I see Mellors is making little twiglet porcupines for our amusement too.
We are very excited about the greyhound test drive tomorrow. The cats have all been warned to play nicely
CMot, can you find out if they've got any young lurcher bitches that we might want to look at please? We've had a home check from Lurcher Link.
I'll ask as they are partnered with another centre - this one is just greyhounds, pretty much just from the track which is v nearby.
Interestingly, the GRWE lady said that the hairy lurchers get snapped up straightaway
I've made contact with GWRE - they had a gorgeous girl on their website but I understand she's already reserved. We're not hung up on coat or colour - what we want is the right character to fit the family (which of course requires the dog to be really happy to play with DS)
Luvverly day here. And theres a dog snoozing in this house !
I got to work at8.30. It took me until 12 to get the server working (mainly ringing people up, fair bit of grovelling under the server and a bit of time spent donig some of the things that need doing - but not enough)
So I am still working tonight (quick break for a curry).
I'm glad Jake has decided he's home CMot - he's not going to like going back tomorrow though
sound grim MT. would hot choc help? lovingly stirred by Mellors ?
Hurrah for new homes for old dogs.
I can't remember -- do we have an vegetarians in the tea room? And if so can I pick your brains?
Scout, I'm a fish-eating veggie. Can I help?
Probably bean. I can't see on labels if certain things are veggie or not and was looking to find someone who could tell me. On my phone so will post a list when I'm on my computer.
I'm veggie! Dead awkward, huh? One child, vegetarian...there's no hope for me!
I know which of the things on my list would be veggie friendly in the US and which I'd need to query (years of working in private label food gave me all sorts of use--less--full knowledge) but here, with different suppliers and processes, I haven't a clue!
So here's the things I'm questioning:
raisins, sultanas and currants (they would seem to be to me but can't find it on the label)
brown sugar (I'd have thought so)
(plain) flour (again, would think so but....)
almonds (the almond extract is so assuming that nuts would be, too)
I don't want to unknowingly put something in that would be offensive to my vegetarian friends.
Scout, I can't see any reason why that list wouldn't be totally veggie. The paxo website says the breadcrumbs just contain wheat flour, salt and yeast.
Is this for a Christmas pudding? The only potentially dodgy part would be the suet but I suspect you know that already.
Thank you for the card by the way, Small Bean was very impressed!
Thanks, bean. Actually it's for mincemeat and I already have the veggie suet. But before I started combining all of the ingredients to let it "steep" I'd check all of the other ingredients. I just thought I'd use my normal mincemeat recipe and change the suet but then I started checking packages and panicked.
Glad SmallBean liked it. Toddler is currently in his "red phase" and everything must be red even if he has a box of 24 colors in front of him he digs out the red and refuses to use any other color.
I put too much pepper in the oil for stir-fry and an hour later my mouth is still a bit firey. Gah! Serves me right.
Evening all. We had omlettes for tea tonight and a very yummy apple sponge pudding ( with golden syrup in). My next cooking new recipe to try is for peanut butter squares _ sort of a peanutty tiffin I think. Would you like one?
Mmmm, peanut butter. I love peanut butter. Thanks, UniS!
Peanut tiffin sounds good, yes please unidragon .
Would anyone like some chocolate trains?
(Chocolate) Little Red Caboose anyone?
yes please then.
Would you like some resses peanut chips in return?
They are on special at Sainsburys... 29p a pack. I bought a couple of packs, thought of you as i did so. I think boy will love them , might keep a bag for his stocking.
oooohhhhh..... in the baking aisle?
no, right by the checkout along with twixs and similar item of desire. Of course this could just be a nearby city thing... PB cups come up on the online shop at 59p a pack, but in store were reduced to 30p ish.
Will have to go and have a look.
<tries to keep up with thread>
<<Waves at Banderchang>> Hello!
No need to keep up, just jump in!
Chocolate trains seem to be a hit with Toddler's friends. Nom nom nom.
Can anyone offer insight as to why Toddler has taken to waking in the night and staying awake anywhere from one to four hours, the average being two to three? <<Yawn>> Today started around 4:30/4:45. He would not/could not go back to sleep. He's been melting regularly since. We have swimming today and a soft play play date immediately after with his BFF to celebrate his birthday (since we're not having a party and the soft play is in the same building as the pool we're going straight up for lunch and a bit of a climb).
Could he be cold Scout? It seems that the temperature at night has really dropped in the last few days and I have started putting a fleece over Small Bean when I go up to bed.
When is his birthday?
I thought that but he goes to bed in fleecy footie PJs plus has a sheet (flannelette), cellular blanket and a duvet. His body's quite warm when I undo him for his nappy. I wondered if he's on the verge of a developmental leap. He seems to have grown, and has gone up a shoe size since this started, and he's suddenly having more adult-like sentence structure.
His birthday is on Sunday. I'm going to make a 3D steam train cake complete with sparkle/flare candle in the funnel. His BFF just gave him a paint your own steam train and a train sticker book. When he opened the paint kit he started telling his BFF all of the parts of the train. Looking at the stickers on the way home he shouted "Bluebell, Mommy, Bluebell engine!"
Happy Birthday CMOT and MC!
and Happy Dogs!
I still want a dog but don't think we will get one! having lovely half term so not around here much since around in RL!!
Good afternoon, everyone. There's a steaming jug of hot chocolate on top of the stove and a plate of cinnamon pastries. Baby, it's cold outside!
<<Places a steam train cake next to Maud's plate of pasteries.>> The cake did not turn out anywhere near how I hoped but Toddler seems happy with it and seeing as it's his birthday cake that's all that matters.
High tea and birthday cake cutting will be very quiet today -- there is a "feud" of sorts between PiL and SiL/BiL (the one with six children) so they are refusing to come round even though cake & food is to celebrate Toddler's birthday. I haven't told them they're not coming, just who is, and he seems happy enough.
MrScout is off to the US tomorrow (Toddler's birthday). Toddler and I are going to take him so TS can look at the airplanes and see the airport.
Yes it is, and windy, and raining sideways. Brrrr. DH and I are in Seattle, all by ourselves - JB staying with lovely MIL all weekend. We're a bit <eek> but enjoying ourselves nonetheless. Going to a football game tonight. Our seats are slightly protected by the overhang but not massively so, so I'm really hoping that this sideways rain business stops by 7:15 pm PST. <looks sternly at sky>
We had snow up our way today. <<Looks gratefully at MiL for having us down this weekend so I didn't have to deal with it.>>
Oooh, I've always wanted to go to Seattle.
<<fantasises about tea room meet-up in Seatle>>
That's a PITA about the feud, Scout, but possibly for the best as your SiL/BiL seem so adept at creating atmospheres.
We will be up your way-ish next weekend so I do hope we don't get snowed in
as I wouldn't want to be in a confined space with my SiL for very long either.
I'd like to go to Seattle. The closest I've been has been to northern Idaho.
Oh yes to Tea Room meeting in Seattle!
Sending you all and room service from a generic hotel in the midlands. Went to the theatre with Small Bean this evening which he thoroughly enjoyed and he is now crashed out as DH and I watch tv quietly .
Off work for a fortnight and heading for some sun next week. We had snow last night too brrrrrrrrrr.
It's a little early but Happy Birthday TS!
Not knowing if my PiL changed the clock in their lounge before they went to bed SmallBoyScout (SB/SBS) is up stupidly early. He ended up in our bed overnight and it roasted me out and into his bed on the floor. I somehow slept through him getting up and leaving the room and woke up to him banging the little wooden trike up the stairs. He had left the room, come downstairs and turned the light on to play. If they did change the clocks it was 5:30 when I returned the trike. If they didn't it's 4:30 Either way, GAH!
Yesterday he kept saying "birthday tomorrow" or "birthday Sunday" but when I told him this morning it was his birthday he said "No, no, no, fireworks before lunch!" (He had a flare candle in his cake.)
I have to take MrScout to Heathrow this morning and am just sooooo tired I want to curl up and sleep instead.
I am crabby. It's best to steer clear of me today.
:: proffers hot buttered toast and the jam/spread of your choice::
Aww. It's tough that MrScout has to fly on Toddler's birthday, but it'll be fine really.
Thanks, Maud. It's not MrScout's leaving but my lack of quality sleep that has sent me over the edge.
I really do sympathise. I have insomnia and didn't get to sleep until 5am today. It is grim.
SmallBoy is brewing a cold which I think is what's played chaos with his body/bodyclock. He has fallen asleep on me or MrScout every day since Thursday. This afternoon he has taken to sneezing and whining and he has the look of someone who has the start of something.
Great, just what I need at my PiL, an unwell child. The end of illness isn't bad but the start of it.... Gah. Oh well.
SB handled Daddy's departure very well but just couldn't understand why he wasn't going on the airplane for lunch too. After all, that's what Mommy said "SB airplane for lunch with Grandmom too!" Believe me, SmallBoy, I wish we were going to see Grandmom today, too.
YY to meeting in seattle. Lovley city and surroundings.
DH and I spent 2 weeks nearby at a sports event several ( like 10) years ago. We stayed here with a mass of other competiors for 10 days and then had a little R&R here Fond memories.
Its 4 minutes past 7, boy is IN bed. He had a super exciting day yesterday. He in the Carnival and was up very late. Their float was great. A little pirate ship. Also won the scarecrow competition. Hurrah for Bradley Twiggins.
I think I am a little bit in love with Bradley Twiggins - he's fab!
Bradley Twiggins looks like my kinda Guy.
gosh Maud poor you sleepness night - anything in particular worrying you?
Happy birthday SB
ha ha Bradley Twiggins - can we have Bradliey Twiglet surprise to celebrate?
Not really, Oxeye, it's just a symptom of being a lady of a certain age. Ahem.
::Hastily rustles up a breakfast dish of Bradley Twiglet Surprise::
I had a somewhat disturbed night last night - largely because we brought a dog home to 'foster' yesterday afternoon. She's been in kennels for 3 months and goodness knows where before that and certainly can't remember house training even if she ever was. She managed to hold it all in for 3 decent walks and goodness knows how long wandering round the garden (lots of times) yesterday evening but I had some clearing up to do at 12.30am - then the woofing started at 1.30am and when I went down she was in a right state - so I settled down on the sofa to see if I could settle her in the sitting room - where she settled herself on top of me. I decided a bit later that I had no hope of sleep like that - so we went upstairs (she beat me up and landed on DH) then had to fight her out of bed several times before she settled down on the duvet piece I'd put down beside the bed - where she stayed good as gold until the alarm went off.
DH has managed to truncate 2 wees in the house so far this morning - I hope we get this housetraining lark sorted out sooner rather than later!
Frankenstorm is battering friends and family. It is, perhaps, a good thing I didn't take SmallBoy home yesterday. Between the storm and his nasty cold staying in England was probably for the best. Still sad about not being there. The twisted part of me would like to be in that storm.
I measured SmallBoy today (for the 3rd birthday old wives' tale thing). I am at his height.
Tell us more, Scout.
About what, Maud?
How are you?
About SmallBoy's height now and in adulthood!
Oh. He's at approximately 39". If you take that and double it as per the wives tale that will make him 6'6".
I think the HV mis-measured him back at his 2 year check as he had been steadily jumping up percentiles for height and hovering around the 91st and she had him down around 50th. He refused to stand in the little measuring thing and when he did wasn't standing nicely, was looking around, etc. Everyone comments how tall he is for his age.
I know he's tall-ish but I don't see just how much because I see him every day, if you know what I mean, but he's been in size 3-4 or 4T (US size) clothes for months. It wasn't until my Mom made a comment about SmallBoy's birthday pictures and said she was guessing he was about 40" given where his head was in relation to the counters in the kitchen (she's been to my PiL before and knows how high the counters are).
Yes, but that's a guide, not an infallible rule. Even so, given how tall his daddy is, he's likely to be tall too, isn't he?
Oh, I know. But still, even the thought of a 6'6" baby boy made me feel a bit weak at the knees with surprise.
Yes, MrScout is 6'5". SiL L is 6'. The twins are about 5'9"/10" (which considering they're twins is impressive). My MiL is tall. There are also some tall genes on my side though you wouldn't know it by me/my mom/my sister (though I'd be closer to 5'7"/8" if it weren't for the scoliosis).
He may turn out to be a short stuff at 6ft 4!
Just the thought of a 6' baby makes me wibbly. He's my baby!
And he still will be, even when he's looking down on you and patting the top of your head!
I expect that to happen by the time he's ten! LOL
Better buy some stilettos.
Or some stilts.
Boy is likely to be a 6ft plus man... He now broken the 4 ft barrier. but I'm going to have to find him some new ( to him) salopettes before late jan as last years ski stuff is way to short. Have found a jacket ( £3 in 2nd hand shop hurrah) . Have someone lined up to use all his last year ski gear as we are going with another family and their eldest is smaller than boy .
I think he will be into long trews once school goes back. Its turned right wintery down here. My runner beans have snuffed it and the courgette plant in the green house is suffering , the outside ones are DEAD. Only have 1 pumpkin to carve ( and make soup from) so thats tomorrow afternoons little project.
I am nursing a pumpkin carving-related injury, but I'm quite proud of my creation.
It is the Hanging Gardens of Babylon sculpted in the medium
of pumpkin. OK, then, it is just a weird grimacing face but it's a step onwards from the triangular eyes nose and teeth I usually manage. Those years of sculpture classes weren't entirely wasted.
Cool. Boy is still on a pirate kick and wants a skull n cross bones on an eye patch, on a pumpkin.... he may get skull n bones.
Just a unscientific survey -- do you make your DC wear a helmet when scooting/skating/cycling?
I just ordered Toddler's helmet for scooting and skating and know that MrScout is going to give me the face because 1. it's a helmet and 2. the design on the helmet. But I want to be able to spot SB in a crowd.
and from a distance.
Sort of like his raincoat -- the bright yellow "fireman" design -- and his new bright red winter coat. I won't to spot him among the trees and among other small children.
I want to spot him.
Gah, my typing is terrible today.
Hi all, just back from Boston to home and new dog <squee>
Tiddler is supposed to be around 6'5 as an adult. That would be about right looking at 3 out of 4 of his adult/near adult boy cousins.
He always wears a helmet for cycling and roller skating. And has a hi vis hat cover for his riding helmets for spotting purposes, though he has a large assortment of them
I'm going to assume Boston, UK, CMOT.
The helmet, only ordered this afternoon, has already been dispatched.
No, Boston US Scout. Was a bit windy/wet on Monday
Yup, Tuesday the international flights were fine once planes had arrived, so my 10pm flight was running totally on schedule
well done CMOT. I guess once planes could get in n out they didn't want to hold onto extra people any longer than they had too.
Lid rule in this house... for boy... no lid, no gloves, no ride. Yes daddy can decide for himself he's a grown up, and he wears one sometimes.
Scout - consider cycle gloves too. grazed hands are one of the most common ( tho not serious) injuries with tiddlers learning to ride and falling. gloves prevent that.
Scout - I found a little red train book -" LRT goes carolling" do you have it already?
Boy and I were out Trick or treating tonight, one of the pubs was doing spooky stories and a spider hunt. boy has a bag full of sugar to see him through till Christmas. I may go and snaffle a mini mars from the bowl here. We only had one group call by. The joys of living at the very end of the village.
Blimey, CMOT! Did MA get hit? And, here's one that's been driving me nuts, did Romney go home to govern his state at all?
Thanks for the tip, UniS. I was going to get him wrist guards for skating as he's learning to skate with guards as part of the kit but hadn't thought of gloves. Do they make them for Small Boys?
Never heard of LRT Goes Carolling.
PiL only had one lone trick-or-treater. Small Girl, probably about six. She said to my FiL when he opened the door, "Hello, Happy Halloween, would you like to hear a Halloween joke?" I thought that was a pretty good opening line!
Coastal MA bore the brunt of it, but although the winds were very strong, and it rained a lot, it wasn't that bad. But the conference I was at shut down at 1.30 as the buses were stopping, so it was a rather boring afternoon in the hotel. Well, a few glasses of wine might have been taken
Tiddlers first bike gloves were from Halfords - cheap and cheerful, but they protected his hands well.
We've had 5 t/t groups - that is about all the children on the estate accounted for !
Any old gloves will do, but boy, like tiddler, had cycle gloves from age 2. They were bit big to start with but bike shops do sell really very small gloves now.
Glad you're back safely CMOT. How is new CMOT-dog? And MT, how is your new 'addition' getting on?
Small Bean always wears a helmet for cycling (loosest possible sense of the word!) Not so much for scootering though maybe he should. After 'umming and ahrring' about a new bike for Christmas we think we might hold off until the spring when we can hopefully get out on it more and (finally) get him off the stabilisers. Tbh I don't think he is that bothered about it yet, maybe that will change when his friends are all out on their bikes.
Had two groups of Trick or Treaters, doled out the requisite sweets and turned all of the front lights off once Small Bean was in bed. I'm really not a fan.
Small Bean and I are having a lovely week. I can't remember the last time we had a week just to 'potter' at home. Been to local farm, castle, playground, seen some friends for coffee and cake, planted a load of bulbs, and spent an hour this morning in bed playing Angry Birds together . It's been bliss! He was so ready for a half-term break.
We had great TorT being in middle of street we had MANY calls - DH around to field them and all gone by 7:00
Oxboy and I went round the houses and had lots of fun.
My pumpkin has triangle eyes and weird fangs only
Helmet here for cycling and totally second gloves. Not for scooter or balance bike. not for skates either but Oxboy hangs on to me skating....
We do gloves and lid for cycling and lid for scooting, lid, wrist, knee and elbow guards for skateboard (just beginning). Scout, I'll see if I can find mc's outgrown cycle gloves we got him aged 2 before the dog finds them.
CMot - how is dog settling in - did he go back at all or stay?
Here we think we might have potential separation anxiety - its not really surprising when she's come from a barn with a kennel mate and lots of other dogs to home as an only - and she is rather fixated on DH - but then he's working at home and walks her in the day so that's not surprising either. We have a whole lot of things we have had suggested to see if we can nip it in the bud before it gets worse. Apart from that, the housetraining is improving and I think she even sort of asked to go out last night - unfortunately I did not get up at 5 - although she might have squeeked quietly a couple of times downstairs - and had to clean up when I did go downstairs.
Apart from those two little niggles, she is absolutely lovely. Very good with mc, wants to play, not jumping up too much, keen to please, and learning things relatively quickly (apart from 'sit' - I'm not sure that's particularly comfortable).
MT, Jake is settling in beautifully, and apart from being over excited about food, is very well behaved. He did go back for the week as I was going away, and dh wanted to pick him up when he was going to be off for a week.
The RGT ladies said greyhounds certainly don't find 'sit' easy/comfortable as they are the wrong shape.
Glad to hear your girl is settling in
DS is at rugby camp today - am hoping he'll have a nice time, but it was a chance as well to meet some new boys, as otherwise he really only spends time with boys from school
I'm not too worried about mc only meeting boys from school - their year is now something like 80 strong - and they mix with the next 3 years too - and there are more boys than girls in the year. He does meet others though - other holiday camps, things in the 'village' etc...
We've got to get on top of the SA issues - that's the biggy - but mc and I did amazingly well completely ignoring her when we got in - she calmed down a lot sooner than I thought she would and it could actually be quite beneficial in the long term to have a dog that's please to see you but doesn't go completely loopy when you come in.
Glad to hear that Jake's settled in so well. Ours didn't finish her breakfast in one go this morning - waiting until DH was 'down' before finishing it off - either we've got to the bottom of the abyss that is her stomach or she's really got it bad for DH
me too. And I get to be right at the front for a super duper 13 minute to music display on monday night. Must remember my E.A.R plugs.
at UniS. MrScout's done that once or twice. Tonight SmallBoy and I went with friends to their work's "friends & family" display/fun night. After Saturday, when MrScout & SmallBoy'sUncleScout set off a few in the back yard I thought SmallBoy would be a mess -- he really didn't like the backyard fireworks. But tonight he kept saying "oooh, pretty fireworks!" He told his Godfather "I like pretty fireworks!"
MrScout is home tomorrow. Yay!
I love fireworks!!!
And we go away tomorrow hurrah!!! Small Bean is very excited and I am so looking forward to some sunshine. Bags just about packed...
(Too many !!! - sorry)
Enjoy your trip, bean (and family)!
SmallBoy "woke up" around 5:30 a.m. which woke me up. I got up for the loo and came back to find SB trying to climb into my bed. I put him in and crawled in myself -- he promptly fell back into a deep sleep and I've been awake ever since. He's still sleeping soundly, as are my PiL, but I'm wide awake. I think I'll get dressed soon and get ready to go to the town center to get MrScout a balloon and to make some copies.
I think SB has decided to share his cold and my body is
finally giving in to it now that MrScout is home to take over.
I think I need sweet tea.
one sweet tea coming right up scout.
Thanks, UniS. Did you do your fireworks tonight?
SmallBoy is bouncing off of the walls. He's SOOOO excited Daddy's back he's barely left his side or stopped talking a mile-a-minute at MrScout.
Nope- Bonfire night is the 5th, so we do fireshow on the 5th .
good luck tomorrow UniS - I remember the awesome Fireshow from prevoius years
looking forward to rather tamer fireworks here!
glad Mr Scout home in one piece, hope you're okScout
have a great hol Bean !
I'm still here but not managing to keep up at all! Hope everyone is well and keeping warm in the chilly weather. We did fireworks last night because DH is out tonight, so DS and I are staying inside in the warm tonight. We did our first ever trick or treating last week - much excitement and we're still eating the spoils!
Apologies for not keeping up - will try harder!
Stupid boiler went out again while we were away. It's effin' cold in our house. The plumber is doing an emergency call out this afternoon (we didn't get home in time yesterday to have him come yesterday so we spent a very cold night). SmallBoy's cold, which was going away, seems to have come back in the cold. Gah. We're only back for a few days before heading off to the US.
I'm so excited to be going home!
Maud, thank you to you and Girl for SmallBoy's card -- he likes it very much and it's going on his door with his train postcards and flags (trains & countries).
Are you off at the weekend then scout? Hope your trip goes well.
Fireshow was a good un this year. the play eve had a storyline that lots of people followed. The Burn was great with Mount Fuji erupting and lava "flowing" .
Yes, when are you leaving for the US, Scout? I bet Mom and Dad Scout are even more excited than you . And you'll be in the same sort of time zone as me (generally... within a few hours anyway).
<leaves Food and Drink of Requirement on bar>
Banderchang don't apologise, there is no obligation to keep up I never know what is happening but the joy of the tea room is you jump right in as and when you fancy
Scout have happy trip and fun
UniS glad your Fireshow was good we saw lovely but tame in comparison fireworks!
I do love Bonfire Night!
::Clasps Oxeye to her ample bosooom::
::Slurps some lovely hot chocolate that, even if she didn't realise it, Jacksmania left on the bar::
Personally, I haven't known what's going on for at least the last decade.
I'm so glad SmallBoy liked his card - I hoped he would find it appealing.
We didn't go to any fireworks but, for the first time ever, had fireworks at home. Or, rather, one enormous firework that The Bloke bought, in what I can only assume is the winter version of that affliction that some men get in the summer, when they feel they have regularly to incinerate meat in the back garden. This time it was causing explosions!
at the manly firework urge - tis a primal urge to make fire I think.
We have double fireworks this year - we went to them at the local rugby stadium (brilliant - sitting down in the stands out of the rain), then we have school ones on Friday evening.
Anyone for ? Tiddler has been at turns charming and trying today, and after a day at my parents on Monday I am all out emotionally.
On the upside, I have had the last three days off, so have balanced cake (dark choc and clementine yesterday, pear and parsnip with salted caramel today) against long dog/ pony walks. I have kept up this weightloss for the longest time I've ever dieted, so am not going to sabotage it - but the cake was lush.
Exactly, Cmot. In the summer, it manifests itself by barbecuing meat. In the winter by setting off heavy artillery in the back garden.
Well done on the weight loss. The cakes sound fabulous
if I ignore the parsnip.
You really wouldn't have said it had parsnip in at all. A Whole Foods Market opened today in a nearby city, and they have a distressingly good selection of gf cakes.
Three more sleeps until we leave -- WAHOO! SB is VERY excited about going on an airplane and having "special lunch" (despite the fact we keep telling him he'll eat dinner on the plane, not lunch).
Not long to go Scout! Small Bean loves aeroplane food despite the fact that it is generally pretty depressing!
CMOT - don't suppose you are around in Nearby Big City on the evening of the 23rd as I am there with work that night.
Greetings to the tearoom from sunny holiday! We are enjoying a relaxing week and even though I have had a horrible cold for the last few days we are having a good time.
Scout, should I send your Christmas card to your folks or to the UK?
Passports dug out of hiding along with my purse of USD and US points & discount cards. Excited? Me? Does it show?
Will post properly when not on phone.
Have a great time!
We thought we'd sorted housetraining, then we had a bad day yesterday - culminating in a wet trip into the garden last thing at night which was only partially sucessful, followed by the clear indication that nothing else was being done - as it was saved up for the hall mat. However she found out clearly that I was not at all amused - nothing physical, although I did pull her off the sofa where she'd gone to skulk and made her sit on her mat in the hall until most of the clearing up was done.
However, last night was the first night where she didn't worry about where DH was all the time he was out. Which is very positive.
Is it all crazy go-go-go until you leave, Scout, or have you got it organized well enough that you can draw breath in the next 48 hours?
I'm sorry I haven't kept up lately, all
Tell us about your new house, Jacksmania. And the ::drum roll:: garden.
Oh, the new house is just bloody marvellous
We adore it. Huge windows so lots of light, lots of space. We still haven't hung the pictures but will do that this weekend. It's spacious but cozy. And now that it has been chilly for a few days we're experiencing the joys of forced air heating. Bliss. Warm air!!! I know I sound like I've lived in a cave but our previous home had a gas fireplace in the living room, which was supposed to hear the main level, and electric baseboard heaters downstairs. It tended to be a bit chilly.
A few weeks ago I ripped out literally everything in the garden. All I left was one bush of heather. The previous owners were into rhododendrons and hedge cedars. Which I loathe. And it was all overgrown. So it all ended up in a massive pile on the lawn. I just planted to last of everything yesterday.
3 climbing roses
1 lavender bush
That's a lot of digging in clay-based soil. My arms feel like they're going to fall off today and my back and stomach muscles are aching. So worth it.
Then I loaded up all the ripped-out stuff onto DH's truck and drive it down to MIL's. She lives on a bit of land so we dump stuff like that in the woods at hers. It was two truck-loads. I don't know when I last lifted so much. I guess I'm feeling better.
The lawn is a mess . It needed help before but it's a muddy awful mess so when it rains next week I'm going to overseed it and hope it takes before everything goes to sleep for the winter. If not, oh well. We'll do it again in spring.
Scout, could you PM me your parents' address again so I can send your Christmas card?
UniS, many thanks for the surprise that arrived in the post today!
JM, I'll email you.
Maud, SB keeps asking to take the train to London (like his Daddy) so I might indulge over Christmas -- will you and Girl be around?
We are mostly organized. Bags packed and down at the in-laws (we leave from there since they're so close to Heathrow). Tonight I need to pack the carry-on bags which, for me, includes a fully topped up nappy bag with extra changes of clothes and pajamas and lots of books/toys/snacks for SmallBoy. Then I need to do things like finish the washing up, scrub down the stove, empty the 'fridge of potential smelly stuff, take out the trash and then empty the bathroom trash/nappies and take them out (though that's done as we leave the door since SB always gets a change just before we go). I need to go to Sainsbury's to get the last few foodie things that need to go with us.
We're going to Berks tomorrow and leave Saturday.
If I have time I'll address the US Christmas cards so I don't have to take my address book and write the addresses for postcards onto sticker labels (again, so I don't have to take my address book). However, I'm not going to stress myself out trying to get those done.
Tomorrow I'll empty all of the trash and load the car of trains and carry-ons. No, trains aren't going to the US (well, the normal "go to the café" train bag will travel with us as MomScout has bought SB lots of train things for his birthday) but they will go to Berks to be played with since we'll be there before we leave and for a day or two when we return. SB keeps talking "o-sticks" (gymnastics) and I'm thinking of taking him tomorrow morning.
MrScout is bringing home pizza -- wahoo!
Wow... so only one or two things left to do
I bow to you. That's a ton to fit into two days!!