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Making a New start, Stepping into the New year

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BlackCatinChristmasChaos Fri 28-Dec-12 04:28:55

Hi all, After a pretty rough ride last year (2012) I think I feel ready to start again with babysteps
So who's with me for the journey?

Old and new steppers are welcome!

Lets do this one small step at a time!

educatingarti Fri 22-Mar-13 11:34:56

Morning all. Having a stressful day here! My dad is in hospital following a hip fracture and he is not getting appropriate personal and nursing care! (A bit too close to the North Staffs situation to be honest!) so I've had to phone the duty Matron at the hospital who is looking into things! A bit waiting on tenterhooks for return call and finding it hard to focus on anything else. Also rather tired as I didn't sleep at all well - feeling too upset and angry!

bessie26 Fri 22-Mar-13 13:31:35

<passes chocolate muffins to arti and her dad> Will he be in for the weekend? Hope the matron gets things sorted for you.

We took DD2 for her quarterly appointment at ENT this morning, they've said she can have grommets if we want, but neither DH or I are keen on it as the recurrent infections aren't affecting her speech or hearing.

I need to do the usual tidy-up & vacuum when she has her nap and i also want to make some chocolately coconut ball things with DD1 grin

educatingarti Fri 22-Mar-13 18:57:06

Thanks for the muffins bessie! Dad loves chocolate grin
Yes he will be in for the weekend. I hope things will be OK. Today we have had agreements that care was not acceptable, assurances that things will be put right and that investigations will be taking place into what went wrong! I feel somewhat reassured but worried still that they won't do what they have said they will!

bessie26 Fri 22-Mar-13 20:00:00

hope you are keeping records of who said what/when arti (just incase you need to remind anyone)

My afternoon didn't go as planned - DD2 didn't nap, so didn't get anything much done other than run round with the hoover. I did manage to get them both into bed by 7 though (DH is out tonight).
Right now I am supposed to be doing next week's meal plan while waiting for tesco shop to be delivered - are any of you on twitter? there's a wine tasting party at 8:30 tonight!

AdoraBell Wed 27-Mar-13 02:36:40

Had a few days off after feeling rather too tired for bloody housework, feeling better now thoughgrin

DD, not saying which onewink, wet her bed a couple of night's ago. AARRRRGGGGGH, they are 11, you'd think I wouldn't need to be washing mattresses now. Not double mattresses anyway, which is what she has. I've left bicard on it under the bedding as I didn't get around to removing it today while I was out doing errands.

Morning routine currently includes school run too. Laundry is up to date, bathrooms are S&S'd, dogs still know this as home, not starved or whithered up in despair of ever getting a biscuit again and kitchen looks remarkably well, all things considered.

Will update tomorrow after I've done some sorting.

liveinazoo Fri 29-Mar-13 15:20:20

HI EVERYONE!!!<leaves out chocolate,lots of chocolate>

good to see cats has been insmile

im sorry for my absence...after the flu cold/bug kids "shared" as they got bettersad i have had terrible exhaustion and its been a case take zoolets to school and go to bed,get up,fetch tehm,feed them,go back to sleepsadsad

last few days i have chivvyed self to do some thing as we were on the edge enviromental disaster<double sob>.i have managed to upgrade to just above bearpit status but i will require some serious pointy sticking to get on top of things properly as MH has crashed slightly too and depression is lurking

todays tadahs
been town for new toaster<it blew up wednesday as i was tryng to sort eh zoolets for last day of term,grrr>
popped into m&s to admire percy pig birthday cake<dd2 birthday on 13th april and she pig mad!grin-she has percy for eastergringrin>
made breakfast
fed cats
made beds<i know the bedrooms are tip but at least if beds are made putting dcs to bed is a bit faster and i can get away from the mess quickerblush>
scoffed hot x buns<yum,yum,i wish ds would chew raisins.he hates the effort and makesots yummy treats hard work!>
made lunch<made hummus myself and added grated carrot to the sandwiches.little zoo ate 3 slices bread!shockshes a hummus fiendgrin>
been printing easter pictures from coloring and dltk
cleaned bathroom<easiest room in teh house and the only one that resembles the once near tidy home i had!>

i am now guna faf for easter baking recipes<and sidle into bessies blog for inspiration>

i shall return tomorrow and hope someone has been past with a freshly sharpened stick to aim in my direction!grin

bessie26 Sat 30-Mar-13 07:48:58

Hi everyone! <pokes zoo with pointy stick>

Have just about been keeping on top of things here, but doesn't really feel like I've been making much decluttering progress other than the baby clothes that were in the loft (which I couldn't see anyway!)

Am swanning off to have haircut & facial today <preens> but am going to try to spend at least 15min in the dumping dining room later in the hope that it's not actually as bad as it looks....

AdoraBell Sat 30-Mar-13 21:29:25

<secondary pointy stick for Zoo, just To get the point across (geddit)

So, last few days I've been ticking over. DDs had friends over To sleep on Thursday, took them To the movies and I went To bed at 1.30 am, then took DDs with DD1's boy friend To the movies, got the bed around midnight after dropping him home and exchangin pleasantries. Teddy Bear (biggest dog) is with the Vet, picked up a deep flesh wound hunting rabbits. Breakfast and lunch have been done, 2 loads in WM, DDs have emptied DW, I refilled and flicked the switch, now watching Harry Potter with DDs. Looking foward To decluttering some chocolate and vino after dinner which will be cheese and crackers because I'm still shattered

<nicks a bit of Zoo's chocolate and gets a coffee>

liveinazoo Sun 31-Mar-13 17:13:41

<rubs pointy stick marks..notices easter smileys adn gets carried awaysmilegringrinsmile>

so yestgerday i spent 2 hours relocating things to correct homes from front room.i manage to find a carrier bag rubbish<under sofas and down cushionshmmblush> and have best part of a floor!!!!

i then made easter chick pompoms with dcs<made bodies for ds and little zoo as wasnt sure would have the patience>i am hoping as i have sent text pix them to dp he will emal them to me and i will be able to put them onto profile!

i then made tea-toddler freindly tagine..girls loved it ds<conservative tastes> wasnt sure(if you would like the recipe bessie just let me know wink)

bathroom swished and path to beds cleared.feeling a bit more positivesmile

todays tadahs-
fed cats
made boiled eggs and drew daft faces on them with non toxic felt pensgrin
did 2 egg hunts<i made arrows adn hid an egg at end each childs trail.the 2nd i write clues and put them in envelopes,each clue leads to teh next with teh last one leading to the eggs>we dont have any family to spoil them so they had 2 eggs<2nd one had a mug and an egg>and i have some tiny chocolate eggs and mini eggs for another 2 tomorrowsmile

we hav also made the cookies<mary berrys easter cookies from easter bake off show.recipe available at bbc food>we did easter egg shaped ones which i flavoured with vanilla then added the spices adn currants for the adult ones
zoolets then went wild with icing pensgrin-again sent pix to dp so hopeful be on profile in next few days!

on cleaning front cleared a surface in the kitchen-will wotk on finding the others tomorrow!

i must get back to colouring easter pictures with zoolets< has some fab ones>

hope you are all stuffing chocolate and having a great day!
<ps the sight of dd2 devouring her first piece of chocolate since lent started is worthy of a mention.a classic moment in teh zoo house-her eyes crossed and she was all but dribbling with joy!!!!>

iZombie Sun 31-Mar-13 18:13:50

Hello, may I join? I've a house full of horrible and am slowly throwing things out, finding homes for other stuff and crawling out of it one bag at a timesmile

AdoraBell Sun 31-Mar-13 19:40:31

Welcome aboard iZombie love the name!

I've only done 1 load in the WM, was overcast and so water wasn't fully hot and I don't want to waste what I have. DDs have decluttered more of their stuff, DD1 a small cupboard lazy tyke, that one DD2 a double cupboard. 2 big bin bags of actual rubbish and a few bags of recycling. Food's been eaten, they've picked up all the mini eggs from around the house.

Still need to prep packed lunches, drinks are in the freezer
Do some dinner later
Feed dogs, again
Nag DDs to get their bags ready for school
Get their nail varnish off
Wash my hair, water not hot enough this am
Blitz the kitchen and declutter some vino before bed.

iZombie Sun 31-Mar-13 19:48:11

My big two are out tomorrow, so the small one and I might do the other half of the bathroom. Threw out a lot of stuff earlier, but the cosmetics bucket needs gutting and I could do with taking an angle grinder to the underside of the sink where the kids hide toothpaste:/

AdoraBell Mon 01-Apr-13 03:15:51

My kitchen is a mess, but everyone has eaten and all I need to do for packed lunches in the morning is slice off a bit off chicken and rinse some lettuce. I'm sitting up to check the TV just after midnight to see if our clocks here are changing. The powers that be delayed it again and I can't find any info.

Spilt red wine upstairs this evening, I'll have open a bottle of white now to clean upgrin

I played ball with DDs for a while but our game was cut short by me whacking my forehead on the rather sturdy metal gateblush

School run tomorrow am, then bak to have a whizz round before collecting OH from his long haul flight.

Sounds like you've done very well Zoo well done and I'm glad you're feeling more positive.

Bessie how did the hair/facial go?

See you all tomorrow <leaves coffee/tea and warm Danish pastries for brekkies>

bessie26 Mon 01-Apr-13 14:40:54

<stuffs pastries into mouth and downs coffee>

<waves at zombie> welcome!

Like the wine mixing adora - has that got anything to do with you walking into the gate? wink

Yes please to recipe zoo We made chocolate nests on sat & I want to attempt hot cross buns later (need to go re-read recipe to check how difficult it sounds!!)

Hair/facial on sat was lovely thanks. DH was most peeved that I I considerately booked it for a Saturday when the golf course was open, but hey-ho!

I dragged EVERYTHING out from under our bed this morning. Forget about dust-bunnies, there were dust-elephants under there! Got DH to vacuum everywhere (this is supposed to be his weekend chore, but he needs reminding) and then threw the windows open as we have SUNSHINE! [Bugrin]

Now I have to have a quick look at the 3 bags of clothes blush that were hiding under the bed. Sorting them properly will be a job for another day (I CBA to try stuff on right now) but I'm hoping I might be able to identify some items to go straight to the charity pile.

BlackCatinChaos Mon 01-Apr-13 16:10:12

<peers round door>

bessie26 Mon 01-Apr-13 21:31:10

<leaves a trail of maltesers bunnies to lure cats back>

BlackCatinChaos Mon 01-Apr-13 21:38:42

Hi, am posting from phone in bed,

BlackCatinChaos Mon 01-Apr-13 21:44:52

I will try and pop in Tommorrow. All been a bit unwell lately. Need some sleep.

bessie26 Mon 01-Apr-13 23:06:24

<leaves berocca out too>

I'm at work tues/weds so prob won't get much chance to post. Got Thursday off (child-free) though - yay! After tidying our bedroom today, our dumping dining room is looking even worse. I figured that if we were going to have a messy room, it may as well contain ALL the mess, right? #hopeful. Bedroom looks good though. <ignores bags of clothes re-stashed under bed>

AdoraBell Mon 01-Apr-13 23:49:59

Hello Cats hope you get some Z's very soon, wassup?

Bessie absolutely all mess in one room, 'specially of you can close the doorwink

Ta Da's

Morning routine, and school run
Back home to shower- no bleeding hot water
Fed dogs
Tidied kitchen
Emptied DW and refilled, flicked the switch
Made bed
S&S'd bathroom
Went to airport, OH's plane was an hour late so after loitering on by the stairs I gave up and got a coffee
Back home with OH, but minus OH's luggage. Change over in Brazil didn't leave time to transfer luggage from 1st plane to 2nd, but they told him they had, so he waited at the carousel.
Spot of lunch
School run- realised that DD1 isn't just being lazy, she told a friend she's making mess all over the house because she doesn't want to move - her reasoning is no one wants to buy a pigsty, but we still need to sell it.
Back home
Looked through house details OH brought back from UK, not that we can do anything unless this sells.

Still to do,

Assemble packed lunch for tomorrow, pasta for salad is cooked and cooling.
Feed dogs again
Make sure DD's bags are ready for tomorrow
Sit down with a vino - Bessie I head butted the gate before the vino, still rather sore today, but no headache

iZombie Tue 02-Apr-13 09:03:15

Loving your name Adora, a favourite charactersmile

Yesterday was a bust here. Had to do an out of the house day. Once my painkillers kick in today I'm waging war in the kitchen. Need to set the magic breadbox going so have to find some counter space for it. More laundry as well. Mind you, with three kids and a tendency to hoarde there's always laundry to dogrin

AdoraBell Tue 02-Apr-13 13:53:39

Hope the painkillers work quickly iZombie

So, with OH back I didn't need to do am school run
Ta Da's so far

Roused DDs
Coffee/ breakfast for family
Added Protien and salad to the pasta for packed lunch
Rubbish emptied, OH put dustbin out
Waved DDs off and made another coffee
My breakfast
Dogs fed, OH actually presented them with food but I chopped up some slightly wrinkly apples to add to their normal food.
DW on

Have to wait in today in case OH's luggage turns up, nada yesterday.

Scout19075 Tue 02-Apr-13 14:43:48

I have had a hellish two and a bit weeks. Just home from Easter weekend at in-laws. Hope to pick up and start again tomorrow.

AdoraBell Tue 02-Apr-13 15:27:12

Welcome back Scout, sorry it wasn't an enjoyable trip.

Scout19075 Tue 02-Apr-13 15:38:48

Weekend was okay. The two plus bit leading up wasn't good. Could have done with being home this weekend.

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