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Stepping into June, tentatively

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AdoraBell Thu 30-May-13 01:03:53

Cats, Zoo, Arti, Bessie, Scout, anyone else?

How are things going, Sinks shiny?

Plodding along here at Chez Adora, sinks have remained shiny, laundry under control, most rooms still presentable, garden battered by a storm but house remained dry. My back is giving me gip and estate agents are bringing the hoards at the weekend, open house.

AdoraBell Tue 06-Aug-13 02:56:24

Good to see you Bessie and glad to see that DD1 is doing well on the bike. I started a new thread as thought the 'June' title was a bit old wink.

We've had people view the house on Sat, Sun, and again today so I've been doing everything everyday for the last 3 days, I'm exhausted! People like the house but want to pay much less than the market price.

<nabs a cookie before going off to bed>

bessie26 Mon 05-Aug-13 22:08:02

Hello! <lays out breakfast cookies & strawberry smoothies ready for the morning>

Sorry for not popping by much, too much RL getting in the way of my MNing these days! Hope you are all well (*scout*???!!!)

We are spending every moment we can outside atm. DH & I are attempting to make some of our wide borders narrower (by turfing) so they are easier to maintain. I have been partially distracted by helping DD1 learn to ride her bike without stabilisers.... Balance is going well. Starting & Stopping need some work. grin

I am almost keeping on top of the house stuff. S&S and weekly home blessing are doing the trick. Am trying to declutter a bin bag a week. Haven't deep cleaned anything for yonks. <shrugs> I have started doing exercise classes again though, so am feeling much better in myself. grin

Scout19075 Mon 05-Aug-13 12:44:37


AdoraBell Sun 28-Jul-13 02:37:30

Hope the baby flying went well Zoo, our trip was lovely but f f freezinggrin

Had peeps viewing the house today, clients of OH in fact, so much clearing, wiping and nagging done this am. Viewing turned into afternoon tea, cake brought by visitors. Then we headed out for errands, dinner and a little fun for DDs, they did elastic tight rope stylee thing. Back to school on Monday.

liveinazoo Sat 27-Jul-13 07:31:14

<was having trouble with my message so thought best post it before it was eaten by cyberspace and then continue!>

adora how was the trip?
arti-are you feeling anymore motivated<sharpens pointy stick in anticipationgrin>

I forgot to mention the zoolets have been very excited by the birth of a future king.cant resist the crownsmile

todays the day I exterminate the fleas!!!!!!
I need all rooms clear and then I can spray liberally round tidy skirting boards<hurrah for no carpets>,quick flick over floors,the stairs<carpeted> and beds/sofas etc...then have evacuate for 30minshmm

so todays tadahs <so far>
up early
-fed cats
-emptied litter tray<scout comes IN to use ithmm>
-cleared and bleached kitchen surfaces<he likes laying on themangry>
wiped all tiling in kitchen
-rinsed surfaces thoroughly,dried and returned wiped items<toaster/kettle etc>
-cleared window sills,wiped and returned plants<I have a jalepino pepper plant and a tomoato plant basking on them along with my herbsgrin

I am now about to feed zooloets then we are going to flybaby til their rooms are ready crosses fingers they really did make a start yesterday when asked
wish me luck!!!

liveinazoo Sat 27-Jul-13 07:21:30

<<hugs scout and passes chocolate>>
hows smallboy?

its been utter carnage here-last day of term<tues>ds dropped with runny bum and wasmadly trying to find someone to drop/pick up the girls and take in teacher presents<thatl teach us to leave it to last dayhmm>

after that it just went tits up frankly kids wrecking havoc and leaving a trail of toys and mess in their wakesad

I threw them all out in the garden Thursday for a bit<ds was feeling a bit better> just to escape the noise!

Friday I decided I cant live in this mess for 6 weeks and retain last shreds of sanity<plus cats have fleas and ive been bitten few times and want to de flea the housesadsad>

Fridays ta dahs
frontline 2 very indignant animals<scoutcat was like why are you doing this im very offended at the mere suggestion I might have fleas!grin>
feed cats
feed kids<then lob out in the garden>
attacked front room<flea spray says they can "hide in clutter" so I have no alternative but to be ruthless
-pulled out sofas<cleaned under,behind and under sofa cushions>
-pulled out all other furniture and cleaned behind
-washed floor

lunch<in the garden so no crumbs in the housegrin>
-my room
-under the bed<retrieved a carrier bag of paper recycyling,a treasured book that's been missing in over 6months and lots odd socks!>-its very hard to get under it as its low and dominates my room as I switched with the girls to givethem some room
-tidied all way round edge of bed<yes I can now walk all the way around<just>-first time in well over 4 onthsblush>
-wiped all skirting boards
-cleaned windows

-made kids tea
-collapsed in an exhausted heap!

educatingarti Fri 26-Jul-13 22:26:23

Yay Scout!

AdoraBell Fri 26-Jul-13 22:23:02

Hi Scout how are things chez you? I'm having a short skive while DDs google box upstairs for a few mins.

Scout19075 Fri 26-Jul-13 22:14:55

I lost you all and couldn't find you!!! I found you!!!!

AdoraBell Fri 26-Jul-13 22:13:30

Not much going on chez Adora this week, tons of loads in the WM, DW has seen daily action despite lot's of meals being eaten out. Had two days running round with DDs for Dr checkups etc so "a quick flick" is all anything has had.

Tonight OH and I are out and I'm trying to get washing done and dry but it's a damp grey day here, not the best day to be washing duvets DD1.

Just been to the shops for packed lunch food, they get to choose on the first and last days of term and both want spag bol for Monday, although DD1 wants fetuccini and DD2 wants fusili.

Hope all is well with everyone

educatingarti Wed 24-Jul-13 10:22:01

Morning all. I really need to get going with some 20:10 today! I feel rubbish and really lacking in motivation! sad
Off to pray and plan my day a bit and see if that helps!

I have already dyed my hair this morning ( only semi-permanent stuff that takes 20 mins) set the dishwasher off, put a load of washing out to dry and got some more in the machine and caught up on MN so not actually so bad!

AdoraBell Mon 22-Jul-13 19:53:47

We're back from our trip to the wilderness grin

After a 9 hour drive yesterday we all slept in today, OH went out for provisions and we had brunch around middayblush

2 loads in WM are done and drying, DDs have helped OH clean the car, they vacuum and he washes and inspects. Looks like off roading has chewed up the tyres.
DW has been loaded but need to get the detergent for it. OH was lead by his stomach this morning so we have loads of bread and cheese but not much else.

We all had fun but I got nervous on our second go at whizzing through the trees when OH made me feel that I was going to fall, note to self "do not go before OH again" angry

Hope Zoolets enjoy the new found garden Zoo

Off to meal plan for the week.

educatingarti Mon 22-Jul-13 16:45:52

A weird day today - not a normal routine for several reasons but still done 2 1/2 hours work and just off to teach!

liveinazoo Mon 22-Jul-13 14:46:22

<<heaves sigh of relief that my billy no mates had passedgrin>

I was up early today as its guna be hot again and I have a friend coming today!

todays tadahs
cleaned bathroom
washing on
fed cats
cleaned front room<sometimes I hate having laminate-everything rolls under the sofashmm>
wiped kitchen surfaces
fed kids
packed lunches
school run
made beds
hovered stairs
washed hall,living room and kitchen floors

scrabblefest with a friend-I won 2 games to 1grin

I shall trundle off slowly to collect zoolets shortly.a man came today and sorted my back garden.its gone from waist high grass to a space the zoolets can enjoy from Wednesday<if weathermen are wrong and the thunderstorms aren't raginghmm>grin

dd2 has trampolining tonight to its a quick tea<pizza and salad> as she has to go out ealy.i shall then do precious little else tonight!hee hee

educatingarti Sun 21-Jul-13 16:24:37

Not abandoned but trying not to spend too much time on MN grin

liveinazoo Sun 21-Jul-13 09:28:33

<<looks around anxiously for anyone else>>
Saturdays ta dahs
clean bathroom
fed cats
hotspot front room
pile washing up
fed kids
supervise flybabies
washing into dryer

first day in ages its cloudy and a bit cooler!
we spent an hour at local church<dd2 getting into religion>and the topic was on the beach-they had sand and water outside and some pictures to pop glue on an dust with dry powder paint<sandcastles etc>,inside other crafts included cut and stickers to decorate fishes and puzzles.then had the story of the wise man built his house upon the rocks and they had props and sounds the kids loved it and we sang the song.90mins of fun for free! then we went onto the school fete which wasn't as good,the highlight being head teacher in the stocks and for 50p three wet sponges to throw at himgrin!
we bought some candyfloss and popcorn and after a late lunch watched
harry potter on tv with snacks-a good day!

dd1 text me at 5 she had blacked out at work and was shaky and dizzy/nauseous.they suspected heat exhaustion and gave her a cold lucozadesadI had no text credit so spoke briefly on landline.she stayed at boyfriends last night as its his birthday Monday and was having a big bbq.i text her today and she a bit better.if its not one you worry about its another!

hope everyones ok<and hasn't abandoned me>

liveinazoo Fri 19-Jul-13 14:51:26

<<sucks up lolly puddle with a strawgrin>

ta dahs
clean bathroom
feed cats
feed kids
packed lunches
hotspot crapulence build up on the stairshmm<coz almost slipped on it>
gathered spare clothes and towel for ds funday afternoon and named everything<knew I forgot to do something yesterday!>
school run

sports day for ds


sat eating lollies with dd1 and talkingblush

I must now go and get the zoolets-i cant clean in the heat so as I wasn't available during the coolest part of the day it aint got done<but im sure it will still be waiting for me tomorrow!>

bessie26 Fri 19-Jul-13 12:37:06

<passes round ice lollies>

educatingarti Thu 18-Jul-13 11:15:12

<licks lips at thought of cake>
Step 1. Get off MN and do a hour's work, then vacuum bedroom floor having picked up all the cr*p from it first !

liveinazoo Thu 18-Jul-13 10:51:59

adora we have linda McCartney sausages
articake is dripping over your floor as we speak<fresh one of course>

its been so damn hot ive been beavering away at ridiculous oclock and then resting in a fetid heapsad

dd2 got sunburnt face at school Tuesday coz she wasn't allowed to go back indoors to apply more suncream!sadsad

todays tadahs
bathroom cleaned
kids hair all washed<think sweaty damp dogs<shudders>when they got up>
cats fed
litter tray changed
washing on
kitchen wiped
living room hotspotted
bins emptied into big bin
recycling added to outside crate
hall,living room and kitchen floors wiped<I hate mops and pref hands and knees!>
fed kids
made lunches
washing in drier
school run

a friend had a baby at lunchtime yesterday and was down school this amshock I got a cuddle grin<baby,not mum!ha ha>

folded dry laundry and put away

prep and cook tonights dinner<roasted peppers,onion and garlic cooked and added to cooked pasta and chick pea all tossed in pesto and in fridge-baked apples also done and cooling ready for the fridge

I am now going to make my friend a congratulatory coffee cake<her favouritegrin>

educatingarti Mon 15-Jul-13 16:44:02

Step 4: Done - Dashes out to teach GCSE science and maths!

educatingarti Mon 15-Jul-13 15:52:57

Step 3: done plus sleeping bag washed ( on super-quick wash - it really only needed a freshen up) and on line!

Step 4: another 45 mins or so work, plus grapping something healthy to eat before I go off to teach so that I am not tempted to stop at corner shop and buy ice-cream.

<plods on inspired by curious smell of baking choc chip cookies!>

AdoraBell Mon 15-Jul-13 15:12:43

I tried to post but t"internet had other ideas.

DDs are still fast asleep, 9.50, first real day of school holiday and they are exhausted. In this school system they have to pass the exams each year in order to move up.

So far my only Ta Dah is pouring water onto the coffee OH had put in the mugs.

Thanks for that Zoo, haven't seen veggie sausages here but I can't bear DDs eating hot dogs.


Well done on those Ta Dah's

Choc chip cookies baking in the oven, can you smell them?

educatingarti Mon 15-Jul-13 14:29:44

Zoo - could you please attach that carrot cake to some string and dangle it in front of me, just out of reach! Don't worry about the syrup drips the kitchen floor desperately needs cleaning anyway!

You have an amazing tadah list 4.30am <faints> I came too at 7.00am with alarm and just about managed to get myself breakfasted/showered and dressed by 8:30!

liveinazoo Mon 15-Jul-13 13:51:31

arti you are doing a grand job<waves low fat carrot cake with vanilla syrup in your direction>

adora cool cats are dd2 name for veggie sausage in a bun with coleslaw or ketchup<as opposed to hotdogs?!>

sso another hot day threatened so I got up at 4.30 and blitzed

#washing on
deep cleaned the front room moving all furniture
washed living room windows
fed cats
did litter tray
cleaned bathroom
cleaned bathroomw indows
put out recycling
put out bin for collection
bleached work surface scoutcatthinks is his bed in the heathmm
hovered the staris<twas now after 7am>
cleaned bannister and wiped photo frames on stairs
polished dds room,cleaned windows
polished ds room and cleaned windows
cleaned windows on front door
fed kids
made packed lunches
did kids hai
wash in drier/washing onr
school run
pop shop for some more milk
my breakfast
washing in drier
read paper
fold all washing and put away<time now 10.30grin>

just got up and declutttered some chocolate!

read paper

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