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It's the clutter shouting "Mayday" as the Fledglings spring into action

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GoingGoingGoth Wed 30-Apr-14 22:12:44

Copying last month's thread.

So for those who don't know the fledglings is a long running thread. Some of us seem clicky but that is because we have been chatting on these threads for nearly half a decade makes everyone feel old we quite like fresh blood though so feel free to jump in and join us.

Three key points to keep in mind:
(1)No perfectionism allowed - this is harder than you would imagine
(2)You are never behind just start where you are and anything you do is progress.
(3) It didn't get into a mess overnight, it won't get tidy over night - accept it will take time to get on top of things and you will be happier.

If you are new then trying to spend 15mins decluttering and the babysteps.

Some of us <cough> Bitchy <cough> can have scary looking lists. One word of advice ignore them. Do what you can, anything is better then nothing, and don't judge yourself against others, we won't be judging you.

ToffeeWhirl Sat 31-May-14 10:19:22

Bitchy - hmm, is there romance in the air? <suspicious>

DH has taken DS2 to his mum's and gone to work himself, leaving me free to work on my OU essay. So I'm not going to waste time on Mumsnet...


Swanhildapirouetting Sat 31-May-14 12:08:32

well, everything would be fine, except that

The hot water has broken again (although we now have the immersion as our backup)
a loo seat has broken off at the hinges [gulp] due to acid erosion
ds2 had a complete screaming fit about the Ecuador Match on Wednesday and whether he could stay up late or not. Resolved by compromise.

Dd on a more positive note woke up early by herself, and met a friend and together they went for a run in the park first thing. Wow, I am impressed. However I still think this a ruse for her to get me to buy her trendy sportswear hmm
then she cooked us an Irish breakfast herself, including brown sauce.

Dh and I cannot get dressed until the water is hot so we are mooching around irritably in between cursing ds2's geography homework, about how to solve the drought crisis in Ethiopia. Yes, I'm sure we have the answer to that hmm[hmmhmm angry

Hanging over me is the First Communion practice, which I really do need to get dressed respectably for. And no idea what is for lunch. grr grr and triple grr.

Swanhildapirouetting Sat 31-May-14 12:14:04

also rang roofer yesterday about leaking chimney breasts and chimneys that need removing, scaffolding etc (big project clearly)
dh gave me some good advice about my patchwork stash, and whether to give it one last chance - when I confessed my feelings of despair about all the clutter that was uselessly being preserved but I was getting no time to actually use becauce I was surrounded by mess ( philosphical catch 22 of clutter - it stops you being creative)

dh also encouraged me to do more things I enjoy, like swimming and reading. Am now really enjoying Game of Thrones. I'd forgotten how much I loved things like swords and scorcery.

BitchyVstheUFOs Sat 31-May-14 12:40:40

No idea toffee but it has been nice to just be and not have to worry about any of the stuff that has been driving me mad recently. Improved my mood no end grin

Today's play is to get ds' room sorted. I have an hour and half before i have to decide if I am off out or not. I want to go but I have not got a lot of stuff done this week so probably get that stuff sorted.

<passes Swan strong coffee and sneaks her a hug>

ToffeeWhirl Sat 31-May-14 13:14:13

Glad whatever you've been up to has improved your mood, Bitchy grin. It's easy to forget about yourself in the midst of life's 'stuff'.

That's good advice from your DH, Swan. But sorry to hear that domestic life is challenging at the moment. I despair at things breaking in our house. We never seem to have the money or the right handyman at hand to mend it, with the result that we live in a house where blinds need to be rolled up by hand, bits of the kitchen floor have broken off, the boiler still needs repairing and the loo seat is skew whiff. Neither DH nor I are in the slightest bit practical, so we just put up with it all, much to my mother's despair whenever she visits.

Am making progress with my OU essay. Am working in bed with a stack of books and a hot-water bottle. DH and DS2 being out of the house helps.

slackcabbage Sat 31-May-14 14:00:11

Hello, hope everyone OK!

Just dashing through in a flurry of shoe polishing and school uniform prior to Confirmation Mass and was taking 5 mins out to start setting up June thread and because I was rushing it appears I have posted it instead of previewed it as intended!! So here it is:


June thread here!!


Anyway, as a result of all the rushing, opening post is much too long and rambly and I forgot to send Goth flowers for being such a terrific thread leader throughout May. So here they are now: thanks thanks thanks

Mercury that's terrific that the system is working so well for you! It's posts like yours that make thread running a great pleasure!! And it's a testament to your consistent hard slog too thanks

Toffee Huge thanks for volunteering to run thread in July! flowers

Swan/Toffee huge sympathies re: crumbling houses and lack of resources to fix! Can you believe that we still have bits of cardboard in the lower part of the bathroom windows because the blinds aren't long enough???? blush Rest of list too long to mention: uncarpeted stairs, holes in unplastered walls, floorboards missing, bits crumbling and falling off etc etc

Whoknows v. impressed with your clever strategy to combat fussy eating!

Blue Good luck with visit of in-laws

Whey hey Bitchy! grin

Must dash! Back on new thread much later!! Big feathery waves to eveyrone else!

slackcabbage Sat 31-May-14 14:09:42

btw, all whingy posts make thread running a pleasure too!!!

ToffeeWhirl Sat 31-May-14 16:01:21

Just posted on new thread, forgetting we still have a day left on this one.

Re: crumbling houses. I wish we could pay someone to just come round a sort it all out without us having to do anything except hand over some cash.

We would need some cash first though <sigh>.

CarpeJugulum Sat 31-May-14 17:11:05

Last post on the old thread.

Today has been lovely. I got a long lie, then we went out for lunch to a cafe on a fruit farm that does lovely home cooking; and I may have a piece of millionaires shortbread cheesecake for dessert for tonight too grin

Then a nice walk on the beach with DH, DS and DMIL - think I have a touch of sun smile

Finally home where I cut the grass and am now feeding DS a picnic tea or a CBA tea before bath and bed; and a bottle of wine sitting breathing for after that.

On the other hand, flying has been non-existant! shock blush

Right see you all in June where Bitchy can give us the goss so I can live vicariously wink

thanks to Goth for running the thread.

CallingAllEngels Sat 31-May-14 19:43:41

carpe sounds like a lovely day - you deserve it after the shit few weeks you've had.

sage advice from your DH swan - I often feel the same. I love love listening to music when driving and running, but can I get my act together to sort my iPod out? still playing music from my uni days so a little out of date

toffee , swan , sc (and probably everyone else!) I would love to pay someone to do things, but DH would not hand over good money to someone to do something he can do himself. Except he doesn't do it himself and if I remind him or ask him more than once to d something then I'm nagging. Some things have literally taken years to get done.

Such as the job finished today! Area cleared, flattened, grass laid in the last 2 weeks. Today DH built the tower and slide we got over a year ago from BIL/SIL that has been taking up space in the garage. It looks fabulous and DS loves it!

Ta da
3 lots of washing done - 2 dried outside and the jeans are just hanging inside now so no need for td though this does mean I have a stack of ironing to do now
Washing up
Weeded front garden
Phoned DGM (90 today!) and Dsis
Online banking - paying off debts!
Online shopping - skincare order for me, BurtsBees sets for DM/Dsis and friends later in year, and have a basket full at the Book people for Birthday/Christmas presents this year blush
Toy shop - managed to pick up presents for all DC of friends who have birthdays in the next month and one or two who I missed last month

DS now in bed and DH and I continuing our James Bond marathon (They're showing all the Bond films in the order they were filmed - we're on For your Eyes only atm!) and just about to pour myself a glass of non-alcoholic wine and get some cheese nibbles out <yum> .

Fx DH is taking DS to ILs caravan tomorrow so I can stay home and get my mountain of marking done. See you all on the new thread (and apologies for short personals - haven't read back past this page!).

CallingAllEngels Sat 31-May-14 19:45:48

And because I know you lot will appreciate it, here is the alpine rock garden I made last weekend...

CarpeJugulum Sat 31-May-14 20:17:04

See those pictures are why we need a "Like" button!

Engels get thyself to Spotify; I've just started it (it's now free for mobiles/tablets!) and it's so good for playlists. I have upbeat, get me through work, calming; oh, and "irritate people" grin

GoingGoingGoth Sat 31-May-14 21:28:10

Engels that looks lovely. Now heading off to new thread

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