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StitchingMoss Wed 09-Oct-13 17:37:10

Finally started a new thread smile.

StitchingMoss Sun 17-Nov-13 22:10:01


DTisMYdoctor Sun 17-Nov-13 17:49:49

Good idea!

StitchingMoss Sun 17-Nov-13 17:30:43

Hi all, had a suggestion - shall we move ourselves to a closed FB group instead? Easier to use and find, totally private to us and means I can delete my MN account grin!


Kantha Thu 14-Nov-13 11:19:33

Hmm, it seems it's not just me that's not posting. At least I've not missed much!

DTisMYdoctor Sun 10-Nov-13 00:42:00

Gah, this dropped off my threads. Putting it back on to read later!

StitchingMoss Fri 08-Nov-13 07:42:19

Happy Birthday to Kantha's DS2 smile. The cake looked fab - hope he enjoyed it?! grin

Kantha Thu 07-Nov-13 20:01:54


Too knackered to structure a meaningful post, as explained on FB

StitchingMoss Tue 05-Nov-13 14:31:43

Hello everyone, thanks for your offer Kantha - we should have called you last week as we ended up driving to Brighton and back in a day as my dad didn't want us staying over night (or my mum couldn't cope, not sure sad).

He's not good really - now walking with a stick and looking very very frail. We took him out to the local garden centre and within five minutes was saying he felt unwell and we had to find a wheelchair for him. It was very sad.

Annoying about the roof tiles - the storm didn't really amount to much round here but kept us all awake!

Hope the sleep thing is sorted now! Dh was also off for half term but I'm not sure it was productive!

Oh and I'm going back to work - only 15 hours a week, SEN for the council. Not my dream job but it's money in the bank with the building work starting in the new year!

Kantha Wed 30-Oct-13 19:28:18

How's your Dad doing Stitching? Remember that the option of staying with us here, or dropping the boys here and going down to the hospital is there for you. I've not yet had the pleasure of RSCH. Where we are, the services get split between there and the Princess Royal in Hayward's Heath, which as I understand it is preferable. How's your DH too?

We lost some ridge tiles in the storm. They also crashed onto our neighbour's roof in the process and smashed some of their tiles too. So we have a bill for both houses to pay. No point claiming on the insurance as it's not much more than the excess.

We are having a fairly productive half term with DH off work. Mostly house stuff. The list of things to do is endless. The downside is that DS2 is committed to remaining on BST rather than GMT, and is waking 20 mins earlier than usual on top of that just to make sure we're knackered.

disguisedeb Mon 28-Oct-13 22:23:16

Stitching, hope your Dad's OK.

How's everyone down south with the storm? Hope no damage.

StitchingMoss Sat 26-Oct-13 23:16:22

Would we know them?! grin

I'm currently at my parents' house as dad was admitted to hospital last night and mum was a mess. Both my DBs are here too. Have been into visit and they're finally on top of his pain and an MRI scan seems to confirm that it's a fracture so pain relief and mobilisation the key to get him home.

I have to say in stunned at the dilapidated state of the hospital - it's shocking. Hope you never have to come here LG! Apparently it's due for demolition but the govt are dragging their heels about it hmm.

I'm heading home at the crack of dawn tomorrow for DS2's party, but lying in bed listening to the wind is worrying me slightly - I hate travelling in storms sad.

How's everyone else?

Kantha Fri 25-Oct-13 18:54:06

Just checked the thread. It's a few days since you posted Stitching. How is all the family today? Sorry that you have so many worries right now hmm

Deb, thanks for the advice on homework. That's really useful, especially the idea of noting when he has had help. Ethan sounds so lovely. smile The challenge is stopping myself from applying my own standards as a school child (perfectionist) to his work if that makes sense. It pains me though TBH blush

How frustrating about the house's neighbours. As the thread title says, 'onwards and upwards.'

This may amuse you if only so you can condemn me for being a judgey pants. After a year of privately speculating that a family at school are pro footballer and WAG, I finally managed to confirm it as true. I couldn't think of any other explanation for Dad clearly being loaded but frequently being able to do school pick up, and mum dressing like a WAG. He's not someone famous, and is retired now but still in the managerial side. (He is quite hot though winkblush) I should add that they are really nice people, as is their DS.

DTisMYdoctor Tue 22-Oct-13 19:31:16

Sorry Stitching, I only skimmed before and didn't read your post. Sorry you have so much on your plate just now, especially after all you have been through recently. Huge big squidgy non-MNetty hugs for you!

DTisMYdoctor Tue 22-Oct-13 18:49:23

Tbh I kind of agree on faith schools Stitching. Catholic schools aren't necessarily the 'must get into' schools in the same way I get the impression that C of E schools are in England, but here you can either go to non-denomination catchment, catholic catchment or private (no chance of out of catchment place) and ime catholic schools here tend to have much better general pastoral care and values/morals are important (not just in the religious sense iyswim) so while they exist, I'd opt catholic unless the non denom was rated as a much better school (which it really isn't in our catchment).

In all the chat in the news about types of schools, teachers etc no-one ever seems to talk about the need to focus on making sure all schools are good schools any more. That irks me somewhat.

Oh, come the revolution can we get rid of private schools first though? wink

Sorry to hear about the house Deb, but it does sound like you had a lucky escape!

StitchingMoss Tue 22-Oct-13 16:51:18

grin at DT! Come the revolution all faith schools will be closed down DT, sorry wink.

shock re the neighbours deb! Sounds like you had a lucky escape, as disappointing as it is sad. Are you back looking again?

Aw, Ethan sounds like a sweetie smile. I don't have a scooby where DS1 is in terms of his peers - all the school mums and my others friends with Y1s studiously avoid discussing reading levels and the like, which I appreciate but it also means I've no idea if he's good, bad or indifferent! blush

Thanks for the hugs, life isn't being too kind at the moment - dad's in hospital with breathing problems and unstable pain due to a crush fracture in his lower spine from falling downstairs, mum is cracking up and dh has just been signed off work for two weeks due to stress partly brought on by not dealing with everything post m/c I think sad. Feel a bit beaten up by it all sad.

Counting down the days til half term.

disguisedeb Tue 22-Oct-13 15:09:13

Hello I am here, but not buying the house, turned out neighbour was a nutcase, with cctv cameras on the lane, with the gates, that also picked up sound and he told me he heard what the boys were saying. Also police called on a few occasions between him and people selling, both as bad as each other I think but not a situation we want the boys to be in.

So, am sad about the house and lovely kitchen but OK generally, at least I won't have to open those gates

Homework, I sit with Ethan to make sure he gets it done, but his is only handwriting at the moment and phonic work. I would just encourage your ds to take his time and read what he has written etc... Or if you do have to help him , then add a comment to the homework that adult help was given then the teacher knows.As Ethan is now Y1 and I teach Y1, it is very easy to compare all the time. He is behind all my children, but his teacher says he tries so hard and he's the child that all helpers in school want to take home with them!

3 more days at school then half term, off on school trip to seaside tomorrow, fingers crossed for weather.

hugs for you stitching xx

DTisMYdoctor Fri 18-Oct-13 21:57:54

We only really have catholic schools and they all have very close links with the local diocese. No danger in losing the faith there. DS has morning and afternoon prayers every day, dedicated RE time and who knows what else. <avoids Stitching's disappointed stare> grin wink

Kantha Fri 18-Oct-13 21:36:49

So how would a faith school ensure it was keeping the faith? Does the Church still get an input?

DTisMYdoctor Fri 18-Oct-13 19:36:54

grin By the local authority. We have PTA's but that's it.

Kantha Fri 18-Oct-13 17:43:19

How are schools governed then? Genuine question. Not being sarcastic.

DTisMYdoctor Fri 18-Oct-13 14:34:12

DH was a school governor, he really enjoyed it. We don't have them here.

DTisMYdoctor Fri 18-Oct-13 14:33:35

I'm here! Finally grin

StitchingMoss Wed 16-Oct-13 20:21:01

Thank you kantha x

I will keep you posted about Gov stuff - quite excited about it! Imagining it will be more interesting and less cliquey than PTA, but could be wrong!

Kantha Wed 16-Oct-13 13:12:44

Aww, Stitching, sorry that the birthday was bittersweet. Inevitable really. hmm Be kind to yourself.

And congratulations on becoming a governor. I will be interested to hear what it's like.

StitchingMoss Tue 15-Oct-13 22:24:38

Where is everyone??

My exciting (?) news is that I've become a school governor!

Oh and my baby turned 4 today!! Made me feel a bit sad for the baby we lost - dont think I've grieved properly yet and think its going to hit me soon sad.

Hope everyone else is ok x

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