Week 21 #Project365 – 2015

Hello all – week 21 already!!

Now that the weather is a bit better we’ve been out and about on a few walks.  It’s been good to get out and swipe the cobwebs from my brain.

Sunday –  Finished late in work, just seemed to take ages to do everything! Didn’t do much with the rest of the day.

Monday – Didn’t do much today, caught up with cleaning the house.

Tuesday – Went to see Mad Max – Fury Road, oldest son came along with us. Hubby and son really liked the film but I found it rather repetitive. Max is now played by Tom Hardy and he does nothing for me – he’s rather overrated IMHO.  The film is mainly him and a few others trying to outrun others chasing them.. lots of violent fighting and not much else.

Wednesday – Visit from son and the boys. Theo is crawling well now but prefers to pull himself up, he’s getting into everything too.. Ashley came running into the kitchen, ‘drink please Nanna’ then proceeded to raid the fridge for a yogurt!

Thursday – We felt rather lazy so drove down to Redwick and had a short walk around the local lanes. I haven’t been down there for a few years and it’s only 4 miles away. There’s a rather fine church and a pub and not much else other than a few houses.  The whole area was flooded back in 1607 and the resulting land area has become the Gwent levels and is classified as Site of Special Scientific Interest. 

Friday – Usual work followed by a nice relaxing evening.

Saturday – Usual shopping and visit to the MIL. Researching domain names, self-hosting and thinking about how I want the new blog to look.. Scary but exicited.  May ask the Aussie DIL to design a suitable logo. Any ideas are welcome!!

Here’s my selection for this week:

 

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Above:

  • Theo getting into everything at the coffee table.
  • Swan seen on one of our walks.
  • Magor wetlands – this is what’s known locally as a reen.
  • Ashley – Cheese!! loves climbing in-front of the camera!

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Week 19 #Project365 – 2015

A much better week for us now that things from the past few weeks have settled down. Ashley’s remaining tests came back negative so they still don’t know what caused his collapse. Hopefully it’ll not happen again.

Sunday – Not much, half day work followed by lazing about the house.

Monday – We decided to go out for a drive and headed out towards Lydney and ended up at Lydney Harbour. A nice area where fishing boats used to launch into the Severn Estuary. Nowadays it’s more pleasure craft that use the basin and locks. You can cross over the locks and take walk along the estuary.

Tuesday – Housework in the morning, I also tidied the freezer, loads of stuff in the wrong drawers since hubby has been putting the shopping away!!
We went to see Avengers – Age of Ultron – loads of action but the story drifts a bit. But Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans always worth looking at.. OOOSSHH…

Wednesday – After work son came for a visit with the boys. Theo is still trying to crawl but goes round in circles or backwards. Ashley was back his usual self. He loves having his photo taken and tried to get right up close – so funny. I allowed him to use my camera this week and he loved taking photos of his daddy and brother but he also started swinging it about… oh no you don’t young man…He wasn’t keen on being told off.

Thursday – Didn’t do much today no food shopping as all we needed was fresh food and it can wait until Saturday.

Friday – Work day – bored to tears as there wasn’t enough work to last the 7 hours I worked. I’d much prefer to be kept occupied.

Saturday – Shopping followed by the weekly visit to MIL. Lidl had an offer on Minced beef – 500g for £1.29. Bought 6, three for the freezer, one for lasagne on Sunday and two made into meatballs and spicy burgers. Love the bargains like this as it ends in cheap meals for the 2 of us. My Mum taught me well on how to make dinners from scratch.

In the evening we went to our friends house for supper – yummy chilli, good chatter and a catch up with their son too.

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Week 17 and 18 #Project365 – 2015

Here I am catching up again. Week 17 started ok with a lovely win from Hotter shoes, but it soon went downhill. Hubby was supposed to get an appointment for the results of his biopsy. When he called the hospital they gave him the option of discussing it with the Urology specialist nurse. The news wasn’t good they had found early signs of cancer. As you can imagine he was devastated and despite visits from the grandsons’ and me telling him it will all be ok he was really worried.
I’m so glad they sent him an appointment for the following Tuesday.
So that basically was week 17 – worry worry worry!!

Week 18 

Monday – Busied ourselves with housework, reading through some very useful booklets that the hospital sent Hubby and watched a couple of films to try to take his mind off tomorrow.

Tuesday – We went to the hospital for Hubby to discuss his biopsy results with the consultant. While we were waiting in the Ante-room I checked my phone and I had 2 missed calls from our son. I thought it would be a ‘Mum, can you look after the boys?’ or ‘Can Dad fix this?’ type of call so decided to call him back after we’d seen the consultant. (more on that in a bit!!)
The consultant explained very clearly that the amount of cancer found was minute… out of the ten needle samples the amount would barely be dot and in his professional opinion it is unlikely to become anything more sinister as his PSA test count is only just over what it would be for a man of his age. He recommended that Hubby is monitored by blood tests every 3 months and possible biopsy again in a year or two.
To say he was relived is an understatement!

As we left I rang our son he was a bit frantic. Ashley had collapsed and passed out in nursery and they were at the hospital with him. They told him straight away that Ashley would be in for at least 72 hours. He barely woke up on Tuesday, they did lots of blood tests, a brain EEG test and a CT scan but found nothing out of the ordinary. He was placed in a high dependency unit overnight with a nurse checking him hourly. He eventually woke at 5am asking for toast and a drink! By the time son and DIL got there at 7am he was up and about as if nothing was wrong!

Wednesday – After work we were going to see the new Avengers film but went to visit Ashley instead. He was back to his usual self and charming everyone who came past him.

Thursday – We looked after Theo so that his mummy and daddy could spend time with Ashley.  It was rather odd looking after a baby again.
Ashley had another brain scan today and it was all ok thank goodness.

Friday – Ashley came home. There are still some test results to come back and hopefully they’ll be clear. But it still remains a mystery to why it happened.

Saturday – Quick catch up with son in Oz.  He applied for an internal job a few weeks ago and his manager wasn’t keen on him possibly leaving. Son only applied as it was more IT based which meant more money. His manager agreed to take a look at his job specification and has told him that if he stays his current job will be aligned with Engineering IT and he’ll get a pay lift into the bargain. It’ll mean more work for him to do and it’s good to know he’s appreciated where he is.

Selection from week 17 

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  • Mr Chubby Chops
  • Cool little Dude
  • I could choose a pair of red, white or blue shoes to celebrate Hotter getting a Queens award. 

Selection from week 18

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  • Ashley as his usual self in hospital. The blue thing near his ear is his right hand – boarded and bandaged to keep the shunts in!
  • Theo – a bit out of focus but the best I could get before he tried to take the camera off me!
  • Molly seems to have found a new hiding place. 

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Linking up for the last time to The Boy and Me.  Sad times but the project will go on via various other blogs that take part in the project.  Wishing ‘Joanne’ a fond farewell.

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Week 15 #Project365 – 2015

I’ve had a lovely family week – seeing both grandsons smiling and laughing is enough to light up anyone’s day!

Easter Sunday – Son, DIL and grandsons came for Easter lunch. We had a lovely time together but it was tinged with a little sadness when DIL told us that her grandfather had passed away. She was feeling rather guilty for not going up to Blackpool with her folks for the funeral. There’s not much you say to ease the sadness.

Monday – We were going to go out for a drive but decided to have a nice relaxing day at home, tidying the garden and enjoying the sunshine.

Tuesday – With the demise of Orange Wednesday we’ve not been to the cinema for over a month. Tuesdays may be our new day as it’s cheaper. We are both fans of the Fast and Furious franchise so went to see the 7th installment. This time round they have Jason Statham after them to avenge his brothers death. I would have loved to have seen the production notes that said Statham was to square up to Dwayne Johnson!! Much of the film is far fetched and some parts defy physics but as long as you can park your brain and just watch it as good action entertainment you can’t go far wrong.
As you may know Paul Walker died whilst the film was still being made. They have done a great job of keeping his part going using body doubles and CGI and the ending is a really poignant goodbye to him.

Wednesday – Work day which was brightened up by the arrival of my Jord watch!

Thursday – Usual shopping day.

Friday – Work day -as we handle cash the office is security controlled and we have control over who enters the office. I pushed back in my chair to press the button to let someone in and I fell off my chair and bashed my arm on our CCTV cabinet. Top of my arm is pretty sore and a bruise is developing but what’s worse is that it was all captured on camera! There are a few people going to have a good laugh.

Saturday – early phone call from son asking if we would like to take Ashley for the day. Well we’re not going to say no! A bit of colouring and drawing first, then some time on my tablet. I never fail to be impressed with him on apps, we have one with a subgame of mazes and he guides the ball around and you can see that he’s working out where to go rather than just guessing.  He loves the CBBC app and The Furchester Hotel is his favourite on that one. BUT is absolute favourite is Angry Birds!
At lunchtime we popped down to see his Great Granny Mo and a visit to the park on the way back. Then it was back home to catch up with his Mummy, Daddy and brother.

Here’s a selection from the week and some extras from our time in the park.

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Above: 

  • He loves a bit of bubble wrap! 
  • Mr. Chubby Chops in his walker. 
  • New watch has arrived!
  • Hot cross bun and butter pudding in the slow cooker. 

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Time in the park: 

  • Squealing with delight on the swing.
  • Is this close enough Nanny?
  • How relaxed does he look here?
  • Well not relaxed as having your feet up too! 
  • You have to have a cone with sprinkles and sauce for a lovely day in the park!
  • I-Spy!

Hope you’ve all had a great Easter week. 

 

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Week 8 #Project365 – 2015

I’ve had a pretty uneventful week.  It’s been odd seeing the living room without the 2 seater sofa, makes the room look massive! Hubby has been sat on my sofa (we rarely sit together – he lounges over the 2 seater and I do the same on the 3 seater!) which means he can see what I’m doing on the laptop. So the week has been dotted often with ‘who’s that?, What’s that picture of? What competition is that?’ It’s got so bad that I had to give up on commenting on blogs as it was taking so long with his interruptions!! Normal service will resume this week!!

Sunday – I wasn’t looking forward to going to work as I knew there would have to be a rather difficult conversation with the person who does the first half of the day. I spoke to our Section Leader last week and explained that I’ve only left by my finish time of 3pm once in the 4 months we’ve been open.  There’s a lot of the processing work left for me to do and it’s an unfair division of work.
The early person wasn’t best pleased that she got told off. BUT she had done some of the processing which meant I actually finished with 5 minutes to spare.  So hopefully that’s one problem solved.

Monday – Visit from son and the boys. Theo is getting very strong and can more or less sit up for a minute or so. It’s quite funny seeing him trying to crawl when he’s placed on the floor.. the legs kick and all he achieves is turning on the spot.

Tuesday – Work day – went really well today and finished early – it was a nice change.

Wednesday – Orange Wednesday – Project Almanac, this film is about some high school students that find a time machine in the basement. The boys father was a scientist and died in a car crash when the boy was 7. It’s an ok film that could have been so much better.  The students are pretty vacuous and only time jump for their own benefit.
This is also probably the last Orange Wednesday as it ends next week. BOO….

Thursday – quiet day catching up on household duties and food shopping.

Friday – Work day – I can honestly say I’ve never worked with such a load of back stabbing, moaning, whinging people in all my working life. I think it’s time for head down, arse up and only speak if I need to.

Saturday – highlight of the week – we had Ashley for the day so his mummy and daddy could go to Cardiff. We took him to a park for a bike ride and a kick about. I only managed a couple of photos though as the camera battery died.
We watched some Peppa Pig while eating lunch and then we played with his Playdoh. Lovely day full of smiles!

Here’s my selection of the week.

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Above:

  • Bike ride in the park.
  • Selfie with Nana
  • Pancakes served with Mango, pineapple and grated coconut cream. LUSH!!
  • Mr Chubby cheeks.

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Week 6 #Project365 – 2015

We had a rather busy week.

Sunday – I was doing extra hours in work to cover for holidays. I managed to finish by 2pm so had most of the afternoon to laze about.

Monday – GOOD NEWS!!! The plumber turned up and fixed the water supply. The pressure valve he fitted last week just needed adjusting and the leak on the water cylinder didn’t need a part after all…just uncoupled and new plumbing tape fitted to it. So we now have lashings of hot pressurised water!!

Tuesday – Lazed around the house, tidying and cleaning.  We arranged last week for the leather repairer to do some repairs to our big sofa. One seaat pad has a hole worn in it and part of the foam had slipped making it look lop sided. It has to be taken apart in the house as it’s too big to go through the door. It was a tight fit even when it was new!
It’ll be gone for a week then the 2 seater is off for some new padding.

Wednesday – Work day – finished later than usual so we had to change plans for Orange Wednesday and go later than planned. Hubby had got a couple of casseroles out of the freezer and peeled some potatoes so all we had to do was get them cooked and reheat the casseroles when we got home.
This week we watched ‘Kingsman – The Secret Service’, imagine James Bond taken to higher level.. it’s wickedly funny, full of action and really rather mad.  It’s about a very secret service that operates beyond the usual MI6 and they are recruiting for a new member after the demise of one spy at the start of the film. All the new recruits are put through tough tests to prove their worthiness.
The film rattles along at a good pace and there are some great set pieces. One in particular with Colin Firth battling against a church full of people to the backing sound of Lynard Skynard’s Freebird.  Well any film that has that tune in it is ok in my book as it’s in my top 3 all time great tunes.

Thursday – working again to cover holidays.
Hubby bought a load of curry / chinese sauces from the local supermarket. All going for a bargain as they are not going to stock Pataks /Sharwoods any longer.  Nice to have for those times when you want to cook up something quick or for the times you can’t be arsed to cook from scratch!!
We went to see Oldest boy and the kiddies. Ashley is much more interested in his brother now that he’s taking more notice. He loves to make him laugh and Theo smiles as soon as he sees him. I hope they have’ll always have brotherly love like their daddy and his brother.

Friday – Good news from Oz, youngest son has WiFi back!! Gawd I’ve missed having him online.. they moved from their house to an apartment so he had an easier journey to work and since moving they’ve had to wait for a new connection to the phone lines and broadband.  A good Skype session planned for Sunday morning.
It’s hubby’s 60th on Sunday and we went out for a buffet curry.. how good am I to agree to that rather than watch Wales v England in the 6 Nations. (I’m the rugby nut – he’s not sport minded at all)

Saturday – Not much going on. Caught up with a few blogs and trying to clear my laptop of loads of crap to make it run a bit faster.

Here’s my selection for the week.

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Above:

  • The sauces shelf in my cupboard 
  • Hubby enjoying his second plate of curry!
  • The sofa waiting for it’s seating back!
  • Theo the chubby babba
  • Theo laughing at Ashley, who was pulling faces at him and blowing raspberries!

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Week 5 #Project365 – 2015

Week 5 or the ongoing problems with the airing cupboard!

Sunday – my sunday working hours are 11:30 to 3pm but this week I didn’t make it out until 3:45.  I’m always left with a lot of processing to do and it’s just not a fair share of the days work. I’ll be speaking to management about it as I’m heartily sick of it.

Monday – Still no sign of engineer to sort out the water problems. Rung the insurance to be told they are still waiting for the quote and then they’ll process it.  I called a further 3 times and told them at 3pm they have until 10am Tuesday to get it moving.

Tuesday – 10am on the phone to the insurance trying not to go ape s**t. Asked that the claim is escalated and passed to complaints.  Within 20 minutes had a call back to say complaints will be chasing it. In the mean time I contacted Royal Sun Alliance on twitter and after an email to them I was called back to say they were on it too. (they use an outsourced company to take and deal with claims).

Wednesday – Day off work and I was determined not to have another day hanging about the house waiting for the insurance to call. Orange Wednesday was planned for Ex Machina – the film is about a chap (Caleb) that wins the chance to go to his bosses home and see what he’s developing. He builds AI robots and Caleb is tasked with testing Ava to see if she has a consciousness. To be honest I can’t tell you more as it’s film that if you know how it pans out it would spoil it. It is however very interesting and doesn’t pan out as you’d think it might.

When we got home there was a message on the answerphone to say the engineer was coming Thursday early afternoon.. WOOO HOOO…

Thursday – Food shopping in the morning then waiting for the engineer to arrive. He came at 3pm, fitted the new valve said all was now ok. We waited for the water to heat up and Hubby jumped in the shower.. oh dear the pressure died after 30 seconds. Then we noticed a wet patch on the floor of the airing cupboard – another leak this time from a pipe on the water cylinder. I could have wept!! Back on the phone to report it and they called back an hour later with some instructions from the engineer – turn off the water flow to the cylinder and he’ll come again on Friday.

Friday – Working day for me, Hubby dealt with the engineer – the first one that came – he can’t work on our system as he’s not qualified! He did order new parts and we’re now waiting for them to be authorised!!
When I got home I rang the chap I’ve been dealing with at Royal Sun and he assures me that the quote is in and they’ll call me soon and hopefully the right engineer will come on Monday. It’s becoming a bliddy nightmare and I’m definitely not renewing come renewal time!  So check now if you have Home Emergency cover that they don’t use CET to field the calls as they are hopeless.

The day got better though with a visit from son and grandboys. 🙂 At one point our son had popped to the local shop and Hubby was making us all a drink. Ashley was sitting on the stool eating a little trifle and I was sat on the floor with Theo on my lap. Theo was looking at Ashley and Ashley started making slurping sounds with set Theo laughing. The more he laughed the more Ashley laughed, it was a moment that I wish I could have videoed!!

Saturday – Hubby’s 60 next week and has decided he wanted a cycle trainer to use on days that he can’t go out for a ride (when it’s cold / raining / windy!) We went to Halfords for him to take a look and to try one out.
All set up now in the spare bedroom he just has to get used to attaching the bike to it.

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Above: a selection for the week: 

  • Necklaces that I had for Christmas. 
  • Molly running away – notice the balding patch on her rear – still pulling fur out, stupid cat. 
  • Hubby’s new toy!
  • Smiley boy!

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Week 4 #Project365 – 2015

The week started well but rapidly went downhill.

We had a quiet Sunday – a few hours of work followed by a lazy afternoon watching TV.

Monday – A visit from son, DIL and grandsons. Ashley made straight to the Playdoh!
We have a little toy mouse that we bought for the cat that he loves playing a game with —- he tries to scare me with it, I have to snatch it off him and throw it behind the sofa, Granddad then has to shout ‘over there’, Ashley then goes off to catch the mouse. This week I also stuffed it up his jumper and he also tried to tickle Theo with it. So much fun!!

 

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Above – Mouse up his jumper, Little chubby chops, His box of playdoh and tools, Brothers.. 

Tuesday – Popped out for a few hours and in a local shop found some Snowballs… can’t help thinking that the chocolate used to be much thicker!! Still yummy though!

Wednesday – Orange Wednesday was planned as Ex Machina was showing as this weeks preview movie which started at 3.10pm. However we didn’t go as I was stuck in work until 2.30 waiting for the ‘money man’ (securicor), so would have had about 30 minutes to get home, wash, change and have some lunch! Never mind – off next week so Orange Wednesday will be on again!

Thursday – Disaster – I went to the airing cupboard to get some clean towels and noticed one was damp and presumed hubby put one away still damp. I dug down to the next one and that was damp, next one wet! I pulled them all out and most were wet. I have Home Emergency insurance so made a call to them and a chap said the pressure valve (to the left of the tank on the top shelf) was leaking and would need replacing. It was only a trickle so a sandwich box was placed under it.
All the towels and bedding that was damp/wet had to be dried off before they started to smell. It’ll all need washing anyway but at least I can do it over a few days now. (there will be an update on this next week!!)

Friday – Still waiting for the leak to be fixed – chased it with the insurance and told they were waiting for the quote for parts to come in – hey ho!!

Also tried upload the Hubby’s 2 new CDs to iTunes – one ok but the other is in .CDA format and my poor laptop won’t convert it to MP3. I’ll have to take to my friend and ask him to covert on his new Mac.

Saturday – Usual old crap – bit of shopping then off to MIL.

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Above – CD’s Yessongs and Simple Minds -Big Music. Damp airing cupboard, Snowballs!! Nice smelly candle to mask the smell of drying towels!

Hope you’ve had a great week!

 

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Review of 2014 #Project365

I still can’t believe that I’ve now completed my third year of #Project365 that has been hosted by the lovely The Boy and Me.
It has been quite a job to pick my favourite photo for each month of 2014. As I’ve looked through them they have bought back some very happy memories.

I’ve picked my favourites and explained why below.

January – On our way to the local park and Ashley is now confident enough to strike out on his own without too many glances back to see where we are.
February – This just makes me chuckle – I got Rick-rolled with a capcha!
March – After the wind blew or fencing down the big job of resetting the posts. Hubby made a good job it too!
April –  A rare moment of stillness from the little man.
May – This was one of about 30 photos taken with him clambouring all over me to get his picture taken and to be tickled. Almost every photo shows him grinning and laughing.
June – In our back garden with his bike and ball. What you can’t see here is  his face, he’s laughing because Grandad threw the ball at him. (if you click on the picture then use zoom you’ll see it! Go on take a look! )

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July- Our day out at Greenmeadow Community Farm. He really wasn’t sure about touching the chicken.
August – At the local park again in the summer sun. One of the last weekends we had to look after him as Mummy was now on maternity leave.
September – The arrival of Grandson number 2 – Welcome to the world Theo.
October – This boy loves sleeping.
November – Some of you may remember that Molly won’t come into the house since our new back door was fitted.
When it’s dry we put her basket on the bench for her to sunbathe in.
December – Well there was no competition for this one. Both our boys back together again even if it was only for a few days.

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