I’m knitting again

I enjoy knitting, I’m not the best at it and can really only do basic increase, decrease and simple patterns but I enjoy seeing something start to take shape and come together.

After a traumatic experience recently with a sweater pattern the wool and needles had been in the cupboard for a little while but an article on facebook has prompted them to be released from their prison and put to good use.

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The local hospital maternity special care baby unit is running low on premie hats. In the past I have made blankets and milk squares for them so I’ve downloaded the pattern, sorted my wool and started knitting again.

 

They’re so tiny and quick to make up, it’s a pleasure to do it. Also as Oscar was prem and well cared for and supported in special care it’s only right to give something back as a THANK YOU to all the wonderful staff that kept him alive those first few weeks and the amazing support I was given during that time.

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Weekly round up #4

Guess what I forgot to do yesterday, that’s right press publish (at least I saved it)

It’s been a funny week, lots and nothing in one. The weather is being bonkers as usual for Britain, sunny one minute then cold and rainy the next.

Anyway the week went like this…

Monday was a quiet catch up day, sending off job applications and sorting bedrooms and wardrobes.

Tuesday was a clear out of more cupboards and drawers, lots went but everywhere looks exactly the same. How can that be ? I had a look around a school that I’ve applied to for a job. Pre-interview interviews seem to be the way forward.

Wednesday the car went to the garage for a much needed service, more job applications sent then a walk around the local shops with mum.  I went to the jobcentre, still haven’t had any money because my job coach was on holiday so couldn’t press the button to release my payment. Thank goodness for my wages last month, I understand why people are using food banks and being made homeless more and more. A sad state of affairs.

Thursday I decided to have a day off from applications and job hunting, I went to vote then went looking for a swimming/bathing costume for our holidays. No luck but we came up with a few new ideas for wedding favours for my brothers wedding later in the year.

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One of a pair of Jays that visit our garden most mornings and evenings. 

Friday was a strange day, everyone was angry, confused, upset, overjoyed, surprised and excited by the EU referendum result. What’s done is done, now we need to be decent human beings, accept that each person has opinions and get on with life again. Today was also sports day, the weather wasn’t the best but with a couple of quick dashes into the hut they managed to complete about three quarters before the monsoon arrived and it was abandoned. Oscar came second in one of his races and 5th in a race he wasn’t down for !

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Saturday I bought a swimming costume, it’s lovely, bright and cheery. I don’t know if it’s all the changes in the weather but this weekend I’ve felt very headachy and ‘not right’ Oscar was with his dad this weekend so the rest of the day was watching films, football and minecrafting (Oscar sets me challenges when he’s away)

Sunday was a quiet day, a lie in and watching football day. I have an interview tomorrow so best go and prepare.

Wish me luck !

Clear out time and memories

I needed to find an important letter. I knew where it was, in ‘the drawer’ everyone has one or possibly more, the place you put everything to be kept and sorted/dealt with later. Yesterday was that day.

I spent around 2 hours sorting all the paperwork into two piles, must be kept and to be destroyed. Then I went through each pile again just to check nothing important had gone in the wrong pile, that has happened before.

I found the letter I needed plus many other memories, old cards, pictures Oscar had made at nursery, school reports for both myself and Oscar, plus lots of photos.Many happy memories and some sad ones.

I found this..

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the only photo I have of Phil and I together. He was a brilliant photographer and was always behind the camera but on this day out to visit my aunt near Lancaster and passer by offered to take one of us all together and it now has pride of place on my wall. I miss this man every day and talk to him and about him often.

 

Weekly round up #3

I’ve been a bit busy and a little rubbish at blogging this week. Sorry I’ll try and do better next week. So this week went like this…

Monday was the rescheduled PTA summer fair (due to council not granting licenses in time for our original Saturday one), the weather wasn’t fantastic so we all squished together in the school hall, ate cake, drank tea, won bottles and bottles of wine and generally had a good time. Then a quick dash home for food and drop Oscar off with grandpa and back to school for a meeting about secondary school. Scary times ahead !!

Tuesday I dropped Oscar at school and remembered the library books were in the boot of my car from last week, thankfully the fine was a little over £1 for all our books. It was also application day, a cup of tea and I started applying for jobs. A boring day really.

Wednesday I met the ladies for lunch, it was lovely to all be back together. It’s only been a couple of weeks but feels like forever, loads to catch up on (even though we whatsapp as a group almost daily). I also collected a very excited boy from school and took him to Tae Kwon do to find out that he had passed his grading and received his new yellow belt.

 

 

Thursday was another busy day and I had my forgetful head on. I had some forms to fill in first thing then I was meeting an old boss for lunch to give her a present, it didn’t arrive until after I’d left but any excuse to meet and eat. Only problem was I turned up without the gift ! So a quick dash home after lunch, washed, changed dropped the gift then on to a pre-interview interview at a local school. It was lovely, I would like to work there, time will tell.

Friday was another at home filling forms and applying for jobs day. One application was so complicated it took nearly three hours to do, I think it’s so they’ll only get genuine people apply, you need more stamina for some of the application forms than the actual position. We finally booked a holiday, yippee. A couple of weeks in Spain, can’t wait.

Saturday was a me day, Oscar is doing saturday school for the 11 plus (his choice before anyone complains), saturday school is one of his favourite days as it’s only his class in school and they get to play football or use the computers at wet play and it’s only a couple hours, and after school he was going straight to a friends house. So I went to the cinema to catch up on some films I’ve been wanting to see. I saw jungle book, which I enjoyed then Alice through the looking glass. I love these adaptations (although the white queen annoys me with her twiddly fingers) I want a cheshire cat, I already live with my little mad hatter. Unfortunately I had forgotten about the summer party/fair in the park and couldn’t park anywhere near home when I got back. Thankfully most cars had gone by 6pm so Sunday I wasn’t going anywhere.

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Sunday has been a film watching, minecraft playing, listening to the bands in the park day, one advantage of living so close. The rain didn’t dampen their spirits and the turnout seemed pretty good. Oscar has dyscalculia and Meares-Irlen syndrome, so I’ve invested a little time and money this week and bought some educational guides to help him. Over the summer we will crack this wall and hopefully get a better understanding, maths for him, and how his brain works for me. The first book arrived today, more to follow.

Oh and I’ve not been to the allotment with all this rain but I’ve watched a LOT of football this week.

Weekly round up #2

Monday was a stressful day, my first visit to the job centre with all the horror stories (and Jeremy Kyle) I wasn’t looking forward to it. The place itself wasn’t too bad but the ‘job coach’ wasn’t exactly friendly, helpful or welcoming. Anyway, after an hour ‘being told’ what I had to do I left with more questions than answers and generally feeling a little low. A quick look online and I found a couple of jobs which appealed so the application form filling began.

Tuesday, I felt much better about things and decided to forget the ‘job coach’ (even if they were emailing me a million unsuitable jobs every day) and sort myself out. So armed with notebook and laptop I spent the day CV writing, and form filling. I felt much better.

Wednesday and it was back to the job centre and the dreaded ‘job coach’ this time it was a better experience, I met one of the girls I worked with, so had a lovely and much needed hug, plus one of the staff there used to work in our building so had a catch up and laugh. All this seemed to turn ‘job coach’ into a human and a much more pleasant person.

Thursday was a day off from job hunting, I went to Liverpool to wedding plan with my brother and his fiance (and several others from both families). It was a lovely morning, the wedding coordinator is wonderful and very organised. She answered all our questions and had suggestions for things we hadn’t thought of. The families are doing a lot of it ourselves, personal touch means so much more than shop bought. Lunch was gorgeous and it was the last day the sun shone. I also bought a few special gifts for our ‘favourite’ teacher.

Friday was another day of job searches and form filling, I’ve decided I’m only applying for jobs I want or like. I don’t think the job coach will be happy but tough. The Euro 2016 football started, I love international football, and we sat down and watched, made bets and guessed scores. We’re all supporting different teams for a multitude of reasons so it’s making it much more interesting.  Oscar got the France scoreline correct.

Saturday was a busy one, Oscar had Tae Kwon-do grading for a new belt first thing in the morning, then we had a trip to the cinema to see angry birds, the music is ok but the film was dire, made worse by lots of little uncontrolled children running around the place. Then home for more football, Wales (Gareth Bale) for Oscar and another correct scoreline, then the England match, as usual they played well but still couldn’t win.

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Sunday was a rainy day, so finished homework and then had a minecraft session. We dipped in and out the football today but never settled to watch for long.

I have to share this week’s highlight, sorting Oscar’s school bag on Thursday and noticed he’d (very badly) ‘forged’ my signature in his reading book, when I asked him about it his reply was ‘it’s ok I told the teacher you’d been drinking’ – I don’t even drink  !

 

 

Euro 2016 day 2 

So the first match wasn’t one we were particularly interested in, other than relatives on opposing sides nothing drew us to it. Wales is a big draw because of the gorgeous Gareth Bale (and his girlie hair) followed by the England match later this evening. 

Oscar is super excited for Wales, fingers crossed they win as a grumpy boy is no fun. 

We’re staying hopeful for England… 

Let’s hope the fans settle down soon as they’re detracting from the football and once again giving the country a bad name. At this rate the E U will want us to leave.  

Football

 

And so it begins… International football, I love it.

I prefer watching it than league football although I don’t really support any one country. I usually have a favourite of the two teams playing but not one across the whole competition.

I look out for players from my home teams, Liverpool (for me) Real Madrid (Oscar) and Everton (step dad) and of course we endure England. They always promise so much, start well, then fall apart. I guess the media doesn’t always help, picking them apart before they’ve even kicked a ball but who knows this year could be the one.

Fingers crossed.

So the drinks are ready.

Match one is about to kick off, come on France …