A busy week

What a week, feels like I’ve packed a months activities into 6 days !

Monday started with the arrival of ‘the wasp man’ we have been plagued this summer with 2 wasps nests, one in the front of the house, inside the garden wall and not too much of a problem but the other was under the eaves and inside the roof. This one was directly above Oscar’s bedroom and meant we haven’t been able to open the windows as they fly in, both mum and I have been stung a few times and its very painful. He arrived, sprayed and left, 10 minutes but within an hour everything was quiet, no sign of any wasps. Then I had another visit to the job centre, thankfully to see a new adviser who was not only human but very helpful and I left feeling much happier and supported. More job applications completed again. School was a strange day for Oscar as many of the children in his class were absent to do the 11 + exam, we decided it was possibly a step too far for him and our local grammar school wasn’t the best school for him. He had a solo music lesson and did an excellent job, finger crossed he will be doing his next music exam soon.

Tuesday, I had no plans other than sitting at the computer filling in applications again, until at 10am I received a phone call asking me to go for an interview at mid-day, short notice but off I went. It went well, unfortunately I didn’t have experience in one area, they had a different position but at another location. I very sadly had to say no as it wasn’t close enough. We had a quick look in the loft at the wasp progress, he said it would take a week or two for them to die off, it was much quieter but still a lot flying around the light. We closed up quickly and left them to it.

Wednesday was to be my quiet form filling day (again) until I remembered a nurse appointment and blood test, not a fasting one thankfully. I darted out of the house and just made it in time. The nurse wasn’t happy with my blood pressure (nothing new there) so possible more or different medication required, thats for the doctor to decide next week. Personally I think a job would sort everything out, I did ask but they haven’t got any currently.

Thursday started with form filling and applications galore, but then boredom set in so took a break and went shopping with mum. I’m glad we did because I found the perfect dress for my brothers wedding next month. A dress !! For someone who lives in jeans and trainers it was such a shock to find a dress which I love, fits well and feels comfortable. I need to find shoes but I’ll leave that adventure for another day.

Friday was a very stressful day, for us all, Oscar was doing the entrance exam for a local secondary school. He decided last year this was the school he was going to, nothing was going to change his mind. So he’s been doing prep for the exam but finally the day had arrived. He has been stressed about it and when we arrived the number of children was a little overwhelming, thankfully, due to some conditions he suffers from, he was in a small, quiet, room and fully supported throughout. I knew what kind of day it was going to be so I booked mum and I in to get a haircut, knowing this would keep us occupied, and it worked for a while. I’ve never been so glad to  collect him from school. He seemed very positive and said he did his best, what more can any parent ask…

Saturday we did nothing, apart from reading, relaxing, watching football (my team won, the boys team lost) and sleeping, still a few wasps flying around in the loft but we were able to get in there and put some things away.

Today I’ve completed even more applications, someone will get bored of seeing my name and employ me.

Hopefully next week will include some more interviews and a few quieter days.



The month so far …

September has been a busy month so far, back to school has given us routine back into our lives, however it’s a little stressful as exams are coming up.

I’m back on the job hunt again, a million applications and C.V’s sent but still no luck yet. I’m considering selling body parts, although most of them are falling apart so not sure I’ll be making mega-bucks any time soon.

I am missing work though, I miss the routine, people and feeling useful. I loved finishing a days work (even doing the most boring of jobs) and feeling like I’d completed something. Getting dressed just doesn’t have to same sense of satisfaction.  One of the hardest things I’ve found is loneliness, I miss the daily chatting and catch ups. I spend hours each day sitting at the computer, chatting nonsense whilst doing applications and get nothing in return. One day this computer will answer me back and frighten the life out of me !!

One advantage of the extra time has given me chance to work on the The Reading Challenge and My film challenge dilemma from 50 things plus some knitting.


The Reading Challenge

The book challenge has been selected and I’ve even started, I’ve chosen a book challenge from Instagram #26BOOKSwithBringingUpBurns, although I’m not linking it to or including it as part of the 365 photo challenge.

Here is the list:

  1. A book with water on the cover – Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
  2. A book set on a school campus – The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell
  3. A book with a murder or a mystery – The haunting of Nathaniel Wolfe by Brian Keaney
  4. A book about siblings – Secrets of the Tides by Hannah Richelle
  5. A book with a great first line
  6. A book written in the decade you were born. – Interview with a vampire by Anne Rice
  7. A book with a number in the title – 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
  8. A book that will help you grow.
  9. A book from the library – Almost all of my books are from the library. 
  10. A book about a vacation or road trip
  11. A book with food in the title – Soy sauce for beginners by Kirsten Chen
  12. A book based on a historical event. – 11.22.63 by Stephen King
  13. A book you’ve been meaning to read – The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins
  14. A book that has won an award.
  15. A book you read with a friend – Dark by Paul L Arvidson 
  16. An autobiography or memoir – A life discarded (148 diaries found in a skip) by Alexander Masters
  17. A book with a one word title – Room by Emma Donoghue
  18. A book over 400 pages.
  19. A book set in the future.
  20. A book with magic in it. – The ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman
  21. A book you learnt about because of this challenge.
  22. A book based on a true story – The poisoner, the life and crime of  Victorian England’s most notorious doctor by Stephen Bates
  23. A New York times best-seller
  24. A book off the ALA’s banned & challenged classics list. – Lord of the flies by William Golding
  25. A book that will make you laugh.
  26. A favourite book from your childhood. – Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  27. One free swap-out – read any book of your choice.

I love reading and regularly visit the library, now I carry a notebook with this list and as you can see I’ve already completed a few. It makes looking for books more of a challenge, planning what to look for in advance.

Any suggestions welcomed…

Updated from an earlier blog post, so far so good. Only a few months remaining to complete the challenge and it’s looking promising.

Trial and error

Today I finished the scarf I was making and have reduced the wool stash by one ball, slow and steady does it. 

So with that finished it was time to decide the next project, I want something different so I had a play with some wool and needles and this is what occurred…. 

It’s a hexagon ! It worked (almost) with a few tweaks something interesting might happen. 

Y is for …

Youth, sometimes I wish I could go back in time, do things differently. But then I start to think when, when would I go to ? What would I do differently and how would things have changed ?

It’s impossible to pick a good point in time because you start to remember all the things that happened after that and they might never occur, friends might never be met, boyfriends, jobs might never happen, what would it be like ? Who would I be ?

I think sometimes it does us good to look backwards occasionally as it reminds us how far we’ve come, all we have achieved and the possibilities for the future.

Good luck for whatever the future holds, we’re all heading there…..

X is for

X-ray’s, thankfully I’ve never had one, never broken any bones, even though I’ve had some spectacular falls and injuries.

I have however had to accompany my lovely brother, who was a very accident prone child, and my son for x-rays.

In Oscar’s case ‘I knocked him off the see-saw’ is what he tells people, in truth I was at the other end and he was being nosy and fell off, flat onto padded flooring and still managed to break his arm. Thankfully being so young it healed within 4 weeks and his cast was off in time for him starting school, and he had a cool blue cast.