Thursday, December 31, 2009

The end and the beginning

This year I ended one job and started another.
Today , fittingly , we had a 12 day old baby girl in the shop and dispensed a prescription for a 102 year old lady . Beginings and ends - where will they take us?
I hope you all have a wonderful New Year and many more of them.
Take care

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Rebellious Body

Well after being unusually healthy since August and hoping that I'd finally turned the corner healthwise, I woke Wednesday with very bad upset stomach . Couldn't risk the bus journey to work (more than an hour with no toilet access ) so rang in sick. Slept most of the day in the hope of recovering but woke with sore throat , temperature and swollen glands - developed ear ache as well later so had to text to say I'd be back Monday.
Didn't think I'd be able to do Saturday - Bath - but I felt better after resting a few days so it probably was my body in protest mode.
The American Museum at Claverton Manor was decorated for Christmas with a Flights of Fancy theme. We met the ladies of the Sampler Guild and started with a lovely cup of coffee and home made cookies then made a raid on the book shop and Christmas decorations. Then it was back to the cafe for lunch - for Ellie baked potato with lots of cheese , for me butternut squash soup and chunky homemade bread. Then we toured the house , with Ellie hunting kites with Father Christmas notes attached.Then it was back to the cafe to meet up with the ladies and compare goodies !!! Then home by train , bus and foot - shame about the rain .
Forgot to say the wonderful quilts and hook rugs are amazing and well worth a visit on their own

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Will the rain ever stop ?

I don't think I've seen so much rain.
It was my turn to work Saturday yesterday (only till 1pm) . We only had two customers - this new place is like a ghost town !!!
Went into town after work to shop but it was so busy I just bought a pair of work trousers (one size down !!!!) and a bright red wooly hat - feeling the cold travelling to and from work . I wanted a parker style longer jacket but couldn't see what I wanted so came home and went to bed for a few hours before DH and DD came back from Banbury (Hockey !)
Friday Dh picked me up from work and we had dinner at the carvery near work - it was lovely and relatively cheap, no wonder it was so busy.
Received my first Christmas decoration - need to get my booty moving and stitch mine. The cold and dark has stopped my incentive to stitcjh at the moment. I have some pictures to post but need to download them from my camersa first.Ellie did a song and dance display in town as part of an area schools initiative of 70's pop.
I won't be going to DH's works Xmas dinner this year as DS can't look after DD and I don't finish till 6 which puts me off rushing to get ready and out.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Two weeks gone already

Well , I'm into the work routine and it's okay - the long hours and bus travel is not fun so I'm still looking for work closer to home. New boss seems okay and workmates are nice. Business is terribly quiet at the moment but will pick up once people know we're here. Some trouble with local children but we've told the police. Hospital tomorrow and I start my Hep B course. Arm still sore from swine flu jab and I feel a bit 'fluey' at the moment . Got some stitching done (finished the RR at last) . It's so dark with the weather that I'm having problems seeing to stitch

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Seems to be working

So , I started work on Tuesday - buses not too bad although it is a long journey.Tuesday , Wednesday and Thursday we where just unpacking goods and putting up shelves - sorting out the shop. We had lunch Tuesday and Wednesday at a carvery - yum and Thursday we all went to the local chippy - another yum !!!!Will have to sort out sandwiches or I can see myself ballooning and since I've lost almost a stone since I finished last job , I don't want to gain!!
On Monday I start normal times (was on day off Friday). We have a busy day with the press and baloons. The Pharmacist who we'll be working with wont be starting till a week Monday.
I'm booked in for my flu and swine flu jabs (as i didn't have a jab when I had my presumed dose of swine flu ,I still have to have the jab) on Friday the 13th!!! wish me luck !

Saturday Fill ins

1. Plans and schedules coursework, needlework,washing .

2. I'm happy when things come to fruitfulness .

3. The last thing I drank was orange juice .

4. One of the most valuable things in my life is sleep .

5. I like seafood and goats cheese on my pizza.

6. Dear November, I'm ready to rise from the ashes .

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to sewing, and Sunday, I want to get ready for the excitement Monday!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

yes - so I'm a horrible person

I had two more interviews last week - one job was absolutely perfect , everything I wanted, but I was accepted for another less perfect job. I hung out for the goodie and was told I hadn't got it but had done a good interview - woopie dooo - ungrateful b***h that I am. So I've got a job - not so perfect but okay. Thank you everyone that have wished me luck and have looked out for me - I promise to do my best and let you know how I do

Sunday, October 25, 2009

things are moving forward

It feels like interviews are like buses - nothing for ages then they all come along at once.
I got my hair cut - smart spiky pixie style.
My two interviews went really well and I've had one job offer already , but I'm waiting to hear about the other one before I accept (is that greedy ?) . The offer I've had will mean two buses - bus into town and back out , and working every other Saturday morning with a day off in the week .The other job is central , office hours and no weekends but is temp to cover maternity with a chance of permanent. I also have two more interviews - one on Wednesday for a job closer to home and the other Friday which is again two buses. All the jobs have positives and negatives and I can't help feeling that in the current economic climate , I can't afford to be too choosy.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Busy days

Well , last week was quite busy . I've started studying for my CeFA qualification , but a bit of a viscious circle really. Have paid half but I can't sit the exam until I've paid it all, I can't afford the rest till I'm back in work but I won't be sent for an interview even until I've sat the exam !!!!
I went on a jobseekers seminar which was actually quite useful. It made me think about the jobseeking thing differently and I revamped my CV.
Signed on for the first time yesterday - not as much an ordeal as I expected . Had hospital appointment as well which was positive despite being there more than 2 hours ( they had two try's before getting my blood sample so a bit bruised and battered !!!) . My eye is a lot better but the Dr want's to keep me on 5mg Pred for another couple of months (till next appt) as it's the flu season and my flare ups usually occur when I have an infection.
On another note I have 'two' interviews tomorrow for very different jobs !!! One in the morning and one in the afternoon , so I'm off to get my hair tidied and trimmed today.
Princess Anne visited Ellie's school yesterday
Ellie was in the group singing whenshe arrived and they also did a bell ringing display of which Ellie was the lead bell .
Today Ellie is having a 'taster day' at the senior school even though she has another year before she moves up - her class is mixed and there are children a year older who will move up in September.
Tomorrow they're on half term (already !!!) . Dave will be taking her with him to hockey because I have the two interviews.
So wish me luck for tomorrow peeps.
Take care

Monday, October 12, 2009

Things I have discovered (rediscovered)

It's lovely to be able to take / pick up Ellie from school . To listen while she tells me about her day or what she'll be doing . When I was working I'd see her for 10 minutes in the morning while I did her hair (always traumatic !!!) and in the evening for about an hour before she went to bed to read before lights out .
To sit and catch the last of the decent weather with the porch door open either reading , sewing or on the computer with Jazzy by my feet.
To have lunch with my DH at a country pub before picking Ellie up in the afternoon.
To eat when I'm ready instead of when it's time.
To have a lie in when I want.
To have time to do things that I put aside as weekend jobs then found out the weekend went t quickly or was used as recovery time after a 'bad week'
I'm now 'over the other side' of my upsetting past and more relaxed , I've lost some weight and have started a course which I hope will get me back into work
Just had a call - might have some admin work for six weeks starting Monday

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Lots to say - if you want to 'listen' !!!

I haven't posted in ages because the dreaded 'depression' thing was rearing it's ugly head. I know about this 'cause I suffered quite badly ( culminating in chemical intervention) back in 1998 before fell pregnant with Ellie ( her failure to thrive was a cause for worry as to whether the tabs had affected her ) . I didn't want to go the tab route this time so took to my bed and slept off the problem - it works for me. Yes I'm still B & T but that's me - I harbour grudges.
I had a lovely weekend starting the 18th though when Ellie and i stayed in Bath for the Jane Austen weekend. The plan was for her to join the promenade but I didn't get my act together- despite having both pattern and fabric - to make her dress. So we watched instead.

And Ellie joined the lovely couple in the bottom picture for a photo - maybe next year ? !
The weather was glorious all weekend and there was a really good farmers market in the complex (ex railway station) opposite our hotel. We saw Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs in 3D and ate at TGI Fridays and we went to the Egg theatre and saw the Clever Clogs and the Cunning Princess. Excitement at the hotel Sunday morning at 7.30am when the fire alarm went off - Ell and I rushed out in jammies and coats to be told that somebody had burnt the toast !!!! I managed to lock myself out of my room so had to go back to reception for another keycard still in Jammies !!!!
Life then settled down to daily computer job applications until I signed on Monday just gone. I'm booked into a seminar next week and I've had one unsuccessful interview but lots of 'you have been unsuccessful on this occasion however we where impressed by your CV and will keep you on our books. Now, today all this changed , I won't say more as I'm a bit superstitious but , I may be back in work next month so wish me luck.
Oh, one other thing , I was right about FF , he'd already decided way back I was going - he's taken on 'Santa's little helper' his yes man who washes grapes !!!! I can't do nothing about it although I reckon if I hadn't signed the agreement I'd have had a really good case for constructive dismissal.
Take care peeps

Friday, September 11, 2009

all over bar the shouting

Well , busy week this week , spent most of it signing on with agencies the good side is that I've been told that my CV is 'good and strong !' and they should have no problem placing me . The bad news is that my sleep has gone to pot and I feel so tired all the time.
I sign the final paperwork on Monday then that's that, I'm officially unemployed . I had to apply for my birth certificate as I can't find mine.
The weather is beautiful at the moment and it's nice not to be tied to an office.
Yesterday when I was at an interview for an agency , there was a repatriation at the place where the interview was - we stopped the interview and went outside to pay our respects while the cortege passed through - so sad , these young people no longer have the chance of walking in the sunshine - it put my problems in perspective.
Have a lovely weekend and take care all my bloggy friends

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Feeling a bit calmer

I've decided to bow to the inevitable. I went to see the solicitor yesterday and she's going to try to negotiate a better settlement. FF has already put a temp in my place and given him all my work. He'd again rearranged my desk while I was away but I put everything back. I'll have to clear it out next week.
I've started to job hunt .had lunch with friend S. who has been with me throughout and supported me. She is angry on my behalf and even went to see the director to try to make him see sense to no avail - ff has won.
Just need to see what the future will bring. Another friend and colleague who has supported me throughout J. gave me his email - wish he had been my manager.
Am booking with the same lady for holiday next year - that'll be something to look forward to.

Meme for 8

I stole this from the lovely Fhina aka 'A Woman of No Importance'
The rules are:- Mention the person who tagged you. (check)- Complete the list of eights- Tag eight others and let them know.
1) Eight things I am looking forward to :
Getting closure on my work problem
Stopping the horible steroids
Losing weight after stopping the horrible steroids
Being able to fit into some of my clothes again
The Jane Austen festival in Bath
Eating a tub of Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia Yoghurt
Stitching on some of my current projects after a hiatus caused by bruised eye
2) Eight things I did yesterday
Visited Solicitor
Had lunch at Starbucks with good friend
Sent hate waves to FF
Decided it's not worth the effort
Filled out job applications
Left work early because I could
Realised that I do have friends who care
Thought about where life is headed
3) Eight things I wish I could do:
Argue objectively without bursting into tears
Stay in current job
Murder FF without reprisal
Draw better
Win the lottery so it didn't matter
Finish what I've started!!!
Afford a City and Guilds course in Stumpwork
Do a course at Hampton Court
4) Eight places I would like to travel to:
New Zealand
San Fransisco again
5) Eight places I've travelled to:
6) Eight people to tag:
I'm taking a leaf out of Fhina's book here and not tagging (some people have expressed a dislike for being tagged and feeling obliged to do something ) so choose yourselves but please let me know if you do this and pop in a link for me

Friday, September 04, 2009

Well It's happened

This time next week I will probably be unemployed.
I got back to work yesterday to be handed a letter saying my final review was to be next Tuesday and FF was still not satisfied. I then got called in to my Director who offered me £1500 and a months wages to leave quietly having signed a disclaimer.
I went to CAB at lunchtime with my friend and colleague who has supported me through this and today I have an appointment with a lawyer - her initial reaction was that it's obvious by the pay off offer that they want me to leave so lets try to counter claim for larger offer.
I feel sick to my stomach and can't believe this is happening. I asked for more time as I have to see a solicitor and was given just an extra days grace.
I really don't know what I'm going to do - we need my wage.
All prayers etc welcome

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Back off holiday

Well , that's it for another year !!! It seemed to go so quickly .

The bad news is I spent the first day for three hours in casualty after waking looking as if I'd done ten rounds with Mike Tyson. Turns out I had a spontaneous bleed - down to the drugs / condition. I left casualty looking like one of jack Sparrow's crew. Quickly changed to sun glasses - not so bad as the weather was gorgeous all week so didn't look out of place. So it turned into an easy going lazy week with walks on the beach and plenty of rest for me.

We went to the conservative club ,ate at the Sea marge Hotel and the White Horse pub. We also had a day in Norwich and ate at Waggamammas - a first for DH and Ellie who where both suitably impressed

Then back to rest at the cottgae.
Ah well back to work tomorrow - wonder what FF has done to my desk this time ? !!!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hurray forthe hols !!!!

Well it's here at last , after a manic few weeks I'm on holiday.

The work situation is still up in the air as all the directors have been busy with an important aquisition which has just been achieved , FF hasn't given me my review . I had to arrange a champagne lunch for everyone for today but I won't be there as I really didn't want to go in on my day off . On Saturday we travel to Norfolk for our holiday . A little fisherman's cottage by the beach in a non-touristy village.

Jamie is settled into his new job although we're still subsidising him as he doesn't get paid till the end of September !!!

I'm still stitching away on my RR - this ones over one and I really have to concentrate and am using my magnifier - very tiring but I hope the outcome will be worth it

This is our cottage

a couple of minutes down to the beach -

We're taking the note book and dongle but notsure about reception so may or may not post.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

A peaceful weekend

DH and Ellie have been Imp hunting in Lincoln all weekend so it's been quiet.

I managed to get some stitching done

it's Quaker heart by Kelly Searles you can't really tell on this but I'm using 14ct oatmeal rustico aida and Les fils Pomme de Pin in Le Feu de Bridget variegated red
I managed to finish my presentations on Friday so it just remains for FF to aprove them !!!
two weeks to the holiday and hospital again next Thursday.
trying to stay upbeat at the moment but the tooth was a set back.
Ah well
- onwards and upwards !!!!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

yet another set back

Well yesterday at work was again a good day - worked solid and got on okay with FF who even bought me a massive double choc chip cookie !!!!
However , last night I went to the dentist - a lovely gentle Polish man - and he proceeded to remove my poor broken tooth (no chance of a patch!!!) I have for obvious reasons been given antibiotics but he wants me to stop my medication (steroids and immunodepressants ) No way José !!!!!!
Been awake since 2.30 and popped some Paracetamol , tempted to ring in sick but got meeting with FF to review progress on tasks so far so won't , might just fall asleep in the loo instead!!!
Got out some sewing but can't concentrate hence on the computer instead
Can't eat properly but might get some porridge down at least.

Monday, August 03, 2009

They say it comes in threes !!!!

Well I woke this morning to find I'd lost half my tooth !!! It was mostly filling anyway so it must have worked it's way loose and I've swallowed it .The good news is that I've found an NHS dentist quite local that's taking on new patients so as I was working today DH was despatched to pick up forms and he got one for himself while he was there. I hope to get an appointment by the end of the week as there's a spiky bit which was rubbing on my tongue today. I was tempted to put a temp filling in but thought better as it would probably cause removal problems so instead I've put a piece of chewing gum over it which seems to have worked . Hospital tomorrow (old hospital just to touch base so no blood tests etc but will ask about bone scan) Needless to say couldn't really concentrate at work with pain, but as FF is back tomorrow while I'm off and 'Santas little helper' (the temp who's after my job) is in situ I had to make the effort and worked on my presentations.
It occured to me that I didn't post pictures from the retreat, so here are a few

This was the view on my morning walk
the style of quilt I'm aiming for using my jellyroll - not ready for photos yet though

An Idea I'd like to try but maybe with appliqued butterflies or dragonflies - we'll see - I don't think I'm that clever.
Anyway I've got some stitching to go yet. DH is taking DD to Lincoln this weekend so I may do some more while they're away - we'll see

Sunday, August 02, 2009

A minor set back

Well Friday was a really good day at work - I really was on a roll. I presented my project and asked for everybody's thoughts and ideas at the end of the breakfast briefing and raised a page for discussion on the company intranet and I got good feed back almost straight away . So will into completing my tasks. Problem was that as the day for on my hip became more painful and had to get DH to pick me up at the end of the day . Went straight to bed with some Paracetamol and codeine the pain was that bad. I slept most of the evening and well into late morning. The pain has subsided but I'm worried that its a new twist to the health thing.
On another note , here are some of the pieces I've completed recently - these where for the round robin I'm in
What do you think ? Not sure what the next one is - just have to wait and see.. This leaves me with a little time to do my own thing - which one to choose ?

Friday, July 31, 2009

On a roll

Well , I'm shooting ahead on the project side at work at the moment and have started to work out my presentation. Breakfast briefing this morning - I have a slot at the end to ask for peoples input.
Dave's away this weekend so crack on with homework. Next weekend he's taking Ellie to Lincoln so I'll have some more time to myself - probably get sewing out as opposed to needlework.
The haircut was favourably received at work - the word 'babe' was even bandied about.
Dave has organised Jamie with wet weather suit ,new lights and helmet for his pushbike and dropped him an bike at new job yesterday afternoon (Jamie wasn't back till late last night so don't know how it went) It's bar work in a hotel (big chain) so he finishes quite late.
The rain it did rain yesterday morning but it was sweltering in the afternoon . It's dress down day today so cropped pants and tshirt is choice - hope there is no rain today. I've even painted my toenails a bright shiny blue - feeling positive at the moment. Went into Body Shop yesterday and bought some smellies in the new Moroccan Rose .
feeling positive

Thursday, July 30, 2009

A little bit of an update

Well , it was hospital yesterday and I spoke to the nurse who was with me on the fateful Monday before coming down with Swine Flu Tuesday - it turns out that she was sent home from work on that Tuesday with suspected swine Flu so there you have it !!!! Who infected who will never be known.
On a positive note my eye was better so I'm tapering the steroids again.
I had my hair cut drastically short before I went to the hospital in an attempt to get rid of all the dry 'mess' that was still lingering since before christmas . I think the tablets have a hand in the bad condition of my hair as well. I think it looks quite smart now but from DH's mutterings , he obviously isn't impressed - c'est la vie !!!
I bought Ellie a new detangle brush - expensive but it promises to 'take the tears out of tangles' - anything for a quiet life.
I must crack on at work with FF's project's - don't remember if I mentioned what they where but they are recycling and training for Fire marshal's and first aiders . Not difficult in themselves but I have a time limit and I must tick every box in his sheet in order to pass and there are a LOT of boxes.
My friend and colleague who came with me to my disciplinary hearing is helping me even though he told her he didn't want her to - personally I don't think he can say that , as long as I do all that he asks then it matters not how I get the thing done ?
I'm a bit hyper at the moment which could be the steroids - swings and roundabouts ? Sometimes I fell so low I need to shut myself away and pull the covers over my head , not at the moment though.
The rain absolutely heaved it down yesterday but it seems a bit brighter today. I need to stitch urgently but can't settle at the moment
Maybe tonight.

Monday, July 27, 2009

It's been a long, long time

Hello my faithful peeps.
I'm back - I have my sparkly computer up and running well and a brand new broadband server so we'll see how things go .
On the health front things have been up and down - just recovered from suspected swine flu - Doc doesn't know for sure as he said it was too expensive to do the proper blood test.
Hospital Wednesday as eye is in flare up again - was threatened with eye injection again but defrayed the attack !!!
Work is not good - on final warning pending the sack , have two weeks to complete a project to FF's satisfaction. Have wonderful support however in shape of friend and colleague who accompanied me to meeting (she was the HR lady but moved over to accounts so has lots of experience) also lots of colleagues on my side.
Jamie left his job without getting another first !!! But has been taken on as a casual in a hotel near here - big rows between him and DH as you can imagine and he owes both of us money - he's been staying with latest girlfriend a lot I think to keep out of our way.
Ellie has now finished school for the summer and got a really good report.
I have started a new online course - Emotional Intelligence skills - which will hopefully make me more organised and less emotional !!!
Needlework wise I'm still doing a round robin - teapot at the moment. Also started (not got very far on a Jane Greenough piece - a band sampler with some spot sampler elements.
Quilt is on hold for the minute and I hope to crack on with Ellie's Jane Austen dress for the promenade in Bath in September.
Ah well must get ready for work
More later

Monday, May 25, 2009

Thoughts and worries

I've been off work all week since last Friday - I had a really bad IBS attack so bad I was scared to move too far from a toilet. I fear FF will not understand but there is little I can do about that as it happened and I stayed home . Doc gave me yet more tabs - these are anti-spasmodics and appear to help a bit. Back to work and the wrath of FF tomorrow.While I've been off I've spent the time (to no avail) trying to sort my broadband so I may well be signing up with someone new shortly . My sparkling new vista computer is good but I'm having to use mobile broadband to connect which is so slow and intermittent it's driving me potty. I've got some stitching done and got the sewing machine out and done some more of my quilt so been a bit productive.
My little veg crop is doing well - Carrots, potato's, Tomato's, jalapenos, spinach ,beans, lettuce and chives .
Watching Britains got talent and have to say , I don't think Susan did as well singing 'Midnight' as she did on the original audition - I can't help feeling she got through because of the publicity wagon - I know folk will argue but that's my feelings.
Not yet tried loading photo's to this puter but will maybe play this week.
Friend Barry the traveller (with dog Lindsay) is starting some nasty chemo tomorrow so my thoughts are with him. We all deal with these things in our own ways but I know he has the strength and support to get through this.
Phina is back at work and I love reading her blogs - I feel like a twin to her , our thoughts are so alike. Mwah Phina my love and I'm visiting you for strength.
Lets see what tomorrow brings ?!!!

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Rose Coloured Glasses

I can actually boast owning a pair of these. They're round gold framed John Lennon style (as a true Scouser whose big sis once dated Paul McCartney's brother I have a tentative claim to fame there) I've also got an octagonal blue glass pair and oval plain glass. None of them are proper glasses , just fashion statements.
The past couple of weeks where wonderful apart from the useless computer connection as FF was on holiday. Lots of people at work remarked on how much more relaxed I seemed. I dealt with all problems (including a broken toilet seat in the men's loo !!!) But now he's back with a vengeance !!!!
I had my chest xray last week - no news is good news ?
Last Saturday we had a lovely day out at Longleat - the weather was good and it took the whole day . The only disapointment was that the monkey enclosure was closed as one of the monkeys has an aids related virus so they are all in isolation for the moment.
In the house I was taken back to my (misspent?) youth as on the walls were poems of Brian Patten a poet I read avidly when I was doing my angst bit.
We had a lovely meal in an unusual local pub on the Monday (Bank Holiday) I had sea food pancakes but unfortunately I was very ill afterwards as my IBS kicked in big time.
Wednesday FF returned. I was supposed to have my review yesterday but at the last minute he postponed it till Tuesday - not pleased . I'd worked my self up for it having been told that my pay rise review was delayed because of it by the director who handed me my share options at the same time - I was very close to telling him where he could shove them but I stopped myself.
Another blow is the continuing saga of my new computer not arriving - needless to say I have had long and lengthy words about this and am not happy - due on Monday - we will see.
On a lighter note sent off my round robin with dragon stitched and received a round robin witha cow - need to source a pattern.
I'm watching the wonderful Bill Bailey at the moment and his unique take on the orchestra - I love him.
Hospital on Monday - wonder what joy's they'll throw at me this time ?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Have You Missed Me?

Hello patient followers , sorry I haven't written in a while but my 'puter is seriously ill to the point of terminal. I have just agreed with a little man in a call centre in Casablanca (I'm not making this up and it's a well known company which I won't name and shame until I have my new system up and running) to hand over copious amounts of money in exchange for a shiny new 'puter. I've been able to read blogs and email but it's very slow . I fared better at work but could only do that during lunch hour.
So , lots to tell .
On the health front, I had my appointment with the occupational health doctor (FF made this appointment as part of my report) . He was very nice and I fear that it's going to back fire on FF as one of the things he said was that I haven't been taking enough time off when I have a flare up - the usual time off is six weeks and I'm probably not giving my body time to heal when I only take 2 days off !!!!!
I have been 'playing the game' and being an extremely good girl at work (simper , simper) but I have also made it known to the powers that be that I want to move jobs - we'll see what happens.
FF is currently away on holiday at his mums in Spain so all is calm and good ,he doesn't return until the 6th and I have a review on the 8th.
Today I had to go for a chest xray as my consultant now feels my uveitis may be linked to sarcoidosis I also need more blood tests.
On the needlework front I'm finishing my piece for a round robin and I have two mailarts on the go one for Michelle of Little Rabbit Blog and one for my mailart group for which the theme is butterflies.
I've also been a naughty girl and acquired two new patterns - Chatelaine's 'Mermaid Box and toys' and Giulia Manfredini's Halloween Sewing Set. I've started my Tempus Fugit stitchalong and done some more of my jellyroll quilt that I started on the retreat.
We've found a wonderful Italian restaurant that makes it's own ice cream and does specials of pasta or pizza at lunch times.
Jamie was 21 on the 23rd (St Georges Day and the birth and death of Will Shakespeare (or so the myth would have you believe)
I read a really interesting book which revolved around John Dee ( scientist and philosopher in QE 1 and King James' time , magic , religious persecution and cellular memory in transplant patients - very good book.Just finished the latest Kathy Reichs 'Devil Bones' slightly disappointing - not as pacy as usual .Dave is away in Aldershot umpiring hockey so my choice of food is 'eclectic'
Anyway ,I'm stopping here as I want to watch Emmerdale
Take care peeps !

Friday, April 03, 2009

Long time no blog !!!

Well dear readers , a lot has happened since I last blogged and to start with my heart wasn't in it All down to FF. I am gentle readers at the grand old age of 51 (Birthday last week - more on that later) 'on report' because of my attitude !!! FF is acting like Jekkyl and Hyde (more Hyde at the moment) and I'm strongly considering which is more important, my health or the money (at the moment its the cash I'm afraid)
I did however have a wonderful week away at a needlework retreat in Muncaster in the Lake District. I started a quilt , got a fair bit of stitching done and relaxed with like minded ladies.
On my birthday I was presented with a cake and they all sang Happy Birthday.
My accomodation was in the castle coachhouse and the grounds where wonderful (I walked most mornings)
Lots more to tell later but for now , must get on with getting ready for work - wonder what today will bring ?!!!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Funny old game !!

Life that is.
This week started off not good . FF is still harrassing me over a project whereby I'm meant to be moving a set of documents from one database to another . This had all been organised between myself and the girl who is the database administrator and then he stuck his oar in and has been bombarding me with emails about it ever since. I have now reached the stage whereby my final reply email is going to say - I no longer want to look after this data please find someone else to do it or indeed do it yourself., but I need to say this in a way that I will not be construed as being insubordinate as I'm sure he will use it as an excuse to formally warn me - what to do !!!
On anther note , got home Monday to a letter from Bristol eye hosital cancelling my Thursday appointment and remaking it for April. I'd already got my rail ticket and booked the day off work s I decided to play hookey. I spent a lovely spring day in Bath.Frosty but sunny it was lovely and so relaxing . I viewed the new Jamie Oliver restaurant but the queue put me off the menu looked nice though - may try there some time when I'm with the other half and can be bothered to queue.
Went instead to my favourite Parisienne cafe for a cappuccino and an apple cake and witnessed some colourful 'Anglo-Saxon' language being bandied about by the staff - good job Ellie wasn't with me. Stopped at watersones to pick up a book and just to browse for a while - I do love just relaxing amongst books , even the smell of new books makes me feel good.
I spent some time browsing in my favourite patchwork shop as well and picked up a couple of things for the retreat in Muncaster - only a couple of weeks to go
Just realised that this will be the longest that Ellie and I have been apart. DH will have to cope with her hair etc as it's a school week. My birthday falls while I'm there which was a reason I booked it . I hit the big 50 last year and was unable to take time off to celebrate properly as ff had already - very selfishly knowing it was a special birthday for me- already booked leave and refused to swap so I got in early this year. Can you guess how much more I dislike the man by the day ?
Back to Bath - I wandered through my favourite herb and perfume shops and bought some sausages from the sausage shop. Finally made my way home not feeling the least bit guilty. Told work that Bristol had cancelled my appt at the last minute - not strictly true but 'c'est la vie'.
I have another hospital appt Tuesday in Swindon - wonder if that'll go ahead ?

Friday, February 27, 2009

Please excuse me while I have a proud mummy moment

I won't be offended if you don't want to read this entry but I just wanted to share.
Ellie has been going to creative writing class every couple of weeks after school . It's run by the headmistress and she allows them to let their imaginations run riot and they can sit, lie, stand where ever they want and feel comfortable - it's totally informal.
Well Ellie came back with a poem she'd written and after reading it I suspiciously questioned where her ideas had come from and whether she'd copied pieces or ideas from things she'd heard or read. Sh assured me she hadn't and was most put out that I'd think that. Here it is.

My Magic Box by Ellinor

I will put in my box

the shimmer of a sparkling star on a simmering night
the bark from the mouth of a black Jasper Labrador
the top of my Ted touching the television

I will put in my box

a snowflake with a falling heart
a hat of the finest tatan from Loch Lomond
a swirling star from an eternal space

I will put in my box

four orange wishes spoken in Welsh
the last cough of an old father
and the first winkof a black fly

I will put in my box

A violet moon and a multicoloured sun
A mummy on a broomstick
And a witch on a simmering pyramid

My box is made from the finest velvet
With sugar on the lid and books in the corners
Its hinges are the colour of the sun

I shall read in my box
on the top of a million hearts beating together
then find a diamond
the colour of the moon

Age: 9
Feb 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

I've received an award

From Clare -

The award details are: "These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these kind writers. When you pass the award along please include these guidelines. I am to choose eight friends to share this with."
and so I pass this on to - A woman of No importance-Fhina - Clare - back at ya!
one more because I want to - - Raph - because he makes me laugh !!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Dancing a happy dance

I've finished my model stitch piece for Jo of polstitches It'll go in the post on Monday . I've asked her to take a picture for me as my camera is still defunct.
The week has been very busy - interviews ,meetings project work and filing so have managed to keep out of the poisoned dwarfs way on the whole . Got to work Wednesday to find pd already there as he'd been called out at 4am because the alarm went off , triggered by the fax machine apparently , so he went home then - lovely relaxed peaceful day.
I've almost finished my swap piece for the retreat, I'm getting a lift from Lin so train to hers on the Sunday morning which is good. She's lending me her machine for the quilt class as well.My train tickets arrived this morning.
Jamie has apparently got a new girlfriend - one of the young girl's in Tesco's in the village told us - ah the joy's of village life !!!!
Elie's back at school Monday so is prepping her work ready.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Must think positive thoughts

Last week was a very bad week which culminated in a slanging match with FF on Friday . I almost just put my coat on and walked out - I didn't but it was close . He suffers from 'small man syndrome' big time and there's no easy way of getting over it . My problem is I cry when I'm angry so defeating any good argument I have . His problem is he's a snidey little creep and that isn't going to change.
On the good side I managed to almost finish my model stitching - little bit of back stitch left so may get it into the post this week.I've also almost finished the stitching on my swap piece for the March retreat and will just need to finish it off - not quite decided how though.
The snow has gone and the weather is milder - I'm actually wearing a skirt !!!!!! This was remarked upon with surprise at work yesterday (It's often more practical to wear trousers as I have to crawl under desks checking connections on the computers) It's weird wearing tights but I'm getting used to it .We had two big important meetings yesterday - the company is on the up which is good news in this recession. We're actually interviewing two new staff today !
Can't wait for the retreat next month but dread coming back as FF always takes things or moves things around on my desk.
I've started keeping a timesheet to prove exactly what I do in a day - childish I know but I think it needs to be done.He was very smarmy yesterday and trying to be 'best friends' as if nothing had happened - I hate that . I just got on with my work and kept my head down.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

OOOOooohhhhh I want it !!!!

But more than that I want the time to stitch it . What am I talking about ?
This - I'm thinking of this in different colours for the different seasons. Probably either Caron wildflowers or some other subtle variegatd silks .

Sssshhhhhh ! listen to the snow

Well Sundays here again and it's been a snowy week here. I was off on sick leave in an attempt to get my immune system back to near normal . I've still got (or maybe it's 'got again' - who knows?) a bad cough and yucky nose but it's back to work tomorrow anyway. Ellie was home from school either early or in the latter part of the week off completely because of the snow. I've spent a lot of time snuggled in bed either reading or stitching - my bedroom is the whole of the back of the house and has a big window which gives excellent stitching light. Almost finished the model stitch piece - on the back stitching at the moment.Dave's gone to hockey at Fairford - they reckon it's clear enough.
We're forecast more snow tomorrow night . Tried to get a Tesco delivery from last Wednesday on with no success at all so gave up.
We've had no post since Thursday. Jamies been staying at his friends house .
Not looking forward to the journey to work tomorrow .
Actually feel a bit 'stir crazy' at the moment but not going out as chest is still a bit sore with coughing.
Need to sort my stash for next month's retreat - I'm doing the jellyroll quilt class so need quilting bitties as well as my needlework stuff . I'm not down for any other classes as I just want to relax and stitch I'll probably work on my Mary Busby sampler and takea few small's with me as well.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Going Places

This suits my mood today !
A poem by Dr. Seuss, titled “Oh, the Places You’ll Go…”

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Congratulations!Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourselfany direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
You’ll look up and down streets.
Look ‘em over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
And you may not find anyyou’ll want to go down.
In that case, of course,you’ll head straight out of town.
It’s opener there in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen,don’t worry.
Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.
You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.
You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don’t
Because, sometimes, you won’t.
I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true and hang-ups can happen to you.
You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You’ll be left in a Lurch.
You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,that you’ll be in a Slump.
And when you’re in a Slump,you’re not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.
You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted.
But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out?
Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose?
How much can you win?
And IF you go in, should you turn left or right…or right-and-three-quarters?
Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.
You can get so confused that you’ll start to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place……for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or a No or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a sting of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.
NO!That’s not for you!
Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying.
You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing.
With banner flip-flapping,once more you’ll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!
Oh, the places you’ll go!
There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored.
There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.
You’ll be famous as famous can be,with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.
Except when they don’t.
Because, sometimes, they won’t.
I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win’cause you’ll play against you.
All Alone!
Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.
And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.
But on you will go though the weather be foul
On you will go though your enemies prowl
On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl
Onward up many a frightening creek,though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak.
On and on you will hike and I know you’ll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are.
You’ll get mixed up, of course,as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Brayor Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!
Dr. Seuss

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye !!!!!

Well not really - but then I always was a drama queen !!!
Today I have my assessment - and the accused ate a hearty breakfast ( Well I didn't but I will have some coco pops when I get to work) . Not looking forward to it as the last six months has not been good health wise what with tablet changes etc and I know my work has suffered.
Yesterday was okay but FF was in major 'monk' mood for some reason and snapping whenever he deemed to speak at all so I kind of kept out of the way - difficult as our desks are next to each other .
Ellie has swimming tomorrow so it was major drama in the annual ' search for the costume and hat ' area - now that Woolies isn't here any more , I can't even slip out in the lunch hour to get one.
Eye was playing up yesterday - think I was just tired so I went to bed early - DH was in a mood about something so no incentive to stay up and chat anyway.Jamie brought back some 'Cajun Squirrel' flavoured crisps to taste - interesting addition to my lunchbox. I remember when someone did hedgehog flavour some years back - was just beef flavoured with a different name.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Meme and Me !!!

Raph Neckman of Raph's Ramblings has promised to make me a gift, in return I will do the same for someone else
The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you.This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:- What I create will be just for you.- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!- You will receive your item before the end of the year (or sooner).- You will have no clue what the item is going to be.The catch? Oh, the catch is that you have to repost this meme and make and send out five surprises of your own.Of course I jumped on it! I have changed his original idea a bit to suit what I can offer. I love that there is no immediate deadline.So I am offering the first 5 people that post a comment here something made by me for you!

Oh wondrous day , calee, callay !!!!

I vaguely remember my title quote from Alice in Wonderland but I've probably got it wrong and I know the spelling is not right !!! However it really does sum up how I feel about yesterday.
Miraculously , the sink area was devoid of crockery when I went down yesterday morning so either they took on board what I said or some little kitchen fairy had done their work.FF (ferret face , my boss for future reference)ended up buying a new dishwasher so all is well with the world until the next drama!!
It turns out the local hospital (my eye problem is now being managed at a specialist centre in another hospital) had missed making me an appointment - I last had one in November and rang them yesterday to see what was happening as my original consultant had said that she wanted to keep an eye (no pun intended) on my condition even though Bristol are treating me now.
I'm in 'flare up' at the moment because of the viral infection which is a bit awkward when I'm working - it's like looking at little black flies , at least its not got to net curtain stage!!
Got a nice little book with amigurumi (small crocheted animals) patterns so this weekend I might start Ellie crocheting - we'll see how patient I feel after my assessment with FF on Thursday!
On another note , I've had another win - I've won a paintballing session for up to 35 people lunch include so I'm taking that into work and donating it to the social comittee (Finance Director and Corporate administrator) Have to say I'd love to let rip and blast a few people with paintballs (if that's all that's on offer)Mwah ! Mwah! Mwah !(evil laugh)
Achieved a fair bit on project work yesterday so quite pleased as it means I can crack on with routine stuff today.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Back again

Not blogged for ages - mainly because yet again I've been ill and even I'm sick of hearing about it - I pulled a muscle in my stomach coughing last week and ended up taking to my bed again - enough is enough ! I've got another appt with GP on Friday to discuss options ? vitamins and or iron tabs.
Annual appraisal on Thursday is not looking good as we've had a few set toos again . The dishwasher wasn't working when I got in yesterday morning so the wash from Friday hadn't been done - I rolled up my sleeves and got washing and put a sign on the dishwasher also rang engineer who couldn't get here till today . Half way through the morning the knives where out and 'someone' rang ferret features (my boss) to tell him the sink was full of dishes so he then began to rant on at me about how he expected the engineer out right away or me to sort out the dishes - I gently explained that no local engineer was going to come out the same day for a dishwasher and that hot water and washing up liquid was provided and last time I checked , all the staff downstairs where of an age when they should know how to wash a cup after themselves and not use a fresh one with every drink !!!! I then sent out an email asking for the co-operation until the engineer came - got one email back saying yes that was a sensible idea !!! I know I will go into the kitchen this morning and have to wash up again.
The next issue was that I hadn't put the fruit downstairs into the bowls (It had already gone into the office when I was washing the dishes ). I am thoroughly sick of his continual pettiness and if I could I would hand in my notice - roll on the lottery !!!
I managed to get some more stitching done over the weekend and hope to reach the back stitching soon .I really need to crack on with my gift for tsg for the retreat as I know the standard of stitching is very high so I need to produce something I won't be embarassed by.
Roll on the weekend !!!!!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The best laid plans ......

Oh well , Wednesday was not good after all . Not sure whether it was partly the fault of the higher dose of BP tabs or not but shortly after my last post I felt faint and giddy and never quite recovered so went back to bed and texted boss. As the day rolled on I got worse - shivery , achy coughing and sleepy so rang surgery - only managed to talk to triage nurse who told me ( she must have a pretty strong crystal ball is all I can say !!!!) that I had a virus and it wasn't the tablets and to rest and take plenty of fluids - having relayed this to boss , I stayed in bed . Felt worse Thursday and stayed off yesterday. Dave had to pick Ellie up early fromn school as she was sick - triggered she said by watching her friend spit a small pony into her bag !!!
I am still coughing and my BP is low . Ellie is also coughing and Dave still has his cough. Jamie told me that he and girlfriend Rosie have decided to have a break for a bit as she 'needs some space''' Ah , well , 'young love'.
Managed to get a bit of sewing done yesterday as my eyes didn't feel as if they where aching from the eyelids in.
Playing catch up on computer now as you can see.
I found my cashpoint card under the computer desk ( I cancelled it last Thursday as I thought I'd lost it and reordered one which still hasn't arrived)
I might have won the eurolottery last night if I'd got my numbers in in time - ah well c'est la vie- at least I'm registerd for tonight !
Dave's away at hockey so I'll crack on with the stitching.
Appetite is minimal as my taste seems to have gone awol so I may have managed to lose a tad although I wouldn't recommend it as a diet.
The weather is forecast to get bad tonight with gale force winds and rain then temperature drop from tomorrow. There's loads I want to do but just can't get up the enthusiasm to do it.
Got my letter from The Sampler Guild with details of the retreat at Muncaster in March - really looking forward to it .

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The road to tranquility

Well , weatherwise the day was much calmer yesterday - it's gone back to being cold but not quite as cold as it was. GP's appointment was as good as it always is !!!! She hadn't bothered to read my notes so didn't know all the tabs I'm on or even the reason I'm on them. Blood results not brilliant so just to keep a watchful eye at the moment and doubled the BP tabs dose - lowering the steroids would have made more sense but there you go I'm just trained in pharmaceuticals and she's a full blown GP - what can I say - excuse my cynicism , there are good GP's I know but some GP's are at best adequate , I've worked with so many I feel it gives my a little notion on this subject.

One of the girls at work took some pictures out of the window last week when we had snow

Doesn't it look good ? The ducks and swans where all out yesterday - wish I could find my camera.

Busy week this week meeting wise wish I didn't feel so tired.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Down came the rain

Wow what a weather change - it absolutely poured down yesterday and with the added bonus of the wind it was truly awful - a bit quieter today .
Well Ellie is now 9 , where did all those years go ? We got here the two boxed sets that make up the complete Anne of Green Gables and she loves it. Also a big pink stocking from Hawkins Bazaar filled with all sorts of girlie crafts and thinks and a princess craft set also a light globe that projects the star systems onto her ceiling. A Hannah Montana Birthday cake completed the day.
Work is 'challenging' at the moment , I'm finding it difficult to pull the knives out of my back !!!! Ah well this too will pass (I hope).

Friday, January 09, 2009

Cold , cold, cold !!!

I am absolutely freezing - weather pixie says it's -7 C at the moment - I believe her.
It turned out to be a very busy week at work with a new project started.
We've had some snow this week - not much as it's too cold and we've had heavy frosts.
Yesterday was 'the hospital visit' . I had to go to Bristol and it takes up most of the day. There was both good news and bad news. The good news is that my eyes are good and 'quiet' at the moment so I can again drop my steroids in a month's time. The bad news is that my BP was very high and my bloods aren't good - I'm not clotting properly , it took ages for me to stop bleeding when they took my samples. So I've been told to be aware of the problem and be careful of cuts and bruises - it probably explains the increase in nose bleeds as well.
I fell as leep on the train coming home and went to bed for a nap as well - hospital visits always leave me feeling bushed.
It's Ellie's birthday on Sunday - I'll write more after the event just in case she sees this !!
Dave's been ill all week with flu so I don't hold out much hope of avoiding it - we can but hope !!!!
Hope to get loads of sewing done this weekend if possible - we'll see.

I feel important for once !!!

Willow at from has chosen to interview me on the promise that I interview 5 others - I'll leave the instructions at the end of the post.
1. I see from your blog that one of your main interests is needlework. What specific style is your favorite and how did you get started?
My favourite is free style embroidery but my most prolific is counted thread.My mother always had a needle or needles in her hands when I was a child - I learnt knitting , sewing and crochet and still do all crafts. I love to try anything new. I also quilt and am learning raised work

2. What would you consider your greatest accomplishment?
My children - too pat an answer I know !!! Probably spending 13 years in the WRAF and passing my pharmacy course

3. Other than your loved ones, what is your most treasured possession?
I've learnt over the years not to hold too much store by possesions as such - something usually seperates you from them and the heartache is ultimately not worth it.
I tend to treasure memories or feelings more - the first time I held my children , standing in the registrty office and saying 'I do' , My WRAF passing out parade with my dad watching.
Or the simple pleasure of curling up in bed of a weekend with my sewing and my daughter by my side reading or learing to sew or knit.

4. What do you most value in your friends?
Honesty and loyalty

5. Before blogging, what, if any, was your main mode of personal expression?
A pen and paper diary and my needlework

Right , if you've read this far , and would like to join the fun and be interviewed by me then here is what to do
Here's the instructions:

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview
someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Which Grinch stole the holidays ?

Okay , back to work day today yet it seems like the holidays flew by.
Bath was very good . The hotel worked out well - 5-10 minutes walk from town centre. The only down was it overlooked the cemetry. We went to the theatre to see 'The Nutcracker' which was brilliantly performed in the smaller theatre - the cast members played several parts including being musicians ans singers , there where a few gory bits but the children loved these.
We went to the pictures to see Madagascar the next night and ate in TGI Friday's before going in . During the day we wandered a bit in Bath but it was far too cold to stay out for long.
Last night it snowed so the temperature is supposedly up a bit but it doesn't seem so.
I got a nice letter with a little win on Saturday so that will go in the bank this week.
Hospital on Thursday - hope the weather clears a bit.
Ellie goes back to school tomorrow so she's in work with Dave this morning.