Breaking Down

We were supposed to be visiting a foster carer looking after a young cat for the RSPCA today (the "Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals", if you live outside the UK). We used this lever to galvanise the children into action - cleaning their rooms, and helping tidy the rest of the …

Keeping My Mouth Shut

I almost wrote a furious post at lunchtime about something that happened at the weekend - a series of things that happened at the weekend really - a direct response to the behaviour of a number of people I had the ill fortune to cross paths with. Rather than write anything I might later regret, …

Oh to be 13 Again

It's been a strange day. I got up early, and after having a shower and getting dressed, noodled around with this and that around the house - putting things away, emptying the dishwasher, putting a load in the washing machine - the usual morning chores. While folding clothes in the lounge, Miss 13 appeared in …

Brain Dump

I'm not entirely sure where to start. I haven't really sat down for longer than ten minutes all day. I've cleared all the washing, hoovered downstairs, cleaned the kitchen (more than once), made lunch for everybody, re-wired the phone and internet connection (which involved walking into town again to buy a wire), gone grocery shopping …

Rain

I'm sitting in the junk room at home, trying to warm up after spending the greater part of the morning in the rain, watching our middle girl take part in rugby training. The rain started as a light mist, but following a trip to the club-house to buy hot drinks had turned into a consistant …

Recharging

While working my way through chores around the house today, a huge wave of tiredness has rolled through me. I think this is just the after-effects of working away from home, and carrying a huge project single-handed. You don't really think about it at the time - it hits you afterwards. Just for the record, …

Miserable

After waking to a blanket of grey skies this morning, the weather has been growing steadily worse. A fine mist of rain is now falling, painting the roads and footpaths with leaves from the trees, and filling the world with the smell of autumn. The washing machine and tumble dryer are fighting the good fight …