Where did that go?

Well that’s another week gone in the blink of an eye, Angela & Megan are off to the Ideal Home Show at the SECC in Glasgow whilst I’m stuck at home ‘on-call’ in case Glasgow have problems with their newly migrated database (they phoned twice this morning but it’s gone quiet now).

It’s been an odd sort of week, Megan’s been on holiday from nursery so you’d think I’d be seeing a bit more of her – but the pair of them seem to have been out all week. There’s been a days shopping at Braehead, two days at soft play, one lot of swimming and one visit from Grandad (which was the only time I’ve seen them!). And now they’re eyeing up a £1500 dining table at the show – I think I’ll phone the bank and tell them her credit cards been stolen…

It’s been busy week at work (first in a while) with Glasgow going live and Camden needing some transfers automating on top of all the usual stuff – did manage another game of snooker with Darren on Wednesday though, and managed to win to bring the score back to 5-2 in Darren’s favour. It was a strange game though, should have won it comfortably but somehow managed to lose three black ball finishes and only a foul by Darren on the pink in the last frame allowed me to win 4-3 – could easily have gone the other way again!

Spring has definitely arrived, although there’s still a good covering of snow on Goat’s Fell – looks very pretty today in the bright sunshine – as the lawn mower was manouevered out of the shed for the first time this year (turned into a bit of a 3D jigsaw puzzle that shed, should probably have a clear out there). Of course being stuck the shed for six months is not good for a petrol lawn mower so there was no sign of life when I tried to start it. A top-up of fluids and a refit of the spark plug (after a good spray with WD40) was enough for it to spring into life though so managed to get the back garden cut (mostly) before the rain arrived. Will move on to the front lawn tomorrow weather (and Megan) permitting.

Just realised it’s Grand National weekend too so I’ve had the annual flutter courtesy of bluesq.com – and for those wanting to increase their odds of winning don’t back Cornish Rebel, Innox or Just in Debt. All three are now guaranteed to fall at the first fence, or if it’s a good year maybe Beecher’s Brook.

David phoned Thursday night, he and Sian are due to arrive next Friday for a couple of days (MOT permitting) so it’s now time for a bit of a clear out in the toy room to see if the spare bed’s still in there under all those toys…

Easter starts early

Friday 31st March was Megans last day at Nursery for 2 weeks and 1 day! I cannot believe how many holidays schools take. Anyway…….

Friday afternoon was an Easter party at Elisabeths house (Elliott and Lloyds mum), she hard boiled 18 eggs! and the kids all decorated them. we took them outside to roll the eggs down the driveway (its on a slope) and tried our best to judge who won the race….ie no idea.

Elisabeth had planted a golden egg and some coloured balls in her back garden so the kids could find them, for every ball they collected they received a sweetie to put in their baskets. I had a flower pinata unused from Megans birthday, so that was stuffed with sweeties and chocolate – all easter influenced ofcourse – and the kids all took turns to hit it. Elisabeth finally had to take control and bash the thing to get it open, and believe me it took a while.

The day finished with all the children exhausted, and Elisabeths carpet stained with chocolate! the chocolate fountain went a bit wild and flew of the table!!! much to our surprise I must say. The wine didn’t help either…….. we came home at 6.30pm to find Steve sulking because he was hungry…..poor soul.

So, for the next few weeks we have a few activities planned, we are going swimming, to Kelburn Castle, the Safari Park, softplay and a trip to the cinema thrown in for good measure.

So no doubt I will be desperate for nursery to start back to get some rest.

We are also expecting Steve’s cousin David and his girlfriend Sian over Easter weekend, so that will be good to see them.

Back to normality

The last week and a half has been a bit on the stressful side, but things are getting back to normal again.

It all started off normally enough, with Darren winning the snooker – that’s 4-1 but who’s counting – but was quickly followed by a day trip to Aberdeen. Leaving the house before dawn, arriving in Aberdeen in the snow, and getting home just in time for bed is par for the course, but it was really just the calm before the storm.

We were supposed to exchange on my Dad’s house last week, so last weekend was spent clearing out the final bits and pieces – with the assistance of a clearance company (well one man and a van). Of course there was the inevitable last minute glitches which meant that the exchange never happened, and now the start of the chain have buggered off to Australia for a month so who knows when it’s going to happen.

Most of the rest of last week was spent at Alderley Edge, in and out of various different meetings and then this weekend the migrations have started again – Glasgow kicked off the process last night and are due to go-live over the next week.

On the lighter side it was the final weekend of the Hockey season, and although we didn’t end out playing as Western conceded the game on Thursday, we did finish top of the league and will be promoted next season. Now I just need to try and beat Darren at snooker this week…