February 2008

Good morning! Just a quick update from the H household as I’ve got a lot to do today.

Firstly thanks for the lovely comments left on my last post. It was something I just had to get out somewhere and Mr H wasn’t due home for a while. Dad’s ok, he hasn’t had another TIA since, though Mum thinks he may have had a couple before. I still don’t know whether my uncle has managed to keep his house, my gran spent 2 days travelling into the city she lives near to try and lend him the money but as of yesterday afternoon she didn’t know whether it will have been enough.

My big job for today is to dismantle the munchkin’s cot and rearrange her little room to fit her big girl bed in. We’re hoping to start potty training her in the next month or so and there’s more chance of managing nights as well if she can get up to the potty if she needs to. She was starting to use her cot as a trampoline as well and it was only a matter of time before she launched herself out of the cot as she bounced.

I’m hoping to keep the munchkin downstairs as I do this so that Mr H can be here this evening when she sees her new bed, I’m not sure I’ll be able to manage that but I’ll definitely try!

In addition to that we have the usual toddler group this afternoon and then the munchkin and I are going to walk into town to do some shopping. Well I’ll walk, she’ll sit in our new (well,new to us) pushchair. We’ve got it from the local freecycle group. It’s a Jane Carrera C, offered as being broken but possibly mendable. Well Mr H has mended it (he’s replaced a broken rivet with a bolt), the walk today is to test out the mend. It’s the old version of one we were considering buying to replace the pushchair that was broken on the flight at Christmas.

Well, I’ve spent more time typing here than I was planning to, I need to make a start on the munchkin’s room. Bye!


I’ve just spoken to Mum.

Dad was due to have a driving assessment this morning relating to his dementia. However while at the test centre (before getting into the car) he had a transient ischaemic attack (TIA). He lost his speech and some movement and got very confused. It came back after about 10-15 minutes. Dad saw a doctor but I don’t think he’s going to have any more treatment due to it (Mum and I didn’t have too long to talk, dad was around and doesn’t really like being talked about). He’s already on medication for high blood pressure and has been asked to stop smoking (some hope!). As you may be able to expect he’s no longer allowed to drive (he hasn’t driven for the past couple of months anyway).

In addition to that Mum heard today that my uncle’s (her brother’s) has been repossessed, unless he can give the mortgage company £4000 by tomorrow he has lost it completely. He’s currently living with his ex-wife and her husband. My uncle has hidden this from everyone. We all knew money was tight, but not that tight.

Not a good day. Part of me wants to jump on a train and go and see Mum tomorrow but I can’t really do anything at the moment. I will try and get my next trip up sorted soon though. I wasn’t going to go until the end of April but I think I’ll try and go either the week before or after Easter instead. Back when dad was first ill last year my sister said she had a feeling that he wouldn’t be around in another year. He’s not been doing too badly lately so I’d dismissed that, but now I just don’t know. All I know is I need Mr H to get home soon and give me a big hug!

…never seem to last long in the H house!

After all I wrote yesterday about getting myself back in the diet routine and trying to be good I completely blew it in the afternoon.

I took the munchkin out to storytime where she (and her little friend) caused chaos. They wouldn’t sit or stand still and listen or join in with the sonns, just wanted to run around. The munchkin was even defiant! That’s really not like her most of the time. She was so close to being brought home after just 10 minutes!

She did eventually calm down (after I held her on my lap for a while) but back at home she had a very short nap and then wouldn’t do anything except grizzle in my arms. I thought she was maybe feeling off colour but she didn’t have a temperature and I couldn’t find any sign of anything being wrong.

It’s quite draining when the munchkin’s like this and my automatic reaction is to reach for the food. I suppose a good point that came of it is that I have very little chocolate left in the house! (no, I didn’t eat that much, there wasn’t a huge amount anyway)

I may have to fight myself not to buy more chocolate when I go out later on (I need stamps for the monthering sunday cards), for some reason I didn’t get to sleep until after 1:30 this morning! I’m more than a little tired today, and this evening I’m going out for dinner with my mummy friends, though I’m not being picked up until after 8 so it’s going to be a late one. Hmmm…. fitness class tomorrow could be fun!

Oh well, each day is a fresh start (or something like it!) and I’ve done ok so far….!

A mixed up post with a few little bits! 

Mr H and I had a slightly overdue discussion about trying for another baby yesterday. Much as I don’t want it to be, the only sensible option is to wait until we know what’s happening with Mr H’s job come November, whether he’s staying in the new group or whether they’re all being made redundant. This means that trying for baby #2 has had to be postponed, probably, until next year.

Due to the above I’m really going to try and stick to the diet (I know, I’ve said that before). I used to say to myself that we’ll be trying for a baby before too long, there’s not point being too strict now, I’ll wait. Well since I’ve now got a year or more I’m going to try and get myself down to a healthy BMI, or ideally the middle of the healthy BMI. I’m going to try and remember to weigh myself every Monday morning and update my weightloss page accordingly, though I’ve not had a good start to that – I forgot this morning! I’ve not been too good lately so I suspect I’ll go up rather than down when I next weigh myself but at least I’ll know where I stand. My nephew, J, is being baptised on 4 May so that’s my first aim, be able to wear something nice and not look pregnant (I did on some of my sister’s wedding photos).

The Mums and tots fitness class I’ve been going to has been given another 8 weeks of funding to continue after Easter so hopefully that’ll help the weightloss as well. Last week was great, though I didn’t half ache on Thursday. We were doing circuit training with 14 different 2 minute stations. This week is all exercise based around gym balls…I bought one of those to sit on when pregnant with the munchkin, I might get it out and have a try and using it for the exercises… I know that doing regular exercise will help me lose weight and get fitter, I’ve just got to get off my backside and do it!

I’ve been browsing the internet this morning trying to find somewhere that’s not going to rip me off completely. I’m looking for (very) reasonably priced flowers to send to my grans for Mothering Sunday…. Most of the cheaper ones I can find are rather pathetic looking bunches of carnations (I hate having such a budget but we didn’t manage to get the remortgage organised before a couple of payments at the high variable rate). Does anyone have any recommendations of sites that might be worth a look? If I lived nearer I’d go and see them at some point over the next couple of weeks and take something then, but as it is I have no idea when I’ll see them next (probably baby J’s baptism).

 And a follow up to some comments from my photos post:

Littlemissbliss – while Mr H is my toyboy (by 7 months) he’s not that young! He’s 26, though he was only 21 when we married.

Beccy – here you are: 

Chocolate brownies (pinched from V, though I don’t know where she got it from)

 100g Butter/marg, melted
1 cup Sugar
1tsp Vanilla Essence
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp baking powder(only if you’re using plain flour)
1/2 cup choc chunks (or more!)

Blend butter, sugar and vanilla together. Then add eggs, cocoa, flour, baking powder, salt and chocolate.

Pour into a greased (or lined) baking tin (suggested 9×6 inches)
Bake at 180 C fo 20-25 mins

I baked mine in a 7×7 tin and ended up with rather crunchy edges as the middle wasn’t cooking, but they’ve softened with time (not that I gave them much!) and were nice and chewy by the next day.

Well that’s it for my mixed up Monday! Hope you’ve all had a good start to your weeks. Take care!

A few photos from the past couple of weeks. I know the right edge of some of the photos has been cropped off, am trying to tweak the blog template (it should {!} take less time that changing all the photos!)

 Yesterday’s brownie.


And the chocolate and banana cake. (I know, I have a fair bit of work to do on photographing food!) NB, this plate is a lot bigger than the plate the brownies were on.

Chocolate and banana cake

 Feeding the ducks in Ilkley.

Feeding the ducks

 And feeding Daddy!

Feeding Daddy rather than the ducks!

 Flying down the slide. (I must admit that Mr H took this one,. the rest are all mine)

Sliding - wheeee!

 Away from Ilkley and now above the woods near my parent’s house. Looking over the valley to the church we were married in. It was about 4:30pm on a misty day.

Church throgh the mist

 Looking like a proper little girl (rather than my little toddler/baby) sitting at the top of another slide.

Growing up

 On the swings, Granny is off to the right pushing her.


Walking back down the hill with Granny.

Granny and the munchkin

There you are, some photos for Friday (otherwise known as Hannah couldn’t think what to post today!).

I’ve come over all domestic goddess today.

There’s chocolate and banana cake in the oven and a new recipe for chocolate brownie sitting on the kitchen surface ready to be tried as soon as the oven is free. Zooarchaeologist – I think your chocolate answer is fab! 3/4 of the banana cake and 1/2 the brownie is going into the freezer for the next WHY? day. The rest, of course, needs sampling today, quality control you know!

I’m planning what to cook for Mr H’s dinner when he gets in (something with the chicken breasts that are defrosting on the kitchen surface), possibly risotto, possibly some sort of curry.

The dining room is tidier than it’s been in weeks and this week we’ve actually managed to get the munchkin’s toys put away in the living room before she goes to bed (usually it just builds up and up and we don’t go in there in the evenings). Mr H and I spent last night relaxing in the living room, snuggled up watching TV, something we’ve not done for weeks. We’ve tended to dive into bed (not for that!) to watch a DVD on the old laptop.

The dishwasher’s running, the dry washing has been put away, the washing machine has been run and emptied and I’ve started writing this week’s shopping list (before I forget all the things I need.

I hope I can keep this up, I feel so much better when the house is in control (ok, so there’s still a long way to go but it’s a start).


ps. There is a down point to this domestic goddess stuff….I’ve just realised that I’ve not had any breakfast this morning…and I’m ravenous now…ooppss! Oh well, learning point for another day!

I’ve been tagged by Suburban Mum:

1. Drink you had – mug of tea with friends from fitness class.

2. Thing you ate – erm….scampi and chips….just to undo all the good work at fitness this morning!.

3. Movie you saw – at the cinema, “Ratatouille” in November. On DVD, “Shrek” with the munchkin last week.

4. Person you e-mailed – Mr H about the Aldi offers this week (oh the excitement!).

5. Person you talked to – the munchkinas I put her down for her nap.

6. TV show you watched (live) – something on Cbeebies yesterday.

7. TV show you watched tivoed (Sky+ or video count too, I guess!) – “Motorway Patrol” (from the Men and Motors channel) with Mr H (his choice!).

8. Book you finished – “We’re going on a bear hunt” by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury (can you tell I haven’t done much reading for me lately? I honestly can’t remember what the last grown up book I read was!).

9. Music you listened to – “Twelve stops and home” by The Feeling.

10. Money you spent – HMV online buying DVD storage cases and a Pingu DVD for a friend’s daughter.

Now I tag Emma and anyone else who wants to do it!

Oh, and apologies for the last post, I was just having a bit of a down day.

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