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Saturday, 10 November 2018

Funny Old Things

By now most of you know we are a tad skint , but this year has been since March a hundred percent better than 2017 the year of the DWP fiasco .
We are still living hand to mouth , theres not a lot of paying off debt or luxury, no saving for a rainy day , plenty of minimum cost meals. I watch political affairs on both sides of the atlantic and was chuffed to see that Trump is trying to get information released through the courts about certain websites that disagree with him , a couple of which i am members of . Maybe I will end up on his little list ? Im sure im on quite a few in this country . This morning however lets talk about the hatred in this country , we are becoming a hugely divided nation , the haves loathing the poor . The rich preaching know your place . One rule for the rich and no justice for the poor .  Sat outside the Coop the other day in the winter sunshine watching the local Conservative club over the road . There they are men of a certain age , reading the papers with a fag and a cheap pint , they hate the world with a vengeance, much like my mother in fact . My mothers been so foul and twisted of late that I can barely stand to talk to her. So bad in fact that i looked up angry dementia and found there is such a thing .  Maybe this is why were in this mess , all the wealthy oldies who vote tory have a form of dementia ?
On a more cheerful note , last week I took sarcastic son to the jobcenter for his ritual humiliation , hes now so full of antidepressants that he doesnt mind going , though 5 letters a day and endless threats to sanction him for their cockups isnt doing him a lot of good . While he was in I popped up the road and for some reason being on my own , I thought lets have a look at the M&S foodhall , the carpark was pretty deserted because the other big department store across the road is closed and being renovated . What can I say , I blew the catfood money on yellow sticker mince , pork and beef will keep me going for weeks . I suppose the posh folks dont buy a lot of mince ? there was numerous yellow sticker foodstuff seriously good but with a budget of £10 you have to prioritise this was at 2.00pm so what would the reductions have been later on ? 

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Popping In

Im a very lax blogger at the moment , in fact ive barely switched the puter on for days , struggling to type , its as if ive never been so busy , we had another not unexpected death , the other Grandad left the building quietly but as he had Alzheimers and was very frail its a blessing .  Daughter is in bits , she was Grandads little girl , there have been lots of discussion over the munchkin going to the funeral , she wasnt keen but hes 10 and hes chuffed with hs new black tie , his big concern was whos going to buy him cherry bakewells now . Im not going its my ex father in law and we remained good friends till he didnt know anyone anymore but  its clear the rest of the family dont want me there .
The Jumble Sale season is over till the spring and apart from a couple of chrismas fairs that have a Jumble as well its cabin fever time , still trying to desperately finish the big garden jobs , ive a book pile thats huge, tons of craft stuff half finished and my hands have picked the worst time to play up , getting lots of swelling and painful joints , tried to explain to the nurse practioner that this happens from time to time and i just need a month of decent anti inflammatories to settle it , just blanked the idea and told me I can expect this kind of thing at my age!!! im 55 not 75 .  I explained that i cant hold a book or sew and knit and holding nails is virtually impossible , his reply . thats what sitting inside with the heating on and the TV for company is for ..grrrrrrrrrrr. So its tubes of Ibuprofen gel everyday till i trigger a bleed yet again,  the result of  the missing notes fiasco strikes again .
And the annual highlight of the year is very late ...Mr Bah Humbug started his Christmas rant last night , the Currys advert set him off on his usual commercial bullshit rant . But I must admit that what I find scary is the number of credit company adverts that are on every channel , even more scary is the rates they charge that they now have to plainly state, one you buy something for £400 and pay back over £1000 , desperate Christmas for so many folks this year i'm afraid , retail is going to take a slaughtering im afraid .  They do say that an awful lot of shopping precincts will close in January due to them having being bought by land speculators a few years ago , they have spent nothing on maintaining them and have encouraged them to deteriorate and will go into administration in January , making a huge profit on prime city center building land 

Tuesday, 23 October 2018


This school holidays are proving rather good on the sleep front , not been woken up by the usual morning arguments at 6am is sheer luxury , though ive got up a little late for putting the stew on it will be fine tomorrow.  theres chicken pie left over from last night for dinner . Do I feel more lively for all this sleep, not really ive tons of outside jobs im tackling on my lonesome , occasioned by me stating that im not looking out of my kitchen window at a scrapyard any more . which has been added to by middle sons crap as well , the neighbours are moaning about all the bonfires im having , tough ive checked they havent got washing out and im sorry i dont have the money for two or three skips or to pay someone to sort it out for me , its just the munchkin and me .  Hes surprisingly strong for someone whos 10 in a couple of ..topping conifers and refelting and painting subject to funds  the big shed , along with plans to build a motorbike storage lean to are scheduled before winter sets in ...starting the conifers today with a bit of luck ...they burn so well , so  im saving them for a major bonfire for bonfire night , good job im building that heap at the very bottom of the garden , we dont do fireworks to many pets in the houses, but that end of the garden is  scheduled for veg garden next year its time for the middle garden to have a rest its been used for 3 years , so it can be grassed for a while , now i have the van back i can look about for some  more pallets to build a raised strawberry bed , its getting hard work bending down to pick

Friday, 19 October 2018

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Thursday, 18 October 2018


Blame the good weather , im still pottering outside so much ive had little time to blog , then there is still finding places in the Tardis for yet more stuff belonging to middle son . Its the school holidays next week and daughter goes on holiday tonight , what a coincidence . So full time munchkin duties .

Then I took a tumble the other day , sadly with Mr Bah Humbug witnessing not one of my more dramatic ones just a black knees and toes one yet again , but hes ranting on that i need to be fixed , which is a bit of a joke . you cant fix this one, ive been like it since i was a kid, sometimes i turn round and my feet decide not to, then its bang and im on the floor, theres a posh name for it these days , an axia of some sort where your brain doesnt send the signals fast enough , back in the day they just called you bloody clumsy . 

On the cat front theyve sort of settled into a armed truce , much hissing and squealing but no fur or blood anywhere . The scenting has settled down , and the house smells have gone , though ive never used so much cat litter ever , Misty cat likes to roll in the others cat litters and we have litter trays at different corners of the house .  Mr BH keeps saying he can smell wee but its the actual cat she seems to really like him after living with grandad and middle son , ive got him convinced hes having yet more of his sensory hallucinations.  Quite like the daft animal , shes obviously had a hard life and has been run over at some stage , her back end is a bit wobbly and stiff , she drools like a demon and she had the infamous 6+ designation from the Cats Protection when grandad got her last year , i suspect shes a real old timer and has decided this place isnt bad but shes determined to rule the roost .

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Woe Is Me

Its that time of year , season of mists and etc etc.  aka, winter is coming, the look at the outside job list still to do and shudder ..trees to chop , fences to paint, sheds to repair on and on . Still looking at loads of pears on the tree, no freezer space and im late getting the tiny turkey AARRGHH.

We have grandads cat now in residence , shes a mewling spitting ball of hate for our cats , but apart from Doris attacking her wanting to play and her constant howling to go out  its not going to badly nobody has been injured , Pennycat just ignores her and hisses a bit . Misty is her double which makes it fun trying to decide who youre letting out , poor old Misty is doing 3 weeks house imprisonment, grandads house isnt to far away so she needs a bit longer confined inside .  She likes hunting and the great outdoors , so the farm buildings and open fields should keep her happy once she settles in .
Middle son has a hostel place from this weekend , theyre still emptying grandads house and all his stuff is coming here  till he gets a place of his own , if the house sells quickly he will private rent, if not he may go into a shared house for the time being . The whole family is up in arms because hes going into a hostel that will be full of druggies and the homeless , really ?  He is a big sensible grown up , not easily lead , hes not a child and hes well aware that as a single person he has to have the magic bit of paper that says hes fit to be a tenant from one of the agencies the council employs , it doesnt matter if your 16 or 55 our council requires a fit for tenancy statement , this is the quickest and easiest way to obtain one . He has a caseworker helping him , so they know all the ins and outs. This move gets him lots of points in the bidding for a tenancy process . He knows that in the job market hes 5 years behind others his age because hes looked after grandma and grandad , so any job he gets will be on the bottom rung with minimum wages , so his wage will not cover full rent .  He at least stands some kind of chance if he can get a council or housing association flat . If it bothers the family so much why arent they offering him a bedroom?
Im going to be walking through tracks between furniture piles and boxes for months and its a joy to find out middle son has as many vehicles as his dad , his collection of bikes tools and scooters are arriving tomorrow , not sure where in this tardis theyre going, then theres his huge TV 

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Moan Moan Moan

In my bid to become top moaning old biddy blogger , heres a few petty annoyances ...
Morrisons , oh dear theyve gone and modernised the Lincoln branch somewhat , we now have a party shop and endless homeware and clothes. I would quite like to buy food and have aisles wide enough to get more than a couple of trolleys up and down . I quite like morrisons and go every two or three months , mainly to stock up on pigs liver , its cheap and they sell it year round .
I know we are a student city and most of them are lovely but why does everything have to be geared towards them , the older generation exist, in fact they even have mature students , they would quite like a few more individual everyday shops . Individual shops seem to be all in the cathedral quarter , great if your a tourist , but in season and weekends you cant get near or park cheaply .  Business rates being what they are, everything is bleedin extortionate Uphill !!
Dentists , weird moan time , now im a strange person , i find touchy feely people impossible, i hate to be touched, it makes me want to throw up , hairdressers are a no go , doctors are cringe worthy , our new dentist in sing song friendly and foreign , lovely bouncy girl havent a clue what nationality she is , in fact i can barely understand her . I had to take Mr Bah Humbug last week and something just died inside , she touchy feely and i know i would end up going for her , its the only dentist that takes NHS ive got goosebumps just thinking about her ....AAARRGGGHH . try explaining that your childhood was bloody grim to most people and they look at you gone out , it can take years to get where i trust someone enough to let them even put a hand on my arm .

Jumble Sales all over this weekend , in fact i cant physically get to them all . 12.30 Harmston,  1.00 Branston Booths ,  Langworth 2.00, theres also one at Billinghay but the  sign was to small to see the time aarrggghh

Monday, 1 October 2018

Men 2

The thing about men is they really dont know when to give up , so the van is finally complete, sat on its wheels on the ground looking pretty all Mr Bah humbug can say is thats its not up to his usual high standard , its taken far to long etc etc . The boys are scared for life by the experience, sarcastic son wants to go back to the shrink , middle son has decided dad is his hero. ,
Mr Bah Humbug is somewhat like a shedding leper , he discovered he could weld so long as he didnt wear any gloves . So hes burnt and crispy all over his hands and forearms , he cant feel it due to the nerve damage so its fine . REALLY .. yesterday he wanted me to sniff his crispy bits to see if any of it had gone rotten ...ffs
Yesterday I had to go see what all the laughing was , they had got an i pod blaring out while dwarf brother in law had a pair of Mr BHs overalls on rolled up 20 times dancing around doing Hammer Time , funniest thing ive seen for ages if your old enough to remember that era of bad pop music.

We also this week got to see a lovely lady doctor at the pain clinic , she got MR BH on a bad day when he looks like hes had a stroke , his face and eye had dropped and he was struggling even on his crutches but flatly refusing to go on his wheels. So he has new exercises that he can barely manage and he needs to get his walking distance up without crutches , she suggested a wheelie walker but he does have problems with them so he may need to think about an odd looking one that travels behind you , we have the literature for it , so we may have a whip round for ..we have a house full of mobility aids he hasnt got on with or stuff he uses once in a while . Its the unpredictability of his damage that makes it hard to find anything for daily use . The GPS have already been chowing about his changed perscription . The clinic  says the same thing MR BH does , that drugging him  on a daily basis to a huge level would do him no favours . He needs steady non opiate pain relief most of the time with heavy dose medication when hes acute , because being unconscious is all they can do when the pain is at that level . So he now has a very large quantity of industrial medication for as and when, his last box lasted him 18 months, it avoids him having to go to casualty on a regular basis and from the amount he uses he obviously isnt drug seeking . The 3 day rule still applies, seek medical help after 3 days or if he has urinary output problems.
So lifes pretty boring unless you remember Hammer Time 

Sunday, 23 September 2018

50 Seconds of Fame

Yesterday I had a busy day , the last few gale forced days stuck in the house prompted Mr Bah Humbug to say we were going to Stickney car boot , so we toddled off to a freezing field in the middle of nowhere yet again , it was bitter so Mr decided to go in shorts and a tee shirt then spent the next 2 hours looking like a smurf mounted on his scooter , following us about commenting on how bracing it was , refusing one of my jumpers  which i hasten to add wasnt pink or floral and generally behaving like a pain . There was stil loads of stuff there but not a single thing i wanted , just veg lots of veg .
For the grand sum of £4.30  , I got a huge carrier bag of beetroot an even bigger bag of sweet potatoes of the wonky veg type , celery,  bag of 4 green cauliflowers, a huge savoy cabbage , bag of scrubbed carrots i couldnt carry it all , so i was grateful for middle son coming along for the ride . Then i managed to get a whole winters worth of huge fresh garlic cloves for £2 from a Polish gentleman i had a chat with , it seems his parents have a small farm and he does the trip once a month in his little white van, taking medicines and electrical goods out to them and loadening up with fruit and veg in season coming back , he said he thought this would be his last trip due to Brexit . Who knows .
Then I came home to a neighbour laden up with a car full of Bramleys his whole crop had come off in the gale , so he was doing the rounds of the village giving them away , he took a load of pears in exchange , the gales dont seem to have bothered mine at all .  He was eying up my rose hips and i told him to just take what he wanted and ask round if anyone has a use for hops, mine have gone mental this year and i dont need them this year .
And my 50 seconds of fame you may ask , it was The bowls club jumble sale yesterday at Washingborough , stood in the scrum at the jumble . A lovely lady and a horrified partner , he said it was all the fault of that bloody blogger she reads who goes to all the jumbles round Lincoln and says what bargains can be bought I get any bargains ? a book , 3 articles of clothing and the biggest ball of Arran Wool ive ever seen,  spent £1.20 , im just such a spendthrift . Notice for another jumble was on the wall.  6th Oct at Potterhamworth Booths Village Hall , do check this as their are often last minute changes .

Thursday, 20 September 2018


Now many of you know that Mr BH is a tad handicapped due to spinal problems , their interesting side effects plus a heart that skips and jumps . Which is why hes known as the families pet cripple .
Last month the van miserably failed its MOT at the local garage , it needed a lot of welding , not just a bit . Now the man who has the garage is a mate , he hates welding so avoids it whenever he can , we had one of those natters as we do .
"Cant the old man do it , hes a far better welder than me"
Bare in mind hes not seen MR BH in person for a couple of years . I go home and Mr  Bah Humbug picks up his crutches and demands to be driven up to the garage . He hobbles in on his crutches , grabs a pew and they sit and bitch for ages . We come home and he says "im thinking about it "
Next day the deliveries start arriving , we already had all the welding gear gathering dust , it was all lumps of metal and tins of gunk .
By the end of the week he tells me to bring the van home and announces the boys are starting welding school whether they like it or not !!
Worryingly when i went to pick it up , his mate at the garage says . So hes figured out where to get a sex gym from???!!
I should have been suspicious when a huge engine hoist appeared from grandads , but i decided to just go out and stay out .
On coming home they have the rear of the van five feet off the ground achieved with a tilt lift and the engine hoist, and numerous scaffolding poles . Mr Bah humbug is lashing strapped on a pile of sofa cushions on a crawler board and they are wheeling him around as needed . He has his dwarf brother underneath grinding away and the boys stood there like a pair of lemons looking horrified .
Sarcastic son informs me that plan A had been to dangle Mr Bah Humbug from the engine hoist so he could do the welding , the crawler board is plan B but Mr BH had to take some serious industrial pain relief after Plan A had failed miserably he then  told them not to ring an ambulance whatever happened . The pain relief was so effective that he kept falling over so thats when Plan B had been hatched .
Mr Bah Humbug spent the rest of the weekend drugged unconscious !!! totally unable to walk .
The neighbours have spent the last couple of weeks looking in horror at the flying van on the drive , we have had people knock on the door to ask how hed achieved it , dog walkers standing shaking their heads etc etc . Mr BH has achieved village legend status but he says its simply an engineering formula involving counterweights ....MEN be continued

Monday, 17 September 2018

Unending Saga

When will the trail of caseworkers ever end in our ..Nice son has got his very own caseworker to help him with housing needs , it would seem he may well be housed by the council , much to our surprise. I did think it would be a case of finding a private rental for him , so was working on funding that somehow .  Because his homelessness will be caused by  bereavement  and he has got a formal notice to quit from the solicitors he would be fast tracked into the same hostel that Young Baldrick  was in .  Because he has no problems with drink or drugs it would just be for a few weeks to assess him for independent living , which he wouldnt have any problems with , he does need a bit of help with form filling etc as he has a slight learning difficulty which is why he gets a caseworker . It does mean that i somehow have to accomodate all his furniture and goods into storage here until he gets somewhere to live . What fun that will ..His scooters and car are arriving today , he has a car but he cant drive yet, Grandad became very poorly just at the point he started his driving lessons.
Otherwise Harvest Chores are eating huge chunks of time , apples though small are in their hundreds , not good keepers they are being eaten and apple sauced in the slowcooker daily the mountain of pears next on the list  , still hunting for that cheap large upright freezer with my name on it at the auctions , the van being off the road for a few more weeks is hampering my plans .  My car that had been off the road since i finished work has gone to live with Uncle Kevin till it dies , it started first go after nine months on the drive !! and that has left a gap for sons car.
 Im frantically trying to get rid of stuff to make room for sons stuff , biggest annoyance was that i filled the cars boot with loads of toys and books then could find no charity shop that would take them , apparently they dont take many toys on health and safety grounds , they wont take action man because it promotes war ,but they will willingly take slutty Bratz dolls that promote what? ...go figure . Only unused sealed toys are welcome . six shops later , the local hospice took them .

I found a file with dozens of my knitting patterns !!

Sunday, 9 September 2018

The Return

So im back , from the depths of gloom and bafflement , non the wiser, but life is busy taking its weird turns yet again . Yesterday was the first normal , take me to the jumble sales i need some stress relief day and i had company . Middle son , now relieved of grandad duties has shown an interest in getting out and about and he likes finding all manner of strange gaming and electronica for pennies . The main problem is that hes a big lad and can carry almost anything , think Ginger Desperate Dan , they share a build and a cow pie wouldnt phase him in the slightest . I feel like a dwarf at the side of him . the plus side of this is that i can buy big stuff and he just carries it effortlessly
Real world problems are surfacing yet again , son needs to find somewhere to live , hes still at grandads at the moment , he has the option to stay as long as he wants but even he admits he cant afford the running costs of a big four bedroom detached, even if he gets a job straight away.  We dont have the room but daughter is applying for mortgages and looking at houses so longer term he could be coming here , but hes not that keen,  hed like a bit of independence, hes 24 and gave up all the usual teen and youngster stuff to look after grandad and grandma who had Alzheimer's.
I did scare him and Mr Bah Humbug to death yesterday , all i suggested was if he couldnt get a job he could look after his dad and i could go back to work , the looks of horror on both their faces was well worth it 

taken when he was a teenager , posted just to embarrass

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Its All A Bit

Im needing to take a bit of a break , not content with Grandad popping off another extended family member has gone in dramatic fashion all very tragic and strange , so its take a break for a couple of weeks . Mr Bah humbug is more than rattled by this incident and he needs me around at the moment much more than usual ....September is Jumble Sale season so hopefully matters will be resolved by then ...bye for now

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Bringing Out The Best

Well the boys grandad decided hospital lunch wasnt for him and after breakfast and a natter popped his clogs quite quietly at the weekend . Middle son says its because he didnt want to hang around for the birth of the antichrist!!  Theres never been any love lost between him and Young Baldrick .  Mr Bah Humbug is quite upset, after all his ex father in law had been a mate for 25 years and he still used to go and sit with him up till a couple of weeks ago.  Middle son is quiet but I think he knows that it was for the best , hes still at grandads fending off various family members who could barely wait for the announcement before they were round shouting...MINE
There is a large family who all hate each other and it looks as if its going to be the whole familiar saga of greed and guilt. Grandad was a very Marmite figure , he didnt care for me and i was pretty ambivalent about him . The boys will attend the funeral , we are keeping our distance, the squabbling and fallouts will doubtless continue for weeks and unless it affects the boys we are not getting involved
On a completely different note . Im so glad the weather has cooled , ive cranked up the slow cooker cauldron of doom and im testing winter menu dishes , best discovery ,the cucumber glut that the munchkin grew can be incorporated into curry , sausage casserole and bolognese without anyone noticing . we have a mental amount of plums but they are gorgeous and dont hang around for long . Year of the wasps is upon us so picking fruit can be interesting . I need to pick the tons of windfalls from the apples , im hoping the rain swells them as they are tiny this year . Pears, its an average year small but plenty .
So life is currently remaining quiet and not very exciting , which is a good thing

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Well I Never

Im having a bit of a flabbergasted week  trying to get my head around a family event announcement that came out of the blue .  It would seem that Young Baldrick is breeding !!!  No one sounded more shellshocked than his partner as she announced this over the phone , it would seem that she assumed it was the menopause , being somewhat older than him plus already a mother of three that are growing up fast .  So the event is due around Xmas . Her health not being not great and with Young Baldricks genetic problems , they will have to see how it goes im afraid . It stands a much better chance of not having problems if its a girl . It will merely carry the defective gene he has. His partners problems are not genetic merely bad luck in life . So im not starting knitting  just yet , but being a pair of Goths I may get to knit goth baby clothes and embroider bats!!!
Then the boys poorly Grandad ended up in hospital with a chest infection , he is dying as he tells you ,but hes been dying for well over two years now and keeps hanging on to the edge of the hole as the dirt crumbles around him , hes out of intensive care and on to a ward now so once again he may make it home for our middle son to look after , if stubbornness can keep you alive hes got a while yet . As his son commented its not time to ring the Coop yet !!

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Party Political Old Biddy Broadcast

So lets talk politics , now I have to say this in public , im from the north , im a benefit scrouger . see that wasnt hard was it ?
So therefore I feel its my duty to comment on the current state of the Labour Party , WTF!!!  Party ? you useless bunch of tossers are like a gang of kids in the final week of the school holidays , ripping into each other over trivialities , unable to unify.

 Put aside your differences and stand together that is the strong point of the Party , not this endless infighting , the press is mincing you on all sides . Jeremy old love just tell them all to shut up , stop wasting your time and voice on anti semitism . Get on your soapbox and tell the world we are not discussing this matter at the present time we have more pressing problems at home . Most people grasp there is no right or wrong on that argument , The Israeli lobby will stll be going on about the Holocaust for the next millennia as an excuse for any atrocity they care to commit , The Palestinian lobby learn hatred at their mothers teats , they will be butchering each other till the end of time . Sort your own Party out chuck .
You Jeremy are electable in an old fossil kind of way , your Blairite pack of backstabbers however are not, anything tainted by the Blair label needs to go  , preferably before the return of Mrs May from her humiliating jollys round Europe tour .

Brexit..ho hum so Mrs May is grovelling her way around Europe in the guise of being on holiday , we must all tremble at the thought of a no deal Brexit . Horror stories in the press everyday , you do get the feeling that she realises that she has a hopeless bunch of incompetents as ministers and that they will be crying in the closets of their offices come the day , meanwhile there's pensioners building up huge food stocks rather like preparing for the Millenium Bug to strike , or the next Armageddon date .  I would think the most you need is to make sure your up to date with any regular medication , buy a few tins of milk powder and just ignore the panic .

 Unless you live in a city that is , where if they run out of Energy Drinks the riots will begin , theres nothing like looting a TV shop to help with hunger pangs is there ? Didnt Boris buy a few water cannons ?

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Well That Was Fun

The annual pilgrimage to a field near Leicester is done for another year , camping was not fun . so hot you could barely breath, then tropical monsoon season , now  I have a wet tent to try and dry, plus mosquito bites that are nasty and all over , anti histamines and ibuprofen seem to be working .
 Mr didnt move much and spent the time nattering to mates sat on his throne , even he said its getting to much for him , the ground had cracked badly due to the heat so he darent go out on his crutches, even the loo trips were deadly .
Did come back to find id won a lot at the local auction that i hadnt viewed , I now have someone elses material stash to add to my had the chance to go through it yet just a quick look at the vintage knitting patterns id spotted in the sale photo . My daughter however had a mental moment and bid on the wool stash , shes just discovered crochet and being stuck at home on sick for another week at least ,thought this was a good idea , she now has a huge mountain of weird and wonderful wool , she also purchased another dressing table , just because it was cheap , I can currently hear all the banging about upstairs as she tries to sort that out . There was also a huge bag full of wool scraps and knotted together wool that will be my TV watching hobby of an evening for a while , she would have just chucked this but im finding it quite satisfying proving the point that theres a use for ...pompoms wool for the munchkin , fibre art etc etc
So thats my boring uneventful life ...but after the fun we have had in the last year uneventful is good

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Ho Hum

I think im rather neglecting the blog at the minute , but its the heat and endless chores eating up my life plus lets not forget the granny duties . You know the six weeks of trying to stop munchkin and Grandad from killing each other . Ive been fortunate in a weird way , daughter is off sick after her boob job , so shes been able to keep him entertained . But thats part of the problem he expects to be entertained every waking hour . What has happened to kids in this generation they seem to be totally unable to amuse themselves , hes banned from all electronica because nothing he watches is in the slightest bit educational and he can run rings round me when it comes to blocking the endless trash he would otherwise view . When did kids TV become such dross , apart from horrible histories which im addicted to , at least he doesnt want to watch endless Heartbeat like last year so theres some plus points ..
At nine years old our summers were the great outdoors and that was it for 6 weeks , thats the principle my gran worked on with me and my boy cousins there were 6 of us most days , we were fed huge slices of jam and toast in the morning and we were out of the door for the day by 8am . We had a tumble down ramshackle farm to amuse ourselves with , chasing rats out of the stacks , with an old petrol scooter to trog round the lanes on , plus build ramps from anything we could find , dens , fires to roast our hedgerow dinner on , half cooked spuds and fruit from the hedgerows , tomatoes filched from someones greenhouse . On health and safety grounds alone we should all have been

We have a glorious summer and you barely see a child out playing, Vitamin D makes them grow , in theory 4 inches during the school holidays for boys , I know houses dont have gardens anymore but in a bid to get them out there maybe we should have turn off the router week ?

Monday, 16 July 2018

Fun Packed Weekend

So we toddled off at 6am on Saturday to the big car boot at Stickney near Boston  , Mr took his spazzie buggy and trundled round remarkably well it was huge and the paths are made from crushed shells so no boulders or big holes , they also had a disabled toilet which is unusual for a car boot and the parking was right by the gate . Do wear shoes rather than sandals the crushed shell gets everywhere . So yes i would recommend this one for the differently abled so long as your battery is fully ..Going early in this heat is a must and before the crowds if your in a chariot is always a good idea we left at 10 and the place was heaving  .
Did we buy lots of stunning treasures?  err nope , I bought a carrier bag of wool and a load of fruit and veg which we shared with grandad, new potatoes with everything this week , i must have stopped to look at hundreds of things but nothing said take me home . Mr bought loads of current buns for the freezer and some weird engineering bits as he does. Must have walked miles, Mr came home in a state every tiny bump ramps his pain up so it was snoring with industrial drugs afternoon .
Then yesterday it was fishing with BIL , crabby grandad and the Munchkin because his had surgery last week mother, had gone to see Eminem with her mate , the tickets cost so much she would have gone on a stretcher methinks .
Without the Munchkin its great fishing, i get a bit of cross stitch and a good book to read between fish , i have to land them all , set up all his equipment etc , Mr cant manage that part anymore on a plus point it can be a long time between fish he only managed 6 all day yesterday , and  i was introducing a family of voles to Watermelon rind , looking for wildflowers and stopping Mr and Munchkin from killing each other , so 12 hours on a lake side was hard work.
  Industrial drugs again for MR last night now hes snoring on the sofa,  so a quiet day with lots of chores and hopefully a siesta....if im lucky, the munchkin breaks up for summer on Friday so then ive six weeks of trying to keep him and grandad occupied and amused without them killing each other , I was looking at a bottle of Gin in the coop last night and wishing i was

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Autism Paranoid Rant

I tend to think a little outside the box because i was raised by those who were on the spectrum before it was even viewed as existing,. plus ive raised those on the spectrum as well. I come from a family where autism runs rife , its such a huge spread of a diagnosis that i think all of us have some of the traits , but only those of us who are a problem in some way, usually with schools, end up stuck with the label .
 I have an Aunt in her 60s who has spent most of her life in care , back in the day she was merely viewed as retarded as a toddler, put into a special school then graduated to a Mental Asylum . She was pregnant in her teens , had no idea of how it had happened and her perfectly normal son was taken and raised by another aunt.  She now lives in a sheltered housing scheme  and spends her days happily playing internet bingo for hours , visited by my generation and her son . The older generation , my mothers, have simply ignored her existence for most of her life . You put people like that "away" as my mother says , she also had another Cousin much the same who also had the same life pattern , put away as a child to be forgotten about .  My mother arranged for my Aunt to be sterilized after the birth of her son , thats how things were done back in the 60s .
Lets fast forward to now the enlightened age, so called , once again im noticing some rather odd happenings , the rather high incidence of children being labelled with different Autistic Spectrum disorders in schools . My grandson has been signposted as autistic at numerous points in his school career , usually when a teacher cant cope with him , hes a damned handful, far older than his nine years, think street smart teenager with a gob .  He grasps concepts far beyond the other kids , has an interest in making money and politics and does not conform , hes very much an individual . Having raised his mother and her brother , plus inherited Mr Bah Humbugs genetically disordered pair , i dont bat an eyelid . Theyre great adults who think outside the box.
 Young Baldrick attended the same junior school , he was a violent aggressive nightmare there , he will have problems all his life , but hes doing sort of ok at the moment .
But the big problem we have is that after 2 years of a wonderful young teacher , who loves my grandson to bits , accepts his odd,etc etc . Well next year he has the old witch from hell as his teacher she taught Young Baldrick back in the day and was assaulted by him on a couple of occasions . when he was in nursery she made my grandsons life a living hell , she insisted that he should be statemented on numerous occasions, we refused, the situation just got worse and worse. Till he went up a year and suddenly he was fine with a different teacher .
There is no other school , the headmaster is to put it nicely a bit of a spineless nobody . He loathes me and the fact that i know far more about the autistic spectrum than he does , for an uneducated guess my grandsons problem is GAD  Global Anxiety Disorder , put under pressure he panics then you get a full on meltdown . Other than that hes educationally far beyond his peers, when he finds an interest in something hes obsessive , he excels at all things sport . But I admit he can be a handful if hes bored.
The teacher he is going up to has the older generation attitude to Autism , they should all be stuffed in a special school , not cluttering up her classroom of normal children. My grandson should have the official label stuck on him then so she doesnt have to bother making any effort . Next year at school is going to be fun but not for my grandson .
Discuss ................