Skipping along

When the best thing that happens in your week is delivery of a heated airer it is not a good week and one best skipped over.

On the other hand, those driers have massive queues (6000 people waiting for delivery when I rang a few weeks ago to enquire where it was) and I am sick of wearing slightly damp, smelly clothes so maybe I am not absurd to be excited by it.  Although getting excited over a clothes horse – even a fancy electric one, makes me feel incredibly sad and middle aged.

But doesn’t change the fact last week is best forgotten.

This one, fortunately, is better.

We’ll still ‘working’ but in a very relaxed way.  Jack is in charge of making sure everything on the timetable for this block is finished before the end of the week and Sam is just picking what workbooks to do, a few pages of a morning to keep things ticking.

And not forgetting we’re making lovely little card villages with our colourings from the Activity Village Advent calendar.

Monday morning was spent working and tidying, before Lisa and Harvey popped around for the afternoon.

Tuesday was the last Cubs before Christmas so we spent a lot of the day shopping for and making gifts for the leaders (and lots spare for us)

I will admit to being a bit lazy and not spreading the biscuits between 2 trays so they spread to one giant biscuit (these are ours – leaders got some that held their shape). They are cinnamon bread, although recipe there is off.  Not sure why as it is mine but… should have 150g of sugar in (I used caster this time as it came out of cupboard first, have used soft brown in the past), 125g butter and 4tbsp golden syrup.  And I used mixed spice instead of ginger but that was a feel like a change thing.

We started off trying to paint the details in a chocolate mould with different colour chocolate to make pretty chocolates, soon gave up and made chocolate mice (melted Dairy Milk and a dash of orange essence) which were much simpler.  Left over chocolate got tipped into lolly moulds.

Each leader got a mouse and some biscuits in a cellaphane bag tied with Christmas ribbon.

And of course cards.  Which we carried on with today and they finished everyone’s. I simply supplied a load of prefolded cards, some stamps and inkpads, sparkly pens, Tatty Ted die cuts and scrap paper and left them to it.  I just have to do my bit of writing and addressing them.

Cubs is only about 8 mins walk away but 4 mins into the walk there was a tremendous hail storm.  Really hurt and we were soaked through.  So Sam and I managed a hot bath (and left Pete to get Jack) and there was hot chocolate and biscuits before bed.

Today has all been about tidying up and getting ready to put up the decorations.  Well the ones in their rooms, not ready for downstairs yet.  A week before Christmas is plenty.  Unfortunately Sam started to get unwell as the day wore on.  His asthma has been bad for a little while but seems to be getting a cough/infection to go with it.  I came in from hoovering the stairs though to find that Jack was doing a good job of looking after him though.

Jack does deliberately wind Sam up a lot, but he is a very good big brother really 🙂

So decorations never made it up as Sam fell asleep while I was doing the final tidying up.  Jack and I spent a pleasant evening though, we played table football and Stratego and he had a go at some of the tunes from his new book.

He’re hoping Sam is on the mend tomorrow and we can potter on with of Christmas preparations.

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