First Blog of 2011

At last things seem to be settling down. The Rothwells are in-residence and the house is slowly getting sorted out to their satisfaction. Shelves have been put up. Pictures hung on the walls. Furniture put in place, though that took three of us to heave the settee up the stairs to the lounge (we did not think it would go, but with a bit of wall scraping, it did).

Playgroups, breakfast Clubs and Lucas’s placement at the local school all sorted. Suraj’s daily journey to work is now significantly shorter and he doesn’t look so tired now. We have got into the routine of Friday Night Curry Night, where they come over and share the curry that I make each Friday. Sarah and Jamie usually have something different, probably because I have made it, but it is there loss. Last Friday’s curry reached Michellin Star status!!

Sarah is balancing School, Revision and work. She works very hard, I am not sure I could have done it at her age. I help out with the revision, but it is rapidly destroying my brain cells with the effort. I DEFINITELY do not like Sociology, what a pointless subject. Loads of waffle and counter waffle. They pay people to write this syllabus???? Driving lessons are taking a back seat (pun not intended) until after exams, though we do occasionally have a drive over to Rothwell for a brief visit.

Sue worked all last week and has a couple of days booked in for next week. She has plans for Jamie’s Apartment, but can’t get around to doing them because of school. Yesterday she visited a friend Brigitte, who had a breast cancer operation last Tuesday. She is planning to visit again on Wednesday and take her to see Charlotte’s place.

Jamie was at first home sick, when he moved into his apartment, but appears to enjoy having his freedom now. He visits every evening for his tea and often stops until about 8pm before going home. He is getting to grips with bills and organising his own life. Last week I had to let the plumber into his place so that the shower could be fixed, he even rang me to make sure I was doing it! What a change.

When I took Nan back, she insisted on having a new HD TV to go with her SKY HD Box. We got is from Comet, a 40″ Samsung. She liked the picture. She watches her sport now in HD and is thrilled about how much more she can see. Now that the snow has gone, she is back into her routine. David (back from Bulgaria) comes to visit once a week, but it appears she gives him a lot of stick so he doesn’t stay long.

During the hard frosts I managed to finish digging one of the allotments, and during the rain I have half dug the other (but it is very hard and sticky work). Last Saturday I was given a ticket for the Tigers v Saints match (guest of the Yorkshire Bank), what an awesome game, with the right result! This week I refereed Oakham v Birstall, it was a top of the league encounter against the bottom, the result reflected it. It was a cold afternoon , but enjoyable and my body held out. I drove back to Harborough afterwards to watch Tigers v Scarlets on SKY at the Club. I filled the car up this week, it cost £61….. WHAT A RIP_OFF!!!!!!! I wonder what they pay in Saudi Arabia?

Ellis David is now officially rocking and rolling and no doubt will soon be legging it around the place. That’s when the trouble starts.

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