....the weather has been very changeable. It was mostly of the cold, wet and windy variety, with some spells of sunshine. Any venture outside was strictly dictated by necessity rather than a wish to be outdoors. Luckily, Jack is not allowed long walks until he has his wound healing check-up on Monday. He has been neutered last Wednesday and has several stitches in his nether regions. Difficult to keep clean in this weather, Jack's legs are barely longer than those of a guinea pig. To add insult to injury, he has to wear a lampshade, which he finds totally undignified.
....has been hectic and not all that great. I am glad it is coming to an end.
.... Annie was away with school. She went skiing in Italy. She had a lovely time, judging by the Twitter feed (teachers only) and her own lively account. She is double grumpy now and mostly barks. But I am looking forward to seeing the photos, once the film is developed. The children were only allowed disposable cameras. A four day ski trip to Italy is not great value for money but she has been looking forward to this since her first year at school. The ski trip is a long standing tradition during the last year of primary school. We are already saving up for the little ones.
... the rest of us, we have been fighting germs and exhaustion. Sam and Alistair were both of school for 2 and 3 days respectively.
....poor old Sam had to see a doctor again for his knee pains. There is no consistent diagnosis, apparently knee pains are common in adolescent males. It seems a shame though that at the age of 14 he depends on prescription pain medication to be able to walk to school.
.... Richard and I were extremely busy at work. Richard started a new course on Monday and I have been fighting demon instruments. We also had to take turns looking after sick children. We took Alistair into work on both days he was ill. Just for a couple of hours. He sat in a corner with his Nintendo. That's how busy work was. I don't like it when it is like that.
.... the local playground was open after extensive renovations. We are still waiting for the flying fox and the trim trail to be finished when it is less wet. A great big thank you to the fab community council that has made it all possible.
....we took the kids for dinner on Friday, to celebrate Annie's return and because both Richard and I didn't feel like cooking. We went to Mario's Plaice on Byres Road. We still call it Jack McPhee even though it has not been that for many years. It is a small and unassuming place with booths and a simple menu and a smell of deep fried battered fish and vinegar tickling the noses.We are regulars (if eating there twice a year counts as regular) and we are always greeted like old friends. It is nice to feel welcome. Unusual, too. Four children are not always a winning formula in Glasgow's culinary establishments. Sam didn't feel like eating much but humoured us. Alistair was hungry but didn't eat. He did drink his milk shake, which he promptly returned on the way home. To his credit, he has impeccable manners and he warned me with time to spare ('excuse me mummy, I think I am going to be sick').
....I went jogging for the first time in three months. I didn't collapse and I didn't feel too bad after. It appears that my foot is most sore when I am resting, or sitting on the sofa. I wonder if it is trying to tell me to get off my backside more often? Did I mention that my foot has been sore for weeks? Every muscle in my thighs is aching now!
....I went to Knit Night with my lovely German friends. I missed the last two Knit Nights and I missed the German chatter with old comfortable friends. My German is terribly rusty and more than a few Swiss expressions littered my chatter. My friends think that is funny. I guess it is. I am not even going to try to explain but it is usually because we use different idioms in Switzerland.
.... I have seen many weird and wonderful shoots and plantlets appearing all around us. Some I don't know what they are. It is the same every year.
....I answered more cold calls than I care for. No, I don't want a conservatory, I don't need new windows, or a new kitchen, I am not owed any money (sadly) and my computer is not in danger.
.... we ended with a lovely dinner at our friends house. We had oxtail stew, mashed potatoes, carrots, broccoli and self saucing chocolate pudding. What better way to end a busy week?
I wonder what next week brings? How did your week go? With March surely comes the nice spring weather. How exiting! I might have to visit the garden centre, or sew some flower seeds in my planting trays. I collected seeds from my own garden and can't wait to see if I haven't muddled them up.
Have a lovely week. Cx