Saturday, 6 October 2018

bumps and bruises and other assorted news














There is a lack of photos on my camera memory card or phone, just some random ones today. The last one is of James having an afternoon nap after crashing his bike and knocking his head on a grit bin. He had a right goose egg behind his ear, which we treated with 20 minutes of icing and "magic cream". Only plasters beat magic cream but we couldn't find one big enough. James has a road bike with narrow wheels but he treats it like a stunt bike. He also believes he is unbreakable, despite ample evidence to the contrary. He was really tired after camping out over night with scouts and I am glad he took a nap after all the excitement of bike accidents. I spent a few minutes checking the NHS website for signs of concussion and serious head injury but concluded that the goose egg was all there was to his injury. James recovered enough to go back on his bike and to go for the second sleepover this weekend.

Alistair also had a bike crash. He came hobbling back with an older gentlemen from the neighbourhood, who had checked him over and brought bike and boy home. By the time they arrived the bush drums (aka Alistair's pals) had already raced back and told me of the accident. I prepared myself for another round of ice and magic cream but all was good. Nothing broken, just a bruised ego. Alistair went back outside almost immediately, not wanting to miss out on the fun that is neighbourhood play.

Other than bike crashes, the day was uneventful for the boys. They spent most of the afternoon cycling with their friends, stopping by for drinks and snacks only. I am dreading winter. Crowds of children will be descending on us when it is too dark and cold to spend all day outside.

Meanwhile, I caught up with the housework and most of the laundry, made bacon and potato scone rolls for lunch and I baked a lovely walnut bread using a recipe from a favourite Swiss blog, Mit Hand und Herz. I spent some time making a quilt sandwich with Alistair's quilt top, comfortably on the kitchen table rather than crawling on the floor. I wasn't sure if I would be able to stand up again after an hour on my knees. I have only got one row left on my hexagon quilt. That and an additional side length because the proportions were not to my liking. Next I'll be filling the gaps on the sides with half hexagons. I feel a bit stressed actually, nearly done and not liking the idea of finishing.

Alistair was the only child in the house for dinner. He had pizza and I made mushroom risotto for Richard and I. We watched "Wonder" on Netflix. It was quite nice having a small family for once. We all enjoyed the film, I thought the adaptation from book to film was successful. Alistair is reading this book at school just now. Apparently he has made great progress with his daily reading/comprehension practice with the head teacher. He admitted sheepishly that he sometimes forgets to go to the office for his daily date with the HT... He got to be pupil of the week for being kind. He announced that he wanted to go to college and do something sporty. A successful week for my youngest.

We were offered a second day at after school club. This will make life so much easier. At the moment, Annie and Sam look after James and Alistair afternoon each from 3:30 to 5.  Richard and I (mostly I) cover two afternoons and one afternoon they have after school club. An additional day will make all the difference. You wouldn't believe how many meetings are still arranged for late afternoon. I am actually dreaming of becoming a lady of leisure, the pressure of full time work is exhausting. I am tired of being solely responsible for the positive learning experience of 75 students for a full nine months. If I drop dead tomorrow, everything will implode. I have dutifully completed the annual staff survey with the usual comments and expect that nothing will change - just another tick box exercise. On the positive side, I am now a line manager of a vastly senior gentlemen with a world reputation in his field.

I have caught up with this weeks Woman's hour and enjoyed a few other podcasts, too. I listened to the an episode of Thinking Allowed with the the theme "buttons" - the ones you push, not the ones you sew on your blouses. It was most interesting. Radio 4 is good for a broad education. I also listened to my favourite science shows, which I shall not name because I don't want anyone to think that I am completely bonkers.

Thank you for all your nice comments about my aching arms. They are still in the way when I sleep and my right forearm is sometimes so sore that I cannot properly lift a mug of coffee. Nevertheless, I feel much better because I am not the only one suffering with the early stages of decrepitude. I started to think that there is maybe something seriously wrong with me but seeing that arms are not an uncommon cause of discomfort, I can reign in my hypochondriac tendency and move on with life.

Time for bed although our neighbours are so bloody noisy, I might need to bang on the wall for a bit first. The joys of a semi detached dwelling eh?

Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely, relaxing Sunday xx


19 comments:

  1. I'm glad that boys are ok. They have so much energy, don't they?
    I hope your forearm gets better soon.
    I should check if "Wonder" is available on Netflix here. I need to watch a good movie after reading too much political news past few days. It was too exhausting.

    Have a wonderful Sunday.

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  2. I can't believe you've almost finished your hexagon quilt. I would still be on the first row as I lack patience when it comes to hand sewing. Kids and bikes! I know when mine ride around on theirs out in the street I always have half an ear out for the sound of a crash. Hope you were able to get some sleep. xx Susan

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  3. Oh no what will they do when the winter nights come? Do they all arrive at your house? Another busy week we call life. I made something small this week on the sewing machine and it felt like a huge leap forward in terms of getting a little bit of time to myself. hang in there and try to avoid the 'implode'. Mine was two weeks ago!! Jo x

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  4. I can relate to the bike thing, my youngest two use their bikes as if they are stunt bikes. And the middle one is constantly hobbling home with bumps and bruises and scrapes. I am constantly braced for disaster. Well done Alistair, that sounds like a top week. I can relate to the usefulness of having a little extra time later in the day. I have an extra hour most days at the moment and it's brilliant. A day that ends at 3pm is hopeless. I hope James is on the mend now. Have a good week Christina. CJ xx

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  5. Bumps and bruises are so much part of an active childhood, aren't they! It's great they love to ride their bikes and get outside to have fun. Did you pick those dandelion clocks and make wishes as you blew their seeds away? Meg:)

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  6. Boys and their toys, glad they're both ok. I don't know how you work full time and take care of your family. I sleep with my arms under my pillow and find my arms very weak she I wake up.

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  7. I'm glad to hear that you are all okay and especially that the pain in your arms isn't something sinister (although it must be wearing). Do you have another project lined up for when you finish your quilt? Your apple rings look delicious and I've made a couple of batches, inspired by you.

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  8. When my older boys were young we had an accident everyday, or it seemed that way. Usually from skateboarding or roller hockey in front of the house. Now Little B has a few but it is from walking with his walker or crutches and not paying attention where he is going. He came home from school on Friday with a big bandage on his elbow for this very reason. I am sorry your arms are still giving you an issue. They really must be supported when you sleep to take the pressure off the nerves in your neck that lead to your arms. Good luck

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  9. You lead a busy life, but you seem young and vibrant enough to cope well.

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  10. Ha you and I should swap lives for a week, except that I'd fall in a crumpled mess of 75 student complaints, having dished out the wrong reading material and you'd get bored being a lady of leisure! "Just try me" do I hear you say?!
    Glad the bike accidents were not too bad, it truly is never a dull moment in your house and I always enjoy my visits here!
    Wren x

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  11. Ah yes, boys and accidents, I remember it well. That said my 29 year old has ruptured his Achilles. Not only did he finish playing the football match but then hobbled about for a week before getting it checked. He is now in a boot for four weeks... so they don't get any better! Pleased to hear both Alistair and James are okay. I hope your Sunday was good. I had to go into work for two hours but also managed a lovely two hour walk.

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  12. I feel for you on the job front responsibility. Is part time work an option? Glad both boys were ok bike wise. They are a bit like India rubber at that age! Also hearing you on the achy front. I need to stretch more I think. Wishing you a good week x

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  13. Gotta love that magic cream!

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  14. The wonders of magic cream! It might be worth checking with a doctor about your arm. I have been ignoring pain in my shoulder for weeks only to discover there is some damage.

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  15. I love your magic cream cure.. but now you must share with us all what it actually is! I got arm pain once from leaning on the windowsill of the bus I was riding on, apparently the air conditioning came out of the window and I got neuralgia. Maybe you have that? I'm glad neither of your boys got hurt worse than they did. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  16. Glad to read that James and Alistair only suffered minor bruises. Magic cream is indeed magical. I just checked Netflix here and did not see Wonder available yet, but based on your review will look out for it. Sorry to hear about the continuing arm aches - mine is the same as well.

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  17. Good to hear your boys soon recovered. You should market that magic cream. I'd definitely buy some!

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  19. glad everyone's ok and hope you get your achy arms sorted, have you tried a neck support pillow, that's what I use and it seems to do the trick!

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