Tuesday, 31 May 2016

What... No Title Deeds?!

Today has been one of those running around days....
starting with taking Teen Two to school for English revision...
...back to town to take my "Monday Recycled Teenager" shopping...
...back along the motorway to collect Teen Two...
...through the Golden Arches drive thru for a half term treat for the Teens....Mayo Chicken burger, at 99p its a bargain!
Back home to unpack the shopping....
...back up the motorway to take Teen Two for his Computer Science revision ( such a pain having a three hour gap between the sessions today)
With just an hour for the afternoon session, it wasn't worth going home, so I took Teen One for a milkshake at their favourite US Diner....
...whilst the peanut butter and banana milkshake sounded lovely...I contented myself with a skinny latte.
It was soon time for the last motorway journey of the day, finally back home.
With dinner in the oven, I banned Teen One from the kitchen and set to creating something for tomorrow!
It was fraught with pitfalls, which I can share with you tomorrow!
Some good news I can share...Hubby had to see the Doctor today for a review of his blood pressure medication....good news is they have done the trick after only a few weeks...more  good news, the blood test from last week showed the meds aren't affecting his kidney function ( one of the side effects) so he is to continue on the meds and be reassessed next month.
Some disappointing news to share....we had a letter from Santander today saying they have informed Land Registry they no longer have any claim on our home ( good news!) but have informed us that any mortgages completed after 2003 no longer get the title deeds, these remain with the Land Registry, electronically filed.
If we want a copy ( and there are various options of what to apply for) we must pay!
I am feeling a tad robbed!
I was looking forward to seeing who bought the house, when, and how much they paid for it!
Oh well, minor in the grand scheme of things, the important thing is  we own it now!
Daily Blessing
Tuesday May 31, 2016
Today's Verse:
   As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Monday, 30 May 2016

A Car In Our Garage?? Whatever Next?

Being Bank Holiday and no plans other than to finish off the garage, it was  a real treat to wake up, roll over and go back to sleep!
I finally woke up properly around 8.30am and soon after Hubby came up with a cuppa and some ginger biccies...so I felt obliged to stay in bed a little longer!
Once up I decided the first thing I wanted to do was to mow next door's lawn.
My dear Late Recycled Teenager was very particular about his lawn, but since his passing, his son has so much on his plate, thinking about the garden has not figured very high on his to do list.
Each morning when I look out and see how high the grass is getting, I think how his dad would be moaning if he saw the state it was in!
So, with the son away for the long weekend, I thought I would cut it for him as a surprise.
The cutting isn't the hard bit of course, its the clearing up afterwards, so by the time I did that I was in need of a cuppa and sit down!
Whilst Hubby set off for the third dump trip of the weekend (and not the last!) Teen One and I gave the Clio a spring clean.
I did the inside and she did the outside. Never has it gleamed so much or smelt so fresh inside!
It has been a real work horse for me over the years, taking the kids to the woods/seaside/rainy picnics in the car etc, not to mention the many trips to the dump for Grandma with her never ending garden waste.
Whilst I did clean it...occasionally ( usually around MOT time as I was too embarrassed to take it in its "lived in " state!) it never really had a deep clean!
But now there is not a sign of grass, pebbles, crumbs or sticky sweet wrappers!
It's all ready for its MOT in a few weeks, and then hopefully Teen One to have once the dreaded driving test has been passed....if she is like her mum and dad it will take a couple of attempts!
With the car all clean and shiny...Teen One went back to her revision...
...Teen Two has had an overdose of screen time...but seeing has he has several days of going in to school for revision, he deserves to do just what he wants for a day!
With the old freezer off to the dump ( the last trip of the weekend!) I was able to investigate the contents of a small cupboard that had been behind it.
Most went in the bin, old shapes and colours posters from when the Teens were Tots, a singing fish (remember those??)also went to the dump...and then I found a black bin bag and couldn't work out what could possible be inside...what a pleasant surprise to find it was a turntable!!
I knew I had one ( well I had two once upon a time, a marble one and this wooden one)
I used to use them for cake decorating, but every Sunday when we are playing Scrabble with Grandma I say "I wish I hadn't thrown my turntables away...it would make it so much easier for turning the board!"
I even looked around at car boot sales and charity shops....so am delighted to have it back.
We did buy a proper wheelie thing designed for Scrabble boards...but sadly the modern boards aren't the same size as the old ones, so it didn't fit.
After many hours hard work, I am relieved to say, the garden is just about back to normal (where is the sunshine we have had all weekend !)
But the biggest achievement of recent years is....
...we have a car in our garage! Whatever next!
I appreciate for many of you, a car in a garage is as normal as milk in the fridge...but our car has never been kept in the garage ( except for when we lived in the US and that was a big work up to clear the garage even then!)
The garage has been where we dump things we don't know what to do with, the storer of bikes, garden furniture, old toys...all manner of things...but never the car!
As we are set to be a family of three cars for the foreseeable future, we felt we just had to be neighbourly and keep one of the off the road...what a shame we cant have a double decker garage.....then we would have somewhere to keep more junk in store one of the other cars in!
What a busy weekend its been, but at least we have achieved our goal!
Daily Blessing
Monday May 30, 2016
Today's Promise:
   But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Almost A Day Of Rest!

This morning's daylight, showed that Hubby had managed to put a fair amount of stuff back in the garage last night....long after I had abandoned the job and gone to have a bath!
Of course things are far from back to normal but at least we can see the grass again!
Neither of us had the enthusiasm to tackle anything today, and we all need a day of rest of course,  but then we did have....
...followed by cooking for the Family Service bring and share lunch (on a very hot day!)
Then the pile of dishes to clean afterwards (with help of course)
So by the time we got home and I bought the left over food away, I was ready for a nap on the sofa!!
When I eventually found the energy to get myself off the sofa, I transferred the food from the old freezer to the new one.
On the way from the through the garden, I noticed a little nest I had found in the garage whilst clearing out yesterday.
 We suspect its a mouse nest rather than a birds nest ( feel sure we would have seen birds!)
It was so intricately made....what clever little creatures they are and how snug they must have been in there!
Was rather thankful they were no longer living there though!
After our evening Gospel service at church, with it being such a lovely evening, we decided to drive to the seafront and watch the sunset.
Sadly I didn't have my camera, but it was even more beautiful than this picture, kindly freely uploaded.
Tomorrow being the Bank Holiday, we are hoping to finish the garage and if there is time maybe go out somewhere afterwards...lets see how we do!
Daily Blessing
Sunday May 29, 2016
Today's Verse:
   Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

A Garage, A Greenhouse And An Anderson Shelter!

Our garage is one of those areas...rather like cupboards, that no matter how much I clear it, it gets filled up again!
Not many months ago the floor was visible and I actually was able to sweep it!
Hubby has been gradually sorting out storage for his endless amount of tool boxes!
The reason we wanted the garage emptied was so we can store the Clio in...it seems rather unneighbourly to have three cars on the road doesn't it!
So, we took the "Life Laundry" route and emptied practically all of the garage  into the garden, with the thought that with the Clio in the garage (oh and did I mention a new freezer from next door as well??) we could only put back SO much and would therefore have to ditch what didn't fit.

So my lovely tidy patio area went from looking like this.....
...to this!!
And the awful thing is, as I type, at 7.18pm tired, dirty and in need of a bath, it still looks like that!!
The garage however looks great!
And the freezer is in situ behind the door (not in pic )
We did put the Clio in and chalked where it stood, then took it out to make it easier for moving around.
Do you see the wooden blocks on the floor about a third up in the picture....
When the boards are removed, they reveal a staircase....
...with a small entrance into an Anderson Shelter!
We have always known it was there and over the years harboured dreams of it being made into a den for the Teens, but it needs too much work doing to it...and they are now too big to be bothered with such things!
Knowing we were going to be short on storage space, we thought some of our junk essential belongings, that wont rust or rot, could be stored down there....one problem....the previous owners had used it to dump all the glass from a greenhouse they no longer wanted.
It has always irked hubby that it was down there ( for me it was out of sight out of mind!) and today he decided he didn't want to put anything of ours down there until the glass was out!
So...it took about an hour to empty it then load the car with it.
We then loaded the Clio (no way was the Fiesta going to have dump stuff in it!) and the two of us set off to the dump.
An hour later we were back home and decided there was another car load at least ready to go.
I set to and got dinner ready, whilst Hubby went to the dump.
Sadly it had closed!
So he came back and emptied the junk into the garage (Boo hoo!) as he didn't want the car to start smelling like the garage!
We are going to keep the Clio on the road tonight and somehow, summons the energy to put back what would get spoilt if it rained!
It will be a good job when its done and I guess if we hadn't have had the previous occupants junk to get rid of, we could have had it all done by now...and more importantly...I could be soaking in  a lovely bath!
Daily Blessing
Saturday May 28, 2016
Today's Promise:
   I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Friday, 27 May 2016

"If I Only Had A Brain!"

Well today's title is dedicated to the fool that I am!
So lets get it out of the way shall we!
After the usual housework, washing, shopping etc, I cracked on with making a cake for a certain Teen who turns 18 next week.
Of course cakes must be made in secret and rather like presents at Christmas where there is no sign of a present in the house, then Christmas morning they all magically appear downstairs....birthday cakes are the same ...well in this house anyway.
So with the house to myself for the last time before the big day, I made the most of it and busied myself in the kitchen.
Knowing I couldn't blog about it ( just in case she read it!) I took step by step pictures to share with you later.
I then scrubbed the kitchen clean of any sign of baking, made sure all the baking paraphernalia was back in its place, the cooled cake hidden away.
Boy was I feeling pleased with myself!
A few hours later we were at Friday Club and deliberating as to whether a certain child had attended last week...his name wasn't ticked in the register but we seemed to remember seeing him...or was that the previous week???
Then I had a brain wave....I always take pictures of our craft to share with you all  on the blog...all we had to do was check through the camera....so I handed the camera to Teen One as she has better eye sight and I was sure I probably wouldn't see the tiny writing on the tiny screen....well....you can guess the rest...."Oh...what's this?" she said....at which point, in the words of Pharoh's butler in Genesis...
I remembered my faults!
Oh if I only had a brain!
However...you are still going to have to wait for piccies!
Onto today's activity....we had the story of Elijah and the widow, about to make a cake for her and her son before she died...as she thought.
So the activity was of course Elijah bread...although we have decided to call it Elijah cake as that's what it is called in the song we sing with the children ("The raven's wings...")
and it is also called cake in the KJV version in I Kings 17.
The children really enjoyed making it and eating the spare one I made for us to share.
We often have a young Irish girl come along on Friday to help us with the children. She lives and works about 25 miles away and is so kind to come and help us when she can.
As it was a lovely evening we went out afterwards for some fresh air....
...and a game of Frisbee.
It was great fun even if we girls weren't too good at catching it!
Daily Blessing
Friday May 27, 2016
Today's Proverb:
   A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Picking Up The Mantle

Today was the 71st birthday of one of our Mother and Toddler helpers.
I asked Grandma if she could bake a fatless sponge so our 80+helper could join in with the little celebration (she can't eat fat because of gall bladder probs)
I took along the candle chandelier I had bought for Teen One last year and we got all the tots to help blow the candles out.
It was a simple way to let our dear helper feel special on her special day, although I am sure at her age she has stopped counting!
With all the toys packed away, it was time to rush over to collect Teen Two for an ENT appointment.
Before we went we had time to call in to his favourite American Diner for an end of week (almost!) treat, after five exams...including maths today.
He indulged in a chocolate milkshake ( I had water!)
He chose a Texan BBQ hot dog...and truthfully I would have preferred something small, but as I had a buy one hot dog get one free voucher, I felt obliged to choose a hot dog as well...but just an original for me!
 The hospital appointment went smoothly (just some micro suction on his ears) and we learnt that the nurse who carried out the procedure knew our late neighbours very well, so we had a good catch up on how lovely they were and of course to let her know the sad news about the latest bereavement.
Our neighbour used to take her up white chocolate every time, how very like her! So, Teen Two and I have made a pact to pick up the mantle and do that for her from now on.
Its now time to whizz off to piano...in the lovely sunshine, its been a lovely day and good to see the sun out for so long!