Pretty Mudder

Its only 2 months away according to the widget on the side bar.

I am no where near ready.

This week twice I have went out and walked around 6 miles. And I am struggling to keep a good pace. It is mostly hills though, so that is good. I am working up a good sweat.


Wee Man joined boxing this week also. He is a bit young for it, but my dadis good friends with the guy who takes it and has allowed him to come as long as he wants too. He used to go just over a year a go when my brother went to train, they let him hit a few punch bags and the like.

He went on Monday night and loved it. Tuesday he didnt want to go to school as his arms were sore. But he was soo excited to be going on Wednesday, and on Wednesday he took the Medicine Ball! Brave boy. Said it was a bit sore but that he would do it again. He didn’t have to take it, the guy asked everyone who wanted to take it to stand in the line and Wee Man joined. My dad has bought him everything he needs for boxing. New shorts and tops, socks, gloves, bandages and skipping ropes. the boxing is only £2. My dad is a bit shocked at that price as when my brother started it was only £1 for the young ones. Had to point out to my dad that everything else around here is in the £5 bracket as a starter.


Last day of school for the year also. sent in packed lunch for him to have at his after school club. We slept in this morning too. 8.40 we woke up. I’m all fuggy headed from intolorances. Couldn’t lift my head off the pillow.



I have written about 5 posts on my mobile and they are only saving as local drafts. Will need to e-mail in about it.

Failing with money

I feel like I am failing miserably with my aim of £45 per week. In reality I am not. I am going over by at most £20. this extra spend has went on christmas and birthday presents. so I am ahead for most of the year.

I shouldn’t beat myself up about it, but I can’t not beat myself up.


It is making me think before I make purchases. Like recently we decided we are going to learn to snowboard. One of my friends advised me to get the membership passes as I then get 30% discount on lessons. Sounds good. It also comes with 2 hours free and then agian on your birthday. and cheaper passes when using the facilities. So I go to the desk to ask for more info, and the girl tells me that its £79 for a student and £69 for a child for the year. And that they have summer camps available.

they are £229 for a week. kids drop off at 8.30 am, and pick up at 5.30pm. lunch and snacks are included.

Also a membership is included too.

So really £160 for the week, plus buy a membership and he will be snowboarding in a week. In the afternoons they do other activities, like go to the cinema, ten pin bowling, crazy golf. Its actualy reasonably priced for everything included.

If i was to pay for 9 hours a day at his current after school care group, it would be £172.5 for the week .

I am going to get the membership passes anyways, aw jeez; I am talking myself into this week camp, which was not the point of me telling all this. My point was that I didn’t just sign up for it.


Now I am going to have a talk with Wee Man and see how he feels about it all. as value for money it is better.


So lets recap. I spent more than I wanted to recently, but not as much as i normally would have.

Me and wee man decided to learn a sport together so we could go have fun. We decided on snowboarding. We both need lessons. I’ve found a relatively cheaper way for him to learn, but not me. I will need to leave it till the following month to get my lessons and membership. a plan seems to be forming. And not one that is cheap nor going to pay the mortgage earlier.

Alarm Clock


I am most certainly in the lots of alarms camp.

One thing I invested in somewhat recently was a ‘body clock’ that mimics the sunrise to gently ease you out of bed. Works great in the winter, not so great in the summer. Before we got this, our mornigs where hellish. Jump starts when you hear the alarm going that is for when you should be out the door, so quick wash, throw clothes on, grab breakfast to go and drive like a maniac. In between all that everything is going wrong, from wee man forgetting to take his pjs off and putting uniform over them, to me not brushing my teeth (apologies to anyone speaking to me at the school! i do brush them when i get to work). After we got the alarm clock with the sunrise, we were up at a reaonable time, with time for a breakfast at the table, proper snacks packed in bags, clothes on in correct order with no forgetting to take of bed clothes, time even for showers! and of proper brushing of ones teeth.

Now that summer is here, and it is actually sunny in the morning, my body alarm clock is a little redundant. The sun decides to wake us at stupic o’clock in the morning – somewhere around five thirty AM, so i roll back over to sleep, trusting my normal alarms on my phone to do the job of nature. Which always fails. and we wake around twenty past eight in the morning, when we have to leave at twenty minutes to nine for us to get to school on time or if traffic is good, a little earlier. Only difference between these get up times and pre-body clock times, is that we are still getting up a bit earlier and we are not I am not shouting at my son for silly mistakes.


Thankfully, only 2 more weeks til school holidays!

Granny Square

This is a good skill to learn to help reduce your present expenses, especially for baby presents. An hour or so each night for a couple of weeks and you have a good sized baby blanket for a new born baby or as a christening gift

I learned to crochet in American terms (thanks to the art of crochet on youtube and her blog for reading the drawing instructions :)) but I couldn’t for the life of me get a granny square. One day I bought one of those knitting and crochet magazines that had a pattern for a granny square something or other and it just clicked. I do prefere to have my rounds start in a corner, but I can’t remember it just now. I will post how I do it when I’ve practiced a few.

Slip knot.
chain 6 (counts as an american double crochet and chain 2 and initial ‘hole’)
3 double crochet in the very 1st chain – aka The Hole
chain 2
3 double crochet
chain 2
3 double crochet
chain 2
2 double crochet
slip stich to 3rd chain in the chain of 5

that is your first round completed.

turn your work round,
chain 4 (counts as your 1st dc and chain 1 space)
{3 double crochet in next hole
chain 2
3 dc
that is your first corner done
chain 1}
{}repeat 2 more times
3 dc
chain 2
2 dc,
slip stitch into 3rd chain of the chain 4

Repeat all this with chain 1’s to space out as you increase in size.


some pics to be added when they eventually upload from the mobile! which explains why no other posts for a while.