Project 365 2019 Week 26-27 Day 174 – 187
Sunday 23rd June – Day 174
We headed over to Bicester Heritage to enjoy their Super Scramble event. The event is walkable from home, we packed a picnic and had fun looking at the different cars on display. Flywheel isn’t on this year, which is a shame as we really liked the mix of autos and aeroplanes, but we still had fun. I’ve reviewed for them before, so it was quite nice to just be able to relax and not have to worry about taking loads of photos for once.
Monday 24th June – Day 175
Sports week at school so the kids can wear sports clothes all week. My son doesn’t have any sportswear and the only trainers he owns are for PE at school – so he went in wearing his PE kit. It doesn’t look as if my letter about sports day has made any difference as my son still thinks he’s racing against year 5’s at Sports Day this week.
I had a busy morning at work, had hoped to get my blog issue resolved when I got home but still no joy.
Paddington has decided to step things up a gear with Brewster and is now going on full attack mode. Fearless or stupid, I can’t decide, but I have to have eyes in the back of my head. If Brewster retaliates I’ll end up having to take an injured kitten to the vets.
Tuesday 25th June – Day 176
My son was thrilled to discover that Sports Day was postponed when he woke up. It makes me sad that the whole ‘running with children in the year above him’ issue has totally turned him off this event again. Two weeks ago he was really looking forward to taking part. Anyway, now we wait for a new date to be announced.
It did give me a chance to get some work done at home though.
Wednesday 26th June – Day 177
What a day. I’m struggling with everything at the moment and having blog issues really hasn’t helped. It’s taken most of the afternoon once I’d got home from work to try to finally fix the blog. Turns out it was the theme that was screwing everything up. You have no idea how many themes there are available, choice is not my friend at the moment, plus it needs to be free right now. The first one I picked solved the photo issue but then created another issue. I think I’ve now found one that will do for the time being. Hopefully, that’s one thing off the list to sort out!
I won £40 on the PTA monthly draw so decided to treat myself to a few beers and the boys can have some ice cream money for while I’m away.
Thursday 27th June – Day 178
The sun has finally decided to join us properly which has meant me repacking for my weekend away.
Paddington has decided that he likes sleeping behind the living room curtains. He normally leaves a paw or his tail hanging out so we can spot him, but he’s finally cracked a complete hiding place. You forget how much cats do actually sleep until you spend a lot of time with him.
We’re going to need to get him a harness and lead so we can have the patio doors open over the summer months. He can’t go out properly until he’s had the snip and been chipped and that’s not until September.
Finalised packing this evening as I’m headed off to my bestie’s straight from work tomorrow.
Friday 28th June – Day 179
A busy morning at work and the renovations have started so it’ll be interesting to see the changes over the next few weeks.
I headed straight up to Derbyshire when I finished work at lunch, to spend a few days with my bestie. It’s the first time I’d seen her since her partner’s funeral at the end of May. We had lunch and then went for a walk on the disused railway line, it’s the most overgrown I’ve ever seen it.
One of her partner’s siblings popped in for a cuppa on her way home from the airport, it was nice to have a chat with her in a more normal setting.
After a lush pub dinner, we headed home for a few drinks. We ended up staying up until the early hours, talking and crying in equal measure. It’s still so hard to believe that he’s no longer with us.
Saturday 29th June – Day 180
We both slept well and decided to head out early for our planned walk as the forecast was for a really hot day. We completed our walk in the morning and headed home for lunch and a bit of chill out time before driving over to Melbourne in the afternoon. I’d got a voucher card for Melbourne Hall Gardens which neither of us had ever visited so we spent an hour there, enjoying the tranquillity and chasing the shade. It’s somewhere we’ll definitely be adding as a stopping point to our future walks.
My friend bought us a takeaway and we headed back to her house to enjoy that over a few beers and a couple of films. It was such a relaxing day, filled with laughter rather than tears. We talked about her partner just as we always would. It was the sort of day we both really needed.
Sunday 30th June – Day 181
After breakfast, we cracked on with a list of jobs my bestie needed help with for the morning. The same sibling was driving down to Wembley with her wife to see Pink this evening, so they popped in for a cuppa on their way. After they’d continued on their way we had lunch and went for another walk, sorted out dates for me to visit with my son and for me to stay with her on the lead up to her partner’s birthday.
It was hard to leave her, but I’ve seen first hand over the last few days just how supportive her neighbours and local friends are being. That helped a lot.
When I got home there were hugs waiting for me from my son and he wanted to show off his latest creation – Lego sunglasses.
Monday 1st July – Day 182
The day that drove me to drink!
I was pretty emotionally exhausted after the weekend, so waking up to a text from the OH telling me he’d had to take his car to work rather than mine because the engine wouldn’t fire up was not what I needed. He’d had an issue with my remote locking key the night before so I’d given him the spare key to use. He was talking about something major being wrong with the car, it was the final straw.
I left the keys at the garage and headed to work, renovations still in progress and it was sod’s law that the phone rang more times that morning than I’ve had in weeks normally.
I walked home and the guys from the garage turned up, they got my car started and that was it, I just stood there sobbing, poor blokes! Luckily they know my OH well so knew a lot of what’s been happening this year so they had some understanding. Turns out my spare key unlocks the car but the ignition doesn’t recognise it, useful! So at least I can use the main key, manually lock the car and it will actually start the car. Result. They’re going to see if they can source a new key body for me, otherwise, I’ll have to get a new one from Peugout.
I’d meant to do some blog work in the afternoon, but I was just frazzled so I sat and watched the Austrian Grand Prix instead. My son came home from school and casually mentioned he’d got homework that needed to be handed in on Tuesday. He’d told his Dad on Friday – grrrr.
So after a day like that, I was very glad my friend had left me with a bottle of red, it was medicinal!
Tuesday 2nd July – Day 183
Back to a bit of reality, once I’d walked the boys to school I headed home to catch up with some work. Paddington kept me amused whilst Brewster hid out in my bedroom sleeping the day away.
Wednesday 3rd July – Day 184
I dropped the car at the garage on the way to work so they could fit my new front tyres. I bought the guys some biscuits to apologise for the sobbing mess they encountered on Monday. They’re also going to look at what can be done with my key.
I stayed on at work for an extra half hour as I need to leave early on Friday for Sports Day. It was busy as we’re still working around the office renovations so it takes time to find things at the moment.
I was so tired I fell asleep on the sofa in the evening which is practically unheard of. I took myself off to bed at 9 pm.
Thursday 4th July – Day 185
I walked the boys to school and headed home for a catch up with an old friend. We haven’t seen each other since March and so much sh** has hit the fan since then.
The weather’s been beautiful this week and I really haven’t got outside to enjoy it. Lots of life admin to sort out, mainly for Daddy P. Treated my son and I to ice cream after school, he’s had tests all week.
Things grow in my front garden, they flower and prosper but we can’t actually see them, I’m not sure I’ve ever noticed this shrub in flower before. Things don’t prosper in our back garden, they don’t flourish and there’s little colour. It’s an uninspiring space.
Friday 5th July – Day 186
A few hours at work for me before heading to school for a picnic lunch and Sports day for KS2 in the afternoon. He didn’t end up on the podium in either of his races but he tried his hardest.
We were expecting to find out who his year 5/6 teacher would be today, which would also have meant we’d have known if he would be with his best friend again. But it would appear that the school miscommunicated that in last weeks newsletter and they won’t know now until transition day on Tuesday. Not ideal for a child who doesn’t like change at the best of times.
Saturday 6th July – Day 187
The sun has disappeared again, it’s clearly getting ready for Silverstone next weekend. So we decided to get out in the garden and tidy up some of the overgrown bushes. Paddington came out on his lead so we could get on, but have him with us.