Project 365 2022 Week 8 Day 51 – 57 The first half term of 2022 and one which featured a lot of changeable weather conditions and saw Russia invade Ukraine.
Sunday 20th February – Day 51
My son has been asking to go back to Didcot Railway Centre for a while now and as I’ll be working a lot during half-term I thought it might appease him if I booked some tickets for today. Thankfully the weather had calmed down enough for us to be able to go without being blown away. They’ve built a new Signalling area since our last visit and one of the volunteers talked us through how the signalling system had worked when it was in-situ controlling the lines down to Bristol.
It’s lovely to return somewhere we’ve visited a number of times since my son was a toddler, and see what he takes from each visit as he gets older. He could actually volunteer there now but he says he’s not ready yet. As much as I wouldn’t fancy the drive up and down the A34 each month, I do wish he would give it a go, he’d get so much out of it. But I’ll just keep drip-feeding the idea and hopefully one day he’ll come up with the idea himself!
Monday 21st February – Day 52
Two photos that were taken two hours apart looking out at my back garden. Changeable sums up the weather right now.
On a friend’s recommendation, I’ve booked something in London under the guise of Mother’s Day so my son can’t moan about it! But to appease him I’ve also booked tickets for the Brunel exhibition which I know he’ll love. So hopefully we’ll all be smiling that day. Nice to be making a few plans as well.
Tuesday 22nd February – Day 53
Love these three. Brewster normally sleeps most of the day and goes out for most of the night. Pippi likes to go out and come back in again every few minutes, mainly while I’m working and come mid-afternoon she’s normally to be found asleep back on top of the armchair for the rest of the day. Fudge has overcome his fear and now cries to be let out in the morning and disappears for an hour at a time, but again, normally comes in for good by later afternoon. They’re all very different in looks and characters.
After work we needed to go jeans shopping – I swear my son grows an inch every time I buy him jeans. He barely gets any wear out of any of them. He’d also got some money that was burning a hole in his pocket so he bought a Star Wars set that he’s been looking at for ages. I suggested that we should probably actually watch the films now, so we sat down and watched the original 1977 Star Wars film, promptly followed by The Empire Strikes Back. He’s hooked.
Received an email from our electricity provider – based on our current consumption our annual bill is going up by around £300 per year. I wonder what joy British Gas will be sending us shortly. Now to just magic up all this money we need to find. Every time I go shopping things appear to have gone up again.
Wednesday 23rd February – Day 54
We’d been given ZSL membership for Christmas and I’d promised my son we’d visit Whipsnade Zoo on my day off so we could pick up our annual passes. Although it was bitterly cold we still managed to see all the animals we wanted to check in on (quite a few weren’t out on display though) and he was happy to get a ride on the steam train again. We’re already planning a trip to London Zoo in the Easter holidays to make use of our passes there too.
We watched Return of the Jedi when we got home and have ordered two more of the films to watch soon.
Thursday 24th February – Day 55
We woke up to the news that Russia has invaded Ukraine. It’s been coming all week but sad to see the reality.
We’ve been really busy at work with a big event planned for the end of March and with membership renewals due out soon too, it’s been confirmed that my hours will go up from next month. With all the bills going up so much, it’s perfectly timed.
My son has turned into a couch potato this half term so I left him at home with his Dad while I walked to the local pharmacy to pick up my prescription. It’s still cold and windy, but at least it’s dry, for now at least.
Friday 25th February – Day 56
After work, I dragged the teenager in waiting out to with me. All of our fencing is made up of vertical slats with gaps in between. Our neighbour on one side put some reed screening on their side a few years ago which gives us both privacy and I’ve wanted some for the small fence panel on the other side of our garden for ages. So decided today was the day to get that sorted out. The local garden centre was clueless but Homebase had what we needed and just the right length for what we needed too. I’ll be tasking the OH to help put it up over the weekend as it’ll be a two-person job with a shrub we’ve got round there.
We spent some time in the garden anyway, in the sunshine and all three cats found their own little suntraps. We’ve got a few pockets of colour in amongst all the green at the moment.
My son and I watched The Force Awakens and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. I’d not seen it before, but it didn’t stop my son from continually asking what happens next. Fair to say that he’s now hooked on Star Wars. We will watch The Last Jedi next week after school one day I think.
Saturday 26th February – Day 57
Was having our weekly Skype with my parents when the post arrived, including a letter from the NHS saying we could book my son’s second Covid jab. Such an easy process this time around, booked in for exactly 12 weeks from his first jab, in a couple of weeks and will hopefully make it easy for him to travel to Spain now.
I have a mountain of ironing to go through this afternoon to get ready for school again next week. The joy! But it will be nice to have some peace on Monday morning and see my son dressed before lunchtime!