I've got a spring in my step today. It's Friday, of course, and I've got a lot to have a spring in my step about.
The first signs of Spring are starting to appear - there are snowdrops on the verges, crocus's in the garden, leaf buds on the honeysuckle, the evenings are starting, just starting, to get lighter, and together they are promising signals that the long winter is on its way out. Hooray.
It's the half term holiday which hasn't come a moment too soon. It's a week, a whole precious week, and DD Hope and I have got a couple of nice treats planned (War Horse and a paper crafting fair), a bit of catching up with friends, haircuts for Hope and DS Luke, and generally trying to pack in too much. It'll be fun.
Darling Rosie Mae has had a bath AND hair cut so she smells and feels gorgeous. She wasn't happy about it but I think she's forgiven us now.
"I'm not asleep, Mum, I'm just resting my eyes."
Why are you snoring then, baby girl?
"Oh hello Mum, it's you."
"I'm actually rather sleepy."
"I'll just rest my eyes again, Mum. Ok?"
Yes, Rosie, that's fine. It's tiring work dragging your bed around and guarding the family.
And you'll get no help from 'she who must be fed....'
"What's for lunch?"
"What's for tea?"
"I'll just rest my eyes until you go into the kitchen."
"I'm half starved, you know."
"It's been a whole hour since I was last fed. Outrageous."
Luke's cooking One Pan Chicken tonight - I think he was attracted to the 'throw it all in a roasting tin' bit. There's a bit of cajun spice in there, sage, and butternut squash amongst other veggies. It looks rather tasty. He's also making fruity bread and butter pudding (I just want him to know how easy it is to make).
Hope's planning on making a Gooey Chocolate Pudding tomorrow. She likes her chocolate, that girl!
Against all the odds I survived another session of
My friend Lyndsey went again as well and we were laughing so hard it was difficult to breathe and 'Zumba' at the same time! The workout is still impossible but a more manageable impossible than last time. I'm sure my feet are not designed to move that fast. Especially with arms moving at the same time.
I was still rather red when I got home, which was a cause of concern for DD Hope, but half an hour slumped in a cold shower sorted that out.
I enjoyed a get together with my friend Sue this morning.
I've known Sue since Hope's first day of infant school when she arrived with her daughter Ciera. Ciera and Hope have been best friends ever since, surviving the ups and downs of girlie friendships and although they now go to different secondary schools, and unfortunately see each other less frequently, they remain firm friends.
Sue and I have also remained firm friends and this morning we caught up over coffee (too much coffee for me, resulting in the beginning of a migraine only just avoided with tablets and a quiet sit down).
I had a dry fan, you know.
It has been screaming at me for ages now which has made cooking with the oven rather a trial.
Steve, the oven man, came this week and has fitted a new fan. A German one which is, apparently, much more efficient.
It's certainly much quieter. Phew!
These are the highlights of the week for me. Simple things maybe but, for me, they add up to a happy life.
I'm going to post this with Virginia (Rocking button on right hand sidebar) and then I'm going to sit down with DD Hope, a cup of tea and a biscuit, and we'll mull over our day.
I'd ask DS Luke to join us but he's plugged into every form of media in his bedroom and sudden disruption from this sound and vision can result in permanent trauma, apparently;0)
Wishing you all a lovely weekend.