Monday, 30 December 2013

One geocache at a time

I got out!
Croaking away today still but decided to go and get a geocache.  Dug the teen out of her room and off we went together while hubby looked after the little ones.  We had a nice walk to the site chatting away and then headed into the woods.

I'd managed to solve this puzzle about 8 months ago but had kept it for an odd day I needed as it's local.  Today was the day so Barley Mow Tavern here we come.

First tree we came too looked a likely suspect and I spotted a place to stick my arm but nothing there despite a good root around.  Wondered off a bit further but nothing else looked good for a hiding place.

Back to the tree and then teen saw another option to put your arm in.  She didn't fancy doing it despite spotting the cache so I did.  Nice easy retrieve.

Hooray, another box on my caching days completed.  Not that I'm likely to get my 365/6 days of caching for another few years at least I'd imagine as I have most of January and nearly all of February (remember the snow we've had then for the past few years?) to do.

We walked back a different way taking us in a complete circle which was nice.  Unfortunately we hadn't put our wellies on and it got a bit..err...muddy on the way back. I think I'll need to wash J's baseball boots in the machine!  She mentioned about water squelching around her toes...nice.

Just a tad muddy

Next one I need now is New Year's Eve so no doubt I'll potter out to get that one too with her.

Looking forward to catching up with my bestie in the New Year and putting the PowerMonkey to go use!

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Cough, croak, wheeze but I have a PowerMonkey

PowerMonkey rules
You guessed it. Illness is sweeping the house as tends to happen at any time of year where we, as a family, actually get some quality time together.  Why do the bugs know this too?

First S had a bit of a cough and cold but she got over it quite quickly, well before Christmas.

N started her cough on 23rd December and it's become worse.  An incident on Boxing Day where she seemed to struggle for breath between coughing meant we ended up with a (very nice) paramedic being sent out to us by the computer at the new 111 service.  The flow-chart said we needed one. I was hesitant as if I thought she'd been that bad I'd have taken her to A&E but the lady on the phone was insistent.  He arrived, did some checks, noted that she was drawing breath in quite hard but by that time I'd used an inhaler the doctor provided some years before and she was getting better.  Throat a bit sore but only a mild temperature.  Kept an eye on her overnight.  She was brighter the next day but then by the afternoon the cough got worse and at 5pm I took her to the doctors.  She has a bit of a chest infection (although not wheezy) so has
antibiotics now.

I can hardly speak. I'm pretty sure my husband is pleased about that secretly.  I'm croaking away and puffing away (due to my asthma) but not needing the doctor yet.  Strepsils and Beechams are the order of the day.  You may wonder what this has to do with the picture?  Well, I got a PowerMonkey for Christmas. If you don't know what that is, it's a great rechargeable gizmo that can plug into almost any device you can imagine and give it a charge/power it for a period of hours.  Why am I so excited about this?  Well, I'm going to use it for geocaching of course but being ill, I can't get out to do any...arghhhh!!!!

We are going stir crazy.  None of us are good at being stuck in the house even when surrounded by a plethora of toys or feeling too rotten to go out anyway.  I'm hoping we'll all be better next week and able to get out and about again.

Don't think we'll be awake at midnight on New Year's Eve so I'll wish you a happy one now.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Jingle Bells

Two very excited children on Christmas Eve.  Unfortunately our plans of Santa filling the stockings as we went to bed were dashed by N's rotten, hacking cough.  I had already given her some cough medicine and Calpol but she was having a right old time of it. Oh no, hopefully she won't be unwell for Christmas Day!

I set the alarm for 1am in the hope that she would have settled well enough by then.  S, on the top bunk, was fast asleep (they ignore each other's noise completely). I then thought maybe I'd better set the alarm for 3am too in case the cough was still going on at 1.  Finally, having not had any sleep anyway as I was in and out for her cough, hubby and I stuffed the stockings and put them back on the beds.  Unfortunately we need bigger stockings for next year as most of the presents didn't fit so we laid them next to the stockings.

We now went to sleep hoping the girls didn't wake at 4am!

Fortunately for us, they didn't get up until 7.30am which was brilliant.  You can imagine the squeals as they saw their stockings and then came out of their bedroom to see Santa had left some crumbs of his mince pie and Rudolph had eaten the carrot (those two can certainly eat - just think how many houses they visit).

Down we came to Christmas music and opening presents.  All the gifts went down really well and they have been happily playing with just about everything since

Happy Christmas to you all.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Stenciling the walls

We recently bought the girls bunk beds.  Unfortunately they aren't quite the colour I wanted (looking more for pine) but at the bargain price they were, colour became less important.

Before summer when hubby is likely to sand them down and varnish in a lighter colour, I thought it would be fun to find some wall stickers. However, having read all about them, it seems that most don't stick well to walls and peel off.  Some are hard to apply and others you need to glue on. None of which appealed.

I therefore decided to paint some stencils on the bunks.  You know, make the dark wood look like...well, a tree...and add some owls and leaves, etc.  I therefore looked for some suitable images.

I found some gorgeous looking owl stencils on eBay and duly ordered them.  Unfortunately when they arrived, the owls were too big for the head of the beds or the rails. I really should have got my tape measure out as the lady who provided them could tailor to most other sizes. Oh well.

The girls were excited about the stencils so I decided to do the wall instead.  Give it a splash more colour.

It took a day to do but I'm pleased with the result.

S said that she can't see these stencils properly from her bed (the top bunk) so they are N's.  She therefore wants her own.  Over the last two days I have done her 3 owls on branches too right next to her bed rail.  She is delighted and I'm pretty pleased.

A nice way to brighten up a room and add some little fun characters.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The Queen said thank you

Much to S's delight, a letter arrived today with a Royal seal upon it.  It was very carefully opened (by me I hasten to add) and I read it to her.

You should have seen her face. She was beaming.

How wonderful. Taking the time to respond to a little girls picture.  Fabulous.  It's going to be framed.

S wanted to know if the Queen had put it on her fridge. I said she probably did just like we do with the girls drawings.  We then had a conversation about what she might keep in her fridge.

Well done Buckingham Palace. You made a little girl very, very happy indeed.