Wednesday, May 13, 2009


I gained a follower today and I haven't even posted since 28th April - 15 days ago! How spoilt am I?
Since my last post, we enjoyed our last long weekend for a while. My kids 22 yo old cousin stayed over (he didn't have a lift home after attending the local nightclub so Dael brought him home) and ended up staying the day. Just as well because he attended to a task which gave me a bad case of the shivers. I had just finished bathing and went through to my bedroom in my towel. I had left my window open for a few hours to get some air in the room. While I was drying off I noticed a rather large black smudge on the ceiling above my cupboards. I quickly put on my glasses so that I could make out what the offender was and to my horror, it turned out to be a really large hairy-legged spider almost the size of a hand. I called my son but he also seemed hesitant to do anything about the intruder. Anyway the cousin, who is arachnophobic so it turns out, took action, requesting a transparent container. I dug out an empty plastic cereal container with a lid. Cousin J placed the opening over spider and banged the ceiling which caused the spider to run into the container. He wanted to kill spiderman but I persuaded him to throw him out at the end of the garden. You won't believe how fast that spider could move! Otherwise a really relaxing weekend which I needed because last week apart from being a full length week turned out to be very stressful.
I started off the Monday with a fight with Bradley before school and during the day discovered that the bank had experienced trouble with its ATM transfers of the previous Sunday and had 'lost' the money I transferred. That caused a lot of stress for me but luckily was resolved by the next day. Then my car decided that its oil circulation system was not working and started to protest loudly. The first mechanic simply stopped the oil warning light from working and told me there wasn't any problem with the oil pressure. The loud noise persisted and I had to leave the car at my parents because that's how far I managed to drive. The car had to be fetched by tow truck and the next mechanic took until the following Monday to thoroughly flush out the whole oil circulation system and change the oil. Then I had a meeting with Bradley' teacher who told me that Bradley is basically not turning in work, getting distracted in class and if he carries on like he is doing he will fail the year. Thanks. No solutions - just pass the buck back to the parent. Anyway after a bit of discussion, we have now decided that Brad needs to go back on medication and I have re instituted the parent/teacher communication book where the teachers and I can write down comments about what Bradley is required to do or doesn't understand as Bradley is very sketchy with his communications about schoolwork.
This last weekend I woke up on Saturday morning with a bad tension headache which was radiating up from my neck and this persisted throughout Sunday despite me over medicating myself because I just cant stand to suffer from a headache. On Sunday at about noon I was basically snuggled up on the couch with a hot water bottle behind my neck when my dad phoned to say that my parents and brother were waiting for me to come round so that we could go out for lunch for mothers day. So dragged myself into decent clothes, left the kids, grumbling all the way but ended up enjoying the company of my parents and sibling for the afternoon. Sometimes we need to be dragged kicking and moaning out of our self-imposed stupor. Thank you family.
From my own kids, I got a hug from Dael, french toast from Bradley and a phone call from Cape Town from Robynne. And by Monday my headache was gone, just in time for work!
Off to do some research for Bradley for a project. I have to research Ab de Villiers, a South African cricketer, for a PE assignment and Peer Pressure! Chat later.


  1. Lol. Doing your kid's revision sucks, my mother has made that perfectly clear to me. Wikipedia's useful. Glad to have you back :) xxx

  2. Thanks gp - I am sick of school now after 'doing' it for so many years but I do find Wikipedia very useful and consult it every day. Thanks for the welcome back.

  3. Assignments for PE? Since when? We either swam, played rugby, cricket or did exercises. But then... we had PT not PE.

    Glad you're back.

  4. Welcome back!
    Sorry about the headache. I loathe headaches too and usually get them when it's not a good time (like when I'm at work)

    Happy Thursday!

  5. Hi I missed you glad you back. Sorry about the headache and the spider! I don't understand the school system myself there are four mothers in my office and we ALL are forever doing research and the rest for school. It is actually the Mom's doing the work so why do they even bother? Have an awesome weekend

  6. I'd say I missed you too, but I've been slow getting around. Almost every blog I've visited today I found the same words from my blogging buddies. Haven't been blogging in a while.

    My own posts have been slower...mentally wiped most days. Only so many hours available on my one day off and then the Internet seems the most uncooperative.