Monday 15th September
Greg’s didn’t do too bad getting ready for school this morning. He was ready by 7.35am, so I got him down to Gerri’s for a lift in plenty of time. It seems that the school buses are running for the other high school, which doesn’t seem right, but the other school seems better all round, I expect they are doing full lessons already and have all their teachers!
Managed to go for a 4.5km run, so am feeling a little stiff now, but it was good to move again, even though it was more of a plod than a run!
Had to go and buy the small dogs more flea treatment as the lot I bought on Friday was accidentally thrown out with the recycling! Luckily I had treated the larger dogs, but wanted the small dogs to have a wash before applying the stuff so I had left it on the side….Near to the recycling pile….And one of the children had taken the recycling out to the bin and then taken the bin to the public recycling bin…Can’t knock them for that, but Why, Oh Why this time? When usually I have to plead with one of them to take it!…Oh well!
Picked Greg’s up from school at 11.00am and when we got home I laid down a few rules about sitting doing nothing. He must get into the habit of at least trying to get motivated, I know it’s hard from him, but if he shows an inkling of interest then I will be there to help him. As it is if he shows no interest, trying to motivate him is pointless.
Had the longest forty five minute wait whilst Greg’s was having speech therapy, I forgot to grab a book or something to read and my MP3 player was dead. It was too hot to walk anywhere, so I ended up sitting on a bench in the shade trying not to nod off…Which I did more than once!…I must have looked a right pranny!
Did a Lidls shop this evening with Hubby dearest. It’s the first time since July!…I don’t like Lidls at the best of times and especially not peak season. it wasn’t too busy there tonight, so I didn’t get too stressed.
Have another late night planned for tomorrow night. We are meeting Dave and Julie and taking them to Panos (the best souvlaki place on the island) and then going down to where Neal works in the day ( a hotel bar on a small private beach). It is lovely down there at night, but just hope the weather stays warm.
Tuesday 16th September
Really pleased that I managed another run this morning, although my legs were feeling rather stiff from yesterdays run. I’m hoping to sweet talk Hubby Dearest into taking Catherine to school so I can head out earlier. In the summer – before life got crazily busy – I was up and out of the door at 6.30 am. I much prefer running early as it seems to take up less of the morning…Maybe when I start running farther I will ask him…Nicely of course!
Greg’s school still doesn’t know when the buses will be sorted and it is a pain in the bum. I have a feeling that the school didn’t pay it’s bill with the bus company or something as I have seen children from the other high school waiting for buses.
I have ordered some stuff online that I hope to be able to sell on Ebay. It is something I have been looking into for a while now and have decided that the only way to find out if it’s worth it is by giving it a go. So I thought I’d test the waters by making some charm bracelets to sell and small nail art gift sets that I’ll put together. Nothing major, but hopefully it will give me an idea as how it all works.
We are picking up Dave and Julie later and going for something to eat before taking them down to the beach bar where Neal works for a quiet drink. I think they’ll like it, the bar is really idylic. Will update on that tomorrow as I think it’s going to be a late one!
Wednesday 17th September
It was a late one last night; I think I got to bed at 2.00am and my alarm went off at 6.00am, so needless to say I am feeling rather tired. I hadn’t planned a run this morning, but rather used the elliptical trainer before doing some much needed stretches and weights.
Dave and Julie seemed to really enjoy the evening. It’s nice when you have friends that you rarely see, but nothing changes. I knew them both from my younger years and grew up almost next door to Dave, so we go a long way back. What I like most about seeing old friends is the level of comfort. It’s like putting on an old sock, it’s warm and comfortable.
This summer we have been so lucky to see people that we haven’t seen in years. I am not the most sociable person by nature, but there are some friendships I do value and this summer has been a summer to remind me of that.
I cooked dinner this afternoon, took Gregs’s to his speech therapy and came home and laid on the bed and read. I was that tired my brain wasn’t functioning enough to write a post. It was nice, I love reading and usually only do it at night or whilst waiting for Greg’s.
Early bed tonight though as we are out again tomorrow night with some people Hubby Dearest knows.
Thursday 18th September
Third run of the week done and dusted, it’s a habit I like.
Had to call Marion, our vet about Roxy. She has lost a little weight recently, which I put down to the stress of being left alone more than normal, but it seems that she in fact has worms. I found a rather large poo, that must be hers, full of what I first thought was string, but turned out to be worms. I also found a poo containing what looked like pink blood, which worried me. All the dogs were wormed at the end of July so I don’t know how she managed to get worms!..It always seems to be something with the dogs!
Marion said to start her on antibiotic injections and to watch her temperature and in a couple of days we will worm her again, with a different tablet…The blood in her poo will have been caused by the worms, so nothing too major and at least we are on top of it.
Met up with a couple called Iain and Mandy, I met them for the first time when Jim had his stroke back in May, which wasn’t the nicest of ways to meet someone. Hubby Dearest has known them for a few years and they suggested that next time they were out we should meet up; under better circumstances.
They have seen Jim a few times since he had his stroke, he was in a stroke rehabilitation center for a couple of months and is now back home living on his own, but with carers going in to help him. They said that Jim is all there in his head and can get around with a stick, but his ability to speak hasn’t come back and he has to learn to write again with his left hand, so he battles to communicate which must be sooooo frustrating as he was a chatty man. At least he has therapists working with him daily, and he is a stubborn old goose, so it wouldn’t surprise any of us if he we saw him again next year; although he wouldn’t be able to come on his own….It would be good to see him again…
It never ceases to amaze me just how wonderful the human body is and how much it can withstand. If Jim can relearn how to do things at the age of 75 then my children have no excuse!
We had a good evening and I was in bed by just after twelve o’clock, which wasn’t too bad. Soon we will go months without going out or really seeing anyone, so I mustn’t complain…..We did bump into Tom and Carole, who are here for two weeks, so will bound to be catching up with them…Preferably over the weekend!
Friday 19th September
Hey,hey, it’s Friday! And not a moment too soon!
Today is officially our bad food and bad television day and today we decided to go for cream filled doughnuts, fresh from the bakers. So after I dropped Greg’s off for his lift to school, I popped down to the bakers to purchase said doughnuts and realised how it must look. I was all dressed and ready to go for my run after dropping Catherine at school and I am almost drooling on the doughnuts they smelt that nice. After falling into a doughnut daze I eventually came out with five doughnuts, one chocolate, one vanilla and three small lemon filled ones. …It’s been about two months since we last had doughnuts, so I was bound to drool a little!
The first week of school is over and Greg’s is still finishing at eleven o’clock and today he told me that they have yet to find teachers for there general lessons – he goes to a technical school where he has chosen to study computers as his main subject, but they still have basic general lessons that they have big exams in at the end of the year as it’s his last year. So what they hope the children will achieve without teachers is beyond me….We could get him private lessons for a huge fee every months, taught by the very teachers who teach in the schools! A lot of parents do it and a lot of parents cannot; we cannot even entertain paying out a few hundred Euros a month to get him through stuff that should be being taught at school.
We have invited Tom and Carole over for a barbie tomorrow, which should be a laugh, and next weekend I am refusing to do anything even remotely sociable…I may even refuse to wash. just to make my point!
Roxy is looking brighter this morning, she ate all her food, her temperature is fine and there is no sign of any more worms; which I find strange considering the amount that I saw in that one poop. Have to keep injecting her with antibiotics for a week, which doesn’t overly faze her- as long as she gets a treat afterwards!…Typical girl!
Saturday 20th September
Accompanied Neal to Lidls, so that he could stock up on toilet roll. He has this thing about toilet rolls on special and it’s actually turned into a bit of a standing joke, but he does have a point as today he saved €52 as he bought 52 packs of toilet rolls (a packet a week – oh yes we are on rations!) and saved €1 per pack. I did want to get a photograph of him standing outside Lidls with his trolly piled high with toilet rolls, but he wouldn’t let me!…Don’t know why, he made me phone my mate and tell her we saved a fortune…Again a standing joke!
Tom and Carole were meant to be coming over for a barbecue tonight, but sadly they had to cancel as Carole is very poorly. Not want you need while on holiday! I hope she gets well soon and we hope to catch up with them before they leave.
Spent the day feeling sort of lost, as I had started to make preparations for the barbie before they cancelled and I had my day planned in my head. We still slung some meat on the barbecue though, but it was very late when we ate as Neal was asked to fix a water pump after he had finished work and he did. I was a little cross as he told his boss we had plans, but his boss is a bit of an idiot and wouldn’t dream of asking someone else or actually paying someone to do the job….Neal is the barman not the maintenance man by the way!..Snort, mumble, mumble…
Sunday 21st September
Today we had NOTHING planned and it felt wonderful. I didn’t have to think about dinner either as there were plenty of leftovers from last nights barbecue, so all I had to do was plonk it onto plates! My favourite kind of dinner!
Not a lot to report today. Managed to spend time blogging or trying to catch up with blogging. Walked the dogs and gave Alphie a good combing. He could do with a wash really, but I am hoping that the new blades for the dog clippers arrive this week so I’ll wash him and clip him then…Probably for the last time this year.
Oh for more quiet days like this!
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