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Sunday, April 9th, 2017
1:08 pm
Goodbye
I've decided to leave Livejournal. I'm over on Facebook as Helen Schiffer, but I'm not on Dreamwidth.

It seems a shame to leave after all this time, but the time has now come.
Saturday, April 1st, 2017
4:43 pm
Question for my more knowlegable friends
Younger son asked me what would win in a fight- a Balrog or Middle Earth dragon. I'm not sure - it sounds fairly evenly matched to me.

Suggestions?
Saturday, November 12th, 2016
2:25 pm
Winter is coming...
Threre's a 2 hour Johann Strauss mix running on Youtube, the Christmas cake is in the oven and I've just mixed the flour, yeast and milk for this year's Dresdener Christstollen.

What can possibly go wrong?

Oh and in other news no 1 son (now 14) has just come over and said "Oh what's Livejournal- I've never heard of it?!"

Children these days...
Thursday, February 19th, 2015
1:44 pm
My husband has discovered the perfect way to make briquettes from old newspapers.

1 Buy a briquette maker
2 Make the children do it...
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
7:46 pm
It's amazing just how much no1 son can get done with a plaster cast on his wrist!
Sunday, January 4th, 2015
7:01 pm
I hope your doughnuts turn out like Fanny's
http://keepcalmandfannyon.blogspot.co.uk/ Just discovered this one- it's strangely compelling...

Some of the recipes are enough to make your hair curl, but others look as though they work- and at least she was bothered about the ingredients being affordable (Housewives of Britain I salute you at this difficult time...) I'm tempted to make the White Christmas cake sometime.
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
3:59 pm
fluuuumes!
I've just spent 3 hours at a waterpark with the boys and now I'm ready for bed. Pity about the ironing...
Sunday, November 30th, 2014
4:51 pm
Whimper...
Last night I survived a sleepover party involving half a dozen extra boys... but in better news today I got the Plaetzchen done.
Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
7:15 pm
Oh dear...
I'm wondering what is making a worse noise- the washer or the dryer....
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
5:20 pm
Stollen not incinerated. It's probably still raw in the middle....

No news on the pudding and cake front yet. Still cooking.
Friday, June 27th, 2014
8:05 pm
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
7:46 pm
Ebay
Hmm- I wonder why it is taking Ebay so long to send me the email I need to use to reset my password?

Could other people be trying to do the same thing?
Friday, April 25th, 2014
5:39 pm
Oh dearie dearie me...
I have run out of dry catfood. I have ordered more dry catfood. But will my little fluffy darlings, who will normally take your hand off for wet catfood accept that they have no dry at the moment?

Those owned by cats already know the answer.
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
9:38 am
The state of the bathroom
Well, to my amazement I've managed to get the bathroom fixed and the boiler services for £250. Of which £130 was buying a new loo. If anyone wants a good plumber in the NE, let me know!

He even made suggestions to lower the price too, like getting new tops for the taps instead of complete replacement, and fixed the washers in to taps on the bath (these are nice old ones and were non- negotiable anyway)

When I think of the hassle we had last time we got someone from a large local firm in, this was incredible!

Now my only problem is how to disguise the screw holes from the old loo in the tiles- I'm thinking filler and enamel paint...
Saturday, March 29th, 2014
10:36 am
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
10:42 pm
The haul
He's keeping the milk bottle, quoit and door assembly. I just have to figure out how to clean them up- WD40?
11:40 am
He's found an old rubbish tip
11:31 am
Oh halp
No2 son's teacher is on strike- so today he has been in the woods. Finding things.

So far- old style milk bottle (intact) a broken tile, a complete door handle etc assembly (with relatively early green plastic doorknobs) some potsherds and a quoit. A proper, iron quoit.

I dread what will be coming home next.
Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
8:28 pm
Bliss!
The children away for the weekend, boating with Sea Cadets. Peace and quiet are reigning and we've just had a very very nice take away from Brighton Grove Tandoori, followed by tea and Indian sweets.
Friday, March 21st, 2014
3:13 pm
Life's petty annoyances
Why does it have to be so hard to get boys' clothes that are suitable? I needed to get flip flops for the children (thanks for giving me the kit list on MONDAY Sea Cadets...) so I naively thought I could get them at Asda last night.

Mens' flipflops? Check. Womens' ? Check. Girls'? Check.

Boys'? Heck no. Oh and the mens' were too big. The womens' and girls' made me grateful I had sons, even though I couldn't get any *&^$%&^ flipflops for them.

Why do shops do this? Males under 16 need clothes and shoes too, so what is going on? Oh and don't get me started on how hard it is to get a nice shirt without crappy logos on.

Grrr.

Maybe my cats have the right idea...
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