I won’t do this kind of entry again I don’t think, it’s been pretty had keeping up with everything, but it’s astonishing looking back over a day to see what I actually did achieve! I forget most of it, I don’t acknowledge half of it, and a lot of it just doesn’t occur to me as noteworthy. But here is today. A fairly average day.
Check ash levels in the furnace
Take ash out
Feed the cats
Crunchy outside today, frozen slush. Only just at 0C though.
Set fire up
Put coffee on
Check blood sugar: 7.9
Take insulin (6u, assuming I will eat something at some point fairly soon)
Have a chocolate because that’s what I actually really wanted
Upload sugar data
Discuss breakfast options with kids
Put some wood on the fire
Check mouse’s favouritest place in the house (under the toaster)
Check bread levels
Put porridge on for Ben and Erika
Transfer coffee to thermos, switch machine off
Read pointless rubbish online while stirring porridge
Ben is on Minecraft, figuring out how to make a new redstone circuit work.
Charley is curled up watching some minecraft stuff on youtube.
Check cheesecake batter (made it last Thursday) and debate whether it’s still ok to bake with. Smells fine. It’s not intended as gifts this time either anyway. Charley wants to help me bake today.
Put more wood on the fire
Contemplate life while making sure the fire is burning at the right ferocity
Porridge is cooked
Cook toast for Charley
Consider what to have for my own breakfast (I’ve not made overnight oats in over a fortnight, not deliberately though, and I’m amazed how quickly those two weeks have gone and how quickly you can fall out of a habit)
Deliver kids’ breakfasts
Check on the tiny sleeping beauty who isn’t keen on getting up this morning
Deliver drinks to the kids
Contemplate my own breakfast again. It’s gonna be coffee and a syrup waffle isn’t it, may as well accept it and move on without guilt.
Pour coffee, get waffle melting
Write today’s To Do list
Take a moment. Enjoy coffee and waffle. Listen to Ben telling me about the improvements he’s making to his village in Minecraft.
Welcome the sleepyhead, who is VERY happy to see there’s a perfect bowl of porridge waiting for her – shall we call her Goldilocks?!
Look at lego sets with the kids while they eat, and consider how we could figure out a way to afford a particularly huge one for us all to play with…
Erika is helping Ben with his Minecrafting, and shouting along with Charley who is burning off some energy galloping up and down being a cowboy on an invisible horse – he’s riding one-handed, brandishing a katana with the other hand!
Need to throw a child into the shower. Somehow have to choose one. Yesterday they both shouted that they wanted the first shower but now they are both very involved in what they are doing.
Sort laundry, throw Ben into the shower.
Get laundry ready to go.
Half an hour before Trine calls…
Clear away all the breakfast things
Feed the sourdough. Under its crust it’s actually starting to look a bit lively at last!
Check sugars: 9.7
Rescue the bedtime storybook from Erika and replace bookmark
Console Erika by asking her to put last night’s soggy nappy in the bin
Empty nappy bin
Bring mail in
And there’s 3 hours done and gone and I’m ready for Trine to call about my sugar data!
Played some Minecraft
Ben finished his shower
Set the laundry going
Put more wood on the fire
Checked sugar: 8.8
40 mins later, still waiting for a phonecall…
Life is on hold while I wait for this call. I can’t find her contact details to call or message her, and everything that needs doing this afternoon requires me to be available pretty much the whole time so starting anything new is risky.
Charley is creating a new home on one of my Minecraft worlds on the laptop.
Ben is replicating lego minecraft sets on pocket edition.
Erika is eating crisps and watching Dinopaws, and making rounds to check on her brothers.
Took down my beautiful new grad aran cakes of yarn to have a play with but the one crochet hook I can’t find is the one I need. How can that be?! I don’t even have any projects on the go that use that size hook!
Hour and a half after the phone appointment time. Give up. Can only assume she’s not calling.
Wood on the fire
Oven on for lunch
Check sugars: 8.8, stable despite being fed crisps by Erika
Insulin: 6u, again assuming I’m going to eat something fairly soon once I’ve figured out what I want.
Falling asleep on my feet tired
Pølsehorn in the oven
Milk warming for bread, yeast crumbled, better make sure Charley is okay with me starting without him…
He’s actually happily building. And there’s other stuff he can help bake later anyway.
Start mixing yeast into milk.
Oven timer beeps, and Charley appears!
Quick whisk yeasty milk, turn pølsehorn over, remember the fire needs feeding…
Tell Charley to wash his hands. The tap running makes him dance. Hmm.
He can retrieve his stool after he’s been to the toilet.
Stool retrieved, Charley spots the chocolate muffins! Muffins before pølsehorn, fine. Takes one for Ben and Erika. Chocolate chops.
Bread dough made and in a bowl to prove. 3pm when I need to return to that.
Ooh I can have soup!
Fetch tin of soup from stable storeroom. Check fire on the way back – boiler water finally almost up to temperature! Shower days are fun…
Bingeley bingeley beep. Washing machine sings to tell me it has finished. Good good. Soup first.
Wash up while the soup heats up
Soup is ready
Charley wants sausages: put kettle on to heat them up
Put wood on fire. Poke fire. Wake up fire.
Sausages are heating up.
I NEED TO EAT.
Eat. Play mindless games on phone.
Erika comes and takes advantage, says “a-door?” meaning she wants to go through the door for a sleepy cuddle.
Need to get Charley his sausages first and knead the dough to leave it for its second prove. Was late getting to it so it’ll be 4pm now when I need to check it next.
Blood sugars: 5.3
Fire check time. Don’t think Charley’s going to get his shower before Erika goes to sleep so it’s temperature maintenance time, briquettes and a closed vent, for a while now. 3 briquettes per hour keeps things ticking over on normal usage at the moment.
Realise in horror that because Erika’s not done a poo (and therefore not been stinky) that I’ve not changed her nappy yet. Change nappy, get her dressed. (This is not a normal occurrence btw.)
Attempt to snuggle nurse her down for a nap
Give up, and throw Charley in the shower instead
Charley all clean
Check sugars: 9.4
Fire feeding time
Knead dough again with Charley’s help, put it in its tin for its final prove. Push, fold, turn. Push, fold, turn. He’s pretty good at it. Dough feels lovely and silky smooth.
Lego time for the boys, upstairs and out of the way! Jumpers and socks on, it’s cold up there.
“That’s Not My…” time for me and Erika. Instead of comparing the textures with daddy’s beard, she’s comparing textures with my fuzzy head.
Check times and existence of buses home for Steve
Fire feeding time
Bread in the oven: 35 mins on the clock
Steve starts his journey home via the shops, only slightly delayed by a small asthma attack
Insulin: 6u as usual, seems to be about right for snacking plus bringing the levels down
Biscuits, and Sarah & Duck time for me with Erika, who appears to have decided a nap was unnecessary today
Duplo and cars for the not very sleepy duck, and bus tracker / clock watching for me, waiting for the bread to be cooked and the husband to get home
Check bus location
Bread out and brushed with butter
Check bus location (only slightly obsessed with it)
Track bus til it’s due, wait in kitchen with Erika – cheer when we see the bus!
Run to living room, Erika shouts hiya dada as he walks up from the bus stop
Climb (Erika, not me) up to the front window to shout hiya as he turns into the drive
Run (Erika, not me) to the back window to shout some more
Erika helps unload the shopping, shouting with happiness at each thing she pulls out of the bag
Arrange roses in a vase
Wrap loaf in a teacloth to cool
Take a break!
Fire check and feed
Laundry out / drying
What’s for tea?
Erika still needs a bath
Dry laundry away (from two days ago at least)
Feed the cats and sit in the porch while they both come in to eat – that’s progress again
Sit with Erika as she tries to get her snowboots on. Once they’re on, she doesn’t want them on any more.
Discuss Minecraft Storymode with Ben – problems he’s been having. He’s inspired to try it again but now might not be the best time for it.
Fire feeding time
Check sugars: 3.8. Didn’t snack as much as expected… ah well, there’s chocolate.
Slice up the bread for tea: marmite and cheddar for me and Steve, chocolate spread for Charley (and probably Erika), cereal (by request) for Ben.
Boo! time with Erika. Stomach hurts from laughing as Erika and Steve jump out at each other from behind the fridge!
Fire feeding time
Boys playing together on Minecraft, exploring a cave system together
Pyjamas for a very much over-tired Erika who keeps crashing into stuff. More tickles and giggles to try to keep her in one place while I get her into pyjamas. Jumping on my tummy and squealing and laughing, falling over and bumping, showing off jumping.
Delegate changing batteries in the timer lanterns
Boys into pyjamas (explain to boys that even if they don’t feel calm, can they try to pretend: Erika has lost her off switch and if they can pretend to be calm it might help her to slow down a bit and find her off switch too)
Try to keep going, nearly the boys’ bedtime
Second load of laundry out to dry
Cut and peel apple for Charley
Delegate fire feeding time
Continue with laundry
Cut and peel apple for Ben
Finish hanging laundry
Get pyjamas on
Supervise teeth cleaning
Swap with Steve, he reads to the boys as they fall asleep, and I go to stay with Erika as she finds her off switch.
Erika’s off switch is proving elusive. That said she’s got the tired munchies earlier than usual and is on her second bowl of pepperoni slices and frozen raspberries, watching Charlie & Lola. With any luck the fast she’s sitting still to eat and watch will help her off switch to be located sooner rather than later!
Watched a gritter go past.
Watcher the gritter go back the other way, in what looked like rain.
Turned on the yard light to see what the rain had done to the remaining snow to discover….. more snow!! Awesome!!
Check sourdough starter to give it a mix before bed – ooh it’s suddenly sprung into life! Better give it a bigger bowl or there’ll be a sticky floury mess on the floor in the morning!
Extra long life batteries for Erika tonight, apparently.
Many biscuits gathered
Colander returned to the kitchen again
Tears (from her, because of the colander)
Broken nail on Erika discovered. Ouch.
Dealt with broken nail
Four books later (my presence was not required to read them to her) she collected Bunny on her way to my lap, found her milk, and was finally mercifully out like a light.
Watched two tractors with snow ploughs fitted thunder past. It’s gone midnight, they aren’t usually out this late. Expecting another heavy snowfall, I wonder? Glad I brought a shovel into the workshop!
I-port time, and bedtime insulin
Check sugars: 5.8. Good. I can have another small piece of bread or something without having to inject.
All jobs are done so I’ll sit and do some more on Erika’s newest jumper for a bit before my eyes lose focus. Or maybe I’ll just sit and watch the snow for a few minutes.
The boys might not have done any sitting at the table with workbooks today, and very little of it looks like what we think learning should look like. But. Ben has been learning redstone circuitry in Minecraft and, through that, electronics design concepts and implementation, logic, problem solving, engineering concepts. Charley has been building railways, building houses, and watching Ben play in Minecraft. Architecture. Design. They’ve also played together in “survival” mode (on the peaceful setting) and learned more about cooperation and communication as they have had to share resources and tools depending on who needed what. Interpersonal skills. Charley has also helped bake today’s bread, seeing what ingredients are needed, smelling things, feeling things, helping to stir the mixture and then knead the dough (“push, fold, turn”) and butter the tin. Home economics, food technology, chemistry. Lego play! Building, designing, engineering, fine motor skills, cooperation. They have learned so much today, just by being. But every day IS different. Some days are less full than others. Some things have to happen every day regardless. Life is evolving and changing and adapting, and so are we, to it.