Thank you for all your well wishes last week. Thankfully I am now feeling well again but unfortunately I did have to phone in sick to work on Monday and Tuesday. I hate being off work sick but I found it hard even driving my daughter to nursery those days.
I read a magazine that my mum brought round at the weekend but other than that and the ladybird’s bedtime stories not a lot.
This week I watched the first three episodes of The night manager in one afternoon (the ladybird was at nursery and I was off work sick). I loved it and felt a bit lost the next day without more episodes to watch. There is something about watching episodes really close together I think. I can’t wait for the rest of the series, although I will have to go back to watching one episode a week now. I can’t believe I nearly missed this series. I find the less tv you watch, the less you hear about these great shows and then it’s a vicious circle. My time at work is easing off in a week so I will have more Mondays and Tuesdays on my own whilst the ladybird is at nursery. Obviously I have lots of things I need to do but I am finding I need to rest more and more so if anyone has any recommendations for shows I may have missed please let me know.
For mother’s day, my husband asked what I would like and I chose a teething necklace. I love the colours of this one. I rarely where necklace’s because even at nearly 3 the ladybird is drawn to them and fiddles with them or pulls on them. She was fascinated by this one but at least I do not need to worry about her breaking it and hopefully the new baby will be just as interested in it.
I’ve made quiet a bit this week. Once I started to feel a bit better on Tuesday I decided to start some crochet. I haven’t done much crochet in a long time but I used to enjoy it and I have a very large stash of yarn to use up. I found some videos on you tube (as I have forgotten most of the basics) and soon made a good few granny squares which I am planning to turn in to a blanket for the ladybirds dolls (she spends a lot of time tucking her toys up under tea towels or the one dolls blanket she has whilst repeating “babies must go to sleep”).
I’ve also spent quiet a bit of time in the kitchen Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday I baked leftover porridge bread (although I had to make extra porridge as there is never leftover porridge in this house). I’d seen a picture of this on instagram earlier in the week and was intrigued by it. I used to bake bread regularly before I hade the ladybird. I really should make it more often on the days I am home as it takes very little effort (I use my kitchenaid to mix and knead). It’s then just a matter of leaving it to prove and then baking. The recipe is from Claire Thomson (@5oclockapron on instagram) and was published in the guardian here. We enjoyed some of the bread for lunch yesterday and it was delicious.
I also made some really simple healthy snack bars using a recipe I found on Mr Fox (a recipe from Holly Bell). We all loved these bars which is a success in my book.
Yesterday I had a really busy day in the kitchen baking for the weekend. It is my mum’s 60th birthday soon and this weekend we are celebrating with my parents and sister. First up I baked Cranberry, white chocolate and almond muffins (using a recipe my mum ripped out of a newspaper and handed me as a not so subtle hint).
Then I baked a lemon curd victoria sponge cake as her main cake. I also baked some foccacia breads.
The ladybird wishing me “happy birthday” on Mother’s day. We kept telling her it was mothers day not my birthday but at just under 3 she couldn’t get her head round it. I guess for now I am like the queen with two birthdays! She made me this lovely card at nursery.
And lastly ……
We have a busy weekend ahead celebrating with my family. It’s a weekend we have been planning for months so I’m pleased to be feeling well enough to enjoy it. Hopefully I’ll be back next week to tell you all about it.