As I write this, the Sunday that started off full of bright sunshine and warm winds, has turned into a classic Autumn day. I can’t believe I’m writing that, but the nights are growing darker, and the days a little more unpredictable, and I’m starting to settle down for the countdown to Christmas.
Yes, I said the C-word. But that’s what it feels like to me!
And we still have our Summer holiday to come mid-September, which doesn’t even feel real yet.
As you might have noticed, we’ve been having some really relaxing, lazy weekends of late. Well, I say lazy, there’s still chores to be done, but we haven’t been here, there and everywhere. It’s the calm before the storm, as work is about to start on our house – tomorrow – and I’m trying to make the most of the peace, the clean, and the quiet.
Because I’m pretty sure I’m going to come home from work tomorrow with a hole in the roof.
On Saturday, we had a really lazy morning, and then Mark headed off to Preston to watch the match, and I caught up with my mum on the phone. I like chatting to her, in a mother and daughter way, not a Mama and Granny way. You still need your mum, even when you’re 27, stubborn and independent.
Then Bill and I popped across to our favourite café behind our house. I love it there. We always have a toastie, two drinks each, and a piece of cake. Though I skipped the cake this time, as I was really full after my Snickers milkshake.
Then, we popped back and I pottered around the house and tried to get this little monkey below to take a nap.
It did not happen. Mainly because next-door is doing constant work to their house, even on weekends. It’s not annoying, because it will be us soon, and I think my new neighbour (who hasn’t moved in yet) has family helping her out in their spare time, and I’ve nothing but respect for that, even if it means that Bill doesn’t nap. We’ll live!
We just had a juice on the sofa and had some quiet time, as I’ve not been feeling fab this weekend, and I was welcome of the chance to be lazy for a little bit. Especially when that involves YouTube videos. For both of us. And I don’t feel guilty one bit! We were quite happy!
I got a chicken curry on before Mark came home, to eat once Bill was in bed. I made Bill fresh pasta with a tomato sauce, with some ham and cheese on the side. He isn’t bad with curries, but this one had a bit of a kick and I sometimes like having a meal just and Mark. It’s nice!
Especially when you follow it up with mint choc-chip ice cream.
On Sunday, Mark seemed to take on angelic qualities by leaving me to have a lie-in and then taking Bill out on an ‘adventure’, which was essentially a bit of a long walk and a treasure hunt, involving animals, and a visit to Bill’s favourite cow in a field not too far away. The cow is called Bucky, if you were wondering. Bill’s choice.
While they were gone, I was able to tidy up, do a few extra chores – like wash our bedding, which I didn’t think I’d have time to do – and get some work done. Which was blissful. I even managed a late breakfast and a full, piping hot cup of coffee, with a book on the sofa. They were out that long!
I felt pretty lucky. Not just because time out like that is nice. But also that Mark and Bill have the kind of relationship where they don’t need me around.
They came back with pocketfuls of treasures, and a new scrape on the knee, but that’s my son for you.
One of the things I did do, while they were out, was sort out parts of my kitchen. And it was a bit of a ridiculous task, because, in a few weeks, these things will be in boxes and piles in our living room. I’m not sure why I did it. I suppose I just wanted to get a head-start. I’m so excitedly nervous with anticipation. Our forever home will, one day, be complete.
It’s the Bank Holiday next weekend. I’m so excited for three days off. We’re having family round for a Lion King Party (I’m lucky enough to be working with Sky Movies and I’m really excited – the photo above is all of our party bits we’ve been supplied with!). Bill actually has The Lion King on as I write. It’s full of talking animals – there’s nothing more he could want.
He’s in such a sweet mood. He had a nap (finally) and woke up in the snuggliest and sweetest mood. I love it when he’s like this. It’s definitely easy like Sunday…afternoon around here.
In between nap-time and The Lion King going on, I’ve been playing Fuzzy Felt with Bill, Mark’s picked some extortionately-priced running shoes that he’d like for his birthday (28 in just over a week!) and Bill has never been so quiet in all his life. Maybe every weekend should involve singing meerkats.
I need to go and make Toad in the Hole now. We’re having it with red wine and onion gravy, cheddar mash, carrot and swede mash and peas. It’s about 5:00pm, so it should be ready by 6:00pm, which gives us a little lazy time before bath and bed.
Then, tonight, I’m planning to curl up with Mark, and find something on the telly to watch. It’s not even that interesting, but I like Sundays. And I like taking it slow, ready for the week ahead.
I feel like tomorrow is the start of some very crazy months, and I need to get ready for them.
And when it’s all over? It’ll almost be Christmas.
It frightens me how fast the time goes.
Even when I’m excited for the future.