Do all boys have an allergy to soap and water?

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What is it with boys and showering?? Are they all the same? Yesterday I had an argument with the boy about going for a shower. He refused to have one and before I knew it, he had gone and gotten himself dressed for school. This is from the boy who takes ages to get dressed (normally) and can never get the buttons done on his shirt because “I can’t do it!”. Well I know now what I always knew and that is: he can do it and he can do it quickly. He had a shower this morning – I forced him into it for two reasons: 1) I don’t want him thinking he can get away without washing and 2) he soaked our bed last night – he sleeps really deeply and often doesn’t feel himself peeing. Last night, around 3.45am I suddenly woke up, realised he was in beside me and his dad and then…well…you know how you just know something isn’t right? I tentatively put out a hand and patted around about the boy. The bed seemed dry. I patted his legs and bingo! He was wet. So, I got him up, cleaned and changed and put him back in his own bed. Then I had to wake hubby – who was working today – and strip our bed. No wonder we are both tired today!!!

Yesterday, spent a happy day in Glasgow with my friend Tracy looking at fabric and notions in Mandor’s store near Sauchiehall Street. It was raining on and off yesterday, but that didn’t stop us oohing and ahhing at all the lovely things the store had. Then we walked down Sauchiehall St in search of some lunch. We headed down the bottom end of the street and dropped into Dino’s restaurant for a fry up. Dino’s doesn’t look at all fancy from the outside, but is a traditional Italian restaurant that does great pizzas and pasta. I love it because the food’s good and decor doesn’t look like it’s changed since the 70s. The staff are really nice too. We had a full breakfast with tea and it was lovely. We’d been too early for pizza, but the food was good anyway.

After Dino’s, Lakeland called. Based within Buchanan Galleries, the store is one of my favourites. I know there are folk out there who won’t understand why, but if you love cooking and home-making, Lakeland’s the place for you. Picked up some rennet to give cheesemaking a go. We’ll see what happens with that!! They also have a nice range of kitchen utensils, which neither I nor Tracy could resist coohing over. It’s great having a friend who loves all that stuff too!!

On the writing front, I am about the point where I am going to publish my book for adults on Amazon as a Kindle book. I will also look at doing it in other formats too. The book is called Dusting Down Alcudia, it’s an adventure story about a female archeologist who goes treasure hunting on Mallorca. It’s inspired by a holiday hubby and I had many years ago before our two kids came along. Watch this space for more information – I am planning to put up the first chapter for you to read. While Dusting Down Alcudia is not 50 Shades, there is a bit of romance going on there…nuff said!

Right, am off to put another washing out on this lovely sunny day we are (unusually) having today and start on the housework I was supposed to do yesterday!

Until next time!

Dawn xxx

PS images are some shots I took of the garden this morning.

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Too much pie, too much parking, not enough Fifty Shades!

The boy went into school full time this week and it was great. I had two whole days to myself, almost. In fact what actually happened is I spent an afternoon of one of them with my parents eating cake and most of the other day with my hubby on a date day cos it was his birthday. We went to the Ashoka westend and ate way too much curry. It didn’t help that I had eaten a slice of Caramel Apple Granny pie earlier. Plus I also made breakfast bread from the Hairy Bikers’ Big Book of Baking (if you watched the series, it was the bread the lady made at the monestary) which is REALLY filling…one plaited bun is too much for one person. I just about managed to eat one that day. It was delicious, but next time I make them (and I defo will make them cos they are so good), I’m making twelve buns instead of six like the recipe stated. NB We had a lovely day out together, but kept marvelling how quiet it was and relaxing without the offspring. We’re planning another soon!

Yesterday I met with my friends Janice and Tricia at Esca 2, which is a little restaurant in the Trongate area of Glasgow. In fact, it’s just across the road from the Tron Theatre. It was good to catch up. I haven’t seen Tricia for some months and although Janice and I work together (it was she who leant me the excellent Fifty Shades trilogy), I hardly see her cos we are both so busy. We had a lovely lunch and a good old blether. The only downer was how much it cost me to park there…I must have spent more than £7. Que sera sera.

Talking of the Fifty Shades trilogy…finished the third book last week and (saddo that I am) I’m quite missing it. I really enjoyed them. They were a good read (naughty bits aside!!). Am currently reading The Family Fang – sorry can’t remember the author – which is supposed to be hilarious. So far, I’ve managed a little smile at it. I’ll keep reading and let you know how it pans out.

Til next time.

Dawn xx

Fifty shades of dental fear

This is just a quick post today as am off to the dental hygienist for some torture shortly. She’s not the daintiest of people when it comes to plaque removal and I dread her brutal hand. She speaks to me like I’m five and no doubt will give me another lecture about dental floss, which I will intend to follow and then forget all about. I look after my teeth, but hate flossing cos it makes me gag. Anyway, I have butterflies just thinking about this visit, so will change the subject.

Have been reading THAT book – you know the one with the grey-eyed man! – and despite being sceptical that I would actually like it (not being a fan of Chick Lit and erotica per se) I loved it. It’s nicely written, has a good pace and the storyline (naughty scenes excepted)is good. I am loving it and can see why it’s such a big seller. It’s total escaspism. Re aforementioned naughty scenes…am on the second book and starting to get a little fed up with them. They were good a first, but I just want to find out what happens to Ana and Christian. I don’t really care what they do in bed (etc). All in all, I’d say the books are great.

Have also been reading Miserly Moms by Jonni McCoy. She’s got a website and blog too. Although American, it has a lot of relevent stuff for us Brits. I love the idea of being frugal and making every penny count, I just need to quit my addiction to Amazon books to ensure I get everything out of my ‘pocket money’ every month. Sigh. Damn that Amazon…it’s my one true vice! I just love the wide wide selection of books it has and find it hard to resist buying. So far so good. Am saving up to do a course. Must…not…go…and…buy…from…Amazon.

Nothing much else has happened chez moi. The boy managed to wet our bed the other night. I only realised it had happened when I woke up at 3.45am. It wasn’t until I got up to strip the bed (throwing hubby and the boy – who had snuck in during the night – out) that I realised he had also peed all over my back. Sigh. I was stunned that he had managed to do it until I remembered that all boys have their own built in hose that does not act like a girl’s front bottom (ie pees down), but can squirt everywhere. Ah the joys of parenthood!

On that note, I am away to dig out my Fifty Shades Darker to brazenly read in the waiting room of my dental surgery before my trial at the hands of the hygienist. Until later…

Dawn xxx