– The house is beyond a tip and heading through squalid into downright dangerous. You think I’m joking. I promise it is no joke.
– We spent the whole morning out of the house at an appointment. Left at the last possible minute due to an ‘I can’t find my shoes’ crisis from one child. I consider this situation (and the shouting I did) practice for the school run next week, just in case I had forgotten how to do ‘flustered’…
– We made it to the appointment with two minutes to spare, against all the odds. I didn’t even break the speed limit.
– Got home at lunchtime, and knowing I am expecting a flying visit from partner and one of his parents with a trailer full of stuff including a worktop I bought dirt cheap in his town and had no way of getting back to my house, I decided to make flapjack so I had something interesting to feed them with their cups of tea.
– Yes, making flapjack came first, before I started thinking about what to do the children for their lunch. That’s the sort of mother I am.
– During the flapjack making I was interrupted by Three telling me that the hamsters had chewed around the window in their cage and it had fallen out. This happened with the other window a few months ago and both hamsters had made a break for it. We found them, and that window now has a blackout blind on it in the form of gaffer tape! On this occasion, only one hamster has disappeared. A second blackout blind was applied to hold the newly chewed window on, and the hamster is still AWOL.
– Bear in mind the totally desperate state of the dining room (where the hamster cage currently is) and you may get some idea of how impossible it is going to be to find the dear creature.
– The children have put food on the floor and a little box with cotton wool in, in the hope that Custard (sister of Rhubarb) will find food and box irresistible at some point in the near future. We cross our fingers now and hope for the best!
– The flapjack is made. And tested (yum). The children have been given toast (I know you were worried about them…).
– I have nipped out to the secondary school with Two to see about buying him a blazer and tie. We should have done this far earlier (he starts on Tuesday), but… yep, that’s the kind of mother I am… School office all dark and empty. I am now hoping very hard that it will be open on Monday. Curses to my disorganisation and chaos!
Please tell me we are not the only ones living in squalor, chaos and disorganisation at the moment? I mean, it is always chaos here in our house but really, this is way past even what I am used to right now and I am struggling to cope! I am at the ‘where the hell to start, and anyway I don’t even have time’ stage of the holidays now.
Tea. It is, of course, the answer to almost everything. Now, can I find the kettle?…