Day one …….


     The above refers to this being the first day of Mrs H’s Bulgarian holiday !!! She has gone off, with her sister, her sisters two kids and her sisters partners youngest, to Borovets (hope I’ve spelt that right) for a break. It’s a well known ski resort, but her and the sister are not skiing. That’s just for the kids. Hmmmm.

     So, I’m here with the youngest, who is going on respite on Monday for four nights !!!! Party time, I hear you say !!!! Nope !!! Youngest is having his bedroom decorated and floor done. So the plan for the week is:

  • Monday – strip out the bedroom, paint the ceiling and hopefully most of the woodwork
  • Tuesday – at work, then out with the eldest
  • Wednesday – wallpaper, and finish any painting
  • Thursday – at work, start to put back the bedroom
  • Friday – finish rebuilding the bedroom, youngest back home.

Busy time for me then !!!

     The next door neighbour has been at it again with the chain saw. This time he has cut down the laurel at the from of his garden. He’s been really savage with it, and taken it down by a third in height, and at least 60% off its bulk. He’s promised to cut down elderberry tree too. It causes a real mess on the drive and the car, and to be honest, it looks out of place.

     The youngest new laptop, is proving a great success, with one exception. Why did MS decided to take out the original Movie Maker program ? The versions that ships with Windows 7, is not a patch on the XP and Vista version. After YouTube, it’s R…’s favourite Windows program, and he hates this new version. Apparently there is a stand alone Vista version, so I’ve promised to download it and install it for him. Fingers crossed it works as everyone says it does.

Interesting day…..


The hospital appointment went quite well. Youngest was extremely well behaved, and the Dr/Consultant was very positive. He is going to get some things to put the the R***’s ears, that might help. He seemed to agree that tinnitus could well be one of the problems. It appears that these ‘moulds’ have a low background noise, similar to running water. This it seems could help to counteract the other noise R*** may be experiencing. He did say, however, that it is quite possible that R*** may just pull the things out, the first time he used them. Then he would have to think again. R*** was very calm and relaxed, even during the the time the Dr was making the templates. This involved injecting a rubber/latex compound into his ears. Touch wood, he has not had an episode at all today, despite getting a bit frustrated with Movie Maker again.

Eldest went back to his flat today. The living room looked a right tip when we got there. I don’t think his flatmate understands the concept of tidy. Mrs H appeared to be okay with him going back, although she did not see the place. I suppose that is how students live. I never lived away until I was married, so I have nothing to compare. We have to learn to let go.

Still no reply from the Labour Party with regard to my subscription. It is now 4 days since I emailed them. Doesn’t give you a lot of confidence. Ironically, I received a letter from the Constituency party office today, inviting me to the hustings for the next candidate. Our MP is standing down before the next election. I’ve been invited (amongst many others) to elect the new candidate. I will decline.

Doctors tomorrow. I have to have my blood pressure measured. R*** on the other hand is having his ears syringed. I’m not too sure how that will go down. If he is half as good as he was today then there will not be a problem.

Is it only Wednesday ?


Seems to have been a long two days. Youngest has not been too bad, kicked off a little tonight, but that was out of frustration. He wanted to do something on Windows Movie Maker that could not be done. It is impossible to explain to him. Of course, everyone gets upset, especially the eldest. I think it will be a long time before he comes back for a visit again. It is probably one of the reasons, that he wanted to move out in the first place.

Looking back on today, I do not seem to have done much at all. I managed to knock up a spreadsheet for the eldest. It shows all his income and out goings for the year. It is only very basic, but at least we can check whether there is enough money in the bank for the year.

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day. Youngest is at the hospital for a tinnitus assessment. Eldest is going back to his flat, and then Mrs H is going to the funeral of one of our neighbours. We are then hoping to go into Harrogate for the rest of the afternoon. Don’t hold your breath!!

Done for today. Going to ask the eldest if he wants the computer for a while.