Daffodils, Assembly, a Birthday and TMJ Disorder


I love fresh flowers in the house but they can be so expensive, so I take advantage of the spring daffodils that are available this time of year. In most supermarkets you can pick up a bunch for a pound. They come in bud but when they open they give me a lovely little bit of sunshine on my sideboard.

I’ve ordered Daffodils in my online shop for the past two weeks and the first bunch were just starting to droop when the shopping arrived the second week. I didn’t actually remember straight away to change them but when I noticed that the first bunch had finished looking good I asked my husband where the new bunch was as he was the one who had put the shopping away. He told me that there was no flowers in the shop, but I know that they were not missing from the receipt.

I didn’t really fuss too much, they were only a pound bunch of daffodils, not worth complaining of non delivery.

Later we were cooking dinner and as I went into the fridge I noticed a bunch of daffodils in the salad draw, my hubby had thought they were rather large spring onions!! I should have made him eat them, haha. They were okay though and still bloomed after being placed in my vase.

a bunch of daffodils in bud

What do you think, Daffodils or spring onions?


Last week we got a text from the school inviting us to attend an assembly given by the Little Man’s class the same day. What! A little bit more notice would have been nice. Luckily we had nothing else on so we went around the school for 1.15pm. We were then treated to  a fifteen minute class rendition of what it was like to live in Ancient Egypt. It was actually quite good, although I may have been a bit unnerved by the Mummy that got up and walked off after they had taken out his insides to put in jars and then wrapped him in bandages. The Little Man had a little story to tell about how the Egyptians entertained themselves playing a game called Senet. I love to hear my Little Man read, he does it with such expression.

the little man at school with his picture of Egyptians playing senet

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Now that’s a mouthful isn’t it? (pun intended!) We’ll call it TMJ and it’s the latest on the list of conditions for Star. We went to the GP on Friday for a referral to a maxillofacial specialist to see if anything can be done about it. The weird thing is, my older daughter had exactly the same thing at the same age. We would go to the hospital every month for about a year when they finally said they couldn’t do anything and we had to wait for it to get better. She still has trouble with it 16 years later. Maybe there are new treatments now? Apparently it’s quite common in children with connective tissue disorders like Elhers Danlos Syndrome.

Just in case you are wondering what TMJ is, it’s basically the joint in the jaw and the disorder is when it hurts, becomes inflamed and clicks out of place.



Happy Birthday Hubby.

Yesterday it was Graham’s birthday and for a treat we all spent the day at Bletchley Park which was the home of the World War Two Code Breakers. The stories are fascinating and so was our visit. Graham loves learning about history and although I’m not quite as enthusiastic as he is, I have to say I really enjoyed learning about the code breakers. It wasn’t made out to be glamorous, and a lot of the people working there had no idea what they were a part of until after the war because of all the secrecy. It was boring, monotonous work with few breaks, but I would have loved to have been a part of figuring out the codes and messages. I just love puzzles!

The kids had a great time too, they didn’t even notice that we’d skipped the play area, (quite by accident but by the time I realised I knew I wouldn’t have enough charge  in my wheelchair to go back.)

Bletchley park mansion

Bletchley Park Mansion

From Ancient Egypt to World War II it’s been quite an historic week for us. How has your week been?



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  1. February 20, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    I’m with you on the puzzle front. I’m like a terrier with a rag until I figure an intriguing puzzle out. Oh poor Star. She must feel quite at home in a hospital setting now. Well done Little Man. I bet he can tell you lots about that era now. Still smiling at the spring onions that weren’t. I read somewhere else that people put daffodils in the fridge to delay them. Glad you didn’t make him eat them. They’re poisonous, aren’t they?#keepingitreal

    • February 20, 2018 / 2:02 pm

      The daffodils seem to be lasting a lot longer than usual, maybe the pre-chill is the reason 🙂

  2. February 20, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    how hilarious about the daffodils! God job you didn’t complain. Bletchley park sounds great – i’ve always wanted to visit. I always think i’ll find history boring but i’m the one who has the best time at places like that as I end up finding it so interesting. sorry to hera about star and the tmj joint – I never knew what TMJ stood for even though they had to investigate trin’s recently because it had been deformed a little from the arthritis – thankfully the Maxfax surgeon thought the damage was minimal so they didn’t need to treat it. Hoping star’s will resolve speedily. xxx

  3. February 20, 2018 / 3:04 pm

    How funny about those beautiful daffodils! Haha that made me chuckle. Was your little one learning about Ancient Greeks or Egyptians as that is a little confusing! He looks very chuffed though that he got to read -bless him. I have never heard of TMJ but remember suffering terribly as a child with ‘a clicky jaw…” I’m going to look this up. Lovely post. #keepingitreal

    • February 20, 2018 / 4:18 pm

      haha, did you not know that the Egyptians come from Ancient Greece? Or maybe that’s just my frazzled brain, thanks for pointing it out, I really hadn’t noticed 🙂

  4. February 20, 2018 / 4:16 pm

    Busy week and I would love to visit Bletchley Park and learn more about the code breakers. #keepingitreal

  5. February 22, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    Hi Anne, you know, I think my husband would have made the same mistake. Those daffs do look a touch like a spring onion to the untrained eye. I can see my husband putting them in a cheese sandwich now… How proud your Little Man must have been to have his parents there watching him do his Egyptian thing. I think this is a great way of learning, much more productive than being made to sit in class and learn… My daughter has recently started complaining about soreness in her jaw and that it clicks and locks sometimes. I put it down to the stress and tension caused by her studies, but if it happens too often we best go see about it. Once we have her medical book sorted, that is. We recently realised that when she turned 18 she was no longer covered by her Dads medical insurance (a bit like the NHS), we are in the process of sorting it, but it’s a bit unsettling… I love the Bletchley Park story, it really is something. I watched the film a few years back which was really interesting and I, like you, am not overly interested in history. Have you seen the ‘spin-off’ series on Netflix? It’s called The Girls Of Bletchley Park. I really enjoyed it. I bet it was quite eerie in a way to be in a place that played such a big part in winning the war…. It sounds like the whole family had a good day out, and Graham enjoyed his birthday.

    Thank you for linking up with #keepingitreal and sharing your week.


    • February 23, 2018 / 1:25 pm

      I didn’t even know there was a film or tv series until I saw the DVDs there! I will have to check them out now though.

  6. Catie: Spectrum Mum
    February 22, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    I am with you on the daffodils they really bring spring into the house. I would love to visit Bletchley. I’ve only ever seen it on TV. I love a good puzzle too. #keepingitreal

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    • February 23, 2018 / 1:27 pm

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  9. February 28, 2018 / 9:53 pm

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