Word of the Week – School

This week has been focused around School.

black board with the word school written in chalk

Star has been having assessments, they seem to have them every term at her school and often there are classroom changes afterwards depending on the results. They could move to a higher class or down to a lower one. Star was incredibly nervous at the beginning of the week but as the week has gone on she has become more confident and feels happy with her progress. I’m happy because it boosts her confidence. I love it when she’s happy and getting on at school, I think the classroom change last term has helped a lot.

Boo is still working towards her SATS which is inciting so much anger in me. I really wish they’d just abolish the SATS, it’s way too much pressure on such young children. She is in year six so her results will determine where she starts in Secondary School but as I’ve just mentioned, they are assessed every term  in Secondary School anyway! So, I’ll try not to get on my soapbox and start ranting here, I think SATS are purely to show how well the school is doing rather than the pupils. Hothousing the poor kids and making them think they have to work ten times harder to get good results really makes my blood boil. It’s not a true assessment of teaching or how well the children are doing.

Deep Breathe, put the soap box away now!

The Little Man has been having so much trouble at school. Every  day he’s in trouble for one thing or another and it’s been going on for a while. He’s been bullied in the playground which we talked to the school about and they promised to sort it. But his behaviour has become a serious issue and after talking to his teacher again they’ve suggested we get him some professional help. So I’ve made him an appointment with the GP to get a referral for a child psychologist. My poor Little Man, he’s as good as gold at home. I really can’t understand why he misbehaves so much at school.

How has your week been?

The Reading Residence


Word of the Week – Cold


 a frosty icicle bubble

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

So a lot of things have happened this week but how could my word be anything other than cold! I know most of the country will be feeling the same.

I think we may have got off lightly with a lot of the weather, I may be eating my words by the time this is posted, but we haven’t had a huge amount of snow, just an relentless flurry of the white stuff. It has been so, so cold though.

On Monday I had to go and pick up the kids from school in my wheelchair. There was a slight flutter of snow but it wasn’t sticking around. It was, however, incredibly cold and chilly and it didn’t matter how wrapped up I was I still felt the bite.

I vowed not to go out again this week, but on Wednesday I had to pop to the end of the street to the GP surgery, again in my wheelchair, again in the flutter of snow that didn’t settle.

I’m so lucky that my house is warm, we have only a slight draft in the living room but if we draw the curtains we don’t feel it, and we haven’t had the heating on that much during the daytime. All the bedrooms are cosy except for the Little Man’s room and he has a big duvet to keep him warm. If he gets too cold he can always come and cuddle with me, I won’t mind.

I look at the news and see how awful it’s been almost everywhere else and feel quite lucky. Yes, it’s freezing cold but we’ve had little in the way of transport disruption and the school has been open all week. The kids finally have a snow day today, I’m just glad they don’t have to go out in the cold.

My fingers are tightly crossed that the Beast from the East and Storm Emma are soon packing there bags and leaving our country alone.

Keep warm everyone, and don’t go out unless you really have to x

The Reading Residence
p.s. Don’t you think the photo I’ve used is beautiful. I love Unsplash for free images, there are so many gorgeous photos to choose from.

Word of the Week – Busy


Now, I know my idea of busy is probably far fetched from a lot of other’s idea of busy, but I think this word suits my week.

We had a day out at Bletchley Park, which I’ll post about soon, and it was really busy and fun day. It was a fairly long drive, around 70 miles , so it’s a good job hubby enjoys driving. Luckily we found it straight away without getting lost which is a bonus.

We have had fun with some half term activities like painting, crafting and making slime (Which didn’t work again!)

I have sorted the girl’s clothes and removed everything that no longer fits. There is only two years between my girls but Star is in clothing two years above her age and Boo is in the right size for her age. It’s a shame but there are very few hand me downs, I’m not storing clothes for four years!

I have deep cleaned my kitchen. I spent over and hour and a half cleaning all the places that usually make do with a quick wipe. It was hard work but very satisfying.

I have done so much washing this week it’s unbelievable, I thought that with the kids off school there would be less, but it just keeps piling up!

We managed a trip to Hobby Craft where I bought some more supplies (lots of wool and patterns!)

I have even done a fair bit of crochet. I made hubby a new hat, which I may have done a little too big for a beanie so I’ll be keeping it as a slouch beanie, haha, well I have learnt a lesson! I’ve also discovered bliss is listening to a good book on Audible while crocheting, it’s my new favourite thing to do.

I’m planning a busy weekend too… okay, maybe a trip out for lunch and a big pile of ironing!

How’s your week been?


The Reading Residence



Word of the Week – Procrastination

the word procrastination

I’ve used this word before but it was nearly two years ago so I think I’m allowed to use it again.

The weird sad thing is, a lot of the things on the list I put in my last post are still the same.

I like writing lists, it helps me to focus on what needs doing. But sometimes those lists of things to do need doing over and over, so I’m not beating my self up for them being there again.

I wrote a list and put it on the fridge about two weeks ago. The three things on this list that are the same as last time are; clean the girls and little man’s bedrooms and sort out my wardrobe.

Now, please understand that the bedrooms have been cleaned and the wardrobe de-cluttered a few times in the last two years, but they are continuous jobs that need doing, and ones that I don’t relish doing. I have to have help because I can’t pick things up on the floor. Well, maybe one or two things but it hurts. Try it yourself, pick a few things up without bending your knees and see how far you get. It makes you dizzy too!

I’m looking forward to getting the girls room done because we have some new bed linen and toy boxes. The Little Man’s room is fairly tidy (why is it that both my boys are far more tidier than my three girls?) but I want to move things around and fit in some new furniture.

A new job is to re-decorate the family bathroom. I have a new bathroom cabinet a cupboard and new shower curtain. We have paint for the walls, and new bath mats. But, we’ve had these for over a year now and the bathroom still hasn’t been done. I get so frustrated because if I was well I know I could do it all in a day, I’ve done it before. I even decorated the living room in the old house when I was seven months pregnant with Star. But now I can’t do it and I have to wait for hubby….and he’s always got something better to do….and he’s a number one procrastinator.

It Drives Me Nuts!

The kids break up from school today, we seem to be a week behind everyone else in the country. We have a day out planned for Monday, but the rest of the week is going to be spent working through my new list and Procrastination is going to be BANNED in our house.

So, give me two weeks and I will be back telling you of all the things we have achieved. Just you wait and see!

Do you procrastinate?

The Reading Residence

Word of the Week – Emotions


This week has been all about emotions.

At the beginning of the week my little girl showed her first signs of becoming a young lady. I don’t think I’m ready yet, is it really time for her to start growing up. We had a lot of emotion, in particular as she didn’t deal with it very well. I’m still in touch with a lot of mum’s that had daughter’s at the same time and their girls seemed to have coped much better. I don’t want to go into much detail on my blog but menstruation is not welcome here.

Then my second little Roborovski Hamster died. I went to feed him and he didn’t rush out to greet me like he usually does, so I checked inside his little house and he was curled up in a little ball, totally unresponsive. I was so sad, he always made me smile he was such a cutie, now both my babies are gone.

We’ve had some emotional stress from Boo who is sitting her SATs mock exams and coming home with tons of homework every day which she is struggling to finish in time. She’s been really worked up and my lovely little gentle natured girl has become very irritable.

On Tuesday I had some good emotions from going to see Cinderella, a ballet by Matthew Bourne. It was a very different adaptation of the old fairy tale, set in WWII during the London Blitz. It stirred up so many emotions but the one I was left with was excitement from such a thrilling performance.

On Wednesday I had to take the Little Man for an appointment for another problem that I wish we didn’t have. Sometimes I wonder why we have to go through so much as a family and the emotional stress I feel is just too much to bare. At the time of the appointment I was dealing with the stress of another family member as well as the Little Man and straight after I was due for another appointment with Star. It all became a bit too much for me and I ended up sobbing in front of the nurse. That’s not an emotion that I let take over too often but sometimes it just can’t be held back any more.

Today we have an appointment to say goodbye to our seven year old cat Salem. He’s been sick for a couple of months and we knew he wouldn’t get better, but we didn’t want to let him go until his quality of life was compromised. That time has come, we would be cruel to let him get to a stage of suffering. This is an emotion I really don’t want to be feeling. It’s going to be a sad weekend.

So, I’ve had a week of emotions, most of them bad but at least I had something very good in the middle.

How has your week been?

The Reading Residence


A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.