I feel like I need a ticker across the top of my blog with the names of those currently ill in our house, just to save time. It seems that every other blog post I find myself writing that someone was ill again. On Friday night and Saturday morning it was me (feeling sick, tummy pains, couldn’t sleep.) Suburban dad was heroic, and did breakfast without me then took Tiddler to Dramabuds. The others decided that they wanted a pyjama day, and had a good time playing, watching TV and doing various Lego-related things on the computer. They were very happily occupied, so I stayed in bed nearly all morning. Which would have been more enjoyable if I wasn’t feeling ill, but I appreciated it anyway.
In the afternoon, Suburban dad and I went to the final rehearsal for our choral society concert, while Supergirl and her friend looked after the children. I was feeling a bit better, though not great, and determined not to miss the opportunity of singing in the concert. After the rehearsal, we dashed to M&S to buy an outfit for me to wear (I have lost a lot of weight since I last sang with the choir, and the clothes I used to wear have long since been taken to the charity shop.) We came home, gave the children supper and got ready to go out, and my friend (R) came over to babysit, so Supergirl and her friend could come to the concert. We sang Durufle’s Requiem and it was hard but I enjoyed it.
Rabbit has also been feeling unwell again, and she got worse last night. She spent about half the night in our bed coughing and complaining of tummy ache. This morning, I was feeling too ill and tired to go to church, and I suggested that Rabbit might like to stay at home with me, but she really wanted to go with the others. I had quite a productive morning of housework at home while they were at church then playing with friends afterwards. Rabbit was sick again, though probably just as a result of coughing so much.
We had some more friends over for lunch (R and her family), and they stayed for the afternoon. All the children played very nicely, and did some more Hama beading, while we chatted and carried on with the housework. R did some ironing (Hama beads and clothes) until her husband arrived, at which point she stopped in case he got any funny ideas about her doing this at home! I am very grateful for all her help. She is the best sort of friend – the kind who leaves the house tidier than when she arrived, even when her three children are with her. Suburban dad built Rabbit’s new wardrobe, having dismantled the old one which we are fairly sure still had mould spores in it from our damp and mould saga of a couple of years ago. Owl and Monkey also have a new wardrobe, which arrived on Friday, and Tiddler has their old one, so now it is technically possible to put all the clothes away at once there is no excuse…I will have to tackle the laundry mountain. I have made considerable progress today, and the bottom of the laundry basket is in sight. There’s a long way to go with the ironing basket though. (Might have to invite R around again soon.)
So, overall, more ups than downs this weekend. Even if, at the end of it, two of us are still unwell. And counting…