Month: January 2013

Funny old things, are cats!


Introducing you to Slinky Malinky – bascically a blob of black fur with two yellowy/green eyes!  He’s fab really – patient with the boys and a content cat.  He’s a hunter, loves being outdoors and regularly bringing us presents of mice and birds (the birds I’m not so keen on, I prefer them flying around to lying dead at my door!).

This is day 7 of the “Keep Slinky Malinky indoors” battle and I’m winning … but at a cost.  He’s bored and frightened.  Roll on Monday when we hope the vet  says he can go out again!

It’s been interesting observing Slinky Malinky – he has very expressive ears (like all cats probably)!  We’ve noticed that when he’s happy his ears perk up, when he’s frightened they’re flat and when he’s up to mischief they stick out to the sides!  It’s great having this wee insight … a couple of times a day during Slinky’s home confinement he has a funny five minutes where he runs about daft leaping around, jumping on things and being a right pickle … we can be prepared … the ears move into a place just before take off 🙂

Ach, it’s great having a cat … he’s a good lad!

Looking back

I don’t dwell on sadness from my past really … I have lost some amazing family members over the years … my grandparents, my lovely Auntie Suzanne and my amazing Auntie Grace spring to mind.  I often don’t remember the date that they were taken to heaven BUT I do remember them with joy … I remember the funny things they used to say or do, I remember well the fun we used to have in Ballymena with our wonderful Granda … so many happy memories.  I have been so blessed.

So what is making me think along these lines today? 

Eleven years ago today Mr GG and I lost our first baby through miscarriage.  Little did we know at that time that we were at the start of a roller-coaster.  We lost four babies in total but I can’t dwell on what was lost … in fact, our babies weren’t lost, they were taken straight to heaven where they are safe in the arms of God. 

Over the years Mr GG and I were blessed with three completely amazing, beautiful, funny boys and we wouldn’t change our lot.  Yes, there are times we feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of parenting our children and, especially, parenting children with autism but we are happy … a family.

But … once I year I am transported back to that hospital room and the consultant saying “I’m so sorry …”

The past few days have been busy with many little things … not least the back to school/nursery routine for the boys and back to work upheaval for Mr GG.

Fortunately Mr GG is much, much better – he’s still coughing but he’s not TOO bad now.  Unfortunately Mr GG has kindly shared his germs with me so I’ve been feeling pretty grotty for the past day or so … still, onwards and upwards!

Slinky Malinky is surviving his house arrest.  We are on Day 5 of the battle and so far it if 5-0 to me … to be fair I should count day one as he was so spaced out on the drugs he’d been given that he wouldn’t have been able to negotiate his way out of the door anyway!  I took him back to the vet this morning hoping to be told all was well and he could go out again but we’ve to keep him in for another five days … that’s, like, a lifetime!!!  Eek!

Great excitement for the family yesterday when No2 Son finally lost his first tooth.  He was so proud of himself and you can tell (although I dread to think what’s he’s been eating to make his teeth look so dirty!):


Today No1 Son came home from school with an envelope.  Inside the envelope were lots of bits of paper and on them his classmates had written things about him.  The overwhelming opinion of No1 Son’s classmates appears to be that he is kind, help and a good friend … they are definitely qualities I would want to instill in my children.  Admittedly No1 Son’s amazing ability with and love of electronic games was mentioned more than once too 😉

No3 Son spent the afternoon with his Gran GG today.  Gran GG told me that she had asked No3 Son is he was Gran’s boy on a Wednesday … he soundly put her in her place by telling her that he was Mum’s boy on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday …

I love my boys 😉

Just one last thing … a few days ago, towards the end of last year we took a wee trip to Ikea one day.  The boys quite like going there because they like the way the kids bedrooms are set up … at one point we lost them and this is what we found:


I was very impressed … good thinking on the part of Ikea … dotted throughout the store were televisions showing various childrens’ programmes … and dotted throughout the store were children sitting watching them.  Great idea!

No 2 son!

My very favourite picture from 2013. This is No2 Son … don’t be fooled, he is happy … just pulling his “cross” face!

Teehee!  After our “date” on Thursday No1 Son was quite concerned that he might have to marry me!  I’ve reassured him but did think it was funny … poor lad!

Mr GG is still not well but (don’t tell him I said this) I think he’s on the mend.  He still sounds pretty awful and is coughing loads but I think the worst is over!

We had a nice day yesterday – last real day of the Christmas holidays.  We stayed home in the morning and I got a few bits and pieces done then after lunch we went to a local park which the boys love going to.  No2 Son found it all a bit much and got a bit upset that there were other people there but I’m used to it now and know that once he’s back into a routine things will calm down. After being at the park I nipped into Game with the broken Wii – it’s totally goosed which we suspected but I managed to pick up a pre-owned one for £45 so the boys are happy, happy, happy! 

So, Saturday morning started with a drama … nothing like our household for drama!  Our beloved Slinky Malinky has cut his paw.  He’s now languishing with the vet where he’s to be sedated and get his paw stapled (hopefully not to the table).  Sheesh, 2013 is certainly starting off on a very expensive foot isn’t it!  Still, Slinks is worth it!

Date Day

Today I had a treat – Mr GG is still ill (that’s not the treat) but felt he could manage enough for No1 Son and I to go out for lunch together 🙂  It’s lovely to have the opportunity to spend some alone time with one of my boys.  We went into town together to buy a present for No1 Son’s best friend who is starting a new school on Monday (sob) and then lunched together in McDonalds. We also nipped in Heavenly Beads … my favourite shop … to buy some fixings for a couple of pieces of jewellery I have underway – I’m proud to say that I only bought what I needed and wasn’t tempted by the beautiful beads on offer!  For once!

While in town we also took the opportunity to price a new Wii.  On Hogmanay our Wii packed up and on enquiring whether it could be fixed were soundly told it was “goosed”!  This is a disaster especially as No1 Son had saved his pocket money and birthday money to buy the Skylanders Giants game … he’s not even had it one month yet!  A new Wii was definitely not something we factored into buying in January and I, for one, could live without it but … ah well … it’s hard to explain!

Mr GG is still not well – he sounds incredibly ropey and has an appointment with the doctor tomorrow so he must be feeling very bad!  I hope he’s feeling better soon – the past month has been very unhealthy for our family!


So, Mr GG is not well 😦  He seems to have a fluey-type bug/chest infection … his breathing sounds like someone trying to start a reluctant car!  It’s nice having him home longer but I do hope he gets better soon – the world is wrong when any of my men are ill.

I took the three boys and my parents over to Torryburn this afternoon.  We took No2 Son’s metal detector with us in the hope of finding some treasure and becoming millionaires overnight!  Unfortunately No3 Son managed to get himself stuck fast in some mud while fortune hunting and landed in the gunk!  On helping said son out of the mud I managed to get stuck fast myself and narrowly missed falling flat on my face when No3 lost his balance and grabbed me to stabilise himself!  Yuck!  Ah well, what else is a washing machine for!

It was nice to be out and about and, despite the mud and lack of treasure, we had a good time … home to clean clothes and mugs of hot chocolate, what could be better.


Welcome 2013

So, 2013 is here now … welcome!

We celebrated the New Year by going to a ceilidh.  I think this is the first year since our children were born that we have gone out at New Year.  The plan was to take all three boys but No2 Son wasn’t keen so in the end we left him and No3 Son at home (with my mother, not alone!).

No1 Son managed spectacularly and even won a prize for dancing … not bad for a child with ASD who, this time last year, was terrified of music.  I am so proud of my lovely lad.

So, a New Year has started and, along with it the general raft of resolutions … lose weight, do more exercise, be a better person!  I must admit, I may not be good at sticking to resolutions but I AM very excited about what 2013 holds – God has it all in control.