Friday, 4 January 2008

A murky day in Oxfordshire and removal of Testicles

What does one do with two little boys before they go back to school? We go for walks in the bleak mid-winter gloom of January in the Oxfordshire countryside - that's what we do!

Whether they liked it or not, the two little grandsons had to wrap up warmly, with gloves, hats, scarves and a good sense of humour and follow me down the lane and beyond.

One coughed in the foggy atmosphere, while the other poked amongst the hedgerows with a stick and both complained of being cold. Tough! It was doing them a whole lot of good - I said! We had been holed up indoors playing cards, playing scrabble and watching DVDs for too long! I needed the fresh air and a walk, even if they didn't. Both could do with losing a little weight and gaining some colour in their cheeks. Both are lovely boys with a good sense of humour and both are loving and mostly kind. So what could I lose? Plus, the cats needed a break from the interlopers into their home!

At last, the log man has returned my call and will be delivering half a ton of logs by the end of next week. Pebble, however, may have to belay his removal of pebbles as the day of return to school for the boys maybe tuesday instead of monday, due to the teachers of their school requiring yet another training day!!! Hmmm, how much training do fully qualified teachers require in any one year??

As a teacher myself, updating of new methodologies is an ongoing necessity of one's profession, so why upset so many by demanding a whole day off that inevitably upsets many mums who have to rearrange child-minding agencies at great cost? Or, is it just another day off, tagged onto the end of the Christmas holidays? I am so cynical at times... justly so I think!

Meanwhile, I research sources for my new business venture, also I research ancestry websites for my daughters, also, I write my blog and correspond with friends, also, I have joined an online dating agency, with trepidation and huge concerns. Have I bitten off more than I can chew?

I still scour the papers for jobs, and do so half-heartedly as I really don't want to work for anyone else anymore. I really want to work for myself, but feel as though I should look anyway!

Meanwhile, Pebble is being aggressively Male as he attacks Banjo... it really is time for him to have his testicles removed. Banjo has had enough!

1 comment:

Puddock said...

Hi Jenny

Very impressed that you have joined a dating agency! I've looked but have so far chickened out. Do keep us all informed of your progress!

And I think I understand how you feel about working for other people. I've been my own boss for so long - either as a stay-at-home mum or running my own (very small)business, that I don't think I could work for anyone else for long. I've just done a stint as a Christmas temp in a book shop, which was quite good fun, but only because I knew it was for a limited time.