Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Tuesday, the new Sunday

 Monday always used to be my cleaning day but since I've been looking after Bonnie on a Monday Sunday is now the day I throw the house inside out, as we say here.

Sunday's used to be my day off, my day for sitting and stitching in the afternoons once dinner was over, now I play house all day and do everything that needs doing, of course, it also means that Mark is at home too so I can enlist his help with things like cleaning windows and changing the bed, neither of which is my favourite job ;-)  I find doing it like this gives me more free time, it's then just a matter of keeping on top of the daily things, plus I usually add one other job a day in, like cleaning a cupboard out or ironing, although there is not a lot of ironing now there is just the two of us.  I find this way of doing things works for me, my mind can't cope with untidiness, I feel calmer when things are in their place and I'm lucky that Mark is the same, he is not untidy around the house, I don't think I have ever had to pick up his clothes, or a wet towel off the bathroom floor.

He came ready trained in those things 😆 

With all the jobs done that leaves Monday free for me to just concentrate on being with Bonnie.  When she comes, just before 8am, we usually go out and feed the birds, she then has her breakfast and looks out the kitchen window to see what birds come.  We will then decide what we are going to do for the day and where we are going to go for a walk.  When we go out we take a hot chocolate and a water bottle to warm us up when we get back to the car.  We also have to take some nuts for the squirrels and bird food, when we are walking she likes to leave food out for them under the bushes and trees.  The day usually involves making cakes or biscuits, she is getting really good at weighing, mixing and rolling.  In the afternoon we will play a game and for the last hour or so before tea she likes to watch Bing or if I can persuade her, we put a film on, (being a nanna gives you an excuse to watch all the Disney films again 😁)

I love my Monday's with Bonnie, she's no trouble at all and very entertaining, three is such a great age, don't you think? and I hope when she is older she will remember all these little things we do.  

As much as I like my day with Bonnie I do look forward to Tuesday's off too.  Yesterday all the daily things and the extra job (sweeping off the drive) were done by 10am so once I'd been for my walk I sat down to start a new project.

This is Somebunny Loves you by Cottage Garden Samplings 

Amazing what you can get done without interruptions.  

While stitching I finished listening to my audio book,  All The Lonely People by Mike Gayle.

Here's what Amazon say's 

 Hubert Bird is not alone in being alone.
He just needs to realise it.

In weekly phone calls to his daughter in Australia, widower Hubert Bird paints a picture of the perfect retirement, packed with fun, friendship and fulfilment.

But Hubert Bird is lying.

The truth is day after day drags by without him seeing a single soul.

Until, that is, he receives some good news - good news that in one way turns out to be the worst news ever, news that will force him out again, into a world he has long since turned his back on.

Now Hubert faces a seemingly impossible task: to make his real life resemble his fake life before the truth comes out.
Along the way Hubert stumbles across a second chance at love, renews a cherished friendship and finds himself roped into an audacious community scheme that seeks to end loneliness once and for all . . .

Life is certainly beginning to happen to Hubert Bird. But with the origin of his earlier isolation always lurking in the shadows will he ever get to live the life he's pretended to have for so long?

This is my 5th book of the year.  I gave it 3 stars but only because of some of the dodgy accents the narrator used, I loved all the characters, especially Hubert.

While I was stitching and listening Mark worked on our jigsaw.  Well I say our jigsaw, but I've only worked on it once with him, I did the robins.

He did quite a lot on the bottom right after I took this photo, it will probably take a good while more as there is lots of white!

The next two days I'll be picking Oliver up from school, we have different sorts of chats on the way home which usually include Minecraft or Pokemon, lol.   Other than that it will be more of the same for the rest of the week.

I hope you are all having a good week and filling some of your time with something you love doing.

See you soon


Poppypatchwork said...

Our grandchildren bring us so much joy, Will is 3 and as you say a lovely age. Love your bunny.

Carol said...

What a joy your Mondays with Bonnie sound, Maggie! How I wish my grandson lived nearby--you are very blessed! Had to laugh at your description of your husband--sounds exactly like mine. I am very tidy, but I think he is even more so :)

Lovely beginnings of your bunny and the puzzle--I do love your British robins! Enjoy your week ahead ♥

Jo said...

I think the way you describe your Mondays with Bonnie is just lovely. She does look like such a happy little girl, always smiling in the photos you show, I'm sure she'll definitely remember the days you shared together in the years to come. Oh, my house is in permanent turmoil since Mick started working from home. I like a tidy house and though Mick definitely does his fair share of cleaning and cooking, he doesn't think about keeping the place tidy and it drives me mad, but I try to grit my teeth and ignore it for a quiet life, lol. I hadn't heard of Mike Gayle before downloading a book on Kindle last year when I'd run out of things to read. It was Half the World Away and was really good. I shall definitely read more of his books in the future.

Jackie said...

It sounds like you and Bonnie have a wonderful time. I am sure she will remember the things you do together.

The bunny looks lovely by the way. Neat stitches.

God bless.

Barb said...

You are so blessed to have the grand children close. I agree about the age of three. My grandson lived close to us when he was that age and I have so many wonderful memories! The stitched bunny is going to be great for Spring decorating.

butterfly said...

Always lovely to spend time with your Grandchildren enjoy , they grow up far to quick.
Love the new Rabbit.
Have fun.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Your Mondays sound great.
I think some routine helps to keep track of the days as they increasingly blend one into the other.

Clare-Aimetu said...

It's nice to read about happy Mondays, I must admit mine have improved since we both retired. Your bunny is lovely, I enjoy an audiobook and have just seen Richard Osman's book is available on BBC Sounds

linda said...

Your Mondays sound perfect but you can keep your Sundays haha. I'm missing my grandson so much it seems ages since I saw him and yes they grow up so fast. I love the sampler and the sound of that book, I will have to look it up. Have a lovely weekend.

Lowcarb team member said...

It's so lovely to be able to spend time with the grandchildren and I'm sure they will remember time shared as they get older, I know I do from time spent with my grandparents when growing up.

I like your bunny and the puzzle looks a good one.

Have a lovely weekend.

All the best Jan

Debi said...

Before she went off to school I picked our granddaughter every Thursday and we went to the local library story hour, then had lunch and came home to do whatever she wanted... games, reading books, watching television, doing a craft. I really looked forward to those Thursdays! You have such beautiful places to walk and your cross-stitch is lovely.