I know, I know – you’ve been worried sick about me and have wondered where on earth I have been. Well, someone has been away for work for a few days and therefore there has been nobody here to help me write my blog. I do apologise – this happens at around the same time every year and I find it tiresome.
Anyway I’m back, and you can sit back and enjoy my blog once more.
It’s been a nice week in lots of ways, as I’ve spent most of it with dear, dear Ebony and Pippa so have had plenty of walks, affection and sleep. More so than I get at home. The plan had been that Lad and Young Lad would be at school all week, hence the need for me to go to daycare, but as soon as She left the house at silly o’clock on Monday morning, Lad developed a bad headache and couldn’t go to school and Young Lad decided he didn’t feel quite up to it either. Young Lad was threatened with a lot of things via text message, if he didn’t go to school so he eventually capitulated but did hold out for quite a while. Lad was not for turning.
Thankfully Lad recovered enough to cook dinner for everyone in the evening and generally did a good job of making sure none of us starved.
She came home late last night once everyone was in bed, and I have to say I was over the moon to see her. I even got up out of bed, which is very unusual for me and raced down the stairs to see her, sliding all over the wooden hall floor, whinnying like a horse and making silly noises. Really, I was very very happy to have Pack Leader home and I feel everything is back to normal now.
This morning She took Lad to the station and then Young Lad to school, after which there was a need to ‘pop into town’. During the hour that this took, I had a good look around and opened a few cupboards – I haven’t done this for a while. I found a bag containing various things for birthday parties – silly glasses, banners etc – so I dragged that into the lounge and ripped up the bag. Blow me down, what else was in there than something that looked like a dead hamster. I’ve been assured it is some sort of hair decoration but really it looks like one of those long-haired guinea pig things. I chucked it on the carpet.
I was moaned at when She came back, but then we went for a walk which was nice if a trifle hot. Most responsible dog owners take their dogs out at dawn on these hot summer days, because 9.30am really isn’t “early”, is it, and it was well over 20 degrees by then. I needed a lengthy paddle in the river.
After that I chilled out in my armchair or the garden for the rest of the day, while industrial sized mountains of washing were done, and the house scrubbed from top to bottom. The noise! All those electric machines. How irritating.
It happens to be Young Lad’s birthday today, so there was also some baking this morning and a new recipe for a chocolate fudge cake was tried out. It smelled nice. I kept my eye on it carefully but it was pushed to the back of the work surface.
Then when Young Lad came home from school, there were a few presents for him to open and lots of cards. I watched this carefully too, in case there was anything to eat. There wasn’t. However, Young Lad was very excited to find a proper dartboard amongst the presents, and when they all went out to dinner I ripped up the box the dartboard came in all over the lounge floor. They should have left me something to eat.
Young Lad has also been given a very large plastic pool thing for the garden, which has been filled with water this afternoon. I think the idea is that you sit in it on a hot sunny day . I intend to try this out at some point, but am rather concerned about how deep it is – somewhat selfishly they have put far too much water in and I don’t think my safety can be guaranteed. Anyway Young Lad wanted to try the pool out tonight and She rather gallantly agreed to join him – Lad had gone to the gym by this point and He didn’t fancy the idea – so Young Lad and She stood in the pool in their swimming costumes and shivered. After about an hour and a half they managed to get in as far as their knees, then very bravely sat down. They got out again quite quickly. I think some lessons have been learned about the ratio of warm water to cold.
Everyone is hoping for a lie-in tomorrow as it has been a very tiring week. I will need my comfort break at around 5am but should get another three hours’ sleep in after that.
It’s good to be back with you, Friends, and I do apologise for the absence.
See you soon,