Daily Archives: September 18, 2006

Sleepless in Smudgeville

Pah, I need my sleep. I have so much to do today that a nap is out of the question really… though I’m not quite sure what I’m doing typing away here instead of getting on with the housework! 😉 I blame you lot!

Last night was the typical logistical nightmare which always occurs when I’m single handed with Dad and there’s a Marie Curie nurse coming. There are only two beds at Dad’s, both in the same room. Thus when my sisters aren’t here, the Smudgelets sleep in Dad’s spare bedroom and I sleep on the sofa in the lounge. This is fine. However, when the marie Curie nurse comes, she needs to sit in the lounge, so I have nowhere to sleep. I can’t leave the Smudgelets in bed for her to take care of while I go home, but as she doesn’t come until 10pm I can’t put them to bed in their own beds either.

Tiddles, of course, has this sleep problem too. He can’t cope with missing any sleep. So we have come to an arrangement… highly unsatisfactory but there you go. He goes to bed in his own bed and I run over to check on him every half hour to make sure he’s OK. At nearly 14 he’s getting used to being a little more independent. Smudgelet, however, I put to bed at Dad’s and then, when the nurse arrives, I wake this little tussle-haired blob and sleepiness and carry him, sleeping bag and all, across to our house where he settles into his own bed without ever really waking properly at all. Then I, crumple-backed, slide into the comfort of my own snug duvet.

Great. But what happens when you’ve done all this and then discover that there isn’t a nurse booked at all that night! 10.30 and all my bedding is over at my home, Tiddles is asleep at my home, Smudgelet and Dad are asleep at Dad’s home. The second bed in the spare room is covered with ironing as I knew that we weren’t going to need it overnight. Disaster.

Result? I have to leave Dad and Smudgelet while I wake Tiddles and bring him over. As he cannot sleep on the bed without me taking for ever sorting it out, and thus totally disturbing his night’s sleep, I put him on the sofa in his duvet. He promptly falls asleep. Me? Now where on earth am I going to sleep? Only solution is to sleep in the chair. Besides, with Dad having a cough left over from his infection last week, and with Tiddles having a horrendous nighttime cough caught from his grandad, and with me having a bit of a nighttime cough caught from Tiddles, sleep was hardly the order of the day.

AAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I really need to ring my Mac nurse and see what’s happening… but I’m too tired!!!!!!

Better late than never

I have still to thank Fishsoup properly for the fantastic book I received through the WISE exchange. It was unputdownable, despite my uncertainty when first I saw it and read the blurb. Thank you, thank you, thank you 😀


And while I’m on Flickr, I thought you might like to see my latest little project. I had been under an urge to do some knitting. I’m a bit of an impulsive knitter, not consistent in any way and hopeless at anything which requires long periods of time and concentration as I tend to lose interest after a while. Thus the jumper I was knitting for Tiddles during introductions with Smudgelet (to let him know that he was not being forgotten in favour of a younger brother) remains one arm and a back and five rows of the second arm. Goodness knows where I put the pattern. Goodness knows what this says to Tiddles!

So, some knitting was the order of the day, but nothing which required a lot of thought or extended knitting time as I can be called away at a moment’s notice and need to be able to put it down and pick it up again for minutes at a time. My friend M suggested squares but I shuddered at the thought to be honest – far too monotonous for me at the moment, suitable only for knitting while watching TV and there’s not all that much worth watching just lately. So I was delighted when someone on the Ship of Fools suggested looking at a pattern on the Innocent Smoothie website.

Any pattern for which the first instruction is “Tune in to Radio 4” has to be good! So here I am, knitting tiny woolly hats for Innocent Smoothie bottles to keep them warm in the fridge. They’ll be sent off to the company who intend to sell them, sitting on top of the bottles (the hats, that is, not the sellers), to raise money for Age Concern. 50p per woolly hat can’t be bad. And it’s giving me some fun and a good way to pass the time too, and something to talk to dad about as I finish each one and get his advice on colours and patterns! So far four are complete and one is just five rows along the way.


Anyway, can’t stop now, I’ve got knitting to do……