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We seem to have inherited a cat !. A black and white cat has been "hanging out " in our greenhouse almost since the day we moved in. It was only after the greenhouse was taken away to make the garden a little safer for Olivia (the organic tomato growing will have to wait until she is a little bit older) that I realised that perhaps this cat was spending all day and all night in our garden. It didn't have a collar and when I noticed it was eating pringles as Olivia dropped them in a trail around the garden, I decided to give it a drink and opened a can of tuna. I have never seen a cat eat so quickly. I literally thought it was going to be sick. We found out that someone had put up a notice about a lost cat a few streets away and once we'd got hold of the telephone number we spent all weekend trying to get through. When we finally did the conversation was brief and we were left with the distinct impression that even if this was their cat they weren't really that interested in getting it back. So now we have a cat on our doorstep every evening ... if no one claims the poor thing my husband who has always railed against getting a cat has finally given in to the childrens pleading anmd we will give it a home - on one condition - that it doesn't eat all the tins of tuna - his favourite sandwhich filling !!
Yipee - we have finally moved and I am writing this actually nearly unpacked ... this has been the worst and most protracted chain even out of all the seven house moves we have done but who cares - we are here and the house is fab. There are afe wtiny flies in the ointment - the fact that the ever efficient AOL managed to mislay my broadband order for the second time meaning I am trying to run the websites on dial up for another week when I have been used to the fastest speed broadband available. Dial up is truly dire - like pulling teeth. Then there is the mystery of the disappearing water meter - there apparently should be one - I keep having meter readers turning up at my door asking to read it. When I tell them I can't find one they look at me accusingly -I'm sure they think I have ripped it out with my bare hands) Then they come in and scratch their heads a lot and look in my kitchen cupboards and then declare they will" report the matter " and off they huff. There have been three visits this week and no doubt more to come. I can't give a meter reading to British Gas because I can't get through - the lines are permanently engaged and finally the council tax letter which has been waiting at this address for three months whilst the move got delayed informed me that if I didn't pay £11.16 ( Yes really !) I would be taken to court. Now I know why other people think I'm mad for moving so often, but when I look at how happy the children are and the wonderful long jumble of garden that is just perfect for them to make dens and hang out in the summer, I know this move was definately worth it.
More material added to The Mummybiz at http://timeformum.co.uk/30.html and a new article about what to do if you think your child may be being bullied.
The vital piece of paper has finally turned up and looks to be in order yipee !!! but surprise surprise it turned up too late for the money to be ordered from the mortgage companies in time to exchange on Friday - this means the torture goes on and we will be setting a date this week . To say it looked like it was all going to go permanently pear shaped earlier in the week I shouldn't really grumble, should I ?!!!
I've added a bit more to my online mumlit novel at http://www.timeformum.co.uk/30.html
I'm laughing as I write this, but really I'm completely, utterly and entirely fed up. We had a crisis meeting with th eestate agent yesterday and have agreed to wait a day or so to see if our buyers mortgage company finally sort out their mortgage - otherwise it looks as if it really is back to square one (and house number one come to think of it !) To top it off, a radiator in the bedroom of this house we are renting sprang a leak last night ( we're renting as the one we bought was too small - a long story - if you don't know it already it appears in thinly veiled disguise in one of the storylines of The Mummybiz www.timeformum.co.uk/30.html )