Tuesday, 20 November 2012

❖Happy Homemaker Monday *18* ❖







Week *18* 


The weekend passed so quickly........ Saturday M had a party so we were back and forth delivering her and picking her up, in between we did some shopping and went to the library.  W chose some books and DVDs for him and M and we picked up a pile of books for H (14) ~ she has nearly finished them all already, she reads so fast!  
Today the sun is shining and the Autumn colours are beautiful, but it is not going to last as cold weather is predicted for next week and then all the leaves will be gone until the Springtime :o(  Today I am all alone for a change so I will have the time and peace and quite to enjoy a little Autumn beauty!

Here's our week ahead ..........

The weather::: 


Min.Max.
Mardi
St. Edmond
/
Mercredi
Présentation de...
/
Jeudi
Ste. Cécile
/
Vendredi
St. Clément
/

Right now I am:::
Eating breakfast at the dinning room table, enjoying the Autumn sunshine flooding through the front door.


Thinking that:::
I have the whole day to myself today (R is working all day).  There is so much I would like to do, I don't know where to start!

On my/our reading pile(s)::: 
"Sovreign" by C.J.Sansom (still!!)  
This week I have also read "Mitten strings for God: reflections for mothers in a hurry" by Katrina Kenison
"The Enchanted Wood" by Enid Blyton
C: ?
H: "Les Ailes d'Alexanne" by Anne Robillard
M: "Les deux gredins" by Roald Dahl
W: "Le loup qui voulait manger le pere Noel" by Robert Ayats
R: Something by Peter Robinson


On my TV:::

The Paradise
Strictly Come Dancing (Saturday night family viewing)
Law and Order
DCI Banks

On the menu for this week:::
Monday - Beef Stroganoff
Tuesday - Sausage, boudin and special mash
Wednesday - BBQ ribs
Thursday - Chicken chasseur
Friday -  Garlic pasta

Saturday
 - Fajitas
Sunday
 - Roast chicken

On my to do list:::
*Tidy up, tidy up, tidy up ........
*Make sure all the Halloween decorations have been put away
*Chop up and freeze our remaining pumpkins
*Start making home made Christmas presents
*Check what we already have and order remaining Christmas presents
*Start wrapping Christmas presents
*Muck out the cows and chicken
*Secure the duck house door (they keep flying out!)
*Ironing
*Laundry (as always) 

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::  
*Another Granny Blanket (still!)
*Presents for the teachers and helpers at school

 Looking around the house:::
*The sun is shining 
*The cat and dog are cuddled up in a corner 
*Everywhere needs tidying up ~ I want to get the house tidy before we put the Christmas decorations up the weekend after next
*It's just me here and all is quiet apart from the hum of the heater

What is everyone else doing right now?:::
*The children are all at school, college or lycee
*R is in Eymoutier with a group of school children ~ he has just phoned and said it is beautiful there.

From the camera:::


Too cool for school!!


On my mind:::
*Not much really (!) Just the need to get our house straight and where to start!

Something to make you smile:::
Yesterday morning when I went to let the ducks out, one of them was missing.  I feared the worst as she is a terror for getting out of the house by herself ......... but then I found her!!





I hope you all have a great week!

Today I am going to link up with other "Happy Homemakers" here at Diary of a stay at home Mom so please pop over if you want to see what others are up to this week all around the world. :o)

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Rememberance Day 11.11.2012

Rememberance Day in Les Billanges 11.11.2012.......






















Happy Homemaker Monday #17#







Week *17* 

Rememberance Week

I'm a bit late this week ...... it's Wednesday already!  I don't know where the days are going.  
Last Sunday was Rememberance Day and we all went to our local town to remember together at the 'Monument du Mort'.  Sadly there were very few people there, but we feel it is a very important tradition to keep up and it is important that all our family go together.  Afterwards we all stop for a while at the village hall for drinks and nibbles!  
This week the children have all started back at school and getting up in the dark has not been easy for any of us!  I do miss them all when they are not here.  Only 6 weeks until the next holiday.

Here's our week ahead ..........

The weather::: 

Min.Max.
Mercredi
Ste. Sidoine
/
Jeudi
St. Albert
/
Vendredi
Ste. Marguerite
/
Samedi
Ste. Elisabeth
/



Right now I am:::
Feeling a lot better this week.  I am sitting in the armchair in the dinning room next to my lovely grandfather clock.  It's nearing the end of the afternoon and the nights are falling quickly now so soon it will be time to feed the animals and put them to bed ~ but for a few minutes now everything is quiet!


Thinking that:::
It's Richard's birthday on Friday so we are all trying to secretly wrap presents and draw birthday cards. We think we will have his cake at the weekend as he and C won't be back until late Friday evening ~ there will still be time to unwrap some presents though!

On my/our reading pile(s)::: 
"Sovreign" by C.J.Sansom
"The Enchanted Wood" by Enid Blyton
C: "Power Games " by Tom Clancey
H: "Les souris et des hommes" by John Steinbeck
M: "Les deux gredins" by Roald Dahl
W: Biff and Chip books (Oxford Reading Tree)
R: ?? He does most of his reading in his bus so I usually have no idea which book he is on


On my TV:::

The Paradise (I recorded this series and watched the first prog yesterday ~ I think I am going to enjoy it !! A good Downton substitute!)
Strictly Come Dancing (Saturday night family viewing)
Alphas
DCI Banks

On the menu for this week:::
Monday - Pork chops
Tuesday - Fish pie
Wednesday - Chicken in creme fraiche and honey
Thursday - Beef bourguignon
Friday -  Macaroni cheese

Saturday
 - Roast duck (Rich's birthday choice)
Sunday
 - Roast beef and yorkshire puddings

On my to do list:::
*Wrap Rich's birthday presents
*Some more organising of our freezers to try to make space for some beef
*Write a post about the November "Thanksgiving Calendar" that I made with the little ones
*Tidy the work room and file school resources properly!
*Finish painting H's bedroom
*Laundry (as always) 

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::  
*Another Granny Blanket (I am so tired in the evenings at the moment, I think this is going to take me a long time!)
*Start on the presents for the teachers and helpers at school
*Homemade advent calendars??

 Looking around the house:::
*It's bright but chilly outside
*I still have yesterdays shopping from the Chinses shop to put away
*The bread maker is beeping to tell me the bread for supper tonight is ready ~ I just have time to put another loaf on incase R is very hungry
*The washing machine is coming to the end of it's cycle

What is everyone else doing right now?:::
*M is playing with the wooden train set in the playroom
*H is helping W with his homework upstairs
*C is doing some revision for an exan he has next week (at least I hope he is!!)
*R with our neighbour fixing the round baler





On my mind:::

*R's birthday this week
*English lessons at school ......
*Whether H is going to manage to keep her bedroom tidy so that I can finish painting it
*An unexpected tax bill that arrived this week :o(
*Christmas has started sneaking into my thoughts quite regularly already



I hope you all have a great week!

Today I am going to link up with other "Happy Homemakers" here at Diary of a stay at home Mom so please pop over if you want to see what others are up to this week all around the world. :o)

Monday, 5 November 2012







Week *16* 

Happy Guy Fawkes Night to everyone in the UK 
~ I hope you have all been enjoying the fireworks!

The last week has flown by and it is Monday again ~ half way through our Autumn school holiday.  We have all been suffering with coughs and colds, so haven't felt like doing very much.  We have had one trip to the library, a few hours in the garden and quite a lot of time drawing, colouring, watching films and pumpkin carving.  Oh yes ............. and one very dark Halloween night chasing one of our pigs around the garden ............ just a little bit scary!
So here's our week ahead ..........

The weather::: 

Min.Max.
Lundi
Ste. Sylvie
/
Mardi
St. Léonard
/
Mercredi
Ste. Carine
/
Jeudi
St. Geoffroy
/

Right now I am:::
Sitting at the dinning room table, wrapped up warm, it's sunny but chilly outside.  I still have the last lingerings of a cold that has worn me down this week ~ I can't quite shift my chesty cough, but at least my nose has stopped running!  Lests just hope the children all stay well.


Thinking that:::
I will be glad when this afternoon is over.  Our butcher friend is here to "take" our three Glouscester Old Spot pigs.  They are 18 months old now and enormous. I know it's time for them to go but it never gets any easier. We don't even have piglets to 'grown on' in their place this year, so for the time being we will be pigless! I will not be helping this afternoon, instead I am 'hiding' in the house.

On my reading pile::: 
"Sovreign" by C.J.Sansom
M, W and I  finished the last Harry Potter book this week, we all feel a little bereft now!  I think we will start reading the Narnia series soon, but maybe something a little lighter first ........

On my TV:::
Downton Abbey (the last in the series ) ~ this was on last night, but it was quite late so we recorded it to watch tonight!!!!
Strictly Come Dancing (Saturday night family viewing)
C borrowed Batman Begins (DVD) from the library 

Lots of DVDs snuggled up with the children (it's Half Term and it's cold outside!)

On the menu for this week:::
Monday - Pork with sticks (Chinese Pork with chopsticks)   ~ W is cooking tonight!
Tuesday - Pork and pineapple curry
Wednesday - Fish pie
Thursday - Lasagne
Friday -  Pasta parcels 
(pasta and film night!)
Saturday
 - Cottage pie
Sunday
 - Roast chicken

On my to do list:::
*Make some more pumpkin soup to freeze (I want to freeze some in mug sized portions so that the children can defrost some for themselves when thsy come home from school)
*Organise our freezers and make space for the pork that will arrive later this week
*Write a post about the November "Thanksgiving Calendar" that I made with the little ones
*Prepare my English classes for next term
*Laundry (as always) 

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::  
*Another Granny Blanket (I am so tired in the evenings at the moment, I think this is going to take me a long time!)
*I need to start thinking about homemade Christmas presents ~ last year I crocheted robins for the Grandmothers, I think I may make some for the teachers this year.

 Looking around the house:::
*It's brightened up outside after a drizzly morning 
*The Halloween decorations are all around the house
*We have pumpkins everywhere (still!)

What is everyone doing right now?:::
*M and W are watching a Harry Potter DVD
*H is tidying up her homework room (or rather she is supposed to be tidying, she is probably reading a book instead!)
*C is at work at the local holiday club
*R is outside assisting the butcher!





On my mind:::
*The pigs!!
*The cold.
*Our untidy house


I hope you all have a great week!

Today I am going to link up with other "Happy Homemakers" here at Diary of a stay at home Mom so please pop over if you want to see what others are up to this week all around the world. :o)