Friday, April 23, 2010

eggplant - flop

I had nursed some eggplant seeds into germinating, they require warmth above room temperature, so I had to rig up a source of heat, eventually up they came, but when I checked on them today, they had all gone flop. My best guess is that I didn't give them light soon enough.

However, if I sow some more seeds again this weekend, I think they have a chance of being mature enough for planting out when the weather is warm enough, I'd planned on a 2nd and possibly 3rd sowing anyway, as it's hard to predict exactly when the weather is going to be warm and when the first frost will come.

If it doesn't work out, maybe I'll hit a local nursery or garden centre and see if they have any varieties that might work in our garden.

I'm also debating whether to chance a first sowing of beans soon, it may be too cool, but you get so many in a packet, that if it fails, it's no big deal. Carrots are also high on my mental to do list for getting in the ground.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Captain of the friendship

That phrase sounds ungrammatical to me, but it's what Sausage Boy's teacher calls a child when it's their week to tell the class about themselves, have their parents come in etc.

Today was parent presentation day and it's a hard act to follow when recently they had a brain surgeon in! We decided to talk about ballroom dancing and I decided my tactic would be to not plan it and cross my fingers that the students got involved and had questions.

Thankfully that approach worked great, I asked them if any of them had seen "Dancing with the Stars", which a lot of them had and then had them tell me any types of dances they could remember, which seemed to go fairly well for 6 and 7 year olds, even if some of the answers were the songs or themes.

We showed a video clip of Sausage Boy dancing and of a fairly good couple who were 9ish when the video was taken, then Sausage Boy demonstrated a cha cha, with Banana Girl, who has never taken a dance class, so though it was bad as Sausage Boy hasn't been doing classes recently and I was counting rather than using music and also trying to name the steps.

Then we clapped the rhythm together which I was impressed with and one of the girls asked a good question about types of music and the beat of the music in her ballet class.

Sausage Boy also showed some medals and ribbons, so all in all, it went extremely well and there were still hands up to ask questions when it was time for them to go to lunch, which is how it should be, rather than ending in an awkward silence!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Reorganising the house

I've beem musing for a while if a certain piece of furniture would fit in a different space and if it would work well there. I'd measured up and determined it would fit, but was undecided on whether or not it would work.

It's going to have to work as I've now moved it and I'm not moving it back! Unfortunately this means that currently about half of what it previously contained is on the dining room table, it needs sorting through and allocating a new home.

I also think I've returned most of the Duplo (big lego) collection to it's home, taped up some damaged boxes and done a few other bits and bobs that has made a big change to one corner of the back room.

Whether it was the exertion or just where my body is on the coughing thing right now, the result was lots of coughing, which seemed to cause pain beyond my chest, which hasn't gone away now I'm no longer coughing. I can't figure out if I feel worse because of how long this has been going on, or if it actually is worse, but the one thing it isn't is any better and it's 5 days out of the 7 of trying the current treatment before we move to trying a scheduled rather than just as needed inhaler - I didn't think 30 year old non smokers could develop asthma, but if the nurse practioner is right, then apparently they can!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I wish this were an April fool

I just read the first chapter of a book (online, you have to buy it to read the rest) about training a child.

I do think you have to train a child, at least in some areas, but I'm strongly against pain in very young children and deliberately creating tempting situations where you get a slap on the hand if you don't resist.

One training method was for what to do if a nursing baby bites - you should pull their hair! There are many training and preventing methods for this, that acheive the same result without being mean. I put Grace on the floor and say the milk bar is closed.

The first chaper is here

Saturday, April 3, 2010

green fingers

I really don't know how the previous owner of our house managed to grow as much as she did in the front garden, it is so overgrown, yet amongst it, there are things that are green, happy, with beautiful flowers, yet every time we dig, all there seems to be is sand, wood chips and leaves, I haven't really come across anything I would call soil!

Right now it looks like we've let wild animals loose as there are holes from a couple of things we pulled up completely, as well as the area uncovered because I broke a pipe!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

cough cough

I've finally made an appointment to see someone about this cough, I really have no concerns that it's anything but a leftover cough, but it's got so exhausting, I think it's time to try presciption rather than OTC cough suppresants, which means seeing a doctor.

Now I just need to figure out what to do with the rest of today!