Spiritual Sunday – Happiness

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. Guillaume Apollinaire This kind of hits it on the head for me at the moment.  I need to stop all the hustle and bustle, all the pushing and pulling and just be.   So this morning I am thankful for the boys returning from the shop with some lovely flowers and I bit my tongue about not having enough money.


A little help for my friends

I have been ever so lucky in this wonderful world of blogs to have made some great friends and have met some really inspiring people, so today I want to tell you about a couple of them and ask you to help where you can. Firstly Stephanie.  Stephanie is an inspiration to me, has been since the moment I first read her blog Bah! to Cancer, you see Stephanie has been dancing with Breast Cancer (you don’t die from dancing do you?) and  doing so in a dignified and insightful way. One of Stephanie’s Ideas is the Bah! Brilliant Book Bonanza, This is a great way of giving uplifting books to more »


Mini(isms)

Me and Mini take my mum shopping every Thursday and whist in the car on the way yesterday we were chatting as you do and he just stopped me in my tracks.  I can not believe this little man of mine, my baby, my cuddler will be 4 next month and I just had to record some of the things he says and I love.   Although shopping with Mini and Mum can be stressful, I love the speical time I have with mini on a morning, I love our cuddles and our little chats. You want to be a nurse, not a doctor as you don’t want to wear a more »


Please Vote for me!

I am such a happy little blogger right now, I have reached the top five in the Family Fun Blog Catagory in The Mad’s, the awards for  Daddy and mummy Bloggers in the UK.   To say I am overwhelmed is an understatement, especially when you see the others in the Family Fun Blog Category, I am in such good company.  So I am asking you to please vote for me, but I would also like that vote to be a fair and just one, so please let me introduce you to my fellow and somewhat amazing peers: Have a Lovely Time Have a Lovely Time is a collaborative blog written more »


The Gallery – Hidden Places / Secret Britain

This week The Gallery theme is about painting a picture of the world we live in: The hidden bits, the bits you feel are special and people should know about. The bits people wouldn’t necessarily see. It is inspired by the  BBC initiative to discover Secret Britain.  When Countryfile was on TV on Monday night this is what the boys said their secret place was. We have a place that we go, a place that is just perfect.  It has a fjord, so the boys can watch as the cars drive through it. It has a beck so the boys can paddle, now they don’t care if it is in wellies more »


Whats going on In TheMadHouse

Things are moving forward in the MadHouse at the moment and we have so much going on, so this is a bit of a mixed bag of a post to say the least! Mini and School My wonderful, adorable and perfect little one is due to start school full time in September and I am finding the transition and knowing this really hard at the moment.  I commented on his preschool review that I was disappointed that they had been unable to move him to mornings with his key worker to enable the transition to full time easier for him and guess what, the head of year informed me last week more »


Locomotion – A great day out

The boys took me to Locomotion, which is part of the National Railway Museum, but based at Shildon, as they had a steam gala on today and the Tornado Peppercorn Steam Train is there this weekend. Yes, even though it was raining, we decided to make the most of the holiday weekend and take a picnic anyway! So I made chocolate cakes and biscuits with the boys first thing, we packed a flash or two and also took some hot-dogs and buns in our food flask and set off. It is a great place, with loads to do for the children, games of all sorts and we had a great time.  more »


Writing Workshop – Untill the next night

I am anxious, trying not to think about what might be wrong I am trying hard to banish any worrying thoughts from my mind To compartmentalise my health worries Separating them from our everyday life But I am tired, oh so tired, exhausted beyond belief Trying hard to keep up with my boys which I do manage most day’s But my nights suffer for it The thoughts they run free in the dark No longer masked by the bright sunshine of the day They invade my sleeping hours Leaving me no where to hide So how do I verbalise my worries? Will talking about them make them feel more real? I more »


The Gallery – Portraits

This weeks prompt over at Sticky Fingers for The Gallery was Portraits, how apt seen as I received these from school this week. They don’t get much more adorable than this, do they? I am so lucky to have two such wonderful children, so some special things about my boys. I love nothing more than my morning snuggles with Mini, he often comes and joins us at some point during the night and we love it, we are cherishing the fact that he wants to be close to both me and MadDad.;;;;;I I love the fact that tucking Maxi in to bed is always such a treat, he is usually asleep before more »


A weekend spent in the Garden

I said that I had grand plans for the garden this weekend, well the weather was mostly kind and we did manage to get quite a lot done Onions have been planted out, 2 varieties, Red Barron and Bedford Champion.  We have also sown some spring onions (Lisbon) direct in to the bed. Rainbow Chard has been transplanted in to the bed too, alongside side Chinese Broccoli, which is a new vegetable for us. We have also direct sown the runner beans, peas and dwarf beans in to another bed. The potatoes have been planted in to our two barrels. Our Sunflowers have been transplanted too, the boys are so excited more »


Come over and take a look at TheMadHouse Makes – Blatant Self Publicity!

As you know I love to craft and make things, whether that be with the boys or for the boys.  They have certainly brought out the creative side of me. So in order to help fund my fabric addiction and also to try and bring in some extra money (which we sorely need –  £82 for 2 pairs of school shoes!), I have decided to start selling some things that I make. Now I have no idea what will sell, so I am dipping my toe in the water, but I would also like to say that I can make to order should anyone wish. So please take a look and more »


Spiritual Sunday – Grateful

This morning is such a contrast to yesterday morning.  Yesterday the sun was beaming in the windows, we had the doors all wide open and spent the day in the garden, but this morning it is grey, dull and RAINING, but in some ways this only makes me feel so grateful that we made the most of yesterday and really enjoyed it. So some other things I am grateful for this Sunday. The Rain… yes the rain.  We planted some vegetables and seeds yesterday and this rain is doing a pretty good job of watering in the raised beds. Warm porridge with maple syrup, our breakfast of choice at the moment. more »


Dear So and So – The Hospital Version

Dear Bolshy Horrible Young Woman in Hospital What goes around comes around and it is no wonder that the nursing staff and consultant treated you in the way they did.  Your language was appalling, you were forever off having a cigarette and missed rounds twice, you answered your phone in front of the Consultant.  Courtesy and politeness cost nothing, even if you are in pain.  You are young, you will learn. A very Angry Mad ——————– Dear Nursing Staff Thank you very much for the superb treatment I received this week, I know that you are understaffed and underpaid, but you really did make things much easier for me.  You work more »


Raffle in Aid of Cancer Research

My wonderful talented and very clever friend Abi from Bub’s Bears and Mutterings from the moor decided to start a raffle for one of her fantastic bears in aid of Cancer Research The response has been overwhelming and she is well on her way to reaching her target of £200, but offers of more prizes have been flooding in, so below is a selection of what else you could win.   Prudence the chicken made by Claire A Book of weird and wonderful short stories by Abi’s husband A Tea Cosy from Kelly Beautiful handmade cards from Al  A stunning cushion by Amber An amazing reversible adults apron from Julie   more »


Been In Hospital

I have been in hospital a couple of nights and had to have a number of blood transfusions due to serve anemia.  I have also had a B12 injection as I am lacking in that too. I have also undergone a number of tests, scans and x-rays, but the doctors have not yet ascertained why I have this anemia, but I am coming home and we are going to continue investigations as an outpatient.  I am starting to look a lot better and actually have some colour, although I do feel a bit like a vampire the amount of blood I have seen over the last couple of days. Thankfully It more »


Childrens Craft Showcase – Volcano’s 1

I dont know about your children, but my two are now obsessed with volannco’s thanks to the icelandic one. We caught them making thier own volancic ash cloud with dust and mud from the pavement and then water on Friday evening and decided that we would have a go a making our own active volcano. Materials Bicarbinate of soda Vinigar Bottles Hot water Food colouring Funnel Salt dough is optional, mine wanted their bottles to look like mountains! Method Fill the bottles 2 thirds full with hot water and add a drop of washing up liquid and food colouring (to make your lava authentic!).  Add two table spoons of bicard to more »


Looking Back – The toddler years

As my boys are growing up, we seem to be having less of those incidents that make you want to scream, you know the ones….  where everything goes quiet and they are up to something.  I have had quite a few of them. Permanent Pen Maxi once drew on everything with a black pen that you used on paper to make a road for a car to follow, no where on the box did it say the pen was permanent, but oh my it was, he was 20 months old and nearly didn’t live to see his next birthday.  The sofa, the walls, the doors, the TV, in fact most things more »


I will come back to haunt you – Writing Workshop

I was hot, yes I know I was in a hospital and they are always hot, but normally the dressings clinic is OK.  Yes the window is open, but I know that I am a little off, just not right, I can not put my finger in it and it is about to get worse. The nurse has returned with all the things she needs to remove these stitches and I will be so glad to see them go.  No blue thread making  my chest look like a zip, no more pulling and pressure as the skin tightens around them.  I am so happy to see them go, the boys less more »


The Gallery – Joy

Joy, I have been brought lots of joy in to my life, MadDad especially brings me more than I can ever express, but sometimes it is so hard to capture that Joy in an image. That first day when we brought Maxi home after the hardship of getting him – Pure exhausted joy of my wonderful husbands face. Their first bath – I went from having a baby to a baby and a toddler and MadDad made sure he was home to do all the bath-times! The overwhelming joy of being a family of four. That is joy on Maxi’s face, pure joy at receiving a Star Wars Clone Wars Blaster more »


A bit of Making

I am starting to get my creative mojo back after a nasty bout of Flu and Vertigo and it feels good.  No it actually feels great. Inspired by the signs of new shoots and Spring outside my front door I have made new cushion covers for both the sitting room and the conservatory/playroom. Simple envelope style, in the sitting room from some seconds Laura Ashley picked up last year. Something a little more funcky in the conservatiry, Pop Garden By Heather Baily. I have also been making birthday presents for Maxi’s friends.  Simple personalised purses filled with wooden beads. Sugar cubes, inspired by ……  I can not find the post, so more »