Apologies for not writing last week; I had quite a pile to get through. But we're off for a weekend break with Sarah now, so I've got a chance to catch up. I prepared a complex itinerary for Rachael back at home - she's being shuttled between about 4 different houses!

Gave up on the cat for the time being. He's too light to spring the trap. And he seems to be doing fine out in the woods. But if I get a chance, I'll try modifying the trap...

I wanted to tidy Sarah's room, and clear out the baby stuff. Except that this meant I needed to tidy the spare room too, in order to find somewhere to put it. I also wanted to put a lock on the spare room door, to stop Rachael and Sarah untidying it again, and mend a bean bag which had been burrowed by a colony of mice a few months back.
Meanwhile, I bought a second hand scanner because our current one uses the old style printer plug, and I needed USB. So I spent all Saturday tidying the spare room (still not finished), going shopping for bits and pieces, fetching the scanner, and buying polystyrene for the bean bag. I decided we didn't need a lock for the spare room - I simply removed the door handle! It's now impossible to get into without pliers (or the door handle).

Meanwhile, our TV broke on Saturday night, so I'm now in the market for a second hand TV. It's OK, but only for programmes broadcast entirely in bright green. These are few and far between. But you get used to it after a while.

Meanwhile, I took my car for a service, and the first thing he said when I returned was "Were you thinking of upgrading?". So it looks like I'll be in need of a new car as well. Probably a small one or a hybrid, given the price of petrol.

Meanwhile, we're still going through financial difficulties at work, and we're losing three more people. My wages got paid in three installments, but at least this time it was all in one week. However, things have been quiet this week. We're approaching the end of out major upgrading project, and it's school holidays in a week or two, so we will have a chance to catch up and get things running smoothly. I've put aside thoughts of getting a new job for the time being!

Meanwhile, Bronwyn is looking at a childcare centre in the village just down the road from us. They can only have her part time, which suits her just fine. She's yet to get to an interview, but it sounds a lot better than the current job, which is a twenty minute drive without traffic.

So we're all in need of a quiet weekend. Bronwyn is in bed, I'm on a sofa, and Sarah is downstairs entertaining the landlady. I had intended to drop in on some friends nearby, but they've all got colds! Not surprising - we've had some very wet, cold and windy weather lately. It was quite a journey down - sometimes the spray from the trucks was so much I could hardly see. The forecast was for more of the same today, but so far it's not too bad!

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