What a day.... alarm at 06.40am but Dru woke me at 5,40am to let me know she was hungry and needed feeding - staggered downstairs into the freezing kitchen, put kettle on, fed Dru, wandered into icy living room, checked hamster cage - no she still hasn't eaten her way out beyond my repair job. Switch on plug in heater and after a cup of coffee decide to wake J and prepare him for the fact that although we have a dusting of snow it has not yet reached "school closure" proportions. J reacts predictibly with a half acted, half serious meltdown - there are a few tears but very few, these increase however when E's Mum phones to say E will not be going in. Help J with dressing, decide he needs wellies and not shoes for the snow, bundle him up in his coat but cannot find gloves anywhere - have bought at least 3 pairs this year but all have vanished. Get J to school, school path is full of children saying "oh no it's open" in disappointed voices. J runs into the playground and despite no gloves promptly gets involved in a snowball fight pausing only to come and warm his hands by shoving them up the back of my jumper. Cold hands on warm skin - nice.
Thankfully Mrs M opens the classroom door early, at this point I realise I have forgotten J's shoes and so Mrs M tells him to get his PE shoes from his PE bag, I then remember that J's PE shoes are at home as he wore them after his school shoes split last term - realise I am a very shoddy mother. Rush into town to pay bills and buy a pair of PE shoes, attend GP appointment where I agree with Dr M that I am fit enough to do the 5k run in March if I train for it, Dr M tells me the key is not to train for the 5k, do the 5k and then stop exercising and that exercise is beneficial for emotional health too!
Go back to J's school to take in shoes and apologise for the fact that J may well have been in socks all morning. School tell me that due to snow they have decided to shut the school from 1pm - it is now 11.30am. Rush to Asda and get the shopping, no £1 coin for trolley, queue at customer services for coin, grab trolley and get the usuals - plus washing powder as have run out. Get shopping home and bring it up to the flat in two journeys, then return to the school and collect J who is overjoyed to be going home.
Take Paracetamol for headache....
Make a curry from the leftover casserole and enjoy seeing J eat sweet potato while not realising it's sweet potato as it's mixed in with curry - J pronounces it "yummy".
Watch snow reach blizzard proportions and realise that J is not likely to be attending school tomorrow - ring Mum who comes to the rescue again - of course she will have J while I work. Thanks Mum.
Get in bath for nice relaxing soak - within 15 mins am joined by J who bangs bathroom door open, strips off clothes and climbs in with me (oh well the first 15 mins were nice).
Back downstairs I watch as the hamster eats her way through my repair job to her cage and squeezes herself out through the hole - Dru watches with interest but can do nothing as I am there. Put Dora in her ball and make another repair to the cage.
Check electricity to see the plug in heaters have taken nearly £5 in cost over the past 24 hours leaving just over £5 in credit - a trip to the top up shop tomorrow if the weather is okay and I can get there. Yet another bill and extra expense I really don't need.
It's freezing here (apparently going to be -6 tonight) and storage heaters are even more expensive than the plug in heaters - dig out hot water bottles, add blankets to the bed - put plug in heater on low and shut bedroom door. J will sleep in with me again tonight and at least I will know he is warm. Not looking forward to tomorrow when today's snow will have turned to ice.