28 December 2009

Stir Crazy

I've been practically housebound for over a week.

We've been snowed in or iced in for eight long days.

I hadn't realised how much I need to be outdoors. I usually take the boys out for a walk most week days. We need that fresh air, we need activity. Even if all we do is walk to the local shop for a loaf of bread I feel better for it. The boys get a change of scenery and they may even get to woof at a passing dog or point at a bus.

This week has been different. Apart from a treacherous drive to the in-laws on Christmas Day, I haven't left the house. I was going stir crazy being stuck indoors.

On Boxing Day the snow had started to thaw, but before it had chance to melt away night fell and it froze. As I've explained before, we live at the end of a lane, at the end of a cul-de-sac, at the end of an estate, ON A HILL! Andy popped out yesterday and the paths and roads may as well have been a skating rink. He's pretty steady on his feet, but couldn't keep upright.

Yes, snow is pretty. I get a whoosh of excitement whenever I open the curtains in the morning and see that it has snowed. Snow is fun - until you need to drive anywhere.

Andy made this sinister looking snowman:

Also, Presley played in the snow for the first time:

He loved it, but came in screaming when his hands went numb! Poor little fella. I had to cuddle him until he had warmed up. It didn't stop him going out the next day though.

Poor Cash had to stay indoors as he doesn't have a snow suit and stills crawls quite a bit. I stood at the window with him watching his Dad have a rather one-sided snowball fight with his big brother!

I satisfied some of my need for connection with the outside world by shopping online yesterday. I trawled the sales at John Lewis, Debenhams and M&S. I managed to find a few bargains!

Today I had decided enough was enough. I was going to go out!

There is more snow forecast for tomorrow, so I had to take my chances today. Luckily the ice was patchy enough for the car to get a grip on the road.

I went to the Next sale and bought the boys two bags full of clothes and bits and pieces for £30.

Then I had lunch out. Sainsbury's Cafe, ham, egg and chips. I know. LIVING THE DREAM!!!

I jostled with everyone else who had decided to go shopping today. I was disappointed with the sale items, but you can't argue with £5 for a tin of Roses. It would have been rude to walk past the display and not re-stock our chocolate stash.

I then had the pleasure of sliding home and putting the shopping away.

I do feel better for going out, even if it was just food shopping!



  1. I know exactly how you feel about the snow and ice, it's been really difficult to get about the last few days. This morning I went out to walk the dog, confident because the snow had melted, and slipped on the path which was still frozen. Yesterday an old man slipped on the ice outside my house who had and hurt his ankle, we were asked not to move him so waited with him after covering him with a blanket, but he waited 30 minutes for an ambulance! 30 minutes! Outrageous.

  2. Our road is the same as yours, However, we went out and added all the bags of dishwasher salt we had, plus sandpit sand, plus table salt and managed to make a dent in it!!

    Regarding the snowsuit for cash - I have an all in one which is far too small for minimad, only just realised it was in the side pocket of the car - e-mail me your address and I will posts it.

    Off to the Children's Christmas Party at the Club now

  3. Not Supermum, you would be better off in ice skates! That poor man. I helped a woman last year who slipped and broke her arm, the ambulance seemed to take ages then too. Let's hope it's soon gone x

    The Mad House, oh wow, that's so kind of you. I don't know what to say, apart from thank you. Of course we probably won't get any more snow now...
    What a great idea about the salt and the sand. I said this morning that I was so desperate to get out
    I'd be out there with the table salt!
    I hope the party as fun x

  4. Luckily all our snow has melted away now, and most of the ice. Last year we were housebound just like you and I found it absolutely unbearable. I felt as if I was going to go completely mad. Hope the weather improves with you soon.

  5. We were in the same situation, the gritters don't come close and I was stuck in for 5 days until I was desperate and went out to Tesco leaving Piran at home with Mr C just to get out. With babies it is a nightmare, it was like pushing the pushchair on an ice rink out there.

  6. Rosie, we still have snow and ice here, mainly on footpaths. Thankfully we've been able to get out the last couple of days!

    Kelly, it's so dangerous, I didn't dare push the boys antwhere. I'm not good with slippery surfaces (hate ice-skating, not sure why I went skiing 5 times in my early twenties)!


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