Well guy's I managed to survive the school holidays, I have 5 grandchildren, 2 girls, 3 boys, 2yrs, 4yrs, 5yrs, 6yrs, and 11yrs. I am pleased with myself for being able to look after them whilst their parents are working, the kids are great as I have always been poorly since they were born they are very understanding when I need to sit quietly to let the pain relief settle in, so between us we have had a very nice summer, lots of picnics to the park and some days out and lots of drawing, painting and off course the pool in the garden and water pistols for all, I was daft enough to think they would resist the temptation to soak nana, they particularly enjoyed that one! Parents are now in charge, little ones back to school on Tuesday, eldest off to secondary school! Me, well I am in agony, think it might take till next half term to recover, I have pushed myself too hard, but they are not young for long and I will be in pain wether I join in or not, so I join in and enjoy the memories and photos whilst I try to recover. I have my pip assessment next week after waiting 12 months for it, it would make life so much easier as I struggle on my widows pension, I am very fortunate that my children help me around the house as much as they can, during the holidays they lend me a car to take the children out, I will feel the loss of this most as I am back to being bound to the house most days. They paid for me to spend a week in Durham with my 86year old dad , which was very pleasant as we both go at the same speed and need regular tea stops, so altogether has been a difficult summer ( pain wise) but very enjoyable as well. Now the house is once again peaceful and I am ready when the pain dulls to begin making doll and teddy clothes for Christmas presents for the little darlings! Hope you are all well!