Here's a tip. Don't drink half a bottle of heavy and delicious Merlot with an accompanying heavy and delicious lunch, unless you are happy to be wiped out for the rest of the afternoon.
I didn't set out to, of course. You never do, do you? It just kind of happened by increments, once we'd dropped Leo off at nursery at one o'clock and decided to spend my birthday money on treating us to lunch at the previously mentioned Royal Oak Hotel in Welshpool. B was generously parsimonious (if that is possible) with his alcohol intake and drove me home. Where I collapsed in to bed for the afternoon and woke up with a mouth like the inside of a chicken house.
It was very much worth it, though - I have been feeling rather less person-like than usual, and putting my responsibilities on hold for a few hours has made me feel very much more like myself.
Also, it is raining and the spinach is growing like, well, spinach, which is very cheering.
In addition, I have spent the last few days installing 'Ubuntu' as my operating system; which means that I only need to use Windows XP for the accounts software and for Caesar IV. It runs VERY very fast and has very easy to use Open Office and internet software and IS ALL FREE. Free. No money. And you can import all your MS Office stuff in to it and it runs it all, straight away. I am on a mission. Everyone should use Ubuntu rather than spend hundreds of pounds on Microsoft stuff. The very good thing about it, is that there are various different versions, including something called Xbuntu, which is designed to run on low-powered machines. So if you are thinking that you need to upgrade your hardware, instead, have a look and see if Xbuntu will do the job for you. No, it's not Microsoft. But it looks close enough to it to make it very comfortable to use if that's what you are used to.
Sorry about that. Technical interlude over. Honest.
Dad is improving apparently. He was very much better earlier in the week, straight after the antibiotics kicked in; and they were talking about him coming home today. However, he hasn't been quite so good on a day-to-day basis since then and has been getting a lot of relief from the oxygen. Since they don't have an oxygen set-up at home, they are keeping him in until Monday. To be honest, I can see this going on for a bit on a 'yes he can come out, no he can't' basis ... but hopefully, it won't be too long. The only real danger is if the catches a different bug whilst he's in there, as happened last time. As Boy said in the comments on my previous post, MRSA is an issue; and c. Diff, apparently. So fingers crossed.
In the meantime, Ma has had an up-and-downer with the Social Services people. 'Their' Case Worker is off sick and so no-one will make any decisions about whether she can have any more care without doing a whole fresh assessment. She wants a sitter for a few more hours in the afternoons, which you wouldn't think was that difficult - but apparently it is.
For now, that is all. An early bed beckons, since our smiling, two-legged alarm clock will be awake at ten past seven. He's teething again - so much snot, how can it all fit inside one baby's head?