Winter in England

7 Jan

We are officially into the New Year. The kids have started school, I’ve gone back to work, and Susie is getting the calendar (I mean diary) in order. For the last few days, we’ve got a bit of sunshine. However, it seems to peek out around 10 AM and then go away around noon/ 1 PM. Normally in the evening around 9 PM we get a bit of rain. This is not much of a problem, unless we need to get clothes out to the drier. Like most British homes, our washing machine is in the kitchen and our drier is the detached garage. Unfortunately, there is no covered path to the garage (Oh well :-).

There is nasty stomach virus going around. Pearl was out this weekend with it. Susie stayed in and took care of her all weekend. Gabriel and I had a Bar-Mitzvah to go to. So, we had an easy excuse for being out of the house and free of scary sounds. Being at the Bar-Mitzvah service and party alerted me to the closeness of Gabriel’s event. We’ve scheduled his Bar-Mitzvah for the May half-term break in Israel. It should be a grand time with family and friends from the States, UK, and Israel.

On the more immediate front, I’m looking at replacing our mattress. The queen size mattress we brought over from states is crap (I mean rubbish). It developed a sag (on my side) and I can’t get a decent nights sleep. We’re looking at both traditional and memory foam mattresses. So far, I’m leaning towards the memory foam mattress. Our last three traditional mattresses have all developed sags and the manufacturers have all found ways not to replace them. So, hopefully by end of this week we’ll have made a decision and maybe we’ll be sleeping better.