What me? Me whinge? Nah.
Niece supposed to arrive 10am but did not show. 11am, we called her but went to voice mail. Left a message. Called Sis in Law, no answer. Dreams of a nice breakfast out disappeared. 11.30 niece rang back. Sorry, mix up, I won't be there until after 1pm now. We have something to eat and go out for a walk. Sis in Law and niece turn up at 3pm. We felt like we had wasted a day. We didn't actually, but it felt a bit like we were hanging around waiting. I will not show my displeasure as it is not worth causing bother. Sis in Law had to work this morning instead of the afternoon and niece failed to pass on the information to us.
We did go into town after Sis in Law left. It was too late to go to Brunswick Street. Myer had a stocktake sale happening. Bought some full price birthday cards. R spied a jacket he might have bought if niece and I had not talked him out of it. We then checked out hand held vacuum cleaners as our present one is held together with sticky tape and the batteries seem to be failing.
Our fave coffee place, The Wedge, in QV was closing. Damn. Ended up having a nice muffin and ghastly coffee at a place called Mrs Fields I think.
Onto Harvey Norman. Prices for hand held vacs similar to Myer. Pu tin the too hard basket for a time. I am a hard wearer out of ear buds for a Walkman or MP3 player. Phillips model in a cheap bin for $5. I'll have them. Electric razor, reduced from $74 to $29. My promise of faithfulness to my thirty four year old electric razor disappears. The new one is half the weight, 2/3 quieter and does the job a bit better. Why was it so cheap? I guess because it does not have batteries.
Officeworks for a mouse mat for the lappy. Mouse won't work on glass dining table.
Onto Woolworths for some ingredients for dinner. Niece is cooking. Ok noodle stir fry she made. I prefer R's cooking. He has had many years to develop cooking skill.
Something I had bought earlier was setting off alarms every time I entered or existed a shop. Only when I was leaving Woolworths at QV was I challenged. Lad asked to search my bag. I refused and kept walking. I heard him call a guard, but I had not noticed a two way radio on his person, I think he must have been pretending. Still, I was waiting for a heavy hand on my shoulder, but it did not eventuate. I never show any shop staff the contents of whatever bag I might have. Target staff asked me once before I paid for something. Clever. I left whatever I was going to buy behind and walked out. Can they not see my honest face?
Tomorrow, a Queens Birthday Dev Tea at our friends' in South Oakleigh. That'll be a barell, barel, baral...........lot of laughs without wine, not. I am rather fond of Dev Teas though.
I think we might have time to take niece to Brunny Street in the morning for breakfast.
Niece is being forced to watch an ABC telemovie at the moment. She is quite into it. She wants to be a park ranger. Oh the dreams of the young. I shall set her the task of finding out why gum leaves are shaped the way they are. See if she is up to the crease on her thinking and net searching abilities.