I am absolutely exhausted. A visit to Mother's always has that effect on me, well us really. Any energy we have, Mother manages to drain from us.
10.20 Depart the Highrise and travel on the pay road to ABI Brother's place, near Mother's, with the our old computer that will be be a new and functioning computer for ABI Brother. If you are not up with acronyms, ABI stands for Acquired Brain Injury. Brother rode his bike straight out onto Highway number one in front of traffic. He has no memory of why. We can only surmise.
11.10 arrive at ABI Brother's place. Plug in computer and work out what we need to buy. His crt monitor has a fixed cord, so to use our old pc connected to our old lcd screen, we need a cable. We also needed a longer printer connection cable and his mouse with a ball barely worked.
11.50 Depart to shops for said cables. Don't worry about the cost. Cables and mouse cost $50. ABI Brother reimbursed me.
12.16 At Mother's, ready to go out for lunch.
12.25 Call Tradie Brother. We are going to lunch at the Pakenham (Railway) Hotel. Are you far away? Meet you there, was his reply.
12.45 At hotel waiting for Tradie Brother.
1.00 Tradie Brother arrives. Much discussion about meals to order.
2.15 Meal finished, very good I might say. Tradie Brother has some local socialising to do. Moi, R, ABI Brother and Mother head back to Mother's place. She orders ABI Brother to make her a cup of tea. Good idea, as if she made the tea, we would never get done.
2.16 R can you put up christmas decorations, empty the vacuum cleaner and vacuum. Highriser son, drop me at the shops and pick me up at 4, and in the mean time, can you and ABI Brother take these couple of blankets to the laundry. My washing machine is far to delicate to deal with them.
2.30 At laundry putting blankets in machine. ABI Bros drove me back to his place and and I connected up the cables and hey, they worked. His modem had not arrived, so no internet connection. He has lost his cd for the printer, so no printer connection, but otherwise, our old computer appeared to be working well.
3.15 Called R. Come and pick me up. I could no longer stand ABI Brother's pitch dark house, so I walked up the street and R arrived. I dropped him back at Mother's to finish her chores. He noted the comings and going at the house next door where Mother's neighbour and friend suicided. Apparently an older Kiwi woman has bought it.
3.34 I am at the laundry and surprisingly no one has stolen Mother's old blankets from the washing machine. I put them in the dryer for 15 minutes. I go to the supermarket for a couple of bits and then collect blankets.
3.57 I pull up at the rendezvous point to collect Mother who has been christmas shopping. She had found a walking frame come shopping trolley for in store shoppers, and made full use of it. She does not carry any time piece as the world adjusts to suit her, but amazingly she was on time.
4.10 At mother's. Coffee was made and birthday cake appeared, courtesy R, for ABI Bother's birthday which was last weekend, but no one was free.
4.55 Bolt from Mother's. Forgot to pick lemons from her tree for Highriser gin and tonics. Forgot to put ladder back in garage. R decorated Mother's place fabulously for christmas.
5.45 Home, pre dinner drinks poured. Family duty done until christmas day.
5.50 R moans on about Mother. Yeah, and? She is 78 and she is not going to change now.
6.00 The commercial tv news comes on, murder, mayhem and telephone pranks.