Mother finally received all her electricity bills and she owes about $900. As far as I can see, she got away with three months of free electricity. 'Mother, you know that $20 you put away each week towards your electric bill....?' 'No Andrew. I did not put money away.' No, that is not how she operates. I gave her $150 towards it. I expect Sister gave her some money. Acquired Brain Injury Brother does her daily shopping and sleeps at her place on weekends as she is afraid of being alone, but he won't give her a cent. He will lend her money, but no more until the amount lent is repaid. Not sure what Tradie Brother gives her. The electric company has given her a card and asked her to pay a bit here and there when she can. This is what suits Mother. She is a person of the layby era. Pay it off over time. Most of our very expensive childhood clothes were bought on layby. Later edit: She has been asked to pay $50 per fortnight as she must pay for her current electric bills as well.
Non Dreaded Nephew is going to South America with his partner to follow the World Cup Soccer mid year. He is busy putting out an ongoing fire in the Dargo High Plains and has been there for weeks. They are leaning Spanish. Little Jo knows rather a lot of Spanish, including a Spanish translation of The Magic Pudding.
Speaking of which, Sister, Bone Doctor and Little Jo stayed earlier in the week as after three attempts, Sister finally got tickets to a RocKwiz recording at the Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda. The child was tired after a day at school and an eighty minute car trip and was asleep by 8.30 and did not wake until 7.15.
Sister hasn't told Mother yet, but they are going to Bright with an overnight stay at Euroa as Mother does not like a long time in a car. Mother has always wanted to see Bright, but never has. Of course she will protest about it. There will be many complications. We'll see.
All seems to be ok with Chainsaw Niece and her Maori partner. I still fear for the future. Her father, Tradie Brother, has had a word with her partner, but I don't know how it went.
ABI Brother is all set for his very expensive tour of South Africa, following the cricket test. While it is costly, he will be well looked after. He couldn't do it on his own. He will see Cape Town, Victoria Falls and Kruger National Park. I think it will be a rather good trip. Mother is dreading her daily help being away.
Mother hates this photo, but I don't why. It is about six years old and is on our fridge as part of a photo collage. She looks a bit older and thin faced now, but not so different. OMG R, his sister and myself are in the adjacent photo, back in 2008. Don't look.