Mother had asked me to attend to her five lamp lounge room light fitting and her roses. Only two lamps were working and the roses, mostly root stock, had gone crazy. Can you do this before you go away Andrew? Oh, but when. If I go to Mother's I need two days off work. One day to do what I have to do and another to recover. It happened that this week my days off were Thursday and Friday. Ok, I am up for it.
R normally takes Mother out on Thursday. He used to arrive home very stressed, by Mother's behaviour and getting caught in heavy traffic. While Mother can be very determined and manipulating, she did realise that 'I can't be ready before before 12' was not sustainable if she wanted R to continue to take her out. R now goes at 10.00, arrives at 11.00 and out they go by 11.20 for lunch and shopping. He firmly leaves at 3.00 and does not get caught in traffic.
On this Thursday I went too. In the meantime ABI Brother had called to say his computer anti virus had expired and he was now required to pay. Ok, we will go extra early to Mother's and go to ABI Brother's first and fix his computer.
We were off at 9.30 and by 10.30 we were watching a huge gum tree opposite ABI Brother's house being cut down and chipped. ABI's computer is pathetically slow and I don't know why. It is our old computer. Only two USB ports? Only one works. Oh yes, I remember now. We bought a multiple USB to plug into the sole working USB port. My cunning plan of putting the AVG anti virus on a stick in advance to install was foiled. I uninstalled Kapersky and downloaded AVG, then left it to update. ABI Brother also asked if we could check if his mobile phone was internet abled. Given it is my old phone, I should have known but I couldn't remember. Yes it is. It was such hard work to tap an icon that said internet and it worked.
Knock, knock at Mother's door. She was almost ready to go out, dressed and made up and already to launch into her tales of woe is me. I am in pain. I can't cope. I might be dead by this time next year. I just need someone to be here with me. (ABI Brother does stay there on Friday and Saturday nights). I pre-empted her by immediately telling her about the tree at ABI Brother's that had been cut down. I went to the toilet and left R to hear her tales of her woe. And then there was the usual public exposure of her putting her hosiery and shoes on.
We had a nice lunch at a local cafe and I returned to Mother's to prune her roses while R went from shop to shop with Mother. I beat the roses but not unscathed. Andrew total victory, but roses did inflict serious war wounds but the blood loss wasn't excessive enough to cause a faint. However, unused to such physicality, I did fell a little queer (settle). I called R to ask him to buy me a cake. Thanks, a lamington will do nicely for afternoon tea. Not such an onerous day really apart from bloodied hands.
Tomorrow R will be off in the morning for his volunteer work and I will stay at home with only my internet friends as company. In the afternoon we will visit our travel agent to collect our travel package and details and at night we will join our Dyke Friend and her ex for dinner at a Turkish restaurant. Must remember to not eat too much.