Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Mother Amusement

Amid the wails of I am dying and in terrible pain, along with extraordinary tales of her bowel problems (it has just been discovered that she has an extra bowel loop), Mother can still amuse us. As we were in Sydney, Mother's best friend forever took her out last Thursday. Margaret is quite rich from her husband's business and has a very smart black sports Mercedes, which she won't drive because it is too complicated. Instead she took Mother shopping in her step son's car. The central locking failed and Mother had to go from her walking frame and crawl over the driver's seat to get to the passenger seat.

"Great knicker show", the woman who was nearly in hysterics in the parked car beside called out. I guess it was not the most elegant car entry. I can well imagine and you have to see my mother in action to understand.

As long as I can remember Mother has been a barley sugar eater. Given she has high blood sugar, I wonder if it is wise that she eats barley sugar. Glucose is sugar? There was a Mother letter waiting for us when we returned from Sydney. On page #134 she said, I fell asleep while I was sucking a barley sugar and when I woke, it was stuck to the side of my face and had entangled my hair. I was a very sticky mess.

Well, I do have recollections about waking up a sticky mess, but never from barley sugar.

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  1. I had to look up what a barley sweet was, but I agree as a diabetic she probably shouldn't be having sweets. At the same time at her age it's probably one of the few pleasures she had :)
    That must have been quite a spectacle in the sports car.

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    1. Sami, she was close to being a diabetic, but her blood sugar levels have dropped of late. Yes, it must have been quite a spectacle.

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  2. Loving both stories. My mother never told us any which showed her in a less than stellar light.
    Barley sugars probably aren't wonderful for her, but unless she is constantly eating them one or two might be ok.
    Smiling at your last sentence too.

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    1. EC, I guess we all want to paint favourable images of us, and who does it more than bloggers! Smiling, not sniggering?

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    2. Smiling. Been there, done that. I think.

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  3. Goodness! Knickers and a sticky mess. 🙄

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  4. Anonymous9:20 am

    "I do have recollections about waking up a sticky mess".
    As some nonentity used to say, 'please explain.' - Ian

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    1. Ian, you know perfectly well what I mean. Don't goad me to go further.

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    2. Ian

      That nonentity has roared back to life, resurrected into an even more nasty Second Coming :(

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    3. Joe, that is quite true. I just heard the QLD election voting intentions. Scary stuff. We need to look at why? Overpopulating, increasing crowding of our cities, congested roads and public transport, too many immigrants from single areas instead a of mix, but mostly our governments not being ahead of the game.

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  5. Andrew, I think we all dread reaching that time of our life when we start to lose control.
    But I remember eating Barley sweets when going to School. They looked like red/orange twisted shaped things. Had nice taste.

    Hope Sydney was fun. I wonder if you went on the Sydney Metro or Subway. Just saw a video on youtube by the globe trotting Vic Stefanu. Those trains are amazing.. and two tiered double decker style. I'm sure you are about to do a post on them.

    Vic's video below....
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqlBywEmFBo

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    1. Dee, our barley sugar was always yellow, I think, but yes, twisted in a spiral. I make mention of train travel in my post two days ago, Sydney Day 1 & 2. We used Museum Station, the first one in the clip. The trains are ok, but with only two doors per carriage and people not wanting to go upstairs or downstairs, they are slow to load and unload.

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  6. Glucose is sugar. Anything with "ose" is sugar. Lactose, Fructose and so on.
    I'm surprised by your mum managing to climb across the seat like that, well done :)
    An extra bowel loop? Would that cause problems? I wouldn't have thought so, but I have no medical training.

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    1. River, she thinks it causes her constipation because the food has further to go. That doesn't sound logical to me.

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  7. There is a big black Merc' sports car in my garage in the UK. The lady owner also doesn't use it, because it frightens her. Well, sell the damn thing then!

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    1. Cro, that reminds me of Marlene Dietrich who had a number of very old but pristine cars in storage when she died. I'm with you. Sell it.

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  8. Love the amusing post.

    And yes, waking up a sticky mess, hmm... *giggles*

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  9. Imagining getting across from the drivers side to the passenger side - yes it would look funny but certainly not at the time, your poor mum. Barley sugar, older people seemed to chew that when travelling but not I!
    As for the sports car, I would drive it :)

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    1. Margaret, that is when I mostly remember her eating barley sugar, when travelling. I am sure you would drive the sports Mercedes.....fast.

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    2. I would drive it 'fast' and get booked :)

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  10. Its good you can laugh there may come a day when you will cry over your mother.

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    1. Diane, pretty prepared for it, but I won't be the who can speak the eulogy. I don't understand why, but Mother's four children love her dearly. She was the bestest mother ever to us when we were young.

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  11. I empathise re the trying to climb over the driver's seat to the passenger seat. It must have been very difficult for your mother to have done that.

    I hope I ever have to try to do that. If the situation arises, I'll just stay home.

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    1. Lee probably made more difficult by her laughing.

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  12. Just spluttered tea over my keyboard 😀😀😀😀

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    1. Grace, it didn't take me long to make you laugh.

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  13. Ok that was funny, trying to picture the knicker show. She can't be too near death if she can crawl over a seat in a car and fall asleep eating candy. Sounds like a good life.

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    1. Strayer, you need to listen to her to find out how close t o death she is.

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