Sunday, November 24, 2013

Family News in Brief

We are doing christamas dinner this year, for 12, or 14 if we ask a couple of orphans along. R will do most of the work. I will be on the sidelines offering unwanted advice. The menu is planned. As I type the christmas cake is cooking. Sister is making the pudding.

Overseas cards have been sent. Local ones done but not yet sent. A gift is ready to be sent overseas.

It has been decided to do Kris Kringle gift giving this year. So sensible. Mother won't be happy when she finds out. She likes the christmas to be a never changing event.

Sister and Chainsaw Niece are at the Queenscliff Music Festival. They are alternating looking after Little Jo in the children's area.

Bone Doctor is competing in the 610 kilometre Great Victorian Bike Ride, Mount Gambier to Geelong. Today is day 2. The weather is awful.

Non Dreaded Nephew has been re-appointed as a fire fighter for the forthcoming fire season. He may not make it on christmas day.

Middle Niece is potted and a girl is due in March. She has just qualified as a school teacher. Bad timing. No paid maternity leave.

ABI Brother is going to South Africa for next year's cricket. He is consequently broke as he has just paid for the trip.

Tradie Brother's dog, part Lab and part Staffy* has grown immensely. He was at a barbeque and the dog was being a nuisance, so he put him in the car. The dog chewed his gear knob off. His mobile phone went missing. His daughter called it. It was ringing outside, eventually found in the dog kennel bedding, also chewed and no longer usable. It was an old Nokia Tradie phone**. It was an opportunity for him to upgrade, but no. Someone gave him an even older Nokia Tradie phone.

#cross  #ptvfail Our tram was significantly delayed when coming back from town because Flinders Lane was closed and the traffic was feeding into Swanston Street. Why did no-one wonder, where will the cars go when they get to Swanston Street and find they can't proceed along Flinders Lane? This happened a few Sundays ago at Little Bourke Street. We did not move for 10 minutes. We got out and walked.

Dog Jack is visiting for the weekend. He and Household Management are taking their nanna naps.



*Black Labrador and Staffordshire Bull Terrier
**A very tough and simple phone made by Nokia


19 comments:

  1. Your Christmas is going to be wonderful - so much going on. I love a big family get together.
    We are hosting Christmas this year for the first time, though it will be small - just my parents and us. Sadly my sister is relocating to Sydney a week before Christmas!

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    1. Jackie, it will do my head in. I am a control person. I can't keep control of so many people. It will be chaos, but hopefully enjoyed by all.

      To have parents who can come to christmas dinner is great.

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  2. You're inviting orphans?
    I'm an orphan.....
    Bit far for me to travel though. It sounds like a lovely day has been planned, I hope it all goes well for those who can make it.

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    1. You would be most welcome River. But yep, a bit far.

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  3. Jack should get his own blog...so cute.

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    1. And quite a butch dog too Ad Rad. Not poofy at all.

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  4. Jack is adorable! I think pets are so cute when they're sleeping. I don't think I've heard of Kris Kringle gift giving. Or maybe I have and we just call it something different. Have a good day!

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    1. Keith, is that like kids are cute when they are sleeping (and quiet). I had heard the term KK, but I did not know what it was until yesterday.

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    2. OpEx; you may know Kris Kringle as Secret Santa.

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  5. Entertaining as always Andrew, made me both smile and lol ..I give in and lol now :) I'm also hosting Christmas this year, for about 20..am not nearly as organized as you are, but I will be a couple of days before the big day!

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    1. Only 20 Grace. You will handle it with aplomb. But I bet a certain daughter helps a lot.

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    2. This will give you a chance to really test that spiffo new kitchen, grace.

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    3. It will FC, I hope it copes with the pressure :))

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  6. Nice to have a big family eh?

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    1. It is actually John. Complicated, yes.

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  7. Wow. Get you Mr Organised.

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    1. Fun60, the opposite of us being organised is STRESS, which we don't handle well.

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  8. Lordy, what a mob, lucky you!
    The 3 of us shall chillax on the day with naught to fuss about except the baked spuds :)

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    1. Lucky Jayne? I love chaos that ensues when there are 14 people here? No. But hey, family.....

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