Hippie Niece put us off visiting last Tuesday. Fair enough. The twinnies weren't too well and she was very busy and it was her partner's first day back at work. We still haven't seen the twin girls since a day or two after they were born. We tried again today, Saturday. She did not answer R's text for a few hours and then rang. She sounded stressed and unwell. She was at her mother's, Ex Sis in Law, and going to sleep while Gran looked after them. Her partner is back at work and he too is quite stressed. I am not sure how postnatal depression manifests itself, or how different that is to struggling to cope, but I think she is at least struggling a bit. Dealing with twins surely must mean being organised, discipline and routine. The absolute antithesis to Hippie Niece.
She said, come anyway to Mum's and see them and spend time with Mum, but it was getting late in the day and ABI Brother is arriving this evening to stay the night after his Alice Springs based holiday. Plus I have to work tomorrow. We had already declined the invitation to celebrate the Brother Friends' birthday at an Asian restaurant in the outer suburbs.
Mother has been harping on about, 'if there is any money left over from the electrical work, could I have this, this and this.........', like a new washing machine. No Mother, there isn't any money left over. As you may remember, the price came in under the quote. I refunded the overpayment to ABI Brother. Tradie Brother's overpayment went towards what he owed me for Mother's private health insurance. Sister via Bone Doctor only paid her share after I paid.
Speaking of Sister, her car was 17 years old, the same age as our old car. Our Hyundai Lantra has travelled about 140,000 kilometres. Sister's Ford Laser has travelled about 320,000 kilometres. When they were in France last year, they drove a hired Renault Megane and liked it. So, she has bought a new Renault Megane. The lease/pay on Bone Doctor's monstrous 4wd has expired and I assume they now own the vehicle, so the lease was transferred to Sister's new car. Sister was having lunch in a cafe when I spoke to her, so it was a brief conversation. Later I sms'd Bone Doctor to ask the details of the new car so that we could look at it online. She has not replied hours later. Bone Doctor in the past said, don't sms your sister, sms me and I will always see the sms straight away and reply. I can only assume Bone Doctor hates us at the moment. I will fix her. I will call her on the telephone.
Later: Bone Doctor tried to send me a photo of the new car, but clearly it failed to send. So, she doesn't hate us. I spoke to her on the telephone. Next Sunday we will join them for lunch in a rather nice cafe and then see Little Jo perform on stage. Same time last year, Little Jo was in Alice in Wonderland and we saw her perform and lunched at the same cafe.
The telephone call to Bone Doctor was interrupted by Mother. Can you call me when ABI Son arrives safely at your place? I am worried about him flying in an aeroplane. I am so sick and in pain and my bowels........... Bye Mother.
OMG, to use young person's parlance. ABI Brother arrived at The Highrise at 10.45. He told us that Firefighting Nephew's Mother in Law to be was on the same tour with him.