Thursday, January 31, 2019

Premature

I managed to schedule two posts yesterday and so now I have to write one for today.

A bit of family news.

I am having a bet with R. As Mother is no longer living at her home, she seems to have an adequate supply of money to spend, and that is what she does and has done for her whole life, spend. She bought three dresses two weeks ago. Last Thursday was too hot for her and R to go out but this Thursday we are sure she will return one, two or all three dresses to Target. They all looked quite nice. It is way too time consuming for her to try them on in the store, so now she takes them home to try them on and then returns what she doesn't like or doesn't fit. But she has always been a returner of clothes, even if she has tried them on in store. I bet she will return one, R bets at least two. She wanted some pants of some kind. She has never worn anything but dresses and skirts. But, in spite of me pointing out to her that every second woman in the street over 50 is wearing black pants, she doesn't like black. Stalemate on that one.

As I mention a few posts ago Sister was in the north of the state in Bright and swam in the local pool. A day or two later she swam in the Myrtleford pool, and a lifeguard approached her and asked if he had seen her at Bright. She was a activist among others who saved the local swimming pool where she grew up, and instead of closing the pool, the council spent money and improved the facilities. Her daughter Little Jo grew up swimming at Nanny's pool when visiting, just like Sister did when she was young. Her aim is to swim in every public swimming pool in the state and she has ticked off many already.

Two days of work to go for me before I begin leave, week 1 of 33 weeks. I will try to get a post about it written for Saturday. I expect R is dreading me being home so much but more on that later.

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  1. I like your Sister's ambition. I hope she achieves it.
    My mother returned nothing, even if it was faulty. A habit she has pretty much passed on. I return things if they don't work but always feel a bit guilty. Not rational but real.
    Having himself home all the time was a shock - but we adjusted. As you and R will.

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    1. EC, I hope she does too. I am not sure what percentage she has done or has a list. I am usually sure about something when I buy it, but for faulty, it rather depends on the price against the effort involved.

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  2. I have never heard of a challenge like your sisters.. to swim in every pool ... I really hope she does it!

    Yeah - girl power !!!

    And..... Yeah "Old Girl Power" for your Mum and her returns. :)
    I am very nervous doing returns.... there are some evil SA's out there! LOL

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    1. Lady J, I hope she does too. I reckon once she does half, she will become determined.

      Mother is an absolute expert at returning things and manages to get SAs running in circles.

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  3. R is dreading you being home so much!
    He is correct. Your mind will go to mush :(

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    1. Hels, you know me better than that.

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  4. Are you saying you get 33 weeks vacation a year???
    I'm here in the USA,
    alas.

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    1. Whimsy, I wish. It is mostly accumulated long service leave. 13 weeks for every 10 years service, by forty years, plus annual leave of 5 weeks. 4 is the standard, plus the extra week as a shift worker.

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  5. Well, don't kill each other. Seems that's when things go nuts when people are in each others space all the time. That's my only advice tonight.

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    1. Strayer, we may come close at times, but we managed to do that when we were both working.

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  6. Gosh 33 weeks leave, wow, how wonderful, just think of all the things you can do.
    My mum when alive wouldn't wear slacks and never owned a pair either, I'm not a lover either but do have some summer ones only.

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    1. Margaret, I am thinking of the all things I can do, and a new division of labour around the apartment will have to be negotiated. Maybe the anti slacks thing is from people of certain age.

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  7. Oh, I'm so envious right now! I hope you enjoyed your new-found freedom.

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    1. Says she who is hardly ever at work :-P

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  8. 33 weeks seems like it might be a little bit too long, at least it would for me. I'm finding it hard when I'm not there for 3 days, let alone 33 weeks! ;)

    Dresses are awesome, I'm living in them at the moment. :)

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    1. Snoskred, it may well be my lead in to retirement. I imagine it would nice to get a bit of a breeze up your dress when it is warm.

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  9. Swimming in every pool in the state is a fine ambition. Is she planning to include privately owned pools by knocking on doors and asking to please be allowed just one lap to tick off her list?
    I'm wondering if your 33 weeks will drag on ad on or if they will zip by in a blink.

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    1. River, I wouldn't put it past her to knock on doors, but no, public pools. As you well know, life at our age does just zip past.

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  10. 33 week leave? That sounds more like extended retirement to me!

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    1. Cro, precursor to retirement, I think. Towards the end of my leave, I will decide whether to return to work. It is quite unlikely. I've had enough.

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  11. I hope you enjoy your extended leave, it's been five years since I retired and I am enjoying doing what makes me happy and just being with my beloved after working rotating rosters and night shifts for many years.

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    1. Cheryl, as I have done for forty odd years. Never ever anyone say to me that shift workers don't deserve penalty rates.

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  12. I think it's nice that your mother still wants to be well dressed ! Of course it's hard to spend money if you don't have enough, but others money is easy to spend, lol !

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    1. Gattina, yes, that she wants to be well dressed is good. She did not return any of the dresses, to our surprise. She has only done normal paid work for a year or two when she was a teenager.

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  13. Suzan6:54 pm

    Oh my I empathise. I am my mother's carer. Her clothes and jeweller buying antics exhaust me. Then there are the complaints and returns.

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    1. Suzan, but what can you do when they are so headstrong and determined, as it sounds like your mother is too.

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  14. Don't like to try clothes in the shops either, so if I need something and find what I like I also bring it home to try when I feel like it.
    I would love 33 weeks of leave too...I could very well retire too, I think I would find plenty to do around the house. I'll have to keep on dreaming for a few more years, but enjoy your long leave Andrew :)

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    1. Thanks Sami. I dislike trying on clothes in shops, so I might start doing the same. I always get very hot and bothered, and annoyed at the standard of some change rooms.

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  15. please may i have 33 weeks of leave too!

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    1. Sure Fen. Do a crap job for 40 years and you certainly can.

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  16. I have two sisters who will not try on in shops and ALWAYS take everything back. Would drive me nuts, I prefer to just try so I don't have to go back. Although the mirrors in most ladies change rooms are horrendous!! I wonder if R will feel like I did when P retired, so annoyed 😀😀

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    1. Grace, maybe the mirrors are meant to be cruel to make you buy more to ensure you look good. Perhaps R will feel like that a little. But then my life changed drastically when he stopped working. I know you adjusted, as we will.

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  17. Just a thought for your mother: maybe navy slacks would be more acceptable than black. I dislike black also, but navy is a softer neutral. My mom is 89 and once she started wearing slacks she pretty much stopped wearing skirts and dresses; she likes to be comfortable.

    Good luck with the first few months of being home, as you find a new way to be together. My husband has had a couple of periods of unemployment and I didn't know how I would cope (I work part-time only) but after a couple of months it was okay. I had to learn to let him buy groceries, which was hard to give up, but then I began to prefer it - so much easier! ha ha

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    1. Jenny, I will suggest navy to her but she has something in her mind about white. Your own experience of adjustment is helpful.

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