Saturday, April 13, 2019

Twins are 2

Our twin nieces turn two tomorrow. They are less clingy now to their mother and their personalities are starting to shine through and are far more agreeable.

We had a family barbeque at Ex Sis in Law's abode today to celebrate. Most of the family was there, including the pregnant with a boy oldest niece, and her Little M and Little Em who love their twin cousins dearly. Mother was there of course and Ex Sis in Law's husband was a little flirtatious with her, which went down well.

I have fallen in love with Es Sis in Law's husband's daughter's partner.  He is twenty one, lean, with a nice bubble butt as they say in the US and sadly balding at such a young age. He is not too bad looking, but wow, what a personality. All the little nieces adore him and the adults really like him.

Unbelievably R could not unscrew the top off a soft drink. I asked Tradie Brother but realised he was in the middle of eating and his hands were greasy. For the first time I spoke directly to the above mentioned, and his strong hand immediately unscrewed the bottle top. Thanks N, I simpered.

Last year we gave our old car to Ex Sis in Law. While it was doing fine for us for occasional short trips here, it soon failed on longer very outer suburban drives. Water pump, valve sleeves etc. Ex Sis in Law's husband will get rid of it, but we needed the number plates to hand in the the car registration place and cancel its registration. Ex Sis in Law's husband called forth his apprentice to remove them, his son in law to be.

N put his ten mm socket to work as I stood by admiring his work and making inane conversation to a 21 year old.  He is just so nice and he responded kindly and told me his big diesel four wheel drive had travelled 400,000 km. Ok, maybe he is a bit of a car bragger. I am sure they are not all his travel, 400,000 in the three years since he gained his driving license.

Well, it is a bit sad. This was the first brand new car we bought, back in 2000. We visited my father in our older car before he died, and went to his funeral in our brand new car which is about to go to the wreckers yard as scrap.

R says I am stupid for getting so attached to things and I certainly do. She served us well and had better air con than our newer Mazda car.


18 comments:

  1. I got attached to my Jeep Cherokee 4x4. It was terribly old (1999) and falling apart, but I loved that sill car. It was easy to parallel park, and rode so nicely. The day, mid-winter mind you, that I slammed the drivers side door and half of the bottom fell off was a sad day indeed! (rust damage from our sand/salted winter roads)
    Now we have a Toyota Highlander, and I do like it, but somehow that old Jeep will remain one of my favorites!

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    1. Maribeth, driving the Jeep until it literally fell apart. This car we have just given up was good, but not my favourite, which was a 1986 Mazda 6.

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  2. Enjoy your niecesn:) The concept of multiple human births is a strange one. However twins always attract our attention and would have appealed to me enormously in my baby-rearing days.

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    1. Hels, appealed to you to see, not have I expect. Only their mother and her mother can tell them apart so far.

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  3. Cars, They Sure Do Carry A Certain Sentimental Value For Sure.

    Cheers

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  4. It's hard for some of us not to attribute human qualities to things. I'm one of those too. In fact, in order to get rid of some things I have had to actually envision in my head that this "thing" was once just raw materials that were put together to make the thing. I wouldn't get sentimental over the raw materials but somehow once it has a form I'm toast. All that to say I understand.

    Twins are fascinating. I always wanted to be one. Comes from reading "The Bobbsey Twins" books in childhood, probably. And having two sets of twins in my parents' families.

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    1. Jenny, I suppose it is the memories associated with a car you have owned for a while, shared experiences. I am not so sure life as a twin would be so good. It can at times be almost like a marriage, without the romance.

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  5. Happy birthday to your nieces.

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    1. Thanks Kirk. It was a fun day.

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  6. Good to hear that N is nice, decorative AND useful. A rare triptych.
    I also get VERY attached to things. So does himself. Which is part of the reason that our home is bursting at the seams.
    Happy birthday to the twins.

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    1. EC, I used to be like that but not so much now. I always trying to get rid of things and sort things out.

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  7. I had a 1985 Mazda 3,which I gave to my brother in law. He restored it beautifully and its now registered as a classic. 400,000 kms traveled in a 4wd is impressive,as N himself sounds from your description of him.I enjoy driving our old Patrol and hope to until electric vehicles become more affordable.

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    1. Cheryl, we looked at buying the same back then. I am pleased to hear it has been restored. We need fine examples of all cars, grand or not so grand. Yes, I hope our next car can be electric.

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  8. I used to be attached to things, these days I'm only attached to my books, dvds and the few pots and plates I have in my kitchen. Everything else is just stuff.

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    1. River, yes, stuff. We have too much stuff. Our saucepans are very old, perhaps 30 years, but very good, but the dishwasher does take on toll on the non metal handles and the lid handle. I would hate to get rid of the them.

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  9. Happy birthday to the twins.
    I also get attached to my cars, my I30 Hyundai is already 8 or 9 but I really love driving it.

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    1. Sami, I wonder what I30s are like. There are now newer models. We have considered one in the past.

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