Saturday, August 22, 2020

Mother Anecdotes and Bits

Mother was so happy to receive a letter, drawings and photos from two of her great grand children, Little M and Little M, 6 and 4 years old. While the family were slim in drawings, their mother and father aren't, their 1 year old brother Little L was depicted in the drawings as being very fat, and he is, mostly puppy fat I guess which he will lose when he starts walking. Even Tradie Brother, their grandfather was depicted working in the back garden.

Mother had that tone in her voice, the letter had been print written. She wrote back to them and no doubt Oldest Niece will have to decipher her cursive writing for them.

Mother's friend's husband has his business on their large block of land. She has one of her husband's staff clean up any leaves in the garden or on the paving. One worker likes the break to clean up leaves. She can't bear a fallen leaf lying around and as he was leaving after finishing work, he mentioned there were some fallen leaves and would she like him to clean them up. He knows how to butter up the boss's wife. She jumped at the offer. We used to joke about a friend who spent time in his garden 'polishing the leaves'. Unless it is one of those display Japanese or Chinese gardens, who cares about a few fallen leaves.

ABI Brother who Mother lives with, drove to the supermarket, shopped and walked forty minutes carrying shopping home and then noticed his missing car and had to walk forty minutes back to collect his car. Mother is convinced it was because of his brain injury. Not necessarily Mother.

During Stage 3 lock down we had began to use trams again, but then when Stage 4 was in force, we returned to driving. We had shopped in Prahran and with a bag of shopping each, we headed for the tram stop to return home, completely forgetting we had driven there. It would have been a very expensive lesson if we had actually caught the tram home and forgot about the car being in a commercial carpark.

While shopping in South Melbourne this week, instead of parking in the usual Aldi car park because we didn't want anything there, we parked in the Woolworths car park.....and of course shopping done, we headed across the road to the Aldi car park. Getting old.

The now week old new great niece Poppet has a name and if you think of a former Australian Prime Minister, you will be on the money. And no. She is not called Kevin. That is the name of their dog. I will refer to her as Little J and who knows when we will be able to see her.

PS I try to stay positive and occupied but I a bad day yesterday. Nothing seemed to go right. We are still having water temperature and pressure issues and so we were without hot water for the afternoon. I was concerned I would not hear the plumber knock and he would leave the building and us without hot water. I couldn't go out for my walk. R refused to deal with the plumber and started saying what a horrible place we live in. He wouldn't even sit in the lounge room to hear a door knock while I had some fresh air on the balcony or went to the toilet. It isn't often I speak up, but I did and he later apologised and thanked me for my efforts. As we later agreed, it doesn't take much to tip us over the edge at the moment. Lordy, I may even be missing seeing Mother. Just one visit will cure that.

PPS Just to add to the mix, we are having an Antarctic 'blob' arriving this weekend and sit over us for a few days.

31 comments:

  1. You are not getting old and forgetful (and grumpy) on your own.
    We parked in a different parking area to our usual one the other day and both of us headed out the 'wrong' door on our way out.
    One of our neighbours is obsessed with fallen leaves. She lives with her son and his family and can often be seen with a dustpan and brush sweeping them up. Off the driveway and off the lawn. Our yard must make her shudder.
    Love little J's name (but then I admired the Prime Minister in question).

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    1. EC, yours is a garden, not a yard, although not leaf free. It is more interesting than that.

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  2. Also like that J name!
    Yesterday was not a good day here either. It had to do with how I prepared asparagus. Fresh, lovely asparagus and it was delightful! But not so Jack. The scene was so bad that I am still not speaking to him much today.

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    1. Maribeth, as soon as you can, you are going to have do something. You can't go on like this.

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  3. We all have our forgetful moments...as well as moments we'd like to forget! And, we all get grumpy. I'd be the biggest hypocrite and liar of all time if I said I don't. It's not a new affliction, either! :)

    Leaves fall freely on this property...not they're not just autumn leaves, but winter, spring and summer leaves, too...and lots of them! Natural mulch,and they don't worry me...they can fall where they do, and whenever they do.


    My mother passed away many years ago...back in 1974...and I still miss her.

    I hope you have a good weekend, Andrew...leave trail of breadcrumbs to your car...that might help... :)

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    1. Thanks Lee. Was it Jack of Jack and the Beanstalk who left a trail of crumbs?

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    2. Funny, on Saturday night Morse, it was Hansel and Gretel who left the trail of breadcrumbs.

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  4. Your great sense of humour will get you through this, keep your chin up. I'm looking out now at a house yard full of wet clover and long grass. It's beautiful to see after three years of drought, and we're not in a hurry to mow. It's all relative I guess, the fallen leaves aren't a problem here.

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. You are a treasure.

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  5. Let's see, I forgot to turn off the pan the other night, luckily I have a good nose, it was burnt black. Since cleaned up.
    Yesterday was a really crabby day for me, nothing made me happy.
    We will have our hot and cold water turned off this Wednesday.
    We live parallel lives LOL.

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    1. Jackie, Household Management did that a couple of years ago. I was the one who cleaned the pot by boiling baking soda in the pot.

      Our water is now boiling hot but when showering it like standing under a watering can. A work in progress and I won't give up. We are off again on Monday, 9.30 to 3.30.

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  6. One of my very first loves (aged about 5) had that J name, so I'm rather fond of it too!

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  7. I'm super grouchy having basically talked to nobody I even know for months. I wondered how it would be for families forced together for long periods. One of the older couples across the street cannot tolerate even one stray leaf on their grass.

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    1. Strayer, at least you can get out. We can't. Don't knock house proud people in your street.

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  8. Thank you for sharing your time with us. It's been my work day and after Wed it went to hell in hen basket. Won't say any more about it.

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    1. Dora, I did pick up that all was not right. We just have to keep going.

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  9. Oh gosh, had to laugh at your Tradie Brother, then you as well regarding Aldi...lol. Still smiling but one does have to laugh at ones self at times.
    Do know I would be laughing at myself.
    Take care..

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    1. Margaret, yeah, it is good to laugh at yourself and the mistakes you make.

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  10. Forgetting where you left the car is a nightmare. Ditto going shopping without your credit card, mobile telephone or front door key :(

    These days I check and then, just in case, I double check.

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    1. Lol Hels. Even double checking can fail.

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  11. Tell mother I said she is too particular. If I got any letters from my grandkids I wouldn't care if they were print, fancy old-school copperplate or pasted on letters cut from a newspaper. I'd just be happy to get a letter. I did once get a birthday card, hand made, with letters cut from a colourful magazine.
    I do hope your water issues are fixed by now, or at least very soon. You must be tired of boiling the kettle for a sponge bath ha ha.
    I can understand ABI brother "forgetting" his car.

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    1. River, I don't know why, but Mother is so respected and loved by so many, even R who at times doesn't have a good word to say about her. As in an earlier comment, showering this morning was like standing under a watering can full of boiling hot water.

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  12. One of the big ‘land shopping centres near me was renovated meaning all the parking area was transformed into a colour light show with the red/green displays over the bays......in most of the areas. New and novel.....oh look there’s an empty bay....they fill up quickly. Which means I usually have to park in an unfamiliar area - I’ve stopped going there because I could never find my car. Even if I made a note/ took a photo of the wall markings it was as if someone had moved the wretched thing, it was never where I remembered parking it.
    The good times will return Andrew - WHO said today they hoped the pandemic would be over in less than 2years :)

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    1. Cathy, I am learning to use the car parking lights. I also forget at times where the car is in the car park.

      Yeah, two years. We might be dead by then.

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  13. Lawns should be a like a forest floor, leaves, random plants, there are no weeds, only misunderstood plants. Forgetting where you parked is one thing, forgetting you drove to the store is another.

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    1. A weed is a plant in the wrong place? We haven't forgotten driving to a store.....yet.

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  14. I've once forgotten where I parked my car in a big shopping centre, and my high heeled feet were hurting from so much walking to and fro to try and find the car. I was about to give up and take a bus home and return around 9pm when the shopping closes because I would then find the car in the empty car park. I think we are all too stressed nowadays and things like that are bound to happen.
    Congratulations on little Julia, hope you get to see her soon.
    I heard about the Antarctic blog, I hope it doesn't reach Western Australia. We had 22C today, can't wait for Spring!

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    1. Thanks Sami. If it was 22 here today, I wouldn't even be wanting Spring to arrive.

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  15. Malcolm! What a fabulous name for Poppet! LOL

    As for your bad day, I think Covid is putting strain in people and relationships all over the world.

    And as for parking, I've certainly put my car in one place and then forgotten where that was! (Back when I had a car. That's one fringe benefit of being carless -- I can't lose it anymore!)

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    1. Steve, you made me smile. I've done losing the car in the car park often enough

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