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.