Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Discombobulated

It's been a strange this Tuesday. Instead of just going out for brunch at about 11 I was in the motor on my way for an ultrasound. All good. Baby has a head, two legs and two arms. Having only had my morning cereal, I was very hungry by the end of the test. Although the test was in the salubrious suburb of Brighton, the ultrasound was bulk billed to Medicare and cost me nothing.

Once home, R was having an early afternoon nap. There was some left over curry and rice in the fridge, so that fixed my hunger problem. But I hadn't had my cup of proper coffee out. I caught a tram to Prahran and fixed that and replenished my supply of Imperial mandarins. 

Expected at 3, Sister's wife Bone Doctor called somewhat earlier and had her number blocked, so I didn't answer. She wanted our car moved forward in the carpark so she could park. After I heard the message I woke R before I went down to move the car forward so she could park behind us. 

Bone Doctor was taking Jo to something called Six. It is a performance about the wives of Henry the 8th with an all female cast. Jo's knowledge of the kings and queens of England is superior to mine.

We chatted for a while and Bone Doctor went out for a long walk. Jo seems to passing the teenage non communicative stage and was pleasant to be with. Unbelievably she is about to turn 15. How did that happen? She had heavily applied mascara and eyeliner but no other makeup. Her earrings were dangling playing cards. She has a very interesting sense of style, not copying the girls of her age really. Oh Lordy. What age can teens get tattoos?  I hope not. R and I always argue over the amount of money we give as gifts to children if a physical present can't be decided. I tried to limit it to $20. He would say $50. Eventually I gave up and the standard is now $50. R told me we were giving Jo $100 for her birthday. She is grown up, he argued. I replied, you can't bribe kids for friendliness with money. Guess what? You can. She was over the moon and so appreciative. She recently bought a dress with a loan of $60 from Bone Doctor but she can't have the dress until she pays the debt. Now she can and have change. Sister, a senior teacher, and Bone Doctor are not poor but I am pleased they don't directly financially spoil Jo.  

An early dinner for us four across the road at 5.30. Delicious steak, chips and salad plus a wine or beer for $25. R and Jo had mac and cheese, Bone Doctor and myself the steak.

But I need to take my medications at 6.30, half an hour before dinner at 7. I needed a calculator to work out the time to take my medication and then thought, ah well. I can take it an hour after. I set my alarm once home for 7.30, but when I went to take my meds, they weren't there. I must have taken them half an hour before but I have no memory of doing so. 

Our late friend Dame M used to always put glitter powder in greeting cards. It would go everywhere. She said it is nice reminder next morning of your celebration. After she died we began the tradition with greeting cards, instead using these foil stars and other glittery shapes. It backfired today when the stars etc ended up on our floor after Jo threw them into the air.

The day was nice, different but ok. Normal routines resumed tomorrow, along with vacuuming up foil bits. 




34 comments:

  1. An ultrasound? Glad you are ok. Six is supposed to be excellent. I hope they enjoyed it.
    Medication and when to take it is a blight. One of mine, to be taken in the morning, has to be taken an hour before food or drink. I have taken to having it on a loo run in the night. And sometimes get a tad confused about whether I have had it.
    $100 was a very generous gift.

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    1. EC, they really enjoyed the show. Yes, timing for medication is thing when we reach a certain age.

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  2. Those foil bits are a pain in the neck. At least you are using the larger size. I once used glitter to make santas's footprints. How stupid can one be? Glad the scam went ok. I wish I had had uncles like you two when I was young.

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    1. Marie, they cleaned up easily with the vac, sorry Hoover. No scamming for the scan. Public medicine, no direct cost to me. I too wish had uncles like us, although one uncle of mine was extra nice.

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  3. Sorry Andrew I've just read my comment. I meant scan or was that a Freudian slip.

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  4. Anonymous5:46 am

    This has probably been mentioned previously, but what are your meds for? Can't bribe a teen. Haha:) That was very nice of both of you.

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    1. Anon, your latter comment was nice, but would you like me to give you my Medicare and bank account numbers as well as a list of my medical issues too?

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  5. Lovely generous uncles you too. And please share the due date of the baby you are carrying. I'll start knitting and notify the media.
    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, I'll let you know after my first semester scan. I hope it is not just wind.

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  6. I like the idea of the glitter being a reminder of a special day, but I'd make sure that the card was not given in my home, though. It's hard to know what to give kids these days, but it sounds as if your Jo is not an over indulged child. A $100 birthday gift will surely be remembered much longer than you'll be vacuuming up glitter. Well done, uncles!

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    1. Debby, R's doing. I wanted Jo to take the card home and open it on her birthday. However, it was nice to see Jo so pleased. Jo has a privileged life, but not a cash in hand spoilt life.

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  7. Good to know the coming baby has only one head. Children can't get tattoos until they are 18. I suggest giving up the glittery stars and other shapes unless the child is going to open the card in his or her own home, but it's up to you of course. If you don't mind vacuuming, then keep the tradition going.

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    1. River, this is the first time a card for someone was opened in our home. We don't restrict it to children. Everyone gets stars in their birthday cards, normally sent by mail. Some remember to take care when opening a card from Aunty Andrew and R, but most forget, year on and on.

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  8. I always make too much Curry and rice specifically so I can have it 'microwaved' the following morning for breakfast.
    I think you should have a word with Jo about tattoos. No more $100's if she has one; although if she's a rebel that might make her rush out and get one.

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    1. Cro, it's a fine line between there is left over for tomorrow's lunch or there is enough for another meal, sad face. There is something about Jo that tells me she won't be getting a tatt.

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  9. Discombobulated is one of my most favourite words ever!
    $100 is a very generous gift and I am thrilled she spent it wisely and with glee. Wise parenting on the part of sister and bone doc. Nothing worse than entitled children of wealthy parents.
    Imperial mandarins are a favourite in this house. Himself eats a kilo or 2 a day. Thank goodness they are so seasonal!

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    1. Caro, Jo does seem to understand the value of money. I can't believe Himself eating that quantity of mandarins. Occasionally I have eaten two. What is next in season? Pears?

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  10. Well at least Jo can buy and something decent with $100.00.
    Sounds like you had a nice time out. Happy Birthday to Jo and time has flown, was surprised to read her age.

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    1. Margaret, I feel a bit sad that bloggers who were around when Jo was born are no longer bloggers. No matter, some of you know about her as she grown up.

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  11. I’ve written about my love affair with Imperials - soft and squidgy, juicy, easy to peel, very little pips….what’s not to love about them. Just wish they were available longer

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    1. Cathy, I know the day will soon come when the shelves will be empty, and then we will briefly have a period of Afourer mandarins.

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  12. Sounds like a nice full day. A friend of mine dumped glitter in the AC vents in a soon to be ex-boyfriends car. Years later every time he turned the blower on high, glitter came out for years.

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    1. TP, that's amusing. Glitter and dog hair. Both hard to get rid of.

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  13. I should have paid more attention in the past but may I ask why you are taking medication Andrew? I like the glitter trick with cards causing recipients to get out the vacuum cleaner!

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    1. It is a while since I have checked my meds YP. Maybe to stop me dying. I have no long term faith in them. We don't add glitter until children are two years old. Unlike Aunty Andrew does, we don't want them to swallow.

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  14. 15 year olds are very tricky. Yes she can just about choose her own makeup, jewellery, clothes style and tattoos (if she must). But how sophisticated are mid teens about schooling, career choices, politics, boyfriends, handling money etc etc?

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    1. Hels, after a year or so of singing lessons and her extensive theatre training, I asked Jo if she imagined a future career in performing arts or something more academic. She was pretty unsure about her future career, as she should be at the age of 15.

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  15. That steak dinner is a good price!! $100 is our usual gift for the grandkids. When they were smaller it usually was applied against an activity. Now it is theirs to use as they wish.

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    1. Jackie, you are generous too, although like our lot, they will get it one day anyway.

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  16. Glitter can definitely go awry for just that reason -- it gets everywhere! I just saw "Six" in London and loved it. Glad the ultrasound (?) turned out OK. It is always nice when teenaged relatives begin to get a little older and more "human," as my mom would say.

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    1. Steve, I like your mother's description.

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  17. Anonymous6:22 am

    I love the word Discombobulated. $100 to bribe a teen into liking you seems like a bargain basement deal!

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    1. Probably is a bargain, Anon.

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    2. That was me, Andrew, when unable to comment as me until I fixed a setting.

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