Nogs, I really hope you get elected if only because your inimitable sense of humour would cheer up the council meetings no end! Always gets my day off to a good start
DL, deep respect. You are clearly going to be living in a palace in the foreseeable future. Of course, visitors may mistake you for one of the servants and fail to curtsey
Yum, sounds like a rather nice day. And at the end of the day the teens emerge out the other end OK more or less no matter what we do, so don't worry! You have two good lads there, and you'll all survive adolescence. (It may take a while, but you'll get there!!!)
Awww, MC, always sad when a holiday ends. But it's kinda nice to be back in your own place too, mess and all.
Podds, how's the NV this morning?? Hope he settled in the night and is on the way up now, It's so difficult, because they can't really tell us how they are feeling and like you said it's so difficult to guess: don't want to panic but don't want to leave things unattended to. Let us know, please!
Snaily, looked like a fab birthday, no more than you deserve. And by the sounds of it the party will continue through today
All systems go here, gotta cycle to the village to pick up the asparagus, then Tante Kit comes and we'll have a drive through the bulb fields (impossibly beautiful at this season), then taking her out for dinner to a gorgeous tiny little restaurant in Leiden (not fancy, just bags of atmosphere--right in the old part of the city, the building is 16th century). Tomorrow Easter breakfast, church, lunch, Kit leaves, family collapses. Monday friends coming for traditional asparagus meal (hence collecting it today). Hoping tomorrow afternoon to try a very modest r/w as I know I'm in good company with Coco and MC! Happy Saturdays all xxx
MC is right. It's normal to be frustrated when you can't do everything you want, but just think---when you joined us (which isn't that long ago) you couldn't run AT ALL so you have made HUGE progress, and you're deffo not going to stop now!
Ah, Melds, you're already playing that fun moving game, 'Which box could that be in?' Hours of fun are in store for you
Podds, really hope the NV starts to feel better quickly, and it turns out not to be serious. Let us know how he gets on, please.
Feeling very sleepy. Cyclde to church to sing for Good Friday; the 6 miles on the way back were right into the teeth of a flag-snapping gale. Very bracing, but I'm ready for bed now. Sleep tight all. xx
Happy Birthday, Snaily!!! Hope you have a fab day in Exeter. I'll be thinking enviously of you strolling around Princeshay
Wow, Melds, 12 May---it's all really going to happen, eh?? BTW, you HAVE informed the GPO and got his consent, I take it?
Yums, like the deep philosophy about politicians and corruption...though given Noggie's recently-announced candidacy, it doesn't sound great for him either way! Re kids and housework, I had the best luck witting down with them when nobody was upset and saying: your rooms are your place and you can keep them however you like (and boy, did they; for years I had no idea what colour the carpet in C1's room was cos you could never see it under the piles of clothes and junk!); but can we agree that the public areas that we all share, and where people outside the family come, need to stay basically liveable? I mean, you don't like falling over my junk, and you don't want to feel embarrassed if you bring someone into the house and it's a tip. [They usually agree to this in principle] Then (here comes the tricky part) ask them what kind of system they think would work best for keeping the public bits basically OK. Maybe it's a 5 minute sweep at the end of every day when people take their own clutter back to their rooms; or a special box where anyone can dump stuff they find in the way in the main areas. Who knows? The idea is, if you can get them to design the system and take a bit of ownership it has higher chance of working, more of the time. If you get this far, maybe you can agree to have a quick roundup in, say, 2 weeks, to see how it's going and adapt if needed. Sometimes (not always!!!) kids respond surprisingly well if you give THEM responsibility for achieving a result they can get behind. And then there are the times when you just have to scream at them and hit the gin....
FarFar, that evening sounds really good. I went through much the same as you are, with a company that used to be very congenial and got meaner and somehow smaller-minded; it's nice to be able to go out with friends who still keep the warmth alive.
((((((Pippi and MIL))))
So sorry to hear this. Hope things stabilise now.
Larry, how great to hear you planning to get out and do things again! No matter what you decide to do, being out there in the sunshine will be good stuff
Peter, inviting the family to a wedding but not you sounds well out of line to me!!! What a mean thing to do
Tubs, it's well known that when judges are to hand out prizes it is required that they have sampled the prizes themselves beforehand. It's a quality control thing
Sluggie, LOL at your series of first nights
Podds, going into work to use the big printer sounds like an ideal way to organise your professional life And no doubt the boys will hugely enjoy all the new sniffs today!
You do sound tired, not like you to be upset---although travelling for 3 hours and then not being let in would deffo make anyone upset!!!!! Four days off is just what you need, so hope you can do lots of happy things for yourself.
Dinner last night went well in the end, thanks to stalwart help from C3. Nice to see these people---I was at uni with them, and they have done all kinds of really interesting things since so the conversation was amazing. Two were in the foreign servic
Gosh, Tubs, what a wild ride I used to know some people who, when their baby was really restless used to put it (in the carrier, of course) on top of the washing machine---the vibration and sound seemed to soothe it to sleep---but this is something else! Like Nogs said, probably pretty scary at the time but impossible not to laugh now!
Podds, that morning time on the beach is such a good way to start the day. And being able to work at home, without all the hassle and interruption at school, should make it a good one!
Awww, Peter, just coffee? Why not have some of the pain au chocolate that Podds has so thoughtfully provided?
Well done to Spence and Melds for healthy breakfasts. Model afferletes!
Nogs, I am sure your customers luxuriate in positively zebra-like lawns! BTW, whatever happened to your cunning plan to come to France this summer???
Busy day here with a group coming to dinner so best get a shuffle on. Happy days all! xx
Sorry to hear about Parddu, Yeo. Thanks for telling us.
And (((((Snaily's neighbour))))
As you said, it's very hard for the people who are left; but usually the person who did it is in such mental agony that it may not be quite fair to just think of them as selfish altho probably some are. Anyway, awfully sad.
Coco, how sensible to leave the wedding to look after itself for a few months! You still have loads of time in hand, and right now as you said you have more than enough on your plate.
Daffs, I envy you sleeping in the train. I would be terrified of going right through my stop and waking up somewhere else entirely!
Noo, that's a stinking good time for a half! You should be well chuffed. hope that cold gets better, tho, sounds like it's making you feel pretty carp.
Peter, sounds like you ran into the mother of all traffic mess-ups last night. Hope today was better!
Awww, Podds, you must have been right proud of the lads, being such gentlemen at the vet's! It's all down to the quality of their home life, of course
Pippi, LOVE the photo---Nogs to the life!!
DL, what a total nightmare of a journey. HOW can they cancel a meeting you've come so far for, and not even tell you? These people must BURN money in the form of wasted costs! Not to mention your time and energy
Two bosses is bad. Two bosses who don't get along is awful. Hope you can stay out of the middle.
MC, what a superb photo! You deffo finished in great style!
Awww, Spence, how lovely to get a nice prezzie out of the blue like that. Must have made your day.
Melds, love the thought of the FGO and spring fever! Mind you, 67 miles for you sounds like some form of fever to me! Hope all goes well with the solicitor, it's such a relief when you actually exchange and you know for sure it's going through.
Nogs, mega impressed that you're running for District Council. Good man. It's a lot easier to whinge about politicians from a safe distance than it is to get in there and fix things so hats off to you!
Yums, LOL at your father and the yoni! Think I might have left him in happy ignorance, but I imagine he was amused.
Sluggie, glad the anniversary was such a success. Nice to stop once in a whole and congratulate yourselves---not so many people actually get to 30 years, so you done good!
You may recall I have seen rather a lot of the dentist this winter; and after I had that tooth out I didn't seem to feel like eating much for a while. Weighed myself yesterday and found that I've lost a stone in the last 3 months. Who'd a thought dentistry would do you so much good?!?
Nine people for dinner tomorrow so I'd best get some sleep while I can! xx