Driftwood

Monday, May 15, 2017

Life with the Boy - 4-

About a week ago tidying a kitchen cabinet, I noticed mould spots on the top shelf. Stepson keeps a plastic microwaveable bowl here, which he uses to make his daily porridge. He washes it up with water only, not paying too much attention, dries it rapidly with a bit of kitchen paper towel and shoves... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Being a Big Sister.

Hello friends... and thank you for the kind wishes while I was away in Barbados. Back home in Blighty, life continues its meandering path. Mum is doing well, settling into the nursing home (and flirting with the male nurse!). I am staying with my ill sister once a week now, on a Tuesday. I don't... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Beware the Rum Punch

.. because this is Barbados and it's lethal, creeping up on you quietly. We are here to celebrate my loved one's 70th birthday next week, with friends who both originate from the Caribbean but who met and married in London. They have a house here, and have kindly shown us around a bit. Today we did... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Half past nine

Just grabbing a quiet few minutes to sift through my thoughts. I am quietly going nuts.. but that's not unusual is it? (smile). Mum likes her room at the new nursing home, and is eating quite well - so far so good. Meanwhile a dear friend is currently sitting with her mother, nearing the end of her... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Mind the Step

For some reason my ribcage has been hurting more than usual today. I should backtrack a little... last week, ten days ago actually, I took some stuff to the tip, and leaned over the skip a little too far, and stretched a little too much. I banged my lower rib and felt something tear, but could still... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Sort of sorted (1,000 words so be warned!).

Today we had planned to have some time taking to the tip some of the things I'm having to clear out from mum's house. That all changed this morning when my sister woke up. After a bad night with intense pain in her left hip, she wasn't going anywhere, and the doctor was called in. I said I wasn't... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

And so to bed

I'm exhausted. After a frustrating half hour trying to organise British Gas to come out, signing up to a year's contract in the process, I had a call back from my plumber. He has done quite a lot of work for me over the past few years, but it's his partner who does the boiler side of the business.... Sign in to see full entry.

Not fine

She has paid the old rate only. That means she is in breach of contract - how can they have been 'signed' if I put on it the new amount and signed my side, and she has paid the old amount which I didn't agree to? I should have known she would pull something like this. But today is quite a big day.... Sign in to see full entry.

Result?

It looks like the big guns worked. I received a text at 7 30 this morning to say that she's made a payment and the contracts are signed. She's still complaining about the boiler coming on and off all the time and has taken a video of this in the early hours (!!??). She 'really feels' I 'may well... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Threats, even ...

I haven't had a very positive response from the lodgers since telling them the rent is going to be a lot higher for the extra month they want. The wife is telling me they are 'disappointed' that I have 'belatedly' backdated the £25 a month shortfall between what I asked for in the summer, and what... Sign in to see full entry.

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