Driftwood

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Crowds

We are three days into my children's visit, and it's a bit tense. First of all the lodgers seemed not to have got my text to say we would be at my home from Sunday. She did manage to clear some space (!) however, so that I could tidy the bedrooms (don't ask..oh all right then...she has stuffed my... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Muddles

I was surprised by the number of comments I had on my post about the challenges we have here with my partner's son. It touched me that people take the time to try to help. I do find it a strain, and lately I haven't been able to get home as much, nor feel as much at ease when I do get home, because... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mysterious ways

Be careful what you wish for... though I didn't exactly wish this... Twenty-four hours can change a lot of situations, and perhaps I should be posting this in a different blog... but we shall see. I had a sad phone call from my son early this morning, to tell me that his grandfather had died during... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Little Snippet

just before we went on holiday I popped in to visit my former father in law in the Care Home he now lives in. I get on very well with him, it's hard not to since he is a very engaging and alert old gentleman of over 100 (an achievement in itself). The problem with this visit wasn't my father in law.... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Life with the Boy - 3 -'

We are watching a TV show that we've recorded, because Stepson is playing squash. Halfway through he bounces in, with his usual loud 'hall-o' from the front porch, after bursting through the heavy oak front door with force and speed, such that the half-glazed doors into the hall rattle. I sigh... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Changing Tide

After last week's challenges, things have changed. Feeling I couldn't wait any longer, I rang the Pension service to chase them up a bit. A good thing too, since they hadn't progressed my claim at all. (You have to 'claim' your State Pension, just like your workplace Pension). The very nice lady... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Definitely Up the Creek

I've been here before; at one point during my long and tortuous separation I had under $2.00 in my bank account, and the nice lady in Australia who was processing my 'Widow's Allowance' (for women separated after the age of 45) was wonderful. Somehow I survived on this pittance, until the divorce... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Car - thank you

I had some good comments around my car problems.. thanks all, and suffice it to say that it is being very well behaved now, having cost me a lot more than I thought it would. Naughty thing. It needed new front suspension arms (?) as well as the ESP thingy... result, one 2008 car roadworthy for... Sign in to see full entry.

Off the Bone or Skinned?

We took an elderly friend to lunch recently, at ‘one of the best hotels in the country.’ The three-course set lunch is excellent value, and we like taking V out from time to time. We used to take her with her husband, who sadly died almost two years ago. As expected, the menu offered several... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Car Trouble

In the last couple of weeks I've needed all my wits about me, finding out how to get my car fixed so that it will pass its MOT which is due very soon. I now know more than I ever wanted to know about the ABS/ESP system on my Ford Focus, and I wish I could just pop it into my Ford dealership and have... Sign in to see full entry.

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