Driftwood

Monday, June 27, 2016

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.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

To Cape Town and back - safely

Isn't it funny how many 'experts' appear when you say you are doing something out of the ordinary? I was talking last week with a friend about my coming trip to South Africa. Some months ago I ran the gauntlet of my children's vehement objections to my going out there all on my own; they said it was... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A Nod to Naut

I've had trouble (as we know) deciding on going to Cape Town or not, and thank you to Kabu, Naut and CCT who responded to my weekend ramblings. The more pacifist view would be for me to give up the idea of making this trip, and I very nearly did, since I can't (literally) find any 'big girl's... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Cape Town or not?

Good friends of mine invited me to their daughter's wedding, a good six months ago. I would very much like to go, and it wouldn't be a problem but for the location. It's Cape Town, South Africa. Around the beginning of the year I broached the subject with my loved one, who doesn't know the daughter... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Time for a little working out again...

This morning I was a bit taken aback when my partner said he wanted to move a couple of thing upstairs, out of his study. The pieces in question are a small Davenport, and a card table - both antiques, both nice things in themselves. He wants to put them in the small bedroom I use as a... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Have I earned my stripes yet?

The men have been out to see The Revenant, which I declined because I was sure it wasn't for me. Dearest, returning shortly after I got in and finished the vacuuming, said he was glad I hadn't gone. I was quite happy to have had an afternoon free, and went shopping... scored a bargain pair of smart... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Life with the Boy: New Year, New Dilemmas

This person's condition is causing me great difficulties, more so now that I never get a break from his presence. More correctly, I never get time to myself any more unless I leave the house, and I seem to be doing that less and less. Things have changed for us all in the past three years. Once upon... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Distant fondness.

As well as going off somewhere for Christmas and leaving the kids on their own, my ex was (apparently) absent again for New Year. He can do what he wants, but given that he has ended up being their encumbent parent -- not that they are children -- I find it sad that my son rings me at 3am... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Result - but not quite

This is over with now. The ex has played hardball (as expected). We have 'agreed' (just like before) that he will capitalise extended maintenance. Clever-dick that he is, he has beaten me down to a figure that HE finds acceptable, thus doing me out of six months' income. Sigh. My solicitor has been... Sign in to see full entry.

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