Woohoo

Its my big sisters birthday.  We went out.  What a weird experience, Kate was walking.  I haven’t seen her walk in years.  We even went to our parents house.   Instead of going out for just lunch we ended up staying out all afternoon.  It would appear that my Aunt who died did so with a secret about my Dad’s family.  Hmm its a strange thing my father would prefer not shared and one of my older cousins is telling anyone who will listen to her.  My dad is not best pleased.
 
Anyway.  My dad and his issues can sit happily frothing at the mouth.  I had a wonderful day and Mrs Cat was even pleased to see me.  Go figure eh.
 
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Daughters, daughters

Purple rain is required in my world.  My 2 oldest daughters have been fighting all day.  I have been praying for rain this afternoon.  Nothing quite like splashing in puddles holding hands and getting sopping wet to help forget the troubles of sisterhood.  Even if they didnt get into it, I would have a fantastic time.  Dinner in my house tonight could have brought tears to my eyes.  Around my table sat 8 kids all behaving and all eating.  There was no seats for me or teenagers who sat happily in the garden.  Dinner went so well that the visiting child did my table chore & even dried the dishes.  Bless the hearts eager to please.  His Dad was astonished, typical.  Though he did make me realise if he can do it at 7yrs so can my 9yr old and princess Hope at 7.
 
I’m obviously a very simple woman.  Feeding kids, watching them sitting talking about there own nothings gave me the biggest of smiles today.  I think the phrase of I felt expanded really says it for me.  For all I moan about kids there is no place I would rather be than surrounded by children.  They remind me you get back exactly what you put in.
 
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A splash in a puddle

Is a fantastic way to start the dy.  O and I’m free!!!!  My big sister came home this morning.  I am so happy that Mrs Cat has been given over to her owner.  I will not miss Mrs Cat, sorry but true.  Its also sis’s birthday tomorrow so its a lovely present.
 
I did have a word with the offending Dad.  I forgot and went to judgemental yesterday.  Bad, bad.  I did point out what a great wee boy he is and his Dad should really give him some attention.  Don’t think he appreciated it but I wasn’t looking to make a friend, just a point.  He’s still having dinner with us but as I did tell him he doesn’t know me from Adam.  My small kids don’t project the greatest of examples so why should I?  Ok.  I do but how did he know that.  I did make it quite clear.  Leave this street once more without asking if I can mind his son and I will phone social services.  I hope he got that.  Kids get a 3 warning rule.  Adults just get told once.
 
I’m off to do that dinner thing.  I’m on table duty today (stupid rota) so they all looked smugly at me before leaving my tables like a bomb sights lol..
 
I love being Mum, really I do.
 
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I need a bigger house

My kids play with a 7yr old who moved into our street a few months ago.  He’s a kid who could only be described as surplus to requirements.  His Mum has a new baby by her new partner so he stays with his Dad.  His Dad’s new partner is pregnant so said child is left to do his own thing.  His dad just shouts when he’s going out and asks if he wants to go.  If not, he just fks off, leaving him.  I wonder if his new partner would do that with her own child.  My heart aches for the poor kid.  He’s actually a lovely child.  When I opened my door tonight and seen him standing alone at 8.30pm I wanted to smack his father.  When his dad returned he just got out his new car and didnt even look for his son.  I’m wondering what kind of parent he is.
 
I dont need reminded he’s neither my child  or my problem.  I just couldnt let a child stand about alone at night even if it is light.  I think I will be having a few words with his father and hope he sees sense.  If he doesnt I will contact social services.  That wont help the child but all I can do is feed him and hope hes okay.  I get so bloody frustrated.  Why do people have kids and just dont bother with them??  Why or rather how can parents become so wrapped up in there own lives that there kids are kicked to the curb when they dont suit anymore??  O and trust me his father aint that pretty that he would bother with a fashion accessory.  My goodness, some parents really should be ashamed and with good reason.
 
My own children are fine.  I think seeing there small friend alone helps make them appreciate the home they have.  The boy who came in for dinner never has a meal cooked for him and they all ate tonight without complaints.  Mine think take-away is great but he tells a different story.   I am not perfect but at least I know how to cook.  My kids and I always sit around our kitchen tables and eat together.  Its such a simple thing we do and yet we all take it for granted.  Tomorrow there friend has picked our dinner and has been told he is more than welcome.  I could cry for that child but better if I make sure hes eating me thinks.  I know my own think I am mad to care about every waif and stray but who does really?  I used to think every child had someone who cares about them.  That bubble has been burst for a while.  That doesnt make me wrong for caring.  That makes me sad that there own parents can’t see the potential they’re missing.  I thank god I’m me.  That I do see the potential and I get to share times with kids like Scott and the small one.  I’m lucky.
 
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I’m so loving

My time off work.  I have just found out another makeover is taking place this weekend with a closed sign being stuck on for Monday.  O how it makes me smile.  I love work.  I do feel deflated however when I visit.  I know customers get annoyed when things get moved but to keep the same stock, same place is dull and boring.  Our stock is slow moving.  Its the nature of our shop to get things that are wonderful as items and totally unique.  We don’t make the most of those items and I hope the error of our dullness has been spotted.  Its great that people think we are a disigner shop.  The reality is we’re not.  We are in our essense a shop who’s motivation SHOULD come from raising money for our Hospice that has no goverment funding.  It doesn’t.  The vision of our regional manager is to transform the idea that charity shops are smelly places filled with old tat.  Who still thinks that?  Our shop and the other 2 within our area are bright, modern and full of simply fabulous stock.  The tat is recycled before it hits the back door never mind the shop floor.  I hope when I return I see huge chanes.  Its okay to dream.
 
O my.  The sun has come out.  Just to burst that bubble I’m going to hang my washing out.  Lets see how long it takes for the rain to come on..
 
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great weather

I’m ever hopeful that the weather will pick up.  It seems typically Scotland had the best of the weather in May.  Seems a long time ago.  Its overcast and cold enough for me to have my heating on.  My daughter is one a one girl quest to watch all the traffic as it drives through our road.  Word has got out and every van is travelling at a snails pace.  By the time Saturday arrived it was a story being told in Tesco.  It was even repeated to me with I heard the girl is still in hospital.  I did give the right story.
 
I’m off to do my chore.  I’m a bit annoyed this morning.  No milk by the time I had finished my cereal.  I had expected to just open the fridge and find a new carton but alas no coffee for me. 
 
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Thank goodness for Sunday

Firstly, Joy is fine.  Her leg is badly swollen and since her knee has no skin its difficult to bend.  The amount of bruising is amazing.  The bruise from the bumper is causing her pain but in typical Joy style, we all know.  Living in a town house isn’t great for her.  I’m not sure she will master the art of crutches but she’s trying.  The police did say that since we have his registration number they can trace him.  Since he failed to stop and report it as an accident he would have been given 24hrs to do so.  If not he will be arrested the minute he is located.  I’m not goin to let it get to me anyway.
 
I didnt get to bed till 3.30am this morning.  A litre bottle of vodka, 2 women and a lot of laughing went on in my house last night.  Its a good job Liz only lives a couple of doors down from me.  Wow that lady can sink the drink, as can I when the company is funny.  I giggled my way through the entire night.  I am a bit on the tired side this evening so it shut down pc and bath.
 
For those whos kids are beginning there summer holidays I hope you get some quality time with both your kids and yourself.  I hope those with older kids get some time with whoever they want and I hope the sun shines next week.  I return to Mrs Cat but only for 4 days, is it ok to be singing yippee cos I am!!!!
 
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