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Frank , thank you Alway's wonderd .
Laughing at your post Derek! I am guilty of everything. I think it's in some women's nature they they feel the need to do these things. I do my son a lunch every day as he tells me it's so expensive to eat out in London. Of course, if I do it for him, it costs nothing. I'm an old mother hen. Yes, I know he will survive if I don't do these things, but I can't help myself.
Just off to make his bed.
I do joke about my girls but they're perfectly capable in most ways although it would be nice if they got off their a%*$* now and again and offered rather than having to be asked! Older one is very good at putting flat pack furniture together- maybe I should hire her out especially as there's not so many chimneys nowadays to send them up.. Frank that's interesting about the Heads thing- you learn something new every day!
Enjoyed reading these posts. I used to work very hard at keeping this thread going, but I feel now it has acquired a life of its own.
My son's room at home was always a tip but now he is neat and fastidious and keeps everything in order. I used to climb over his stuff to get to the bed to change it. Why do one's children do this?
GG, I have a wonderful vision of you picking your way through the rubble to get to the bed. I, on the other hand, clean it up as I run the risk if breaking my bones.
Came over here to have a rant. This is Brumbulls fault as he has just mentioned mobile phones on another thread. My mobile phone is for emergencies only. Hate text messages and find I am half way through answering when another alert sounds because I'm slow. I am trying to find a placard for my front door like the ones in Doctors' surgeries, which tell you to turn them off beyond this point. I find it so rude when, halfway through a conversation, whoever is visiting breaks off and starts having a chat with someone else. As for those who think we all want to hear their conversations, we don't. My daughter has, on several occasions, sent out an SOS to my two sons, both work in London, to say I am not answering my mobile. They then start worrying in case I am laying spark out on the floor!! Great for having when you're travelling, etc, but is it really necessary to constantly be chatting on them?
Don't get me started on the mobile phones!!Younger daughter uses hers all the time and older one never switches hers on and I don't know which is worse! Have to say that older one has got better since starting uni and is quite good at getting things for me in Glasgow as I hate town and would rather rip my liver out with a rusty hook than go there GG my older daughter has filed all her financial bits and pieces in separate folders....I must be getting through to her at last! The removal men did laugh at the amount of stuff going into her bedroom when we moved though... are boys more untidy??? My girls are sometimes awful but they do at least hang up their clean washing after years of nagging them.
Mobile B@#@##@ phones, I had a house full Saturday all talking and comparing the latest black-bush or co2 or whatever they are called, Mine is only £35 a month and a free phone?? no it is not free you are paying for it.Mine only costs £17 a month? yes but how much did you pay for the phone. Well mine a bargain buy shell phone six years ago for £26 pay as you go last year cost me £20 I top up £10 and get £10 free plus they text me every week to top up again for more free time, I have not used last years yet. The beauity being in Scotland mine was the only phone getting a signal in some places, the fancy ones were useless.Today I had another house full, a daughters birthday and again phones going every five minutes, it is a wonder she had time to blow out the candles on guess what? A b@@###@@ carrot cake, I managed to force some down and smile yuck.I love my family although at times I feel like rolling out the barbed wire and erecting the Ikea machine gun post then fighting them off, saying that by the time I erected an Ikea guard post I would probably have been invaded.
Frank is that a new recipe for carrot cake? . What you need is a moat-those Tory MPs know all about them....I'm worried that you're going to have a seizure! I keep making the mistake of moving house and telling the kids where I've moved to...
Can't stand mobile phones either. For me they're a useful emergency tool if I'm stuck somewhere or am waiting to meet someone who's late. They are not a life enhancing gadget or an every day need. Nobody I know is so important they need to be on the end of a phone 24/7 and it's rude to let the ringing and chat interfere with and intrude on valuable family and social time.
Teenager's room is another point of frustration. I'm fed up with picking clothes off the floor and having tto pick my way through the obstacle course of detritus as though I were negotiating a minefield so I've told her I am buying no new clothes till she can look after what she already has and anything I do find on the floor goes in the bin as it's clearly not wanted.
She's been "cleaning" her own room for over a year and gets to do the landing and spare bedroom too. Since I went in for my first foot op at the end of Jan, she also makes her own lunch for school. If she doesn't tell us she's run out of rolls or fillings she has to buy lunch with her own money.
Hard work trying to get a teenager to organise itself!
Never buying KEA furniture again. I'd rather buy second hand made from proper wood and do it up. It's usually much more attracive, sturdier and cheaper too. My last buy was red Billy bookshelves. OK so they were an interim measure while I find real ones but they've flipping well bent under the weight of real books!
Frank, I must have the same phone as you. Can't remember how many years I've had it. You have to press buttons to send a message and all the letters/numbers have long disappeared. Like you I top up £10, get so many messages free, probably lasts me a couple of months, then I use the £10 I put on. I take it out with me when I go to Morrisons, but purely to let my daughter know when I'm ready to be picked up because I don't like carrying anything. Half the time, I don't know where it is. I don't understand all these modern things, like tablets (thought that's what you took for a headache) and the various other modern inventions.
Fairygirl, I think I said the other day that my daughter definitely suffers from OCD as she is ultra tidy. Always has been. Drives everyone round the bend. Wish she could reach a happy medium. Both sons are hoarders. One I don't care about anymore as he has his own home, but the other is like a bag man.
Oops, tribes just arrived, so best be polite. I wonder how long it will be before the dreaded mobile rings or emerges.
Tina it's strange how they can be so different isn't it? My Dad was a real hoarder and clearing the house when he died was very difficult, for obvious emotional reasons, but mainly because my sister and her husband are even worse . For each item she put in a bag to take home I was putting 20 in another one to throw out. If it had been down to her to take charge her we'd still be emptying it now.. I couldn't stand living in her house it would drive me nuts! I hate clutter and I don't acquire 'stuff' the way lots of people do. I keep telling the kids they'll thank me for it when they have to clear the house once I pop me clogs!
i like my mobile phone! It s touch screen and I have learnt how to touch the tiny letters with my blunt fingertip and actually find the right spot. I'm very proud of myself! What I like best, apart from being able to get satnav directions if I lose my way in the car, is being able to text people and not have to waste time ringing them. See, I'm a true MOB!
My Dad hoarded too. He would collect 'good' wood from people's skips and when he died, we had 9 bonefires and 3 skips. Fortunately, my Mum had been totally different and wouldn't allow him to hoard indoors so that wasn't a problem. I'm not keen on visiting my son as there's stuff everywhere. It's not dirty, just so cluttered and I want to get my hands on it!
I'm very minimalistic. Basic furniture, not into ornaments, etc. but that's the way I like it.
I do like the convenience of a mobile phone GG for when I go shopping but it takes over some folk's lives, my lot included
Tina, would you please come and sort out my house? I love the look of minimalist houses but can't help hoarding. I don't keep rubbish (much) but cram too much into a smallish space because I can't beat to part with good stuff. Or even moderately good. Or even not absolutely awful...
Fairy Girl, my recipe for Carrot cake is bin the ingredients and do not bother, had this rant before see no need to add carrots or what difference it makes. I can make light or heavy ginger cakes and enjoy them without the use of a carrot, if I could find who invented it I know what I would do with the carrot.G/G, with my fingers I could play you a Nocturne a Concerto or I Do it my way without any problem. Give me a touch phone or one of those I-paddy thingees and I could make the phone disappear never mind what is on the screen. Daughter will say look at this Dad hand it over and bang it is gone, I will stick to my steam powered laptop thank-you.Untidiness, my answer was get them in the forces and now you should see their places, spotless everything in place, the problem being when the grandchildren come here I have to tell them it is OK to have their toys on the floor, no rules here and they love it, and guess what they clean up before leaving but had fun in-between.
GG I am ruthless. Not always that clever though as, at the end of last winter, I threw all my clothes out. Came unstuck when the cold weather came back. Regularly go round the house turfing things out I no longer want/need. I used to hoard but I think after having to clear all the hoarded stuff at my Dad's it made me think about getting my own house in order. Only cluttered space is the loft, which isn't mine rubbish, but that of my kids. Fully intend that to be a job for this summer, should it ever arrive. Like Fairygirl, my kids will be so thankful one day.
I do have a few bits and bobs but my family know I am not a ornament person. Neither was my Mum, so I never inherited anything from her. Makes it sound like my home is devoid of any warmth, but it's just not cluttered.
I have a mountain of china I inherited from my mother and had to buy a cabinet for it! Lovely china but I don't really have room for the cabinet since we downsized into a bungalow suitable for the ageing. Have regretted it ever since - I'm much too young to need it!! It is very appropriate for the elderly. It has a post box and bus stop outside, a small and convenient garden, downstairs bathroom and nice conservatory for pleasant sitting. (The conservatory, not the bathroom!) I loathe it! Not true - it is OK but I'm only 27.
Dear Gardening Grandma just think you will never have to move again, i swore after the last move im never moving.
I have 2 rants whatb the hell is going on with the font size? and my husband has done my head in today will someone please take him away until he calms down.