Thursday, May 25, 2006

Last Saturday was a strange day. I woke up with a "Wouldnt it be nice if we all went out to dinner" feeling. I had this image in my head of a nice meal out with the kids and hubby which we would all enjoy - all Mother's get this mental picture - Its where the phrase 'quality time' was invented. And as all Mother's can tell you it's a deluded idiotic myth - there's no such thing.

My 'perfect family meal' predictably plummeted into a competition between my two children to see who could win 'Most disobedient child' award. And I can tell you it was too close to declare a winner. Joanna sulked through most of the meal, scowling and declaring as loudly as possible "I wont eat it, I dont like it, you cant make me eat it". Whilst Ethan persistently pointed at other people's food shouting "Ewww your food it yukky" I was suitably unimpressed - needless to say there were harsh words spoken later in the day.

I also made the very deadly mistake of mentioning to Gary that the windscreen wipers on the car needed replacing this week. Normally this would be fine, but apparently windscreen wipers for our Audi can only be bought at Audi and not in any normal car parts shop. I knew I should have got them myself - I can only compare it's effect to letting me loose in Cadbury world and saying "eat as much as you want!!" We never even got to the service counter before he had found a car to drool over. Shall we say the rest is history - shame the bill isn't. We pick our brand new car up on Saturday morning. I am excited, but not thrilled at the idea of spending the whole weekend driving around pointlessly.

This is what our new car will look like. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Dearly Beloved

We are gathered here today to witness the passing of a special friend of the Rees household. One that has been with us through thick and thin, through babies and cats, through sickness and health.

Our friends passing was quiet and for that we are thankfull. He had reached the old age of nine, We celebrate his faithfulness and thank him for all he has done for us. Old friend you are gone but not forgotton.

It is with sorrow that I must say goodbye to my friend, My ever enduring washing machine, Mr Tricity Bendix 1000. Washing clothes wont be the same without you. RIP.

In other news take a peak on the left at the photos of the "Mum's garden excavation project" No cats were found (although that didnt stop me pretending to have found one to my sister - I am sick I know) And now that we have found the garden path Dad is suddenly interested in Gardens again - Dad likes his garden path - Dont ya Dad???

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

I mentioned to Gary in passing just over a week ago that my mother wanted him to sort out her garden. When she asked me to ask him the words "snowballs chance in hell" sprung to mind, However to my absolute astonishment he said yes, followed by "this weekend ok?"

Now you may be thinking what a good son in law to mow her lawns, However my Mother's garden is no ordinary garden. Not only is it 100 feet long, overgrown with brambles and 15 feet conifer trees but is also infested with Japanese knotweed. Which in short means you cannot find the garden path, see the shed at the bottom of the garden or even attempt to imagine what just bit your foot should you take one step in.

Seriously this garden makes the Amazon look good, Its so scarey they should make a film about it.

However bravely a team of four of us (Gary, Sister, Mum and Myself) fully equipped with industrial strimmers, gloves, scythes and other implements of destruction set forth last Saturday to endure what Mum's garden could throw at us.

(Just to clarify Dad has renounced all claim to the garden and fails to acknowledge it's exsistence)

I wish I had taken before and after photos to show you what we achieved in one day. Next weekend we have a machine coming to finish the job (or at least finish getting the undergrowth to ground level!!!)

Only problem is the garden doubles as a pet cemetry and we shall be digging up the remains of approximately 20 cats (we like cats ok!) a budgie and a hamster called Lara. I will try and get some pictures of our progress.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

My dear hubby had a moment of weakness at the weekend and during that time I took full advantage of the situation and got him to buy me a laptop. Always wanted one - dont know why.

So then of course its no good having a computer without having the internet, its like having a broken tv. So yesterday my new wireless modem arrived and then followed ten and a half hours of fiddling, installing programmes, following instructions and then later on tantrums, swearing at the computer and a frustrated hunt in the kitchen cupboards for chocolate.

Finally its working and I am now blogging on my new laptop whilst comfy in bed. And I must say theres something strange about surfing the web whilst in bed, It kind of feels like when you first got the net and sleep was something you vaguely remembered doing before the discovery of Ebay and other such sites.

Last night I hardly got any sleep and by tomorrow shall probably be walking around in a zombie like daze, but screw that, anyone got any good sites that will amuse me and keep me surfing till late into the night???????