If this is what the future holds…

Due to circumstances at home, I’m gaining insight into how to run a home. Shopping, cleaning, laundry, cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping, cooking…

I’m getting loads of help from my brother. He’s quite handy with a cleaning rag whilst donning a pair of Marigold’s.

Grandad, though? It’s like looking after a teenager. His typical day looks like this:

Gets up at about 1pm. Goes to visit Nanna. Comes home for a lie down. Eats dinner. Goes to visit Nanna. Watches TV until the small hours. Repeat cycle.

No help in cleaning – not even wiping a side down after making a cup of tea or coffee. And, I don’t know how, but it’s quite impressive how he gets coffee inside the door of a closed cupboard.

No offer to cook – but an offer for a take away. It’s not that he is incapable. He was a chef in the Army when he did his National Service. He makes a delicious potato and onion soup. He’s just plain lazy.

No offer to go and do the shopping. I have been given the housekeeping money, so that is my job.

No offer of him doing my laundry either. Nanna showed him how the washing machine works, so there is no excuse on that front. I could stop doing his laundry, but it seems a bit mean to do that – even if I’m just making a point.

If this is what married life is going to offer me after 53 years, then I think I will just stay single. It’s been an eye opener into how lazy Grandad is. It’s not that I do not know he is lazy, it is just I forgot to what extent. Term time, I am at university and working. During the Christmas break, I work more hours. But now that it is summer, and Grandad isn’t at the beach like he usually is, I’m spending more time with him at home. It’s now that I realise just want a lazy bugger my Nanna married.

I’m going to look into house training him.

Growing stuff

I saw the price of fruit and vegetables this summer and couldn’t believe them. We want more people to eat healthier so we yet we charge the earth for the good stuff, yet we sell shop own brand chocolate for prices much less. I’ve been mulling it over for a long while now but the decider was talking to a family friend about the work I would need to do to achieve a good crop of fruits and vegetables.

Our garden is like a jungle. It’s a mess. Grandad has turned a part of it into some kind of a scrap yard (or so it looks). Nanna is always going on about the state of the garden, but after talking to a neighbour, the work I need to put in is even more than I anticipated. I won’t be defeated though. I have my gardening gloves, and I have my welly boots. I’ve been out there pulling out weeds, and I’ve already started to plan what I want to grow. I’ve probably started growing the chilli peppers too early, but apparently I can ‘train’ them. I’ve sown the broccoli, so hopefully I’ll have some next June. I’ve even planted some Mung Bean which is started to sprout. I’ve also hinted to my brother what I would like for my birthday: a blueberry plant in a container. I’m also considering getting a dwarf apricot tree which can go in a big container.

I’m not going to lie: I have absolutely no idea what I am doing. But, I have figured that if I can sort out the garden and get some tubs and growing bags, that I should be ok. I just hope that my family and friends like eating chilli peppers, because there are only so many that I can eat before I start feeling sick!

Sharing my world VIII

Week 28 of Cee’s Share Your World challenge – week 8 in Becky weeks. I’ve probably missed a week but oh well.

Have you ever been a participant in a parade? What did you do?
Not that I can remember. But I have watched a few parades.

If you were handed free opera tickets, would you go or sell them? Why? I’d probably go – to try something new because I have not been to the opera before.

Why did you start your blog? To share. I love writing. I was bored. A few years later, I’m still here. And my step-mum followed.

What is your favorite tradition? (family tradition, church tradition, whatever) I’m really quite boring. I don’t have any traditions. Although, we have curry every Saturday following Cowes Night. Does that count towards traditional?

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m grateful for the friends and the time I’ve been able to spend with them over this last weekend. This week I’m looking forward to a few days on the beach with Grandad.

Sharing my world VII

Week 26 of Cee’s Share Your World challenge – week 7 in Becky weeks.

Is your refrigerator, organized or a mess inside? I think it’s quite a mess but I suppose there is some organisation to it. You can look inside it and find what you want. 

If you could be famous for one thing, what would it be? In the ideal world I would be famous for being a Formula One World Champion. At (nearly) 28-years-old I think it is safe to say that this dream is very much a delusional one. 

I aspire to one day have a Nobel Prize, but seeing as I don’t want to progress further after my degree, or go into research, I cannot see this happening either. Nobel Prizes are a bit like gold dust. I cannot foresee myself getting one of those.

Realistically, if I was to be famous for anything, it would be for my biggest “talent”, which (APPARENTLY) is making people laugh – with me or at me, I’m not too sure. Sadly, it is not something I want to be famous for but I can think of nothing else.

What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? After watching some circus performers last Saturday, I now really want to go to a circus. I’ve never been to a circus before. Next time one is local, I hope to go!

Where do you eat breakfast? On the sofa, in the kitchen, in my bedroom, on a train… Depends. 

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Grateful from last week: a quiet few days on the beach to revise. Looking forward to this week: going out with friends on Saturday. 

Sharing my World VI

Cee’s Share Your World week 25 – week 6 in Becky weeks.

What is your favorite type of dog?  (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal, drawing, cartoon or character in a movie or TV show) Barney – a real dog. Otherwise, Goofy.

Name one thing not many people know about you. I have quite a significant hearing loss in my right ear. I have had it since childhood but since a nasty infection in 2007, I can hear very little in my right ear. I learnt from an early age to lip read. I maintain eye contact when I’m talking, but when you’re talking, I’m looking at your lips.

Have you ever gone scuba diving?  If you haven’t, would you want to? No, and no. It does not interest me.

What was the most important event in your life last week? (anything goes it can be a good nights sleep, finished a reading book,winning the lottery, or getting married) That a lot of people are still alive. I wasn’t in the best of moods yesterday.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Grateful for not having any commitments in my life (like children) to tie me down. I decided to foxtrot oscar to the beach late on Tuesday night until Thursday morning. Looking forward to this week: Saturday… Something about stars and circuses.

Sharing my World V

Week 24 on Cee’s challenge, or week five in Becky week’s (it’s a real time scale…).

What makes you feel the most secure? I can list several things for this:

  • A locked door when I am home alone at night time.
  • Locking my car when I drive it in a traffic jam and there are pedestrians around – monkey see, monkey do – Grandad’s “s/he’s up to no good” is rubbing off on me…
  • Going to sleep. Not to sound morbid, but sleep fixes a lot of troubles. If I am sleeping and brutally murdered, I sleep right through it. If I am sick, I sleep, I get better. If I am tired, I sleep, I feel better. If I am worried, I sleep, I feel better.
  • I don’t need to have my mobile phone with me 24/7 but I do need to know where there is a telephone – especially if I am responsible for children. 
  • I need to know where the exits are for my own peace of mind.

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why? I first thought that this was a stupid question but on a second thought it’s designed to make me think… I’d be my welly boots. I can get as mucky as I want, I can look as disgusting as I want, but it all washes off in the shower!

How many languages do you you speak? I understand bits of what I’ve learnt from other languages but, to be honest, I’m still mastering the art of speaking English properly. 

What was the largest city you have been to?  What is the one thing you remember most? On the Wikipedia list of largest cities in the world, the answer is London. I’ve been there loads of times. From my last trip, a few weeks ago, I remember:

  • Tube closures
  • Line closures
  • Homeless man waking up in a shop door
  • ‘Homeless’ woman (we have our doubts) begging in the subway between South Kensington and the Science Museum
  • Rude Londoners trying to break up a group of adults and children who were clearly together
  • Science museum
  • Ice cream lady

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Grateful from this week just gone: being given the opportunity to attend a service where I actually learnt something about World War I (that they thought it would be over by Christmas, and that asparagus hadn’t grown so well – nor were the strawberries) and that I don’t really know the second verse to the National Anthem. Looking forward to this week: I haven’t committed myself 100% yet, but I might go to the beach late on Tuesday night until Thursday morning. Maybe. Hopefully. Quite probably. 

Sharing my world IV

Week 23 of Cee’s challenge, but week 4 of mine. Fi’s hopefully impressed that I’m keeping at it ;-)

Would your rather be stuck in a small plane with mild turbulence for 2 hours or be a passenger in a car racing the Daytona 500? I like motor racing so I would probably rather be a passenger in a car racing the Daytona 500. Secretly, I’d rather be driving a car racing in the Daytona 500…

Would you rather be alone with nobody in the vicinity for one month or never be alone not even for a minute for one month? People annoy me quite a bit. They say ridiculous things, they do stupid things, they are general pains in the butts… I think I’d rather be alone for a month so that I could maybe tolerate someone 24/7 for a month. Maybe after being completely alone for a month I might appreciate people more – including the ridiculously annoying ones. 

Would you like to sleep in a human size nest in a tree or be snuggled in a burrowed spot underground? I’d worry about falling out of the tree, so I wouldn’t sleep. Maybe I could sleep underground if I had enough blankets to keep the dirt off of me.

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger? Even though I am a driver, I’d rather be a passenger – but that depends on who is driving. There are so many idiots on the roads, so many stupid parents letting their kids walk into the roads, so many cats running across the roads… I’d prefer to be chauffeured around to take the pressure off of me and so I can look out of the window at stuff. 

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m late in posting this so I’ve missed a week… Grateful for from this week I’ve just had: motor sport. I love motor racing. I’m also grateful for support I’ve had in my studies – both academic and in a personal pursuit. This week, coming up, I’m looking forward to a trip with my friend (and two others) to Winchester Cathedral. Got my glad rags out. They just need an iron put over them!