Sunday, 13 July 2014

Taking a Break

We're taking a break BUT ....


one of our number is staying behind. Yes, The Tall One will be looking after house and hamster while we're away. Sooo...I'm wondering, what advice do you have for him? what do you think he needs to remember? You all know me well enough by now to have some idea of what I might have said before I left. Care to take a guess? Or maybe you have a Home Alone story or two? Oh, yes! Let's hear the Home Alone stories! We'll bring back something nice for the best one....

Keep postcard piling while we're gone. If everyone does as promised there'll be no hitches. But do go ahead and email me if you have any questions. I managed to get an extra card out to about half of you at the beginning of the week. More to follow!

18 comments:

Linda said...

Have a lovely time Sian! Looking forward to hearing about your trip. We left our two grown up kids at home last week, with a list of things to do! They were pretty good, but forgot to put the garden bin out for collection. Thanks for the postcard:) I will be posting mine out this week.

Lea Lacoste said...

I housesit almost every summer. the only thing my mom ask is that i keep the plants alive (she has like a zillion of them, so it's not that easy!)
Enjoy your trip!

Lizzy Hill said...

Enjoy your holiday! We left our 18 year old recently-car-licenced boy home alone...with strict instructions NOT to have any huge, house destroying parties. Maybe it was those words of warning that put the idea into his head? Not that it was a BIG party...or even a party, per se. Mind you, we only heard this story when his mate rang to ask DH to provide a character reference for when he had to face court....quite a while after the holiday.....it went something like this [brief version]....said Eldest had a relaxed BBQ with a few mates. More was drunk than eaten. Boys decided to have 'play fights' with the knives [since they weren't eating with them]....my son got a cut wrist. About where you try to commit suicide area. Boys panicked, bundled him into a car [bleeding like a stuck pig] & sped [I mean SPED] off to hospital....& yup! There was a police car who ended up giving them an errr 'escort'. The driver [despite the glowing reference given] ended up losing his licence for 12 months. The wrist was FINE. That son now has a 2 yr old. Only 16 years or so 'til he gets his come-uppence. Oh, the sweetness of life's circle!!!! Can't WAIT!!!!
PS: don't ask me why they didn't ring up & get an ambulance...oh, yeah...that's right...they'd had a few drinks:/:/!!!!

Nathalie said...

I don't have any home alone stories but wanted to wish you a wonderful holiday nonetheless! I received my first postcard yesterday and what a treat that was!

Sandra said...

Have a fabulous time, I can't wait to hear all your stories

Beverly said...

Hope the three of you have a glorious time. I am sure the house will be in good order when you return ;) I always slept with a butcher knife under my pillow when I was left home alone @@

S said...

Have a great time. I'm sure that TTO will have it all under control, but I'll say a little prayer for him right now anyway!

S said...

It should have gone without saying (and nearly did) that there would be a prayer for the traveling band as well (and there was).

Maria Ontiveros said...

No parties; we actually tell all the neighbors and all the parents of Henry's friends when we left him home alone. I actually told the neighbors that if an out of control party broke out, to pull Henry out of the party and then call the police!
I also left instructions about health cards, insurance cards, etc. and had some people check in on him.
But, seriously, now that they've spent a year at University, it's not so different.
Have a great trip! I posted my cards already and have even heard that a few have landed.
Rinda

Amy said...

Empty the washing machine straight away ... don't forget about it and then have a whole machine full of smelly clothes - yeurrrkkkk! Ditto for the compost bins.

Have a great time - see you when you get back!

Becky said...

Hope you have a lovely time. We are now back and I have already done 6 loads of washing! When we left Ben behind one year, he had several friends back after the pub - one was not very well in the fireplace and to this day there is a stain on the brickwork, although Ben cleaned it all up. To embarrass the lad who did it even more, I ended up interviewing him and giving him a job in our call centre - I don't hold grudges!
All postcards have been posted today. Looking forward to receiving some soon!

debs14 said...

We never came home to evidence of wild parties but clearly more than 'a few' people came over. Mine always knew that my sister had instructions to pop over at any time without warning and maybe that was a deterrent!
So my advice to TTO is to not publicise your absence on FB and to tidy up the day before he expects you home just in case you return early!

Alison said...

We had one wild party experience, but lessons were certainly learned!...have a fantastic holiday Sian & co!
Alison xx

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Have a lovely time. The Tall One will be fine. :)

alexa said...

Hoping you have a perfectly lovely time, Sian, and a well-deserved rest or at least an invigorating change - and that your foot holds out. Dear Tall One: before your Mum gets home, 1) hoover everywhere 2) clean the loo(s) 3) make sure you've done all your washing and ironing because Mum will have enough holiday stuff to do without wading through yours first! 4) take anything out of the fridge that is growing a beard - your own will be handsome! but it's not so attractive on food 5) make sure the kitchen worktops and floor are clean - no crumbs, and that the bread bin does not smell of mould. But I am sure you have it all in hand!

Karen said...

I love Alexa's list. We always left a typed list of the essentials, and I always hoped for a clean and neat home when I returned. It usually worked out very well.

tidbitsandtreasures2011 said...

Sian, enjoy your well-deserved holiday. Between the good sense you've imparted to The Tall One over the years and the bits and pieces of advice he is getting here, I'm sure TTO will be fine--in fact, I'm betting (hoping??) you will be pleasantly surprised when you return.

TTO--my only bit of advice: TAKE PICTURES. These will be helpful if/when you have any doubt about how your parents expect things to be when they return. Other than that...what Alexa said!

Jennifer Shaw said...

Thank you so much for your lovely postcard. I was so excited to receive it! Have a wonderful holiday. :)

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