Monday, 26 September 2016

Memorandum Monday: Never Bin There Before

So, come on Monday: what have you got for us? Autumn? Please tell me it's autumn! I'm in a making, reading, curling up on the sofa mood today and who can ever feel guilty about that when there are swirling leaves to watch through the window and blackberry crumble to dream about for tea?

And in the meantime...


Our weekend? This was our first child-free one, though we did have the pleasure of an hour of our girl's company as she returned from student land for a belongings smash and grab. She took a hot water bottle and a winter coat, which was sensible given the number of hours we have spent in contact with the heating engineer in the last week. It's not good when your boiler has water in it, right? She seems to be having a good time despite the chill and the no-show of the broadband man. There is always Internet of Mum and Dad, which is a bit like Bank of Mum and Dad, except that somebody has to go out for more printer paper when she's finished.

I've been working on...


But that was okay! We had to go shopping for a new phone for Granny anyway. Long story short: too many engaged tones, we could hear her sometimes, she couldn't hear us at all, the panic button wouldn't work, the BT man couldn't come until Monday. We made an emergency run yesterday with a new phone in case that helped. But she was fine. Everything seemed back to normal. And I came away with a surprise gift of a copy of Mary Jane Mucklestone's Fair Isle Style. Granny has no internet. It's not my blog she's reading. It must be my mind.

some sneaks of


We meandered home - kid free means we get to choose the route - and we ended up driving through a little country town which the road used to skirt years ago, but which is now, with the opening of the new by-pass, not part of our city to country route at all. It turned into an interesting first. We both remember this place from our childhoods; but we had, of course, different memories, different stories to tell, so that we were each hearing new snatches of our previous lives about a place we had both known back then. Does that make sense? It  made for a backwards and forwards kind of an afternoon; and when that happens it's always good to go home, make a big mug of coffee, and talk about what we're going to do next...

my projects....


Hope you have a good week! Anything new over the weekend for you? Maybe you'd like to make a memo? You'd be very welcome! Last week  Alexandra, Helena, Eileen, Jane, Mitra, Maggie, Deb, Ladkyis and Karen gave us a taste of what was new down their way. Go on, give 'em a wave! And if you'd like to join in, an hello here is much appreciated as I'm as much in need of a gentle shove into the new week as anybody else! Have a good one!

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20 comments:

Ruth said...

How lovely for you and TA to have that time together .... and good to hear that both Granny and TNSSO are doing okay.

Julie Kirk said...

You're like a little pair of satellites circling around your loved ones living on different planets and then going once back around your own planet on the way home. x

Karen said...

How lovely that you can share stories of the same place. Tracy and I grew up nearly 400 miles apart; I lived in the country, he lived in the city---very different experiences! Glad to hear everyone is settling in to the new routines.

Maggie said...

It sounds like you are enjoying your renewed time together. Our house seems quiet even with older one at home ( I think she is missing her too!). We have bee phone buying too. A new one for mother in law and just in case her sight gets worse it has buttons of a similar size to the chocolate variety!

alexandra s.m. said...

What a lovely post and each time I see a little birdie on one of your WIP I get all excited!
Wonderful previews Sian and I had never thought about the fact that some couple can have childhood memories of a common place!

Barbara said...

That must have been interesting to hear each others stories of the same place, I am pleased your daughter is settling in, so many changes for you all.

Lisa said...

Sounds lovely. The sneaks look intriguingly lovely as always. There's not a lot of shared but different history with mine! Coming from another country, our only mutual younger years touch points would be tourist points and we seem to have worked in different circles back then! ha ha! But he's the best tourist guide for London of anyone I'Ve come across which is terribly bizarre!

Patio Postcards said...

An adventurous weekend exploring in a new way some old places. I often wonder how many of us pass paths with the folks we end up with. Having just gone through a few health scares with family, I know that feeling of wanting to be sure Gran is safe. Happy week ahead.

Sandra said...

Coffee and plans .... now that's my type of weekend. I'm reading a book about Hygge ... it makes me think of you Xx

Mitra Pratt said...

Here is to fall in your neck of the woods and also coming to mine! We've got green hills still, but who knows for how long, since it's raining tonight and cold. Might just be the shove the trees need to start showing some color!

Susanne said...

How fun your meandering days have started - and you still get visits from TNSSO. You are blessed. And I can't wait to see the full layouts you've teased us with too.

Susan said...

Sounds like a lovely weekend. I am also anxiously awaiting autumn's arrival - I'm ready for scarves and sweaters and tea but the temperatures haven't yet cooperated with my plan.

Ali said...

Another lovely post :-) xxx

Jennifer Shaw said...

These sneak peeks are beautiful. Sounds like a productive but also fun weekend. I know exactly what you mean about a common place visited but before we were a couple. Rob and I have that experience too. It is neat and surprising that after decades together there is still something new to learn. I am loving every minute of fall but we might get snow this weekend and it could all be over.

alexa said...

That sounds like such a free-wheeling weekend ... You could get to like these, I suspect! DD can always let herself in and raid the cupboards while you two are AWOL. Commiserating about the phone; we've just had weeks of deliberation about a new one here that my Dad will be able to manage. Hoping all is well with your Mum now.

Lizzy Hill said...

What a lovely, busy time you've had! Love that your girl can duck in and out when it suits & that Granny is sorted & still has the ability to read your mind! And it's fun going back in time sometimes, remembering what was.....autumn eh? We seem to alternate between hot and cold days atm. Today it was boots. Yesterday thongs! Bizarro land!!!

debs14 said...

A very busy and productive weekend all round! How lovely that TNSSO can pop round and collect bits and pieces so easily - especially when warm sweaters and hot water bottles are needed!

Jo said...

It sounds like you had such a lovely weekend, I'm thinking about blackberry crumble now too!

Melissa said...

Sounds like a very nice first child-free weekend! What FUN to enjoy & share memories of the same place. Robbie & I grew up in different states, but we do have a "shared" memory as we were both (in different years & places) part of the same musical during high school!

Missus Wookie said...

It isn't good if your boiler is flooded (along with the rest of the house) and is underwater for a couple of days either. Hope that Granny's phone is working and that your girl has a wonderful year away, nice that you are close enough to visit for such things. I've got a package to put together - which is cheaper than train fare I tell myself.

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