30 April 2009


Three things in one post today!!

First I just wanted to report that we DID go out last night, despite Greg having drunk two glasses of wine and a half-bottle of whisky between lunch and supper. My heart was in my mouth all the time, as his speech was very slurred, he was walking with a deliberate slow gait and was coming out with all sorts of embarrassing comments within earshot of people. When I get anxious, my throat closes up, gets very dry and my old phobia (of not feeling comfortable eating in public) raises its head. Still, Kay and I were determined to see it through and we just nodded to all his comments and tried not to get embarrassed or start any arguments. Once home again, he proceeded to doze off on the sofa and Kay and I heaved a sigh of relief.


Secondly, I have been tagged by the lovely Nunhead Mum of One and will do my best to answer all the questions.

Rules of the meme
Respond and rework
Answer questions on your own blog
Replace one question
Add one question
Tag 8 people

1. What are your current obsessions? Trying to reduce my cholesterol levels. I also want to go on and lose one more stone to return to the weight I was when I was a young slip of a girl.

2. Which item from your wardrobe do you wear most often? Scruffy jeans for walking the dog.

3. What's for dinner? Tonight there will be chicken casserole, rhubarb crumble and custard (a friend gave me some rhubarb from their allotment and I just have to make a crumble, but normally I avoid this for cholesterol reasons - see, I told you I am obsessed with this!)

4. Last thing you bought? A salad spinner (Last of the big spenders!)

5. What are you listening to? The tinnitus in my ears. I've had it for a number of years and it drives me insane. It sounds like the whine of the test card they used to show on TV. Listen here. You only got 6 seconds of it. I have it all the time!

6. What five items could you not leave the house with? Keys, mobile, extra strong mints, lippie, money.

7. Favourite holiday spots? Greece, Greece, Greece

8. Reading right now? Al-anon (for families of alcoholics) literature.

9. Four words to describe yourself: shy, anxious, sexy(??), practical.

10. Guilty pleasure? Baileys, chocolate

11. Who or what makes you laugh until you’re weak? My daughter. We can get very silly sometimes and have lots of therapeutic girlie giggles. It's a good antidote for stress - try it.

12. First spring thing? Snowdrops by our front door

13. Planning to travel to next? Regular visit to my mother, who is housebound.

14. Best thing you ate or drank lately? A bar of chocolate - the first I had had since my cholesterol-reducing diet started 12 weeks ago (see I mentioned it again!) An expensive bottle of red wine the neighbours gave me for looking after their cat while they were on holiday. I kept this hidden from Greg and had it all to myself over a few days!! (A very rare treat !!)

15. When did you last get tipsy? At a millennium party!!

16. Favourite ever film? Difficult, I love so many for different reasons, but one that really affected me was Sophie's Choice. I also adore Far from the Madding Crowd, as I am a Thomas Hardy fan.

17. Care to share some wisdom? Life is not a rehearsal. Don't let it pass you by.

18. If you could be someone famous, who would you be and why? Joan Collins. If I'm looking that good at 76, I shall be happy.

19. What did your last text say and who was it from? "Where r u? "- Greg texting me on my return journey from Yorkshire.

20. What is your favourite animal? All dogs and especially my dog, Snoopy. He is the most intelligent dog I have ever known and can understand about 100 different sentences (not just one-word commands but whole sentences.)

The eight people I am tagging (getting more difficult to find ones who haven't already been tagged!!) are:

Fat Frumpy and Fifty

Don't Panic

Kit Courteney

Dulwich Divorcee

Working mum on the Verge

Crystal Jigsaw

Forever Anxious

My Wife has Agoraphobia


Finally, my garden is full of beautiful blossom at the moment. It is arguably the best time of year for colour. Here are some pictures I took last week.

ceanothus (californian lilac)


All together


Working mum said...

Thanks for the tag. Inundated with exam paper marking at the moment (downside of teaching conscientious pupils!) so not sure I'll get round to it, but I'll try!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

You rotter you!! But thanks for the tag all the same. Leave it with me will you, need to think about some of the answers..!!

Take it you like Greece then!

CJ xx

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

glad the evening went...well? dare one hope?

Thanks for the tag, I have already prepared this one, from several other bloggers a lso...so will mention you!!
The answer to the advice question, ours are the same...almost same words too!!weird or what...coming form a similar place perhaps does it?

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Great post Rosiero. Glad your evening went well and that you and Kay enjoyed it.

Liked reading through your list - found it interesting, particularly favourite film. I worked in a restaurant in Weymouth at the time it was being made and remember the beach scene being filmed (we watched out of a window). Also some of the cast frequented the restaurant. I watch the film occasionally as it is one I am fond of.

The flowers in your garden look a treat - lovely colour. A x

Nechtan said...

I know you and your daughter made do but that must have really taken alot out of you. Drunks can be a real selfish pain in the backside. At the very least I am glad that obligation is now over for you.

Thanks for he tag. It will take me a while to muster up a list for myself but when I can I will do.

All the best


aims said...

At least you came through it fairly unscathed. I could hardly click on your link I was so nervous. Whew!

Not Waving but Drowning said...

So glad you managed to get out for the meal and that it wasn't as bad as you feared.


Robert said...
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Robert said...

I deleted my comment 'cos there were too many typos. Sorry! Here goes again...

Great pictures - your garden must be wonderful.

Good to learn that you survived Greg's birthday. Now you can look forward to his 65th!

I'm flattered that you tagged me! I'll answer the questions as soon as I get a few spare moments!

...that's better!

Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

My dad and stepmother got stocious at my 21st birthday dinner at the Savoy, we ended up being asked to leave. Took a long time until I saw the funny side of it. Till I was about 42, in fact.

Kit Courteney said...

How trying! Honestly, you and your daughter have so much patience, I applaud you both.

Thanks for the tag. It's a great diversion from the editing! Although I'm a little annoyed as I'd have tagged Nechtan and Robert too!

April said...

Dear Rosiero,
a nice 'tag' and obviously a lot of work to answer all this.

You know it's rather difficult for me to comment here because I'm not 'Blogger'. but you can change something in your settings: in 'choose profile' you can allow "Name and URL". then it would be easier for me. Thanks a lot. You know I appreciate your blog (and you) very much.

Merry said...

Your garden looks lovely -- I'm jealous :)

Flowerpot said...

I'm with you on the dogs!

rosiero said...

April - I have had a look at my settings and cannot see any way of changing to what you mention. I shall persevere, but at present cannot see what to do.

ChezziePoop said...

I have just been reading some if your blog and wanted to say how amazing i think you are in the way you cope with you unfortunate circumstances and yet still manage to see the beauty in things. What's more, what a fantastic mother you are to you fabulously hard working daughter. Its amazing that she is achieving such success. I think i've guessed what the course is but i wont say anything but good luck. :D

April said...

You can change it in your profile settings. Allow URL and name in comments.