It’s Not All Mary Poppins

This and that

1. I’ve been writing again. If you want to pop over and see (it’s only 400 words long!), you can find it here. You can even leave a comment over there, if the subject interests you! Oh, and give me some stars. (And, surprise! It’s not about sex. For once.)

2. The following is an IM chat between Emma and a friend. (No, I wasn’t reading over her shoulder. She told me about it. Which is why the spelling, punctuation, and grammar are sound…)

Zach: What’re you doing?
Emma: Painting!
Zack: What?
Emma: The dining room.
Zach: How much are you getting paid?
Emma: I’m not.
Zach: Oh, is it one of those “Family Responsibility” things?
Zach: Wow…

(It gives me great satisfaction to know that my daughter’s friends also come from families who expect teen participation, not for money, not for bribes, but because it’s part of being in a family. YOU GO, Zach’s parents!!)

3. Darcy came to the door yesterday with his dad, because he wanted to visit Mary, and then was completely tongue-tied with delight, and barely managed to squeeze out a quiet word or two. But his smile? Delectable. The boy is beyond sweet.

4. I had to open a new tin of paint on the very last wall, and an hour later, there was a VERY visible line – across the top third of one wall. UGH. SO, the ‘very last wall’ became the SECOND LAST wall, because the whole damned thing had to have another coat put on. And if this means that I will have to give the WHOLE DAMNED ROOM another coat, I will be seriously pissed off annoyed.

5. I am thrilled and delighted, however, that in another hour I will be able to move the china cabinet and the piano back to their proper places, and move the HUGE MOUND OF STUFF that is currently filling my dining table, cluttering the room, and oppressing me no end – back into the cabinet. The thought of having the dining room Back To Normal is very motivating…

6. I am also thrilled and delighted that tomorrow my eldest is coming to visit for three days. I miss her! AND, she’s all excited about the painting, so maybe she can help with the living room!!!! If I don’t have it done by 4:30 tomorrow afternoon, when her bus comes in.

7. I will reward myself for all my hard work later this afternoon, when I go downtown to meet my sweetie and we will have a chiller. Mmmmmm….

August 22, 2007 - Posted by | Darcy, holidays, my kids, parenting


  1. Hey, if it’s not an exact match to the other walls, you can just call it an accent wall. Pretend it was on purpose.

    Comment by kittenpie | August 22, 2007 | Reply

  2. I second the “YOU GO!” to Zach’s parents.

    Once your tiny tots turn into tenacious teens, they should expect “family responsibility things” as being par for the course.

    Like you always say, we’re raising children to be functioning, well-adjusted adults.

    Kudos to you that Emma volunteered! She must love her Mommy…or just really love painting. (hehehehe)

    Comment by Sheri | August 22, 2007 | Reply

  3. Note to self: pack painting clothes.

    Comment by Haley | August 22, 2007 | Reply

  4. Liked the article, I know the feeling, because i fit my work around my children, take them with me on the school run or go shopping, its like it doesnt count.

    Comment by jenny | August 22, 2007 | Reply

  5. So what is Emma doing NEXT week? Because I have loads of empty walls….

    Comment by Tammy | August 22, 2007 | Reply

  6. I left you a comment about the article on the article, so you’ve probably already seen it…but this is my first visit to your blog, and I just wanted to say hello and that it’s just as enjoyable as your other writing!

    Comment by Florinda | August 23, 2007 | Reply

  7. Hurray, for “Family Responsiblity things!” We’re firm believers in that in this household.

    Hurray, for visitors!

    Booooo, on walls needing repainting.

    Comment by mamacita tina | August 24, 2007 | Reply

  8. Kittenpie: Accent wall! That’s EXACTLY what it is! Thank you!! In fact, given how the light falls and the great-than-90 degree corner at one end of it, it’s hardly noticeable. Thank goodness.

    Sheri: Love her mommy, or love painting? A little of each, I think. However, by the end of day three? We were both loving the painting a whole lot less…

    Haley: Bwah-ha. I am weary now.

    Jenny: Thanks. We are such ‘crowd’ animals, we people. What the majority does is normal, everything else is suspect or sub-standard. Even when we know better, we often have to fight that first response.

    Tammy: You know, I was just telling her I knew someone who lived in the Yukon. Maybe she’d like to visit the wild and wooly north?

    Florinda: Why, thank you! Nice to see you here!

    MT: Family Responsibility is a great thing. We are A TEAM. And, yay for visitors! Haley is here now, and we had a lovely evening yesteray. And we have one more room. Lordy, I’ll be glad when we’re done! (Another life lesson: when Motivation leaves you, Determination sees you through. Though, I confess, it’s less fun…)

    Comment by MaryP | August 24, 2007 | Reply

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