It’s Not All Mary Poppins

A day off!

Just Nissa today!

Hey now. You count your days off your way, I’ll count’em mine. Caring for a single 17-month-old is a day off in my world.

Particularly since she’s still recovering from two weeks away. She arrived and within minutes was whinging. Sunny Nissa does not whinge. So, within 15 minutes of arrival, she was down for a morning nap.

It’s almost ten in the morning, and, apart from 20 minutes with Nissa, I have…

– had a cup of tea and perused my email.
– swept and damp-mopped the downstairs
– chatted with husband and daughter as we all trundled around in the kitchen
– made a batch of banana walnut muffins
– sorted two kitchen drawers
– made a pot of vegetable soup stock
– had another cup of tea and read a couple of chapters in my current book


Plans for the day:
Take in the beeeeyoutiful day out there with a walk to the bank, with a couple of side trips into a kitchen supply store (towels) and the flower shop,for fresh flowers. Nice, huh?

I like to have fresh flowers in a vase in my front hall. So pretty and welcoming. Cut flowers only. I do not like potted plants. I only kill them. Withered, yellow and/or blackened plants, gasping out their life in my front hall is neither pretty nor welcoming — and the GUILT? If you hate me, buy me a potted plant, knowing that I will agonize as it dies of my loving care, knowing that I will not just be able to toss the damned thing, but that my guilt-ridden agonizing will go on for as long as it takes to die deader than dead. I am a hapless plant-murderer, and oh, the responsibility of that curse! So. Cut flowers, please. I like my decorative foliage pre-dead, thanks.

Domestic diva-ness, a stroll in the mellow autumn sunshine, a few errands, pretty flowers, and probably a half-hour in a coffee shop, followed by some more reading-and-tea time when the tot has her afternoon nap.

Sounds like a day off to me!

September 11, 2009 - Posted by | holidays


  1. Sure sounds like a day off to me! Congrats.

    “I like my decorative foliage pre-dead, thanks.” I am so totally with you on this. I have managed to keep ONE aloe vera plant alive over the last decade, and I nearly killed it a couple of years ago by being too attentive to it.

    Comment by Zayna | September 11, 2009 | Reply

  2. Sounds like a lovely day! Puttering around at home in the morning followed by a stroll for domestic goodies in the afternoon with tiny tot in tow? I envy your fantastic day “off”!

    Comment by Nev | September 12, 2009 | Reply

  3. Remembering days like that almost make me want to go back to running my own day care – but then I look around and know that the changes would be too great! I hope your day with just one child continued being lovely.


    PS I too kill every potted plant ever given to me. If I plant them in the garden there is a small chance they’ll survive – it depends how tough they are!

    Comment by Maisy | September 12, 2009 | Reply

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