Friday, March 20, 2009

7 Quick Takes


1. I found a bumper crop of Cherub toys in Oxfam* today: a six foot long alphabet jigsaw; two more jigsaws; a simple counting game based on the nursery rhyme Hickory, Dickory Dock; a mixture of small cars and other vehicles; and a large, purple toy microphone. It is the kind of noisy, irritating toy I hate, but Cherub adores microphones and after her virtuoso performance of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star in the shop - much to the entertainment of the other customers - I hadn't the heart to say no. Six pounds, the lot.

* A charity shop - people donate goods which are sold to raise funds for a specific charity.

2. I forgot ... I also got Noel Streatfeild's autobiography of her childhood. I love finding out the real story of authors I enjoy.

3. Trying to coach Star through homework on the water cycle ...

Me: What do you get when you boil water?

Star: Tea.

4. Cherub is working on her English grammar. Yesterday I heard her calling Star ... "Where you are?" Then she realised something was wrong, thought hard, and corrected herself to "Where is you?"

5. I made a discovery this week. Hair straighteners. All those annoying kinks in my almost-but-not-quite dead straight hair ... gone! In seconds. Suddenly I understand why Angel considers them an essential. Why did it take me so long to catch on?

6. They say mid-life motherhood keeps you young. In my case it just makes me confront the aches and pains of middle age head-on. I can sit on the floor with Cherub at her music-and-movement session, but I have to make a conscious effort to suppress the creaks and groans when I get up again.

7. Star and Tevye are supposedly watching TV. It must be a fascinating programme. They are both fast asleep on the sofa.

Read more quick takes at Jen's Conversion Diary.


Pam said...

Oh, I so know what you mean about the creaks and the groans.


47, with two older boys and two little girls!

Theresa said...

I had to LOL about the "tea" comment! Too funny!

Lerin said...

I laughed aloud at the "Tea" comment too!

Dorothy said...

Yes, I can see the appeal of the straighteners. My hair is wavy but not curly, so I tend to use the curling tongs to make it at least something!