1999 Impressed mum as I came into her room this morning and said “can I have” but needed help with the “a drink please” bit. Mum thought I was very clever and said it was far nicer than the “dink” I usually holler in her ear. That’s as may be, but it’s much harder work if you ask me. I mean, why use all those words when you can get the same result just using one? Adults! I’ll never understand them. Found the camera on the lounge floor this morning and took several photos of the telly, the carpet, the curtain, my foot etc. Should look good when the films developed (nice surprise for mum anyhow). Went to Edons and then Nanny’s today. The sun was shining and I played in the garden all day. Nanny gave me a new shirt from Uncle Teddy – a Southend United one! I was very tired tonight which resulted in tantrums; largely because mummy pulled the plug out of the bath just because I slapped her! I was back home and in bed by seven and asleep two minutes later.
2019: Long drive back from Wales to Beccles today, made worse by an hour and a half jam on the A14. Legs are pretty wobbly from yesterdays run but I’m happy I did the run and am also celebrating one year with Zof today! She has stuck by me (even holding my hand in hospital after surgery and looking after me when I was discharged at the beginning of July when we were just friends). She has inspired me, encouraged me, helped me, filled me with confidence and let me be me. Looking forwards to many more years together.
#toddlers #childhood #adulthood #vocabulary #childtalk #photography #sunshine #footbal #southendutd #tantrums #Beccles #Wales #Trafficjams #girlfriend #friends #crohns #hemicolectomy #mentalhealth
1999: I slept right through until half four this morning, when I woke up in my own bed and was alive and kicking. Mum still wanted to sleep and after several disruptions to her shut eye she shut her bedroom door in my face. Charming! By the time she got up – 45 minutes later – we were back on talking terms. I jumped in mum’s water and drank all her tea (except 3 mouthfuls which she’d managed to swig before I got my mitts on it – gonna have to speed up my tactics). Went to Edons and when mum picked me up she had a tricycle for me which one of her staff had kindly donated to our cause! Mummy let me ride it out front for a while and then we went round to the back where I found her a lovely feather (the first of her collection) and it wasn’t long before the hose pipe came out. I surprised mum by counting to twelve in the bath tonight, following which we both fell asleep on my bed at 7.15
2019: A long drive from Lowestoft in Suffolk in Bala to Wales ready for my Snowdon run, Staying in the home of a musician through Airb&b. The alarm is set for 4.40am. The day has come round so quickly and I am soo literally nervous and I have no idea why. I have absolutely smashed my fundraising target which currently stands at at £685 towards Crohns and Colitis UK, and now to absolutely smash this mountain. Hopefully gonna be setting off at 6 am tomorrow and provided all goes well i’ll be returning at some point before 10 am. This is more nerve racking than when I was waiting to go for surgery. Time to show the world that us people with chronic, invisible illness are the most strongest physically and mentally set people! I’m not just doing this for me, but my friends, family and everyone in the invisible illness community. Thank yo to everyone who donated and thank you to my family who have come along with me to be waiting at the end with a long, stiff drink!
#toddlers #childhood #mums #childminders #adulthood #crohns #crohnswarrior #notalldisabilitiesarevisible #ibs #crohnsdisease #mountain #snowdon#wales #snowdonia #trek #family #crohnsandcolitis #fundraising #lowestoft #suffolk
1999: Up at 6 this morning, with the alarm. Mum wasn’t in a very good mood, especially when I started whining in the bath. Just to complete the start to her day I cried when she left me at Edon’s. Nan picked me up later on in the morning and Pa and Bomps were home too. Uncle Teddy came round and we watched him on video doing a comedy routine. I wasn’t to be upstaged though and started mimicking his act. Later we played football , until Teddy lost the ball over the fence! Some things never change according to Nan!
2019: Urggh! Don’t know what time I got up today. In fact, I don’t think we fully did. Great house warming party last night but I’m beginning to wonder why I actually came home and did the housework yesterday and why I didn’t listen to mum about the alcohol
#party #football #comedy #humour #housework #toddlers #adults #growingup #alcohol
1999: Back to the usual grind today. Awoke in mum’s bed at 7, had milk and a cuddle and then it was all systems go go go. Jumped in mum’s bath as she got out. Went to Edon’s, where potty training didn’t go too well according to the adults. Who wants to waste time sitting on a silly plastic thing when you can just pee on the go? When mum and I got home tonight, Nanny and Pa were there and Pa was putting a lovely new fence up. I helped of course, fetching screws and things. I also played in his van and climbed up his ladders. This was slightly more difficult second time around as I had had to put my own wellie boots on and they were on the wrong feet! I got very grubby and ended up having another bath, which I didn’t mind as I got to show Nan how I can get in and out all on my very own now.
2019: How I used to love Pa’s van and climb his ladders. Off labouring today and up work ladders – boots on right feet but tricky when hodding. Home via mums to pick up some bits for our moving in party tonight and then home to tidy up under strict instructions of the missus who is working until 8pm.
#party #moving #pottytraining #toddlers #adults #growingup #building #labouring #vans
1999: Couldn’t be bothered to get up this morning I lay in bed calling ‘Mum, Mum’ but she did not answer. Then I called ‘Nan’ and I heard movement and a figure entered my room saying ‘no, you were right the first time!’ I was sooo pleased to see her and we had big hugs and cuddles. We went downstairs for milk and juice and made ‘bix’ for ‘fast’ and sat eating and drinking at the table. At 10.30 Granddad came to fetch me to see daddy. I had a lovely day, my cousins came round in the morning and we all played. I had so much fun that I didn’t sleep all day and fell asleep on the way home. Tonight Nan and Pa came round with peaches and jelly and cake. I kept putting the candles on and blowing them out – mum didn’t seem to blow out any – perhaps you don’t like that sort of thing when you get older.
2019: Went out to meet a friend who is back on site over this way as caravan sales manager. Was great to catch up and have breakfast and he has also told me of a sales job going on a nearby site. Went to Zof’s tonight to update my CV and do covering letter which I have now sent over to him. That has given me a bit of hope again, as the agency I keep ringing about factory work just isn’t getting anywhere in a hurry. At least we’re not actually in the flat yet and my current landlord is Mum!
#caravans #sales #work #growingup #kids #adults
1999: Up at 6.30 – come on mum – it’s the weekend – let’s party. She doesn’t seem too enthusiastic. I guess she is getting on a bit now – 34 today. She sang happy birthday to herself, but I wanted it to be to ‘me’. We had a cup of tea, got dressed and then went to Nanny and Pa’s. Mum had lots of pressies and I wanted to open them all. I had bought her a lovely green purse and she had Lion cake (which I blew the candles out on several times). Mummy went home to get ready and then she went off to London for the day and I stayed with Nanny and Pa. I went to the shops with Pa and we bought some yummy cakes. We made peaches and jelly for mum’s tea tomorrow (well it is mine and Pa’s favourite!) Pa bought me a Thomas the Tank Engine magazine and I had a generally spoilt and pampered day. Well I do have to work hard living with my mum, so it’s nice to have a break every now and again. Nanny and Pa took me home and although mummy’s, Bim’s and Eesa’s cars were there, there was no sign of anyone. I went to bed and I presume Nanny and Pa stayed with me.
2019: Mum always takes her birthday off from work and I met her for a Pizza Hut buffet at lunch time which is one advantage of being unemployed. This afternoon we got the fire going and watched the films I wanted to watch on Sky Cinema (20 years may have passed but I still seem to have a handle on things!) Zof came over tonight and we gave mum her all her pressies – lots of organic stuff (as she’s gone organic mad) and a companion set for fire place. Indian take away for tea which was lush. Oh. And I had to trouble mum to fill out a form for guarantor for flat ……
#parents #growing up #birthdays #celebrations #unemployment #houserenting #presents #girlfriends #cakes
1999: What’s going on? I awoke in my own bed! I decided to have a packet of love hearts for breakfast, but I didn’t like the purple ones, as mum discovered when I kept placing a purple gooey mess in her hands. It wasn’t all bad though; I did have some of mummy’s cereal too, but refused to have any of my own. We went over the town and bought chocolate muffins for the rest of our breakfast. Mummy said that we could pretend we were in America and then it wouldn’t seem such a bad breakfast – that’s fine by me, I don’t care where we are just give me my cake! I asked mummy to open mine right away, which she did and said ‘don’t drop it’. What a ridiculous thing to say to a two year old, I did manage to eat about half before it was on the floor though. We had another lazy day, eating junk and watching videos as both of us are feeling a bit poorly. Mum says I can go to Edons tomorrow even if she stays home, just so that I can get some decent play and conversation! Although Uncle Terry did come round tonight 😀
2019: Zof came over and stayed last night so was nice to briefly wake up with her until we then had to go our separate ways to work. Mum messaged to say she is hoping to fly over to Ireland and see Karen in July and did I want to go? Stupid question. Of course I do! Relief – I actually remembered to take my lunch today rather than leaving it on the kitchen side or in the outside porch!
1999: What’s going on?! Mummy was up and dressed before me this morning. Is she getting organized or am I just getting lazy? At least she’s starting to get a bit of autonomy at last. Oh well, it will soon be the weekend! I had my milk and then a big cuddle, it wasn’t until she put me back down that she realised that I was wet and so were her work clothes. Oops! Well, I would have told her if only she’d asked. I don’t know why mum bothers with this work thing – she always looks so stressed by the time she goes. We had pasta for tea tonight with bacon and tomato pasta sauce and mummy said we could be naughty and sit on the settee to eat. I decided to put mine on my toy cooker and eat it. Then I put it on the arm of the settee. And then on the settee. And then on the floor. Mummy didn’t seem to think this was such a good idea. I don’t know, I think the orange patches add interest to the furnishings. Later on I brought mummy a plastic plate from my cooker – she picked up pieces, put them in her mouth and said ‘Mm, tasty’. I don’t know, she must be hallucinating or something – it was just an empty plate really, but I played along and did the same. The things you have to do to keep these adults amused.
2019: I love to cook pasta. Maybe to show mum how it should be done – al dente, not burnt but still like to leave my mark and mess around the house. Cooked tonight as mum has gone to visit her friend Joy in Lincolnshire. We lived there from when I was 4 – 13 in a really old bungalow with an acre of land – hence the motorbikes that I used to love to ride. We renovated the property and I remember having to jump form rug to mat over concrete floors. But my best memories, apart from the bikes, is collecting fresh eggs from the chucks, digging up fresh potatoes for dinner and our goats Molly and Golly which we never even attempted to milk!
1999: I got mum a cracker this morning – I fell over in my bedroom, mum asked if I was okay and I said ‘yes’, but she noticed my nose was running and went off to get some tissue. I followed mummy into the bathroom and held out my hand and she thought I’d hurt it. Mummy kissed it better not realising until that point that I was actually holding out my hand to show her that I’d been very grown up and wiped my own nose with it! I found her facial contortions highly amusing and now keep giving her ‘presents’ but she hasn’t fallen for it again. We went to Donals tonight as promised but it was a bit of a let-down as they had run out of boxes and decent toys. So much for a happy meal – it didn’t make me very happy and I hardly touched any of my chicken nuggets (loodaloo) or chips. Well it’s not the same without the box is it?! On the way home we called in to see Dev who found me an excellent motorbike alarm clock. I loved it so much he said I could keep it. I was chuffed but mum didn’t seem so pleased. I think it’s really cool – it revs up and makes real bike sounds and it’s really loud. I played with it all night and on the way home I fell asleep with it on. Every time mummy stopped the car and turned it off, I woke up and turned it back on again. Mum, its soothing okay?
2019: Morning at the beauty parlour waiting for Zof to get her eyelash extensions done and then off to Cirque in London. A very messy night but a great post birthday celebration. I have since had 3 real motorbikes – one when I was 5 and one when I was 6. These faired far better than my first on road bike that I paid £1100 for and blew it up within a month. Got my car for now but one day ………
#motorbikes #London #girlfriend #toddlers #childhood #Adulthood #cirque #cars
1999: We rang on Edons doorbell for 5 minutes this morning, eventually mummy had to ring her from her mobile to let us in (she’d been in the shower washing her hair!) I didn’t sleep today and when mum picked me up this evening I was feeling a bit hyper. Once home we had a cuddle and then mum fixed my new ‘crazy train’ together which kept me quiet for a while, but mum felt it a shame that the train wasn’t so quiet. Mum says that it’s at birthdays and Christmas time that mums really find out who their friends are. I think they’re all great – I get wicked presents! Dinner was a concoction of yesterday’s left overs, which mum seemed to enjoy, but I gave up after one mouthful and opted for a bowl of Jelly instead. Honestly in this house you eat like a king one day and a pauper the next. We watched a bit of telly tonight and I wanted everything in the adverts from going on a tram to eating ‘Donals’. Mum has said we will go to Donals tomorrow night for tea (YES!!! – a break from mums cooking)
2019: Feels like I’m on that crazy train at the moment. Horrible day at work and to cap it all someone nicked my stepdads drill out the back of the van as I was loading to go. He was cool about it (even though he didn’t actually know Id borrowed it)- just kept saying he needed to drill holes! On he bright side Zof is home tonight, fish pie for tea which was again not burnt and London tomorrow!
#crazytrain #presents #cooking #london #tools #building #macdonalds