October 31st – Halloween Birthday

1999:  We were up at 5.45, bumbled around and then got ready to go over the town.  We were delayed slightly when Al reminded mummy that the clocks went back last night and the shops wouldn’t actually be open yet.  So we bumbled around some more.  And then went shopping and I got my face painted and scared everyone on the way home. Had a couple of hours nap this afternoon so missed Nanny and Pa when they visited but they left me a Halloween mask and T shirt.  Mum and I got dressed up this evening to go to Uncle Telly’s birthday party but we couldn’t find my mask.  Mum found it eventually – behind my new house in the garden.  I took my microphone to sing happy birthday and as a birthday bonus, I got the rr’s and called him Uncle Terry.  I got to blow out the cake candles three times.  We all had a great time and we didn’t get in until 11.00!  Needless to say, it wasn’t long before I was asleep – nor mummy for that matter.

2019: No parties today but still Terrys birthday so messaged him to wish him a good one. Day off again today so time spent trying to get a loan to also do my SIA badge so I can work the doors in Norwich of a weekend. I can only get 49.9% with a guarantor! Back to the Sainsburys card then but mum needs to order another one as I misplaced her last one – in her car but she only found it once she cancelled it!

#children #parents #familiy #halloween #birthdays #loans #money

 

October 22nd -Think I need a Stress MOT

1999: Up at 6.30.  We went downstairs and got my milk and then snuggled up to mum until she got up at seven.  Playschool this morning and afterwards Edon took me to the Wimpy for lunch.  Had a very tiring day and fell asleep at five on the settee at home.

2019: STRESS! What an idyllic day that sounds. Today I had to nip out of work and juggle taking my car for an MOT. Rang mum “can I borrow £40 until pay day please? I need new windscreen wipers!” Also got advisories on tires and brake pads. If I had a little money …….

#kids #mums #Playschool #childminders #food #stress #mentalhealth #money #cars

July 18th – Life’s Not Always a Picnic!

1999:  Happy but croaky this morning – and so is mum (well the latter anyway!).  Calpol and milk all round then!  Aunty Eesa came round with Dandell and Dessica and we all piled in her camper van and headed for the Farm and a teddy bears picnic. We saw the animals, fed the hens crisps (they didn’t seem to keen but we had fun throwing them – the crisps that is).  We went on the roundabout, bouncy castle, pony rides, playground, went to the craft tent and had ice-cream and ice lollies and lots of fun.  When we got home we played in the garden.  Mummy got the paints out and we painted pictures ……and feet……and arms……and legs………and faces!  Later, Eesa and Dandell were in the paddling pool, I was washing my car with the hose when suddenly mummy had grabbed at the hose and aunty Eesa was throwing buckets of water at mummy.  There was a massive water fight and mummy lost badly – especially as I was still holding the hose!  

2019:  Life’s no picnic today; just one of those days with lots unhappy work phone calls – and then I get one from mum saying she has a letter for me – chasing up one of my parking fines! Marks paid it for now …. until pay day .. role on next week!

#toddlers #childhood #adulthood #money #driving #parking #pcinic #MarshFarm #Southwoodhamferrers #friends #mums #work

March 11th Diversifying Chronic Illness

1999:  On the way to Edons we had to stop at the post office to collect a package for mum – her bouquet of flowers for Mothers day – I’m just so thoughtful, and it’s amazing what a young chap can arrange these days. Tonight mum asked if I wanted anything to eat, I said no but she made us noodles anyway.  Why does she bother to ask?  I had three mouthfuls just to keep her happy.  Whilst mum was busy eating, I went into the kitchen and decided to play with the fridge.  It seemed like a good idea to begin with, but then I poked myself under the eye with the shelf rim. I wouldn’t let mum put anything cold on it, even after she’d put a cold cloth on herself (why she should think that would help my eye I don’t know).  We went upstairs, before my milk, to change my bum and put my pyjamas on, but I wasn’t too keen, and let mum know with a swift head butt to the chest.  This seemed to change her mind again and I ended up in bed!  I did get my milk, a teddy, a cuddle and a ‘moonbeams’ story – well sort of, I’ve started diversifying and I tell mum stories too.  My moonbeams is a wind up toy that shines pictures on the ceiling, one of these being a plane. Mum has made up a story to go with it but sometimes I just shoot the plane out of the sky.  Mum says I’m such a caring, placid child but I don’t quite know where she gets that from. 

2019:  Arrived at Aviva for 9am and smashed the ball out of the park. I’ve got the job but don’t start until 21st April so that might delay things with the flat a bit as only one wage coming in for the next two months. I’ll keep trying with the agencies for now. Home tonight and heavily into Afflicted on Netflix. Told mum I think her Fibromyalgia is actually Lymes disease – spookily this was she has also been thinking

#moonbeams #stories #toddlers #growingup #mothersday #flowers #aviva #interview #job

March 1st – Cutting Teeth

1999: Spent the day at Edon’s until five when mum took me to Nan’s for tea.  I was really pleased as mum said we were going but I didn’t quite believe her until we rounded the corner of her road and then I got really excited shouting ‘Nan, Nan, Nan’.  Uncle Eddy and Pa were there too!  After 20 minutes mum disappeared.  Charming – more quality time!  She returned an hour later in a new shiny red car – I was very excited and had a little go in the driver’s seat. We went home in the NEW car, which is actually 3 years old, but it’s all ours!  I had a bath, complete with hair wash (I have managed to avoid it for a week now) and I wasn’t too impressed with Mother pouring all that water over my head.  Afterwards I found the lion cake and decided to demolish it.  Mum discovered another tooth coming = 10 at the bottom and eight on top.

2019:  Home alone today and tonight as Mum and Mark have gone to the theatre and Zof is out with friends. Low, low, low day – mum always knows – she text me to check I was in a good place before buggering off out as she put it. I’m ok. Well ok to be left on my own. She rang and faced timed me a couple of times too. I sometimes feel as if I’m cutting teeth all over again in this adult world, but wonder if it was actually any less painful back then …..

#teething #family #grandparents #toddlers #adults #work #depression #demotivation

 

February 28th Job Hope Brightens the Mood

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

February 27th Birthday Celebrations

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