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Mothers Day 
Well isn't Mothers day early this year? I wonder how many people have been caught out. My son visited and I enjoyed a nice meal last night, breakfast in bed, and some lovely pressies! Mothers day always brings to mind mine and my husbands Mums who sadly are no longer with us. I can remember when I was younger 'the oldies' used to come out with what I felt were stupid statements at the time but the older I become the more I can relate to those words of wisdom. Today I really now know you don't know what you've got till it's gone.But I found this while smurfing the net and it made me smile.....................

25 THINGS I LEARNT FROM MY MOTHER

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
" Because I said so, that's why."

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
"If you fall out of that swing and break your Neck, you're not going
to the store with me."

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

7. My mother taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your Neck!"

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION.
"Stop acting like your father!"

15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it when you get home!"

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."

19. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"

20. My mother taught me HUMOUR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

25. And my favourite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you"

Well I know I'm proud of my son, I just hope Mum was proud of me!
Happy mothers day to all mums everywhere, sometimes it's a hard job - but we all get our rewards one way or another!

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Writing Vs Housework 
Well I'm sorry about that I never did add another entry - I really did have a good day of writing and the dragon story moves onward. Chapter seven is in progress. I expect when I've finished and read the story all the way through I will realize what a load of drivel I have written. It is great escapism though! Beats doing the housework any day - but there again anything beats doing the housework. I have a fridge magnet which quotes,'Doing housework is like threading beads onto a string with no knot on the end.' How true, I find I clean and tidy one room only to turn round and notice another room that needs the attention of the hoover and a duster! Not to mention the garden. When I was going out to work I just seemed to get 'stuck into' the cleaning etc. on my days off but I find the more time I have the more I find an excuse to put it off till tomorrow. I have to many more important or more enjoyable things to fill my time. I have no chance of getting bored in my retirement.

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Creative Writing and Distractions! 
The sky is a sharp blue, there is no hint of wind or clouds, the birds are quarrelling on the bird table in the garden but the temperature outside is distinctly nippy. So the central heating is turned on constant and after reading my writing magazine I am fired with enthusiasm and I’m determined to carry on with my Dragons tale. BUT! First I need to load the washer, make a brew, check the headlines, have a choccy biscuit, make the bed and then my computer has decides to go ‘belly up.’ I go and get another drink whilst it recovers, count to ten and decide to write my blog first. Now I must decide on the music to listen to whilst writing – Jean Michel Jarre, Now I’ve realized it's feeding time! How I admire true writers who can shut out all of life’s distractions! I'll ignore the rumbling tum for half an hour and try my best to get focused. I'll let you know how it goes later - promise.

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Spring and the North South divide  
Spring is on it's way, the crocuses (or should it be Crocii?)are out. The birds are looking out for nesting boxes and the days are sunnier and longer, well down here in Worthing at least. Today we had lunch on Littlehampton beach, well okay not ON the beach but sat in the car overlooking the beach. There were brave souls walking along the beach and promenade but I didn't feel that brave (or daft enough) yet! I spoke to my niece, Wendy, in Lancashire on the phone earlier today and by all accounts the weather sounds wet, windy and earlier in the week they had snow! I do love visiting Lancashire and seeing all my old 'haunts' and I sometimes think I would love to live up there again but then I recall the weather. I have not too fond memories of walking to school in the teeming rain, being 'blown' around Chorley market and also I recall how the draughts could find their way around any window or under any door. I don't think my creaky joints could stand it now. But then I remember Mushy peas, Eccles cakes, the view from the top of Rivington Pike and the miles of sand at Southport, and I think perhaps I wouldn't mind! Here in Worthing we have planks of wood littering our beaches I believe in Blackpool it's choccy biscuits, you even get superior class of marine salvage in Lancashire! Not that any of them would be edible.

Well I really don't know whether Lancs or Sussex is the better - I suppose they both have their good points and at least if I'm sat here full of nostalgia for Lancashire I'm not cold, wet or snowed in! So I'll settle for Sunny Sussex.

Tomorrow is Pancake day so I'm off to count my lemons!!

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