Sunday, October 24, 2010

Er, Week? What Week?



Normally one to take the bull by the horns, to tackle things head on (ouch), I reckon I’m letting this last week sail right by, right through to the keeper. I’m sweeping under the carpet, I’m hands over ears singing my la la la la la la la’s, I’m ostrich with head lodged firmly in the sand. Who would have thunk that being an adult, acting like an adult, could, after all this practising, still be oh, so tricky.

It wasn’t even a dodgy week because the Mr has been nose to the grindstone in Canberra, (finally) installing his artworks. If the truth be told, the sole parenting bit has been fairly cruisey. We have all quietly noted that his absence has meant:
1. the Ten Minute Tidy takes nine minutes (?!?)
2. the dishwasher is but half full at days end
3. Dad consumes a lot of milk. What with our regular delivery, we’re on milkshake diets for the foreseeable.

Regardless of all that, honey, it’d be lovely to have you home.

There were other bright sparks of goodness piercing through the undertones of blah. Friends arrived home from a holiday that took forever, there was hanging out with a five week old, movie night with the kids, the last weekend spent with dear buddies who I am old enough to have known for TWENTY EIGHT YEARS (when did that happen?). Not only that, two packages of Just Because arrived in my letterbox. I am amazed how much a Just Because warms the cockles...

Mel, you made me all trembly lower lip (in a lovely way) with your Purl Soho treats and card:





Susie, you made me laugh.





Mostly at your faith in me and gardening.



Neither of you girls could possibly quite ‘get’ how perfectly timed and gratefully received were your words and packages of sheer delight.

Finally, if you happened to be wondering about that image right at the top, it’s one that prompted another smile at the corners of the mouth this week. It’s part of the Middle’s expansive toilet roll collection. Every now and then, I venture in to his room (while he’s safely at school) to do something more than a cursory seven year old tidy. Whenever I do this, afterwards he comes to thank me profusely for not throwing out his toilet roll collection.



Kid, I wouldn’t dream of throwing out your toilet roll collection.

21 comments:

peppermintpatcher said...

Buy that boy a collection of masking tape. I'm seeing magnificent toilet paper roll castles, airplanes and replicas of significant world builidngs featuring in his future (and yours).

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh where is the art, i'll go see. Yippee, sorry about the weather in Canberra, 'tis playing havoc with my sporty children!!
You're a good mum, i toss all 'recycled' art straight into the yellow lidded bin in the garage, doesn't even make it into the house. Tough art love for me. I've had more than one 5 cereal box dragons attempt entry to our home, noooooo more!!
Have a lovely week, love Posie

Fer said...

Remember how Play School always had us making things out of toilet rolls? I'd originally thought you were going to use them for your zinnia seeds - toilet rolls are perfect for raising seeds!

PS. My sister-in-law has a shop in Geelong called Just Because (now opened in Lorne too!). Full of yummy things!

Kylie said...

Oh my... I'm still laughing at the 10-min tidy only taking 9 mins these days of the absent father!!! So funny. Loved reading every second of this Tania (as always)... I don't think YOU quite 'get' how much love and joy you send out... no wonder these little 'just because'es keep arriving on your doorstep! Have a great weekend, lovely :) Kx

willywagtail said...

A great read. You seemed to have kept your sense of humour despite all the blah. You know toilet rolls are supposed to be full of germs because they come from the you-know-where room. So I was told at playgroup years ago. But I am glad to see that you son is more enlightened than that particular mother. Cherrie

Stomper Girl said...

It does seem that running a household is actually easier without the messy milk/yoghurt/biscuit -guzzling male but it is nice when they come back, and everything would stay broken at our house without our Mister Fixit.

Nice presents there, go plant those seeds Tania!

CurlyPops said...

You know what would be really funny... if we all started collecting toilet rolls to send to middle child. Imagine the suprise!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Ooooooooooooooooooooohhhh I love cams idea!! *jumping up and down*
can we? can we? can we?

A Peppermint Penguin said...

I love all of it.

But I especially love that you respect a seven year old's collection enough not to throw it out. AND I love that he thanks you for it.

You is an excellent family.

Andi said...

Who doesn't love a kid with such an attachment to his toilet roll collection!!!

Bianca said...

That is a neato toilet roll collection. I should know because I've got my own collection ;). Perfect for crafty fun and as Fer said raising seeds. My window sill is full of toilet rolls with seedlings!

And I'm with Posie - where's the artwork, I wanna go give it a pet.

Bonnie said...

I love the photo of the toilet paper rolls! I can relate to the collection thing. My youngest boy loves bottle caps..from soda pop or beer. In the summer, we have a lot of picnics and the adults have a few beers. So..there are plenty of caps to be found. He has a small box full of them. Well, this one time, his teacher wanted the kids to bring in a collection of something to show the class...darn if he didn't want to take in that collection of beer bottle caps. I just couldn't let him do it. There's really no harm, but I was afraid I would get a call from the teacher or principal inquiring as to why my child has so many "beer" bottle caps. Seriously, I don't know about your country, but here, they analyze everything to death. So, no, I did not let him take them in to school. Just thought you'd find that amusing. I do!

Needled Mom said...

Love the toilet paper roll collection!

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

We have a huge toilet roll collection campaign going on here.

Miss 10 and Mr 8 fight over the rolls.

Amelia uses them for castle turrets, and Rory keeps them for a complicated skittles game.

I am glad we are not the only household :-)

Kirsty said...

This link is for the loo roll kid...
http://www.growingupcreative.com/2009/10/eco-kids-craft.html

I look forward to seeing further adventures.

Hooray for milk drinking hubby returning.

flowerpress said...

I love it when my lot hoard craft materials, a sure sign of creative genius! (though I've recently convinced Miss A to let go of her long held chuppa chup stick collection.)
Very glad those little bits arrived at the right time and I hope the busy-ness is going well!

june at noon said...

Sorry to hear about the blah, but so glad you found some lovely too. And what does the young mister do (or intend to do) with his toilet roll collection?

ecoMILF said...

i love the toilet roll collection. and that he might not "do" anything with it. the doing was in the collecting. xo m.

Gina said...

Would I be right in thinking that not so many toilet rolls have been added to the collection during the Mr's absence either?

Anyway, glad you had someone taking notice of you in your solitude and showering you with gifts... Err, feeling very fairweather friendish right now...

ducky said...

My mom would throw out all my toilet paper rolls when I was in school and I can tell you it STILL bothers me! Lucky boy to have a mama like you! :)

elly bee said...

joris would be jealous. we collected toilet rolls; finished them off because we made b'day treatments for school with it. and other crafty things. so now they are finished and we stopped collecting (toiletrolls). we still do stones, shells, branches, acorn caps, chestnuts and polished glass bits....