Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young. - Fred Astaire

I was 50 yesterday. As my charming children keep telling me, now I'm 1/2 a century old I'm already 1/2 dead! Wishful thinking? The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune. English Proverb

Actually I had a really lovely day. The boys remembered & rang. My mother remembered & rang! [Last year she forgot my card & we had great fun betting on how long it would take her to remember!]. The girls went to great pains to make it lovely for me though Ditz began her AbbaMania run yesterday & that was a tad fraught making. To save money, give Ditz a little more responsibility & save me spending my whole day travelling Dearest thought Ditz could travel by boat & bus alone to the pick up point for her ensemble.

O.K., she's 13, it was bright daylight in a safe area & Ditz doesn't get too many opportunities like this. She's a very competent Miss so I wasn't too worried. Ditz certainly told me not to worry in no uncertain terms. Then I got the phone call! Ditz was frantic. Her bus had a flat & she was terrified she was going to miss her departure time. It always happens. I reassured her that if she was already moving again she had plenty of time, as indeed she did.

Two performances, matinee & evening. Ditz sang two *solos*, if you can call it that when someone else shoves the mike in your face, & was spinning like a whirly~gig when Liddy & I picked her up that evening. How that child loves to perform! At least she's reasonably sensible. I know her loving family who know her so well would dispute that but she was not the child who over ate till she vomited & then fainted from lack of food. There's one in every crowd! And thanks to the faintee Ditz got the extra solo.

We have flute today & Ditz wasn't in bed till midnight so she's not doing today's performance but will then go Friday, 2 Saturday & Sunday evening. Don't know about Ditz but I am exhausted just thinking about it. That is late trips to the mainland to collect my child & bring her home. I did think about asking my boys to collect her & put her on a boat but I'm afraid they're not that reliable & unless you live on an island & have had to deal with a stranded child you have no idea just how ill with worry that can make you. We have been there more times than I care to remember & I just prefer to go with said child if at all possible.

The Lord is good too. Friends came round yesterday & from that visit two lovely things happened. He works with computers so yes, mine is now back up & running. I am so happy. My girls are so happy. Dearest is happy.

Our friends are * boaties*, the term for those itinerants who occasionally make their home on a boat & travel around the world on said boat. They are planning on pulling their kids out of school again & going cruising for 6 months next year. I had a brain explosion, dug out my used curriculum that is just cluttering up my place & handed it over along with a pile of Sonlight readers. Their youngest is a Ditz clone only far more academically inclined. Even better my friend liked the LLATL Ditz & I couldn't stand & both her girls can probably use it if it is modified a bit for the youngest. I gave her all my homeschool links too as even if they take work from the school it probably won't be enough & Distance Ed has so much busy work they don't really want to go that route again. So nice to be helpful.


The HoJo's said...

Firstly, a very Happy Birthday to you I am glad you enjoyed your day :o) your Mum obviously has the same calendar that DH's Mum uses!

Secondly, Wow and well done to Ditz, so exciting!

Also glad the pc is well again (priorities like blogging are not to be sneezed at)


Mrs. Darling said...

Happy Birthday my friend. Sounds like good things are happening. Sorry Im not around as much as I used to be. I read you some through google reader but I know thats no help to you. I'll try to stop by daily again. :)

Ganeida said...

Thank you for the birthday wishes, ladies.
No, blogging is a sanity saver some days. The PC's not to be sneezed at.

MrsD, you have far more readers than I do & a far more frantic lifestyle so I appreciate any visits at all. Door's unlatched, kettle's on, you know where everything is so just help yourself even if I'm not *home*.

Luke said...

Happy Birthday!


molytail said...

meeep! I missed your birthday! Sorry! I've only got half a head these days LOL ...but Happy (late)Birthday anyway!!! <3

Glad Ditz made out well traveling on her own - flat tire and all.

yay for a working computer again!

Awesome that you found a home for stuff you weren't using - I did the same with some stuff here the other day (well, not to people I know, but a home for it anyway with other hs'ers) ..


Mrs. C said...

Happy birthday!!!!

MamaOlive said...

Sorry I missed the day. I thought I was checking by everyday, but I guess I didn't. Late happy birthday to you. Glad you got your computer back.