If you’re Happy and you know it…

Well, my dear, and how are you this morning?  Yes, thank you for asking, I have caught up with myself after the first half of the Talent Contest.  Gordon is doing his best to avoid me – to be honest I’m happier when I know where he is, but not in direct contact with him.

As you are aware the second part of the Contest is next Saturday, 7th September.  Now that everything seems to be on course I am keeping my distance.  I’ll just check the day before to ensure there haven’t been any mishaps!  I’m not supposed to be involved in this at all, but I need to know that I’m not suddenly going to find out there’s a nasty surprise lurking round a corner.

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Changing the subject I thought you’d be interested to know that Mrs. M and I went for a coffee to The Roasted Bean yesterday.  It was remarkably quiet in there – particularly for a Friday.  However, Mrs. M and I had a lovely corner to ourselves.  I had my normal hot chocolate and Mrs. M decided to have a pot of tea – just for a change.  Mrs. M was a little concerned that she seems to be mislaying things.  Well, if you remember, not too long ago she lost her passport and has only just received a replacement.  It doesn’t help that she gets things out of cupboards and then doesn’t put them back in the same place.  That’s a recipe for disaster – having to search around because you can’t remember where you last put it away.

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I know, my dear that I lose things from time to time.  I’m sure that the majority of us do, but Mrs. M makes an art out of it.  However, this time she appears to have lost a ring and a bracelet, together with some Swarovski crystal ornaments.  Now I’m sure you know how expensive they are and I’m a little perturbed that she has managed to mislay them.  She does have a habit of moving things around and placing some items into a suitcase when she wants a change.  However, I’ve said that I’ll go round to her “apartment” later and help her to check around.

There is another thought which has crossed my mind, but I haven’t mentioned it to Mrs. M as I don’t want to worry her.  I think I’ll keep it to myself until we’ve had a good search in case she has just mislaid them.  The other problem is that I don’t think she’s absolutely sure which items are missing.  She has quite a large collection of the crystal which has been amassed over a long period of time.

Oh yes, my dear I also wanted to tell you about the little choir from the reception class at the primary school.  The older children were performing at the Talent Contest but the teacher of the first year children asked if they could come and sing to the residents here at Lavinia Court.  The teacher thought that they would get over excited at the Talent Contest and that it would be far too late in the evening for children who were five years old.  Gordon had agreed with her and arranged for the little ones to come here on Sunday afternoon.

Unfortunately, being Gordon, he forgot to tell anyone, or to put a notice on the board.  The teacher bumped into me earlier in the week and said how the children were looking forward to singing here.  I must have looked blankly at her, because she twigged that I didn’t know anything about it.  However, once I knew what had been arranged I told her not to worry about it and I’d make sure there were plenty of folk who would be delighted to listen to the children.

Thanks Gordon – yet again another thing which hasn’t been arranged.  However, I soon managed to write a notice and put it on the board – I also twisted a few arms into providing raffle prizes and spoke with Giselle to ask her to make some little fancy cakes.  It’s all arranged and there will be around fifty folk, possibly more who will be here to listen to them. 

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I asked the teacher what they will be singing and apparently they will be kicking off with “If you’re Happy and you know it Clap your Hands”. It’s one of those nursery songs which goes on for absolutely ages, but I’ll encourage folk to clap their hands and stamp their feet. After starting with that one they are continuing with “The Wheels on the Bus go Round and Round” – another song which goes on for ever. I understand they have a repertoire which goes on for about forty minutes – or so! That being the case, I’ve laid on tea and cakes from Giselle as an inducement. I do have a list of names, and I’m convinced that my neighbours won’t let me down. There are some residents who are expecting visitors tomorrow afternoon, so they will be roped in too.

Well, my dear, I better go and check on the provisions in the little kitchen which is at the side of the lounge.  I may need to send out for some extra milk – yes, I better make a little note.  Of course, I’ll let you know how everything goes, and whether we manage to find Mrs. M’s missing items.  Yes, I have a feeling that may not be straightforward.  I’ll be back with an update soon.  As Always –

With Love – Jan xx

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I'm retired, disabled and after sudden death of wonderful husband, have moved closer to my son, daughter-in-law and baby, Charlie. I live in sheltered housing at the bottom end of the scale called Independent Living. I had been in an online Knit and Natter group for a couple of years before Ian died and the members of the group were and still are a wonderful support to me. Since moving here I have now got my own little Facebook group where the members are now my friends and extended family. It was suggested that I write a blog - so here we are!!

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  1. Sounds like you have saved the day for the young singers! I hope Gordon doesn’t keep planning things and leaving them for you to sort out. You have been very generous with your time and I wouldn’t want to see him continuing to impose on you! Hopefully Mrs. M’s items are just misplaced and you don’t have a thief among your neighbours


    1. That’s very kind of you Karen. I shall be making it clear to Gordon that I’m not employed to sort out his problems. I don’t want a job! I’m quite happy being retired. Yes, we will have to see whether or not Mrs. M’s bits and pieces turn up after a proper search. xx


  2. those Swarovski pieces look remarka bly like some of mine! I keep the lot on display in a mirror backed glass cabinet with jeweller’s lights to show them off. I love the rainbows they make when the sun comes in any one of the three lots of windows in the living room.
    Chatting to a neighbour in the next block of flats to ours I was admiring her potted garden and noticed a little gnome hiding in the leaves – he’s Gordon the G-nome and came from her garden when she moved to the flat from a house on the beach. I’m going to look for a Noddy and Big Ears type car to put beside him!


    1. Carol – when Mrs. M mentioned that she had mislaid some of her ornaments I thought about you as I know how much you enjoy your pieces. I’m not sure that the image of Gordon the Gnome is one I wish to think about too often! I wish you joy in finding Noddy and Big Ears! xx


  3. Thank goodness you were able to save the day for the little ones. Children always love singing those two songs mentioned. So we await the mystery of Mrs M’s ornaments and where is Gordon? Where does he keep going? What’s he involved in has to be something that he shouldn’t be doing.


    1. Maggie – it’s lovely to hear from you. Yes, those two songs have stood the test of time and every new generation continues them. I am a little concerned about Mrs. M’s missing pieces but need to have a better search. I don’t like Gordon and wonder why he chose to live here. I’m sure there is much to find out, in time. xx


  4. I thought I had seen this post, you snuck one in on me! Lol nice saving the day for when the kids show up, it should be a very nice time!


    1. Erika – it’s so much easier to publish these posts now I have control. Sorry that you nearly missed one. I must have announced it when you weren’t looking!! xx


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