You Better Not Laugh, You Better Not Cry…

Good morning Georgie, I’m so glad I caught you as we haven’t had a minute to chat all week.  How are you, my dear?  And Billy, has he got over that nasty bug which has been doing the rounds?  Oh good, I’m so pleased to hear that he’s feeling better.

Have you time to come in for a coffee even if it’s just a quick one?  That’s lovely, and it’s certainly more comfortable than standing in the doorway and chatting. 

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That’s super and will you have a biscuit?  Yes, why not, let’s treat ourselves as it’s Christmas (well, nearly).  Have you any news for me today?  No, I know you haven’t been out much with looking after Billy, so I suppose you won’t know much about what’s going on in the outside world!

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Yes, indeed it’s really good to know that the squatters have gone, and hopefully that will be the last we’ll see of them.  They certainly did make the place untidy, and they were so noisy as well.  As you know, I was fortunately away for part of the time while they were in residence.  However, with any luck we’ve now seen the back of them.  When Teddy rang me the other day she told me that the two ringleaders had been charged with a number of crimes and have been held in remand.  I’m sure that the followers in that group won’t want to risk coming back here in case they are charged with something!

Oh yes, I wanted to tell you about the Knit and Natter Group’s Christmas Dinner which we had on Monday.  It was very successful, and will probably be an annual event now.  Perhaps I can persuade you to join the group in the New Year.  I know you don’t do a huge amount of knitting, but the majority of members there don’t seem to knit particularly quickly.  They are much better at the nattering part, than the actual knitting.  Back to the lunch – it was really nice.  Quite traditional, but that’s no bad thing.  At least the older members didn’t complain about the “new-fangled” food we were eating.  I definitely would have expected them to grumble about it if we hadn’t kept it to what they would expect.  These older members like things to remain the same – and even though it was our first year, some folk were saying that it was much better than last year!!  Not a word – I know, as you do, that I said it was our first year – so it wouldn’t be possible for it to have been better than the previous one!

The food was really well cooked and presented.  I think it’s worth bearing in mind if we want a similar sort of meal in the future – to find out whether the library will oblige and help us out on other occasions.  It was really reasonably priced too – which was a distinct bonus.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself, although I must admit to missing Mrs. M.  I’m so used to her being around that it seems strange when she’s not there.

Now then, when are we going to have our little meal out?  If you prefer we could have it here and I can arrange for G to make us something which we can eat in your flat or mine, rather than Billy going out when he’s not one hundred percent fit.  It’s so damp at the moment and won’t do his chest any favours at all.

Have you finished your coffee now?  That’s grand – can I pour you another?  You may as well have another biscuit while you’re at it.   I must remember to add biscuits to my list this week.  I wouldn’t like to run out, as everyone seems to enjoy them so much. 

I wanted to remind you about our Christmas party which is on Friday evening.  I’m quite looking forward to it, now that we’re getting closer.  I didn’t think that I would, but now that everything is organised – yes, I am getting ready to enjoy myself.  You and Billy are coming aren’t you?  I have seen the list of the folk attending, but I honestly can’t remember whether I noticed your names or not.  Oh, good I’m so pleased that you are both coming.  What do you mean that you’ve got nothing to wear?  Your wardrobe is full of really lovely dresses – although I know you prefer to wear leggings whenever possible.  OK, I’ll pop over later and have a look at what you’ve got.  Don’t be silly, there’s no need to waste money on buying another outfit when you’ve got plenty of perfectly good clothes sitting there. 

Right then my dear, I better let you go as Billy will be wondering where you’ve disappeared to.  Remember that we need to go clothes shopping in the New Year, so that we are ready for the wedding.  Have you given any thought as to what you’d like to wear?  No, I didn’t think that you would have.  No, I really haven’t thought about it yet either.  I think I may look for a dress and jacket for the wedding itself, and a long skirt and posh top for the reception.  In that way I’ll be comfortable and able to breathe, which is always helpful!

Oh yes, just before you go, I wanted to ask you whether you’ve heard anything about the building site around the corner.  I agree that it’s been quite noisy, but hopefully the builders are getting towards the end of that part of the job.  Hopefully they’ll soon be onto the internal works and not need so much heavy machinery.  Yes, I’ve had enough of it now, but there’s nothing we can do, but let them get on with it.  To be fair it hasn’t been very loud all the time.  They start at about 8 am and always finish by approximately 5 pm and although they are there on Saturday mornings they down tools and leave by 12.30 pm.  I’ve asked Alex to see if he can found anything out for me, so I hope to hear from him soon with some news.

Yes, I’ve enjoyed our little chat too – it’s been really great to catch up.  I know we live opposite each other, but we don’t often see each other – apart from a quick wave – when we’re coming and going.  I’ll see you in a couple of hours and we’ll find something gorgeous in your wardrobe for you to wear tomorrow.

Me, well yes, I’ve got a rather nice long skirt which I plan on wearing.  No, you haven’t seen it before as I managed to get a bargain in the sales when I bought it some months ago.  I have a plain black top which will complement it rather well.  Right then I better go and get sorted out otherwise I won’t get done anything today.

It’s been lovely to see you, my dear and I’ll catch up with you again later.  I better decide what I’m having for dinner this evening, and get something out of the freezer, or else I’ll completely forget to eat anything.  I’ll see you later, Georgie.    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. Hello Jan, how lovely to hear from you. I was just thinking about you and wondering how things were going.
    I so glad that your knit and natter Christmas lunch went well. You really can’t go wrong with a traditional meal, can you. Some people just don’t like ‘new food’ and decide that they don’t like it without trying it.
    I’m sure that Friday night party will be a great success, and I’ll look forward to seeing you there.,
    In the meantime, I do hope you remembered to take something out of the freezer, otherwise it’s going to be poached egg on toast again. X


    1. Frances – it’s so kind of you to think about me and I’m sure we’ll have a grand time at the party. I must admit I’m a little wary of trying something new to eat when I’m in a restaurant. Having said that, I’m not very adventurous with food as I can’t eat anything spicy owing to a medical condition. I know it’s boring but I do enjoy a poached egg on toast. However, I took some lovely fishcakes out of the freezer, so will be having them later. xx


  2. Lovely to get another update Jan. Things do seem to have quietened slightly and hopefully you will have the chance to enjoy the festivities and then start to plan Georgie’s wedding. The ‘Knit and Knatter’ lunch sounded a success and, as you sId, you can’t really go wrong keeping to a traditional roast.and I suppose with a vegetarian option too. We’re all going to be at the party to help you especially with the clearing up afterwards. Mmmmmm poached egg on toast I like that too. xx


    1. Thanks Maggie – I knew I could rely on you and Frances to help out. I’m sure that Jane and Hazel will also be there. Would you believe that there weren’t any vegetarians at the Knit and Natter Christmas lunch. I wonder if it’s an age thing? xx


  3. Glad the knit and natter lunch went well! I am impressed that your local builders work all week and on a Saturday – there is a huge (and noisy) building project going on near us but they only seem to work 2 or 3 days a week, and only till about lunchtime – I do wonder what they do the rest of the time as they leave so much equipment and machinery there – they can’t work anywhere else🤨 At least yours is nearly done 😁


    1. Hazel – I agree that whoever the building firm is they do seem to be organised. I did see the name of the company on a hoarding at the site and it’s on their vans too, but I can’t remember it at all. Apparently there are lots of people on site which obviously helps to get the job finished. So often there seems to be a lonely painter or plasterer wandering around on these sites, and they wonder why it takes ages to finish! However, the work is cracking on apace so hopefully it will soon be completed. xx


  4. So pleased to hear the knot and natter party went well and you are looking forward to the Christmas party! Excellent! Have you heard from Mrs M? I do feel quite guilty assuming she was a ‘baddie’ in the whole Scotland escapade, I hope she is enjoying her time away. As much as you miss her, it is nice to talk to other people too, much love xx


    1. Hi Jane – it’s nice to hear from you. Yes, things are going remarkably well at present. The problem is that I keep wondering when something else will happen! Yes, I have had a couple of conversations with Mrs. M who is in Edinburgh with her brother Bertie, and his wife. I understand that she is staying there until after the New Year. xx


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