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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Spring And All That


Yup, spring is in the air.  I've been shamed into shaving me shins again, and in to donning a frock (I won't ruin that image by mentioning the band-aid's I'm now currently sporting).

My eldest daughter attended her first ever Spring Ball last night.  I cried.  Not because I was overcome by the occasion, no.  I felt cut to the bone, the selfish moo refused to allow me to get my camera out.  I was only allowed ONE  lousy shot of her and her mates before the off, and even then, it had to be taken on the boyfriend's miserable compact. 

Here's the grainy, apology of an offering I'm left with, and if she thinks I'm about to waste my time and effort over Photo shopping this poor excuse for an image, she's even more deluded than a shed-load of ugly sisters sitting,waiting for Prince Charming to come whisk them away.

 The words, "Silk Purse" and "Pig's Ear" springs to mind (er, not of the girls, but the photo).  They wouldn't even let me pose them.  And for a girl so fond of her spiky heels, I wish she wouldn't crouch so hard to shrink better down to her pals height!  The sooner she comes to terms with she comes from a family of giants, the better..



(Next year, she can pay for her own bloody dress..)

Come Friday, it's my youngest's turn at the school's annual "Spring-Fling" dance.  I've been dumb enough to be volunteered into hosting the after-party, inviting her whole year to tip up at the house (in fairness, I guess I should qualify that by adding, since there are only 250 pupils in the entire school, her year isn't exactly humongous).  Still, it's sad really, isn't it, the depths I have to sink to, just in the hope of snapping the odd decent photo or two?

The eldest returns from Uni for his spring break, on Saturday, just in time for Mothering Sunday (smile).  I like to pretend to myself he planned it that way.  I'm not supposed to know it, but Sweet Sam tells me we're all booked out on the day, for lunch at my favourite place.

'Course, spring is the traditional time for the housing market to swing into action, but this year I'm truly starting to get a complex - I note both my immediate neighbours have just put their houses up for sale.  Hope it was nothing we said?  Seriously, living next to us might prove a bit of a hard sell, what with us having so many teenager's and their friends running around rampant.  Sure, think maybe I should clean our windows over the next few days just as a gesture of goodwill?  Ach, stop worrying, I'm only jesting, 'tis true, yes, they ARE both moving, but both have their own good reasons, and we've lived cheek by jowl (taking into count, we are all separated by being surrounded within our own substantial acred gardens)  side by side, for going on  around 11yrs together now, sharing the odd cup of tea, and with never a cross word exchanged between any of us.

Hey, ho, well it's time for me to start the Sunday roast, it's chicken this week.  I've recently acquired a new microwave, that boasts it doubles up for an oven.  A spare oven is a very handy thing to have.  As ever, Hubby is sceptically very suspicious, but I want to give it a go, nonetheless.  Like I said to him, the worst is we end up with a Chinese take-away, for my troubles. (The kids, having no faith, are already hunting down the chop-sticks.)

Wish me luck!

74 comments:

Anthony said...

I can't wait for the "real spring" to arrive--when temperatures don't dip below 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit (about 14-15.6 degrees Celsius).

roaringforties said...

The microwave does abusive things to food. The only food it does well is a spud.

I wonder does the kids living on Craggy hold any meaning for them in they didn't use a Celtic cross with the anti-vampire outfit.
Didn't I see Baldric on Time Team find a new site with a cross slab going back to the 9th in the middle of a golf links over your way.

Tabor said...

Based on that second photo you really have your work cut out for you in the coming years. Good luck!

otin said...

Umm..can you say good genetics? lol

Everyone looks stunning.

Jinksy said...

The microwave I've had for years has been a genius at auto-cooking meat. But I think because of its age, it's due for replacing, but I'm having an awful job finding one which is just as 'clever' at thinking for itself...
If you've found one, for goodness sake share the details with me! LOL

Leslie: said...

Almost missed your "labe" at the end and had to laugh! Apparently, they do come back to be your friend - one day. I'm still waiting as mine seem to be getting further and further away from me in a weird sort of way. Long story which we might have time to get into in August! Hugs!

bill lisleman said...

Have you heard of TMI? This post started that way.
I bet she just doesn't want mum to be doing the picture taking. Maybe during the party you could bribe one of her friends to take picture with your camera.

Anthony Duce said...

Overall, not a bad series of events to have, to start an early spring. Enjoyed..

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

I think spring might be here..but we never really had a winter so who knows..

Ms. A said...

I never had to crouch down in photos, I'm short... but my daughter thought she was an Amazon woman. Always wondered why she dated short guys, if she was self conscious of her height... but she ended up marrying a shorty!

Fenstar de Luxe said...

ooh Spring. We're heading into Autumn, though this week we've got a last gasp of a few hot days.

I always worry a little when neighbours move. I've lost 2 recently (one rental one sale). Thankfully the rental opposite me has been taken up by a young lady who is quiet and seems nice. The sold house has no residents as yet *crosses fingers*

Grayquill said...

Your crying about buying the dress...wait until you start greiving a wedding dress. Then we will hear true wailing. Sorry...but every conversation seems to require one who always finds the, "it can be worse," today I guess its me.
Go ahead delete my comment - I won't hold it against you. :-)

Furtheron said...

We had Chicken Roast on Sunday.

I finally feel completely redundant since for this year's Mother's Day the kids have completely sorted it out ... so I'm told... I had nothing to do with it at all. Can I claim some fathering pension rights or something now?

Akelamalu said...

Spring is definitely on the way I actually did some planting in the garden yesterday and sat outside for about 20 minutes reading my Kindle!

Was there a theme to your girl's ball as they're all dressed in black?

Bijoux said...

You are busy! The photo of you is gorgeous, as are the girls (although why does their makeup all look exactly the same - LOL!) And I'm still the tall girl who only wears flats because I HATE towering over everyone.

College Daughter refused to let me take any photos of her when we dropped her off at college her freshman year. Still irritates me!

Chantel said...

Your lass is lovely indeed, and from one six foot tall dame to another--embrace the height, grace is a practiced art.

New neighbors always give me a turn...never sure what's coming. (have a rental close by that attracted a hippie last summer....she threw bongo parties-clothing optional-around bonfires in the backyard...explaining that to the boys was something)

Cathy said...

I thought I was too tall in elementary school so I would try to shrink down because I thought you had to be short to be cute. One day my teacher told me I should stand tall and keep my shoulders back. I thank her to this day. Hope your chicken came out -- or you found the chopsticks.

Bone said...

I threw a party when one of my neighbors moved last year. They weren't invited. Thankfully, now I seem to have two good ones.

And sorry about the shins. So glad I don't have to worry about that :) It's enough with the facial hair.

MarkD60 said...

Wow, beautiful girls! I'm assuming yours is the tallest?

@ roaringforties: The microwave is also excellent for bacon!

Sandi McBride said...

This Spring is scaring me...all our fruit trees are blooming and we've had to rush out like madmen to cover them with blankets twice now...good luck on your microwave and if it works, make sure to brag the brand and model...
hugs
Sandi

Suldog said...

She's a good looker. Do you think she might be interested in being tied up in my basement and having some oatmeal?

(To other commenters: That's an inside JOKE. Shrinky gets it, so no need for you to strain your brains on it.)

Shrinky said...

I'm with you, Anthony, I do so hate the cold!

Shrinky said...

Vince, you're thinking back to the dark ages when all a microwave could do, was to nuke everything placed in it's care - things have moved on a lot, these days.

I doubt if any of these kids here would recognise a Celtic cross, if it leapt up and stabbed them - if it doesn't scream "fashion statement", it's not worth their attention! And yes, we have a fine collection of ancient Celt crosses all over this isle, I've actually featured a few in a post I did a while back.

Shrinky said...

Tabor, did you say, "coming" years? It's already arrived!

Shrinky said...

Otin, you are a scholar and a gentleman, Sir! (grin)

Shrinky said...

Hey Jinksy, I love this thing - it was under a £100, from Asda Direct - go check it out!

Shrinky said...

Ha, I'm glad you read my smallprint, Leslie (teehee). I'm sure we can commiserate and swap notes together, over a nice chilled glass of wine - I look forward to it.

Shrinky said...

Bill, i'm curious now, what's TMI?

Pah, when they take their own photo's, I never get to see them!

Shrinky said...

Hi there Anthony, ah, it's just the same old, same old, over at the house of Shrinky (shrug) - I've mastered the knack of letting most of it pass over my head - saves on the gray hairs.

Shrinky said...

I know, Jac, the seasons are all much of the same recently, aren't they?

mythopolis said...

Happy Spring anyway! I think the shot of you and the pup is a nice one. The shot of the girls seems awkward. They are all quite lovely, but I agree, they need someone to pose them. In fact, I would volunteer to do that. : )

Shrinky said...

Guess that just goes to show the heart pays little to no heed to height (or the lack of) where it comes to matters of love, eh, Ms. A?

Shrinky said...

I know Fen, it's always a worry having no say over who might move in right next to you. Currently, I have the perfect neighbours - one is recently divorced and spends most of her time on the mainland - the other are a childless, elderly couple who always have a smile and a wave, but who mostly keep themselves to themselves. I shall miss both sets when they go!

Shrinky said...

Sheesh, GQ, that's right, go and cheer me up, why don't you? Who knows, maybe I'll get lucky, and one or two of them will decide to elope? I can but hope..

Shrinky said...

Gee Furtheron, looks like your job is well and truly done, my friend - now, how about coming over here, to lend a few of those pointers to my lot?

Shrinky said...

Ake, I was tempted to ask them the same question, myself. I've always found little black numbers are highly over rated..

Shrinky said...

Bijoux, how come kids are so mean as to deny us the pleasure of a few photo's on these auspicious occasions? Drives me nuts..

Shrinky said...

Chantel, I'm beginning to develop a nervous twitch now, thinking of that ex-neighbour of yours - for goodness sakes, I hope she hasn't a passport..?

As for the height thing - I always rather liked it, myself. She'll grow into it (wink).

Shrinky said...

That was sound advice, Cathy, I think I like that teacher of yours. Oooh, the chicken was perfect, even came out browned all over, too!

Shrinky said...

Bone, I'm sure I'll move on to the facial hair too, given time..

And I'm starting to build up into a panic attack at the thought of who might be moving in next door, now!

Shrinky said...

Hi Mark, yeah, she's mine (for my sins). I think I might get used to this microwave lark - the chicken turned out a treat.

Shrinky said...

Sandi, were I not too bone idle to walk through into the kitchen to check the model name, I'd be happy to tell you right here and now - but I'll get there - trust me!

Shrinky said...

Suldog, who cares what she'd like? Puleeese, just take her!

Shrinky said...

Aw, Dan, you are all heart, you are - what a guy (grin)..!

Pearl said...

I think real spring as arrived in Minneapolis!

Your daughter is beautiful, but she's inherited that, hasn't she?

:-)

Pearl

Shrinky said...

You know our milkman too then, Pearl??

roaringforties said...

I was running your dilemma on and off since I read it.
You are looking for a way to get them to willingly pose without them preening before every reflective surface they pass.
Frankly, you're on your own. I don't see any way other than treats and threats that they won't see over under around and through before you've formed it fully.
You could go on a wildlife photography course. Might help getting your eye in. But then you don't want them to remember their dame with a little flashing box pointing at them.

Shrinky said...

Ha, Vince, if I didn't know any better, I'd swear you knew these girls well (perhaps you've met a clone or two of theirs, along the way?)

foam said...

But, isn't it fun donning those little spring and summer frocks again .. despite the having to shave the shins again part.

Your daughter and her friends look lovely despite the quality of the photo. i don't know why some tall lasses crouch. i have a young beautiful female coworker who towers over me, but she also crouches. i'm always tempted to tell her to stand up straight. not all ladies get to be eye level with tall men.

My son also came home for springbreak just this past week. I think I managed to visit with him for a nanosecond or so .. :) ... when we all went out to eat.

I'm trying to envision buying a house on an English isle. It would be grand being your neighbor I would think. But, alas, I'm married to these here foothills and mountains ..

Shrinky said...

Ah Foam, much as I'm looking forward to having the laddie home again, I know once the three weeks are in, I'll be happy enough to wave him off again - he's a man now, and likes his own house (preferably mine)!

And yes, it's good to lose the layered woollens for a bit, and to expose an inch or two of flesh again, isn't it?

I do believe you live in a gorgeous part of the world, one you'd pine for if you ever strayed - but hey, you could always try for a visit? (Smile)

Secret Agent Woman said...

I like both photos - all of you look great. And Yay Spring!

So, um, do you not shave all winter long? The stubble would make me nuts - even in winter I shave every day.

Shrinky said...

Hi Secret Agent, er no, not ALL winter round, just a lot less (shrug). Actually, one side effect of my under-active thyroid is I have little body hair, anyway!

Nezzy said...

Heeehehehe, girl this is a hoot and a half!!!

There was somethin' to be said for livin' smack in the middle of nowhere. The Ponderosa was the chosen place for our kids and their friends to hang out which was grand with Mom. I could see first hand what they were up to! Heeehehehe!

My kiddos and their "mates' would let me take pics and even post but soon would tire of my photo ability and want to leave me to go to the prom....It's beyond me!

You have yourself a blessed and beautiful day sweetie!!!

Nezzy said...

Oops...my bad....your girl and her friends are gorgeous!!!

Farm Boy would always get a rifle or shot~gun out to clean when it was time for Social Butterflies dates to pick her up.

Have a great one darlin'!!! :o)

Nezzy said...

Heck, I post again and I look like some kinda stalker...Heeheehhee!

I just wanted to pop in and thank you for visitin' with your sweet comment and hoppin' on my blog. 'Sure hope ya enjoy the ride.

God bless and in the words of that Wacky old Granny Clampett, "ya'll come back now, ya hear!"

Have an awesome day sweetie!!! :o)

Barbara Shallue said...

Glad Spring is finally visiting you! And it sounds like it will be a busy one, thanks to your kids. Enjoy!!

chewy said...

Is it Spring yet? Wake up out of hibernation...and into skimpier clothes. How does she ever walk in those heels?

Skunkfeathers said...

She'll be thanking you later. Most of them eventually grow up and do ;-)

Shrinky said...

Well hi there, Mz Nezzy, how perfectly lovely to make your acquaintance, dear lady - I have a wonderful feeling you and I are gong to beome firm friends (smile).

I loved my trip over to your site, you are a gifted story teller, and I found myself quite entranced at your lovely style - be sure I'll be visiting soon and often!

Shrinky said...

I will, thanks Barbara!

Shrinky said...

It's not easy, Chewy but I owe it to my pubic.. (wink)

Shrinky said...

Skunk, I'm gonna' be so smug when she eventually gets a daughter just like herself (as I did)!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Only one pictures?!?!? That is soooo not fair. Especially when the girls are so gorgeous.

Spring in your neighborhood looks very pretty. Spring Green is one of my favorite colors.

You're a good mom for hosting a school anything!!! I'd be running for the hills and hiding.

xoxo jj

Gina Gao said...

This is a very good photo. I really like your blog!

www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

chewy said...

You owe it to your "Pubic" ??????????????? LOL!

Shrinky said...

Hi JJ, well, the party is behind us now, and all went well (grin). Despite me pulling the plug on the music at midnight, they were still ordering pizzas at 2am! The ones who did stay had the good grace to clear up all the debris in the morning, so I guess I can't complain!

Shrinky said...

Hello Gina, welcome to my site, and thank you for stopping by (smile).

Shrinky said...

Chewy, being a superstar holds obligations, ya' know?

Dave said...

Good story and nice photos Carol - Dave

CiCi said...

I didn't think she was crouching, I thought it was the modeling pose. Did she have a good time?

My younger daughter always wanted to be tall and she never grew past 5'4".

The girls look lovely and very stylish.

~Babs said...

Not often do I see lovely ladies in frocks these days,,,you look like a breath of spring in yours Shrinky!
How in the world do those girls manage to walk in those shoes???
I remember wearing really high heels, but those things are stilts!
And nary a turned ankle in the bunch, you say. (gorgeous gadabouts)
Glad the chicken and party both went well.

Sridhar Jagannathan said...

Is Prince Charming expected to take all the sisters with him? Poor guy!

Anyway guess who's back :)

sage said...

Happy spring and I am not looking forward to my daughter and high school and dances, which all start next year.

Middle Child said...

We are heading into winter here - the nights and mornings a bit chilly...I remember when my girls were in their teens - re photos but have to admit they loved having photos taken hence the 87!!!! photo albums I just had to find a place for in this smaller house - a good post and I think i will do a roast tonight - reading about yours made me think about it...get a bit lazy when you cook for one