Today marks the seventh day of trying to write something fresh every day of April.
Until today I had a good idea each night of what I wanted to write the next day and duly jotted notes in the little book given to me by a thoughtful friend for just such a purpose.
Last night. Nothing. This morning. Nothing.
I turned to my Hub for inspiration having been deserted by my muse. Hub reminded me of Jon Richardson’s experience of not being able to write – so he wrote about not being able to write and turned into a very funny and successful part of his stand up act. Love Jon Richardson. Love Hub.
It occurred to me that perhaps the reason why I couldn’t write anything was because I’m having too good a time of it.
In fact, this weekend we’ve all been having a good time of it really and it looks as if the fun isn’t going to stop there.
Saturday was a day of comings and goings, of a front room further obstacle-coursed by camouflaged clothing, bags of armoury, the giant paintball suitcase and a confused dog. I admit that the floor is already cluttered by my boxes of stuff and piles of paper but that is the normal status of the room.
The delayed but extremely welcome arrival of Bezzie Mate led to a very late night chatting and chortling over ”The Big Bang Theory‘. So good to have friends who laugh at the same things as you do.
Three hours sleep later and I am up with Hub, who is taking two friends off to a scrapyard paintball game in Doncaster. Hub is waved off at 0615, the Scoob has watered the Hebe bush and I am free to blog till 0700 when I have to wake Gap Boy so he can gather up his guns, boots and flak jacket for a day of shooting people with BBs. His lift is late and I have to spend three-quarters of an hour mollifying him and fending off his anxiety insults. BM was warned to stay in his room until I texted him to sound the all clear. An anxious GB does not make for good company.
By 0900 Scoobs and I are dozing on the sofa. I put ‘Mythbusters‘ on to distract GB whilst he was waiting then fell asleep when he left.
BM emerges from his room and we celebrate the day with a breakfast of Marmite toast and experiments with my Pingu coffeemaker – not as leisurely as the cafetière but the pods provide an enormous variety and frothy milk. As always we chat and chat and the morning passes before we know it. I managed to get tickets for the three of us to see Rich Hall next month whilst we were chilling though.
We go shopping together, have a lovely shared lunch, do more silly shopping then hurry home in the rain to await the weary warriors – and Uni Boy who has travelled to Doncaster to meet his dad and come home for the night.
GB bursts through the patio doors – his camo gear unsullied and his gorgeous hairdo barely ruffled.
“I shot loads of people. A couple in the face and one in the b*****s. They shouldn’t have got in the way!”
BM, Scoob and I exchange covert grins. We listen attentively to GB’s shoutiness, knowing that he will quieten down soon. Supplied with fizzy drink and crackers, he stomps off to his room to shout at his computer.
An hour later the battle-scarred paintballer returns with a happy but tired UB. Hub has a post-paintball unwinding routine of putting things away and washing the mucky stuff. GB subscribes to the ‘dump it on the floor where people will trip over it. They can move it if they are annoyed by it and I can get annoyed with them if it isn’t where I left it next time I need it‘ school of thought (Does he actually think?). Love him, squeeze him, throttle him.
Takeaway time – curry for four of us and Chinese for UB who doesn’t do curry (Sorry Dad). BM and I volunteer to be the hunter-gatherers as Hub is flagging and home delivery takes hours. Our local shopping square is peaceful and almost pretty in the red light of the setting sun. From the Spar shop to the Chinese chippy and finally the Indian takeaway, we return with our spoils. UB retires to his room to eat and GB to his, leaving BM, Hub and me to eat, talk and enjoy each other’s company. Scoob waits expectantly and is eventually rewarded with the leftover pappadum bits. Happy dog. Happy me. I have four of my favourite people (and Scoob) back in my nest.
The end of the night sees us all outside waving BM off on his journey home after much hugging and manly handshakes. Scoob pees against the gate and sniffs the night air for cats. They are sensibly indoors.
GB decides to go out for a blat on his bike now that the roads are quieter and darker. Being the worrywart that I am, I sit up until he is home safely and so is BM. Although BM has a longer journey, his is less eventful than GB’s. My boy bursts in through the patio doors again, blathering about the idiots on the road and how his mirrors keep turning round.
I am so ready for my bed.
So, my moaning about a lack of inspiration has been turned into the happiness engendered by my nearest and dearest. We are taking UB back to York today; a leisurely road trip, mammoth supermarket shop and dinner out at the wonderful www.redchillirestaurant.co.uk/york_gallery.asp . before Hub and I complete the day with a companionable drive home singing along loudly to the radio.
Next weekend Hub and I are going back home to the seaside for a big birthday party; to see family, visit old haunts and enjoy hotel breakfasting together. GB and UB are dog sitting and partying (not in our house I hasten to add!).
We have a good seven days ahead of us. Happy Monday!