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GinN Report 30 Apr 2013 16:17

Who doesn't have a moan now and again it's only human nature!
I certainly intend to make the most of the rest of my life, including travelling to lots of new places, home and abroad.
If you don't do it now, you never will. Go for whatever you want, folks!


GlasgowLass Report 30 Apr 2013 15:56

I'm on a roll now..
Right about now,, a large 4x4 Mercedes will arrive and park at the entrace to our estate, driven by a school run mum.
In fact, she parks on the exit, in the left hand filter lane of a mini roundabout.
Motorists coming up behind her need to pull into the right hand lane to avoid her
She is waiting for 2 small boys to come off the school bus.

As she has an infant in the rear passenger seat, the boys will run from the bus and to the car. They run across tthe front of her car ( They are too small to be seen by anyone behind the car at this point) and pull the rear door wide ope.n
( drivers side). Those kids will be seriously injured one day, but she seems oblivious to the dangers, and stays seated in the car.

Would you ever have guessed that I was a neurotic mother in my day?

So... I do moan after all.
School run parents and wheelie bin obsessed neighbours are my favs.
Bin day tomorrow after lunchtime, 2 neighbours have their bins out in the street already!


AnnCardiff Report 30 Apr 2013 15:43

I hope I'm a glass half full kinda person - only thingI moan about, like today when gardening, is that I have to keep taking lots of breaks but I'll get there in the end - if you moan all the time no one will want to know you - they'll cross the road to avoid you - I don't want that to happen ever


GlasgowLass Report 30 Apr 2013 15:30

I've just realised this.... but I definitely moan far less now than I did when I was a school run mum!
Living outside the catchment area, I had to drive the girls to school.
Honestly...I always parked in a quiet street away from the gates, and walked with them the rest of the way.

Like you Guinevere, it was parents with no regard for anyones safety who really bugged me... their own children included!

They would drive up on a dark wet morning and stop,
Then the rear doors would suddenly open onto the road with little kids jumping out in front of the next car.
All the while, the parent sat in the driver's seat
I don't think I ever saw a single parent get out of their car and safely escort their kids to the school gates.

I am so glad those days are over :-)


Guinevere Report 30 Apr 2013 15:03

Oh, I do love a good moan. Currently it's about idiot parents parking outside the school over the road for half an hour before school finishes and clogging up the lane. They get quite miffed if we tell them to move so we can get the car out.

Most of the kids live in easy walking distance but they are too lazy to walk.

But I don't moan about my life at all. I was blessed with wonderful parents, a fabulous son and 'imself is a bit of a treasure. Love the work I do, love being semi-retired.

But I do enjoy a good moan from time to time.


Iris Report 30 Apr 2013 14:08

try to live every day like it was your last, one day it will be . :-)


JoyBoroAngel Report 29 Apr 2013 22:35

better to live one day as a lion
than a lifetime as a mouse
is my motto

and failing anything else
if the glass is half empty
theres more room for vodka ;-) ;-)


McB Report 29 Apr 2013 22:08

No point in moaning.

No one listens.

I'm 61 now & if i want to do something i do it,

While i can lol


Paula+ Report 29 Apr 2013 21:38

I love life an have so much to be thankful for. I have been called Pollyanna all my life and try to look on the positive side; but as I get older a good old moan can work wonders.


StrayKitten Report 29 Apr 2013 21:23

i moan about everythingggggggggggggggggg, but usually in a fun way lol,

but i do embrace life, <3

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 29 Apr 2013 21:07

Thanks Lynda . i will certainly be looking at all the possibilities if we get an invite this year . It will probably be around Sept as that has usually been the time we visit.


~Lynda~ Report 29 Apr 2013 19:55

Shirley, Travelodge, have got some good deals on at the moment, rooms for £19.00 a night, is it possible for you to stop off for the night? Premier Inn also have some deals on, but are more expensive.

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 29 Apr 2013 19:46

Thanks Gwyn

I am all for thinking to do the journey is stages. we dont have time constraints so it can be broken down

2 years ago OH drove from home to the Fleet services on the M3. we had a toilet break and a coffee and continental brekkie then I drove to the next services we usually stop at. The traffic was horrendous and I was glad to pass over the driving to him. we have to turn off at Stonehenge and make our way into the country from there, they live in a small village of Coulston.

The return journey was done the same way I did the middle bit.

I know its a very busy drive with lots of traffic so I am thinking of all ways to do it but not in one go .


~Lynda~ Report 29 Apr 2013 19:35

Good for you Barb :-D

Luckily we have always been spur of the moment people, so am happy to go with the flow, but I think it's always a good idea to have things planned, so you have things to look forward to, next month we have Grand Design exhibition to go to, a couple of days out, and a couple of birthday parties. We also spend a couple of days out by the sea, most weeks, going there blows the cobwebs away.
We're just deciding where to go on holiday, but every time we think we have decided one of us comes up with yet another place, so that's an ongoing saga :-D

As Hayley says "Live every day like it was your last, your on this earth just the once" Make the most of it :-D

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 29 Apr 2013 19:33

Shirley that's a great outlook.
You have spoken on here of your OH's on-going problems, but there is still alot that he CAN do, so it will be good to continue seeing your friend.

Could they drive part way another time and you could have a meal together somewhere about half distance between you?


Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 29 Apr 2013 19:20

Good for you Barb . My OH seems to accept he is past it now at 79,I know he has health problems and i support him all the way . he has given up driving so its down to me now.
I got in touch through friends reunited some 8 years ago with my old best friend from grammar school and we have visited then every year, except last , in Wiltshire. we live in Kent.
Was thinking no way can I do that drive on my own as its 4hrs plus and OH has given up. No way do I want not to see my friend and her hubby again so thinking we can do the drive in stages staying overnight in a motel .

He is moaning about this but I aint giving up seeing my friends especially as she had some health scares too last year.

So I wont listen to his moans .I will try my utmost to be on even keel as long as we can


Barbinsglos Report 29 Apr 2013 19:19

Thanks GlasgowLass

No grass gonna grow under my feet anymore :-D :-D

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 29 Apr 2013 19:18

Wow ,Barb... Good for you.

My in-laws are in their 90s now and totally alert and good company, although a bit more frail with advancing years. Mother-in-law coaxes F-in-L to go with her into town at least a couple of times a week. They have a coffee, chat with friends and pick up a bit of shopping and feel better for getting out of the house.

On their kitchen wall they have the following words and they certainly are positive in their outlook.

Nun's Prayer

Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will some day be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.

Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of other's pains, but help me to endure them with patience. I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.

Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a saint-some of them are so hard to live with-but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the Devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people. And, give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.



GlasgowLass Report 29 Apr 2013 19:14

Good for you Barb,
Why should you hang around vegitating waiting for someone else to get their Get Up And Go back?
You have taken the initiative, and I hope you both thoroughly enjoy life and your planned holibags!


Barbinsglos Report 29 Apr 2013 19:04

After a lifetime of working on the buildings in all weathers, my OH is just happy to spend his days pottering around the garden , when the weather is good enough and his, get up and go has got up and went. He is nearly 72, going on 90.

I have moaned and spent time feeling, is this it now !

So I went out and booked us two lovely foreign holidays for June and September, came home and broke the news.

Lovely to have something to look forward to and actually he is happy to go. So from now on I am going to make more decisions myself and go for it !!!!