Saturday, 24 February 2018

It's not half term already, is it?!

It's not half term already, is it?!

I CAN’T believe it! We’ve only just had Christmas and already the kids are going to be off school again. Seems like it was only yesterday that the long summer hols were upon us and now, all of a sudden… I mean, what is the world coming to?The only...
Is smugness the zenith of the recovery process?

Is smugness the zenith of the recovery process?

CURLED up on the couch, steaming mug of diet hot choc in hand, I gaze adoringly at the wet dog rapidly drying out in front of the positively roaring fire in our living room and immediately three things occur to me:1)You really shouldn’t use Jiffy...
Not the usual Febreze/Air Wick cover-up combo

Not the usual Febreze/Air Wick cover-up combo

SOMETHING’S going on. I don’t know what and I don’t know why, I’m not even sure who is involved or in what capacity. But the one thing I am certain of is that big changes — nay, seismic shifts — are afoot chez Elliott. Just this morning the...
It's a (lengthy) rite of passage we all go through, isn't it?

It's a (lengthy) rite of passage we all go through, isn't it?

IN Sainsbury’s the other day, on one of those rare trips where both kids had agreed to come along and help, I was searching through the spice racks looking for smoked paprika, when the Eleventeen- Year-Old spied some jerk seasoning. She plucked the...
Avoiding mirrors at every turn

Avoiding mirrors at every turn

WHEN I lingered looking in a shop window a tad too long the other day (drooling over Christmas decs, not chocolate gift boxes, I’ll have you know) and inadvertently caught sight of myself, I gasped. At first, I thought Ken Dodd was gasping right back...

What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve about

I CAN’T see 15!” I cry, peering into the advent calendar my mum, the Grumpy Grannie, gave us. “There’s gold, frankincense and — what’s ...

Breakfast at Tiffs 'r' Us

FORGET Brexit, let’s talk about breakfast for a second. Because I don’t know about you, but in our house these days, the kitchen table ...

Can you have any authority if you suffer from Short Mum Syndrome?

So, it’s happened. Of course, I always knew it would — but so soon? It seems like only yesterday that she was toddling about under my ...

When did my daughter become a little black cloud in big workman's boots?

MY daughter, the Eleventeen-Year-Old, and I went out boots shopping for her at the weekend. I was thinking a low-if-any-heeled, ...

I can't get that pesky song out of my head

CAN you believe it? The Christmas scrum has well and truly begun. And even though there are still some brave autumn leaves hanging on ...

Tea's fine but what happened to the biscuits?

THERE’S no denying it, it’s pretty obvious I like a biscuit or 12 — I mean, just a quick glance at any one of my six chins is ...

Everything's a weighting game when you're on hold

THEY say that good things come to those who wait, but in my recent experience it seems as though just more and more weight piles on ...

My triumph with well-honed delegation skills

AND clean that sink! There’s Cookie’s hairs and dried blobs of toothpaste in it — it’s disgusting!” Ah, the dawn chorus. It’s just ...

Discovering the joy of jeggings

NORMALLY, I laugh in the face of fashion. And, as countless long-suffering friends and family have duly noted, fashion always laughs ...

Mink Elliott tries to be cool but is clueless about the lingo

“YOU’RE not wearing those socks, are you?” The Eleventeen-Year-Old’s mouth turns down in disgust. “Well, I was going to,” I reply. ...

Oh no, grumpy grandparents are coming!

IT is a truth universally acknowledged that when one turns 70, one also turns into a sweet, kindly, lovely grandparent a la Miss ...

Everything is mummy's fault, mummy's fault, mummy's fault

AS predicted, the Grumpy Grandparents hit it off with the Ten-Year-Old Teenager and the Sunshiney Seven-Year-Old in fine style last ...

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