Sunday, March 02, 2008

Happy Mother's Day, British mums

Scenes from Life family life today:

1. Daughter 2 recalls going out for a drink with Daughter 1, her husband and his brother last night: "J [her brother-in-law] said he likes to eat salt and vinegar peanuts by sucking off 'all the salt and vinegar goodness' and then crunching the peanuts. "

2. Daughter 2 writes something on a post-it note and sticks it to a packet of jelly beans at J's place at lunch. (He likes jelly beans.) I read the note. It says, "Happy Mother's Day, J."

3. Daughter 2 considers the words of a piece in Latin that her choir performed last night: "'Christus factus est' - what does that mean, now?"

Son-in-law: "'Christ is a postman' presumably."

(That only makes any sense if you know some French.)

Yes, well. I'm sure every family has its eccentricities. Maybe not everyone celebrates half-birthdays.

Now I must go and read Advanced Higher dissertations.


  1. Happy Mother's Day Isabelle! Eccentricities and all LOL!

  2. By which you undoubtedly mean blogs?

    Happy Mom's day Isabelle...

  3. Your family sounds delightful.

    Happy Mother's Day! May you receive much love and pampering.

  4. I can see those glossy spoilt catlets glow with Mother's superior attention & care!

  5. I didn't know you could get s&v peanuts...

  6. Lucy: The salt-and-vinegar peanuts are a rarely-seen delicacy, and so whenever we do see some we have to buy them. We've yet to see them in a supermarket, but pubs and corner-shops sometimes have them.

    I don't like salt-and-vinegar flavour myself.

  7. Never seen s&v peanuts but then never looked. My favourite is sucking the choc of maltesers but then everyone does that don't they?

  8. Happy Mother's Day!

    Regarding your Christisapostman comment, funnily enough, I have just been trying to work out the contextual meaning of the word "facteur" in some notes I made at the "sublime" symposium. It somehow referred to the application of paint and the resulting surface being affective and beautiful and leading to ...well I guess, a sublime state.

    I have been puzzling over it. I guess the paint surface delivers the means by which a viewer might reach some state of elevation, but I was thinking there may have been some meaning of this word that I was not aware of. ( ie,I thought it was french for postman?)

    Anyway, I'm sure this is not the kind of comment you are wishing to deal with right now, but I was literally having a break from the piece when I read this post and thought it was a coincidence.

    Hope ou had a splendid mothers doubt those lovely children of yours made you feel very loved...

  9. My tastebuds are tingling at the thought of salt and vinegar - one of my favourite flavours.

    Happy (belated) Mother's day.

  10. Hi Isabelle - Happy Mother's Day (belatedly!) - you had me worried I'd missed another one and mum had been stoic again and not told me - you see I missed the very impprtant coda in you title "British Mums"!

    Anyway - I've finally made it here and I have to say your cats make me dreadfully teary as my last cat (who died over a year ago now - time, I swear, is running a sub 10 second sprint at the moment) looked awfully like them.

    I like your book piles - I've now read a number of good reviews of Diet Girl and recently saw it in a bookstore here - I may have to have a look at it now.

    And thanks for your comments on my posts - the voice of undeniable reason is always good to balance out any lopsided post. And thanks for reminding me it is very good to be in "my late thirties''!

  11. I only know how to say, "Marie es sur la plage avec Jacque", and a few other things, so I don't really get it, but it made me smile anyway :)
    I hope you had a very happy Mother's Day :)