Slides are Clips are Slippers…
/ April 27, 2010 0 COMMENTS

Now that I am a mother and a homeschooling one at that, I have to keep up appearances.  I know I am intelligent and well educated (private boarding school educated for that matter, and for those of you who don’t know, in England the privileged go to boarding schools to be learned not punished).  I…

Dig a Hole…
/ April 26, 2010 0 COMMENTS

Molly’s tumor grew.  After a year she could hardly open her mouth.  Yawning looked painful and her meow had been reduced to a whispered, growly purr.  For months I fed her soft food which she shoved into her mouth with her front paws.  The kitchen floor bore Friskies tracks because she lost the ability to…

Gaping Holes and Massive Dents
/ April 23, 2010 0 COMMENTS

Then he died.   Moby passed while he was still at the top of his game.  He didn’t get old and crotchety, he got kidney stones.  Our wallets groaned at our futile efforts to save him and when he expired, just two years after we’d adopted him, he left a gaping hole in our lives,…

Moby, the Great White…
/ April 22, 2010 0 COMMENTS

Molly’s disappearance into my son’s bedroom was to become the biggest hissy fit in McNeny history.   It coincided with the arrival of a white bundle of fur, just six weeks old.  We named him, Moby, the great white cat.  He was irresistible to all but one, the presiding ruler of the house, Molly.  Aged six…

Black Cats are…
/ April 21, 2010 0 COMMENTS

Her black coat, when caught in the sunlight, revealed brown stripes which smacked of molasses.  Because she had the unfortunate distinction of being born a cat, and a cat with a singular mind at that, she had to have at least two names;  her formal name was Molasses; her human family called her, Molly.  She…

Without an Ounce of Sense…
/ April 20, 2010 0 COMMENTS

So we rescued a dog one Christmas; our youngest son, who was five, had just broken his leg, his uncle was living with us, he’d  left his wife and lost his job (the uncle not my son…just in case you were wondering) his father (my son’s not his uncle’s) had lost his job too, and his sister…

Dogs Are… It’s Their Life
/ April 19, 2010 0 COMMENTS

I’m glad I’m not young anymore because I sure was stupid while I was ticking.  Not content with four children under six we, or was it just, I, decided to round out the family good and proper by adding pets.  My parents always had a dog.  In fact I learned the art of compassion and…

Biological Clocks and Ticking…
/ April 18, 2010 0 COMMENTS

When my husband and I married we decided to have children.  Quickly!  After all, both our biological clocks were tick-tocking away.  Or were they?  I don’t really know if men’s biological clocks tick or do they just send out an alarm every few seconds?  Anyway, I volunteered to be the one to endure the pregnancies….

Threats and More Threats…
/ April 5, 2010 0 COMMENTS

As a resident alien in my permanent residence in a different country I enjoy reading and thinking.  My children threaten to take my books away from me if I forget to phone them on my way home.  They threaten to make me watch television for several hours if I talk back and they have threatened…

Now My Turn…
/ April 2, 2010 0 COMMENTS

Now I’ve done the brief history of homeschool in our house I want to return to my saner days before I ventured across the pond to gallop off into the sunset with my hat toting, spur wearing, real cowboy! I had lived in many different countries for the first 20 something years of my life….