Archive for October, 2008

My niece has caught a bug at playgroup

October 29, 2008

“Mummy, I don’t feel well.”

Mummy: “Where does it hurt?”

“I don’t know”

M: “Do your feet hurt?”


M: “Do your hands hurt?”


M: “Do your elbows hurt?”


M: “Do your shoulders hurt?”


M: “Does your neck hurt?”


M: “Does your head hurt?”


“Mummy, you didn’t ask about my knees.”

“Oh, sorry darling. Do your knees hurt? ”



What happened when we went to buy a washing line

October 28, 2008

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I went to buy a new washing line. A Hill’s Hoist, no less, as I’ve heard they are the iconic kiwi washing line. We chose our washing line, trying hard not to gulp at the price, and took it to the checkout, where I asked where the concrete was. The shop assistant took us outside, then turned to my husband and said, “What kind of concrete do you want?”

My husband:”Quick setting concrete, please.”

Shop assistant: “Are you sure? It sets real quick.”

[Really? Who knew?]

He continued: “The problem is that you’ll need someone who knows what they’re doing to keep the pole straight while you pour the concrete.”

Me: stunned silence… maybe he hasn’t noticed I’m here?

He went on: “You won’t have time to adjust it yourself once the concrete is poured. You’ll be better off using normal cement, but it will take 24 hours to set.”

My husband: “OK, we’ll take the normal stuff.”

The shop assistant then turned to me and said, “Of course, that means you won’t be able to use the washing line today.”