Saturday, 16 February 2008

All alone

I have had a bit of a lonely day today. It started with a Mass to celebrate a local couple's Golden Wedding anniversary - a milestone which I look less and less likely to achieve with every passing week.

The Football Fanatic went to the match this afternoon and has not returned. She is currently celebrating a four-nil victory in an Italian restaurant before moving on to an Irish bar. I have spent a large part of the evening praying that there is not a repeat of last week's fiasco, when at an 'All you can eat Indian Buffet' she finally had her plate removed by the waiters on the grounds that she had taken advantage of their offer.
No, I'm not kidding.

The Singer, The Fixer and The Noise went to my mother's house for the afternoon and have phoned to say that they are staying the night. So, that leaves me and The Peacemaker, and even she's downstairs playing on the Wii.
I've asked.
It's a one player game.

So, here I am, Billy No-Mates, sitting at the computer with nothing but a bag of Liquorice Allsorts for company. I don't particularly like Liquorice Allsorts, but you may remember that I have given up chocolate for Lent. I think the idea of replacing the sacrifice with something else is probably cheating, but I am too fed-up to care.

Anyway, in an attempt to lighten my mood, I have been flicking through my extensive collection of retro graphics, and I found some familiar faces:

Here's Bella and qualcosa di bello comparing mocha notes:

Jennie's working on another doll:

Mrs. Fox is modelling one of her hats:

And Misslionheart's sorting out the fridge (again):

RC seems happy in her work (but I don't like the look of that man coming down the path)

Liz is showing off her new bookshelves:

Adrienne and Angela are taking another Catechism class:

I even found one of the Father of This Lot:

(Actually, this is a pretty good likeness. I wonder if he modelled for it in a previous life?)

It's amazing how bored you can get on a Saturday night.


qualcosa di bello said...

you know, if it were not such an arduous journey, i would join you tonight & we could wallow in our lenten-induced chocolate vacuum!

Casdok said...

I just love the pictures!

Maggie May said...

We are both wallowing in loneliness then? I love the pictures.

Swearing Mother said...

Great pictures! Saturday night's alright for blogging, done it many times myself, without the liquorice allsorts but with a gin.

Party night!

merry weather said...

Hello - what a fab blog you have. Know what you mean about liquorice allsorts - hey wish they inspired me as much as they do you - great post!

Thanks for dropping into mine :)

Mel's World said...

You are so funny! I love how you tied in all the retro pics and had a little quip along with them!

GoneBackSouth said...

Hi, your post is lovely and funny but laced with a little sadness, so I hope the tribe are back, and you feel happier! :-)

bella mocha said...

I'm sorry you've had to resort to liquorice allsorts. Frankly, I wouldn't have blamed you if you'd given up on Lent and broken open the Belgian chocolates. In fact, I'd have brought you a box round myself.

I must just say that, in my humble opinion; whilst your lot are out having fun, you are doing the most important job of all, which is keeping us lot entertained.

Damned good at it, you are too.

Sending blog love x

Jennie said...

Omg those pics are fab. If only I sported that jaunty little haircut, I wouldn't get mine stuck in the hoover (yes it did happen the other day!!)
Don't be too lonely, we are here to keep you company

david mcmahon said...

Too much solitude? Come on over to our place for a BBQ!!

Misslionheart♥ said...

Lol lol lol I wasn't expecting to be laughing so soon on a Monday morning!

Thanks x

Amrita said...

FF really liked the Indian buffet it semms.

so you had a peaceful afternoon with the Peacemaker.

The pictures are really nice.

Lisa said...


Angela M. said...

Hilarious post and I love the photo of "me" LOL!!!!

david mcmahon said...

Loved your reply to my BBQ comment. Don't bring anything - just show up. Bring the brood as well.

Dress code: casual.

Er, make that very casual. 95 degrees today.

:..Rebekah..: said...

I LOVE your retro pics!

daryl e said...

I offer you the cookies we made but they've got chocolate .. come over and play anytime you are lonely

The Rotten Correspondent said...

I look quite well, actually. Although I agree with you about the looks of the man coming up the walk.

Love, love, love your graphics - as always.

I hope your Saturday night wasn't too lonely.

KitBrookside said...

Oh, if you were not "across the pond," what fun we could have (sans kids or otherwise) on a Saturday! :)

I do enjoy the occasional night to myself, and almost had one this Sat. as well, as the beloved was going to take the kids skiing. But then...the 10 year old had an attack of "but I'll miss Mamma and the Boy!" and the eldest did not want to ski alone, as their skills exceed their father's by a few blue diamonds. Oh well.

Mrs. Fox said...

Ah, I just found this post. I'm sorry you were feeling bummed. The pics were fantastic. Love my hat, darling! :)

Pig in the Kitchen said...

the father of this lot looks quite dishy! love the retro pix...i have one up in my house that says, 'a clean house is a sign of a wasted life'...i kind of believe that, but then when i can't get to the stairs for crap, it's not really very helpful ;-)

Kimmie said...

I am sorry that your heart is heavy, it must be so hard when life takes an unexpected turn in a marriage.

I am sending you a hug and praying that God blesses you in a special way today.

mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

bella mocha said...

By the way, that's a great picture you found of've got me looking damn good with those high cheekbones, flawless complexion and not a wrinkle in sight.

I'll love you forever.