Sheep on a Bridge

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Long Time, No See

Hey. Hi there. How are you? Where’ve you been?

Oh wait. Where’ve I been? Oh, you know, this ‘n’ that. Having many big “do we stay or do we go” conversations with Mr. Expatrimummy, struggling to sell our house in Ohio (still not sold! 3 years later!), on the verge of getting kicked out by our landlord which caused us a lot of stress for a few days until he changed his mind… fun times. Looking for paying employment while freelancing and being a “school dinner lady” twice a week for the 4-year-old class at the local infants’ school (“Freddie said the “f” word! He said “fat” and “fat” is the “f” word!” I’m glad they think “fat” is the “f” word. My 8-yr-old thinks “fart” is the “f” word.)

I read in the paper over the weekend that house prices here climbed 300% in one generation not so long ago. Yikes. They’re climbing 8 to 10% per year in our little corner of England, and prices are already more than double what they are back in Ohio. In fact, we’d need half a million dollars to purchase a house similar to the one we currently own, and that is never going to happen. See the “do we stay/do we go” dilemma?

Wow. Grumpy much? Yes, yes I am. Bonus: the sun is shining for the 2nd day in a row, it’s warm, and that picture up top is a gratuitous photo of a snail that crawled all the way up my back door about a month ago.

 

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Even Lamb Moms Get the Blues

Even Lamb Moms Get the Blues

Suddenly, I’m very sympathetic to animal moms. It’s not easy raising a toddler, especially when he’s standing on your back.

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The Babies Are Back

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  Click on the photos for a larger view. These pics are especially for my Dad, a retired country vet, who loved lambing time most of all.

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Saturday Snapshots

It hasn’t rained here for 2.5 days, and the sun has been shining for TWO. WHOLE. DAYS. Miracles happen. We went out for the day to Scotney Castle, about half an hour away, and yes, things are blooming. Maybe spring will arrive after all.

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Dear Mother Nature

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Mammoth puddle in our lane

Ok, ok, enough already. We get it. You’re capable of some pretty awesome displays: hurricanes, tornados, torrential downpours, high-speed winds, polar vortexes. But the thing is, we’re tired. On this side of the pond, we’ve had it up to our knees in water–some literally, some figuratively–many have lost houses, businesses, cars, animals. On the other side of the pond, my family and friends are bracing themselves for yet another frigid blast of cold and snow. California–poor California–is desperate for rain, so how about you send ours over there? After all, we had twice the normal rainfall in January, and February promises to be just as rainy. We don’t need it, they do–so how about it?

We’re done with weather extremes. So please, pretty please, can you try something new? Like–sunshine? Rain for those who need it, and clear skies for those who don’t? A lot of us just can’t take any more. I’m sure you understand.

And, if possible, could you maybe plan on giving us some nice warm weather come summer? I hope that’s not too much to ask. And thanks.

Yours,

Expatrimummy

PS: Even our cat is afraid.

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Scooter has taken to hanging out under an umbrella, even in the house.

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Further Evidence of Things I Will Never Understand

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First, I give you “Cool Flavour Snowman” shaped tortillas. What is “Cool Flavour” you ask? I don’t yet know, though I did buy a bag of them on clearance the other day. What do you think, could it be mint flavor, perhaps? I’m guessing it’s more likely “cool ranch” flavor. I’m also not sure about the “snowman” shape–they just look like oddly misshapen tortilla chips.

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Second, I give you “Maple Bacon Flavour Jingle Bell shaped Tortillas.” Again with the shape, they’re simply strangely misshapen tortilla chips. But the flavor. Maple bacon tortilla chips? Mmm… no thanks.

And, last but not least, “Honey Roast Gammon Flavour Popcorn”. That would be “honey roast ham” to you and me. No, I did not buy a bag of these, or of the maple bacon flavor tortilla chips. I’m not that crazy.

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