Wednesday, May 12, 2010


A new political era has dawned here in the UK, and we have a coalition government for the first time in about 70 years. Maybe now we will get to see grown up politics, with the art of compromise, co-operation and commitment to the best interests of the nation and its inhabitants being exercised with vigour. One lives in hope.

There is not a mother around who has not learned (probably the hard way) that compromise is the secret to living peacefully and harmoniously. Knowing when to pick one's battles. And knowing that conceding now and then is actually the fastest way to win respect and co-operation. Now we wait to see if the politicians will do the same in reality.

My simplistic view of the way things have crawled along over the past 5 days has been to sigh dramatically at the tv news, and mutter "Why can't you ALL just take the brightest and best from every party, sit down and work things out?" But that is apparently why I am not a politician. I am too grown up.

Anyway, moving on to lighter things......

Crystal tagged me to do the 5 things thingy, (5 answers to 5 questions) so here we go:

Question 1: Where were you 5 years ago?
  • David was writing his GCSE's, so I was pacing about hoping he had done enough work
  • It is 5 years since the dreadful floods destroyed the bottom floor of my sister's home and her garden, and the village was cut off completely from the outside world
  • We were working on the house - painting rooms, carpetting bedrooms, and re-doing fascias
  • Diana was getting ready to move to NZ
  • And me...well, I was living what seems now to be in a dream world.

Question 2: Where would you like to be 5 years from now?

  • Maybe living somewhere like Switzerland
  • Travelling to see my children, family and friends around the world
  • Enjoying being creative
  • Over all the hospital stress, court cases and inquests, and free to be living a normal life
  • Laughing a lot

Question 3: What was on your to-do list for today?

  • 5 things??? Maybe there should have been 5 things, but I can't think of them. Hmmmm. Vacuum the house (I just added that one)
  • Talk to my daughter
  • Cook supper. No idea what yet.
  • Correct transcript of the inquest. That has been on the list for a week and never gets done. A psychologist would have a field day with that one.
  • Fold and put away the laundry.
  • (It is 3pm - number of the above actually completed? Zero)

Question 4: What snacks do you enjoy?

  • Paprika crisps (Swiss ones)(chips)
  • Honey roasted cashew nuts
  • Cheese and sesame crackers
  • Garlic and herb dip
  • Clementines, or pears - fresh

Question 5: What 5 things would you do if you were a billionaire?

  • Obvious first one - pay all debts
  • Take care of family and friends
  • Set up a trust to disperse most of the money. In fact, get family and friends to work for the trust and meet to decide where to give the money every month. I can't think of anything more fun! Research the greatest needs, fill the gaps, make a difference.
  • Travel (to look for places to help and to spend time with family and friends)
  • Try to make some dreams come true for people.

Consider yourselves tagged if you would like to play along - just let me know if you do it, so I can come and read your answers too!


Crystal said...

Thanks for playing along, Linds! 5 years - it seems like an eternity, I bet. And the to-do list - mine just seem to carry on too. Zen Habits said last week that making a to-do list was one way to have a stressful day (that's what I summarized anyway!). I hope the political situation works. Our minority governments here spend more time threatening to take each other down than working together sometimes. Happy Sunny Day to You!

Vee said...

Great answers! We are very similar in the fruit department. As for politics...all the best! I don't think that too much compromise is necessarily a good thing...depends. And on that note, I'd like to nominate Linds for PM! :D

Isabelle said...

Have a lovely time with Diana - I'm so happy that she's going to be with you. Daughters are great! (And also sons.)

Needled Mom said...

I hope it works better than in the states!!!!!!!

Very interesting read! I hope that I will get to read about it in five years.

Enjoy your visit with Diana. I know you are both looking forward to it.

Dawn said...

Hmmm. 5 years ago - I'd have to really think about that, since my memory is not in good shape right now.

Politics - I wish you well - don't hold out much hope!

I'm sorry things have gone so down hill in many ways in the last 5 years. Here's trusting the next 5 go uphill in a positive way!

Have a great day - can't wait to hear about your time with Diana.

We had a marvelous week-end with our Cambodian friends - come by if you have a minute!