Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Mother's Day and other things.

We celebrated Mother's Day at our place for the very first time on Sunday. Not having any children of our own, we've always gone to visit Ken's Mum or his sister, wherever the family congregated for the day. But this year, SIL wasn't up to having the family over there, for a number of reasons which I don't need to elaborate on here. We discussed going to her Mum's and providing all the food etc. then I said "You can come here if you like", and my invitation was gratefully accepted. So we had four generations here for the afternoon. Ken's Mum (93), her daughter L (60), L's daughter M (30) and M's two little ones, O and E. Along with Ken, L's husband and me. We had a beaut day; us ladies had gone overboard as usual with cooking, so there was masses of food, which everyone grazed on for most of the afternoon. I spent a lot of time playing with two year old O. - a real cutie and such a livewire! Our cat Topsy had disappeared at the first sign of strangers in the house, and couldn't be found anywhere. So I played a game with O. - Looking For Topsy - in unexpected places like the oven, the washing machine, the linen cupboard, etc. and she was most amused by all this, running about the house calling "TOPSY, TOPSY, TOPSY!" giggling all the time. Her mother thought this was wonderful, as she was able to devote more time to her one year old daughter who is teething or something, and not 100% well.

As I have mentioned elsewhere, SIL and I have birthdays 10 days apart in April, but we hadn't caught up with each other until Sunday, so we exchanged our gifts then. I gave her a sampler I had stitched and framed, for her new kitchen. She gave me a bottle of perfume - Elizabeth Arden's 'Red Door'. Now if you expect me to get excited, dear Reader, you have got me all wrong. I don't wear perfume, I don't even LIKE perfume. Firstly, we are not allowed to wear it in the job I do. Going into elderly peoples' homes smelling like a French (or anywhere else) brothel is NOT conducive to a caring environment. Secondly, Ken got a taste of highly perfumed women nearly every day as a bus driver, and he said he nearly threw up sometimes, the smell was so strong. And my own nose prefers more subtle and old fashioned fragrances like Lavender or Lily of the Valley, if ever I do add perfume to my skin, but it is very rare. So when I opened my gift from SIL, I caught Ken's eye on me and we exchanged meaningful glances - he knew exactly what I was thinking! Fortunately, SIL didn't notice, so I thanked her politely and left it at that. 'Red Door' will join 'Cinnabar' and 'Dior' on my dressing table for the next few years until I can find someone who likes them - and they are welcome to them! S was happy to get a bottle of 'Opium' from me a little while ago....ugh..I was glad to get rid of it! Although when she had some of it on one day while I was with her, it didn't smell too bad. Probably because she hadn't drowned herself in it, like some people do.

4 Comments:

Blogger Calidore said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day. Did Topsy finally appear after all that excitement? I know the feeling regarding the perfume. I can't wear it as it gives me hayfever but for years everyone gave me the strong smelling stuff. Makes good presents though...lol.

Thank you for visiting my blog, it was nice to see you there.

Tuesday, 16 May, 2006  
Blogger Nicole said...

French brothel lol you made me laugh! I wont tell you what my favourite perfume is lol.... I must have gotten on one of Ken's buses lol... Oh how I adore reading your posts Gina.... hugs xox

Tuesday, 16 May, 2006  
Blogger Isabelle said...

Aha! so you do like smells that aren't fish and chips! Lavender and lily of the valley are great - I should have added lavender to my list of favourite flower scents.

I do enjoy your blogs. Isn't it amazing that someone in Edinburgh can read the exploits of someone in Melbourne whom she's never met?

Thursday, 18 May, 2006  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Hi girls, thanks for your remarks! Calidore, yes Topsy did turn up as soon as everyone had gone home. She strolled out from under the kitchen table, looking around as if to say "Now that mob have cleared off, how about some dinner?" Naughty little puss!!
Nicole, what is your favourite perfume? I might be able to indulge you if I have a spare bottle here - lol!
Isabelle, I never cease to be amazed at what the human race has achieved, and the Internet has to be one of the most amazing inventions.

Sunday, 21 May, 2006  

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