at home with ann


Posted on: 28 April 2007

Watch out, baby alert… “here I come!”

Dancing in the sand – move over Michael Flatley

Like father, like son

The saga of the ballsThursday: none
Friday: 1 large yellow, 1 large orange, 1 small orange
Sunday: 2 more yellow, 1 frisbee
Monday: expected gardener ~ he didn’t show, huh! Called him, he claims he was either behind a bush or up a tree… hmmm
Tuesday – Thursday: NO balls
Friday: a little voice calls my name… please can I have my balls?

Little darling comes into my garden and throws them back himself. Seems this time he only knocked one over; his father did the rest! Say no more!Saturday a.m: 1 frisbee


Oh my word it has been a hectic week. The wedding plans are not exactly going to plan, despite a very expensive wedding planner. Jamie must call me on average, at least ten times a day. I don’t really want to talk about it as my hand instinctively reaches for another chocolate. Under stress, I eat! You see in addition to the wedding, I am planning to host the next night too. It will be Friday night, Shabbat and it will be something known as Sheva Brachot, seven blessings for the chatan and kala, the bride and groom. It is a lovely thing to do… please read the link.Then, to top it, I had my first sortie for ‘the dress’ with my aunt and my mother. I must go alone. I must go alone. I must go alone. We really went for mother, but of course I tried on a couple, well a hundred, outfits. I do not believe there is a lightweight, suitable for hot humid weather, evening dress that exists in the world that I will look even half decent in. I am rather too short and dumpy to do the floaty look… kinda makes me look shorter and dumpier, even with killer heels.

However it didn’t seem to stop me spending a small fortune on other, clears throat, must haves for the summer. In the pursuit of the perfect sandal (not for the wedding, stum, just because…) I found a most beautiful pair of bright coloured pumps to die for. They are now mine! But, I still need sandals. Well need is a strong word. Want, maybe. Would like. I think John Lewis in Bluewater have magic mirrors… everything I tried on looked good. I even bought an evening outfit for another wedding in Israel a few days later, except I don’t have the right sandals and bag… hmmm!

This is a good friend of mine… we’ve known each other since babies. It’s a sad story with a happy ending. Many many years ago she and her husband and children made aliyah (emigrated to Israel) and tragically he became sick and died. Now at last she is remarrying a lovely lovely man (even though he is Israeli) and please G-d she will enjoy long awaited and well deserved happiness.

In the meantime I am trying to read everyone’s blogs and by the end of the day I shall be commenting everywhere. Today I seem to have found my voice. I have even managed a couple of twee poems of my own (don’t hold your breath) and posted one from REH’s Singers in the Shadows.

Thank you Queenie and Annelisa for the, erm.. kind (I think) nomination for this award. They have amazing blogs oh, and for your information, they are fellow Brits… yeah! We rule! I’m not too au fait with the rules; I think I’m supposed to nominate five more, and I really don’t know where to start. I don’t do, ‘doing as I’m told’ and ‘following rules’ that well. Annelisa did a crafty, but it must have taken her an age… she nominated everyone she knows, bless her. I shall put my thinking cap on, seeing as it is a thinking blogger’s award. Certainly Queenie and Annelisa who have been nominated themselves, are worthy recipients; their blogs are brilliant.

My entry into blogging was through a tiny thing for Vincent D’Onofrio, well a passing passion, a mild mania maybe, a fanciful fixation, a foxy fascination, okay okay, an overwhelming obsession. Still there are some great blogs dedicated purely to the man himself… even I succumbed to opening one, albeit I post sporadically. It would be unfair of me to nominate any one of them, as they are all great and since this is the Thinking Bloggers Award, Vincent is the only thing these blogs think about… I am not complaining. I love them all.

Anyway as time moved on, my blogging wings spread to other interests and I have got to know the most amazing individuals; people I would love to meet face to face and one day hope we will. Working alphabetically down my links.

Axe: Axe has been through hell and back. Her prose is dark and menacing. Nothing I could possibly emulate; her writing sends thrills and chills through me. Unfortunately she is not able to post as she once did, but hopefully one day she will again.

Brian: Brian is my muse, my inspiration. He says he doesn’t suffer fools gladly; well he puts up with me. His photography is suberb. His writing is diverse; it’s a constant source of surprise and pleasure. He has taught me so much. Visit him and you will learn everything about him… and more, trust me.

Cathy: Cathy is a new friend on the blog; her writing is rich in prose and verse and about her life in Greece. She writes something called 55 flash fiction, I think. It is very clever. Her blog is insightful and witty and she has another one reviewing vdo films.

Rose Dewy Knickers: If you get to know Brian, you have to get to know my sassy sistah Rose. I won’t even attempt to tell you anything about her; she has her own manifesto that tells it all. Her writing is superb. Her poetry goes from strength to strength. Her interviews are funny and entertaining and not to be missed.

The Rev Dr. Kate: Kate is awesome. Words are not adequate to express how she manages her life as a single-mother, priest and student (yet another doctorate is on the horizon). Her blog brings sanity to the insanity of this world. She doesn’t preach; she doesn’t rant. Her words are wise and to the point and, where her family are concerned, often injected with much needed humour.

Post Secret: Not a blog to post comments, but one worth visiting for something interesting, sometimes sad, often humorous… very different.

Trinity-Star: Another Brit… woo hoo! Always a joy to visit with exquisite photographs, thought provoking quotes and amazing poetry.

Tom: Another joy for poetry and photographer lovers. Tom’s is another ‘must visit’ blog for me. He calls it his “Creativity Blog” … it certainly is full of his wonderful creations.

In truth I could list so many more… these are just a few of my ab fab favs, but everyone I have linked is an ab fab fav and the list is always growing.

My other dear muse had to have words with me again. Look at that face; how can you not love him? And isn’t he just gorgeous when he’s angry. He’s a little upset that I haven’t told everyone about his and mrsbg’s whole night at the latest New York hotspot. I grovelled a little; I promised I would get on the case; he forgave me. Guess I’d better do something about it!
Now on to the next topic that is bugging me. The joke and the cartoon are self-explanatory and as far as I’m concerned d-i-e-t is a dirty four letter word.

DEFINITION: Bathroom scales
Equipment which only seems to work correctly when one holds on to towel rail, stands on one foot and leans hard to the left.

Right, must get my act together. Going to visit my friend who had the foot surgery. It’s a beautiful day here. I do not drive on a Saturday and it’s a good 45 minute walk away. If I have one bad habit… well guess I have many, I am a very very poor timekeeper. I don’t know about Greenwich Mean Time; I run on Ann Mean Time. All my clocks seem to be set at different times and I don’t have a clue which one’s right. Not only that, I don’t care. There is only one place I clockwatch; yes, at yawn, yawn, yawn, work. I don’t mind getting in early; I don’t mind a short lunchbreak, but at the end of the day, I am watching the hands move slowly slowly to the top of the hour.

Bye-bye. Wishing you all a wonderful calorific weekend.



What a chock-full post!! The saga of the balls is quite hilarious … I remember similar sagas when my children were younger 🙂
Here’s to finding the right dress that feels great & makes you look fab … xxx, JP

Love it! Good luck finding a great dress for the wedding! I know how hard shopping can be, as I am only 5’1″ myself (and overweight at that). Hang in there; it’ll all come together just fine!

Love, JoJo

I LOVE the ball tally. ^_^

Ach. Good luck with that dress. I just now realised because of reading this that I’m going to have to find one, too, for a wedding in June. And shoes. I don’t think I have any summer shoes. Well, besides flip flips and sandals. ^_^

The Sheva Brechot sounds beautiful. I was able to go to a temple service once when I was a kid and even though it was a reform temple, the senses of history and tradition was just overwhelming. It was wonderful.

Here’s wishing you a ball-free Sunday. ^_^

Sorry, that was me, hitting the right keys but not necessarily in the right order!
I have a new commandment, by which I now live:
Thou shalt not step on anything that can tell thee thy current weight ;0)

deborah: I’m not really bothered about the balls, I just find it amusing looking out everyday to see what’s adorning my garden

jojo: somewhere there is a dress with my name on it

candace: I think I prefer winter clothes when I can cover up my pasty skin

diane: I totally agree with you… ban them I say, down with scales

At least you can try on things in John Lewis at Bluewater – they don’t seem to do my size…

Hey, I could meet you there and give you the benefit of my advice!

You did it, hope you’ve given g-man what for. Mind you Ann I take it as a complement to be mistaken for you. Now whats a girl to do with all these balls!!!! Give me a frisby any day!!!!!!

Hi Ann
Just popping in to thank you for the nice visit yesterday(before I head off to bed…been such a long day!)
You are such a sweet person Ann…your kind words are so appreciated!
I’m away from blogging, but it’s so wonderful to have someone stop in to visit.

Congrats on the nomination….you deserve it!

Wonderful blogs you have picked here Ann…I’ve been to some of them, and love them.

I bet you’ll find the perfect dress, and you will look just beautiful in it.

Loved this post Ann…as I always do.


I really enjoyed this post, Ann! I’m going to try clicking my mouse 6 zillions times to see if I can lose any more weight…or, at least, build up some powerful finger muscles! LOL!

You have had your plate full, that’s for sure! I swear, I don’t know when you’ve had time to breathe, but make sure you do! :0)

Anyway, everything will work out, and I know you’ll find the perfect dress for the wedding.

The children are absolutely beautiful, as always!


Perhaps if you’d play fetch with all the balls, then the weight and the yard would benefit. 🙂

I am sure that you will find the right dress.

Thanks for the linky love. 😉


Thank you for the shout out and the wonderful recent comments. 🙂



val: if nothing else, John Lewis has quite a nice restaurant

queenie: g-man grovelled beautifully… LOL

margie: enjoy your summer; I’ll be around

riccie: do that diet and we’ll all end up with repetitive strain whatever it is!

christy: I shall breathe in august

brian: trust you to think of that; you’re supposed to be on my side!

rose: I hope I didn’t say too much

Never too much Ann, hear me roar!!!!

Thanks for alerting me to my missing links, I hadn’t been to my blog in awhile. 🙂



what a post! My goodness!

How very busy you are! The wedding planning and outfit buying sound much like a chore at this point! Sigh for you. Shoe Obsession is apparent! LOL

Baby pictures are wonderful! LOL Love them!

Jokes are too true!

Love your nominations and congrats on yours! Well deserved!

Ugh! Time – where can I slow it on some days??!! I would live by the slowest clock in your home!

Much love! Love your words! D 🙂

Always such nice family things brewing in your world. Lovely pics and I just know you’ll find the perfect dress.

Now duck! Here comes another ball!

Ann, the ants are back. So I won’t bother trying to find the name of that wonderful stuff that snuff’s out their comunity. Because you could sue me for mis-leading you, only about the ants!!!!!!

Ann, You certainly are one busy lady. I absolutely hate shopping for dresses too. I’m kind of tall, more athletic than curvaceous and big boned, so… Yuck! Don’t start me on shoes, I never wear heels and I have big feet. Yuck x2!
Beautiful kidlets as usual!
Sheva Brachot sounds like a really cool tradition.

I love the last two pictures.I am partial to dancers and the small fries are especially cute when they dance.

Your son reminds me of a Professor I had in college.We were close enough in age that that there was mutual interest BUT the Michael came along.

The right dress will appear!I agree the Sheva Brechot sounds beautiful.I always wanted to go to a temple but I feel very rude and out of place to do so.

Funny,I would feel more comfortable going to a temple than any church (save one who’s minister is a dear friend).I think you are right Ann,we are VERY similar…all pork aside;)!

Gnosticism was born from the same ground as Judaism,perhaps that explains it.

Now,I will send “dress finding” vibes over the Atlantic to you to aid in your search….:)!

ah, what a great post! i don’t know how you find the time to see all those blogs… i can’t even find the time to post on my own;) i am sure to enjoy checking out your faves. your babies really are gorgeous:)

….and still willing to grovel some more if need be!

Oh Ann you make me smile. So glad you won the blog award. So good of you to check up on me. I am still not feeling great but will be posting on tomorrow’s PT. Just love your blog sweetie.

love-bd aka Melanie

Dearest Ann – sending you hugs and prayers as you search for the perfect dress. Please try and remember that what is important to your family gathered for this joyous even is your loving, supportive, witty, kind self. And I have seen your picture and don’t believe a word of the way you describe yourself – other than your lack of height! Thanks for the kudos about my blog.
Much love, Kate

Ann my sweet friend, you are a NUT. BOBBY BOBBY BOBBY, i will admit he is cute but PLEASE……
Hope you find the one little black nunmber that you need!
Sometimes I feel our hearts beat as one my dear. I know you understand.

love and hugs-bd

How strange… I swear I left a comment here… no, I know I did! Where on earth did it go??

How’s about you get a kaftan for the wedding – you won’t worry about your weight then… you can eat as much as you want both before and during, and not an inch will show! 😀

…and what’s better is you could wear your sandals….send out a note to all those invited to come ‘beach casual’ 😀

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