Cupboard Living

I’m one of those annoying people who loves Christmas – the kitschier and more over the top the better. We’ve had a great one this year, apart from missing Gavin, and I’ve just seen the last stray relative off to the airport.

We’re surrounded by neighbours for the only time during the year and feel under siege. Thomas said yesterday ‘they’re invading our property’, and I do sometimes feel the entire street belongs to us.

It’s good practice for when the mythical guests arrive at the B & B because, God knows, we’re a noisy family. With no one around to hear us we live at a volume that would not be possible in a city.

I did a few experiments with the boys to see how sound traveled upstairs to the guest quarters and the results were not encouraging. The only time I couldn’t hear them was when they were in their bedroom with the door shut, and with all the interleading kitchen and passage doors closed too.

They have, as usual, taken the exercise to extremes, and are planning to move into a large old cupboard in their room. Jake ate breakfast there this morning.

Cupboard living  has two distinct advantages – the guests won’t be disturbed and it will give him great material for his Mommie Dearest / My Name is Dave future ‘mother from hell’ bestseller.

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2 Responses to “Cupboard Living”


  1. 1 shoreacres December 29, 2009 at 2:22 am

    Ah, the joys of living and working in a resort area with “in-season” and “out-of-season” folk. Luckily, the in-season hordes generally bring their money and their business. But it’s still a relief to have them gone.

    Love the closet pic. It reminds me of the scene with younger brother Randy in “A Christmas Story”, hiding under the sink because “Daddy’s going to kill Ralphie”! That’s my movie tradition – it gets run here on a 24 hour loop,and I always check in for at least one viewing on Christmas Day.

    We had a great Christmas, with a cousin and aunt here – that’s pretty much the extent of our family, actually, so it was good. At 91 and 83 respectively, mom and her sister understand each visit may be the last, so they make good use of the time 😉

    Glad to hear your holiday was good, too. Too bad Gavin wasn’t there, but that will come soon enough.

    Happy New Year!

    As you say Linda, we all appreciate the money influx and the liveliness the visitors bring, but a sigh of relief accompanies their departure. It’s great that you had a good Christmas – at that age you do always have that horrible ‘last’ feeling. We had it with my gran for years and she went on to just under 101!

    Happy New Year to you too!

  2. 2 Britnifreeman January 7, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!


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