13 for Thursday: 13 Home Truths 21



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RIDICULOUS, REGIMENTED AND RIOTOUS  Here are 13 things about me…  home truths to share.  Today I want you to share your home truths too…

1. I once had a  very  romantic time,!! half way down a cliff on a camping holiday. Only place we could get away from the crowds and other campers.

2 I used to walk bare foot to the shops all the time with two children in a push chair, two dogs with me, and a cat following. This was in my wild days in New Zealand. I was oblivious then. I must have been a weird sight. The person I am now looks back and shudders at the thought.

3. Used to stick my hair to my cheeks with eyelash glue, you know when the fashion was for curls on the face, then of course I was a bit dicey to dance with, as I would stick to my partner.

4. I once burned a jelly, trying to melt it fast. and cooked an egg until it exploded, have vastly improved in my kitchen prowess since then.

5. I kept mice when I was three. Obviously this was, a sign for the future, as I love animals now.

6. I used to skate on dusters to clean the floor. A long hallway was soon gleaming.

7. Have used sugar and water to stiffen petticoats when I was a teenager. We all did it to make them stand out. Can’t remember if it stuck to our legs later!

9. Regimented. Although about fifty per cent of my wardrobe comes from charity shops.-

I colour co-ordinate my wardrobe, have 25 things in black and white, 7 in Purple, 5 in blue, four in turquoise,a few in shades of brown or cream and about a dozen pink things., I like them in the right place so when  in a panic I can find things, doesn’t always work of course. So why is it when I am going out the one item I want has magically vanished?

10. I write lists of lists, and lose them and write more lists and have reminders everywhere. Also have little books which I scribble and doodle in, then also lose them too.

11. I always, always put make up on,– usually in bed! Hate myself looking pale and interesting, and don’t inflict that face on the world. People would run screaming from the sight. Ok so I exaggerate, but if I am serious about it, believe it’s a lack of confidence, if I really didn’t care,  I would go out unadorned.

12. However wine affected, or tired, or ill I am, I cleanse and wash my face and clean my teeth. Whatever time it is….a habit that stays. Once  I cleaned my teeth with gin when the water supply was suspect in Spain.

13. I can paint at high speed, while still watching a meal cook, feeding cats, or putting the washing on! Well I think I can. Until I burn the meal, trod on a cat, and dribble paint in the soup.



Jacqui Lee

Jacqui Lee is 75 and now retired but the last ten years or so have been some of her busiest. She worked at a hospital, where she took several Certificated courses, she cleaned a school, helped to run two conventions, wrote short stories, started painting, and in fact is never bored even now, "I honestly feel we are lucky to still be upright and breathing, and my motto is, Remember yesterday, dream of tomorrow, but live today. I love fun, clothes, food and friends."

  1. Oh so honest, Jacqui.
    I’ll admit to the following.
    1. I can read anywhere. I read late at night and into the wee smalls. The kindle has promoted marital harmony.
    2. I counted up my jackets. No human being needs so many, but I wear them regularly. In fact, since retiring, I don’t need a lot of what I own.
    3, My life is governed by lists, I enjoy making them and crossing things off

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    • Vivienne, yes honest, I don’t mind sharing and love your list confession and jacket obsession, I love tops, and buy them at any opportunity I have, while my husband was the jacket man, I have got rid of many by giving them away but reckon they are breeding!Thanks for the comment.

  2. Thanks for the smiles, Jacqui ! I also “skate” on dusters to polish the floor, much more efficient than a mop. And I live by my many lists – daily lists, weekly lists, I couldn’t live without them ! I”m obsessive about cleaning and tidying, and have no idea of how anyone lives with messiness. And like Vivienne, I Live to read, and read to live.

  3. The stiffening petticoats with sugar water reminded me that I used to get knife-edged creases in my jeans(!) by rubbing the inside of the crease with sunlight soap and then ironing them again!

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    • Just asked, yes he did that when he was in the RAF (national service) and then he got his mum to sew a fine crease for him on her machine.

  4. The sugar stiffened petticoats did not stick to your legs but could ladder stockings. I also had a curtain wire hoop in my petticoat.

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