I had a strange experience yesterday. As I had been up since 4.15 am, I decided to lie on the bed with Oscar and have a nana nap. I'd snoozed for about 30 minutes when the phone rang and a woman asked to speak to Roger.
"Sorry, wrong number," said I.
"Oh, goodness," said the stranger, "I'm sorry."
"That's ok," I replied, hung up and lay down again. The phone rang again. Muttering dire imprecations under my breath, I answered it.
"I think it must be old age," said the same woman. "I meant to ask for Robyn and asked for Roger instead. How are you, darling?"
Now this is where it became, to me, totally confusing. Also, bear in mind I was still half asleep. I thought I was talking to Jane, because we have a neighbour, Roger, who lives over the back.
"I'm fine," I replied, thinking it was Jane and wondering why on earth she was ringing, when it's just as quick to stick her head in the door.
"Is it hot over there?" the voice went on.
"No," I replied, thinking, this is a bizarre conversation.
"Isn't it? It's bloody hot here!"
"Oh!" Me, thinking, well, why the hell doesn't she turn the aircon on!
"Ok, I'll put you on to your brother now!"
It was my dizzy sister-in-law, the one who came over last year. I didn't expect a call from her and as she never said who was calling, I was totally discombolulated!
It was after work, Friday evening with a few wines and the bright idea...we'll ring Robyn! They live in New Zealand and with daylight saving there, they're three hours ahead. Six o'clock there, three o'clock here.
Anyway, the long and the short of it was, they had booked themselves and Mum and Harold to fly over in September for my eldest daughter's wedding and rang to give me the dates. I was relating all this to Jane later on and she was laughing like mad. It was the weirdest thing...I felt as if I was in a Woody Allen movie or something just as peculiar.
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I rang the two I gave birth to some years ago and told them I was inflicting my presence on them on Sunday, so they weren't to go out! Fortunately for me, neither of them had plans, so I was in luck.
I'm craving a family fix so I'll get that tomorrow and I'll be right for a little while.
Gotta go now. I've been invited to a barbecue lunch today and I have to deal with the spiders that have taken up residence over the last three weeks before I go anyway.
Enjoy your weekend!