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2007 June 30 » Philoxenos

Philoxenos

Lost opportunity

30th June 2007

Lost opportunity

Last weekend, during our garage sale, we had the opportunity to meet our new neighbours. They had moved in just ten days before and, despite repeated reminders to myself, I still hadn’t gone over to meet them. The wife came over to make a few purchases and then returned again to buy some more things. My kind of customer!

Close to 10:30 in the morning, during a lull, she came over again to ask if we wanted a cup of coffee. Considering the freezing wind was  cutting through my jacket, even though I was inside (!) I said yes,  please. She brought over a cup and chatted for a few minutes before going back to her side of the fence.

The next day, Sunday, we were back to clean out the house. She came over just to see how we were going and to offer her moral support. Later in the afternoon, after Handsome had left to take a load of stuff to his parents’ house, I went outside to give the grass one last cut. As I started to get the mower going, my neighbour returned and said that she would mow the grass for me. She said that I had enough to do and her garden would still be there tomorrow. I should mention at this point that this woman is probably 60 years old. I realise that’s not old, but that is twice my age :) I nearly cried out of gratitude and I graciously handed over the mower to her.

I told Handsome later on that day that I wish our new neighbours had moved in a year ago! They would have been fantastic people to have around. This morning the girls and I dropped around some fresh-baked cookies as a thank you for all their help last week.

But this all has gotten me thinking. We had other equally nice neighbours, but for some reason we never did anything about it. We never really went out of our way to get to know them or anything. We smiled and said hello and we looked after their houses when they went on holiday, that sort of thing. But we didn’t really get to know them (except I know what kind of underwear they wear because I saw it hanging on the washing line day after day!). What a waste. Here we are, called to be salt and light in the world, and all we did was say hello.

I am determined to not make the same mistake again. I don’t want an opportunity to go by, something that I’ll regret for an eternity.

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30th June 2007

My phone

I have had the same cell phone since just before Precious was born, nearly four years ago. It’s been a faithful phone, despite being dropped and washed in the washing machine. It’s nothing fancy. I don’t wear any jewelry, except for my wedding ring, but every morning when I get dressed I stick my phone in my pocket. Here in New Zealand text messaging is very popular and it’s how I communicate with our family here in NZ.

Now that we’re facing our move to the States, Handsome has been doing some research on phones. He’s a bit of a geek. Anyway, he keeps telling me that I should get one of those Blackberry things. Because I’ve always got a list going on a piece of paper, I could keep it on my phone instead and then when I’m at the supermarket I’ll never be without my list. I’m not convinced. I tend to be a bit of a luddite - I always prefer pencil and paper over something electronic.

So, readers, do you have a cell phone? What kind? Do you use it a lot? Do you love/hate it? Reveal all. Enquiring minds want to know.

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30th June 2007

Golden Syrup

Dear New Zealand readers,

What do you do with Golden Syrup? I have a huge tin of it that I think I’ve had for about four years and I’ve only used it once, to make anzac biscuits. I would love any other ideas. I might just have to give it away.

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30th June 2007

Pseudo-names

Up to now I have avoided using real names for my family. Part of me is paranoid. This has probably been fed by my paranoid husband, who has every kind of safety thing on our computer that we could possibly have. But once he explained to me (and demonstrated) how easy it is to find out information about people, I finally understood.

But it’s also very annoying to keep writing “my oldest daughter” or “my middle daughter”.  A bit tedious.

So, my husband and I have been discussing this issue. By the way, have you checked out his blog yet? He wrote a funny post about a cultural mistake I made when I first moved to New Zealand.  Anyway, we’ve been discussing what to call the children and each other in our blogs. This is what I’ve decided. I think we both decided, but I can’t remember.

My oldest daughter, age 3.5, will be called Precious

My middle daughter, age 22 months, will be called Cutie

My son, age 3.5 months, will be Buddy.

My husband will be Handsome :)

Although not original, it will do the trick.

And one day I might figure out how to post pictures and actually show you a picture of our lovely family. But I’ll have to run that one by the paranoid police first.

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