A Bit More Than You Wanted To Know About The Laughing Housewife

The Laughing Housewife

That’s me.  In my fifties (how did that happen?).  Born in the capital of Ireland (Liverpool); grew up in Wallasey and Runcorn.  Emigrated most reluctantly with my family to South Africa at age eighteen.  I lived in South Africa for fourteen years and came back to the UK in 1996.  I’ve got a degree in Literature from the Open University and I write poetry.  Sometimes, it’s published.  I’m married to:

The Hub

He’s from the capital of Crimeland (Wythenshawe, Manchester) but spent three years at my school in Runcorn, where we didn’t meet.  He lived in South Africa for eight years; had three years back in the UK; and then went back to South Africa in 1981.  We met in a car park in a tiny dorp in the middle of nowhere.  Ain’t life strange? 

We were engaged after three months and married three years later.  It’s lasted twenty-eight years so far.  We fight a lot.  Squabble, really.  All day long.  Who said what to whom about when and why and where.  Stupid stuff, but we are both easily irritated; and irritating.  I hang onto him because he fixes the computer and even does it without moaning if it wasn’t me who broke it.  He moans a lot.  What I really love about him, though, is his ability to put down the toilet seat and replace the toilet roll.  Things like that matter after so many years.  He is forever leaving love notes for me and being romantic, but I try not to mind.  I must have not minded it at least twice, because we have two children:

Tory Boy

Born in Johannesburg, he is the first fruit of my loins and Prime Minister-in-Waiting.  He took Politics & Philosophy at university.  That’s kind of our fault: the Hub was telling him while he was still in my womb that he was going to university.  The Hub and I are great believers in getting an education and thinking for yourself and all that junk.   He worked as an Assistant Producer for a small TV channel for a while but now works for an MP.

Tory Boy spent his whole life listening to his parents argue about politics and issues of the day and who put the toilet roll tube in the wrong recycling box, so I suppose a career in politics was inevitable, given his megalomaniac tendencies: the first thing he’s going to do when he takes over the world is send all the teachers to Antarctica and put the toilet roll tube wherever he feels like.  There should have been a swear word-well in that last sentence [put the toilet roll tube wherever he swear word-well feels like] but he’s scared of his father and respects his mother so there isn’t.  He’s also a good big brother to:

Spud Bud

Like Princess Diana, I, too, had an heir and spare.  He was born in Alberton, South Africa and cost us a fortune because we didn’t have medical aid at that point and it wasn’t a natural birth.  It would have been cheaper to adopt.  Still, we decided to hang on to him.  Well, he’s family.  He worked out as a good deal in the end because he’s on a full bursary at an excellent grammar school here in Stockport, where we now reside.


Features a lot.  As does the Viaduct, the railway station and the Stockport Express.  

Toby & Molly

Our dogs and the cutest Yorkies on the planet.  We have five fish tanks and many, many, many fish.  Until recently, we also had gerbils.

You will find that a lot of dead pet references tend to appear in this blog.  Pay attention because I may set a test at any time.  We have three cats and seven gerbils buried in our garden (my brother says we are on the RSPCA’s hit list).  We loved them all.  The Hub is daftly ridiculous about animals.

A Few Important Facts

Necessary for comprehension.

  • Maltesers – probably the single-most important influence in my life.  No Maltesers for Christmas sets the tone for the following excruciating (for my family) year.
  • The Hub has severe CFS/ME and a host of other ailments which means he spends all of his time in pain and a lot of time unable to do stuff; and by ‘stuff’ I mean if he takes a shower then that’s it for his day. 
  • As a result of his illness he hasn’t been able to work for many years.  He became ill when I had a baby and six-year old on my hands.  Before he learned to manage his CFS he would spend weeks in bed, unable to get up.  I got my degree so I could go back to work once the boys were old enough.  That plan didn’t work out so well because I graduated at the height of the recession.  Timing is everything.
  • Christmas and Maltesers must be done to excess; everything else is showing off.
  • We live in a council house on a council estate.  Expect a lot of posts about crime.
  • Poetry – I write it.  Deal with it.  Or ignore it, if you like: this is the internet, after all; how would I know whether you care about my poems or not?
  • I’m not soppy.  Mush embarrasses me.  What can I say?  I’m British.  I’m so un-soppy that I even have a special category – ‘Feeling Sentimental’ (see right, under ‘Category Cloud’) – for days when the hormones take over and a nice thought bursts out.
  • I make up words.  I figure if Shakespeare could do it, so could I.  Pity I don’t have my own theatre in which to try them out, but them’s the breaks. 
  • My motto: you can never have too many Maltesers (the roof of your mouth is raw from eating seven boxes on Christmas Day?  Suck it up, you wimp!)

And Finally…God

I’m a Christian – I know, incredible, isn’t it?  I wouldn’t have believed it if I’d been reading me, either.  I have a strong and enduring faith, but that’s not what this blog is about.  This blog is about poking fun at life: if something funny happens in church, you’ll hear about it; but otherwise, no preaching.  I only mention it in the interest of openness.

I don’t edit your comments except for blasphemy and swearing.  I’m a great believer in free speech but this blog is an autocracy so I won’t have anything on it that makes me uncomfortable.  But I do it quietly, so don’t be afraid that you’ll receive a sharply-worded email from me (unless you say something complimentary, which makes me come over all British and harumphy).

On the strong and enduring faith bit: the Hub reckons if it was that strong I wouldn’t have married what he calls an ‘agnostic’ and I call ‘a rabid atheist’.  The Hub is really annoying sometimes.  We have learned not to argue about religion (much), but everything else is on the table.  Unless he feels like winding me up and we fall out over the monarchy (he’s against it) and I swear I really am killing or leaving him this time.

Happy reading!  If you got this far, you’re mine for life!

A Note:

If you leave a comment as a new visitor, I will definitely reply and return the visit.  Once you become a regular, I may ignore you.  Blame the other readers: they said it was okay for me not to comment because I tend to be inane.  Believe me, you’ll thank them.

Final Note:

I’ve copied this next bit from my now obsolete Welcome, Me page, written back when I didn’t know what a blog page was, on my first day of blogging, 30 June, 2009:

I’ve just had my teenage son sort me out with my own blog; now I have to hope

1. I can think of something interesting to write and
2. I can get some people to read it.

Mission Statement: to be amusing (mission: impossible)

Welcome, new reader;  I hope you enjoy this as much as I expect to.

Now for the official bit: you can’t reproduce anything on this site without my permission; it all belongs to me…nnnhhhaahhhaaahhaaaaa! (Wicked laughter, not a raspberry).


The Laughing Housewife

Cook.  Cleaner.  Laundry

maid.  Nanny.  Nurse.  Banker.  Last

resort.  Unpaid.  Worse –

un-thanked.  Abandoned.

She laughs.  Laughs.  Laughs.  All the way

to the funny farm.


Copyright Tilly Bud, 2009

Final Final Note:

If you still haven’t had enough, here’s an interview you can read on Brenda Youngerman’s blog, Fiction With A Purpose.

194 Responses to “A Bit More Than You Wanted To Know About The Laughing Housewife”

  1. judithatwood April 23, 2012 at 23:17 #

    Hi, Tilly Bud! I am awarding you the King of Kings Friendship Award, which you can find at http://diabeticredemption.com/2012/04/22/the-honor-is-mine/ . And you can find the button at http://diabeticredemption.com/2012/04/22/the-honor-is-mine/ . Congratulations and Yay, you.

    • Tilly Bud April 27, 2012 at 09:38 #

      Thank you Judith! It’s kind of you :)

      • Harry Nicholson December 18, 2012 at 15:16 #

        You will get loads of these, but I’m doing it anyway:
        I have nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I hope you will accept the nomination. The blurb is on my blog.

  2. ferragudofan May 7, 2012 at 19:52 #

    Congratulations! I have just given you the Versatile Blogger Award and The ABC Award – you can find out more about this here on my blog http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/2012/05/07/awards-in-march-and-april/ I do hope that you will accept these awards in the spirit in which they are sent to you. With best wishes – and thank you for your blog. Alyson

  3. restlessjo May 22, 2012 at 22:01 #

    All set to be ignored Tilly! You’ve been “tagged”, but only if you’ve the time, energy or interest to play of course. Details in http://restlessjo.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/kreativly-tagged/

  4. boomiebol May 26, 2012 at 14:08 #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking one of the posts…I love maltesers…I always stock up when I go to London…just yummy:)

  5. katharinetrauger June 5, 2012 at 04:13 #

    Hey, Tilly — how do we contact you? Or maybe I should ask, how do you find jokes? I found one you may like, whether you would like to publish it or not. Email me if you want. K

    • Tilly Bud June 5, 2012 at 11:46 #

      You can email me at thelaughinghousewife.googlemail.com

      I love receiving jokes, but I don’t promise to use them because this is a family blog and the jokes I receive are not always family friendly ;)

  6. Fred June 16, 2012 at 07:09 #

    Hahah..u just made my day! I like poetry, I screwed up to another career (computer geeks r boring aint they?)–Just kidding! steve iwatch you :-) this piece is just wow! Nice humor- typical for Brits! Will b visiting your blog!

  7. danbohmer June 19, 2012 at 15:27 #

    I enjoy your blog so I have given you the One Lovely Blog Award (http://danbohmer.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/wow-i-found-another)


  8. G June 24, 2012 at 10:59 #

    nice knowing you (all) :)

  9. Cheryl June 25, 2012 at 20:37 #

    Malteser? Would that be akin to what I call Malt Balls? Gosh but that is my favorite treat (only ’cause Brad Pitt is taken). A store close to home has some with peanut butter in the middle..YUM. Anyway I love your blog. I havent read all of it but I will enjoy trying.


    • Tilly Bud June 25, 2012 at 20:39 #

      Thank you and welcome!

      Yes, they are Malt Balls, according to my American readers; but the chocolate is sublime. Peanut butter?? I’m intrigued :)

      • Cheryl June 25, 2012 at 20:42 #

        Peanut Butter is a guilty pleasure of mine..I wonder if I could write a piece combining yoga & PB? Things that make you go Hummm…Anyway they are DE-LISH!.

  10. Willow Feller July 23, 2012 at 14:23 #

    I really enjoy your blog, so, in case you haven’t gotten this one so far, I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. You can find the details at:


  11. amandameetsbook August 5, 2012 at 06:18 #

    Your blog is so happy! And upbeat! And yellow! I love it! You have a new fan!

    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife August 6, 2012 at 22:40 #

      Thank you!

      We have the same theme -Bueno – you could be yellow if you like – or blue or red or cerise or black or green or orange…

  12. Philo August 8, 2012 at 07:59 #

    Hi there,

    I am from Malaysia and am a 2 month old blogger. Your sense of humor and self-deprecating manner is so refreshing. I’ve just entered the big 50 4 months ago and counting. I was always the serious one in my group of friends but have since mellowed.

    The good side of ageing is gaining wisdom and to be able to laugh at one self besides look at the funny side of life is what makes it worthwhile.

    Looking forward to more of your British humor!

    Here’s To Your Health!

    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife August 8, 2012 at 20:29 #

      Hello Philo and welcome!

      I’ll be fifty next year; I’m going to need a lot of humour for that :)

      I am often amazed at how I am not the same person I once was. I wonder what I’ll be like when I reach a hundred? :)

      Thanks for visiting. I’m off to visit you now.

      • Philo Yan August 9, 2012 at 01:36 #

        Hi Tilly,

        I notice that on your sidebar, your readers will share jokes, poems in your blog page. How can I share my poems with you and your readers too?


  13. aleafinspringtime August 20, 2012 at 19:23 #

    I did get this far…and prolly yours for life :D Shaz

  14. Syeda Maham August 25, 2012 at 13:56 #

    Looking forward to read your posts..

  15. faydanamyjake September 17, 2012 at 11:12 #

    Horrible picture of you there you don’t look at all nice, friendly or warm. Ghastly blog. really bad.. nasty nasty nasty to meet you. :) pass the maltesars! do you nibble the choc off then suck on the maltyness? if not try it now.. so good :)

    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife September 17, 2012 at 11:13 #

      Glad to see someone who understands the rules from the off!

      Thank you for your insults :D

      Of course! It’s the only way to eat Maltesers, as all true aficionados know.

  16. pommepal October 1, 2012 at 11:45 #

    Miss the humour of my UK friends, don’t even get the good old British humour on TV these days in Australia, it is all American and canned laughter. But Aussie humour has a certain resemblance to UK, but more brash. So will look forward to your slice of dry Brit comments on life

    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife October 1, 2012 at 11:46 #

      Thanks :)

      You should try this blog as well: http://letterfrombritain.com/

      • pommepal October 1, 2012 at 11:54 #

        Wow that was a quick reply and we are 14000+miles apart. Isn’t cyberspace amazing…Will pop over to your recommendation ( now is that 2c’s and 1m or 2 of everything or….)

        • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife October 1, 2012 at 11:55 #

          You got it right!

          I have to declare an interest because I have written two posts for them, but I think you might enjoy the others.

          Yes, the internet is incredible. It must be night time there; it’s almost noon here.

  17. viveka October 2, 2012 at 01:20 #

    Linda, you’re just amazing! Eat more Maltese’s. Enjoy being yours.

  18. ZinalBhadra October 3, 2012 at 08:03 #

    Tilly.. Thanks for making me laugh in middle of a dry, boring day. I am definitely coming back for more :)

  19. ferragudofan October 24, 2012 at 18:17 #

    I do hope that you will accept the brand new Blog of the Year 2012 Award which I have bestowed upon your blog – you can read my award ceremony post here ‘Blog of the Year Award’ http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/2012/10/24/blog-of-the-year-award/ Thank you for entertaining and informing me this year – and Congratulations!

  20. Amiable Amiable October 29, 2012 at 16:09 #

    Your details are far more interesting than mine, Tilly! How funny that we both wrapped up our About summary with, basically, “If you’ve made it this far, you’re a keeper.”

    I am envious that you’ve been married 26 years and Hub is putting the seat down. AA Hubby and I will be together 27 years and married 25 (god help us) in June 2013 and he never has nor never will master this skill. What is the secret to getting your spouse to agree to this? (It really should be in the marriage vows.) Or do you have this good fortune because you and he met in a tiny dorp? What is a dorp, tiny or otherwise? Is it a magical place? Good chance, since you were engaged in three months!

    You’ve described some challenges in your About, and I greatly admire your ability to meet them with your sparkling wit and humor, Tilly. You’re got a great family with some adorable kids and dogs. I look forward to reading more of your posts – particularly about the criminal living next door to you!

    All the best,


  21. bevchen November 14, 2012 at 10:00 #

    Found you via Sarsm. You are hilarious :-D

    Cute Yorkies! My family had a Yorkshire Terrier (a grey one, like yours) until my mum had to have him put down in January of this year. Every time I see a grey Yorkie I think of him and smile.

  22. nailingjellotoatree November 19, 2012 at 19:21 #

    Hey. Can you consider helping me out with a reblog?! Trying to help my friends raise the 18,000 smackeroos needed to adopt from Uganda. She is doing a big basket raffle which ends in 13 days!!



  23. Miss Risabella Rambler December 16, 2012 at 04:52 #

    hey, I nominated you for a couple blogging awards. :) stop by my blog to pick them up!

  24. waynemali December 30, 2012 at 00:00 #

    My friend,
    I have nominated you for the “Wonderful Team Member Readership Award”, I am so grateful for all the comments and likes that you have contributed over the last few months, I appreciate them all.


    Thank you so much,

  25. viewsplash January 19, 2013 at 14:38 #

    Loved the description… and I loved the concept of a laughing housewife! Congrats!

  26. Amba Nair January 26, 2013 at 22:42 #

    Tilly! I am writing an article about a few bloggers I know. Shoot me an email at ambanayar(at)gmail(dot)com so I can send you a copy of the draft and take it from there! Looking forward to your reply :) Have a great day!

  27. inkomazi February 2, 2013 at 03:08 #

    Mission accomplished!

  28. Jennifer February 12, 2013 at 21:30 #

    Hey Tilly, I came over from The Hook, read this and had something amazing to say and then it just went… poof! And disappeared, it may come back, but most probably not. Catch you round some time :-)

  29. Kylie February 13, 2013 at 22:51 #

    I don’t think you take awards, but I’m sending you a ‘valentine’ tomorrow.

  30. graypoet March 19, 2013 at 17:56 #

    I’ve nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award and hope you accept. I enjoy your blog and hope others will also.

    You can check my nomination at: http://graypoet.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/me_inspiriing/

  31. graypoet April 22, 2013 at 20:45 #

    Hi Tilly, Thank you so much for the laughs. I wanted to let you know I have nominated you for a Best Moment Award.


  32. Tania May 20, 2013 at 07:38 #

    Hey, Tilly! I want to nominate you as one of the recipients for Sunshine Award. Thank you for sharing jokes and posts which bring laughter and smile to my face. You deserve it! :D


  33. Professor VJ Duke August 28, 2013 at 19:05 #

    Very humorous, and nice meeting you!

  34. Joanne Green September 4, 2013 at 20:51 #

    Hi Linda, I am going to be a panel member at the http://www.manchestersalon.org.uk Debate ‘Fracking a technological innovation too far?’ Sponsored by Institution of Engineering and Technology. Please book to come along and write a poem about it.

    • The Laughing Housewife September 4, 2013 at 20:55 #


      Is it okay to share this with the others?

    • The Laughing Housewife September 4, 2013 at 20:57 #

      As it happens, I already have a poem about fracking. A short one. Of course :)

    • The Laughing Housewife September 4, 2013 at 20:58 #

      :( Just noticed the date – I’m otherwise engaged that night: it’s my 50th birthday. What a shame. But I’ll promote it elsewhere.

  35. Barbara November 20, 2013 at 15:28 #

    This is where people put these things :-)

    I would be DELIGHTED If you could accept this prestigious Award
    “The Blog of the Year 2013″


    I would be thrilled if you could accept!
    Barbara xxx

  36. Bridgesburning Chris King August 22, 2014 at 13:29 #

    I have been reading you for years but just now read this wonderful page sad to say as FYI that link to Brenda Youngerman no longer works. I laugh with you every time you post and sometimes when you haven’t posted just remembering brings a chuckle.

  37. Ken Sears August 27, 2014 at 15:05 #

    Hi- First time visitor– Thought you would like to know that I am a Christian and a friend of your brother Frank- He is an interesting character to say the least- we attend bible study sessions together and I am happy to see him cautiously come to know Jesus Christ as his God and Savior.- Ken Sears- Cobourg, Ontario- Canada


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