Balls Plays Tooth

13 Jul

Accidentally took a week off blogging

It wasn’t intentional; the week just got away from me:


That was intentional.  I didn’t feel well and the sun was shining so I did the obvious thing and stayed indoors watching TV all day.


Church, followed by lunch and Andy Murray winning Wimbledon – the first British man to win in 77 years, in case you hadn’t heard (and if you hadn’t heard, you are obviously not from round these parts).

The last Brit male was Fred Perry, from right here in Stockport!  He has at least one street and a council building named after him.  Wonder what Andy Murray will get?  A knighthood in the New Year’s Honours List, probably, because you know how governments love to ride the tennis balls of popularity.

Fred Perry House, Stockport

Incidentally, here’s my prediction for the next male British Wimbledon winner: I don’t know if he’s even been born yet, but I suspect he will have a four-letter shortened first name and a double ‘r’ and a ‘y’ in his name.  There’s clearly a pattern at work.


Morning: A visit from my lovely friend Alison (news of why she’s lovely will be revealed later in my week).

Afternoon: Painted the garden fence to hide its age.   Kind of like a make-up-plastered granny; or Joan Collins.

Evening: Poetry at Write Out Loud.  Three of us turned up.  The rest were probably still celebrating Andy’s win.

Wimbledon Champion 188/365 2013

Wimbledon Champion 188/365 2013 (Photo credit: Gabludlow)


Cleaning prep for weekend guests i.e. more telly.

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Free ticket from one old lady at church to see the Chester Mystery Plays – FABULOUS!

The plays are staged every five years, with a cast and crew of about 400 people, almost all amateurs.  Here’s a link if you’re interested to see how plays written in medieval times are still relevant today – I’m thinking Middle East conflict and homelessness, to begin with.

Free dinner from another old lady, who drove me there at just fifty miles an hour (on the motorway), so we had to leave at four and arrived back at midnight; and who bought us a meal at Bella Italia.

My church has the best old ladies in the world!

Dentist Humor

Dentist Humor (Photo credit: MTSOfan)


To the dentist in the morning, for an hour of power saws and choking on pink putty.  Temporary crown is now in place.  When I got home the Hub kissed my head; said, You have fluff in your hair; and removed what was actually a piece of my tooth.  Eww!  I saw the bits flying at the time but I thought I had caught them all.

In the afternoon I went shopping so I could feed my weekend guests.


was a mad rush.  I gave the house a proper bottoming before collapsing into the shower at 1:30 and we were out of the house by two.  The Hub dropped me off at Friend Alison’s, on the way to collect the guests from the airport.

The guests are a nice German couple who love to spot planes as much as the Hub does.  They come over each year for the Manchester Airport aviation fair; and travel all over the world to take photographs of planes.  The Hub has traded with them online (geeks have their own universe) and became friendly without meeting them.  When he heard they were coming for this weekend’s fair, he invited them to stay.

It is the first time I have ever had guests in my home and I wasn’t here to welcome them (of which more anon), but I did prepare a lasagne which the Hub just had to bung in the oven.

The more anon, or why Alison is lovely: I feel like a celebrity!  My 50th birthday is in September but the celebrations started yesterday.  Just as famous people with more money than social conscience party for a week or so when they turn a year older, so my celebrations will take place over two months.

First up: Friend Alison took me into Manchester last night for dinner and a show. The show was Ghost and the dinner was yummy.  We had to go now because it isn’t on in September.  The special effects and staging were great; there were some necessary deviations from the movie but they worked; Oda Mae Brown was funny and, bizarrely, played by an actress named Wendy Mae Brown.  How weird is that?

Ghost the Musical

Ghost the Musical (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Next up: The Hub wants to send me away.  No surprise there, of course; but he says that as it’s for my birthday, I can come home again.  He is trying to arrange a flight to any of my foreign friends who live in a country accessible by budget airline.  He’s not having much luck, but that’s okay: I’d settle for a day out in London, visiting the Globe Theatre.  The Hub thinks that’s a terrible waste of money, but he’s never had much time for my spiritual home.

That was my week, and I’m sure you understand why I haven’t been around much.

Don’t expect me to be around much next week, either: I’ll be sleeping.


36 Responses to “Balls Plays Tooth”

  1. viveka July 13, 2013 at 12:36 #

    Wow … I can see there was very little time for … us and this world … and I’m truly envy over you London visit and the musical. Didn’t know they have done a musical based on the movie, one of my favorites by the way. A good reason for visiting London again.
    You could have come to Sweden … for your birthday. Cheap flights with Easyjet to Copenhagen, but a show in London would be excellent for me too. Have a fantastic week now.


  2. Jim July 13, 2013 at 13:03 #

    Hi T Bud ~~ I missed you last Saturday. It was my first back with 6WS for quite a bit. Your mom was absent also. This week you have a SW title but you aren’t linked yet to Kate.

    Our Sunday was similar to yours. We were all by ourselves, Mrs. Jim and I, here in London. We went to the All Souls Langham Place. Really a great sermon by a student minister who works as an intern there now. He will work there on a job now and his wife will now work there too (I forgot what she will be doing).
    Do you ever attend there?
    Then we came home (to the kis’s flat), ate, and watched the end of Wimbleton.


  3. Al July 13, 2013 at 13:11 #

    Proper bottoming? Bung in the oven? Once again I had to go to my “Brit usage” dictionary. It’s usually the most fun I have all day. I love it.


    • Katharine Trauger July 15, 2013 at 04:13 #

      I’m with you, Al, and since it appears Tilly is also to busy to reply, would you mind terribly sharing what you learned in your dictionary? Thanks! 🙂


      • Al July 15, 2013 at 13:48 #

        Hi Katherine, Here’s is what I found:

        “Bung” – [Brit] (informal) put, throw.

        “Bottoming” – Strike the ground, as with a ships bottom. I guess it is a play on the old British navy term.

        I am really sorry we lost so much of this colloquial language over here. And for that matter, proper English altogether, which we used to speak so eloquently when the country was first formed.


        • Katharine Trauger July 15, 2013 at 14:16 #

          I’m still not sure how to “bottom” a house. Sweep? Maybe?

          Thanks, though, for helping out, here! 🙂


        • Katharine Trauger July 15, 2013 at 14:18 #

          I’m still not sure how to “bottom” a house. Sweep? Maybe?

          Thanks, though, for helping out, here! 🙂

          Oh, and I’m so sorry it seems I misspelled “too” above.


          • July 15, 2013 at 19:06 #

            A good bottoming means a thorough clean.

            Bung (apart from the obvious stupper for a hole) means a bribe.


            • July 15, 2013 at 19:08 #



            • Katharine Trauger July 16, 2013 at 01:33 #

              Okay. Bottoming a boat means scraping off the barnacles? Wow, Tilly’s house must have been rather in need? 😉 Jus’ jokin’, we say here.

              And a bung (bribe) could stop a mouth from opening at an opportune time? Whew. I’m beginning to make my own sense of it, I think!

              Thanks so much, Viv!


  4. The Single Chick July 13, 2013 at 13:33 #

    You had a busy week indeed. I’m really enjoying that sleeping is considered legitimate “busy” time. It’s quite liberating and I think I shall adopt your mindset 🙂 Happy 6WS!!


  5. sharechair July 13, 2013 at 13:38 #

    Oh, wow! Yay, HUB! You are more than welcome to stay here, with me … eastern Pennsylvania. What fun we would have. Have him check on flights to Newark or Philadelphia… I can pick you up in either place. Think about it … and email me if you think you can seriously consider it. This would be wonderful. 🙂 🙂


  6. misswhiplash July 13, 2013 at 13:56 #

    you can come to see me in Bulgaria….I know how it feels when other things take the place of blogging but on the other hand other things are inportant too,,,love to you all


  7. Laurie Nichols July 13, 2013 at 14:05 #

    Wow you had an incredibly busy week in the best way possible, doing a a lot of interesting and fun things! 🙂 I missed you. 🙂 You do have the best old ladies at your church.


  8. mairedubhtx July 13, 2013 at 14:21 #

    My, you have been busy. You are forgiven.


  9. Hilary July 13, 2013 at 14:51 #

    what a week! No wonder blogging had to take a back burner.. I am to type A to do that – I usually have posts scheduled in advance – sometimes with the hops on feeling beachie even a month in advance!


  10. Rorybore July 13, 2013 at 15:28 #

    “proper bottoming”….oh dear. I do hope that British slang means something different than the American slang meaning I know. Because I really don’t think it’s possible to do THAT to a house. Summer time off blogging is a good thing I think. We all need to get a break in the real world from time to time.
    I think that sentence has multiple meanings, but I’ll just leave it there for now.
    And I see absolutely nothing wrong with celebrating your birthday for 2 months.


  11. Elaine - I used to be indecisive July 13, 2013 at 15:43 #

    What a great week you had!


  12. SchmidleysScribbling July 13, 2013 at 16:11 #

    I can see it now, we meet up in London and I want to visit the Imperial War Museum, and you??
    Anyway, we were thrilled for Andy Murray. David has been rooting for him for years. Me? I am an ABF person (Anyone but Federer). Dianne


  13. July 13, 2013 at 16:13 #

    Please tell Hub to put you on a train to Portsmouth, taxi to ferry and foot passenger to Cherbourg. I will collect you. We will have a spare bed (in my workroom). It shouldn’t be too pricey on the ferry in September.

    What an exciting week you have had. Two months is nothing. Jock and Maria are having a joint 80th birthday party in August, and J’s b’day is not until November. Maria’s in is October. We’re hoping that August weather will be more appropriate for a party in M’s garden, with a marquee (or maybe it’s just an awning).


  14. gigihawaii July 13, 2013 at 17:27 #

    Hubby watched Murray win. Yay, Brits! As for Ghost, I saw the movie but was unaware that it had been turned into a musical. I would love to see it performed.


  15. Mlissabeth July 13, 2013 at 19:15 #

    I think your idea of celebrating for two months is glorious. I would love for you to come to the Mid-west of the USA, but my bottoming skills are horrific since MS. At least that is my explanation. ( I hope I used “bottoming” correctly) 😉


  16. kiwidutch July 13, 2013 at 22:50 #

    I did a double take at the phrase “Proper bottoming” but figured out in the end LOL.
    If you can find budget flights to Rotterdam or Amsterdam you are welcome here too… we have a guest room and would love to entertain you!


  17. bluebee July 14, 2013 at 00:50 #

    What a fabulous week. If the Hub can find any suitable tickets to Sydney, you have a home here – I’d love to show you around, and as I’m turning 50 in October, we could do a lot if celebrating 🍸🍹🍷🍻👯


  18. Dana July 14, 2013 at 02:43 #

    Sounds like a great week!


  19. Suzy July 14, 2013 at 05:20 #

    Taking time off blogging is sometimes refreshing. Wow you had a really busy week. I hope your hub finds the perfect ticket for your birthday.
    Dropping by from 6WS


  20. bevchen July 14, 2013 at 10:56 #

    Ghost the musical? I bet my mum would LOVE that!!

    Eeeew to bits of tooth in your hair :-/


  21. adinparadise July 14, 2013 at 15:56 #

    Your social calendar is obviously jam-packed full of fun, and I’m not including your visit to the tooth ogre. I’m wondering why hubby would want to send you away for your birthday? At least he’s not suggesting that they put you away. 😀


  22. Tinman July 14, 2013 at 17:43 #

    Did Andy Murray win Wimbledon? You’d think the BBC would have mentioned that….


  23. kateshrewsday July 14, 2013 at 20:40 #

    A week off sounds like it was a very sensible measure, Tilly 🙂


  24. Terry July 14, 2013 at 22:17 #

    glad you enjoyed yourself with the show, and hope you are feeling much better


  25. Katharine Trauger July 15, 2013 at 04:14 #

    Tilly, Dear,
    Where I come from, “bottoming” is not proper! 😉


  26. Three Well Beings July 15, 2013 at 06:19 #

    I think you’re using your time very well…including the long nap! The dentist doesn’t sound too pleasant, but let’s hope that’s it for a while!


  27. vidyatiru July 16, 2013 at 20:17 #

    great time spent away from blogging,i have done that many a time too .. and loved the way you chronicled your days here..
    the pattern in the winners’ names is definitely there:)
    still smiling about the fluff in your hair


  28. Janie Jones July 16, 2013 at 20:57 #

    Well I see you’ve already received several vacation destination offers, and even though I doubt transatlantic flights qualify as “bargain airlines,” I was going to offer you a place in the Great White North anyway. But surely you know where this post really took me…

    “Cheap flights. Cheap flights…. There’s no such thing as a fecking flight for fifty p.”

    (I hope that’s not a real curse word on your side of the pond…)


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