Families! Aren’t they just precious!  I mean really…I absolutely love my family and I do know how incredibly blessed I am.  I had a lot of fun with my relatives…lots of laughing, lots of food, lots of music.  But I have realized that since I left home twelve years ago, in small ways I have changed, as have my family members, so that now living together for more than a weekend is kind of hilarious.


I had such a great time with my family…but after two weeks I also had that feeling that if I stayed a moment longer I would go crazy!  Everyone is different, every home is different – it is just funny seeing habits that have developed in my family members since we have lived apart.

I don’t know, maybe I am the strange one for not understanding some of these habits that I never noticed before in my family.  Now some of these are really cute, but they were never there before I left home and now I really notice them:

  • Talking to animals talking to plants
  • Talking to plants
  • Bizarre culinary tastes – they don’t eat proper meals anymore
  • Questionable choices of clothing -especially footwear
  • Controversial door closing policies
  • Odd central heating battles
  • Being offered a cup of tea every fifteen minutes
  • Obsession about windows – have we checked them all twice before going out?  A burglar might climb through a window while we are sleeping!Wensleydale.jpg
  • Excessive quantities of Wensleydale cheese with apricot and Brie taking up the entire top shelf of the fridge – ten blocks of cheese is too much for two people.
  • Lectures about vitamins and health foods
  • Wittering about people I have never met – sharing very personal details, that I don’t think they would want others to know
  • Creaking rocking chair – aaaaaagh!!!!!!!
  • Karaoke crooner craziness

When I refer to karaoke craziness…what was bringing me closer and closer to running out of the house in despair was hearing the same song over and over…but sung by one of my male family members.  He was singing at the top of his voice “I’m Your Lady” and telling us how amazing Jennifer Rush was.

I mean there is nothing at all wrong with any of this – and I guess it makes my family that much more lovable that we all have our own little ways!  But, it has been a while since I have been with them for so long, and it all seemed a bit bizarre at times.

Back in London – everything seems relatively normal at the moment.

But you know…families are great!