January 7th

1999:  Slept the whole night in my own bed, I must be slacking, will have to do better than that tonight. Before we left for Edon’s today, I spied a big tube of Smarties, which someone had apparently dropped round for me last night.  What a treat, I’m not usually allowed, but I’ve seen them now mum – you should have hidden them sooner (I mean you had all night).  Meanie head said that I couldn’t have them for breakfast, so I decided to take them with me.  I put them on the dashboard and guzzled my drink.  Mum tried all sorts of distractions, but I know her game, she was hoping I would forget they were there.  Is she stupid?  I mean she’d remember her sweeties so what makes her think I wouldn’t remember mine?  I humoured her, responded to her distractive ramblings and once at Edon’s got out of the car, Smarties tightly clenched in hand.

2019: Well mums away in Tenerife and I’ve been working hard all day and grabbing what I can to snack on. To be fair, I love my sweets still, but know chocolate really effects my Chron’s so I tend to avoid this. Along with spicy food and nuts – so what did mum put in my Christmas sack – Wasabi bloomin nuts!

2nd January

1999:

Thud. Thud. Thud.  Awoke to footsteps on the floorboards at 6.15 a.m.  Some people are so inconsiderate, don’t they realise I had a late night?  On further investigation they turned out to be mine, as I found myself on automatic pilot to mummy’s room and bed, whereupon we snuggled back down until 8.00.  Just as we were about to get up we heard a downpour.  It was the first time mum has ever been glad to see rain as it meant she got an extra 5 minutes in bed whilst I watched the rain from her bedroom window.  Mum reckons I’m a bit whiney today and says that it’s not the best of days to be like this as she’s quit smoking.  What that’s got to do with anything I don’t know.  Anyway if anyone’s being moody and miserable today it’s her, not me.  Women!  We went over the town and I wanted a bacon roll from the burger van.  Mummy only ordered one and told the man that I would only have a bite and that she would have to eat the rest.  He said that one day I would call her bluff and eat it all.  What a marvellous idea (don’t know why I didn’t think of it before).  So 10 minutes later we were back at the burger van ordering mummy’s bacon roll.  That will teach her to be so presumptuous.  We went to see Aunty  ‘Eesa’ and I played with ‘Dandell’ and ‘Dessica’ for a while.  We left at 2.30, which I think was way too early, now all I have to look forwards to is a boring afternoon of mummy.  So I fell asleep in the car and continued to sleep through the transfer to the settee and finally decided to wake up to mum’s prompts just in time for tea.  Well – I had to give in, it was Yorkshire Pud’s.  I finished my Yorkshires and hadn’t even started the rest, when I spotted the Jelly Babies.  I pushed the rest of my dinner away opting for the sweets.  Unfortunately mum had other ideas.  My dinner is now in the bin and the Jelly Babies remain, untouched, in the pot.  She’s not completely mean though; I did get a mince pie.  Another day of well balanced diet – sugar and fat – great if you’re nearly two, not so great if the Health Visitor finds out.

2019:

Mum popped into Lidl to get a few bits but ended up filling the trolley so much she had to ring me to go and meet her .  I had to jump in the car and go help with the packing and loading and I then came home and cooked dinner using some of my new Christmas cookware. I still love my sweets and mince pies but love to whip up different culinary concoctions with herbs and spices. Have discovered I have to hold back a bit on the latter though as it effects my Chron’s – although I’ve been a lot better since surgery last year. I love to cook and eat when I can and it’s better than having to keep fanning the smoke detector when mum cooks (plus I don’t have to wash up!)