Today I wanted to be here ‘in case the sh*t hits the fan’. Mum had a fall today and was taken away in an ambulance. She should be in a nursing home they’ll say. Well ‘don’t come the raw prawn with me’ cause we all know she just ‘won’t cop that’!
That old chestnut
People hint to mum that she should think about going to a nursing home. I’m sure ‘that old chestnut’ will be ‘back on the cards again’. I know she ‘wouldn’t have a bar of it’. Thing is oldies sometimes have no say in it. That really ‘makes mum’s blood boil’. See mum is such a private person. She loves her garden and her own space. The whole idea of being in hospital just ‘does her head in’ let alone a nursing home. She’d be ‘out of there in a flash’ if she could.
Stick to your guns
I was hanging by the computer ‘playing the waiting game’. My ‘heart was in my mouth’ when a call ‘came out of nowhere’. It was a real ‘blessing in disguise’. A stranger calls. She shares of how her nan broke her hip in her 90’s and was sent home after she recovered from a hip replacement. Her nan was ‘happy as Larry’. This stranger says “make sure you tell your mum to ‘stick to her guns'”.
It’s been a while since I wrote a piece on phrases and idioms. I hope these ones help you in understanding this uncertain space. A space where the very thing that draws family together can also pull them apart. We all want what’s best for mum but we all have different opinions.
Be here in case the sh*t hits the fan – be close by in case something bad happens
Playing the waiting game – Not sure what to do so watch and wait
Heart in your mouth – Anxious
Came out of nowhere – Unexpected
Blessing in disguise – Something unexpected or unfortunate that results in something good happening
Does your head in – Makes you angry or frustrated
Out of there in a flash – Leave in a hurry
That old chestnut – Repeating the same old story so it becomes boring
Back on the cards – Discuss something that had been spoken of previously
Wouldn’t have a bar of it – (Australian saying) Won’t tolerate or put up with it
Make your blood boil – Make you very angry
Don’t come the raw prawn with me – (Australian saying) Don’t pretend you don’t know
Won’t cop that – Won’t take that. Not happy about that
I was ‘a bit gobsmacked’ on the weekend. I scrolled through some blog posts of our local community group. In one post this bloke was ‘having a go’ at the lady that runs our local cafe. He was ‘banging on’ about how his pie was soggy. Oh ‘for Pete’s sake’ it’s a pie. Talk about ‘making a mountain out of a molehill’. Why ‘make a song and dance about it’? Maybe he just didn’t want to pay and made up some ‘cock and bull story’ to ‘get a freebie’. Wouldn’t be the first time.
I have a great relationship with this cafe. Why? It is Gozleme cooked right in front of you. It is gourmet breakfast wraps to go with your Sacred Grounds coffee. It is the location. I often meander up the wharf to admire the city views with my coffee.
Wonderful Persian creations just like their owner at this place. Food so good. If she gives a recommendation you should just go with it. Yum!
So back to that pie…’Talk about a storm in a teacup’. Just hope the blokes negative remarks ‘get blown out of the water’ and she doesnt lose any business. Covid lockdown was bad enough.
Phrase or Saying
Please note that these sayings are common in Australia even though they originate from overseas.
A bit gobsmacked – Surprised or astounded (UK Ireland/Scotland)
Having a go – criticising
Banging on – talk repeatedly or continuously (UK)
For Pete’s sake – expressing frustration (UK)
Making a mountain out of a molehill – where a person makes too much of a minor issue (UK)
Making such a song and dance about it – to complain about something in a way that is excessive or unnecessary
Cock and bull story – Tale that is unbelievable (UK)
Get a freebie – get something for free
Storm in a teacup – Exaggerate a small event (Rome 52 BCE)
Get blown out of the water – show something is false or wrong
When all was pink when all was grey
You packed your bags and went away
Far greener pastures did you seek
You travelled far you travelled bleak
Then one day glowing gold so true
A novel quest so bright it grew
Now pink is red and grey is black
No need to make the journey back
DEE GRANT 2021
I can hear you. In the waves of my space I hear your heartbeat. Eyes pulse through a kaleidoscope of reverberating paisley designs. The notes edge outward beyond my line of sight. I watch as the show begins. A shimmering spectacle as central vision disappears…if only for a moment. Then time, unfettered by containment lines, sends searing pain. Hello again unwelcome stranger.
DEE GRANT 2021
In this short piece I have tried to capture an eye migraine. ‘Unfettered by containment lines’ means that I didn’t take anything to resolve it. As many would know that suffer from eye migraines, if you treat it as soon as the signs appear you can sometimes avoid it turning into a migraine.
For me these make you cry with pain. Even the sound of water dripping on tiles makes your head scream. Showers become painful necessities. Light to your eyes is pure agony so no TV and no screen time. Have I done it justice?