thread merry crimbins
currently counterbalancing my parent's extremely relaxed attitude to food hygiene/storage with as much antibacterial hard alcohol as possible

how they've both survived this long I'm not sure
permalink Now I'm curious
What do they do?
permalink aside from the usual old person view on when food is past its best
which is bearable, a habit of leaving raw meat and similar out in the open for extended periods, 'defrosting' being something which takes days/weeks rather than hours, using the shed as a second fridge regardless of ambient temperature / number of mice.

Add in an attitude of never, ever throwing food away and there's a good chance this year's smoked salmon is the same packet as last year. You spend the days going by your nose and politely demurring where things are obviously going to give you botulism.

2 years ago we got the turkey out on xmas morn to find it looked and smelled like stilton, my mum said, "thats strange, it's only been out of the freezer for 4 or 5 days". In the fridge? "No, the dining room".
permalink I thought I was quite blasé
but that is another level.
permalink it's a bit annoying
as I get on with them fine, they're a bit long-term-galloway-entrenched which means the only topics for conversation are intensely parochial (as I'm sure you've experienced from Kirkcudbright) but we genuinely avoid staying with them for long because you just get the shits, came home today rather than tomorrow because I couldn't face being fed leftovers of dubious sanitation

ANYWAY venting here because you can't say ought, aware I'm blessed my familial issues are so minimal
permalink Oh yeah my forums are full of people venting
We saw my family on the weekend and had Al's family from Monday until tomorrow, I like all of them very much but it'll be nice to stop ignoring half-heard sentences in case they were accidentally offensive!
permalink that's impressive, I can't do more than 3 days even with people I get on with 100%
my favourite line of xmas, overheard when I stepped out of the room to get a drink: my mum to her friends: "when he comes back, we really need to stop listing who's died or dying, or he won't come next year"
permalink Now your say it
having people in the house is really the problem, more than anything else.
permalink people
are the worst!
permalink Bea headed back to London today, having arrived on Christmas day after a few days in Spain..
I'm heading back tomorrow once I drop Minilluminator home at lunchtime.

One of the main reasons I headed for the hills last weekend, with a night at the Nevis Inn bunkhouse, was to get some peace and quiet before being stuck here for a week. My mum is basically fine, but I'm running out of patience and am a bit fed up with being seen as her excuse to do very little and "have a rest from being busy" because I will do everything. Busy? She's 89, on her own, long retired obviously, and spends most of the day drinking tea, sleeping and reading the fucking Telegraph. I'm the one who could use a fucking rest.