Well since I seem to have an audience I should introduce our motley crew!
There's my wife Kaiko, my two pirate daughters Amber & Millie, my dad Harry and of course my mum, troublemaker extraordinaire and compulsive blogger Maggie May. For half a year or so we have all been living together in relative harmony disturbed only by the grouchy mutterings of my dad and the swarm of rats living in our kitchen ceiling. On my dad's part most of his mutterings are due to my mum's blog addiction which is probably all my fault but I do at least have a solution to the rat problem - we're getting 2 pet rats. Not really a solution but the idea is we will all grow to like rats and will no longer care about the squatters in the ceiling! Will it work or is it just another one of my mighty ideas? I'm not sure if we'll ever find out though as my dad has refused to allow rats in the house - of course my mum's reply of "I wasn't asking for your permission" lead to some heated discussions! Her idea of a fair solution was to ask her grandchildren (all four of them) to vote on whether or not to buy pet rats - so far it is 3-1 in favour!
Since she became a blogger my mum has undergone quite a personality change - she has become extremely assertive! From where I'm standing it is a very positive change and I feel quite proud of her! I don't think my dad shares the enthusiasm too much though, especially since he has to do a lot of his own cooking now! Gone are the days when 'dinner's in the fridge' meant there was a prepared meal on a plate - it now means 'ingredients for dinner are evenly distributed in the fridge, freezer and cupboard'. I think he blames me for his predicament and I'm sure he is looking forward to my clan moving out so his life can return to "normal". The damage is done though - it's going to take a lot more than a grumpy husband to stop Maggie May!