About the Gluestick Family


Gluestick always seems like such a great invention…in theory. A handy little stick that keeps things together without bonding your fingers together. Brilliant.

In reality it’s not so great. I remember my first Gluestick experience at the age of 8, making cotton wool Easter bunnies that we’d seen made on Blue Peter. It looked easy, especially with the use of Pritt Stick rather than normal, runny PVA glue. The cotton wool stuck to my fingers, but not to the paper cut-outs I was trying to attach. My bunnies were mutants. Gluestick was a massive disappointment.

Yet, 30(+!!) years later, it seems relevant to how I feel about my role at home. There are eight of us, spread over four generations and the three floors of our crumbling house. And there I am, in the middle, trying to hold everything together with ineffective glue. Luckily my family is more resilient than my cotton wool rabbits and aren’t mutants.

There’s Eve, my first, and Indy, her excavation-loving twin sister. The excavation stuff could come in handy should Eve become trapped in her pit of a room. Then there’s Boo and Noodles, both who can veer between utter joy and total Drama Queen. Plus Husband, who can drive me insane like no other human on Earth, and my Dad, King of BIY (bodge-it-yourself). And more recently Eve’s boyfriend and Teddy the baby. All us crammed into 3 floors of West Norfolk real-estate. It’s hectic.

But I’m sure that I should feel more grown-up and sorted by now. On paper I’ve been a proper, fully-fledged adult for more than 20 years. My mum only lived for another 11 years and she was always a grown-up; sorted and responsible and with grown-up dreams. I still feel as though I’m just playing in her shoes and would become a Disney Princess given half the chance.

And so I muddle through. I try to do the right thing, but I mess up. I get annoyed about stuff. And sometimes life just seems so ridiculous that I just have to throw my head back and laugh. You’re more than welcome to join me as I wade through.

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Having you read my ramblings makes my day. I like likes, I adore comments. They help me feel as though I’m not just ranting away at myself. Play nice though. No one likes a troll.

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26 thoughts on “About the Gluestick Family”

  1. What an absolutely beautiful blog you have here. I adore the name of it and your background as to why you call it such is so aptly spot on. Thank you so much for following me so i could retrace the breadcrumbs (too much Hansel and Gretel as a kid!) back to all this wonder!
    take care,

    1. Thank you, Stephanie. Your lovely words mean a lot as reading your party blog yesterday had me chuckling out loud. I shall definitely check out your Her post.
      I found your blog after I liked a reply you’d put to someone else’s post. (I get a bit WordPress obsessed somedays, so can’t remember who.) I liked your reply and thought I’d check you out. I’m very glad I did! X

  2. Just stumbled upon your blog as I put my feet up to rest my knees after wandering around Norwich. It has brought many a smile to my face, a few tears to my eyes and an abundance of silent nods as I recognise your dilemma and emotions, although probably not in such extreme circumstances! Adding you to my list to follow!

    1. Aw, thank you. I love the places you can stumble upon in the blogosphere. I shall be catching up with your blog tomorrow. I wish I lived in Norwich. Better shops and no threat of the incinerator. You lucky thing.

  3. Hello, as a valued reader of my blog, I have nominated you for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award – I love this because it offers a chance to thank people who follow and read your posts (plus there’s very little work required – just to thank and nominate, lol). Of course, I understand if you do not have time or would prefer not to participate, but if you are interested, please follow the link below to see the full requirements for acceptance. 🙂


    1. Thank you very much – that’s really kind.
      I shall get on it ASAP, because I love how awards lists pass on the details of fab blog writing in a massive blogosphere. I’ll post my answers and nominations on my page Breadcrumb Trails in due course, but post on my homepage when I do.
      Thank you once again.

  4. I followed Lydia’s trail of breadcrumbs and found you here. I knew when I read the name of the blog that I’d like your posts!
    I want to read more of your posts, but now I’ve been sidetracked by the tempting morsels of bread that you’ve tossed in my path… so many blogs to read, so little time.
    Luckily, I’m horribly jet lagged right now, so I get extra hours to read (and fewer to sleep).

      1. I am grateful I took your prompt too! Also hopeful you also saw the comment yesterday from Indecisive Eejit thanking you for kicking me in the right direction!

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