“Errr…is there any reason why my debit card isn’t working?”
In most relationships there is often one person who handles the money and in my household that’s Mr NappyValleyNet.
It’s not he earns more or is more responsible, he just seems to have a natural affinity for those little tippy tappy card devices that need PINs and response codes before they lock you out of your account forever.
This usually works well until I make some silly mistake, at which point I have to call him and listen to a condescending lecture about debit cards versus credit cards versus charge cards.
So on Friday I assumed I’d used the wrong PIN when my card was ever so politely declined in Waitrose.
I called him at work and could hear him theatrically huffing and sighing as he logged in to our account.
“There is absolutely no reason why the card shouldn’t work…” there was then a pause then “hang on, I’ll call you right back.”
It turns out his new system for paying our cleaner by direct debit was working perfectly, apart from the fact he’d added an extra zero to the amount and just transferred a four figure sum straight into her bank account.
Right now I don’t just occupy the financial moral high ground in my household; I’ve bought it, developed it and built a massive mews house slap bang in the middle.
Although I’ll probably have to dust it myself as we may never see our lovely cleaner again!
Here is what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet (Wandsworth):
Dtm would like some advice, she’s worried that she’s drinking too much and would like suggestions on how to cut down. Thank you everyone for all of the thoughtful replies to date…click here for details
JA was unhappy that she was asked to leave the dog free area on Clapham Common to make way for a school sports day. Was that fair or “just not cricket”? Or just not egg and spoon race or just not sack race etc etc?…click here for details
SH has started a discussion about raw milk. She’s a big fan but not everyone is on the same page. It’s quite a heated discussion so lets all keep calm otherwise I’ll be adding coco powder to it and sending you early off to bed!…click here for details
Do2 has some trust issues with his wife. She’s asking for space, he’s asking for transparency. Might there be a middle ground?…click here for details
Writingmum is in the process of splitting up with her husband. He’s offered her rent for six months and “then she’s on her own”. Is that legal? Get a lawyer seems to be the resounding theme in most replies…click here for details
LM22 visited her nanny’s house last week and wasn’t impressed. Dirty, mouse droppings on the floor and junk everywhere. She’s shocked and wonders if she should rethink her nannys suitability for her own children?…click here for details
Samalawl’s son was hurt on the funfair at the Formula E event last weekend. She’s posted a picture of his leg. Acceptable risk or have we gone all “health and safety? It does look nasty, Samalawl, I hope he recovers quickly..click here for details
R4T is unhappy that some parents go “state till eight”. Is that unfair on the schools and the children’s friends in the previous school? R4T wonders if they should be fined?..click here for details
Fruisli wonders if Loaf or Sofa.com is the better bet? I used Loungin on Batterse Rise and they’ve been excellent!…click here for details
Buttercup would like details of a company that can supply air conditioning. Oooh has it been hot? I hadn’t noticed!…click here for details
Rats on Northcote Road? They don’t like wire wool (thanks for the tip Sadia) and Pestulance did a great job chez NappyValleyNet…click here for details
Our aupair meet-up group is going great guns, don’t forget to post on this thread if you, or someone you know, would like to take part!…click here for details
ALFH needs school labels sewn in. Who might do it for her and how much?…click here for details
Pud1 is plagued by moths that appear at this time of year, how might she rid herself of this troublesome pest?…click here for details
HHirst is looking for a BarBQ chef for a christening in August, who is Nappy Valley’s top burger burner?…click here for details
Sparkletiger is searching for a summer house or home office. Can you recommend a supplier? I’d also love to know!…click here for details
I REALLY hope we can help with this question. WorriedMother would like recommendations for marriage counsellors. Good luck WM!…click here for details
From one type of partnership to another, Tealover is looking for an accountant to answer a partnership question. Who is Nappy Valley’s top bean-counter?…click here for details
WM needs suggestions for an entertainer for a three year old’s party! Come on everyone, who should she choose?…click here for details
LJ needs tailed trousers taken in. Who can perfect her pantaloons?…click here for details
Like a Ryanair surcharge, your travel questions keep coming!
R4T is off to Greece very soon. Errr…has anyone been very recently and what’s it like, he wonders? ATM’s? Cash?…click here for details
RHOB has moved to Westchester in New York and launched her own version of NappyValleyNet! Good luck and if you have any friends over the pond, point them in her direction!..click here for more details
SamT is looking for weekend away venues for her and her husband. I am SO envious!…click here for details
SW17M would like to recommend Canvas Holidays! Thank you! (click here).
Don’t pack up those school bags just yet, summer is coming but so are your queries!
Calling all Alderbrook mums. Parents of the 2015 reception intake would like to organise some playdates!…click here for details
Calling all Parkgate mums! Parents of the 2015 reception intake would like to organise some playdates!…click here for details
Inspired by the above posts, if you have any children coming in to reception in any local school this September and would like to organise summer meet-ups then please post here! (click here). Hope we can help!
Those Rutherford House questions keep coming, where does the catchment stretch to?…click here for details
Boysrus is looking for a tutor for two home schooled boys. Literacy and numeracy are the main goals…click here for details
Looking for a new job? We have more vacancies than Silverstone has racing cars!
It’s the Northcote Road Summer Fete this Sunday the 12th of July! We will SO see you there! (click here).
Finally, it’s your house and garden questions: we have more than Wimbledon has strawberries!
SW11 wants to sell her kitchen. Big money or big hassle, she wonders? (click here). PHC wants fitted wardrobes and so really wants a carpenter to build them? Any ideas? Try Billy on 07814 492755! (click here). B. needs someone to install air conditioning (click here). LJ has a spare room to let in their house (click here). F would love your sofa seller suggestions (click here). REW would love your removal firm recommendations (click here). MBSarah would like to recommend Gorgeous Gardens, thank you! (click here)
Annabel’s Arcade is our “totes free” buying and selling site!
Phew, that’s it, have a fabby week!!
Annabel and the NappyValleyNet.com Team