But tonight the phone has not stopped ringing.
The front left wheel has flown off the car that the children have been using... while it was overtaking another car!
Nobody was hurt, but everyone had a nasty fright.
By the time the car came to a halt, there was no sign of the wheel.
It is only a couple of months since the tyres were replaced, so it seems that the garage didn't tighten the wheel up properly. I expect we will be having a little chat with the garage in the morning.
It brought me out in a cold sweat thinking about what a close escape they had.
Mysweet has got a bit of a thing about Japan. We have both toured there in the distant past, and, yes, it was an extraordinary place, so I do understand up to a point.
But, whenever there is nothing much on the other channels, he exacts revenge for my Poirot reruns, and tunes to the english language Japanese tv channel, NHK world.
We watch people placing individual stones in water gardens, or sometimes we get tips on how to add mica to tastefully decorate our paper walls. We are taught useful japanese phrases like "Has room service ironed my handkerchieves?".
It is sumo wrestling news at the moment.
Sometimes I wonder whether we weren't better off with just four channels...