Thursday, 31 December 2020

No review

 

I'm not writing a review of the year as we all know how tough it's been for everyone. My year in particular has been the worst one of my life. I'm currently waiting for a phone call from my GP for her to issue me a prescription for some more antibiotics as there's no going to the surgery to be seen in person anymore. 

Although it'll be a struggle for us to get back to normal we will, I know we will.  So I'll keep this blog post short and sweet and wish you all a happy and healthy New Year. Thank you for your love and support through my tough times in what has been the strangest of years.


Sunday, 27 December 2020

Hunkering down

After all my personal worries of the last week we were able to relax and enjoy our Christmas and Boxing Days.  We ate too much rich food and really enjoyed what we had but the TV offerings were quite awful as was the weather yesterday.

You may remember we visited the garden centre  earlier this month and among the displays was Santa's sleigh. I took a photo of the laminated poster on the front but unfortunately there is a shine on it. I took the trouble to find and buy the old film online for very little money, so we watched that and quite enjoyed it.

 

A Christmas treat to myself was this book which I am currently reading. I much prefer a hardback book to reading books online.


The sun is shining today but I'm not tempted to leave the house. We're lucky not to have had a power cut as many have had so fingers crossed it stays that way. There is also a possibility of snow later today and I'm not sure how I feel about that.



Thursday, 24 December 2020

Christmas Eve

I did think my year couldn't get any worse than it already has been but it did last weekend. So much has happened this year much of which is far too personal for the blog. Christmas is a time for remembering and last year I walked Annie at Christmastime on slow gentle walks knowing that it would be her last Christmas with us as she'd had her diagnosis and was on borrowed time. Her bed is still at the side of our bed with the lovely quilt that Jayne  from her Bag End blog surprised me with. There's Annie's dirty old flowers on it, they were her absolute favourite toys and they've been in the garden, de-stuffed and the squeakers gone but they've been washed and I can't bear to part with them. There's also her toy rabbit and rope toys which she would occasionally toss and swing about.

 

Then came my diagnosis in March and months of treatment with no visitors allowed in the hospital, unsure if I would survive the cancer that had also made it's way to my lymph nodes. I still feel weak and I'd dearly love another dog to walk but I can't allow my heart to rule my head.

Well, I'm not going to be all bah humbug as hubby and I plan a quiet Christmas spent in front of the TV which is not much different from our new normal. I have a piece of beef and a gammon joint cooking in the oven as we decided not to buy a turkey this year. We'll have a glass mulled wine tonight and  tomorrow exchange the few gifts we have bought which I haven't even wrapped but they are in gift bags. We have plenty of good food and the freezer is full and will keep us going and we will eat well.

What this year has taught me is to know who matters the most to me and I'm so fortunate to have made some very good friends here in the blogging world and you know who you are. 

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year. I won't be writing a review as I normally would as this year has been so effing awful.

Friday, 18 December 2020

RIP Ken

We've had some sad news that our daughter's father-in-law Ken passed away this morning.  Our son-in-law was by his side in the hospice when he died. He was such a lovely man.  

When our daughter and son-in-law married twelve years ago we didn't think we'd be able to attend their wedding in England as my husband had a broken ankle following a fall. We had two dogs at the time and one was very strong and the logistics of getting there and back were too great as I wasn't happy about driving that distance and obviously hubby was unable to drive having his leg in plaster. Somehow we managed the train journeys with luggage and two dogs in tow and help from our son-in-law and his dad collecting and returning us to the main train station in Crewe and it was a lovely wedding and happy time.

I wrote on my blog that my daughter arranged a flight simulator experience for Ken back in September as Ken had a lifelong interest in aeroplanes. Daughter said it was wonderful to see his face light up when she told him what she had arranged and he thoroughly enjoyed the experience and had a wonderful day. My daughter has given me permission to publish a photo of Ken in the simulator. Ken took great delight in telling the nurses he had flown a 747 over the Norwegian fjords and of course he was very ill at the time.

My daughter also gave Ken a Kevin the Carrot pilot toy which he held and smiled at while in the hospice. Silly I know but I went to Aldi and bought one myself as a small reminder of Ken.

Daughter and son-in-law are in tier three of Covid rules and the restrictions have been a burden to them while Ken has been in the hospice and will continue to be so for the family when arranging Ken's funeral. This sad news today rounds off an awful year we'll be glad to see the back of.


Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Sadness and joy

A couple of days ago we had a long online video chat with our daughter and son-in-law. They are having such a tough time of things right now as daughter's father-in-law is in a hospice and they are looking after mum-in-law who is not coping well at all.  Covid restrictions have meant that only one person is allowed to visit at any one time but the hospice made an exception for son-in-law as he is caring for his mother. Son-in-law's dad is such a lovely gentleman and even though he is terminally ill he still asks how I am, it's a heartbreaking situation it really is.

We were admiring daughter's indoor Christmas lights and decorations and they have put up all their outdoor lights too. We gifted the outdoor lights to them a few years ago when hubby was no longer able to climb ladders and as daughter lives in a bungalow the lights went to a good home. We've bought some extra baubles for the tree as we usually do each year and yesterday we decided to visit our local garden centre to see what they had on sale. I took my pocket camera with me as they usually put on good displays and they didn't disappoint.

    

We bought a Santa wearing a grey suit and hubby assures me he only started wearing red as that is the colour of Coca-Cola.

 and we bought these three ornaments for the hearth. My favouite is Dorothea and her deer yet that was the least expensive.


Our tree is up and full of baubles and twinkling lights.


 

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Happy December

 

We took the Christmas tree out of storage on Sunday but usually wait until the first weekend in December to decorate it but this year we felt we needed some extra cheer. This is our angel and goodness knows how many years old she is but we'd never change her. I also managed to write the majority of my Christmas cards and took them to post yesterday. En-route to the post office I noticed our friendly neighbourhood giraffe was feeling festive but still wearing his mask so he doesn't sneeze on passers by.

 

Today I took myself for a walk specifically to take giraffe's photograph and on impulse went to see if the horse was in his field and I wasn't disappointed. It's such a long time since I walked that way or anywhere for that matter and I'm definitely feeling like I'm on the mend following seven months of hospital treatment.

 He leaned over the fence so that I could stroke his nose and he licked my hand. I felt bad that I didn't have a treat for him, I even felt like he remembered me.



Last day of term

  This morning was the last day of term at the puppy graduation classes. Jane the organiser had phoned me during the week to say that she wa...