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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

ME ON MONDAY

Do the scarf, cardigan and grey sky give enough of a clue that I am not at home on this Monday morning ( yes, I'm posting on Tuesday but the picture was taken yesterday)

 

 

 

I arrived in Scotland last Wednesday night, and the scarf and cardi have been almost permanent fixtures since then!


As you can tell, I'm feeling ever so much better and the shingles rash has gone. It's the oddest feeling though, as if even my makeup brush touches the area which was affected the nerve endings tingle...not painfully now, but I'm still aware of it!

The weekend? It was a travelling with mum and Craig to see Kirsty and HER Craig's new house, loving the house but being dismayed at the state of the garden....thus pulling weeds and strimming the almost foot-long grass.....trying to explain the difference between weeds and flowers to my daughter, having a bit of retail therapy and eating too much kind of weekend.


I head home tomorrow, so today will be spent with mum....I took her for a 'proper' grocery shop yesterday; the first she's felt like doing since dad died....she is slowly adjusting to her new situation, but it's hard seeing her so sad......I'm just glad to have been able to get over this week and spend some time with her.

 

Waving to SIAN's 'Monday Wavers' and to everyone else ....have a good week!

 

Thanks for dropping by!

Take care of you

Alison xx

 

Friday, 10 July 2015

ONE PHOTO TWENTY WORDS

Joining in with ABI's monthly meme







Not a bite, as I had thought.......but shingles around my right eye......not life-threatening but sore and itchy!


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Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

WAVING......

...to the lovely SIAN and the ever-growing group of 'Monday Wavers'...and to you too of course!

Me on Monday?


Sporting a bite from 'something' at the top of my nose, which has caused a reaction all round the right side of my face ....I have since taken antihistamine and am feeling somewhat better.

The weekend?.....a charity function on Friday night from which my poor feet took two days to recover (the sign of a good night in my eyes!), food shopping, baking for and going to Afternoon Tea at the Drop-In Centre and trying to keep cool in the 35 degree heat......I also found a few items for RINDA'S SUMMERTIME SCAVENGER HUNT


Here's this year's list:


1. A bouquet of flowers
2. An ornate door knocker
3. A person walking a dog (or other animal)
4. People playing a board game or card game
5. Architectural columns
6. A metal bridge

7. A turtle
8. Someone "plugged in" to social media 

9. A tent
10. A college or university
11. A cellular tower or television satellite dish
12. A public restroom, bathroom, or toilet
13. A merry-go-round or carousel
14. A traffic signal
15. A flag pole with at least three flags on it
16. A panoramic view, taken while standing someplace high in the air
17. At least two people wearing matching outfits or uniforms
18. An overloaded truck, car, bicycle or other vehicle
19. A ticket booth
20. A natural body of water
21. A photograph of you with a sign reading "2015 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt". Note: you may not use a substitute for this item.
If you find something on the list too difficult, you may substitute one of the following items for any one item on the list, except for Item #21:
Alternative A: People eating outside
Alternative B: Someone holding an umbrella
Alternative C: A rocking chair 


So far:

17. At least two people wearing matching outfits or uniforms





The band at our village's Fiesta last week


7. A turtle



I thought this would be really difficult to find.....until I realised this is my pool thermometer this year!


5. Architectural columns




Another one I thought I'd have a problem with....but these are part of the balustrade around our pool terrace



8. Someone "plugged in" to social media 




After waving mum and my sister off last week, I had a cup of coffee in the airport and sat behind this girl who was 'plugged in' to both her laptop AND phone


14. A traffic signal





I drew up to these lights when returning from shopping and quickly grabbed my phone before they changed!



6. A metal bridge





I remembered about this bridge just before I got to this bend in the road and had my phone poised for action...I was a passenger at the time, I hasten to add!


As always, thanks to Rinda for coming up with another great list.....!'m looking forward to seeing what everyone else who's participating comes up with for the prompts.

Wishing you all a good  week

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx 

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

ME ON MONDAY....

....late, surprisingly enough!

Monday saw me spending quite a bit of time in the car,




between general chores and then taking Mum and my sister down to the airport...... Fortunately the chap who had been assigned to give mum Special Assistance through the airport turned up very quickly, so there were no prolonged farewells; my sister was filling up with tears ......she returns to NZ tomorrow, so there's no knowing when we'll see each other again ....I can only imagine how many tissues she'll go through this week!!

The weekend?....trying to keep mum cool- she found the heat very tiring, so spent a lot of time indoors sitting as close to the fan as she could get,reading. We managed a visit to the Mall (yes, we DO have a mall, which blessedly has AC!), a trip to the coast on Sunday evening-which of course meant a visit to the ice cream 'parlour' and lots of dips in the pool for my sister and myself throughout the course of the weekend.

Waving to SIAN'S little band of 'Monday wavers'...and of course to everyone else......hoping all's well wherever you are in Blogland!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

ME ON MONDAY

I've been back home for a week now....and it's taken me till now to find my Blogging mojo again.

It's been a difficult and emotional couple of weeks, but by today I have managed to find the time and inclination to sit in the sun, in the shade of my new parasol:





The weekend?..... It's been mainly house tidying and cleaning, as my mum and sister arrive tomorrow for a few days. My sister came back from New Zealand about seven weeks ago and has spent all of that time either at hospital with dad or looking out for mum...she returns next week, and we felt that it would be good for the three of us to spend some R&R time in the sun. Mum is looking forward to it, but with mixed feelings, as it will be her first time here without dad; I am discovering that my mum is a very strong and resilient lady....I think I take after her...I hadn't realised quite how alike we were until these last few weeks and I'm grateful that I have seen this side of both of us.

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch in these last couple of weeks.....as always the Blogging community has been so supportive and caring!

Waving to the other Monday Wavers, spurred on by the lovely SIAN

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Saturday, 6 June 2015

ALWAYS IN MY HEART

OThe man who had held my hands and my heart all my life has been called home.....I only hope and pray that his grandson, who has waited almost 21 years to see him again, was waiting to welcome him.


Dad's 60th birthday



 

Ready to fly to Spain at Christmas...almost 21 years later

 

I'm heading to Scotland in a few hours and just wanted to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers during these past few months...I'll be back when I'm back.

 

Thanks for dropping by!

Take care of you

Alison xx

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

ME ON MONDAY

Waving to you today from sunny California.....yes, you read it correctly! I am in San Jose with Craig.....a trip that I knew might be upcoming, but which I wasn't at all sure I should make, given the situation with dad.



In the end though, Craig decided I needed a break and booked for me to come over with him....so here I am, sitting in the sunshine outside Starbucks!

I'm still at the jetlag stage, but managed to sleep for a few more hours last night than the previous one so I'm feeling ALMOST human.

The weekend?.....I met up with Craig at Amsterdam Airport, spent around ten hours in the air (I had a window seat,which I like) during which time I read a book ( THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M R Carey; highly recommended by Kirsty and I thoroughly enjoyed it) and played Sudoku, as well as watching out said window- I am always amazed at how vast and empty Canada is as you fly over it. Between Passport Control, waiting for luggage and standing in the Car Hire queue,it was another three hours before we left the airport. Once Craig got the meetings he needed to organise set up, I was able to get in touch with RINDA and make arrangements to meet up with her on Wednesday ( so looking forward to that!)

As always, thank you all for your kind comments and promises of prayers and keeping us all in your thoughts ; there's no real change in dad, but then I'm not expecting there to be.

It's been a holiday weekend both sides of the Atlantic, so hope you've all had a great one!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx