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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






Tuesday, 19 May 2015

WAVING ON TUESDAY

Once again, I'm joining in with SIAN'S merry bunch of 'Monday wavers'.....and once again it's on a Tuesday!

Today has seen me unpacking from my trip to Sotland...I arrived home late last night, having decided that I need to get some sort of 'normality' back in my life.



is it just me, or does everyone find random items at the bottom of their cases?!




The weekend (and indeed the last week) was a round of hospital visits, spending some time with both Craig and Kirsty , taking an overnight trip to the NE of England- allowing a (very) brief catch up with friends and a little Retail Therapy! - and then saying my farewells before heading home.

Thanks to everyone who left a comment on my last post ......dad is still not ready to give up, and the Consultant says we could be looking at weeks or even months of this phase, hence the reason I have come home....with a heavy heart, but knowing that dad- and mum- are in good hands.

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx




Tuesday, 12 May 2015

ME ON ......

TUESDAY!

 

From not-so-sunny Scotland, where this morning I have been very lazy and had tea and toast in bed, whilst trying to catch up with some blog reading

 

 

The weekend...and indeed since I arrived last week...has been a flurry of hospital visits, talking to nursing staff, catching up with my sister (who decided the time had come for her to come over from NZ), trying to make mum aware of the reality of the situation with dad and, needless to say, eating too much cake chocolate as I always do when under stress!

 

We have an appointment to speak with dad's consultant this afternoon and I shall make a decision about when I'll go home after that.

 

Both Craig and Kirsty arrive this evening and I shall be so glad to have them here.

 

Thanks for dropping by!

Take care of you

Alison xx

 

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

ME ON MONDAY

After arriving home on Sunday night, having spent a week visiting mum and dad in Scotland (where the sun DID actually shine for two days!) I enjoyed my first cup of coffee sitting in the sun





The weekend?......I travelled south for a funeral, spent twenty four hours with Kirsty, drove back to Scotland, visited dad in hospital, met up with friends for lunch and coffee and flew home!....a very mixed bag this time!!

A day late waving to SIAN and her merry band of Monday 'wavers'...but I know she'll forgive me for that!

Hope your week holds lots of good things!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx