Life in the Slow Lane: IT'S NEARLY HERE......

Wednesday 23 December 2015


....and although the house has been decorated for a few (!) weeks now, things really HAVEN'T gone to plan!

Mum arrived last Friday with Kirsty and HER Craig ( now that WAS part of the plan!)...bags were unpacked and it started to feel a lot like Christmas...I went off to the Charity's Christmas bash at night and arrived home just after midnight having had a lovely evening. 

Imagine my surprise when I walked through the door to discover MY Craig in the house (he wasn't due until today.... and here the best laid plans start to unravel). He had travelled back from a business trip to San Jose and when he and Kirsty looked at each other shiftily when I asked if this was him here for Christmas, I knew all wasn't well: he had come to tell me face-to-face that that he had to be in JAPAN the day after Christmas!!

To say I was upset is an understatement...not much sleep was had as I tried to come to terms with this turn of events. By morning I had pulled myself up and, realising that it wasn't the end of the world (well, not quite) took myself off to a Charity event I was involved in:

I left the troops to shop for the Christmas Dinner we were now having on Sunday ( 'cos Kirsty and HER Craig were going back on Monday to have Christmas with his family-part of the original plan!) 

After a lovely day, I came home about 6pm to discover that only my Craig was at home- the others having gone to see the new Star Wars movie. We had just finished eating and sat down to watch the final of 'Strictly..' when the phone was Kirsty to say that mum had had a bad fall and they were in an ambulance being taken to hospital! 

To cut this long story a bit shorter the end result is that mum has fractured her humerus, is in a sling, is in agony and can't get out of bed without feeling sick and dizzy...I have to add here that I am a dreadful nurse and that she is a dreadful patient!

Craig left this morning to go back to Germany before flying on to Japan and I am now trying to imagine how Christmas Day is going to some ways this whole debacle has taken away the focus from dad not being here this year, though believe me he is still much missed.

I sincerely hope that YOUR plans have not gone quite so badly awry and that your Christmas is filled with the love and laughter of family and friends....i know that in the midst of this chaos I will!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx


  1. Oh, Alison, what an awful turn of events! It will, however, be a Christmas you'll all remember. My husband likes to say, it will make for good stories. I hope you mother's pain subsides and you're all able to enjoy Christmas!

  2. sending virtual hugs and hope your Mum is feeling better and Craig has a good trip to Japan and you have a nice Christmas

  3. Oh Alison so sorry to hear about your Mum. Do hope that things are not too bad today and you manage to find a little enjoyment over Christmas xx

  4. Sending you hugs...and do hope your Christmas Day did manage to bring some enjoyment.

  5. Oh I hope your mom recovers quickly, poor dear. How nice to see a Christmas pageant of little ones, I miss those days.

  6. Oh goodness, Alison, what upsetting turns of events :). Hoping you are all doing ok ... Having fractured the top of my humerus a few weeks ago, I can testify to the trauma, so please give your Mum my warmest regards and tell her it does get better day by day. Thinking of you all, x Alexa

  7. Oh I so sorry to hear that all of your plans didn't pan out, I hope that you had a nice Christmas in the end and that your mum is ok xx

  8. Oh Alison - so sorry to hear of your troubles. Do hope that your Mum heals quickly and smoothly.

  9. Alison: I'm so sorry to hear about what has been going on. I wish there was something we could all do to bring you a little cheer. I'm thinking about you and yours and hoping your Mum starts to feel a lot better soon.


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