Friday, April 20, 2018

Not oops

It happened again. This time we were in a market with friends. As we entered, a lady was working on her lace, with a lot of bobbins. My loved one instantly seized on this, telling me with some excitement that (late wife) used to do lacemaking, as if he hadn't told me that a number of times already... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 5, 2018


Yesterday we were in the garden briefly, after the last few days of snow, deciding where to plant a few phlox. He planted them quite quickly, and we went inside. While I'd been at church he had put in some other plants too. I'd gone for a little walk after church to get some fresh air after being... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Who’s YOUR Valentine?

Nice overnight stay in Oxford last week, nice cards this morning, and a nice lunch today for Valentine’s Day.... or it was, until he decided to start talking to the couple nearby. It had started out with an interest in photography. He then went on to ask if the gentleman did painting or drawing, was... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

You couldn't make this up (mum)

During today's visit I mentioned that the hairdresser was probably due to see mum again soon... she had agreed to put mum in her book for regular six-week trims. Mum was aghast - surely it hasn't been six weeks? So we went to her diary to see if we could work out when she had last been in. Mum told... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

January is nearly over and hasn't it been a long month

First let me say thank you to my friends for your kind comments following the loss of my beloved sister. So many people turned out for her funeral two weeks ago that we were genuinely touched. I suppose that, being relatively young - she was 63 - everyone they knew over the course of a 43 year... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Quiet time

My lovely sister slipped away gently and quietly last night, ironically at about the time I was writing here. Her husband rang me this morning with the sad news, and of course he was a bit shaken, having only slept three hours. I'm glad she was at home and surrounded with the love of her family, who... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Could it get much worse?

After nearly a year, I'd say my mother has now settled into her life in the nursing home. All of the house sale problems have gone away, and I can pay her bills without worrying that she will run out of funds (five years from now I may have to start worrying but she's fine for quite a while).... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What exactly is 'Care'?

It's been a while since I found time (and energy) to write up our adventures in the world of the nursing home - finding the right one (do we ever know until we try it?); settling in the loved one, keeping up their spirits, tackling the financials etc. etc. There is so much to learn, and no manual -... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Pot Calling Kettle...?

It's been a difficult year - all the work associated with my mother's affairs since she went into hospital and then the nursing home has quite drained me. My loved one often tells me I don't communicate effectively, by which he means I don't think and express myself in the same way he does. We have... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

And They're Back

Bit of a late night last night, picking up my son and his friend from Gatwick. It rained heavily all the way and I followed a Volvo doing 30mph on the A29 for about ten miles (very frustrating for the ten or so motorists behind me as well) but other than that it was easy enough, just a bit long..... Sign in to see full entry.

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