Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Another change of plan

December has been busy, far busier than we wanted, but as Management is so fond of saying "it is what it is".  We have been busy because every scrap of Christmas planning had to be completed before we went to the StarCamp at Bellingham, because two days after returning Management was scheduled to travel to Derbyshire to collect his mother who had decided she wanted to spend Christmas in Cumbria.

Decorations mostly out (except for the huge tree, just cannot be axxxxxx bothered), food bought or ordered ready for collection, house cleaned to within an inch of its life including carpets (which did not impress Daisy).









And massive cleaning outside as Management has been on a heroic mission to power wash all the slippery paths and paving slabs.





Yesterday morning we were in the middle of sorting bedding, vacuuming, making a final shopping list for fresh stuff when I asked M. if his head hurt as much as mine . . .  and he asked if my throat was also coated in sandpaper . . . and we both agreed we were sniffing and sneezing and aching and - the rest is obvious.  Somewhere between here and Bellingham we've picked up an unpleasant little bug.  Debating, cogitating, soul-searching over a large latte, we both knew what needed to be done but it was Management who made the phone call to his mother explaining we were both sick and that the weather forecast was pants which meant there were unlikely to be pretty views of distant hills.  As she doesn't walk far any more, with low cloud and rain forecast from now until New Year, she wasn't going to see much.


Today, after a decent sleep, we both know it was the right decision to make.  M-I-L will spend Christmas, as usual, with Management's sisters and their families, all over whom live within ten minutes of each other, rather than the four-hours-plus journey to Cumbria, gruelling for an octogenarian.  To be brutally honest, we will spend a relaxing and quiet few days just resting up and we're looking forward to it.

2017 has been a turbulent year with my less than perfect health and M's retirement.  We are looking forward to moving on in 2018.





10 comments:

  1. Hope you both are feeling better soon, just so many bugs around this year. Merry Christmas.

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    1. Merry Christmas to you too, and thanks. We’re already feeling better :)

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  2. You need to look after yourselves Jayne, I hope you both feel better soon and that you have a good Christmas and a nice rest, you deserve it. Christmas hugs for Daisy xx

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    1. Thank you so much. M and I don’t “celebrate” Christmas and are very happy to just pootle about quietly on our own. Cuddles to Sophie and Poppy :), xx

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  3. Feel better soon. Have a relaxing and peaceful Christmas. X

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    1. Thanks Jules, hope you all have a wonderful time.

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  4. I hope you both feel better soon and enjoy your Christmas doing whatever you enjoy.

    To tell you the truth last Christmas was just the two of us as daughter's dog Molly and Annie don't get on. This year we were planning a quiet Christmas again until daughter asked if they could spend it with us and I didn't want to say no. Relations between the two dogs have improved slightly but daughter and son-in-law have never stayed over with Molly before, so it's going to be interesting. Just to add, sweet little Annie is the main culprit :)

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    1. Poor Annie, she is not a culprit - she's the victim! Seriously, dogs are very territorial and it can be extremely stressful for some dogs to have an invader in their homes that they cannot get rid of.

      My solution would be to ensure that Annie gets the lion's share of all attention, is fed first, is not booted out of her favourite bed, and so on. If she can see that Molly is below her in the pecking order, things might be less fraught for all. Hope you have a very enjoyable family time.

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  5. Hope you both feel well enough to enjoy Daisy walks, but a quiet relaxing break with the fire and a good book sounds idyllic. You may even get a day out in the van with a suitable picnic and just enjoy the scenery from the windows xxxx

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    1. You’ve read my mind, sweetie :)
      That is exactly what we are hoping to be able to do (see, didn’t say ‘planning to do’ ha ha ha) !

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