Farewell 2022 and Welcome to 2023….

For the first time in probably 20 years, I sit here at home on my own on New Year’s Eve. My husband left for work at 9.00pm and won’t be back till the wee small hours, so I won’t see him till next year! It feels strange not to be seeing out the old yearContinue reading “Farewell 2022 and Welcome to 2023….”

Thoughts of Christmas and family…

So, three days before the blessed chaos of a family Christmas comes to our home. Chaos with 10 adults and 8 children. A blended family Christmas with my daughter, my son-in-law and their three girls, and her mother and father-in-law, sister and brother-in-law and their two children. My son and my daughter-in-law are also comingContinue reading “Thoughts of Christmas and family…”

Another year draws to a close…

Here it is the 18th of December 2022 as another year draws to a close. I have to say that this past year has been a good one. On the 21st of December last year we moved into our new home, into a single storey home that is much more sensible for someone navigating theirContinue reading “Another year draws to a close…”

Being strong…

I was reading a post on a Facebook Page that I am a member of, and a member posted on the topic of ‘being strong’. I have picked a few things from their post. “We often see people say things like how hard it is to “be strong” or about the need to “be strong.”Continue reading “Being strong…”

Don’t wait to gift things ….

This weekend we have had our beautiful three grand-daughters for the night on Friday night so their parents could go out to a Xmas do. Recently, we have usually had them stay with us for two nights, but the big girls (13) were going to ‘Armageddon’ a sort of Comic-con event. It is popular withContinue reading “Don’t wait to gift things ….”

“Does it feel unreal sometimes?”

One bonus of the changes that have happened in my life since diagnosis is that I have grown closer to my cousin who also lives in Christchurch. Previously, we lived a reasonable distance away from each other and both living busy lives we caught up when we could. With our decision to move to NorthContinue reading ““Does it feel unreal sometimes?””

Games are not just for children…

I grew up in a family of six. Three sons and one daughter – they kept going till they got it right – and of course Mum and Dad. The typical nuclear family of the time. I remember growing up that we had ‘Annuals’ books that had stories in them, but also used to haveContinue reading “Games are not just for children…”

‘Say Cheese’… let them take the photos

I love to take photos. Photos either on my camera, or with the camera on my phone. I take photos of scenery, flowers, my garden and wildlife we come across on our walks. I take photos and videos of my grandchildren when I am with them and looking at the photos later makes me smileContinue reading “‘Say Cheese’… let them take the photos”

Don’t treat me different

If there is one thing I would say is important to me is how people see me and how they treat me. We are in Australia at the moment visiting my oldest brother and my sister in law and her family. We have always got on well and part of that is giving each otherContinue reading “Don’t treat me different”