That was 2011 (GB)
Posted Jan 2, 2012
My year started off great with the arrival of Jaxon on 7th Jan, born to Allan and Jenny, my 3rd grandson! Also in January Karl, my Mum & I travelled to Lincoln Cathedral to watch Laura receive her diploma. In February Gordon and I went on an aurora flight, the stars were great!
In June I passed the test for giving educational talks for the Blue Cross (and I have a uniform). I continue to visit 3 Residential Homes every week with Gordon and Snoopy. In July Gordon and I went on a cruise "Pearls of the Aegean" I am a definite convert to cruising!
In October we visited Much Hoole where I was able to go round the church where Jeremiah Horrocks worked
also in October my son Allan and his team smashed the world endurance record for playing badminton continuously (for the NSPCC charity).
Andrew has announced that he's moving out soon so it won't be long before I am living alone for the first time in my life (apart from Goldie). So this year I am going to be busy reorganising my bungalow as I want his bedroom
I have a date to start Jury Service (1st time), which was probably instigated by the loss of Family Allowance when Andrew left college. Fingers crossed we are coming to the Manchester meet in February.
I wish you all a happy and healthy 2012
Christmas all arranged (GB)
Posted Dec 25, 2011
...at Gordon's house!
All I've had to do this morning is get ready to be waited upon
My #1 daughter and her family are joining us for lunch but they are spending some time this morning at the cemetery as Karl has lost his Nanna and mother this year
I'm coming home tomorrow to shower and change for my sister's annual Boxing Day party, I'll be seeing daughter #2 and #1 son, along with his family there, I bet Jaxon has doubled in size (he is 1 in a fortnight!) - I'll be driving, taking Andrew, Wenzel (Gordon's German student) and Gordon so he can relax and have a or several, Mauro has gone home to Italy to spend the festivities with his family.
I hope wherever you are and whatever you're doing, you're spending the festive season with loved ones and having fun. My thoughts are with friends who aren't well and some are fighting cancer.
I wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year, may 2012 be good to us all
December - all change! (GB)
Posted Dec 1, 2011
My family allowance payments end on Monday, that's 33 years I've been claiming it. Later this month Andrew is moving out (his choice) and I will be living alone for the first time ever. Well, not quite, I will have Goldie with me. I'll be remodelling the rooms in the bungalow. Andrew got the largest bedroom when we moved here, I got #2 which has 3 exposed walls. Later I had patio doors put in my bedroom and they took the place of the window and radiator. I regularly wake up with a cold nose
As soon as he's gone, I'm gutting his room then decorating. Then moving my bedroom furniture in so I can have a toasty quiet bedroom!
In my old room I will decorate then put my dining table & chairs in there, so I can have a bit more space in my living room. I'd like a corner unit on the far back wall so I can finally dispose of my 18 year-old couch. Might replace the 36 year-old coffee table too.
enjoying looking forward to 2012
Posted Nov 20, 2011
I consider myself very lucky to have thick bones. In the first week of September I had an accident and badly bruised my leg. It is almost healed now, almost 3 months on, still pinky and lumpy, but I've been massaging it and it seems to be finally dispersing. People who have seen it in the duration have remarked that it's a miracle I didn't break my leg. I've never broken a bone (touch wood) and I know I'm only here today because I have a thick skull (stop giggling at the back). I was just telling Gordon this morning that when I was a child I used to jump from one to the other of the huge concrete-cubed "tank deterrents" on Cleethorpes beach, along with all the other kids. One day I missed the target and fell backwards - cracked my head - and opened my eyes feeling as light as a feather - I thought I had died and could fly. Only when a lady stranger appeared above me (I was laid on the sand) and asked me if I was alright did I realise I was still alive.
Armistice Day 11.11.11
Posted Nov 11, 2011
I think most people here know my thoughts, particularly as I'm the daughter of a Normandy Veteran. I couldn't be more proud of my father or others who stand up for what they believe. I too don't want any more wars but sometimes there's no choice (war on terror) and then there's peace to maintain
My mother is now 92 and she will be laying a poppy wreath on Sunday on behalf of the France and Germany Star, as she's done for the last 5 years, having taken the duty over from my father.
No-one in the UK is expected or forced to wear a poppy or participate in the 2 minutes' silence. That's called freedom of choice and I also would like my views respected. Thank you.