Never thought I'd be as free to enjoy a happy Christmas time in my own home this year but my DIL - with true Scottish grit - has pulled herself back from the edge of a nervous breakdown and is determined that she will be the one who makes a good Christmas for her little boys and for my son. I am full of admiration for her - she's been having a really bad time
My partner spent all day in the hospital yesterday and although he has to wait for the final report until after Christmas he has been told informally that the worst that can happen is that they will put a stent into one of his arteries – so basically all’s well.
For the moment I’m happy that everyone is OK and that we’re all in our own homes with our own families for Christmas.
. . . I wasn't expecting to be back home before Christmas but DIL seems to be on the mend and in any case I have to take my partner to the hospital for a day of testing his heart function. My son is 'working from home' until after Christmas though I'm not sure how much work he'll actually get done with two energetic little boys running around Seemed like four - or even six to me!!
Thank you all for your goodies and supportive messages - I will get round to personal thanks but wanted everyone to know how grateful I am.
Right now I have to go off to the hospital and then do some final Christmas shopping. See you all later.
I feel I've been neglecting most of my Spark friends recently and I can't see that changing before next year. I have too much to do - and too many family problems - to give much time here at the moment. I regret that and I hope everyone will forgive me. .
I wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year - have a great time - see you after - I hope.
It’s been extremely pretty here in Brighton (UK) by the sea in the snow. It is lethally icy on pavements and roads but it looks beautiful.
The schools and universities are all closed and it's hard to travel to work which has brought people out to have fun. Parents and children with sledges or playing snowballs and students being creative with snow sculptures – particularly from the Art Departments it seems.
Everyone is smiling and happy – a real holiday atmosphere – disregarding the cold and making the most of freedom from work or study. I’ve had a really nice two days tramping about in the snow with some of my students and taking pictures of everything. And the added bonus is all that extra exercise – hoorah!
I've had a great succession of weekends with my younger son, his wife and their sons celebrating both their birthdays - 9 days apart. This weekend the parents have had a great time out and about giving each other small treats and personal time whilst I’ve been entertaining their children. They are, of course, delightful and ultra-energetic.
Most likely it's that I don't have the energy I used to have. I kept thinking as I ran hither and thither for one or the other 'how did I ever do this' and 'it's only TWO' how do other mothers/grandmothers manage? I know they do and I also know that we all expand ourselves to meet current needs.
The bonus is that I have been so busy running around with no time to eat more than basic meals with the children - therefore healthy and small and tramping them along the beach - well-wrapped up - to get rid of some of that awesome energy that kids have in abundance. So - 2.5 of the 5 pounds I had gained are gone in no time.
A bit of a false situation of course but I am grateful for that quick loss and hope to keep those pounds off and rid myself of the other 2.5 in a more realistic and less exhausting way.