Friday, September 10, 2010
Yes - I did really think that. More than several times, just in the past couple of days.
So I walked last Monday, then I walked again on Wednesday.
I could have walked with DH yesterday - just round to the post office, but that would still have been a walk - except I'd just hung out yesterday's washing when he then decided to head out. And it was threatening to rain.
I could have then gone for a walk with him today, again he had to go to the post office. But I was just home from shopping, and standing in the shop car park catching up with a couple of folk I haven't seen in nearly a year, and had just poured myself a cup of green tea and sat down.
Next time he walks somewhere, I'll have to try to go with him, or else he'll stop asking, and I do not want that to happen - especially if he's in with a chance of early retirement for finishing next summer.
I'd really like for us to start going for a walk together as a "together" activity for retirement - so that's something I should work on now while I have him off work.
Though, d'you know what - I think I may be walking faster at the moment than he is - and that hasn't happened for a long time.
Just this past week, I've been so happy that when timing my walk and counting my steps - I've been much faster than I thought I could do. Walking with a goal, there and back, I've been under 20 min/mile. Makes me very happy.
In my late teens/early twenties, I could walk a mile in about 7 minutes (did so every morning to get to lectures at Uni on time).
I am not aiming for that again - that was power walking trying to prove a point!
But a mile in under 20 minutes - and still able to speak okay - that's fine for late 50's for me, at my current stage of getting back into the swing.
So - I need to be able to go for a walk with DH - maybe even just to say to him let's go for a walk.
Especially just now with his leg problems. He has to rest his leg, ie not be standing at work all day. But he is not allowed to just rest all day - he's to get up and walk!
So let's see what the next few days brings .
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Yes, the doctor yesterday agreed with the hospital. However, rather than signing DH off for the full 3 months, he's gone for 2 months to start with.
DH's boss had said, when he phoned in on Tuesday after being to the hospital, that no doctor would sign him off even for a month. He'd possibly get 2 weeks - then may well find he was well enough to be back at work.
Whereas, he could easily have had the 3 months, for starters! However, we both reckon that 2 months to start off is sensible. If things happens spectacularly well, maybe that might be just about enough (I'd so love that, for him). If things go as is more likely, extra time can easily be added.
So having got my hectic time finished, having got the extra body (younger son) out of my house - I am again having to cope with an extra body, having DH at home during the day.
I reckon I should make use of this to ensure that I get up and get going, daily. And that I get on with the decluttering in the dining room, daily.
Today was good, though, in that I got a couple of washings hung out and dried.
And I got a load of work done in the kitchen, after leaving it to the very bare minimum for too long.
So I was happy with that. And it has given me somewhere to work FROM as opposed to trying to work TO.
Maybe it would be different if I was one of those folk who like doing housework and cleaning. But I don't.
But I am feeling happy this evening having done what I got through today.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Today was just about the end of my really hectic, and fairly stressful, interlude - I hope.
I had a pretty good sleep last night, then lay on in bed getting other parts of my legs onto the magnet pads for a wee while.
Then up and getting ready for taking younger son back to Stirling.
He was up and breakfasted early enough to do all his packing this morning - a decision he made last night while awarding himself an early night :)
I was aware of him up and doing, but dozed on a bit.
Anyways- we got on the road somewhere between midday and 1.00pm.
He got the car packed during a dry spell. And he also got the car unpacked at the other end during another dry spell. So that was a bonus.
It was sad to see him go back into his flat - same as yesterday saying cheerio to my older son. But they have their own lives to get on with. And I do believe that giving them their space means they are more likely to want to keep in touch.
Home again - I dropped in at home in case DH was home from the hospital. He was just in, in front of me.
He hadn't stopped off to get milk, so I headed back out and got loads of fruit and veg, milk, some meat on special, and home.
Hospital is suggesting that hubby should be off work for about 3 months, probably, to let the skin on his shin heal properly.
He has the doctor tomorrow afternoon - so he'll have to let his boss know during the day that he's likely to be off for that length of time. The doctor said last week that he'd be guided by the hospital's recommendations this week.
Oh well - I'm having lunch with a friend tomorrow.
Then I'll really have to sort my head out for having DH home full time for a while.
Yes - I know he's applying for early retirement. And I know we're going to an exhibition about retirement.
But my head isn;t round it just yet - it's supposed to happen next summer :)
But then - better a hubby with both legs complete.....
Monday, September 06, 2010
Yes, today was a much quieter day for me today.
But - I didn't rest on my laurels - or anywhere else!
I got up, and got on with some stuff, so I was quite pleased with myself.
And younger son (here till tomorrow) heard me up and about so poured my cup of tea ready for it to be cool enough for me to drink, then proceeded to make my brunch for me.
I'm sad that I have to take him home tomorrow!
However, older son's send off last night also made a huge impact on me - he offered to get the supper in for himself and brother and me.
I wouldn't have let him pay (though apparently DH did so 6 or 7 weeks ago. That really surprised me, as DH is always the one to be offering to taek older son for something to eat.
Doesn't matter - they have each thanked me like I don't know what for all the help with transport over the past few weeks.
And now I just have one last transport to do - taking younger son back to Stirling tomorrow (Wednesday). Then I don't know when I'll see either of them again, for a while.
So I've been trying to keep my routines going, as much as possible, and now I'll be trying to get back to my routines properly.
A trip to Stirling and back tomorrow.
Out to lunch on Wednesday - but I can work around that with what I want to be doing on a daily basis.
And then, maybe, very soon, I'll start back with exercise as well!
Today's walk was a definite plus in that respect.
I thought I'd maybe forgotten how to get walking over the years.
But I did a half mile each way - and a (very) few minutes talking at the mid point - and was even able to talk without sounding out of breath. So I did my (very nearly) mile including talking time in 20 minutes.
Yet again - I'm so pleased with the results of the exercising I did a few weeks ago, and how much it has helped me.
And I'm back to trying to get some exercise on board again!
Saturday, September 04, 2010
Today is Saturday, 4 Sept.
Thursday was fine, apart from the blips I already mentioned.
Friday - 4 of us at home and all needing showered and to get ready for a wedding.
Fortunately the wedding wasn't till 5.00pm (though about 90 minutes journey).
I had stuff for brunches organised, and my husband and both sons were told what was available and where it was.
I am soooo glad that I brought my sons up as an "uncaring mother" - poor wee souls had to see to their own breakfasts and packed lunches through secondary school. Well, either that or a very ratty me, very ratty boys, everyone getting in each others' way, and lots of rows and arguments.
So yesterday went quite smoothly - so much so that we were ready to leave about 20 minutes before hubby's cut-off time (which itself was about half an hour earlier than I had intended).
That let us go via older son's flat in Glasgow to collect his good watch (Gran's present to him when he graduated this summer - she hasn't seen it yet, and she was going to the wedding).
Still got there a wile early, but good chatting time with father and brother of the bride and The Groom.
Had a drink from the bar in the outbuilding which housed reception - that took up longer than it should. 3 weddings happening, and only 1 bar staff in that area, with occasional support from 1 other.
Anyways, we were about to head over to the main building - Airth Castle Hotel, nr Falkirk. When hubby's uncle appeared and said he was going for my MIL's wheelchair from the car - and asking for help. So my 2 boys and I waited while that happened - and this is where my stress levels did start to rise, as MIL and I don't always have an easy friendship. And as she appeared through the door from the bedroom area, the photographer and bride from a different wedding started to take up the whole of the exit doorway.
Fortunately one of my sons found another exit - even while the other son was trying to ask the receptionist how else we could get out! I love my boys :)
So, older to the main building - the castle/house.
It wasn't an easy building to negotiate, but it was ornate and quaint - and some lovely tapestry hangings.
Loads of hanging around outside, while official photos were happening - so plenty of chat and catch-up time.
Lovely wedding ceremony - a harp provided the music, which was delightful, though slightly soporific.
A fairly short, relaxed wedding ceremony - this was a civil ceremony, so my sons were able to see some differences between this ceremony and last year's wedding ceremony of another cousin.
Photos - it was such a beautiful day, so the photos were all outdoors, in the grounds.
Then - the meal.
Same as my last niece's wedding, the speeches were all before the meal. I really approve of that, as it lets all these poor folk who've been living on their nerves all day start to relax and maybe actually enjoy their wedding dinner.
I think 40 folk in all, including the top table. The Top Table plus 4 round tables, each seating 8.
Even though the hotel had 3 weddings on - "our" place had the MC from the hotel plus I think 4 (maybe 5) dedicated waiters/waitresses.
We had a lovely meal after some excellent speeches.
Then a CD compilation - probably done by the bride. She had made all the invitations, cards, RSVPs, name plates, table seating plan, menus for the tables etc. Plus she (and her Mum) had organised all the decor - both in the wedding ceremony room and in the wedding reception suite.
It was a really most enjoyable day out for me with my husband and sons.
And loads of catch up with one of my husband's cousins and her husband - as well as with the wedding party (I rarely get to see my sister-in-law and husband, let alone their son and daughter - only met the bridegroom twice I think).
And a pleasant time chatting with mother-in-law, fortunately older son was with me which eased that really well.
So that was my Friday, 3 Sept 10.
I'll report back on today another time - but things were good today too.
I really think I may be coming out the other end of the "hectic" tunnel, at last.
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