It has been a lovely day, although rather exhausting. My oldest son, Mark borrowed my car after Easter, as I don't use it that much and could manage without it. He was supposed to return it last weekend with me driving up with him and then driving myself back home. However, have had ten days of little sleep due to asthma and bronchitis we didn't feel I was in a fit state to do it then, and so decided I would go up by train this Sunday.
I got the bus at 9.15 and was on the coach (stand-in for the train) to Birmingham soon after 10 am. It was very comfortable, surprisingly. The last time I travelled by coach I struggled with travel sickness most of the way, but this was a much smoother ride and the roof was open so it was airy without being cold. It arrived early so I was able to get a cup of tea while I waited and then found the right platform. The train was in early although it left a few minutes late and also arrived a few minutes late. It was a very comfortable ride again and nice not to have the hassle of driving for 3 hours up the motorway. I listened to an audiobook most of the way on my MP3 play, as I didn't want to risk reading and causing travel sickness.
My son, Mark was parked a bit away from the station as the queues for the pick-up point were lengthy and we then headed for the recycling centre to get rid of the old mattress before making tracks for lunch.
Spark Coach challenge for today was to eat salads, so I had brought some with me, intending them for my tea with our youngest before heading home. I had them rice I had also brought with me and some cheese to supplement which was nice. We then took the new family dog for a walk. Luna is a rescue greyhound and very timid, but settling down quite well. They've had her for 6 days now.
I took this in the park with Mark and Robyn. Just after I took the photo two small pug pups came to investigate her. Mark had her on a close lead in case Luna mistook the pugs for rabbits or squirrels! The second one decided to investigate her rear end which Luna seemed to be oblivious too. The little dog got up on his hind paws with his front paws as high as he could reach under her tail - and Luna still ignored her. He obviously had designs above his station. We fell about laughing. Pity I wasn't quick enough with my camera.
I called in on youngest son, Will on the way home. His is not well at the moment and being very difficult. I had bought a coach ticket and disabled card to enable him to get a third of the cost, as he wants to come back to visit on Wednesday. His Dad wrote an entirely truthful letter expressing his concerns, which I share, about the way he is at the moment, which has made Will very angry. A lot of things are going 'wrong' in his life at the moment - girl friend problems, computer broken etc etc - and he got angry, said he didn't want me to come round etc but when I got up to leave he shouted at me that all women walk away and don't want to talk things through. Grossly unfair as he won't listen. I did go back and he calmed down a bit, so I stayed and listened to a rant about the evils of aspartame, fluoride and the powers which are controlling us all. I didn't answer. No point. He doesn't hear when he is like this.
Second son, Phil, left me contact details for the Samaritons and Mind and I think that perhaps I will give them a call for some advice before Will arrives on Wednesday. Part of his anger this afternoon was because I had visited Mark first. Well naturally, I had to be picked up by him from the station - but as Will hadn't heard me when I told him the reason for my visit this weekend, that was news to him too. Bipolar is a bugger!
I left Will at 6 pm and made it home in 2.5 hours without a stop - this time listening to the audio book over the car speakers. It makes a big difference to the way the time goes and although the motorway was a bit busy at times, it was a good drive back.
Tomorrow's another day!