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Five blissful hours!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

I had five wonderful hours all to myself this morning, the first time since early September. For three weeks in September, DH was in hospital, two of the weeks very ill, so the mornings I had at home didn’t feel like time off, even though I was on summer vacation. The day after he came out, I went back to work.

The first week, he was weak and there were a few minor disasters. He left the bath water running too long and the emergency “off” switch cut the gas. I got home very late and we were chatting, him sitting between the futon and the armchair. He decided to call the emergency gas people. I said that leaving the water on too long was not really an emergency but he said it was OK. When they arrived, he asked me to ask them to get him up off the floor. I hadn’t realized he was actually stuck between the futon and the armchair! Couldn’t move. That was one of his aims in calling the gas people as he’s too heavy for me to lift. “Resourceful, aren’t I?” says DH. Er yes! The gas men were very nice and kind. The first week continued with a couple more incidents, but now he’s much better.

Last weekend I overbooked myself with meeting friends and it wasn’t very relaxing. The first day was great but the second was a friend who came to Japan for a visit. I hadn’t seen her for twenty-six years and I took her out for dinner. In the intervening years, she had become a vegetarian and I hadn’t thought to ask her preferences. That’s a social rule I won’t forget again! The meal was uncomfortable and I ended up stuffing all the fish and leaving as much of the veg to her as possible.

Today was the first time I had time which was completely mine. It felt like my first chance to recover from six tough weeks. I went for a one-hour walk, and then I did one hour of yard work clearing autumn leaves and mossy sludge from under them. There were a lot of mosquitoes swirling around me but my repellent worked perfectly - not one bite, and I feel proud of the cleaned up space which had been bugging me for a while. A bit more time to clean and tidy up and DH came home. We took an afternoon nap. Now I’m going shopping. I’m making tortillas for dinner.

PS: We rent from my husband’s BIL and his sister planted hydrangeas in the area outside our apartment. I tidied it all up and unknowingly ripped up all the hydrangeas with the weeds. BIL told me she’d planted them after my yard work efforts! DH doesn't like hydrangeas because they bloom in the rainy season, a season which of course he doesn't like (but I don’t mind actually!).
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    Not sure how I missed this but glad you enjoyed those five hours and sincerely hope you've enjoyed more of those respites since then!!
    439 days ago
    So glad to hear you’ve got “me time”. You definitely deserved it! Hopefully your DH is keep recovering getting better daily. So surprised to know You still have mosquitoes in this late autumn? I don’t remember that was the case when I was growing up.
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    446 days ago
    Oh dear! The hydrangeas! Sorry, but I had to chuckle. I hope it didn't get you in trouble with your BIL's wife! Your story reminded me a little of an episode from many years ago. I have done 98% of the yard work at our house, but one day Toshi got industrious and did some weeding and cutting. I had been waiting several weeks for a flower I'd bought from the seikyou to bloom, but when I went out in the afternoon, there was just a stub where that about-to-bloom little guy had been. I had forgotten to tell Toshi about it, and well, I never got to see that flower. Neither of us, though, is very good at gardening, not being able to distinguish flowers and grass from weeds. I struggle on and occasionally get everything looking nice all at once. It must have been very satisfying to see the results of your efforts, in spite of the hydrangea snafu.

    It sounds like you had a very long stretch with no time for yourself! Thank goodness you finally got a few hours to call your own. Yes, Shiro was creative in finding a way to get himself unstuck from between the futon and the chair! Ha ha! But Japanese service people are so good-natured and helpful in my experience. I like imagining those guys cheerfully hoisting Shiro up off the floor.

    I hope you get some more ME time very soon, Margaret!
    447 days ago
  • EISSA7
    I can almost hear your happy “sigh” of releasing your cares for those 5 blissful hours! I bet you are enjoying your outdoor spruce-up accomplishments, even if all that you removed were not weeds emoticon ! So happy that DH is doing much better.... emoticon
    448 days ago
    I think your DH is a master at being. er. Subtle. Glad you had some ME time.
    448 days ago
    Me time is so re-charging!
    449 days ago
    Glad you had a little break, even at the expense of the hydrangeas.
    449 days ago
    Gardening is one of my absolute joys. I like Hydrangeas.
    Glad your me time was so enjoyable.
    449 days ago
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    Enjoy some time for you!
    449 days ago
    You have been thru so much. Glad you were able to finally feel a little freedom.
    449 days ago

    Hope you keep having spaces of time where you can care, just for you!!
    449 days ago
    Enjoy your extra time!
    449 days ago
    I'm glad things are improving, great that you got some proper "me" time! emoticon emoticon
    449 days ago
    emoticon Glad you posted! I've been wondering how you were managing caregiver duties and work? It's hard to achieve balance. Any chance of getting help? Good you are taking a little time for yourself!
    449 days ago
    Sorry about your troubles with DH. Glad you had some time for yourself!
    449 days ago
  • LOF7203
    I'm glad things are getting better
    449 days ago
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