Saturday, 15 November 2008

Checking in...

Well it's been some weeks since I last posted and even though I am now retired and recovering from my operation my life still seems to have been rather hectic!

On Thursday it was my grand-daughter Isabella's sixth birthday and I was determined to see her before she went to school. I left home at 6am and got the first bus at 6.09, I then had to get another bus and finally got to my daughter's house at 6.50, I was so proud of myself! Although I can drive it's been many years since I have done and don't miss driving at all (after all, over 60s get free bus travel in the UK!) but it would have made things so much easier if I'd gone by car, never mind, it was an experience and I've always been an early riser anyway. Isabella was so surprised when she opened the door to find me there! She was already in her school uniform and was happily showing me her birthday presents. She badly wanted a telescope and her mummy and daddy had bought one along with other things so she was a happy bunny!

Today it's her birthday party and guess who's in charge of making cakes?! I made some yesterday and when I get off this computer I shall be making more.

I don't seem to get any alerts about other people's posts and I don't know how to set them up, I really must try and get my head around all of this, it's just so time-consuming for me.

Well that's about it for now, please let me know if you do get an alert for this post, I'll wonder how, but anyway....!

Have a good Sunday,

Friday, 31 October 2008


Well, after having to change my password, (why I don't know, as I tried to use the one I always do) I've managed to get back to my blog.

It's been a strange few weeks for me. Just two weeks after our little trip to France, we went off to stay with friends in Devon, then two weeks after that I went into hospital for my hysterectomy. I'm now back home and am so VERY pleased that it's all back to a normal life for me, when I say normal life, I mean a normal routine!

I was only in hospital for two days and I can honestly say that it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I had my own room, my bathroom was twice the size of the one I have at home and everything was spotlessly clean, almost like new. The doctors and nursing staff were lovely, even the food was good! I know not all NHS hospitals are like that but I do think they get a bad press, we only seem to read of the bad ones. I sent a 'Thank you' card to the ward and mean to send a letter to the hospital director too to let them know how happy I was with the service. On Monday I went to see the nurse at my doctor's surgery so that she could change the dressings, when I told her I'd had the hysterectomy just last week, she looked amazed and said I looked so well! That gave me an enormous boost - I didn't even have any make-up on! She said I didn't need any more dressings on, I'm just to put a little cream on the wounds after my shower. I can't believe how well I feel and I haven't felt the need for any pain-killers since leaving hospital. My daughter is taking me out today for the first time, apart from going to the nurse, but I won't be doing too much walking, it's just to get a breath of fresh (cold!) air. She has looked after me very well. Peter had last week off work when I came out of hospital and he went back on Monday so Lorraine slept here for a couple of nights from Sunday and has been back every day. Next week I can start to cook and do a little light cleaning, no ironing yet, and I'm really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.

So, that's all my news, obviously nothing exciting because I haven't been able to do much. I can say though, that with the really cold weather we've been having I am SO glad to be retired! I've been knitting a hat, scarf and mittens set for little Rico, would you belive that just a pair of mittens in the shops was £4! I've knitted the whole set for £1 and it took just a day to do, admittedly I did have time on my hands! We've no immeditate plans, apart from visiting Peter's brother and his wife tomorrow, but in a couple of weeks we're going to stay with my friend Linda in Essex for a few days and then early December we're off to York for a few days. I am so looking forward to that, it's years since we last went to Yorkshire. We'll be visiting the Christmas market in York and also while we're there we'll meet up with a pen-friend of mine, Julia. We've been pen-friends since we were in our teens and the last time we saw each other was when we were in our twenties, we did lose track of each other for many years but found ourselves again through Friends Reunited two and a half years ago. I'm also looking forward to visiting the Yorkshire Dales again and seeing the lovely little old-fashioned villages, hopefully Julia will come out with us on a couple of days too.

Well I suppose I'd better get myself ready, I still haven't caught up with other journals (been too busy knitting!) but I will get round to them in good time...if only to clear my in-box!

Love to all,

Friday, 3 October 2008

Me again!

Well I'm still not sure if this will work so I'm posting again to test it!

Today we're going to North Devon to visit some friends for a few days, we'll be coming back on either Tuesday or Wednesday so until then I shall be kept in the dark with regards to what's happening.

If anyone DOES get to read this, can you let me know please.

Many thanks,
Love, Pat

Ramblings from Pat

Ramblings from Pat