Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Somebody obviously doesn't think I'm busy enough!

Life is whizzing along here at break neck speed as usual.

Lots of stitching even if I haven't got round to taking any snaps yet - hence no blogging - but my Spring Fling Round Robin 2 is almost done, one Secret Santa offering is in the post with another very soon to follow, lots of crafty for sale things have been made and some even sold and I've worked on a couple of commissions too.

Preparations for Christmas are progressing - haven't written a card yet but feeling quite smug about getting all my long distance family presents to their recipients and the rest of the present shopping is nearly complete even if I haven't wrapped everything quite yet.

School is busy as ever plus the children are needing ferrying around as much if not more than usual.

Sarah's thumb is healing well and the Consultant tells us if all continues in the same vein her pot will be off for good on the 19th of this month - all is not lost on the rugby front.

Lou has started learning the violin so the ears are taking a little bashing too - as if life isn't noisy enough in this house!

Nick's knee is better and they won 5 - 2 on Sunday which means he's happy :o)

So lots of balls up in the air - one or two near drops - but not quite yet.

Then........................ two more are thrown into the equation in the shape of my elderly parents

Here they are back during Half-Term with five of their six grandchildren plus my niece Gemma's boyfriend Pete.

Whilst they stayed down with us we had some long and heart searching chats about where and how they would like to live out basically what amounts to the rest of their lives really

The long and short of it ended up with the decision that they should move into sheltered accommodation down here in Taunton.

I won't go into the ins and outs and merits regarding to which of their children they should live nearest - suffice to say we all felt it would be best if they came down here so we put their name on the local housing list and settled down for a probably long wait

This week a flat in a local complex has been sort of offered to them - they're second on the list.

I have been to look at it and although it is small it would suffice.

However we now have to wait until Friday to see if the first person on the list wishes to accept it

If that person doesn't we then have to arrange for them to come down, look at it and effectively be checked out by the complex manager - my word is not sufficient and rules are rules!

My lovely husband has offered to drive five hours up to Yorkshire on Sunday and return the same day with them.

I'll then take them to look round on Monday followed by Nigel taking a day's holiday on Tuesday to return them up north.

Life is certainly busy enough without this in amongst everything - but it is do-able especially with Nigel's good will. Boy do I have a tolerant and obliging man.

It will be lovely to have them down here and be able to see them regularly in bite-size manageable time spaces instead of intensive three week visits once or twice a year and I will be able to help them and be there for them in an emergency instead of mercy-dashing the length of the country.

But just one teeny weeny tiny little part of me is screaming out................

'Stop the world - I want to get off!'

PS A quick update - the first person in the queue has accepted an alternative property so it's theirs if they want it - we're on all systems go for the weekend with one small grain of sand in the oyster - they can only view it on Tuesday so I think that will be a particularly long day for Nigel :o)


Carolyn said...

Your husband is a gem...you should keep him! :o)

sewkalico said...

Oh my!!! You do have an awful lot on your plate! I hope your Christmas stocking will be stuffed with relaxing treats this year - you sound like you need them!
So pleased about Sarah's thumb! (Must have been the chocolate - I swear by it LOL)

Clare said...

Anne - can you sit down for just 5 minutes please. My head is spinning with all your comings and goings!

That is really good news about Sarah's thumb.

Nigel is a Saint, with a huge capital S!

Nancy said...

Of course you want to get off! You're right in the middle of what they call the sandwich generation. The responsibility of aging parents is daunting, especially when superimposed on a family with teenagers. Hang in there, girl, and take some deep breaths, It would be lovely if this placement works out so that you don't have to go through this step repeatedly.....

Libby said...

Don't jump . . . . just pause for some deep breaths. It's a busy time of year for sure, but everyone can pitch in and make the bustle just a little easier for you *s*

Sew Create It - Jane said...

(((hugs))) Boy you sure have a lot on your to do list. I hope Santa is watching and that he brings you something nice :o)

Take care!

meggie said...

Your husband really is a gem!
Keeping my fingers crossed for your parents.

McIrish Annie said...

How wonderful that you and your hubby are able to be there for them! I'm glad to see someone else is as busy as I am! I'll put the brakes on the world if you help me!! LOL..

Glad Sarah's thumb is coming along! that's a big THUMBS UP!!

Suzie said...

so busy.................................................

YankeeQuilter said...

I do hope it all works out for you and your parents. Nigel deserves a big pat on the back for this one!

Tanya said...

I can see how trying to make long-term arrangements for you parents at this time of year might not be the best timing wise. My family has never sat down and talked about these things but it is sort of like an ostrich hiding her head in the sand ignoring a situation that will soon come up. Blessings to all of you.

Jeanne said...

Sending you a BIG hug for the parent relocation project -- been there, done that and I KNOW how unsettling it is for everyone.

anthony said...

Beautiful pic!

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