Well, attempting to write a blog post once a week has certainly worked extremely well for me hasn’t it?
Life keeps on throwing those damn curve balls our way. Nothing new about that! Just keep ducking and weaving… ducking and weaving.
Doug ended up in hospital with another respiratory infection not long after my last post. All is well again for now and at least for this week life has been somewhat slower. With house plans to decide on and 18 years of ‘stuff’ to sort through mixed together with some follow up health visits to Melbourne for Doug and Mum looming in January, I have been wallowing in the ‘non-eventful’ bliss that is the void between Christmas and New Year like a happy little pig in
Something wasn’t right about Christmas though. I didn’t get stressed! I know! Huge right? Although I think I must have internalised it quite skilfully until about two days after Santa had been because about then my right nostril broke out in the most hideous cold sores. Yep, ‘plural’ cold sores. Merry bloody Christmas Sandra. I’m aware this is probably too much grose information. You know, gotta keep it real.
I nailed the ham glaze again this year. Go me! I even managed to carve that scrumptious morsel without any of the drama of last year (plastic sleeves left on knives do not slice very well at all) so there wasn’t quite the amusement level provided by me this Christmas in the kitchen, much to the kids disappointment. I even had the presents wrapped two days before Christmas! I must say I kept waiting for the disaster to happen. And there wasn’t one. It was kind of spooky!
Oh, I did forget to buy Bon Bons. I mean you can’t have a festive table without Bon Bons can you? So I sent out an SOS to the oldest man child to bring home Bon Bons from the swish store he works at in the big city. That was a mistake. Whenever said man child was imposed upon to assist we heard how he had already fulfilled his Christmas day contribution by driving three hours from Melbourne delivering the Christmas Crackers to complete the table. Obviously a medal was expected… but not awarded.
Quote of the day goes to number three man-child “Oh my god, I used to get excited about unwrapping an Xbox, now I get super excited when I unwrap good quality bed linen… how things have changed”. This was followed by a happy dance and a bear hug.
The four children have spent the best part of their childhood in this house so it meant so much to Doug, Mum and me to have them all home for our very last Christmas and add yet another beautiful day to our memories to cherish. And I didn’t get sad. Not once. I was incredibly happy.
So, as I touched on earlier, the New Year is going to begin just as I believe it will end… very, very FULL ON. We have purchased a block in town about a thirty minute drive from where we live now and intend to build a new wheelchair friendly home closer to family and health services. The last few months have been an absolute whirlwind of life changing events to say the least.
During this whirlwind we have been on the receiving end of so many acts of kindness I don’t think I can even begin to tell you. The lovely lady who purchased our home offered for us to continue living here and rent the house until we found something suitable to move into. This has been a god send for us. Trying to find somewhere to rent to accommodate the wheelchair and personal needs was going to be tricky. Now that we’ve decided to build instead of renovate staying where we are in our purpose built house certainly alleviates a whole lot of stress until the new build is complete. Cue indecision over house plan holding up the show.
Doug’s’ sister came down from up north for a week and sorted through the bulk of his shed. THE dirtiest and time consuming job of them all. What an absolute bloody gem.
We’ve had so many lovely messages of love and support and many offers of help with the packing up and impending move. It’s been truly heart-warming.
My lovely friend from Rhonda Locker Photography gifted us some beautiful photos of Doug and me in our garden. When Rhonda learned that we had decided to move due to health reasons she wanted to give us some moments in time to treasure. She certainly did that and so much more. Such a generous soul. Doug and I were truly humbled.
That’s about it for now. Thank you all so much for being here with me over this last year. I love having you all in my camp and stopping by to read and leave comments on my posts. I look forward to us all sharing this space together again in the year to follow.
I’d leave you with some pics of Christmas but for some reason I can’t get them off the damn phone and on to the computer. Frustration levels are high. For now I’ll just have to leave you with one of the very special pics that Rhonda snapped for us. (Check out her site here and if you are down Geelong way in Victoria and are searching for a lifestyle photographer Rhonda is your girl). And one pic of Doug and I taken at our family Christmas Party by my cousin Lynne.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and safe New Year.
Much love, Sandra Xx