Sunday, 5 September 2010

Busy Summer Days

I can hardly believe that Summer is almost over. The longed for days, when we were knee deep in snow, are now making way for Autumn and then we'll be into Winter again! I have had a busy time lately and when I got to wondering what exactly have I been doing over the past 6 to 8 weeks I realised just how much I have achieved.

I have not been much into blogging it is true and have just about managed to "keep in touch" with most of you, only posting for ABC Wednesday for weeks now.

At the moment I am suffering with a gum infection and have been in quite a lot of pain. I thought at first it must be an abscess but my dentist assured me, after taking an X-ray, that my teeth are in fine shape and that it is a "just" an infection. I have now been on antibiotics for nearly 2 weeks. No pain as such now, but still a fairly sizeable swelling on the roof of my mouth. So first thing on Monday I shall have to contact the dentist again for further advice!

My mother, who is now 88, has been complaining of numbness in the right side of her head and was referred to a specialist in care for the elderly - a lovely man, who was most kind, considerate and thorough. He gave her a really good examination, covering all aspects, taking X-rays, blood tests, an ECG and sending her for two CT Scans. We get the results of all these tests tomorrow. I feel that there is nothing seriously wrong with her and that it is old age taking its toll. He did say to us that he feels that the numb feeling in her head could be due to a trapped nerve in her neck. He also said that she is in very good shape for 88. On Monday we will know for sure.

Our 6 year old grand-daughter came to stay with us for a few days, the first time she had been away from Mummy and Daddy (her parents are divorced so she is used to being apart from one or the other but had never been away from both of them). She was as good as gold, even on the day when she was definitely unwell and could hardly wait to get to bed. We all enjoyed it and when I mentioned to daughter that if she would like us to have her at half-term it would be OK, she replied that Imogen had already asked when she could come again. The only problem we had was that the weather was cloudy and cold and we only made it to the beach once (we live less than 50 yards away).

Fruit and vegetables have done well this year and everyone seems to have a surplus of everything. I took advantage of this last week and managed to make a batch of sweet piccalilli and also chutney. No strawberry jam though!

A very sprightly family friend celebrated her 90th birthday in August and decided to throw a party for her family, a few friends and neighbours. Asking us what we thought about the idea, we wholeheartedly agreed it was a great plan and I volunteered to make her birthday cake. So that was another task to be accomplished.

On top of all of that, I decided I wanted to redecorate our bedroom. Now I am not one to change for change's sake but I had never been happy with the decor since we moved in last October. Husband agreed to help with repainting the walls and I undertook to do the wallpapering. We kept the same colour (eau de nil) and we are both very pleased with the result. Strangely though, it makes the room look bigger!

Next week I shall be going to spend a few days with my daughter in Stratford upon Avon, returning next Monday and then the following Thursday husband and I are off to spend a week with friends in Spain. It's all go!


Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour sweet Anne,
You are right time goes so fast, and Summer is almost gone.
You are a talented friend, thanks for sharing your beautiful WORK there, these are special moments in life.
Please take your time, take care of yourself.We will be here thinking of you and sending you good energies.I hope you have a fast recover.Everything will be okay soon.
purrs and love
Luna and mommy Léia

Denise said...

Hello Anne, what a busy summer you've had and it hasn't finished yet. I'm so sorry you've had problems with the infection and I wish you a speedy recovery. I expect you will all be very relieved to hear of your mother's test results. Super to have your granddaughter to stay and your bedroom is just lovely. All the jam making is impressive. Have fun with your daughter and in Spain.
An English Girl Rambles

jabblog said...

You've had a very busy time so a holiday is in order :-) I hope your mouth problem will have been resolved by then.

joo said...

You're really busy my friend! I love chutney - any interesting recipie to share Ann?
I love your bedroom - it's so lovely, and wow 90 is impressive! Beautiful cake, by the way:)
Hope you'll be fine soon and will enjoy your time with your daughter and in Spain!

Pam said...

Yes you have been busy! I loved the picture of the picallili and chutney - you are so talented. Like the new bedroom too - it looks very bright and clean. I fear I cannot have anything in this house that's white for fear of dogs and toddlers getting it dirty!
Hope you have a great time in the next couple of weeks. X

Mara said...

That wallpaper is beautiful! I am no big fan of wallpaper, but I wouldn't mind having that on my wall. Glad to see you didn't go all Hyacinth Bucket and have matching bedclothes and the rest!

cheshire wife said...

I do like your bedroom wallpaper. I hope that your mother is OK and that you can get your infection sorted out before you go away.

EG Wow said...

Sounds like you have been delightfully busy...except for the infection. Hope that is cleared up before you head for Spain!

Maggie May said...

You're living up to your name with all that jam making!
Glad you have had a good summer and been busy!
The wall paper is lovely!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

ascu75 aka Don said...

You make me feel dizzy the amount you have done. I have just come out of Hospital and have to agree the service is first class. I must say One Nurse came into my room and said "she had come to see me because I would say something nice" to her! So maybe not all patients are PATIENT

ascu75 aka Don said...

Sorry I should have wished you a speedy recovery. I hope the infection clears soon. XXX Don

Mary said...

I'm so sorry about all the dental problems...that can be so painful. What a busy summer you have had! I was reading this and thinking that I wish you lived nearby and could come and give me a shot of all that enthusiasm! I have accomplished so little lately that I am ashamed. My bedroom has been on our "redecorating" list for more than a year and we haven't started yet! I love that cake! How talented you are. It is just so pretty.