It’s been a while since I’ve blogged; I’ve been catching up on ’work’, writing a story for a new anthology that a buddy of mine is putting together to raise funds for a charity, and, simply, not in the right place ‘mentally’ to write!
Although we are only on February 9, 2019 has begun in a bad, bad, way for some of the people closest to me.
Not only have several friends been taken ill, but one very good male friend of mine and Tom’s unexpectedly passed away: one Sunday ‘A’ was poorly with flu and the next Sunday he died. It’s not my story to tell, but I urge anyone who has flu-that-lingers – or flu that develops into pneumonia – to get to hospital fast.
The day before ‘A’ passed, the father of my children passed away: he had cancer.
It’s funny how, after many years apart, I’ve felt so many different emotions; grief for the good times we spent together, anger and guilt for various reasons, but mostly sadness. Sadness for my children and sadness for my ex-husband who, like ‘A’, was only 65.
It really has been an emotional roller-coaster.
Thinking I had gotten all the bad and sad news out of the way in January, I met a friend for coffee on Friday. ‘C’ told me her husband has been diagnosed with cancer.
Honestly, you couldn’t make it up could you? They say life is stranger than fiction…
In the middle of so much bad news (I feel like the grim-reaper to be honest) good news and great fun has kept me sane. An old friend has just moved from Lincolnshire (roughly three hours drive from me) to live about eight miles away from my home. I doubt we will be in each other’s pockets – as that’s not the kind of friendship we have enjoyed over the last forty years – but it’ll be nice to see a little more of ‘A’. We met on the platform at Reading Station when joining the Navy back in 1974 – my how time flies eh?
I have also enjoyed two parties for my gorgeous daughter’s 40th birthday. The first was a family lunch on the actual day (sadly, her father died just the day before her birthday).
The second was a much bigger party at her home.
I fear I misbehaved a tad but, ‘What happens in Cheltenham, stays in Cheltenham’…unless you meet two of my very best friends, ‘D’ and ‘L’, who have been doing their best to make me squirm…
I spent last weekend in Cornwall, one of my granddaughter’s lives there and it was her 5th birthday party. Tom and I took two of our other grandchildren down with us and we had great fun. Bumper cars, roller skating, ice-cream at Mevagissy harbour, fish ‘n chip Saturday-supper and a sleepover (aarrgghh) all made the weekend for Sofia’s birthday extra special.
I hope 2019 has started well for you, and long may it continue! The evenings are lighter – or the days are longer – and spring isn’t too far off. Now that I’ve broken the pattern of not blogging, I’ll be speaking to you again soon!