What a day !

What a day !

I haven't had my Wednesday sitter for two weeks now because of the hedge trimmer incident so today I planned an exciting trip to the local council tip. I delivered Colin to the Hospice, delivered a raffle prize to a friend who is fundraising and went home. It took me nearly two hours to load the car with a dead gazebo, loads of bits of metal and wood that, about 20 years ago, Colin insisted would come in handy one day, dozens and dozens of bamboo canes from our own plant, flower pots, broken bricks etc etc. I was just about to get in the car when the phone went. It was the Hospice. They didn't think Colin was very well so could I collect him and take him home. I explained I couldn't get him in the car so rushed to the tip. Normally when I go and open the car up, men rush to help me unload. Unfortunately there were several younger women unloading today so I was ignored and had to take it all out myself. I eventually got to the hospice and went into the loo to change my very dirty Tshirt and have a wash. Colin was having soup when I walked in. I took over the feeding and he managed to finish his soup, clear his plate of jacket potato, cheese and beans ( all mashed), and cleaned a tub of ice cream. They said he had a bit of a temperature. The next thing I'd planned to do was go shopping as we had run out of all the basics and our grandson was arriving at 5pm. What did I do? I phoned a friend. One who has said I never ask her to help. Unfortunately she was out shopping for herself. No reply to her mobile so as instructed, phoned her husband again. He said he would shop for me. He did, not just the important things but told me to read out the whole list. An hour later and my own personal shopper arrived. I asked Colin if he felt well enough to have our grandson stay and his thumb went up so we now have a five year old sleeping upstairs. His mum must have spoken to him as he said, " Nanna B, isn't it sad that grandad's brain doesn't work properly any more but he still loves me doesn't he?".

No paddling pool this weekend after all. I forgot the gardener was coming so couldn't put it on the grass and if it went on the patio, I couldn't get the wheelchair out of the house. Never mind, the hose was fun and he enjoyed hosepipe limbo and soaking me. He then spent an hour in the bath. I do love weekends like this and C seems OK now.

Nanna B.

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  • Limbo dancing under the hose looks fun - might try it myself in this hot weather .You certainly pack a lot into a day NannaB but isn't it just the way when you get things all planned and under way that spanner miraculously appears !

    Love Georgepa

  • Too right Georgepa.

    X

  • Hi Nanna B,

    Grandchildren are such a blessing aren't they, we have a seven year old boy called Charlie and a five year old girl called Maisie. They keep me going and I love them to bits and can't wait for them to stay overnight with us. I used to have them both together but as Keith has declined I can only manage one at a time, it's too worrying to have them both now!

    Enjoy your weekend with him, mine is coming tomorrow night!

    Love and hugs....Pat xx

  • NannaB you are amazing, but poor you, but on the other hand you had your shopping done for you. I had our 2 grandsons on Wednesday for a sleepover, they were very good, took them to school on Thursday, my daughter is away on a girls holiday, so my son in law picked them up in the evening, after Charlie, had watered the garden. George at the centre today, so went out to lunch with my son in law. Had a lovely day.

    NannaB hope Colin is ok have a fun day with your grandson, children say some lovely things don't you think ? I love it when my grandchildren say the love me.

    My eldest granddaughter asked me the other day she is 15, when it is my birthday, can just you and me spend the day together, felt like my heart would burst love them so much.

    Well all have a good weekend especially you NannaB. Yvonne xxx.

  • Don't they say such lovely things? Mine live too far away to do the school run. I'm so pleased you have had such a lovely week with your family.

    Enjoy the sunshine this weekend.

    X

  • This is the first time I've had the 5 year old on his own. It's so strange not having to stop world war 3 from starting. They argue like mad but when the 8 year old left with his mum today they had a great big bear hug and both said "I love you". Then the little one said, " Have a good time at cub camp, I'm so proud of you". His mum had a tear in her eye and whispered to me that she can't believe he said that.

    World war 3 on Sunday when they meet again!

    X

  • My two are exactly the same, fighting and arguing all the time and it's usually the little one who starts it! But when it comes down to it they both adore each other and I've loads of photos with their arms wrapped around each other!....xx

  • ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ฌ x

  • I can tell you are an amazing person just by how much you went through and then ended it with a wonderful time for your grandson! What a busy day!

    And I just love your patio garden area. It looks like many of the English gardens I have visualized in my mind while reading English novels!

  • No more amazing than you though. The rest of our garden is very "full" with very little bare earth. One man who we had never met but who came into our garden with a friend of ours said, "Blimy! it's a jungle". I think it is a nice jungle though.

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  • hi nanna loved your story mate what a great time you had matey im glad colin is ok and back amongst the hustle and bustle of normal living

    my friend . I think you should get the CARER OF THE MONTH FOR THAT ONE MATEY ;;; WHAT DO YOU RECKON COLIN THUMBS UP MATE ;;; TAKE CARE NANNA B PERTER JONES QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA PSP BLOKE

  • Hi Peter Jones, definitely not carer of the month, the minute maybe.

    Hope you are OK. Thanks for sending us some of your Aussie weather. Getting a bit too hot for me but a good drench with the hose cooled me down.

    Stay upright.

    Love Nanna B

    X

  • HI NANNA B GLAD YOIU LIKED THE SUNSHIUNE MATEY ONLY SENT A LITTLE OTHERWISE WE WOULD GET TO COLD MATEY NOW DONT TELL ME ITS TO HOT ISNT IT NICER TO HAVE THE SUN OUT AND EVERYBODY LOOKS AND FEELS HAPPIER I LOVE IT THER WINTERS ARE GREAT HERE BUT A BIT CHILLY IN THE MOIRNINGS AND EVENINGS BUT WE PUT ON THE REVERSE CYCLE AIR CONDITIONER AND THAT SOLVES THE PROBLEM ITS NOT THE HEAT THATY GETS YOU ITS THE HUMIDITY MATE BUT WHEN IT GOT UP TO 43 DEGREES I FEEL THATS ENOUGH NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THE SUNSHINE WELL YOU SUN LOVER TAKE CARE REMEMBER SLIP SLOP SLAP THATS FOR THE SUNSCREEN STUFF THAT PEOPLE WHACK ALL OVER THENM SELVES WHEN ITS TO SUNNY FOR SKIN CANCER SREE YER PETER JONES QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA PSP SUFFERER

  • You are right Peter, folk are much happier in the sun. I like sun but a little bit cooler. I definitely slip, slop, slap and wear a sun hat, no a sun visor. Hats make my hair go flat! I've had abnormal cells removed from my nose on two occasions. I wouldn't mind your winters though. It would save on the central heating bills.

    Have a good day.

    X

  • HI NANNAS B HOWS IT GOING ---- GREAT I HOPE I THINK YOU WOULD LIKE OUR WINTERS MATE THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL BUT WE HAVE HAD THE AIR CONDITIOINER ON QUITE A BIT THIS WINTER

    ITS BEEN SOMEWHAT CHILLY MATE I HATE THE COLD

    HOW HAS OUR LAD COLIN BEEN MATE OK I HOPE

    AND BEEN BEHAVING HIMSELF OH HES IN RESPITE

    ISNT HE MATE IF HE IS AND GYOIU GO AND SEE HIM TELL HIM I WAS ASKING AFTER HIM WONT YOU WELL NANNA B IM JUST OFF TO BED SHORTLY ITS A BIT CHILLY TONIGHT FOR ME SO I WILL SAY GOODNIGHT TO YOU OR GOOD MORNING WHICHEVER YOU LIKE HAVE A GOOD KIP IF COLIN IS IN RESPITE WONT YOU

    MAKE THE BEST OF IT SEE YER PETER JONES QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA ;;;; PSP BLOKE PS I AM GLAD THAT HEADY IS NEARLY BACK TO HER NORMAL SELF MATEY SHE HAD ME WORRIED FOR A WHILE

  • I tried to look back on previous posts, because I'm sure I must have missed this or it slipped my mind, but I could not find it. Therefore, I have to ask. What was the hedge trimmer incident? Unless you don't want to talk about it then that's okay!

  • NannaB's sitter injured herself with a hedge trimmer so can't do her sitting at the moment. Sounds like a soap opera doesn't it?

  • Yes Pattz, it does and I have really missed her. I'm told she should be back on Wednesday so here's hoping.

    X

  • Thanks pattz! I was thinking soap opera or an Agatha Christie mystery.๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  • It didn't happen here, thank goodness. Our sitter who comes on Wednesday managed to slice her arm with an electric hedge trimmer. Her stitches were being removed last Wednesday so hopefully she will be with us this week. When I left school at 16, many moons ago, I worked at the Social Security office in the department paying sickness benefit. As soon as the sun began to shine and people could tend their gardens again, we had lots of folk claiming money when they were off work due to accidents. Most of these were severed toes whilst mowing lawns. The electric Flymo type mowers were being used more than the push mowers but people would wear sandals or canvas shoes. No health and safety thoughts in those days.

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  • NannaB here in Turkey health and safety is still low on the agenda especially in villages such as the one we live in. Meanwhile more and more power tools are available, it would now seem every male gets a chain saw when he hits puberty! Major recipe for disaster.

    However, I must now get on with today's episode of my own personal soap!

    P

  • I wanted to get one of the powerless mowers a long time ago. It would have been good exercise. I was out voted by my son and husband though.

    Really sorry about your sitter, NannaB.

  • We have a 12 (boy), a 10 (girl), and a 4 (boy) they all like going to the pool just down the road from my home. My husband likes to go watch the grand kids play. But, I swear he is looking at the pretty girls in swim suits.LOL

  • ๐Ÿ‘™ ๐Ÿ‘€ x

  • still gotta little bit in him eh? hahahaha

  • Do hope Colin is OK now. D had a good day at the hospice yesterday and was sitting in the garden with some new companions and tucking in to a large piece of cake when I went to collect him!

    Have fun with your grandson. We are going to London to see ours today and are planning a picnic in the park (weather permitting).

    Hope last nights thunderstorm has not spoilt your lovely garden. The rain was really hard here.

    Vicki

  • D was enjoying his lunch when I arrived and I heard him and the man he was sitting next to, saying how good it was. They were all in the garden when we left. It's a lovely garden there isn't it? We didn't seem to get much rain. I stood at the window at 2am looking at the dramatic lightening but not a drop of rain had fallen then. I was thinking of the 8 year old in a tent and picturing the whole troup running into the cub leaders tent for safety. He doesn't have a mobile phone so we won't know until he comes home.

    Do you go home every Wednesday after dropping D? If you ever fancied a cuppa and lunch to save a journey, message me and I'll let you know my address or meet up at the garden centre.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    Bev. AKA Nanna B

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  • What a beautiful picture! Lovely garden, happy boy. I am amazed at what you accomplished in one day. Isn't it a great feeling to drop off a load of trash? ( I may feel guilty about creating so much, but oh how liberating once it's in my rear view mirror!) I am really glad you got help when you asked for it, and think it was brave of you to keep trying. I hate asking for help and if I do and I don't get it, for whatever reason, I feel miserable and resolve never to ask again. Not a good reaction. I appreciate your good example! Thanks for sharing. Thumbs up to you! Love, Easterncedar

  • It did feel good but I can't help wondering how long it will be before one of the things really would have come in handy.

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  • all I could do was read again and cry some more . What a sweet sweet story. ...Not sure what you were going to do with a dead gazebo. I sure knwo what you're going to do with that grandson....love him forever.....

    AVB

  • Every time I picked up my IPad, a little five year old wanted it to play games. I've just come back to 25 messages.

    Our gazebo had already been recycled. The corners were panels of metal trellis, two panels on each corner. When the cover ripped after several years, Colin screwed the trellis panels to the fence and used them for many years to grow runner beans up. I discovered this week that he used many screws as I took them all down.

    You are right about our grandson, we will love him forever.

    X

  • We have just spent the day celebrating Billy's (our grandson) 2nd birthday. What a wonderful day we have had. Leaving Bristol tomorrow after a weeks stay and heading for East Sussex . Won't see him now for 2 months. 'I love Ganny and Gumps' he tells us, would melt the coldest heart. Think I might shed a tear tomorrow as not sure how Ben will be next time we Billy, as seems to have declined quite a lot of late. Scared and sad. Xxx

  • I'm pleased you had a lovely time with your grandson. It's a shame that as he is so young, he will never know what his grandad was like before PSP. Only one of our 3 can remember Colin walking.

    Yes it is very sad.

    X

  • HI NANNA B THATS NOT COLINS HEAD DOWN THERE ON THAT WOOD IS IT MATE HE HASNT BEEN THAT MUCH OF A NUISENCE HAS HE YOUR GRANDSON LOOKS A STRAPPING KID FOR A FIVE YEAR OLD MATE HE LOOKS A VERY NICE BOY MATE AND A CREDIT TO YOU SORRY TO BE SO LATE WITH A REPLY PETER JONES QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA PSP BLOKE SAY HI TO COLIN FOR ME

  • I made that head 30 years ago at our eldest son's school. They had an experiment when parents were invited to join their children in the pottery lessons for a whole school term. My friend, who had a son in the same class as ours, went with me. The head is supposed to be her but I got fed up with putting the clay through a sieve to make the hair so turned it into a man. She made me but it turned into a man as well as my head caved in so the teacher put a fez on it. The one she made of me ended up as target practice when she bought her son's air guns. She rang me one day to say my nose had been shot off. Ouch! Our grandson takes after his dad who is very tall so he is one of the tallest in his class.

    Colin is OK and enjoyed a trip to the coast yesterday.

    I hope you are doing OK Peter Jones and staying upright.

    Thanks for sending some of your sunshine to us. It's lovely.

    Take care.

    Nanna B

  • hi nanna b im glad you liked the sunshine which I carefully packaged for you and sent over I did not send any today because its very cold today even though the sun is out and its terrific in a spot where there is no wind but we get these westerly winds from the artic region and they go right through you but only about july or august so its best to stay indoors with the factory air conditioner on its great on reverse cycle that is mate Well nanna

    my Dr put me back on madopar after falling so much and I must say I have stopped falling so much I fell over last night that brings my tally up to 40 since april 5th this year that's in 3 months just a touch over I know that Jill has a lot more than me I don't know how she stands it its a real pain I can tell you in more ways than one matey anyway mate hows colin going along ok I hope ;;;;; you made a good job of the head matey its a shame it was used for target practice you should have kept the pottery up you might have made a fortune at it anyway I will not hold you up any longer

    so take care nanna b and colin look after yourselves peter jones queensland Australia psp still standing sufferer my right foot went completely dead last night and i tried to walk on it thats why I fell over see yer folks .

  • Wow! 40 falls. You must be black and blue. Do you manage to break the furniture when you fall? Colin demolished 2 dining chairs, a bedside cabinet, chest of drawers, panes in the greenhouse, pulled a wash basin off the wall, knocked a bifold door out of its runner and many other things. I became very handy with wood glue, screwdrivers, plaster to fill the holes in the walls, paint to cover the chips in woodwork. I've given up on the paintwork though. Carers don't take care when pushing Colin about and we have little paint on the bottom of any door frames now.

    It's colder today and raining. You sent us some sun, please don't send us that Cold snap you are having.

    Colin and I went to a 70th birthday party last night. Our ukulele group started off the entertainment and two friends sat with Colin while I played. Lots of other people entertaind in different ways and Colin managed to applaud. He even "sang" along with the folk group although I thought he was moaning in pain at first. It was lovely to see him try and join in though and stay awake the whole time. There were nearly 100 people there and apart from the birthday girl's relatives, we knew nearly all of them. That's the good thing about living in a village for 38 years. Colin had lots of kisses from the ladies. I think he enjoyed himself!

    Take care Peter Jones and stay upright. I hope your foot has come alive again.

    Nanna B and Colin ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ x

  • hi nannab well this will be a quick answer mate what did you say mate thank god for that I could not remember if I had answered your mail last night or if I just lost it mate and I am not quite black and blue yet mate but my elbows look terrible there is all white patches where new skin has grown

    back where all the other has been ripped off my arm 's so I need the sun to brown it off a bit or coffee dregs to tell you the truth I have not been feeling very good these last couple of days and I have stayed in bed from when I came home from respite but I do not think I can blame psp for it though nor a drop of the hard stuff well mate regards to colin give him my best wishes and tell him to hang in there and yourself of course mate see yer peter jones queensland Australia psp sufferer

  • Hi Peter Jones, sorry you have been under the weather and hope you are feeling better. I'm pleased you are staying off the hard stuff, you'd be even more black and blue falling all over the place.

    You take care.

    Nanna B and Colin ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  • hi nanna and colin hope you are both ok I am feeling much better now thank you it would take more than a couple of whacks on the head to stop me matey --- a few scotches might though mate I hope you are both keeping well and fit see yer maters take care and enjoy the party what time did it start your time will do for me and I can work it out from there thanks mate see yer peter jones queensland Australia psp bloke

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