I hesitate to write this post as I wish it could be more cheery – but unfortunately my life at the moment is all at sea and I do not seem to be able to recover from one blow before the next one happens. But for the sake of documenting everything in my blog I feel I have to mention both the good and the ‘not so good’ even if at present it seems a bit weighted towards the not so good!
I am actually writing this from my sick-bed – yes my ‘wellbeing’ is not improving as I intended this year. So far I have been out of action since Wednesday evening when I got home from work. I haven’t seen a doctor but I am pretty sure the diagnosis would be tonsilitis or Strep throat (which I understand is the bacterial form). My glands are so swollen I look a bit like I have mumps. In some ways I quite like the plumpness as it smooths out the wrinkles!
The upside is I have enjoyed snuggling down under the weight of the extra covers and falling into a long blissful sleep knowing that I am of no use to anyone at the moment – and no doubt I have lost quite a bit of weight because the constant nausea and painful throat have prevented any food passing my lips!
So while I am out of action I thought this is a good time to catch up with my blog and write a long overdue update.
On the family front –
The funeral of my mum-in-law took place on 4th February, ironically the same day as my dear dad died 9 years before – so it was a doubly hard day to get through but I had lots of precious memories to console me. It was well attended by family and friends who came to pay their last respects and after the crematorium we had a lovely service of remembrance of her life in the church she had worshipped at for many years, singing her favourite hymns and followed by a good cup of tea and a buffet lunch in the church hall. She would have approved I am sure. It may well be the last time we visit Shrewsbury and I am sad about that – it is a beautiful place.
My Mum-in-law 1924-2015
– some of my favourite pictures of her in her younger days
My younger daughter had her operation to remove 3 wisdom teeth under general anaesthetic just days before the funeral and I travelled up to North Yorkshire to stay while she went into hospital. I went to look after baby L for a whole day by myself – heaven! Both are recovering well after their ordeal – my daughter and baby L!
My elder daughter and her partner are still with us – still trying to complete their kitchen – but it is a slow job, the main reason being that the guy hired to do the job had to move on to his next job after Christmas before finishing theirs and ours (remember our bathroom – still not complete either) so he can only work on their kitchen on a weekend. Tricky position – he is a friend!! It is difficult though having them stay whilst we have only one bathroom operational and the house is full of our cottage contents.
That leads me on to the cottage flood progress report –
The kitchen – now without units and flooring
The bathroom without any conveniences or flooring!
All went well with the strip out although as the photos show it looks pretty dire to me and at the beginning of December we were called up to Scotland for a site inspection and to discuss the reinstatement works of each room. We progressed around the cottage ending up in the old wooden conservatory. This had now been stripped of the pine boards cladding the inside – it was at this point that we noticed a few jagged remains of a material, which we have since had tested and confirmed as asbestos sheet, lodged between the outer and inner frame. So now as it is classed as an ‘elf and safety’ hazard no one, not even us, are allowed to go to the cottage as the whole conservatory has to be removed by men in white suits before the drying out and reinstatement can begin.
We also received the oil boiler report and it appears that the oil tank outside feeding the boiler probably moved during the flood and has caused a leak in the feed pipe – the worst thing is we had just had a delivery prior to the flood. If it is not a leak then we can only assume the lack of oil to be able to test the boiler is maybe due to theft which is a pretty common occurrence where you have an abundance of oil tanks in an area.
I finally finished the contents list but on doing so realised I had not been correctly advised. It turns out that they require the price for us to buy new items – I was led to believe they wanted the price we paid with evidence so I spent hours trawling through my box of receipts. Now I will have to spend hours trawling the internet. Nothing like doing a job twice!
And finally a word about work –
After a lot of thought recently I came to the conclusion that work was just not working. I am feeling very tired and extremely stressed. I had been looking to decrease my hours and this has not happened due to two things – my colleagues long-term sick leave and the powers that be – the management – deciding that it was a good idea to hire someone who is commuting from Cornwall, a distance of 350 miles, to help out – really?
This has turned out to be a bit of a disaster for me and increasingly difficult for the person concerned. In fact his wife wants him to stop coming but secretly I believe he quite likes escaping up here for a week or two. However, the week on week off agreed at the start soon turned in to one week on two off and even this has not really worked out due to commitments in Cornwall with his business there. The ‘help’ is fast becoming occasional and spasmodic. This has meant I have had to go in to work on both Saturday and Sunday for the last few weekends just to keep on top of the urgent work.
This is definitely not what I want to do – so I had made up my mind to leave and out of generosity or loyalty even said I would look at working until the end of May. Once I made this decision and announced it to my line manager I felt heaps better and even though it seemed tremendously risky (and there is no way you could call me a risk taker) as I have no other job lined up I had settled my mind to it and whatever happens in the future cannot be as bad as I am experiencing at the moment.
Well that was on Tuesday.
On Wednesday my line manager called me in and asked if I would stay if things were improved in some way.
Well that was unexpected and has put a spanner in the works.
I won’t say anymore at the moment – you never know who is reading do you!!
Now to the good news – yes really… I do have a silver lining.
We get a new conservatory paid for on the insurance – I am not sure how I feel about this as I loved the shabby chic 50’s style of the old one but it would not have lasted for ever.
Baby L is to be christened in March on the 15th – Mothers Day – a double celebration. I have been preparing the dress – an old family heirloom – just hoping she doesn’t grow much more in the next few weeks LOL.
Well that is all my news to date have a good week everyone.
PS – As I wrote most of this yesterday and finished it today I am in fact now feeling loads better.