A bit of this and a sprinkle of that today!
Yesterday I went to visit "Lady", she is doing so well. This time last year we thought that she wouldn't make Christmas and here we are gearing up for another one. We talked about it and about her family history, how long her family lived. One of her aunts - called Jane Seymour apparently, not THE Jane Seymour obviously, another one! - lived to be 104. How amazing is that. Lady isn't far off that so who knows.
It was such a blessing to be able to visit her and we laughed and laughed. I cannot believe it, and although I of course didn't say anything to Lady, it was so poignant for me as two of my blogger friends recently lost their dear father, so I was even gladder than usual to go and see Lady.
I also called in to see the parents of the to be 21 year old that I wrote about recently. By pure chance the to be 21 year old was there and the subject came round to Christmas presents - with no prompting from me - so I grasped the nettle and said, "as we are on the subject of Christmas..." It all went well and was OK! I think that it helped that I could speak directly to the to be 21. So that was all good. Thank you for your thoughts and support about it, I am sure that it made it go better! I felt as though you were all standing right there behind me. What a blessing you all are.
As well as Lady, we also have "Man" in our lives. Sadly he is not fairing as well. There has been no improvement in his situation, in fact things continue to worsen a little bit at a time and then some more and some more. It is so very sad to see. Especially when he cannot see it himself. Although perhaps that is a blessing I wonder.
I think that he feels under attack quite a lot and doesn't really know what is going on which must be a horrible position to be in. I cannot imagine. We just wish that we could do something, but it is very hard when Man insists that he is fine and others are quite happy to bury their heads in the sand and deny the situation.
I fear that he is aware that all is not well, but cannot articulate it and that is why he is denying it. In a way I hope that he just doesn't know and isn't as scared as I think that I would be if I knew that I was going through what he is going through.
I am not the most naturally patient person, although I don't think that I am particularly impatient either, but these situations sure are teaching me to have more patience than I ever had before.
Today I am off to see a friends puppy - who from the photos doesn't look to be so little anymore! - I am very excited, I love dogs! One day we will have one of our own, but I am a firm believer that for most dogs you need to be with them as much as you can and right now I cannot do that, so we will wait. The doggy time will come. In the meantime I will go and enjoy my friends dog!
The weather has still been off and on grim. Driving home yesterday in the dark and driving rain on the motorway was no fun. I need to adjust my visiting times to Lady to leave earlier over the winter I think. It still isn't cold though.
Thank you for the comments on my post yesterday. I only realised that I hadn't turned them off as I had intended to do - and as I did on my Remembrance Day post on Sunday - after someone commented. So I left them on after I realised. Thank you though for your kind words.
Thank you too for the comments about Christmas cake baking. I do hope that some of you will give it a go. I can confirm that given a good quality gluten free flour - plain or all purpose - it makes a great gluten free cake. There is very little flour compared to all the other fruit and so on so it comes out really well - in my opinion! I have made it with GF flour in the past. I will go back and edit the post to say that. As for gas ovens and the paper wrapping, I cannot say because I have never had a gas oven, but I know that my family always did it this way in the past and they had gas ovens. The temperature that you are cooking at is very low, so I don't think that there should be any issues. If you are worried though, just don't do it would be my guess. I am no expert, but better safe than sorry.
It was good to know that my thoughts about Christmas Cake in America seem to be pretty accurate, it isn't a favourite which is what I thought the case was. I think that is great, as I love that we are all different and have different traditions, that is what makes us special isn't it!
Only a few more days for the Christmas card swap sign up. It closes on Monday, so this is your last call to sign up! I have had a couple of enquiries about partners, as I said, it closes on Monday and I hope to post the partners on Tuesday all things being equal so please look out for the post. I will give it a very clear title.
Otherwise I am chugging along, the cold is nearly gone, but still here a little, I have a sore throat again today. Crocheting has returned and I am doing my post tomorrow all about that, so I won't tell you about it here.
I did a little November mantel playing around too, oh and Christmas card writing.... Eeekk!! I know! Must get on and get my various swappy things done too.... Exciting times ahead.
Right, I better stop saying the C word and go and get ready to do some doggy visiting! See you tomorrow for a crochet round up.