Thursday, July 29, 2010

Going away

We go on holiday tomorrow evening and I'm at that pre-holiday stage of feeling I can't really be bothered. But I'm sure it'll be nice when we're there. Having the cats makes everything so much more complicated. Our neighbour is feeding them for the first morning; then Daughter 1 comes for one night; then Daughter 2 for one night; then kind bloggy catsitters arrive for five days; then Daughter 2 and her actor bloke are doing the rest. I don't think that Cassie and Sirius are even particularly grateful for all this activity on their behalfs. They take it as their due.

Ridiculously, we'll miss the cats as well as the family. And the garden. I don't really like being away from the garden in the summer, when it's pretty. Apart from anything else, I leave it tidy but the weeds grow in our absence and so does the grass.

We're taking my mum with us but leaving my aunt with her carers. I feel guilty about this. It's not that we ever did go on holiday with my aunt, but I've been the one that the carers have phoned all summer if there's been a crisis.


I've now put her name down for 12 care homes. None of them has a room available at the moment. I hope they don't phone here in our absence and then, when we don't make contact, give the room to someone else. My aunt doesn't see the need for a care home, anyway. "I can look after myself," she says. But she can't. She's extremely forgetful, she can only shuffle about pushing a walker since she broke her hip and she's a bit incontinent. It's very sad.
Anyway, I haven't packed or even made a list of stuff to take yet, so I should really get on. Suffolk and Northumberland, here we come.
I hope you have a nice time in Edinburgh, kind catsitters!



17 comments:

  1. I hope you have a lovely time, wherever it is you are going. The cats will surely enjoy dispensing their favours to all and sundry.
    It is amazing how deprived you can feel at missing out on whatever is flowering while you are away. All those little plants in pots along your paths are so pretty and evidently you have such a talent for them. Pots just die for me!
    The incontinence is a worry. Here we now have a supply of pull up pants for both day and night. Might these help?

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  2. have a great time. i loved Edinburgh, the castle was amazing the buses fun and the people so friendly and helpful
    i'm also the contact person for an older aunt; i have several siblings that take over for me when i'm on holiday.
    please try not to worry, you deserve some time off

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  3. Have a happy holiday. I know what you mean about the cats and the garden. Now with no puss cat it is much easier. Yes, sure I miss not having a cat but I don't miss the trauma part of owing a pet - (big softy).
    Your garden IS looking fabulous.

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  4. Have a happy holiday! We are of again soon, have a lovely lady who just comes in and takes over our animals, good feeling to know they are all ok while we are away.

    Where are you going?

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  5. thankyou i'm sure we will, whatever the weather!! and we might even do a spot of weeding...

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  6. I know just what you mean, whenever we've been away, I've always had some time getting ready to go when I've wished we hadn't ever decided to go. I'm sure you'll enjoy it when you get there. I should like to be somewhere else at the moment!

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  7. I know what you mean about not being bothered, I thought it was just me. Have a good time while you are away.

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  8. Oh Isabelle! I hope you have a wonderful trip. I'm sure you've left everything in good, competent hands. I can't wait to hear about your adventure.

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  9. Have a lovely holiday!

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  10. Have a lovely time away. I look forward to the photos when you return.

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  11. I know that feeling very well. It will be very good for you to get away and I hope you have a wonderful relaxing break.

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  12. Have a lovely holiday! Thank you for all of the flower photos.

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  13. I love your pretty garden. I don't have any luck here with pots, yet I did when we lived in Sydney.
    I am sure those cats will find it all rather fun, while you are away.

    I do hope you relax and have a lovely time.

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  14. Enjoy your holiday!

    Wish I could come take care of your kitties the whole time. Heck, if I could be in Scotland, I'd be happy to scrub your toilets and clean out your gutters!

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  15. Some people are just like that about going away. Hope you've had a lovely time, your cat-sitters seem to have done, and that you get aunty sorted out soon to everyone's satisfaction.

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  16. ending you lots of good hliday wishes. It sounds like you need a break. Time for you and Mr Life.

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  17. Huge apologies for dreadful typos!

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