Sunday, August 26, 2012

Dizzy

 
When you've been away from blogging for a few days - especially a few days which have been somewhat action-packed - it's a bit hard to know where to start again. But our recent experiences have involved quite a lot of Grandson, who beams his way through life in a very heartening manner.
 
 
Last weekend Daughter 2 was in Edinburgh and she, Daughter 1, SIL 1, Grandson, Mr Life and I all had lunch with Son and Daughter-in-Law at Gloagburn Farm near Perth (greatly recommended). We felt the need to be together. Here, Son gives Grandson his first driving lesson.
 
 
Then on Monday of this week, our bloggy friends arrived on a visit. They allowed us to accompany them to Fife, across the water from Edinburgh. The sun shone (mainly).
 
 
We had a lovely day. We had planned to walk more than we did - chatting over lunch got fatally in the way - but it was very pleasant. We also met up with Di of Woollie Wanderings, http://woolliemind.blogspot.co.uk/, which was very nice. Another blog to follow... oh dear.
 
Then on Thursday morning our visitors left and on Thursday afternoon, my brother and his family and later Daughter 2 arrived (she had been back in London for the beginning of the week). The funeral and thanksgiving services happened on Friday.
 
And they went well. An amazing number of people came, considering my mother's great age.
 
But I feel a bit... dizzied. A lot of beds have been changed. Many cups of tea and coffee have been drunk. The fridge has been emptied and many dishes washed up. There has been laughter; we have exchanged reminiscences. Most of us went to see SIL 2 in his company's Fringe show (Showstopper, the Improvised Musical - excellent). And it's always seemed very odd that Mum hasn't been here. Very odd indeed. And sad.
 
So now... what? To some extent, we feel astonishingly free of everyday commitments - but tomorrow we start looking after Grandson three days a week while Daughter 1 goes back to work. Not for all that long, since Volume 2 is on the way. But I think we may be kept rather busy by the Giggling Tornado whooshing very fast around the house. He's not quite walking yet but if there were an Olympic crawling race, he'd get the gold medal.
 
 

29 comments:

the veg artist said...

Some (comparative) peace and quiet is what you need now. No worthy aims, just lots of playing, ambling, tea, cake and cats.
Look after yourself!

Meggie said...

You have my sympathy for the loss of your mother.
I see how joyful your grandson is, and feel that is the way life should be. He is a sunny little chap.

Stomper Girl said...

My goodness I'd love to see an Olympic crawling race! Crawling is so ace, and lasts such a short time. I'm glad to hear all went well with your Mum's funeral and do hope you get a proper relax now.

Molly said...

It takes time to adjust....I wouldn't go so far as to say I miss The Threadbare Tales, but it does seem strange to go over there and not to collared to listen to them. Sister-in-law has more to be doing, what with sorting his house, than to be blathering about the long ago to me, or to anyone. If indeed the soul lives on [and I would like to believe that it does]does the death of the body cause it to undergo a vast 'about face' in how it perceives things. I wish you some peace, and serenity, in getting used to your mum's absence.

Relatively Retiring said...

Life does indeed go on for you, with the care of Grandson so ably filling your days. There seems to be a great sense of timing in your life, from retirement onwards.

Lucy said...

Good to have a firm commitment to something that has to be done, and a nice one too. Make the most of the lull, and take care.

libby said...

Your days with your grandson are very special...this chapter of your life is filled with all sorts of emotion and lovely minglings with your family...your mom would be smiling for you.

Jean said...

Three days a week with your geogeous grandson sounds like just the thing. I'm sure it will be tiring, though, and hope you can take the other four days easily for a while - some quiet recovery time.

Gillie said...

So glad you had a good time with your bloggy visitors and that the sun shone. How lovely that people came to remember your lovely Mum too. So jealous that you get to look after the crawling champ, though!

Dartford Warbler said...

That smiling little lad is going to be the best way to fill your days. Hoping that you feel a bit more "straightened out" now that the funeral and its aftermath is over. Take care.

Di said...

It was lovely to meet you and I am glad that you enjoyed your trip to Fife - I hope you got home in time for the visit of your grandson!

I am glad that so many people cared for your mum and came to her funeral - it is nice to know that they are loved by just more than us!

I hope that you enjoy the grandson sitting! I am sure that it will be fun and tiring in equal measures.

Marcheline said...

I think what you need is to get away... say, to the Scottish Highland Games. Come on over to my place and have a gander!

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