Friday, 23 October 2015

Counting my blessings

This is the very last time that you will hear from me that 2015 has been a difficult year, because from now on, for the last two months of the year, I intend to focus only on the positives - of which there have already been lots.

In February my lovely 4th granddaughter was born. For medical reasons she was induced 6 weeks early and spent the first couple of weeks of her life in the neo-natal unit of the hospital in which she was born, but, plucky little girl that she is, she soon became strong enough to be allowed home, and now she is almost 8 months old.

Earlier this year GO and EG decided that the time was right for them to purchase their own home. It took them a while to find the right place, which, in the end, just happened to be located across the road from their rented property, and last month they moved in.

GM and I had a lovely holiday in Weymouth at the end of June, we were very lucky with the weather and enjoyed a really relaxing break, with lots of walking, sight-seeing, and even an afternoon on the beach.

I had a telepathic connection with a dear friend, who sent me this:

The late summer-autumn weather has more than made up for the rather cold and windy summer, GM and I have made Friday our "date day" and we've enjoyed lots of days out, mostly walks, but also a trip to Salisbury races and a day-trip to Plymouth. Later today we are going on a short trip down memory lane to revisit a place that became rather special to us in the few years that we lived in Devizes.

Last month my uncle (my dad's last surviving sibling) died at the age of 90. I travelled to Devon for his funeral, which although sad, was also a joyous celebration of the life of a man who had a heart of gold and was very kind and generous to friends and relatives alike. It was a welcome opportunity to see most of my cousins, we are spread all over the country from Cumbria to Devon, and don't often get the chance to be all together and enjoy each other's company. It was lovely also to meet Wendy, a family friend that several of us had not met before.

I am blessed with good friends, all of whom have been very kind and understanding while I have been out of touch, and who are now welcoming me back into the real world. In alphabetical order I would like to say publicly huge thank-yous to: Amanda, Diana, Eileen, Janet, Jean, Kate, Sandie and Tracy. Thank you ladies for your unflinching support, you are all stars and I love you.


Maggie said...

Sending you lots more positive vibes Joy. I'm pleased to see your granddaughter looking so bonny. I like the idea of a date day! Something to remember when Brian "retires" from the farm!

Janice said...

Sounds like things are going well, Joy. You have a lovely family, for which I know you are very grateful xx

joy said...

Thanks Janice, I should have included you in the list as your support was welcome too x x

Karen Butfield said...

Your GD is gorgeous and glad to hear she is doing well. Glad you have had some trips out. xx

Hannah Brooker said...

So pleased your beautiful grand daughter is doing so well Joy and so many great photos shared in your post xx

Sandie said...

It's so easy to get caught in the tidal wave of what is going on Joy. So glad that you are coming out of it... counting blessings are so important and thank you so much for the mention. I feel really touched that you should think of me. I hope the rest of the year is much brighter for you all, and that you can move forwards and put the rest behind. xxx