After a somewhat stressful few days I decided to go and visit Mum today as we are off on holiday tomorrow for nearly 2 weeks. My sister rang to tell me she had had another fall and as a result of this someone had requested yet another x ray of her right foot which she was going to have some time today. I therefore rang her home to be informed that she would be leaving for the hospital at 12 o’clock. Robert decided not to come but to spend the day packing which has proven to be rather a technically difficult task. We are flying to Las Vegas to meet up with 8 friends and then pick up the motorbikes and load our luggage into their panniers – thus luggage allowance is pretty restricted!
I went swimming in Daventry on the way and managed to swim my usual mile and then drove on to Mums arriving at around 14 30 and was pleased to find her sitting in her room, having had her xray and had had lunch. She was on pretty good form mentally and knew that she had been for ‘yet another x ray of her foot’. She asked why I was there as she had thought we were on holiday. I explained that we were off tomorrow and she listened whilst I told her all about it and our recent good luck! We have tried to have the outside of the conservatory painted this week but unfortunately the painter found so much rotten wood that he couldn’t continue. He managed to cut some out and replace it with new wood but there was one area which was beyond his capabilities! Having no idea what to do we rang the original building firm that has actually been taken over and asked if they could come and look at it and offer some advice. One of the directors took one look at it, realised that the sills had been built sloping the wrong way (!) and declared that they would come and sort it out for free!!! We were both flabber ghasted and very grateful! Mum seemed to understand and expressed her surprise at such wonderful customer service. I also told her that our cat / house sitters we booked in February pulled out on Saturday due to health issues! Miraculously, we have found a wonderful young lady who actually lives in Northampton who is happy to come and stay for the required dates. She met us yesterday and Elgar really seemed to like her and she him.
Mum was on such good form that I asked her if she would like to play a game of scrabble which she agreed to! We haven’t played for ages so I was a bit surprised. She managed to put the first word down which I thought was mispealt. ‘Joan’ she asked ‘ isn’t that the way you spell it? ‘ Yes , it is.’ she replied. I laughed and had to concede. We played on until we had covered half the board but I noticed that she was getting more and more breathless and seemed to be hyperventilating. She does have a rather rattly, chesty cough again but she now said she was getting dizzy. She then started talking to her imaginary friend ‘ I don’t think I would want to play scrabble.’ she said to her and then she replied ‘ I don’t think I do either.’ I could see she was getting tired so I asked if she wanted to stop playing, particularly as she was winning and she replied that she did.
I tidied the game away and she drifted back to her own world chatting away to her ‘friend’ for the next hour. Subjects included the hospitality of Australians and how she was going to open a restaurant in Melbourne, to owning a little cottage in Weymouth. She chatted away almost incessantly virtually unaware that I was sitting next to her.
I eventually decided to leave and put my coat on. ‘where are you going? ‘ she asked ‘back home to Northampton’ I replied. ‘ I think someone from our family lives there.’ she said ‘ Yes, Angela lives there!’ ‘ I am Angela! ‘ I replied and she suddenly burst into raucous laughter for about 5 minutes!
I kissed her goodbye and she wished me a good holiday.