Tyler wearing Mum's hat and sunglasses
Late again! This time, I guess I should blame January Blues.
What weather we are having! I hope you all are keeping warm and not having too many problems with the rain and winds. I would also like to say to everyone, I hope you have had a very Happy Christmas, and a Peaceful New Year.
Right now I am stir crazy, it’s the first time in 27 years I haven’t been to the USA for a visit and I also managed to go to Malta for a month this last couple of years, around Nov, Dec, just to break the winter up. It costs less to be there than being home for a month!
I was awake at four o-clock this morning and laid there thinking I should get up and start to write to you all. Anyway I have laid on until 5-30, so here I am starting my letter to you all. I’m still having problems with these darn steroids. They make my eyes smart, another reason I’m finding it hard to write for long. Enough of more excuses. I’m on only 9mg and that’s a big difference now compared to 60mg.
Anyway I was lying awake as I have already said, and I put the radio on. I like radio 2 and it was a guy called Johnny Walker who was the presenter. He is around the right age to play the kind of music I like. The first tune he played as I turned the radio on was, Driving Down to Georgia. The person who had requested it said he was driving to Georgia, Virginia and then Carolina.
It brought back a lot of pleasant memories to me. I went to Georgia quite a few times when I went over to the USA to visit. We would go on holiday together when I was over there and Pat would drive anywhere then. Quite a drive but it never bothered her. We would stop on the way in such places as Jacksonville and St Augustine, but my favourite place was Savannah. Savannah is a beautiful, small city with a lot of historical buildings. We used to take a tour in a horse drawn carriage to see the beautiful southern architecture.
Another time we also went for a week and stayed in St Augustine to do a college course on the history of the city. It was the first city in the USA and it was first colonised by the Spanish in 1565. The history was fascinating and we were worked hard that week. We had to get up at 6-30 to get breakfast, as we were at our desks for 8am.
Then of course I lived in Virginia for some time. I first lived in Vienna then moved to Fairfax. I helped out in a flower shop in Vienna for twelve months and they had taken me to see a lawyer to get me a green card. They were so pleased with the work I showed them I could do, and of course as I’ve said before, ‘I had made a bouquet for the Queen.’ They were very impressed with that, I often think they are nicer about our Royals over there than we are here. Anyway we went to see the lawyer and they were going to pay two thousand dollars for me to get the green card. But life changes and my son phoned me to tell me I was going to be a Gran. I came home.
I had two families then, so although I opened a flower shop in Ulverston, I still went back as often as I could and Pat visited me.
Now many of the friends and families have moved to Carolina to either retire or work there. Living in Fairfax which is only about forty minutes drive from Washington, or was. Is now so congested with traffic as people pour into or out of Washington that it became a problem. So; many of the family have moved to Carolina, which is a little less congested and of course the weather is very good there too.
Well all this came from hearing that one song, it brought some lovely memories back to me. I just hope I haven’t bored you all.
I have to get back to writing again. So many people have asked me when my next book is coming out. I think I need to get away somewhere quiet, where I won’t get so distracted. I’m always up for lunch out and that means my day passes by so quickly, when I get home I’m worn out. I think, well there’s always tomorrow. Forgetting how old I am of course!
Christmas was nice I was asked out for several meals, it’s a wonder I didn’t pile the weight on. Also my Fibro friends and me had a great meeting at The Newton pub, Dalton. We all took festive food and had the odd drink, so a good time was had by all. I was kept busy over Christmas day and Boxing day, and although I cooked for around ten people in two days I never managed to poison one of them. In fact I had several boxes of chocolates brought to me afterwards to say thank you, Not good for my diet!
Of course, the most important people I saw on Christmas morning were my Grandson Liam, his wife Danielle, and my wonderful great grandson Tyler. He is such a lovely little boy, so sweet natured and a credit to his mummy and daddy.
On Boxing day I had seven visitors, and two of them were my Cousin Joan and her husband George. They had come over from Canada to visit the family for Christmas. They wanted two of my last books to take back with them, my other cousin Anne wanted them to bring one back for her. They looked so well the best thing they did was to retire there. George was in Barrow’s police force, and his son George has also been in the force as well. He was an electrician before going into the force and now is also going over to live in Canada. Anyway to cut a long story short, it was dark when they left. It was so dark up my path they were worried about my falling, and the next day brought young George over with them to measure up to fit me a light. Two days later they came back and fitted an outdoor light for me. How’s that for having nice people visiting me and then doing that for me. I felt awful because the weather couldn’t have been worse and it’s a wonder they weren’t blown away. ‘Well not that awful that I tried to stop them doing it!’ I am so much happier I always carried a torch but it wasn’t too good for visitors leaving.
I didn’t do anything for new years eve, I watched the fireworks being let off over the Thames. They are always impressive. I was on a dinner cruise on the Thames a few years ago and right under Big Ben when it chimed midnight. It was a lovely experience as the fireworks exploded overhead. There was cacophony of noise with hooters blowing, music playing, fireworks exploding and chattering as they lit up the sky. People all calling out kissing each other and everyone who was there. Then finally everyone singing Auld Lang Sine. It is another memory that stays with you forever, also the cold it was freezing!
New year’s morning when I opened my door, my old man was waiting to come in to have a bite to eat and a drink with me. I was so pleased he was there to bring my new year in. He is the perfect gentleman, getting well on in years but so well behaved. The only thing he will insist on sitting on my knee and drools when I stroke him. Sooty is nearly fifteen years old and has decided to adopt me. You know what cat’s are like they often leave home to move in with someone else. I am tough on him though and make him go home at some time during the afternoon, because I know his owner really cares for him.
I haven't finished this quite yet, but have to ask friends if I can put a picture on and will see them for lunch on Thursday.
I'm going to post this today and then finish off when I find out about the pictures. I have had at least 250 hits today.
So will just say Bye and finish this
Take care all and be happy.