Tuesday, 7 December 2010

With you in spirit...

....if not on the blog! I'm sitting here wearing two fleece jumpers, with a fleece throw wrapped around my lower half, and feeling as though I've got ice cubes at the end of my feet instead of toes! The heat from the radiator never seems to penetrate under my desk. On top of all that I've got a streaming cold! Some of our windows are not double glazed, and this morning we woke up to find ice on the inside of them. I remember that happening a lot when I was a child, but not since then. The temperature outside here last night dropped to about minus 9, and it didn't get much above that during today. I know that some parts of the country were a lot colder still, but minus 9 is quite low enough for me, thank you very much! They say that come the weekend we may get up to plus 5! It will seem positively tropical!

The reason for my absence yet again on the blogs is that sadly, my father-in-law died very suddenly a fortnight ago. It was a great shock to us all. We had seen him a couple of days previously and he seemed fine, but he had a massive heart attack and although the paramedics arrived within a few minutes, it was already too late. We can only be thankful that he went so quickly and didn't suffer. I guess if we had a choice, that's the way we'd all wish to go.

The funeral was yesterday, and most people managed to get there in spite of the weather. My daughter  and family came down for it from Scotland on Friday evening without major problems, and it was lovely to have them here over the weekend.

The boys helped to take our minds off things a bit. They and Grandad made a snowman in the garden. He was a very upright sort of character at first, until a slight thaw made him somewhat tipsy! Fortunately he froze again before he reached the point of no return, and is still regarding us with a rather quizzical expression, as if he's trying to work out his next move.

This time last year I said that I couldn't wait for the new year, as it couldn't be as bad as the one we'd just had. I was right. This year has been even worse. So this time I'm saying nothing! It's a good job I got the majority of my Christmas cards made when I did, because just at the moment I can't summon up much enthusiasm for crafting.  I've been lurking a bit on the blogs, to try and keep up, but I hope you'll forgive me if I haven't had time to leave a comment. Being so busy at work just now doesn't help either. Roll on the Christmas hols, when with a bit of luck I will get a chance to recharge my batteries and get back to something approaching normal!

Keep warm, everyone, and I hope to see you soon!


Lisa Jane said...

Oh Lynn, i am so sorry to hear your news.. i am thinking of you , take care and keep warm..
Lisa x

Sally H said...

Hang in there my friend. The Snowman is wonderful. So much character! Hopefully see you on Saturday x

Netty said...

Lynne am so sorry for your sadness. The boys made a great snowman, but I think he has had a tad too much brandy.... Take care, Annette x

judith@poppy cottage said...

So sorry Lynne, I had heard through a mutual blog friend. You have been in my thoughts lately. The weather you have been having there has been frightful lately, we are lucky here with no snow, and slightly milder temperatures, but freezing fog. Take care, and I wish for a better year next year for you. Judith xx

lisa said...

Oh Lynne. What a year you've had, I'm so sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you all.
Love the snowman but wish the cold weather would go away now, we've had enough haven't we!!
Take care
Hugs Lisax

brenda said...

Just a little hello Lynne, sending love your way. Can't write too lond on the computer, still the eye issues !

B x

Jules said...

Hi Lynne

So sorry to read your news.

As you say it is the way we would all choose to go .. .. but such a shame too.

What a year you have had.

Thinking of you and sending my love and best wishes to you.

Love Jules xx

magic boxes said...

Hi Lynne

sorry to hear your sad news.

Sending love and hugs from my family to yours.

Elaine xoxo

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