Monday, March 9, 2009

Back on the hurdy-gurdy!!



What a week!!! Hard to believe that this time last week we had spent the day at Aunty Jan's funeral and more importantly survived it. I am not a fan of funerals, I cry at the tv at the drop of a hat so imagine how readily the tears come at a funeral especially of someone I love. Our family is blessed though that we have not lost a lot of family members, I guess as we all age it is inevitable that it will start happening more frequently. The funeral service was lovely, a real celebration of Jan's life and really captured the essence of the person she was. Her faith was very important to her and she was very involved in her parish. Father Tim was therefore able to speak of her as a person he knew well. Aunty Jan was Catholic while Aunty Judy is Anglican ( a long story!!) and perhaps one of the nicest parts of the service was that the Anglican priest and a lot of his congregation came to the funeral, something that doesn't always happen in their small country town. The wake was catered for by the AWA (Anglican Womens Association) and I can highly recommend them. It was lovely and one less thing we needed to worry about. Jan's cremation took place in the afternoon in a city an hour away (and where she had grown up). I didn't relax until this was all over as I was the driver for Judy, my Mum and their other sister. My SH and kids didn't come up for the funeral. SH wanted to but I thought it more important that the kids be settled at home.


Mum and I motored home down the highway a day later than planned but due to severe weather warnings and me being bone tired we thought it was a good idea. We have now decided to do a 'road trip' in the upcoming school holidays and have sold it to HS as a good way for him to get his learner driver hours up!!! Thought we would like to visit some places Mum hasn't been to for years and where her grandfather spent some time a long long time ago. Sure some cemetery searching will be on the agenda while I have already planned to visit some craft shops I have only heard about!!


We have a public holiday today for Labor day so while HS has spent the weekend with a friends family in Port Fairy at a folk festival we made the most of the extra day and took a flying trip to Melbourne to visit one of my oldest and dearest friends. We went to kindergarten together and have stayed friends all this time. I am godmother to her first daughter ( a role that I relish) who is 2 1/2 now and they have just had a new baby girl 'Sadie Alice'. We needed to inspect the new arrival and I can say that she is absolutely beautiful. The 'horsey' one played for hours with Bianca as requested and both SH and I had many cuddles of Sadie. (I have to admit I am glad that I am not now starting my family and that mine are teenagers!! We laughed last night when we realised we will be planning an 18th birthday later in the year while they are obsessed with toilet training!!).
I have today attempted to hang the new curtains! Yes please note the word 'attempted' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No they are still not fully up and no I am not happy with them. I have decided to wait until the morning when I am fresh and look at them again . I will keep you updated.


I now have 2 pieces of advise I can give with authority


1/ Never get a puppy - ever!!


2/ If needing new curtains get them made to fit and installed by experts........

10 comments:

Owens Family Adventures said...

The baby is soooo cute!!
It always brings back memories for me of when my own kids were little whenever someone close to me has a little one. Those days are long gone though and whenever I am able to get a full nights sleep I giggle a little. heeheehee
Take care!!! Glad you're back!!
dawn

Carol said...

I'm so glad the funeral was a celebration that you could rejoice in her life, no matter how hard it was, and yes I understand the crying at the TV at the drop of a hat thing, I think we're alike in that respect. And how very special it is to have someone officiating at her funeral who really really knew her.

As for the two little kidlings. Oh my! How absolutely cute as a button. Funny how lives go in different directions, an 18th in one direction and nappies in the other. LOL

Sew Many Ways... said...

Looks like you've had a full week.
Now you can relax, I hope. Your friend's children are just adorable. We have the same situation with our friends. Our daughters are the oldest in the group of our friends...our oldest will be 18 in June and our friends still have little ones. They have a long road ahead!!! Whatever is wrong with your curtains, it can be fixed. Is it the length? Hope you have a great day off and good luck with the puppy!
~Karen~

Ruth's Place said...

Glad you are back safely.

I hate sewing curtains with a passion, and I've had to do it for two houses since arriving in South Africa...sigh...you have my sympathies.

Mischief Maker said...

Did I miss reading something about the puppy? What's he done now?

Rachael Rabbit said...

No puppies - ever? are you sure ....

Greenmare said...

I know funerals are hard, but it sounds like it was the way they are supposed to be, a celebration of who she was. and then you got snuggle a baby! good. plus I read on Kim's blog that you won her pattern! lucky you!

Laila L S said...

Glad to hear that the funeral was a celebration of you aunts life. It`s a good thing on a day of sadness.

The baby and her sister look so cute. But like you I`m glad my kids are growing up and soon will be leaving home. (17 and 19 in a couple of months.)

I`m teasing my soon-to-be 19 year old daugher, telling her what I will make of her room when she moves out.

You`ll have to tell us more about the puppy, please. What happened?

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Hmmmyes as lovely as Lil ones are evn I with my yongest just 2 feel my baby days are fsat comming to an end.
WElcome back...

Tanya said...

Oh dear... What did Jimmy do? I almost hate to ask. Is he still part of the family?