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........